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Comments: I have been using this string for years. So happy with it and I don't feel any need to change to another poly. Have had a go ALU Big Banger, Cyclone, Pro Hurricane etc and still prefer this. Performs better in a hybrid than a full bed. Yes you have to take care with stringing but honestly, if you break it or have problems you're not taking enough care to begin with. Will continue using this.
From: Harry, 6/13

Comments: A terrible string to string. I tried to use a single string to end, but it was broken when I went to the second cross. So I cut it and knotted the main string. Then I used another string to do the crosses. Again, it was broken on the fourth cross. The second try was to use Pro Plasma to do the mains and use Gamma TNT to do the crosses. The mains at 55 lbs, and the crosses at 59. When I was knotting the cross at the end, I heard a crack noise, and the mains had broken again. I spent about 1.5 hours to do these 2 tries and failed, and I never wanted to try again. My machine is a Gamma Progression II ELS Stringing Machine. I have never had problems with other strings by using this machine.
From: Nick, 11/12

Comments: I'm not a pro stringer, but these strings are terrible to string especially if you use a drop weight stringer. It doesn't stretch at all so the minute you let the weight drop, it goes to 45 deg (instead of 180) so I have not clue if I'm getting the right tension. Plus, the string actually broke half way through stringing. It must've notched somewhere and just broke. Poly strings are and absolute pain when it comes to stringing. I strung a head poly on my other racquet and it wasn't as bad. Playing-wise, I've played 3 times with it and while it got a bit better after breaking in, it still plays stiff. I guess the lack of stretching while stringing was the clue. No pace on serves or ground strokes. The upside is most of my shots land in. Not much feel (had to hybrid with left over crappy gosen strings) either. All in all, disappointed with these strings after all the positive reviews. Not much power, or feel, like will be bad for my arm too and a pain to string. I'm going back to non polys.
From: Anon. 08/11

Comments: Great String, slightly tough on your arm. I'm a 5.0 player and this string lasts at least a month. Great Durability. I use this on my mains and Luxilon Big Banger Ice on my crosses. Excellent Combination.
From: Anon, 02/11

Comments: Great string for groundstrokes, but yeesh...if you can get a serve in over 30mph you are lucky. So in other words could not serve with this string! Goes dead in about 2 days, feels great at the start though!
From: Cooper, Sydney, Australia, 10/10

Comments: I have used this string on my prince O3 tour and have seen it used as 17 gauge on Wilson BLX and head prestige racquets. I usually string at 58 and believe this string is fantastic. Feels amazing on the arm and moves very little. The tension stays the same until the string snaps which doesn't happen for at least a month with me. I'm a flat power hitter and this string helps great with control and topspin on the ball. The teammate I have that has used it on a Wilson BLX tour racquet says it feels amazing. He strung at 60. You can use the string on it's own but I have heard hybrids work really well with it. I highly recommend this string to anyone who needs a feel good durable string with great control and spin.
From: Yoyo, Fresno, CA, USA, 03/10

Comments: I agree with the previous comment re: trying this as a hybrid with a natural gut. Next best thing for budget conscious (or budget constraint..LOL) players like me is to hybrid it with Tecnifibre NRG2 17. I currently string my Babolat Pure Dive Plus 110 racquet with Signum Pro as my Main strings at 61 lbs and cross it with Tecnifibre NRG2 at 58 lbs. Pure hitting joy!!!
From: Paul, Murrieta, CA USA 07/09

Comments: This is the finest poly I've ever used. I have used polys, kevlar, natural and synthetic. This is the best of all. I really don't like the way it plays for about the first hour, but after a break in the feel, the power, and the ability for the ball to pocket, just come alive. I would suggest to anyone using this string to use it as a hybrid and to not pass judgment until the string is used for at least an hour. I play with a Head Microgel Extreme Pro, and I string at 52 lbs, which is the minimum. I play at least 12 hours per week, and I have had the same set of strings in my racket for 2 months. I have nearly 100 hours on this set alone! I play a huge topspin game and my 1st serves clock over 100mph with seconds coming in over 90. I am absolutely abusing these strings, and they feel better every time I play. I was not going to give feedback because I kinda want to keep these to my self but here it is, awesome string. Make sure you knock your tension way down if you are not used to polys.
From: Bill, st mary's, pa. 2/09
4.0-4.5 player

