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String Playtest Comparison: Tecnifibre Pro Red 17 vs Topspin Cyber Flash 17

About the play testerAbout the String

Tester: PBody99 on the Talk Tennis message board

Playing Level: 4.0

Regular playing equipment: Prince More Power 1500 with Prince Syn Gut 17 @ 55 lbs

Game Style: Serve and volley doubles player using a one hand topspin backhand with medium swing speed off both sides.

Strings being tested: Tecnifibre Pro Red Code / Topspin Cyber Flash

Gauge: Red Code: 17, Cyber Flash: 17

Racquet(s) string is in: Prince More Power 1500

Tension: 50 lbs

Tecnifibre Pro Red Code 17 String
Slightly livelier than the 16 gauge version, but still very much a control oriented string. Offers excellent ball bite and spin potential.
Topspin Cyber Flash String 17 (1.25)
This very playable co-polyester string offers excellent durability and good access to spin. Great for intermediate and advanced players who want a crisp control string that delivers above average comfort for a poly-based string.

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Stringing

Both were a one piece stringing on a Gamma 4000. The string must be released carefully. They have the common tendency of polyesters to want to tangle. Very little stretch. Stiff as the average co-poly. Crosses are as easy as any plain nylon for stringing.

Power

Power was low on both and neither one gave me a noticeable difference in pop, but that isn't why you use this type of string.

Control

The control is okay for full swings. Low power strings mask over hitting errors. At my age, (55+) that is less of a problem than the longer learning curve trying to get my touch shots to work.

Comfort

Comfort is not ideal for the over fifty crowd. I found that Pro Red Code was a touch harsher than Cyber Flash, but I use 18g in poly’s and only in a hybrid.

Spin

The 1st day of hitting was greater than a fresh nylon job, after that I couldn't get as much spin out of the setup. The Pro Red Code lost its "Mojo" quicker than that of the Cyberflash.

Feel

Though they both had a crisp feel, the Pro Red Code felt a little more muted than that of the Cyber Flash.

String Movement

The Pro Red Code showed slight string movement on the outside 3 mains after 2 hours. Cyber Flash never moved.

Tension Maintenance

These were both typical of polyester. The trend says that I would cut either out after two weeks, as the stringbed starts to feel too dead for my game.

Durability

Playing 4 hours on hard court and 2 hours on clay over a ten day period, once again, these were on par with other polyesters.

Weather/Temperature: 55 to 60 degrees

Court Surface:

Indoor hard court, Outdoor Clay

Final Thoughts:

My slight nod goes to Topspin Cyber Flash over Tecnifibre's Red Code. My stringing base would want the poly that prevented the string from moving the most. Plus since the cost per set is lower, it makes it a better deal for me to stock. The difference in ease of stringing isn't enough to overcome the cost factor. Also, the Red color might appeal to a younger group than I normally string for.

Comfort
Topspin Cyber Flash17 45
Tecnifibre Pro Red Code 17 40
Control
Tecnifibre Pro Red Code 17 80
Topspin Cyber Flash17 80
Feel
Tecnifibre Pro Red Code 17 60
Topspin Cyber Flash17 60
Power
Tecnifibre Pro Red Code 17 65
Topspin Cyber Flash17 60
Spin
Tecnifibre Pro Red Code 17 80
Topspin Cyber Flash17 80
String Movement
Topspin Cyber Flash17 85
Tecnifibre Pro Red Code 17 70
Tension Maintenance
Topspin Cyber Flash17 60
Tecnifibre Pro Red Code 17 55
Overall Playability
Topspin Cyber Flash17 75
Tecnifibre Pro Red Code 17 70


Playtest date: November, 2006.
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