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RPM Team 1.25. Highly suggest to me. I tried it and it was very good. Good feel and control. Stiff string on paper but felt soft at 53 pounds. Tension maintenance looks good.
I think it has a bit more power than rpm blast and black code but very linear response so you dont feel it as much (the power)And besides comfort and power does it have enough spin, similar to RPM Blast?
While a flat hitter(like you), I love the spin I get from poly which allows me to hit harder and more free than with full bed NG!
Thank you master reviewer/ tester and tournament winner!
I think it has a bit more power than rpm blast and black code but very linear response so you dont feel it as much (the power)
do you have experience with 1.30 gauges or mostly using 1.20-1.25 ? Asking because I know Ice Code (1.30) and Lynx Tour (1.30 and 1.25) but thinking about 4g lately to reviewMy favourite strings are 4G, Lynx Tour and ice code. Great energy return, power, control and maintenance on all of them.
Yes try 4G I love it at 40lbs in v13. One of these days I need to try 4g soft...do you have experience with 1.30 gauges or mostly using 1.20-1.25 ? Asking because I know Ice Code (1.30) and Lynx Tour (1.30 and 1.25) but thinking about 4g lately to review
tried only champagne lynx tour but might try silver one too !
Noticed you didn't say Razor code ever tried that instead of ice code? Actually you're more of a power guy makes sense you'd prefer ice code I guessMy favourite strings are 4G, Lynx Tour and ice code. Great energy return, power, control and maintenance on all of them.
My swing path is flat with fully top spin. So i need the help of my 18x16 blade to lift the ball. The more open pattern the better to me. So 1.25 is the max i could use. 4G at low tension on an open pattern stick is top quality stuff. No need to go at 1.30 it’s already the most solid string out there along with original. Great heavy punch feel on contact not plastic and light like more shaped strings.do you have experience with 1.30 gauges or mostly using 1.20-1.25 ? Asking because I know Ice Code (1.30) and Lynx Tour (1.30 and 1.25) but thinking about 4g lately to review
tried only champagne lynx tour but might try silver one too !
I play tested razor code 3 years ago along with all tecnifibre strings. It was kinda muted if i remember ? I might give it a try again. I like ice code because it’s elastic…. ball stays on the stringbed a little bit and launches with power like 4G. It just has worse feel than 4G but play similar to me. I also enjoyed red code and triax over bphase.Noticed you didn't say Razor code ever tried that instead of ice code? Actually you're more of a power guy makes sense you'd prefer ice code I guess
Razor Code more control oriented version of Ice Code. Less power, less spring.I play tested razor code 3 years ago along with all tecnifibre strings. It was kinda muted if i remember ? I might give it a try again. I like ice code because it’s elastic…. ball stays on the stringbed a little bit and launches with power like 4G. It just has worse feel than 4G but play similar to me. I also enjoyed red code and triax over bphase.
Tecnifibre Black Code 1.24 and 1.28 review
Compared to Mayami Big Spin (which was so far the leader in group B) Black Code has much more linear response with a bit more connected feel and better volleys while Big Spin is an ultimate spin machine.
Mayami Hepta Power (Black Code less power, Hepta Power more comfort, rest is similar)
ya Mayami brand is focused on comfort without loosing too much control and performance. Very interesting strings!
Tecnifibre Black Code 1.24 and 1.28 review
I usually prefer control oriented strings so no surprise that I am enjoying Black Code. I would prefer Black Code to be a bit more "tempered" (not sure if that's a good world?) so I could go a little bit crazy from time to time or so it could let me slow down my swing (push the ball) when under much bigger pressure.
Tour Hex has less power so even more control. To me power and control are often interchangeable but not always. There are some strings that are powerful but somehow keep the control very high. Tour Hex 1.23 slighly higher launch angle.Does Tour Hex have similar control?
if you prefer more control - Tour Hex, if you prefer more comfort - Hepta Power. Both are control oriented. Tour Hex has better tension maintenance. Hepta Power more linear response.Please advise me, string guru, what shall I get today: another reel of Tour Hex or one of Hepta Power?
I also have reels of Big Spin and Hit Pro + sets of every Mayami poly strings.
RPM Team 1.25. Highly suggest to me. I tried it and it was very good. Good feel and control. Stiff string on paper but felt soft at 53 pounds. Tension maintenance looks good.tt.tennis-warehouse.com
A good example for powerful yet controllable is Lynx Tour grey. How would you compare these two? Tour hex 1.23 with lynx tour 1.25Tour Hex has less power so even more control. To me power and control are often interchangeable but not always. There are some strings that are powerful but somehow keep the control very high. Tour Hex 1.23 slighly higher launch angle.
Yes, I've noticed the tension maintenance for Tour Hex...if you prefer more control - Tour Hex, if you prefer more comfort - Hepta Power. Both are control oriented. Tour Hex has better tension maintenance. Hepta Power more linear response.
