Genesis True Grit Review and Play Test
String: Genesis True Grit (16g)
Construction: Extruded Monofilament Co-Poly (10 Sided, Axially Twisted)
Racket Used: Babolat Aero Pro Drive
Tension: 57 lbs (about 26 kg)
Previous String in Frame: Genesis Black Magic
Cost: $10 a set
True Grit – What You Need to Know
This is a polyester string and while softer than most it is still only designed for players that take a full and fast swing at the ball (a lot of racket head speed and topspin). If you’ve ever had arm issues do NOT string with a full bed of polyester.
Now since this string has little more give and is relatively soft it is a string you could try as your first full bed of polyester. For most players (myself included) a hybrid setup is probably more appropriate. This string would work great in the mains on a hybrid setup for a lot of different players.
True Grit ($10 a set) is fairly similiar in design and playability to Babolat’s RPM Blast Rough ($18 a set). If you’re a fan of RPM Rough definitely consider trying this string to see which you prefer.
Tennis is all about consistency and gear/strings are no exception. There was no noticeable drop off in playability after 30 days of play. The tension stayed pretty consistent (as much as you could expect from a polyester) and I didn’t notice any drop off in power or spin potential. This is very different to something like a synthetic gut where there’s a massive drop off after about 2 or 3 hours of playing.
True Grit – What I Loved
This is a tournament/competition string designed for tournament level, high school, and college players. The action this string imparts on the ball is great and it’s honestly hard to hit back and judge. There’s a lot of late action (what Genesis calls “dynamic spin and power”) that over a two or three hour match will frustrate a lot of opponents who take balls on the rise. My slice and kick serve jumped more than any other string setup I’ve ever used and the flat serve really pops off the racket. This is probably the best I’ve ever served (and best feel) when using a full bed of polyester. That being said I do prefer the “feel” and consistency I get when serving with a hybrid string setup.
True Grit – What I Hated
No polyester has a nice organic feel/sound. It’s a ping and that’s just how it is. I will say it’s not as bad as a lot of other polyesters I’ve used. If you’re an instructor who needs to vary their play style based on the student ability this string will not do you any favors for beginner to advanced intermediates.
You definitely can’t use it to feed serves or to rally with most students. This string gets you a lot of inherent action (too much for beginner/intermediate players to handle).
The inability to compact the swing and push means this is not a string for recreation (or to go out and rally with a less experienced player). This is really frustrating if you only have one racket and play with a wide range of players (for fun and for competition).
I believe this is a good value for performance string like everything Genesis offers. Unlike the big brands (who spend so much on marketing and have huge operating costs) this string performs about as well as something you may pay double for elsewhere. Obviously it’s all relative but it’s nice to save enough $ to restring one extra time a year (especially for hybrids) to take advantage of the nice fresh string phenomena. If you use cheaper strings for your setup you can do this.
Who this string IS for
Players will full, fast strokes (including slice) who are looking for more inherent power in a full polyester setup. Players who have struggled with “feel” on serve with other polyesters. This string rewards aggressive cuts at the ball.
Advanced players looking for a softer polyester. This is a pretty soft poly that doesn’t put too much strain on the arm. A good downgrade from some of the “rougher” poly offerings out there.
Instructors who work with advanced juniors or adults who need practice with balls that “lurch” through the court. I also used this string to feed with heavy top spin/slice and it worked quite well while not hurting my arm.
Advanced doubles players who spend most of their time at the baseline or hitting approaches for winners (or to setup a smash volley). I like the action this string gives on serve and it’s a tough string to volley against (spin/power).
Who this string is NOT for
Anyone who’s had arm issues in the past.
Anyone with compact strokes. This string does have a lot of give/power to it (ball sort of catapults off it) but it’s hard to control. It can trampoline off and fly if you’re stroke is too slow. A hybrid setup, multifilament, or synthetic gut will feel much better and give you a similar result.
Anyone who modifies (compacts) their stroke on a regular basis (the lack of control is very noticeable and annoying). If you’re an instructor who teaches a wide skill range (beginner to advanced) this is not a great string to use for feeding or rallying.
Advanced doubles players who spend the majority of their time at net. The feel on volleys is OK but there are better options (hybrid perhaps).
Genesis True Grit is a great polyester string that retails for only $10 a set. Tension holds pretty well and obviously it’s very durable so if you only play a couple of times a week you may only need to restring 3 times a year (depending on how fast you wear down the string in the sweet spot). After playing with this string for a month I found the playability to be fairly consistent (played pretty close on day 30 to the way it did on day 1). There was no noticeable drop in tension, loss of spin or power. This is a competition string (match play) that performs well for players that take a full swing at the ball. It is a polyester string so the feel won’t be great (more ping less pop) but it’s better than most. The balance of power, spin, and comfort is nicely struck and I found the way the ball jumped off the court on ground strokes and serve gave my sparring partners some issues especially when trying to take the ball on the rise.