Luxilon String Playtest 2011

Discussion in 'Strings' started by TW Staff, Nov 8, 2011.

  1. anhuynh16

    anhuynh16 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2011
    Messages:
    1,931
    Location:
    Houston, TX
    got mine today and will string it this weekend as a hybrid with that wilson multi. or should it with regular set up?
     
  2. Rabbit

    Rabbit G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2004
    Messages:
    12,606
    Location:
    at the bottom of every hill I come to
    I received mine as well today. I will probably string it some time this week and give it a whirl. I too receveived the Gold string.
     
  3. Rabbit

    Rabbit G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2004
    Messages:
    12,606
    Location:
    at the bottom of every hill I come to
    No, technically Wilson is the U.S. distributor for Luxilon. Luxilon remains a separate entity.
     
  4. anhuynh16

    anhuynh16 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2011
    Messages:
    1,931
    Location:
    Houston, TX
    does anyone know what gauge this is- the green is pretty thin :???:
     
  5. swfh

    swfh Rookie

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2011
    Messages:
    347
    I think its like a 16L. Was thinner than BBO, but thicker than my BHBR 17
     
  6. pvaudio

    pvaudio Legend

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2009
    Messages:
    7,543
    Done with this gold garbage. It's just getting worse, and not breaking in. In fact, it was liveliest before it settled in. Now it's just a board. Do keep in mind this come from playing natural gut mains. However, I used to play full poly and up until recently still played poly mains. I don't even like Lux, but I seriously cannot see any player saying "yeah, this is exactly what I've been looking for".
     
  7. mrmike

    mrmike Rookie

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2011
    Messages:
    371
    I demo'd with identical 98 sq inch frames - one with the Gold Lux demo (45lbs) , one with my usual $5 Prince synthetic gut original 16 (60lbs). I liked the Prince string a lot better. To achieve my control goals, I seem to prefer going with a more traditional synthetic gut, and just start bumping up the string tension. The Prince string had good control and more comfort at 60Lbs, than the demo had at 45Lbs. Even at the relatively low tension, I still felt that unless I hit the sweet spot really dead on, the penalty was pain being inflicted on my arm/elbow. That is just me and I have to admit that I am not a big poly fan. Different strokes . . . .
     
  8. mad dog1

    mad dog1 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2010
    Messages:
    4,998
    you'll get a free reel of the string you sampled. :twisted: ;)
     
  9. pvaudio

    pvaudio Legend

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2009
    Messages:
    7,543
    To be fair, my friend, what were you expecting? PSGO to Luxilon poly? :)
     
  10. JDMasFCK

    JDMasFCK Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2011
    Messages:
    699
    Location:
    Orange County, CA
    Ok... finally done testing out these strings(Gold).... and the verdict is..... I hate them...

    My Racket
    I hit with the Babolat Pure Storm LTD GT with lead at 12

    Strung Tension
    Ok first off, I want to let you guys know I usually hit with a Multi (X-1 at 53LBS) and the last time I hit with a full bed of poly was with the Gosen Sidewinder 17 at 52LBS. I strung the Luxilon at 51LBS.

    Groundstrokes
    Groundstrokes were horrible for me, the strings had NO feel to them at ALL. Maybe it has to do with the racquet or something but honestly it felt like a board. I mean if you hit in the sweet spot it felt "ok", but anything outside of the sweet spot resulted in shots landed short and had no pace what so ever. It was very low powered despite my low tension (maybe I should've strung it at 50LBS :confused: )

    Volleys
    Volleys were decent, but nothing I would praise about. Control was there but again that board like feeling was really killing me.

    Serves
    I'm not the strongest server, but I can hit decent flat serves but when I tried it out with this string it had NO POWER AT ALL! It was like a slice serve but with no slice! And as you can already guess, there was no slice/kick on my second serve....(and this was during a live match, you can imagine how frustrated I was)

    Durability
    These strings are rock solid (literally), they didn't break on me, but I had to cut it out because of the board feeling I was getting. Durability wise, thumbs up but feeling wise... two thumbs way down.

    Overall
    Maybe I should've strung it lower, but needless to say I wont be buying these when they come out, since I love multis and they go with my racket better than a full bed of poly.
     
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2011
  11. pvaudio

    pvaudio Legend

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2009
    Messages:
    7,543
    Aaaaaaaaaand the gold Lux goes up in flames again.
     
