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String of the Year 2009 Survey

December 3 - 22, 2009

The String of the Year 2009 survey is finished. 147 members participated in this survey in order to vote for their favorite strings. 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.

There was actually no surprise in the Non-Poly department: Babolat VS Team is still dominating in all categories except durability and won the title "Non-Poly of the Year" for the third time in a row. Also when looking at the best performing non-poly, non-gut string, Tecnifibre X-One Biphase defeated its position by becoming second only to natural gut in 6 categories and winning the durability category.

In the Poly department, we see the return of a legend: Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power won the title "Poly of the Year", defeating newcomer Tecnifibre Black Code which was clearly voted "Newcomer of the Year". While Alu Power also won the "Control" and "Durability" categories, Black Code topped the "Comfort" and "Spin" departments. Signum Pro Poly Plasma 1.23 is still the number one tension holding poly while its thinner gauge 1.18 won the "Feel" category.

Other top newcomers of 2009 like Signum Pro Tornado and Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power Spin have not yet established a leading position in the corresponding categories, but let's watch them closely in 2010!

Final result (most popular strings in 2009):

Poly of the Year 2009 Poly
Rank StringScore
1 Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 161
2 Tecnifibre Black Code 140
3 Signum Pro Poly Plasma 123
4 MSV Focus - HEX® 121
5 Signum Pro Tornado 79
6 Topspin Cyber Flash 76
7 Kirschbaum Pro Line No. II 66
8 WeissCANNON Silverstring 65
9 Topspin Cyber Blue 64
10 Luxilon Big Banger Original 48
11 Polystar Energy 23
12 Luxilon Big Banger Ace 22
13 MSV Co-Focus 17
14 Pro's Pro Plus Power 13
15 Unique Tourna Poly Big Hitter 7
Non-Poly of the Year 2009 Non-Poly
Rank StringScore
1 Babolat VS Team 214
2 Tecnifibre X-One Biphase 199
3 Babolat VS Touch 128
4 Wilson NXT Tour 68
5 Gamma Live Wire Professional 46
6 Head Rip Control 39
7 Babolat VS Tonic+ Ball Feel 34
8 Pacific Classic Gut 33
9 Tecnifibre Multifeel 30
10 WeissCANNON Explosiv! 27
11 Signum Pro Fiber High Tec EXP 22
12 Isospeed Professional 19
  Head IntelliTour 19
14 Isospeed Professional+ 14
15 Isospeed Control 13

Newcomer of the Year 2009 Newcomer
Rank StringScore
1 Tecnifibre Black Code 222
2 Signum Pro Tornado 116
3 Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power Spin 107
4 Luxilon M2 Pro 87
5 Babolat Revenge 71
6 Signum Pro Hyperion 53
7 Genesis Spin X 45
8 MSV Soft-Control 43
9 WeissCANNON Turbotwist 36
10 WeissCANNON 6StarString 19
11 Gamma Zo Twist 16
12 Prince EXO3 Glory 10
13 Gamma Zo Magic 8

Durability (Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 16L 212
2 Luxilon Big Banger Original 16 180
3 Signum Pro Poly Plasma 1.23 138
4 Tecnifibre Pro RedCode 16 118
  Topspin Cyber Flash 1.30 118
6 WeissCANNON Silverstring 1.20 48
7 Luxilon Big Banger Ti-Mo 17 42
8 Pro's Pro Concept 1.28 12
9 Isospeed Pyramid 1.30 10
  Pro's Pro Plus Power 1.28 10
Durability (Non-Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Tecnifibre X-One Biphase 16 164
2 Ashaway Crossfire II 16/16 108
3 Head Rip Control 16L 105
4 Prince Pro Blend DF 16/16 103
5 Wilson Reaction 16 53
6 Head IntelliTour 17 44
7 Pacific Dura Tech 16 43
8 Head FXP 16 35
  Isospeed Control 16 35
10 Isospeed Energetic 17 11

Power (Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power Rough 16L 204
2 Tecnifibre Black Code 17 142
3 Topspin Cyber Blue 1.25 140
4 Kirschbaum Pro Line No. II 1.15 98
5 Polystar Energy 17 55
6 Kirschbaum Touch Turbo 1.25 41
7 Polyfibre Poly-Hightec 1.10 39
8 Polystar Turbo 1.25 33
9 Kirschbaum Super Smash 1.20 29
  Pro's Pro Intense Heat 1.25 29
Power (Non-Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Babolat VS Team 17 237
2 Tecnifibre X-One Biphase 17 214
3 Babolat VS Touch 16 101
4 WeissCANNON Explosiv! 1.30 58
5 Babolat VS Tonic+ Ball Feel 16 39
6 Prince Lightning XX 16 36
7 Head IntelliTour 17 23
8 Babolat Conquest 17 21
  Isospeed Professional+ 1.20 21
10 Isospeed Professional 17 14

