Tennis Warehouse Playtest: Wilson Duo Power (and Luxilon Elite Dry overgrip)

TW Staff

Administrator
#1
Playtest: Wilson Duo Power with Luxilon Elite Dry overgrip


REVIEWS DUE BY FRIDAY DECEMBER 7

Selected playtesters have been notified by email


Include the following in your review:
Tension(s) used for playtest
Which string did you use for mains:
Which string did you use for crosses:
Regular string set up
Racquet brand and model used for test
Power of test string
Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp?)
Spin
Comfort
Durability
Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time)
Control (predictable trajectory? Easy to control depth? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?)
Compare to the string you use most often
Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?)
List any additional thoughts (optional)

Bonus Questions:
1. Give us your thoughts on Luxilon's Elite Dry Overgrip, especially whether you would use it regularly. Why/why not?
2. For Tourna Grip users: how does it compare?

*Duo Power consists of Luxilon ALU Power 1.25 & Wilson NXT Power 1.30
 
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mpournaras

Hall of Fame
#2
I can do a quick chime in for LXN Elite Dry vs Tourna.

Tourna: 19
Feel: 6 (SUPER good once you get a touch of sweat going, but not near as comfy as a Supergrap or Wilson Pro)
Dryness: 10 (Nothing works in heavy sweating as well as Tourna)
Longevity: 3 (Bags out SOOOO fast)

LXN: 21
Feel: 8 (it has a little more cushion... which I like)
Dryness: 7 (Not quite as good as Tourna, but definitely absorbs sweat... but *look below*)
Longevity: 6 (lasts more than 2 matches)

Basically, nothing does the dryness job as well as Tourna especially when you play in the swampy South East in the summer. Nothing. BUT do you want to be replacing it every few sets? Or do you want a few matches out of it but it not perform quite as well. Then LXN is your dryness option. Plus the LXN looks great when strung up with ALU

I usually switch off of Tourna after Sep. as the temps drop but playing outside from June to Sep there is not many other options unless you want to burn more cash and change grips even more often.
 

mhkeuns

Hall of Fame
#3
I could also chime in on the grip.

Luxilon Dry Overgrip -
1. Cushioned dry feel
2. Highly absorbent
3. Durable

Tourna -
1. Dry & thin
2. Highly absorbent
3. Not durable

I think Luxilon absorbs sweat almost as well as Tourna. It really isn’t too far off, and just like the Tourna grips, it doesn’t get slippery when wet. What I really like about Luxilon is the longevity compared to Tourna. I prefer the cushioned feel, as well. I love everything about Tourna, but its durability really is a turn off. I went through the 30 grip pack quicker than any other grips I’ve used, Right now, Luxilon is my overgrip of choice. To me, it’s the best in the market.
 
#4
I would agree with the above about the luxilon elite dry, especially the increased durability over tourna.
My only complaint from using it extensively last year was during winter the grip didn't provide enough grip and caused some blisters on the tips of my fingers, I believe from needing to grip the racket too tightly. Like tourna it seems to need some sweat to generate any stick so when it's dry outside that needed tack is missing.
 
#5
You guys providing the Tourna reviews. Which Tourna are you talking about?

And more importantly, which SIDE of the Tourna grip are you using?
 
#6
Have they changed the formulation for the Lux overgrip? First pack I bought was great, very durable, since then bought 2 more packs and they were horrible and had wear spots/holes in an hour.
 

mpournaras

Hall of Fame
#7
You guys providing the Tourna reviews. Which Tourna are you talking about?

And more importantly, which SIDE of the Tourna grip are you using?
The original Tourna (not tack). And I always use the side that the plastic tape comes off of. Has a little more tack and seems to absorb the same as the other side
 

El_Yotamo

Professional
#10
Chosen, excited for this one! Gonna be nice doing this hybrid playtest, now gotta just choose what racquet it'll go best in, maybe this is one for the PS85...
 

mhkeuns

Hall of Fame
#11
What would be recommended? Poly mains and multi crosses, or the other way around? What are the pros and cons of either method? I'd imagine this hybrid string would be ideal for the control-oriented frames that need more power.
 
