Lynx Tour is part of HEAD's family of co-polyester strings sitting alongside the standard Lynx and the other offshoot variants: Lynx Edge and Lynx Touch.,
Lynx Tour is marketed as the stiffest of the three and was pre-launched as “Experimental Tour” a couple of years ago with several pros including Andrey Rublev testing it out before it officially made it onto the shelves.
Its biggest claim to fame however, is that Dominic Thiem used it in a hybrid configuration when he beat Federer in the 2019 Indian Wells final.
Head Lynx Tour is available in three colours (orange, grey and champagne) and two gauges, 1.25mm and 1.30mm. A 1.20mm is also rumoured to be available soon.
Like all polys bearing the moniker “Tour”, it is said to offer great spin and control for hard-hitting players, but how did it play for me?
Find out in this full Head Lynx Tour playtest and review.
Head Lynx Tour Specification
Designed for the harder hitting intermediate to advanced level player the unique 6-edge design of this co-polyester will provide the ultimate blend of control and spin. A monofilament made out of a new co-polymer mixture which also increases the durability, whilst being still comfortable to play. How Head pitch Lynx Tour
- Co-polyester Monofilament
- Gauges: 16g/1.30mm and 17g/1.25mm
- Colours: Orange, Grey, Champagne
Racket Setup for Testing
The pack I had was grey colour in at 1.25mm. I used the portable MiStringer to string it as a two-piece job at 45lbs.
In terms of the six-sided hexagonal shape, the edges are not so pronounced and pre stringing; it almost looks round until you look at it more closely.
Stringing was comparable to all polyesters. The coil memory wasn't significant, and it was pretty soft to handle.
It has a chunky/weighty feel, but this isn't a problem. The Boom MP is also an easy racket to string, so it was a straightforward job.
Head Lynx Tour Playtest
I have used Head Lynx Tour on several different surfaces, but I tested it on indoor hard courts before writing this review.
Initial Thoughts and How It Felt
When I first used Head Lynx, given the string has quite a high dynamic stiffness and visually looks quite chunky, I was expecting a somewhat muted and stiff response.
However, the string has a softer feel, giving a level of feeling that belies its actual stiffness rating. It is still stiff, but it errs more towards polyester's ‘comfortable' side.
I don't know whether this is due to the coating on the strings or their composition, but there's no harshness on off-centre hits, and it's above average in the comfort department for a poly.
Based on that, Lynx Tour reminds me of Solinco Confidential and the recently reviewed Mayami Tour Hex, which are both strings I rate highly.
How It Played
For a polyester, the power potential of Lynx Tour is above average. It's not free power because the string will not reward players with zero swing, but Lynx Tour certainly has some added pop if you take a decent cut at the ball.
Control for me relates to how consistent the stringbed response is, and Lynx Tour provides a very consistent one.
The launch angle was consistent (relatively low), and despite the string having a bit of pop, I never felt like I was sacrificing control.
When I was on top in the rallies, I could land the ball where I wanted, and the strings gripped nicely on my slice backhand.
Lynx Tour was also well behaved during the reaction type shots. I played on a fast indoor court where sometimes you only have one shot at your disposal, and the stringbed was able to respond how I wanted it to and keep the ball alive in faster-paced scrambling type rallies.
Comfort / Feel
Head Lynx Tour fits firmly in the middle ground for feel; it's firm without being stiff but not mushy or muted.
In terms of pocketing, there is some, but I never got the feeling the ball was sinking into the string bed as I did with Mayami Tour Hex.
I don't have any arm problems to report, but Head Lynx Tour felt more comfortable than some other polys I've tried, putting it in the middle ground, not the softest, not the firmest.
The spin potential of Lynx Tour is high, and the hexagonal shape of the string combined with the slick external coating reduces friction during impact, increasing snapback and spin potential.
I am more of a flat hitter than a loopy topspin player, and the launch angle with Lynx Tour combined with the Boom MP works nicely for my game – flat but with enough spin to add some margin.
Depending on the racket's head size and string pattern, I think players who like the loopier dipping launch angle will prefer other polys or will need Lynx Tour in a thinner 18 gauge to get that type of loop.
So if you are a player who wants to clear the net by 2 metres and bounce the ball head high, there are better string choices for that.
Durability and Price
The durability of Head Lynx Tour is on a par with most polyesters, maybe slightly above, and players who put polyester strings through their paces will get 10-14 hours out of it.
While I wouldn't recommend keeping a polyester in for an extended period like you can with a multifilament, I was impressed with how long Lynx Tour kept its characteristics. I think you can get away with using this string for longer without it going dead or plasticisation occurring.
Whenever I have strung a racket with it, I never felt I wanted a fresh set, or it suddenly got harder to keep the ball in play after that 5-10 hour mark.
Usually, with the softer poly, they play great for a short period but then drop off a cliff. However, the tension maintenance on Head Lynx Tour is probably the best amongst all polyester strings I have ever tested, putting up there alongside the likes of Dunlop Explosive Speed, Solinco Hyper G, MSV Focus Hex Ultra, Mayami Tour Hex and Solinco Confidential.
Who Is This String For?
In truth, despite their widespread usage, only about 5% to 10% of the tennis-playing population can genuinely use stiffer polyester strings.
However, with Head Lynx Tour, even though it has ‘Tour' in the name, I think it's more accessible to a broader group of players.
While it's not something you'd throw to an outright beginner, it has a bit of softness and liveliness, which makes it more of a versatile all-rounder when compared to other polyesters that are typically harsh and muted.
Still, this string is best suited to higher level players who have the technique and conditioning that makes the need for poly like spin and control a pre-requisite to keep the ball within the lines.
At the recreational level, for intermediates who are using polyesters but would benefit from a little bit more power and some more arm friendliness, Head Lynx Tour is one to consider.
Note: The grey coloured string is the softest/liveliest of the three colours available. So if you want the softer feeling Lynx Tour, go with grey. Both the orange and champagne play firmer.
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HEAD Lynx Tour is another decent polyester to add to the market's ever-growing lineup of tennis strings.
Revolutionary? No. But it's probably the best polyester string HEAD has made to date (yes, I know some would say this means very little as their previous polyester forays aren't highly regarded), but overall, I liked it.
The one area it excels is tension maintenance and playing longevity. If that's what you are after, this is undoubtedly one for the shortlist.
It sits firmly in the middle of the road for the other properties. So for players who operate at extremes, e.g., they need extreme spin or extreme feel, this isn't for them. But if you like a blend of properties that do a few things pretty well, I'd recommend testing it out.
This string also works very well at a lowish tension in the Head Boom MP. The Boom MP is a racket that requires full, fast strokes to bring out its best features, and that's also what Head Lynx Tour needs.
Combine the two, and you bring out the best of both.
- Excellent tension maintenance
- Above-average comfort
- Consistent response
- Edges are not pronounced, so look elsewhere for those expecting a heavily shaped spin string.
Have you tried Head Lynx Tour? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments.