4G review

Discussion in 'Strings' started by colan5934, Oct 18, 2012.

  1. colan5934

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    I'm finally revisiting Luxilon's 4G after having tested it about a year ago. I received sample sets again, so I am not sure of the gauge, but I believe it to be the 1.30. Racket is a Pure Storm Carbon Xtreme with a TW leather and a small amount of lead at 12.

    Stringing: Strung 2 pieces at 54# on a CP Dropweight. Strung up like a normal Lux offering. A little bit of coil memory, but nothing excessive. Came off reading 51.9 on rackettune.

    Groundstrokes: Really nice feel here. Tons of control. I can really keep the ball in the court with this even at the low-ish tension. Spin was not lacking, but it's not exceptional either--you get what you put into it. The most prominent characteristic is the stiffness and dead feel of the string. It's not so stiff that it's uncomfortable or jarring, but it's just dead.

    Serves: Not a lot of free pop here, but control is at a premium. I could place the ball well, and when I really went for a big serve, I was rewarded. There's no free pace though, so racket head speed is essential. Kickers were fine, but I wasn't getting the same amount of hop I would with Tour Bite or Black Widow.

    Volleys: Surprising feel here. Really a nice poly for serving and volleying simply because placement is outstanding. I feel like I can't reiterate enough how well I can place the ball with this string. You need good technique and weight transfer on the volleys to hit a penetrating one, however. Drop shots were fun too.

    Durability: I got 24 hours out of this string, so I give it an A. If anything can give me 24 hours and consistent play the whole time, it's a great string in my book.

    Value: This is a string that may become my go-to practice string. I wouldn't use it, at least in a full bed, for matches, but it works great for practice because of the consistent play. The $17 price point is justified for somebody who wants a durable and predictable string. I may try it with gut and see how that fares as well.

    Overall: I am glad that I revisited this string. It's a good offering for the advanced player with developed strokes and a fast swingspeed. It does not give you anything in terms of extra power, but the control it offers allows you to do pretty much anything you want with the ball. It seems like it would tame the power of big hitters well too. The best way I can describe it is that it plays, for its entire lifespan, like ALU rough does from about 3 hours of play (after its exceptional qualities have faded a bit) until it (ALU) has become useless and needs to be cut out.
     
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  2. MikeHitsHard93

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    Do you think that this string may have been better in terms of power and spin if you strung it lower like 50#?
     
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  3. colan5934

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    Yeah, it likely would have. I strung it at my regular tension for polyester in my current racket. But, if I had lowered the tension, I would have found a little more power and spin. The only real drawback that I found was not as much spin on kick serves compared to some of the other strings I've tried lately. I got plenty of slice on both serves and groundstrokes. I swing fast and so do my opponents, so there's plenty of pace on the ball to work with already. If I had to play a pusher or junkballer, it may be difficult to produce pace at this tension, but there aren't many of those in college tennis as far as I can tell.
     
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  4. TimothyO

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    I'm using it as my cross and still have a similar experience. Tons of control, no free power, spin is what you make of it but certainly good enough. Comfort is good too for a poly.

    Curious about your statement on use as practice string vs match string. How do you hit well in matches if you practice with a different setup?

    I really like everything to be as consistent as possible so that, whether practice, a match, or hitting for fun I get the same result with a given stroke. Getting a different spin, power level, or depth with the same stroke due to changes in setup would frustrate the heck out of me!
     
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  5. colan5934

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    Well, for my college schedule, we only have matches for about 2 months. The rest of the year is practice. I can hit well with pretty much anything, but I know what I do and don't like and adjust accordingly. The 4G plays well enough and has great durability which is great for practice when I'm hitting thousands of balls and getting some sets in too. For the competition season, I pick a more playable/preferred setup and use it for the month before to become fully acclimated to it, and I use it throughout the season. I deign this as a practice string because the playability, while not outstanding in my opinion, are uniform throughout the long life of the string. In retrospect, I get about 2 hours of good play out of 9 total for my coach's 1.30 diameter team string (Kirschbaum Super Smash), and I get about 7 hours out of my competition string from last year, Tour Bite 16L. I don't care to use that in practice because it's something I wouldn't ever use in a match. Basically, it's something reliable for times when I just need durability and decent play, not anything spectacular.
     
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  6. 3fees

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    I was wondering about this string,,I'm using Lux BB Ace,
     
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  7. colan5934

    colan5934 Rookie

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    I haven't used Ace in awhile, and it was in a hybrid with gut crosses. The racket was a Head Radical MP, too. From what I do remember, the Ace is definitely a softer feel and offers more spin due to the lower gauge. Durability is harder to compare because of the hybrid, but it would probably be less because of the gauge discrepancy. I can't give you much more feedback, though.
     
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