Babolat XCel Power vs. Wilson NXT Tour

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  1. karophiteblu

    karophiteblu Semi-Pro

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    Which one would you choose? I am planning on putting one of them as my cross with lux alu rough on mains. Should I get a 16 or 17 gauge for the cross? I'm not really a string breaker by the way. Anyone have experience with both?

    Thanks!!
     
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  2. kiteboard

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    Global gut on the mains better than either.
     
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  3. karophiteblu

    karophiteblu Semi-Pro

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    I would agree, but I'm on a budget. I currently have gut as mains, just to try it out once, but so far I am not liking it too much. I don't know why. I prefer poly as mains. and a multi as cross
     
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  4. parasailing

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    I have hit with both in 17gauge and I prefer Babolat Xcel Power over NXT Tour.

    The Xcel Power is a bit softer and the NXT Tour is more crisp. As far as power, I would give it to the Xcel Power.
     
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  5. karophiteblu

    karophiteblu Semi-Pro

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    OK, thanks!
     
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  6. parasailing

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    Both are good strings however so it really depends on the player. I use a KPS 88 which is a stiff racquet so the extra comfort helps.
     
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  7. ClubHoUno

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    I prefer Xcel Power 17 :)

    You should also try Tecnifibre X-One 17 and NRG2 17.

    All these are the best NON GUT FEEL strings out there IMHO :)
     
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  8. parasailing

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    I prefer X-one over Xcel Power but haven't tried NRG2, is it better than X-one?
     
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  9. ClubHoUno

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    I also prefer X-One 17 as my main string for my wet weather racquet.
    Xcel Power 17 is a bit more muted and soft in feel and NRG2 17 is some where in between Xcel Power and X-One in my view......
     
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  10. karophiteblu

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    Yeah I have a fairly medium-stiff racket, kblade 98. flex is 67 right? I currently have a wrist problem and it's in the process of healing. When I break my strings, I want to have something to soften up my racket. Say, what tension would you use with the X-One?
     
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  11. karophiteblu

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    I looked that the x-one rouge. does the red color make the string not as good as the natural colored one?
     
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  12. Valjean

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    Not sure what this is; why do you think it is healing up with the same setup that presumably gave it to you still in the racquet? I also wouldn't count on a mere change of cross string doing the job...
     
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  13. karophiteblu

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    Haha good point. Well, in the summer I had horrible form and I used all Lux. I had no problems at all. I used an extreme western grip which is really hard on my wrist. About 5 months ago I switched back to the normal forehand grip. Which I feel is much easier on my wrist. I have always used full poly. But I think I should change something which is a bit softer, but with similar feel to a full bed of poly.
     
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