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Best Valued Multifilament Tennis String

June 17, 2014

Multifilament strings are great for the players that are seeking a great combination of feel, comfort, power and playability. The biggest advantage of them is higher elasticity and superior playability in comparison to polyester strings which are very popular amongst players today. The disadvantage is string durability as they tend to break quicker. This article is not designed to dive into what multifilament strings are or how they are constructed but instead what are the best-valued multilament stirngs on the market today. We here at The Tennis Depot pride ourselves in offering the highest quality products in the marketplace that comes with the best value and bang for the buck to the consumer.

The ultimate #1 valued multifiament string is the Pro Supex Maxim Touch which many players compare to Wilson Sensation, Wilson NXT, Tecnifibre NRG, Babolat Xcel Premium among many others. We have even gotten some that compared it to the Babolat VS Natural Gut or Pacific and Klip natural gut strings.

Pro Supex Maxim Touch has a multifilament core and is reinforced by outside wrapped fibres. It has a polyurethane coating and increases your sweetspot by 30%. This string is arm friendly and can decrease tennis-elbow problems. Maxim Touch works great as a hybrid as well as a full job. We recommend the 16 gauge if you are seeking durability and playability at the same time. When taking price into equation, Pro Supex Maxim Touch is hands down the absolute best multi string on the market today for its price.

Two other multi’s that offer incredible value are both the Genesis Thunder Blast and Genesis XplosionGenesis Thunder Blast offers amazing repulsion power and controlled spin. Players who come in to the net a lot will appreciate the soft capabilities of this string with its impeccable touch and comfort. Thunder Blast has also some of the best tension retention from any multifilament string thanks to a very unique construction process. The center core utilizes a very elastic monofilament compressed and heated to stretch easily. The outer core is twisted by soft elastic multifilaments. A coating resembling a rough surface is added for increased spin.

Genesis Xplosion is a multifilament string compromised of over 2000 filaments that are bonded and twisted together. Genesis Xplosion offers gut like performance without the premium price of most natural gut strings. Xplosion provides superior resiliency and maximum power. Utilizing special heating and cooling treatments, Genesis has achieved a very arm friendly string that offers great feel and touch. A polyurethane elastometer resin coating provides easier stringing and increased durability.

These 3 strings are without a doubt the best bang for the buck amongst multifilament strings out on the market. Be sure to check them out and let us know your feedback once tested!

 

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New Genesis Strings Now Available

July 19, 2010

Genesis recently released 4 new strings to their string lineup, Hexonic, Heptonic, Xplosion and Tournament Nylon. These strings are aimed towards the player on a small budget yet is seeking a high-performance string at a very competitive price. Genesis Hexonic is a 6 sided hexagonal strings with excellent spin potential. It is available in 1.09m, 1.18mm and 1.27mm in red color. Genesis Heptonic is a 7 sided heptagonal string with even more spin potential and it is available in 1.14mm and 1.24mm in white color. Genesis Xplosion is a premium multifilament string, used to soften up the stringbed with polyester-based strings or as a full stringjob for comfort and playability. Lastly, the Genesis Tournament Nylon is an excellent value string offering that comes in 1.30mm and 1.36mm in 3 unique colors.

For more info on these new Genesis string offerings, please visit: http://www.thetennisdepot.com/tennis-strings/genesis.html

Genesis Typhoon Review

May 19, 2010

Genesis Typhoon String Review

The following is a playtest review received by a customer:

String was strung on a Gamma 7.0 MP at 57/61.  The machine used was an Alpha String Pal, a dropweight machine.  For the past season, I’d used a Wilson Natural Gut 16/E-force Fluid 18 hybrid. Before the season, I’d experimented with polyester on and off for about a year. My favorite poly is Kirschbaum Competition 16 for the solid feel it gives, as well as its relative long life span.

Initial comments- stringing:  The string comes in a very nice little package- very sharp. Coil memory is far below average- very little. The string did not coil up on the floor as most polys do, it spread out. Just handling the string, you feel the twisting of the string and the unevenness.

