Top 1.20 polys?

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
I am currently demoing 1.20 Tour Bite and 1.18 Black Knight. Both are nice strings. I prefer the feel of the Black Knight but the control and spin of the Tour Bite excellent. The Black knight feels like it may not last that long before bagging out or breaking, but maybe I will be proven wrong.

I know that this gauge of string can be different than the 1.25 or 1.30 versions so I was curious what other ones you all suggest I check out?
 

SinneGOAT

Hall of Fame
Solinco 1.20’s are pretty good, I’ve used tour bite 1.20, hyper g 1.20, just gotta restring them often.
 
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SinneGOAT

Hall of Fame
Right - what's the difference between those 2?

I may try Hyper G soft 1.20 next.
Tour bite was stiffer with a crisper feel while hyper g was muted, but both were stiff to me. I can’t do full bed poly, but if I did I would use soft hyper g at 1.15 because I don’t break strings.
 

jugheadfla

Rookie
Solinco 1.20’s are pretty good, I’ve used tour bite 1.20, hyper g 1.20, just gotta restring them often.
I am currently using TB 1.20 in my 95in Prestige Pro and it is a good match. TB historically is a stiffer string but in 1.20 it is definitely more comfortable while still having a nice crispness.

Cyclone 18g is another 1.20 that is nice. Fantastic spin and bite

All 1.20s lose tension pretty quickly though. TB 1.20 only lasts me about 2 weeks before I have to restring, but its a solid 2 weeks.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
I am currently using TB 1.20 in my 95in Prestige Pro and it is a good match. TB historically is a stiffer string but in 1.20 it is definitely more comfortable while still having a nice crispness.

Cyclone 18g is another 1.20 that is nice. Fantastic spin and bite

All 1.20s lose tension pretty quickly though. TB 1.20 only lasts me about 2 weeks before I have to restring, but its a solid 2 weeks.
2 weeks? Ill take that all day. I was hoping to get 1 week.

You prefer the TB over the Cyclone?
 

Yamin

Professional
Wilson Revolve might be something different to try. Doesn't have the bite of textured strings, but spin is far greater than was expected. Very consistent. If you don't rely on heavy brush for serves couldn't really find a weakness. Stiffness isn't too high but not mushy either. Falls around Hyper G with a normal feel.

I'm sure you've tried all the other reputable strings. I've gone through 20 or so recently and gone back to hyper g 17 as it fits most rackets very well. 18 is pretty crazy if you can find an application for it that won't break.
 

mb3182

Rookie
Agree. Play with Confidential 1.2, which is now my go-to string and it's an excellent string. Becomes even better after few hours, than hold its performance very well. I played side to side with Kirschbaum pro line 1.2 and I much better prefer confidential. Pro line is a tad softer and more powerful but loses its tension much faster too.
 

brownbearfalling

Hall of Fame
Since it hasn’t been mentioned:

Weisscannon silver string
Luxilon ALU power 1.20 17g

Both are fairly stiff strings. Due to the stiffness they hold tension well
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Agree. Play with Confidential 1.2, which is now my go-to string and it's an excellent string. Becomes even better after few hours, than hold its performance very well. I played side to side with Kirschbaum pro line 1.2 and I much better prefer confidential. Pro line is a tad softer and more powerful but loses its tension much faster too.
I hated Confidential in 1.25. Muted and plastic feel to me. Is the 1.20 dramatically different?

That said, I love TB 1.20 so far - it's my leader. And I have some Hyper G soft 1.20 coming today too.
 

mb3182

Rookie
I hated Confidential in 1.25. Muted and plastic feel to me. Is the 1.20 dramatically different?
I played before with 1.25 and was a bit too stiff in my TC97 18x20. Personally I don't find it that muted. Maybe a bit more than Pro Line but not by far. The TC97 has plenty of feel so might also due to the racquet. But for sure 1.2 soften the stringbed and gives you more feel, increase the dwelling time and provide more power. As a reference I string at 23/22kg.
For example I hate HyperG which for me feels plastic. Again it might be a combination of the string and the racquet you associate it with.
 

brownbearfalling

Hall of Fame
how much time do you get out of the ALU in that guage?
For me ALU hold tension much better than other polys on the market. I know some people on the boards have experienced otherwise. ALU lasts about 25% longer than solinco 1.20 strings. It’s about equal to weisscannon silver string.

Another string that has held tension well for me is Pacific Poly Force (salmon color). I use it in the 1.25 gauge. It is an excellent string. Also made in 1.20 gauge. I have not tried the black version.
 
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fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
I have a few locals who are devoted to a hybrid of Isospeed Baseline 1.20 paired with a 16 ga. syn. gut cross. For anybody who wants some arm friendliness yet insists on using poly, this setup has been quite good. The Baseline 1.25 has also earned a few fans, either in a hybrid or a full bed.
 

2nd Serve Ace

Hall of Fame
Head hawk 1.20 (18) is a solid poly. Consistent, predictable stringbed with excellent tension maintenance. Maybe best as a cross in a hybrid.
 

tlm

G.O.A.T.
You should try Tourna Big Hitter Silver 7 Tour, it’s listed at 17 gauge but seem more like 19. This string plays well and seems to keep its playability for a long time.
 

H22 fan

Rookie
I have used the below 1.20 strings:
Pro Line Evolution;
Max Power;
Pro Line II;
Cyclone orange;
Mosquito bite blue 1.19;
Poly Plasma 1.18;
Red Devil 1.19;
Poly Plasma 1.18.
I liked most Evolution mains, Max Power crosses.
 

MikhailT

Rookie
Not exactly 1.20, but Weisscannon Scorpion 1.22 is very nice as cross. Its not the most slick one, but it is very soft and has nice feel to it.
 

tlm

G.O.A.T.
17 gauge S7T is really very similar to 1.20 strings from other manufacturers. Here it is compared to Yonex Poly Tour Rev 1.20:



and here it is compared to 1.20 Tour Bite (Tour Bite on left, S7T on right):

I’ve been using the S7T since you talked about it being such a good string, so far I have been impressed with it. It has a very good feel and good bite on the ball, plus it is has good control.
 

JOSHL

Hall of Fame
17 gauge S7T is really very similar to 1.20 strings from other manufacturers. Here it is compared to Yonex Poly Tour Rev 1.20:



and here it is compared to 1.20 Tour Bite (Tour Bite on left, S7T on right):

Have you by chance weighed it compared to those others?
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
17 gauge S7T is really very similar to 1.20 strings from other manufacturers. Here it is compared to Yonex Poly Tour Rev 1.20:



and here it is compared to 1.20 Tour Bite (Tour Bite on left, S7T on right):

Good to know. I have a reel of this stuff too. I will definitely compare it to the TB 1.20. I thought it was going to true to the 1.25 size so I have not strung it up yet.
 
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