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Radical Shot
02-25-2004, 01:27 PM
Throughout the years, I have tried many strings in many combinations of guage and tension. I have finally decided that the best strings are Luxilon ALU Power and Luxilon TiMo 18g. In an attempt to finally settle on a string, I decided to conduct a little experiment.

Yesterday, I had both of my TiRadical MP's strung. One had ALU Power 16L and the other had TiMo 18. Both were strung at 55lbs.

The first racquet I tried was the ALU. Immediately, I loved the feel of it. There is nothing like a restring job with ALU! Heaps of feel, comfort power and the consistent control. Fantastic string. I thought it couldn't get better than this....

Then I picked up the TiMo 18 Radical. Wow! soft, smooth, topspin to burn, power and control also. I was in trouble.

I switched back and forth and back and forth and really could not decide which is better. I think it came down to the serves. The ALU blasted first serves, the TiMo really kicked the second.

I'm sure that if I didn't know which racquet I was using, I don't think I could have discerned the difference. To me it seems that these two strings play the same. It's an interesting equation to note that a 18 strung the same tension as a 16, evens out the feel.

I think I am leaning toward the ALU, mainly because I know it will last a little longer.....
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Radical Shot
02-26-2004, 11:37 PM
OK, I've just played again with the same 2 racquets and I've decided that TiMo 18 wins.

It feels every bit as lively as the ALU 16 and it provides much more topspin, which was the real deciding factor. It was just as comfortable, perhaps even more than ALU, and it definately had more control than the ALU. From now on, Luxilon TiMo 18 is my string of choice @55lb for a Head TiRadical MP. It's good to finally settle this issue. I'm not going to mess around with it now.

Durability isn't such a factor after all. All of the Luxilon string are durable, and by the time TiMo 18 breaks through, it has probably passed it's peak anyway.

End of experiment, beginning of confident match play.
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christo
02-28-2004, 08:54 PM
I think you jumped the gun, if you had tried BB Ace18 you would have picked it as Holy Grail of Lux string, oh well, didn't mean to ruin your day.

Radical Shot
02-29-2004, 08:37 PM
Christo, what makes Ace so Ace?

Just another point on why I like TiMo 18 better compared to ALU 16 is because it is physically lighter than the ALU and the effect on the racquet head is noticable. I like my racquets to be head-light.
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