Tennis Warehouse: Kirschbaum Xplosive Speed playtest!!

GripItNRipIt

New User
The strings are too powerful off the gate and it took me an hour of hitting to get used to. However the good news is that I was able to get the similar results without having to stress too much. In my estimation, I only needed 60-70% of energy to get the same power as Ultracable or Alu Power or Alpha. I wasn’t expecting much spin from the strings as I am used to rough and shaped polys and the spin level of these strings is average.
The biggest benefit I had was on my backhand, my weaker stroke. The power level of strings made my backhand shots a bit deeper and very effective. Forehand shots needed some tweaking for me and I wasn’t able to go big confidently—largely due to my stroke mechanics not necessarily the strings. Normally I would flag this as a disadvantage but I appreciated the fact that I didn’t have to expend too much energy in 100 degree summer and still be effective. I also didn’t have to worry about putting the ball in play back when on defense or on the run.
Great review. Your comments about forehand vs backhand almost exactly matched my experience with the string. Just bought and strung a pack of 18G at a higher tension than my playtest and eager to see if it reigns the power in a little.
 

wings56

Hall of Fame
  • Tension(s) used for playtest - 55 lbs
  • Regular string set up - Cyclone 17g at 55 lbs
  • Racquet used for test - Wilson Burn 95
  • Control/Power of test string - More powerful than Cyclone, but just not a pocketing I would have liked.
  • Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp? Comfortable?) - softly crisp? Lol.
  • Spin - slippery is the best way to describe it. I feel like i got a lot of string to string movement, but it didn't necessarily translate into a ton of spin compared to cyclone.
  • Durability - 6 hours in and some decent notching. Id expect another 2 hours at least.
  • Playability Duration - not a noticeable drop in playability. Possibly less power and more spin in the last 30 minutes of play.
  • Tension findings (if you installed this string again, would you select the same tension? Explain answer.) I'd probably actually go a couple pounds lower to try to get some more pocketing.
  • List any additional thoughts:. It feels pretty good. I haven't gotten to play doubles with it yet, but I'm thinking it would be a good fit for me there. It isn't tough on the arm, even in my stiff frame. Will report back when it snaps with additional feedback. Love being a part of the playtests! Thanks TW!
 

JOSHL

Hall of Fame
What string did you receive?
KB Xplosive Speed 1.25

Tension(s) used for playtest
48lbs, my standard tension with my Pro Staff 97CV

Regular string set up
I don't really have a regular setup, but I have been using shaped mains and smooth crosses for a while-all poly. I will compare to Diadem Solstice Power/Flash.

Racquet used for test
Wilson Pro Staff 97CV

Power/Control of test string
This string leans more to the power side for sure, I wouldn't say it's too powerful but it did take quite a few strokes to dial it in. 8/10

Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp? Comfortable?)

For me the best attribute of this string is the feel. It is by far the most comfortable poly I have ever used. Any people with arm troubles should definitely try this string!!! 10/10

Spin

Spin wasn't crazy like a shaped poly but it was very good. It's a very slick smooth string so snapback is where most of the spin comes from. 8/10

Durability

I am not a poly breaker so durability for me was great! Notching was about 30-40% after 7-8 hours. 8.5/10

Playability Duration

Played pretty much the same after 7-8 hours of play, very good tension maintenance. 9/10

Tension Recommendations (would you string it differently next time - why)

I would maybe string a little higher next time, like 50lbs to maybe reign in some of the power.

List any additional thoughts (optional)
I really really enjoyed this string, it stretches a lot when stringing, almost as much as a syn gut. The feel is absolutely addicting. So much so that have bought a few sets because they are on sale, I can't wait to string it up in other racquets with 18x20 patterns and see how it plays!


Thanks TTW and KB for allowing me to take part!

Cheers!
 
