Genesis Blizzard Synthetic Gut Review and Play Test
String: Genesis Blizzard Synthetic Gut (16g)
Construction: Synthetic Gut
Racket Used: Babolat Aero Pro Drive
Tension: 57 lbs (about 27 kg)
Previous String in Frame: Genesis Thunder Blast
Cost: $3.75 a set
Strung Date: June 1st
Strings Broke: June 17th
Blizzard – What You Need to Know
It’s easy to assume you get what you pay for when it comes to strings. As I’ve found with a lot of these reviews that’s rarely the case. I personally preferred Blizzard to Xplosion and Thunderblast (more expensive multifilaments). Now with the more expensive strings it’s important to point out that they are more durable and play “consistently” for longer.
Something like Xplosion is quite similar in performance to Blizzard. But when it comes to feel Blizzard has it’s more expensive counterpart beat by some margin. The upside to Xplosion is that the string is much more durable and plays consistently for at least double the time. With all strings there are pro’s and con’s that you’ll need to weigh.
Like most synthetic guts Blizzard will only last you a couple of weeks of regular play before the feel drops off significantly and you need to restring. But assuming you have the means to string regularly this is a great option. It’s an all around string that’s comfortable, capable of generating topspin, and just flat out feels great. Maybe not quite as much “pop” as Babolat synthetic but close to it and it plays better over a longer period of time in my opinion.
This is the sort of string you should buy on a reel (like any synthetic gut to be honest) and take to your stringer since you’ll need to restring frequently. On a reel you’d average about $3 per 40ft so roughly $18 per string job (great bargain when consider some packs of string cost $20 each).
Blizzard – What I Loved
To put it simply blizzard feels great and plays great. While most synthetic guts will only play well for about 3 hours (if your hitting hard with a lot of spin) I got at least 10 days of solid play out of this one. Plenty of pop and spin potential. The strings didn’t move around too much and I didn’t notice an extreme loss in tension. Obviously being a synthetic gut this string is not as durable as a poly (like the official description tries to claim) but a great bang for your buck string.
Blizzard – What I Hated
I really didn’t hate anything. If you’ve read any of my other reviews you’ll know that my main pet peeve is strings moving. This string only started to move about 20 minutes before it broke. I would love for the string to last longer but that’s not really a fair criticism for a cheap synthetic gut. If you have the means to string frequently blizzard is definitely worth a try. One thing I did notice (“hate”) was that when the string lost its playability it happened very quickly and out of the blue (not a gradual decline). To some this may be a positive as it’s an obvious indicator that it’s time for a restring but you’ll definitely want a second racket with fresher strings in case the feel bottoms out on you mid match.
Terrific value at a little under $4. You’ll need to restring frequently but I believe the playability is worth it. You can spend $20 bucks on a string and restring every 3 months or $4 on a string and restring every month. If you already break strings a lot definitely try this out as you could end up saving money in the long run.
Who this string IS for
Probably best suited for players with an all around game and/or teaching professionals who work with a wide range of players. Definitely would work well for doubles players who spend an even amount of time at the baseline and at the net. May also be a good choice for singles players who don’t need to generate a ton of topspin and/or don’t have a super fast swing.
Who this string is NOT for
It’s probably not the right choice for an aggressive swinging baseliner but in all honesty you could make it work if you’re willing to restring on a very regular basis (every time you play). I personally think this string would work for just about anyone regardless of playing style.
At $3.75 a set Blizzard Synthetic Gut is an incredible value. I prefer the way this string feels and plays to many $20 multifilaments. It doesn’t feel quite as nice as Babolat Synthetic Gut right off the stringer but it plays better (more consistent) for longer. Obviously this is not a durable string and is not marketed as such. If you have Blizzard in a full bed you’ll need to restring every 3 or 4 weeks assuming you play regularly. If you are using Blizzard as a cross string in a hybrid you’d probably want to restring every 6 to 8 weeks.