Many string companies will wait until key times in the tennis calendar to unveil new product offerings. WeissCANNON’s new Black5Edge is being introduced to the tennis playing public at a rather unconventional time. Why? When a string is developed that generates unbridled praise and excitement that literally oozes from the pores of early playtesters; a string that offers a combination of performance characteristics previously unattained; a string that clearly possesses the potential to dramatically enhance on court performance for a large cadre of skills levels…it’s incredibly hard to wait to make it available. Thus WeissCANNON is introducing the new Black5Edge just in time for the holidays.
The Black5Edge is so unique, so full of tennis goodness that it just very well may create an entirely new classification of poly-based string, “POLY-PLUSH!”
What is “poly-plush” and why should tennis players take note? The Black5Edge clearly stands out from an avalanche of poly-based strings that have been introduced this past calendar year. The difference, simply put, is all-around performance excellence. While the Black5Edge could easily be mistaken for a run of the mill spin string, one hitting session and you too will be convinced this string is something extra special.
Yes, the sharp pentagonal profile coupled with a slick and polished finish allows for string sliding and snapping action that easily produces spin or slice on command. The sharpness does not wear down in a few hours like some other gear shaped or differently shaped string offerings. There can be no doubt that the Black5Edge will vault into the tennis playing consciousness as one of the very best spin creation tools available. Whether you play with excessive spin or moderate amounts, the Black5Edge will elevate your game with a level of spin and control previously unmatched.
While spin potential is clearly one advantage, this string is most certainly NOT a one trick pony. This is a poly-based string which provides a plush feeling when hitting. The comfort is notable and consistent. While offering crisp power, there is no harsh feedback because the new chemical composition of this string allows it to provide comfort and hold its playing properties for an extended period of time. Unlike many other poly-based strings this means that the Black5Edge continues to help absorb shock longer which makes it one of the more arm-friendly poly-based strings available today.
Our playtesters could not stop raving about this string. They found it to excel with power, control and spin in baseline rallies. Some commented that the spin and control allowed them to strike sharper, more acute angles with more pace than other strings. Others found the kick on serves to be greatly enhanced while our serve and volley playtester who often despises poly-based strings found it to offer outstanding touch and feel at net. One playtester noted that his short slice return of serve was never better. Three out of four of our local playtesters rated this string as the best string they have ever hit and all four are furious it will not be available in the USA until the end of November.
For those familiar with WeissCANNON offerings you may want to note that the chemical composition of this string closely approximates that of Silverstring, the flagship of the WeissCANNON line. The Black5Edge is not identical, but does have some striking similarities. Players who use both will immediately recognize the family resemblances, specifically the level of comfort. It’s a very smooth hitting string. However, the Black5Edge has risen the bar with some new chemical additives and altered concentrations that create a slightly livelier hitting experience along with longer lasting maintenance of playing properties. In other words WeissCANNON may find it has a new flagship string in the fleet!
The WeissCANNON distributor in Australia already has the Black5Edge available down under and they describe it as “Too good to be legal!” Maybe so, but currently it is legal and we hope tennis players in the USA will take advantage of every last drop of the “poly-plush” goodness this string offers.
The Black5Edge is not expected to arrive in the USA until late November. Once here, it will be available exclusively at Guts and Glory Tennis prior to the new year, after which it may be spotted at some of our online friends.