Luxilon ALU Power: feelings?

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  1. EastAngels2014

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    What did you think about this string, thinking about trying it out, but was wondering how people felt about it and is it better in a Hybrid or a full bed? Thanks
     
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  2. 3fees

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    Pro's use it as a hybrid.

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  3. man_untd11

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    It's good in a full set as well. It depends on your preferences really but it's a good string. A bit expensive but not a bad string at all.
     
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  4. EastAngels2014

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    i don't exactly like the price but i have heard great things so i was going to try it is there something cheaper that plays like it?
     
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  5. EastAngels2014

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    what do they use as the cross or mains in the hybrid?
     
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  6. man_untd11

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    Most probably use it as a full set but if they did hybrid I think it'd be Natural Gut in the mains/crosses. Depends on the player.
     
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  7. EastAngels2014

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    i for sure wouldn't be able to afford Alu power and Gut so i will probably go with a full set up
     
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  8. UCSF2012

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    It's a very board-like string, since it's super firm. I don't like how that feels, but I love how I can confidently hit super sharp angles with it (and actually make the shot)

    In an 16x18 string pattern, it gives it impeccable placement relative to ALL other poly I've tried. In an 18x20 pattern, it's an imperceivable difference. In a Blade 93, I couldn't tell a difference in power/placement between gut/ALU and gut/BHBR (I did a side-by-side comparison once. Fresh strings on both. Identical setup) In the BLX90, gut/ALU was the superior setup, compared to gut/BHBR, gut/Black magic, gut/tornado, gut/hurricane, gut/SPPP, and a few others I forget.
     
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  9. K21ferg

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    I recommend using the alu as a hybrid because a full bed is very stiff and doesn't give the best response after contact is made. Besides the stiff board like play it offers great control and durability.
     
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  10. EastAngels2014

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    what would u suggest in the hybrid?
     
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  11. darklore009

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    i see bhbr or cyberflash plays close to it
     
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  12. pvaudio

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    ALU is a very nice string. Its only problem is that it is not one of the newer generation poly strings, so its tension stability is woeful. That said, there is nothing like it on the market. So, if you're an ALU diehard and want something similar, it doesn't exist. Topspin Cyberflash USED to play fairly similarly, but they reformulated it a few years ago. The new stuff is simply a similar color. You'll notice this if you read the reviews for CF on the string's page: http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/feedback-TCF17.html

    Note the date changes:

     
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  13. cluckcluck

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    Like PVaudio said that the durability is miserable. It doesn't last very long at all, given the price it's not economical in the slightest. Though, for the first couple of hours of hitting it's pretty solid.
     
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  14. NLBwell

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    pvaudio - glad you mentioned that about Cyberflash. I thought my memory was going. I keep reading comments about how stiff Cyberflash is, but I was remembering it as a softer string.

    As far as Luxilon ALU, I've not found anything like it. It has that Luxilon drop where a ball which seems like it is going out dives in at the last second. It is a stiff string, yet feels springy in a metallic-spring sort of way. If you swing hard, you can feel the string give and shoot the ball out with spin, but the actual deflection is very small, so it maintains control.
    For me, there is no question that I play the best with full ALU (I like the Rough or Spin best). I hybrid it with AlphaGut2000 usually because that is easier on my arm, and there is only a tiny bit of difference between that and a full Lux job.
    Because of the short time the stringjob is at its peak and also because of comfort, I'm playing with gut/poly right now during the winter. (I actually play well with dead ALU, also).
    If I play tournaments during the summer I will play with ALU.
     
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  15. 3fees

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    Use ALU in the crosses with top notch gut mains.
     
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  17. Rjtennis

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    It's durable, the tension just drops. I've found that if you use the pre-stretch when stringing it really helps in regards to tension loss. ALU plays great in a full bed it's just rather stiff.
     
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  18. maverick1981

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    fantastic string. I switched to ALU Power Rough, and it increased my game to a level I did not think was going to happen. Balls that normally sail out within a foot, drop within the baseline. The added spin and power was something I could not get through my strokes. These strings helped, and fixed, my game.

    #1 attribute - MORE BALLS GO IN. PERIOD. My opponents dont understand it, balls they are letting sail drop within a foot of the baseline, it takes people by surprise every single time.

    #2 - tension certainly drops. its not THAT bad, but after just 2 best of 3-setters, there is noticable drop by a few lbs.