  12. stewfoo412

    stewfoo412 New User

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2011
    Messages:
    91
    Gold string strung at 62lbs. in a wilson k six one 95 16x18
    Overall i would give this string about a 6/10. I liked the groundstrokes with this string(I like stiffer strings generally). spin was there. But my shots landed very short... Very underpowered. At the net it was pretty bad. Had no feel. Usually my net game is my strong suit but this string took that away. Just too stiff. Didnt care for it on serves either. No power.
    Overall this string might work well in a hybrid but for me i didnt care for it at all in a full bed.
     
  13. dustin85

    dustin85 Banned

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2010
    Messages:
    207
    still wondering what the special offer is
     
  14. JDMasFCK

    JDMasFCK Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2011
    Messages:
    699
    Location:
    Orange County, CA
    I'm also wondering too...
     
  15. off_the_bounce

    off_the_bounce New User

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2011
    Messages:
    57
    Yeah I strung it at 45lbs in my BLX Pro Tour and it was okay with ground strokes. The touch and feel was still dead though.
     
  16. tennisboyspin

    tennisboyspin New User

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2010
    Messages:
    1
    Decent poly

    I recieved a greenish yellowish version of this poly. I had strung it myself at 53 ibs. I am a 4.0 rating player.
    When warming up: It felt really controlled. Not the most forgiving string.

    When playing a set: Way too powerful. Not a string good for defensive shots. All offense playing string.

    Groundstrokes: I had mixed feelings. When I hit a good rip on a short ball, the shot seemed to be flawless, but baseline rallies were hard to win, esp when i was on the defensive. i found this string to be a little to powerfull with not too much ball pocketing.
    Rating: 7/10

    Volleys: Volleys were easy to punch, but when I tried to hit a drop volley, the strings had way too much pop to make a delicate shot.
    Rating: 6.5/10

    Serving: serving was what shined on this string. When i tried hitting a good flat served, it was easy swing hard and get it in the box where i wanted it to go. Kick serves bounced pretty high and inside as well, and same with slice serves.
    Rating:9/10

    Comfort/Feel: These strings were pretty comfortable for a poly. No elbow problems. The downside was the drop shots and delicate shots were almost impossible to execute.

    Rating: 7.5/10

    Durability: I felt as if this was a typical luxilon poly. Good at first, but horrible tension stability.
    Rating: 6


    OVERALL:7/10


    This string is not fit for my topspinny defensive type of style. I think Rpms and the luxilon bigbangers are much superior strings then these.
     
  17. BlxTennis

    BlxTennis Rookie

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2010
    Messages:
    338
    I received a package of light green playtest string over the weekend. It looks to be 16gauge. It feels like a poly.
    I am a 4.5 player. I strung it up on my BLX Tour 90 on Sunday and had a chance to do a test spin on this string tonight for about 90 minutes.

    Tension: Strung full bed at 58lbs one piece.
    Your regular string set up: I am currently playing with a Klip Gut strung at 56lbs and a few other Multi.
    Racquet brand: I am using a Wilson BLX Tour 90.
    Power: 7.5/10
    The power is there when I needed. However, this string is more on the spin side.

    Feel/Control: 5/10
    It may not be fair to compare the feel to the gut string. I am just not getting the same feel as I would on a gut which I can feel the ball before it leaves string bed. In any case, it is still pretty decent.

    Spin: Spin was excellent especially on my kick serve. My opponent was hitting returns with balls in his face. When he thought he could do a full swing return, all of a sudden he finds himself hitting the ball much closer to his face that at racquet length. Spin is very similar to genesis Typhoon but the string itself is not hexagon shape.

    Tension maintenance: For the 90min I played with it, it holds pretty well. We will see in a few weeks see if tension still holds.

    Overall comments and feedback:
    When I was stringing this string, it has quite a bit of recoil. It's not as easy to string as other multi but not as tough as Genesis Typhoon. It was knotting pretty easy. I remember thinking to myself please don't let me liking this string. But after tonight, I would like to know the name of this Wilson String when it comes out. My opponent also noticed the extra spin on my kick serve. After the match, I picked up my PS 85 with Klip Gut and give it a few serve. Not nearly the same amount of kick on the kick serves.
     
  18. BlxTennis

    BlxTennis Rookie

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2010
    Messages:
    338
    Ooopss. I meant to say Luxilon string. I originally thought I got a Wilson playtest string until someone told me about it.
     
