String Review: Genesis Black Magic

by: Tennis Warehouse | March 22, 2019

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Upsides                                                         Downsides
Comfortable for a co-poly                      Too firm and underpowered for beginners
Above-average tension                            Not very spin-friendly for a co-poly 
maintenance                                                        


Price: $7.90


Challenging the paradigm that comfort comes at the cost of playability in polyester strings, Genesis presents Black Magic, designed as a softer co-polyester that should maintain tension well relative to other polyester strings. In our lab, we tested Black Magic and found a stiffness rating of 207, which is pretty middle-of-the-pack for a polyester. When our playtesters hit the courts, though, they noticed the softer feel and surprisingly good tension maintenance. In this regard, Black Magic has found a way to separate itself from your run-of-the-mill poly, but it's not without fault. At times, our testers wanted more spin and a crisper feel, but these were perhaps differences of taste as opposed to real knocks against the string. Ultimately, with a few tricks up its sleeve, Black Magic has found a tasteful compromise between comfort and playability. It is a string that should entice established polyester players who are looking for something easier on the elbow. The softer response also makes it a good introduction to polyester because it doesn't come with the harsh feedback that is so pervasive among poly strings.

OVERALL: 80

Power: 66 Spin: 76 Comfort: 76
Control: 83 Feel: 76 Playability Duration: 83
Durability: 84    

 

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