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zipplock

Hall of Fame
Got some Ghost Wire to try out, 1.17 and 1.22. I'm not usually a string breaker but I bought both just in case. For the past 10 years I have played PP Red Devil and PP Black Force. I like soft slick poly strings.
Strung the 1.17 at 45# in a UP16. The string is marketed at "soft" but it had very little stretch while stringing. I have always equated stretch when stringing with soft, but maybe I'm wrong. Really looking forward to hitting with this tomorrow.
 

tennisBIEST

Professional
Got some Ghost Wire to try out, 1.17 and 1.22. I'm not usually a string breaker but I bought both just in case. For the past 10 years I have played PP Red Devil and PP Black Force. I like soft slick poly strings.
Strung the 1.17 at 45# in a UP16. The string is marketed at "soft" but it had very little stretch while stringing. I have always equated stretch when stringing with soft, but maybe I'm wrong. Really looking forward to hitting with this tomorrow.
Looking forward to hearing your review of GW
 

g4driver

Hall of Fame
Ghostwire is such a versatile string. It works like Wilson Revolve, but prefer GW over Revolve. Here are the ways I use it for clients. I am using it as a cross currently with HGS and love how it just works with so many strings.

1) as a cross to soften a stiffer poly specifically shaped polys like HG, HGS, Firewire
2) as a cross with Natural Gut
3) as a cross with multifilament mains for players who don't break string frequently, but do break the multi mains but hate multis sticking out of place in a full bed of any multi.
4) as a main with multifilament crosses to for players who need more durable setups than Option 3 above.


Ghostwire has replaced Head Hawk as my go to smooth slick cross for many clients.
 

JOSHL

Hall of Fame
Ghostwire is such a versatile string. It works like Wilson Revolve, but prefer GW over Revolve. Here are the ways I use it for clients. I am using it as a cross currently with HGS and love how it just works with so many strings.

1) as a cross to soften a stiffer poly specifically shaped polys like HG, HGS, Firewire
2) as a cross with Natural Gut
3) as a cross with multifilament mains for players who don't break string frequently, but do break the multi mains but hate multis sticking out of place in a full bed of any multi.
4) as a main with multifilament crosses to for players who need more durable setups than Option 3 above.


Ghostwire has replaced Head Hawk as my go to smooth slick cross for many clients.
Yea it’s my favorite cross as well. Hope it goes on sale again soon!
 

zipplock

Hall of Fame
Got some Ghost Wire to try out, 1.17 and 1.22. I'm not usually a string breaker but I bought both just in case. For the past 10 years I have played PP Red Devil and PP Black Force. I like soft slick poly strings.
Strung the 1.17 at 45# in a UP16. The string is marketed at "soft" but it had very little stretch while stringing. I have always equated stretch when stringing with soft, but maybe I'm wrong. Really looking forward to hitting with this tomorrow.
So I've played 3 sets of doubles and 4 sets of singles with Ghost Wire 1.17 strung at 45 pounds in a Wilson Ultra Pro 16x19. My normal string is Pro's Pro Black Force 1.19 strung at 45 pounds.

Ghost Wire is slick and soft, very easy to string. The thing I noticed the most was tension retention. Tension has dropped very little since stringing. Some strings you account for tension loss when stringing, not this. I have another set of 1.22 that I will string at 38 just because the tension drop was so minimal.

GW is very comfortable, but I would not call it soft. Here's why I say that. I felt NO pocketing with the GW while I feel pretty substantial pocketing with the PP. You may or may not like this.

Regarding spin, I am getting more spin out of the PP 1.19 than the GW 1.17. I think that string dwell time has something to do with this.

Wrapping it up GW is a very comfortable slick string. I would call it above average for comfort and easy of stringing, just average for spin. While it is a nice string, it won't be replacing the PP at my normal tension. This may change when I string the 1.22 set at a lower tension. GW is a good string.
 

USPTARF97

Hall of Fame
Black Knight 1.23 is an excellent string. Coming from playing Luxilon Alu Power and VS Gut/ Luxilon 4g. Its the best I have hit with in many years. Black Knight played excellent for 6-8hrs before it dropped off of a cliff in terms of tension in the Head Prestige Mid 93’. Consistency to the 6hr point rivals any string on the market. Great power, spin, control and easy on the arm. Best bang for the buck. (5.0 tennis) training with D1 and D2 players.
 
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Black Knight 1.23 is an excellent string. Coming from playing Luxilon Alu Power and VS Gut/ Luxilon 4g. Its the best I have hit with in many years. Black Knight played excellent for 6-8hrs before it dropped off of a cliff in terms of tension in the Head Prestige Mid 93’. Consistency to the 6hr point rivals any string on the market. Great power, spin, control and easy on the arm. Best bang for the buck. (5.0 tennis) training with D1 and D2 players.
what is your tension compared to Alu and VS/4g?
 

JOSHL

Hall of Fame
Black Knight 1.23 is an excellent string. Coming from playing Luxilon Alu Power and VS Gut/ Luxilon 4g. Its the best I have hit with in many years. Black Knight played excellent for 6-8hrs before it dropped off of a cliff in terms of tension in the Head Prestige Mid 93’. Consistency to the 6hr point rivals any string on the market. Great power, spin, control and easy on the arm. Best bang for the buck. (5.0 tennis) training with D1 and D2 players.
Have you used sliver 7 tour? How does BK compare if so? Thanks!
 

Injured Again

Hall of Fame
I'm not @USPTARF97 but S7T is a stiffer, crisper, but also more powerful and more spin capable string that is also less linear in responding to how hard you swing, especially at the lower end of swing speeds. Black Knight for me was pretty low powered but ultra consistent throughout. It just didn't offer enough power for me when I was off balance or under pressure, and without the ultra high RHS of a younger player I couldn't shape the ball as much when really trying to spin it.
 

USPTARF97

Hall of Fame
Have you used sliver 7 tour? How does BK compare if so? Thanks!
Went through a couple of reels of Silver 7 Tour. Great string in terms of tension maintenance, spin etc but the main problem was when generating a lot of racquet head speed, really stepping on the gas, it felt like mush and non-responsive. Alu Power and Black Knight when you step on the gas with those strings the responsiveness is there. Black Knight provides a little better control and better tension maintenance than Alu Power but lacks the power.
 
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beltsman

Legend
Thank you for your response, the thing is I would love to keep some part of BK for its predictability and just have a bit more free power (everything lands well in court and need more depth) .
Firewire was nice but lost confidence on swinging, I understand it's a trade off of course.
Can BK be used as a cross even though it is a shaped string (with a more powerful string in the mains)? Or would it work with a round power string in the crosses for that matter?
Try Tour Status?
 

warney

Rookie
I had set of cyclone tour 16 lying around and so I tried BK 17 main with CT cross @48 (Typically use BK full bed at 48/46). I like it very much. Slightly more pop and more spin with this hybrid than with BK full bed. I had lot more on the line dippers. Though control is little less than full bed BK. I am yet to try BK/GW hybrid.
 
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