Tennis Warehouse PLAYTEST: Pacific Spin 6

TW Staff

Administrator
We have a limited number of Pacific Spin 6 (1.25mm) co-poly strings for a playtest. This is for our USA Talk Tennis Members only.

The sign-up period for this playtest has ended. We will notify the selected participants by email shortly.

In order to remain in good standing for all the upcoming playtests, you must post your findings in this thread by the deadline.

Reviews Due by February 9th

Include the following in your review:

Tension(s) used for playtest
Regular string set up
Racquet brand and model used for test
Power of test string
Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp?)
Spin
Comfort
Durability
Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time)
Control (predictable trajectory? Easy to control depth? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?)
Compare to the string you use most often
Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?)
List any additional thoughts (optional)

**We have not tested this string on the court or in the lab. So we can not provide tension recommendations.
 
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scotus

G.O.A.T.
Hi TW,

Many thanks for the sample string, which arrived with 2 overgrips (thanks again!). Can you tell me which Pacific model these overgrips are?
 

kvan

Rookie
Hi TW,

Many thanks for the sample string, which arrived with 2 overgrips (thanks again!). Can you tell me which Pacific model these overgrips are?
My package just arrived today. I believe they are Pacific "XTack - Pro" grips. If you unravel the grip, the grip name is embossed near the middle.

Thanks again TW!
 

thebigz

Rookie
String this a bit higher if you like using lower power poly, it has medium high power. I was launching every out today on first hit.
 

Oakland510

New User
Tension(s) used for playtest: 52 lbs
Regular string set up: genesis typhoon
Racquet brand and model used for test: Dunlop pro stock similar to mw 200g
Power of test string: closer to high than medium
Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp?): oddly stiff for a thin powerful string
Spin: good nothing too noteworthy
Comfort: first outing not that great a bit harsh second time it loosened up and was much better
Durability: notching after 6 hours of hard training
Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time): only three hits so far but I can feel the tension loss.
Control (predictable trajectory? Easy to control depth? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?): launched a few balls, mixture of less spin and more power. Not so good on this aspect.
Compare to the string you use most often: less spin less comfort more power worse feel.
Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?) would need to go up in tension for control but the harshness to the arm could be dangerous.
Might have just been a one time thing for that outing having to do with not having played for a week before.
List any additional thoughts maybe in a hybrid for some but this is not the string for me
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
mad dog1's Pacific Spin 6 string review

I'm just going to come out and say it! What a great string!

Tension(s) used for playtest: strung 1 pc ATW pattern @ 47/45# on an electronic CP machine
Regular string set up: Kirschbaum Pro Line II @ 44# on an electronic CP machine
Racquet brand and model used for test: Head Microgel Prestige MP
Power of test string: Moderate for a poly, good pop on groundies and nice punch on volleys.
Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp?) stiff and well dampened but not so much that feel is too muted. very substantial meaty feel; no cheap, plasticky feel like some polys such as BHBR. feels very full on impact, not crunchy or wiry like Tour Bite. feels to me like it's halfway between Cyclone and V-Torque. V-torque being very dampened and dead feeling while Cyclone feels livelier but more harsh. Spin 6 straddles the middle ground between these 2 excellent Volkl strings. Feel was great after the initial break in period all the way until around 10 hours. after 10 hours, the string started trampolining a bit and feeling loose & rubbery. Depth control suffered as a result.
Spin: in the first 2 hours so far, spin is excellent. not like Tour Bite spin, but it's also more comfortable than Tour Bite. not wiry feeling. after 5 hours, i'm still getting very good spin.
Comfort: very good for a stiff string! started out stiff and after a few hours of play time, the comfort has improved. at 5 hours, i'm finding comfort to be pretty good. comfort continues to improve. i'm now ~9 hours and finding the strings to be very comfortable.
Durability: only hit with for 2 hours so far so durability is still TBD but there's a little bit of notching. put another 1 hour of play and the string shows a bit more notching. Still snapping back just fine. at 5 hours, the mains are starting to lose some snap back. not a lot yet. between 5-9 hours, there's been a bit more notching of the mains, but still plenty of life left. i'm now at ~12 hours and the string is halfway notched.
Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time) for the first 4 hours, playability was unchanged. around 5 hours, the string bed feels softer and has less pop on volleys. at ~9 hours and the string bed is still very playable. there's been some tension loss, but still controllable. I would say one of the strengths of Spin 6 is it's stable playability over the first 9 hours. playability started to drop off from around 10-12 hours. by this time the edges had all worn smooth and the string was notched halfway. balls began to fly long.
Control (predictable trajectory? Easy to control depth? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?) very impressed with the level of control both directional and depth. touch wasn't bad either considering the stiffness. i was able to get alot of spin to keep short putaway balls well inside the baseline. getting good depth and spin was easy when exchanging groundies from the baseline as well. while the texture of the twisted structured string has pretty much worn down by ~9 hours, it still offers plenty of depth and directional control.
Compare to the string you use most often a little less comfort compared to PL II, but i really like the increased pop on volleys. Comfort is better than Tour Bite and a little better than Cyclone. Feel is quite good for a structured, twisted string.
Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?) i was worried i might have strung it too high due to the stiffness, but i think i nailed the tension. great control and spin.
List any additional thoughts (optional) This was a very uncooperative string to install. Coil memory to the EXTREME so as a result, the self coiling loops got caught on EVERYTHING. not much fun to string up as a result. However, the extra time and trouble it takes to string is worth it as Spin 6 performs exceptionally well and at a high level, but also remains playable and stable over the life of the string. Good feel, spin, pocketing, durability...one of the better playtests for me in recent memory.

I have never jived with twisted strings before so i was VERY disappointed when I saw that Spin 6 was exactly the type of string I normally dislike. Went into this fully expecting to hate this playtest. after struggling to install the string due to its unruly coiling nature, my impression of the string only worsened before i even set foot on the court. amazingly, Spin 6 wiped out all my negative preconceived prejudices about twisted strings and I really enjoyed my time with this string! It's clear to me now that not all twisted strings a created equal. Depending on the price, I would not hesitate to switch to this string!

As always, big thanks to Pacific and TW for giving me a chance to participate in this playtest! And muchas gracias for the overgrips! :D
 
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cartel

Rookie
Tension(s) used for playtest: 50/48# on wise CP

Regular string set up: Cyclone 17 at same tensions always do 2 piece string jobs.

Racquet brand and model used for test: Q5x ProKennex

Power of test string: initial feel was harsh- - i should get racquet tune so i can see tension drop accurately- on day one i used it for half hour or so-- seemed very low powered.. after it sat in my bag 3 days i used it again and it was considerably better. more power- better feel and not as harsh-

Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp?) started stiff/ got better with age (the opposite of ALU power)

Spin: spin is on par with regular cyclone. i dont feel as though it has any more spin than my regular setup or the klip16 nat gut hybrids i use as well.

Comfort: slightly harsher than cyclone-

Durability:at 5 hours so far and there is no notching and snapback is still good-- playing again tomorrow will update after my 3rd session with it

Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time) see above

Control (predictable trajectory? Easy to control depth? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?) initially had lack of control and felt stiff- as it seemed lower powered i was trying to hit harder and then losing control and sending it long-- this got better on session 2 .

Compare to the string you use most oftensee above

Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?) would use possibly less tension to gain more power back - that might help - my initial thoughts are after it settled in and lost some tension it was better than day 1.

List any additional thoughts (optional) As prev user i also thought it has a LOT of coil memory i had to detangle the whole roll to start - it was a rats nest. never used a twisted string before to compare with.. i do plan to use cyclone tour soon so i will see if all twisted string is like this.


will update again after 1 more session

GRIP-- works well -- its wearing fast still tacky.. generally i change grips every 2-3 sessions.. and thats with 3 rackets in rotation so its lasting about the same as wilson pro that i normally use..
 
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scotus

G.O.A.T.
Coil memory?

I didn't think it was bad at all.

I gave it a 5-second manual prestretch around a pole, and when I cut the string in half, most polys would coil back somewhat neatly into a circular, reeled position. This one, however, (probably because of its twisted texture) didn't do that. So I'm not sure whether we can say anything about its "coil memory."

BTW, stringing this one was easy, except on the very first main where the string took me by surprise and escaped the gripper.

Great spin and muted feel.

Full review to follow in a few weeks.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
I didn't think it was bad at all.

I gave it a 5-second manual prestretch around a pole, and when I cut the string in half, most polys would coil back somewhat neatly into a circular, reeled position. This one, however, (probably because of its twisted texture) didn't do that. So I'm not sure whether we can say anything about its "coil memory."

BTW, stringing this one was easy, except on the very first main where the string took me by surprise and escaped the gripper.

Great spin and muted feel.

Full review to follow in a few weeks.
i didn't bother to do a manual pre-stretch on the entire length of the string and i strung it up 1 pc. 2 pc would definitely make stringing easier. in the future, i would string this up 2 pc.
 

colan5934

Semi-Pro
Tension(s) used for playtest: 48 pounds

Regular string set up: 48 pounds. Solinco Tour bite 1.25

Racquet brand and model used for test: Babolat Pure Control Tour

Power of test string: Medium for a poly. I didn't feel like I could lay into the ball like I could with Tour Bite and not have it sail long, but it wasn't so much that I was missing balls long. The extra pop was actually welcome since I've been struggling through a wrist injury the last few weeks on my non-dominant hand. If I were completely healthy, I would up the tension 4 or 5 pounds to dial the control in just a bit more.

Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp?): I actually really like the feel of shaped strings, probably because they're familiar and fairly similar across the board, and this was no exception. It was softer than I'm used to but still crispy. Twisted strings typically feel like this to me. The crispness remained even after the slight tension drop.

Spin: Very nice on the spin front. I wouldn't say that I got as much action as I do from Tour Bite, but I definitely enjoyed some good bite. I didn't have too much difficulty keeping the ball in the court or manipulating depth and angles. I would compare the spin, and the string in general, to Genesis Typhoon in the blue color or Signum Tornado. It's really solid all over the court, especially in spin.

Comfort: Not bad at all. Apart from my recovering wrist, I noticed no discomfort. I wouldn't call it soft, but it's definitely more arm friendly than Tour Bite or an ALU Power. I can't really comment more because I rarely get arm pain from polyesters apart from when there's an existing injury.

Durability: Broke it at about 6.5 hours. Drilling, singles, and doubles play. That's about average for me lately. I'm breaking Tour Bite 16L anywhere between 5 and 7.5 hours, so this passes the durability test too. For reference, anything that isn't poly is lucky to last a set. I even tried some 1.15 and 1.20mm polyesters a couple of weeks back, and they broke within 3 hours.

Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time): I found the string to play consistently throughout the test, but it wasn't really in my racquet long enough to experience a huge dropoff in playability. There seemed to be a large (larger than I'm used to) drop in tension between the first and second hits, but I didn't notice any change in the playability. I'm used to playing low tensions, so little adjustment was necessary if any. Spin, pop, and especially feel were consistent from freshly strung until breakage.

Control (predictable trajectory? Easy to control depth? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?): I kind of addressed it above, but I found it fairly easy to keep the ball in the court. It is a polyester, after all. I will say, however, that I found a bit of vagueness of accuracy sometimes, especially during the first hit. Maybe the strings needed a bit of break-in or I needed an adjustment period, but hitting spots, especially on approaches was a bit more difficult than usual. I sprayed a couple of balls that I usually don't too. So, in short, keeping the ball in the court was a breeze, but I felt that I had to focus and be a bit more precise when trying to open up the court or squeeze the ball down the line for a passing shot.

Compare to the string you use most often: Compared to Tour Bite, it has a bit of a softer feel, a little less spin, a good amount more power but not so much that it's uncontrollable, and equivalent durability. A bit less of a precise feel on shots that required more accuracy too.

Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?): I might up the tension because I felt like I struggled with control in certain instances where I was looking to hit a spot (passing shots, approach shots, spot serving). Otherwise, I could play with it at this tension if I had to, but I wouldn't play a match with it strung this low if I could avoid it.

List any additional thoughts (optional): Nice to see Pacific catching up in the string game again. I've always enjoyed their XForce (I think that one, the salmon colored one). Depending on the price point, this could be a good option for me once I stop competitive play and need a slightly more user friendly poly than Tour Bite. The overgrips were a nice surprise too! Nice and tacky without being too sticky or hard on my hands, especially for having the black color that I usually try to avoid for that reason. Thanks TW and Pacific!
 

McLovin

Legend
I didn't think it was bad at all.

I gave it a 5-second manual prestretch around a pole, and when I cut the string in half, most polys would coil back somewhat neatly into a circular, reeled position. This one, however, (probably because of its twisted texture) didn't do that. So I'm not sure whether we can say anything about its "coil memory."

BTW, stringing this one was easy, except on the very first main where the string took me by surprise and escaped the gripper.

Great spin and muted feel.

Full review to follow in a few weeks.
I'm w/ the other people, but I wouldn't call it 'coil memory' so much as it was just unraveling it from the start. I string mine 1-piece, and my normal procedure is to unroll 9ft, feed it through, clamp w/ starting clamp, then clip the tie(s) & unravel the remainder.

Regular polys are usually easy to untangle, but this was unusually difficult. I suspect it has more to do w/ the twisted nature of the string, and others (such as Tornado) would do the same.
 

scotus

G.O.A.T.
I'm w/ the other people, but I wouldn't call it 'coil memory' so much as it was just unraveling it from the start. I string mine 1-piece, and my normal procedure is to unroll 9ft, feed it through, clamp w/ starting clamp, then clip the tie(s) & unravel the remainder.

Regular polys are usually easy to untangle, but this was unusually difficult. I suspect it has more to do w/ the twisted nature of the string, and others (such as Tornado) would do the same.
Right, like most twisted strings, this string unravels rather wildly.

For trouble-free stringing, I recommend this string be manually prestretched and be strung 2-piece.
 

McLovin

Legend
Right, like most twisted strings, this string unravels rather wildly.

For trouble-free stringing, I recommend this string be manually prestretched and be strung 2-piece.
Yeah, I was thinking exactly that midway through the mains. 2-piece would have been much easier to manage.
 

djNEiGht

Hall of Fame
any users able to compare stiffness to Tour Bite or lets say RPM Blast/Dual? Will be putting it in either POG OS or Redondo 98
 

djNEiGht

Hall of Fame
Thx maddog. Just read your review as well. Leaning toward the POG OS at low 50s cp. Last twisted string I played was the genesis true grit in the same racquet.
 

PBODY99

Legend
Tension used for playtest : 40 lbs
Regular string set up 1.20 poly**1.25 ZX
Racquet brand and model used for test:prince Speedport Gold 110
Power of test string: average
Feel : ok for a poly
Spin : a little more pronounced straight off the machine.
Comfort : average for the string type
Durability After 10 hours it held up fine. I am not a string breaker
Playability Duration For lenght of the test it was predictable
Control good
Compare to the string you use most often:It roughs, up the ball a bit more as I generally use a smooth poly.
Tension recommendations I would drop the tension 2 pounds in the winter
List any additional thoughts
The string reacts like most of the twisted polys, so care when releasing it from the packing is key to a smooth installation. I put one end in a starting clamp< any clamp will do > and fed the sting out . Installed 2 piece on a lock out machine. Crosses installed with no problem.[/COLOR]
The over grips were fine quite tacky, but my hands do not sweat.
Thanksyou Pacific & TW for the oppportunity to test this string.
 
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Rjtennis

Hall of Fame
i didn't bother to do a manual pre-stretch on the entire length of the string and i strung it up 1 pc. 2 pc would definitely make stringing easier. in the future, i would string this up 2 pc.
Ya, strung as a 2-peice it's no harder to string than any other poly. Coil memory was no better or worse than any other poly either.
 

kvan

Rookie
Tension(s) used for playtest: 50/47 pounds

Regular string set up: 52/50 pounds Signum Pro Poly Plasma, although I've played extensively with Tour Bite and Cyclone 17.

Racquet brand and model used for test: Volkl C10 Pro

Power of test string: Middle of the road for me, pretty similar to Cyclone and definitely a bit more than with Tour Bite or SPPP. I'm pretty happy with the tension, although I may be able to increase it to tame some power.

Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp?): Just want to point out I use a rubber band dampener. A bit more crisp than Cyclone, but not as soft. A different feel to SPPP too, due to the shape of the string. Not bad, just different. No real hot-spots or anything, pretty consistent response.

