There are many good comments on the subject of strings in the posting below this one. And Tuesday, I played singles with my young, lefty friend and used racquets with BOTH the new Luxilon strings and the old Techno-fiber strings.
What I found was the Luxilon Big Banger 17 gave me more control, allowed me to swing harder; but with less power. When I switched to the racquet with the Techno-fiber strings the ball jumped off the strings more and landed 2-3 longer, with the same swing. So the key question for me is: Is it better to have a racquet that allows me to swing harder (and probably put more topspin on the ball); or to have one that does more of the work for me? Seems to me, that the free/hard swing is better than having the controlled, more powerful swing. Like the pro golfers who will use a longer, rather than shorter, iron so that they can swing loosely and not press on their swing.
What do you think?