My Son's Racquet String

jhick

Professional
Recently I got my 12 yr old son a new Babolat Aeropro 19 and he likes the racquet but telling me he's not fond of the string. The racquet was part of a junior deal from Babolat that came with choice of string, bag, 2 shirts, and hat. The string I purchased was Babolat Addiction (multifiliment). Personally I've switched from Poly strings back to synthetic gut since it's cheap, easier on my arm, and I don't break strings like I used to. All this is to say, I haven't kept up on string technology in general. He told me he's hit with his cousin's racquet which is strung with Luxilon ALU Power and really likes that. I have my own stringer so would like to purchase a reel, but noticing that it's kind of pricey at $125 for 330' reel. I watched a review and a playtester said it plays similar to Volkl Cylone or Cyclone Tour, which he actually prefers. That string is quite a bit cheaper at $130 for 660'. Thoughts?
 
People have very mixed review on Luxilon and other main stream companies.
I love Luxilon, like really sleep eat dream their products. Many dont know that they have been in the game for over 100 years... I The company has started in the 1900s
Unlike many other brands that are main stream all they do is polymers and plastic from aerospace to medical grade polymers.

So to the volkl cyclone
Which feels and plays differently
It is a shaped poly vs the rounded alu power.

There are so many great brands that are sub 12$ per pack... cyclone is a great string and price point but I would check out YTEX and Solinco and see about their options which i think better bang for the bucks. To each their own
 

Louis33

New User
I have never tried Volkl cyclone before but have heard great things about it. It is a shaped string where Alu power is round.

Weiss cannon silverstring plays similar to alu power at a better price.

Tourna big hitter silver has a similar makeup to alu power at a much better price. On paper this string looks to be the closest to alu power. I'm hoping to try it soon for a comparison.

I would recommend buying a few packs of different strings for him to try and decide which one he likes best as everyone's experience may differ.
 
Ye
Don't give your 12yo son a poly string in full bed!
Or maybe you could try the new Luxilon Smart, designed to be soft!
Yes that is a good reason too however I've seen some 6'1 185 pound plus 12 years old who is staying it... to each once again their own
 

bigmatt

Semi-Pro
Ashaway Monogut ZX is a great choice for kids wanting a monofilament. Very soft and much easier on the joints than poly.
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
Recently I got my 12 yr old son a new Babolat Aeropro 19 and he likes the racquet but telling me he's not fond of the string. The racquet was part of a junior deal from Babolat that came with choice of string, bag, 2 shirts, and hat. The string I purchased was Babolat Addiction (multifiliment). Personally I've switched from Poly strings back to synthetic gut since it's cheap, easier on my arm, and I don't break strings like I used to. All this is to say, I haven't kept up on string technology in general. He told me he's hit with his cousin's racquet which is strung with Luxilon ALU Power and really likes that. I have my own stringer so would like to purchase a reel, but noticing that it's kind of pricey at $125 for 330' reel. I watched a review and a playtester said it plays similar to Volkl Cylone or Cyclone Tour, which he actually prefers. That string is quite a bit cheaper at $130 for 660'. Thoughts?
I'm pretty much a syn. gut guy myself. It's not as rock hard for my almost 53-year-old arm as poly, but it's also less prone to steadily degrading (softening up) compared with what I've seem with multis. Unless somebody wants me to replace their multifiber with a fresh set of the same string type, I'll probably only suggest it for a player who is concerned about lingering pain in the elbow or wrist and perhaps needs a softer string type. The general bang for my buck that I get with syn. gut is tough to beat.

I also coach high school kids (and teach younger kids in the summers) and a lot of them seem to really love to rip on the ball with the polys, especially if they're using the same stuff that's in a favorite pro's racquet. I often only do those full beds for the kids when they hand me a set of the specific string and ask me to install it at a certain tension.

I've had great success with offering a specific poly hybrid to some kids and also a few adults who want to switch to poly from a softer string type. This includes a light gauge poly main - Isospeed Baseline 1.20mm ($40) - combined with a 16 ga. syn. gut cross. I generally use Gosen OG Sheep Micro 16 ($44) for these hybrids, but my preferred syn. gut for full beds is Kirschbaum's basic syn. gut ($35). I noted TW's prices for 660' reels of each of these strings. All are plenty affordable.

