Ok, time for Head Lynx Tour:
This string is superb ! It feels a bit like Luxilon Original in a 6-sided profile
. In 1.30 gauge the launch angle
was actually THE LOWEST
from all strings I tested so far. It was so low that I started to hit the net more often which in my tc95 16x19 happens....almost never ^^ It felt like I changed my racquet to 18x20 pattern. This is crazy and totally surpised.
Power lvl is low. I can see how Rublev and Verdasco could like this string (i don't know if they switched to it or not) . Spin potential was there. What is most important in my testing lately is how I serve with the string as I find it most vulnerable to string change. Can I serve a big flat 1st serve and aggresive topspin 2nd serve ? I need those 2 options. With some strings I feel like I can choose only 1 style of serving (had that feeling with Tourna Silver 7 tour) . It's not that It was impossible to hit this or that style of serve. It's more about how easy it is to change the style from shot to shot in a row. With Lynx Tour the transitioning was easy !
Crazy slices !
Well makes sense when my racquet turned to 18x20 from 16x19 xd
Comfort is still there but at the edge of my preference. HOWEVER ! I strung it 24/23kg and because I still had plenty of control and low powered response and LOW launch angle I could probably drop the tension to 23/23 or 23/22 or 24/22 .... would have to try different setups to tweak it further to my gamestyle. It's crazy because for the first time I feel like I would like to slightly increase launch angle in my tc95 16x19... Flat bombs are there for sure !
I tried 1.25 gauge to compare
. I thought...maybe I can play with thinner string now (less weight, more spin potential, comfort and forgiveness but still enough control ?) but unfortunately the launch angle was pretty much the same as other 1.25 strings (too high launch angle in my 16x19 racquet) - maybe I could up the tension here or make it 24/24kg but at that point I just didn't feel the vibes. Maybe I could find it. Im pretty sure there is that vibe hidden somewhere but this is ultimate string of choice. So you better DO or DIE !
Anyway it was a very cool test and I will keep this gauge in mind for sure as well...
Accuracy is great
(obviously when my racquet turned to 18x20) , great on volleys
(very stable and precise), my backhand
side (better shot) got slightly worse
as I feel like the string was a bit too stiff there (explaining: I have different preferences on my forehand and backhand - I prefer stiffer more control oriented feel on my forehand and more responsive feel on my backhand - it's probably because I have longer stroke on my forehand and more compact stroke on backhand +most likely I should focus more on extending through the shot on my backhand. Maybe I finish too early and stiffer strings kill the ball a bit then) - another reason to experiment with different tensions to find my sweet spot with this string...
Playability duration is outstanding
: 10 hours of serious playing with it already and it feels pretty much the same as fresh. Got a league win as well so also tested it under pressure.
Ok but here is one thing (and it is serious) that I didn't like about Lynx Tour.... In 1.30 gauge it felt...heavy
. Heavier than my other top strings I tested here so far... Maybe thats why the launch angle is so low ? I remember that some strings also had that heavier feeling but I don't want to name them as I feel like by now it would be more subjective. I REALLY REGRET that I didn't weight my racquet with all those strings as this would be very helpful for some nerds here
I will start to weight my racquets from NOW ON so let's see if Lynx Tour is heavier or I got tired and weak ?
I am very sensitive to setup changes in general. I can feel the difference of 4 pts SW . I can feel the subtle difference by removing dampener. This added weight and slightly lower launch angle than expected made me feel a bit slugish. I could't finish my shot at times which is actually my one of the top things i focus on while playing. It's not just focusing on the finish of my stroke. It's also one of my things that I feel and I can reproduce. So If I feel the finish, I feel the output- i get more confidence and higher % . Launch angle - I can tweak it with tension. Lynx Tour provides great margin of tension as its very control oriented, low powered string with above average spin potential. Too heavy setup makes it a bit harder to play "in a zone" as I need to force some things too much.
Again - maybe I got tired and weak after those tournaments so I need to weight my next strings.. (ah and yes - maybe I could just hit the gym lol)
strung racquet + overgrip + dampener = 354 grams
Overall I give it a 7.2 rating
! This might get into top 4 where I will try harder to adjust to the selected strings, experiment with some tensions or...hit a gym xDD... we will see...