Genesis White Magic Review and Play Test
String: Genesis White Magic (17 1.25 mm)
Construction: Extruded Monofilament Co-Poly
Racket Used: Babolat Aero Pro Drive
Tension: 60 lbs (about 27 kg)
Cost: $9 a set
White Magic – What You Need to Know
This is the first time I’ve been let down by Genesis.
White Magic is the first string the company has released under new ownership and I think my biggest takeaway was simply confusion on the branding. Black Magic is the string that put Genesis on the map and so I assumed this string would add to that legacy. I didn’t find this string to have any of the charm or playing characteristics of the original that I fell in love with. This string is relatively powerful for a polyester but that’s about the only positive thing I can so for it.
White Magic – What I Loved
Nothing. I guess it was relatively easy to string for a polyester but that doesn’t mean anything to the player. I guess it’s softer than most but I didn’t really feel that either.
White Magic – What I Hated
It just felt like nothing. One of the knocks/quirks of black magic is that it has this “mushy” feel on impact that I’ve never experienced from any other polyester. White magic doesn’t even have that. The response is relatively soft but lifeless at the same time. Not enough control for a big hitter and no pop/feel either. This is a string that I feel has tried to fuse a multifilament and polyester into one and what resulted was simply all the bad characteristics of both construction types.
$9 for a set is pretty standard. Definitely better options out there for that price tag though.
Who this string IS for
Potentially for players considering making the switch from nylon/synthetic/multi to a polyester but even then I wouldn’t recommend this one. Players in the 3.0 range who are used to using a multifilmalent would feel most at home with this string. Big hitters won’t have enough control and beginners will be frustrated by the lack of feedback this string provides. 3.0/3.5 players who are looking for a little more control than their poly/hybrid setup would be the only playing demographic I can think of who would even consider trying White Magic.
Who this string is NOT for
Everyone else. I think if you’re a beginner or advanced player this string will drive you nuts. Beginners need more feel/comfort and advanced players need more feel (albeit a different type) and control.
PASS ON IT
The new trend is to create “softer” polyester strings that are supposed to play like polyesters but feel like multifilaments. This string may have provided some good results in the lab but in actuality when playing with it I was disappointed and after a couple of hours I had had enough. In my opinion this was a big miss from Genesis.