5.0 Players, what are your strings of choice?

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Deleted member 54265

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Does Luxilon still make and sell this string? I can only find it for sale in the US version of TW.
This is the answer I got from Luxilon when I asked for a EU seller:

Ace is a string which will be replaced by Alu power 115.
This is the reason why it is now difficult to find as it is phased out.

Regards

Nico
Van malderen
Luxilon industries
 

Rabbit

G.O.A.T.
Back when I was a 5.0. I played with Prince Pro Blend (kevlar mains/syn), then with thinner gauge kevlar blends. It would last me a couple/few months. Nothing else would last any length of time at all.
I still often have a racket strung with kevlar in my bag for maximum control, but I don't hit the ball as hard anymore and other strings will now last a good amount of time.
Now I play mostly with gut/SPPPP to be comfortable on my now worn-out arm or ALU/alphagut for maximum performance (for some reason ALU mains /nat gut crosses just doesn't feel right to me personally.
I did the same thing when I last played 5.0, Pro Blend at 65 lbs in a Wilson Hammer 5.0. I used the 18 gauge and it'd last me about a week. It also blew up my arm. I had TE so bad I couldn't lift a beer with my left arm. I finally changed rackets -- Yonex RD Tour 90 -- and more importantly string -- Gosen JC SynGut 16 and in about 3 weeks, my arm was back to well. It was amazing. It's taken me forever to recover my swing though.
 
This is the answer I got from Luxilon when I asked for a EU seller:

Ace is a string which will be replaced by Alu power 115.
This is the reason why it is now difficult to find as it is phased out.

Regards

Nico
Van malderen
Luxilon industries
This is interesting - should be a nice string (for 30 min)
 

FIRETennis

Semi-Pro
This is the answer I got from Luxilon when I asked for a EU seller:

Ace is a string which will be replaced by Alu power 115.
This is the reason why it is now difficult to find as it is phased out.

Regards

Nico
Van malderen
Luxilon industries
Wow, 1.15.
Maybe interesting as a cross with gut but that thin it might saw through the gut.
 

Frankc

Semi-Pro
When it was prime time and 5.0 was the rating, the best natural gut was the only choice ever considered. But that "good" (meaning resilient and lively and powerful) natural gut is no longer available - a much stiffer, less lively and "more durable" gut for hybrids and wider spin patterns is the norm now. (Yes, I have handled and strung them all.)
(Please, Pacific, keep producing the good stuff... the stuff that serves lights out...)
 

mogo

Semi-Pro
I moved up to 5.0 after ratings came out early this month. I use Prince Premier Control Mains and Prince Tour XP cross. During winter, I have been using a couple of gut/poly setups.
Same boat, got bumped too :cry:. I use Solinco Hyper G 17g, I like trying a bunch of other polys but I just prefer the spin and control from Hyper G.
And last about 3 days to a week depending on how much I use for matches.
 

g4driver

Hall of Fame
I moved up to 5.0 after ratings came out early this month. I use Prince Premier Control Mains and Prince Tour XP cross. During winter, I have been using a couple of gut/poly setups.
PPC 1.30, 1.35 (black only now) and 1.40 mm -- outstanding strings for the price.
 

Rabbit

G.O.A.T.
thats bad. real bad, actually. thats worst case scenario. id need surgery quick to fix my beer arm.
Oh, I saw an arm surgeon. Over time, he gave me about a dozen injections of cortisone. He told me at one point that the injury would probably "burn itself" out. He went on to say that he didn't know if surgery fixed a problem like mine or the year I'd have to take off to recover did the good. Thankfully, I didn't have to go under the knife.
 

ron schaap

Professional
Nico is the owner of Luxilon btw.
Luxilon is mostly targeted at pros and semi pros and the ones who want to emulate them. Nowadays no wellknown pro is using super thin strings, so thats why Luxilon is not very interested. Didnt they introduce a thicker Alu jubileum string thia year?
 

Rabbit

G.O.A.T.
WTF? First they phase out TiMo. So I decide Ace is a good replacement. Now they are 86'ing Ace? WTF? They are proud (dollar-wise) of ALU..... Volkl Cyclone, here I come!


And stop calling me Shirley.
 
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2ndServe

Hall of Fame
@Toby14

my .02 Please return the VCT 1.18 and exchange it for 1.30 VCT, or simply throw it in the trash. Do not string it in your frame. VCT is only playable in the 1.30mm version if you are a 3.5+ rated guy and hit with any topspin whatsoever. The 1.25mm loses tension so quickly it is like a completely different string compared to the 1.30mm VCT. I can imagine how quickly the 1.18mm version would lose tension.

I have been using VCT 1.30mm since 2014 and have bought/strung over 20 reels of VCT since then. I had a friend purchase it against my advice then asked me to swap his 1.25mm reel for a reel of my 1.30mm when he complained of the tension loss and string movement. I told him to throw is reel of VCT 1.25mm in the garbage as I had absolutely no use for it whatsoever. People don't seem to get it, so they buy the 1.25mm VCT version thinking it plays like other 1.25mm strings.

VCT 1.30 works well for three now 5.0 players with a history of TE. (SC, AH, and PC have all had issues with their elbows and don't like stiff strings/frames) Saw AH last night after hitting with a bunch of 4.5 & 5.0 guys. AH uses VCT 1.30mm in Pure Strike 2nd Gen 16x19 frames, after using Head Velocity 1.30mm in his Babolat Pure Controls for the past year. He has no issue with VCT 1.30mm and he is coming from a multifilament.
What is VCT a co poly? Is it a heavy string? Some polys are very heavy some are light.
 

colan5934

Semi-Pro
ALU at 52/50 for me now. Was Tour Bite 17 in low-to-mid-50s through college and during most adult competition until this year. Element is a strong second for me but doesn't last long enough, even in my Blade 18x20s
 
How’d you compare it with other multi filaments you’ve tried
Not tried a great deal, so welcome to any other suggestions.

