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Shafty55
registered registered 9 ratings Residence: USA male 1980-10-30
male tournament player national level
offensive baseline game
Current racquet Dunlop Biomimetic 300 (MP, 16/19)
5.0 teaching professional in New York. I coach a nationally ranked juco tennis team and am sponsored by tecnifibre.
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Date 2013-01-23
String Kirschbaum Synthetic Gut Premium 1.25
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
60/60 lbs Dunlop Biomimetic 200 Lite (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (5 hrs.)
 
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Wilson NXT
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives soft, comfortable
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Date 2011-11-19
String Kirschbaum Synthetic Gut 1.30
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
62/62 lbs Dunlop Biomimetic 200 Lite (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (8 hrs.)
A solid mid-level synthetic that I use in the crosses on my players and clients. Great price.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
keine Angabe
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
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My clients and I liked Kirschbaum's basic synthetic better than Tecnifibre's. At about the same price, it's an upgrade in my opinion.
Similar string(s): Wilson Sensation
StringAdjectives soft, comfortable
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Date 2011-11-19
String Tecnifibre Pro RedCode 17
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
54/54 lbs Dunlop Biomimetic 200 Lite (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (12 hrs.)
A very nice poly used in the mains of my own frame. Would play it again.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Tecnifibre Black Code 1.24
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
I like both Black Code and Pro RedCode. I enjoyed the Pro RedCode a little more. The comfort of the Black Code was better but overall value led me to Pro RedCode.
Similar string(s): Tecnifibre Black Code
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Date 2011-11-04
String Dunlop Black Widow 16
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
54/54 lbs Dunlop Biomimetic 200 Lite (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (6 hrs.)
It was a pretty solid poly. I had a lot of difficulty stringing with it because it was difficult to move the string. I always two piece my frames with a poly in the mains and synthetic or multifilament in the crosses and this string cut the crosses badly. It had a high amount of power and spin production. Decent string, got it as a sample from Dunlop because of my sponsorship but wouldn't pay the high retail cost for the string.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Tecnifibre Black Code 1.24
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 
Similar string(s): MSV Focus-Hex
StringAdjectives lively, explosive
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Date 2011-11-04
String Ashaway Monofire XL 17
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
54/54 lbs Dunlop Biomimetic 200 Lite (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (1 hrs.)
The worst string I have ever used. Bought a reel from Fromuth without high expectations. The string constantly broke in the knot area. I string for the team I coach and went through a whole reel in 2 months during our offseason. My friend bought a reel as well and had the same breaking problem in the knot. Just terrible string.
Satisfied? not satisfied
Compared to:
Tecnifibre Black Code 1.24
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 
Similar string(s): n/a
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Date 2011-11-04
String Dunlop Silk 16
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
60/60 lbs Dunlop Biomimetic 200 Lite (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (7 hrs.)
I love this string and it has become my go-to synthetic in my crosses. I use it constantly, it lasts a long time, is very soft, and has great feel.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Wilson NXT
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives soft, comfortable, lively, explosive
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Date 2010-12-03
String Ashaway MonoGut 17
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
58/58 lbs Tecnifibre T-Flash 290 (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (8 hrs.)
For the price this is a very good string. I would have no problem using this string for my clients frames.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Tecnifibre Black Code 1.24
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 
Similar string(s): MSV Focus-Hex
StringAdjectives stiff, solid
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Date 2010-12-02
String Bow Brand Championship Natural Gut 17
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
58/58 lbs Tecnifibre T-Fight 295 VO2 Max (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (8 hrs.)
I love natural gut although I can't afford paying for it. The Bow Brand Championship was the best natural I have ever played. It had more feel and added to the precision of my shots greatly.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Wilson NXT
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
I haven't played many different natural gut strings but this is the best one I have played. I received it from a rep from Bow Brand without having to pay for it or I don't think I would have put up the money for the hefty price tag. It probably had more feel than any synthetic I have ever played and was extremely comfortable on the arm.
Similar string(s): Tecnifibre NRG2
StringAdjectives soft, comfortable, precise
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Date 2010-12-02
String Alpha Gut 2000 18
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
58/58 lbs Tecnifibre T-Fight 295 VO2 Max (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (2 hrs.)
This was the first 18 gauge string I ever played. It lasted only a short period of time but played really well during that time. A very good synthetic.
Satisfied? not sure
Compared to:
Prince Synthetic Gut DF etc.
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
The durability being way worse is because it was an 18 gauge string. I generally like the Alpha Gut 2000 better than the Prince Synthetic Gut.
Similar string(s): Gamma TNT2 Fat Core
StringAdjectives lively, explosive
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