Head Lynx Tour

Paul Y

Rookie
Has anyone play tested this yet and know how it plays like? We received two sets but haven't had the chance yet since my son has had tournaments lined up and doesn't want to mess with his setup until after.
 

jklos

Professional
Hit with it last night. it was pretty solid. Good spin and control, medium power.... Not super dead but not overly powerful... Decent comfort for a poly but I wouldn't call it soft either. Hard to say what it's comparable to.... Gonna use it again tonight.
 

Paul Y

Rookie
Thanks jklos. We plan to string up one of his rackets tomorrow. He currently uses Lynx Edge and is very curious what this played close to.
 

Tmano

Professional
Thanks jklos. We plan to string up one of his rackets tomorrow. He currently uses Lynx Edge and is very curious what this played close to.
I'm quite interested too since I like Lynx edge and I like Lynx.
How did you get this string to try?
 

1HBHfanatic

Legend
@Tmano you have to know people, that know people, that know more people, and then they might be nice enough to give you some..
check out the head website for release date information, and or ask @TW Staff for info they might have on a future release date..
 

Paul Y

Rookie
My son is sponsored by Head so he has had this string for awhile but with so many tournaments lined up he hasn't had a chance to try it.
 

1HBHfanatic

Legend
My son is sponsored by Head so he has had this string for awhile but with so many tournaments lined up he hasn't had a chance to try it.
string it at your normal FB poly tension or 1-2lbs higher
its head lynx after all, maybe like said above, a bit more solid feel
 

1HBHfanatic

Legend
Thanks I see how that works!:giggle:
btw, that's the easy part of "this" ( getting "them" to give you a set to try),,
the hard part,, is not being able to "talk about it",,
its HARD because, once you play with it (lucky enough to get a pre-release pack of string), you'r all excited to be the first to discuss your input, but you cant! :mad: usually there is some NDA(non disclose agreement) applied to it.. :censored:
 

1HBHfanatic

Legend
We didn't get an NDA but I'm assuming it's implied with the contract my son signed
hard to say?!
I got mine from the rep himself; some reps are more paranoid then some others, mine seems to be one of them,, (im not saying which),,
but by the time they get to the local tournaments its provably ok
specially if they did not make it clear to you all
 

Tmano

Professional
btw, that's the easy part of "this" ( getting "them" to give you a set to try),,
the hard part,, is not being able to "talk about it",,
its HARD because, once you play with it (lucky enough to get a pre-release pack of string), you'r all excited to be the first to discuss your input, but you cant! :mad: usually there is some NDA(non disclose agreement) applied to it.. :censored:
Lol how did you handle not to talk of it right away? I'm sure you started a treat a couples of times and then deleted it! :)
I know especially if the string you tested is a very good one! It sounds painful!!!!
:cry:
 

1HBHfanatic

Legend
@Tmano

its not easy!!
im lucky enough to be the first to see some of these things come in at my shop, so I get to try it and give my opinion for future purchase,,
i do show it off to my local group, but cant go online about it
the reps are now aware of some of the online personas who share this information before its time, so they advise prefusely against it
tw also does their best to keep things quiet, for as long as they can,,
i haven't seen censorship of strings as much as racquets!!
 

Tmano

Professional
@Tmano

its not easy!!
im lucky enough to be the first to see some of these things come in at my shop, so I get to try it and give my opinion for future purchase,,
i do show it off to my local group, but cant go online about it
the reps are now aware of some of the online personas who share this information before its time, so they advise prefusely against it
tw also does their best to keep things quiet, for as long as they can,,
i haven't seen censorship of strings as much as racquets!!
It makes sense, but I'm jealous!!!
:laughing:
 

Paul Y

Rookie
The censorship is big on racquets compared to strings. I believe string wise though its easier to get access to but racquets only select people get access to them really early. Like we were hitting with the new Ultras back in July and we currently have two of the new Head racquets in blacked out form. We aren't allow to comment about how they hit though at all unfortunately online. For those we had to sign an NDA
 

Paul Y

Rookie
Just initial impressions when stringing the string to a Head 360 Speed Pro. The string is pretty sharp as in it will probably rip the felt off the tennis ball and is a little stiffer stringing wise compared to Lynx or Lynx Edge. Just initial impressions, my son will hit with it for about 2 hours tonight.
 

