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Ross K
07-20-2009, 01:12 PM
Derided and scorned by the continual taunts of 'mutant!', Professor Exavier created a safe haven at his Westchester mansion where he could train young mutants to use their powers for the betterment of mankind....

http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u291/RRohan/images-4-4.jpg

Exavier spent months recruiting his early students and getting them accustomed to their new weaponry (including the IGNITE, the REBEL and the GRAPHITE) because each possessed an "extra" ability normal humans lacked...

http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u291/RRohan/180px-XMenInline4.jpg

On the pro circuit the most fearsome Ex-Man was Gael Monfils...

http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u291/RRohan/ExxonMobilQatarOpenDayThreeCiO6oXHc.jpg

http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u291/RRohan/le-monf-customizedoo.jpg

And amongst those not of the pro ranks he gave them code-names, the first of whom was Ross K, and there then followed... (Prospective members add your name/frame after mine!)...

1. Ross K - Exo Rebel 95

taz23
07-20-2009, 01:21 PM
2. Taz23 - Exo Rebel 95

DonBot
07-20-2009, 01:57 PM
#3. Donbot---- Prince Ignite- PHT 62 lbs.

Ljubicic for number1
07-20-2009, 09:52 PM
#4 Ljubicic for number1 - Exo Rebel 95, 2 x Exo Graphite 100's

kimguroo
07-20-2009, 10:04 PM
#5. I got three Japanese/Asian Rebel 95 about 3 months ago (310g). I think I am only person to use Japanese/Asian rebel in US.
Here is the pictures of my racket with Micky Mouse dampener from old thread of mine. Also EXO3 Tour team bag.
I don't know why prince does not sell this bag in US. just perfect color match with rebel rackets.

http://i40.tinypic.com/j08nxk.jpg
http://i43.tinypic.com/ebey5w.jpg
http://i40.tinypic.com/106j86b.jpg

Ljubicic for number1
07-20-2009, 10:08 PM
#5. I got three Japanese/Asian Rebel 95 about 4 months ago (310g). I think I am only person to use Japanese/Asian rebel in US.
Here is the pictures of my racket with Micky Mouse dampener from old thread of mine. Also EXO3 Tour team bag.
I don't know why prince does not sell this bag in US. just perfect color match with rebel rackets.

http://i44.tinypic.com/29ijdg.jpg
http://i40.tinypic.com/j08nxk.jpg
http://i43.tinypic.com/ebey5w.jpg
http://i40.tinypic.com/106j86b.jpg

Hey Kimguroo, What strings are they you are using?

Ljubicic for number1
07-20-2009, 10:10 PM
Kimguroo, Also noticed you have port inserts, are they standard in the Japanese model or have you changed them?

kimguroo
07-20-2009, 10:13 PM
MSV focus hex 1.18mm @ 62lb but I might want to try 1.10mm with a lower tension (thinking of 57 or 55lb).
the racket came with string hole inserts from the factory but the string port inserts packet is also included and attached in the racket as you can see from the picture.

Ross K
07-20-2009, 10:42 PM
Kimguroo, other Ex-Men!


I don't know why prince does not sell this bag in US. just perfect color match with rebel rackets.

http://i40.tinypic.com/j08nxk.jpg

Yeah, in the UK we also seem to have a bit of trouble getting our hands on these kind of bags, and even the exo3 racket covers aren't being sold in some regions I believe... Anyway, this (as advertised by Gael below) is what I most covet!... man, I'd love this style-meister bag but haven't seen a single outlet selling this here or any ads anywhere...:cry:

http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u291/RRohan/le-monf-customizedoo.jpg

R.


BTW, Keep your names coming in Ex-Men!

Meaghan
07-20-2009, 11:38 PM
#6........ Rebel 95 PHT mains X1 crosses @55lbs, 1 replacement grip over original 360g

PrinceO3UserInOz
07-21-2009, 02:05 AM
#7 ......... Graphite 100 strung with Blue Gear @ 54lbs

And yes.. I would love one of those bags too !!

SlAyR
07-21-2009, 05:38 AM
#8.....Gettin my EXO3 Rebel 95 today at my local tennis store!....lol.....Strings are still TBD

klementine79
07-21-2009, 05:49 AM
The graphite93 was one of my favorite racquets during a demo about a month ago....

http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=266483&highlight=prince+graphite

I compared it to the speed pro, a racquet I was demoing side by side...

I couldn't stray away from my mids though...

But if I ever do make a switch, in the future, it would be to the EXO3 graphite93...

I would at least love to have one in my bag...

Also demoed the rebel95-- great for serves and great flex.. but it just felt a little hollow and unstable to me...

Keep going ex-men....

Ross K
07-21-2009, 08:23 AM
The graphite93 was one of my favorite racquets during a demo about a month ago....

http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=266483&highlight=prince+graphite

I compared it to the speed pro, a racquet I was demoing side by side...

I couldn't stray away from my mids though...

But if I ever do make a switch, in the future, it would be to the EXO3 graphite93...

I would at least love to have one in my bag...

Also demoed the rebel95-- great for serves and great flex.. but it just felt a little hollow and unstable to me...

Keep going ex-men....

Are you some kind of enemy agent?!... "hollow and unstable"??!!... :shock:

I can only think you hit with the lighter team version because the Reb 95 is very stable and has a lot of 'body' with it's 12 0z + and pretty high SW...

Hmmm... are you friendly with a certain Magneto by any chance?!...:)

shell
07-21-2009, 08:30 AM
Ross, does this mean you have finally made a racquet choice? :twisted: :)

Ross K
07-21-2009, 08:57 AM
Hi Shell,

I guess you're referring to my time spent with the AG 100...

Well, I loved the AG 100 for maneuverability and serving, but that isn't enough (in fact I even think I slightly preferred the BB11 mid ultimately to the AG mid.) Anyhow, the Reb ticks far more than just 2 boxes for me (including the vital one of stability, heft and body, which for me was always a major issue with the AG 100) and it's indeed my chosen weapon!

Good luck with your Dunlops though.

All the best

R.

Anton
07-21-2009, 07:03 PM
you know how I do - mild mannered hospital employee by day, EXO Rebel equipped Basher by dusk.

Ross K
07-21-2009, 09:50 PM
The Ex-Men Club...

http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u291/RRohan/440px-XMEN200.jpg

Code-names, membership no, weapon:

1 - Ross K (Exo Reb 95)
2 - Taz23 (Exo Reb 95)
3 - Donbot (Ignite)
4 - Ljubicic for no 1 (Exo Reb 95 & Graphite 100)
5 - kimguroo (Japanese/Asian Reb 95)
6 - Meaghan (Exo Reb 95)
7 - Prince03UserInOz (Graphite 100)
8 - SlAyEr (Exo Reb 95)

Ross K
07-21-2009, 10:05 PM
Anton,

you know how I do - mild mannered hospital employee by day, EXO Rebel equipped Basher by dusk.

Anton I know what you mean... I myself am a mild-mannered janitor by day , but later on, after I step inside the cubicle, I am transformed into an Exo Rebel wielding righter of wrongs, racket-blitzing mutant that no-one dares mess with! :wink: :)



To prospective members,

A message has been relaid to me by Proffessor Exaviar...

"Calling all Ex-Men!... Calling all Ex-Men!... Whether you wield the Ignite, the Reb, the Graphite, whatever, the time has come to post your name and become a member!... the fight has begun!"...

R.

Ljubicic for number1
07-22-2009, 02:15 AM
A word from our most fearful Ex Man

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2D7iz8cOhgI&NR=1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnasMEuYPyc

Ross K
07-22-2009, 10:25 AM
Ljubi,

Great links ^... thanks for sharing with your fellow Ex-Men... BTW, I so want that rack bag in the 2nd film!!

R.

SlAyR
07-22-2009, 03:15 PM
I have a quick question....for those who own the rebel 95, when u bought it...did it come with both the hole grommets and the hole grommets?



Thanks,
SlAyR

dincuss
07-22-2009, 03:38 PM
I got one rebel 95.
strung with all alu rough @ 60
Great racquet, but a little too flexible.
Anyways a great stick.

kimguroo
07-22-2009, 05:27 PM
I have a quick question....for those who own the rebel 95, when u bought it...did it come with both the hole grommets and the hole grommets?



Thanks,
SlAyR

Asian/Japanese rebel comes with both string port and string hole inserts but I think US version only comes with string hole inserts.

Ross K
07-22-2009, 10:29 PM
I got one rebel 95.
strung with all alu rough @ 60
Great racquet, but a little too flexible.
Anyways a great stick.

Funny how - as I've said before about the Reb - views vary so much...

I personally find the Reb to have some flex to it. But not so much like, say, the C10 Pro or the Rad Tour Twin Tube, where it can be described as very soft (or the BB11 mid and even the PT 630 I'd cite as being a bit more flexy feeling.)

To me it is a 'rich' blend of stiff, flexy, lots of pop, good touch, not bad feedback and responsiveness, stable, and with a certain crispness.

R.

Ljubicic for number1
07-23-2009, 12:20 AM
Continuing on from the old thread, anybody that is demoing this stick needs it for a couple of weeks, I wasn't a fan at first but now after a couple of weeks and a couple of different string jobs. I don't think I will ever look for another racquet again. Its PERFECT.

Just need a few more of them now.

JonnyJolly11
07-23-2009, 09:49 AM
Just bought a basically brand new exo3 ignite on the bay for only $81!!:)

sruckauf
07-23-2009, 10:02 AM
Continuing on from the old thread, anybody that is demoing this stick needs it for a couple of weeks, I wasn't a fan at first but now after a couple of weeks and a couple of different string jobs. I don't think I will ever look for another racquet again. Its PERFECT.

Just need a few more of them now.

Word.

What's your current string setup on your Graphite 100s? I agree.. great, very versatile stick.

Gh0st
07-23-2009, 10:15 AM
Mark me down.

EXO3 Graphite 100
Lux Alu Power@58lbs

Tennis_dude ^_^
07-23-2009, 10:48 AM
Hey Kimguroo, What strings are they you are using?

#5. I got three Japanese/Asian Rebel 95 about 3 months ago (310g). I think I am only person to use Japanese/Asian rebel in US.
Here is the pictures of my racket with Micky Mouse dampener from old thread of mine. Also EXO3 Tour team bag.
I don't know why prince does not sell this bag in US. just perfect color match with rebel rackets.

http://i40.tinypic.com/j08nxk.jpg
http://i43.tinypic.com/ebey5w.jpg
http://i40.tinypic.com/106j86b.jpg


dude your my freaken hero!!!!
where did you get the bag and the mickey mouse dampers rock


"Comments: Well, whilst I'm surprised by the variances in people's opinions and can see that the Rebel isn't for everyone, for me, this racquet has a certain 'x-factor' about it and is somewhat unique. As others have noted, it has the spin of an open string pattern but with the control of a closed pattern. It is relatively low-powered - yet when you hit out suddenly the power is all there and on tap. It consistently hits a solid, penetrating, heavy ball on groundies (and I may add it really adds bite and oomph on the bh side too.) The feel is 'rich' (ie, soft, crisp, stiff, all rolled into one.) Stability-wise the rod has plenty of body. It kills it for coming in and volleying. It's pretty good on touch stuff. I find the head-size to be perfect. And for serving it has a lot of juice and action going on. And with it being fantastic from both the baseline and around the net, the Exo3 Rebel 95 truly is the kind of all court frame that someone like myself - a b-liner wishing to develop more of an all court game - can really appreciate. If there are any issues, I'd also echo previous remarks regarding its maneuverability (especially on reaction shots, last second wrist-flicks, etc.) It is probably close to the cusp of what I can now comfortably swing. I would also point out that the frame is very head-light (I think it's 14 pts unstrung?), and combined with the heft, takes a bit of time getting familiar with it. However, with proper form - like allowing the frame to do the work, using long, full strokes, and no. 1: moving the thing super, super quick (you do have to get the Reb in motion to gain the benefits) - the Reb delivers!...
From: Ross K, London, England, 07/09
String type and tension: Luxilon BB Alu Power Rough (M), Gosen OG Micro (C) @ 55/57 lbs
Headsize: 95
NTRP Rating: 4.0 "

Hmmm i wonder who wrote this review..
but dude i cant thank you enough
i played with the dunlop 200g and i love it
but its too flexy and i need a bigger headsize
and when i saw your feedback i decided to try out the rebel
and i kicks ***
i love it and its way better
better spin everyting
count me in you made me into a beliver
ex03 rebel

Ross K
07-23-2009, 11:19 AM
Tennis_dude,

Hmmm i wonder who wrote this review..
but dude i cant thank you enough
i played with the dunlop 200g and i love it
but its too flexy and i need a bigger headsize
and when i saw your feedback i decided to try out the rebel
and i kicks ***
i love it and its way better
better spin everyting
count me in you made me into a beliver
ex03 rebel

Just glad you ended up liking the frame!




The Ex-Men Club...

http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u291/RRohan/440px-XMEN200.jpg



Code-names, membership no.'s, weapon:

1 - Ross K (Exo Reb 95)
2 - Taz23 (Exo Reb 95)
3 - Donbot (Ignite)
4 - Ljubicic for no 1 (Exo Reb 95 & Graphite 100)
5 - kimguroo (Japanese/Asian Reb 95)
6 - Meaghan (Exo Reb 95)
7 - Prince03UserInOz (Graphite 100)
8 - SlAyEr (Exo Reb 95)
9 - GhOst (Graphite 100)
10 -Tennis_dude^V^ (Exo Reb 95)


REMEMBER - IF YOU WANT TO JOIN, SAY SO HERE!!

Anton
07-23-2009, 11:26 AM
^ I don't see my name in there!

Ljubicic for number1
07-23-2009, 04:00 PM
Word.

What's your current string setup on your Graphite 100s? I agree.. great, very versatile stick.


Current set ups in the Graphites are: Frame number 1 has tonic gut mains @ 59lbs Big banger original x's @ 56lbs. Frame 2 has full genesis black magic @ 60lbs.

The gut/banger set up has too much power. The black magic set up I haven't really tried properly because I switched over to the Reb at the same time I strung it up, but feels good from the small hit I have had. My favorite graphite job has been full blue gear 1.28mm at around 56lbs.