Here is my review:

  • Tension(s) used for play test: 55 lbs / 52 lbs mains and crosses
  • Regular string set up: 50 lbs in a 90 sq in head size.
  • Racquet used for test: pro staff RF 97
  • Control/Power of test string: more powerful than the average poly. Control is about average, quite predictable during the life of the string.
  • Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp? Comfortable?) very comfortable string, quite muted. Does not pass any type of vibration to the arm. Got a little mushy after about 10 hours, but still very comfortable.
  • Spin: about average for a poly. Nothing to call out either side of average. Only additional observation was the spin was as consistent at hour 10 as it was in hour 1.
  • Durability: slight notching by hour 10. I usually don’t break poly strings though.
  • Playability Duration: tension drop was apparent by hour 10 (mushier response, definitely some added power) but it was still very playable, predictable and comfortable.
  • Tension findings (if you installed this string again, would you select the same tension? Explain answer.): I think I got the tension about right for this frame. With a smaller frame or with lower swing weight, I may be tempted to go down a few pounds.
  • List any additional thoughts (optional): very nice string, but just not for me. I prefer a somewhat dead, but comfortable string.
 

fed1

Semi-Pro
Here is my review of Kirschbaum Xplosive:

Tension used for the play test: 48lbs

Regular string set up: Grapplesnake Alpha 44lbs

Racquet used for playtest: Wilson Clash Tour 100

Control/Power of test string: Out of the package and on the stringer the string felt a bit on the softer side so I bumped up my tension by a few pounds. I enjoyed the extra free power that I got from this set up. With that little extra pop I never felt that my control was sacrificed. Ball pocketing was excellent with this string.

Feel (Stiff? Mushy?Muted?Crisp?Comfortable?): Super comfortable for a polyester string. Touch shots and angle volleys were easy to pull off. Balls hit just outside of the sweet spot were not harsh and jarring. I felt very connected to all of my shots.

Spin: Not a standout feature with is string, I’d say just about average for a poly.

Durability: Great durability for the duration of this playtest. I put a good 12-15 hours on this test before I started to see small signs of notching. I’m not a string breaker so this is a string that I would end up cutting out after a couple of weeks.

Playability Duration: Another solid feature of the string. I haven’t seen a pronounced change from the beginning of the playtest. Tension maintenance seems to be solid.

Tension findings: I was a little nervous when I bumped up my tension by a few pounds but I think I got it correct. Power/control/feel combo were great and the comfort of the string makes it ok to go up a few pounds.

List any additional thoughts(optional): Overall this was a great playtest for me. I’m usually a bit apprehensive to try Kirschbaum polys because their stiffness does not match up with my arm sensitivity but this poly was right in my wheelhouse.
If you are looking for a comfortable poly with great power/control ratio give this a shot.

Thanks TW and Kirschbaum for this opportunity.
 

SteveI

Legend
Here is my review of Kirschbaum Xplosive:

Tension used for the play test: 48lbs

Regular string set up: Grapplesnake Alpha 44lbs

Racquet used for playtest: Wilson Clash Tour 100

Control/Power of test string: Out of the package and on the stringer the string felt a bit on the softer side so I bumped up my tension by a few pounds. I enjoyed the extra free power that I got from this set up. With that little extra pop I never felt that my control was sacrificed. Ball pocketing was excellent with this string.

Feel (Stiff? Mushy?Muted?Crisp?Comfortable?): Super comfortable for a polyester string. Touch shots and angle volleys were easy to pull off. Balls hit just outside of the sweet spot were not harsh and jarring. I felt very connected to all of my shots.

Spin: Not a standout feature with is string, I’d say just about average for a poly.

Durability: Great durability for the duration of this playtest. I put a good 12-15 hours on this test before I started to see small signs of notching. I’m not a string breaker so this is a string that I would end up cutting out after a couple of weeks.

Playability Duration: Another solid feature of the string. I haven’t seen a pronounced change from the beginning of the playtest. Tension maintenance seems to be solid.

Tension findings: I was a little nervous when I bumped up my tension by a few pounds but I think I got it correct. Power/control/feel combo were great and the comfort of the string makes it ok to go up a few pounds.

List any additional thoughts(optional): Overall this was a great playtest for me. I’m usually a bit apprehensive to try Kirschbaum polys because their stiffness does not match up with my arm sensitivity but this poly was right in my wheelhouse.
If you are looking for a comfortable poly with great power/control ratio give this a shot.

Thanks TW and Kirschbaum for this opportunity.

Pretty close to my experience... nice string and on sale now at TW!!
 
My review of Kirschbaum Xplosive Speed:

Tension used for playtest: 53 for the center eight mains and 47 pounds for the center five crosses, decreasing towards the edge of the frame.

Regular string setup: Tourna Big Hitter Silver 7 Tour, 51 pounds for the center eight mains, 46 pounds for the center five crosses, decreasing towards the edge of the frame.

Racquet used for test: Wilson SW104 v6, modified to 357 grams static weight with swingweight of 345-350.

