Construction: Co-Polyester Monofilament
Color: Iron Gray or Black
Gauge: 16G (1.30 mm), 16L (1.25 mm) or 17G (1.20 mm)
Length: 39 feet (12 M) or 656 feet (200 M)
Test Racquet / Tension
Wilson Ultra 100 CV Reverse/16G @ 52 lbs
Yonex has been stepping up their game in the string department and starting produce a variety of co-polyester strings that will significantly change the market. Poly Tour Strike came onto the scene when Denis Shapovalov and Caroline Garcia started playing and winning big matches with this string. This co-polyester is made for advanced players who like to take big cuts at the ball and don’t want to worry about tension loss after a couple hours of play.
Yonex Poly Tour Strike was a pleasant surprise to hit with. It didn’t take me long to get a feel for what the string was really capable of on the court. The string will seem stiff at first but loosens up after about an hour of hitting. I was easily able to control my shots on the court and found enough pocketing to generate spin. The spin potential was good thanks to the slick coating, but this string is definitely made for control. Players that hit with heavy topspin will enjoy this string as long as he/she can provide their own power.
Feel / Comfort
The feel of the Poly Tour Strike is firm but not harsh. The ball always felt crisp leaving my racquet and there was enough flex allowing me to execute touch shots. Even on off center shots there were minimal vibration increases as compared to other polyester strings on the market. I never got a harsh feeling in my arm even as I played more which I found very helpful. Players that have sensitive arms will want to try this string as a hybrid with a multifilament or natural gut string.
The greatest features about this string are durability and tension maintenance. This string surprisingly lasted me over 5-6 weeks and didn’t change much in terms of tension. Every time I played I felt like the stringbed was freshly restrung which is rare for a polyester string. There was never any sudden drop in tension, or much string movement which I truly enjoyed. The slick coating on the outer layer does a great job in helping the string stay durable and not letting the mains cut into the crosses. Even when I did eventually lose a lot of tension and control, I didn’t feel that the strings would break.
I found this string to be one of my new favorites on the market today. The control, durability, and tension maintenance help this string stand out from other polyesters. Players that like Luxilon Big Banger Original or Babolat Pro Hurricane will truly enjoy the Yonex Poly Tour Strike.
About the Reviewer: Chris Virk-Brown currently works at Tennis Express on the Content Marketing team. He previously played at Neumann University and coached at the collegiate level for 3 years. He is an active USTA League and Tournament player.