Discussion in 'Strings' started by Kal-El 34, Jun 11, 2014.
new poly from Head. anyone try it yet?
I think there was a thread from a couple weeks ago where someone received a trial set in a plain plastic bag. I don't know what their thoughts on the string were, though.
Played a match with it yesterday and it was pretty awesome. Fairly low powered with excellent control. No crazy spin, but it is very comfortable and has good feel. Placement on touch shots and volleys was really good.
I strung 55 lbs in igpmp.
After my brief fling with Technifibre (bi-one xphase and nrg2 - buttery but no durability) I am not hitting with Lynx 16 black. So far, so good. Arm friendly and great touch. Tons of spin. Power is very good (strung at 54 in Head Rev Pro). Will report back after I run through more cycles on durability. After 4 hrs on one stick there is no sign of wear (no movement either) and holding the tension well.
West coast - Have you tried Head Hawk and can compare the difference between the two or Cyclone Tour?
@para, yes. I used Hawk when it first came out and liked it - plenty of power, spin, tension holding, and durability (can't remember if I ever broke it - cut it out when the tension finally got into the low 30's and was trampolining too many shots). But playing 5-6 times a week I did start to feel some elbow soreness which led me to try other strings. Really liked Technifibre Biphase X-one and NRG2 - but durability was too poor - didn't even get 6 hrs. Went back to the pro shop expecting to have Hawk put back in - the Head rep was there and was dropping off the Lynx. He said it was basically Hawk but softer. So far I have to agree with his assessment. Hit again last night - still love the soft feel (no post-hit elbow soreness) - and again no signs of wear. But didn't play as much this week due to work - will hit again today and Sun and should start to get a feel for the wear.
Would you say power and spin are pretty spot on with Hawk? I played with Hawk in my 95s and enjoyed it, but the string seemed to lose some of it's characteristics around the 8 hour mark.
@West - That is great to hear that you find it plays comparable and feel it is a softer version of Hawk. My previous favorite string was Cyclone Tour but when I tried Hawk, I liked it better mainly due to better tension maintenance and durability. Cyclone Tour might had a tad more power and spin but Hawk is pretty close and given how I really hate to restring my Graphene Speed Pros, it allowed me to restring racquets at lower frequency.
I did notice that it was a tad stiffer initially but after a few hours hitting with Hawk, it soften a bit but I am definitely going to try Lynx. It's kinda strange that the string is $3 cheaper than Hawk though.
The black color would go really well with my Graphene Speed Pro Ltd for an all black look.
Okay got a chance to string up the 18g version of both Hawk and Lynx for a comparison on both my GSP. I find that the Lynx has a bit more spring to it than the Head Hawk. Both were strung at 50lbs. The Lynx string is a bit more powerful and Hawk offers a bit more control.
I was a little surprised I didn't find much difference between 17g and 18g version Head Hawk. I was expecting a little more power from 18g but it was not that noticeable.
Have anyone else noticed that this string is lighter than other polys.
I just strung up the 17g and it's 2g lighter than my Gut / Alu hybrid.
That's a noticeable drop in swing weight.
This is a really good string. Crisp, yet comfortable. Control orientated, precise, and consistent. Decent spin, not as much as a shaped poly, but more than Sonic Pro and Hawk. The harder you hit the ball and the more racquet speed you generate, the better it plays. In fact, it's so consistent, that you just forget about the strings and just concentrate on hitting the ball. I found that I could really 'trust' the stringbed. The last poly I felt I could do that with was Alu Power...
Yes. Head has really done well recently with their new string lines.
I feel the same with Poly Tour Pro 120
Each to their own. PTP had too much of a strange muted feel for my liking. I never felt connected to the ball with PTP, even though its a fairly decent string.
In contrast, Lynx is crisp, feels much more connected to the ball, and makes a fantastic 'thwock' sound on contact.
Have just collected my racket from the stringer with the Lynx strung up. The neon yellow looks fantastic in my Dunlop 400 Tour. Looking forward to trying it out tomorrow.
I had Lynx in my stick for about 2 weeks before I snapped it. 17g Yellow strung at 48lbs. I could really hit a heavier ball with it, and my 1st serves were solid as well. My favorite part of the string was the return of service and the feel of the ball.