Tmano

Professional
Just initial impressions when stringing the string to a Head 360 Speed Pro. The string is pretty sharp as in it will probably rip the felt off the tennis ball and is a little stiffer stringing wise compared to Lynx or Lynx Edge. Just initial impressions, my son will hit with it for about 2 hours tonight.
So how did the string performed? Could you tell us what your son thought about it?
Thanks
 

Paul Y

Rookie
Per my son, he states that the string plays a lot like Lynx Edge but less harsh when mishits happen. If you need a little extra pop and spin say compared to Hawk Touch than this is a string you have to try, it just wasn't the string for him and he hit with it for a good 8 hours before coming to that decision.
 

Tmano

Professional
Per my son, he states that the string plays a lot like Lynx Edge but less harsh when mishits happen. If you need a little extra pop and spin say compared to Hawk Touch than this is a string you have to try, it just wasn't the string for him and he hit with it for a good 8 hours before coming to that decision.
I have never hit with Head Hawk Touch so I can't really tell if I would like it or not. However I hit and I liked quite a bit Lynx edge since it creates a more penetrating ball than most of the other 7 shaped string in my opinion but it would last me 4 hours before moving all over. Did the Lynx tour strings start moving at all after 8 hours?
thanks
 

Paul Y

Rookie
I believe its a little longer, I think for him 4, 5 and 6 sided strings don't last as long as the strings lock up faster.
 

Tmano

Professional
I believe its a little longer, I think for him 4, 5 and 6 sided strings don't last as long as the strings lock up faster.
Thanks!
Yes it is pretty correct the average time based on my experience
Did your son try MSV hex or BH7T or Signum pro poly Hextreme?
 
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Shaolin

G.O.A.T.
Been hitting with this in a Blade v7 16x19.

I'll give it a 4/10. Nothing special, feels dead and unresponsive. Not particularly spinny. Kinda reminds me of old first gen poly I used to use like Duralast, polymono etc.

Very low powered, which I like, and I love the color. Save yourself some money though if you just want a low powered dead poly, lots of cheaper choices out there.
 

SteveI

Legend
This was mine: 16G only..

Head Experimental 16G Play Test - SteveI

Tension(s) used for play-test: 52 lbs. Mains and 50 lbs. Crosses

Regular string set up & tension: Volkl Cyclone 19G 52/50 Full Bed or LF Native Tour 17G/ Vorso 17G. Nice and easy to string up. Coil memory not an issue. Strung two piece on a constant pull machine. Knots not problem to tie down. String seemed thicker than 16G. More like 15L. There was a bit of give when stringing. I am told string was 5 sided. It was indeed hard to tell that about this sample when stringing. Very easy to fan and pull and no damage to string or my fingertips. Very cool color.

Racquet used for test: Volkl Quantum Scorcher (Modified – 11.6 oz, 7points HL, 102 Head Size, 16 x 19)

Power/Control of test string: This string was a perfect combination of power and control during my testing window. I have not played a 16G full bed of poly in quite some time. I was able to take my full swings with this sample and was able to hit targets with nice power and depth. There is something to be said for a 16G rounder poly. I seemed to be able to amp up the power when needed and not miss much at all. There was just enough spin to keep the ball in play and not create a ball that would spin out. I also went for some really flat shots and the ball seemed to hug the court. The launch angle was much lower than I like but I was rewarded with more plow-through. I was well connected to the ball and my confidence was excellent on most strokes. I will have to re-think the thicker rounder poly for this up-coming outdoor season.

Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp? Comfortable?): Slightly muted and very easy on the arm. This might be the most surprising thing about this string to me. I used the sample for 10 plus hours and zero arm, shoulder or wrist pain. My shoulder was an issue at the end of the outdoor season. Not with this sample. Ball pocketing was very.. really nice. Could feel the ball sink in and release giving me a very effective connection to the ball.

Spin: This was not a spin monster, but that was pretty much expected. I got very controlled spin production for a 16G full bed of poly. Slices stayed low and worked well on slice serves. Kickers were less effective than with my shaped normal string set-up.

