In the videos, I am using a Prince Rebel EXO3 Rebel 98 as my racquet of choice. I strung Genesis Black Magic 17 gauge in the mains at 56 lbs and crossed it with Genesis Blizzard synthetic gut 16 gauge at 54 lbs. The Dynamic Tension (DT) as recorded on my BEERS ERT 300 (http://www.ert300.com/ert300/en/start.html) was 34. I have also play tested this string in my latest racquet, Wilson BLX six one 100L. I strung it with Genesis Black Magic 17 gauge in the mains at 58 lbs and Genesis Blizzard Synthetic Gut in the crosses at 58 lbs. My DT was 42. As expected the string played totally different in each racquet. The numbers listed below will have a P next to them and a W next to them to represent the Prince racquet and the Wilson racquet. Although there were some differences, my perspective on the overall performance of the string is the same.
Let's start with some of the specifications that this string has to offer. Below is a table showing the Stiffness and Tension loss of this string. String stiffness was measured by the United States Racquet Service Association (USRSA). Typically, the stiffer the string, the less power, but more control. Also, the stiffer the string, the less feel and typically the harsher it will feel on your arm, elbow and shoulder. If you have any arm, elbow or shoulder problems, playing with a stiff string can have a negative impact. Of course, you can hybrid stiffer strings with softer strings to lessen how stiff they feel.
Name Material Size in (mm) Stiffness lb/in Tension Loss
Genesis Black Magic 16
Genesis Black Magic 17
Now, let's talk about some of the pros and cons of this string:
- Power (Definitely provides a lively response for a poly)
- Durability (Seems to last fairly long with minimal signs of wear)
- Spin (Although decent spin, definitely not as spin friendly as other strings on the market)
- Control (very powerful poly that may not give players seeking control what they want)
Volleys: (80P) (85W)
No real surprise here. Volleys felt crisp and sharp. I could really get the ball to penetrate when needed and the strings surprised me with some touch as well. Volleying was a pleasure with this string and I think it performed exceptionally well.
Durability and Tension Loss: (90P) (90W)
String Movement: (78P)(75W)
The strings did move a little and they did not always snap back in place like a lot of other poly strings. It's not even close to as bad as multifilament strings, but you will be adjusting them a little between points. Overall, string movement isn't bad, but I prefer poly strings that snap back and I don't have to move them.
Overall Score: (79.1P) (80.6W)
I think Genesis Black Magic is a quality string that can be used by a variety of players. Since it is a little softer, it may appeal to players with arm issues but still want the performance characteristics of a poly. Serve and Volley players may find that this string could compliment there game with it's strong ratings in serves and volleys. I also think doubles players my find this string a pleasure to play with as well. If you have technical efficient strokes and need a string that packs a punch to help you finish off points, then I highly recommend this string.
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Playtest Part 1
Playtest Part 2
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