Control/Power of test string: Considering how elastic the string was when pulling tension, it was surprisingly just of average power. Ball speed off the stringbed seemed to fall off more quickly when trying to put any kind of spin on the ball. Heavy topspin shots had a lower launch angle than expected and underspin shots tended to float and land short. When hitting flatter, the string felt much better. Power levels were consistent with how hard I swung, and directional accuracy and length control were significantly better. Power levels were similar to the Solinco trio of Hyper-G/Tour Bite/Revolution,

Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp? Comfortable): Xplosive has a decent pocketing feel with a bit of springiness to the impact, like Volkl Cyclone. The feel changes when trying to impart a lot of spin, where it feels like the string just can't grip the ball well. The pocketing feel diminishes quite significantly and the ball loses speed off the stringbed.

Xplosive is a quite comfortable string that has a cushioned response on the sweetspot and is well dampened when mis-hitting.

Spin: Spin capability is average. Xplosive is a very lightly shaped string and that shape wore smooth after just a couple of hours. Even when new, grip on the ball was not confidence inspiring, and it seemed the ball had a greater than average dropoff in speed when trying to hit heavier spin, either topspin or underspin.

Durability: The strings were significantly notched after three hours, and broke at seven hours despite it being in an 18X19 dense pattern. A center main broke where it had notched more than half way through. There was also noticeably quite a bit of material transfer to the ball.

Playability Duration: Playability was relatively unchanged until the strings broke. The lightly shaped profile of the string wore smooth after just a couple of hours and at that time the spin capability decreased slightly. It then remained consistent to the end of the test. Power levels were relatively unchanged throughout.

Tension findings (if you installed this string again, would you select the same tension? Explain answer.): The tensions I chose were just about spot on. There was a fair amount of tension loss, more than I have experience with any Kirschbaum string. However, the tension loss didn't seem to affect launch angle or power levels.

Additional thoughts: Xplosive was very elastic when pulling tension. It was similar to Volkl V-Square, and similar to how much a multifilament would stretch.
Xplosive Speed plays similarly to round poly strings I've recently had experience with. These include Diadem Flash, Kirschbaum Proline Evolution, and Luxilon Element. Compared to these three, Xplosive is more comfortable than Flash and Evolution, and less powerful than Element. It has a bit of the springy impact feel of Element, and is less crisp by a fair margin compared to Evolution.

Xplosive Speed seems like it would work best for a flatter hitter who wants a cushioned but relatively low powered response. It would also work well as a string for doubles, where it has relatively minimal sensitivity to incoming ball spin, and when hitting flatter has very good speed and directional control.

Thanks to Tennis Warehouse and Kirschbaum for allowing me to test Xplosive Speed.
 

Nuke

Hall of Fame
Tension(s) used for playtest
57 pounds all around.

Regular string set up
Cyber Flash 17 mains with Gosen OG Sheep 17 crosses, both at 55 pounds. I went up a couple of pounds from my usual for the playtest, and did a hand-prestretch, based on a few of the early comments.

Racquet used for test
Prince Warrior OS.

Control/Power of test string
Pretty good directional control, better than I was expecting based on how elastic the string felt while stringing it up. Depth control might have been a bit better for me, as I use a lot of spin to control depth, and these are not the best for spin. Power was about average, but power is not really what you look for in most poly strings, so that’s not a knock at all.

Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp? Comfortable?)
Very comfortable. Not stiff, but I wouldn’t call it mushy either. Like some other newer poly strings, it doesn’t have that crisp but harsh feeling I associate with the earlier poly strings. A lot of people got scared off poly for fear of arm injuries, but these newer soft polys don’t feel like they would mess you up. Kudos to Kirshbaum for making strings that don’t feel like they'll kill your arm if you swing out.

Spin
Just so-so for a poly, but after awhile I was able to adjust, and it didn’t feel like I was missing too much because of spin.

Durability
Played about ten hours, and the string is holding up pretty well. I usually change strings around the 15 hour mark, and these can probably go that far (but this review is due soon).

Playability Duration
Very good. I do think its losing some control at the end of the ten hours I’ve been playing, but that’s better than a lot of other poly strings that drop off after only a couple of hours. No complaint here.

Tension findings (if you installed this string again, would you select the same tension? Explain answer.)
57 seemed to work OK for me. I think I was right to go up a couple of pounds above my usual setup.

