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Del_Potro88
registered registered 21 ratings Residence: Austria male  
male team player lower league
medium strokes with heavy spin, offensive baseline game
Current racquet Babolat Pure Drive GT (MP, 16/19)
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Date 2013-11-28
String Dyreex Black Edge 1.25
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
51/49 lbs Babolat Pure Drive GT (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
Played indoors on carpet.
I strung the Dyreex at the same tension I use for my standard string, Yonex Poly Tour Pro. However I'd recommend to string 2-4 lbs higher now.
The Dyreex is a wonderful poly of the new generation. I really like the feel, it's somewhat more direct than with the Yonex, without sacrificing much comfort. In terms of spin I don't see much of a difference to the Poly Tour Pro, which for me has excellent spin potential.
Okay there are some small differences: The Yonex loses its spin potential more quickly (noticeable string movement) which isn't the case with the Dyreex. Also, the Black Edge provides significantly better bite on on slice.
I'm not sure to what extent you can adjust the power/control ratio via the stringing tension. I'm quite happy with the power of the Poly Tour Pro since it provides excellent control. At the same tension, the Black Edge provides more power and less control.
Compared to other textured polys, the Black Edge really stands out. Very easy to string, great feel, more power than you need and really good comfort.
Conclusion: If I had to choose a profiled poly, I'd go with the Black Edge. Still I'm more than happy with the Yonex Poly Tour Pro.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
MSV Focus-HEX 1.23
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
The Focus-Hex is my reference string for profiled polys. Just because it has been the leading string of this category for a long time and many have played it at least once.
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives comfortable, resilient, lively
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Date 2012-04-15
String Signum Pro Firestorm® 1.25
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
51/49 lbs Babolat Pure Drive GT (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
Played indoors on fast carpet and outdoors on clay at moderate temperatures both with pressurized and pressureless balls.
If you have played the Poly Plasma, the Firestorm will not be a revelation to you.
Its highlights are its excellent control and the typical Signum Pro tension stability. The string provided a very direct feel, somehow board-like in the beginning. But after 1-2 hours of play the string became significantly livelier. Power increased too.
Biggest drawback for me was the lack of spin potential, same issue as with the SPPP.
This string works best on heavy flat strokes. First serve, heavy shots from the baseline, and net play worked great. On clay court I had some issues with angle shots and long rallies, as well as with my kick serve. The string is not very forgiving.
Conclusion: Good string for players who hit clean and flat with occasional net approaches and who prefer good feedback over spin potential.
If the Firestorm is worth the added money compared to the Poly Plasma should be determined individually in a parallel test. For me the differences were just too small.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 16L
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
The Firestorm compares favorably to the Alu Power. In the power and control departments, it is at least on the same level. Spin is not the best characteristics of both strings. In the comfort department, the Firestorm is much better. I had much more problems with the Alu Power. Also I prefer the crisp direct feel. The Alu Power seemed almost a bit dull compared to the Firestorm.
Similar string(s): Signum Pro Poly Plasma
StringAdjectives explosive, precise
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Date 2011-12-20
String Blindtest String15 1.25  blind test
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
51/49 lbs Babolat Pure Drive GT (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
The string comes in light silver, feels a bit plastic-like, and has a decent texture to it, similar to Alu Power Rough, but not as strong.
Stringing was no problem, the texture was not an issue.
Played indoors on fast carpet with Head ATP balls.
Initially the stringbed felt quite stiff and low-powered, but with fantastic control. Perfect for the fast indoor court. Power increased with playing time, but the string never got unprecise nor springy. Great power with excellent control.
The spin potential which the slight (untypical) texture is supposed to provide was only evident on heavy strokes, but not on touchy drop shots, lobs, or slice.
Besides the excellent balance of power and control and the great tension stability I particularly enjoyed the extremely direct feel. The string only felt a bit stiff in the beginning but became more lively with time, resulting in a wonderful feedback.

Conclusion: Suitable for athletic players who can create their own power and spin, looking for direct feel.
For me this is the best string I've tried so far and a serious competitor to my current favorite, Signum Pro Poly Plasma.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Signum Pro Poly Plasma 1.23
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
Quite similar to the Poly Plasma - same direct feel, similar power level. However the Blindtest15 seems to provide even better tension stability, while the Poly Plasma loses more control with time. Additionally the Blindtest15 provides significantly better spin. This is the only string so far which performs equal or better than the Poly Plasma in all categories.