Control (Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 16L 167
2 Signum Pro Poly Plasma 1.18 164
3 Luxilon Big Banger Original 16 94
4 Luxilon Big Banger Ace 18 72
5 Signum Pro Tornado 1.23 64
6 WeissCANNON Silverstring 1.25 57
7 Kirschbaum Pro Line No. II 1.15 54
8 Kirschbaum Competition 1.20 45
9 Luxilon Big Banger Ti-Mo 17 36
10 Unique Tourna Poly Big Hitter 17 34
Control (Non-Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Babolat VS Team 17 160
2 Babolat VS Touch 16 132
3 Wilson NXT 17 106
4 Tecnifibre Promix 1.25 63
5 Head Rip Control 17L 61
6 Babolat VS Tonic+ Ball Feel 16 56
7 Babolat XCel 17 48
8 Head Rip PerfectControl 1.30 28
9 Isospeed Professional+ 1.20 27
10 Isospeed Control 16 19

Feel (Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Signum Pro Poly Plasma 1.18 177
2 Luxilon Big Banger Ace 18 159
3 Kirschbaum Pro Line No. II 1.15 121
4 Signum Pro Tornado 1.23 67
5 WeissCANNON Silverstring 1.25 66
6 Kirschbaum Touch Turbo 1.25 46
7 Tecnifibre Spinfire 1.25 41
8 Polyfibre Poly-Hightec 1.10 37
9 Pro's Pro Plus Power 1.28 20
10 Oehms Black Pearl 1.23 6
Feel (Non-Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Babolat VS Team 17 272
2 Tecnifibre X-One Biphase 17 174
3 Babolat VS Touch 16 93
4 Wilson NXT 17 69
5 Babolat VS Tonic+ Ball Feel 16 64
6 Head Rip Control 17L 42
7 Kirschbaum Touch Multifibre 1.25 30
8 Babolat XCel 17 22
9 Signum Pro Fiber High Tec EXP 1.30 17
10 Tecnifibre Promix 1.25 14

Comfort (Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Tecnifibre Black Code 17 185
2 Topspin Cyber Blue 1.25 150
3 Signum Pro Plasma Pure 1.18 141
4 Kirschbaum Pro Line No. II 1.15 85
5 Pro Supex Big Ace 1.22 71
6 Polystar Energy 17 56
7 WeissCANNON Silverstring 1.25 46
8 Ashaway MonoGut 17 34
9 Pro's Pro Red Devil 1.19 28
10 Oehms Black Pearl 1.23 9
Comfort (Non-Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Babolat VS Team 17 261
2 Tecnifibre X-One Biphase 17 176
3 Babolat VS Touch 16 127
4 Wilson NXT 17 59
5 Wilson NXT Tour 17 58
6 Babolat VS Tonic+ Ball Feel 16 51
7 WeissCANNON Explosiv! 1.30 36
8 Babolat XCel 16 32
9 Signum Pro Fiber High Tec EXP 1.30 25
10 Isospeed Control 16 9

Spin (Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Tecnifibre Black Code 17 184
2 MSV Focus - HEX® 1.23 147
3 Signum Pro Tornado 1.23 110
4 Signum Pro Plasma HEXtreme 1.25 91
5 Kirschbaum Spiky Shark 1.25 89
6 Pro Supex Blue Gear 1.25 66
7 Pro's Pro Cyber Spin 1.30 38
8 Polystar Turbo 1.25 28
9 Isospeed Pyramid 1.30 22
10 SuperString Extreme Turbo Soft V6 1.25 6
Spin (Non-Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Babolat VS Team 17 197
2 Tecnifibre X-One Biphase 17 177
3 Gosen OG-Sheep Micro 17 83
4 Head Rip Control 17L 74
5 Signum Pro Fiber High Tec EXP 1.30 33
6 Wilson Super Spin 16 31
7 Head FXP 17 30
8 Tecnifibre Multifeel 16 27
9 Head FiberGel Spin 16 24
10 Head IntelliTour 17 16

Tension Stability (Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Signum Pro Poly Plasma 1.23 207
2 Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 16L 164
3 Topspin Cyber Flash 1.25 102
4 Tecnifibre Pro RedCode 16 101
5 WeissCANNON Silverstring 1.20 85
6 Luxilon Big Banger Original 16 82
7 Luxilon Big Banger Ace 18 40
8 Pacific Poly Force 17 28
9 Pro's Pro Vendetta 1.30 21
10 Pro's Pro Plus Power 1.28 20
Tension Stability (Non-Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Babolat VS Team 17 178
2 Tecnifibre X-One Biphase 17 163
3 Babolat VS Touch 16 154
4 Babolat VS Tonic+ Ball Feel 16 74
5 Head Rip Control 17L 45
6 WeissCANNON Explosiv! 1.30 30
7 Wilson Reaction 16 28
8 Wilson Stamina 16 23
9 Head Rip PerfectControl 1.30 22
10 Isospeed Energetic 17 18