Comments: The 18G version of this string is definitely softer than the 17G. I've used both on my Wilson Steam Spin
99 as a hybrid in the mains, with Ashaway's Monogut ZX Pro (17G) in the crosses. Love the string. I get about a month out of the
18G playing 4-5 times a week before it breaks -- the Wilson Steam Spin having a very open string pattern of 16 x 15 subjecting
strings to more strain than other racquets. If it doesn't break by then, it generally needs restringing about that time anyway. I
notice after a restring, more bite, spin, and control which gradually wears down in the month or so of play. It tends to gain power
as the spin drops with control becoming a little harder with tension loss and edges wearing down. This is a great string, but I
would recommend the 18G over the 17G. There is a noticeable boost in performance between the two. The 18G is becoming
harder to find, which is surprising because there is no need for greater durability owing to playability issues. You don't want this
strong lasting very long because you need to restring it in any case. As long it doesn't break prematurely, which it never has for
me, when it snaps, it is doing you a favour anyway. It's like it has an in built restring alarm -- the 18G at least. These strings will
collect plenty of fuzz from the balls and leave them with black marks, an indication of how extreme the bite on the ball is. Aim
deep and watch the ball dip, your opponent won't even run for many balls because he will mistakenly think the shot is going out.
Serves will kick viciously, and your margin for error will be increased, encouraging you to load up on your first serve even for
flatter ones. I would prefer to buy this string on a reel, but TW doesn't sell it that way, being only available in packs. Otherwise, all
good. I hope you don't buy it because, if I play you, I will have my advantage nullified.
Comments: I really like this string. I string it at 59 lbs in my Aerogel 800. It really grabs the ball and increases the
spin. Even mishits are dropping in where they might have gone long. Volleys are crisp. I get more pop on my serve than with
other 18g poly strings I've tried. I may try lowering tension another 3-4 pounds, but I have no complaints at 59. I play four
days/week and have not had a string break. Beware that some of the sets don't quite have 40ft. More like 38 1/2 feet. Measure
off what you need for the mains.
Comments: Previous comments claim that this string stretches. Not True! Any drop in tension is the result of a bad
string job. Three weeks and 18 hours of tennis after I strung two racquets with the Black Widow and the tension has not changed.
really like the feel and 'grab' of this string. Unfortunately, I believed the 'stretch' feedback and it is tighter than I would like. I will
restring three pounds lower from my first trial and post additional feedback.
Comments: I'm a lefty with a full western grip and a weak 4.5 player.
I use a Wilson hammer 2.3 16x19, an ultra light stiff frame that I used
to string with 16g Babolat RPM at 54lbs. I just had it strung at 53
lbs with this Black Widow and liked it from the very first stroke.
I could actually felt the bite on the ball giving me even more spin and
control. It felt like the ball stayed on the strings significantly
longer, more than I ever experienced with any other strings. Next time I
get it strung, I may go down to 51 lbs to see if I get a bit more power.