By Juliya Tatyana. Tennis. Published at Thursday, March 15th, 2018 - 02:52:00 AM.
Today the world’s leading tennis players are transitioning into a faster-paced game. For quicker points they strike the ball early from inside the baseline to aggressively overcome opponents. To meet the needs of our transitioning game the VCORE PRO incorporates a revolutionary next-generation graphite “Namd1” which allows players to grip the ball and fire-off aggressive attacking spin with its unique graphite properties. Coupled with the new LOCK BOOSTER grommet system that reduces energy loss the VCORE PRO is designed to increase spin by 4% 2 speed by 2.7% 2 and post-hit bounce height by 10 cm2 enabling players to deliver heavy accelerating spin shots to overpower the opponent and dominate points.
Once I got to the courts 4S was about what I expected from a geometric poly—spin potential was above average and feel was solid though not as crisp as I typically like. The flipside is that 4S felt very soft and was one of the most comfortable polys I've used in quite a while. Fortunately the soft feel didn't come at the expense of durability. I played past the 12-hour mark with my set and didn't break it though they definitely felt a little dead towards the end. As I've noted in the past I find that most polyester strings go dead and lose tension well before they snap though I'd expect that heavy string breakers may break Black Code 4S before it goes dead or gets mushy.
Installing Black Code 4S was actually a lot less trouble than expected. Typically geometric or textured polys can be a bear for the fingers but 4S wasn't terribly onerous even though the edges were definitely noticeable. Coil memory seemed typical for a polyester but with a little care tangles and kinks were easily avoided. As with most geometric or textured polys installing crosses comes with some risk of damage due to the sharp edges. I didn't have any issues but I'd still encourage other stringers to take their time installing crosses—especially if they're blending Black Code 4S with another softer string.
Overall this would seem to be a great plan but it is not without its drawbacks. The biggest of those drawbacks is that with the event only being staged over one week at a single venue it eliminates the advantage and atmosphere of the home ties. Squads will no longer have the advantage of selecting a surface that favors them over their opponents. Furthermore the rowdy raucous and festive home atmosphere which is so hard to replicate throughout the rest of the season will likely be missing to some degree in this new format.
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