  19. cltennis21

    cltennis21 New User

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2011
    Messages:
    86
    It seems to me that the greenish string is getter alot better reviews than the gold.
     
  20. mrmike

    mrmike Rookie

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2011
    Messages:
    371
    True they are not the same animal, although I have played with full sets of poly that I kind of liked such as WC B5e. The gold stuff just didn't feel that playable to me.
     
  21. yourname1245

    yourname1245 Rookie

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2007
    Messages:
    391
    Location:
    NJ
    didnt play it and after reading i dont wanna...any one want mine ill mail it out.

    email me
    yourname1245 at hotmail dot com
     
  22. retlod

    retlod Professional

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2009
    Messages:
    942
    Green Lux Prototype String

    Racquet: APDGT+
    Tension: 60 lbs
    About me: 33 yo male, NTRP 4.0, tall baseliner, big serve and topspin FH, 2HBH, few volleys. Usually string full poly at 60. Favorite strings: B5E, Cyclone, Mosquito Bite, BHBR, SPPP.

    Stringing was a little more difficult than the average poly--sorta like other Luxilon strings. The string seemed stiff and was prone to kinking. Weaving was not difficult. Felt like a 16L in my fingers.

    Serves came with easy power when I flattened them out, but also with less kick than I'm used to on 2nd serves. I could move serves around the box fairly well, but not as well as with one of my preferred strings. The stringbed response I got was very consistent and predictable, even though I wasn't always catching the ball in the same place on the strings. This helped me cut my DFs to about one per set. Service returns were well above average if I chipped or blocked them back, but if I had time to set up and take a big rip at the ball, I had trouble with control and frequently sailed them long.

    Sailing long was the story on groundstrokes, too. I found these strings to be quite powerful like Alu Power and Alu Power Rough, however they didn't generate as much spin. The result was a lack of control and balls that flew on me right from the beginning without any tension loss. I adjusted to a more western grip to compensate and subsequently did pretty well. I was still not able to hit crosscourt shots that dipped inside the side line or inside out FHs from inside the baseline with as much aggressiveness as usual.

    Volleys were solid. I did not experience any trampoline effect and could place the ball as well as with any other poly. Pocketing was average. Still not as good as a multi, but that's no surprise.

    What *did* surprise me about these Luxilon strings was how easy they were on my arm. Every once in a while I'll string a racquet up with some Lux Alu and rip the ball around for a couple of hours. Then it'll die and I'll have to cut it out. My arm hurts a little afterwards and a lot the next day. This was not the case with the Greenies. I had no pain after hitting with them and the next day my arm felt just fine.

    Tension loss was actually pretty good. I strung them at 66 lbs on a lockout machine, which usually equates to 60 lbs. After stringing, these were at 59. By the next day, they had dropped to 57. After one match with them, they were at 55, and after another they fell to 54.

    The color is not quite as obnoxious as orange, but just as hard to coordinate.

    Referencing other Luxilon offerings, if you were to start with Alu Power or Rough, take away some pop and spin but make the string a little softer and more comfortable, you'd have the green prototype. Would I switch from the strings listed above? No. I hope others find this information useful.
     
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2011
  23. dustin85

    dustin85 Banned

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2010
    Messages:
    207
    yourname1245 i sent you an email
     
  24. Pavlo

    Pavlo New User

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2011
    Messages:
    13
    I hit with the gold last night for an hour at 55lbs in a prince exo3 tour 16x18. I found the string very low powered off the ground, everything was landing short. My hitting partner even commented out loud that all my shots were coming in short but were hopping up on him because of (added?) spin. It felt good on serve though so I wonder if I just strung it too tight. It felt more "dead" than the luxilon adrenaline I've used the in the past, but it was not a harsh dead feeling as much as it was just very low powered. For the hour of hard hitting there didn't seem to by any change at all as far as tension was concerned. I'm gonna leave it in for a while to see if it grows on me.
     
  25. JT_2eighty

    JT_2eighty Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2009
    Messages:
    2,477
    Does Luxilon require this to be strung as a full bed? I will be stringing mine up soon, but typically do hybrids, so am I safe to assume that I should stick with my hybrid for best comparison for them?
     
  26. CLL

    CLL New User

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2010
    Messages:
    89
    Got my racket today.

    Will test tonight.

    Lets hope the Gold string's terrible reviews are just exaggerations...
     
