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String of the Year 2012 Survey

December 5 - 26, 2012

The String of the Year 2012 survey is finished. 159 members participated in this survey in order to vote for their favorite strings. Many thanks to all people who submitted their votes!

Very important note: The result of this survey is based on opinion, not on testing. This means that it is not mandatory for the participants of this survey to have tested the strings they vote for. String reviews based on testing are collected in the ratings database. To see the strings with the best test results, please go to the Top5 Lists in the ratings database.

Solinco Tour Bite successfully defended its last year's Poly of the Year title after a close head-to-head race against the newcomer Yonex Poly Tour Pro 125. Surprisingly, being a 3rd generation co-poly classic, Signum Pro Poly Plasma achieved a solid 3rd place.

There were almost no changes compared to last year in the individual poly categories: Luxilon Big Banger Original 1.30 won the Durability and Control categories, Kirschbaum Pro Line No. II won the Feel (1.15mm) and Comfort (1.30mm) categories, Solinco Tour Bite is still perceived as the most spin-friendly poly, Signum Pro Poly Plasma was voted best tension holding poly, and Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power Rough won the Power category.

Concerning multifilament strings, Tecnifibre X-One Biphase seems to be the undisputed favorite among the voters. It won the Non-Poly of the Year title as well as all other categories. Runner-up was Wilson NXT Tour while another Tecnifibre string, Tecnifibre NRG2 was ranked 3rd in this survey. Other strings worth mentioning were Head Rip Control (runner-up in the Durability, Control and Spin departments) and WeissCannon Explosiv! (runner-up in the Power department).

Luxilon 4G was clearly voted Newcomer of the Year, while Yonex Poly Tour Spin and Babolat RPM Team were ranked 2nd and 3rd in that category.

Final Result (most popular strings in 2012):

Poly of the Year 2012 Poly
Rank StringScore
1 Solinco Tour Bite 161
2 Yonex Poly Tour Pro 125 147
3 Signum Pro Poly Plasma 116
4 Kirschbaum Pro Line No. II 102
5 Genesis Spin X 64
6 MSV Co-Focus 63
  Luxilon Adrenaline Rough 63
8 Signum Pro Tornado 59
9 WeissCANNON Silverstring 58
10 Prince Beast XP 56
11 Unique Tourna Poly Big Hitter Silver 45
12 WeissCANNON Scorpion 38
13 Yonex Poly Tour Spin 33
14 Topspin Cyber Twirl Natural 28
15 Signum Pro Hyperion 10
Non-Poly of the Year 2012 Non-Poly
Rank StringScore
1 Tecnifibre X-One Biphase 264
2 Wilson NXT Tour 137
3 Tecnifibre NRG2 124
4 Head Rip Control 72
5 Gosen OG-Sheep Micro 66
6 WeissCANNON Explosiv! 58
7 Genesis Thunder Blast 36
  Isospeed Professional 36
9 Signum Pro Micronite 34
10 Genesis Xplosion 30
11 Tecnifibre X.Code 28
  Kirschbaum Touch Multifibre 28
13 Dunlop Silk 25
14 WeissCANNON 6StarString Supercharged 24
15 Isospeed Control 15

Newcomer of the Year 2012 Newcomer
Rank StringScore
1 Luxilon 4G 205
2 Yonex Poly Tour Spin 120
3 Babolat RPM Team 97
4 Unique Tourna Poly Big Hitter Black 7 74
5 Tecnifibre Poly Code 62
6 MSV Focus - HEX® SOFT 55
7 Ashaway Zyex MonoGut 43
8 Kirschbaum Black Shark 41
9 Prince Premier Attack 35
10 Still in Black Select 25
11 Ytex Quadro Twist Black 24
12 Still in Black Protect 21
13 WeissCANNON The Big Fantum 18
14 Toalson Zigza 125 15
15 Kirschbaum Super Smash Orange 9

Durability (Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Luxilon Big Banger Original 16 192
2 Yonex Poly Tour Pro 125 1.25 122
3 Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 16L 115
4 Signum Pro Poly Plasma 1.28 99
5 Babolat Pro Hurricane 16 97
6 Luxilon Big Banger Original Rough 16 85
7 Kirschbaum Pro Line No. II 1.30 75
8 WeissCANNON Silverstring 1.25 50
  Pacific Poly Force 17 50
10 Pro's Pro Plus Power 1.28 28
Durability (Non-Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Tecnifibre X-One Biphase 16 197
2 Head Rip Control 16 155
3 Tecnifibre NRG2 17 82
4 Yonex Tour Super 850 Pro 16 67
5 WeissCANNON 6StarString Supercharged 1.30 54
6 Kirschbaum Touch Multifibre 1.30 45
7 Head FXP 16 44
8 Isospeed Control 16 33
9 Isospeed Professional+ 1.20 21
10 Head PWR Fusion 16 19

Power (Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power Rough 16L 206
2 Polystar Energy 17 147
3 Yonex Poly Tour Pro 125 1.25 123
4 Signum Pro Tornado 1.17 117
5 Signum Pro Firestorm® 1.25 63
6 Topspin Cyber Blue 1.25 59
7 Kirschbaum Touch Turbo 1.25 42
8 Kirschbaum Super Smash 1.20 41
9 Polyfibre Poly-Hightec 1.25 39
10 Polystar Turbo 1.25 30
Power (Non-Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Tecnifibre X-One Biphase 17 285
2 WeissCANNON Explosiv! 1.30 89
3 Genesis Thunder Blast 16 67
4 Signum Pro Micronite 1.27 55
5 Isospeed Professional+ 1.20 50
6 Isospeed Professional 17 40
7 Head PWR Fusion 16 36
  WeissCANNON 6StarString Supercharged 1.30 36
9 Kirschbaum Touch Multifibre 1.25 34
10 Kirschbaum Touch Classic 1.25 26

