Ultimate string of choice !

speaking of colours, if anyone has tried Head Hawk in white vs grey, would love to know your feedback. I played with the grey 1.2 gauge and like it a lot but white would look nicer in the tf40
Not too different. I thought the white played a little more muted. but not by much. and maybe the white had a little more control.. It's not very noticeable. I'm playing with Head Hawk Black in the new prestige and loving it. To me, it is the most well rounded string out there.
 
Mentioned it in another thread, but I can’t recommend enough the hybrid tourna silver 7 tour (1.25) and Tier1 ghostwire (1.22). Put it in my Tc95 16x19 and it’s a great combination of bite power and control. Comfort is also excellent.
Hi Chris, does GW increase the power when hybrid it with S7T? Thank you
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
I have been trying these new companies polys and they just don't measure up with major brands in control department. control is just more unpredictable off the string bed if you compare to luxilon or babolat polys. not sure why that is
 

ChrisG

Professional
Hi Chris, does GW increase the power when hybrid it with S7T? Thank you
Hi, I think you have more power from this hybrid than from the S7T fullbed. Very good thing is that it doesn’t imply hitting too long. The ball get more speed while retaining good control thanks to the excellent bite of S7T.
I’m playing again tonight and tomorrow so I’ll get more data.
 

ChrisG

Professional
I have been trying these new companies polys and they just don't measure up with major brands in control department. control is just more unpredictable off the string bed if you compare to luxilon or babolat polys. not sure why that is
It depends what kind of poly you’re trying from each company but I got very bad control with Alu power the few times I was stupid enough to pay so much for a string
 

Tmano

Hall of Fame
Not too different. I thought the white played a little more muted. but not by much. and maybe the white had a little more control.. It's not very noticeable. I'm playing with Head Hawk Black in the new prestige and loving it. To me, it is the most well rounded string out there.
How's the power level of Head hawk black? 1.25 or 1.30? Thanks
 

ender749

New User
Not too different. I thought the white played a little more muted. but not by much. and maybe the white had a little more control.. It's not very noticeable. I'm playing with Head Hawk Black in the new prestige and loving it. To me, it is the most well rounded string out there.
thanks! that resonates with my feeling today - played with HH 1.2 white today and it was very similar to grey and like you said if anything just a tad more muted / tad more control - feels like I could go lower with this. and also agree that Head Hawk is a great round poly - so so consitent and great feel. I also used the grey for 21 hours and it was still playable. After testing a lot of round polys for my tf40, I think we have a winner! Time to buy a reel. :)
 

topoldboy

New User
Where the heck did you manage to find Hit Pro in 1.30 gauge? Mayami’s website on shows it in 1.25 for reels and packs
…afaik 1.30 was the only gauge Hit Pro was available (or at least the one you got in the demo package), when it was introduced two years ago
 
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Hi, I think you have more power from this hybrid than from the S7T fullbed. Very good thing is that it doesn’t imply hitting too long. The ball get more speed while retaining good control thanks to the excellent bite of S7T.
I’m playing again tonight and tomorrow so I’ll get more data.
Thank you.
 
How's the power level of Head hawk black? 1.25 or 1.30? Thanks
TW review says Hawk is very low on power but i get good controllable "pop" from Head Hawk. It never feels "dead" to me. I feel like the ball jumps off the string bed with just the right amount of tight spin to keep the ball in. I like alu power during the fresh phase but sometimes i feel like its not very consistent. great, slightly overly powerful when hitting the sweet spot but dead outside of it. Hawk has a more consistent feel to me. and holds tension better. I'm a counter punching type player and this string absorbs pace very well. If theres one knock on it, maybe not the best feel for drop shots and touch shots when swings are slow but i still feel it is better than a lot of other polys in this category.
 

Tmano

Hall of Fame
TW review says Hawk is very low on power but i get good controllable "pop" from Head Hawk. It never feels "dead" to me. I feel like the ball jumps off the string bed with just the right amount of tight spin to keep the ball in. I like alu power during the fresh phase but sometimes i feel like its not very consistent. great, slightly overly powerful when hitting the sweet spot but dead outside of it. Hawk has a more consistent feel to me. and holds tension better. I'm a counter punching type player and this string absorbs pace very well. If theres one knock on it, maybe not the best feel for drop shots and touch shots when swings are slow but i still feel it is better than a lot of other polys in this category.
Thanks!
Right TW and many other people reviewed it as low power with a few described it not that low powerful.
The fact you are using it in a prestige made me wonder that Hawk it is not that low in power. What prestige are you using, MP or Pro?
 

sheenzhaox

New User
Tried Firestorm 130 recently, on Extreme Tour at 22/21kg. Same tension as used for Lynx Tour 125. Compared with LT, firestorm is obviously more powerful, but less spin and control. At the moment, Firestorm 130 is not my favourite.