  27. dustin85

    dustin85 Banned

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2010
    Messages:
    207
    im still waiting for that email for the special offer
     
  28. benjamins_80

    benjamins_80 New User

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2010
    Messages:
    65
    Location:
    Kansas City
    Well, a lot of the reviews have been pretty bad. I am not going to say this is a terrible string, I have definitely played with worse. I give it a 3 out of 5 stars.
    I play with the Tecnifibre T-Fight 320 VO2 Max. My go to setup is RPM Blast 17g strung at 50 lbs. Which means after a day of the racquet sitting there the tension is down to roughly 44 lbs, after playing for a couple hours it loses 2-3 more lbs.

    I strung this up, full bed, at 50 lbs as well, after a night of rest it tested at 48.2 lbs, after playing a few hours it has dropped to 44.9 lbs. (I am using racquettune for my tension testing.)

    As for how the string played:
    For a Luxilon I was surprised by the lack of power. My shots were landing at the service line routinely rather than close to the baseline where I am normally hitting the ball. This shocked me especially because I was not able to get the same amount of spin on the ball I get with RPM. I would think without the topspin the ball would sail out. Which it did when I would try to muscle it to get some pace on the ball.

    I did think it was a somewhat comfortable string.

    Where I did like this string was on the shots that require a bit more feel, like volleys. I had a little more control over the ball with this string. I think this was really the best part about this string to me.

    I was struggling to find my rhythm on the first serve, I found myself relying on a simple slice serve that went in but I was not getting as much action on the ball as I like.

    Durability I think would be outstanding. I ended up cutting it out after multiple hitting sessions because I just didn't like what it was doing for my game. The reason I say it would be good durability is that it had almost zero notching on the string, where as in the same amount of time on RPM there is a healthy groove cut in the string. Just for a point of reference, I break the RPM after about 6-7 hrs.

    All in all I would rate it as being just an average string, nothing special about it.
     
  29. rdis10093

    rdis10093 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2011
    Messages:
    3,879
    Location:
    states
    Gold Luxilon String
    53 mains, 51 crosses

    Myself- weapon of mass destruction is the yonex rdis mid. (very stiff frame and sensitive to string set up) normally string with full poly or some hybrid with poly. I have played tennis for several years, and currently play tennis twice a week with some pretty decent hitting partners. current strings are poly mains and gut crosses

    Stringing- I did not string the racquet myself, but I asked my friend who strung it, and he said “I have seen worse.” I should have talked more to him about it, but that is all for how easy or hard it was to string. Ps it was also strung on a prince neo 100 machine. I have no idea if that is good or not.

    Ground stokes- It was average. It was not like a lot of the other luxilon strings that I have played with. It was like a crappy version of adrenaline rough, which is like a crappy version of bib banger alugh rough. The string was nice, in the fact that you could hit all out and the ball would stay in court, but it had no spin like adrenaline rough. I really struggled to play the ball when I was out of position, with adrenaline or rough, the spin helps make your shots safer, when you are out of position, so you can recover, but this string not so much. It was just hard to play my game with this string.

    Volleys- subpar for a polly. It is not like I see the net a lot in singles anyway.
    Serve- was not so great. Recently I have been working on my kick serve a lot, and this string did not produce a lot of spin. Same was true for my slice serves. But I should state that I prefer to serve with poly strings. I got a very high percentage of serves in with this string compared to my current set up. They were more accurate, but not as powerful.

    On the arm- was somewhat surprised, most luxilon strings hurt my arm, but I played for five hours, and felt nothing.
    Durability- I struggle to break poly, so yeah. String never really felt like it had a broken in feel though.

    Overall- I was somewhat disappointed. I would buy adrenaline rough hands down over this string, I would buy bb alugh rough over adrenaline rough if I had extra cash lying around and wanted to treat myself. In conclusion, I would not buy this string unless it was very cheap, but since it is lux. In name I doubt it shall be.
     
  30. Thunderman15

    Thunderman15 New User

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2010
    Messages:
    23
    I never got mines... -_- this sux...
     
  31. FEDERERNADAL13

    FEDERERNADAL13 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2009
    Messages:
    3,463
    My uncle suprised me with a set of the Green string, and I got a chance to hit with them for 1 1/2 hours. Here are my initial impressions:

    Background: I use a K90 with Luxi big banger ALU rough strung at 47, so I strung this green string at 47 as well. I have a 1 handed backhand, a powerful forehand, and a spinny but consistant serve. I am playing in the high school provincials this season, if that helps gauge my skill level.