#12
Elite Dry is more cushioned, resists tearing better than Tourna original when I tried them both.
My hand don't sweat so I use dry feel grips in the winter, opposite of mos players I know.
 
#13
What would be recommended? Poly mains and multi crosses, or the other way around? What are the pros and cons of either method? I'd imagine this hybrid string would be ideal for the control-oriented frames that need more power.
It is definitely a matter of preference. You can choose string setup and then choose whatever racquet you would want that goes with it (or vice versa even).

For example, poly in mains means you will get more spin, control and durability from the string bed. This is definitely the more popular choice, from what I have seen. You can use a more powerful racquet here (thicker beam, tweeners etc) to complement this string setup.

Multi string in mains will give you more emphasis on power and comfort. I would go with a control-oriented frame for this setup so you don't have balls flying on you and you are able to tame some of that power from the multis.

In the end everyone is different so what works for me might not work for someone else. Hope that helps!
 
#14
It is definitely a matter of preference. You can choose string setup and then choose whatever racquet you would want that goes with it (or vice versa even).

For example, poly in mains means you will get more spin, control and durability from the string bed. This is definitely the more popular choice, from what I have seen. You can use a more powerful racquet here (thicker beam, tweeners etc) to complement this string setup.

Multi string in mains will give you more emphasis on power and comfort. I would go with a control-oriented frame for this setup so you don't have balls flying on you and you are able to tame some of that power from the multis.

In the end everyone is different so what works for me might not work for someone else. Hope that helps!
Thnx, very informative post. I am also in the playtest and I am very glad @mhkeuns asked this because I was about to ask same question.
 
#16
Got picked and am ready to test out the string and grips.
I think I will go old school with poly on mains and nxt on the crosses.
I have not used tourna grip in a while, but I regularly use solinco heaven overgrips for sweat absorption so I am really interested to see how luxilon elite dry compares.

Thanks TW and Wilson!
 
#21
Got selected! Place holding for a review.
This is perfect because I just used/am using an ALU/15g Sensation hybrid. So this will be the final test to see JUST how much a difference the cross makes. Thanks TW
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Tension(s) used for playtest: 53/55 Lux mains/NXT crosses
This time around I'm comparing it to an ALU Power/Sensation 15g at 53# all around in a Wilson BLX Pro Open

Power: 9/10 I found it to have more than adequate power. I would say it is really only out powered by a natural gut hybrid. I got used to stringing lower in the 50s and even in this hybrid I found plenty of power after upping the cross tension a few pounds.

Feel: 8/10 Crisp. DEEP pocketing. Not really muted at first but a little more so as the strings started to fray (To my hands at least)

Spin: 6/10 Let me explain. It is not as much spin as a full poly (obviously) but plenty of spin considering it is not a string with a spin coating on the NXT. I found more than enough but if you were hitting full western loopy strokes I think you'd find more spin with a normal syn gut hybrid. Also you'd shred it far less quickly with a syn gut hybrid lol

Comfort: 8/10 For a hybrid this cross is as comfy as it gets south of Natural Gut. I think you could get a softer poly than the ALU but in my 16/19 racket I found no comfort issues. I think this is a comfy as it gets BEFORE you start to sacrifice other things for comfort. I used Mantis Comfort Poly for a little bit and that was SO COMFY... but it lost tension super fast and made a terrible noise as a result.

Durability: 4/10 The Sensation I was using was only marginally more durable at 15 gauge.... this I would say lasted 12 sets of singles. I use moderate spin when I can. It really is not durable but nothing this comfy will be (again... short of natural gut). It frays quickly so it can often look more worn out than it actually is.

Playability Duration: 8/10 It played fine until it broke. I have heard from others that the poly died first. I mean of course nothing is as good as fresh Luxilon but I found it more than playable even after it lost that initial "magic". I would like to see this with 15g NXT Power. I think it will obviously last longer and it is soft enough that it will maintain all the characteristics it currently has.