However, after only about 4 hours, it started playing night and day for me. The control went away and I was having a very hard time placing my 2nd serve, let alone not double faulting.
I honestly do not think I would use it again. It was too unpredictable.
Hope you like it better than I did.
What racket did you string it up in and was it lock out or constant pull? 48lbs seems pretty low for this string.
I've strung it up twice now and to me, it feels like it has a settling in period. I first played with it straight off the stringer (strung at 58lbs lock out) and it seemed very firm and low powered. When I let it settle and played with it the next day, it felt better. Over the next couple of hitting sessions, it felt like it lost a bit of tension before eventually 'settling'.
Tension is obviously a personal thing and to some extent will depend on the racket but I wouldn't be inclined to go low as it has a fair amount of power. I also go up at least 10% on the ties off which IMO helps stringbeds turning into trampolines over time. As all round string though, I'm pretty impressed by it. Playability seems to last longer than many other polys.
Constant pull, same pull every time - From my stringer.
I generally go anywhere from 48-52lbs in my racquet. 6.1 95s. I only use a full bed of poly and have for the past few years. I actually let the string sit for a good 48 hours before using it. I think its a decent string, don't get me wrong. I just have found some that play better to my liking.
Have played a couple of hours with this string. For me, it's a good but not exceptional string. It reminds me a lot of Cyclone with less spin, a little more power and better comfort but a very similar feel and level of control. Best thing about it is the neon yellow colour which looks outrageous in my green Dunlop Bio 400T!
Will have more time over the next few days to hit with it further.
Ordered two more sets in the yellow color (I didn't care for the black when I tried it last--it broke too quickly). I'll bump the thread in a month or so when I've playtested it.
This string passes the test for me.
Been playing with it a couple of different rackets at 58lbs lock out, and I think it's a really good all round string.
Plays like a crisp feeling version of Yonex Poly Tour Pro but without the weird mutedness of that string. Good control, excellent predictability, good spin, decent power...can't really fault it. Sure, there are other polys with more bite and Alu Power still remains the one to beat (but that lasts about ~4 hours for me before it starts feeling like crap).
Unlike almost all polys I've tried, I haven't noticed any significant drop off in playability during that time. The interesting thing with this string is that the harder you hit it, and the more racket speed you generate, the better it plays.
Best all round string in the Head range IMO. Sonic Pro Edge is also good as well and offers more bite but that starts turning to crap after about 4-5 hours, whereas the playability of this lasts a lot longer.
I like this string also. It's actually not as powerful as I expected so I went up a couple of pounds on my usual tension.
The comfort is good even though it's a crisp enough string, spin is good for a round string and control also is good. Seems to me like a good all-rounder. Nothing exceptional in any one area but does a lot of things well IMO.
Have just hit for 2-3 hours with it so far so can't comment on playability duration but it does seem to be holding up well.
Comparison to PTP?
Similar in many ways - power, spin, control, feel but a crisper response. I'd give it the slight edge.
Are you doing a 125 Lynx vs 125 PTP comparison? 120 PTP is a bit crisper than 125 PTP and has a bit more power and feel. I liken the 120 over the 125.
Have you ever tried Lux Feel 120?
Yes, both 1.25. No, I haven't tried the 1.20 yet but am keen to. Not tried the Lux either I'm afraid
I recommend 120. As a person that's been comparing the 2 for the past week or so I've found that although the 120 definitely ages quicker and notches faster, it is worth it as you get more power and feel.
My next comparison is Feel and 120 PTP.
Will definitely try it soon, though I have been using and enjoying very much PL2 for a while now.
Good all round control poly. I like it!
Concluded my playtest of Lynx today when I snapped my second set. Conclusion: meh.
It doesn't do anything particularly well, though it has no downsides.
There's no crazy spin. Serving kinda sucks, to be honest, but off the ground it's solid. There's a nice predictable response that inspires confidence in rallying, but I don't feel like I can generate enough spin to bully my opponent in baseline rallying. In singles it's simply not the string for me.
Doubles is a different story as it has solid feel and because of that it feels comfortable at net. Volleys are crisp, and I tend to hit flatter anyway when I play doubs.
In the end, it's not for me. Solid, and at it's price point it's a great string for the right player, but just not my cup of tea.
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