    Here goes:

    Groundstrokes: 8-9/10 (ALU would be 8-9 also)

    I loved this string from the baseline. My backhand was better than with the ALU, and my forehand was probably as good. This string seemed to give me all the spin I wanted, as well as letting me flatten out winners as I wanted. My slice backhand skidded more than usual, and I was able to hit them more offensively than usually. Very good from the ground.

    Volleys: 6/10 (ALU at around 7)

    The volleys were decent, nothing really special. I could drive them as usual, but they seemed to lack the touch of my volleys with the ALU. Overall, not bad though.

    Serve: 8/10 (ALU 7/10)

    I hit some very powerful, accurate serves with this thing! I only hit 30, but I had 6 aces and 15 service winners, against a guy that always gets my serves back in play. My flat serve went to the corners as I wanted, and hard! But, my second serve lost some noticable spin, it was harder to get it in play. I had around an 80% first serve percentage though, so it wasn't a big deal. It would be 10 if my second serves were better :)

    Power: 8/10 (I'd say ALU would be a 6-7/10)

    This string more powerful than ALU. At the start, I the ball too far for a bit, but then I found my range. This string is very powerful, IMO. I found power easy to achieve, and loved my backhand Down the line with it, as well as my crosscourt forehand. Serves were very fast also.

    Spin: 9/10 (ALU 8/10)

    My groundies were very spinny when I wanted them to be. I got some nice side-spin slices in, and like I said, they really skidded well. The top spin was great too! There were around 10 instances where I thought my ball was going way out, and the ball dipped right at the last second, and clipped the back line. Very impressive IMO.

    Tension Maintenance: N/A

    Too early to tell with tension maintenance, but it didn't change during the 1 1/2 hours, if that helps :)

    Feel 6/10 (ALU 7/10)

    Typical Luxilon here, not extremely impressive, but not bad. Drop shots and lobs were decent, but not amazing like when I played with natural gut (mind you, that was a year ago ;) ). Still though, it was good enough.

    Overall: 8/10 (ALU probably 8/10 as well)

    I thoroughly enjoyed playing with this. everything was as good or a little better than ALU power rough IMO, and it was good. The green color is a little funny looking, but so was the ALU color originally IMO. I'm gonna have to seriously consider switching to this string, if the price is $10-$15ish.

    Thanks for the opportunity TW and Luxilon!
     
  32. Doubles

    Doubles Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    May 4, 2010
    Messages:
    4,295
    Location:
    Approaching the net
    Alright, I'm late on this, but I might as well give the best review I can on this Gold String, despite breaking it after roughly two hours of play.

    About me: 4.0ish high school player, some usta play, mostly a doubles player/s&ver, but I can hold my own from the baseline. I like all sorts of spin.

    Stringing: It seemed like a generic poly stringing wise. It had plenty of coil memory to it, but once I started stringing it, I didn't have too much trouble. It reminded my of Polyon. strung at 49/51. 5/10

    Ground strokes: From the baseline, it felt like a generic first gen poly. Spin was above average but the power was lower than most polys that I've played with. Furthermore, it had no feel. 5/10

    Volleys: Not exactly what I want for a net setup. I normally hybrid my poly with a multi, so I'm used to having some ball feel. None with this string, but with full poly that's to be expected. 3/10

    Serves: I could generate enough spin for second serves, but I didn't feel like I could really hit my first serves with any pop, which in doubles, is key for me. 4/10

    Overall: If this was a cheap string, I wouldn't mind trying it out again, but as it was, I broke it on a clean hit in 2 hours, and since it's luxilon it will cost $10-15, so I'll pass.
     
  33. Up&comer

    Up&comer Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2010
    Messages:
    2,991
    Location:
    The net
    I've been busy lately, but here's the green string

    Full bed green luxilon prototype 51/49

    Stringing- easy for a poly. Definitely easier than most luxes.

