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Bach3387
03-22-2004, 02:44 PM
on TW is shows that many pros use Babolat VS gut along with Luxillon. does this mean most use Bab in the mains and Luxillon in the crosses or not? and is luxillon a good string, with good feel and control, and is it true most pros use it? thanks

Bach3387
03-22-2004, 02:55 PM
also, what is the difference between luxillon ALU and luxillon ALU ROUGH, and which Lux. strign gives the best Control and FEEL. thanks

Gaines Hillix
03-22-2004, 03:54 PM
It is true that several of the pros are using a nat gut/LUX hybrid. I believe that most of them are using gut in the crosses and LUX in the mains but some are using it the other way. ALU Rough is just a coating and is not very effective from what I've read here. I use the regular version and it can generate plenty of spin on its own. ALU Power has the best combination of characteristics of all of the LUIX strings, IMO. Below is a copy of the Pro's equipment log from the 2004 Aussy Open tournament;

Player Name Brand Racquet Model Headsize Brand String Model Gauge Tension

Roger Federer Wilson Pro Staff Tour 90 Luxilon/Babolat Big Banger Alu Power Rough/ VS Team 16L/16

Juan Carlos Ferrero Prince Tour NXGraphite MP 100 Luxilon Big Banger Original 16 53/51

Andy Roddick Babolat Pure Drive + 100 Babolat Pro Hurricane 16/ VS Team 16 16 73

Guillermo Coria Prince Tour NXGraphite MP 100 Luxilon Big Banger Original 16 55

Andre Agassi Head Liquidmetal Radical OS 107 Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 16L 66

Rainer Schuettler Head Liquidmetal Prestige Mid 93 Polystar Classic/Energy 16L 25/24

Carlos Moya Did not play

David Nalbandian Yonex RDX-500 98 Luxilon Big Banger Original 16 64

Mark Philippoussis Head Prestige 93 Babolat VS Touch Natural Gut 16 75

Paradorn Srichaphan Yonex Ultimum RD Ti-80 98 Luxilon/Babolat Big Banger Alu Power/ VS Touch Natural Gut 16L/16 64

Tim Henman Slazenger Pro X1 95 Babolat/Luxilon Big Banger Timo 17 (M)/ VS Team Natural Gut (X) 17 51.6

Sebastien Grosjean Head Liquidmetal Prestige MP 98 Babolat VS Touch 16 50.6

Lleyton Hewitt Yonex RDX-500 90 Babolat/Luxilon VS Touch Gut (M)/Big banger Alu Power (X) 16 56

Nicolas Massu Babolat Pure Control Plus 97 Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 16 53

Sjeng Schalken Dunlop 300G 98 Babolat VS Touch 16 68/70

Jiri Novak Volkl Tour 10 MP 98 Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 16L 29/28

Gustavo Kuerten Head Liquidmetal Prestige MP 98 Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 16L 55/59.4

Martin Verkerk Head Liquidmetal Prestige Mid 93 Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 16L 53

Tommy Robredo Dunlop 300G 98 Luxilon Big Banger Original 16L 23.5

Agustin Calleri Head Liquidmetal Prestige Mid 93 Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 16L