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ShockFly
01-30-2010, 12:01 PM
After doing some testing, my girlfriend decided to go for the Babolat AeroPro Drive Cortex racket in stead of a Head YouTek Extreme MP or Head MicroGel Radical MP. She tried all three of them, including a Prince O3 Hybrid Pink which she hated. Of the first three, the YouTek Extreme seemed to be kind of dull and worse to play with than the MicroGel Radical. She really likes the latter, but liked the Babolat AeroPro Drive Cortex even more because of its Cortex system. It really does a good job absorbing the vibration, while maintaining ball contact feel.

So, after the intro it's time for the strings. She tested the Babolat with Toalson Rencon 1.25 Red strings, probably at 25kg tension. I don't know the tension, but I can assure that I've never ever hit a harder serve than with this racket and these strings, it's ridiculous how much power comes from it.
But that's the whole thing, it's too powerfull for my girlfriend. She likes some power, but more control than these strings can give her. So I'm now looking for the best allround string for her, which does give some power but not too much, while maintaining good control and feel of the ball.

Both Head rackets were equipped with Toalson TOA Gold 1.30, which seemed to give more control and feeling, while still maintaining some power.

I have the choice between the following strings:

Big Banger Alu Power 1.25 - power/durability
Big Banger Original 1.30 - power/durability
Head Rip Control 16 1.30 - comfort
Iso-Speed Energetic 1.20/1.30 - comfort
Iso-Speed Professional Classic 1.20 - ?
Penta Synthetic Gut 1.30 - allround
Toalson Asterisk Spin 1.30 - spin
Toalson Rencon 1.25/1.30 Red - power/durability
Toalson Synthetic Tournament 1.38 - allround
Toalson Thermaxe 1.23/1.27/1.30 - power/durability
Toalson TOA Gold 1.30/1.35 - allround
Toalson Tour Natural 1.30 - ?
Wilson Sensation 1.30 - allround
Wilson Sensation 15L 1.35 - allround


So could you please help me decide which is best?

smack that
01-30-2010, 12:10 PM
i like both of the big bangers u should try those

ShockFly
01-30-2010, 12:15 PM
I use Big Banger XP 16L 1.25 myself and I like it too, but aren't these too much power oriented for my girlfriend? She really needs control, but combined with reasonable power although not as much as in the Toalson Rencon 1.25 Red.

meowmix
01-30-2010, 05:22 PM
After doing some testing, my girlfriend decided to go for the Babolat AeroPro Drive Cortex racket in stead of a Head YouTek Extreme MP or Head MicroGel Radical MP. She tried all three of them, including a Prince O3 Hybrid Pink which she hated. Of the first three, the YouTek Extreme seemed to be kind of dull and worse to play with than the MicroGel Radical. She really likes the latter, but liked the Babolat AeroPro Drive Cortex even more because of its Cortex system. It really does a good job absorbing the vibration, while maintaining ball contact feel.

So, after the intro it's time for the strings. She tested the Babolat with Toalson Rencon 1.25 Red strings, probably at 25kg tension. I don't know the tension, but I can assure that I've never ever hit a harder serve than with this racket and these strings, it's ridiculous how much power comes from it.
But that's the whole thing, it's too powerfull for my girlfriend. She likes some power, but more control than these strings can give her. So I'm now looking for the best allround string for her, which does give some power but not too much, while maintaining good control and feel of the ball.

Both Head rackets were equipped with Toalson TOA Gold 1.30, which seemed to give more control and feeling, while still maintaining some power.

I have the choice between the following strings:

Big Banger Alu Power 1.25 - power/durability
Big Banger Original 1.30 - power/durability
Head Rip Control 16 1.30 - comfort
Iso-Speed Energetic 1.20/1.30 - comfort
Iso-Speed Professional Classic 1.20 - ?
Penta Synthetic Gut 1.30 - allround
Toalson Asterisk Spin 1.30 - spin
Toalson Rencon 1.25/1.30 Red - power/durability
Toalson Synthetic Tournament 1.38 - allround
Toalson Thermaxe 1.23/1.27/1.30 - power/durability
Toalson TOA Gold 1.30/1.35 - allround
Toalson Tour Natural 1.30 - ?
Wilson Sensation 1.30 - allround
Wilson Sensation 15L 1.35 - allround


So could you please help me decide which is best?

The synthetic guts are out of the questions, as are the multis since they've got too much power (if poly wasn't working... they those certainly won't). That'll leave you the Luxilon's, Toalson Thermaxe, and Rip Control.

Alu Power and Big Banger Original and Toalson Thermaxe are similar. In fact, the Toalson is almost identicle to Alu Power, and posters have commented that they can't tell the difference. Alu is an interesting string. It only remains playable for a short period of time, but while it's playable, it's absolutely amazing. It gives you an amazing level of confidence, confidence that you can hit as hard as you can, and shots will stay in. Big Banger Original is similar, but doesn't quite give you that level of confidence. The Toalson is similar enough to the Alu. Rip Control is a multi, that possesses absolutely no power. It's the most dead string, next to kevlar and 1 year old poly, that I've ever played with. Some people really like it, and I can understand why. It's a unique string, that you may want to give a try. However, ultimately, I'd go with either the Thermaxe or the Alu, whichever is cheaper.