    Groundstrokes- completely, unbelievably, astoundingly...average. This literally did nothing well, and nothing bad. It was just average. Average spin, average power, I could go on. It had a really cool feel to it though, like a soft first gen poly.
    Overall- 7.5/10

    Serves- I repeat myself. Average. Flats lacked some pace, kickers lacked some spin. Not bad, not good.
    Overall- 7/10

    Volleys- surprisingly ok. Better than groundstrokes. Feel was ok, and it was decently easy to put volleys away.
    Overall- 8/10

    Stiffness- 1 being the softest, 10 being the stiffest
    Overall- 8/10

    Durability- probably physically pretty good, didn't go dead too terribly fast.
    Overall- 8.5/10

    All in all, this was an incredibly lacking string. It didn't have enough of anything to make it worth buying. There would be so many better options in the price range I would put it in.
    Overall- 7/10
     
  34. Blade0324

    Blade0324 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2007
    Messages:
    3,568
    Ok so I had a chance to string up my set of the gold and hit with it for 2 sessions so I can provide good review.

    Me a 4.5 player SW Forehand, 2HBH mostly baseline player and play a lot of doubles. Strung this up in my Head TGK238.2 at 49 mains and 47 crosses to stay consistant with my normal setup.

    Stringing was a bit average. String felt very slick and was pretty stiff with some coil memory. 7-10

    Ground strokes - I'd say pretty average in terms of power for a poly. Not as much spin as I would have liked even when really going for shots. Power was there but not exceptional. 7 - 10

    Volleys - It seemed to be good enough but I don't find any string to be much better or worse than others at net, tension makes more of a difference to me. I was able to hit the volley's that I wanted and they were effective. 8-10

    Serve - First serves were pretty good. I was able to find my spots and power was there but just average. Slice was less than average and the ball just didn't break that well for me. Kick serve was lacking. It seemed hard to get good spin on the ball and the height was below average and the ball did not bite off the court very well to kick away from my oponnent. 5-10

    Return - Decent here overall. I generally hit a pretty flat return, especially in dubs or a slight dipper. I was able to do what I wanted and the string absorbed pace pretty well, but when I wanted to go after a weak second serve return I didn't have much spin or bite to the shot. 7-10

    Overall this is a less than average poly that I would not likely use even if it were very inexpensive ($5 range). Nothing special about it, there are many stings on the market that are much, much better. 6-10
     
  35. Six.one.touring

    Six.one.touring New User

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2011
    Messages:
    57
    Does anyone know when they'll be emailing the special offer?
     
  36. Blade0324

    Blade0324 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2007
    Messages:
    3,568
    What did you get that indicates a special offer? I did not see anything about a special offer.
     
  37. BlxTennis

    BlxTennis Rookie

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2010
    Messages:
    338
    I am curious too what special offer people keep asking?
     
  38. dustin85

    dustin85 Banned

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2010
    Messages:
    207
    it says there will be a special offer in the beginning of the post
     
  39. BlxTennis

    BlxTennis Rookie

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2010
    Messages:
    338
    It's been so long I forgot about the initial message after submitting the review. I almost threw away the plastic bag too.
     
  40. dode

    dode Rookie

    Joined:
    May 15, 2009
    Messages:
    252
    Location:
    Kansas City
    I finally got around to giving this a shot as well. I hit with it for about an hour and a half with one of the guys from my team today.

    About me: Mid 30's baseline singles player back in the game after a 10 year hiatus. Topspin forehand and topspin 2 hand backhand. Playing doubles this winter but have mainly played singles before. I am playing with a Volkl Boris Becker 10 strung at 48 lbs. I mainly play with something similar to Gamma TNT2 17 or a Hybrid of Luxilon ALU Power 17 mains and TNT2 17 crosses. I strung this up as a full bed of the trial string.

    Stringing: I have not strung a ton of poly strings, but it didn't give me too much problem. It did have some coil memory, but nothing too bad. Weaving was easier than expected, and I didn't notice anything bad in terms of clamp slippage or marks. 7/10

    Ground strokes: From both sides on the baseline, this string felt dead with not nearly as much spin as I was expecting. The one good thing was that you pretty much couldn't hit balls deep with it, though I did hit a lot in the net. Balls just didn't have much bite. 5/10

    Volleys: I am not a big net player, but these did not have much feel compared to my normal strings. 4/10

    Serves: I hit a very hard flat first serve and this string was actually decently effective with it. I tend to hit deep more than in the net with my typical string, but was able to keep the ball in a little more than usual but with a little less pace. Second serves were another matter though. I hit a very heavy spin second serve and I just about couldn't get the ball over the net with these strings, and when I did the ball just didn't do much. 6/10

    Overall: I have several racquets, so I am going to leave these in and hit with them another day, but overall right now I am not a big fan of these at all. I do not believe that they would even be good in a hybrid setup. With all of the other options out there, I can definitely say I would pass on these at pretty much any price point, but these days I generally don't shop just on price either (within reason). 5/10 [/QUOTE]

    John
     
  41. dode

    dode Rookie

    Joined:
    May 15, 2009
    Messages:
    252
    Location:
    Kansas City
    Well since I can't figure out how to edit my post and I forgot, I had the gold string.

