By Aki Mai. Tennis. Published at Monday, March 26th, 2018 - 10:58:19 AM.
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.
Hat/Visor: A lot of tennis players say they don't like playing with hats but I think you always have to keep a lightweight hat in your bag in case that summer sun just gets too hot and bright. This goes in the category of skin protection but it also has to do with performance. When the sun is getting in your eyes on your service toss or overheads from one side of the court a hat can be a simple and easy solution to the problem. If you don't like hats go with a visor! They are good to have just in case.
If you rarely (or never) break strings just make sure you bring two racquets. If you break strings more often then 3-4 racquets will do the trick. Ideally your back up racquets should be as similar as possible to your racquet of choice.
Water (and/or sports drink): Don't be too cool to bring hydration to the court - it's not smart. Make sure you bring plenty of water or sports drink to the court. Even mild dehydration can affect your concentration emotions and how quickly you fatigue. More importantly it's simply unsafe to get dehydrated during exercise.
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