John.

kimguroo
07-23-2009, 09:14 PM
dude your my freaken hero!!!!
where did you get the bag and the mickey mouse dampers rock

I got the bag and mickey mouse dampeners from Japan.
prince should release EXO3 tour team version in US.
I saw new EXO3 bag in US but it's not really attractive.

Ross K
07-23-2009, 09:32 PM
The Ex-Men Club

Code-names, membership no.'s, weapon:

1 - Ross K (Exo Reb 95)
2 - Taz23 (Exo Reb 95)
3 - Donbot (Exo Ignite)
4 - Ljubicic for no 1 (Exo Reb 95 & Graphite 100)
5 - kimguroo (Japanese/Asian Reb 95)
6 - Meaghan (Exo Reb 95)
7 - Prince03UserInOz (Exo Graphite 100)
8 - SlAyEr (Exo Reb 95)
9 - Anton - (Exo Reb 95)
10 - GhOst (Exo Graphite 100)
11 -Tennis_dude^V^ (Exo Reb 95)


REMEMBER - IF YOU WANT TO JOIN, SAY SO HERE!!
__________________

Ljubicic for number1
07-24-2009, 02:19 AM
Word.

What's your current string setup on your Graphite 100s? I agree.. great, very versatile stick.

Sruckauf, I hit with the graphite again tonight with the black magic @ 60lbs and its a really nice set up. Definately worth a try.

Ljubicic for number1
07-24-2009, 02:45 AM
Anybody here finding the Rebel has a signature shot? For me I have been hitting the short angled cross court forehand much better than I have ever hit it before. It seems to be my main weapon with this frame.

Anyway a mate used it tonight for a couple of sets (he usually plays with FXP Prestige mp) and he was hitting the same angle shot time after time.

Ross K
07-26-2009, 12:08 AM
Anybody here finding the Rebel has a signature shot? For me I have been hitting the short angled cross court forehand much better than I have ever hit it before. It seems to be my main weapon with this frame.

Anyway a mate used it tonight for a couple of sets (he usually plays with FXP Prestige mp) and he was hitting the same angle shot time after time.

Signature shot?... Well, just anything off the bh side really... I've said it numerous times but, for me, this frame booms and blasts it out on my 2hbh; has great bite, depth and a high trajectory on the 1hbh slice; and coming in on punch volleys and muscling weak returns up around the net, this racket massacres the ball as if you're The Incredible Hulk!... ahem... or an Ex-Man for that matter! :wink:

R.

BTW, I think I'll pay more attention to my short-angled cross court fh and see what the situation is, though the last week and more has been very inactive for me re playing tbh :( ...

Ljubicic for number1
07-26-2009, 01:20 AM
I know all you guys seem to love the slice of the rebel but that is the one shot that I am struggling with at the moment, played a set with my FXP prestige today and found the slice to be much more effective. Much deeper and more skidding.

I am thinking its because of the more head light balance of the rebel. I am thinking of adding a gram or two at 12 o'clock to see how that goes.

canadave
07-26-2009, 04:52 AM
So, I guess this question is more aimed at Ross K., he of the former PSC 6.1 clan...but I guess it would equally apply to anyone who's also hit with the PSC 6.1. How does the Reb 95 represent an improvement over the 6.1? Or, in other words, if I were contemplating switching from a 6.1, what about this Reb 95 racquet would be on the list of things that would induce me to switch?

plasma
07-26-2009, 06:16 AM
you'd be a fool to switch...maybe just vanity and a cool pj...???
as a kid I loved the X-men, new mutants, Thor, etc. My brother and I lived for comics. He had X-men 94(intro of the new X-men), giant size X-men #1, we were 11 and 12 years old and had thousands of dollars worth of X-men comics. We lived in that comic world and loved it!
Then I got to high school and X-men meant something different. X-men was a gang, and to get in you had to X someone.
can't really say more than that, thank god I was never tempted to become an "X-man"...
kind of did a double take when I saw the title of this thread...

klementine79
07-26-2009, 07:35 AM
you'd be a fool to switch...maybe just vanity and a cool pj...???
as a kid I loved the X-men, new mutants, Thor, etc. My brother and I lived for comics. He had X-men 94(intro of the new X-men), giant size X-men #1, we were 11 and 12 years old and had thousands of dollars worth of X-men comics. We lived in that comic world and loved it!
Then I got to high school and X-men meant something different. X-men was a gang, and to get in you had to X someone.
can't really say more than that, thank god I was never tempted to become an "X-man"...
kind of did a double take when I saw the title of this thread...

Whoah bro! Take it easy... what happened?,... been raining the past days and can't get out on the courts to relieve that pressure?

This is all your opinion... it's not what you say, but how you say it... 'You'd be a fool to switch'-- what the $&*# is that?

I actually believe that the new prince exo3 line is really good... Have you even demo'd any of the racquets?

I enjoyed my demos of the exo3 graphite93, the graphite100 and the rebel95.

Anyways, anyone who has over 2,000 posts in less than a year spends more time typing than playing....

I could have rephrased that... but how does it feel?

vasquez90
07-26-2009, 07:51 AM
RossK, add me in. EXO3 Rebel.

Anton
07-26-2009, 08:31 AM
Me, Bashing with my EXO3! Gotta to tape my serves...too bad ran out of cam memory.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAu-TBkhFq4

Ross K
07-26-2009, 11:17 AM
Anton,

Cheers for sharing brave mutant!... shall scrutinize closely later...

BTW, I love it when ppl post in links, vids, images, pics, etc, it really helps add quality to a thread imo...



plasma,

As ever, I'm not entirely sure quite what you're alluding to, but I know this forum would be a far duller place minus your contributions!...

BTW, it's a shame you weren't around during the time of ('HE WHISPERS IT.") 'Rilf Club'... I think you would've fitted right in there with some of us racquet-obsessed degenerates!!... though of course we're not actually allowed to even mention that notorious name without fear of censure and reprisal, so we best stop immediately!...



vasquez,

Congrats on your wise choice :cool: ... watch this space fellow Ex-Man, membership shall be updated shortly!



canadave,

Firstly, I'd recommend gazing through this multitude of opinions (BTW, mine is the second one from the top.) http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/feedback.html?pcode=PXOR

Secondly, I wouldn't say the PSC and Reb 95 are so very different...

They are both superb from the b-line (though not so high-powered, the Reb can still boom out 'bullying power' heavy balls); both are great for more all court/s&v (okay the PSC wins this particular duel hands down but the REb def works for me in this dept and as one who is finally seeing his all court game get better); they both have what I call a 'rich' feel (undertones of stiff, soft, crisp rolled into one); they are both hefty and stable (okay Dave, the PSC can't be beaten here either but the Reb is no tweener!); both are pretty head-light; both serve with excellent power and action; both aren't the easiest to maneuver straight away (with both you have to get that heft and weight in motion and use full strokes, but though I had issues with this area to begin with, I'm now just about attuned to how the Reb swings and, unlike with the PSC, it doesn't actually tire me out wielding it for 3 sets), but both reward proper form with those heavy ball groundies; both have my kind of head-size... and I could go on...

Ultimately though, so personal are these things I wouldn't claim with any great confidence you'll be converted. All I know is for me this frame seems very well tailored (it's like it's been made with my weaker shots specially in mind!)... the soft feel, yet also its solid stability (which I could never find in so many frames I've tested), also greatly appeals... and as I said, it does seem to really suit my evolving game (b-line with increasing all court stuff appearing)...

Anyway Dave, I'd obviously recommend a demo (in the 1st instance), and I'd also state, like fellow Ex-Man 'Ljubicec For Number One', it did take me a while to fully realise this frame was for me... Anyway, let us know if you get your hands on one... Oh - and I still look forward to hearing how you find your new Gamma rod.

All the best,

R.

canadave
07-26-2009, 11:25 AM
Thanks very much Ross for the clarification of the Reb vs. PSC. I guess my question, after reading your comments, is this: it sounds like the only real advantage of the Reb over the PSC is that it doesn't tire you out after 3 sets (which I can relate to!)....which I'm confused about, because the Reb is only a couple of tenths of an ounce lighter than the PSC, and a bit less head-light to boot? That's what I don't get. But I'm glad you're enjoying your new stick :)

I *may* be getting out tonight to hit with the new Gamma in a few hours....please please please let my hitting partner be free! If I get out there tonight I'll post my review comments immediately afterwards.

Ross K
07-26-2009, 12:14 PM
plasma and klementine,

Er, what's with the feud? :confused:

Can we keep it out of this thread please?



Dave,

To say more in direct comparison to the PSC... the Reb isn't as stiff and is generally more comfortable and less harsh (big factor in my book); for me, it's superlative off the bh side; and the the control is a tad more enhanced than with the PSC... I'll let you know if more occur to me!

R.

klementine79
07-26-2009, 12:27 PM
Sorry about that Ross, no idea what happened there...

Moving on, I enjoyed my demos of the graphite93,100 and rebel95...

Nothing that would tempt me from my MGPrestige Mids (for now)...

But I loved the flex on all three sticks and ease of swing, all were absolute 'monsters' on serve...

If I may ask the ex(03)men ( presumably the mutations occurred when the hydronium ion (h3O) was dispersed and vaporized in a government experiment gone horribly wrong) a.) what sticks did you switch from? b.) what is the most prominent 'gain in your game' that one has noticed from switching to the ex03 line?

Anton
07-26-2009, 02:43 PM
But wait there is more! Serves

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gzzm3w1yv1c

Ross K
07-26-2009, 10:14 PM
Anton,

As I said: 'thanks for sharing'... FWIW, I thought the fh groundies showed good form, but perhaps (along with the rest of us!) the serve might need some revision.

What particularly struck me was it seems to me you use a real mixture of different motion elements, and I def think you need to leave your toss hand up longer and not snatch it away so quickly...

TBH my own serve motion has caused me plenty of headaches over the years and I'm no advanced level player, so, I think if it's a critique you want you should post it up in the Tennis Tips section... you may want to ask for 'tricky' or 'Bungalow Bill' or some of the tennis tips experts there, because, as I know from personal experience, they might really be able to provide some insiteful feedback.


klementine,

To answer your Q's...

As one of this forums more well known racketaholic obsessives :shock::smile: , let me tell you I've played with and/or tested a whole shop worth of frames over the years! Special mention must go to the Babolats (mainly the PST and PD+) which I kept returning to, and a trio of so called player's frames - the PT 630, the C10 Pro and the PSC 6.1 (I also returned to the first 2 afterwards.) More recently I toyed with or tested out fairly extensively the BB11 mid, the AG 100, and the closed pattern N95 (all of which I liked a lot.) But once I played with the Reb 95 a few times and realised it had a lot of the attributes of many of the aforementioned frames all molded into the one racket, well, I knew it was time to 'settle down'...

RE most major gains in my game with the Reb?... hmm... presently I'd have to cite my all round far more effective bh, as well as improved all court skills/game. However, as I still haven't played that much or long with the Reb really, other gains may still hopefully accrue (for example, I personally find the Reb serves big and solid, consistent, lots of spin and action... I just need more time with it to properly release all its capabilities. Plus also, it's definitely all available there on the fh side too, so there's no reason I can't get it to equal the bite, depth, heavy ball, consistency, etc off my bh wing, I just need that playing time...)

R.

Meaghan
07-26-2009, 11:53 PM
Hi Klem
I moved to the Rebel from prestige mids then a honeymoon with k6.1 95 and the Fischer M comp 95, returning back to play with a suped up Head LM Radical which is always there in my bag.
If I make comparisons, like Ross the Rebel for me does all the good things from all these rackets, has the right specs, good weight, extreme HL balance, flex, great spin potential and is so stable.
The prestige mids I loved but was too inconsistent at the time as I just returned to play after 20 years (Im 38). It was a similar racket to what I played with when I was young. So I had a play with a few rackets with the wilson being solid but stiff, the fischers were great esp at net but hard work on serve.
There have been a lot more tested but the LM with about 20g lead at the top of the handle, a replacement grip over the 4 3/8 grip bring the balance and weight similar to my rebel (again with the added grip over the original). This is the most consistent racket Ive used but it laacks the extra punch of the rebel esp on slow balls. Also and this is a big factor for me is the serve, the LM is great but when I need that slice into the corner or the one on the T then its just a little less accurate than the Rebel.
A good thing to remember too is that I was experimenting with strings and balances during the time I was trying out a number of different rackets. For example the Fischer M Comp is a great racket and cheap now but I had Alu rough and Gamma Pro strings and it did nothing for me or the racket. I sold it to a friend and he has my set up in now and I can generate the extra pace that seemed lacking then.
I think its sometimes the right place and time and the Rebel felt right as soon as I picked it up and Id just started with PHT and x1 biphase and the strings and racket really compliment each other. I dont feel the need to experiment with my strings anymore nor do I need to change my racket.

origmarm
07-27-2009, 03:48 AM
Ross mate I have to say I had significantly higher hopes for this thread given the title: "The Ex-Men Club"....

canadave
07-27-2009, 04:34 AM
Dave,

To say more in direct comparison to the PSC... the Reb isn't as stiff and is generally more comfortable and less harsh (big factor in my book); for me, it's superlative off the bh side; and the the control is a tad more enhanced than with the PSC... I'll let you know if more occur to me!

R.

Thanks Ross...that's a common complaint I've heard about the PSC, the harshness. It's interesting, I don't notice that at all....I'm thinking a lot of that may have to be string combinations. With my Pro Line II in there, even at mid-tension, the racquet feels quite comfortable, and my 37-year-old arm feels no problems whatsoever. If only it didn't feel so darned heavy....

Anyway, the Rebel does sound intriguing, but unfortunately I can't demo racquets here....otherwise I'd grab one for a look-see in a heartbeat :)

By the way I posted my Gamma review if you're interested....
http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=276882

Anton
07-27-2009, 06:04 AM
Ross mate I have to say I had significantly higher hopes for this thread given the title: "The Ex-Men Club"....

ROFL, just to set the record straight - I'm still a man.

Maybe we should rename this as Exo-men.

Anton
07-27-2009, 06:09 AM
Thanks Ross...that's a common complaint I've heard about the PSC, the harshness. It's interesting, I don't notice that at all....I'm thinking a lot of that may have to be string combinations. With my Pro Line II in there, even at mid-tension, the racquet feels quite comfortable, and my 37-year-old arm feels no problems whatsoever. If only it didn't feel so darned heavy....

