By Bruce Levine and Richard Pagliaro
Gauge: 16g (sets and reels), 17g (sets and reels)
Price: $19.95 (sets), $259.95 (reel)
Composition: Pure DuPont PA66 multi-filament central core; fibers bonded with thermo elastic PU resin; super-bonded polymer outer coating.
—As its name suggests, the Dunlop Silk is easy on the arm and provided ample power for playtesters of all skill levels.
—An ideal string for all-court players, serve-and-volleyers and aggressive baseliners.
—Did not offer the spin potential of polyester strings, however this is a softer string and is not designed for such use.
—A versatile, comfortable string that can be blended with polyester or used on its own.
Bottom Line: If you're looking for a multifilament string that places a premium on power and comfort, the Dunlop Silk delivers in both areas. Though no multifilament string can completely replicate gut, the Silk does offer some gut-like characteristics at a lower cost. Durability is a concern: Some playtesters experienced breakage after two weeks of play, so proceed with caution. But the string is very gentle on the arm and elbow and appealed to a wide-range of playtesters, particularly all-courters who change speeds on their shots.
TENNIS racquet advisor Bruce Levine is a former touring pro who has coached on both the men’s and women’s tours. Bruce is the general manager of Courtside Racquet Club in Lebanon, N.J., has worked as a full-time teaching pro for 30 years and lectures nationally on racquets and equipment.