Mikeler's Polys

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  1. Ronaldo

    Ronaldo G.O.A.T.

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    Luxilon 4G reviewed? Tried that Wilson trial 4 pk of Steam and Juice strung w/4G 15. Nice poly, no pain,no feel, little spin, looks great. Solid, swing for the moon and watch the magic.
     
  2. mikeler

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    Not yet sir.
     
  3. sansaephanh

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    WOAH 60#s lol. The highest I can go is 56. Then i put in 2-4 hard hours to loosen it up. But yes i agree that typhoon is very spinny with a CONSISTENT feel. I'd use it if my wallet could handle it. It has pretty good tension maintenance for me, but i've never been a huge hitter.
     
  4. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

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    Good info. I played with the GoldenSet today and it is starting to get a little launchy.
     
  5. Fuji

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    Snakebite or powerchord???

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  6. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

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    PowerChord. Thought I wrote that above but obviously I did not.
     
  7. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

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    I'm cutting short the PowerChord and Typhoon playtests. TW included me in the Head Lynx playtest so I strung that up last night and hope to play with it tonight.
     
  8. mikeler

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    Head Lynx 1.30mm

    Tension(s) used for playtest
    60 pounds on a lockout machine

    Regular string set up
    Volkl Cyclone Tour 16g @ 60 pounds

    Racquet brand and model used for test
    Prince Tour 100T ESP (16x16)

    Power of test string
    Low/Medium

    Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp?)
    Not stiff or mushy. Perhaps crisp is the best term.

    Spin
    Good for a round string but not as much as shaped polyester strings.

    Comfort (off-center shock?)
    It was about normal for a polyester string. No arm problems to report.

    Durability
    I played 7 sets of singles and 2 set of doubles with it before I broke it in the warm up yesterday.

    Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time)
    It seemed to lose a little bit of control the last few sets but maybe I just had an off day my last full match with it.

    Control (predictable trajectory? Easy to control depth? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?)
    This string really does what it says on the package. Control and touch were very good. Spin was OK and power was low. Just as advertised. Return of serve was just spectacular but my problem was I did not serve well with it. So it was a constant battle of trying to break my opponent's serve just to stay in the match.

    Compare to the string you use most often
    Less spin and power but better touch. Control is about the same.

    Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?)
    60 pounds and this frame just work for me.

    List any additional thoughts (optional)
    If I served better with this string, I would switch to it. I recently tried the anthracite version of this string in a tournament. The plan was to switch to this string on returns against a big lefty server. It didn't seem to have the same magic on returns that I remembered or perhaps the quality of my opponent's serve was just too much.
     
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  9. Ronaldo

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    Luxilon Alu Power is only three bux more than Head Lynx. And you would switch if it only had a serve.
     
  10. mikeler

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    From what I can find, it is $6 more. I might pick up a set of that tonight and string it up.
     
  11. Ronaldo

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    You are right on, mixed up Lynx with Hawk.
     
  12. mikeler

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    No problem. I bought Luxilon ALU Power Spin tonight and strung it up. It seems to have a LOT of vibration fresh off the stringer. If it does not improve tomorrow, I'll cut out $18 worth of string and complain about it on here for the rest of my life.
     
  13. mikeler

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    Luxilon ALU Power Spin is a good string but not worth $18. At least it did not shred my elbow...yet.
     
  14. huba01

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    Personally never liked the touch/feel of the alupower , and way to stiff for my elbow.
    Mikeler, how do you compare the new lynx 1,3 with the ripspin 1,35 in overall and especially durability :cry: I´m on my second reel of ripspin and it didn´t help on holiday in the on us on hardcourt either. It breaks every single time after a little more than 2 hours.
    On a diiferent note, I tried the Ai 100 yesterday as my daugther has a yonex sponser ship, but its was way to uncomfortable compared to the esp 100t.
    I think the esp 100t is the ideal racket for me , I just have to find a solution with the durability of the strings. Comfort seems to be given in the esp, regardless of string and tension.
    thanks in advance
     
  15. mikeler

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    I forget, have you tried Prince Tour XC 1.40mm yet? That might be the only solution for you to get better string life.
     
  16. kprince

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    Tour XC was a great string when I played with it before my foray into Pro's Pro. And right now at $6.67 a set it's at a great price. Hell, throw it in a hybrid if you enjoy it and you cut the cost to $3.34 per frame + the cost of the cross. Not bad at all for what I and--based on Mikeler's review and position in his list--Mikeler consider a pretty good string.
     