Control: 8/10 I think the control was fine again. It was easy enough to hit flat shots compared with other string set ups. I think any lack of control I had was largely due to my racket. I think the sweet spot pocketing was fantastic and anything that was hit from that pocket behaved exactly as it should have. I think this would have worked SUPER well in an 18/20 string patter... it is so soft I think it could overcome the "boardy" effect that a lot of 18/20 rackets suffer from.

OVERALL: ~7.25/10 Which is above average for sure.... but check your wallet.

Additional Thoughts:
I would up the tension to 55/57 if I did it again. Or I would make the hybrid on my own with 15G NXT (Not NXT power as that is not available in 15g). With Sensation playing 90% as well for half the price I may be inclined to stick with that too. It was not as comfy or powerful.... but 10 bucks less a set is a great deal. I find this a lot with Wilson strings... I feel like they perform well enough to justify paying 75% what they cost. I sincerely hope that sensation doesn't come up above that 10 buck sweet spot. With it possibly being a $35 string job (based on a $15 labor cost) it is a tough ask for only 12 sets or so.

I think this would work best for people who maybe break strings 2-3x a year tops.

I think this looks really good with the Lux Dry grip (review a few posts above)

Thanks TW for the strings and I hope to try the Element Hybrid (Duo Feel) in the future.
 
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djNEiGht

Hall of Fame
#26
As much as I wanted to do Poly Main...I remember NXT not being slick like some other multi/synthetics and limiting snap back. I checked some other multi racquets I have and the NXT did not feel slippery like the others. I went with NXT Main in a Graphene Prestige Pro. I have another GPP with Prince Premier Attack full bed. Put the Luxilon grip on the DUO racquet and Tourna Grip on the PPA racquet.

I know the durability is out the door with this hybrid set up this way...so lets see.

1st impressions of Luxlilon Elite Dry
-thicker than Tourna
-back side of the grip is a bit tacky like Tourna Tac while the other side is comparable to Tourna Grip
-boring grey color...
 

mhkeuns

Hall of Fame
#27
I've tried multi-mains and poly crosses, and I'm not a string breaker and string snapped almost immediately. For the durability purposes, I think I'm going to go with poly mains. I'd probably string it up on one of my 16x19 patterned rackets.
 
#28
I've tried multi-mains and poly crosses, and I'm not a string breaker and string snapped almost immediately. For the durability purposes, I think I'm going to go with poly mains. I'd probably string it up on one of my 16x19 patterned rackets.
I think if it was an 18x20 pattern that Multi on the mains is worth it, otherwise it will pop before you get to enjoy the string IMO.


As much as I wanted to do Poly Main...I remember NXT not being slick like some other multi/synthetics and limiting snap back. I checked some other multi racquets I have and the NXT did not feel slippery like the others. I went with NXT Main in a Graphene Prestige Pro. I have another GPP with Prince Premier Attack full bed. Put the Luxilon grip on the DUO racquet and Tourna Grip on the PPA racquet.

I know the durability is out the door with this hybrid set up this way...so lets see.

1st impressions of Luxlilon Elite Dry
-thicker than Tourna
-back side of the grip is a bit tacky like Tourna Tac while the other side is comparable to Tourna Grip
-boring grey color...
Yeah, I think you will only get a couple hours out of the string but I am interested to see how long it last.
 
#29
I think if it was an 18x20 pattern that Multi on the mains is worth it, otherwise it will pop before you get to enjoy the string IMO.

Yeah, I think you will only get a couple hours out of the string but I am interested to see how long it last.
I'm also interested to see how this goes. I'm breaking a full bed of 18g Cyclone in about 4 hours so I can't imagine the multi will hold up too long.
What do people who play with a hybrid like this usually do? Just leave the poly in and just restring the multi a few times first?
 
#30
I'm also interested to see how this goes. I'm breaking a full bed of 18g Cyclone in about 4 hours so I can't imagine the multi will hold up too long.
What do people who play with a hybrid like this usually do? Just leave the poly in and just restring the multi a few times first?
Would certainly be an option. I can’t imagine the NXT breaking that fast though. But I could be wrong, it’s a pretty soft string.
 