Will try hybrid Firestorm 120 with Lynx Tour to see how it goes. It's a bit similar to Hawk Touch/Lynx Tour on paper, which plays really sweet.
Tried Firestorm 120 main / Lynx Tour 125 cross. The first two hours was very decent. It keeps the similar amount of power as fullbed firestorm with decent control, but better spin than fullbed firestorm (still less than fullbed lynx tour). The issue is firestorm sawing in lynx tour too quickly. The racquet became unplayable because cross couldn't move at all. Also tension drops from 49 to 38 in racquettune.

Changed Lynx Tour main/Firestorm cross now. Just played two hours. The saw effect seems much less. The first two hours are very very pleasant. Will update how it last.
 
Thanks!
Right TW and many other people reviewed it as low power with a few described it not that low powerful.
The fact you are using it in a prestige made me wonder that Hawk it is not that low in power. What prestige are you using, MP or Pro?
I'm using it in the new prestige that comes out in november. It has a little more power and easier depth than the 360+. Head describes Hawk as Power/Control and i feel that they are pretty accurate with their descriptions. 47lbs-49lbs in the 17g.
 

ender749

New User
Thanks!
Right TW and many other people reviewed it as low power with a few described it not that low powerful.
The fact you are using it in a prestige made me wonder that Hawk it is not that low in power. What prestige are you using, MP or Pro?
Head hawk plays great at lower tensions with good control so you get some free pop then. I am now at 40/38 on my tf40 18x20 and it is great. Barty uses HHT (pretty similar) as low as 40 lbs in full bed or as hybrid with HHT in mains and gut crosses.
 
Tier One Firewire main, Tecnifibre NRG2 cross, strung at 44lbs, each available in 16, 17 and now 18g. Currently using 16g for longevity. Hitting with more spin than ever, plenty of power. No arm or wrist issues. Ultimate? There are a thousand possible combinations. This combo is a winner.
 

galapagos

Professional
Where the heck did you manage to find Hit Pro in 1.30 gauge? Mayami’s website on shows it in 1.25 for reels and packs
Ordered it few months ago. They discontinued many 1.30 gauges as it was too early for them to produce double as much on each string type. I managed to try 1.30 big spin as well. 1.28 tour hex is coming my way. Never had a chance to try thicker gauge of hepta power and I think there was one at some point.
If you follow their instagram you can see that Hit Pro 1.25 is used on tour in head gravity racquet. I think that could be a good combination.

I've got that feeling 1.28 tour hex will be my favourite from all Mayami strings... we will see ! 1.23 gauge was already amazing.
 

NRMM

Rookie
yap, for me Confidential was completely different after those 6 hours. Not even close to how it plays fresh. So much more power, more forgiveness I can see how people can like it in Yonex frames that are very light and tend to be unstable at that weight. Confidential should open up the yonex a bit in a positive way.

Lynx Tour and Razor Code are much more stiffer so you kinda don't notice the drop so much. I would say playability duration is the longest with Lynx Tour. Razor Code is becoming a bit springy. Launch angle increases over time for me maybe not so much the power lvl if that makes sense. So it kinda looses launch angle control but the power lvl is still on a lower side.

Lynx Tour has a very long playability duration. I hate the fact that it is heavier than average string so overall it will not be my pick.

Lynx Tour and Razor Code play very similar on my backhand. They are both kinda dead. Confidential is more "ready" from the start.
Would you then place a bet on VS 16 / Confidential 17 playing more consistently for a longer time span than VS 16 / Lynx Tour 17 on a Yonex EZONE 98 2020 ? For an hybrid, if you were to start testing hybrids, what would be your top 3 setups?
 

NRMM

Rookie
Lynx Tour is one of my favourite strings!
What I noticed though about it’s great playability duration: At some point, when it still plays very good, it can be quite a bit more tough on the arm!
Yap, I play with it as a hybrid with VS and I noticed that after 10/12 hours Lynx Tour still plays well but feels stiffer.. weird !
 

galapagos

Professional
Would you then place a bet on VS 16 / Confidential 17 playing more consistently for a longer time span than VS 16 / Lynx Tour 17 on a Yonex EZONE 98 2020 ? For an hybrid, if you were to start testing hybrids, what would be your top 3 setups?
hybrid with natural gut makes everything amplified. It's like you take out the limiter and compressor. So I would place a bet on lynx tour hybrid. Also it would make the stringbed feel more comfortable and with lynx tour i see it as a improvement. Confidential is good from the start and turns into mushy trampoline. I think hybrid would make it unbearably soft.

I haven't tried hybrid yet but I woud try with:
1. Luxilon alu power rough to see whats that all about.
2. Tourna silver 7 tour so i can compare it with nr1 for much less money
3. Mayami Tour Hex as it's my favourite 6-sided string so far

Solinco Tour Bite also might be a great combination.
 

Spin Diesel

Rookie
I recently tried Mayami Tour Hex 1.23 in my RS 305 and am really liking it! Really great overall. I only played two hours for now, so am curious for how long it can keep those properties.
 
hybrid with natural gut makes everything amplified. It's like you take out the limiter and compressor. So I would place a bet on lynx tour hybrid. Also it would make the stringbed feel more comfortable and with lynx tour i see it as a improvement. Confidential is good from the start and turns into mushy trampoline. I think hybrid would make it unbearably soft.

I haven't tried hybrid yet but I woud try with:
1. Luxilon alu power rough to see whats that all about.
2. Tourna silver 7 tour so i can compare it with nr1 for much less money
3. Mayami Tour Hex as it's my favourite 6-sided string so far

Solinco Tour Bite also might be a great combination.
I have a VS16/Grey Fire that works nicely. I’m considering making that my standard gut cross string.
A word of caution using something with “rough” in its name is to make sure it has a smooth cross section. You don’t want to use something with a sharp edge or twist since it will cut or saw through the expensive gut main in short order. Tour Hex or Silver 7 may work well since they are rounded instead of sharp edges, like Ultracable or Game Changer.
I would also consider one where the durability is good, or is limited because the string is soft, like Firestorm. Given the relative costs, I sometimes replace the cross a couple times during the lifetime of the gut as well.
 

galapagos

Professional
I have a VS16/Grey Fire that works nicely. I’m considering making that my standard gut cross string.
A word of caution using something with “rough” in its name is to make sure it has a smooth cross section. You don’t want to use something with a sharp edge or twist since it will cut or saw through the expensive gut main in short order. Tour Hex or Silver 7 may work well since they are rounded instead of sharp edges, like Ultracable or Game Changer.
I would also consider one where the durability is good, or is limited because the string is soft, like Firestorm. Given the relative costs, I sometimes replace the cross a couple times during the lifetime of the gut as well.
tour hex and silver 7 are shaped. Maybe not so much pronounced but they have edges.
 

Casper777

Rookie
After experimenting quite a bit since I got my Gamma stringing machine, I can now put a short list of my favorite polys!!

Round Polys:

1. Tecnifibre Ice Code 120
2. TopSpin Cyber Blue 120
3. Still in Black X8 125
4. Polyfibre Panthera 120 / Polyfibre Hightech Premium

Shaped Polys:

1. Volkl V Square 120
2. Solinco Hyper G Soft 120
3. Volkl Cyclone Tour 120
4. Yonex Poly Tour Rev 120

The ones I hate so far

1. Solinco Confidential
2. Luxilon Alu Power (except the 120 gauge at low tention)
3. Head Lynx Tour

I still have many to try, especially multis

1. Solinco X Natural
2. Technifibre HDMX
3. Weiss Canon Siverstring
4. Yonex Poly Tour Spin
...

the never ending quest ;) ;)
 
After experimenting quite a bit since I got my Gamma stringing machine, I can now put a short list of my favorite polys!!

Round Polys:

1. Tecnifibre Ice Code 120
2. TopSpin Cyber Blue 120
3. Still in Black X8 125
4. Polyfibre Panthera 120 / Polyfibre Hightech Premium

Shaped Polys:

1. Volkl V Square 120
2. Solinco Hyper G Soft 120
3. Volkl Cyclone Tour 120
4. Yonex Poly Tour Rev 120

The ones I hate so far

1. Solinco Confidential
2. Luxilon Alu Power (except the 120 gauge at low tention)
3. Head Lynx Tour

I still have many to try, especially multis

1. Solinco X Natural
2. Technifibre HDMX
3. Weiss Canon Siverstring
4. Yonex Poly Tour Spin
...

the never ending quest ;) ;)
what racket do you play with? And what’s your playstyle?
 
