Tennis Warehouse: Head Lynx Playtest

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  1. TW Staff

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    Head Lynx 16 Playtest

    We are no longer taking requests for this playtest.

    The samples are shipping on Thursday 7/24

    Reviews are due by Wednesday 8/20

    If you do not post a review, you will be excluded from future playtests.

    No hybrids

    Include the following in your review:

    Tension(s) used for playtest
    Regular string set up
    Racquet brand and model used for test
    Power of test string
    Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp?)
    Spin
    Comfort (off-center shock?)
    Durability
    Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time)
    Control (predictable trajectory? Easy to control depth? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?)
    Compare to the string you use most often
    Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?)
    List any additional thoughts (optional)
     
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  2. darklore009

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    what color are we receiving for this playtest?
     
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    darklore009,

    Yellow

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  4. djNEiGht

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    And a great yellow it is. A bit like the yonex yellow strings. Let's see if I can crawl out of bed a get my 1st day of testing in tomorrow. 43# CP ATW on a Pure Drive.
     
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  5. djNEiGht

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    Initial impressions - a bit firm and would string lower next time. I normally string with 17g poly at 45-48. With this being 16g I went with 43#. About 20 minutes hitting from the ball hopper, 20 minutes of rallying and over an hour playing doubles.

    Lower tension might help with spin. I was previously playing with a shaped poly (Prince XS) and am still getting used to it. Really enjoy the optic yellow color!!!
     
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  6. darklore009

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    although i only hit with it for a brief moment, but it feels similar to a yonex poly tour pro. full review yet to come before the deadline
     
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  7. DustinW

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    Strung up at 48#. Just stringing it up, I thought it felt a lot like Wilson Ripspin or Prince Tour XC... hard, smooth, and stiff. Looking forward to trying it out this weekend.

    [​IMG]
     
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  8. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

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    Just got mine in the mail last night and will hopefully string it up tonight.
     
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  9. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

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    Got 2 sets in with it last night. I hardly missed a return but my serve just sucked. Hopefully that was just an off day with the serve. It was a nice string off the ground, plenty of spin for a round string. Touch was good.
     
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  10. djNEiGht

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    In turn I've had decent 1st serves with this string. Not as much bite as I'm used to since I play 17g most of the time. Should have considered putting this in my Prince POG Mid since that has a very open pattern.

    I am going to take a few days off though. I'm a previous TE/GE sufferer and haven't had any discomfort for about 2 years now. Sunday I had a really good serving day. On Wednesday (and every day since) I've had a weird tingle in my whole arm. Started playing with this string on Tuesday.

    Carpal tunnel? I can still serve and have been running around my forehand to hit my back hand more with no discomfort. I can't dial in my forehand and that is my weapon. Can't even direct a ball to start a warm up rally. The last two days I've wanted to walk off the court because I couldn't start/hold a rally during warm up with my forehand.

    Okay...enough. I'll take this to the Health and Fitness forum.

    BAck to the string.
    -solid
    -decent touch
    -good on first serves and hard hit shots
    -great on volleys

    Hope my arm get's better and put more time in the string.
     
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  11. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

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    Hope your arm feels better. I got an unexpected two sets of singles this PM. My serve was better today but I have so many first serves that hit the top of the tape. Other than that, I'm very impressed with this string. It has the usual 25% tension loss of almost all polys but it may be be my favorite just hitting ground strokes.
     
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  12. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

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    Got in a set of singles and doubles today. This string might just be the GOAT of all return of serve polys. If only I served better with it. Volleys are also pretty nice, touch is good. Power is decent. Got more singles tomorrow. The strings don't look anywhere close to breaking which is not easy in a 16x16 frame.
     
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  13. SpinToWin

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    sounds very promising… Just one thing I must wonder about… Price? :?
     
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  14. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

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    Looks like it is $11.95.
     
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  15. darklore009

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    i'll have to agree with mikeler. This string really does well with returns. Almost like acing every serve thats being thrown at me. :D
     
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  16. DustinW

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    Had a light hitting session earlier in the week and played 2 sets of singles today. I have to say that I really like this string. Good comfort and touch while still having a nice crisp feel. Power is moderate and spin is very, very good for a round poly.

    In the middle of my match, I switched to my other racket strung with ALU Power and played 4 games, and then switched back to Lynx. ALU Power has a bit more explosive power while Lynx was better with spin and touch. Both are really great and it was pretty easy to switch between the two.
     
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  17. Nostradamus

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    what is it ? poly or multi
     
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  19. mikeler

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    I'm in agreement with both of your initial assessments of the string.
     
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  20. TFight320

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    My first impressions of Lynx was that it was quite vibrant and that I could now find my racquet in the dark :) I also found that it was easier to string than my usual poly strings (Focus Hex and Tour Bite). I strung it up on my TFight 320 at 52 lbs.

    After rallying with Lynx initially, I could immediately see that my groundies were lacking the usual depth, spin, and pace I usually had when using a full bed of Focus Hex. In my opinion, it didn't have that explosiveness of Focus Hex or Tour Bite that I was accustomed to. Personally, I've found its control-oriented nature to be similar to Luxilon 4G. I switched back to Focus Hex midway through and I could immediately see my groundies possessing much more pace and spin.

    On my second outing using Lynx, I managed to squeeze in a couple sets of doubles. I agree with other posters in that this string is superb on returns. Because of its low power, I found blocking and redirecting shots much easier and was getting some great angles on returns. The spin was a bit lacking on serve and my volleys weren't spot on but I'd attribute that to my mediocre net game :oops:

    I only have a few hours on it, but the strings don't look close to breaking and don't feel dead whatsoever. More to come.
     
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  21. West Coast Ace

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    I didn't get in on the TW offer - getting it up in by my shop. The racquet I've used the most has 8 hrs on it - still no sign of wear or movement. Still love the spin (guy I hit with mentioned it) and touch - power is fine.

