Hailing from Ukraine, Mayami is a newcomer to the tennis string market. Based in 2018, they’ve already made a splash amongst the leisure market and have obtained numerous constructive suggestions relating to their progressive string designs.
They’re additionally at present utilized by a number of touring professionals, together with Ilya Marchenko and Kateryna Bondarenko, and quite a few promising Ukrainian juniors.
I had seen Mayami talked about on String Boards a number of instances after they first launched and made a be aware to check them.
Lastly, on the backend of 2021, I acquired round to it, buying a set of their strings, and I will probably be reviewing them over the subsequent few months.
The primary string I selected to evaluate from the Mayami lineup is their Huge Spin string, a triangular-shaped polyester string that, because the identify suggests, ought to give gamers loads of topspin to their recreation.
Huge spin is not my pure recreation, however I’ve examined and used loads of spin oriented strings through the years like Solinco Confidential, Yonex Poly Tour Pro and Babolat RPM Blast. Therefore, I’ve an inexpensive thought of ‘spin potential’ in my recreation and the way the string can affect it.
Let’s take a look at how Mayami Huge spin performed on this playtest and evaluate.
Mayami Huge Spin Specification
MAYAMI BIG SPIN is a triangular contorted polyester string with astonishing qualities that produces an enormous quantity of spin, consolation and management. An unordinary oddity on the tennis string market! How Mayami pitch their Huge Spin tennis string
- Co-poly monofilament
- Triangular, Twisted (3 sided twisted)
- Gauges – 1.25mm and 1.30mm
- Color – Black
Racquet Setup for Testing
For this playtest, I used the Wilson Blade 98 16 x 19 v8, which is a management oriented racket that weighs 329g strung.
I strang the racket on my portable Mi Stringer stringing machine as a two-piece string job. I set the strain at 53 lbs with the 1.25 mm gauge of Mayami Huge Spin.
Upon opening the packet, you possibly can immediately see the twisting within the string, and it has a shiny appear and feel to it.
Coil reminiscence is critical, however total I discovered Huge Spin comparatively simple to string with.
As a result of twists and triangular edges, I used to be anticipating a really harsh stiff string on the fingers, however it has a mushy really feel, and it was pliable when weaving and feeding by means of tighter areas.
Mayami Huge Spin Playtest
So how did Mayami Huge Spin play? Let’s have a look with a full playtest and evaluate.
Preliminary Ideas and How It Felt
My first hit with Mayami Big Spin was on a quick indoor courtroom. It was a floor I’ve not performed on earlier than, and I am not even positive it has an official identify.
It was an acrylic like tiled floor (joints at particular factors that have been sealed) with a slight tread sample on the highest, so it is not solely easy.
It’s an fascinating floor, very squeaky underfoot, fairly slippy regardless of the tread, and the ball can soar up from the topspin however is simply as prone to skid by means of beneath waist top, making it fairly unpredictable.
I used to be additionally coming in off a 2-month hiatus, so my first hurdle was to get used to a ball that went by means of the courtroom at mild velocity and gave you little or no time on the ball.
After slowly however absolutely getting used to hitting a tennis ball once more, my first ideas on the string have been it was distinctive to play with.
Purely from wanting on the string within the packet and the color, I assumed it might be much like RPM Blast, however after stringing and the primary few hits, they are not comparable in any respect.
It is a mushy feeling polyester, very comfy to play with, has above-average energy, and there wasn’t any break-in interval—a superb begin.
How It Performed
After a prolonged brief courtroom warm-up to get a really feel on the ball and get the legs shifting (it was an 8 am begin), the session moved to baseline hitting.
Huge Spin felt good from the outset. Whereas some strings like Solinco Confidential really feel a bit board like when freshly strung, Huge Spin did not have that feeling, and it has a mushy, vigorous response from the primary shot. I used to be taking part in round 15 hours after freshly stringing it.
The primary 10-Quarter-hour have been extra about me getting used to the velocity of the ball and making ready early, so I used to be extra targeting what my toes have been doing than the string itself.