The string was quite a bit EASIER to string than most polys, at least for me. Weaving the string, while slightly painful (it was a little more painful than usual because of how much my hands had taken a beating during the AP World examination), was easier than usual. The string felt softer than most polys I’ve strung.

Knots cinched up very nicely. From appearances only, this stuff looks quite like Alu.

How it played:

The racket was strung up about 4 pm on Thursday afternoon, and I hit with it on Sunday morning, and again on Monday morning. There was definitely some tension lost in the first few hours, but then the tension held steady.

This stuff absolutely blew me away. While a lot of polys I have tried have this weird plastic-y feeling to them, Typhoon is extremely solid. It feels, for lack of a better word, substantial. The string is undoubtedly powerful. Keep in mind that my tennis season just finished two weeks ago, and for the duration of that two month season, I played pretty much every day with a Wilson Natural Gut hybrid. Truly, you don’t get that much more powerful than that. Today was the first time I’d played since the season ended, and I was really impressed how powerful Typhoon was, even compared to a gut hybrid. No, I am not saying that Typhoon has gut like power. However, for anybody wishing to move to a poly from a multi or synthetic gut, this string would be a very nice place to start, as it provides more power than any other poly I’ve ever tried.

The feel from this string is a tad bit lacking. Granted, I’ve become a bit used to the feel of natural gut, but the string provides no sense of pocketing. The ball touches the string, and then seems to rebound right back. On touch shots, it’s a bit difficult to gauge exactly how the shot left the strings. Did I put enough spin on it? Enough power? Etc… This was one aspect of the string that I was not impressed by.

On the issue of spin, I was not blown away at the spin capabilities, but they are quite impressive. One of the things I missed the most when I used natural gut was the relative lack of spin I could put on the ball. While Typhoon doesn’t spin the heck out of the ball as, say, Alu Rough, the spin that it does provide is indeed quite impressive. Compared to the Kirschbaum Competition I have sitting in my other racket, my topspin shots bounced higher, my slices skidded lower, and my kick serves were more deadly. If you’re looking for a string that can add some spin to your game, this string is a MUST try.

For the all important characteristic of control… there is no doubt that this string does not lack. With the comment above about the power of the string, one would think that control must be quite bad. Not so. The spin provided by the string was easily able to tame the power. Shots that I could have sworn would go out dipped at the last minute and hit the baseline. I had absolutely no fear of pounding away at shots knowing that they would land in. And they did.

Comparison to Luxilon Alu Power Rough:

It’s been a while, actually, quite a long while since I last played with Luxilon Alu Power Rough. From memory though, Alu Rough is a superior performing string… in the first few hours. Genesis Typhoon is a GREAT string, perhaps one of the best I’ve ever used. However, Alu Rough just had this… magic to it that puts everything in the court with great accuracy and spin. Unfortunately, Alu Rough just died on me after 2 sessions. That previous power, spin, accuracy all went away. It was alright playing after those initial few hours, but not particularly great. Genesis Typhoon on the other hand starts off playing great, and ends playing great. From the very first shot until around 10-12 hours later, Typhoon has consistently great performance. You KNOW exactly how the forehand is going to feel. You KNOW that your shot is going to drop in right at the baseline. Alu Rough has a slight edge over it in the beginning, but after 3-4 hours of play, while Alu Rough is dead, Typhoon keeps on shining. Considering that Typhoon is under ½ the price of Alu Rough in reel form, there is no doubt in my mind that Typhoon is a better value.

Final comments:

Genesis really nailed it on this string. It performs amazingly, does not lose tension, plays consistently through the life of the string (which is VERY long), and feels far more solid than many of its competitors. It should be noted that Typhoon should NOT be strung at a lower tension as most polys should be. String this as you would synthetic gut, and prepare to be amazed. If you use Kirschbaum Spiky Shark, Babolat RPM Blast, Tecnifibre Black Code, Luxilon M2, try the Genesis Typhoon today!

For more information on the Genesis line of strings, please visit: http://www.thetennisdepot.com/tennis-strings/genesis.html

Playtest Review on the NEW Genesis Typhoon!

May 4, 2010

Genesis Typhoon Review:

Overall: 9/10. Great string. I play tested it next to Luxilon ALU Big Banger and they felt very similar. However, Typhoon clearly held its tension better, was slightly stiffer, and had more spin than its counterpart.

