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Holabird Sports


Available MSV Focus - HEX® Ultra 1.20 (1651 hits) Co-PolyesterMonofilamentStructured surface 19 ratings €8.50* Available in: World 2017-05-15
 Durability  Power  Control  Feel  Comfort  Spin  Tension stab.  Satisfaction  Overall
100% (14/14)

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Tester Casius (8), 2017-05-15  registered Residence: Germany male young seniors team player lower league, medium strokes with heavy spin, defensive baseline game
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
56/56 lbs Babolat Pure Strike 16x19 2016 (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
No problems during stringing. Played on several different days outdoors on clay court, practice and competition.
First I strung it at 24 kg. But unfortunately I lacked control and there was too much power. So I strung a second set at 25.5 kg. That provided still enough power and better control, but still not enough. Spin potential didn't seem very good either. I liked the good touch though.
Satisfied? n/a
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Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives comfortable
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Tester Sway (14), 2017-05-11  registered Residence: Germany male team player upper league, medium strokes with heavy spin, offensive baseline game
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
54/56 lbs Yonex VCore SV 98 (MP, 16/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
n.a.  (>15 hrs.)
Played indoors on carpet and on clay court for a total of 15 hours.
Overall the string provides a good combination of spin and control which is especially useful on clay court. The string loses some tension initially but then maintains it.
Satisfied? satisfied
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StringAdjectives comfortable, explosive, crispy
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Tester RShorty9 (55), 2017-05-04  registered Residence: France female tournament player national level, hard strokes with heavy spin, offensive baseline game
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
60/57 lbs Head Graphene XT Prestige MP (MP, 18/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (10 hrs.)
The string feels smooth during stringing. It is profiled but without being sharp on the fingers. For me it is a rather soft co-poly which plays nice. Power is good but not extraordinary. It feels resilient from the baseline, sweetspot seems large. Control and feel were average and I had expected more. Angles worked well, but I definitely lacked control. Maybe I should have strung higher but I really don't want to string any higher than 27 kg.
Tension maintenance was very good. During the 10 hours until it broke I did not notice a significant drop in performance.
I played outdoors on clay, maybe that's why I thought the power was rather low. My shots were crisp and precise, but the lack of control was evident.
Otherwise definitely an interesting string to play with.
Thanks for the sample.
Satisfied? satisfied
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Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
Compared to the Big Star Square Rough, the Focus-Hex Ultra provided better comfort and tension maintenance. The Big Star Square Rough was a tad better in the other departments.
Similar string(s): Big Star Square Rough
StringAdjectives soft, comfortable, flexible, elastic, lively, explosive, solid, crispy, precise
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Tester bugi_85 (4), 2017-05-03  email address provided but not confirmed Residence: Austria male team player lower league, medium strokes with heavy spin, allround game
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
55/53 lbs Tecnifibre T-Fight 315 Dynacore (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
First of all thanks for the sample.
It was strung without problems.
Unfortunately it was strung a bit too tight so I lacked power and especially touch from the baseline. At the net it felt solid. I missed some "ball pocketing". Spin was good / very good, but not on the same level as a Yonex Poly Tour Spin.
I cannot say much about durability yet, but there are some notches after 4 hours of play on clay court. Tension stability seems normal (without measuring stringbed stiffness).
I'm not sure about this string overall... Will try the 1.15 mm version too to see if it provides better touch.
Satisfied? not sure
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StringAdjectives stiff, solid, precise
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Tester StringFOX (5), 2017-04-29  registered Residence: Germany male seniors team player upper league, hard strokes with heavy spin, allround game
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
60/59 lbs Babolat Pure Drive Lite 2015 GT FSI (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
Strung on an electric machine in two pieces with cross stringing tool.
Played indoors on carpet with Dunlop Trainer balls at around 10-12°C. DT measurement after 3 hours of play was at 37; now 4 weeks later after 20 hours of play (15 of which were on clay court in Spain with Babolat balls at 20°C) DT is at 35 which is good.
There is almost no string movement.
Since the Focus-Hex Ultra 1.20 is just about 0.05 mm thinner than my go-to string (Dunlop Revolution NT Hybrid 1.26/1.25) I strung 1 lb softer, which turned out to be spot on as it came out at my target DT 40.

Stringing was no problem. Played indoors with Dunlop Trainer balls. After approx. 20 minutes grip improved and everything felt very good - control, touch and precision.
The string provides decent spin and power, but you need to work hard to generate ball speed, so it is suitable for rather aggressive players.
Overall I liked it, good string for a spin based game on clay court. I did not have any arm problems either. Durability and tension maintenance are above average. This string is definitely worth a test. At the moment I like it better than my go-to string!

Thanks to MSV for the sample!
Satisfied? satisfied
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Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives comfortable, solid, crispy, precise, rough
Tension Diagram Tension diagram
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