There have been so many wonderful new rackets out recently that I’ve not managed to get too many string reviews in of late. However, the perfect racket is nothing without the right string, so the string reviews are back and we’ve got a great one for you with Luxilon Element.
Luxilon strings are dominated by the two big-names, Alu Power and Big Banger Original, but they have a great range of strings that caters to all types of players. Element is another co-poly string, so you can expect an emphasis on control, but it promises to offer a high level of feel that you struggle to find in other poly strings.
When we’re talking of feel from a poly string, my mind tends to think of Kirschbaum Pro Line Evolution or Solinco Hyper G, so there is plenty of competition in this corner of the market. There’s no bigger name than Luxilon in the string game though, so we were expecting big things.
For this playtest, we took Larry’s Head Graphene 360 Speed Pros, stringing one at 52lbs and the other at 46lbs. Finding the right tension with a given racket and string is always a case of trial and error, so we use two different tensions to get a better picture of how the string plays overall.
If you need some tips on string tension then take a look at Tom’s Tennis String Tension Guide. Sometimes you might think you need a new racket when in reality, a change in string and string tension can make the difference. Playing around with your string is certainly worth it compared to shelling out hundreds of dollars on a new racket!
So, from this playtest, I was looking for 4 main things – feel, comfort, decent control, and a little bit of pop. If Element can tick these four boxes then it will provide another great option in the Luxilon string lineup.
Power – 7/10
I was impressed with the balance of the Luxilon Element when it came to power and control. Often poly strings lean so far towards control without any real regard for power. This makes those strings extremely hard for beginner players to play with.
While 6.5 out of 10 still reflects a string that ers on the side of control, Luxilon Element has enough power to make it accessible for more intermediate players. When you switch from a multifilament string that tends to be more powerful, it’s easy to feel like the poly strings are just dead. With Luxilon Element though, you have a string that is a nice introduction to poly strings because it’s got enough power.
In this area, I would say the Luxilon Element is definitely ahead of Solinco Hyper G, and slightly ahead of Kirschbaum Pro Line Evolution. If you’re looking for a poly string with a bit of pop then this is a good option and we gave the Element a 7 out of 10 for power.
Control – 7.5/10
As a rule, you’re generally going to get good levels of control from a poly. This is why these strings are so popular in today’s game. You get to swing as fast as you can at the ball and you know the strings will control the racket head speed. This means you can combine spin and power in a way that’s hard to do with a multifilament string.
By the standards of poly strings, Luxilon Element isn’t that control-oriented, but it still offers a good level of control. This is the tradeoff you make between pop and control.
You may think that more pop means more power, but it really depends on your game. If you’re an advanced player with fast, confident strokes, then you will probably be able to use the control to hit the ball harder than you would with the extra pop. However, if you have more intermediate strokes, then the extra pop might well give you that extra edge.
Luxilon Element does a nice job of being a middle ground when it comes to power and control. It’s got a little something in there for everyone and there are a wide range of players who would enjoy playing with it.
We gave Luxilon Element a 7.5 out of 10 for control.
Touch – 7/10
I always find this category a little bit difficult because touch is quite a subjective thing. Some people enjoy the really stiff feel of something like Babolat RPM Blast whereas other players just can’t stand the “board-like” feel.
Personally, I feel pretty at home with the stiff polys, but I can understand why a lot of players prefer something softer and more forgiving. Luxilon Element is certainly more touch-friendly for the majority of players I would say.
It’s soft, has plenty of give to absorb the ball and keep it on the strings for longer, and for most people, this would equate to good touch. This isn’t something that you commonly find with poly strings, and sets the Luxilon Element out as a go to feel string in the Luxilon range.
If touch features quite high up your wishlist when you’re shopping for strings then you will find you enjoy Luxilon Element. We gave it a 7 out of 10 for touch.
Spin – 7.5/10
The second thing poly strings are famous for is spin. These strings have helped us change the way tennis is played by greatly increasing our ability to hit spin. Again, Luxilon Element isn’t too spin-friendly by the standards of a poly, but it still has plenty to offer.
This was the area of the playtest where I had to make the biggest adjustment because I’m used to Babolat RPM Blast, which offers quite a bit more spin. When you’re playing with an 18 x 20 string pattern, your racket is already making it that little bit harder to get spin so you want your strings to offer plenty of spin and Luxilon Element doesn’t do that in the same way as something like RPM Blast.
So, perhaps, if you’re using an 18 x 20 racket with a tight string pattern, you might want something a little bit more spin-friendly than the Luxilon Element, but in any other situation, I think it does more than enough on the spin side of things.
We gave Luxilon Element a 7.5 out of 10 for spin. It’s certainly not the most spin-friendly string out there, but it does offer a nice middle-ground.
Durability – 6/10
This was one of the weakest areas for Luxilon Element. I’m not used to breaking too many strings but I did manage to break this one quite quickly. Durability is pretty important for me with strings and unfortunately, I found Luxilon Element did fall down a little bit here.
This isn’t a deal-breaker by any means, but if you’re someone who really values durability then perhaps this isn’t the right string for you. However, if you’re used to multifilament strings then you probably won’t notice too much of a difference in this area.
6 out of 10 is Luxilon Element’s weakest score for this playtest, and on a personal note, it is probably the main thing that would stop me from switching to this string.
Comfort – 7.5/10
Luxilon Element was back in its comfort zone when it came to comfort. For a poly string, this is very comfortable to play with, with good cushioning and vibration dampening.
Polys are notorious for being particularly stiff and not offering much in the way of comfort. Luxilon Element is one of those strings that bucks the trend though and your wrists and elbows will appreciate it.
There’s not much more you can ask for from a poly when it comes to comfort and we gave it a 7.5 out of 10.
Overall – 7.5/10
Overall, Luxilon Element is a good option for players who look for a combination of feel, comfort, and control.
The only area where I found Luxilon Element to be a little bit weak was on durability. I’m used to playing with an extremely durable poly so I hardly ever have to go into the shop to get my racket restrung. However, Element didn’t last quite as long as I expected, which could start to get expensive if you’re a prolific string breaker.
If push came to shove, I would probably choose the Kirschbaum Pro Line Evolution over Luxilon Element, but it’s a close call.
We gave Luxilon Element an overall score of 7.5 out of 10.
Review by: Will