So far, we haven’t written many multifilament string reviews, but here we have, Tecnifibre NRG2.
I’m (Will) not really great at playing with multifilament strings because I’m a bit of a control freak (on the court) and I like something that gives me a bit of spin. The multifilaments are geared more towards power, comfort, and feel though, so it does take a bit of getting used to.
We’ve heard great things about Tecnifibre NRG2 and it’s generally held in high esteem by players who use multifilament strings. It promises some serious pop and great comfort, which is a mixture that lots of people will like.
Generally, the exclusive use of multifilament strings is aimed at beginner and intermediate players, with advanced players looking for the control of the poly strings. However, there are multifilaments that work for more advanced players and we thought we would find out if Tecnifibre NRG2 16 would be the same.
Power – 9/10
Let’s put this out there early – Tecnifibre NRG2 packs a serious punch. If you get a clean contact with this string, you’re rewarded by lots of pop that helps maximize your swings. For players with slow to medium strokes, who are still developing their swings, this is ideal, allowing you to gain a bit of confidence and continue to develop your shots.
For players with full, fast strokes, it’s a little bit too much, and you might find yourself having to back out of your swings, somewhat, or put tons of topspin on the ball to keep it in the court. As someone who likes to take big swipes at the ball, I found the NRG2 to be just that little bit too powerful for my liking.
It really depends on what you want from your strings. If it’s easy power, then Tecnifibre NRG2 is a great option, if it’s control then it’s not such a good option, as we will talk about in the next section.
The Tecnifibre NRG2 gets a 9 out of 10 from us – and boom goes the dynamite.
Control – 6/10
This is where it really depends on your strokes and the level you play at. If you’ve got fast, developed swings, and you’re playing at a pretty high level then the chances are you’re not going to be able to play your best tennis with this string.
The ball just pings off the strings and you’re left with a choice of slowing down your strokes or taking pace off the ball by hitting up and over the ball a lot more. I naturally hit with a lot of topspin, so I like to try and flatten the ball out rather than put more spin on the ball, so this didn’t work out that well for me.
For beginner and intermediate players, this isn’t a problem, though, with slower swings, the extra power is quite helpful, and you don’t need as much control to keep the ball in.
As expected, this wasn’t a strong point for Tecnifibre NRG2, but for intermediate and beginner players this isn’t a problem. Still, NRG2 gets a 6 out of 10 for control.
Touch – 7/10
I felt much more comfortable hitting touch shots with the Tecnifibre NRG2 than I did my big groundstrokes. It’s got quite a soft feel to it and it cushions the ball nicely on the strings.
This led to good touch that was helpful on the more finesse-based shots!
I’m used to playing with quite stiff strings that don’t offer a whole lot of feel, so this was a welcome change. A solid score of 7 out of 10 for NRG2 on touch.
Spin – 7/10
While it didn’t have the spin potential of a modern poly string, the spin potential of the Tecnifibre NRG2 wasn’t too bad at all. It doesn’t grip the ball a massive amount, but it will give you reasonable access to spin.
Again, for beginners and intermediate players, I think NRG2 does more than enough in this area. If you have the right motion, then you will get enough topspin to help get the ball go and up over the net and down into court.
Advanced players who are used to hitting with a lot of topspin might not get what they want out of this string in terms of spin, but for everyone else, it does enough.
Durability – 6.5/10
Once again, it really matters what kind of strokes you use as to the durability of this string. If you use fast, aggressive strokes and hit with a lot of topspin then you will find you’re replacing it often.
However, if you’ve got more medium-paced strokes then you won’t cause as much friction between the strings, and you’ll find NRG2 to last a good amount of time.
Personally, I like my strings to last for ages, so I’m not constantly having to restring my rackets. So, with this in mind, Tecnifibre NRG2 gets a 6.5 out of 10 for durability.
Comfort – 9/10
This string is extremely comfortable. It doesn’t have the stiff feel of the polys that can send shooting pain down your arm – it simply absorbs the vibrations extremely well.
It’s easy to be a little obsessed with performance and neglect comfort, but it is an important characteristic, and it’s one that NRG2 gets right.
If you suffer from any kind of upper body joint pain, then take a look at this string – it gets a 9 out of 10 from us on comfort.
Overall – 7.5/10
Overall, this is a very good string for beginner and intermediate players. It has a great combination of power, feel, and comfort, that is going to benefit a lot of people.
The areas where this string isn’t quite as strong are control and spin, but if you have medium to slow strokes then you don’t need these qualities quite as much.
Though I found NRG2’s lack of control a little bit difficult to deal with, I did enjoy the comfort levels and when I wasn’t swinging through as aggressively, I did see some good results.
If you are looking for a multifilament string, then I would certainly take a look at Tecnifibre NRG2 as it does all the things a multifilament should do very well.
Review by: Will