Anyway, the Rebel does sound intriguing, but unfortunately I can't demo racquets here....otherwise I'd grab one for a look-see in a heartbeat :)

By the way I posted my Gamma review if you're interested....
http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=276882

BUH I've tried Gamma 300X and compared to Rebel it's got all the luster of a wallmart frame. Rebel feels like a much more matured frame, with a quality of feel and feeback light years ahead of 300x.

I used to play with PSC about two years ago too - just buy a used Rebel, worst case scenario you can always re-sell it if you dont like it.

Ross K
07-27-2009, 11:44 AM
Ross mate I have to say I had significantly higher hopes for this thread given the title: "The Ex-Men Club"....

Oh maaan! :shock: ...

Listen, after all the trouble with the 'Rilf' word (a previous thread of mine was deleted, erased and removed from cyber space altogether for having 'rilf' merely in the title), 'The Ex-Men Club' isn't meant to suggest any innuendo or whatever, save for the thread name being a play on the X-Men of comic book - and more latterly - film fame, and the Exo3 Prince racket range...

Dear oh dear!...

R.

BTW... actually... no-one thought the Babolat Alliance was a good name either when I first thought it up, and now look!... there's the Dunlop Alliance, the Pro Staff Alliance (I think it is0, and there's been others... :)

Anton
07-27-2009, 04:41 PM
Anton,

As I said: 'thanks for sharing'... FWIW, I thought the fh groundies showed good form, but perhaps (along with the rest of us!) the serve might need some revision.

What particularly struck me was it seems to me you use a real mixture of different motion elements, and I def think you need to leave your toss hand up longer and not snatch it away so quickly...

Yea that's what was said in the tips section - I left my arm up today and was serving absolute bombs with something like 60-70% of first serves in - suddenly things got simple and steady. With the top of my torso remaining more steady it was easier to concentrate on keeping my front foot from moving around too.

I was playing doubles and at an early point in the third set one of my opponents suggested we don't waste time and their team should just concede all my service games.

Ljubicic for number1
07-27-2009, 10:30 PM
Hey Ross, I see the 4D 100 is coming, you're not going to jump ship are you?

mzshot
07-28-2009, 12:17 AM
Hey guys, I'm actually considering buying one of these racquets. Can you guys tell me whether stringing the Rebel with port hole grommets are actually worth the time/money, or are the string holes better?

Ljubicic for number1
07-28-2009, 02:44 AM
Hey guys, I'm actually considering buying one of these racquets. Can you guys tell me whether stringing the Rebel with port hole grommets are actually worth the time/money, or are the string holes better?

I think the only person here to try the ports is Kimguroo and he has the Japanese/Asian version of the racquet. I would like to try the port inserts but nobody in Australia is selling them yet.

I preferred the ports in the speedport black.

SlAyR
07-28-2009, 04:15 AM
after hitting with this racket some more....i find that I really like it...and it has a lot more power and spin as compared to my ncode 6.1 tour. I think this racket is much more easier to hit from both sides....and imo....not lose any control at all! Great investment for me! :D

Ross K
07-28-2009, 12:50 PM
The Ex-Men Club

http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u291/RRohan/XMenInline1.jpg

Code-names, membership no.'s, weapon:

1 - Ross K (Exo Reb 95)
2 - Taz23 (Exo Reb 95)
3 - Donbot (Exo Ignite)
4 - Ljubicic for no 1 (Exo Reb 95 & Graphite 100)
5 - kimguroo (Japanese/Asian Reb 95)
6 - Meaghan (Exo Reb 95)
7 - Prince03UserInOz (Exo Graphite 100)
8 - SlAyEr (Exo Reb 95)
9 - Anton - (Exo Reb 95)
10 - GhOst (Exo Graphite 100)
11 -Tennis_dude^V^ (Exo Reb 95)
12 - vasquez90 (Exo Reb 95)


REMEMBER - IF YOU WANT TO JOIN, POST YOUR NAME IN THIS THREAD STATING YOU WISH TO BE A MEMBER!!

Ross K
07-28-2009, 01:08 PM
Ljubi,

As someone who just loves trying out frames for fun and curiosity, for sure I'm interested in any new potential AG 100 type mid - just as the PB 10 mid interests me, the KPS 88, and a few more besides.

But as to whether I'd get the chance to hit with one any time soon, let alone if I might actually really like it and potentially wish to play with it full-time, well, hmm, we'll have to wait and see. TBH though, I think it's pretty unlikely I'd quit the Reb - not with it being so good in so many areas.


slAyer,

after hitting with this racket some more....i find that I really like it.

Yes, that's what a lot of ppl are saying! 8):wink:


R.

themitchmann
07-28-2009, 04:44 PM
Please add me:

EXO3 Rebel 95 -

SlAyR
07-28-2009, 06:51 PM
slAyer,


Yes, that's what a lot of ppl are saying! 8):wink:


R.

Just thought I'll get my opinion out there ross ;)

Tipsy
07-29-2009, 07:59 AM
Hey Ross, add me please. I managed get an Exo Reb 95. I love this stick!

Ross K
07-29-2009, 12:30 PM
the mitchmann and Tipsy... btw, great to have here mitch. I well remember reading your posts months ago about the Reb when I was just having my interest in the frame tweaked...


The Ex-Men Club

Code-names, membership no.'s, weapon:

1 - Ross K (Exo Reb 95)
2 - Taz23 (Exo Reb 95)
3 - Donbot (Exo Ignite)
4 - Ljubicic for no 1 (Exo Reb 95 & Graphite 100)
5 - kimguroo (Japanese/Asian Reb 95)
6 - Meaghan (Exo Reb 95)
7 - Prince03UserInOz (Exo Graphite 100)
8 - SlAyEr (Exo Reb 95)
9 - Anton - (Exo Reb 95)
10 - GhOst (Exo Graphite 100)
11 -Tennis_dude^V^ (Exo Reb 95)
12 - vasquez90 (Exo Reb 95)
13 - themitchmann (Exo Reb 95)
14 - Tipsy (Exo Reb 95)


REMEMBER - IF YOU WANT TO JOIN, POST YOUR NAME IN THIS THREAD STATING YOU WISH TO BE A MEMBER!!

themitchmann
07-29-2009, 05:00 PM
Happy to have helped spark your interest. I'm still very happy with the frame. Thinking of maybe adding some more lead one of these days...

Ljubicic for number1
07-29-2009, 05:12 PM
Happy to have helped spark your interest. I'm still very happy with the frame. Thinking of maybe adding some more lead one of these days...


Hey Mitch, Some more lead? How much and where do you have some now?

I tried a couple of grams at 12 o'clock the other day, groundstrokes felt a bit heavier but I lost some of my angles so I removed it again.
I just restrung with Genesis spin X mains and black magic X's and it increased the static weight by 3 grams (which I found weird as its 1.23mm compared to the cyberflash 1.25mm) Haven't hit with it yet, hopefully tonight.

JonnyJolly11
07-29-2009, 05:18 PM
JonnyJolly11- Exo3 ignite

Ljubicic for number1
07-29-2009, 05:29 PM
JonnyJolly11- Exo3 ignite


Hey Jonny, How is the Ignite? I love the specs except the 69 stiffness. If it was 65 or lower I would give it a shot but 69 sounds arm killing.

themitchmann
07-29-2009, 05:33 PM
Hey Mitch, Some more lead? How much and where do you have some now?

I've got a total of 8 4-inch strips of 1/4-inch lead tape at 3 and 9 (in other words, 2 layers of lead at 3 and 9). I've been leading up all of my frames with some weight at 3 and 9 since my first O3 Frame (O3 Tour Mid, Speedport Tour, and now the Rebel). I love the plow through and stability, and the extra weight helps to slow my swing speed a bit. One of the great reasons I like the O3 technology is that the frames tend to swing fast, so I add more mass without the racquet feeling slow through the air.

JonnyJolly11
07-29-2009, 05:41 PM
Hey Jonny, How is the Ignite? I love the specs except the 69 stiffness. If it was 65 or lower I would give it a shot but 69 sounds arm killing.

I think the holes really dampen it because it doesn't feel like a 69 stiffness at all it is a very dampened feel.

I have a pure storm tour which is 63 and the ignite feels like a 64 because of the dampened feel.

Anton
07-29-2009, 06:07 PM
I played with some lead from 2to3 and 9to10 - 4 x 3"x0.25" lead (3 grams) - that felt good and that's the setup one guy I know uses - for me, stock racket with overgrip has enough SW for now.

Ross K
07-30-2009, 11:54 AM
The Ex-Men Club

Code-names, membership no.'s, weapon:

1 - Ross K (Exo Reb 95)
2 - Taz23 (Exo Reb 95)
3 - Donbot (Exo Ignite)
4 - Ljubicic for no 1 (Exo Reb 95 & Graphite 100)
5 - kimguroo (Japanese/Asian Reb 95)
6 - Meaghan (Exo Reb 95)
7 - Prince03UserInOz (Exo Graphite 100)
8 - SlAyEr (Exo Reb 95)
9 - Anton - (Exo Reb 95)
10 - GhOst (Exo Graphite 100)
11 -Tennis_dude^V^ (Exo Reb 95)
12 - vasquez90 (Exo Reb 95)
13 - themitchmann (Exo Reb 95)
14 - Tipsy (Exo Reb 95)
15 - JonnyJolly11 (Exo3 ignite)


REMEMBER - IF YOU WANT TO JOIN, POST YOUR NAME IN THIS THREAD STATING YOU WISH TO BE A MEMBER!!


http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u291/RRohan/monfils.jpg

R.

Meaghan
08-01-2009, 12:51 AM
Hi folks just thought id show you a couple of photos of my Rebel experimental. It has same weight and balance as my No1 racket.
http://i848.photobucket.com/albums/ab44/rmeaghan/IMG00027-20090730-1750.jpg
http://i848.photobucket.com/albums/ab44/rmeaghan/IMG00024-20090730-1748.jpg
http://i848.photobucket.com/albums/ab44/rmeaghan/IMG00026-20090730-1749.jpg

Meaghan
08-01-2009, 12:57 AM
My Number 1 racket.
http://i848.photobucket.com/albums/ab44/rmeaghan/RIMG0014.jpg

Ljubicic for number1
08-01-2009, 01:59 AM
Hey Meaghan, Were did you pick up the experimental? Are those mains tensioned without X's?

Ljubicic for number1
08-01-2009, 02:00 AM
The Ex-Men Club

Code-names, membership no.'s, weapon:

1 - Ross K (Exo Reb 95)
2 - Taz23 (Exo Reb 95)
3 - Donbot (Exo Ignite)
4 - Ljubicic for no 1 (Exo Reb 95 & Graphite 100)
5 - kimguroo (Japanese/Asian Reb 95)
6 - Meaghan (Exo Reb 95)
7 - Prince03UserInOz (Exo Graphite 100)
8 - SlAyEr (Exo Reb 95)
9 - Anton - (Exo Reb 95)
10 - GhOst (Exo Graphite 100)
11 -Tennis_dude^V^ (Exo Reb 95)
12 - vasquez90 (Exo Reb 95)
13 - themitchmann (Exo Reb 95)
14 - Tipsy (Exo Reb 95)
15 - JonnyJolly11 (Exo3 ignite)


REMEMBER - IF YOU WANT TO JOIN, POST YOUR NAME IN THIS THREAD STATING YOU WISH TO BE A MEMBER!!


http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u291/RRohan/monfils.jpg

R.

Nice pic Ross, Note the lead just above the 3 & 9 O'clock positions.

Meaghan
08-01-2009, 02:22 AM
Hey Meaghan, Were did you pick up the experimental? Are those mains tensioned without X's?

Picked up the experimental from a junior who is ranked about 1000 who was given it by Prince to try out, he played it for a few months but it was not for him.
The strings were cut out after i got it.

Ljubicic for number1
08-01-2009, 02:41 AM
Picked up the experimental from a junior who is ranked about 1000 who was given it by Prince to try out, he played it for a few months but it was not for him.
The strings were cut out after i got it.

Ok looks cool, hope the mains were not left in there tensioned for too long.

Meaghan
08-01-2009, 03:06 AM
no, just getting it restrung with my usual set up below.

Ljubicic for number1
08-01-2009, 03:44 AM
no, just getting it restrung with my usual set up below.

I have 2 more Rebs on the way, they are strung with PHT mains and VS Gut X's at 60lbs

Meaghan
08-01-2009, 03:51 AM
Ive never gone that tight, like the pocketing and spin of a lower tension.
It doesnt make a huge difference and I think its psychological but when Ive been at 60lbs its felt a bit boardy like it just bounces off my strings.
The gut is nice but i honestly prefer the x1 i dont know why??
Either anyway string really well together with the PHT.
they last me 2 weeks with an extra 2 weeks of the PHT going dead on me before I can get a restring. Fortunately Im not a string breaker.

Ljubicic for number1
08-01-2009, 04:02 AM
Ive never gone that tight, like the pocketing and spin of a lower tension.
It doesnt make a huge difference and I think its psychological but when Ive been at 60lbs its felt a bit boardy like it just bounces off my strings.
The gut is nice but i honestly prefer the x1 i dont know why??
Either anyway string really well together with the PHT.
they last me 2 weeks with an extra 2 weeks of the PHT going dead on me before I can get a restring. Fortunately Im not a string breaker.

Yeah they will be too tight for me as I am currently using full cyberflash at 49/48. But these two are secondhand and come with that set up already installed.

vasquez90
08-01-2009, 06:07 AM
ROFL, just to set the record straight - I'm still a man.

Maybe we should rename this as Exo-men.


I agree!! Ex-men sounds a little strange. EXO-men seems better!!

Teyko
08-01-2009, 06:36 AM
Tennis_dude,



Just glad you ended up liking the frame!




The Ex-Men Club...

http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u291/RRohan/440px-XMEN200.jpg



Code-names, membership no.'s, weapon:

1 - Ross K (Exo Reb 95)
2 - Taz23 (Exo Reb 95)
3 - Donbot (Ignite)
4 - Ljubicic for no 1 (Exo Reb 95 & Graphite 100)
5 - kimguroo (Japanese/Asian Reb 95)
6 - Meaghan (Exo Reb 95)
7 - Prince03UserInOz (Graphite 100)
8 - SlAyEr (Exo Reb 95)
9 - GhOst (Graphite 100)
10 -Tennis_dude^V^ (Exo Reb 95)


REMEMBER - IF YOU WANT TO JOIN, SAY SO HERE!!

