Tennis Warehouse Playtest: Luxilon Element Rough 1.30mm

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  1. djNEiGht

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    • Tension(s) used for playtest
      • 45# constant pull w 10% prestretch
    • Regular string set up
      • Nothing regular now. I have been using 1.25 shaped or textured polys often with a smooth poly cross. Strings I use as a reference against test string are as follows; Volkl Cyclone, Diadem Solstice Power, Tier One T1 Firewire
    • Racquet used for test
      • Angell TC95 16x19 63RA – 12.4 oz – 6 pts HL
    • Power of test string
      • Medium to high powered
    • Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp? Comfortable?)
      • Comfortable
    • Spin
      • Spin was a nice highlight of the string but not as high as T1 Firewire
    • Durability
      • Seemed very durable. I must say I am not a string breaker when playing poly strings. Notching was minimal through the duration of the play test. This string though might notch faster than 4G strings.
    • Playability Duration (did feel/control decline over time?)
      • Feel/Feedback seemed to improve after break in time. Initial feel was also great. The characteristics changed to a more powerful string and I think that I was in the prime period of the string bed life.
    • Control
      • I felt that this had very good marks in the control department. Even though it was lively, I could hit different spots on the court.
    • Compare to string used most often
      • This string seemed to best the other strings listed in the following; comfort & feedback
      • This string was on par with (if not a slight edge) on power
      • This string had slightly less spin than the strings listed.
    • List any additional thoughts (optional)
      • This rough version seemed to fill the “wants” I had when playing with the regular/smooth version of Element. It gave that additional spin while retaining the other qualities that I liked. My previous Element adventure was in a racquet that I wasn’t comfortable with and seemed lower in power. The racquet used in this play test has more power and it paired well with this string.
      • What grabbed my attention was how well I played with this gauge of string. I usually prefer 17g. I would consider trying the 17g of this string if there is one but I am more than happy to use this string in its current size offering. It could be that I have been playing with 18x20 racquets more often that when I’m using a 16x19 it really brings the 16g alive.
      • Thank you to Tennis Warehouse and to Luxilon for making these play tests available
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  2. Nostradamus

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    what about Spin potential wise ?
     
  3. bigserving

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    Not sure about Hyper G but the Rough spin is a spin upgrade from Element.
     
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  4. RVAtennisaddict

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    I thought spin a little greater with Hyper-G but I was using 18g Hyper G and only a little better. Though I am always told I hit a lot of spin/heavier balls.
     
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    I hit 3000 RPM's on my shots as well. but Hyper G is massively spin friendly poly. If Element rough has more spin then that is GREAT but it is bit contradictory to what the play testers are saying above.
     
  6. RVAtennisaddict

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    I thought spin a LITTLE GREATER with Hyper-G but I was using an 18g Hyper-g.

    My understanding is that 18g may bite a little more and therefore be more spin friendly. But other argue it is less, just was giving for frame of reference.

    For me all of the "spin friendly" strings bump my spin up a lot for about 1 hour (and it takes me about 20 min of that to adjust and stop dumping in the net/hitting short). And then they settle back down, still spin friendly but not nearly as much so as they were in the first hour. Textured strings seem to loose more than non-textured strings (maybe wear smooth?).

    At this point., I really don't like my strings for the 1st hour. I want them to settle down into what I will really be playing with. I guess if I could restring every 1-2 hours, but my wife keeps me on a tennis budget so I play with them for about 10 hour before I cut them/break them/they degrade in playing characteristics to a point I can not tolerate. In summary, I am in search of the best string for about 10hours, and have come to accept that the first hour of play, while exciting and amazing because I can do more, is not the hour I rate my strings on.

    The Element Rough- seemed to hold spinning better that other textured strings I have tried imo.

    Because of this play test, I have a new set of Hyper-G going into my racket now (17g @52lbs instead of 1g8) to see how it does and feels.
     
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  8. tennisreflectslife

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    I definitely did not feel more spin than hyper g.
     
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  9. bigserving

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    Didn't the string play stiff at 55 pounds? It seems like it would have been quite underpowered at that tension also?
     
  10. tennisreflectslife

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    Do you mean this luxilon element @ 55lbs ? Not stiff or underpowered at all!! It very comfortable and rather too powerful. I might go as high as 60lbs if I use this string in the future, but overall this string is probably not the best fit for my game. If you mean hyper g @ 55lbs, that is not stiff either, but yeah underpowered in a good way. These are however my personal preferences, someone else might have different likings which can be totally valid too.
     
  11. samprasbackhand

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    Agreed, i also did 55lbs and did not feel like it was stiff or underpowered, would also string higher if I used the string again as well.
     
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