Groundstrokes: 9/10. I felt that I could easily take control of the points off the baseline with more ease than with Luxilon ALU, primarily because of the bite that Typhoon had. I could hit my crosscourt forehand to drag my opponent off the court easier than with any other string I have played with. Also, flattening the ball out was not a hassle at all, but I felt that ALU did a better job at this. For my baseline game, Typhoon takes the trophy home considering I hit more safer, topspin shots than flatter, all-or-nothing shots. Approach shots were easier to hit as well with Typhoon, probably because I could grab the ball better than with ALU so the ball would sink into the court with a sharper parabolic path than ALU.

Volleys: 8/10. A significant step up from Spin X in the volley department. Because of the stiffness of the string, I could stick my volleys with greater ease than with my previous string. The only thing that Spin X had over Typhoon while hitting volleys was the drop volley, however one doesn’t hit this volley nearly as much as the deeper, penetrating volley, which Typhoon was better at.

Serves: 8/10. On the serve, I could not find any differences between Typhoon and ALU. I definitely served better with both compared to Spin X due to the stiffness of the strings, but both strings I could place my serves well. I will add that I did have more slide and kick on my slice and topspin serves with Typhoon than ALU.

Feel: 7.5/10. This was clearly the dimension of Typhoon that wasn’t up to par with Spin X. I found that it had better feel than ALU, however with drop shots and drop volleys (as I previously mentioned), Typhoon wasn’t quite there. It definitely had feel, but not as much as Spin X. Also, Typhoon doesn’t have nearly the ball pocketing that Spin X has, which is a good and a bad thing. In terms of touch, it is a bad thing, however for my game I found this to be beneficial.

Spin: 9.5/10. Probably Typhoon’s best characteristic. Because of the stiffness and the texture of the string, I could easily get access to spin and generate more rotational velocity on the ball more than any other sting that I have previously used. I found this when I would hit passing shots. My ball would dip at my opponent’s feet very fast, causing them to make an error. Also, I could hit Nadal-like hooking passing shots down the line (maybe not at Nadal’s level, but close) significantly easier than with Spin X or ALU.

This string tops the highly anticipated Babolat RPM Blast in every category!

-This review was written by a customer who will be attending a SEC Division 1 School in the fall!

Black Magic or Spin X?

March 12, 2010

A few days… weeks… alright, months ago, an unknown string company entered the tennis string market. It was a small company that decided to introduce just two strings for its debut into the highly competitive tennis string market. Now, most companies like a nice balance of synthetic guts, multis and polyesters. Not this company. Judging from its first offerings, Genesis seems to be choosing the all-one-type-of-string route. They introduced two polyesters. EXCELLENT polyesters.

You’ve probably realized by now that I’m talking about Genesis. In the 9 months or so since Genesis strings hit the market, many players have fallen deeply in love. These polyesters bite hard, maintain their tension extraordinarily well, and are extremely comfortable. For most of us mere mortals, this is EXACTLY what we’re looking for in a third generation polyester.

But the problem is… which one? Do I choose Black Magic or Spin X? These strings fall right into the ever-growing category of sub-$100 reel polyesters, making them both very wallet friendly as well. Deciding on these strings based on price… well, it’s hard.

Let’s start with the Spin X. Spin X is textured. What that means is that Genesis manufactured these strings with a non-round shape, causing the string to BITE into the ball and created increased spin. As with all polyesters, Spin X generates an amazing amount of spin. It differs from most other textured polys (specifically MSV Hex, Blue Gear, among others) in that it maintains an excellent feel and allows you to feel connected to the ball. There’s a noticeable ball pocketing effect that just gives you this added smidge of confidence. There are two colors of this string, and it’s been reported that there’s a bit of difference. The pink/red string is slightly softer than its silver-colored brother. Both maintain tension well, and both have a nice feel, but the silver is for those looking to more closely replicate the feel of Luxilon Alu Rough (albeit it lacks the price tag and the pesky couple-of-hours-before-it-dies factor). It should be noted that with Spin X, there is a relatively steep tension drop in the first 24 hours after stringing, but then settles in and maintains that post-drop tension practically until it breaks.