Definitely a fan: 2 Exo Rebel 95 strung at 56 lbs (Tecnifibre Hybrid: Black Code 17 g Mains/Bi-Phase X-One 17 Crosses)

Ross K
08-01-2009, 12:32 PM
The Ex-Men Club

http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u291/RRohan/XMenOriginal_P.jpg

Code-names, membership no.'s, weapon:

1 - Ross K (Exo Reb 95)
2 - Taz23 (Exo Reb 95)
3 - Donbot (Exo Ignite)
4 - Ljubicic for no 1 (Exo Reb 95 & Graphite 100)
5 - kimguroo (Japanese/Asian Reb 95)
6 - Meaghan (Exo Reb 95)
7 - Prince03UserInOz (Exo Graphite 100)
8 - SlAyEr (Exo Reb 95)
9 - Anton - (Exo Reb 95)
10 - GhOst (Exo Graphite 100)
11 -Tennis_dude^V^ (Exo Reb 95)
12 - vasquez90 (Exo Reb 95)
13 - themitchmann (Exo Reb 95)
14 - Tipsy (Exo Reb 95)
15 - JonnyJolly11 (Exo3 ignite)
16 - Teyko (Exo Reb 95)


REMEMBER - IF YOU WANT TO JOIN, POST YOUR NAME IN THIS THREAD STATING YOU WISH TO BE A MEMBER!!



Ljubi,

Yeah, I spotted the lead tape straight away on the Monfils pic!... I wonder if he'll make the US Open what with his injury lay off?... would be nice to see him blasting away with his Reb... come to think of it, it would be nice if there were other pro Reb wielders eh?

BTW, Cool to hear of you expanding your personal Reb armoury!... LOL!




Meaghan,

Interesting to see/read about your 'experimental'...

BTW, Nice photos too.



vasquez,

X-Men?... Ex-Men?... Exo Men?... The Rebel Alliance?... whatever!...

TBH, I don't really see the name issue as such a big deal.

Anyhow, I don't think it's possible to have a thread name altered (unless I'm mistaken?)...



R.

Tipsy
08-01-2009, 03:46 PM
Ross highlighted a good point in that last point. I've been wondering this for a while now. When is Monfils expected to return? I miss not seeing our main man out there destroying opponents with our favourite weapon of choice.

Also the name doesn't really matter too much. All that matters is that we know what it stands for and that we are proud of the racket we take out onto the court.

Chicken Neck
08-02-2009, 10:14 AM
I'm in (5 Rebel 95s). Best racquet since the Volkl C10 Pro. Since I picked these up I have sold or am selling all my other racquets.

Ross K
08-02-2009, 12:15 PM
I'm in (5 Rebel 95s). Best racquet since the Volkl C10 Pro. Since I picked these up I have sold or am selling all my other racquets.

Quite a recommendation there! Shall update the membership list shortly.

R

game set match 46 TIMES!!
08-02-2009, 03:14 PM
I just got one with selling my 2 pure drives and it played very nice. so count me IN!

edit: guess somehow you figured out i had the rebel but i forgot to say. REBEL TEAM 95 BABY!!!!!

Applesauceman
08-03-2009, 11:52 AM
Quite a recommendation there! Shall update the membership list shortly.

R

I'd like to be in...

EXO3 Graphite 93 x2, M-Prince Natural Gut 16 @ 60 lbs, X-Gosen Micro 16 @ 60 lbs.

Ross K
08-03-2009, 01:18 PM
Chicken Neck, game set and match, and Applesauceman!


The Ex-Men Club

Code-names, membership no.'s, weapon:

1 - Ross K (Exo Reb 95)
2 - Taz23 (Exo Reb 95)
3 - Donbot (Exo Ignite)
4 - Ljubicic for no 1 (Exo Reb 95 & Graphite 100)
5 - kimguroo (Japanese/Asian Reb 95)
6 - Meaghan (Exo Reb 95)
7 - Prince03UserInOz (Exo Graphite 100)
8 - SlAyEr (Exo Reb 95)
9 - Anton - (Exo Reb 95)
10 - GhOst (Exo Graphite 100)
11 -Tennis_dude^V^ (Exo Reb 95)
12 - vasquez90 (Exo Reb 95)
13 - themitchmann (Exo Reb 95)
14 - Tipsy (Exo Reb 95)
15 - JonnyJolly11 (Exo3 ignite)
16 - Teyko (Exo Reb 95)
17 - Chicken Neck (Exo Reb 95)
18 - game set match 46 TIMES!! (Exo Reb 95)
19 - Applesauceman (Exo Graphite 93)


REMEMBER - IF YOU WANT TO JOIN, POST YOUR NAME IN THIS THREAD STATING YOU WISH TO BE A MEMBER!!

Ljubicic for number1
08-03-2009, 05:50 PM
Just received my 2 extra rebels in the post, looking forward testing the PHT/Gut set up tonight.

Played my first small tournament with the Rebel on the weekend and made the semi of the singles, runner up in the mens doubles and won the mixed so the Rebel is going well.

Ross K
08-03-2009, 10:08 PM
How head-light do you Exo Reb 95 users find the frame to be?

I only ask because 1 or 2 I know who've tried it have said it's too head-light. Which surprises me a little...

For me, yes, it is pretty head-light (it's meant to be approx 9 pts strung, 12 unstrung I believe, though I'm not sure what mine actually are tbh.) But the more important stat imo is the 12+ oz weight; because basically, once the frame is in motion (and, yep, you've got to get the the thing moving all right), it consistently hits a biting, solid, deep and heavy ball. And furthermore, the head-light balance such as it is, has a lot to do with its excellent all court performance (my game has really progressed in this dept with the Reb... and I had tried a vast number of supposedly great all court rods before.)

Anyway, just wondered what others think of exactly how head-light the Reb is for them and how it performs as a consequence...

R.

Meaghan
08-04-2009, 01:36 AM
Mines deffo 12pts HL, Ive added an extra grip to balance out the strings, its 1.5 inches or nearly 4cm HL. It doesnt feel too heavy esp at net and after 4hrs of play and the mass and SW are sufficient to make this racket very powerful.

game set match 46 TIMES!!
08-05-2009, 11:55 AM
Here is a pic of my rebel.
http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n424/babobabolat/Picture001-1.jpg
http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n424/babobabolat/Picture003-1.jpg

sureshs
08-05-2009, 12:00 PM
I used to be a man before, but not any more since I demoed the Exo 93

Ross K
08-05-2009, 12:13 PM
I used to be a man before, but not any more since I demoed the Exo 93

Do you want to join the club though sureshs?

Plus also, just curious, what were your main first feelings RE the Exo 93?

R.

Tipsy
08-05-2009, 04:33 PM
Brilliant vid of Monfils beating Nadal in Doha with the Rebel 95.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujW-5CfTreQ&feature=related

Got my first proper match with the Rebel 95 to play, so will let you guys know how I get on.

Ross K
08-05-2009, 10:24 PM
^^^^^^^^^^ Nice one Tipsy! As I keep saying, I always think threads are much better, much more 'quality' with the addition of vids, links, pics, etc...

Good luck with your 1st proper match... and FWIW, I found I prospered with it and 'got the hang' of the racket once I got it through in my head to simply get it in motion!... long and fast strokes!... get it swinging quickly!

Anyhow, I've had a very quiet few weeks on the tennis front what with work and one thing and another (feeling a bit 'rusty' tbh.) I'm about to go away on holiday though, and can expect some relaxed but good standard hitting/playing with some buddies on the South-West coast of England.

Let us know how you get on.

R.

Tipsy
08-06-2009, 07:33 AM
^^^^^^^^^^ Nice one Tipsy! As I keep saying, I always think threads are much better, much more 'quality' with the addition of vids, links, pics, etc...

Good luck with your 1st proper match... and FWIW, I found I prospered with it and 'got the hang' of the racket once I got it through in my head to simply get it in motion!... long and fast strokes!... get it swinging quickly!

Anyhow, I've had a very quiet few weeks on the tennis front what with work and one thing and another (feeling a bit 'rusty' tbh.) I'm about to go away on holiday though, and can expect some relaxed but good standard hitting/playing with some buddies on the South-West coast of England.

Let us know how you get on.

R.

No way, I'm based in the south west of england! Small world. The weather here though has been rubbish. I checked the weather forecast today and it was supposed to be sunshine, I was on court for about 20 minutes and the heavens opened for about 30 minutes. Nevertheless myself and my opponent decided to play through the dismal conditions. All I can say is that this racket is just a monster, it is so solid. My first match and I haven't had much time practicing with this baby, but I still won 6-2 6-3.

The groundstrikes, particularly the backhand were just like a hot knife through butter. I could hit backhands all day with this racket. The serve is improving, my second serve is now stronger than it has ever been, but my first serve is still not to my liking with this racket. I'm struggling to dial it in. One thing I have noticed is that the backhand slice is not really working too well with this racket, but that might be down to the strings I'm using. More than anything this racket just instills confidence, on an ice like court I was at full stretch, Monfils style, pulling offf shots I have only ever dreamed of doing until now. Even my opponent was amazed, he commented on the superb design and after the match we played another set for fun, but I let him use the Rebel.

All I can really say is well done Prince, for some reason people doubt you as a racket manufacturer, but with this racket you have really revolutionised racket technology. From the moment you pick this racket up you know it has been designed exceptionally well. This is particularly evident with the weighting of the racket, the lower half is definitely heavier and the head is much lighter, but this is brilliant because when you swing this weight difference encourages just natural whip and rotation in the wrist. It's so effortless, and it just breathes confidence. The feel is just insane yet there is plenty of power. It's like I can finally say I want the ball to go there and it will! I could stay on court all day with this thing, and I dare say that this could be "the one" for me. I hope I can keep this winning form up with this racket, there's still more to learn and dial in, but already it feels so great. Perhaps one of the best buys I have ever made.

game set match 46 TIMES!!
08-06-2009, 11:29 AM
Heres a video of Monflis hitting. Enjoy.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uP96hU1GgM

I am getting close to picking up 4+ Rebel Team 95s Bag Shirts. Im gonna hit with it some more and if i do want to switch. 4+ Rebels!!!!!!! :razz: :twisted:.

I find the serve on it amazing cause its just enough flex to pop some aces and spin. Then i find what i call a 10/10 spin. I hit shots in the court to the fence now.. I am getting close to switching. The Dunlop is to stiff.

sureshs
08-06-2009, 11:39 AM
Do you want to join the club though sureshs?

Plus also, just curious, what were your main first feelings RE the Exo 93?

R.

Even though the grip size was 1 size too small for me, I found that:

1. It swung really fast due to the holes, specially on the serve
2. It produced obscene spin
3. Mishits were not painful due to the very large sweetspot
4. It was almost as stable as my much-heavier K88

So I was left thinking why am I still using the K88. I located an E93 in my pro shop in my grip size which seems to spec exactly as it should. If it is still there, I will buy it this weekend.

Ross K
08-06-2009, 11:54 AM
Tipsy,

Unending torrential rain this afternoon and into the night here in London... any more of this and I'm going to start building an ark!... BTW, sounds as if I'm heading off for more of the same bad weather going by your description... oh crap!


game set match,

Thanks for vid of our most celebrated Ex-Man - the great 'Monfi' himself!... RE a possible switch from the Dunlop to the Reb, I'd say just play with the Reb 2 or 3 more times and see if hasn't by then surpassed the AG 200 in overall attributes... I myself was very taken initially by the AG 100's serve power and swing ease, but after I got used to swinging it the Reb quickly overtook it in my estimation as I realised the vast number of areas the frame excelled in.

R.

game set match 46 TIMES!!
08-06-2009, 12:47 PM
Thanks for the advice R! I am really enjoying the spin and control with this. My Shots have gotten much more control and spin. I would have switched already but the power. I think if i string it like a pound loser with super powful strings it will play good. I wanted to ask you somthing, What is a powerful string? I was thinking maybe MSV, Luxilon, etc, How does your BB Alu and Gosen play? Also does it last pretty long?

Tipsy
08-06-2009, 01:02 PM
Ross,

If the weather forecast is anything to go by, and it's not! The weather is supposed to improve the next couple of days, but I'll believe it when I see it! I have come to the conclusion this summer that if there is a chance for a dry spell, get out on the court and starting hitting those tennis balls.

I would also like to say that everytime I see, feel and play wiht this racket I just can't think of a better way to describe it than by saying, it's a racket on steroids. It's got that in your face paint job/design and it just seems to want to take down anyone over the other side of the net. Can't wait to get back out on court.

lefty10spro
08-06-2009, 02:36 PM
I am a Prince sponsored teaching pro but am about to hit the big 50, soooo the EXO3 Rebel 95 is a bit too challenging for me. My weapon of choice is the EXO3 Graphite 100. Wicked lefty spin with stick that is as soft as butter! Sign me up!

themitchmann
08-06-2009, 04:56 PM
I am a Prince sponsored teaching pro but am about to hit the big 50, soooo the EXO3 Rebel 95 is a bit too challenging for me. My weapon of choice is the EXO3 Graphite 100. Wicked lefty spin with stick that is as soft as butter! Sign me up!

I'm a Prince teaching pro as well. Where are you teaching?

Ljubicic for number1
08-06-2009, 05:44 PM
Hey Tipsy, Great to hear you are loving the Reb so much, I am as well, I have found the serve the other way around though, my first serve is very big and heavy with the Reb but I am not getting anywhere near the kick I was getting with the graphite on 2nd serve.
That's understandable though with the dense pattern and lower power than the graphite.

My backhand slice was a bit dodgy too with the Reb but since dropping the tension really low I have made some strides in that department, I am stringing full cyberflash at 49/48.

I picked up a couple of secondhand Rebs with PHT/Gut at 60lbs and while they are comfortable and have plenty of power they just have too flat a trajectory off the strings. I am dying to restring them with black magic and spin X but cant bring myself to cutting out the fresh gut yet.

kimguroo
08-06-2009, 06:49 PM
am I only person to use string port inserts?
I am just curious. actually, I started tennis with O3 racket (o3 orange =>black with port => tour with port => rebel with port) so I don't really know what regular rackets feel like. maybe I like muted feeling of prince o3 rackets with port inserts.