    #3 - although many people say its stiff, I dont find a stiffness issue, in fact, the ballpocketing feel of this string and its snapback almost negate it. I have had multiple injuires in the upper body, past and ongoing, and dont find this string as problematic. (55lbs strung) Also, I use a Yonex vibrasorb, the best out there. basically no stringbed vibration, i was using the Wilson W, and thought that in fact these strings were as bad or stiff as people had said, but in reality, my arm was being ruined by terrible impact-shock vibration dampening.

    hope that helps somewhat
     
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  19. quest01

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    I've been using a full bed of this string for years now, its great. It has a lot of control, its durable, and has some decent power. I go by the recommendation on the package of stringing it 10% under what you would normally string it at.
     
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  20. LeeD

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    Great string for control if you like swinging out on every ball.
    Just dull feel for touch shots and volleys.
    Solid, needs fast paced action and long fast swings.
     
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  21. maverick1981

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    yep, fully agree. drop shots & the like are pretty tough to judge, sometimes they feel like they grab perfect, sometimes i wonder where the ball will end up, all having to do with an uneventful response for soft touch shots.

    I play a big power aggressive game, and these strings added maybe 15% more power on my shots & serve, and, more consistency. made for big ripping swings.
     
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  22. Fusker

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    I like the string a lot. I finally settled on a hybrid with the Alu at 55 in the mains, and N.Vy at 57 in the crosses. That's on a ProKennex ki5 (100 sq.in) and has worked great for me. I fancy myself an all-court player with more serve and volley thrown in than most. I found the racquet choice made much more difference in the touch shots than these strings as I've had them in a few different setups.

    I see some dropoff on it after a couple matches... personally, not as extreme as some people cite, but certainly there. The first couple hours are magic though.
     
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  23. dreamneedle

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    Awesome. 10 luxilons.
     
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  24. chaddles

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    Still the greatest string ever made and nothing comes close to the pure playability and performance. There are always haters of the string and will say that this string and that string play better, which is total bull ****. The fact is nothing plays like Alu Power as it is the only poly ether ether product on the market.

    Obviously the downside is it is a high performance string, and it does die quicker than other newer polys & is a bit more expensive than some.
     
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  25. NLBwell

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    Just a side note: My dad found that it doesn't do you any good if you are playing in the over-80 crowd. Many guys don't have good eyes and/or don't watch the ball well and call the balls that drop in at the last second out anyway.
    (He's been playing these guys for over 40 years, they aren't intentionally making bad calls)
     
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    Having experimented with dozens of strings, would have to agree with other posters that there is "nothing like it", and i keep coming back to ALU power. I like it in a full bed in the mid to high 40's for tension. (18x20). When the weather turns colder i like to hybrid it with Natural Gut at about the same tension with the gut mains 3 lbs tighter. This allows for more feel as the cold weather makes strings seem stiffer.
    I am currently experimenting with 4G as cross. (this for another thread) and with some promise.
     
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  27. Chemist

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    Lux Al Power for Juniors

    My son started to use it when he was 14 and he has been really happy with it for a little over two years. His coach warned us about the potential issue with tennis elbow. But he was ok. I string 10% lower tensions, 55 main and 51 cross. Alu Power allows him to hit the ball hard with lots of spin for control. It works well for slices and volleys too. Drop shots and drop volleys seem to be tough to control, however. My son would break the main after 3-4 hours of hard hitting on hard court. In some close matches, he would switch racket before string break as he knows he is missing shots. The string only lasts about 2-3 hours on clay.
     
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  28. maverick1981

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    that is surely to be a problem...they anticipate an out call & stop watching the line.
     
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  29. Blitzball

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    Luxilon Alu Power isn't far and away the best polyester string, but I will make the claim that it is the best. I like it more than RPM Blast, Volkl Cyclone, and Solinco TB just because it's a little more crisp and solid from my experience. It's a small margin ahead of the others, but the point is there's a margin, and thus the strings rule. And I've been talking about having them in a full-bed; in a hybrid, they're even better. I remember crossing them with natural gut once (one of the three times I've done it, because of how freaking expensive nat. gut is) and my game improved and so did feel.
     
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  30. J011yroger

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    The gold standard for poly strings.

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  31. 2Hare

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    If you ask different players with different racket, they will give you different answers. The answer really depends on your racket and play style. Usually a more control oriented racket would play better with Gut/Alu setup. While a higher power modern racket would play better with full Alu, or perhaps softer polys. If you are not sure, try full Alu. If you have problem with its tension mentainence, switch to gut/alu, as that would last much longer in playability.
     
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  32. stewfoo412

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    just go full set. you won't regret it.
     
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  33. tennisplayer1993

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    i once used lux alu power strings on my coach's pure drive team plus. the power was unreal but the feel/comfort level was pretty bad.
     
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