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Comments: I've been told by TW personnel (who I'm sure are relying on Babolat product description) that the
French Open black version of the 16g Excel is the same as the original blue one. It is not! I've been playing with the same
string setup on all three of my racquets, VS gut in mains and Excel blue in crosses. Decided to try the French Open black
version just for looks and strung it identical to my other racquets (I string myself). From the first stroke the steingbed felt
mushy and lacking in some power. Played with it for one hour then changed to another racquet. That night I just cut out the
black excel crosses and replaced them with the original blue excel at same tension, even double checked my machine to
insure It hadn't lost the calibration, it didn't. Next day I played with the racquet and from the first stroke the crispness was
back. Bottom line, even though TW uses the same description and reviews for both version of excel, my personal
experience says they are not.
From: Eric, 7/16
Note from TW: Thanks for the feedback Eric! Sometimes, discrepancies in color can actually make a string feel slightly different, which might be causing a bit of a different feel despite it being similar in construction!
Comments: Very smooth with natural gut-like feel. String this in your mains and pair it with a poly (like Babolat
Hurricane Tour) for exceptional power, feel and spin.
From: Daniel, 11/12
Comments: This is a really great string. Loved the feel at about 57 pounds on an AeroPro Drive. Well worth the
From: Davis, 2/12
Comments: I picked up a set for laughs thinking a twenty dollar multi most be a joke. No joke at all. String it
Prince Exo3 rebel at 55lbs and it felt like the tennis world is anew. I could hit insane angles, tight/heavy topspin drives and
slam the ball cross court like no other. The coating though is a bit ridiculous as it starts to flake after 5 minutes of WARM
you don't mind the color wear and tear, get these to try.
From: Nico, 1/12
Comments: Great hitting string. I like the comfort, feel and control this string offers. I strung my racquet about
lbs tighter than usual (63 lbs) to compensate for any quick tension loss. This string plays equal to or better than other top
multifilaments that I've played with to include the NXT's, X-ONE Biphase and Micronite. I did notice a little wear
(roughness) on the
coating after two hours of play. I highly recommend this string. However, the durability (as with most multifilaments) could
issue for string breakers.
From: James, 12/11
Comments: I played with this string for the first time at 65 lbs main and 63 lbs cross on my ProKennex Ionic 15
PSE. I became a "new" player. I hit heavier and with greater control. My coach just keep on praising my practice session
This string is very soft on my arm (of course, the racquet helps a lot too!). I really encourage anyone playing tennis to really
From: MD, 12/11
Comments: This string has really played well for me. I have used it for the last month @ 42 in the mains with
syn gut in the crosses. It is quite soft.
From: Darryl R. 07/11
Comments: Tried this string for the first time last night. I was tired of a polyester string that are too hard but
string is very soft with a great touch. It comes in black and after playing for a few hours I noticed part of the black coating
starting to come off in little places. Not sure what that means but I really like this string. It has a nice pop to it. Only time
how long it lasts though.
From: Bill, 7/11