Head FXP Tour strings

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  1. Jackson Heights

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    How hard are the Head FXP Tour strings?
    The description in TW is:
    "Constructed from a polyester monofilament fiber core and an 8-layer multi-filament wrap."

    I have tennis elbow and want to avoid polyester or any hard strings, even if hitting for only a short time. But from the description these strings seem to only have a little poly. There is a racket at a store nearby which I want to demo for a few hours, but it has these strings. (I assume the FXP Tour strings on the demo racquet are 16 gauge, but am not positive.)
     
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  2. JackB1

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    FXP Tour strings are very soft and muted feeling. No worries at all.
    Yes, that string only comes in 16g.

    I have them in my Instinct and like this string a lot. It's very unique and
    feels like a mix of a multi and poly, but more towards multi. It's not as elastic and springy as multi's, but it feels nothing like any poly's either. Very unique string! I really cannot thing of another string to compare it to. I think this will be a big hit with anyone that tries it.
     
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  3. Jackson Heights

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    FXP Tour Strings

    Thanks for the info. Funny that your racquet is the Instinct. The racquet I plan to demo that has those strings is the new Youtek IG Instinct.
     
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  4. JackB1

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    Head is marketing those strings for that racquet. They both came out at the same time.
     
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  5. bowchikawow

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    I really like these strings and the head sonic pro strings but they both seem to go a bit dead after about 8 hours play.
     
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  6. mad dog1

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    ^^ i like the head fxp string, too. i haven't found them to go dead in ~8 hrs. head sonic pro definitely loses quite a bit of tension and feels dead after ~8 hrs of play though.
     
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  7. bowchikawow

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    Yeah the sonic pro sure do, unfortunately I have 5 sets of them left and no other strings!
     
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  8. RyKnocks

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    Anyone else using this string? Planning on getting it soon but would like to read more feedback.
     
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  9. Teski

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    The head pro at my club has the Instinct with the FXP Tour string (he's sponsored by Head), and he let me use that a few times during my lessons. I really liked the feel of the string. Easy on the arm, but I was able to get good pocketing on the ball for controllable spin. Had a nice pop IMO. I plan to put it in one of my new Instincts. Going with VS 16 gut main/Black Code 18 cross in another.
     
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  10. JackB1

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    It's a very unique string. It's not overly "springy" like multi's, but it's not stiff like poly. It's right in the middle. You can string it pretty low tension too and it doesn't get overly powerful. I have mine in the middle of the tension range and I think I will go a couple pounds lower next time.
     
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  11. RyKnocks

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    Which are you liking more, the gut/poly hybrid or the FXP Tour strings? Could you describe the difference in performance between the two?
     
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  12. RyKnocks

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    Just got these strings in yesterday and hopefully my new IG Instinct comes in the mail today so I can string it up. I got the ice blue version. Just from touch and feel, they're a braided texture reminiscent of PSGD. They don't feel as soft as multi but also not as hard as poly.

    Pretty excited to try these. I'll update more when I string it. Thinking of going either 57/55 or 55/53 on the tension.
     
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  13. JackB1

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    Exactly what I thought. Like something between a multi and poly. It feels pretty soft on impact. I would try mid tension first. I didn't find these strings overly powerful.
     
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  14. RyKnocks

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    JUST got the racquet in the mail. I think I'll go 57/55 because I want to be able to swing through the ball, and when it loses tension it might end up at 55/53 anyway if it holds up you say it does. Plus I wanna test this racquet at its stiffer range. I'll let you know how it goes!
     
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  15. RyKnocks

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    Finally put these strings in yesterday into my IG Instinct @ 57M/55C. I didn't have a hitting partner but I was able to get some service practice in so here are my initial findings.

    Ease of Stringing (8/10):
    The string is somewhat "wire-ey" feeling. When pulling the string through the crosses, you can definitely feel the friction due to the braided-ish texture, but the string was very easy to weave through the mains. It didn't kill my fingers like BHBR did, but didn't exactly slide like butter like XCel either.

    Serving Feel:
    I'll be the first to tell you that I have a hard time consistently hitting the sweet spot on serve. Despite that, the string wasn't harsh on my arm at all. It felt a lot like a poly/syngut string bed.

    Serving Spin:
    It feels like it can provide the same amount of spin as higher end multis like XCel. I got just as much movement on my serves with this string as I did with XCel if not more. Despite the open string pattern, the strings hardly moved at all, so no need for readjusting the mains.

