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GAMMA Glide Hybrid with Moto Review

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Wilson Steam 99 LS Tennis Racquet

Construction: Mains- Co-polyester monofilament; Cross- Proprietary Fluorinated Polymer

Color: Black / Crystal

Gauge: 17G (1.24mm) / 16G (1.30mm)

Length: 22’ mains/20’ crosses

Test Racquet / Tension
Wilson Blade 98S / Mains 53 Crosses 58 lbs

Gamma Glide Hybrid (w/Moto) is hybrid string from Gamma that offers players additional spin and power through the revolutionary Glide cross strings. When it comes to spin in today’s game, more is better. The smooth, polymer Glide cross string reduces friction between your strings, and thanks to its ability to snap back into place on contact, it creates exceptional spin potential.

Thanks to its open string pattern and spin potential, the Blade 98S is going to run through string more quickly than some of its counterparts. That said, Gamma Glide with Moto has lasted surprisingly long, especially considering Moto is 17 gauge and should be prone to breakage sooner. This is due to the Gamma Glide being a solid proprietary polymer – not just an outer wrap or coating – so as it flattens out and frays slightly, it still maintains it lubricity. This means that Glide doesn’t notch your mains as much, which increases your strings longevity.

Power / Spin / Control
Gamma Glide with Moto does add some power over my usual setup of Kirschbaum Pro Line X 16 gauge despite me stringing the crosses up 10% as recommended by Gamma. This is due to the combination of Moto being 17 gauge and the Gamma Glide being so soft. The combination of these factors creates that additional power kept in check by the added spin.

I know that Gamma’s “snapback” claims are true because I never have to adjust my main strings back to their normal place. Also I can visibly see my shots diving and kicking more than usual when I am focusing on adding spin. This added power and spin allows me greater variety and confidence through the control that I am able to achieve. More spin means I’m able to aim higher over the net without hitting it long, which just makes me a more consistent player.

Feel / Comfort
The feel of Glide with Moto was soft in my opinion, and although that is not how I usually prefer my strings, I found it quite responsive and comfortable to play with. The softness is due to the composition of the Glide as well as the thinner gauge of the Moto (which means it will stretch more). Although I prefer a firmer feeling string bed, the feel of this hybrid setup is extremely comfortable to play with.

Playability / Overall
Gamma Glide with Moto is an extremely playable string setup, giving me additional spin, power and control. I would definitely recommend Glide to my friends and I would consider switching to the string in the future. The string softness could be a great thing, based on your preference. Those with arm problems should definitely look into Glide with Moto, especially if they want to have a full bed polyester string setup.

About the Reviewer: Alex Meyers is a graduate of the Professional Tennis Management Program at Ferris State University in Michigan. He is also a USPTA Professional, PTR Junior, High Performance and Adult Instructor as well as a USRSA Master Racquet Technician.  He has also strung for the Italian Fed Cup Team.