JOSHL

Professional
#34
Strung mine up with NXT main and Alu crosses. I call it Middle Class Champions Choice. First impression on the Lux overgrip-it feels like tourna and Wilson Pro over had a baby. I like how the grip tape matches my racquet.



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#36
I used to play poly mains with syn gut crosses, but have since moved on to full poly. Will be interesting to see how much of an adjustment it is going back to a hybrid. Multi mains would have been interesting, but wouldn't last me one singles match in my open Phantom Pro 100.
 
#37
Mine arrived today. Will go in one of my Prince 93P and racquet is already with stringer. I am going multi mains and poly crosses. First hit tomorrow and looking forward to it.
 
#38
Just came back from my hit using Wilson Duo Power in my Prince 93P. Great feel and feedback, lots of power too. Wonderful spin as well which was a bit surprising for me. I'm a full bed poly user and so I had to adjust to this hybrid setup, but once I got used to the feedback, I started enjoying it.

After two hours of hitting I can see NXT mains fraying a little bit however. Not a very good sign for durability, but was expected. I have used NXT mains in the past (with YPTP crosses) - although NXT was thinner gauge than this playtest one - and I snapped that setup with mains breaking in upper hoop around 5 hour mark. I do not see mains lasting long in current setup either, unfortunately. But will definitely last longer than 5 hours given thicker gauge. My full comprehensive review will be up soon as I have a lot of tennis planned in the next few days.

For reference, my string tension in the Prince 93P is NXT mains at 50lbs and ALU Power crosses at 45lbs. I have also used Lux Elite Dry overgrip in the past and will give feedback on it in my review as well. It is in pretty good shape after 2 hours granted it is cold and I was not sweating a lot.
 

JOSHL

Professional
#39
Update on the overgrip! I installed it upside down! So the underside feels a lot like Wilson pro over which is cool as that’s what I use normally. Installed the correct way now and feels like tourna.
 

mhkeuns

Hall of Fame
#40
Update on the overgrip! I installed it upside down! So the underside feels a lot like Wilson pro over which is cool as that’s what I use normally. Installed the correct way now and feels like tourna.
I also noticed how tacky it felt on one side and dry on the other side. Was it done on purpose? Or, could the vinyl lining may have softened up the dry feeling surface? I still preferred the side with dry feel.
 
#43
Strung it up in my 2019 Dunlop/Srixon CX 200 Tour 16x19. I put the NXT in the mains at 51 and Luxilon in the crosses at 49, so far it feels really good. I will provide a more in depth review as I get a chance to hit it more in the next day or so.
 
#45
I only have about 4 solid hours of drilling and doubles play into the hybrid and am enjoying it, but boy does the NXT fray like crazy. I expect them to pop at my next hitting session. I've used NXT crosses before (not NXT Power) and that seems to be slightly more durable.
 
#46
Playtest: Wilson Duo Power with Luxilon Elite Dry overgrip REVIEW.

Here is my official review strings broke around the 4hr mark. Thanks again to TW and Wilson/LXN.

Tension(s) used for playtest: 48pds
Which string did you use for mains: Alu Power
Which string did you use for crosses: NXT Power
Regular string set up: Solinco Hyper G 17g 48pds
Racquet brand and model used for test: Babolat Pure Drive Tour (2018)
Power of test string: Power was average for me comparing it to my usual string.
Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp?): Duo Power pocketed the ball very nicely and had good response for touch shots.
Spin: I did not get a lot of topspin. I would give it a 5 out of 10, but felt I had great directional control. I would say it is a 9 out of 10 for slice, NXT really latched onto the ball for drop shots.
Comfort: Great comfort no pain easy at contact. AAAA++++ if you have elbow issues.
Durability: I strung with poly on mains to get the most out of the string. After the first hour, the NXT started to fray a bit. The second hour was a lot more fraying and string bed movement from the ALU power. 4th hour and these strings are gone as the NXT broke.
Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time): Took a little time to get used to the hybrid as I use a stiff poly, but I enjoyed the ball pocketing. No real changes over time, I just enjoyed the control on it.
Control (predictable trajectory? Easy to control depth? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?):
I liked the control on shots, my slice had better depth and my touch shots were more responsive which I did expect with this hybrid. I felt hitting flat was the best way to get the most out of this string. I normally hit loopy with a lot of wrist and heavy spin. The launch angle was low overall so hitting flat was best for me to get depth because I could not get as heavy a ball with the hybrid.
Compare to the string you use most often: In comparison, two different worlds. With the Duo Power I felt I could be precise and have finesse on shots, depth when hitting flat. But with Hyper G, I can hit heavy and swing aggressively with spin but not as much touch.
Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?): I liked the tension, I think I would have liked to try a lower tension maybe 45pds to see if the launch angle would be different.
List any additional thoughts (optional): I 100% loved stringing this up, the Alu power and NXT it was so easy to maneuver weaving the crosses. I wish all my string jobs could be this easy. Stringing so often due to the durability would be tough for me but the feel is second to none.