Control (Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Luxilon Big Banger Original 16 168
2 Solinco Tour Bite 16L 120
3 Signum Pro Poly Plasma 1.18 113
4 Yonex Poly Tour Pro 125 1.25 101
5 WeissCANNON Scorpion 1.22 77
6 Völkl Cyclone 17 74
7 Prince Beast XP 1.25 72
8 Babolat Revenge 1.25 57
9 Yonex Poly Tour Spin 1.25 46
10 Kirschbaum Competition 1.20 27
Control (Non-Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Tecnifibre X-One Biphase 17 240
2 Head Rip Control 17 130
3 Wilson NXT Tour 16 117
4 Tecnifibre NRG2 17 99
5 Signum Pro Micronite 1.27 58
6 Isospeed Control 16 55
7 Isospeed Professional+ 1.20 26
8 Isospeed Professional 17 19
9 Kirschbaum Touch Multifibre 1.25 17
10 Kirschbaum Touch Classic 1.25 5

Feel (Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Kirschbaum Pro Line No. II 1.15 169
2 Signum Pro Poly Plasma 1.18 138
3 Tecnifibre Black Code 16 135
4 Yonex Poly Tour Pro 125 1.25 130
5 Prince Beast XP 1.25 78
6 WeissCANNON Silverstring 1.25 61
7 Polyfibre Black Venom 1.25 54
8 Discho Iontec 1.25 40
9 Pro's Pro Plus Power 1.28 24
10 Kirschbaum Touch Turbo 1.25 11
Feel (Non-Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Tecnifibre X-One Biphase 17 267
2 Tecnifibre NRG2 17 116
3 Wilson NXT Tour 16 88
4 Head Rip Control 17 70
5 Wilson NXT 16 58
6 WeissCANNON Explosiv! 1.30 55
7 Signum Pro Micronite 1.27 43
8 Isospeed Control 16 38
  Isospeed Professional+ 1.20 38
10 Kirschbaum Touch Multifibre 1.25 22

Comfort (Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Kirschbaum Pro Line No. II 1.30 155
2 Yonex Poly Tour Pro 125 1.25 131
3 Polystar Energy 17 101
4 WeissCANNON Silverstring 1.25 97
5 Topspin Cyber Blue 1.25 86
6 Prince Beast XP 1.25 81
7 Polyfibre Black Venom 1.25 61
8 Yonex Poly Tour Spin 1.25 46
9 Polyfibre Cobra 1.25 41
10 Polyfibre Viper 1.25 20
Comfort (Non-Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Tecnifibre X-One Biphase 17 248
2 Tecnifibre NRG2 17 110
3 Wilson NXT Tour 17 95
4 Babolat XCel 16 90
5 WeissCANNON Explosiv! 1.30 65
6 Wilson NXT 16 56
7 Signum Pro Micronite 1.27 41
8 Kirschbaum Touch Multifibre 1.25 38
9 Isospeed Control 16 35
10 Pro's Pro Hitec Multifiber 1.30 31

Spin (Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Solinco Tour Bite 17 221
2 Babolat RPM Blast 1.30 143
3 MSV Focus - HEX® 1.23 97
4 Signum Pro Tornado 1.23 88
5 Tecnifibre Black Code 16 83
6 Yonex Poly Tour Spin 1.25 69
7 Völkl Cyclone 17 67
8 Pro Supex Blue Gear 1.25 50
9 Kirschbaum Spiky Shark 1.25 48
10 Polystar Turbo 1.25 28
Spin (Non-Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Tecnifibre X-One Biphase 17 213
2 Head Rip Control 17 145
3 Wilson NXT Tour 17 105
4 Gosen OG-Sheep Micro 17 71
5 Tecnifibre NRG2 17 67
6 Isospeed Professional 17 47
7 WeissCANNON 6StarString Supercharged 1.30 33
8 Genesis Thunder Blast 16 32
9 Head PWR Fusion 16 20
10 Kirschbaum Touch Multifibre 1.30 18

Tension Stability (Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Signum Pro Poly Plasma 1.23 199
2 Yonex Poly Tour Pro 125 1.25 123
3 Prince Beast XP 16 121
4 WeissCANNON Silverstring 1.20 93
5 Yonex Poly Tour Spin 1.25 58
6 WeissCANNON Scorpion 1.22 56
7 Signum Pro Plasma Pure 1.23 54
8 Pacific Poly Force 17 40
9 Signum Pro Hyperion 1.24 28
10 Topspin Cyber Twirl Natural 1.27 21
Tension Stability (Non-Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Tecnifibre X-One Biphase 17 235
2 Wilson NXT Tour 17 116
3 Head Rip Control 17 107
4 WeissCANNON Explosiv! 1.30 54
5 Signum Pro Micronite 1.27 49
6 Tecnifibre X.Code 16 47
7 Genesis Thunder Blast 16 42
8 Head FiberGel 16 41
9 Kirschbaum Touch Multifibre 1.30 35
10 WeissCANNON 6StarString Supercharged 1.30 23