I prefer it to Wilson Sensation, which although seemed to have more control, did not have the same feel on the drop volleys. Weiss Cannon was also a more affordable choice.
 

FIRETennis

Semi-Pro
ALU at 52/50 for me now. Was Tour Bite 17 in low-to-mid-50s through college and during most adult competition until this year. Element is a strong second for me but doesn't last long enough, even in my Blade 18x20s
ALU 16L/1.25? How many hours do you get from it before break or cutting it out? Do you feel it gets very stiff after 2-3h?
 

colan5934

Semi-Pro
ALU 16L/1.25? How many hours do you get from it before break or cutting it out? Do you feel it gets very stiff after 2-3h?
I break around the 2-2.5 hour mark. I feel like the tension has dropped off, not that it’s gotten remarkably stiff. It can feel a little bit stiff if it’s sat in my bag for awhile without being used, but I normally cycle through racquets so frequently that this doesn’t happen.
 

rooski

Professional
16 4.5 men were bumped to 5.0 in Charleston SC who weren't able to appeal down. I string for eight of those 16 players on my Alpha Ghost, so I can give you their setups and frames. 3 of those 8 were previously rated 5.0 and now back to 5.0
Their initials are in parenthesis behind the tension.

Five of those eight players use 1.30mm Volkl Cyclone Tour (Anthracite)
~Babolat Pure Control Tour (16x20) (50) (SC)
~Aero Pro Drive (16x19) (54M/50X) (EL)
~Pure Strike 2nd Gen (16x19) (55) (AH)
~Prince Textreme Warrior 100 (16x18) (57M/55X) (PC)
~Prince Textreme 95 (16x19) (50M/48X) (TS)

Yonex Ai 98 (16x19)
~ Solinco Hyper G 1.30mm/ Head Hawk 1.25mm (52M/50X) (WS)

Head Graphene XT Prestige MP (18x20)
~ Babolat Hurricane Pro Tour 1.25 (57) (DH)

Donnay Xencore 99 (16x19)
~Solinco Revolution 1.30mm (52M/50X) (RS)

So to all the 3.0, 3.5 and 4.0 guys who say 1.30 mm Volkl Cyclone Tour doesn't work, doesn't hold tension, or is a garbage, I present five 5.0 USTA rated men who disagree. All use VCT 1.30mm with 16x19 frames except for the one using a 16x18 and one using a 16x20 pattern. Their names are easily confirmed on the USTA website.
Another Cyclone Tour 16 user from Charleston here... aging out of 5.0 these days :) . I string my Pure Storm Tour GT's with a full bed of VCT16 at 55 and love it. Yes it's soft and has a little extra pop but I have no problem controlling my shots with it even after it's lost a fair amount of tension. I use the red version too occasionally and it's just as good as the anthracite.
 

djkahn86

Rookie
16 4.5 men were bumped to 5.0 in Charleston SC who weren't able to appeal down. I string for eight of those 16 players on my Alpha Ghost, so I can give you their setups and frames. 3 of those 8 were previously rated 5.0 and now back to 5.0
Their initials are in parenthesis behind the tension.

Five of those eight players use 1.30mm Volkl Cyclone Tour (Anthracite)
~Babolat Pure Control Tour (16x20) (50) (SC)
~Aero Pro Drive (16x19) (54M/50X) (EL)
~Pure Strike 2nd Gen (16x19) (55) (AH)
~Prince Textreme Warrior 100 (16x18) (57M/55X) (PC)
~Prince Textreme 95 (16x19) (50M/48X) (TS)

Yonex Ai 98 (16x19)
~ Solinco Hyper G 1.30mm/ Head Hawk 1.25mm (52M/50X) (WS)

Head Graphene XT Prestige MP (18x20)
~ Babolat Hurricane Pro Tour 1.25 (57) (DH)

Donnay Xencore 99 (16x19)
~Solinco Revolution 1.30mm (52M/50X) (RS)

So to all the 3.0, 3.5 and 4.0 guys who say 1.30 mm Volkl Cyclone Tour doesn't work, doesn't hold tension, or is a garbage, I present five 5.0 USTA rated men who disagree. All use VCT 1.30mm with 16x19 frames except for the one using a 16x18 and one using a 16x20 pattern. Their names are easily confirmed on the USTA website.
How many went to nationals?
If they are just normal 5.0s then they don’t count!!! Lol

Looks like I’m buying a set of cyclone tour
 

PigPen

Semi-Pro
Another Cyclone Tour 16 user from Charleston here... aging out of 5.0 these days :) . I string my Pure Storm Tour GT's with a full bed of VCT16 at 55 and love it. Yes it's soft and has a little extra pop but I have no problem controlling my shots with it even after it's lost a fair amount of tension. I use the red version too occasionally and it's just as good as the anthracite.
What other strings have you tried? Why do you prefer VCT?
 

blai212

Professional
What other strings have you tried? Why do you prefer VCT?
VCT is very soft for a poly, ball pocketing is great. It does however lose it’s gear shape quite quickly so it ends up playing like a round poly after ~4 hrs of hard hitting. Another thing I noticed was that, it feels significantly heavier than other strings such as tourna s7t or natural gut. It almost feels like leaded up natural gut...all the softness but much heavier. I use it as a hybrid with VCT 16g mains/SPPP 17L crosses strung 44/42 in my VCP 100. I am a 4.5 hard hitting aggressive baseliner.


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