Bonus Questions:
1. Give us your thoughts on Luxilon's Elite Dry Overgrip, especially whether you would use it regularly. Why/why not?

I would not use this grip, it did slide and I never felt comfortable using it. Some slight tearing, but just not for me.

2. For Tourna Grip users: how does it compare?
I have used tourna grip and this is close but not as towel like if that makes any sense. I would prefer Wilson overgrip pro over Luxilon Elite Dry.

UPDATE:

I had about 4hrs on this set when it broke, I liked the response it gave me overall and comfort. I didn’t notice any change as the sting frayed over time. But personaly for me I would have to string too much with this hybrid setup. Here are some pics to show the fraying over the 3 times I hit with it.



Thank you TW and Wilson/LXN for the playtest!!!! I am really happy to have tried this string and get the chance to try out a hybrid since I usually play with full bed of poly.
I enjoyed comparing the strings side by side.
 
#47
Tennis Warehouse Playtest: Wilson Duo Power (and Luxilon Elite Dry overgrip)

Hello folk,

Below you will find my detailed review/playtest of Wilson Duo Power and Luxilon Elite Dry overgrip. Hope you like it.



Tension(s) used for playtest: 50lbs Mains, 45lbs Crosses.

Which string did you use for mains: NXT Power

Which string did you use for crosses: ALU Power

Regular string set up: RS Lyon 45lbs

Racquet brand and model used for test: Prince Phantom 93P

Power of test string: High. I usually play with full bed poly so with this NXT main hybrid setup, higher power from string bed was expected.

Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp?): Soft. With the NXT Power mains and ALU Power crosses, string bed felt extremely plush. Very smooth and silky soft upon contact.

Spin: Average. I felt that I can get more topspin from my regular full poly setups.

Comfort: This is what stood out the most for me in this setup. Ball upon impact was very soft and plush. I am used to stiffer playing full bed poly setups and this was soft and smooth as butter.

Durability: If I were to give the lowest marks, it would be this. Durability was below average for me. I am not a chronic string breaker and I rarely break 16g polys in full bed setup. But for this hybrid setup, I could see NXT Power mains fraying just after one hour mark. They snapped close to upper hoop at 6 hour mark. I think durability will definitely be higher with poly mains and multifilament crosses. Depends on the user preference really.

Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time): The playability did not change and remained the same for me till the NXT power mains broke. The power, control and spin all remained same even though I could see NXT Power in mains fraying a lot.

Control (predictable trajectory? Easy to control depth? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?):
Control was excellent. I had great directional control and felt I could point and shoot and ball would go where I wanted. I had to adjust my swings in the beginning due to more power than I am used to but after that it was all hunky dory. Depth on groundstrokes was easy to achieve. Slices were low and sharp. Net play was great with excellent control. Launch angle of stringbed seemed lower than what I get from full bed of poly. Average net clearance was less as well. I was getting excellent ball pocketing as well so hitting loopy shots was not hard. That said I did net balls in the beginning because of lower net clearance and clearly lower launch angle than what I am used to.