Ross K.
if you put EXO3 racket setup (with string) on the list, it might be interesting.
I should start first.
Japanese/Asian rebel 95 (310g) with string port inserts (MSV focus Hex 1.10mm@56lbs and MSV focus Hex 1.18mm@60lbs).

I am testing MSV strings between 1.18mm and 1.10 before I buy a reel of MSV focus Hex string. my initial impression was...I felt 1.18 with higher tension has better spin than 1.10mm with lower tension..... need to test more though.

game set match 46 TIMES!!
08-06-2009, 08:59 PM
Alright so i hit for 5 hours straight today and i relized somthing. The Rebel just was so weird compared to the Dunlop AG200. So you know i uh switched to the REBEL TEAM 95!!!! I only have one but just got my sponsorship so i am getting 3 more, Bag, Strings, Shirts. The only sad part is that i gotta string all 3 of them haha just joking. I think that my Dunlop had no spin at all and no control. I did enjoy the stiffness a little more but in a way i didnt think it was better. So i play with THE REBEL!!!!!

Ross K
08-06-2009, 10:35 PM
Greetings my fellow Ex-Men!

I'm not 100 per cent sure but I might not be able to post so frequently for a few weeks due to a vital impending mission (er, or holiday in South Devon! :wink: )

Rest assured though good mutants, with my trusty Reb 95 in hand, and provided the rain doesn't lash down quite so violently (as Tipsy has referred to above), I plan to do battle upon the the courts of tennis warfare in such a devastating manner as to make those pastie munching, cider swilling yokels regret the day they ever clapped eyes on this here Ex-Man!!! :twisted:

Keep the posts, vids, links, thoughts, comments, etc coming in!


R.

Ross K
08-06-2009, 10:48 PM
and congrats on making into the first 20 Ex-Men!...


The Ex-Men Club

Code-names, membership no.'s, weapon:

1 - Ross K (Exo Reb 95)
2 - Taz23 (Exo Reb 95)
3 - Donbot (Exo Ignite)
4 - Ljubicic for no 1 (Exo Reb 95 & Graphite 100)
5 - kimguroo (Japanese/Asian Reb 95)
6 - Meaghan (Exo Reb 95)
7 - Prince03UserInOz (Exo Graphite 100)
8 - SlAyEr (Exo Reb 95)
9 - Anton - (Exo Reb 95)
10 - GhOst (Exo Graphite 100)
11 -Tennis_dude^V^ (Exo Reb 95)
12 - vasquez90 (Exo Reb 95)
13 - themitchmann (Exo Reb 95)
14 - Tipsy (Exo Reb 95)
15 - JonnyJolly11 (Exo3 ignite)
16 - Teyko (Exo Reb 95)
17 - Chicken Neck (Exo Reb 95)
18 - game set match 46 TIMES!! (Exo Reb 95)
19 - Applesauceman (Exo Graphite 93)
20 - lefty10spro (Exo Graphite 100)


REMEMBER - IF YOU WANT TO JOIN, POST YOUR NAME IN THIS THREAD STATING YOU WISH TO BE A MEMBER!!

http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u291/RRohan/YoungX-Men01Variant.jpg

Meaghan
08-06-2009, 11:38 PM
Is there anyone out there who knows of a place in UK or EU that sells the string inserts for the Rebel.
Im still having trouble getting it strung and my number 2 racket insert has now snapped. The ones at the throat seem very vulnerable and need to get a stock of them for the future.
My stringer is taking his time ordering from US and I have competitions starting next week.

Tipsy
08-07-2009, 04:16 AM
Ljubicic,

That is wierd how we are struggling to dial in the opposite serves, but I think you highlighted the important issue of the denser string pattern. As for the backhand slice I have also dropped to a lower tension. I'm currently stringing Luxilon at 51lbs on the mains and 49bs on the crosses. I don't really want to go any lower because every other type of shot seems to be working well, bar the first serve, but that just needs dialing in.

Kimguroo,

Don't feel alone, I also use the port hole inserts. The Rebel 95 is the first time I have ever used the port hole technology and for me it definitely makes a difference, I get so much more power. Although, I was worried at first because I thought using the port hole inserts would detract from the amount of feel I was getting. Luckily, I do not find this to be the case, I still get the great feel with that extra bit of manageable power. It makes for a winning combination.

Tipsy
08-07-2009, 04:18 AM
Greetings my fellow Ex-Men!

I'm not 100 per cent sure but I might not be able to post so frequently for a few weeks due to a vital impending mission (er, or holiday in South Devon! :wink: )

Rest assured though good mutants, with my trusty Reb 95 in hand, and provided the rain doesn't lash down quite so violently (as Tipsy has referred to above), I plan to do battle upon the the courts of tennis warfare in such a devastating manner as to make those pastie munching, cider swilling yokels regret the day they ever clapped eyes on this here Ex-Man!!! :twisted:

Keep the posts, vids, links, thoughts, comments, etc coming in!


R.

Have a great time and enjoy the Rebel. Hope the weather improves. It's currently dry and bright in the south west at the moment so off to the court for me. Got to lap up this sunshine while it's here!

lefty10spro
08-08-2009, 07:14 AM
Hey mitchmann - I'm in Haines City which is about 30 miles south of Orlando.

Tipsy
08-08-2009, 09:30 AM
Been playing some more tennis with the Rebel and it suddenly occured to me just how stable it is at the net, every volley was so solid. It's nice knowing that when you come into the net you've got a racket that can help produce the goods. I think I overlooked this, "at the net stability" the other day simply because when I came into the net I wasn't making any mistakes therefore I just skimmed over this positive, it just works so well.

Tipsy
08-08-2009, 09:37 AM
http://www.freeimagehosting.net/uploads/3c35cc300f.jpg (http://www.freeimagehosting.net/)

The Rebel 95 has given Monfils wings of success out on court, is it doing the same for you?

Ljubicic for number1
08-08-2009, 03:33 PM
Been playing some more tennis with the Rebel and it suddenly occured to me just how stable it is at the net, every volley was so solid. It's nice knowing that when you come into the net you've got a racket that can help produce the goods. I think I overlooked this, "at the net stability" the other day simply because when I came into the net I wasn't making any mistakes therefore I just skimmed over this positive, it just works so well.

Yep I find net play the Rebels real forte, solid as a rock up there.

Tipsy
08-08-2009, 03:51 PM
Yep I find net play the Rebels real forte, solid as a rock up there.

Are you making in-roads on the second serve yet? I'm still struggling with the 1st serve.

game set match 46 TIMES!!
08-08-2009, 04:03 PM
Are you making in-roads on the second serve yet? I'm still struggling with the 1st serve.

Im nailing my serves with the rebel team. I make way more with more spin then the AG200.

Ljubicic for number1
08-09-2009, 01:14 AM
Are you making in-roads on the second serve yet? I'm still struggling with the 1st serve.

Not really, I think my second serve is always going to be a bit of a sitter with this racquet, I can't get much kick, I think I might have to go for a slightly slower first serve on the 2nd on some points and live with some double faults. I have to say though that my second serve has never been strong with any racquet.

Tipsy
08-09-2009, 03:18 AM
Not really, I think my second serve is always going to be a bit of a sitter with this racquet, I can't get much kick, I think I might have to go for a slightly slower first serve on the 2nd on some points and live with some double faults. I have to say though that my second serve has never been strong with any racquet.

Sorry to hear that mate.

Topspin24
08-09-2009, 08:00 AM
I am in need of a switch of rackets, interested in the Rebel team because on of the coaches at the academy let me hit with it, and the rebel feels great. It gave acess to so much spin and depth with my shots that I fell in love with it. Unfortunately, I can't demo rackets where I am and I was interested to hear about people's experiences/reviews of the Rebel TEAM, thanks.

Tipsy
08-09-2009, 08:33 AM
I am in need of a switch of rackets, interested in the Rebel team because on of the coaches at the academy let me hit with it, and the rebel feels great. It gave acess to so much spin and depth with my shots that I fell in love with it. Unfortunately, I can't demo rackets where I am and I was interested to hear about people's experiences/reviews of the Rebel TEAM, thanks.

I would love to say I could be of great help to you, but I'm not sure I can be. I have only ever hit with the heavier version. I was going to demo the Team as well, but once I got hitting with the Rebel 95 I just knew that nothing would ever feel this good. Kind of love at first sight, or should that be hit in this case?

My only ideas regarding the Team version are really to do with the obvious difference, the weighting. With the Rebel 95 it's quite head light, with the main mass coming from the lower half of the racket, but this makes for superb hitting. The weighting is so spot on that once you get the racket going the mass of the racket will do everyhting else itself to a certain extent. It really helps in the development/progression of a shot. The light head encourages an ideal amount of rotation so that naturally your arm is encouraged to produce a whipping action, which as we all know helps to generate top spin. I can only assume that even though the Team version weighs less, Prince have tried to maintain this head light quality, but don't quote me on that (please corect me if I'm wrong). I'm sure control must impressive with the Team just like the heavier version, and feel will be super consistent. Perhaps stability at the net will be slightly less witht he lighter version, simply because with the 95 it's just so solid that it just ploughs through those volleys. On the other hand manouvarability should be better with the Team version and it should give players more time to get the racket where they want it to be when out on court.

Sorry I can't be of much help, this is really just a stab in the dark to a certain extent. I wish Ross was here as he has a much better understanding of these things than I do, but he is away at the moment battling on our behalf with his Rebel! I'm sure when he returns he will be more than willing to give further advice on the matter if you still requie it. Ljubicic will probably have a few solid pointers as well regarding the racket, he's got a great knowledge of these things as well.

Topspin24
08-09-2009, 08:51 AM
Cool, I can't wait to hear from them. Thanks

Tipsy
08-10-2009, 02:17 AM
Top Ex-Man Gael Monfils will be out on court tonight, playing against Marat Safin in the first round of the Rogers Cup Montreal. It promises to be an exciting match up and we fellow Ex-Men can only wish Monfils the best of luck out on court with his weapon of choice, the Rebel 95. ALLEZ MONFILS!

http://i877.photobucket.com/albums/ab337/VETTELONPOLE/a1e0239eacfb6f7c3400e1cca9095001-ge.jpg

Ljubicic for number1
08-10-2009, 04:35 AM
Cool, I can't wait to hear from them. Thanks


Hey Topspin man, I can't really comment on the team version as I have never played with one or even seen and felt one.

I see you are coming from a K90, that's a big step down in static weight and plow. I would think the heavy version of the Rebel would be a more a appropriate switch. But if you have hit with the team and love it, then you know better than us.

Meaghan
08-10-2009, 05:08 AM
Is there anyone out there who knows of a place in UK or EU that sells the string inserts for the Rebel.
Im still having trouble getting it strung and my number 2 racket insert has now snapped. The ones at the throat seem very vulnerable and need to get a stock of them for the future.
My stringer is taking his time ordering from US and I have competitions starting next week.

anyone help???

Tipsy
08-10-2009, 05:39 AM
anyone help???

Don't worry, this post hasn't gone unnoticed, I 've been on the look-out. At the moment I have only found this site in America that sells the string hole inserts, but I'm nost sure if they ship to the UK.

http://www.*************.com/products2.cfm/ID/10512/c/o3-grommets-prince

Tipsy
08-10-2009, 05:49 AM
The link doesn't seem to be working. If you put 'tennis express string hole inserts Rebel' into google then you should get a link to it there.

Meaghan
08-10-2009, 05:51 AM
Don't worry, this post hasn't gone unnoticed, I 've been on the look-out. At the moment I have only found this site in America that sells the string hole inserts, but I'm nost sure if they ship to the UK.

http://www.*************.com/products2.cfm/ID/10512/c/o3-grommets-prince

These links never work, is it TW that does all the ***********??
Thanks for your help Tipsy just tell me where to look, I dont seem to be able to find anywhere, Prince havent got in touch with me. I restring every month and my stringer says its a lousy job prince have made. He's looking to see if the stronger ozone tour inserts fit in the throat o ports.
Funnily enough Ive been playing great tennis with my suped up LM rad and won my first small tournament this weekend!
Im sure Im not the only EX03 Rebelizer who is having these problems, so why dont prince do something about it and make these inserts widely available??
Maybe TW can help us out??

Tipsy
08-10-2009, 06:14 AM
These links never work, is it TW that does all the ***********??
Thanks for your help Tipsy just tell me where to look, I dont seem to be able to find anywhere, Prince havent got in touch with me. I restring every month and my stringer says its a lousy job prince have made. He's looking to see if the stronger ozone tour inserts fit in the throat o ports.
Funnily enough Ive been playing great tennis with my suped up LM rad and won my first small tournament this weekend!
Im sure Im not the only EX03 Rebelizer who is having these problems, so why dont prince do something about it and make these inserts widely available??
Maybe TW can help us out??

Yeah, it's TW that muck up the links.

I completely understand where you are coming from about the availability of these inserts. Ok Prince this tecnology works for players like ourselves so why don't you make replacement elements of the racket readily available, so that we can make use of it. They must be getting a long list of players who require new inserts, both string hole and port hole. Please Prince don't let us down now!

Right copy and paste the following into google.co.uk:

string hole inserts for Rebel

Search for it and it should be the 6th link down entitled: Grommets - Prince Grommets - O3 Grommets - Tennis Express. Click on the link and it should take you to a page showing various inserts. Scroll down until you find the Rebel string hole inserts.

Let me know how you get on.

Ljubicic for number1
08-10-2009, 06:17 AM
These links never work, is it TW that does all the ***********??
Thanks for your help Tipsy just tell me where to look, I dont seem to be able to find anywhere, Prince havent got in touch with me. I restring every month and my stringer says its a lousy job prince have made. He's looking to see if the stronger ozone tour inserts fit in the throat o ports.
Funnily enough Ive been playing great tennis with my suped up LM rad and won my first small tournament this weekend!
Im sure Im not the only EX03 Rebelizer who is having these problems, so why dont prince do something about it and make these inserts widely available??
Maybe TW can help us out??


I have strung mine several times in the last few weeks and haven't had a problem with the grommets, you need to make sure that you are pulling tension from the correct angle so as the tension is pulling onto the frame and not out into the port.

