During a two week playtest, it became very clear to us why Wilson NXT is such a popular string. This multifilament offers something for every level of player and every style of player, allowing it to cater to a broad spectrum.
If you’re looking for comfort, power, and feel, then NXT is going to feature very highly in your options. However, as with most multifilaments, it does struggle a little bit when it comes to durability.
For this playtest we strung two Babolat Pure Strike 18 x 20s with Wilson NXT, the first at 57lbs and the second at 52lbs. This allowed us to see how NXT performed at slightly different tensions and give it a thorough playtest.
Power – 8.5/10
We’ll start with an area where Wilson NXT was particularly strong – power. You’ve got to remember that to hit the ball in the court you need a balance between power and control so don’t get too carried away, but this string offers a ton of power.
NXT seems to give off lots of energy on impact and you really feel the ball spring over to the other side of the court. For players who want a little power boost from their strings, this is a great feature, but for players who are used to more control, it can take a little bit of getting used to.
I certainly believe there’s such a thing as a string being too powerful, but I felt Wilson NXT worked well. It’s a bit more powerful than I would personally like but I think it’s at a good level for a power-friendly string.
NXT gets an 8.5 out of 10 score for power and I think it’s got a good balance for players who like some extra pop.
Control – 7/10
I was interested to see how NXT would perform compared to a control-oriented multifilament like Head RIP Control and the answer was pretty well. The NXT definitely felt like it had a little bit more pop which took away from the control, but it wasn’t too far behind.
I tend to struggle a little bit with the multifilament strings because they perform very differently from how I normally set up my rackets, but the adjustment period wasn’t too bad with NXT. That’s because it does pretty well when it comes to control.
It’s not its primary characteristic, but still, NXT gets a 7 out of 10 for control.
Feel – 7.5/10
It’s always difficult to describe feel, but NXT just felt right to me. Yes, it has lots of power, but when I was hitting the more delicate shots it cushions the ball nicely and it felt predictable.
I tend not to worry too much about feel from my string as I find once I get used to it I can normally find my way to hitting a pretty good drop volley but I did enjoy the feel from NXT and it made me feel very comfortable throughout the playtest.
Spin – 7/10
My thoughts on the spin of NXT were pretty similar to what I found on control. While I wanted a bit more, NXT offered a perfectly acceptable level. Unless control and spin are your top priorities NXT is going to offer you more than enough spin to satisfy your needs.
Lots of multifilaments really struggle on spin and get scores around 5 out of 10, but this goes to show that NXT is a great string because its weaker areas are still getting good scores.
It might not be the ideal string if you’re hitting Rafael Nadal levels of topspin, but for the majority of mere mortals, it does the job.
Comfort – 9/10
This was where Wilson NXT really excelled. It’s rare that I hand out 9 out of 10s for comfort, but NXT definitely deserved it. Of course, I do come from using a stiff poly, so I was always likely to enjoy the extra comfort of the NXT, but it outperformed my expectations.
It’s often seen as a bit of a tradeoff between comfort and performance but Wilson NXT offers a lot on both sides of the equation. You certainly won’t be disappointed from the comfort side.
Durability – 6/10
For as much as I loved the comfort the durability of NXT would probably be the major factor that ruled this string out for me. I hit with a lot of topspin, with fast, aggressive strokes, and this combination didn’t gel well with NXT.
The racket strung at 57lbs only lasted a few sessions and the 52lbs didn’t fare much better. Some people love putting a fresh set of strings in their racket, but I like to avoid a restring for as long as possible.
NXT’s 6 out of 10 score for durability was probably the only disappointing part of this playtest.
Overall – 8.5/10
Overall, I found Wilson NXT to be a very good string. It excels in the traditionally strong areas of multifilaments and doesn’t do badly in the traditionally weak areas of multifilaments. The only exception was in durability where we found it struggled quite a bit.
The all-round nature of this string means it is suitable for a wide variety of players so it’s no surprise it is so popular. However, if you have particularly aggressive swings and hit with a lot of topspin then you might find the benefits of this string don’t outweigh its lack of durability.
All in all, though, this was a good playtest and Wilson NXT earned an 8.5 out of 10. I was particularly impressed with the feel, but as previously mentioned, the lack of durability was the one big negative.
Review by: Will