Black Magic, on the other hand, is a smooth poly. It’s similar to Spin X, but it doesn’t give quite as much spin. I suppose you could say that Black Magic is similar to Big Ace, albeit stiffer and has less of a plasticky feel. Compared to Spin X, Black Magic has better feel. It’s a little more full-bodied, and is really quite enjoyable. Can you say that Black Magic is a better string? That would be pretty hard. They’re both excellent strings, and it would really be difficult to say which one is better.

Now, I’m not too sure whether or not I actually shifted your opinion one way or another. At the end of the day, they’re both excellent strings that come under $6 a set in reel form. Compare that to higher priced polys that come in at $15, $20 a set, and I’m left wondering how long Genesis is going to keep their prices this low. These are really excellent polyesters that can hang with the “Big Boys”. I recommend you hope on over to The Tennis Depot to try out a set of each and see which one YOU prefer.

New Products This Week

November 23, 2009

This is a short blog post about some of the new products now available at The Tennis Depot.

Genesis Spin X Argentum: Launched in June 2009, Genesis Spin X made a large splash in the tennis community. With its unique construction process and good all around package, many players fell in love with the performance afforded by Spin X. Initially available only in a Bahama Red color, Genesis has now released Spin X in a new color- argentum. Latin for silver, Argentum is a great choice for players who prefer a more neutral look rather than the stylish red.

Polyfibre Viper: The softest co-poly string Polyfibre makes, Viper is a high end string with loads of pop and feel. Accompanied with good tension maintenance and very little string movement. A great string for all court players.

Prince Syn. Gut Original: Probably one of the best if not the best selling string Prince has every produced. A good string for the club level players.

Genesis Stencil Ink: Genesis now offers stencil ink in four colors- black, red, white, and silver. Being the only company to produce both white and silver stencil ink, Genesis has filled a gap with its new colors. Playing with black string? Then give either the white or silver ink a try.

Wilson Perforated Pro Overgrip 12 Pack: The same great overgrip now available in a perforated version. Very thin and absorbs sweat extremely well.

That is all for this week. Be sure to check our website and blog often for new product information.

Comparison String Review: Genesis Spin X and Signum Pro Tornado

November 20, 2009

As explain in an earlier post, the tennis string market has gone through some significant changes in the last few years.  It wasn’t long ago that Natural Gut reigned supreme as the top choice (if you could afford it) for players of all levels.  Virtually all pro’s on tour had variations of “Gut” in their frames to achieve great ball feel.  Today, there has been a great shift towards the newest string composition: Polyester.  Recent polyester strings offer offer supreme ball control at high swing velocities along with great durability. Looking even further, “textured” polyester strings are currently in the tennis equipment lime light as they provide all the benefits of regular polyesters with added ball bite and spin.  Two such recently released textured polyester strings that reign at the top of their class are Genesis’ Spin X and Signum Pro’s Tornado.

Let me preface my review of these strings by stating that they are two of the most advanced 3rd generation polyester strings on the market; players can’t go wrong with either string in their racquets.  That said, there are some subtle differences that can help you decide which string better suits your individual game style and needs.

Genesis Spin X:

Genesis is a relatively new string brand that hit the ground running as they initially released Spin X as their “flagship” string.  During stringing, Spin X is resistant to kinking and lacks extreme coil memory which makes for easy installation.  The construction method Spin X is a very sophisticated process that allows the already octagonally textured string to be twisted around the axis.

From a playing perspective, the string provides great access to spin with its rough and twisted surface.  I was able to achieve great ball bite for heavy topspin while maintain pinpoint control over shot location, especially at high swing speeds.  Volleys are crisp and “plow through” is still substantial, something textured strings can often lack.  Spin X is also less resistant to string notching and after an initial break-in period holds playing characteristics until it breaks.

Benefits:

  • Great blend of control / spin
  • Resistant to notching compared to other textured poly’s
  • $ – very affordable for high-end polyester

Signum Pro Blackline Tornado:

This is Signum Pro’s new flagship string that continues a tradition of great polyesters from this company.  Signum Pro’s previous strings (such as the entire Poly Plasma Line) are known to provide great tension maintenance and a consistent string bed right off of the stringing machine.  Tornado continues with these characteristics, and adds great access to spin with its textured / twisted surface and substantial power for a polyester string.

