Most similar polyester string to Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 16L

Discussion in 'Strings' started by Rlevy, Jan 31, 2014.

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Which string is the most similar to Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power?

Poll closed May 31, 2014.
  1. Tourna Big Hitter Blue Rough

    2 vote(s)
    4.3%
  2. Tourna Big Hitter Blue

    4 vote(s)
    8.7%
  3. Tourna Big Hitter Silver Rough

    1 vote(s)
    2.2%
  4. Tourna Big Hitter Silver

    13 vote(s)
    28.3%
  5. Genesis Typhoon

    6 vote(s)
    13.0%
  6. Solinco Tour Bite

    6 vote(s)
    13.0%
  7. Topspin Cyberflash

    4 vote(s)
    8.7%
  8. Signum Pro Poly-Plasma

    2 vote(s)
    4.3%
  9. Kirschbaum Pro Line II

    6 vote(s)
    13.0%
  10. MSV Focus Hex

    2 vote(s)
    4.3%
  1. Rlevy

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    I've gone through numerous threads and polls on talk tennis and found many contenders that are apparently similar to Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 16L. Unfortunately, in the polls I have found many of them seemed to cluster options together or some strings weren't included in the polls. I have created a poll that should make votes more specific.

    When voting, please consider these variables: Spin, Control, Power, Feel, Stiffness, and Dwell Time.


    *Of course, string preference is highly opinionated since the way they "feel" is subjective to each tester/player. Also, the poll was limited to 10, which made it difficult to include all options. I hope that the strings listed help those of you interested in this topic! :)
     
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  2. TenFanLA

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    You need another option: NONE of the above. Nothing plays like ALU Power.

    It's kind of asking which family sedan (Accord, Camry, Altima, Passat, etc.) is most similar to F1 race car.
     
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  3. Rlevy

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    I see what you mean. That is a great point. What I meant by the poll is not what is exactly the same, but "most similar." I agree with you, there is no string exactly like Alu Power. Thank you for the suggestion!
     
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  4. Devilito

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    Agreed. Played with tons of different poly. Many are great and personal preference could say they are as good or better, but nothing feels quite like ALU Power. It's fairly distinct. IMO It's my favorite and would use it exclusively if price was no object.
     
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  5. Rlevy

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    I love the string as well. The price just makes it very difficult to justify using it. Why do you think the price of Alu Power is so high?
     
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  6. ricki

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    incopetent competitors unable to make same string for lower price = luxilon has monopoly
     
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  7. Irvin

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    If you go to the description page for LXN ALU Power 16L TW lists four different similar strings none of which are a voting option you have listed.
     
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  8. Rlevy

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    Do you think that Luxilon Alu Power is overpriced?
     
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  9. phishbiscuits

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    Your poll options are skewed. Only smooth polys in similar gauges should be comparable. How can twisted and textured strings be similar to ALU Power?
     
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  10. tennisgotomarket

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    you mean a F1 race car on a 2 hour battery, right?:)
     
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  11. Rlevy

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    The poll is not based on appearance of the string, but overall performance, which include spin, control, power, feel, stiffness, and dwell time.
     
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  12. Rlevy

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    Also, the options listed were based off of the strings that others most frequently suggested in other forums that play similar to ALU Power.
     
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  13. Sweet-Spot

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    I've found 'Still in Black' has a gerat string that feels alot like ALU Power. It's called 'Select' and is their flagship string. Very surprised at how good it felt.

    [​IMG]
     
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  14. Rlevy

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    Thank you for the share!! How long were you able to play with the string?
     
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  15. Sweet-Spot

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    Lasted me close to 8-10 hours from memory, which is about on par with big banger for me.

    It really does feel similar in many ways, I would happily bet if there was a double blind test that most players would not be able to definitively tell the difference.

    Even stringing it feels similar. I've tested quite a few of the strings in the poll and I can't say any of them play as close as this.
     
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  16. Rlevy

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    That sounds great! I've read up on other threads that it's a great string, but lacks on spin. What do you think? How did you find the spin potential compared to Alu Power?
     
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  17. Sweet-Spot

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    A slight difference, but nothing significant in my opinion. Pocketing is similar. It did lose tension towards the end of its life though, so BB holds its tension slightly better aswell. But for the price its a no brainer.
     
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  18. Rlevy

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    Which one did you experience to produce more spin?
     