    Serving Power:
    The power is definitely there. It's like hitting with multi, but without the springy effect that soft multi gives you, so it seems a bit more controllable. I was able to generate a lot more pace on my serve as well (but it could be the effects on watching Serve Doctor videos LOL)

    So these are just my first impressions of the string. When I get around to actually hitting with someone I'll post more results including a tension reading after hitting to test durability, but so far I'm liking it a lot. If you're thinking about purchasing a high end multi for the comfort, but want the spin, control, and crispness of a poly then Head may have the perfect string for you.
     
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  16. JackB1

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    I agree with everything you said so far. It feels and plays like a multi/poly hybrid all in one. Might be a good alternative if you like a soft string but don't like it too powerful and springy like NRG2 or Xone. If it doesn't lose tension like multi and doesn't get too powerful it will be a real gem. I didn't find it too powerful...about medium-ish. Plus the power seems to max out at a certain point. I have to try stringing it a little looser next time to see how that plays.
     
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  17. gkamieneski

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    Any more feedback yet on the FXP Tour strings? One would think there would be a little more buzz about these given Head's marketing with the IG Instinct racquets.

    I was thinking of trying this string and also the Prince Lightning XX Spin string as they seem similar. Currently using RIP Control in a 57# full bed and wonder how they would compare?
     
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  18. gkamieneski

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    I haven't been able to see the FXP Tour strings in person yet. For those who have tried them, can you tell me if the strings are textured or completely smooth like a smooth poly? Inside the package they look to have many wraps and I wonder how they compare to Prince Lightning XX spin?
     
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  19. JackB1

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    they are not smooth. Kind of a rough and gummy texture. Nothing like a smooth poly. More like XOne.
     
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  20. gkamieneski

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    Thanks. I'm surmising that they have more texture than the RIP Control that I am using now. With the RIP there are "bumps" where the two colored filaments are braided.
     
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  21. Jackson Heights

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    So it would be OK for me? I have problems with tennis elbow so I only hit with soft multi stirngs. But I want to demo a racket for a few days and the demo is strung with this Head FXP Tour string. Is it soft enough?
     
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  22. JackB1

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    Yes. Definitely
     
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  23. Up&comer

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    I honestly found it to be a lackluster multi.
     
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  24. maxpotapov

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    How about durability of FXP Tour?
    According to new RSI data it is the softest POLY, but I wonder if those 8 outer wraps notch/peel quickly.

    If durable enough (8 hours or more) this would be my string of choice instead of poly/syn gut hybrid: I like stiffness rating of 165 so much more than 200+.

    Plus I like the idea of lower tension, which is not applicable to most multis.
     
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  25. mikeler

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    Good to know. I had thought about trying it but since we tend to like similar strings, I'll give this one a pass.
     
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  26. Tennisradical6

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    Cannot use these strings as crosses in a hybrid with a poly. They fray very very easily. Do not know about a full bed though.
     
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  27. rh310

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    Tried a full bed in a Prestige S @ 54lbs. First couple of hours felt pretty good. Serving, volleys, groundstrokes etc all good.

    Switched back to a Prestige S with my normal stringing (VS touch @ 57 mains, Lux Rough @ 54 crosses) and there was no comparison however.

    Not a bad string, but I'm probably not going to switch from my hybrid setup for it.
     
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  28. Chotobaka

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    This is a middle-of-the-road string. And I mean this in a good way. While it will not replace a full poly or a hybrid set-up, it will offer the multi player better control and maybe a bit more access to spin, while maintaining comfort. Think of this as a toned-down multi, which will be a fit for a lot of players.
     
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    Agree. I didn't care for its muted and lowered powered feel, but anyone who wants a multi that isn't high-powered like most, this is one to try.
     
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  31. luishcorreia

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    Very confortable strings when compared to normal poly strings. Much more like a multi string
     
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  32. Sundan

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    Nice,i just got my eyes on this string from the stiffness rating posted in another thread.

    It seems from the rewievs and posts in here that it might be similar as the rip control 17 ? That too is a quite different string that doesnt play as a normal multi either.

    I like the rip control 17,but this one way cheaper so thats why i ask :)
     
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  33. JackB1

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    FXP Tour is a very unique string. Chris Edwards is correct in saying it plays like a poly/multi hybrid in one string. Only thing I don't like about it is the VERY muted feel. Hard to describe, but I would say if you like "crisp" then it's not for you.
     
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