Spin: Great, and a bit more "free spin" compared to SPPP. Not tour bite level, but consistent, easy spin. Close to cyclone in the spin department.

Comfort: I don't have arm issues, so it's always hard commenting on this, but I didn't feel any jarring or tenderness in my arm.

Durability: 5 practice sessions and still going strong. Notching is there but expected, especially with shaped strings.

Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time): Very consistent throughout my playtest in all the departments. I felt the tension did drop a bit after my first couple of hours, but it didn't really affect play. Spin and control were still there, and plenty of power to boot.

Control (predictable trajectory? Easy to control depth? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?): Good, after getting back into the groove of a shaped poly. Easy depth manipulation with the spin, and angled cross court forehands were a joy with Spin6. Predictable response, as I stated above, and I also got great spin on slices (just watch out to not put too much on it!). Volleys were good too, with a little more slice on them than usual.

Compare to the string you use most often: More spin, different crispness, and more power compared to SPPP. Compared to Tour Bite, Spin6 is softer with slightly less spin, and more power. Similar to Cyclone except a bit more crisp, and less pocketing.

Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?): I thought the tension was a good choice, but I wouldn't mind trying it with a couple pounds higher and lower to see how it would react. More control with the higher tension or some nasty spin with the lower tension? I may try it out.

List any additional thoughts (optional): The overgrips are great! I tend to stay away from black grips as they seem to not take sweat well, and they rip prematurely, but these were a pleasure to use. They're thin, super tacky, and are holding up nicely. Thanks a bunch to TW and Pacific!
 

scotus

G.O.A.T.
scotus' review of Pacific Spin 6

Tension(s) used for playtest: 45 lbs mains / 38 lbs crosses

Regular string set up: I switch around a bit too much to have a "regular setup". Recently I have been using Luxilon ALU Spin and Volkl V-Torque, both of which have terrific spin, at around 40-45 lbs of tension in the mains and 35-40 lbs in the crosses.

Racquet brand and model used for test: Wilson Pro Staff 100LS with a Gamma Shock Buster dampener.

Power of test string: Felt a bit lively for a poly, slightly more powerful than ALU Spin and V-Torque. There's enough power to go for your shots and finish points off.

Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp?): The best description I would say is muted, but not so much that you can't feel the ball. You don't feel irritating shock and vibration. To me, it's a slightly crisp and mostly muted feel. Do I prefer a more crisp feel? Yes, but the feel is good enough. It doesn't feel like a piece of plastic. It doesn't feel jarring. Just a nice muted feel.

Spin: Plenty of spin. With this shaped and twisted string, all you need to do is brush just a bit and your shots will have ample spin built into them. But I feel I get a bit more spin from Luxilon ALU Spin and Volkl V-Torque.

Comfort: As a recovering TE sufferer, I appreciate the comfort it provides. It did not bother my arm at all (but remember, I use a fairly low tension).

Durability: Lasted 5 hitting sessions of mostly doubles. Better than the ALU Spin, which lasts 3 hitting sessions.

Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time): If you own a stringing machine like I do, you might want to change it out after 2 sessions. The playability does go down hill.

Control (predictable trajectory? Easy to control depth? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?): I got great directional control. Depth-wise, the control was good as long as I kept spinning the ball, topspin and slice both working well. The problem I had was when I tried to vary my shots by mixing the flat shots into the mix. Sometimes my flat shots flew on me unexpectedly, and then the next topspin shot would fall much shorter than intended. This might be a problem that could be solved by spending more time getting used to the string and fine-tuning the tension.

Compare to the string you use most often: I prefer the Luxilon ALU Spin in all categories except for durability and cost. V-Torque is also superior, except for its very sub-par tension maintenance.

Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?): The tension was fine. I think I could have gone down 3-4 lbs and still have acceptable control.

List any additional thoughts (optional): I would highly recommend a 2-piece job for ease of stringing. Would be interested in the pricing of this string.

As always, many thanks to TW for giving me this opportunity to test new products.
 
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thebigz

Rookie
Tension(s) used for playtest: 52/50 lbs mains/crosses in a drop weight machine, which will be quite looser than a electrical pull or crank
Regular string set up: Volkl Cyclone 18g 55/52 lbs, I up the tension at thinner string.
Racquet brand and model used for test: Yonex Vcore Tour 89 16x20 pattern
Power of test string: I would say medium high for a poly. I went down couple pounds stringing this string than my regular set up due to the thicker gauge. However, I found it is quite powerful in low 50s for a drop weight machine(getting closer to 40s in constant pull). For a lower power poly user you should up the tension several pounds on this one.
Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp?): It has kinda mushy feel since it has a bit more pop in flat shots. If you take big cuts on the ball you'll feel more crispness. However, in general it seems too muted and it doesn't give me enough feedback on the shot like Cyclone does.
Spin:Spin is quite good since it has a extreme twisted and shaped design, my topspin is actually dropping a bit shorter than they usually do, flat shot tend to go longer and more unpredicatable.
Comfort: Ok comfort. It doesn't have stiff feel but still left me a little sore after 2 hours. That's usual for a poly to me tho.
Durability:: Medium durability, after several play session the shaped starts to wear off and lose in control.
Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time) I felt the tension drop and lost in control at the 6-8 hours. Not very good playability duration.
Control (predictable trajectory? Easy to control depth? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?): This is where I struggle a little with this string. Due the heavy texture, the stringbed is not as predictable as I would like in round polys or even Cyclone. I really don't know the bounce in off center shot. My ball was sailing a bit long too. Maybe I should've strung it higher.
Compare to the string you use most often: More bite and little more spin. Less control and higher powered. More mushy and less feedback on strings.
Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?): If you are used to lower power polys string it higher than usual (Mid or high 50s for me). Looking for more pop you can go in low 50s or high 40s(drop weight). Though I didn't have a chance to try but I don't think this string will perform well in super low tension.
List any additional thoughts (optional): Fun playtest! Thanks TW
 

djNEiGht

Hall of Fame
Tension(s) used for playtest: 52/50 lbs mains/crosses in a drop weight machine, which will be quite looser than a electrical pull or crank
Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?): If you are used to lower power polys string it higher than usual (Mid or high 50s for me). Looking for more pop you can go in low 50s or high 40s(drop weight). Though I didn't have a chance to try but I don't think this string will perform well in super low tension.
List any additional thoughts (optional): Fun playtest! Thanks TW
good review.

A bit off topic but a drop weight is going to give a higher final tension than a crank. Drop weight doesn't lock out like a crank and is considered a constant pull. It would be the same as an electronic if the machine was set to constant pull.
 

McLovin

Legend
Tension used for playtest
45lbs w/ 10% prestretch on a Wise 2086 (see RacquetTune pics below)​
Regular string set up
Pacific Tough Gut 17 / Pacific Poly Force 1.25mm​
Racquet brand and model used for test
Pacific X Force Pro BX2​
Power of test string
Slightly above medium. I got good pop on my serves, but struggled to put some shots away from the ground. But for a poly, it felt more powerful than some others I've hit with.​
Feel
I found it a nice feeling poly. Soft yet crisp. However, if I was off-center on my shots, I heard a bit of a 'ping'. Volleys were controlled & predictable.​
Spin
Plenty. I believe the launch angle is lower, though, as most of my shots were barely clearing the net at first. After I adjusted, I got good depth along w/ the spin. But when I went back to my gut/poly, I had to adjust down as most shots flew long.

During my matches I hit some nice dipping passing shots, as well as few topspin lobs, something I've lost over the years. Kick serves we very effective, especially to the ad court. Put a few of my opponents into the side netting (indoors).​
Comfort
Very comfortable. I assume the low tension helped, but for full poly, it was enjoyable. No arm shock or elbow problems...not that I normally experience them.​
Durability
I don't break gut mains, so I'm not going to break poly mains. No issues for me​
Playability Duration
After my first set, it settled in nicely for the whole playtest. Didn't have any issues after 5 hours of hitting.​
Control
Good side-to-side control. Felt like I knew where it was going every time. Once I adjusted for the launch angle, I was able to get consistent depth off my shots. Serves went where I wanted them to.​
Compare to the string you use most often
It doesn't seem fair to compare to gut/poly, but the Spin 6 had less power, more spin, and less pocketing. I could really feel the ball stay on the strings in the gut/poly, while with the Spin 6 it seemed to 'jump' off the strings. As mentioned before, launch angle was lower w/ the Spin 6​
Tension recommendations
For me, 45lbs was perfect. Tension loss was average for a poly, losing approx 15% over the playtest (the one on the left was fresh off the machine, the one on the right at the end):
List any additional thoughts
As others have said, stringing two-piece is a must. Rats-nest does not begin to describe what I went through trying to untangle all 40ft. Also echoing others, price point will be important. Cyclone has established itself as a popular string, and at $8 a pack, its easy to see why.

