Ok time for the legendary LUXILON Alu Power !!!
This string is totally worth the hype. You know sometimes the final success is based on great marketing, sometimes on great product. With this string its both. I can see why so many pros stick to it. And its not only about the money they get for representing the brand. Luxilon Alu Power provides numbers !
So what is the secret behind this string ? Responsiveness !
This is probably most important trait for the string. How to create responsive round
string without being mushy and/or too launchy (trampoline effect) with that high spin potential and still enough control ? Many have tried , all failed.
Responsiveness gives you spin potential ! Alu Power has the spin potential on par with most shaped strings.
But Hey ! Do you remember why I respect round strings so much ? Because they are in general much more honest and consistent during a rally. You can learn the string, it's secrets and then you can unlock it whenever you want to (if you provide the technique and footwork). Shaped strings usually have their moods. Sometimes they can overgrab the ball and sometimes they are just too lazy to work with the ball
(big generalization of course!)
But this string is IMO for developed players
. I remember when I first tried this string as a junior. Back then I didn't really appreciate it. But also I didn't know what I want from the string or from my racquet. I didnt have the idea behind my gamestyle and equipment. Of course I was very competitive but very ignorant about what and why (equipment). Also if your technique and footwork are kinda random then I guess you will have better results with shaped strings as they are maybe slightly less consistent but if your technique/footwork is not consistent either then you better take that free spin potential at least.
Out of the box it's one of the best strings out there. Another reason why pros use it. They don't really care about the durability or string tension maintenance. They have to restring the racquet no matter what. In theory - if you are a very serious pro player you should change as little in your "match" equipment as possible vs "practice equipment" . So if you are playing each tournament game with fresh strings then you should practice with fresh strings as well. I have no idea how often pro players change their strings but I am pretty sure that some of them change their strings everyday. Some want it as fresh as possible, some maybe want some time before the restringing and their first match. No matter the player's habbit before the match - it should be also a habbit before each practice.... in a perfect world at least
and this is where alu power becomes very tricky...
1. Its one of the most expensive strings out there.
2. Its still not a "magic" string. It's just one of the best.
3. After a few training sessions I experience more power (too much for me) and then after another few sessions it slowly looses the power but also that responsiveness (power is back to where its ok for me but the spin is worse) and then after many more sessions it seems that I gain more spin but the feel is much worse. So as you can see there are many "zones" within just one string. For me - the best alu is the one that is fresh.
Additional observation - I really like the Ice Blue color version
. It's a bit more comfortable I think. Slightly more power maybe.... Or maybe my brain is just playing games with me
1.25 version is pretty much what you expect from switching gauges. Nothing really different there. Slightly more power, slightly higher launch, bigger sweet spot, better bite, less tension stability and worse string durability. Of course i prefer 1.30 in my open 16x19 racquet and actually it increases the value of alu power imo.
I can have this string for a pretty good price but I have to rate it based on market value.
I should add that there is no place on court where this string will dissapoint. All mistakes on you ! I really like it on my 2nd serves too !
Tested this string in Angell TC95 16x19 and Angell TC100 16x19
launch angle as expected with 1.30 gauge. Very controllable - especially when fresh
comfort is good for me although after the tournament I had some minor elbow issues. (I won that tournament)
I give this string a... 7.2 rating
- it's great out of the box and offers suprisingly big spin potential (competitive with shaped strings) while retaining the attributes of round profiles string. The price and string tension maintenance and playability duration make it slightly worse. My "golden window" where I play best with this string is quite short. Of course it's still great but for competitive matches I already found slightly better solutions
Highly recommended ! 1.30 version in 16x19 patterns is really great and offers even better value !
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