In the mood for something a little different than I would normally play with, I tried a set of the Isospeed Energetic 17 gauge string. Word has spread that Isospeed makes a great-playing string, and the Energetic did not disappoint. With similar appearance to an aramid string, the Energetic differs by offering a very comfortable and soft feel with great durability for a multifilament.
Stringing the Energetic was a little unique to other strings. I strung it at 56 lbs in my Prince TT Warrior MP. It was pretty stiff and did not stretch much (due to the pre-stretched filaments), but was also fairly soft and easy on the fingers. In addition, there was a little texture on the outside of the string, which made it a little more difficult to string than other strings with the same softness. Overall however, it was a relatively easy stringing experience.
When I first hit the Energetic, I instantly noticed the grab it had on the ball and the enhanced ball pocketing. The ball really sunk into the string bed on contact, and thus the strings were responsive and I was able to have great feel on all my shots. The string was very soft and also provided a good amount of “pop” to the ball, making it pretty arm-friendly. With the great ball pocketing, I was also able to generate ample amounts of spin on all my shots. In addition to the nice playability, the strings lasted me a good 3-4 days in durability, which is much more than I would normally get out of a multifilament string, and right about on par with an average polyester string.
Overall, playing with the Isospeed Energetic 17 was a very nice experience. It was a great well-rounded string, provided nice power, spin, and feel, while also maintaining tension, providing good durability, and being arm-friendly. At $8.99 a set, the Energetic is definitely worth a try for anyone looking for an affordable, yet very playable all-around string with nice durability.