Comments: Good string that is fairly soft although I'm going to try it as a hybrid next time. If you want to try a fully poly this one along with Unique are good choices to start with but a hybrid could be a bit softer. Depending on the tension people like, I would first try it at +-1 mid-tension. I usually get my racquets strung at +3. There was some tension loss though. However, durability and other marks have been good.
From: Lk. 1/09

Comments: I must say this is the best poly. No tension loss on string job and feels great. Get it!
From: shawn. 8/08

Comments: THE GOOD: This string holds tension very well and is quite durable (actually, I think it's very durable). The BAD: I have no feel whatsoever with this string. It doesn't feel good. I feel like I have a hard time generating power with this string. I strung it at 58lbs on my nCode Six-One Tour 90. I usually play with strings until it breaks. This string did not want to break even though I was tired playing with it. I read that people say it is soft, but when my roommate tried it in his racquet and when I tried it, both of us had agreed that it was very stiff and felt pretty dead. Mixed reviews between us and the many who like this string.
From: John, NC, USA. 6/08

Comments: I like these strings a lot. First, I strung it at 58lbs on the Wilson nCode nTour 95, but it does not bite the ball as well the usual Topspin strings and my elbow hurts as usual. So I re-strung it at 52lbs and I immediately saw a big different. The strings bite the ball really very well and it is very easy on my elbow.
From: Brian, Diamond Bar, CA, USA. 5/08

Comments: This string is one of the best strings I've played with in years. I used to play with Luxilon Big Banger ALU Power, which is similar to the Signum Pro Poly Plasma, and the touch is almost the same. I really enjoy playing this string, and I will for years to come.
From: Yoeri, Nevele, East Flanders, Belgium. 2/08

Comments: After reading so many positive comments, I decided to give this string a try. I am so disappointed. I should have known when I was stringing it. The surface of this string is coated with a very slippery material. I have to tighten the clamps to grip it properly. I strung my nCode tour at 53/52lb. It has no bite at all. It might be good if your opponents are all power player. I wasn't able to attack those no pace balls below the net at all. With Topspin Cyber Power 17, I am able to rip it and approach the net or hit a downright winner. With Signum Pro Poly Plasma, the only way to get those ball is chipping and charging! I would definitely recommend Topspin Cyber Power 17 instead.
From: Anon, Vancouver, BC, Canada. 1/08

Comments: I purchased a roll of this from TW, after my roll of Pro Hurricane Tour ran out. Reading from some other online ratings, this particular gauge and string is ranked #1 poly last year. I am a frequent string breaker so I needed a string that has proven durability. I use kfactor 90 tour, tension 54lbs. Switching from PHT, this string feels very spongy but more control. Less board effect than the PHT and Luxilon Big Banger. The strings move around a lot comparing to the other two. Spins are better but power is definitely less. To add more touch to the strings, I added Wilson NXT for the cross. Durability: not as good as PHT (about 2 weeks of 10 hours per week as opposed to 3 weeks for PHT) Overall: better feel than PHT, more bite on the ball, but less power Improve performance: add synthetic gut or natural gut. Conclusion: If you like more feel and control with good durability this is the string is pretty good. If you are strictly looking for durability and don't mind the toll a string has on your hitting arm-then I would recommend PHT or BB.
From: Gs, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 11/07

Comments: The material is hard and fairly brittle compared to Luxilon Big Banger, which explains the ability for it to hold tension for most of its playing life as well as the shocks some of you guys might experience during play. However I find this one considerably okay to play with, but much prefer head's sonic pro or big banger, this string is good value for money.
From: Michael, Sydney, Australia, 08/07