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  19. Sweet-Spot

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    Spin has always been an issue for me, but on the flipside. I have heavy topspin, really heavy. Too improve I need to flatten my ball big time. Because of the nature of my strokes its hard to tell, but both strings were biting hard off the court. I would give big banger a slight edge if you want more spin, but Still in black the edge if you want slightly less spin. Again, no huge difference enough for most players to tell.
     
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  20. The_Feather

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    I've tried Clarke Power Poly Pro. While it's similar to ALU Power it's not exactly the same. At just a few bucks a set, you can't go wrong.
     
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  22. phishbiscuits

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    Signum Pro Poly Megaforce
     
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  23. Rlevy

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    What makes that string similar to Alu Power? Also, what are their differences?
     
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    Rafa shakes in all fears...
     
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  25. Rlevy

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    Just played 4 hours with the Tourna Big Hitter Silver 17 and it feels great! I've been playing with Luxilon Alu Power for the past 9 years and been looking for a cheaper replacement string but with similar performance. I have to say that the BHS is great! It feels a bit softer (which I like the feel), but the spin, control and power are very similar.
     
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  26. tennisinoc

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    Have you been reading my original post? Have you tried Cyberflash to compare yet?
     
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  27. Rlevy

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    Nope I haven't but I'll definitely take a look! Thanks! What are your thoughts on cyberflash and its performance in comparison to Alu Power?
     
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  28. Torres

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    None of those in the poll though I can see why some people liken TB to Alu.

    The most similar string to Alu in my view would be Head Hawk.

    Fantastically crunchy crisp feel when you hit through the ball, firm response yet not too stiff. Like Alu, it has a very clean, consistent response of the ball off the string bed, and hits a deceptively heavy ball even though its not really a 'grabby' poly. The only real differences in my view is that it's slightly more comfortable than Alu and playability lasts a lot longer, both of which are big positives.
     
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  29. Sweet-Spot

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    I just playtested Klip K-Boom aswell, its about half the price and initially, feels very similar.
     
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  30. tennisinoc

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    I don't know. That is why I am seeking feedback. I ordered a set of BHS because of this poll though and because it states that it also uses aluminum fibers like Alu does. Cyberflash doesn't state that.
     
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  31. garytan68

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    Only thing I can think off with a good combination of power and spin the TB. That is one of the reasons why so many people pay for alu power in the first place.
     
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  32. SteveI

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    Tourna Big Hitter Silver 16G might be the closest now. A while back Tourna changed the 17G to 1.20 mm and the 16G to 1.25mm. The 17G used to play much like the ALU Power 16L.. but now the 16G is closer IMHO. The 17G is much softer than it used to be and does not hold tension as well.

    Please read below:

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=486653
     
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  33. Torres

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    ^ I don't think BHS is similar to Alu. In my view, its much softer, whereas Alu is stiff. Also after some brief initial hitting, BHS seems to soften (or lose tension), whereas Alu starts becoming stiff after a couple of hitting sessions. Alu also has a beautiful crunchy crispness to it when fresh. To me, it also feels as if there's a different repulsion of the ball off the stringbed with Alu - it allows for a heavier ball to be hit. Whether that's due to its greater stiffness or some reason, I don't know, but it produces a different sort ball off the strings compared to BHS.
     
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  34. rodrigoamaral

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    surprised how the kirsch pl2 got so many votes but really nothing similar to lux... topsin cyber flash, tourna big hitter, signum megaforce are options alu power and genesis typhoon is probably the closest out there to lux alu rough but wouldnt quite say the first 3 play anything like lux
     
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  35. nadalex

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    Another upvote for this string. $33.00 per real, looks a hell of a lot like Alu Power, and plays damn well and in my book is the closest to Alu power of any string.
     
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  36. tennisinoc

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    So I got a set of BHS to do my own testing as a cross to Gut mains. This string by look and touch doesn't look or feel like Alu Power. The color is very silver where Alu is more a darker shade of grey. BHS has a thinner plastic feel to it. Where Alu feels more substatial and solid. BHS had a lot more stretch to it when applying tension. Where Alu doesn't stretch much at all. The BHS feels softer and has pretty good give when pressing down on the stringbed. Alu does too as well. A rare So Cal storm has hit us, so court testing will have to wait for a few days. We need the rain. More to come....
     
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  37. Rlevy

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    Where is the best place to buy this string online?
     
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  38. Irvin

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    Tennis Warehouse of course
     
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  39. Rlevy

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    haha I meant this string, the Clarke Power Poly Pro. TW doesn't sell it. Anyone know of a site that does?
     
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