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.
 

PBODY99

Hall of Fame
#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.
 

haqq777

Hall of Fame
#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!
 
#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...
 
#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.
 
#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.
 
#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.
 
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