    My only problem with it: for whatever reason I can't get a decent reading off the RacquetTune app; so I can't track the tension. Anyone have a string factor or 16g?
     
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  22. mikeler

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    Mine dropped 25% after 2 matches. One of the best ways to get a reading is to hit the strings with the edge of another racket. Make sure your dampener is out too.
     
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  23. West Coast Ace

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    How does that compare for other comparable strings?

    What string factor? Using 'generic poly' and 1.30mm mine calculated to 1.86 - suspecting that's not correct.

    That's how I always do. I never could get a reading hitting with a Sharpie like their video showed.
     
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  24. mikeler

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    Yes I used the generic string factor. 25% is pretty typical for a poly maybe slightly on the high side.
     
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  25. darklore009

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    Head Lynx Review

    Tension(s) used for playtest: 57ibs

    Regular string set up: Pro's pro Vendetta, 57ibs

    Racquet brand and model used for test: Wilson Prostaff 90 BLX

    Power of test string: The power level is really low. You have do to most of the work if you want to make the ball past over the net. Like other low powered string, it appeals to those who like to take a big cut in the ball without worrying about your ball not making it over the net or over hitting it.

    Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp?): I would have to say its more comfortable than the typical polyester, but its on the muted side. It also have a firm feeling but not enough to be put under the stiff side of polyesters. If you have arm problems, you should lower the tension quite a bit to make it more comfortable yet it keeps the control because its such a low powered string.

    Spin: The spin potential moderate. I didnt see a suprising amount of spin compared from a string like RPM blast or any shaped string. Since its a round poly, I wasnt expecting tons of spin out of this string.

    Comfort: I didnt see any comfort issues with this string as it felt better than a typical polyester. Although the firm feel wont be for everyone that has arm problems.

    Durability: These strings hold up pretty well during the 2 weeks of playtesting it. There was barely any nothches on the string and still going strong. If I keep playing with it for a month or 2, it might break.

    Playability Duration: After it came out of the stringing machine and off to the courts, it was fairly low powered. After a few hours settling in, the comfort aspect started to improve and begin to like it more I hit it. This string plays better the longer it sits on the string and hitting with it everyday.

    Control: This string is what is said on the package. The control was excellent and able to control hard shots that i been receiving from my hitting partner. Although I have trouble with the serves because it a control string. It doesnt have that put away power that I needed to make it explosive serve that I would get from my typical setup.

    Compare to the string you use most often: This string really reminded be of Yonex Poly Tour Spin not only because of it's color, but the way it plays. Also I would have to compare it to a Luxilon Savage in terms of the control.

    Tension recommendations: I could have lower it a bit to up the power of the string so I would have that same explosive serve that I would normally do. Maybe 53~55ibs would be optimal for my gamestyle.

    Thoughts: I really liked this string towards the end of the playtest because I gain that put away power that I seeked for. I would love to buy this string again in the future and set at a lower tension. Thanks Tennis Warehouse and Head for giving me and opportunity to playtest this string. This string will appeal to those junior players that are playing in USTA tournaments as they hit a lot harder than I would.
     
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  26. mikeler

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    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.
     
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  27. DustinW

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    I am a 4.5 NTRP singles and doubles player. Here is a video of me hitting a few balls (not with the Lynx string).
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSw9Zdp1c78

    Tension(s) used for playtest:
    48 lbs on a drop weigth

    Regular string set up:
    Luxilon ALU Power 16L @ 48 lbs

    Racquet brand and model used for test:
    Head Graphene Prestige Pro

    Power of test string:
    Low-Medium power level. It isn't a dead-feeling poly, but I wouldn't call it lively either.

    Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp?):
    A bit muted but still crisp. Definitely not mushy.

    Spin:
    I found the spin to be above average for a round poly. One thing that I thought was unique to this string is that I found it very easy to control the amount of spin… switching from a heavy spin rally shot to a flatter put away shot was easy.

    Comfort (off-center shock?):
    Slightly above average for a poly. It wasn't too stiff or uncomfortable.

    Durability:
    Excellent. I played 3 sets of singles, 2 sets of doubles, and also a one hour hitting session. After about 5 hours of court time, there is very minimal notching and still no string movement.

    Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time):
    Really great. This one didn't really have a break-in period, and I thought it played consistently from start to finish. I suspect this can easily get to the 10-12 hour mark before playability begins to drop.

    Control (predictable trajectory? Easy to control depth? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?):
    Control was excellent, and I thought the balance between power and control was perfect.

    Compare to the string you use most often:
    Well, I don't have a regular string right now. The last 2 strings that have spent the most time in my Prestige Pro are ALU Power and Tour Bite 17.

    spin: tour bite > alu power > lynx
    power: alu power > tour bite > lynx
    control: lynx > tour bite > alu power
    touch: alu power > lynx = tour bite
    comfort: lynx = alu power > tour bite
    durability: lynx > tour bite > alu power

    Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?):
    I think something in the 48-52 range is about perfect in low-power and/or dense pattern frames. It was nice and comfortable for me at 48 without any loss of control.

    List any additional thoughts (optional):
    Baseline rallies and return of serves were the highlights of this string… just the right amount of power and spin with excellent depth and directional control. Serves were ok, but it wasn't my favorite. My least favorite things about this string were volleys and touch at the net. Overall, this is a really great string that I would consider switching to if I liked it better at the net. I might try the 17 gauge.
     
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  28. mikeler

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    I like your comparison with the other 2 strings above Dustin. I'll have to consider using that in future reviews.
     
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  29. niketennispro

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    Tension(s) used for playtest: 50lbs

    Regular string set up: TopSpin Cyberflash at 54lbs

    Racquet brand and model used for test: Babolat Pure Drive Plus 2012

    Power of test string: I thought that the string was definitely designed to be a lower powered string as I did not find any excessive amount of power as I found with my usual set up. But I will say it gave some pop when you wanted it to.

    Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp?): The feel of the string I felt may be a little muted, but definitely felt like a crisp control string to me. It felt nice on volleys though as I punched many deep and still had good control on them.

    Spin: It definitely isn’t a spinner string like say RPM Blast (used to use it), but it definitely provided enough spin for my game as I am an aggressive baseliner who likes hitting heavy shots and this string definitely provided on that front.

    Comfort (off-center shock?): I didn’t feel any discomfort from the strings, and liked it. I did admittedly have a tender elbow after hitting, but I say that has more to do with my racquet, as anything I use seems to be bothering my elbow as of latte

    Durability: had some slight notching after some serious heavy hitting with one of my long time hitting partners and friends. We both have more spin in our games although I hit a heavier ball. Just fr reference I am a college tennis player and my friend is a 4 star recruit in his age group.

    Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time): It seemed to maintain good playability throughout. I didn’t feel as if there was a huge drop off at any point like some other strings.

    Control (predictable trajectory? Easy to control depth? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?): The control I will say is the definite highlight of this string. I felt like it was the perfect combination with the inherent power of my leaded up Pure Drive Plus. I didn’t miss long much and I felt like I always knew where the ball was going.

    Compare to the string you use most often: Compared to TopSpin Cyberflash I would say this string definitely compliments my game better. I missed the power of Cyberflash ay some points, but over the long haul, I think Lynx was a superior string.

    Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?): I think the tension I used was spot on as it helped give a better trajectory and definitely encourage a lower tension when stringing this racquet. Remember I strung it at 50lbs in a “baseline basher” racquet ;)

    List any additional thoughts (optional): Loved this playtest, thank you for the opportunity to let me play this TW! I really enjoyed this string and may even switch to it! ☺
     
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  30. dr_chopz

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    Would like to thank the many knowledgeable folks who post on these forums. You have helped me in so many areas... from pro racket specs & customization to choosing a new stringing machine... etc.

    And kudos to reps @ Tennis Warehouse for their excellent service and sweet deals, killer demo program, and this string review opportunity.

    I'm a 4.0 player with 5.0 set up shots and 3.0 put-a-ways...:???:
    I've been stringing my own rackets for 35 years...
    Finally, after so many years of trial and error...
    Polyester strings have arrived & changed the game.

    Tension(s) used for playtest:
    60 Lbs. In order to compare objectively I strung at my normal tension. Also, I don't see the need for decreasing tension for poly in mains since they're longer than the crosses and because of general tension loss.
    This Head Lynx string is smooth and relatively easy to string...
    Much easier than Lux rough...

    Regular string set up:
    Luxilon Alu Pwr Rough 125 - Mains
    Any Syn Gut 16-17g Crosses
    Also full bed of Razor code in other sticks

    Racquet brand and model:
    Technifibre Tfight 325 (3)

    Power of test string: 
    Low / medium - generally felt I could hit out with no fear the ball would sail.

    Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp?)
    Felt somewhat muted to me... maybe because the string is so smooth.

    Spin:
    About average for a poly...
    If I connected properly the ball dipped nicely...
    But didnt have the confidence I do with a fresh set of Lux

    Comfort (off-center shock?)
    No wrist soreness that I get from Lux...

    Durability
    No friction, probably cut out before it wears out.

    Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time)
    Noticed more difference hitting in morning vs. afternoon (75 vs 100 degrees - here in central valley CA) 
    No change mornings for two weeks... Afternoons springy feel as ball tended to fly on me a bit more...

    Control (predictable trajectory? Easy to control depth? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?)
    Felt moderately easy to induce spin on topspin or slice...
    Didn't get my kick serve to dip as nicely for more angle on ad side...

    Compare to the string you use most often...
    Enjoyed stringing this poly vs. the barbed wire like feel of luxilon. I hybrid luxilon because of shock and expense (cheap syn gut for crosses)
    This decent priced poly plays well and comfy too.
    Some might consider using for cross in hybrid since it's so smooth and might be an alternative to the Glide that Gamma offers which is so ridiculouly priced.

    Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?
    I've spoken with some pros playing challengers and they are going lighter... not necessarily for shock but they stated sense of ball staying on strings longer and pocketing... but there's so many variables for folks to consider.  For me, I would keep same tension ( it didn't feel any livelier than other polys I've used).

    List any additional thoughts:
    Firm believer in polyester strings... at least in Mains
    I've tried gut mains and poly crosses... don't see the point.
    Generally, going with poly is about playability vs. expense vs. comfort.
    Lux is the holy grail but the expense, shock, and loss in playability keeps us on the lookout for other alternatives such as this Head Lynx string.
    Thanx TW
     
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  31. Moppet52

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    Head Lynx Review

    Tension(s) used for playtest: 45lb
    Regular string set up: Solinco TB 19 @ 45 lb
    Racquet brand and model used for test: Head Youtek IG Prestige Pro

    Power of test string:
    This was one of the most powerful polys that I have hit with. The ball really seemed to leap off the racquet. Getting depth and pace with this string was a very strong point.

    Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp?):
    I would categorize the feel as crisp. However, not as crisp as other poly setups that I favor. Solinco TB, Topsin Cyberflash, and Head Hawk are more crisp than this setup. I did not feel very connected to the ball however after the initial strike.

    Spin:
    I do not feel that this string offers more spin than other polys. However, I typically use shaped polys and much thinner gauges, so I think this is to be expected.

    Comfort (off-center shock?):
    This is one of the most comfortable poly strings that I have played with. I felt no jarring on off center hits, and my arm felt great after long hitting sessions (2+ hours). This was probably my favorite part of this playtest.

    Durability: I am not a string breaker. Even so, I believe these strings are very durable. I did not see any type of notching and the strings always snapped back into place. No wear was seen after 10+ hours of hitting.

    Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time):
    Like most polys that I have played with, the playability was fairly short. After 5-6 hours, I noticed a considerable loss of tension and control.