That lightest gauge of Isospeed Baseline is only slightly more firm than perhaps a full bed of 16 ga. syn. gut, so it's relatively comfortable in this hybrid. But heavier hitters needing a more durable option can be okay with heavier gauges of this string in the mains of a hybrid or a full bed. It's affordable enough for me that I've stocked a reel of all four gauges offered through TW.

This Baseline is a basic cheap poly, but it has earned a reputation for playing on the softer side compared with other polys. Three or four different local sluggers I know have switched away from full beds of RPM Blast into this poly - usually the 1.25mm. Easier on the arm and much cheaper.
 

esgee48

Legend
OP - what string diameter and tension is the Addiction? Could be the tension is too low.

Your kid may want ALU Power, but I would not give it to any kid until they prove they break multis/SGs 16 Ga in less than 8 hours. You need good technique to take advantage of full bed polyesters. Polyesters like ALU Power are great for 2-4 hours max, then their performance falls off a cliff and you wonder 'What Happened.' I would use SG like OGSM or POSG 16 Ga and string those up above midrange. The strings will be plenty tight and stiff. Your kid may be able to break POSG in less than 8 hours, but he would need to have great RHS.

As for what poly to use, trial packs from the various makers. Most polyester strings will feel the same. Only a few will feel remarkable. That determination can only be made by the user. Most players who have tried ALU loved it until it died. And it dies very quickly. They then start their search for a string that plays like ALU, but for longer period. I have yet to find any string like that. Cyclone Tour, Tour Bite, Hyper G are cited as close, but they aren't. Not in feel, power and control. They have a period where these strings play like ALU, but then the feel goes away.
 

AMGF

Professional
Correct, but it is good advice for 99% of the 12 yo players, not to use full bed poly!
Correction: 99.999999999999999999999% of the 12 yo population is smaller than 6ft1. I might be missing a few 9s actually.

I looked it up and the current tallest 12yo in the world is a girl who is 6ft2. But this guy have seen some (as in more than one) 6ft1 12yo?

The internet is wonderful.
 

jhick

Professional
OP - what string diameter and tension is the Addiction? Could be the tension is too low.

Your kid may want ALU Power, but I would not give it to any kid until they prove they break multis/SGs 16 Ga in less than 8 hours. You need good technique to take advantage of full bed polyesters. Polyesters like ALU Power are great for 2-4 hours max, then their performance falls off a cliff and you wonder 'What Happened.' I would use SG like OGSM or POSG 16 Ga and string those up above midrange. The strings will be plenty tight and stiff. Your kid may be able to break POSG in less than 8 hours, but he would need to have great RHS.

As for what poly to use, trial packs from the various makers. Most polyester strings will feel the same. Only a few will feel remarkable. That determination can only be made by the user. Most players who have tried ALU loved it until it died. And it dies very quickly. They then start their search for a string that plays like ALU, but for longer period. I have yet to find any string like that. Cyclone Tour, Tour Bite, Hyper G are cited as close, but they aren't. Not in feel, power and control. They have a period where these strings play like ALU, but then the feel goes away.
I strung addiction for him at 54 lbs. The main thing he mentioned to me is that he really liked the feel of ALU power and how it grabs the string bed while he hits it. He's really looking for a string with good feel, whereas power and spin are less important to him. He does have good technique on both FH and BH. He'll be playing high school tennis next year and is currently (6th grade) at a lower JV level at a powerhouse (top 5) school in the state.

FYI...as far as height he hasn't hit his growth spurt yet and I think he's a little over 5 feet. His 14 year old brother that he hits is about 6'1". I expect that he'll be grow based on family genetics, but when that will happen remains to be seen. I was 5'10" when I got my license at 16 but grew to 6'2" by my senior year, so he might be like me (a late bloomer).
 

SavvyStringer

Professional
OP - what string diameter and tension is the Addiction? Could be the tension is too low.

Your kid may want ALU Power, but I would not give it to any kid until they prove they break multis/SGs 16 Ga in less than 8 hours. You need good technique to take advantage of full bed polyesters. Polyesters like ALU Power are great for 2-4 hours max, then their performance falls off a cliff and you wonder 'What Happened.' I would use SG like OGSM or POSG 16 Ga and string those up above midrange. The strings will be plenty tight and stiff. Your kid may be able to break POSG in less than 8 hours, but he would need to have great RHS.

As for what poly to use, trial packs from the various makers. Most polyester strings will feel the same. Only a few will feel remarkable. That determination can only be made by the user. Most players who have tried ALU loved it until it died. And it dies very quickly. They then start their search for a string that plays like ALU, but for longer period. I have yet to find any string like that. Cyclone Tour, Tour Bite, Hyper G are cited as close, but they aren't. Not in feel, power and control. They have a period where these strings play like ALU, but then the feel goes away.
I agree with the statement that most polys feel the same. I've personally found it depends on the shape. For instance square poly (tourbite, hyperg, squarex) all have a very similar feel off the racket. As do round (outlast, alu, pro line). Their are minute differences in feel but for the most part the shape of the string determines what you feel as much as the composition of the string for poly, at least for me. I personally prefer the response from a shaped poly and can pick up just about any shaped poly other than rpm or hurricane and play. Those two are too under powered for my liking.
 

SavvyStringer

Professional
I strung addiction for him at 54 lbs. The main thing he mentioned to me is that he really liked the feel of ALU power and how it grabs the string bed while he hits it. He's really looking for a string with good feel, whereas power and spin are less important to him. He does have good technique on both FH and BH. He'll be playing high school tennis next year and is currently (6th grade) at a lower JV level at a powerhouse (top 5) school in the state.

FYI...as far as height he hasn't hit his growth spurt yet and I think he's a little over 5 feet. His 14 year old brother that he hits is about 6'1". I expect that he'll be grow based on family genetics, but when that will happen remains to be seen. I was 5'10" when I got my license at 16 but grew to 6'2" by my senior year, so he might be like me (a late bloomer).
Also consider a hybrid then. Figure out if he likes alu in the main or in the cross and continue to use addiction for the other to add some softness. That way you don't waste the string you already have or beat up his arm.
 

brokenRPM

Rookie
alu power rough is a little softer than alu power but i think alu power maybe too stiff for growing bones. Volkl Cyclone 19g is very soft.
 

Traffic

Hall of Fame
I would let 12y/o play on sgut or multi until they can break the strings in under 8hrs.

This will help them develop their strokes.

My daughter is on cheap multi (Alpha Gut 2000). $6. It seems to last longer than Bab Xcel ($20). My daughter has broken Xcel, but not the Alpha. For now, she has a long way to go to develop her technique and she's got some growing to do. No poly for her...possibly ever. When the time comes, I'll probably move her to a multi/poly hybrid or NGut/poly hybrid.

For her 15y/o brother, he is on HyperG18 @49#. Strings get cut out every 12hrs. Sooner if there is an upcoming tournament.
 

Dartagnan64

Legend
Secret with poly is don't be cheap about it. Most people that get into trouble with it are leaving it in too long before re-stringing. Fresh off the stringer it has enough resilience to be reasonably arm friendly. Once that goes, watch out. No more than 15 hrs and preferably 10 or less.

And I'm not sure your son is necessarily sophisticated enough to know why he prefers Alu Power over Addiction. All kids like poly because it spins the ball better and controls better and transmits contact forces better.

Anyway there are some good lower priced polys he might enjoy like Volkl Cyclone, Solinco Tour Bite or Hyper G, kirschbaum Pro Line II, Signum Pro Experience. He's 12 after all, he doesn't need the Filet mignon of strings.
 

LOBALOT

Semi-Pro
I agree no poly and also that he probably is not really sure of what he likes. Moreover, I tried to keep string/tension out of the discussion with my son at that age as that would give him another thing to think about and focus on. My preference was to have him hitting and focusing on what his coach was teaching him as I know this would add another item he would think about when he was playing a match.

At that age his coach would approach me about string, tension, equipment, etc. when change was needed and we worked together as to next steps.
 

Traffic

Hall of Fame
Play with Wilson NXT. Let him play until he breaks the strings. Make sure to have 2 racquets strung up.

When he is breaking strings every 8hrs, then consider poly.
 
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