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives explosive, stiff, crispy, precise, unique
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Date 2011-10-28
String Solinco Tour Bite 18
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
51/49 lbs Babolat Pure Drive GT (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
Played outdoors on clay and indoors on carpet with Head ATP balls.
I strung the 1.15 gauge 2 lbs lower than the 1.25 to gain more power. Well the power level was still very low, so you should really string it at your lowest limit. Control is fantastic on the other hand. Especially among all the other profiled strings it can hardly be topped. Spin potential is excellent as expected, maybe a bit better than with the 1.25. And in contrast to many other spin strings, the spin was easy to adjust.
Highlights of this string are its perfect control, outstanding tension stability, and great feedback, which is rather direct, and you need to like that. Drawbacks are lack of power and for me it was also not lively enough.
Durability is surprising for this gauge. When I moved from outdoors to indoors I also had a lot of mishits which the string forgave but my arm didn't. Off-center hits really hurt my arm.
Conclusion: Really interesting string for advanced players. I haven't played any comparable string so far.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Tecnifibre Black Code 1.24
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
n.a.
Compared to the Black Code, the Tour Bite 1.15 (even though it might be unfair to compare two different gauges) has much better tension stability. Control is much better with the Solinco, even at significantly lower tension. The profile does not wear as quickly either. On the other hand, the Black Code feels more comfortable and provides better touch.
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives stiff, precise, rough
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Date 2011-10-07
String Solinco Tour Bite 16L
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
53/51 lbs Babolat Pure Drive GT (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (>8 hrs.)
Played outdoors on clay and indoors on carpet.
Highlights of the Tour Bite are without doubt the excellent control and extraordinary tension stability and consistency of playing characteristics. There is just a minimal tension loss. This may be a reason for the low power which does not increase with playing time. Thus you should string at the lower end of your personal tension scale for co-polys. 10% lower than normal is perfect for me. Then the Tour Bite becomes more lively and powerful - without sacrificing control.
Spin and comfort were normal for profiled polys. Off-center hits had a significant impact on my arm.
I think you need to be an advanced player in order to gain the most out of this string. You need to work hard to generate spin and power. There are more "user-friendly" strings on the market. But if you are a heavy hitter you will love the Tour Bite. A string for high-level players.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Tecnifibre Black Code 1.24
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
Among the profiled polys, the Tour Bite is the very opposite of the Black Code. Everything that's lacking in one string is provided by the other string. The Tour Bite provides much better tension stability, maintains its bite, lasts longer and provides perfect control. In terms of feel and power the Black Code is much better.
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives stiff, precise, rough
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Date 2011-09-28
String Unique Tourna Poly Big Hitter Blue Rough 1.25
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
51/49 lbs Babolat Pure Drive GT (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (>10 hrs.)
I stopped playing profiled polys some time ago. Either they felt dead, low-powered, uncomfortable or they lost their great spin potential after a few hours of play. Mostly a combination of all of these disadvantages, with the main problem being the short maintenance of their characteristics.
But through an RSI review my attention was brought to the Big Hitter Blue Rough. Briefly: This profiled and twisted blue high-performance poly plays better than any other string I've played so far.
It comes with the power and comfort of the Topspin Cyber Blue (if you've played it you will know what I'm talking about), and through the "twist" it provides awesome spin and enormous power. There is no string movement and the profile stays sharp until the end. In contrast to MSV Focus-Hex, Tecnifibre Black Code and Signum Pro Tornado, the string bed becomes livelier with time. You might want to string 4 lbs higher in advance. You will enjoy the kick on your serve.
If you are looking for control, especially on heavy flat strokes, you might prefer strings like the Poly Plasma. But if you hit with lots of spin and like textured strings, I can highly recommend this string with the ridiculously long name!
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Signum Pro Tornado
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
Both strings have a similar strucure (profiled and twisted). However the Big Hitter Blue Rough provides a lot more power than the Tornado. Also in terms of comfort the Tornado cannot compete. However the biggest difference is in the stability of characteristics. While the Tornado dies after around 6 hours, the Big Hitter Blue Rough can be played forever.
