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Comments: I live in the Boonies, more than an hour away from a decent stringer, so durability is a major factor for
me. This string gives me the spin I need for my topspin, great feel on the groundies and the best durability I have ever found in a
competitive string. Highly recommended! I use a Wilson K Four strung a 55 lbs. I don't notice the loss in tension that others
From: Reed, 5/14
Comments: Strung it on my Pro Staff 95 at 54lbs and its fantastic. I was using NXT Tour before and it
has by far beaten that. The frame of my 95 is so flexible it doesn't hurt my arm like before (was using a six one 95
before, which is a stiff frame). Give it a go, I really like this string.
From: Joe Jackson, 5/12
Comments: I really love these strings. Unbelievable spin and control and great durability.
From: Ben , 5/12
Comments: I use a Wilson K Six.One Tour 90 and I string with this string on the mains with Wilson K-Gut
strings on the crosses (both at 53lbs). The amount of spin you can get on your groundstrokes is phenomenal, great
pop on the serve and on flatter groundstrokes. As another reviewer said though quick racquet head speed when hitting
your shots is a must. I found that if my arm didn't move fast enough into the strokes, I was spraying shots well beyond
the baseline. Great strings if you wanna be aggressive!
From: Babak, 9/11
Comments: The first 4 hours was heaven for me. After that, I fell from the sky like a burning rock into
the deepest dark ocean. I don't know what happened. The string was strung at 55 lbs and just died on me a few hours
after. Literally! I felt it was a waste of money.
From: Marc, 9/11
Comments: I love this string. My racquet has a dense string pattern and this string really helps me keep
the ball in so I can focus on being aggressive. I strung it at 54/52 and it feels amazing. The strings never moving is an
From: Javier, Sunnyside, WA, USA. 5/11
Comments: Excellent strings!! I rely on power and spin for my game. I find these strings very durable.
They lose tension in the first 2 days, consider this when stringing. I use them at 25 kg on my Babolat PD.
From: Fabio, Italy, 09/10
Comments: I use both Alu Power Rough and this one for more than 3 years now, in full bed setup. Both
are outstanding strings if you are an aggressive and explosive player (these are control oriented strings with less power
than the majority of other strings). And they are overall interchangeable as far as I am concerned. Alu Power Rough
provides a bit more of spin and probably a tad more of feel. But Original Rough lasts longer and keeps the elasticity
and tension longer too.
From: Christian, France, 08/10
Comments: I love this string, make sure you swing fast, you key in, man, really makes your baseline
From: Jon, Lincoln, NE, USA, 08/10
Comments: The racquet I play with is a Wilson K factor K six-one tour 90. I have been using the Luxilon
Big Banger rough 16 ever since I switched to this racquet. I am a 4.0 player with a big serve and big forehand. It has
given my game more power and spin on the groundies and more pop on the serve. I don't see myself switching to
another string anytime soon. It is a must have string for big-hitters and frequent string-breakers.
From: Ralph, Richmond, VA, USA, 09/09
Comments: Offers more power and spin than Pro Hurricane Tour but sacrifices a little bit of control..
Definitely more comfortable and arm forgiving than Pro Hurricane Tour. Worthy of try!! Gonna stick with it.
From: Adhitya, Jakarta, Indonesia. 8/09
Comments: THE BEST STRING EVER! Great spin and control. Used to use Prince Synth Gut and this Big
Banger Rough added 25% more spin and control with no sacrifice in power (well, maybe 5%, but loss of power not an
issue!). In six months of play 3x a week at 5.0 level, the strings still have NOT MOVED! Great strings. If you want a little
more power and a little less spin, use the Luxilon hybrid. Lots of power and still very good spring.
From: Don, Pipersville, PA, USA. 3/09
Comments: Love this string. Once I found the right tension for this racquet, this string added so much
power and spin. I will never ever ever switch to another string!!!