While I'm a gut/poly person most of the year, I've taken to full poly on clay during the summer. My usual setup has been MSV Focus Hex mains / Pacific Poly Force crosses, but I would consider Spin 6 an alternative to the Focus Hex.​

Thanks TW & Pacific for the playtest opportunity.
 
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thebigz

Rookie
good review.

A bit off topic but a drop weight is going to give a higher final tension than a crank. Drop weight doesn't lock out like a crank and is considered a constant pull. It would be the same as an electronic if the machine was set to constant pull.
Ideally you're right, however my drop weight doesn't have fixed clamps but floating clamps instead. It DOES causes tension losses, and the result with floating clamps is looser stringjob than regular fixed clamp lock out or electrical pull:) Many others also experienced this and suggested a tension adjust (up) with floating clamps drop weight, sorry for not making this clear at first.
 

ten11

Semi-Pro
pacific spin 6 playtest

Tension(s) used for playtest : 56lbs lockout

Regular string set up: 56lbs msv co focus

Racquet brand and model used for test: prince o3 tour midplus, 100 sq in. 16x18

Power of test string: medium to the more powerful side. It is a bit more than what I liked but will be a good choice for player who is looking for a more powerful poly.

Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp?): muted. great feel in touch shot and volley.

Spin: above average. During the play test, I had good result with the spin. also able to hit the high trajectory shot with spin.

Comfort: very comfortable. no issue at all.

Durability: good. has not see any sign of breakage yet, but I do not break poly.

Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time): this is the most disappointing part of this string. The string bed comes off the very stiff and dead and plays that way two. after 4 hours and few days it plays great. the response, the feel, the spin and the touch all plays great. While I was impressed with it for about another 2 session of 4 hours, it starts to get into the next phase of the string. it become very powerful and hard for me to control the ball. It feels, volleys well but ground stroke and serve becomes very different because of the added power.

Control (predictable trajectory? Easy to control depth? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?): average. I had great control before the string become too powerful to control. Once it starts to gain power, I have to short my swing and reduce power to keep the ball in, which leads to less spin and hard for me to control the ball eventually.

Compare to the string you use most often: Msv CoFocus is much more consistent than this string. Pacific spin 6 has great touch, feel and comfort, only the ground stroke and serve start to suffer after few hitting sessions. I suspect it is caused by the tension lose.

Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?) I felt I had it right at 56lbs. Due to the playing characteristic change during the play testing, it is hard to suggest what to use.

List any additional thoughts (optional): In conclusion, I enjoyed this play test for this string. It is by far the most comfortable and has best feel of all poly I have played with. But the play characteristic change is bit hard for me to adapt to.
It will be a good string to suit the string breaker but look for good spin, feel, touch and more importantly the comfort. Another good fit will be the double players who play more shots around the net compare to the baseline. If those player can get the serve right and quickly move to the net, this string can be a good choice too.

Thanks TW for the play testing.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
i'm now approaching 12-13 hours on the string and it's time to cut it out. string is halfway notched which is generally the time for me to replace any poly w/ a fresh bed anyways. stringbed has started to launch a bit and feels rubbery. edges have all worn flat. doesn't cause my shoulder or wrist to ache like some poly when it reaches the end of its playable life. my conclusion is that this is an excellent string. would like to know the retail price.
 

jim e

Legend
Tension(s) used for playtest : 47lbs

Regular string set up: 64 lbs. Wilson Nat. Gut 16g.

Racquet brand and model used for test: Head Radical Tour OS

Power of test string: One of the good characteristics of this poly is good power, Great string for baseline shots where you really swing out with decent control. 4/5

Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp?): Good feel from volleys . Not a crisp string, but not as soft feel as nat. gut.3/5

Spin: Even though I am a relatively flat ball hitter, there is plenty of spin as needed. Once I got the feel for this string,I was able to swing out great on baseline shots dropping in, where I know if I hit with my normal nat. gut some of those would have been out. Was able to put decent spin on second serves as well. 4/5

Comfort: Comfortable string at 47lbs. I have had issues with TE in past (not from tennis) , and for duration of string there were no issues, not exactly as comfortable as nat. gut but very much so for a poly... 3.5/5

Durability: Broke at the 14th hour of hard singles hitting.
3.5/5

Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time): I felt the tension drop after a few hours, but then settled in and hit well for me for the duration up till near the end. Was about time to cut it out when it broke as it was past its useable life for me at that time. 3/5

Control (predictable trajectory? Easy to control depth? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?): I had decent control on baseline hitting, as well as placing decent spin on second serves with good control 4/5

Compare to the string you use most often: Hard to compare a poly to my normal Nat. gut as these are very different strings. Nat. gut is more comfortable, but this was a comfortable string for a poly. Nat. gut has more power, but again this string had decent power as well. The comfort, feel and power is better with my nat. gut but was enjoyable to hit with a poly as this as well.

Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?) 47 lbs. seemed about right, although if I has a second set, I would have strung it up lower to see if more power and feel would be there.

List any additional thoughts (optional): I really liked the overgrips very comfortable and I like the feel. Reminded me of the H2Overgriops that Wilson stopped making years ago (just used up my last one a couple weeks ago) . I really liked those and now I will use these. This will be my next purchase! Thank you as I would have never known about these overgrips!!
 
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Blitzball

Professional
Pacific Spin 6 Playtest

Tension(s) used for playtest 55lbs

Regular string set up Luxilon 4G or Multifilament/Kirschbaum Max Power hybrid

Racquet brand and model used for test Wilson Prostaff 97 (the tweener version)

Power of test string There was a good amount of pop. It was fairly lively, similar to Volkl Cyclone Tour.

Feel Fairly stiff and crisp, just what I'd expect from a polyester. Nothing extraordinary.

Spin Quite good in the spin department. I was seeing some extra kick on my kick serves, and in one of my singles sets, my opponent complimented me on the curvature I was getting on my slice serves. I got a few aces/winners down the T on the deuce side thanks to this added spin. Again, the spin generation reminded me of Cyclone Tour (they're both the same, twisted texture).

Comfort These aren't notably comfortable and plush. Rather, they're solid feeling, just not the softest and most forgiving.

Durability Very good durability. After 10 hours of practice, 3 singles sets, and 2 doubles sets, they still look to be in good shape.

Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time) After an hour of hitting, the strings settled in nicely, providing good pop and spin potential. Three and a half hours later, tensions dropped by at least several pounds and some of my flat serves and groundstrokes were flying way out. The drop has been gradual since, and, as expected with any poly, my shots are becoming slightly more erratic.

Control (predictable trajectory? Easy to control depth? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?) Very good control. Probably in the upper echelon of polys with good control; very comparable to 4G's control, and better than the comparable Cyclone Tour in this department, as it's less lively and more predictable in its trajectory. Good depth control when it's fresh, but, like I said, control started going sour around the 4 or 5 hour mark.

Compare to the string you use most often Compared to 4G, this is less comfortable and less plush feeling, but more crisp, slightly more potent in its spin potential, and equally powerful and control-oriented. It's like a less soft, less lively version of Cyclone Tour.

Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?) I really liked the tension I chose. If it was softer and more powerful, I'd definitely raise the tension, but given how good control and spin it offers, I'm happy where it's at.

List any additional thoughts (optional) Fun playtest. I won't be buying these strings in the near future simply because my wrist is prone to tenderness, and I was feeling that after some of my sets. However, this has been going on for the past few months even with 4G, so I've been forced to use very soft strings is all. Not the fault of the string at all, and once I'm back to full health, I could definitely come back to using these strings on a consistent basis.
 

topspinlob

Rookie
Tension(s) used for playtest: 53 lbs on Klippermate Drop Weight

Regular string set up: Prince Poly EXP 16 and @ 56 lbs Topspin Cyberflash 17 @50 lbs

Racquet brand and model used for test: Wilson 2013 Blade 16x19 customized ( leather grip w/ overgrip lead @ 3&9) to 11.8 oz

Power of test string: I read reviews of the string before I got the string that it was a powerful string so I decided to up the tension. I really didn’t like the string at first. It totally reminds me of Golden Set Snake Bite. I didn’t really see it as powerful. But after a couple of weeks of letting it sit in the racket, I gave it another try. There’s was a little more pop. On serves, I really feel the ball pancaking on flat serves.

Feel: Again this string reminded me of Golden Set Snake Bite which I felf was stiff and crisp. But it did have some good feel. I knew where on the string bed the ball was making contact.

Spin: The spin is real good if you have good technique. It’s not going to add spin to flat strokes. It really grabs the ball when you have a good low-high swing.

Comfort: I thought it was uncomfortable at first but after letting it sit for a couple weeks I started to like the string.

Durability: I’m not a real big string breaker. I’m guessing this is durable string for a poly.

Playability Duration: As mentioned before I didn’t like the string at first. After a couple of weeks of letting it sit, the string felt more responsive and more comfortable which probably correlates to some tension loss. I really should have strung it at 50 lbs or less.

Control: Control was great with this racket. The ball wouldn’t fly off the strings. I could control depth of shots easily.

Compare to the string you use most often: I usually play with soft polys because of previous arm issues. Prince Poly EXP is really soft and has some power. Cyberflash is in between Poly EXP and Spin 6.

Tension recommendations: I would recommend stringing this string 50 lbs or below because of its stiffness. I think you can still get good playability with lower tensions.

List any additional thoughts: The string has a lot of coil memory. I had the hardest time stringing with Spin 6.

Thanks TW and Pacific for letting me play test and the extra grips!
 

Rjtennis

Hall of Fame
Tension(s) used for playtest: 50/48 lbs
Regular string set up: VS 16/Kirschbaum Pro-Line II 17G
Racquet brand and model used for test: Head Youtek Extreme Pro

Power of test string: on the higher end for polys. I like polys with some pop so I enjoyed the strings power level.

Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp?): More of a muted feel, not super stiff by any means.

Spin: The level of spin was solid. No complaints on spin potential.

Comfort: the string was comfortable right out of the gate. Had a similar level of comfort to Pro-Line II

Durability: Notching was fairly similar to other softer polyesters. Started to notice some notching after 4-5 hours of play.

Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time): The string loosened up and become more comfortable and powerful after an hour or so of play. After that the string played consistently and I didn't notice much further tension lose. However, the initial loss would easily be offset by stringing a few pounds higher initially.

Control (predictable trajectory? Easy to control depth? performance on different strokes and swing? This isn't a pure control string and shouldn't be marketed as such. I enjoyed the powerful response, decently high launch angle and easy depth. Control for me was just fine by using the strings spin potential.

Compare to the string you use most often: a little more spin, similar comfort and power.

Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?) I would up the poundage 2-3 lbs to account for the initial tension loss.

List additional comments: This type of poly is right up my alley due to the power level. Would like to try this string again at some different tensions. Would also like to try it as a cross with Gut. Even though the string is shaped, it doesn't seem to have any sharp edges that would shred the gut.
 

Nuke

Hall of Fame
Tension(s) used for playtest
55 pounds on both mains and crosses.

Regular string set up
Topspin Cyber Flash 17 mains with Gosen OGSM crosses, both at 55 pounds.

Racquet brand and model used for test
Prince Warrior OS

Power of test string
About average to slightly higher for a poly, after the initial tension drop. I wouldn’t classify this as a “power” string, but it’s a bit livelier than most dead polys.

Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp?)
Pretty crisp for a brief period until the tension dropped a bit, and then it became a bit more muted as it settled in. Not mushy or too stiff, it was a nice middle-of-the-road feel.

Spin
Excellent spin potential. I could lay into shots with confidence that the spin would control depth for me. I generally prefer round polys over shaped/twisted ones, feeling that the increase in spin is usually marginal, but this string was a pleasant surprise.

Comfort
This string had a firm feel, but it was not uncomfortable. No arm discomfort noted over the length of the test.

Durability
10 hours and the strings have shown some notching. Tension loss is pretty gradual after the initial loss. I don’t break poly, and these strings still have a bit of life left for me. I typically cut out Cyber Flash around 15 hours, and this seems pretty similar.

Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time)
After a brief period of being too stiff, the string loosened up and played pretty well for the next few sessions. Tension loss seems pretty gradual after that, so it’s still pretty comfortable to hit with, but notching and the rounding off of the string’s shaped profile is giving less spin now than when the string was fresh. It’s not terrible, but just average after a few hitting sessions.

Control (predictable trajectory? Easy to control depth? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?)
I use a lot of spin to control depth, and this string was very easy to control early on. After a few sessions, the spin was less pronounced, so not as easy to keep in control. But the drop-off is pretty gradual. No problems at all with side-to-side accuracy.

Compare to the string you use most often
It’s a bit more powerful than Cyber Flash, and provides a bit more spin. Comfort and tension maintenance is roughly the same. CF is a bit easier to string, as this one really wants to get tangled when you uncoil it.

Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?)
I’m OK with 55 pounds. This was a bit harsh at first, but quickly settled in at a comfortable tension.

List any additional thoughts (optional)
Cost is always a factor when buying strings, so it’s still to be determined whether this is a cost-effective string or not. I’d also like to try this one in a hybrid with a synthetic gut cross string, to see if that gives a good feel without ruining the spin potential. As always, thanks to Tennis Warehouse and Pacific for giving us the opportunity to try out these strings.
 

woodje12

Rookie
Great string!

3.5, male, 39 years, playing rec leagues for 3 years, counter-puncher style (no big weapons besides the brain!)

Tension(s) used for playtest -- 54

Regular string set up -- still experimenting after moving to polys; most recently: ALU Power Rough at 53 (too harsh, too low powered for me), 4G Rough at 53 (not quite as harsh but not friendly), multi's at ~58 (good feel, durability minor issue)

Racquet brand and model used for test -- Babolat Pure Drive 2012

Power of test string -- average to slightly powerful for a poly which I liked; definitely less power than ALU Power Rough or 4G Rough

Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp?) -- I really liked it: solid but not too stiff

Spin -- HUGE; the Spin 6 delivers here; my wife immediately noticed the additional topspin I was able to generate hitting with her and backing her past the base line; much more spin that the Luxilon Rough's I've tried even though I don't have a ton of topspin in my forehand, this gave me noticeably more

Comfort -- Comfortable for a poly at least compared to Lux where I feel some discomfort if I play a long match/practice

Durability -- Excellent; I don't break polys given my lack of serious topspin but this string appears to be holding up nicely after about 3 doubles and 2 singles matches

Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time) -- I'm definitely seeing less topspin than when it was fresh but still above average

Control (predictable trajectory? Easy to control depth? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?) -- Moderately predictable, I can't say it's a strength but not a major weakness either; my stroke has more variability than the string!

Compare to the string you use most often -- I much prefer this over either Luxilons, as someone else asked what's the price? I am a value shopper and bought the Volkl poly trial pack from TW so that is next for me but I very well may come back to Spin 6 depending upon price.

Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?)
-- I might go a little less than 54 for me to go for a little more power but then again I don't play everyday so I build in some tension loss

Thanks TW and Pacific for the great string as well as the grips!
 

Lack

Rookie
Tension(s) used for playtest - 55 lbs main/cross prestretched drop weight

Regular string set up - Dunlop Black Widow 16g at 55 lbs main/cross prestretched drop weight

Racquet brand and model used for test - Head Graphene Prestige Midplus customized

Power of test string - I was impressed with the power this string produced. Great string for baseline players.

Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp?) - Crisp. Similar to my regular string set up.

Spin - This string generates tons of spin. Each swing feels like the strings are ripping the ball. I enjoyed hitting kick serves and backhand slices.

Comfort - It's a comfortable string. No arm injuries.

Durability - I've been hitting for about 17 hours and I feel like it's going to break very soon. Shapes wore off and started notching at about 5 hours.

Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time) - After the first few hits, the strings loosened up and felt very comfortable. The tension felt pretty consistent after that break period. Even after the notching, it was still a playable string for me.

Control (predictable trajectory? Easy to control depth? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?) - It was easy to control depth and angle with topspin groundstrokes. The balls flew deeper, few inches above the net than my usual setup, but it wasn't hard to adjust it.

Compare to the string you use most often - They both are soft strings with easy access to spin. I found Pacific Spin 6 to have more power than my setup.

Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?) - Yes, I would string about 2-3 lbs higher next time for better control.
 

sparkyS4

New User
Tension(s) used for playtest 56lbs

Regular string set up Genesis Typhoon grey 56lbs, or Alu Power 54 lbs

Racquet brand and model used for test Prince Tour Diablo mid

Power of test string I found a good amount of power from this string, probably on par with Typhoon, depth was easy to create and control, trajectory was lower then Typhoon, higher then Alu Power

Feel Middle of the road for me, softer feel to the hand as compared to Typhoon, not as crisp as Alu Power, but Spin 6 is crisper then other "soft" polys I have tried.

Spin I liked the amount of spin I get with this string. As compared to Typhoon, similar spin levels, but at a lower trajectory, so the resulting bounce isn't quite as high. I liked the slice backhand more with this string then I do with Typhoon, probably due to the difference in trajectory. As compared to Alu Power, similar spin levels, but lacking some of the "nastieness" that fresh Alu Power produces.

Comfort Again, middle of the road for me, maybe less shock to my arm as compared to Typhoon, but not really noticeable.

Durability I really don't break strings unless I'm playing a lot on clay/Har Tru. After 2 weeks of hitting (10 hours), strings were notched about 50%.

Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time) I found that a break in is needed with these strings, 1-2 hours before they really start grabbing the ball. They continued to play well for the next 4-5 hours, but then dropped off significantly, I got a mushy/loss of control feel. If I were to play with these, I would cut them out after 6 hours or so.

Control (predictable trajectory? Easy to control depth? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?) Great directional and depth control when fresh, like I said before, the trajectory was a little lower then I'm used to, but I quickly adjusted and was finding great depth control. I also felt very confident hitting near the lines with my groundies and serves (until string went mushy). Volley's were good, control for angles/droppers was good, better then Typhoon, not as good as Alu Power.

Compare to the string you use most often Compared to Typhoon, lower trajectory, similar spin, similar power, slightly softer feel, play ability duration not as good.

Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?) I might drop it a pound or two to see if the trajectory changes, but was happy overall at 56.

List any additional thoughts (optional) Enjoyable play test, thanks again to TW and Pacific for this opportunity. Liked this string, if the formulation could be changed so the play ability doesn't drop off so sharply, I would consider this string.
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kickit

New User
Tension(s) used for playtest: 53/53 Lbs

Regular string set up: Solinco Tour Bite 17 @ 53/53 Lbs.

Racquet brand and model used for test: Head IG Prestige Pro

Power of test string: Average for a poly

Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp?) The string felt muted for a poly.

Spin: Above average for a shaped poly. It felt like the edges really bit into the ball.

Comfort: For a string that was so difficult and wire-like to string I felt that the string was very comfortable for a poly.

Durability: Average for a poly. In 10+ hrs. of play I have yet to snap the string.

Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time): The string offered a consistent response from the string bed. As with all poly's once the edges of the string began to wear spin was drastically reduced.


Control (predictable trajectory? Easy to control depth? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?): Control was the stand out area for this string. I knew the ball would not sail long on me.


Compare to the string you use most often: A nice string, but it doesn't have the magical X-factor that tour bite had for me. However, it was far more comfortable and easy on my arm.

Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?): The 53/53 seemed like the sweet spot for me. There was a balance of pop, control, and comfort.


List any additional thoughts (optional): This string was a royal pain to get in the racket. Out of the package the string instantly became a giant nest and I had to be very careful not to kink it while sorting out the nest. There was far to much coil memory and it was a real hassle. For that reason alone I wouldn't purchase this string.
 

T-bolt

New User
Pacific Spin 6 Playtest

Tension(s) used for playtest : 40 lbs mains 36 lbs crosses
The frame prestretched 1/8"

Regular string set up: Solinco Tour Bite 17 .30 lbs is my normal setup but I made the decision to got tighter when making my first pulls. It was a softer more flexible string than most polys I have used.

Racquet brand and model used for test: Prince Graphite 100 Longbody 4 1/4 Grip

Power of test string: First I would like to say this string worked for me in almost a magical way, It could do no wrong in any of the categories . The power was a 8 of 10 .But in play it seemed more powerful , I could swing as hard as I wanted due to the fact it had so much controlled power.

Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp?): The strings response was soft (7of10) Crisp (6of10) middle of the road. Not muted at all. The feel was absolutely perfect for my style

Spin: Spin was a 7 of 10. Not as much spin as a round poly but just enough to work with .In fact it made me realize I was hitting with to much spin with my other setup.This string hit a more penetrating ball. I like to hit spin but no need to with this one, powerful flatter balls were very easy to control.

Comfort: The comfort was well above average I would say a 8 of 10 here. The standout was the harder I swung the softer it seemed to feel .The dwell time was outstanding! This string was as close to a gut main /poly cross hybrid as any string I have used.

Durability: So far durability has been good ,notching is average. Much better than solinco tour bite

Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time):
The playability the first 10 hrs was super outstanding. After 15 hrs or so the dwell time and softness dropped off .Normally I would just play on until it breaks but It was so good the first 10hrs I will not accept any less ,it was that good. Cost is not a factor here ,its much less than Gut hybrids!

Control (predictable trajectory? Easy to control depth? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?):
All categories A+ Magical! I could just hear a cracking sound at contact ! The only other string that did that was Klip K-Boom. But it did not last long. It would go dead to way fast.

Compare to the string you use most often: More power, Less spin, softer, better dwell time , more control at higher swing speeds. And that wonderful cracking sound at impact! I just knew in the first 5 minutes this was a possible keeper!

Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?) : I would go 3 -5 lbs tighter than your normal only because it worked for me. If I were to have kept it the same I would have possibly missed out on all of the above description

List any additional thoughts (optional): This is going to be my go to string when available. I actually liked it more than the Gut hybrid and that says a lot,The gut hybrids were the ultimate for me but cost just kind of took the fun out of it. Its definitely worth a try .Take your time uncoiling it and go two piece. Be careful not to let the crosses twirl when weaving them. That's about it! Thanks to all
 

woodje12

Rookie
Correction

Power of test string -- average to slightly powerful for a poly which I liked; definitely less power than ALU Power Rough or 4G Rough
Just came back to this thread and realized a key typo -- I found the Spin 6 to have MORE power than ALU Power Rough or 4G Rough (which I liked).
 

mokcl

New User
Tension used for playtest: 40 lbs
Regular string set up: Full poly – isospeed baseline
Racquet brand and model used for test: Dunlop biomimetic 300 tour
Power of test string: It has lower power than I usually get from Isospeed
Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp?): Feel of this string was pretty good! Nice solid crisp shots. I can even throw out couple drop shots with it.
Spin: Spin was great but it is expected from a shaped poly. Actually it’s a little too spinny and takes me quite a while to dial in.
Comfort: I have no problem and no pain. Good enough for a poly.
Durability: Strings show minor notching after 4 matches. It should let me play another 4-6 matches.
Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time). Not sure why, I played inconsistently throughout my 4 matches. Not sure if it’s related to the weather or the string.
Control: Direction control is good. However, I have some issue at the beginning as the balls were too spinny and landed short or low to the net. Take me some time to adjust to it.
Compare to the string you use most often Compared to my usual setup, this string has lower power, greater spin and better feel.
Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?) I would lower it further to low 30s and hope to gain some power of it.
List any additional thoughts (optional) It came with 2 overgrips. Very thin and tacky. I like it.

Thanks TW and Pacific for this play test.
 

bigserving

Hall of Fame
Pacific Spin 6 - Full Bed

TENSION USED FOR PLAYTEST - 50 lbs in both the mains and crosses strung on a lockout machine. There was a fair amount of coil memory out of the baggie, but not overly excessive for a poly. No problems during stringing.

