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AlfaChris
email address provided but not confirmed not registered 44 ratings Residence: Germany male 1975-07-14
male young seniors team player upper league
medium strokes with moderate spin, defensive baseline game
Current racquet Prince EXO3 Tour Team (MP, 16/18)
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Date 2009-09-13
String Blindtest String7 1.25  blind test
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
56/56 lbs Dunlop 300G (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
The string provided great touch and tension stability. Spin potential was very good, similar to the Signum Pro Plasma HEXtreme Pure, maybe with a bit more power. After around 1 hour, spin potential decreased, but judged by the amount of felt that was shaved off the balls I could see how well the string was grabbing the ball.
If the test string is in the same price range as the Plasma HEXtreme Pure, I could imagine making it my new standard string.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Topspin Cyber Flash 1.25
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
In parallel with the test string I had my standard string, Signum Pro Plasma HEXtreme Pure 1.20, on another frame.
Both strings had very similar stringing behavior, maybe the test string was a bit stiffer. The strings are also very similar from an optical point of view.
Measured with my Mini-STT, both strings had 23 kp after stringing. The next day, the Plasma HEXtreme Pure had 21 kp while the test string still had 23 kp. After 2 hours of play on clay at around 20°C, the test string still had 20 kp. This is better than all my previous measurements with the Plasma HEXtreme Pure.
Similar string(s): Signum Pro Plasma HEXtreme, MSV Focus-HEX
StringAdjectives lively, crispy, precise, rough
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Date 2009-08-06
String Signum Pro Plasma HEXtreme Pure 1.20
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
56/56 lbs Dunlop 300G (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (7 hrs.)
 
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Signum Pro Poly Plasma 1.23
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
Compared to the Signum Pro Plasma HEXtreme 1.25 a bit better touch, but less tension stability. Spin is significantly improved compared to round polys. This also improves depth control for me. Of course this only applies to players with a spin-oriented game. If you hit flat and have the necessary touch to control the depth of your shots, you don't need a textured string.
IMHO there is also a significant difference between the Pure version and the standard version (orange). The Pure version is a bit more flexible and provides better touch and power and a bit less control (given the same tension). The difference equals about 2 lbs tension difference with my setup.
Similar string(s): MSV Focus Hex
StringAdjectives resilient, lively, precise, rough
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Date 2009-08-06
String Unique Tourna Poly Big Hitter Silver 17
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
56/56 lbs Dunlop 300G (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (6 hrs.)
 
Satisfied? not sure
Compared to:
Topspin Cyber Flash 1.25
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
The string looks very similar to the Cyber Flash and plays very similar too. Only difference I could detect was a slightly better durability and a tad better comfort. But with both strings I didn't have any problems. Honestly I don't believe I would be able to distinguish between these two strings in a blind test.
More significant was the difference to the Big Hitter Blue, which provides much better control, spin, and tension stability.
Similar string(s): Topspin Cyber Flash 1.25
StringAdjectives explosive, wire-like, precise, dull
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Date 2009-07-02
String SuperString Extreme Turbo Stiff V6 1.20
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
56/56 lbs Dunlop 300G (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (2.5 hrs.)
During stringing, the string had a strong recoil memory and lots of friction when pulling the crosses. That may be the reason for the string's quick tension loss during play. Maybe this problem could be solved by slightly pre-stretching the string next time.

Test conditions: hot and humid, 26°C, clay, outdoors, Wilson Tour Club balls.

Measurements with my Mini-STT:
After stringing: 23
24 hours later: 22
After 1 hour of play: 19 (!)
After 2 hours of play: 19

The string broke on a backhand return after 3.5 hours of play.
Satisfied? not sure
Compared to:
Signum Pro Poly Plasma 1.23
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
The Extreme Turbo Stiff excels in the spin department through its rough surface. Round polys like SPPP, MSV Co-Focus, Topspin Cyber Flash, Tourna Poly Big Hitter etc.) cannot compete. Even the hexagonal strings from Signum Pro and MSV don't provide the same amount of spin. However those strings provide better control on flat strokes. With the Extreme Turbo Stiff my shots scattered more. Nevertheless the string would be very interesting if it didn't lose so much tension in such a short time. Maybe that's due to the rough surface. It lost 1 kp within 24 hours of rest after stringing, and 3 (!) additional kp after the first hour of play. Spin potential is maintained longer compared to hexagonal strings, so depth control is still good after 2 hours of play. I also noticed increased string movement compared to SPPP and Big Hitter.
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives stretchy, wire-like, crispy, precise, rough
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Date 2009-03-03
String Signum Pro Plasma HEXtreme Pure 1.25
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
53/53 lbs Dunlop 300G (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Signum Pro Poly Plasma 1.23
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives comfortable, resilient, precise
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Date 2009-02-23
String Head Sonic Pro 17
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
53/53 lbs Dunlop 300G (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
The string stretched extremely during stringing. I've never experienced a stretch like that. On my drop weight machine, it took almost one total revolution of the drum until the pull was reached.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Signum Pro Poly Plasma 1.23
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives resilient, flexible, elastic, lively, stretchy, precise
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Date 2009-02-10
String Unique Tourna Poly Big Hitter Blue 1.25
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
53/53 lbs Dunlop Aerogel 3Hundred (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
I was positively surprised by this string! Extremely good control while still providing good power.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Signum Pro Poly Plasma 1.23
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives comfortable, crispy, precise
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Date 2009-02-09
String MSV Focus - HEX® 1.23
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
53/53 lbs Dunlop 300G (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (1.5 hrs.)
Played on rebound ace and on clay, both indoors. On clay I felt much more comfortable with this string.
Easy to string, relatively high stretch.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
keine Angabe
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
Direct comparison to the Signum Pro Plasma HEXtreme 1.23.
Similar string(s): Signum Pro Plasma HEXtreme 1.23
StringAdjectives comfortable, resilient, solid
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Date 2008-12-30
String Signum Pro Plasma HEXtreme 1.23
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
53/53 lbs Dunlop 300G (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
n.a.
Not so easy to string due to its stiffness and roughness. Strong recoil memory.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Signum Pro Poly Plasma 1.23
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
I did not find too much of a difference between these strings. The normal Poly Plasma felt a bit softer and more powerful (I used the 1.18 mm version previously). Spin potential was definitely better with the HEXtreme.
Similar string(s): MSV Focus Hex
StringAdjectives lively, crispy, precise
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Date 2008-11-26
String Signum Pro Plasma Pure 1.18
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
53/53 lbs Dunlop 300G (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
keine Angabe
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
Direct comparison to the Topspin Cyber Flash 1.20.
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives resilient, elastic, lively, rough
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