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String of the Year 2010 Survey

December 6 - 26, 2010

The String of the Year 2010 survey is finished. A record 200 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.

This year's survey was almost a 100% confirmation of the 2009 results. No surprises in the Poly and NonPoly departments.

Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power dominated the Poly department and won the title Poly of the Year 2010 and was voted winner in the Durability category. The fact that also the categories Power (Big Banger Alu Power Rough), Control (Big Banger Original 16), and Feel (Big Banger Ace 18) were won by Luxilon strings underlines their constant popularity on the international monofilament market despite the strong competition. Kirschbaum Pro Line No. II 1.15 was voted most comfortable poly 2010, Tecnifibre Black Code 18 was voted winner in the Spin category, and this year Signum Pro Poly Plasma 1.23 won the Tension Stability category.

The NonPoly department was again dominated by Babolat VS Team, and Tecnifibre X-One Biphase confirmed again its position as the most popular non-poly, non-gut string.

With the Babolat RPM Blast we have again a black, textured poly winning the title Newcomer of the Year after having the Tecnifibre Black Code winning in 2009. If there is one surprise in 2010, it's the Solinco Tour Bite being the runner-up in the poll for the Newcomer of the Year.

Final result (most popular strings in 2010):

Poly of the Year 2010 Poly
Rank StringScore
1 Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 203
2 Tecnifibre Black Code 162
3 Babolat RPM Blast 151
4 Signum Pro Tornado 140
5 MSV Focus - HEX® 120
6 Solinco Tour Bite 109
7 Kirschbaum Pro Line No. II 98
8 Signum Pro Poly Plasma 81
9 WeissCANNON Scorpion 76
10 WeissCANNON Silverstring 59
11 WeissCANNON Turbotwist 55
12 Luxilon Big Banger Ace 52
13 Pro Supex Big Ace Micro 39
14 Topspin Cyber Twirl Natural 24
  Signum Pro Hyperion 24
Non-Poly of the Year 2010 Non-Poly
Rank StringScore
1 Babolat VS Team 227
2 Tecnifibre X-One Biphase 193
3 Babolat VS Touch 153
4 Wilson NXT 81
5 Tecnifibre NRG2 78
6 WeissCANNON Explosiv! 64
7 Head Rip Control 49
8 Gamma Live Wire Professional 43
9 Isospeed Professional 41
10 WeissCANNON 6StarString Supercharged 33
11 Isospeed Control 32
12 Bow Brand Professional Natural Gut 23
13 Signum Pro Micronite 21
14 Gamma TNT 20
15 Kirschbaum Touch Multifibre 12

Newcomer of the Year 2010 Newcomer
Rank StringScore
1 Babolat RPM Blast 249
2 Solinco Tour Bite 162
3 Tecnifibre X.Code 115
4 Genesis Typhoon 85
5 Luxilon Adrenaline 84
6 MSV Hepta-TWIST 77
7 WeissCANNON Mosquito Bite 62
8 Topspin Cyber Twirl Black 59
9 Kirschbaum Helix 47
10 SuperString Viper V9 Terre Multi 34
11 Mantis Power Polyester 33
12 Signum Pro Micronite 28
13 Isospeed Axon multi 24
14 361nation 361 16
15 Isospeed Axon mono 7

Durability (Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 16L 220
2 Luxilon Big Banger Original 16 158
3 Signum Pro Poly Plasma 1.23 139
4 Babolat Pro Hurricane 16 117
5 Topspin Cyber Flash 1.30 108
6 Babolat Tour Duralast 1.30 66
  Kirschbaum Pro Line No. II 1.30 66
8 Wilson Enduro Pro 16 39
9 Pro's Pro Plus Power 1.28 35
10 Unique Tourna Poly Big Hitter Silver 17 29
Durability (Non-Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Tecnifibre X-One Biphase 16 204
2 Head Rip Control 16 143
3 Tecnifibre NRG2 16 115
4 Gamma TNT 16 78
5 Prince Topspin DF 15L 63
6 Isospeed Control 16 59
7 Wilson Reaction 16 51
8 Isospeed Energetic Plus 1.30 27
9 Isospeed Professional+ 1.20 24
10 Isospeed Energetic 16 12

Power (Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power Rough 16L 256
2 Topspin Cyber Blue 1.25 156
3 Polystar Energy 17 129
4 Signum Pro Tornado 1.17 127
5 Kirschbaum Pro Line No. II 1.15 95
6 Kirschbaum Touch Turbo 1.25 36
7 Polyfibre Poly-Hightec 1.20 27
  Polystar Turbo 1.25 27
9 Kirschbaum Helix 1.25 24
10 Pro's Pro Intense Heat 1.25 23
Power (Non-Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Babolat VS Team 17 335
2 Tecnifibre X-One Biphase 17 173
3 Babolat VS Touch 16 136
4 WeissCANNON Explosiv! 1.30 93
5 Isospeed Professional 17 32
6 Isospeed Professional+ 1.20 29
7 WeissCANNON 6StarString Supercharged 1.30 20
8 Kirschbaum Touch Multifibre 1.25 16
9 Prince Lightning XX 16 14
10 Isospeed Energetic Plus 1.30 9

