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Is Luxilon Right for you?
« on: May 06, 2008, 01:31:27 AM »
http://www.racquetsportsindustry.com/articles/2008/05/finding_the_right_mix.html

This is an extremely informative article on the new "wonderstring" on the pro tour. Anyone who has thought about getting it their racquets should read it.
It's written by Joel Drucker (who consented to field questions from members on this very board http://www.tennis4you.com/interviews/joel-drucker/joel-drucker.htm), and has quotes from Chris Lewis, former ATP pro and Wimbledon finalist, who is a member here, though he hasn't been around of late.

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Re: Is Luxilon Right for you?
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2008, 06:54:00 AM »
Thanks for the link DM!
I've been a big fan of the Lux ALU  for awhile and just recently started trying different hybrids.  I still prefer a full set of ALU tho'. :Confused:

I just love that 'dead stick' feel and prefer to run it at full tension.
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Re: Is Luxilon Right for you?
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2008, 07:46:08 AM »
for me it's the opposite.  i hit with a lot of spin and i enjoy being able to string really low and still have full control over all my shots.
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Re: Is Luxilon Right for you?
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2008, 10:05:38 AM »
I use Luxilon for the entire stringbed (18 guage).  I string pretty loose (48 lbs; Used to string at 60 with synthetic gut).  The dead feel is great for me and allows me to smack the ball pretty good and get more spin than I used to. 

I love this string!  Since I have really started using it exclusively, match losses have been few and far between (that could also mean I need to play better guys!).  I just seem to have so much more control of the ball with luxilon. 
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Re: Is Luxilon Right for you?
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2008, 05:29:18 AM »
for me it's the opposite.  i hit with a lot of spin and i enjoy being able to string really low and still have full control over all my shots.
Lower tension = more control ? :confused1:
For me, just the opposite is true. :Confused:
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Re: Is Luxilon Right for you?
« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2008, 11:57:36 AM »
for me it's the opposite.  i hit with a lot of spin and i enjoy being able to string really low and still have full control over all my shots.
Lower tension = more control ? :confused1:
For me, just the opposite is true. :Confused:

I think he's saying, since the Lux is so dead, he can string at lower tensions and still get that control feel high tension gives him, giving him more control with the lower tensions.
I'm just not sure why that is such a great feeling.

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Re: Is Luxilon Right for you?
« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2008, 03:10:14 AM »
So you'd consider luxillon to be superior to the other strings you've tried?  Right now i'm experimenting with a bunch.  I hated Head RIP control with a passion, REALLY enjoy the topspin cyberflash, and I definitely like the pro supex blue gears.
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Re: Is Luxilon Right for you?
« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2008, 05:33:31 AM »
So you'd consider luxillon to be superior to the other strings you've tried?  Right now i'm experimenting with a bunch.  I hated Head RIP control with a passion, REALLY enjoy the topspin cyberflash, and I definitely like the pro supex blue gears.
I don't know about 'superior', but for me, I like the dead feeling.
Prior to using ProStaff 85 / ALU combination, I was using the Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.2 and then the HTour.  Whatever string I used, I had to run the tension at 72-76lbs. to feel any semblance of control.  I'm only a 4.0 player, so I needed all the help I could get.  This search for maximum control led me to my current stick / string setup.
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Re: Is Luxilon Right for you?
« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2008, 08:29:35 AM »
I have been using luxilon over the past 6 months.   the other day, I tried a raquet strung with Live Wire and the balls were flying long.  Once you get used to that dead luxilon feeling, it will take an adjustment period to switch back to a "normal" string. 

I think the bottom line is that every player has his or her own preference and there are differeent types of string to suite different styles of play.  No one string is right for everyone.  In that respect, tennis strings are like women, ya' know?  :zipped:
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Re: Is Luxilon Right for you?
« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2008, 09:01:17 AM »
I have been using luxilon over the past 6 months.   the other day, I tried a raquet strung with Live Wire and the balls were flying long.  Once you get used to that dead luxilon feeling, it will take an adjustment period to switch back to a "normal" string. 

I think the bottom line is that every player has his or her own preference and there are differeent types of string to suite different styles of play.  No one string is right for everyone.  In that respect, tennis strings are like women, ya' know?  :zipped:

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Re: Is Luxilon Right for you?
« Reply #10 on: May 08, 2008, 03:56:04 PM »
for me it's the opposite.  i hit with a lot of spin and i enjoy being able to string really low and still have full control over all my shots.
Lower tension = more control ? :confused1:
For me, just the opposite is true. :Confused:

I think he's saying, since the Lux is so dead, he can string at lower tensions and still get that control feel high tension gives him, giving him more control with the lower tensions.
I'm just not sure why that is such a great feeling.

i enjoy a dampened feel i guess.  no matter how big i swing it just feels rock-solid, like im catching the ball with the strings and then whipping it away.
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Re: Is Luxilon Right for you?
« Reply #11 on: May 08, 2008, 05:53:37 PM »
I tried and all Lux string job. I couldn't wait to cut the stuff out and got back to my old string. As a hybrid it's fantastic though.

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Re: Is Luxilon Right for you?
« Reply #12 on: May 08, 2008, 10:08:31 PM »
I would like to try it.  Freebird was asking me if I had any on the shelf to shove into his next string job too.  I think I will order some and see how it feels.
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Re: Is Luxilon Right for you?
« Reply #13 on: May 08, 2008, 10:57:38 PM »
cyberflash is like lux alu at half the price.
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Re: Is Luxilon Right for you?
« Reply #14 on: May 08, 2008, 11:03:46 PM »
cyberflash is like lux alu at half the price.

I really love the cyberflashes.  I have them on one of my racquets and I think they play great.  If that's what lux alu is like...I see no point in paying double.
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Re: Is Luxilon Right for you?
« Reply #15 on: May 10, 2008, 10:47:12 AM »
cyberflash is like lux alu at half the price.

I really love the cyberflashes.  I have them on one of my racquets and I think they play great.  If that's what lux alu is like...I see no point in paying double.
Hope you get a chance to do a side by side comparison in an identical racquet at the same tension.  I would be interested to hear what you think...
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Re: Is Luxilon Right for you?
« Reply #16 on: May 10, 2008, 02:23:07 PM »
I think I might spend the $14.00 or whatever for the lux's just to find out.  I'm curious now, haha
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Re: Is Luxilon Right for you?
« Reply #17 on: May 10, 2008, 04:50:57 PM »
I think I might spend the $14.00 or whatever for the lux's just to find out.  I'm curious now, haha

I doubt it will be too much different from Cyberflash. But you never know.

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Re: Is Luxilon Right for you?
« Reply #18 on: May 10, 2008, 05:28:13 PM »
if anything it might not even be as good.  cyberflash plays softer and has better touch imo
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Re: Is Luxilon Right for you?
« Reply #19 on: May 10, 2008, 05:53:21 PM »
I really love the cyberflash a lot.

Has anyone ever used them in a hybrid with gosen sheeps?  I have some that i'm looking to use up but I don't know if a full gosen job would be good for my game.  Maybe i'll hybrid the gosens with blue gears?  hmmm..
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