The Right Strings – At the US Open, announcer Jim Courier talked about the popularity and benefits of the new Luxilon strings. My regular Tuesday New Hampshire singles partner, Bruce Cassella, also uses and swears by the benefits of the string. But are they right for everyone?
Bruce uses the Big Banger Rough and is convinced it helps him put much more topspin on his strokes and â€œlasts forever.â€ But Mike Lewis, pro at my Pelican Bay Florida club, cautions about this mono-filament string.
He feels that it starts off feeling stiff and providing more control, then loosens up too quickly; and he is concerned about the lack of flexibility causing arm problems.
I am now trying Luxilon Big Banger Timo 17 gauge (thinner than most normal stringing, which is done at 16 gauge). My normal string used has been multi-filament Techno-fiber, strung in a hybrid pattern combination of 16 and 17 gauges.
When I compare the two, it seems that the Luxilon â€“ even without having the rough version â€“ does provide more control and spin; but that the groundstokes are about five feet shorter than the Techno-fiber. Mike Lewis feels that the multi-filament strings create â€œa pocketâ€ that holds the ball longer and creates more power.
Since my motivation is NOT to save money on strings but to have the strings help my game, I wonder which is better for me. Anyone have any expertise, experience, or opinions?