TW Review: Gosen Sidewinder 17

Discussion in 'Strings' started by TW Staff, Oct 17, 2012.

  1. TW Staff

    TW Staff Administrator

    Jan 21, 2004
  2. TW Staff

    TW Staff Administrator

    Jan 21, 2004
  3. pvaudio

    pvaudio Legend

    Jul 13, 2009
    Man, you guys are really getting into string reviews! I like it :)
  4. bad_call

    bad_call Legend

    Aug 23, 2006
    interesting AG likes stiffer cyclone and rpm blast. ;)

    thanks for the string review. also liking it.
  5. MikeHitsHard93

    MikeHitsHard93 Hall of Fame

    Oct 12, 2011
    I'm wondering how the tension maintenance is.. Love the reviews TW! Keep em comin!
  6. DarrenT

    DarrenT New User

    Sep 14, 2005
    Pretty much sums up my experience with the string (good balance of power, comfort, and spin at the right tensions).

    Tried it first as a main in a hybrid with OGSM, didn't like it, too mushy.

    Tried it in a full bed at the lower end of my tension spectrum where I was stringing BHBR (low 50's), didn't like it, too inconsistent (more balls flying on me -- felt like way too much dwell time unless I went to a full on upper cut stroke).

    Finally decided to up the tension in the full bed to 60 and have been using that setup for about 6 months now. I usually play 2 - 3 hours per outing 3-4 times per week. I consider it a win if I can get 2 weeks out them before they pop (I have yet to cut out a set before they do). They definitely have a soft, kind of gummy feel to them. It's hard to explain, but it feels like it really grabs the ball (don't confuse this with pocketing or that bite feel you get with something like BHB7). The best way I can think of describing the feel is tacky. In a short court with half-speed full strokes, I get great dipping action. At 60lbs I think I found the feel I was looking for with just enough "easy" power for blocking back hard serves or balls that get me stretched on the court, good crisp feeling, and best of all, spin! I can't really speak on tension maintenance as I don't actively track the tension after each time out. I will say that in a full bed @ 60lbs and after 15+ hours of hitting, I very rarely have to adjust my strings.

    If you haven't tried this string already, I think it's definitely worth a try (even at $13 per set). I was shocked and ecstatic at the same time when I saw TW doing 2 for 1 deals on the Sidewinder reels...definitely took advantage of that.

    Poly's I've used in the past:

    - Tecnifibre Spinfire
    - Tecnifibre Redcode / Blackcode
    - Babolat Pro Hurricane
    - Babolat Hurricane Feel
    - Babolat RPM Blast
    - Lux Big Banger Orig
    - Lux Big Banger Rough
    - Lux ALU Power
    - Lux Adrenaline
    - Kirsch Super Smash Spiky
    - Kirsch Competition
    - Kirsch Spiky Shark
    - Kirsch Helix
    - Tourna Big Hitter Blue / Silver
    - Tourna Big Hitter Blue / Silver Rough
    - Tourna Big Hitter Black 7

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