  17. SpinToWin

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    Another good budget string I can suggest is Pro's Pro Concept 1.38. A friend of mine has great success with it in his Juice 100S.
     
  18. Timbo's hopeless slice

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    Hey Mikeler.

    I did start a thread, but I thought I may as well ask the guru!

    You ever hear of a bright green poly called 'poly gut' ( brand unknown)

    Seems to be a mono, nice feel, consistent string bed, no shock but not a lot of spin.

    Cheers
     
  19. mikeler

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    Which Pro's Pro string?


    Any other info on it?


    Poly gut? I'd name that combo Oil Water. :)
     
  20. kprince

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    Sorry I reread my post and realized it was misleading. Was not indicating a pp string that you had reviewed. Was saying you had a favorable review on tour xc and was referring to the price tw and others are offering it for ATM.

    Tour XC was my first poly before trying pp strings.
     
  21. pepka

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    I played with the Alu Power Spin the last 10-12 hrs. After every session my shoulder bothered me in the evening. Nice control and spin but im back to VCT and MSV strings.
     
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  22. Fuji

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    What did you end up thinking of powerchord mikeler???

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  23. mikeler

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    You can't wait for the review? :)

    I hit with it this AM. Kind of a middle of the road poly for me. I'm just a shaped poly guy.
     
  24. Fuji

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    Hahaha! I thought you were cutting it short, I didn't know if it warranted a full review! ;)

    Definitely on with you there. It goes well with softer hybrids in my experience, usually I pair it with a syngut or multi for the folks that can't handle stiffness.

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  25. SpinToWin

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    What do you want to know? I can ask him and then come back to you with his answers.
     
  26. mikeler

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    I plan on playing with it until death or close to it.
     
  27. huba01

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    I did try the XC in 1,40 and while I liked it it only lasts at little linger than the ripspin. It actually looked the thinnest out of the three, the yptp 1,3 in yellow looked a lot thicker than the ripspin and the XC .
    I might give the pro´s pro concept in 1,38 a go, doing a quick search, I could only find a 1,32. Thanks though.
     
  28. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

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    So far I've won 2 out of 7 sets with Typhoon. But yet I love it! Strings can't fix my below par fitness unfortunately.
     
  29. IceNineTX

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    Ha. Full review coming soon?
     
  30. mikeler

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    Yes sir. I broke it tonight. If my internet hadn't gone out, it would be up soon. Bottom line is that I'm switching to it until I find something better.
     
  31. IceNineTX

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    Your welcome, then. :) Glad you liked it. You'll want to try spin-x next. Or not. Just enjoy the purple stuff.
     
  32. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

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    Do you think Spin-X is better than Typhoon? I bought the gray version of Typhoon at a local shop and strung it up last night. I'll hit with it in the morning.
     
  33. mikeler

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    Genesis Typhoon Blue 16L

    Thanks to IceNineTX for sending a set of this string my way. This one is a shaped and twisted poly and is not too bad to string up. Still not as easy as a smooth poly though.

    Tension it is strung: 60# on a lockout
    Your regular string set up: Volkl Cyclone Tour @ 60#
    String pattern of your racquet: 16 x 16 (Prince Tour 100T ESP)
    Power (or lack there of): Low/Medium powered
    Feel: Excellent after I got used to the string.
    Tension maintenance: I only got 1 reading. After 2 sets it was down about 20% like most other polys.
    Price: $9.90/set
    Overall comments and feedback: See below

    General: I was not expecting much from this string after trying the similar looking Genesis True Grit. My playing experience with this was enjoyable enough that I bought a set of the Genesis in gray to try and probably will stick with this string for a little while moving forward (until I find something better).

    Serve/Return of Serve: The string has enough power on serves but not too much were groundstrokes suffer. Spin is huge when you want it. Returns are solid.

    Strokes: I really like this string on the forehand wing. The firmness made me confident in that stroke. My backhand is pretty consistent with almost any string including this one. Slices seemed better than with most other polys. Spin potential is high and control is good.

    Volleys: Pretty good.

    Touch shots: My drop shots were lethal at times. One of the best polys for droppers.

    Softness: No arm issues to report but this string is quite firm. I would not recommend it to anyone with arm issues.

    Tension: 60# played great.

