After reviewing Mayami Big Spin, the second string I playtested from the Ukrainian brand is Mayami Tour Hex.
Mayami Tour Hex is a hexagonal polyester and sits in the lineup as their defacto control string.
Alongside Kateryna Bondarenko, it is endorsed by former French Open finalist and one of a few players with a winning H2H record vs Roger Federer, Andrei Medvedev.
It comes in two gauges, 1.23mm and 1.28mm and is a very stylish blue colour that compliments specific racket paint jobs and court surfaces very nicely.
But fantastic cosmetics and endorsements aside, how does Mayami Tour Hex play? Find out in this full playtest and review.
Mayami Tour Hex Specification
MAYAMI TOUR HEX is a Monofilament hexagonal polyester string that merits exceptional empathy for players who need to take their game to another propelled level with much appreciation for the game. Modestly intense, with phenomenal control and a fantastic capacity to pivot the ball, this string will help you guide your strokes at an alarming pace. This is truly the world’s best tennis string regarding cost and quality. Mayami's Tour Hex Pitch
Fortunately, we don't rate strings on their copywriting as this needs some work!
- Monofilament Polyester
- Gauged – 1.23mm/1.28mm
- Colour – Blue
Racket Setup for Testing
For this playtest, I used the Wilson Pro Staff 97 v13, which weighs 334g strung and is a headlight, control orientated racket. I was going to use the Blade 98, but I've still got Mayami Big Spin in and don't want to cut it out yet 😁
Like the Big Spin, I used my portable Mi Stringer for a two-piece string job, but this time, I used a tension of 48lbs (21.7kg).
Upon opening the packet, I was greeted with a very cool blue looking string. I uncoiled it, cut it in two and began stringing the mains.
Instantly you can tell it is a much stiffer string than Big Spin, and it has a much more rigid feeling when stringing. The mains are no problem, but the crosses are a bit harsher on the fingers when weaving.
Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, the Mi Stringer design makes traditional weaving much harder, so I use a couple of helper tools they offer to get it done and, at the same time, saves my fingertips.
For stringers out there, it's comparable to most other stiffer polyesters, and for me, if you like the cosmetics/design of a string, it's often ‘easier' to string with (at least for your rackets). Since I'm a fan of the blue, I enjoyed seeing the racket come together to get the finished article.
I also find the Pro Staff 97 a bit of a pain to string (Wilson's official tie-off holes are different from the stringers digest, for example), but a stiff poly can make some tighter grommets easier.
Mayami Tour Hex Playtest
So how did Mayami Tour Hex perform? Let's take a look.
Initial Thoughts and How It Felt
Like the Mayami Big Spin review, my hit with Tour Hex was on a fast, slick indoor court. However, this time around, I was coming in off a few more hitting sessions and knew what to expect from the surface.
I have used several hexagonal strings over the years, such as Head Tour Lynx and MSV Focus HEX and all the other shapes in between, like Solinco Confidential (pentagonal) and Babolat RPM Blast (octagonal).
If you read my Big Spin review, my preconception of how it looked in the packet was that it would play similar to RPM Blast, which turned out to be completely wrong.
With Tour Hex, my preconceived idea was that it would be similar to Solinco Confidential. This time I was right, and after 10 minutes of hitting, it gave me a very similar feeling.
Solinco Confidential needs a bit of a break-in period before it reaches what I'd call optimum playability, and Mayami Tour Hex also plays it best after 15 minutes or so of hitting. However, it doesn't feel as board like as Confidential from the outset.
I did my usual short court warm-up in the service box. Followed by some cross-court service box hitting to get the feet moving, I liked how the string behaved off the string bed for ‘massaged' type control/feel shots.
How It Played
Once the short court game was over, I moved back to the baseline and rallied from the baseline with the goal of high net clearance and not making each other do too much running.
From there, the tempo gradually increased to hand-fed point play, where you get a much better feel of the string.
I am not a huge topspin player, so I tend to judge poly strings by how confident I feel in my shot placement and how the ball reacts from the stringbed. Not by how much net clearance I can give the ball and still see it land within the baseline.
Tour Hex delivered just the sort of feeling I was after and offered a consistent response from the stringbed, so you get that feeling of predictability.
In that regard, it plays more like a round polyester but with the benefit of that hexagonal shape to impart spin (which has not been conclusively proven to do so, but there seems to be enough anecdotal evidence from players that shaped polys offer more spin).
