We’re wrapping our year’s best of lists with strings. Our Tennis Warehouse playtesters are weighing in on their favorite gear of the year after of product reviews. Read on for our picks of the best strings of 2015.
A new string from Solinco picked up the most votes from our team. Perhaps best known as the company behind Tour Bite, Solinco caught the attention of four TW testers (Mark, Andy, Michelle and Chris) for its new Hyper-G, a shaped co-poly.
Andy: “A premium shaped co-poly meant for big hitters, it also possesses a plusher feel and excellent responsiveness leaving you super connected to the ball as it leaves your strings.”
Michelle: “Comfortably firm, control-oriented with great spin potential and pocketing…check, check, check!”
It was a tight race for Chris, who also picked Robin Soderling’s string offering: “Tied: Solinco Hyper G and RS Lyon. Both of these co-poly strings offers exceptional control, great feel and impressive spin. They are both at the top of my list (along with Volkl’s venerable Cyclone) for what I’d want in my racquet come tournament time.”
Troy: “I found this string to provide all things I look for in a trusty co-poly with the added benefit of comfort. I also found this string to have better tension maintenance than many of the other soft co-poly strings that I have tried.”
Marco: “I enjoyed the way this string really gripped the ball and gave me extra bite on my strokes. It played very lively and complemented my aggressive strokes well.”
Sebastian: “My favorite string of 2015: Luxilon Element (16 gauge) for exceptional spin-potential, great control and nice, comfortable feel.”
Jason: “It provides the control and spin that polyester string provides, but it also has a softer response that is easier on my arm. ”
You might have noticed that up until this point, the team has chosen some form of polyester string. Head Reflex MLT, tapped by two playtesters as their favorite, is an arm-friendly multifilament string.
Karly: “As a player who looks for comfort, I naturally like softer strings. Head Reflex MLT is a soft multifilament that offers a great blend of comfort and feel!”
Tiffani: “Although I can appreciate a nice soft co-poly, it’s hard to say no to the comfort of a multifilament like Reflex MLT. When it comes to multifilament strings, I am looking for comfort, but I don’t want to sacrifice too much control. Reflex fits the bill. I can string this at higher tensions to get the comfort I want and get the control that I need.”
Rounding out the team’s top strings for 2015 is an update to a control-oriented Gosen polyester string.
Brittany on her choice, Gosen Polylon Premium: “This is a great low powered poly and extremely comfortable!”
Babolat RPM Blast, Luxilon ALU Power, Solinco Tour Bite… these polyester tennis strings are popular on the pro tour because of their low-powered response that allows players to swing extremely fast and generate tons of spin. Also, their monofilament construction also offers excellent durability for frequent string breakers.
Let it be known that if you don’t have long, fast, more modern “low to high” strokes, then polyester strings may not be ideal for you. They are very low-powered and stiff which can cause arm problems in players that can’t generate a lot of their own power. A good rule of thumb to remember is that if you are able to break softer strings like synthetic gut or multifilament in 20 hours of less, then you’ll most like benefit from the unique properties that polyester strings provide.
With so many polyester tennis string options out there, you don’t have to break the bank to get great performance. Here is a list of some of our TW Staff’s favorite polyester strings that are available under $10 a set:
Players looking for that elusive blend of comfort, control and spin will want to take a look at Wilson Revolve!
A comfortable firm co-poly, Revolve is ideal for players with long, fast strokes. Revolve promises to provide players with tremendous precision and predictability on big swings as well as giving players lots of spin. The science behind it tells us that its unique molecular structure and a proprietary additive has made Revolve so it will increase the string’s ability to deflect and snap back resulting in heavy spin. Offering higher comfort than a traditional polyester, Revolve is a great option for intermediate and advanced players looking for durability, control and spin.
Chris and I did an extensive playtest with Revolve and for the first time we were able to utilize our Playsight Smart Court and test the string side by side with our current string of choice. Chris spent his playtest using his Wilson Six.One 95S and tested Revolve side by side with Volkl Cyclone. I used my Babolat Pure Drive Roddicks and played side by side with Revolve and Luxilon Savage. All in all, we both found success with Revolve and enjoyed the spin and control as well as the feel from Revolve.
Check out our playtest video and keep an eye out for our upcoming written review!
Play with heart,