|11-22-2011, 09:56 PM||#222|
Join Date: Oct 2009
Green Lux Prototype String
Tension: 60 lbs
About me: 33 yo male, NTRP 4.0, tall baseliner, big serve and topspin FH, 2HBH, few volleys. Usually string full poly at 60. Favorite strings: B5E, Cyclone, Mosquito Bite, BHBR, SPPP.
Stringing was a little more difficult than the average poly--sorta like other Luxilon strings. The string seemed stiff and was prone to kinking. Weaving was not difficult. Felt like a 16L in my fingers.
Serves came with easy power when I flattened them out, but also with less kick than I'm used to on 2nd serves. I could move serves around the box fairly well, but not as well as with one of my preferred strings. The stringbed response I got was very consistent and predictable, even though I wasn't always catching the ball in the same place on the strings. This helped me cut my DFs to about one per set. Service returns were well above average if I chipped or blocked them back, but if I had time to set up and take a big rip at the ball, I had trouble with control and frequently sailed them long.
Sailing long was the story on groundstrokes, too. I found these strings to be quite powerful like Alu Power and Alu Power Rough, however they didn't generate as much spin. The result was a lack of control and balls that flew on me right from the beginning without any tension loss. I adjusted to a more western grip to compensate and subsequently did pretty well. I was still not able to hit crosscourt shots that dipped inside the side line or inside out FHs from inside the baseline with as much aggressiveness as usual.
Volleys were solid. I did not experience any trampoline effect and could place the ball as well as with any other poly. Pocketing was average. Still not as good as a multi, but that's no surprise.
What *did* surprise me about these Luxilon strings was how easy they were on my arm. Every once in a while I'll string a racquet up with some Lux Alu and rip the ball around for a couple of hours. Then it'll die and I'll have to cut it out. My arm hurts a little afterwards and a lot the next day. This was not the case with the Greenies. I had no pain after hitting with them and the next day my arm felt just fine.
Tension loss was actually pretty good. I strung them at 66 lbs on a lockout machine, which usually equates to 60 lbs. After stringing, these were at 59. By the next day, they had dropped to 57. After one match with them, they were at 55, and after another they fell to 54.
The color is not quite as obnoxious as orange, but just as hard to coordinate.
Referencing other Luxilon offerings, if you were to start with Alu Power or Rough, take away some pop and spin but make the string a little softer and more comfortable, you'd have the green prototype. Would I switch from the strings listed above? No. I hope others find this information useful.
Titleist 913D3, 913F, oh, wait...
Last edited by retlod : 11-23-2011 at 06:35 AM.
|11-23-2011, 06:39 AM||#224|
Join Date: Oct 2011
I hit with the gold last night for an hour at 55lbs in a prince exo3 tour 16x18. I found the string very low powered off the ground, everything was landing short. My hitting partner even commented out loud that all my shots were coming in short but were hopping up on him because of (added?) spin. It felt good on serve though so I wonder if I just strung it too tight. It felt more "dead" than the luxilon adrenaline I've used the in the past, but it was not a harsh dead feeling as much as it was just very low powered. For the hour of hard hitting there didn't seem to by any change at all as far as tension was concerned. I'm gonna leave it in for a while to see if it grows on me.
|11-23-2011, 06:57 AM||#225|
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Join Date: Mar 2009
Does Luxilon require this to be strung as a full bed? I will be stringing mine up soon, but typically do hybrids, so am I safe to assume that I should stick with my hybrid for best comparison for them?
Head Pro Tour 280/630 MP, 18x20. Tour Bite 1.15/Mosquito Bite 1.16.
Sampras serve, Agassi backhand and Federer forehand. heh heh
|11-23-2011, 04:27 PM||#228|
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Kansas City
Well, a lot of the reviews have been pretty bad. I am not going to say this is a terrible string, I have definitely played with worse. I give it a 3 out of 5 stars.