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives lively, explosive, crispy, rough
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Date 2011-08-13
String Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 16L
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
51/49 lbs Babolat Pure Drive GT (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
Recently I met a player who was using the Alu Power. He said the string had been on his frame for almost a year, strung at 28/27. And he was wondering where his arm problems came from. Why am I telling this? Because many players who call the Alu Power an arm killer make two basic mistakes: They string too hard, eliminating the string's liveliness (the Alu Power provides good control also at low tensions). And they play the string until it breaks. But that happens long after the string has died and lost all of its elasticity. That's when it starts hurting your arm. That's why many stringers put sort of "best before" date on the Alu Power.
In fact, this string provides great playing characteristics. I especially enjoyed the power level. If you don't hit hard, don't wonder about lack of power. But when you hit hard, it seems like the Alu Power generates additional ball speed. Is that what people call "pop"? At least I thought I felt it. An incredibly solid feel and perfect control.
As an alternative, Topspin Cyber Flash works well too.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Topspin Cyber Flash 1.25
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
I personally don't see a big difference between Alu Power and Cyber Flash. Except for the price. The Alu Power feels a tad more solid and provides a bit better control on really hard strokes. Spin, feel and comfort werea bit better with the Cyber Flash from my point of view.
Similar string(s): Topspin Cyber Flash
StringAdjectives explosive, precise, unique
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Date 2011-07-01
String Pro's Pro Black Force 1.14
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
55/53 lbs Babolat Pure Drive GT (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (0.5 hrs.)
Played indoors as well as outdoors on clay during various conditions with various sorts of balls.
I tested it at different tensions. At 25/24 kg I had excellent control and less power, while at the lower end (22/21 kg) control was no longer acceptable but power was great on the other hand. So within this range you can adjust your optimum power/control ratio. Spin and feel are good and comfort is particularly good.
Unfortunately the durability is extremely bad. It lasted me between 5 minutes and 1 hour. One mishit and the string breaks immediately.
Pro's Pro Red Devil, which has similar characteristics but a different feedback, lasts significantly longer, I wonder why. I will try the 1.19 mm version too. It could also be interesting as a cross string for hybrids when you don't want to use a multifilament. Especially because it will certainly last longer in the crosses, provides good comfort, does not negatively affect spin, and adds some stability and control to textured polys.
Satisfied? not sure
Compared to:
Topspin Cyber Flash 1.25
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
At the same tension I had much better control with the Black Force 1.14 compared to the Cyber Flash (1.20 and 1.25). Power and Spin were a bit less. Biggest difference was in durability, which however is no surprise at this gauge.
Similar string(s): Pro's Pro Red Devil
StringAdjectives explosive, precise
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Date 2011-07-01
String Pro's Pro Cyber Power 1.20
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
55/53 lbs Babolat Pure Drive GT (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
n.a.
Not much to complain about except that it needs a break-in period of about 1 hour of play. After that it provides almost everything you need for 1-2 hours. Very balanced, no special features, but no weakness either.
Good choice for players looking for a low-priced string. Don't expect a miracle from this string. And after 3-4 hours it dies. That's also why I won't use it again.
Satisfied? n/a
Compared to:
Topspin Cyber Flash 1.25
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
n.a.
Cyber Power plays nice but I like the Cyber Flash a bit better. The Cyber Flash has that typical "pop". The Cyber Power provides less power and overall a lower power/control ratio, which is on the other hand perfect with the Topspin Cyber Flash.
Similar string(s): Pro's Pro Lethal 5
StringAdjectives comfortable, elastic, lively
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Date 2011-04-17
String Gamma Zo Verve 17
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
53/51 lbs Babolat Pure Drive GT (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
n.a.
Played indoors on carpet and outdoors on clay.
Stringing was not so nice because the string is harsh and stiff, and I hurt my fingers.
However on the court the string performed well. Its blend of a black component for durability and control and a red component for feel and power (if I understood the manufacturer's claims correctly) is definitely unique. However this combination is a compromise which is not suitable for everyone. For me the string felt so strange so I was not entirely happy. I was also a bit irritated by the clanking sound.
I'd recommend the Zo Verve for advanced players and hard hitters looking for good control and maximum power. Players seeking comfort or spin potential might be better off with other strings.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 16L
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
n.a.
The solid unique feel of the Alu Power is unsurpassed. In terms of power and control, the Zo Verve is on the same level. However I had the impression to be able to generate better spin with the Alu Power.
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives explosive, stiff, innovative, unique
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