    Control (predictable trajectory? Easy to control depth? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?):
    This is my biggest disappointment with this string. The power was there in bunches, but I was not able to reign it in. This may be user error, however, I do feel the ball noticeably launched at times, even when having considerable amount of time to prepare and take a controlled swing. Directional control was average, and depth control was low.

    Compare to the string you use most often:
    The string I use most often is Solinco TB or Solinco TB/Cyberflash hybrid. Head Lynx provided more easily accessible power and was more comfortable than my typical setup. Off center hits and touch shots were where I noticed this most. On my serve, I prefer my regular setup as I get more bit and kick to both first and second serves.

    Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?):
    I would up the tension by 10% as I think this would help with some of the control issues. However, I do think it does not provide the type of spin that I am used to.

    List any additional thoughts (optional)

    Overall, a very enjoyable playtest. Thank TW and Head for letting me test the string. I think it is a good string for string breaker that is looking for more pop and can generate their own spin with technique and racquet head speed. I typically rely more on thin gauge and shaped polys to aid that department.
     
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  32. West Coast Ace

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    I finally managed to get some tension readings: 48 (down from the 54 starting pt) after 8 hrs - still no sign of wear/movement.

    I bought a reel... first time ever.
     
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  33. PowerLob

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    Head Lynx Playtest

    Tension(s) used for playtest
    50 lbs strung with a drop weight stringing machine. Pretty easy to string for a poly.

    Regular string set up
    Luxillon 4G @ 51lbs

    Racquet brand and model used for test
    Prince Ozone Hybrid Shark with 1.5 ounces of silicone added to the inside of the handle and 0.2 ounces of lead tape added the 9-12-3 o'clock position of the hoop. 4 points HL.

    Power of test string
    Ok. Nothing special compared to what the 4G was giving me. I find that I have to hit a little harder as the strings start to wear down.

    Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp?)
    Muted feeling. But this might be due to the silicone in my handle. Ha ha.

    Spin
    Very little for a poly string. I had to literally roll over the ball to generate the same spin as the 4G.

    Comfort (off-center shock?)
    Very comfortable. Even off center hits are shockfree (relatively).

    Durability
    I played 8 sets of doubles and 8 sets of singles in the past 10 days with these strings. I see some obvious notching and it looks like it is on it's last leg. I just measured the tension and it is down to about 40 lbs, which is a little more tension drop than I expected.

    Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time)
    As with all strings, you need about half an hour to break in these strings. Once you get them to "settle down", you can easily control your shots as you get used to how they play. My only complaint is that these strings basically became dead after 15 sets. I usually get about 20-25 sets out of poly strings before I have to change them out.

    Control (predictable trajectory? Easy to control depth? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?)
    Very good. Both vertical and horizontal trajectory were very predictable and controllable. My punch volleys were very accurate. Also, my serve placements were outstanding.

    Compare to the string you use most often
    I use Luxillon 4G the most. These strings are basically the poor man's 4G. The 4G provides more spin and lasts longer. Everything else is basically the same.

    Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?)
    No change. I would still string at 50 lbs. I find that this tension gives me the best combination of power/spin/control.

    List any additional thoughts (optional)
    My hitting partner says that these yellow strings sometimes camoflage the ball when I hit it so it is harder for him to predict the return flight.

    -PowerLob
     
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  34. DustinW

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    It's funny you mention that, because I was just thinking about it the other day. I can't remember ever playing against somebody playing with strings that are the same color as the ball, but I think it would have to affect your opponent's ability of reading the ball coming off of your racket.
     
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  35. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

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    I should play with the this string in a yellow racket then wear Har Tru colored clothing to sneak into the net undetected. :)
     
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  36. ten11

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    Head Lynx playtest

    Tension(s) used for playtest: 57lbs on lockout

    Regular string set up: Signum pro poly plasm 17g @ 57lbs

    Racquet brand and model used for test: wilson stream 99s 16x15

    Power of test string: low to medium. it is low to medium in general. I would love to have more power on back hand side.

    Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp?): Muted. very good ball pocketing and able to guide the ball well.

    Spin: average for a poly. If player is looking for spin, then this one is not the one to pick. I have trouble to get the spin I wanted and the ball fly out on me when I take a big cut on the ball and add a bit more power. So I have to play more conservative and flat with this string.

    Comfort (off-center shock?): average. Not harsh at all but for a poly, you don't want to string too high with it. Because I have the extreme string pattern, I have to string high tension to reduce the string movement.

    Durability: good. I am not a string break and this last me through out the test and still not breaking.

    Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time): good. I did not notice much of playing characteristic change throughout the play test after the first two hitting session. It plays very consistent for the next 10+ hours.

    Control (predictable trajectory? Easy to control depth? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?): like I mentioned early, the trajectory control is weak for this string. Yes, I am able to create the trajectory I wanted sometime, but meanwhile, I risk to hit the ball to the fence. the direction control is very good for the spin. I also enjoyed to hit slice with this string. Serve and return of serve also felt good as well.

    Compare to the string you use most often: SPPP definitely provides more spin than this string. it plays pretty much same otherwise.

    Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?): I will lower the tension for at least 5 lbs to give another try. For one to get more power on my backhand side and also to see if it will provides more spin after drop the tension.

    List any additional thoughts (optional): This string is a good choice for big hitter hits flat. Because the power level is low, those type of play can use they own power. The good ball pocketing and directional control will help those player as well. For player who play the game based on spin, I think this will not be a good choice.

    Thanks tw for the play testing.
     