List any additional thoughts (optional)
In addition to being a pretty good all-around poly in it’s own right, I’m thinking this might make a great cross string to tame a harsher, spinnier poly main. As always, thanks to Kirshbaum for allowing us the opportunity to try out this new string.
 

jwocky

Rookie
Thank you to the @TW Staff and Kirschbaum for this string play test.

Kirschbaum Xplosive Speed 17 (1.25mm)
Tension(s) used for playtest

23.5M/25.0X in kg
52.0M/55.0X in lb
Note: This is about a 5% increase over my normal full bed co-poly tension.

Regular string set up
All 1.25mm in the 22kg +/-1 (48lb) range with Kirschbaum Pro Line Evolution, Tourna Black Zone
Testing: TierOne Firewire BOOST, Genesis Trionic, Tecnifibre HDMX

Racquet used for test
Dunlop Aerogel 4D 200 Tour (16x18) weighted to 365gm (12.9oz), balance 305mm (12 HL)

Overall Rating of test string
8

Power/Control of test string
9

The string offered more power than I expected and the first 15-20 minutes were an adjustment period. Each subsequent session still required a few minutes to adjust margins and this could easily be related to 100-115F courtside temperatures.

Other than the initial tentativeness on hitting a few balls long during warm up ground strokes, there was no lack of control once I relaxed. Drop shots, volleys, baseline rallies and serves with some pop to them all felt great and I could place them within target areas with margin.

I did feel some loss of control toward the end (18-20 hr mark) as controlled shots started gaining length – went from a couple of feet inside the baseline to flirting with and beyond the baseline. At the 20 hr mark my second serves started going long and I decided that it was time to cut out.

Feel (Comfortable? Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp? etc.,)
8

The Xplosive Speed is a comfortable string and felt middle of the road – neither stiff/crisp nor mushy. At the selected tension the string bed felt just right with sufficient dwell time.

Spin
7

There was adequate spin, but nothing exceptional from this shaped but smooth profiled string. No “free spin” as stroke mechanics dictated the spin produced. This string definitely produces less spin than the Tourna BHS7 Tour.

Durability
9

There is some notching 20 hours (15 doubles, 5 singles) into the test. This string seems to outlast its playability duration.

Playability Duration
9

I liked its “feel” and, for on court performance, it has remained surprisingly consistent nearly 20 hours and THAT is a big plus. I will likely buy some more sets for an extended play test once cooler temperatures arrive. I feel this string may be temperature sensitive – but only an actual test will verify this speculation.

Tension findings (if you installed this string again, would you select the same tension? Explain answer.)
If I were stringing up another string set for play in 100-110F courtside conditions, I would increase the tension by 0.5-1kg/1-2 lbs in the mains only. For a cool weather test I would keep the current tension.

List any additional thoughts (optional)
There was something about the string I could not put my finger on that made me a fence sitter about this product. I did not feel a compelling reason to recommend Kirschbaum Xplosive Speed over some other strings as I did after the Tourna BHS7 Tour play test.

I am eager to test the Kirschbaum Xplosive Control (whenever it becomes available) in a parallel test with Kirschbaum Xplosive Speed.
 

FedBeckRas

Rookie
Include the following in your review:
  • Tension(s) used for playtest: 45lbs on crank machine. My default poly tension in my Dunlop Aerogel 4D 200.
  • Regular string set up: Gosen Micro 18 @58-60 lbs
  • Racquet used for test: Dunlop Aerogel 4D 200
  • Control/Power of test string: Definitely a more powerful of a polyester. Control was solid due to good feel. Felt good at net for a poly.
  • Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp? Comfortable?):A more comfortable poly. Similar to Genesis Black Magic 17 a favorite string of mine but shaped instead of smooth. Not too aggressive of a profile though.
  • Spin: Spin was a little better than average for a poly. A bit better than Black Magic and way better than Pro's Pro Vendetta. Not extreme bite but good controlled spin.
  • Durability: I'm not a poly breaker(I can play it a couple months before it breaks). Explosive Speed did not break during play test. Being more stretchy and softer composition I can tell it probably won't be the most durable poly but plenty durable for me.
  • Playability Duration: Past initial tension drop(first hour) over the next few hitting sessions it remained stable. Truth be told, I like poly better when it breaks in. I enjoyed the pocketing the more I played with it.
  • Tension findings (if you installed this string again, would you select the same tension? Explain answer.): 45 lbs is my sweet spot for full polyester on my Dunlop Aerogel 4D 200 and it worked well with Kirschbaum Explosive Speed. We been in the midst of a heat wave during the play test so I could see upping the tension to 48 lbs to keep my forehand in the lines.
  • List any additional thoughts (optional): Very comfortable, subtly shaped poly with a bit of power. Very good for control racquet that needs a more powerful string than typical poly. I would recommend this string for people that need more power out of the string bed but still want the durability,control and spin attributes of poly. I plan on purchasing Kirschbaum Xplosive Speed 17 to further test this string in a hybrid with Gosen Micro 18 crosses.
Thank you TW and Kirschbaum for the opportunity to be in this playtest.
 
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bigserving

Hall of Fame
Kirschbaum Xplosive Speed Black 17g (1.25 mm) - Full Bed

TENSION USED FOR PLAYTEST - 55 lbs in both the mains and crosses strung on a lockout machine.

REGULAR STRING SETUP - The regular setup of Dunlop Black Widow 17 gauge, 50 lbs x 50 lbs also strung on a lockout machine.

RACQUET BRAND AND MODEL USED FOR TEST - Dunlop Aerogel 4D 200 Tour 95.

CONTROl / POWER OF TEST STRING - The power level of this would fall into the above average range for a poly. For a poly player, there is plenty of power available. Of course, the power is very useable. There is enough pop to employ an aggressive, power style of play, but not so much that the ball flies off the string bed. They provide plenty of useable power and the "power" in the name is accurate. A lower string tension would give more power to a player without sacrificing spin or control.

Xplosive Speed also offers outstanding control. For a spin hitter like me, the combination of all of the string attributes come together to produce a very high level of control without any sacrifice in power when compared to some other poly strings. This set of strings had the usual great control that comes with poly and co-poly strings. The spin that these strings produce allow a player to have great control and shot choices hitting to and from all positions on the court.

FEEL SPIN OF TEST STRING - Outstanding. Xplosive Speed has outstanding feel and touch. It has a comfortable, useable amount of touch on every type of shot and has some ball pocketing. The string has a soft feel but was not at all dull or muted. Definitely on the soft side for a co-poly. The co-poly composition in addition to the ball bite that the star shaped surface, provides for a great amount of ball spin. The spin combined with the useable power and nice feel, makes it a very nice string to play with and gives a player plenty of shotmaking options. There is plenty of useable spin on both topspin and slice groundstrokes. There was a also a good amount of jumping action on kick serves.

COMFORT - It felt and played like the name says, very soft. Not at all spongy soft, but still quite comfortable. There was normally very little, no excessive shock, and not an uncomfortable level of shock or vibration coming from of the string bed.

DURABILITY - This particular test was for about eight sets of singles over approximately ten hours of time over an twelve day period. The strings did not break during that time. The shape was clearly beginning to round toward the end of the test. They passed the durability minimum.

PLAYABILITY DURATION (HOW PLAYABILITY CHANGED OVER TIME) - Xplosive Speed started nice, then the power and feel seemed to settle over in initially. There was the normal polyester drop in tension during the first hour or so, then the drop slowed and continued to be quite playable for the duration of the test. Playability was especially good for a shaped poly.

TENSION FINDINGS - The 50 lb. test tension seemed to be a little on the low side for a tension starting point for the test even in this low powered racquet. I would recommend increasing tension a couple of pounds to get even more control.

LIST ANY ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS - Well done Kirschbaum, . What a nice string. I think that most every type of player will be able to make this string work for them. It lacks nothing. This string is following the trend of more balanced, well-rounded playability characteristics. Strings are being produced that incorporate more of each spin, power, comfort, control, and feel, into the same string. They are incorporating all of the positive playability attributes of each polyester, nylon, and natural gut into the same string. Good job Kirschbaum. This Xplosive Speed string is extremely similar in most areas of performance, shape, color, and even playability. To my regular string, Dunlop Black Widow. For any given comparison, one string may perform better than the other at one tension, they may then grade just the opposite at a different tension. In general, Black Widow plays with a bit more spin. Xplosive Speed seemed to have a little more power. They both have very similar levels of comfort, control, and overall playability.
 

