Is Luxilon really such a huge advantage?

Pete.Sampras.

Semi-Pro
When it comes to sheer performance, is Luxilon really still the best or are there strings with similar or maybe even better performance (perhaps even for a lower price)?

I'm using BB Alu rough. I switched to it many years ago and back then I felt like it was better than anything I ever used before. But that was back then...

Some of you guys here test a lot of new stuff. Unfortunately, I don't have the time to do that anymore, so I thought I'd post my question here. I hope some of you will share their impressions. I'd give your suggestions a try of course ;-)
 

Torres

Banned
Lux Alu is a great poly. Very crisp, very controlled, very directionally precise, and a good amount of power. There's no other poly like it in my view.

The reason you don't hear about it more here is because it lasts about 3 hours or so before going dead. And when its dead, its horrendous.

Great string if you're a pro (its free). Great string if you're rich.
 
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Pete.Sampras.

Semi-Pro
Lux Alu is a great poly. Very crisp, very controlled, very directionally precise, and a good amount of power. There's no other poly like it in my view.

The reason you don't hear about it more here is because it lasts about 3 hours or so before going dead. And when its dead, its horrendous.

Great string if you're a pro (its free). Great string if you're rich.
Oh yes, its duration is terrible. The greatness is gone after a few hours. The price is one of the reasons why I'm asking this question. I'm willing to pay it if there is no alternative though...
 

TennisCJC

Legend
luxilon is very very good.

Signum Pro, Kirschbaum, and Technifibre are top quality too for a lot less money.

I can get Sign Pro Hyperion a smooth poly for $145 a reel while lux floro is way over $200.

Sig Pro Tornado at $177 a reel is an excellent textured, twisted poly for a lost less money than lux too. Tornado is similar to alu power rough.

I think Lux dominates the pro tour because they were the 1st big name on tours, give away a lot of strings to pros, sponsor a few pros, and pros restring often.

If you have the $ and restring often, lux is very good. But, these others are just as good for less $. SigPro and TF also last a wee bit longer too.
 

JT_2eighty

Hall of Fame
Can anyone compare BBO and/or ALU Flouro to the standard ALU? What are the main differences, as I've only used ALU and TiMo.
 

2Hare

Semi-Pro
I think this answer to this question and all other string question is that it depends on the frame. If you got a higher power frame like a pure drive, you might find some other poly alternatives that might work for you.

But for mid and lower power frames, nothing is gonna give you the power, spin and control alu power does, not even most other strings from luxilon.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
It is not a "huge" advantage. I have other setups that do the job.

But there is no doubt that the spin is vicious. The sharp drop you can get on the ball is amazing.

As stated, it plays like this for 3-4 hours and then is dead. If someone sells a version as good that is cheaper and lasts 8 hours, everyone will use it.

The closest I have gotten is Cyberflash and Tour Bite.
 

Rabbit

G.O.A.T.
I think there was a wave of players who use Luxilon and true to form for pros, won't change. James Blake said he'd be open to changing anything except his string. It appears now that the initial wave of poly-loving pros is getting older, the newer guys coming up are starting to venture out. The juniors who are soon-to-be-pros are deciding right now what they'll use and IMO we'll see a greater diversity of poly on tour in the next 2 - 5 years meaning Lux will fall off its perch.
 

Pete.Sampras.

Semi-Pro
Thanks for all the replies :)

I'm using a Wilson K95 16x18 at the moment. I have four of them. Should be enough to try most of your suggestions here.

I'll probably switch to the latest version of Wilson's 95 soon, but I guess this one's pretty much the same stick with small updates and a different paintjob, so the difference shouldn't be huge, right?

I don't really need any more power btw. I used a PS85 for about twelve years and my current stick already has more power than I need...
 

rofl_copter3

Professional
^^Tour bite is a good option, also tourna has a couple offerings you may like... There are a lot of strings out there for a better price that will do the job its just about finding the one YOU like...
 
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drakulie

Talk Tennis Guru
For the pros I've strung for, Lux is still king. But, as other have said, there are quite a number of strings out there that will give you just as good if not better performance for the money.
 
i have been using tourna BHB 17 for the past few days and i've liked it

i use it as a cross w/ ogsm 17 in the mains.. i dunno that i like it better than a full bed of ogsm 17 but it's been fun and has lasted a few hours
 

jk175d

Semi-Pro
For the pros I've strung for, Lux is still king. But, as other have said, there are quite a number of strings out there that will give you just as good if not better performance for the money.
I wonder if that is in part becuase Lux was indeed king for such a long time and top players so rarely change their set-ups so lux's dominance among pro's is carryover from the time when there weren't as good of alternatives. This is pure specutlation, but I wonder if younger players, the next generation of top players, will be using a more diverse range of poly strings as there are so many more choices now. In my view, Lux is NOT any better than quite a number of other manufacturer's polys. Solinco, Signum Pro, MSV, etc...
 

