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Grapplesnake Alpha String Review

by Jonas Eriksson

Grapplesnake has carved out a bit of a niche in an already congested marketplace. Here is the Grapplesnake Alpha String Review.

Grapplesnake Alpha String Review

When I write “niche,” I mean that most of Grapplesnake’s strings are softer co-polys. But like with Alpha, they still maintain good control and spin. Since most tennis players of all levels use co-poly strings these days, it’s important to offer a softer alternative so that players don’t fall into the dark depths of tennis elbow. 

I have previously reviewed the Grapplesnake Tour Sniper and Tour M8. Grapplesnake Alpha is a five-sided, gold-colored co-poly string. It has a slippery surface and is easy to string. The string offers decent snapback and spin potential.

This string is a good choice for players looking for an arm-friendly co-poly string. It will not be as durable or controlled as some firmer polys, but it will be comfortable and still provide good playability.

You can purchase Grapplesnake at the official website. Or check it out at Tennis Warehouse.


I tested the Grapplesnake Alpha at 23 kg or 51 lbs in my Yonex Ezone 100 and it performed with good control and comfort. It’s been in the racquet for 8 hours of playtime and has held up tension well for a softer poly. The durability of the string is better than expected.

If you’re looking for a crisp string, this is not the one, as it has a soft impact feel. It feels cushioned when hitting with it. You’d almost think you’d have no control considering how soft it feels, but it produces surprising spin on the ball. Still, if you like a firm response and loud impact sound when striking the ball, this is not for you. But if you’re on the lookout for a softer poly that plays with surprising control, spin and durability for its category, give Grapplesnake Alpha a go!

Have you tried Grapplesnake Alpha? What do you think about it?

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Jesse Ross January 8, 2023 - 10:06

Would you say Alpha feels like Luxilon Element ? It sounds a little like it from your description. I really enjoy Element but it lasts for just a few hours and would love to find an alternative that maintains tension and playability longer.

TN January 8, 2023 - 10:08

Yeah, they are not far off each other

Jesse Ross January 11, 2023 - 20:49

Thanks ?? Will try a set

Artur April 19, 2023 - 22:04

@Jesse Ross: How do you scale arm friendliness compared to Luxilon Element?

Artur April 19, 2023 - 22:07

Is there an alternative string with equal spin potential but more arm friendliness?


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