Durability: Never became an issue for me as I quit about the 10 hour mark. Pretty sure I would get a nice long hit from this one and if I used flatter strokes.. I would get a good long hitting cycle. The string began to notch about the 5 hour mark for me… but I am no longer what one would call a big hitter. For my age and level I still can produce a decent heavy ball. I am not a string breaker and can’t see me breaking this one ever. I would have to cut it out. I can’t wait to hit with the 17G.

Playability Duration: This string was very stable for my game and frame for the 10 plus hours. I could feel the string start to give about the 8 hour mark but was still very usable for the last few hours. Held up well for my test cycle. The little extra boost in power was great on serves as power on the serve as average but the control was spot on. I was making about 90% of my test serves and really never double faulted much. Was point and shoot.. but balls came back at a higher rate than with my normal set-ups.

Tension Recommendations (would you string it differently next time? Explain answer): I think I got the tension correct. Maybe I would have gone higher if I was in warmer conditions. Really enjoyed this sample.

List any additional thoughts (optional):

I can see a market for this string… would have to work for me price wise. I am going to save the 17G for the spring…. I think it will work great for me and my game. The Power / Control combo was excellent!

Thanks TW and Head! I loved the color!!
 

GTR0814

New User
I don’t see a lot on tension maintenance? I’ve been using the Head Lynx but only get 8-10 hours out of them and have to cut them out. Could I expect any better from the tour?
 

Big Bagel

Professional
I was pleasantly surprised with Lynx Tour, with a different experience than those on the TW playtest team. I found it on the suffer side for a poly but not super dead like most differ polys; not overly powerful but definitely moreso than I expected. I found slightly better feel/touch than I usually get out of a full bed of poly. It is shaped, unlike what I saw many playtesters say, and while I usually don't notice too much of a difference in spin between round and shaped strings, my hitting partner was saying my kick serve was bouncing 6 inches to a foot higher consistently. There were also a couple balls he let go thinking they were going out, but ended up dropping into the court. To me, regular Lynx is a decent all around string that doesn't do anything great or terrible. Lynx Tour seems to be just a slight upgrade in pretty much every category except spin, which was outstanding, one of the best spin-strings I've used.
 

Injured Again

Hall of Fame
I was a playtester for the TW Head Experimental string, and I believe that string became Lynx Tour. It's a very, very lightly shaped string that might as well be round for how smooth and small the variations from round were, and so it behaved like a round string. Compared to Hyper-G or any really shaped poly string, it has a lower launch angle and lower spin capability. I found that for about four or five hours, the string played decent, with better than average power and better than average comfort. It was also very muted on contact - I think I said it felt like I had put on a second string dampener, and that caused some uncertainty when hitting very soft touch shots as it was disconnected feeling. Tension loss continued throughout the test. After about five hours, the launch angle really decreased along with spin capability. I cut it out after 8-9 hours when I just couldn't stand it any more. I said during my writeup that notching wasn't that severe and that it could have probably gone 20+ hours for me but it just became unplayable. The Experimental string was very chunky for its stated gauge.

So, to answer your question, Hyper-G is going to be a vastly superior spin string compared to Lynx Tour.
 

beltsman

Legend
I was a playtester for the TW Head Experimental string, and I believe that string became Lynx Tour. It's a very, very lightly shaped string that might as well be round for how smooth and small the variations from round were, and so it behaved like a round string. Compared to Hyper-G or any really shaped poly string, it has a lower launch angle and lower spin capability. I found that for about four or five hours, the string played decent, with better than average power and better than average comfort. It was also very muted on contact - I think I said it felt like I had put on a second string dampener, and that caused some uncertainty when hitting very soft touch shots as it was disconnected feeling. Tension loss continued throughout the test. After about five hours, the launch angle really decreased along with spin capability. I cut it out after 8-9 hours when I just couldn't stand it any more. I said during my writeup that notching wasn't that severe and that it could have probably gone 20+ hours for me but it just became unplayable. The Experimental string was very chunky for its stated gauge.

So, to answer your question, Hyper-G is going to be a vastly superior spin string compared to Lynx Tour.
I second this. It felt larger than its gauge. It was even a little harder to fit through some grommet holes. Pretty low launch angle and felt boardy. I think if would be a lot better in thinner gauges (I tried 16). Might be a decent thin cross.
 

Tmano

Professional
I'm not sure i understood here,
Do you guys think it is as powerful as the original Lynx or not?
Thanks
 
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