I would like to try the port holes too, to see how different the racquet plays, but nobody in Australia is selling them yet.

Meaghan
08-10-2009, 06:25 AM
I have strung mine several times in the last few weeks and haven't had a problem with the grommets, you need to make sure that you are pulling tension from the correct angle so as the tension is pulling onto the frame and not out into the port.

I would like to try the port holes too, to see how different the racquet plays, but nobody in Australia is selling them yet.

Ive told my stringer this and he's got the instructions. The first one i think he completely got wrong but the other racket which was bought used had its throat grommets already splitting. Its not as if he's a rubbish stringer, he strings for pro players when they are in town, its just becoming really frustrating as I was starting to play so well with my Rebel, which is the reason ive played well with my LM (customised to same spec).

If I could just get hold of a few strips.....................

Tipsy
08-10-2009, 06:47 AM
Ive told my stringer this and he's got the instructions. The first one i think he completely got wrong but the other racket which was bought used had its throat grommets already splitting. Its not as if he's a rubbish stringer, he strings for pro players when they are in town, its just becoming really frustrating as I was starting to play so well with my Rebel, which is the reason ive played well with my LM (customised to same spec).

If I could just get hold of a few strips.....................

Did you find the link mate?

If not just got to the tennis express website (I would type the address, but TW keeps mucking it up, just google tennis express if you like) and in the search bar on the site type in 'rebel inserts'. Search for it and it should bring them up.

Touch wood, I'm the same as Ljubicic, I haven't had any problems, but I do use the port holes instead of the string holes, if that makes a difference.

Meaghan
08-10-2009, 08:38 AM
Did you find the link mate?

If not just got to the tennis express website (I would type the address, but TW keeps mucking it up, just google tennis express if you like) and in the search bar on the site type in 'rebel inserts'. Search for it and it should bring them up.

Touch wood, I'm the same as Ljubicic, I haven't had any problems, but I do use the port holes instead of the string holes, if that makes a difference.

thanks Tipsy got it, I was just watching Cilic in Montreal on Betfair!
It does make a difference as the string inserts are like proper grommets within the port hole and they float, it gives great feel much better than just the port holes. The problem is to one side of the grommet the plastic is so thin that if you pull against it the tension will just rip straight through.

Tipsy
08-10-2009, 10:26 AM
thanks Tipsy got it, I was just watching Cilic in Montreal on Betfair!
It does make a difference as the string inserts are like proper grommets within the port hole and they float, it gives great feel much better than just the port holes. The problem is to one side of the grommet the plastic is so thin that if you pull against it the tension will just rip straight through.

Pleased you manged to find the site. Any use or not? I'll keep on the lookout!

Yeah, I worried about the lack of feel with just the port holes, but was pleasantly surprised. I still get all the feel that I require plus a bit more power with the port holes. Just goes to show how racket specifications vary from player to player.

Meaghan
08-10-2009, 01:21 PM
Pleased you manged to find the site. Any use or not? I'll keep on the lookout!

Yeah, I worried about the lack of feel with just the port holes, but was pleasantly surprised. I still get all the feel that I require plus a bit more power with the port holes. Just goes to show how racket specifications vary from player to player.

I asked TW and they have them cheaper so Im waitig on how much the cost of delivery to the UK is.

You should try the string inserts they're great!

Tipsy
08-10-2009, 02:31 PM
I asked TW and they have them cheaper so Im waitig on how much the cost of delivery to the UK is.

You should try the string inserts they're great!

Glad to be of help mate. Yeah, I tried the string inserts before, but I suppose I could give them another try. Could you let me know how much it costs with delivery to the UK and the inserts as well. Even if I still feel the string inserts are not the best option for me I'm sure it will cost the same amount to buy the port hole inserts from TW.

Topspin24
08-10-2009, 04:29 PM
Watching the Monfils vs. Safin match...I have both of their shoes!

game set match 46 TIMES!!
08-10-2009, 05:49 PM
Monflis beat Safin with his weapon of choice EXO3 Rebel 95!

Tipsy
08-11-2009, 07:07 AM
Monflis beat Safin with his weapon of choice EXO3 Rebel 95!

Just finished watching the repeat of it on Sky. Great stuff. Once he broke back in the final set he really started to turn the big forehands on, he was just smashing the ball out of the air. Good result for Monfils after having two months off injured. I've seen him play much better than this and he's going to need to if we wants to do well in this tournament. Hewitt or Ferrero in the next round and then most likely Murray. His coach Roger Rasheed did not look happy when Monfils went off the boil and I think despite the win Roger will tell Monfils to pull his socks up and concentrate a lot more.

Tipsy
08-11-2009, 07:39 AM
Post match interview with Ex-Man Gael Monfils.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOJrpx0yDiE

Tipsy
08-12-2009, 04:18 AM
This evening Ex-Man Gael Monfils faces former world number 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero, in the 2nd round of the Rogers Cup Montreal. It should be a great match.

http://i877.photobucket.com/albums/ab337/VETTELONPOLE/32662177c64426e63260edbf052122a9-ge.jpg

Tipsy
08-12-2009, 12:15 PM
Sadly Ex-Man Monfils has been knocked out of the Rogers Cup. He was beaten in straight sets 6-3 7-6 by Juan Carlos Ferrero. Gael played with none of his usual convinction and lacked mental strength out on court today. I mentioned earlier in thread how Monfils would need to improve on his performance against Marat Safin and he failed to do that, which is a great shame. Nothing was really working for him on court, he failed to change up his game and persisted in staying a good two metres behind the baseline throughought rallies. It was dissapointing to watch the top Ex-Man sucumb to such a poor defeat, but well done to Ferrero who just outplayed the Frenchman, mentally more than anything. Let's hope that Monfils can learn a lot from this defeat and is able to perform at the high level we Ex-Men know he can for the rest of the hard court season.

canadave
08-12-2009, 12:22 PM
Sadly Ex-Man Monfils has been knocked out of the Rogers Cup. He was beaten in straight sets 6-3 7-6 by Juan Carlos Ferrero. Gael played with none of his usual convinction and lacked mental strength out on court today.

On a positive note for the Ex-Man Club, at least it wasn't the racquet's fault ;)

(he really was mentally weak out there today.)

Anton
08-12-2009, 12:45 PM
Been playing with lead a bit lower then 10 and 2 (about 3 gramms total, 4(3"x0.25") strips)

Felt good at first but then I strugled to play consistently.

From there I tried being more patient with the racket and smoothening out my motions - keeping things very relaxed and smooth untill a quick *whip-snap* in the final phase of the stroke to send racket wrapping around me. Now I'm loving the extra weight, feel like I'm playing much better balanced, more touch and accuracy.

Revamped my serve too - actually closer to a form that is similar to Roddik and Monfils


P.S. I'm yet to break my strings since getting this frame!

Tipsy
08-12-2009, 12:56 PM
Been playing with lead a bit lower then 10 and 2 (about 3 gramms total, 4(3"x0.25") strips)

Felt good at first but then I strugled to play consistently.

From there I tried being more patient with the racket and smoothening out my motions - keeping things very relaxed and smooth untill a quick *whip-snap* in the final phase of the stroke to send racket wrapping around me. Now I'm loving the extra weight, feel like I'm playing much better balanced, more touch and accuracy.

Revamped my serve too - actually closer to a form that is similar to Roddik and Monfils


P.S. I'm yet to break my strings since getting this frame!

Sounds like things are really coming together for you Anton.

rchang730
08-12-2009, 08:38 PM
ok, I'm joining.

man, i just played with the EXO3 Rebel 95 for two hours today. my usual stick is the POG OS. I think I may be hitting with the Rebel for a while now. The stick reminds me of how out of shape i am and how lacking my form is... It is my new drill sergeant/coach!

Tipsy
08-13-2009, 10:10 AM
ok, I'm joining.

man, i just played with the EXO3 Rebel 95 for two hours today. my usual stick is the POG OS. I think I may be hitting with the Rebel for a while now. The stick reminds me of how out of shape i am and how lacking my form is... It is my new drill sergeant/coach!

When Ross gets back from his tour of the South West of England with his Rebel 95 I'm sure he'll put you on the list of Ex-Men and give you a code number. Welcome!

Tipsy
08-14-2009, 02:04 PM
It may not have been Ex-Man Monfils' best performance, but these two points are mind blowing. The second video is pure class, it inspires me do the same with my Rebel 95.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtuf12Uw1dk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OlboRYi32g

Enjoy.

vasquez90
08-14-2009, 02:11 PM
what??!! unreal!

crosscourt
08-15-2009, 01:15 AM
The slight problem with the Rebel 95 is that it is very headlight. And if you try to fix the balance you can end up with a very heavy racket.

cc

Tipsy
08-15-2009, 02:35 AM
The slight problem with the Rebel 95 is that it is very headlight. And if you try to fix the balance you can end up with a very heavy racket.

cc

Can see where you are coming from there, but in my opinion Prince nailed the weighting aspect of the racket. Once you get it moving, it does the rest for you, it's so effortless, just whipping through the ball.

Ross K
08-15-2009, 04:57 AM
Greetings X-Men!

Managed to finally get hold of a computer here on my hols... good to see so many posts coming in!... been playing a bit but following the lay off feel pretty rusty and need a lot more hitting. Still loving the feel, the booming groundies and serve with the Reb. And, tbh, still find the frame not quite perfect for me re maneuverability... anyway, as I say, I'm seriously lacking fluidity due to lay off and I think that's the real issue.

Shall try and post when poss (though I'm kind of off the radar for a few more weeks.)

R.



Welcome new member rchang!


The Ex-Men Club

Code-names, membership no.'s, weapon:

1 - Ross K (Exo Reb 95)
2 - Taz23 (Exo Reb 95)
3 - Donbot (Exo Ignite)
4 - Ljubicic for no 1 (Exo Reb 95 & Graphite 100)
5 - kimguroo (Japanese/Asian Reb 95)
6 - Meaghan (Exo Reb 95)
7 - Prince03UserInOz (Exo Graphite 100)
8 - SlAyEr (Exo Reb 95)
9 - Anton - (Exo Reb 95)
10 - GhOst (Exo Graphite 100)
11 -Tennis_dude^V^ (Exo Reb 95)
12 - vasquez90 (Exo Reb 95)
13 - themitchmann (Exo Reb 95)
14 - Tipsy (Exo Reb 95)
15 - JonnyJolly11 (Exo3 ignite)
16 - Teyko (Exo Reb 95)
17 - Chicken Neck (Exo Reb 95)
18 - game set match 46 TIMES!! (Exo Reb 95)
19 - Applesauceman (Exo Graphite 93)
20 - lefty10spro (Exo Graphite 100)
21 - rchang730 (Exo Reb 95)


REMEMBER - IF YOU WANT TO JOIN, POST YOUR NAME IN THIS THREAD STATING YOU WISH TO BE A MEMBER!!


crosscourt and Tipsy,

I actually agree with both of you. (Simon, you've got mail...)


Dave,

What's the latest with you and the Gamma/other frames?

R.

Applesauceman
08-15-2009, 05:40 AM
Ross K,

I have mutated to the EXO Ignite 95 :)

rchang730
08-15-2009, 05:43 AM
Can see where you are coming from there, but in my opinion Prince nailed the weighting aspect of the racket. Once you get it moving, it does the rest for you, it's so effortless, just whipping through the ball.

I had a similar observation. If I panicked with my shot and shorten my backswing, I felt that the ball coming off the strings flew uncontrollably. the Normally I'm able to muscle the ball with my other rackets. However when I prepared early for ball, the rebel does the work for me. I thought stock balance was great off the bat. However, I added some lead at the 3 and 9 o clock for added stability. Now the weight is perfect.

I'm still fiddling with the string set up. Right now I have it strung at 56lb with NRG2 17g. I'm thinking about stringing it at a higher tension with hybrid set up. Any recommendations?

Meaghan
08-15-2009, 06:55 AM
PHT and x1 biphase string up really well and IMO suite this frame.

Tipsy
08-15-2009, 03:46 PM
I had a similar observation. If I panicked with my shot and shorten my backswing, I felt that the ball coming off the strings flew uncontrollably. the Normally I'm able to muscle the ball with my other rackets. However when I prepared early for ball, the rebel does the work for me. I thought stock balance was great off the bat. However, I added some lead at the 3 and 9 o clock for added stability. Now the weight is perfect.

I'm still fiddling with the string set up. Right now I have it strung at 56lb with NRG2 17g. I'm thinking about stringing it at a higher tension with hybrid set up. Any recommendations?

I'm still currently stringing at 51lbs on the mains and 49lbs on the crosses. Never went that low until I started using the Rebel. Ljubicic was the one who encouraged me to drop to that kind of tension and I couldn't be happier.

Pleased you've found your weighting sweetspot. You highlighted the whole preparing early issue with this racket and I completely agree. The crazy thing is, before I switched to the Rebel 95 one of my major flaws was not preparing early enough for my shots, and I just couldn't get this aspect into my head. Once I had the Rebel in my hands I was kind of chucked in at the deep end and I knew I would either sink or swim. It was kind of like being a bird and getting pushed out of the nest for the first time to see if I coud fly. And boy can fly! This racket has really helped my game and I am consistently learning new things as well as ways to improve my game.

An Ex-Man earlier in the thread summed it up perfectly when he said that this is a racket that can really help you in improve your game. If you are prepared to learn from this racket and get in the groove then you are going to get maximum out of it in my opinion. That's why I seriously recommend anyone who is trying the racket for the first time and is unsure to just keep playing with it for a little while longer. In the main you will find it's not the racket that is at fault, it's just that players need to work with it a bit and understand the best way to play with it. Set up your shots early, get the racket swinging fast, build up the momentum and let the Rebel fulfill your dreams out on court.

Ross,

Great to hear from you again and hope you're having a great time with the Rebel despite the rustiness.

If the weather holds I should have my next competitve game with the Rebel 95 tomorrow so I will let you guys know how it goes.

Ljubicic for number1
08-15-2009, 08:33 PM
Ross K,

I have mutated to the EXO Ignite 95 :)


Hey Applesauceman,

How are you finding the 69 stifness of the ignite? I am really interested in this frame as I love all the specs except the stifness. Same specs with a 64 flex and I would be onto it.

Is it giving you any shoulder or elbow issues? how is the spin with the open string pattern?

