Yonex Polytour Pro Review and Play Test

String: Yonex POLYTOUR Pro (16L 1.25 mm)
Construction: Co-Polymer Monofilament
Racket Used: Tecnifibre TF40 305
Tension: 53 lbs (about 24 kg)
Cost: $19

Poly Tour Pro – What You Need to Know
I have a hard time knowing who this string is designed for. I imagine it would be a great cross string to natural gut in a hybrid but apart from that it’s just too generic. It’s not bad but I struggle to find that quality that sets this string apart from other polys. It is softer than most but if you’re looking for a softer feel I’d recommend a hybrid. It is a string I’d struggle to recommend to anyone in a full bed.

Poly Tour Pro – What I Loved
For a polyester it’s softer than most. Plays “consistent” for longer than most polys but eventually drops off like all others.

Poly Tour Pro – What I Hated
For a string with this kind of pricetag I just wanted so much more. More control, more pop, more feel, more spin. I found this polyester to be very generic. Not like bad generic but just generic and that’s what I hated most of all. I’m looking forward to trying the other Polys from Yonex in the near future.

Not a great value for money. It’s on the pricier side and just not impressive enough to justify the price tag.

Who this string IS for
Would work really well as a cross string for natural gut mains. The only other player that might benefit from this string is a baseline grinder currently using a poly/multi hybrid in a really open pattern that’s breaking their cross strings too frequently. Poly Tour Pro might be a good option for you to try out if you’re in that population.

Who this string is NOT for
For the vast majority of players you’ll either want to go Poly/Multi Hybrid or a different polyester that specializes in pop, control, or spin potential. In my opinion this string is going to be the best option for a very small % of players.

Final Verdict
Unfortunately I have to give this string a pass on it grade. Yonex makes good products and I imagine this string came out the way they wanted. My issue is just trying to determine what kind of player would really benefit from Poly Tour Pro and I struggled to come up with an answer. It’s soft but offers nowhere close to as nice a response as most higher end Poly/Multi hybrids. My preferred Polys (Hyper-G, Alu Power) just play and feel so much better that the whole time I was using this string I was just left wanting.