Installation is slightly more tedious than Spin X as Tornado has a rougher texture; this shows up as an added benefit on the court with extreme amounts of ball bite.  Where Spin X blends control and spin, Tornado is a mixture of power and spin – so much so that I would recommend stinging 2-3 pounds tighter to help offset the “pop” off the string bed.

On court I was able to hit very heavy topspin shots off both sides, and my slice shots stayed low and dug into the court on the other side.  My kick serve jumped up like never before, often forcing my opponents to hit returns above their shoulders.  This added spin does come with a couple downsides, in that I found it difficult to flatten out my strokes at times as the extra texture likes to really bite into the ball.  Also, Tornado played extremely well in my racquet from the start, but after some time began to notch and lose its playing characteristics.

Benefits:

  • Extreme amounts of spin from anywhere in the court
  • Great power and pop, especially for a polyester
  • Maintains Poly Plasma-like tension maintenance

All in all, both strings are great choices for those looking to break into the world of textured polyester strings.  The best way is to truly give them a try yourself and see which one better suits your game style.

Poly or not! with all the choices how to choose?

November 17, 2009

Cyberflash!, Tornado!,  Big Ace!, Black Magic!

Signum Pro Poly Plasma 16 (1.28)

These are just a few of the many high end polyester strings players have to choose from when they decide to step their string up to the next level.

In the past few years, and the emergence of polyester strings, the choices of what to put in your racquet have moved past nylon, synthetic, or natural gut. With a majority of professional players using some combination of co-polyesters and natural or synthetic guts juniors and club players want to use the same strings as the players they look up to.

The first thing to look at is why use polyester strings? Power, durability, increased control? The second area to look at, and is a concern when testing polyester strings, is elbow and shoulder issues. Polyester strings tend to be stiffer and harsher on the elbow and shoulder. However, there are many companies that have great options for the player that wants the feel of poly without the elbow issues.    

There are three strings I want to recommend. The first is a power string, for the high performance players, the second is an all around string that is solid in both power and comfort, and the third is softer, for the players who are worried about tennis elbow and other arm issues. The three strings are, Genesis Black Magic, Signum Pro Poly Plasma, and Pro Supex Blue Gear.

Black Magic is the string I find myself giving most to high performance players, both junior and adult. Black Magic is the string that I steer players towards who are looking for that professional feel. And the string I use myself.

The positives:

  • Plays great
  • Holds tension well
  • Great power
  • Manageable cost

The negatives:

  • Starts a little stiff
  • Not as high spin potential

Black magic is a string that holds tension very well and will continue to play like the quality string it is long after other polys have been cutout and re-strung. My only caution is that I recommend hitting with it before taking it into a match, as I feel it needs a  35 minutes break in period. 

The second string is a solid all around string that has something for everyone. 

Signum Pro Poly Plasma is another of my favorites for the player that may not be ready for the full power of the top poly and wants that extra comfort.

The Positives:

  • Holds tension
  • Good power and feel
  • Easier on the arm

The Negatives:

  • Lower durability
  • Less spin potential
  • Some issues with shearing (strings breaking prematurely)

Poly Plasma is a great string for players who have never used poly before and are interested in trying out the product. It gives you good power and spin without worrying about shoulder or elbow problems.

The last string is Pro Supex Blue Gear, a hexagonal polyester string for added grip of the ball.

Blue Gear is a string that has the properties of a polyester string coupling with the softer feel of a high end multi-filament string.

The Positives:

  • Soft on the arm
  • Great spin potential
  • Plays similar to a multi-filament

The Negatives:

  • Quick tension loss
  • Lower power
  • Costs more than some similar strings

Blue Gear is the string I give people when they are very concerned with arm problems but still want that added power and durability of polyester strings. I personally don’t use it due to tension loss but for that person that needs the added comfort it is a great string.