Thanks John.

rchang730
08-15-2009, 11:00 PM
I'm still currently stringing at 51lbs on the mains and 49lbs on the crosses. Never went that low until I started using the Rebel. Ljubicic was the one who encouraged me to drop to that kind of tension and I couldn't be happier.

Pleased you've found your weighting sweetspot. You highlighted the whole preparing early issue with this racket and I completely agree. The crazy thing is, before I switched to the Rebel 95 one of my major flaws was not preparing early enough for my shots, and I just couldn't get this aspect into my head. Once I had the Rebel in my hands I was kind of chucked in at the deep end and I knew I would either sink or swim. It was kind of like being a bird and getting pushed out of the nest for the first time to see if I coud fly. And boy can fly! This racket has really helped my game and I am consistently learning new things as well as ways to improve my game.



Hey Tipsy

Yes exactly! The first 3 hits with this stick was like wow! Then 30 mins into practice, I deteriorated back to my 'poor' form by muscling the ball. My shots would either fly two feet behind the baseline or veer wide. On my next go around with this racket, I really concentrated on my footwork. As a result, I could return the pace of my hitting partner. Hitting the ball in a closed stance with this racket is amazing. Mentally and physically it's a fatiguing racket. But it's the satisfying fatigue that you get after a hard day at work.

Hmmm....I may consider dropping the tension that low.

RC

Ross K
08-15-2009, 11:24 PM
The Ex-Men Club

Code-names, membership no.'s, weapon:

1 - Ross K (Exo Reb 95)
2 - Taz23 (Exo Reb 95)
3 - Donbot (Exo Ignite)
4 - Ljubicic for no 1 (Exo Reb 95 & Graphite 100)
5 - kimguroo (Japanese/Asian Reb 95)
6 - Meaghan (Exo Reb 95)
7 - Prince03UserInOz (Exo Graphite 100)
8 - SlAyEr (Exo Reb 95)
9 - Anton - (Exo Reb 95)
10 - GhOst (Exo Graphite 100)
11 -Tennis_dude^V^ (Exo Reb 95)
12 - vasquez90 (Exo Reb 95)
13 - themitchmann (Exo Reb 95)
14 - Tipsy (Exo Reb 95)
15 - JonnyJolly11 (Exo3 ignite)
16 - Teyko (Exo Reb 95)
17 - Chicken Neck (Exo Reb 95)
18 - game set match 46 TIMES!! (Exo Reb 95)
19 - Applesauceman (Exo Ignite 95)
20 - lefty10spro (Exo Graphite 100)
21 - rchang730 (Exo Reb 95)


REMEMBER - IF YOU WANT TO JOIN, POST YOUR NAME IN THIS THREAD STATING YOU WISH TO BE A MEMBER!!



Tipsy,

What are the 'pros' then of such a low tension in your opinion~?



rchang and Tipsy,

Think you've both nailed it (above posts ^^^) RE the correct technique to get maximum performance out of the Reb... in fact I think reverting to sloppy and loose technique after my lay off - poor form that I might get away with with other rods - is why my game seemed so off last week... (that and the cider! :))



Applesauceman,

What would you say are the main qualities of the Ignite 95 (maybe in comparison to the Reb 95)?



R.

Tipsy
08-16-2009, 07:29 AM
rchang730,

I would definitely recommend giving a lower tenion a try. I would be interested to see if you come to a similar conclusion as myself.

Ross,

I think the main benefit of a lower tension is the spin generation. In my opinion the Rebel 95 really works, I mean really really works, if you hit the ball pretty flat and hard. It almost seems to magnify the strength of a solid flat shot, but if you drop to a lower tension I feel that it is possible to generate that little bit more top spin giving you the best of both worlds. Don't get me wrong I love a good whack of top spin but I must admit my backand is extremely flat. Over the years I have always tried to generate more top spin from the backhand side which has never really resulted in any major improvement. With the Rebel it was just like, stuff it, I'm going to do what my body wants do and hit these tennis balls hard and flat. This racket lends itself to this type of play particularly off the backand wing which we Ex-Men are all aware of as most of us have described how it's like hot knife through butter with backands.

However, my forehand has always been much more of a top spin orientated affair and with a tension around the 60lb mark I just wasn't getting the spin I required. The string bed felt extremely board like and the shots were just flying off way too hard and anywhere. I dropped the tension and then I had my beloved spin back for my forehand side, but maintained that outright awesomeness of the solid power generated by the racket. I found the perfect compromise for me between super hard flat shots and wonderfully whippy top spin forehands with the Rebel 95 and it's just tailor made to my game. That's a major plus with this racket, the basics are there, players just need to change a few elements that will allow the racket to maximise the stronger aspects of their game.

Anton
08-16-2009, 12:58 PM
rchang730,

I would definitely recommend giving a lower tenion a try. I would be interested to see if you come to a similar conclusion as myself.

Ross,

I think the main benefit of a lower tension is the spin generation. In my opinion the Rebel 95 really works, I mean really really works, if you hit the ball pretty flat and hard. It almost seems to magnify the strength of a solid flat shot, but if you drop to a lower tension I feel that it is possible to generate that little bit more top spin giving you the best of both worlds. Don't get me wrong I love a good whack of top spin but I must admit my backand is extremely flat. Over the years I have always tried to generate more top spin from the backhand side which has never really resulted in any major improvement. With the Rebel it was just like, stuff it, I'm going to do what my body wants do and hit these tennis balls hard and flat. This racket lends itself to this type of play particularly off the backand wing which we Ex-Men are all aware of as most of us have described how it's like hot knife through butter with backands.

However, my forehand has always been much more of a top spin orientated affair and with a tension around the 60lb mark I just wasn't getting the spin I required. The string bed felt extremely board like and the shots were just flying off way too hard and anywhere. I dropped the tension and then I had my beloved spin back for my forehand side, but maintained that outright awesomeness of the solid power generated by the racket. I found the perfect compromise for me between super hard flat shots and wonderfully whippy top spin forehands with the Rebel 95 and it's just tailor made to my game. That's a major plus with this racket, the basics are there, players just need to change a few elements that will allow the racket to maximise the stronger aspects of their game.


Just to clear something up - what you are calling "top spin" is actually deflection angle - meaning softer stringbed will give higher rebound angle, sending the ball higher up after impact and making for more arched trajectory. Stringbed stiffness does not directly effect the actual RPMs on the ball (though if softer stringbed somehow makes you swing faster RPMs will increase).


Also, adding some lead to the head of the frame will make it more stable, will give more swingweight and make the ball dig harder into the strings (effect is the same as lowering tension, without actually changing the tension) - the question is only if you can convert that swingweight into head speed as well.

Tipsy
08-16-2009, 02:33 PM
Just to clear something up - what you are calling "top spin" is actually deflection angle - meaning softer stringbed will give higher rebound angle, sending the ball higher up after impact and making for more arched trajectory. Stringbed stiffness does not directly effect the actual RPMs on the ball (though if softer stringbed somehow makes you swing faster RPMs will increase).


Also, adding some lead to the head of the frame will make it more stable, will give more swingweight and make the ball dig harder into the strings (effect is the same as lowering tension, without actually changing the tension) - the question is only if you can convert that swingweight into head speed as well.

Thanks for the scientific info Anton. Deflection angle it is then.

Tennis_dude ^_^
08-16-2009, 07:44 PM
Hey guys i thought i contribute too
i have an rebel with the vibration damper
but i have lead tape inside the racet right where the black begins
i dont know how to explin it but its like you know the boris becker legend core cap gromments
its like it did that with lead tape
i used unique lead tape so its 1/4 and on both sides

anyways i got curious as to what happens when you cover the holes with lead tape
what happens is it does add swing weight (duh) but more than you expect
its like if i add lead tape to the 3 and 9 on k95 it and lets say it increase the sw by 5
well imagen the rebel the exact same as the k95 and when ou do the same thing it adds 10 instead of 5
sorry i cant explain it
but also the racket feels more muted and flexible at the same time
i dunno its a fun experience but i took off the lead tape and used unique again on both sides not to cover the hole
sorry if its confusing but its a weird and unique experience
you should try it sometime

Ljubicic for number1
08-16-2009, 11:42 PM
Yes the low tension is achieving a greater deflection angle and a much more consistent rally shot.
I don't get a lot of top spin with this racquet but the trajectory has improved by leaps and bounds with the lower tension.

I am still not 100% sure about this racquet yet. I love some things about it. And feel like I am missing out on other things by playing with it.

I am really curious to try a ignite as I have always been a open string pattern player. I just wish you could get a 16x18 with the Rebels 60 flex rating.

I must say I am missing being able to hit huge spin that bouces over the opponents head like I can with a tweener like the o3 white.

Tipsy
08-17-2009, 02:41 AM
Top Ex-Man Gael Monfils is back out on court today in his first round match against Ivo Karlovic in the 2009 ATP Western and Southern Financial Group Masters 1000. It promises to be an interesting match up with Karlovic the king of aces and Monfils the king of mind blowing athleticism out on court with his Rebel 95. We Ex-Men wish Monfils the best of luck and hope that he has great success this week.

http://i877.photobucket.com/albums/ab337/VETTELONPOLE/EA117021209_1024x768.jpg

Ross K
08-17-2009, 06:36 AM
X-Men!

Picking up on Ljubi's slight doubts re the Reb being 100 per cent the frame for him, I confess to flirting a bit with a few different rackets (well, it's the summer holidays after all... the booze has been flowing and these newer, younger rackets keep flaunting themselves!... :roll:)... ahem... Anyhow, so I admit to some summertime flirtation, but I'm not sure that it really means too much ultimately or that I'll be swapping the Reb for another. Because whilst I've always had a slight issue with the maneuverbility/balance of the Reb (I find a lot of frames are actually better for me in this regard), when it comes to that heavy, penetrating ball, the Reb is very hard to beat, and I'm finding other so-called 'heavy ball' rods don't actually quite match up... I mean, imo, the Reb has a power level capability that quite exceeds what you'd normally expect of a 60 stiffness RA... Whatever. As I've 'played the field' here a little ("Hangs his head in shame."), I'm discovering that for a thumping, kicking serve, a rich feel, and - above all - a bullying, heavy ball off both sides, the Reb is pretty special.

Yours shamefully,:oops:

R.

Tipsy
08-17-2009, 08:18 AM
X-Men!

Picking up on Ljubi's slight doubts re the Reb being 100 per cent the frame for him, I confess to flirting a bit with a few different rackets (well, it's the summer holidays after all... the booze has been flowing and these newer, younger rackets keep flaunting themselves!... :roll:)... ahem... Anyhow, so I admit to some summertime flirtation, but I'm not sure that it really means too much ultimately or that I'll be swapping the Reb for another. Because whilst I've always had a slight issue with the maneuverbility/balance of the Reb (I find a lot of frames are actually better for me in this regard), when it comes to that heavy, penetrating ball, the Reb is very hard to beat, and I'm finding other so-called 'heavy ball' rods don't actually quite match up... I mean, imo, the Reb has a power level capability that quite exceeds what you'd normally expect of a 60 stiffness RA... Whatever. As I've 'played the field' here a little ("Hangs his head in shame."), I'm discovering that for a thumping, kicking serve, a rich feel, and - above all - a bullying, heavy ball off both sides, the Reb is pretty special.

Yours shamefully,:oops:

R.

Ok Ross you have been tempted, but it seems as though you have learnt the error of your flirtatious ways. You sum it up perfectly at the end, if you are looking at this type of racket then the Rebel is the clear number 1. Loads of feel and crushing shots that stay in thanks to superb control.

maartn
08-17-2009, 08:19 AM
X-men,

a while ago I demoed the exo rebel and found it to be an excellent stick.
I absolutely loved the feel it had, the smooth, flexy, but rocksolid unique feel.
Have to admit that my playing level is not quite where it's supposed to be, to play competively with the rebel. Static weight is just too much.

Now I was wondering wether the exo graphites have that same kind of feel to them?
Thinking about the midplus (100") in particular..

Asking this here since there doesn't seem to be a demo available of the graphites in my area. Available in online shops for sale though.

Currently playing the mg rad mp, good stick but sometimes it would really help a lot to have a little more power and forgiveness at hand. Would the exo graphite 100 fit that..?

Tipsy
08-17-2009, 01:11 PM
Sadly Ex-Man Gael Monfils was unable to overcome the big serving Croatian on the other side of the net. Monfils droppend the first set 6-4, fought back in the second, playing a phenomenal tie breaker to win second set 7-6 (7-5), but couldn't do the same in the final set tiebreaker and lost. It was a great shame and it did look as though Monfils had learned from his poor performance in Montreal. He actually looked more professional out on court today particulalry in the second set where he realy demonstrated some maturity.

In all honesty I'm gutted for Monfils. Karlovic is such a boring player to play and watch. Big serve, rush the net. Big serve, rush the net and so on. He is extremely frustrating and I'm surprised Monfils didn't end up exploding with sheer annoyance. I really dislike Ivo's style of play, he just sucks the fun and enjoyment out of games.

Better luck at the US Open Monfils. All the Ex-Men hope to see you and your Rebel 95 with the title.

louis netman
08-17-2009, 08:49 PM
Sorry...I thought this thread was about Renée Richards ;-)

Tipsy
08-18-2009, 10:08 AM
Hello fellow Ex-Men. I bring you more bad news much to my dissapointment. I have recently played a couple of matches and things have started to deteriorate at an alarming rate. On Sunday I won with the Rebel, but not in a very inspiring way, 7-5 7-5. I came out of that match fairly drained and it was just a complete struggle to get things working with the racket. In a way it was quite scary as only a week before things were progressing nicely. Despite winning I left the court more than a little concerned, but I soon set my sights on my next match.

Well I played it today and things went wrong big time. I lost a five set epic 6-4 3-6 1-6 6-3 5-7, but it in all honesty it was pretty bizarre. The first set went pretty well with the Rebel, but the serve was nowhere until the last couple of games. I managed to get the break and looked forward to the second set.

For the first half of the second set it was all going to plan, even the serve was picking up, but then after I held three service games things started falling apart. The level of control and feel was starting to wain and it was hard to find those crushing winners that I knew the Rebel should have been allowing me to produce. The backahand just withered away into a series of wide shots and things just got worse and worse, culminating in the loss of the second set.