I play with the Tecnifibre T-Fight 320 VO2 Max. My go to setup is RPM Blast 17g strung at 50 lbs. Which means after a day of the racquet sitting there the tension is down to roughly 44 lbs, after playing for a couple hours it loses 2-3 more lbs.
I strung this up, full bed, at 50 lbs as well, after a night of rest it tested at 48.2 lbs, after playing a few hours it has dropped to 44.9 lbs. (I am using racquettune for my tension testing.)
As for how the string played:
For a Luxilon I was surprised by the lack of power. My shots were landing at the service line routinely rather than close to the baseline where I am normally hitting the ball. This shocked me especially because I was not able to get the same amount of spin on the ball I get with RPM. I would think without the topspin the ball would sail out. Which it did when I would try to muscle it to get some pace on the ball.
I did think it was a somewhat comfortable string.
Where I did like this string was on the shots that require a bit more feel, like volleys. I had a little more control over the ball with this string. I think this was really the best part about this string to me.
I was struggling to find my rhythm on the first serve, I found myself relying on a simple slice serve that went in but I was not getting as much action on the ball as I like.
Durability I think would be outstanding. I ended up cutting it out after multiple hitting sessions because I just didn't like what it was doing for my game. The reason I say it would be good durability is that it had almost zero notching on the string, where as in the same amount of time on RPM there is a healthy groove cut in the string. Just for a point of reference, I break the RPM after about 6-7 hrs.
All in all I would rate it as being just an average string, nothing special about it.
|11-23-2011, 06:34 PM||#229|
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Join Date: Feb 2011
Gold Luxilon String
53 mains, 51 crosses
Myself- weapon of mass destruction is the yonex rdis mid. (very stiff frame and sensitive to string set up) normally string with full poly or some hybrid with poly. I have played tennis for several years, and currently play tennis twice a week with some pretty decent hitting partners. current strings are poly mains and gut crosses
Stringing- I did not string the racquet myself, but I asked my friend who strung it, and he said “I have seen worse.” I should have talked more to him about it, but that is all for how easy or hard it was to string. Ps it was also strung on a prince neo 100 machine. I have no idea if that is good or not.
Ground stokes- It was average. It was not like a lot of the other luxilon strings that I have played with. It was like a crappy version of adrenaline rough, which is like a crappy version of bib banger alugh rough. The string was nice, in the fact that you could hit all out and the ball would stay in court, but it had no spin like adrenaline rough. I really struggled to play the ball when I was out of position, with adrenaline or rough, the spin helps make your shots safer, when you are out of position, so you can recover, but this string not so much. It was just hard to play my game with this string.
Volleys- subpar for a polly. It is not like I see the net a lot in singles anyway.
Serve- was not so great. Recently I have been working on my kick serve a lot, and this string did not produce a lot of spin. Same was true for my slice serves. But I should state that I prefer to serve with poly strings. I got a very high percentage of serves in with this string compared to my current set up. They were more accurate, but not as powerful.
On the arm- was somewhat surprised, most luxilon strings hurt my arm, but I played for five hours, and felt nothing.
Durability- I struggle to break poly, so yeah. String never really felt like it had a broken in feel though.
Overall- I was somewhat disappointed. I would buy adrenaline rough hands down over this string, I would buy bb alugh rough over adrenaline rough if I had extra cash lying around and wanted to treat myself. In conclusion, I would not buy this string unless it was very cheap, but since it is lux. In name I doubt it shall be.
x2 vcore 89 psycho @ 53/51
hewitt for the win
|11-25-2011, 12:01 PM||#231|
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Join Date: Dec 2009
My uncle suprised me with a set of the Green string, and I got a chance to hit with them for 1 1/2 hours. Here are my initial impressions:
Background: I use a K90 with Luxi big banger ALU rough strung at 47, so I strung this green string at 47 as well. I have a 1 handed backhand, a powerful forehand, and a spinny but consistant serve. I am playing in the high school provincials this season, if that helps gauge my skill level.
Groundstrokes: 8-9/10 (ALU would be 8-9 also)
I loved this string from the baseline. My backhand was better than with the ALU, and my forehand was probably as good. This string seemed to give me all the spin I wanted, as well as letting me flatten out winners as I wanted. My slice backhand skidded more than usual, and I was able to hit them more offensively than usually. Very good from the ground.
Volleys: 6/10 (ALU at around 7)
The volleys were decent, nothing really special. I could drive them as usual, but they seemed to lack the touch of my volleys with the ALU. Overall, not bad though.
Serve: 8/10 (ALU 7/10)
I hit some very powerful, accurate serves with this thing! I only hit 30, but I had 6 aces and 15 service winners, against a guy that always gets my serves back in play. My flat serve went to the corners as I wanted, and hard! But, my second serve lost some noticable spin, it was harder to get it in play. I had around an 80% first serve percentage though, so it wasn't a big deal. It would be 10 if my second serves were better
Power: 8/10 (I'd say ALU would be a 6-7/10)
This string more powerful than ALU. At the start, I the ball too far for a bit, but then I found my range. This string is very powerful, IMO. I found power easy to achieve, and loved my backhand Down the line with it, as well as my crosscourt forehand. Serves were very fast also.
Spin: 9/10 (ALU 8/10)
My groundies were very spinny when I wanted them to be. I got some nice side-spin slices in, and like I said, they really skidded well. The top spin was great too! There were around 10 instances where I thought my ball was going way out, and the ball dipped right at the last second, and clipped the back line. Very impressive IMO.
Tension Maintenance: N/A
Too early to tell with tension maintenance, but it didn't change during the 1 1/2 hours, if that helps
Feel 6/10 (ALU 7/10)
Typical Luxilon here, not extremely impressive, but not bad. Drop shots and lobs were decent, but not amazing like when I played with natural gut (mind you, that was a year ago ). Still though, it was good enough.
Overall: 8/10 (ALU probably 8/10 as well)
I thoroughly enjoyed playing with this. everything was as good or a little better than ALU power rough IMO, and it was good. The green color is a little funny looking, but so was the ALU color originally IMO. I'm gonna have to seriously consider switching to this string, if the price is $10-$15ish.
Thanks for the opportunity TW and Luxilon!
Yonex Vcore Tour G (310) w/ Mantis comfort poly (52)
|11-25-2011, 03:20 PM||#232|
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Join Date: May 2010
Location: Approaching the net
Alright, I'm late on this, but I might as well give the best review I can on this Gold String, despite breaking it after roughly two hours of play.
About me: 4.0ish high school player, some usta play, mostly a doubles player/s&ver, but I can hold my own from the baseline. I like all sorts of spin.
Stringing: It seemed like a generic poly stringing wise. It had plenty of coil memory to it, but once I started stringing it, I didn't have too much trouble. It reminded my of Polyon. strung at 49/51. 5/10
Ground strokes: From the baseline, it felt like a generic first gen poly. Spin was above average but the power was lower than most polys that I've played with. Furthermore, it had no feel. 5/10
Volleys: Not exactly what I want for a net setup. I normally hybrid my poly with a multi, so I'm used to having some ball feel. None with this string, but with full poly that's to be expected. 3/10
Serves: I could generate enough spin for second serves, but I didn't feel like I could really hit my first serves with any pop, which in doubles, is key for me. 4/10
Overall: If this was a cheap string, I wouldn't mind trying it out again, but as it was, I broke it on a clean hit in 2 hours, and since it's luxilon it will cost $10-15, so I'll pass.
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|11-25-2011, 05:41 PM||#233|
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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: The net
I've been busy lately, but here's the green string
Full bed green luxilon prototype 51/49
Stringing- easy for a poly. Definitely easier than most luxes.
Groundstrokes- completely, unbelievably, astoundingly...average. This literally did nothing well, and nothing bad. It was just average. Average spin, average power, I could go on. It had a really cool feel to it though, like a soft first gen poly.
Serves- I repeat myself. Average. Flats lacked some pace, kickers lacked some spin. Not bad, not good.
Volleys- surprisingly ok. Better than groundstrokes. Feel was ok, and it was decently easy to put volleys away.
Stiffness- 1 being the softest, 10 being the stiffest
Durability- probably physically pretty good, didn't go dead too terribly fast.
All in all, this was an incredibly lacking string. It didn't have enough of anything to make it worth buying. There would be so many better options in the price range I would put it in.
|11-26-2011, 09:24 AM||#234|
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Join Date: Jan 2007
Ok so I had a chance to string up my set of the gold and hit with it for 2 sessions so I can provide good review.
Me a 4.5 player SW Forehand, 2HBH mostly baseline player and play a lot of doubles. Strung this up in my Head TGK238.2 at 49 mains and 47 crosses to stay consistant with my normal setup.
Stringing was a bit average. String felt very slick and was pretty stiff with some coil memory. 7-10
Ground strokes - I'd say pretty average in terms of power for a poly. Not as much spin as I would have liked even when really going for shots. Power was there but not exceptional. 7 - 10
Volleys - It seemed to be good enough but I don't find any string to be much better or worse than others at net, tension makes more of a difference to me. I was able to hit the volley's that I wanted and they were effective. 8-10
Serve - First serves were pretty good. I was able to find my spots and power was there but just average. Slice was less than average and the ball just didn't break that well for me. Kick serve was lacking. It seemed hard to get good spin on the ball and the height was below average and the ball did not bite off the court very well to kick away from my oponnent. 5-10
Return - Decent here overall. I generally hit a pretty flat return, especially in dubs or a slight dipper. I was able to do what I wanted and the string absorbed pace pretty well, but when I wanted to go after a weak second serve return I didn't have much spin or bite to the shot. 7-10
Overall this is a less than average poly that I would not likely use even if it were very inexpensive ($5 range). Nothing special about it, there are many stings on the market that are much, much better. 6-10
|11-26-2011, 04:42 PM||#240|
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Kansas City
I finally got around to giving this a shot as well. I hit with it for about an hour and a half with one of the guys from my team today.
About me: Mid 30's baseline singles player back in the game after a 10 year hiatus. Topspin forehand and topspin 2 hand backhand. Playing doubles this winter but have mainly played singles before. I am playing with a Volkl Boris Becker 10 strung at 48 lbs. I mainly play with something similar to Gamma TNT2 17 or a Hybrid of Luxilon ALU Power 17 mains and TNT2 17 crosses. I strung this up as a full bed of the trial string.
Stringing: I have not strung a ton of poly strings, but it didn't give me too much problem. It did have some coil memory, but nothing too bad. Weaving was easier than expected, and I didn't notice anything bad in terms of clamp slippage or marks. 7/10
Ground strokes: From both sides on the baseline, this string felt dead with not nearly as much spin as I was expecting. The one good thing was that you pretty much couldn't hit balls deep with it, though I did hit a lot in the net. Balls just didn't have much bite. 5/10
Volleys: I am not a big net player, but these did not have much feel compared to my normal strings. 4/10
Serves: I hit a very hard flat first serve and this string was actually decently effective with it. I tend to hit deep more than in the net with my typical string, but was able to keep the ball in a little more than usual but with a little less pace. Second serves were another matter though. I hit a very heavy spin second serve and I just about couldn't get the ball over the net with these strings, and when I did the ball just didn't do much. 6/10
Overall: I have several racquets, so I am going to leave these in and hit with them another day, but overall right now I am not a big fan of these at all. I do not believe that they would even be good in a hybrid setup. With all of the other options out there, I can definitely say I would pass on these at pretty much any price point, but these days I generally don't shop just on price either (within reason). 5/10 [/quote]
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