I played with many racquets and strings, but maybe one was my favorite: Solinco Tour Bite 1.25, tried other options but only 1.25 is good (for me).Can you compare it with other strings stating good and bad?
I played with many racquets and strings, but maybe one was my favorite: Solinco Tour Bite 1.25, tried other options but only 1.25 is good (for me).
Mayami Tour Hex lasts at least double time more than Tour bite, maybe even more. Superb control, great spin, great touch... Arm friendly, I play without vibrastop. Just needed few restrings to find right tension for my style. And tension depends a lot on your racquet. My example: RF Autograph started at 23/22kg but finally found best at 20,5/19,5 kg, on Angell TC100 started at 24/23 and finished at 25/24kg and this is my deadly weapon
My style: Agressive baseliner, first chance I have I am trying to make winner. Aiming angles, lines, deep balls... never wanted just to bring ball back to opponent or wait for him to make mistake. Yes, I am hitting relatively flat, eastern grip, heavy spin generate only when needed. I hit slices on higher balls (playing 1HBH) and a lot of drop shots . On hard court, with TC100 and Tour Hex, I have made drop shot which bounce back in my part of courtAnd what's your style? Do you hit relatively flat with an Eastern grip? And level please?
So you do Tour Hex, full bed?
Tried any other Mayami strings?
Myself I've tried: Tour Hex/Hit Pro hybrid at 48/45 LBs and I love it so far:
@faded_lines Good to hear...what tension? Just received VC95 2021 and have to decide which string to start from (firestorm -razor code-TS7T -big spin -tour hex 1.23-hit pro all in 1.25) amazing choice to choose from!tt.tennis-warehouse.com
Hi, you also tested Focus Hex 1.27 gauge. How would you compare it to Tourna silver 7 Tour 1.30 gauge in terms of durability? ThanksTime for another trio of strings that I think are quite similar to each other.
Dyreex Cube Max 1.25
Mayami Big Spin 1.30
Tourna Silver 7 tour 1.30
Cube max is a square string with rounded corners. Big Spin is twisted 3 sided string, Tourna Silver 7 tour is 7-sided. So what do they have in common ? They are baseliners dream !
Cube Max has a very interesting capping effect on a contact (perhaps due to rounded corners?) the feeling lasted for few training sessions and then slowly faded out. The spin potential is amazing, control is very good. It gave me pretty much same control as 1.30 strings. The trajectory sometimes tends to be up and down rather than linear but you can easily adjust to it. It is quite stiff but not uncomfortable (similar to tourna silver 7 tour I would say) . The response is very predictible in a sense that it doesn't launch the ball with a small power boost. Cube Max is honest with great spin potential. I string almost all of my demo strings at 24/23 kg. Maybe i could lower the tension to open the sweet spot a bit. I sometimes loose too much power on my backhand side with stiff strings. I think that all string from Group B have highest spin potential.Cube Max has great price which gives us some bonus points. What I didn't like about it ? I think the response on volleys could be better, the string just bites too much and I would prefer more feel and even response over there. It is a great string when you are comfortable with opponent's shots and can be a bit too spinny when facing faster balls. I tried to counter attack and needed more linear response there. I think I might prefer less spin but lienar and honest response rather than ultimate spin. I think this string would be amazing in a 18x20 100" racquets like speed pro or gravity pro. Testing continues so maybe this string might actually make it to my top choices.
I give it a 7.1 rating Great value, spin, control . Quite unique feel for a square shape string. Maybe would prefer more power with bigger sweet spot and linear response instead of spin machine.
Mayami Big Spin is also a baseliners dream but opposed to Cube Max , it offers much softer response with bigger sweet spot with still amazing control which make it a very unique string. It's not "boardy" but definitely not launchy either ( i hate when the ball springs too fast). Bigger sweet spot combined with great spin potential made it a great choice for those who try to hit the ball on the rise or redirect the shots. I played my best tennis when I tried to play with like 70% of power. Just focus on a relaxed swing and leading the ball. When I tried to speed up the response became a bit too inconsistent. At first the string felt quite lively in general but after 2 training sessions became more control oriented. In fact when I took it to clay courts I was struggling to hit a winner BUT never did any unforced error, everything was going in deep with great spin but not so much penetration as I would like to... On groundstrokes its a gem. The thing that bothers me most is that on volleys I had even less control than with cube max or Tourna silver 7 tour. I struggled to hit a strong first serve with it. Maybe it's in my head but I don't really trust triangle strings when it comes to grommets or height control. However I must ensure you that Big Spin is acting more like a 6+sided string and my grommets are all fine Because it has great height control, spin potential and sweet spot, the returns are much easier with this setup ! It makes me think that maybe I should just adapt to the string on volleys and serve as those were pretty much only things I would have to improve... I am sure it's just about getting used to the response up net. I really felt comfortable taking the balls early with this string. With stiff, boardy strings the ball can die on a racquet too often. This string is really really addictive on baseline exchanges and i keep thinking about it
Edit: I tried 1.25 gauge as well but in a more closed 16x19 pattern racquet (Radical MP) and oh boy. This is excelent string and if you play with sticks like Radical MP, Blade or Yonex ezone then I would say its your golden setup
I give it a 7.2 rating. Great value, spin, control and comfortable response with larger sweet spot. Great if you want to play relaxed yet with high efficienty . Just keep your head cool. Not so great at net. Would prefer more power on first serve. Very addictive !
