If you have not heard of Victory Acelon Seven tennis string, don’t worry, you will. I was sent quite a few samples of this black seven sided copoly tennis string, in 16L & 16 gauge versions.
I was told that this copoly performs the best at mid to low tension, which for me is right around 46 pounds. I felt that, with this tension, that I could get enough control to harness the advertised power.
Stringing Victory Acelon Seven 16L
Pulling the string out of the packaging I thought that if Dunlop Black Widow and Volkl Cyclone (black) got together and had a baby, this would be their lovechild. The sharp edges looked as if they would rip the felt off the tennis ball. The firm construction made me think that I would suffer a little bit of arm tenderness.
Installing this lethal looking string was actually one of the easiest polyesters that I have ever had to weave. Everything was clean and painless. My knots tied nice and close to the grommet.
I was ready to see what Victory Acelon Seven could do.
Victory Acelon Seven 16L playtest
Let me start off my playtest review with this, I wasn’t expecting much from this string. I expected it to play fine for the initial hour or so and then drop off into oblivion. Much to my surprise, the Victory Acelon Seven did just the opposite.
My warm up was quick, I could feel the crispness of the string at ball contact. There was very little string vibration and I was getting some decent spin early on.
Once I got to full swing speed the Victory Acelon Seven showed me exactly what I had been missing. This is a pretty powerful polyester tennis string! Every ball I hit, it was crisp and responsive. I felt confident with both wings, knowing I could swing hard and the ball would find it’s way into the court. Painting lines, no less.
As I played on, the strings kept on giving me more and more of what I thought was going to be short lived…incredible pop, spin, and feel! I was able to hit some really deep forehands with a good amount of spin, not the aggressive kicking kind, but the accelerating heavy kind. My one-handed backhand did not suffer at all, I was able to hit penetrating shots that were deep and moving into my hitting partner.
I spent a good of time practicing volleys with Victory Acelon Seven, I wanted to see if I could “tame the beast”. My touch shots were like butter. Deep, sure no problem. Drop volley, got it. Deep slice volley, you bet. Like I said earlier, there was very little string vibration, so absorbing a power pass attempt was a pleasure.
My serves were about as exciting as they come. Since the Victory Acelon Seven is pretty powerful in a full bed, I was able to get a few extra MPHs on my first and second serves! I could bomb a first serve into the corners easily and with little extra effort. My second serve, slice or kick, were dangerous. The ball would easily jump all over the place and up into the shoulder area!
Victory Acelon Seven 16L durability and tension maintenance
I played a good 8 hours with this string, mixed with drills, heavy hitting, and sets. The string did not break on me. I did get some knotching but not enough to cut the string entirely.
I did notice at around hour 4, the sharp edges were completely worn. The string had become a rounded copoly. I noticed a slight lack of spin at around that point, the power was still there to carry the weight of the missing spin. So it really wasn’t of concern.
Victory Acelon Seven’s tension maintained pretty well. I mean, it had lost plenty of tension but it still played pretty well for what it was worth. At the 10 hour mark control was out the window and all I could really do is try to hit flat winners.
One thing that particularly stood out to me aside from the power and spin was how comfortable the Victory Acelon Seven was. When freshly strung, the string felt very firm and crisp; though it was very comfortable and didn’t bother my arm at all. Even when the strings became unplayable, I didn’t feel much in the arm.
Victory Acelon Seven 16L final thoughts
This tennis strings sure is something. The Victory Acelon Seven certainly has the capability to be the “Polyester Tennis String of 2013”. It’s got that all around appeal, power, spin, and feel. It’s easy to install and last long enough to keep you hitting hard.
If you’re a fan of profiled poly tennis string, you need to try Victory Acelon Seven. Not only will you love it, you’ll be going back for more.