Devilito

Hall of Fame
It doesn’t have magical spin, touch or control that no other string has… The point that many here are missing on why Lux is the best for a pro player is because it’s the best playing and feeling poly right off a stringing machine. Most polys play better after sitting for 24 hours or even after 1 hitting session and feel like a stiff 2x4 right off a stringer. The only downside like many have mentioned is it goes dead fast. Another thing to note is that pros don’t get free Lux, they pay for it out of pocket.
 
it just all depends, like if you have the luxilon alu rough string in the mains with the champions choice strings then it would be really rought on the crosses which is why the crosses fray easily
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
It doesn’t have magical spin, touch or control that no other string has… The point that many here are missing on why Lux is the best for a pro player is because it’s the best playing and feeling poly right off a stringing machine. Most polys play better after sitting for 24 hours or even after 1 hitting session and feel like a stiff 2x4 right off a stringer. The only downside like many have mentioned is it goes dead fast. Another thing to note is that pros don’t get free Lux, they pay for it out of pocket.
I would disagree on the magic part. There is some magic there that I have never really seen in other strings..obviously some come close. But I definitely got some results with the Lux that were somewhat magical.

I do agree with you though..off the stringer its ready to go.
 

2Hare

Semi-Pro
ROTFL. Yeah, Federer drops by the Luxilon factory with his credit card and a 30% off voucher that he's cut out of the newspaper.

"KA: No. I had gotten a sponsorship from Luxilon, so they were giving me strings."

http://blogs.tennis.com/the_pro_shop/2012/04/gear-talk-with-kevin-anderson.html
I bet those lux strings were burning a hole in Wilson's pocket so they decided, what da heck, let's just help lux distribute their strings and see if they can give us a discount =D
 

Devilito

Hall of Fame

Devilito

Hall of Fame
I would disagree on the magic part. There is some magic there that I have never really seen in other strings..obviously some come close. But I definitely got some results with the Lux that were somewhat magical.

I do agree with you though..off the stringer its ready to go.
no other string feels like it and it feels exceptional off a stringing machine but it's nothing that's going to make the difference between winning or losing a match. However, if money was no object i'd definitely be using it over any other string. More so for the feel than anything else.
 

aYellowBall

New User
Any luxilon string fresh off the stringer = heaven. Nothing is better. Even when it goes "dead," I still love it. The first hours are just so amazing. I really hate how it shreds up my x-one really quickly.
 

drummerdan

Semi-Pro
Lux ALU Power (and rough) are great for a while as said above. However, there are so many great strings to choose from that the cost keeps most people away from it.

My current string, BHBR, is nearly as good off the stringer but it's how good it is 5,6,7, etc. hours into it that it becomes superior and at less than half the cost.
 

TennezSport

Hall of Fame
Great Point..........

The point that many here are missing on why Lux is the best for a pro player is because it’s the best playing and feeling poly right off a stringing machine. Most polys play better after sitting for 24 hours or even after 1 hitting session and feel like a stiff 2x4 right off a stringer. The only downside like many have mentioned is it goes dead fast. Another thing to note is that pros don’t get free Lux, they pay for it out of pocket.
Have to agree with Devilito here. All of the tests we have done here with loads of poly strings for various companies, Lux strings play great right out of the box, primarily due to the magic/secret in their coating. Bad news for rec players is that once the coating goes, so does the string. Not a problem for Pros who string every day.

BTW, just to let you know that the cover of the July RSI mag is a picture of part of our string wall.

Cheers, TennezSport :cool:
 

DrewRafter8

Professional
Lux ALU Power (and rough) are great for a while as said above. However, there are so many great strings to choose from that the cost keeps most people away from it.

My current string, BHBR, is nearly as good off the stringer but it's how good it is 5,6,7, etc. hours into it that it becomes superior and at less than half the cost.
Sorry for the thread hijack....

I remember that you played with twisted razor for a bit. Can you compare that to BHBR? I've played quite a bit with the razor and am stringing up a set of BHBR tonight. Didn't like the razor in my BD after loving it in my APD.
 

drummerdan

Semi-Pro
Sorry for the thread hijack....

I remember that you played with twisted razor for a bit. Can you compare that to BHBR? I've played quite a bit with the razor and am stringing up a set of BHBR tonight. Didn't like the razor in my BD after loving it in my APD.
Yeah, I did play with TR but I switched after giving BHBR a try. There's not a huge amount of difference but it seems that the tension stays up a bit better with the BHBR. Both gives tons of spin. I could switch back tomorrow and not feel bad about it.
 

2Hare

Semi-Pro
Have to agree with Devilito here. All of the tests we have done here with loads of poly strings for various companies, Lux strings play great right out of the box, primarily due to the magic/secret in their coating. Bad news for rec players is that once the coating goes, so does the string. Not a problem for Pros who string every day.

BTW, just to let you know that the cover of the July RSI mag is a picture of part of our string wall.

Cheers, TennezSport :cool:
I heard Lux has exclusive rights to use Teflon, is that the secret?
 

drakulie

Talk Tennis Guru
I wonder if that is in part becuase Lux was indeed king for such a long time and top players so rarely change their set-ups so lux's dominance among pro's is carryover from the time when there weren't as good of alternatives. This is pure specutlation, but I wonder if younger players, the next generation of top players, will be using a more diverse range of poly strings as there are so many more choices now. In my view, Lux is NOT any better than quite a number of other manufacturer's polys. Solinco, Signum Pro, MSV, etc...
good points all.

I think the name of the string takes it a long way. Many players who use better strings before they make it big, then may switch due to endorsement deals. On the other hand, I'm definitely seeing a wider variety of strings when I string at tournaments.

The point that many here are missing on why Lux is the best for a pro player is because it’s the best playing and feeling poly right off a stringing machine.
This is a very good point. Nothing plays like Lux Alu out of the gate. Just awesome, and although I still like it after a few hours, it is nothing like when it is fresh.
 
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