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  37. TheRebelofPrince

    TheRebelofPrince New User

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    Head Lynx Review

    Tension(s) used for playtest: Strung it up at my usual tension of 57 lbs
    Regular string set up: Genesis Hexonic 18/ Babolat Nvy 17
    Racquet brand and model used for test: Head Youtek Prestige Pro
    Power of test string-Found that you really had to hit into the ball with the right timing and technique to fully utilize the benefits of the string, otherwise if you hit the ball without full focus into each shot you would often mishit or not get the desired shot.
    Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp?) Lynx had a really weird feel to it, often felt like almost soft plastic like feeling, like i never felt fully in control of the ball on most hits as I previously stated, although sometimes i almost found that it felt too soft or not nearly as soft as before, as if i didn't know which feeling to expect when hitting the next shot
    Spin- for a non textured or shaped poly, found that i was able to access quite a bit of spin on the ball, especially on serve i could rip spin serves for aces at will almost
    Comfort (off-center shock?)- no discomfort coming from the softness of the string, no shock from off center hits as well
    Durability- good durability, didn't pop for me yet
    Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time) I found that after time tension did decrease by a noticeable amount
    Control (predictable trajectory? Easy to control depth? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?) on hits inside the sweetspot control was good and shot production was good but on off center hits control was lacking i found, on volleys I wasn't a huge fan of Lynx because i didn't get good feel or control witht he ball to get a nice feel and touch on the ball at net
    Compare to the string you use most often- too plasticy feeling when compared to my routine hybrid
    Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?)I would possibly try using lynx with a hybrid of a multifiliment and surprising i would be interested in hybriding lynx with a stiffer polyester in the mains and using lynx as a cross string, should provide an entertainable result.
    List any additional thoughts (optional)
    Over all I enjoyed this playtesting and would give Lynx a Solid B-/B, a good polyester for the economically friendly tennis player not looking to spend more then around 10-12 for a polyester
     
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  38. NetMuncher

    NetMuncher New User

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    Tension(s) used for playtest: 49

    Regular string set up: Kirschbaum Pro Line II 18g

    Racquet brand and model used for test: HEAD Youtek IG Prestige Mid

    Power of test string: Typical of a full poly setup - low.

    Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp?): The stringbed was slightly crisp but had an overall soft feel.

    Spin: Spin from this set up was pretty good for a smooth poly, probably slightly better than PL II.

    Comfort (off-center shock?): To me this is where the string really shined above all - it was pleasantly soft in feel for a full poly set up. I usually get a little tingle in the wrist after a long match but didn’t feel a thing after each session with these strings.

    Durability: The durability was slightly better than my typical poly strings that I use but then again I typically use an 18g setup.

    Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time): The strings played well during its entire life - close to 4 matches.

    Control (predictable trajectory? Easy to control depth? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?): I had great control on all aspects of my game. I was able to swing all out on my groundstrokes and had great spin and control on my serves.

    Compare to the string you use most often: I’m tempted to try this setup in a smaller gauge. To be honest it played better and had more comfort that PLII.

    Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?): I probably wouldn’t change a thing - played well at 49.

    List any additional thoughts (optional): One thing that I did notice was that the strings moved quite a bit for a full poly setup…


    Again, thanks TW for the opportunity to play test these strings.
     
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  39. NCAA2015

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    Tension(s) used for playtest: 54 lbs

    Regular string set up: Solinco Tour Bite 16G @ 54 lbs

    Racquet brand and model used for test: Babolat Pure Drive Plus

    Power of test string: This is a medium powered poly. Power level is about 30% lower than Luxilon Alu Power or Solinco Tour Bite, but about 30% higher than Babolat RPM Blast or Yonex Poly Tour Pro. It has the similar power with Head Hawk and Luxilon 4G.

    Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp?): It feels crisp with the slight “ping” sound in the first 2 to 3 hours of play. The string bed is neither stiff nor mushy, almost shows no outstanding “character” at all.

    Spin: This string provides medium amount of spin, neither too much nor too little. The stroke production is accurately reflected by how much spin is generated with each shot.
    Comfort (off-center shock?): This string is very comfortable to play due to its softness. Players with medium to full swings should be able to hit deep and heavy balls with minimum efforts. No extreme vibration felt through both sweet-spot and off-center shots.

    Durability: Above average, similar to Head Hawk and Luxilon 4G.

    Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time): It has excellent playability as a poly. The newly strung tension can be maintained in 10 to 15 hours of heavy hitting. Even after that when the tension is dropping incrementally, the string seems to play exactly the same – meaning you feel the tension loss but you know the string is live and can do the right thing for you.

    Control (predictable trajectory? Easy to control depth? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?): This string has very good control in all stroke types and swing speeds. It gives the player exactly what he/she wants in any particular shot being hit correctly. I personally like the most is its ease of directional changes when counter-punching some heavy hitters’ balls.

    Compare to the string you use most often: Head Lynx is among the new generation of “Control” oriented polys of Luxilon 4G and Yonex Poly Tour Pro. Since it has less power than the “Power” oriented polys of Luxilon Alu Power and Solinco Tour Bite, it does not require the extra amount of spin heavy hitters typically need to keep the ball in the court. So this translates into more free swing and free play in match play.

    Tension recommendations: 54 lbs for 100s; 52 lbs for 98s; 50 lbs for 95s; 48 lbs for 93s.
     
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  40. Micalzon

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    Head Lynx Playtest

    Tension(s) used for playtest: 48 lbs. on a lockout machine.
    Regular string set up: Mains - Poly @ 48 lbs. Crosses - Multi @ 52 lbs.
    Racquet brand and model used for test: Babolat Pure Drive Lite modified to 12.5 oz. strung and 10 pts HL balance.

    Power of test string: 6/10
    This was an exceptionally low powered string, much lower than I had anticipated. Once I was able to hit through a few drills I found that I liked the lower power feel of this string as it allowed me to increase the racquet head speed and was able to get a little more spin on the ball.

    Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp?): 8/10
    There was an initial hint that this would have a crispier feel but that went away pretty quickly. This string seemed to be more on the muted side, but it did feel pretty good throughout the test.