Kind of my point. There are shaped strings with knife edges, rounded edges, ridges, lobes, cloverleaves, ripples, twists, recesses or any number of other ways of trying to grip a string radially on impact with the ball. They range from effective to gimmicky. If it feels really rough or sharp when you run your finger down the length of the string, think of what that will be doing to the gut main. Anything sharp or really rough has potential to cut or saw through the much softer gut.

Then consider what mechanical properties you want in the cross—stiffness, energy return, durability, friction that make the combination play well together. I know everyone says color doesnt matter, but there are some color combinations that are just plain ugly, and I wouldn’t get caught dead with unless they happened to be my favorite team colors.

On this forum we have dozens of pages to discuss hundreds of individual strings. We would have tens of thousands of hybrid combinations, so it would be a really long search for the ultimate hybrid.
 
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Venusmen

New User
I play Yonex Regna 98 and i'm a high intermediate player I would say. Baseline aggressive game, flat hitter even if I try to add more and more spin to my game. 2HBH
Nice to see your list of strings. My Regna 98 will arrive in a few days and I got some Tour Bite Soft because I wanted to try it and it's grey. You tried it ? I also love HGS but I don't want that green color on the Regna... I also don't like Confidential at all. But different racquet different story ?...
 

Casper777

Rookie
Nice to see your list of strings. My Regna 98 will arrive in a few days and I got some Tour Bite Soft because I wanted to try it and it's grey. You tried it ? I also love HGS but I don't want that green color on the Regna... I also don't like Confidential at all. But different racquet different story ?...
No i definitely have to try Tour Bite Soft...

Ice Code is perfect except for serve where I would need a string that grabs the ball a bit more... Volkl V Square is awesome for that... but a pain to string the raquet with this one haha
 
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galapagos

Professional
Nice to see your list of strings. My Regna 98 will arrive in a few days and I got some Tour Bite Soft because I wanted to try it and it's grey. You tried it ? I also love HGS but I don't want that green color on the Regna... I also don't like Confidential at all. But different racquet different story ?...
Tour bite soft and regular tour bite are two different animals. Both great. But not exactly what i wanted.
 

Boubi

Semi-Pro
Tested razor code (blue): very comfortable, average precision, quite dead and plow through limited, not impressive at net but great touch
In other words, i preferred red code
Firestorm next
 

blai212

Hall of Fame
Tested razor code (blue): very comfortable, average precision, quite dead and plow through limited, not impressive at net but great touch
In other words, i preferred red code
Firestorm next
red code is quite stiff no? I don’t believe you’ll like firestorm if you preferred red code because firestorm is much softer and less durability. Hawk, SPPP, max power, rs lyon might be a better options.
 

galapagos

Professional
Tested razor code (blue): very comfortable, average precision, quite dead and plow through limited, not impressive at net but great touch
In other words, i preferred red code
Firestorm next
Thanks for sharing. Firestorm should be more similar to red code than razor code. Interested in your comparison.
red code is quite stiff no? I don’t believe you’ll like firestorm if you preferred red code because firestorm is much softer and less durability. Hawk, SPPP, max power, rs lyon might be a better options.
Red code is stiff on paper but its not harsh and slightly livelier than razor. Ye, firestorm is softer but i think red code guys might like it. I never tried SPPP, max power and rs Lyon however i might get RS next :)
 

Boubi

Semi-Pro
Tested firestorm....very good string, very soft, precise, comfy, i found it tolerant too
Backspin great , topspin good enough for me...better plow than razor
Small deception at net, a lot of touch but i prefer a firm feeling like the red code (soon tested)
 

galapagos

Professional
signum pro polaris is worth a look! supposed to be the updated version of firestorm. It feels less sturdy than firestorm but improved tension maintenance, durability, slickness. It is better served as a cross string in a hybrid
Ohh my… now i will have to try it one day :p is there any firestorm based strings but shaped?
 

galapagos

Professional
Ok. Time for the gauge update - 1.28 Mayami Tour Hex !