    Durability: I broke this after 8 sets of singles.

    Movement: Not a whole lot of string movement.

    Color: The blue color was pretty ugly and did bleed on the ball.

    Conclusion: This is a control and spin string that just fits my game. It is my new #1 poly. Thanks again to IceNineTX for allowing me to play test this for everyone.
     
  34. IceNineTX

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    Honestly, I think the variation between Spin-X and Typhoon is smaller than the variation in my day to day game. I do kind of like the red color though. I like the purple typhoon more than gray, but seriously it's probably mental. I've only ever played them in hybrids with a very soft multi. They were both standouts.
     
  35. mikeler

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    I just realized you are an Exo3 Tour user from your signature. You also string high, so that is probably why we both like the same thing. I'll try the gray version tomorrow and report back. Thanks for hooking me on a new string and have a great weekend.
     
  36. IceNineTX

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    Yes, the exos can handle the high tension poly really well. I have 3 racquets with 3 diff string now: pacific xforce18, iontec black (no shears on plenty of shanks), gosen polybreak. All 18g. I suck equally on them all these days. Just no time to play.

    You should try xforce too. It's unique.

    My wife uses the same racquet as you. She goes full xforce or iontec with multifeel16 or origin 16 cross. Origin is surprisingly durable. She plays 3-5x a week and is a 4.5.

    I string a lot, needless to say. The only family member who doesn't break all the time is my kid in orange ball. And it really bugs him.
     
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  37. mikeler

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    The guy who sells Iontec is only a few cities away. Maybe I'll try black.
     
  38. mikeler

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    Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power Spin 16

    This one is a shaped poly and was easy to install.

    Tension it is strung: 60# on a lockout
    Your regular string set up: Genesis Typhoon 16L @ 60#
    String pattern of your racquet: 16 x 16 (Prince Tour 100T ESP)
    Power (or lack there of): Medium powered
    Feel: Better than most polys
    Tension maintenance: I didn't get a 2nd measurement before it broke.
    Price: $18.00/set
    Overall comments and feedback: See below

    General: I had to try out a version of ALU Power at some point. It was nicet at first and then just good in the 2nd half of the playtest.

    Serve/Return of Serve: Serves had good pop and pretty good spin. I struggled on my forehand return.

    Strokes: Spin was on par with other polys. It has a unique feel that I can't seem to describe. I can see why some might like this string.

    Volleys: Pretty good.

    Touch shots: Pretty good.

    Softness: I was surprised with the soft feel. Not an arm killer for me at all.

    Tension: 60# played great.

    Durability: I broke it after about 5 sets of singles and 1 set of doubles. Notching was quite apparent after just 2 sets.

    Movement: Some string movement but nothing too bad.

    Color: I like the bland silver.

    Conclusion: This is a very good string but like others have mentioned, the performance does tail off after a few hours and the durability is poor. The price makes this one a deal breaker for me. Luxilon is ingrained in the pro game but there are better and cheaper alternatives.
     
  39. mikeler

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    Fuji,

    Powerchord just refuses to break on me. I'll post my review when it does. Goldenset definitely has two of the best price/performance polys out there.
     
  40. Ramon

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    I tried the Lux Big Banger ALU stuff a long time ago. I agree, it starts out great but tails off quickly. The 4G stuff is better if you want something with longer playability, but again, it's pricey.
     
  41. Fuji

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    Really?! I'm honestly amazed it has lasted you this long! It's honestly one of the best smooth poly's I've used for the ESP frames. Customers really like it!

    -Fuji
     
  42. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

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    Both of the polys from GoldenSet have lasted awhile. I may cut it out soon.
     
  43. Fuji

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    That's great! Did you happen to track any tension loss for PC?

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  44. Doubles

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    I've been digging Head Lynx recently, thinking about making it my new string of choice, but now I want to try Golden Set. UGH.
     
  45. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

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    I'll take another reading before I cut it out.


    I could see playing a tournament or league match and using Lynx only on my return games.
     
  46. Nostradamus

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    what is Head Lynx ? is it good
     
  47. Fuji

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    Do it!!! Message me! ;)

    -Fuji
     
  48. Fuji

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    Cool! I've never actually measure tension loss on it. I'm interested to see how well it did in the 16x16.

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  49. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

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    Almost all the polys I've tested seem to fall into the 20% to 25% tension loss range.
     
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    It's a string of the Gods, Fedace.
     

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