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

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

POWER OF TEST STRING - As polys go, I think that the power level easily falls into the well above average range. Could even be described as high powered for a poly. Very nice power for a poly and decent enough to be quite usable on most strokes.

FEEL - In this racquet, these strings have good, crisp feel to them. They did not feel muted or mushy but rather they felt like a comfortable side of a stiffer playing string. The level of feel combined with the amount of power give these strings very playable feel overall.

SPIN - One of the best characteristics of this string was the amount of spin created. It was very impressive. The shaped of the surface really works to create a very usable amount of spin. When I wanted some extra spin for a short angle or to get the ball at the feet of my opponent, there was plenty of spin available.

COMFORT - These strings are really comfortable. There was no shock, twinge or any other aspects that would make the string uncomfortable for a player. Sometimes shaped and/or twisted strings can be very unforgiving at contact. These were quite nice.

DURABILITY - This play test consisted of six sets of singles over a period of six days. The strings did not break during the test. There was a small amount of notching that became noticeable after approximately two sets. The notching did not seem to get any worse from that time, until the end of the play test.

PLAYABILITY DURATION - These strings seem to have a consistent, noticeable amount of tension loss over about the first couple of hours of hitting. Then, they seemed to remain pretty consistent for the remaining hours of play. They do not feel as though they need to be cut out yet. The tension loss did affect the level of playability of the strings.

CONTROL - These strings have great control. Much of that control comes from the great spin aspect of the string. It was fun to control both the placement and the depth of my kick serves and flat first serves. Just as long as I kept my racquet going low to high, placement and depth were easy to control on groundstrokes. There was plenty of useable power on all of my shots and the great spin kept the ball on the court. Even volleys jumped off the strings nicely and were very easy to control.

COMPARE TO DUNLOP BLACK WIDOW - Spin 6 and Black Widow are quite similar. Pacific Spin 6 has the more crisp feel on contact. Black Widow clearly has the softer feel. The playability duration win goes to Black Widow. I would give the power nod to Spin 6. The comfort winner is going to be Black Widow. Not normally the case, but Spin 6 gets the edge on spin creation. Black Widow is going to get the win for control.

TENSION RECOMMENDATION - The 50 lb. test tension seemed to be a pretty good starting point for the test in such a low powered racquet. Next time I would string this string a couple of pounds lower maybe in the 46 to 48 pound range and test the playability there. The lower starting tension may help reduce the change in feel due to tension loss during play.

LIST ANY ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS - Pacific Spin 6 is a very nice string. It has all of the characteristic that polyester players look for in their strings. It has a comfortable feel, plenty of power, lots of control, and plenty of access to spin.
 

matt_tennis

New User
Tension(s) used for playtest: 53 lbs. on gamma x-2 drop weight.

Regular string set up: Cyclone Tour mains 55 lbs. OG sheep micro crosses 56 lbs.

Racquet brand and model used for test: Babolat AeroPro Drive 2013

Power of test string: Low powered but got way more powerful over a period of about 2 weeks.

Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp?) The same as the power: Stiff at first and got more “mushy” over time.

Spin: About the same as my regular set up. Slices were great, and so were topspin shots.

Comfort: A little harder on my arm compared to my regular set up.

Durability: Broke after 12 hours. Until then, great snapback and not a lot of notching.

Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time) It got more powerful, spin stayed the same, and it got more comfortable. Control suffered a little bit though.

Control (predictable trajectory? Easy to control depth? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?) Predictable at first, very good depth control, good for fast swings. Got worse over time.

Compare to the string you use most often: A little stiffer, more low powered, same spin, but changed more over time.

Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?) I would keep the tension it was strung at.

List any additional thoughts (optional) Very hard to string. Crosses were a nightmare. Changes a lot over time.
 

PGlock

Rookie
Pacific Spin 6 Playtest

String received: Pacific Spin 6
Tension(s) used for playtest: 52lbs on CP machine
Racquet used for playtest: Wilson Six.One 95 16x18
Regular string set up: ALU Power 16L at 52lbs
Power: This string is what I consider to be medium powered.
Feel: The string felt reasonably firm with a dampened quality not really muted or soft. It has a nice solid feel on impact not like plastic.
Spin: It felt like spin was above average for a textured poly, more than Black Code or ALU Rough but less than Big Hitter Black 7.
Comfort: This string is comfortable for a firmer poly. I would say it is more comfortable than ALU Power with no unwanted shock or vibration.
Durability: Spin 6 is reasonably durable but you will notice the texture wearing off and notching starting within a few hours.
Playability Duration: There is a loss of tension after about 2 hours but then the string seems to settle in and continues to play well until the five to six hour mark at which point it becomes much less predictable.
Control: I felt that I had good control with this string and had the ability to hit deep baseline to baseline shots with good control and not needing to make big adjustments in my swing. Volleying was pretty predictable but touch shots were more difficult to control and adapt to with this string.
Compare to the string you use most often: ALU Power has a crisper, cleaner feeling to it and feels better on touch shots. Spin 6 is a more comfortable string with better spin production.
Tension recommendations: I liked the way this string performed at 52lbs so I don’t think I would change that at all.
Additional thoughts: As others mentioned, this string is wiry and tangles easily out of the package. Stringing two piece solves that problem.

Thanks to TW for letting me try new string!
 

imajica77

Professional
String Recived:Pacific Sping 6

Tension used for stringing: 52LBS

Racquet used for playtest: Volkl Quantam 1 Powerboost

Regular string set up: X-One biphase @ 58LBS

Power: I would consider this string to have medium power. Enough to put away shots; but it didn't add anything extra.

Feel:Thought the strings felt crisp at first but thought it lost some of the crispness as time went by. But I expect that from all stings.

Spin:The string had a great deal of spin. Being a textured string allowed for greater topspin and slice. Really noticed it on the out wide slider serve.

Comfort:I found the sting to be average on the comfort scale. Not nearly as comfy as a syn-gut. But not nearly as harsh as some other poly's out there. Played roughly 12 hours with the stings and no noticeable arm pain.

Duribilty: After playing with the strings for a couple of hours I noticed some notching. Nothing serious. Have put 12 hours on stings and they are still holding up. But there seems to be a fair amount of tension loss. Nothing above the average loss for a poly.

Playabilty Duration: The stings did a good job of holding up under hard hitting. As I mentioned above there was tension loss as expected. So some of the crispness went away. But the strings keep their spin potential and the added loss of tension actually increased some of the power due the trampoline effect it had towards the end of the stings life.

Control: I thought the strings had very good control when first strung. As it lost tension it lost some of the control. All in all I was happy with the control and spin produced by the strings. If your new to poly though you can easily drop balls short.

Compare to my normal strings: All in all I thought the Spin 6 is a good string. I wouldn't say great. Although it did add spin to my shots it also was a trade off for some power. I am older player who used more flat hard shots than the younger players who use more spin. Therefore I would still stick to my X-One biphase as I love to blast my shots pass my opponents.

Tension recomendations: I stung mine at 52LBS and I think that is a good starting point for players to being with. Just remember the higher the tension the harder it will be on the arm.

Additional thoughts: I would also mention as some of the other players have that the sting has a lot of memory retension to it. So when stinging be careful not to kink. It loves to recoil it's self.

So if your looking for a spin friendly sting I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this sting. Just beware if you sting it yourself. It is not the easiest to sting.

Also thanks to TW and Pacific for allowing the play test. You guys rock.
 

Thatshot

New User
PLAYTEST: Pacific Spin 6

Tension(s) used for playtest: 55lbs
Regular string set up: Volkl Cyclone 17g at 55lbs
Racquet brand and model used for test: Babolat Pure Drive

Power of test string: Spin 6 feels like a low to medium powered string, its definitely lower powered than Volkl Cyclone. Have to add a bit more effort if I want the ball to penetrate like it did before.

Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp?) - Spin 6 once strung up has a firm feel to the string bed. It is firm but not harsh on the arm, slightly muted, not too much, very playable. It doesn't have the pocketing effect that cyclone does, definitely plays firmer than cyclone and has less power to start with. A few hours into the play test after the string bed settled, power increased a bit.