    Spin: 7/10
    Access to spin was there if you were able to swing a little harder. What I didn't like was having to work for the spin. I prefer a poly with a little easier access to good spin. I had easier access to spin on my 1HBH, okay access on FH but it was definitely lacking on my slice and kick serves. I rely pretty heavily on my slice serve to take my opponents out wide but I couldn't quite get the string to pull them out there far enough.

    Comfort (off-center shock?): 9/10
    This was a very comfortable string, especially for a poly. I didn't notice much jarring on off-center shots but I did still feel a little dull pain in my elbow after a longer than usual hitting session.

    Durability: 9/10
    I'm not a string breaker and this string seemed to hold up well.

    Playability Duration: 8.5/10
    I haven't noticed it change much over the 8 hours I've hit with it thus far. Tension has held up fairly well though I get the sense that this would be a little different if it were strung up in the mid-50's.

    Control: 9/10
    I thought this is where this string really shined and was the best part of it. I'm more of a player who would sacrifice a little control to have more power but if you're into this sort of thing, this is the string for you. I was able to hit pretty freely on all areas of the court and it played really well, especially in my non-control oriented frame. I didn't give it full marks because it wasn't that great on my return of serves. Against heavy servers I couldn't quite get the ball to go where I wanted it. I either just plopped it over the net (which is not good if you're playing a serve and volley player) or it just popped up high in the center of the court.

    Compare to the string you use most often:
    I'm going to use something I saw a previous reviewer use to compare this string to other similar strings I've recently used, Head Hawk and Tourna Black Zone -
    Power: Hawk >> Lynx >> BZ
    Spin: Hawk >> BZ >> Lynx
    Comfort: Lynx >> BZ >> Hawk
    Control: BZ >> Lynx >> Hawk
    Durability: Lynx >> Hawk >> BZ

    Tension recommendations - I would stay the same but could also see this used in other control oriented frames at higher tensions and would be a great set up for some players.

    List any additional thoughts - For the price, I didn't add it to my list of future string purchases but I wouldn't pass on it if it were to go on sale soon.
     
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  41. sparkyS4

    sparkyS4 New User

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    Tension(s) used for playtest; 50 LBS, strung on a Neos 1000
    Regular string set up; Genesis Typhoon Grey@56 LBS
    Racquet brand and model used for test; Prince Tour Diablo mid
    Power of test string; I felt that the string was mid to lower powered for a poly, maybe a little less powerful than Alu Power. I found the power level just about right at 50 lbs.
    Feel; This string was fairly crisp, I liked the feel of this string, even hit some decent touch shots with it.
    Spin; Spin was average, less for me than Alu Power, quite a bit less than Typhoon.
    Comfort: I thought this was a very comfortable string, did not have any arm pain after hitting.
    Durability; No issues with durability at all, played with the strings around 10 hours and there was very little notching, string also kept snapping back.
    Playability Duration; I would say string started off very crisp, after about 3 hours the feel softened up a little, but the playablility of the string remained the same, as I mentioned above, the strings kept snapping back well, so I found that the spin stayed fairly consistent.
    Control; Control was excellent, a lower trajectory compared to Typhoon, trajectory reminded me of Alu Power. Felt pretty good on touch shots, easy to control depth.
    Compare to the string you use most often; Compared to Typhoon, Lynx played with a little less power, a lower trajectory and less spin. All of these attributes would probably work well in a more powerful racquet. This string reminded me a lot of Alu Power, but with a different impact feel. I would be very interested in trying the 17 gauge to see if that plays a little more powerful.
    Tension recommendations; 50 was about right for me and my set up, I usually string Alu Power at 54, so lower tensions seem better for me.

    Thanks for Tennis Warehouse and Head for the opportunity to test this string. All in all it's a very impressive offering. Happy hitting!!!
     
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  42. tennisnj

    tennisnj Professional

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    Sorry for the last minute posting but I was away for 16 days & forgot to post my review:

    Tension(s) used for playtest: 50 lbs with a Klippermate
    Regular string set up: Don't have one as I'm always trying new strings & tensions.
    Racquet brand and model used for test: Becker V1 OS
    Power of test string; Low-& I could use a little more power in my game.
    Feel: Not mushy like spaghetti, but not too crisp or too muted either.
    Spin: No noticeable increase in spin, but then again, even the highest potential spin strings don't give me a noticeable increase in spin.
    Durability; After 15 hours of hitting & playing with it, I didn't notice any notching. I am not a string breaker however, but sometimes I go through stretches where I break strings weekly for a month & then not again for months.
    Playability Duration: I'd say they're still holding tension well & even if it didn't I'm keeping them in for awhile as I don't mind it if they get really loose.
    Control: Control Has never been & never will be a problem for me with any string, so I'd have to go with 'excellent'.
    Compare to the string you use most often: As I try something new virtually every string job, it's hard to compare to other strings, but I'd absolutely try this in 17 gauge as I prefer a little thinner more powerful string.
    Tension recommendations: 50 is usually what I string at so I'd recommend that, but I'd even go lower next time as control is never an issue for me.
     
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  43. 133bp004

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    Kirschbaum Max Power Playtest

    Tension for Playtest: 50 lbs

    Regular string: Volkl Cyclone 17

    Racquet: Volkl PB10 Mid

    Power: I thought this string had decent power for a poly, especially after the initial session. Both power and feel were better after the string settled in.

    Feel/Touch: I liked the feel of this string, again after it had a chance to settle in. It was crisp, but not as stiff as I anticipated it would be.

    Spin: I felt the spin was average for a round smooth poly.

    Comfort: I had no comfort issues when playing with this string. Good comfort for a polyester string.

    Durability: Looks to be very good so far, not much notching after initial 3 outings.

    Playability Duration: I noticed some tension loss after initial hit, however, nothing more than many other similar strings. After that, the tension seemed to stabilize.

    Control: Control was good, didn't have any negative issues with control.

    Compare to the string you use most often: Max Power had a crisper feel than Cyclone, less pocketing and less spin.