Comments: I have been playing with this string for two weeks now on my Head Prestige at 60lb. I have been enjoying it great until yesterday and today, it has been killing my arm; I felt it was going to fall off. Very good string tension, but a little bit rough on the arm. Good spin and control.
From: Juan, Barcelona, Espaņa, 06/07

Comments: Good string, played 6 months with it. Indoors on my Wilson Ncode six one 95 18X20 is lasts 2 weeks with 14 hours of training a week. On clay it didn't last longer than 2 hours, but in my old Dunlop it would last longer I think with the more tighter pattern in the center.
From: Marc, Netherlands. 3/07

Comments: This is a great string. I can't believe that people think this is not a great string. The first time I hit with it I felt the difference between it and Babolat Pro Hurricane. I just had surgery about 13 weeks ago and this is the best poly I found for my arm. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a great poly string. And plus who doesn't love the orange color.
From: Will, St. Louis, MO, USA, 02/07

Comments: What more can be said? This is SPPP, after all. I think I prefer the 1.23 diameter the best. Just the right amount of power, great control, good spin, good durability, and super-easy on the arm. Finding just the right tension might be an issue, but once you find it, look out! Start with 5% less than "normal" synthetic gut and work from there. This really is the best string out there, it feels so solid and dependable -- I feel like I have total control over my shots with this string. Shots feel solid and controlled without any trampoline effect. I doubt I will use anything else for a long time. I'm a 4.5 rated serve and volleyer using this in a Yonex mid at 52 lb.
From: TonyB, NY, USA. 10/06

Comments: I strung SPPP @ 58 in my TT Scream MP (53-63 rec. range). Like other reviewers, I noted a very boardy, powerless feel at first, but after an hour or so of hitting it broke in nicely. This string is not powerful, so you have to provide your own. Spin is easy to come by. Oddly enough, my serve didn't lose any power from synthetic gut, and gained some spin with SPPP, after it was broken in. The tension has been constant, and the strings DO NOT MOVE. These strings are every bit as comfortable as syn gut. My one piece if advice is not to play a match with a newly strung racket with this stuff. It has to be broken in to play well.
From: Charles, Las Vegas, NV, USA. 10/06

Comments: I'm a heavy hitter with a lot of spin. This string moves a lot compared to other poly stings I've played with. I had it strung @ 53 lbs on my Wilson Pro Staff Tour 90, and it felt very stiff. It has amazing control and tremendous spin. My only complaint would be the durability. It only lasts me 12 hours with normal hitting. Thus, my search for "the" perfect string continues.
From: Rocky, TX, USA. 9/06

Comments: I'm a hard hitter who's always looking for more control. Polys intrigued me but lack of feel at net, bad tension maintenance, and harshness on the elbow scared me away from them. I read up on SPPP and decided to give it a try, because it's softer, more comfortable, and holds tension. Now I've now found my string for life. There's not a world of difference from other strings (multifilament, synthetic, or even gut) until you decide to hit hard; you get MUCH more control because the string deflects less so you get less power. Best string I've ever used, I can't imagine using anything else from now on.
From: Sanyi, Toronto 09/06

Comments: I am 15 years old and I play tennis every day. This is the best string that I have ever played with. Thank you Tennis Warehouse this string has helped me out a lot.
From: Jarad, Farmersville, CA, USA. 8/06

Comments: I had been recommended this string and bought a few sets of them. I usually play with Luxilon Alu- power and I was looking for a similar - maybe just a little softer string. I did NOT like this Signum PPP at all. It felt like I was playing with a board - no power at all and strange feel. I thought they had been strung too tight (I play with 24kg Luxilon and had these strung with the same tension). I had my racket to be strung again but the same thing. I had to cut them out and replace them with Luxilon. I'll try to give the Signum sets I have left to my best/worst opponents.
From: Roberto, Europe 08/06

