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
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.
- Co-poly monofilament
- Octagonal cross-section
- Gauges – 1.20mm, 1.25mm, 1.30 mm
- Colour – Orange
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.
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
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
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
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?
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.
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.
- Good for backhand slice
- Provides high levels of comfort
- Decent access to power
- 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.