Wilson Revolve Twist String Review
Wilson has come out with some spin friendly racket and string models in recent years to keep up with the demands of the modern game. With more powerful, athletic people playing tennis at both the recreational and professional levels these days, more spin and control oriented strings are needed to tame that natural power. Wilson Revolve Twist is an evolution of the original Revolve string that has been very successful for Wilson over recent years. This is a low powered string that will get even the flattest of strokes to produce more spin! This is a firm string that will suit intermediate to advanced level players that need as much spin as possible to compliment their long, fast swings!
5.5out of 10
Given that Wilson Revolve Twist is specifically designed to produce as much spin as possible, it will come as no surprise that this is a pretty low powered string.
Advanced players with great technique on their shots, natural power and a need for control desire a low powered, consistent feeling string. The reason for this is that a string that produces a load of power, such as a natural gut, can actually be quite difficult to control for this type of player.
When you are swinging fast at the ball, there is still only a confined amount of space to hit into. Therefore, in order to add more venom to your shots, you need to add spin and control to match those big swings.
This is why you see so many of the professionals opting for ‘rough’ string variants these days. They naturally add more spin to the ball without the player even needing to try!
This in turn enhances control, as players can swing just as hard at the ball, but that extra racket head speed will be converted into more spin. This stops shots from flying long, but also means the ball will kick up at your opponent, making it more difficult to deal with.
The original Wilson Revolve string was a pretty low powered poly. Revolve Twist definitely follows in the original version’s footsteps and retains that low powered feel.
There is perhaps a little bit more forgiveness in this version, but it is still a firm feeling. The low levels of power encourage you to go for your shots and take the ball on.
The firm feel also makes the string pretty consistent in its response, so you have plenty of confidence that the ball will not only dip back into the court, but also that you’ll get a similar feeling from the string bed every time.
8.5out of 10
Wilson Revolve Twist is a very control oriented string thanks to its firm feel and spin friendly construction. Compared to other spin friendly strings like Babolat RPM Blast Rough or Luxilon 4G Rough, Revolve Twist is perhaps slightly more control oriented.
It is firm, but not unforgiving. You get a great sense of where the ball is going thanks to the predictability of the string. But, the spin and snapback are the stand out features of this string.
You can really strike out at the ball with confidence when using Wilson Revolve Twist. The firm feel gives you a reassuring thud as you strike the ball.
You can feel the strings gripping the ball and pocketing it before sending it down the other end of the court with venom! The fact that Revolve Twist is not a very lively string really works in its favour when it comes to control.
The string is muted but not void of feel. You get a crisp response which is particularly satisfying on slices and volleys when you need to knife the ball and keep it low.
7out of 10
Touch is an area where poly strings tend to score a little lower than softer natural gut or multifilament. This is because their stiffer feel means you get a more vague sense of connection with the ball which can leave these strings feeling a bit numb.
However, in the case of Wilson Revolve Twist, it performed pretty well in this category. There wasn’t too much to call out between this and the original version of Wilson Revolve, only that if anything Revolve Twist felt slightly more supple.
This isn’t enough to throw the string’s control orientation out the window, but it does just take the edge off it slightly. This is a welcome improvement as drop shots and sharp angles are a little easier to find, thanks to the slightly softer feel and added spin.
You can carve out slice serves really well with this string too, opening up the court and making it easier to attack. This is definitely still a firm feeling string however.
Wilson hasn’t gone so far as to make Revolve Twist feel sloppy. There is enough communication through the string for it to suit an all court game. Players will feel just as comfortable ripping heavy balls from the baseline and as knifing angled volleys away up at the net.
9out of 10
Spin is the area that Wilson Revolve Twist really excels. They have specifically designed the string to produce more spin and offer more snap back than before!
Wilson have kept their UHMW coating, which helps the mains and crosses slide across each other, but also snap back into place quickly.
There is next to no string dispersion here, which is great for players that want as much spin as possible, but also crave a uniform response from the string bed.
Wilson Revolve Twist has a pretty unique construction. It is a three edged string with raised corners which help to impart a lot more friction onto the ball.
The twist name comes from the fact the string is actually twisted by design, which again helps the string grab the ball and generate even more RPMs!
The string doesn’t grab the ball in as harsh of a way as some other spin friendly strings with six or eight sides, but it still generates a tonne of spin.
This combination of spin and just enough comfort to make the string more playable makes Wilson Revolve Twist more of an all rounder. Don’t get me wrong, it is still a firm poly that is aimed at advanced level players with aggressive swings. But, the string is not a one trick pony.
8.5out of 10
The overall durability of Wilson Revolve Twist is pretty strong. Since it is a firm poly it is not likely to break any time soon.
If you are a heavy hitter of the ball and want to save yourself money on constant restrings, this could be a good way to go.
The unique UHMW coating that helps the strings slip and slide to improve snapback also helps reduce string on string friction, in turn increasing durability.
There is no fear of notching with these strings, which is great for players that are avid string breakers!
Playability duration and tension maintenance is also pretty impressive for a firm poly string. There isn’t much in the way of performance drop off throughout the life of the string which is something that can’t be said for that many stiffer poly strings.
6.5out of 10
Comfort is never going to be the absolute strong point of a firm, spin friendly polyester string. However, given that Wilson Revolve Twist is slightly more forgiving than the original version, it is a little easier on the arm.
There aren’t any major dead spots in the string bed to speak of. It is pretty consistent in its response and this is ideal from a performance perspective.
As far as comfort goes, if you are a high level player that is used to playing with stiffer polyester strings, you won’t have any issues with Wilson Revolve Twist.
However, if you want to benefit from the spin that this string generates but perhaps need a bit more easy power and comfort, it can easily be paired with a soft multifilament like Wilson NXT.
8.5out of 10
Overall, Wilson Revolve Twist is a very spin friendly string that builds on the success of the original Revolve.
Unlike other strings in the Revolve family, Twist has a triangular profile and is slightly more supple. This adds to its power, comfort and accessibility without compromising on control or spin.
For an intermediate or advanced player that needs as much spin as possible, but doesn’t want the harshness associated with a typical spin friendly poly, Wilson Revolve Twist is a great choice to consider.
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