Luxilon 4g Vs ALU Power

Discussion in 'Strings' started by dknotty, Jun 9, 2013.

  1. dknotty

    dknotty Semi-Pro

    Apr 23, 2013
    My rackets are currently strung with ALU power which I really like. I was thinking I might try 4G for the next restring.

    What are they main differences between the 2 strings? Which is more durable?
  2. West Coast Ace

    West Coast Ace G.O.A.T.

    Feb 11, 2005
    So Cal
    I'm pretty sure ALU power will survive nuclear war...

    4G is softer and less powerful (but not terrible). Been too long since I used ALU power so I can't compare spin. But I was satisfied with 4G's spin generation.
  3. Rjtennis

    Rjtennis Hall of Fame

    Aug 16, 2009
    They are very different strings. 4G is pretty much a control oriented poly. That and tension maintenance are it's defining characteristics. Give it a try and see what you think.
  4. Blitzball

    Blitzball Professional

    Jan 18, 2012
    I think ALU Power is more durable, and has a crisper, more responsive feel that I haven't found in any other string. 4G's playability duration might be slightly longer, spin generation is similar, and it's softer and lower powered.

    I think 4G is better than ALU in a hybrid too. In fact, I think it's much better in a hybrid than by itself. ALU Power, on the other hand, I thoroughly enjoy using as a full bed.
  5. Roger Wawrinka

    Roger Wawrinka Professional

    Aug 20, 2012
    So Cal

    Survive nuclear war? How come I broke it in less then a week? Hahaha jk jk

    Ive tried both, I like Alu so much better.
  6. colan5934

    colan5934 Semi-Pro

    Jul 6, 2008
    I feel like 4G plays, from stringing until breakage, like 4-8 hours-old ALU. It's stiff and dead, but still adequate spin and great control. It is, however, less strenuous on the arm than ALU. ALU has great control, pop, and spin when it is fresh. After 2-3 hours, it loses the magic, but is still fairly playable, which is when I feel 4G is quite comparable. A benefit to using 4G is that you know what you're going to get every single time you play with it because it maintains its characteristics and tension quite well throughout its lifespan. It's not spectacular like the first couple hours with ALU, but it's a nice string. It depends what you want.
  7. Pickle9

    Pickle9 Semi-Pro

    Jun 14, 2009
    New York
    In my experience 4G is only good for one thing...hitting very low over the net because the ball doesn't come back down.

    My favorite part about it was when it broke, I had a chance to use another string and will never have to play with it again.

    4G did play pretty much the same for me the whole time though...

    Anyway, are you restringing because it goes dead or because it breaks? If it's not breaking then I wouldn't worry about durability.

    The signum pro strings played pretty constant for me.
  8. Casco

    Casco Semi-Pro

    Nov 2, 2006
    I use both strings.

    ALU Power is medium stiffness.
    Higher powered.

    4G is very stiff.
    Lower powered. (I see that this conflicts with another board member's opinion but look at the TW test scores on stiffness.)

    I use ALU mains (ALU Rough lately) and 4G crosses.

    The 4G tames the power of ALU and also holds the tension up longer.

    4G on its own plays stiff and low powered. It can be hard on the shoulder, elbow and wrist.
  9. wrxinsc

    wrxinsc Professional

    Jul 10, 2010
    Cackalacky South
    very agreeable comparison. i am also a user of both strings. i would add that nothing has the quite the feel and touch in the poly world as ALU Power, and this is also a desirable aspect of alu power in a hybrid with natty gut mains. the 4g does seem to maintain its tension pretty well for a poly, while alu power is at best average in this regard.
  10. gameboy

    gameboy Hall of Fame

    Jul 10, 2009
    I don't know how anyone who has actually tried both strings can say 4g is softer.

    4g is the stiffest string I have ever tried. I couldn't stand the feel. ALU is far superior for me.

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