With great control, and lots of spin for big-hitting, big swinging, aggressive players, Wilson Revolve is a solid option for advanced players and experienced intermediates.
This co-poly is designed to get you ripping over the ball and generating lots of top spin whilst still maintaining high levels of control. With special additives designed to make play a little bit more comfortable than traditional polys, and great durability, all of us at TheTennisBros.com enjoyed this string.
As is common with poly strings, this racket is low powered, which would make them difficult for beginner players to use, but for players used to generating their own power, Wilson Revolve has very few drawbacks.
We strung our Babolat Pure Strike 18 x 20’s up with Revolve, one at 46lbs and the other at 52lbs, just to get a feel for how the string performed across different tensions.
After a couple of weeks of playtests with Wilson Revolve, we have to admit, we were pretty impressed. The upsides of this string are very good, and there aren’t really any downsides, so, if you’re someone who likes to swing big, we’d certainly recommend Wilson Revolve.
Power – 6/10
Although this might seem like a low score, it’s about right for a low-powered poly. These strings tend to lean much more towards control and that means you get little in the way of free power.
For players who need a little bit of help generating power, this makes Wilson Revolve a difficult string to play with. However, for big hitters who thrive on control, this is exactly what you look for. As someone who likes to swing for the fences, I was very much in this category and found Revolve’s balance between power and control ideal.
This added up to a score of 6 out of 10 for Wilson Revolve on power, about what you’d expect from a control-oriented poly.
Control – 8.5/10
This is the upside to the low powered nature of Wilson Revolve – you get great control. I always end up comparing strings to Babolat RPM Blast because that’s what I normally use, and I would say the two are very similar when it comes to control.
Whether you need these levels of control is really going to come down to your style of play. If you’ve got really fast strokes and produce a lot of power naturally, then you’re probably going to look for high levels of control. However, if you rely on the strings to produce some of your power then you would want something that offers a little more power like a Luxilon Element.
For me, Wilson Revolve offered perfect peace of mind that whatever I went for I had a chance of getting the ball to drop back into court and that’s exactly what I want from my string.
We gave Wilson Revolve an 8.5 out of 10 for control.
Spin – 8.5/10
Revolve didn’t let us down when it came to spin either. These strings really grip and rip the ball and allow you to maximize the topspin you naturally produce.
Whether it was the forehand or backhand side, I was able to get a lot of revolutions on the ball and use it to push my opponent back behind the baseline. This mix of control and spin is exactly what I look for in a poly and it allowed me to get the most out of my shots.
Generally, polys are very good when it comes to spin, but Wilson Revolve is good even by poly standards. If you’ve got good swing speed and attack the ball then you’re going to get plenty of spin with this string.
An 8.5 out of 10 for spin from the Wilson Revolve!
Feel – 6/10
For the most part, feel is about what you’re used to. For me, I’m used to this type of string so the feel was where I wanted it to be, but it is quite a stiff string which can put some people off.
If you’re used to playing with polys then I think you will find Wilson Revolve to be pretty good on feel. It grips the ball nicely and you have plenty of time to feel the ball on the strings. Perhaps if you’re moving from a multifilament string then you might find the feel a little bit more difficult to get to grips with, but it shouldn’t take you too long.
The feel from the Wilson Revolve was pretty much what you’d expect from a poly, not mind-blowing but pretty good nonetheless.
Comfort – 7/10
I found Wilson Revolve to be comfortable for a poly, particularly compared to the RPM Blast that I normally use. Polys often make you feel like you’ve got to sacrifice comfort for performance, but with Revolve that wasn’t particularly the case.
Whatever shot I played, I got good cushioning and my wrists, elbows, and shoulders (which belong to a 29-year-old but probably are more akin to a 59 year-olds) felt good throughout the playtests.
This isn’t always the case with polys, so I was pretty impressed with Revolve when it came to comfort. A 7 out of 10 makes for a good score for a poly.
Durability – 8/10
Last but not least, Revolve showed impressive durability throughout the playtest, keeping its tension nicely and making it through quite a bit of tennis without snapping.
This might not be the most important characteristic for many players, but you want your string to at least keep its tension well, even if you don’t mind the strings breaking regularly. With Wilson Revolve you get the best of both though, it’s long-lasting and it keeps tension well.
Overall – 9/10
Overall, we were really impressed with Wilson Revolve. It did the things polys are supposed to do extremely well, such as control and spin, but it wasn’t uncomfortable and it gave reasonable feel.
There’s not too much more you can ask for from your string, so I can see many accomplished players with advanced strokes opting for Revolve. If you’re producing lots of power naturally then it gives you the control to make the most of that power, and the spin to really hurt your opponents.
We couldn’t find any negatives to talk about with Wilson Revolve and it was well worth its 9 out of 10 overall score.
Review by: Will