SOY78

Professional
Tension used for the play test: 50-lbs

Regular string set up: Multi mains, poly crosses at 50-55-lbs

Racquet used for playtest: Head Microgel Prestige Pro

Control/Power of test string: Power of this string was too much for me as I had struggled with control on the flat shots which are my favorite sometimes to hit. To control this string I would have to top spin every shot. The power on the serve was great and controlling the serve just needed more top spin to bring the ball down into the service box.

Feel (Stiff? Mushy?Muted?Crisp?Comfortable?): For a shaped poly this is a very comfortable string.

Spin: Spin was above average for a poly due to the shape of it. I was able to use spin in all of my shots, top spin shots were dipping into the baseline at the last second and slices were just biting into the court giving some trouble to my opponents.

Durability: I played a good 20+ hours with these strings, and the control is still powerful and spin is there also. They just started to notch and about 75% left of their original diameter.

Playability Duration: Great playability duration as the spin and power didn't change too much with 20+ hours of doubles on these strings.

Tension findings: If I were to string this again I would up the tension by 5 pounds as 50 was a little to powerful for my flat shots. Tension maintenance is really good with these strings.

List any additional thoughts(optional): I really enjoyed this playtest. Thank you Tennis Warehouse and Kirchbaum for having me to playtest these strings. I am looking forward to the next playtest.
 

Ruark

Semi-Pro
It's a real art comprehensively interpreting these reviews. There are SO many variable between testers/players. One says "suprisingly low power..." while another says "too powerful..." One breaks it at 4 hours, another says they're still terrific at 20 hours. What to decide...
 

SteveI

Legend
It's a real art comprehensively interpreting these reviews. There are SO many variable between testers/players. One says "suprisingly low power..." while another says "too powerful..." One breaks it at 4 hours, another says they're still terrific at 20 hours. What to decide...
You would have to see each play tester on video to get a better idea. Most of the play testers did a pretty nice job explaining about their game and how they strike the ball.

This string is a very solid offering. Would not hold up that well for big hitters. Great intro poly... older players and folks moving to poly from syn gut or mulltis. A big hitting player using an open pattern... would rip through this stuff in 4-8 hours tops. 18 x 20 maybe a bit longer. Aging player with flatter strokes could get 20 solid hours.

I found it to solid and stable.. easy on the arm.. not a spin monster like tour bite.. but not bad. Was great on my arm and shoulder. I did not see anyone complain about comfort. I enjoyed the play test. Thanks again..
 

bigserving

Hall of Fame
It's a real art comprehensively interpreting these reviews. There are SO many variable between testers/players. One says "suprisingly low power..." while another says "too powerful..." One breaks it at 4 hours, another says they're still terrific at 20 hours. What to decide...
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There is definitely an art to interpreting the reviews. Just the racquet that a playtester uses can tell a reader a great deal about their game. Ya gotta read em all, then splash it all around in your head and see how the particular product may feel or perform for you.

That being said, I find these playtests to be a very valuable source of information about many tennis products.

Thanks again and big props to TW for continuing these playtests.
 

SteveI

Legend
It's a real art comprehensively interpreting these reviews. There are SO many variable between testers/players. One says "suprisingly low power..." while another says "too powerful..." One breaks it at 4 hours, another says they're still terrific at 20 hours. What to decide...
There is definitely an art to interpreting the reviews. Just the racquet that a playtester uses can tell a reader a great deal about their game. Ya gotta read em all, then splash it all around in your head and see how the particular product may feel or perform for you.

That being said, I find these playtests to be a very valuable source of information about many tennis products.

Thanks again and big props to TW for continuing these playtests.
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LIKE!!!
 

fjcamry

Semi-Pro
I got my xplosive speed 1.25 2 weeks ago sample pack and ordered 2 packs from tw . I strung
my graphene speed pro 18x20 with xplosive speed 17/ kirschbaum syngut multifibre 16g at 54-57lbs . I play 1.5 -2 hrs Monday thru Friday and use a lot of topspin .

This string helps me with both contact and nice compact swings . On my sw forehand and 2hbh I have very nice follow thru both sides and can change directions easily .

I’ve been hitting 2 weeks now and the tension is maintained . The service is very good as well as volleys. I feel the shaped string is very fast and whippy thru contact .

Thank you tw for letting me review the string . Even though late in the trial , I plan on buying more when my proline ll reel is done . I feel the black color is nice and more dead than a red proline ll. But still xplosive speed 17g is lively enough due to its softer feel, and with the shaped sides can whip thru contact imparting a lot of spin.


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