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String of the Year 2006 Survey

November 13 - December 10, 2006

The String of the Year 2006 survey is finished. 70 Stringforum users have participated in the survey. Many thanks to all people who submitted their votes!

Very important note: The result of this survey is based on opinion, not on testing. This means that it is not mandatory for the participants of this survey to have tested the strings they vote for. String reviews based on testing are collected in the ratings database. To see the strings with the best test results, please go to the Top5 Lists in the ratings database.

Congratulations to the Signum Pro Poly Plasma, which defended its title from last year, and Wilson NXT - they receive this year's title "String of the Year"!
Newcomer of the Year is the Signum Pro Plasma HEXtreme, which won a very tight race against Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour in that category.

In the Poly section, Signum Pro Poly Plasma 1.18 reached the top ranks in the categories Control, Feel, and Spin. Luxilon scored in the Comfort (Luxilon Big Banger Ace), Durability and Tension Stability (both Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power) categories. Topspin Cyber Flash won this year's title in the Power department.

In the Non-Poly section, Babolat X-Cel Premium got the top rank in the Comfort, Feel and Power categories, Head Rip Control 16L received the title in the Durability and Tension Stability departments, and Wilson NXT won the Control category.

Complete result:

Poly of the Year 2006 Poly
RankStringScore
1 Signum Pro Poly Plasma 93
2 Topspin Cyber Flash 63
3 Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 50
4 Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power Rough 34
5 Signum Pro Plasma HEXtreme 29
6 Kirschbaum Competition 28
7 Pro's Pro Plus Power 22
8 Tecnifibre Pro RedCode 21
9 Babolat Pro Hurricane 15
9 Luxilon Big Banger Ace 15
11 Luxilon Big Banger Ti-Mo 13
11 Pacific Poly Force 13
13 Luxilon Big Banger Original 12
14 Topspin Poly Polar 10
15 Pacific Force 17 9
16 Kirschbaum Touch Turbo 8
17 Kirschbaum P˛ 7
18 Polyfibre Poly-Hightec TCS 3
18 Tecnifibre Spinfire 3
20 Babolat Tour Duralast 1
Non-Poly of the Year 2006 Non-Poly
RankStringScore
1 Wilson NXT 61
2 Babolat X-Cel Premium 45
3 Signum Pro Fiber High Tec EXP 40
4 Isospeed Professional 37
5 Gosen OG-Sheep Micro 31
6 Head Rip Control 29
7 Wilson Sensation 25
8 Head IntelliTour 20
9 Babolat Powergy 19
9 Prince Synthetic Gut DF 19
11 Head Rip PerfectControl 17
12 Isospeed Control 12
13 Isospeed Energetic 11
14 Völkl Power-Fiber II 10
15 Topspin Sence Seven 7
16 Head Synthetic Gut PPS 5
16 Pro's Pro Inferno 5
18 Topspin Fibretouch 4
19 Prince Lightning XX 2
19 Wilson Stamina 2

Newcomer of the Year 2006 Newcomer
RankStringScore
1 Signum Pro Plasma HEXtreme 74
2 Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour 73
3 Tecnifibre Pro RedCode 44
4 Head FXP Power 28
5 Pro Supex Big Ace 24
5 Tecnifibre Multifeel 24
7 Polystar Profile 17
8 Dunlop M-Fil Tour 12
9 Pro's Pro Nano Cyber Power 10
10 Pro Supex Premier Ace 5
10 Wilson W Reflection 5
12 Völkl V-Xplosion 4
13 Pro's Pro Intense Heat 3
14 Dunlop Dynamite 2
15 Pro's Pro Hexaspin 1
16 Völkl BB Energy String 0

Durability (Poly)
RankStringScore
1 Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 16L 82
2 Signum Pro Poly Plasma 1.28 73
3 Babolat Pro Hurricane 1.30 54
4 Topspin Cyber Flash 1.25 53
5 Signum Pro Poly Plasma 1.23 40
6 Luxilon Big Banger Original 16 37
7 Luxilon Big Banger Ti-Mo 17 18
8 Pacific Poly Force 17 17
9 Babolat Ballistic Polymono 16 5
10 Völkl V-Xplosion 1.30 0
Durability (Non-Poly)
RankStringScore
1 Head Rip Control 16L 55
2 Prince Synthetic Gut DF 16 48
3 Wilson Sensation 16 34
4 Gosen OG-Sheep Micro 16 29
5 Isospeed Energetic 16 22
6 Isospeed Control 16 20
7 Head Rip Control 17L 15
8 Head Rip PerfectControl 1.30 15
9 Head IntelliTour 17 14
10 Head IntelliString 1.28/1.23 12

Power (Poly)
RankStringScore
1 Topspin Cyber Flash 1.25 78
2 Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power Rough 16L 54
3 Kirschbaum Touch Turbo 1.25 33
4 Kirschbaum Super Smash 1.20 21
5 Polystar Energy 16L 20
6 Pacific Force 17 17 15
7 Pro's Pro Intense Heat 1.25 16
8 Polyfibre Poly-Hightec 1.20 12
9 Polyfibre Poly-Hightec 1.10 1
9 Polyfibre Poly-Hightec 1.25 1
Power (Non-Poly)
RankStringScore
1 Babolat X-Cel Premium 16 56
2 Isospeed Professional 17 34
3 Babolat Powergy 16 26
4 Head Synthetic Gut PPS 17 24
5 Isospeed Energetic 16 20
6 Head Rip PerfectControl 1.30 19
7 Head IntelliTour 17 14
7 Prince Lightning XX 16 14
9 MSV Synthetic Gut Energy-X 16 4
10 Head Tournament 15L 2

Control (Poly)
RankStringScore
1 Signum Pro Poly Plasma 1.18 85
2 Signum Pro Poly Plasma 1.23 74
3 Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 16L 49
4 Kirschbaum Competition 1.20 40
5 Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power Rough 16L 32
6 Luxilon Big Banger Original 16 21
7 Luxilon Big Banger Ti-Mo 17 19
8 Luxilon Big Banger Ace 18 15
9 Pacific Force 17 17 12
10 Pro's Pro Plus Power 1.28 11
Control (Non-Poly)
RankStringScore
1 Wilson NXT 16 63
2 Head Rip Control 16L 33
3 Prince Synthetic Gut DF 17 31
4 Wilson Sensation 17 30
5 Head IntelliTour 17 29
6 Babolat Powergy 16 25
6 Isospeed Professional 17 25
8 Head Rip Control 17L 19
9 Isospeed Control 16 18
10 Head Rip PerfectControl 1.30 16

Feel (Poly)
RankStringScore
1 Signum Pro Poly Plasma 1.18 107
2 Topspin Cyber Flash 1.25 49
3 Luxilon Big Banger Ace 18 43
4 Kirschbaum Competition 1.20 40
5 Pro's Pro Plus Power 1.18 18
6 Tecnifibre Spinfire 1.25 17
7 Kirschbaum Touch Turbo 1.25 16
8 Pro's Pro Plus Power 1.28 15
9 Polyfibre Poly-Hightec 1.10 3
10 Tecnifibre Polyspin 1.275 2
Feel (Non-Poly)
RankStringScore
1 Babolat X-Cel Premium 16 71
2 Wilson NXT 16 69
3 Isospeed Professional 17 37
4 Wilson Sensation 16 24
5 Head Rip Control 17L 22
6 Head IntelliTour 17 20
7 Babolat Powergy 16 18
8 Isospeed Control 16 8
9 Head Rip PerfectControl 1.30 5
10 Prince Lightning XX 16 3

Comfort (Poly)
RankStringScore
1 Luxilon Big Banger Ace 18 53
2 Signum Pro Plasma HEXtreme 1.25 43
3 Tecnifibre Pro RedCode 17 40
4 Kirschbaum Touch Turbo 1.25 39
5 Polystar Energy 16L 22
6 Pro's Pro Plus Power 1.28 20
7 Tecnifibre Spinfire 1.25 16
8 Polyfibre Poly-Hightec 1.20 9
9 Polyfibre Poly-Hightec 1.10 6
10 Polyfibre Poly-Hightec 1.25 3
Comfort (Non-Poly)
RankStringScore
1 Babolat X-Cel Premium 16 96
2 Wilson Sensation 16 55
3 Isospeed Professional 17 41
4 Head Rip Control 17L 30
5 Isospeed Control 16 13
6 Topspin Sence Seven 1.32 11
7 Head Synthetic Gut PPS 17 10
8 Head Rip PerfectControl 1.30 9
9 Pro's Pro Inferno 16 6
10 Topspin Fibretouch 1.30 3

Spin (Poly)
RankStringScore
1 Signum Pro Poly Plasma 1.18 70
2 Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power Rough 16L 69
3 Signum Pro Plasma HEXtreme 1.25 62
4 Topspin Cyber Flash 1.25 49
5 Luxilon Big Banger Ace 18 40
6 Kirschbaum Super Smash 1.20 10
7 Pro's Pro Plus Power 1.28 9
8 Pro's Pro Cyber Spin 1.30 8
9 Polyfibre Poly-Hightec 1.10 2
10 Polyfibre Poly-Hightec TCS 1.20 1
Spin (Non-Poly)
RankStringScore
1 Head Rip Control 16L 42
2 Babolat Powergy 16 32
3 Isospeed Professional 17 30
4 Head Rip Control 17L 31
5 Head Synthetic Gut PPS 17 26
6 Prince Synthetic Gut DF 16 21
7 Head IntelliTour 17 20
8 Head Rip PerfectControl 1.30 15
9 Head IntelliString 1.28/1.23 9
10 Isospeed Energetic 16 7

Tension Stability (Poly)
RankStringScore
1 Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 16L 78
2 Topspin Cyber Flash 1.25 67
3 Signum Pro Poly Plasma 1.18 58
4 Signum Pro Poly Plasma 1.23 48
5 Signum Pro Poly Plasma 1.28 38
6 Kirschbaum Competition 1.20 27
7 Luxilon Big Banger Original 16 24
8 Pacific Poly Force 17 14
9 Luxilon Big Banger Ace 18 13
10 Pro's Pro Plus Power 1.28 11
Tension Stability (Non-Poly)
RankStringScore
1 Babolat X-Cel Premium 16 53
2 Head Rip Control 16L 41
3 Prince Synthetic Gut DF 16 34
4 Isospeed Energetic 16 26
5 Head IntelliTour 17 23
6 Topspin Sence Seven 1.32 17
6 Wilson Stamina 16 17
8 Head Rip Control 17L 12
9 Babolat Powergy 16 10
10 Pro's Pro Inferno 16 7