Textured Polyester String Breakdown

October 26, 2009

In the last 10 years the game of tennis has seem some serious changes; players are hitting the ball harder, deeper and heavier (a combination of power, depth and spin) than ever before.  Players are forced to be in amazing physical shape and an emphasis on conditioning that didn’t used to be so prominent has emerged.  Some analysts attribute the raised level of play to the newest advancement in tennis string technology: polyester strings.

Polyester strings are currently the hottest thing in the tennis market.  Because these strings offer a stiffer string bed, the player has greater control of the ball coming off the strings, even at very high swing speeds.  The stiffer strings also cut into the ball better than synthetic’s offering up more ball bite, which translate into spin.  Polyester was first introduced as an alternative to kevlar for those who broke synthetic strings too quickly and wanted a durable alternative.  Although they provided a long string life, they had poor tension maintenance and were also very stiff and often harsh on the elbow/arm, making them less than ideal for the average tennis player.  Since their initial introduction, manufacturing and string technology has allowed companies to produce polyester strings that maintain the benefits of durability while lowering the stiffness level, thus making them better suited to the majority of the tennis playing community.  Strings like Pro Supex Big Ace, Signum Pro Poly Plasma, Genesis Black Magic and Topspin Cyberflash exemplify this group.  They allow the user all the benefits (control, spin, durability) without the painfully stiff feel of the original first generation polyesters.

Most recently the string market has brought us a newer version of these polyester strings.  Polyester strings already have great ball bite and spin, but manufacturing the strings with texture provides even greater access to extreme amounts of spin on the ball at any speed.  This has created a new group of strings: textured polyesters.

One method of creating a textured polyester is to manufacture the string in a way to create a hexagonal shape as the string’s cross section.  Signum Pro Poly HEXtreme is one of the premier strings in this group.  The hex-shape provides great ball bite, but compared to the other texturing methods tends to be a little bit stiffer.  Like other strings in the Signum Pro Line, Pro Poly HEXtreme provides great tension maintenance and supreme playability right off the stringing machine.

When Pro Supex came onto the market a few years ago, their textured polyester offering created a ton of buzz in the tennis string market.  Pro Supex’s Blue Gear has a gear-shaped cross section as the name implies.  This gear shape gives the user even greater access to spin than previous hex-shaped polyesters, even in thicker diameters.  This string is also less susceptible  to notching with its unique design.  The only drawback I have encountered is that after some time the gear shape on the string can wear down with play, but this is only in extreme cases.

Genesis' Spin-X

Genesis' Spin-X

The final and most recent method of manufacturing spin-producing textured polyesters involves coaxially twisting the string about itself creating a “twisted” cross section.  Both Genesis’ Spin-X and Signum Pro’s Blackline Tornado are great examples of this new method of manufacturing.  These two offerings provide the best ball bite and spin access of the bunch with little feeling in the arm.  They provide the ultimate blend of control, spin and durability.

All of these strings can benefit most tennis players, whether through a full string bed or a hybrid setup with a softer synthetic gut or multifiliment in the crosses.  I recommend checking them out if you haven’t yet; they could easily help raise your game to the next level!

Blog Post Position

October 6, 2009

We have received TONS of requests on the blog post position. We are thankful for so many supporters. Our customers are the reason why The Tennis Depot is the fastest growing online retailer. With one of the largest distribution networks in the world, The Tennis Depot is truly the premier online tennis destination.

All those who submitted applications for our new position; we would like to thank you for giving us the opportunity to select you. We are sorry to say that we are unable to select all applicants. As we have received over 30 applications, only a few will be selected. Regardless if you join our team or not, we do wish you the best of luck and hope to interact with you in the near future.

Don’t forget, the sympoisum we have all been waiting for is this upcoming weekend. The Tennis Depot will have staff members throughout the entire 4 day event. Additionally, we will have a booth during the trade show (Monday). We will be representing 3 brands we distribute; on the behalf of Genesis, Pro Supex, and Topspin.

For a quick preview, there will be some new products in the Genesis lineup. As for Topspin, we will be inviting all guests to take a look at the Topspin Xtreme Racquet series, offered exclusively through The Tennis Depot.

As always, if you ever have any questions, feel free to let us know.