Spin - The spin for this string is good but not exceptional. Initially when I first saw this string, it almost looked like Signum Pro Tornado with all the twists and shapes. Spin 6 has good spin but is not capable of doing what some of the top spin strings on the market can do. I will say spin is average for this string.

Comfort - Comfort is good for a string that plays firm. At the start, I can definitely feel the firmness of Spin 6 but gave it a few hours of hitting, the string bed loosened up and comfort level progressively increased. By the end of the play test, this was a very arm friendly string to play with.

Durability - Durability for Spin 6 is average to below average for me. It lasted about half the duration of my last test string 4g soft. To me this is a two way street, although the durability wasn't as good but the playability definitely was better so its a give and take. By the end of the play test, Spin 6 had such excellent playability I was a bit saddened when it snapped.

Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time) - Spin 6 started off rather stiff and dull, I wasn't too fond of how it felt or played at the start. As time passed and string bed settled, playability steadily increased. String bed loosened up after a few hours of hitting and came alive! I was starting to enjoy the hits more and more and when I was really starting to like it, it snapped. Played really well midway through and toward the end.

Control (predictable trajectory? Easy to control depth? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?) - Control was really good at the beginning given that it was real stiff. After it loosened up, control lessened a bit but not too much. Balls were still going where I intended for them to go trajectory were flatter than Cyclone and very predictable. Depth of shots were very consistent, I felt very confident hitting all different shots and the ball is not doing anything unusual. I give it an above average for control.

Compare to the string you use most often - I'm a Cyclone fan so this will be difficult for Spin 6 to measure up but it does have its strengths in certain areas. For a string that plays firm, it has a good amount of comfort that it wouldn't hurt a players arm/elbow and has really good control compared to a softer string such as Cyclone. Midway through the play test, I noticed playability dramatically increased as the string softened up a bit. Overall a fun string to try out!

Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?) - Spin 6's characteristics are similar to what you will see on the market right now so it plays very close to mainstream, tension wise I would recommend people string it at their usual tension since there is nothing a player need to adjust to.

List any additional thoughts (optional) - This was quite an interesting play test. At the beginning, Spin 6 seemed like just another middle of the road poly but once the string softened up, I really started to enjoy the hits! Shots became livelier, comfort level was excellent, control was where it needs to be and its fun to hit with this string. Only downside is durability was a bit short lived.
 

jersey34tennis

Professional
Reviews Due by February 9th

Include the following in your review:

Tension ; 55 mains 52.5 crosses

Regular string ; signum pp plasma

Racquet brand and model used for test; prince hybrid tour 95 (lead on head, 12.7 strung)

Power of test string ; low/medium power . what i expected from most firm polys

Feel ; to me it felt fairly firm, i liked the feel as a firmer poly tends to tame the semi-unpredictable hot spots on the hybrid tour frames.

Spin ; spin was good. my shots were kicking up pretty well making it hard for my hitting partner to step in and take it on the rise, i could create some nice angles going cross court towards the serve boxes where normally i tend to push them deeper towards the baseline.

Comfort ; comfort was okay for poly. like i said it was firm. stiffer than plasma but not like tecnifibre red code. i felt like it was a stiffer more spin oriented version of weisscannon matchpower.

Durability ; after 5 days the strings are holding up well. no very little notching between strings

Playability Duration ; good pop for the first 2 days (4 or so hours hitting), on the 3rd day the tension seemed to drop a couple pounds and it had more power but the spin had dropped quite a bit for me.

Control : control was good. didn't give me any extra on slow swings but medium to fast swings i got the spin i was accustomed to with plasma. i felt a little disconnected on slices but when you hit a forehand square with a good string it hit a heavy bally and it could penetrate the court without slowing down and sitting up. i vollyed okay with it but over the course of the test i didn't rememeber any low touch volleys or finesse shots sticking out where i really felt the string helped me .

Compare to the string you use most often: firmer than plasma with less tension maintenance , had better spin initially, less power, control about the same but didn't give the same nice feedback. i stated earlier i think it should be called weisscannon matchpower spin becuase if you twisted matchpower and took a slight amount of power out of it, this would be that string.

Tension recommendations: i'd try it about 3 pounds less than midtension. try to squeeze some more power out it but i'd rather hybrid it with a nice slick multi in the mains to bring some feel back into the frame. i think gamma tnt would work really well with this string as a cross.

overall if you're a big string breaker and don't mind restringing this thing after about 10 or so hours of hard hitting this string would be a nice string to try out. if you like rpm and want something a little lower powered and with a little more spin give this a try. i'd like to hear how rpm users thing this string compares .
 
Tension(s) used for playtest- 56 lbs with Wise electronic tension head

Regular string set up- Wilson Ripspin 16

Racquet brand and model used for test- Prince Tour 100T ESP

Power of test string- string was medium powered for a poly

Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp?)- feel was crisp but somewhat muted, felt pretty soft also but pretty much everything feels soft in the 100T ESP

Spin- spin was pretty good for the first 2 outings but decreased dramatically after, I'm guessing this was because the strings stopped snapping back

Comfort- pretty comfortable but once again everything feels comfortable in my racquet

Durability- I broke the strings on a mishit about 6 hours into the playtest, looking at how deep the notches were throughout the stringbed, I would say that they might have lasted another 2 hours. So overall, pretty good durability for a 17 gauge in the 100T ESP.

Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time)- the string started out crisp and pretty spin friendly but after about 4 sets the strings stopped snapping back and spin decreased. I felt like the tension held throughout the playtest

Control (predictable trajectory? Easy to control depth? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?)-the trajectory of the string was predictable but a little high for my taste. depth was easy to control and the string performed well at all swing speeds and strokes but it excelled a liitle more with shots of slower swingsweeds. I felt with harder shots, the strings pocketed a little too much and the trajectory became a little unpredictable. The strings also had decent feel for a poly at the net. The crispness of the strings provided good touch for volleys.

Compare to the string you use most often- this string has more spin than Wilson Ripspin but the spin did not last as long. Ripspin stayed pretty consistent till breakage. Spin 6 plays more crisp but Ripspin has more control. It is also a little higher powered than Ripspin.

Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?)- I would keep the same tension. The string played well at 56 lbs and I think a drop in tension would have made it too soft. I might up the tension if I played it again to see if I could get a little more control on harder hit shots

List any additional thoughts (optional)- Overall, I think that this is a solid offering from Pacific. Anyone looking to try a comfortable, spin friendly string that holds tension well should give this one a try.

I would like to thank Tennis Warehouse for this opportunity. You guys are such an asset to the tennis community. Thanks again!
 

AC Tennis

Rookie
My review

Tension(s) used for playtest: 50#

Regular string set up: Prince Beast XP 17g at 50#

Racquet brand and model used for test: Wilson K 6.1 95 16x18

Power of test string: I found this string fairly powerful for a textured poly. More power than the Beast, which I think has decent power

Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp?): Had a soft, springy feel for a textured poly. Not mushy, but not really crisp either.

Spin: spin was good. I noticed extra kick on my kick serves and good jump on topspin groundstrokes. I didn't notice much extra on slice shots. Not bad, just nothing special.

Comfort: very comfortable. As stated above, good feel and no arm pain. For a poly string with very good power and pretty good spin, the comfort was an outstanding feature.

Durability: I've put about 10 hours on the string and have not noticed any notching or significant tension loss. But I am not a string breaker so am not really hard on strings.

Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time): Pretty good playability. I have not noticed a drop in playability over the 10 hours I've used the string. Power, control and spin are all about the same.

Control (predictable trajectory? Easy to control depth? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?):It took me a while to control the power. I found that if I swing hard and my contact angle was a bit off, the shot would sail. With most polys, if I am a little off, the string will compensate and my shot will still go in. Not with this. Conversely, if I slowed my swing down and just met the ball out in front, it went in deep and with pretty good pace. So, for controllable power, it performed more like a multi on ground strokes. It provided good touch for angles and drop shots due to its soft and springy feel. Slice shots did not penetrate as much as I would have liked. They tended to float a bit.

Compare to the string you use most often: This string had more power, less control, more spin, a different feel, and about the same durability as Beast XP 17g.

Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?): I would go up a few lbs to about 53# to gain a little more control.

List any additional thoughts (optional): Overall a good string with good feel, power and spin. With the right tension, it could be a winner for me.

Thanks Pacific and TW for the change to playtest!
 
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