My backhand slice is an essential shot in my game, and it's the shot I use to decide if I like a string quickly. You get some strings where the ball can balloon off, sitting up in the court and others where it produces a flatter, skimming trajectory ball that causes your opponent all sorts of problems.
Tour Hex delivers more of the latter; the thinner 1.23mm gives a good launch angle, so the ball lands deep in the court, but there's plenty of control to get an excellent shape on the ball.
When hitting the forehand on the run, that is where I got a taste of some spin potential. It produces a flatter trajectory spin when paired with the Pro Staff 97 v13, which has a grommet layup to narrow the pattern around the sweet spot, and I think Tour Hex is well suited to the control type frames.
After returning to the courts for a second time, Tour Hex picked up where it left off; it felt identical in characteristics and kept that predictable feeling for the duration of another 90 minute hit.
My takeaway from hitting is that Tour Hex is a low powered string but has good pocketing, lots of control and a very predictable response allowing players to measure their shots.
Durability and Price
At $9.90 for a single packet or $109 for a 200m reel, Mayami Tour Hex offers excellent value for money.
At just $0.90 more than Volkl Cyclone, which has always been one of the benchmarks for value, you are getting high quality but more comfortable, longer-lasting tennis string for an almost identical price.
I am not a string breaker, so I will rarely snap a polyester, but durability-wise, it seems comparable to any other monofilament string. Serious players will get anywhere from 12-15 hours of playtime before plasticisation starts to set in, which is a couple of hours more than some of the competitors like Babolat RPM Blast and Solinco Confidential.
Tour Hex also has very impressive tension maintenance, and it will give you a decent period of consistency with no real change in how it plays.
I tested it with the TennisTension app, and it holds tension very well; the drop off after my first 90-minute hit was only ~1.5lbs lower than the previous measurement.
Strung at 48lbs as per the Mi Stringer, tension recorded at 46lbs after it came off the machine, tension recorded at 42lbs before playing, tension measured at 40.5lbs after 1 hours play.
I will do another round of testing using my MSV MiniSTT tool when I string Mayami Tour Hex again.
Who Is This String For?
Tour Hex is designed for high-level players that demand control. If you swing fast enough and hit the ball big enough, this string is precisely what you will be looking for – control and spin.
For players who use a more open string pattern frame like a Babolat Pure Aero or a Yonex VCORE 100, I'd recommend using the higher gauge 1.28mm version of Tour Hex, as you will get more durability and more control.
Suppose you are looking for a string to help you out with power. In that case, Tour Hex will not be something that will offer it (although it is one to consider putting in a hybrid with a softer string like a natural gut, Head Velocity MLT or Tecnifibre Multifeel etc.)
So as with all polyester strings, it is not suited for younger kids or those just starting to play the game.
Mayami Tour Hex is similar to the following strings, and if you like any of them, you'll probably like Tour Hex too:
How does Tour Hex compare to other Mayami Strings?
- vs Mayami Big Spin – Tour Hex has less comfort, less power, but more control, better tension maintenance and more consistent behaviour over longer durations of playtime.
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As the name suggests, Mayami Tour Hex is suited to players that hit with a tour-level game and has all the properties that those competing at a high-level look for in a string.
While it's debatable whether my game can genuinely realise the benefits of polyester, I do value a predictable string bed that makes me feel like I can land my sliced backhand on a sixpence, and Tour Hex offers that.
Overall, I describe Tour Hex as a low powered, medium-stiff string that is still comfortable, with above-average ball pocketing and above-average spin and control. A pretty good combination, and I can see why this string has a lot of positive feedback on StringForum.
Seen as though Solinco Confidential has been one of my favourite strings of the last 12 months, and Tour Hex mirrors it in every department. It gets top marks from me.
I am reluctant to say it's better based on just a couple of hitting sessions vs the 30+ I've had with a full bed of Confidential, but they're on a near equal footing.
So at $3 cheaper per pack, if you're a competitive player looking for a playable poly, I'd give Tour Hex a try, and you might find yourself sticking with it.
One other good thing about Mayami is like Angell Strings (which I plan to review soon); they offer a sample pack with all their strings in so you can test them all.
That's what I purchased, so I have Magic Twist, Hepta Power and Hit Pro to review in the coming weeks. I'll then pick a favourite and do an overall comparison post.
- Great tension maintenance
- Great for my slice backhand (control + pocketing)
- Excellent price:performance ratio
- It makes a bit of a pinging sound on contact, which some players don't like
Have you tried Mayami Tour Hex? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments.