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Yonex Poly Tour Rev Review

A bright co-polyester string from Yonex that lays claim to a big boost in spin. How does it play?

After the restring with Yonex’s Poly Tour Rev, my racket looked completely different.

Gone was the usual porcelain white colour I had become so accustomed to, as a bold, fiery orange now dominated the frame.

The play was as different as the change to aesthetics, but does Poly Tour Rev live up to its promises of big spin?

Yonex Poly Tour Rev Specification

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Intense bite and control…for baseliners with medium-to-fast swing speeds looking for a shaped string that grabs the ball for the ultimate spin experience. How Yonex pitches their Rev string.

String Specs:

Racket Setup for Testing

I play with a Head Prestige S from 2018. Prestige rackets are Head’s series for precision and control and typically come with a smaller head size as a result. Mine has a 95 square-inch head with a 295g unstrung weight.

The racket also has a 16×19 string pattern and is 0.66 points head-light. Rev was strung at 55 lb with a 1.20mm gauge, on which I also placed Head’s medium-level dampener – Pro Damp.

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Yonex Poly Tour Rev Playtest

So how did Yonex Poly Tour Rev play? Let's take a look with a full playtest and review.

Initial Thoughts and How It Felt

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The first thing I noticed was how reflective it was.

Poly Tour Rev appears slick and lubricated, thanks to Yonex’s “Silicone oil Infused Filament” technology which encourages faster snapback.

Despite this, I didn’t notice much (if any) difference in topspin, even with the thinnest gauge available for the string. Often I would set up a forehand, my right arm and wrist laid back, ready to brush up the ball, expecting a more aggressive arc and kick from the bounce.

But after watching the ball fly away in much the same manner as with the Head Hawk string I recently reviewed, I wasn’t convinced that Rev was making any significant change that would tangibly impact match play.

Unless I intentionally try to flatten out the ball, I find it difficult to hit with anything other than topspin on the forehand since playing on artificial clay at my local club has ingrained the habit.

Any gains in topspin from the string would likely be minimal for players who already hit with real shape on the ball.

Instead, it would be more useful for players who have traditionally hit with a continental grip but might want a bit of help generating spin as they transition to a more eastern grip and contemporary play styles.

What Rev can boast about is the level of comfort. Even with a full swing, I barely felt anything as the racket made contact with the ball.

Initially, I thought the string was underpowered, as the usual sensations and vibrations after hitting with force were not there. After checking what was actually happening to my shots, there was no actual loss in speed or weight to the ball from before.

The orange is an interesting change from the usual black, white and grey one often sees in amateur and professional tennis alike. Players who are into their clothing and equipment fashion will certainly appreciate the look.

How it Played

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Because the frame did not shudder and stutter on contact, Rev made for clean ball-striking and follow-throughs.

The lack of resistance gave me the confidence to really go for my serve and attempt a fuller swing, where previously I had mentally held back.

Similarly, the comfort helped me get into a good rhythm from the baseline early on in rallies and settle into the point with great depth into the opponent’s court. Rev is a powerful string in its own right, and it was easy to turn up the pace on the forehand and transition to attack.

Though the emphasis from Yonex here is on the spin, I was still able to hit flat balls down the line to win the point with little difficulty. Even if you don’t make contact right on the sweet spot, Rev is very forgiving and will still impart speed and power with a slightly miss-timed shot.

On the backhand drive, I felt my shots landing deep, as long as I kept good technique and had a proper swing.

The biggest difference I noticed in spin was on the backhand slice. Here, the ball really gripped and spun aggressively.

Tactically this was useful, as my slice drop shots stayed low to the ground after the first bounce, while a slice approach shot to my opponent’s backhand was difficult to pick up, forcing an error.

On the return of serve, Rev was able to soak up any pace from the opponent and send the ball back with interest. The smooth contact helped keep me stable and on balance for the next shot.

Though the comfort in itself was welcome, it did come at the expense of feedback. At times I wasn’t sure which part of the racket the ball had struck due to the lack of vibration or what kind of contact had been made. It was difficult to gauge exactly what kind of shot had been produced until I saw it, which I found slightly off-putting, not being able to feel my way through a point.

In the forecourt, Rev dealt well with punch-volleys and deflecting powerful shots into the open court. I definitely felt enough control to place the ball close to the lines and as far away from my opponent as possible.

Again, the stringbed could have felt a bit more responsive. The lack of feedback made more delicate volleys and touches harder to pull off.

I felt some ball pocketing at the baseline, which meant I lost a little accuracy but kept enough control t with a 95 square-inch frame not to hit wild shots and unforced errors.

Above 100 square inches with Rev, players who like a lot of control from their racket may run into some calibration issues in hitting accurate groundstrokes.

Durability and Price

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The string had great snapback, and I never had to move them back into position over the two days I played with it. There was no noticeable loss of tension, and the racket certainly kept its punch for aggressive shot-making.

The cost of the string is $22.65 (~£16.00) for a 12m set which is expensive for something that doesn’t deliver on its promises of big spin, at least for topspin.

Depending on what you wanted a new string for, this would probably be a reasonable price if you wanted more comfort from your racket, though it is still on the higher end of the scale with cheaper alternatives available.

Who Is This String For?

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If you want more topspin and you already hit the ball in a good arc, I wouldn’t say this string was for you. I suspect any extra spin provided by Rev would be minimal. Instead, a change in technique for more spin would be a better solution.

The string could be useful for players transitioning to more modern styles of play away from the continental grip and may initially need a little help generating topspin.

But again, Rev’s impact in this department is likely to be limited, and there’s no substitute for learning the proper technique.

Though Rev was good at increasing backspin, I can’t see this reason alone being sufficient to purchase the string based on Yonex’s spin selling point.

Rev would be good for players who suffer shoulder and arm pain while hitting and wanted more comfort without loss of power.

Final Thoughts

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Yonex Poly Tour Rev certainly does not live up to its name as far as additional topspin is concerned, though it can definitely be noted for its smooth play and solid power.

I would have liked more response from the racket while hitting, but overall, it does all the basics fairly well and has no major downsides to discount it completely. Greater comfort was an interesting change and helped me follow through, especially on the serve.

Benefits

  • Good for backhand slice
  • Provides high levels of comfort
  • Decent access to power

Drawbacks

  • It does not deliver on extra topspin
  • Loss of feedback

Have you tried Yonex Pro Tour Rev? Have any questions about it? Let me know in the comments below.

Yonex Poly Tour Rev Review

Power - 7
Control - 6
Comfort - 8
Touch / Feedback - 4
Spin - 5
Snapback - 9
Durability - 9

6.9

No Extra Spin But Still Powerful

Yonex Poly Tour Rev fails to deliver on big topspin but is otherwise a decent string for aggressive play.

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User Rating: 3.81 ( 5 votes)

Alex Nulliah

My name is Alex Nulliah and I am a freelance writer from Bath. I enjoy writing about tennis, International Relations and anything else which takes my interest. At Exeter University I took a BA in History and an MA in Applied Security Strategy. I love playing tennis.

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23 Comments

    1. RATS indeed. Jon, is the push notification thing set up only to notify me of posts involving Roger? This is at least the 3rd time I haven’t had any notification of a non-Roger post being posted. I only found this one this afternoon because I refreshed a page and got DrEvil asking “First?”

    2. I don’t send push notifications for every post, I figure not everyone wants hitting with a string review so usually only do them for breaking news or Federer posts.

      1. I know, you don’t like WordPress plugins. But the is a simple plugin resolving the issue. Every approved user can enable (and disable too) automatic notifications, whenever any new post is published. Or can get such notifications, whenever his comment gets a reply from other users .
        Can’t you get similar without plugins?

      2. Why not? Most of your posts are related to Fed and interesting for everyone. If someone gets an e-mail about a new post and it’s not interesting for him (the mail should contain at least the title or eventually some first lines of text), he/she knows, it’s not necessary to look up to your blog. For those who collect “Firsts”, every post is interesting 😉

  1. What do you mean with RATS. Am I a rat in your opinion ? It ist coincidence. I surf Jonathans page a few times a day. I dont have a push notification installed…

      1. @Sue
        Ask Jonathan to add the functionality of you (or other user) deciding yourself to automatically get notified if any post appears (I have this on my blog 😉 but I understand, you want rather to be FIRST here :). It’s possible, but Jon does not like plugins (well, he has some reason to).

      2. I’m usually sleeping when the the story gets posted since I’m 8-9 hrs behind.

  2. Nice review Alex. Like you, I did not find this string as spin friendly as it claims to be in the Yonex marketing. Poly Tour Pro is much better, as is Hyper G.

  3. About string colors. There was somewhere (some time ago) a debate about using colored strings do distract the opponent or make him/her harder to read the game. For distraction maybe mica effect would be fine 😉

  4. I used this string in my Vcore 98 and it broke during the first hit, got about 1 hour out of it. Not that impressed.

  5. I have my racket a 2020 ezone 98 (blue) 305 g racket with the yonex poly tour rev and I absolutely love it.

    I am a tennis geek and have tried (hyper g , Luxillon alu rough, yonex poly tour, tourna big hitter black 7 17g, black widow, quite a few others) my favorite before this string was hyper g 17g.

    I am a 4.0 player who has a great feel for equipment and am very picky with my equipment.

    I was using this string but unhappy with my ezone 98 because of lack of precision and pocketing.

    At the Yonex tour the pros strung my ezone at 53lbs (my request) they wanted to do 51-52.

    Once using , I noticed the string was a bit stiffer than the hyper g but it felt so comfy, and once I started hitting , I started falling in love! My shots that normally would just go out maybe by a 1’ or so we’re now dropping in by 2’. I was able to nail my serves with room for error, and drop shots performed beautifully.

    I definitely would recommend these strings for those who like poly shaped strings and these are my absolute favorite.

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