Compare to the string you use most often: As most would already know, full poly stringbeds are usually lower powered. That changes player's game considerably when comparing with a higher power hybrid setup like the Duo Power. I feel that this hybrid with NXT Power mains is ideal for those needing more power but at the expense of durability. You hit a ball with more pin point accuracy with this as opposed to hitting a loopier ball swinging all out with a full bed poly setup. As mentioned above, just a matter of player's preference. I can hit more spinnier and loopier balls with a full bed of RS Lyon without fear of ball going long. With this hybrid setup, I had to be careful of swinging all out. I did feel that pin point accuracy was higher as compared to full bed poly. Just a matter of adjusting.

Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?): I was using a mid sized racquet for this playtest and I really liked the 50/45 lbs I used. I will recommend the same to others as going higher might give this a boardier feel ruining the very soft feedback, and lower might make player lose control.

List any additional thoughts (optional): First, I think this hybrid setup is excellent for all level players because it provides amazingly soft and plush feedback. Higher level players might want to switch to ALU Power in mains for more durability however.

Second, while I did not string it myself, I did ask my stringer about his experience and he mentioned it was a breeze to string this hybrid setup.

Bonus Questions:

1. Give us your thoughts on Luxilon's Elite Dry Overgrip, especially whether you would use it regularly. Why/why not?
The grip lasted the whole duration of this playtest however it did start tearing from the butt cap side where my palm rubs with handle. Personally, I am a Wilson Pro user and as much as I wanted to like Luxilon Elite Dry, I did not gel with the feedback. I just like more spongier grips. Nothing to take away from this grip. But just that my preference for an overgrip is different than this offering.

2. For Tourna Grip Users. How does it compare?
I do not use Tourna Grip regularly but from what limited experience I have, Tourna is thinner and not as soft. It is on the opposite end of spectrum of Wilson Pro. Not my preference as I tend to choose tackier and spongier grips over both Tourna and Luxilon Elite Dry.

Conclusion:
I will be sure to recommend this Wilson Duo Power hybrid setup to whoever is looking for a good mixture of comfort and power. I would recommend ALU Power in mains in denser pattern racquets to those more prone to breaking strings and those who don't break strings to go for NXT Power mains for easier power and great, soft feedback.

And finally, I would like to give a big shout out to great folk at Tennis Warehouse (@TW Staff) for always being so kind and letting us tennis junkies whet our appetite with all the new tennis accessories and gear. Much appreciated.
 
#49

Figure 1. A Wilson RF97A strung with the hybrid with ALU Power Mains (3 hours into playtest).

Which string did you use for mains: ALU Power 16L

Which string did you use for crosses: NXT Power 16

Tension(s) used for playtest: 52lbs M, 55lbs X

Regular string set up: Solinco Hyper G 17 Mains at 53 lbs, Gosen OG Sheep Micro 16 White Crosses at 55lbs

Stringing: The hybrid was really easy to string on my Gamma X-2, especially with the soft NXT Power in the crosses. You can really tell the NXT is a multi when trimming it as it frays even with the slightest disturbance at the tips.

Racquet brand and model used for test: Wilson RF97A

Power of test string: Much higher than what I usually get from my regular set up. I really enjoyed this, though, and I could focus more on shortening my long backswings on both wings. I was cracking forehands left and right and it was definitely noticeable.

Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp?): Great feel both on groundstrokes and in the forecourt. The pocketing was what I expected from an extremely soft cross and it complimented the ALU mains beautifully. From what I remember about using regular NXT as a cross with Luxilon Element, I enjoyed this NXT Power as a cross with ALU Power significantlybetter.

Spin: Middle-of-the-road to slightly above average spin. Compared to my regular setup, I found there wasn’t as much “free” rpms generated. Hyper-G is very spin friendly, so I expected this. However, I didn’t mind that much since I think the feel and power outweighed what little loss in spin this setup achieved. My strokes were able to generate enough spin to tame the power of the setup, and that’s all that really matters. I have a relatively flat forehand and topspin heavy one-handed backhand and I didn’t feel hindered on either side in terms of spin.