    Tension recommendations: For this racquet I might try a couple pounds lower next time, interested to see if initial power and feel would improve.

    Summary
    : I thought the Kirshbaum Max Power was decent all around poly. I thought it fell somewhere between Lux ALU Power and Cyberflash for overall characteristics.
     
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  44. SpinToWin

    SpinToWin G.O.A.T.

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    wrong thread mate ;)
     
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  45. vichid

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    Head Lynx Playtest

    Tension(s) used for playtest: 51/54 lbs

    Regular string set up: Solinco Tour Bite 17g/Gosen OG Micro Sheep 16g

    Racquet brand and model used for test: Head Graphene Radical MP

    Power of test string: Power felt a bit low. Low 50s felt just about right for this poly. Usual tension I put on regular string set up is 53/56

    Feel: Had a comfortable pretty decent feel. Liked it very much on volleys and return of serve.

    Spin: average spin.

    Comfort: Felt comfortable. I have a chronic wrist problem and after playing 3 outings of an average of 1-2 hours my wrist and elbow never felt sore.

    Durability: Very durable as to be expected. Played up to 5-6 hours now and probably can still keep going.

    Playability Duration: After initial stringing the playability of the string was quite good. As I said not only is the string durable but the playability of the string seemed to last as long as well. Did not feel mushy after 5 hours.

    Control: Control felt great. I felt I didn't really miss that much in terms of direction. However, depth was a little an issue (probably due to the low power)

    Compare to the string you use most often: Compared to Solinco Tourbite, Head Lynx was much more underpowered. I might have needed a couple more pounds lower to match Tour Bite. It didn't have the same spin action as TourBite, being a smooth poly and TourBite being a 4-sided string. However, it seems to have a longer playability duration compared to Tourbite (6+ hours vs. Tourbite's 4-5 hours)

    Tension recommendations: Due to low power, I would restring it at 49-50 lbs, and have the crosses be 52-53 lbs.

    List any additional thoughts: I definitely like the color of the strings. They definitely stand out on the court :)
     
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  46. Overthenet

    Overthenet New User

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    Tension(s) used for playtest
    51 pounds on Neos 1000

    Regular string set up
    RPM Blast 17 @ 51 pounds

    Racquet brand and model used for test
    Wilson Blade 98 16x19

    Power of test string
    I would classify this as a low to low-medium power string. Of the polys I've used, this was one of the lower power strings.

    Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp?)
    Muted and somewhat crisp, if that makes sense. Not mushy or overly stiff string.

    Spin
    Low spin generation. Probably to be expected since it is a smooth, round string.

    Comfort (off-center shock?)
    No issues with vibrations/shock on off center contact. No arm/shoulder pain after using for 7 days. Very solid on comfort.

    Durability
    Played with this set of string for 8 practices before breaking. This is typical for other poly setups I use.

    Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time)
    Improved after initial practice, so it took a short break in period (e.g. an hour). Felt a little dead by the last session or two.

    Control (predictable trajectory? Easy to control depth? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?)
    Very predictable control, as promoted. Ball trajectory was what I intended, no fliers, and depth wasn't an issue. I enjoyed the consistent response across the bed, which helped most on volleys, return of serves, on-the-rise strokes, and absorbing big shots from opponents. However, lower spin did impact control/placement somewhat when trying to hit spots with fast, heavy spin strokes.

    Compare to the string you use most often
    Compared to RPM Blast 17: Less spin, less power. More solid feel and better touch. Control is similar since you trade solid, consistent hit vs. extra spin.

    Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?)
    Lower 50s or else it will even more underpowered for me.

    List any additional thoughts (optional)
    A solid overall string, but I would still opt to use textured or shaped poly strings with more power to help generate spin/power. Cosmetically, I enjoyed the color of the string - reminded me of days of my youth when optic yellow/green string was popular.
     
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  47. djNEiGht

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    tainted review

    Tension(s) used for playtest
    45# with 10% pre-stretch using constant pull on Gamma 6 pt with Wise tensioner

    Regular string set up
    Testing different strings but usually fall back on Volkl Cyclone 17g

    Racquet brand and model used for test
    Babolat Pure Drive (Play) *not regular racquet. Usually Prince POG Mid/OS, Pro Kennex Redondo MP

    Power of test string
    Medium to low

    Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp?)
    Solid feedback and was fairly nice on volleys. More muted than anything

    Spin
    Being low powered, you earned your shots with full swings. Spin was pretty decent with full and fast swings

    Comfort (off-center shock?)
    It is a firm string but was strung fairly low. Granted the racquet I was using is fairly stiff, I wasn't bothered by the combo. Will have a disclaimer on the bottom of this review

    Durability
    Not a string breaker especially for poly strings. There was some notching but the strings still snapped back.

    Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time)
    There was about a 2 set break in period. The feedback was very boardy to begin with but then did have a nice solid feel and the pocketing improved.

    Control (predictable trajectory? Easy to control depth? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?)
    Great in changing directions and pinpointing 1st serves.


    Compare to the string you use most often
    versus Volkl Cyclone 17g
    Less power, bite/spin, comfort
    More direction control, durability
    Par on feel

    Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?)
    I think this tension worked well in this powerful racquet. Might try it 2#'s lower for more spin/power and maybe a bit more comfort.

    List any additional thoughts (optional)
    This playtest was tainted due to a discomfort in my arm. I have had previous TE/GE but for the past 2 years haven't had any discomfort. My technique has changed/improved which helped my arm to heal. I was having trouble feeding on my forehand side to start the rally. It was as if my wrist wanted to do something odd and I would send the ball extremely to the right. I was very close to walking off the court during warming up on x2 different days. During game play I changed my forehand stroke and kept the same spin and control but lost power. I started to run around my FH and depended upon my back hand more. Serves where not effected.

