Differences b/w Luxilon Alu Power Range

Znak

Professional
Was hoping someone could tell me the difference, or their experience having played, between:

Alu Power
Alu Power Rough
Alu Power Spin
Alu Power Feel
Alu Power Fluoro
Alu Power Soft

What is the goto Alu Power string? And why is it sometimes called Big Banger? Is that the previous naming for it?

Thanks!
 

El_Yotamo

Professional
Unfortunately I've only played the standard and the spin. I have the rough currently in a gut/poly hybrid but I doubt I can make a solid comparison given it's my first time playing gut. However, based on what I've seen I can attempt to explain.

Firstly, the original Luxilon string was Big Banger, from which ALU Power derived. The full name is actually Big Banger ALU Power, it's just a string from the Big Banger line of strings and the most popular one.

Now to the varieties:

The first ALU Power was released in a silver color in 1994 and is now the most popular string on the tour due to having a strong following after Guga Kuerten won Roland Garros with it 3 times.

Eventually the Ice Blue version (my favorite) was released, and this new colorway was softer and deader feeling, with more control and spin than the original but it didn't catch on as much because it was less lively and crisp than the silver colorway.

At some point the rough version was also released, and the texture on it makes the string play slightly thinner while also grabbing the ball a but more and being softer. However this also makes the string less consistent because sometimes you hit a groove and sometimes you don't.

Now the feel version is just a thinner version, so there's not much to say about that, and the fluoro version has some fluorinated additive during extrusion which is supposed to enhance comfort and it's also slightly thinner than the original.

The spin version has a pentagonal shape which is meant to enhance spin potential and it also comes in a slightly thicker gauge. I didn't like this string's inconsistent response compared to the original/ice versions and it didn't seem to provide me with extra spin. That's my subjective experience though.

Finally, ALU Power Soft was released a couple years ago, with some additives to make it slightly softer than the original. Interestingly, these additives also seem to have made the soft version slicker than the original and therefore more spin friendly. I tried the soft counterpart to 4G and found exactly that; slightly but not much softer, slicker and with much better spin potential and feel.

I hope I could help :)
 
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Znak

Professional
Unfortunately I've only played the standard and the spin. I have the rough currently in a gut/poly hybrid but I doubt I can make a solid comparison given it's my first time playing gut. However, based on what I've seen I can attempt to explain.

Firstly, the original Luxilon string was Big Banger, from which ALU Power derived. The full name is actually Big Banger ALU Power, it's just a string from the Big Banger line of strings and the most popular one.

Now to the varieties:

The first ALU Power was released in a silver color in 1994 and is now the most popular string on the tour due to having a strong following after Guga Kuerten won Roland Garros with it 3 times.

Eventually the Ice Blue version (my favorite) was released, and this new colorway was softer and deader feeling, with more control and spin than the original but it didn't catch on as much because it was less lovely and crisp than the silver colorway.

At some point the rough version was also released, and the texture on it makes the string play slightly thinner while also grabbing the ball a but more and being softer. However this also makes the string less consistent because sometimes you hit a groove and sometimes you don't.

Now the feel version is just a thinner version, so there's not much to say about that, and the fluoro version has some fluorinated additive during extrusion which is supposed to enhance comfort and it's also slightly thinner than the original.

The spin version has a pentagonal shape which is meant to enhance spin potential and it also comes in a slightly thicker gauge. I didn't like this string's inconsistent response compared to the original/ice versions and it didn't seem to provide me with extra spin. That's my subjective experience though.

Finally, ALU Power Soft was released a couple years ago, with some additives to make it slightly softer than the original. Interestingly, these additives also seem to have made the soft version slicker than the original and therefore more spin friendly. I tried the soft counterpart to 4G and found exactly that; slightly but not much softer, slicker and with much better spin potential and feel.

I hope I could help :)
Wow you nailed it appreciate the help!
 

El_Yotamo

Professional
Just a correction, the first time Guga Kuerten won Roland Garros he was using the Big Banger Original (old purple version) and not the Alu Power http://www.tennis.com/gear/2013/02/question-day-guga-kuerten-luxilon-man/46614/
Yeah I read that, both photos of the 1997 Roland Garros and Luxilon's website negate that:


That looks silver to me and also:

http://www.luxilon.com/en-us/explore/about

I invite you to take a look at the history timeline on the link above.

Big Banger Original was indeed purple but Kuerten had already used ALU Power for 6 months before winning Roland Garros in 1997.

Next time you correct someone on the internet please do a proper fact check :)
 
Yeah I read that, both photos of the 1997 Roland Garros and Luxilon's website negate that:


That looks silver to me and also:

http://www.luxilon.com/en-us/explore/about

I invite you to take a look at the history timeline on the link above.

Big Banger Original was indeed purple but Kuerten had already used ALU Power for 6 months before winning Roland Garros in 1997.

Next time you correct someone on the internet please do a proper fact check :)
You should then tell Luxilon to stop selling this string based on a fake info, since it’s purple in order to celebrate the 20 years from Kuerten’s first Roland Garros title. I invite you to take a look at the product description:
“The year was 1997. The tournament was the French Open. The men's champion was Gustavo Kuerten. The purple string in his racquet was made by Luxilon Industries, an obscure filament company from Belgium.”
http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Luxilon_ALU_Power_16L_125_20th_Anniv_String/descpageACWILSON-ALUPX20.html
 

El_Yotamo

Professional
You should then tell Luxilon to stop selling this string based on a fake info, since it’s purple in order to celebrate the 20 years from Kuerten’s first Roland Garros title. I invite you to take a look at the product description:
“The year was 1997. The tournament was the French Open. The men's champion was Gustavo Kuerten. The purple string in his racquet was made by Luxilon Industries, an obscure filament company from Belgium.”
http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Luxilon_ALU_Power_16L_125_20th_Anniv_String/descpageACWILSON-ALUPX20.html
That's tennis warehouse's description, not Luxilon's...

Here's the link to Luxilon's website again, notice in their history timeline where it says very clearly:

2017: Luxilon launches '20th Anniversary ALU Power' the string to commemorate 20 years since Gustavo Kuerten won his first French Open with ALU Power. No false advertising there.

http://www.luxilon.com/en-us/explore/about

Also, here's the link to the description of Luxilon's shop page for ALU Power 20th Anniversary:

http://www.luxilon.com/en-us/strings/alu-power-125-20-year-anniversary-string-set-purple-16l-ga-1-25mm

Interesting how nowhere there is it written that Kuerten won Roland Garros with a purple string, maybe because it didn't happen ;)

I don't know why you resist the obvious facts, I even gave you a picture. Do the research for yourself, you'll realize soon enough that I'm right :)
 
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