Comfort: I don’t suffer from arm issues, but I can’t expect this setup to cause any due to the NXT Power. If you use the NXT in the mains, you can expect even less issues. I loved the consistent “thwack” sound generated by the setup, which accompanied by the plush feel made hitting really enjoyable.

Durability: After about 3.5 hours of drills and doubles play, the strings are ready to pop. I am fairly hard on my strings, breaking my usual setup between 8-10 hours of solid play, but the NXT Power crosses do not have the longevity I am looking for in a regular set up. What you gain in power, feel, and comfort, you definitely lose in durability.
Update: I was able to hit again last night and the strings popped, right around the 4 hour mark.


Figure 2. A close up of the fraying crosses at the 3-hour mark.

Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time): I didn’t find much change in playability throughout the playtest. I loved the performance from the get-go and the strings continue to deliver reasonable spin and great feel and power. I expected a more noticeable change in playing characteristics after the NXT frayed, but was surprised to not find that to be the case. It should be noted, though, that the duration I spent playing with the setup itself was relatively short.

Control (predictable trajectory? Easy to control depth? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?):
Loved the predictability of the setup throughout the playtest. Although I was launching the ball a bit when going for winners during a short adjustment period, I soon got used to the power level of the setup. I felt comfortable ripping groundstrokes or dropping some touch volleys during some doubles play. I couldn’t get some angled groundstrokes to dip as aggressively at my opponents’ feet while they were up at net or when trying to pull them off court compared to my usual setup. However, that’s a minor complaint which is offset by the depth I was getting more consistently. On serve, I was getting great pace with less effort than my usual setup. Once again, I felt what I lost in spin potential on kick serves, I gained in power and consistency.

Compare to the string you use most often: It could be a combination of myriad factors, but I felt I could play more relaxed with this setup and still get a mix of power and spin that made my game click. The “thwack” I keep mentioning is addicting and the plushness of the string bed is a pleasure to hit with. The durability is my only knock for this hybrid and unfortunately, that department is a bit of a deal breaker in my book. If string was free and stringing was instantaneous, I would gladly keep using this setup. As a college student, both time and money can be tight. However, using this setup has inspired me to find a hybrid with a softer, more powerful cross than my current combination. It’s been a while since I’ve used ALU Power mains and I have to say I enjoyed it more than I remember as well.

Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?): I always enjoy stringing polys in the low 50s with a softer string in the cross anywhere from 2-5lbs above the poly mains. 52M/55X worked nicely for this setup.

List any additional thoughts (optional): My favorite string playtest from TW I have had by a longshot. The only downside is the durability for me, which will keep me from using this setup as my go-to. However, I can wholeheartedly recommend this hybrid for players that aren’t string-breakers looking for a well-rounded, comfortable setup. Playing a relaxed game is so important, allowing players to use a greater range of muscles to achieve more power and spin while saving your energy for better consistency on court. This hybrid lets you do that. (At least it did for me!)

Bonus Questions:

1. Give us your thoughts on Luxilon's Elite Dry Overgrip, especially whether you would use it regularly. Why/why not?
I’ve been using this grip on one of my frames ever since receiving a pack of them after the Wilson Rush Pro 2.5 review. My usual grip is Wilson Pro and I’ve also used Yonex Supergrap in the past, along with some others. I’m not a particular fan of Tourna Grip due to the durability and feel. I enjoy the tacky feel of Wilson Pro the best and will continue to use it over Luxilon Elite Dry since it definitely is more reminiscent of Tourna Grip. The grip is basically a slightly tackier, more durable (slightly thicker feeling) Tourna Grip with very similar texture and sweat-withstanding capabilities.

2. For Tourna Grip Users. How does it compare?
I’m not a huge fan of the Tourna-style grips that are paper-like. I would chose Elite Dry over Tourna Grip, though, due to the more muted color, better durability, and greater thickness.

Thanks to Wilson and TW for the opportunity for the playtest. Sending warm wishes from the snowy east coast!
 
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Tennisgurl's Playtest Report:

Wilson Duo Power & Luxilon Elite Dry overgrip

Hello, following is my review of Wilson Duo Power followed by quick feedback on Luxilon Elite Dry overgrip. But before I begin, a quick thank you to Tennis Warehouse and Wilson/Luxilon for this opportunity.