From: Darrin N., Houston, TX, USA. 2/09
Comments: Do not string 10% lower, or the string will be terrible and will feel really bad. If I get this
again I will be stringing more like 3-5% lower rather than 10%. But besides that I liked the string. 53 pounds k 6.1
From: Josh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. 2/09
Comments: I simply don't understand the fawning adoration these strings get. First I strung them hybrid
at my regular tension (60), but that *killed* my elbow. Then I dropped it down to 54, per the instructions. So now I have
a tension I don't like, and strings that *still* hurt my elbow. Tore them out, and won't use again. While they were in, felt
OK, produced good spin, but the downside is too great for me - low tension requirements and elbow destroyers. Prior
to using these, I had never had any elbow problems at all.
From: Anon, Miami, FL. 2/09
4.0 - 4.5
Comments: Editing from my last post, this string does not last long. Just one week and it broke right in
From: anonymous, san ramon, ca. 2/09
Comments: Just even looking back on the dates of these reviews, you can see how popular Luxilon
(polyester in general) strings have become in such a short period of time, and how they have revolutionized the game
of tennis. There was one review for Big Banger Original in 2003, two in 2005, and since 2007 there have been like 15.
That speaks for itself. This in the mains at 59 with VS Gut 16 in the crosses at 57 is just unbelievable. The spin
production is ridiculous, great feel, and supple power. What more could you ask for? Truly a great poly. I would
recommend, though, that you string it significantly looser than you other non-poly strings. I used to use Tecnifibre X-
one full stringbed at 64, but this stuff feels like a board that tight.
From: Anon, 11/08
Comments: These strings are the best strings around for a Western grip forehand. I take monster rips at
the ball, right off the bounce, and it falls in every time. However, these strings are only for the serious player. When the
ball hits, it flies at my tennis partner so fast. If you don't hit through the court and hard, the ball will land short. I used
Wilson NXT Tours for years, but these strings, strung at 56lbs, are my new strings. Perfect strings
From: Robert, MD, USA, 09/08
Comments: I am a high school freshman and I hybrid strung this at 55 lbs with Tecnifibre X-One Biphase
crosses at 52 lbs on my Dunlop Aerogel 200, and I loved it! It had great spin when I first hit it, but once I broke them
in, I could get real power and control. I am a semi western topspin forehand and a one-handed backhand and my NTRP
level is 4.0. The X-One wasn't very durable, and it broke after about 2 weeks (I usually break strings every 1-2
months). This time I
am going to try stringing the whole thing with the Luxilon at 55 and see how it feels
From: connor, raleigh, NC, usa. 6/08
Comments: I have had this string for close to a year now. I had it strung before my high school season,
and I used the same racquet and sting the whole season, and it never broke. This string has a great amount of power
and control in it. I recommend this string for everyone.
From: Edmond, Green, OHIO. 6/08
Comments: I've played with a lot of polyester type strings. I've put a lot of ALU Power sets in my
racquets, hybrids with gut and multis so I feel I know strings. Although the best stringbed out there is gut and ALU
Power, if I am going with an all poly bed I go with Big Banger original. I've heard from a lot of people that this string is
stiff and hurts the arms, but I didn't experience this at all. I strung it at 56 lbs, and it feels great. It's a great string for
makers I really think. Guys like Gasquet and now Safin are using it. All the clay courters use it because they grew up
with it and it's very durable, but I was amazed at how much control it has. With the first hit with it there was so much
topspin, but once you break them in incredible shot-making can be achieved. You can really plow through the ball with
this string. I will be sticking to this string for a while now. I am anxious to try it with a hybrid.
From: Colin, Seattle. 3/08
Comments: After playing with this string, I can see why clay courters could use this string for the
amount of spin you can put on the ball. It also has a lot of control, and you can hit the ball in from any part of the
court. I didn't find it too stiff like others here did. Definitely string it below 57 pounds.
From: Anon. 1/08
Comments: I'm a high school junior, and I just got these strung and played with them and they are all
right. I use a Babolat AeroPro Drive racquet and strung these at 60 lbs. not perfect for me but are better than average.
