If you’re looking for a poly string with great playability, then Luxilon’s ALU Power Rough in 16 Gauge (125mm) is the perfect place to start.
With its dented and textured surface, it adds more durability to the strings, as well as far greater spin, but you sacrifice a tiny bit of power and can be hard on arms that have prior issues.
Poly strings are also excellent as one-half of a hybrid string setup, and are usually paired with a softer, multifilament or natural gut.
Key String Features:
Playability: 7 out of 10
Durability: 8 out of 10
Spin Generation: 9 out of 10
Control: 7 out of 10
Arm Comfort: 5 out of 10
- THE STRING THAT PUT POLY ON THE MAP: Luxilon Big BAnger ALU Power 16 Gauge – 125 Polyester (Poly) Tennis String Set – 40 Feet is the string that helped usher in the polyester revolution. Its firm, monofilament construction allows for much greater durability, while helping players impart heavy spin on the ball. This string is designed for advanced players.
- STRING COMPOSITION: Unlike your average poly, Luxilon combined a co-polymer or nylon with a fluorocarbon resin and aluminum fibers. The result is a durable string that offers well-above average feel for poly, and really helps those revolutions per second most advanced players are after. The dented and textured surface provides even more bite on the ball, resulting in greater revolutions per second.
- EXCELLENT IN A HYBRID SETUP: Many advanced players these days are using (2) half-sets of different strings, mixing and matching types of strings in order to create a hybrid setup that addresses specific issues. A half-set of poly string like ALU Power in your racket would help increase the life of the strings before they break, and add an ample amount of spin in the process.