Tension(s) used for playtest: 51 lbs Mains/54 lbs Crosses.

Which string did you use for mains: Luxilon Alu Power

Which string did you use for crosses: Wilson NXT Power

Regular string set up: these days I am using Diadem Solstice 17g strung at 52 pounds. I usually like Solinco strings but have been hitting with Diadem ones for the last month or so as I purchased a lot of sets on discount.

Racquet brand and model used for test: Yonex DR 98 lite

Power of test string: power of this setup was higher than my usual. I will give power factor 8 out of 10 (where ten is maximum power and one is minimum power).

Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp?): Alu Power and NXT Power complement each other well. This hybrid makes for excellent feedback. I could feel the ball on my strings more than my usual setup. Very soft and comfortable feel, very different from feel of full bed of polyester strings. This made for great touch shots and volleying to finish points. I will give feel factor 9 out of 10.

Spin: I am a flat ball hitter so spin usually does not matter to me. However my hitting partner mentioned that ball was coming at her faster but not very "spinny" or heavy. I think spin was clearly less than what I get from Diadem Solstice or my other full polyester set ups. I will give spin factor 3 out of 10.

Comfort: wonderful! Very very soft feedback made for great and comfortable hitting experience. I had no vibrations or jarring feelings when I was hitting the ball. I usually feel a little bit of tenderness every now and then with regular polyester strings but not with this setup. I will give comfort factor a 9 out of 10 here.

Durability: I am not a very high level player (3.5 to 4.0). Also, I do not break strings. They last me until I cut them out. Durability for me was great and I could easily have switched to NXT mains if I wanted. I stayed with Alu Power mains so I could get closer feel to my usual full bed of polyester string setup. After playing for 10 hours, I can barely see any notching or fraying. I will give durability factor 8 out of 10 for me, a beginner to intermediate level female player. I know some here will say this is crazy but hey, for me at my level, this was a very durable setup.

Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time): for me playability remained same from start of playtest to current 10-11 hour mark. Same great power, control and feedback. I will give playability factor 9 out of ten. I will continue to play and give updates if there are any changes.

Control (predictable trajectory? Easy to control depth? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?):
control was really great. Superior dwell time on string bed and ball pocketing gave excellent feel and control. Slices were low and deep. Because of power level I did not feel the need to swing all out as well and it was easy to give depth to ball in exchange of rallies. I really sometimes crack at the ball and my hitting partner said it was coming at her much faster but with less spin. I think trajectory was lower than my usual but once I got used to it, pretty predictable.

Compare to the string you use most often: this setup was very different than Diadem Solstice. The Wilson Duo Power is without a doubt more powerful. It is less spin friendly but it is also head and shoulders above in comfort department. Feel is better than my usual setup as well. I loved playing touch shots and volleying with Wilson Duo Power.

Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?): since I always like to play in low fifties (pounds) I will recommend the same. For me, varying tensions simply means adding more variables to the mix. Besides, this string tension was amazing for me.

List any additional thoughts (optional): as a flat hitter who does not break strings, I would like to try NXT Power mains next. Just to satisfy my curiosity. I will highly recommend Duo Power hybrid setup to anyone looking for powerful and comfortable setup with ample control and feedback. I think this setup is best of both worlds: comfortable and powerful without sacrificing control.

Bonus Questions:

1. Give us your thoughts on Luxilon's Elite Dry Overgrip, especially whether you would use it regularly. Why/why not?
I tried it and did not like it. I like using either no overgrip or I like how Yonex Supergrap feels like. Soft and with lots of cushion. Luxilon Elite Dry overgrip is just not my cup of tea.

2. For Tourna Grip users: how does it compare?
I have just used Tourna grip maybe once or twice and for brief period so unfortunately I am unable to make a worthy comparison.

Finally, thank you again @TW Staff and team at Tennis Warehouse and Wilson/Luxilon for this playtest opportunity. If any readers/posters have any questions pertaining to this playtest, please ask away and I will try to answer to the best of my abilities.
 
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