Control (Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Luxilon Big Banger Original 16 165
2 WeissCANNON Scorpion 1.22 137
3 Signum Pro Tornado 1.23 134
4 Signum Pro Poly Plasma 1.18 117
5 Luxilon Big Banger Ace 18 91
6 Kirschbaum Pro Line No. II 1.30 79
7 Pro Supex Blue Gear 1.25 69
8 Signum Pro Hyperion 1.24 55
9 Kirschbaum Competition 1.20 41
10 Luxilon Monotec Supersense 16L 31
Control (Non-Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Babolat VS Team 17 230
2 Babolat VS Touch 16 129
3 Tecnifibre NRG2 17 91
4 Wilson NXT 17 79
5 Head Rip Control 17 72
6 Isospeed Control 16 57
7 Tecnifibre Promix 1.25 52
8 Head Rip PerfectControl 1.30 41
9 Babolat XCel 17 32
10 Gamma TNT 16 23

Feel (Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Luxilon Big Banger Ace 18 165
2 Kirschbaum Pro Line No. II 1.15 160
3 WeissCANNON Silverstring 1.25 140
4 Signum Pro Tornado 1.23 122
5 Pro Supex Big Ace Micro 1.15 86
6 Signum Pro Hyperion 1.24 69
7 Kirschbaum Touch Turbo 1.25 52
8 Luxilon Monotec Supersense 16L 37
9 Pro's Pro Plus Power 1.28 25
10 Pro's Pro Vendetta 1.20 18
Feel (Non-Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Babolat VS Team 17 289
2 Babolat VS Touch 16 167
3 Tecnifibre X-One Biphase 17 147
4 Wilson NXT 17 64
5 Isospeed Control 16 36
6 Head Rip Control 17 27
7 Babolat XCel 17 24
8 Tecnifibre Promix 1.25 22
9 Kirschbaum Touch Multifibre 1.25 13
  Gamma TNT 16 13

Comfort (Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Kirschbaum Pro Line No. II 1.15 157
2 Topspin Cyber Blue 1.25 150
3 WeissCANNON Silverstring 1.25 119
4 Polystar Energy 17 118
5 Signum Pro Hyperion 1.24 90
6 Pro Supex Big Ace Micro 1.15 75
7 Ashaway MonoGut 17 49
8 Polyfibre Cobra 1.25 38
9 Topspin Pure Concept 1.24 27
10 Pro's Pro Vendetta 1.20 19
Comfort (Non-Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Babolat VS Team 17 280
2 Babolat VS Touch 16 147
3 Tecnifibre X-One Biphase 18 132
4 WeissCANNON Explosiv! 1.30 68
5 Wilson NXT 17 66
6 Gamma Live Wire Professional 17 59
7 Isospeed Control 16 32
8 Babolat XCel 16 26
9 Kirschbaum Touch Multifibre 1.25 18
10 Isospeed Energetic Plus 1.30 10

Spin (Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Tecnifibre Black Code 18 201
2 MSV Focus - HEX® 1.27 196
3 Signum Pro Tornado 1.17 175
4 Kirschbaum Spiky Shark 1.25 103
5 Pro Supex Blue Gear 1.25 82
6 Signum Pro Plasma HEXtreme 1.25 74
7 Topspin Cyber MAX ROTation 1.27 55
8 Polystar Turbo 1.25 50
9 Topspin Cyber Twirl Black 1.27 34
10 Isospeed Pyramid 1.30 25
Spin (Non-Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Babolat VS Team 17 222
2 Tecnifibre X-One Biphase 17 177
3 Tecnifibre NRG2 17 84
  Gosen OG-Sheep Micro 17 84
5 Head Rip Control 17 70
6 Prince Topspin DF 15L 51
7 Isospeed Professional 17 49
8 Head FiberGel Spin 16 28
9 Head Rip PerfectControl 1.30 26
10 Head FXP 17 20

Tension Stability (Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Signum Pro Poly Plasma 1.23 214
2 Luxilon Big Banger Original 16 184
3 WeissCANNON Silverstring 1.20 121
4 WeissCANNON Scorpion 1.22 95
5 Signum Pro Tornado 1.17 73
6 Signum Pro Hyperion 1.24 69
7 Topspin Cyber Twirl Natural 1.27 51
8 Pacific Poly Force 17 47
9 Signum Pro Poly Megaforce 1.24 31
10 Pro's Pro Vendetta 1.30 24
Tension Stability (Non-Poly)
Rank StringScore
1 Babolat VS Team 17 254
2 Babolat VS Touch 16 203
3 Tecnifibre X-One Biphase 17 122
4 WeissCANNON Explosiv! 1.30 63
5 Head Rip Control 17 53
6 Tecnifibre Promix 1.25 33
7 Isospeed Energetic 16 31
8 Wilson Reaction 16 26
9 Tecnifibre Multifeel 16 18
10 WeissCANNON 6StarString Supercharged 1.30 17