Sneak Peek: Luxilon ALU Power Soft

With a large following on the pro tour as well as with competitive recreational players, the Luxilon ALU Power line is introducing another string into the family this month, Luxilon ALU Power Soft. As its name alludes, it is a tad softer than ALU Power and offers excellent control, durability and spin potential. Chris and I took this string out for a several week playtest and found the string offered a crisp, medium firmness feel and a consistent response. We were most impressed by the durability as after 2-3 weeks, we had plenty of life left. We did find the string to be low powered and would recommend it to big hitters who want to be able to play offensively with accuracy. Check out the video above right now for our complete thoughts and look for the written review when the product launches.

Upsides:

  • Control
  • Spin
  • Durability
  • Feel

Downsides:

  • Low Powered
  • Too firm and underpowered for beginners

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Poly strings for every budget!

Poly Strings: Save vs Splurge

For a great many professional tennis players, there is no substitute for Luxilon strings. My splurge this week is one of the most iconic Luxilon strings, Big Banger Original, which was among the first crop of Luxilon co-polys to start popping up on the pro tour in the late 1990s-early 2000s. For those who want to get the firm feel and incredible control of the Big Banger Original without having to spend over $10, I would recommend Solinco Outlast. While no two strings play exactly alike, I think Outlast is a worthy substitute for Big Banger Original. Psst: it also received a higher spin rating in our TWU string lab.

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Women’s Tennis Backpacks for every budget!

Women's Tennis Backpacks: Save vs Splurge

What do you carry your tennis equipment in?  A large 12 pack? A smaller more convenient 3 pack? Or the more mobile backpack? For this week’s save vs splurge, I choose two sleek black backpacks at two different price points.  For my save, I chose the Jet CoolJet Bag in Ostrich Ink. You can carry one oversized racquet or two smaller racquets in a specialized compartment. There are tons of accessory pockets to stay organized as well as a convertible strap to turn a shoulder strap into two backpack straps. For my splurge, I chose the ultra-luxurious Court Couture Hampton Backpack Bag. This bag has a slightly bigger racquet compartment that can hold two oversized racquets. The fun polka dot interior has enough room to hold your other equipment along with several accessory pockets and detachable backpack straps.

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