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String of the Year 2008 Survey

November 18 - December 15, 2008

The String of the Year 2008 survey is finished. Many thanks to all people who submitted their votes! 171 users have participated in this survey.

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 can be only one" - at least in the Non-Poly department: Babolat VS Team won all categories except durability and showed once again that natural gut is still perceived as the best string overall. Prince Pro Blend DF 16 defeated its title of the most durable non-poly string. The best performing non-poly, non-gut string was Tecnifibre X-One Biphase which was second only to natural gut in 6 categories.

In the Poly department, we have a new winner - the MSV Focus Hex won the Poly of the Year title, while last year's winner Signum Pro Poly Plasma and last year's runner-up Topspin Cyber Flash ended up at rank 2 and 3, respectively.
Traditionally strong in the poly sector, Luxilon was able to win some titles in the playing characteristics sections. Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power Rough 16L clearly won the Power and Spin categories, while Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power won the Durability and Tension Stability categories. MSV Focus Hex 1.18 was also voted poly with best control. Signum Pro Poly Plasma 1.18 won the Feel department while Topspin Cyber Blue 1.25 achieved the title Most Comfortable Poly.

Congrats also to Pro Supex Big Ace Micro for winning the title Newcomer of the Year before WeissCANNON Explosiv! and Kirschbaum Spiky Shark!

Final result:

Poly of the Year 2008 Poly
RankStringScore
1 MSV Focus Hex 187
2 Signum Pro Poly Plasma 168
3 Topspin Cyber Flash 122
4 Luxilon Big Banger Original 117
5 Topspin Cyber Blue 103
6 Kirschbaum Pro Line No. II 84
7 Luxilon Big Banger Ace 82
8 Signum Pro Plasma Pure 53
9 Kirschbaum Competition 43
10 WeissCANNON Silverstring 41
11 Pacific Force 17 38
12 MSV Co-Focus 22
13 Polystar Energy 20
14 Kirschbaum Touch Turbo 15
15 Pro's Pro Plus Power 6
Non-Poly of the Year 2008 Non-Poly
RankStringScore
1 Babolat VS Team 175
2 Babolat VS Touch 171
3 Tecnifibre X-One Biphase 166
4 Wilson NXT Tour 92
5 Tecnifibre NRG2 89
6 Wilson NXT 66
7 Signum Pro Fiber High Tec EXP 52
8 Head Rip Control 38
9 Gosen OG-Sheep Micro Super JC 36
10 Isospeed Professional 25
11 Isospeed Control 16
12 Babolat Powergy 12
13 Head Rip PerfectControl 11
14 Isospeed Energetic 8
15 Target Topspin Twinflex 1

Newcomer of the Year 2008 Newcomer
RankStringScore
1 Pro Supex Big Ace Micro 122
2 WeissCANNON Explosiv! 102
3 Kirschbaum Spiky Shark 85
4 Babolat Addiction 70
5 Prince Recoil 68
6 Gamma Asterisk Tour 66
7 Unique Tourna Poly Big Hitter Blue 46
8 Wilson Hollow Core 30
9 Polyfibre Viper 27
10 Leopard D-Stroyer 25
11 Polystar Turbo 24
12 Head ETS 15

Durability (Poly)
RankStringScore
1 Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 16L 173
2 Topspin Cyber Flash 1.30 159
3 MSV Focus Hex 1.23 154
4 Babolat Pro Hurricane 1.30 131
5 Luxilon Big Banger Original 16 122
6 Signum Pro Poly Plasma 1.23 116
7 Babolat Tour Duralast 1.30 42
8 Luxilon Big Banger Ti-Mo 17 20
9 Polystar Energy 17 15
10 Isospeed Pyramid 1.30 14
Durability (Non-Poly)
RankStringScore
1 Prince Pro Blend DF 16/16 125
2 Wilson NXT Tour 17 115
3 Wilson Sensation 15L 93
4 Head Rip Control 16L 86
5 Prince Topspin DF 15L 67
6 Wilson Reaction 16 54
7 Head FXP 16 45
8 Isospeed Control 16 39
9 Isospeed Energetic 16 30
10 Isospeed Energetic 17 8

Power (Poly)
RankStringScore
1 Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power Rough 16L 221
2 Topspin Cyber Blue 1.25 173
3 MSV Co-Focus 1.18 134
4 Babolat Pro Hurricane 1.20 105
5 Kirschbaum Pro Line No. II 1.15 93
6 Kirschbaum Touch Turbo 1.25 42
7 Head Sonic Pro 17 28
8 Polystar Energy 17 26
9 Polyfibre Poly-Hightec 1.20 18
10 Pro's Pro Intense Heat 1.25 6
Power (Non-Poly)
RankStringScore
1 Babolat VS Team 17 240
2 Tecnifibre X-One Biphase 17 147
3 Babolat VS Touch 16 126
4 Tecnifibre X-One Biphase 16 69
5 Kirschbaum Touch Classic 1.25 36
6 Gosen OG-Sheep Micro Super JC 16 31
7 Babolat Powergy 16 30
8 Isospeed Professional 17 29
9 Babolat Conquest 17 28
10 Isospeed Energetic 16 23