Comments: Strung these up at 54 in my HEAD i.Radical Oversize. I serve and volley a lot, semi-western forehand, eastern backhand. One hour of practice and then played USTA match (two sets) on har-tru:
From the baseline, huge opportunity for spin. My first fh passing shots had so much spin that they landed about 2-3 feet too close to the net. The strings have a nice play feel and after I got used to them, they were fairly precise. Volleying was just beautiful...the ball seems to sit on the stringbed forever and its easy to cup the ball. Kick serves were big...I put a couple of balls head high. Flat serves lacked a little power. Ditto on overhead but certainly enough power to end play.
I think the combination of a powerful racquet and the dampening action of the strings made for a nice combination. None of the harsh vibrations I felt with lux, no wrist tenderness afterward.
Overall, I loved the string. If its durable and plays like this for another 12 sets, I'll be hooked.
From: Vinouspleasure on Talk Tennis 7/06.

Comments: I used to play with Alu Power (with a 15% lower tension), because Luxilon strings are really too stiff, and if you don't lower the tension there is no power at all. When I changed to Poly Plasma 1.23mm, the difference was clear from the first hit! Great control, good feel and spin, and plenty of power. I could raise the tension (no more need to string 15% below, as with Luxilon), and there is still much more power than in Alu Power! Durability and tension holding are the same of Luxilon's, and the cost/benefit ratio is unbeatable. It is not a big surprise that new technologies would make strings better than Luxilon, which has been selling the same stuff for almost 10 years. Now I'm a fan of Plasma technology. As David "Boomer" Davis from North Eastern State University Men's Tennis Team said, "It is the best on the market".
From: Carlos, Sao Paulo, SP / Brazil 04/06

Comments: I love this poly, it maintains tension well and strings don't move. Characteristics of Luxilon but easier on the arm. It's also cheaper. It is more of a control string but plenty of pop for my tastes.
From: Roy, TX, USA. 12/05

Comments: Absolutely the best Poly on the market! Full PPP setup was a little stiff feeling @ 60 lbs but control and spin were great. Second time out 3 days later string felt much better and I found myself appreciating it more. Tension stayed constant through next 16-18 sets. Even though it still felt good I cut it out and went with a hybrid setup with Polystar Energy 17g in the crosses. Dropped tension to 53 on the Plasma mains and 55 on the Energy crosses. With this setup you get the whole package. This tension gives pinpoint accuracy and bites the ball hard with much increased power. Serves picked up noticeably on power and added at least a 10% percent increase in ball movement on kick, slice and twist. It also looks great in my Flexpoint!
From: David "Boomer" Davis
North Eastern State University Mens Tennis Team

Comments: I was using Luxilon ALU Power and tried this. The feel seems to be a bit better but there is not as much power. I do have more control with this than with ALU Power. I'm not too sure which gauge is the best.
From: Ron, Brisbane, Australia. 11/05

Comments: Nice string but kind of hard on your elbow, good control and durability, you have to generate your own power. Difficult to string! Sometimes string breaks during stringing job :(. I recommend you lower the tension by 5% if using the Babolat AeroPro Drive. Reasonable price for the performance.
From: MO, Bethesda, MD.

Comments: The Plasma is a nice string that fits a much needed niche : a relatively comfortable, softer feeling poly that is reasonably priced and holds tension very well. The areas where it sacrifices a little are ball feel and pop, that is compared to Lux ALU as a reference poly. I will say however that I've noticed that it feels much better after a few sets. It tends to feel a little "boardy" at first, but after it breaks in, the feel gets noticeably better. I've never tried it straight up, but like it with gut grosses. The 17L g. has the most feel IMO, but I think it actually has a little less pop than the 17 g., so I'd say I like the 17 g. the best overall. The tension does really hold very well for a poly (for any synthetic string for that matter). I do wish it came in other colors though, as it looks pretty garish in some frames (although kind of cool in some others)!
From: monologuist, from the Talk Tennis message boards. 11/05

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