As expected - it was much easier to play bakchand on the rise with this thicker version. Strung it the same as 1.23 in the past. 24kg/23kg .
The feel is a bit different. I would say it got less responsive (understandable). 1.23 was hugging the ball longer and releasing it with added spin. 1.28 doesnt have that effect BUT you get absolute control I would say on par with Luxilon Original I also tested side to side.

Serves were still great however I remember 1.23 serving slightly better.
I played a tournament with 1.28 Tour Hex and managed to reach the finals :)
On clay I still would prefer a bit more bite similar to Cyclone.
Comfort was still there. No vibrations, no harsh feeling. Its more comfortable than Tourna Silver 7 Tour or Solinco Tour Bite. Quite similar to Solinco Confidential. More comfort than Head Lynx Tour and IMO better playability but maaaaybe a bit less spin.
Tension maintenance - average. It gets slightly more power over time. It's better than Solinco for sure lol. They don't care there about playability duration. Just performance...

Next time I will drop the tension to see if I can activate some spin potential. 23kg/23kg , 25kg/23kg (higher tension but 2kg difference) and work from there.

It's difficult because on backhand it's clear I prefer 1.28. On serves 1.23. For confidence I prefer 1.28. For feel and spin potential I prefer 1.23.
I think I will also have to try 1.23 with 24kg/24kg instead of 24/23 to see if I can unlock the backhand on the rise while keeping the other benefits.


Very important update:
After I tried Head Lynx Tour 1.30 again (but this time on clay) I am now sure it can't be my favourite string. Why? It's heavier on average than others. It makes no sense for me since I play with already "as heavy as possible setup". On clay I prefer to be faster with my swings while keeping the control of 1.30 gauges.
That's why I will give this 0.1 point to Tour Hex as the control is still there on top while 1.28 gauge is easier to move around. So Lynx Tour suggested for sticks with lower SW like Prestige MP (18x20) or Yonex Vcore95...

btw. Andrei Mededev joined Mayami camp with Tour Hex. ATP Single High 4. that's pretty inspiring to see as well.





BUT maybe there is 1 more string that deserves to be on my 6-sided strings list :) Any guesses? Or suggestions ?

go to list of strings (click)
 

galapagos

Professional
Maybe 1.28 mains 1.23 crosses will be “the ultimate”?
I am thinking seriously about Big Spin / Tour Hex combo. Both 1.25 big spin / 1.23 Tour Hex and 1.30 Big Spin / 1.28 Tour hex (1.30 big spin currently unavailable)

also hit pro with tour hex combo sounds interesting... I can actually try 1.30 hit pro with 1.28 tour hex. ohh myy...xd
 

yessir

Rookie
What about Tier One Firewire? Everyone is like "biggest spin potential ever" , "It bleeds the ball" , "Super good tension maintenance" , "Hasn't lost a pound" etc. If that's the case why is everyone talking about Hyper g and Cyclone regarding to spin potential?
 

antony

Professional
What about Tier One Firewire? Everyone is like "biggest spin potential ever" , "It bleeds the ball" , "Super good tension maintenance" , "Hasn't lost a pound" etc. If that's the case why is everyone talking about Hyper g and Cyclone regarding to spin potential?
Because Tier One is not as established as major racquet manufacturers are (yet?)

I’ve tried tier one but haven’t loved their strings yet. Still need to finish the sampler
 

Tennisist

Semi-Pro
What about Tier One Firewire? Everyone is like "biggest spin potential ever" , "It bleeds the ball" , "Super good tension maintenance" , "Hasn't lost a pound" etc. If that's the case why is everyone talking about Hyper g and Cyclone regarding to spin potential?
People tend to talk about what they've got. If someone bought a reel of Hyper G, their answer to everything will be "Hyper G".

--
I cannot comment on Hyper G ( I do not like it, and am not playing with it ). The spin from Firewire is much higher than Cyclone. If people are searching for spin, then Firewire is definitely something they should try.
 

mb3182

Rookie
has anyone tried Tecnifibre Black Code or Black Code 4s ? :p
Yes black code 4s in 360+ Prestige Pro. Excellent string, similar to Confidential with slightly more pop and more spin.
Didn't experience any discomfort. Tension maintenance is normal for a shaped poly.
Didn't switch to it for 2 reasons, first price point is a bit high (looks like a constant with Tecnifibre), second not sure the Angell soft grommets could handle it.
 
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