Control (Poly)
RankStringScore
1 MSV Focus Hex 1.18 188
2 Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 16L 184
3 Signum Pro Poly Plasma 1.18 166
4 Luxilon Big Banger Original 16 91
5 Kirschbaum Pro Line No. II 1.20 76
6 Luxilon Big Banger Ace 18 45
7 Luxilon Big Banger Ti-Mo 17 41
8 Unique Tourna Poly Big Hitter 17 38
  Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power Fluoro 17 38
10 Kirschbaum Pro Line No. II 1.15 36
Control (Non-Poly)
RankStringScore
1 Babolat VS Team 17 171
2 Babolat VS Touch 16 161
3 Wilson NXT 17 96
4 Wilson NXT Tour 16 90
5 Babolat X-Cel Premium 17 67
6 Head Rip Control 17L 58
7 Head Rip PerfectControl 1.30 46
8 Tecnifibre Competition 1.28 35
9 Isospeed Control 16 29
10 Babolat Conquest 17 26

Feel (Poly)
RankStringScore
1 Signum Pro Poly Plasma 1.18 159
2 Luxilon Big Banger Ace 18 146
3 Signum Pro Plasma Pure 1.18 104
4 Kirschbaum Pro Line No. II 1.15 96
5 WeissCANNON Silverstring 1.20 74
6 Kirschbaum Pro Line No. II 1.20 57
7 Kirschbaum Touch Turbo 1.25 42
8 Tecnifibre Spinfire 1.25 30
9 Pro's Pro Plus Power 1.28 19
10 Oehms Black Pearl 1.23 6
Feel (Non-Poly)
RankStringScore
1 Babolat VS Team 17 285
2 Babolat VS Touch 16 134
3 Tecnifibre X-One Biphase 17 122
4 Wilson NXT Tour 16 65
5 Wilson NXT 17 59
6 Signum Pro Fiber High Tec EXP 1.30 57
7 Babolat X-Cel Premium 17 32
8 Wilson NXT 16 26
9 Isospeed Control 16 13
10 Tecnifibre Competition 1.28 6

Comfort (Poly)
RankStringScore
1 Topspin Cyber Blue 1.25 177
2 MSV Focus Hex 1.10 154
3 Signum Pro Plasma Pure 1.18 114
4 Kirschbaum Pro Line No. II 1.15 94
5 Kirschbaum Pro Line No. II 1.20 79
6 Head Sonic Pro 17 47
7 Wilson Enduro Gold 1.30 38
8 Polystar Energy 17 37
9 Polyfibre Poly-Hightec 1.20 21
10 Pro's Pro Red Devil 1.19 4
Comfort (Non-Poly)
RankStringScore
1 Babolat VS Team 17 242
2 Babolat VS Touch 16 143
3 Tecnifibre X-One Biphase 17 89
4 Tecnifibre X-One Biphase 16 61
5 Signum Pro Fiber High Tec EXP 1.30 57
6 Wilson NXT 17 54
  Wilson NXT Tour 17 54
8 Babolat X-Cel Premium 16 48
9 Wilson NXT Tour 16 44
10 Isospeed Control 16 15

Spin (Poly)
RankStringScore
1 Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power Rough 16L 227
2 Signum Pro Plasma HEXtreme 1.25 143
3 MSV Focus Hex 1.18 142
4 MSV Focus Hex 1.10 125
5 MSV Focus Hex 1.23 91
6 Luxilon Big Banger Ace 18 79
7 Ashaway MonoGut 17 20
8 Pro's Pro Hexaspin 1.25 19
9 Isospeed Pyramid 1.30 16
10 Pro's Pro Cyber Spin 1.30 13
Spin (Non-Poly)
RankStringScore
1 Babolat VS Team 17 204
2 Tecnifibre X-One Biphase 17 125
3 Tecnifibre NRG2 17 104
4 Head Rip Control 17L 75
5 Tecnifibre X-One Biphase 16 56
6 Gosen OG-Sheep Micro 17 55
  Prince Topspin DF 15L 55
8 Signum Pro Fiber High Tec EXP 1.30 51
9 Head FXP 17 32
10 Tecnifibre Competition 1.28 10

Tension Stability (Poly)
RankStringScore
1 Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 16L 158
2 Signum Pro Poly Plasma 1.23 118
3 Signum Pro Poly Plasma 1.28 112
4 Luxilon Big Banger Original 16 92
5 Signum Pro Poly Plasma 1.18 89
6 Tecnifibre Pro RedCode 16 82
7 WeissCANNON Silverstring 1.20 64
8 Luxilon Big Banger Ace 18 49
9 Pacific Poly Force 17 34
10 Pro's Pro Plus Power 1.28 17
Tension Stability (Non-Poly)
RankStringScore
1 Babolat VS Team 17 185
2 Babolat VS Touch 16 169
3 Tecnifibre X-One Biphase 17 109
4 Head Rip Control 17L 71
5 Wilson Stamina 16 40
6 Wilson Reaction 16 34
7 Isospeed Energetic 16 31
8 Head Rip PerfectControl 1.30 28
9 Babolat Powergy 16 27
10 Isospeed Energetic 17 13