Personally I don't like them but I'm sure a lot of others will like these as they are very good strings. At 60 lbs on my
racquet, they have excellent spin, but feel is not to my taste. They are somewhat soft on the racquet and provide a
trampoline effect without the power. They do not move at all as I am a western gripped topspin hitter. On serves they
are amazing, though, I am a continental flat or kick server (kick goes about 6 ft.) Overall, nice spin, nice power, nice on
serve, and average on feel.
From: Anon. 12/07
Comments: I hybridize Big Banger Original 16 Rough as the mains with Wilson NXT 16 as crosses on my
n6.1 95. This setup is great for me. I can feel the ball pocket in the stringbed, which gives great touch at net and plenty
of spin from the baseline and on the serve. The Wilson NXT softens things up and wears remarkably well since the
strings stay put. Compared to an all NXT string job, the addition of BB Original Rough allows me to swing out and have
my shots fall just inside the baseline. I also feel I can control heavy serves and groundstrokes better with the addition
of BB Rough.
From: Duane, Colorado, USA. 10/07
Comments: These strings are really good. For me they are very durable. The ALU power strings, the
Babolat Hurricanes, the Tecnifibre Red Code and the Polyfibre TCS, all lost their tension completely after a month, and I
can't play with a soft stringbed, so they weren't my cup of tea. But now I've found what rocks: The Big Banger Original
Rough! I'm playing with a 29kg string in my Babolat Pure Storm Racquet.
From: Brett, Aalborg, Jutland, Denmark. 10/07
Comments: A lot of power, pretty good spin, fairly nice durability, loses tension quickly. Tension @ 59,
Babalot AeroPro Drive... a 6.5 out of 10 for me.
From: Heath, Salyersville, KY, USA, 09/07
Comments: Used in a hybrid setup (Luxilon mains @ 54lbs & syn. gut crosses @ 52lbs) in my Wilson
nCode 6.1 95. Compared to multifilaments it's not as arm friendly (stiff), lacks power, loses tension pretty fast but has
great durability (no notching whatsoever in 2 months of play). Also, this lack of power allows you to hit fully without
fear of the ball going out and control is superb, especially on touch shots. To new users of Luxilon: Don't go
overboard on tension to avoid arm/wrist problems.
From: Thomas, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 08/07
Comments: I had my racquet strung with Wilson Reaction as well as my crosses, but I used 16 gauge
results. Good combination of soft but crisp feel of the pre-stretched Reaction and the Big Banger Rough, which, though
not actually feel "rough" texture-wise, it somehow does seem to add a good amount of spin to my relatively flat
which I'm pleased about. The combination has given me confidence to really swing out a little more aggressively, more
that I will be able to keep my flat like topspin groundstrokes in.
From: Terry, 12/05
String Tension: 53lbs
Comments: I'm a 3.5 player and this string is a great string. It provides great spin and added power. If
trouble with spin, this is a great string. You need to angle the shots wider outside to get it away from the middle
though. I play
w/nTour 105 @ 57lbs.
From: Taylor, Waipahu, HI, USA. 11/05
Comments: My doubles partner turned me on to it. I always used just regular nylon and said that string
matter, but when I tried it balls that where sailing a foot out started falling in. I could tell by the way opponents
that it had made my serve and my groundstrokes a lot heavier. Plus it is nice not having to restring every two to three
days and I
not think it had any less feel than the nylon I was playing with before.
From: Shaun, Burlington, NC, USA. 9/05
Comments: Like most of the Luxilon's 16g strings, this string lasts for a long
time. I have been playing with the string for a month now and it has not shown any sign of
breakage. It has adequate spin but I find it hard to hit a good sharp angled cross court
because the string is too stiff. Overall, you get durability, adequate spin, but not too much in
touch and feel.
From: Huey, San Jose, CA, USA. 9/03