Tourna silver 7 tour - out of this 3 this one has the most consistent response when it comes to launch angle, height control and volleys. It is quite stiff and at first I had issues with 1st serve. Sometimes the ball get's slight boost/kick which can be suprising sometimes but it all happens in pretty neutral way that doesn't bother me much. So this one is best all around. It is more on a stiff side of course but I didn't experience any pain...That stiffness crushes the force of the incoming ball and if you hit outside the sweet spot you might produce a floater. But it's always a matter of choices. Do I want a stiffer string with more control but smaller sweet spot and less comfort or softer strings with bigger sweet spot and more comfort ? I prefer the sweet spot and comfort of Big Spin (that really is addicting) but the overall performance all around the court of Silver 7 Tour...When the string dropped in tension my first serve got better but lost a bit of bite on 2nd serve.. Anyway the value is also great and the control is just superb. I play better lobs with some other feel oriented strings.... Tension maintenance is great. After 2 weeks of playing with this string I could still enter a tournament and play my tennis. Crazy ! Could be more forgiving but is it even possible without ruining the performance stats ? For me - top of the top if you are looking for value, control and spin. - string for advanced players
1.25 gauge review:
Ok, this string is still great and it will definitely not decrease the rating. I still prefer 1.30 gauge slightly so the rating overall is untouched at 7.3
I figured out that 1.30 I can string 24/23 kg and with 1.25 if I increase tension on the crosses its kinda getting closer to my preference in terms of response.
So 1.25 tourna silver 7 tour was strung at 24/24kg (exactly like I did with Solinco Tour Bite 1.25).
It is still extremely low powered string. Maybe even lower powered than 1.30 version ? I would say 1.30 have that small boost sometimes while 1.25 is a bit more consistent. My theory is that 1.25 has much lower energy return % than 1.30 (that one has 90% energy return - one of the biggest numbers among all the strings). This one feels more like 83-84% - much closer to Tour Bite 1.25.
On a semi-positive side - I just couldn't hit the ball out. No matter how hard I hit it. I had to intentionally hit much harder to get any depth. It was big confidence booster but at the same time at my level depth is almost everything so I am saying semi-positive because it got to the point where the advantage is almost a disadvantage.
Also thicker gauges are slightly heavier and increse SW so with 1.30 it should be slightly easier to extend the arm more forward (plow through)
It was still slightly unforgiving I would say just like 1.30 gauge...
Spin is very lovely
Overall I still prefer 1.30 gauge.
I give it a 7.3 rating. So far this one felt the best all around but definitely the war isn't yet over as I will revisit all the top strings later on !
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durability is great on both but performance is IMO better with Tourna (more control, more spin) + I think Tourna might have better tension maintenance. Focus Hex was ok, Volkl Cyclone was better and Tourna Silver 7 Tour is my favourite out of those 3.Hi, you also tested Focus Hex 1.27 gauge. How would you compare it to Tourna silver 7 Tour 1.30 gauge in terms of durability? Thanks
I think you just described Hit ProHey guys,
I wanna try some other crosses with big spin and tour hex. Im looking for a round string, 1.25, not too stiff that provides a nice touch/feel. I was thinking alu power soft maybe ? But I'm afraid of the durability. Any recommendations ?
That sucks, I would not be surprised that the real reason Putin is making a move on Ukraine is to get his hands on all the Tour Hex, Big Spin & Hit Proyess I know but sadly I have no more hit pro and cant get it in china. I ordered a reel of tour hex/big sipn/hit pro but I have no idea when I ll get them...
besides hit pro as suggested here it's worth checking out signum pro firestorm. Even softer but also more power. I am getting more spin from it probably because the stringbed is softer and dwell time is a bit longer.
many will probably say luxilon element at this point too
alu power soft is interesting choice too. There is one guy ATP playing with it. Sonego I think
I am thinking about it myself too. String after some time not only drop in tension but change their snapback. I think you cant fully compensate it with string tension. I dont know.Guys maybe you enlighten me on something. I always like my strings more after a few sessions, maybe 8-10 hours, so not long before it starts to go dead. Thats when I feel so connected to the racquet and the strings. So I was doing 48/45, then 45/42, and last time 42/40 with big spin/tour hex. My question is: is it because I like lower tension or is it more about the strings breaking in? I'm wondering if I should go even lower next time. I'd like to have that sweet feeling all along.