    This past weekend while shooting bench rested rifles, I had a numbness in my arm from my shoulder down to the fingers, mostly the pinky and ring finger. Got checked out and it seems to be related to Ulnar nerve pinching. Getting old? Work space/computer set up incorrect? Stiff racquet? Still bad technique? Firearms? Getting old?

    Frustrated!!!


    Loved the color of the string and for the amount of time I was able to put in I was happy. Want to try this in a 17g or in a hybrid.

    Thank you TW and Head
     
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  48. mokcl

    mokcl New User

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    Current racquet/string: Dunlop biomimetic 300 tour / BHBR
    Tension used for playtest: 48 lbs
    Regular string set up: Full poly – isospeed baseline, or hybrid BHBR/Gosen
    Racquet brand and model used for test: Dunlop 4D 500 tour (I decide to use my backup racquet Dunlop 4D 500 tour to match the yellow color of this string.)
    Power of test string: medium power to low power but I can generate enough pace with the help of the 4D 500T racquet
    Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp?): This string is soft and muted.
    Spin: spin was decent but not outstanding compared to the BHBR
    Comfort: play comfortable and my arm like it as well.
    Durability: I played 2 matches total about 4-5 hours. Minor notching. So I would say durability is good.
    Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time). It plays consistently throughout my 2 matches.
    Control: This is where this string shines, control is great and I can rally long and hit the spot where I want it to be.
    Compare to the string you use most often Compared to my usual setup, this string offer excellent control as suggested by the package, spin and power is average as poly string.
    Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?) I would string it low to gain more power. I would do low 40s.
    List any additional thoughts (optional) I think this string is good to pair it with larger frame/higher power racquet.

    Thanks TW.
     
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  49. nhat8121

    nhat8121 Semi-Pro

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    I used the test string (Head Lynx) to play 3 matches (4.0 singles) at mid-atlantic sectional. Won all 3 matches in straight sets, love the strings.

    Tension(s) used for playtest:
    60 lbs on a crank machine

    Regular string set up:
    ISOSPEED Baseline Control 16 @ 60 lbs

    Racquet brand and model used for test:
    Babolat Pure Drive Plus

    Power of test string:
    Low-Medium power level. Leaning towards Medium. It blends in really well with the spin.

    Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp?):
    Definitely crisp, and a little bit muted. Not mushy at all. Not as stiff as other polys that I've used in the past.

    Spin:
    The spin is a bit better than my previous setup, which was about average. It has a nice feeling of control to the spin, both topspin and backspin. Very easy to control the amount of spin.

    Comfort (off-center shock?):
    Comfort level is excellent with this one. Even on off-center hits, it doesn't feel too bad on the arm. This is easily one of the most comfortable poly I've hit with.

    Durability:
    Durability is very excellent. I played 6 sets of singles from my Sectional matches. Then, about 10hrs more of hitting afterward over 1 week. Strings tension hold up very well. No string movement so far either.

    Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time):
    It's amazing. I had it strung, then go straight into play at sectional with no break-in at all. It performed great. A week of more playing afterward and it still feels almost the same as the first day.

    Control (predictable trajectory? Easy to control depth? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?):
    Control is excellent. Deep balls and angle shots are on point. It has a very solid feel with the directional control. Even with late decision to change direction and sometimes mishits, it does not feel out of control, like the strings increase size of the sweet spot.

    Compare to the string you use most often:
    I use ISOSPEED Baseline Control 16 strings for a long time. When comparing that to the Head Lynx string, Head Lynx is simply just better. It's like the upgraded, better version. In terms of spin and power, they're both similar. However, for everything else, the Head Lynx is much better.

    Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?):
    For the lively frames such as that of Babolat, the tension of 60lbs was perfect. I would lower it down to 50-55 lbs if I use a different, low-power racquet.

    List any additional thoughts (optional):
    I had a blast testing this string. I'm glad for the opportunity at this string test. Won all my matches at Sectional with this string and gonna be bump up to 4.5 next year. All thanks to the Head Lynx.
     
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  50. SOY78

    SOY78 Semi-Pro

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    (apologies for doing this so late, I had to leave for work out of town last week...)

    Tension(s) used for playtest
    50# on Gamma Progression 602 FC

    Regular string set up
    Polystar Classic 1.10mm at 35#

    Racquet brand and model used for test
    Head Pro Tour 280

    Power of test string
    At the start of the play test the power was low but the power increased gradually as the time went on.

    Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp?)
    I thought this string was muted and right in between mushy and stiff.

    Spin
    Spin was ok but I was expecting nothing more or less from a 16g string in a tight 18x20 string pattern.

    Comfort (off-center shock?)
    No shock when hitting off-center or any arm/elbow/shoulder pain after playing 2 hours straight with this string.
    Very comfortable for a poly.

    Durability
    Played for about 20 hours on this string so far and I haven't seen any notches just yet.
    This string should be good for the crosses with a soft string in the mains like a multi or a natural gut.

    Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time)
    Break-in period lasts about an hour or less or more depending on how you hit in practice during that 1st hour or so.
    Then the string settles for about 10 hours (at least for me) playing very consistent and then in the end
    around 20 hour mark the power goes up and the strings start to trampoline a little.

    Control (predictable trajectory? Easy to control depth? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?)
    Very consistent after the break-in period and performance drops off in the end as in most poly's.
    Very easy to control depth right after the break in once I got used to it.

    Compare to the string you use most often
    Compared to my 35# and 1.10mm string the Head Lynx definitely has more control and durability.
    Spin, power and feel is less with the Lynx but again that was expected when comparing 1.10mm and 1.30mm string thickness/gauge.

    Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?)
    If I were to string again I would string it at 35# just to see how it performs at low tension. At 50 it was a little muted for my taste.

    List any additional thoughts (optional)
    The strings were a little too thick for my tastes and for my 18x20 racquet.
    If I were to do it again I would either string it really low or use a 16x19 racquet.
    I really like the color of the strings. Also I would like to thank TW for the opportunity to be a playtester for these unique strings.
     
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