Nonetheless, as soon as issues started to click on, I began to really feel what the ball was doing off the racket and get extra thought of how the string performs and compares to others in the marketplace.
I’ve tried a few twisted/formed strings up to now, together with WeissCannon Extremely Cable (you possibly can examine all twisted strings utilizing our string finder tool), however I used to be by no means an enormous fan of them.
I discover they have an inclination to provide a little bit of an inconsistent response. One shot can fly, the subsequent can shoot off at a bizarre angle, however with Huge Spin, I discovered a constant response with no points on variable launch angle.
Nonetheless, the largest shock for me was the ability, it is onerous to name a polyester a ‘energy’ string given its properties, however there was some liveliness with Huge Spin.
I felt just like the string gave some further ‘pop’ in comparison with different polyesters, and it performs extra elastic than plastic, which gives a superb ball pocketing really feel.
I do not undergo from any arm issues, however Huge Spin is undoubtedly extra comfy than most different spin centered polys which are typically extraordinarily stiff. As compared, this one has a softer, extra elastic, explosive really feel on contact.
Sturdiness and Value
I am not an enormous string breaker, so I not often drag strings by means of the mire in the case of sturdiness however primarily based on earlier strings I’ve used, Huge Spin is common on sturdiness.
I feel you possibly can anticipate wherever from 5-10 hours out of this string for individuals who hit massive.
The triangular edges will definitely flatten out over time, and I seen some mild notching/put on & tear after a few hitting periods.
When it comes to rigidity upkeep, I performed with the racket about 15 hours after stringing it at 52lbs, and it had dropped to 42lbs after I measured it utilizing the String Rigidity Android app after a 90 minute hit.
Value-wise, Mayami Huge Spin runs at $11.90 for a single packet or $129 for a 200m reel which places it within the center worth vary.
It is half the worth of some Luxilon, Babolat and Yonex strings however barely pricier than different first rate polyester choices from Head, Isospeed, Kirschbaum and MSV.
Primarily based on that, I feel its worth to efficiency ratio is nice because it’s simply on a par with costlier strings.
Who Is This String For?
Because the identify suggests, Huge Spin will probably be a highly regarded selection for gamers who need a comfy string however nonetheless wish to put as many revolutions on the ball as potential from the baseline.
This string will reward you in the event you swing onerous with a quick, unfastened arm. The true heavy hitters who play within the Nadal, Ruud sort mould will want stiffer polys. However for individuals who need a bit extra consolation, some added pop with out sacrificing spin, Mayami Huge Spin is one to contemplate.
Have been I to make use of this string once more, I might string it at a fair decrease rigidity as I feel that is the place it’s going to carry out greatest. Not fairly at Mannarino tensions (~12kg) however across the 20kg mark.
I additionally assume this string might work properly in a hybrid setup and in the event you learn evaluations on Discuss Tennis, combining Mayami Huge Spin with Mayami Magic Twist appears to provide pleasing outcomes for individuals who have tried it.
How does Huge Spin examine to different Mayami Strings?
- vs Mayami Tour Hex – In comparison with Tour Hex, Huge Spin has extra consolation, extra energy, however much less management, not pretty much as good rigidity upkeep and fewer constant behaviour over longer durations of playtime.
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Mayami Big Spin is a powerful string, and for gamers on the lookout for a contemporary ‘twist’, that is one string they need to be testing.
Relating to the place I place it amongst different polyester strings, I might say it has above-average energy, above-average consolation and really excessive spin potential. Rigidity upkeep is affordable, and sturdiness is what you’d anticipate for a string of this nature.
I even have one other set of this string to make use of, and I plan to order that for the spring the place I can apply it to a slower out of doors courtroom the place I feel the string may come much more into its personal. I’ll replace this playtest as soon as I’ve examined it on clay.
- Nice Spin
- Loads of energy
- Comfy for a polyester
- Twisted / Triangular string might be harsh on grommets
- Not essentially the most sturdy
Have you ever tried Mayami Huge Spin? What did you consider it? Let me know within the feedback, and keep tuned for additional Mayami String evaluations as I work by means of their string lineup.