    John
     
  42. anhuynh16

    anhuynh16 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2011
    Messages:
    1,931
    Location:
    Houston, TX
    I just played with the green string and its AWESOME. Looks like ive found myself a new string.
     
  43. rdis10093

    rdis10093 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2011
    Messages:
    3,879
    Location:
    states
    I thought we would get a "special offer" after the survey?
     
  44. PED

    PED Legend

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2007
    Messages:
    5,339
    That was only if you gave it a positive review.....lol
     
  45. mad dog1

    mad dog1 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2010
    Messages:
    4,998
    the deadline to submit the playtester reviews is next Monday 12/5. i imagine that the special offer via email will be sent out after the deadline.
     
  46. Lex

    Lex Rookie

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2009
    Messages:
    293
    I liked the GREEN string. I think a 17g version would be nice. It played nicely in the 2 hour cardio tennis clinic on Saturday. Zoned some returns in some friendly doubles with my 4.5ntrp teammates.

    Would I replace my current setup?? Not yet!
     
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2011
  47. JDMasFCK

    JDMasFCK Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2011
    Messages:
    699
    Location:
    Orange County, CA
    There is, and it's going to be sent via email on the 6th or 7th (around there). I called up TW if you guys are wondering how I know this.
     
  48. radigan

    radigan Rookie

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2007
    Messages:
    162
    Location:
    Kansas
    I wanted to post my results for the Lux green string. First of all, I hit with a Volkl Organix 8 with Technifibre X Code 17 ga strung at 55. I am a solid 4.0 old guy that moves too slow after playing for over 30 years. I love to hit out on the ball and overheads are meant to be put away.

    With that said, the stringing aspect of it was a pain. It was stiff and stringing the last crosses proved to be time consuming and it liked to kink.

    I strung it up in a full bed at 50 / 48 to allow for the full poly difference. The string measured at .049 out of the package and .048 after stringing if anyone is into the micro details.

    I have hit with the setup for around 10 hours over 2 weeks of time. I have no accurate method to measure the tension loss but the loss has been well documented in previous posts. I also agree with previous posters that this string does nothing special but seems to be average.

    Serving- I get a little more kick out of my serve but less power. Placement seemed to be average.

    Ground strokes- Again, a little more spin and a little less power. Nothing drastic and I could easily compensate for the differences.

    Volleys- Probably the best aspect of the string but that is not setting the bar all that high.

    Overall- I did not develop any arm pain with it strung as a full bed. I compensated for any differences in power easily but would not buy it unless it was priced pretty reasonable.

    I did very much enjoy the task of testing the string. Even though I do not post that frequently, I hope my input is of some value to other readers and lurkers who were not fortunate enough to be included in the test.
     
  49. tarzanbombard

    tarzanbombard New User

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2010
    Messages:
    21
    Location:
    Minnesota
    I got the green string. Due to a lack of time, I only played with it for an hour. I had my Microgel Radical strung with the string at 54 lbs.

    Groundstrokes: This is probably the most powerful poly I've used. Initially I was having trouble controlling my shots. I slowed down my swing a little bit and went for more topspin, which helped with consistency.

    Volleys: Volleys were pretty easy to put away. Touch volleys and drop shots were tough due to the power of the string.

    Serves: I can't really comment on this too much. Lately my serve has been pretty crappy, so nothing feels right. From what I could tell, spin was about the same as other polys I've used.

    I wasn't too impressed with the string. It didn't really help my aggressive baseline game. It was surprisingly comfortable though. I'd give it a 5/10.
     
  50. Blackkitty

    Blackkitty New User

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2011
    Messages:
    70
    Just sent in my review to the link provided. Just a few comments.

    I actually enjoyed this playtest alot. I actually playtested this with the Blackracquet. I felt my groundstrokes for the most part were penetrating the court consistently. At the net I had ultimate touch. Over 3 hours I must have hit 20 amazing dropshot volleys. On the serve, it was ok hurt my arm a little bit, but i strung it at 57 so maybe if i get more of this string i will string it a tad less.
    Overall: 8.5/10
     

Share This Page