I pshyched myself up for the third thinking it was just a blip, but believe me it wasn't, things just went from bad to worse. The third set just dissapeared in front of my very eyes. Every shot was becoming such an effort both mentally and physically. I was having to work stupidly hard just to stay in every rally, with what now felt like a pretty cumbersome Rebel.

My only slavation was the fact that I brought the trusty old Tecnifibre along with me as well, and with nowhwere left to turn as well as runnig out of options I made the switch. I took a few points in the fourth set to get used to it, particularly the sizeable weight defference, but my body and mind was grateful for the fact that with this racket it was possible to wrork the ball with comparative ease. It was like having an old friend with me out on court. It pulled me through the fourth set and I won it fairly comfortably 6-3.

The deciding fifth set went well in comparison with second and third sets, but I just couldn't get the break. I had been left physically and mentally drained by the Rebel and that proved to be the knockout blow. Credit to my opponent who played really well, but I left the court thinking that if I had stuck with the trusty Tecnifibre from start to finsh then I would have come out on top.

I hate to say it fellow Ex-Men, but I too am starting to have doubts about the racket. Perhaps the novelty of this Rebel is wearing off and underneath the wicked paint job the racket isn't really that revolutionary. I sincerely hope not, but at the moment, for me at least, it certainly looks that way.

Topspin24
08-18-2009, 10:47 AM
Which of the prince rackets can provide me good depth, spin, and control?

Ross K
08-18-2009, 01:29 PM
Hello fellow Ex-Men. I bring you more bad news much to my dissapointment. I have recently played a couple of matches and things have started to deteriorate at an alarming rate. On Sunday I won with the Rebel, but not in a very inspiring way, 7-5 7-5. I came out of that match fairly drained and it was just a complete struggle to get things working with the racket. In a way it was quite scary as only a week before things were progressing nicely. Despite winning I left the court more than a little concerned, but I soon set my sights on my next match.

Well I played it today and things went wrong big time. I lost a five set epic 6-4 3-6 1-6 6-3 5-7, but it in all honesty it was pretty bizarre. The first set went pretty well with the Rebel, but the serve was nowhere until the last couple of games. I managed to get the break and looked forward to the second set.

For the first half of the second set it was all going to plan, even the serve was picking up, but then after I held three service games things started falling apart. The level of control and feel was starting to wain and it was hard to find those crushing winners that I knew the Rebel should have been allowing me to produce. The backahand just withered away into a series of wide shots and things just got worse and worse, culminating in the loss of the second set.

I pshyched myself up for the third thinking it was just a blip, but believe me it wasn't, things just went from bad to worse. The third set just dissapeared in front of my very eyes. Every shot was becoming such an effort both mentally and physically. I was having to work stupidly hard just to stay in every rally, with what now felt like a pretty cumbersome Rebel.

My only slavation was the fact that I brought the trusty old Tecnifibre along with me as well, and with nowhwere left to turn as well as runnig out of options I made the switch. I took a few points in the fourth set to get used to it, particularly the sizeable weight defference, but my body and mind was grateful for the fact that with this racket it was possible to wrork the ball with comparative ease. It was like having an old friend with me out on court. It pulled me through the fourth set and I won it fairly comfortably 6-3.

The deciding fifth set went well in comparison with second and third sets, but I just couldn't get the break. I had been left physically and mentally drained by the Rebel and that proved to be the knockout blow. Credit to my opponent who played really well, but I left the court thinking that if I had stuck with the trusty Tecnifibre from start to finsh then I would have come out on top.

I hate to say it fellow Ex-Men, but I too am starting to have doubts about the racket. Perhaps the novelty of this Rebel is wearing off and underneath the wicked paint job the racket isn't really that revolutionary. I sincerely hope not, but at the moment, for me at least, it certainly looks that way.

X-Man Tipsy!

Although I've also been having the odd doubt about the Reb and looking at other frames (a situation which will always happen as long as I continue to be a small-time collector, seller, trader, etc), well, I wouldn't be too hasty in bidding a final 'au revoir' to the Reb.

Give it more time. More chances. Really try and look at such aspects as how it suits your game/can improve your game, and how its various qualities match up.

And... hey... what does your instinct/heart/gut tell you? :roll:

And if the TF is a proper rival, compare and test against one and other in a thorough fashion (fwiw, my view of TF rods is that they do indeed have some nice aspects but are left in the wake of the numerous attributes of the Reb.)

It's also worth saying that I think the Reb is fairly demanding in the sense that it's not the kind of frame you can just pick up and play blindingly well with. It's unusually balanced. It has a lot of heft to it (all things being relative.) And I'd say it needs longer and more consistent hitting with to get the best out of it than perhaps other rackets (certainly frames that are easier to swing.) I personally find I have to be playing a lot of tennis and 'bang on' my game, technically very sound (as in exemplary footwork, getting the frame back and prepared ultra-early, and utilizing a long, full swing), etc, to extract the kind of results that you really want to see. That said though, when this happens I feel my game is in a different league to the less 'scaling the heights' but fairly consistent tennis I can play with other rackets... and this applies none more so than here:

The other day I was enjoying the different merits of these Volkl frames I've been checking out, a set with each before reverting to the Reb; and yet I was instantly (as in within playing with it for just a game) so impressed by the heavy ball and feel arising from off the Rebel's string-bed, well, that kind of made me remember something pretty important there and which ultimately sets the standard.

And if you do feel the time has come for a change, ce la vie... loads and loads of members are continually testing new frames or are in the grips of the dreaded 'racketaholic's' disease! :shock: ...

Anyhow Tips, l hope you can maybe settle with a frame you're totally happy with (S*** I sound like my dad!!).

R.

Tipsy
08-18-2009, 03:01 PM
X-Man Tipsy!

Although I've also been having the odd doubt about the Reb and looking at other frames (a situation which will always happen as long as I continue to be a small-time collector, seller, trader, etc), well, I wouldn't be too hasty in bidding a final 'au revoir' to the Reb.

Give it more time. More chances. Really try and look at such aspects as how it suits your game/can improve your game, and how its various qualities match up.

And... hey... what does your instinct/heart/gut tell you? :roll:

And if the TF is a proper rival, compare and test against one and other in a thorough fashion (fwiw, my view of TF rods is that they do indeed have some nice aspects but are left in the wake of the numerous attributes of the Reb.)

It's also worth saying that I think the Reb is fairly demanding in the sense that it's not the kind of frame you can just pick up and play blindingly well with. It's unusually balanced. It has a lot of heft to it (all things being relative.) And I'd say it needs longer and more consistent hitting with to get the best out of it than perhaps other rackets (certainly frames that are easier to swing.) I personally find I have to be playing a lot of tennis and 'bang on' my game, technically very sound (as in exemplary footwork, getting the frame back and prepared ultra-early, and utilizing a long, full swing), etc, to extract the kind of results that you really want to see. That said though, when this happens I feel my game is in a different league to the less 'scaling the heights' but fairly consistent tennis I can play with other rackets... and this applies none more so than here:

The other day I was enjoying the different merits of these Volkl frames I've been checking out, a set with each before reverting to the Reb; and yet I was instantly (as in within playing with it for just a game) so impressed by the heavy ball and feel arising from off the Rebel's string-bed, well, that kind of made me remember something pretty important there and which ultimately sets the standard.

And if you do feel the time has come for a change, ce la vie... loads and loads of members are continually testing new frames or are in the grips of the dreaded 'racketaholic's' disease! :shock: ...

Anyhow Tips, l hope you can maybe settle with a frame you're totally happy with (S*** I sound like my dad!!).

R.

Thanks for your support and advice Ross, it means a lot.

My heart says the Rebel, but my head says the TF. I've got a serious dilemna here. I think the biggest thing that is depressing me with the Rebel is the serve. I have already said numerous times in this thread how my serve, particularly my second serve, has taken a huge hit since the swtch to the Reb. I know Ljubicic has talked about taking time to getting it dialled in, but it's been several weeks now and I don't seem to be making any in-roads. I don't think I've ever been so depressed when serving out on court before. Unless I bang my first serve in with this racket, which just overpowers the opponent, I'm open to attack on the second serve. I don't seem to be able to get enough variety with the Rebel when it comes to the second serve, I'm just not getting the spin production I would like. With the TF on the other hand the serves are pretty solid. On the second serve in particular I can really mix things up a bit and keep the oppenent guessing. It's that second serve which has saved quite a few break points against me in my time.

Anton
08-18-2009, 06:42 PM
X-Men!

Picking up on Ljubi's slight doubts re the Reb being 100 per cent the frame for him, I confess to flirting a bit with a few different rackets (well, it's the summer holidays after all... the booze has been flowing and these newer, younger rackets keep flaunting themselves!... :roll:)... ahem... Anyhow, so I admit to some summertime flirtation, but I'm not sure that it really means too much ultimately or that I'll be swapping the Reb for another. Because whilst I've always had a slight issue with the maneuverbility/balance of the Reb (I find a lot of frames are actually better for me in this regard), when it comes to that heavy, penetrating ball, the Reb is very hard to beat, and I'm finding other so-called 'heavy ball' rods don't actually quite match up... I mean, imo, the Reb has a power level capability that quite exceeds what you'd normally expect of a 60 stiffness RA... Whatever. As I've 'played the field' here a little ("Hangs his head in shame."), I'm discovering that for a thumping, kicking serve, a rich feel, and - above all - a bullying, heavy ball off both sides, the Reb is pretty special.

Yours shamefully,:oops:

R.

I've put some more lead on my KBlade98 and strung it with 16L Rab Monoflex (co-poly) at 64 lbs - it felt good - very loopy forehands, big angles and less prep time then with Rebel - but on back hand it's nowhere near as solid feeling and more importantly - it just can't match the combination of maneuverability, feedback and feel on blocks/volleys slices and other misc. touch shots with Rebel.

Anton
08-18-2009, 06:59 PM
Thanks for your support and adice Ross, it means a lot.

My heart says the Rebel, but my head says the TF. I've got a serious dilemna here. I think the biggest thing that is depressing me with the Rebel is the serve. I have already said numerous times in this thread how my serve, particularly my second serve, has taken a huge hit since the swtch to the Reb. I know Ljubicic has talked about taking time to getting it dialled in, but it's been several weeks now and I don't seem to be making any in-roads. I don't think I've ever been so depressed when serving out on court before. Unless I bang my first serve in with this racket, which just overpowers the opponent, I'm open to attack on the second serve. I don't seem to be able to get enough variety with the Rebel when it comes to the second serve, I'm just not getting the spin production I would like. With the TF on the other hand the serves are pretty solid. On the second serve in particular I can really mix things up a bit and keep the oppenent guessing. It's that second serve which has saved quite a few break points against me in my time.

Honestly, of all the issues this one is VERY easy to fix - take a bucket of tennis balls and serve second serves for half an hour.

Three things, you may want to try as you get the feel of serve:

1. Toss the ball closer to yourself, instead of in front, for second serve (almost above your head).
2. Don't rush the arm - have the shoulder come out first and let the racket get left behind nice and low (pointing to the ground, see picture) before launching it into the ball.
2. Make sure you don't hit the ball flat, but instead brush it (pic 2) - you can try going slightly more to the eastern backhand grip if you are clearing the net easy but landing ball too deep (see picture 3)

http://www.aroundhawaii.com/assets/articles/2006/04/328/images/200604_htiytsspeed008.gif

http://i.ehow.com/images/GlobalPhoto/Articles/5187105/full.getty-72115005wj301australianop61412am_Full.jpg

http://blue.utb.edu/jloff/1127/ch2/images/Grip_Eastern_Backhand.JPG

DONE.

STi
08-18-2009, 10:35 PM
Its also very important to generate good racquet head speed which might be the reason you're technifibre racquet suits you better on the 2nd serve. Hope you work things out with whichever racquet you land on though.

Ross K
08-18-2009, 11:35 PM
X-Men Anton and Tipsy!

Some nice points there Anton... I need to remember it too actually (especially the Eastern bh grip for topspin 2nd serves bit.) And having recently had some success with something myself, I'd like to mention varying the toss location; by which I mean tossing/making contact with the ball a little more to your left or a little more to your right than you would normally. Okay, it does 'telegraph' your intentions somewhat (provided your opponent is observant enough), but especially if you want to hit those wide outside angles, I'd recommend it.

However I think the biggest thing that is depressing me with the Rebel is the serve. I have already said numerous times in this thread how my serve, particularly my second serve, has taken a huge hit since the swtch to the Reb. I know Ljubicic has talked about taking time to getting it dialled in, but it's been several weeks now and I don't seem to be making any in-roads. I don't think I've ever been so depressed when serving out on court before Got to say Tipsy, that ^ worries me a bit... As someone who has played a lot of frames, and spent a lot of time with frames where it wasn't properly gelling re the serve, and having had my share of struggles with my serve mechanics (I've certainly never been a 'natural' power server), I personally don't advocate sticking with a frame if it's patently not working for you (and the above quotes makes me wonder)...

That said though, as Anton refers to, the obvious initial place to look is definitely always one's own technique.

So, in the 1st instance, I'd advise thinking about that... maybe experiment a bit with the tips above?... maybe post in Tennis Tips section?... As I alluded to, I've had a load of toil and struggle with my serve over the years... I've always been acutely aware of my ability (or lack of it) to extract full power/action/spin/precision etc out of any given racket... and some great, 'esteemed' rackets have, frankly, been too much of a challenge for me...

So hear me when I say this: I consider the Reb 95 to right up there with the very best of them re serve - otherwise I wouldn't even bother!... imo it's a wonderful serve rod which really allows you do pretty much what you want... the 'catch' of course being that you/we often need to rise up technically to unleash it all (which could also be said of he racket generally)...

Anyhow, sorry if some of that is a bit contradictory or complex... keep us all posted on your thoughts and how the situation progresses,

R.

Ljubicic for number1
08-18-2009, 11:58 PM
OH NO I wish I didnt post about my reservations on the Rebel, now everybody is ditching them!!!!

Ross K
08-19-2009, 12:15 AM
X-Men!

As our great and famed X-Men heros have proven, if we can withstand some of the anguishes and pains that come with realizing our true identities, happiness can be ours!!

http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u291/RRohan/wolverine8.jpg

:)


R.

Ross K
08-20-2009, 12:06 AM
X-Men,

Okay... on the level... it might sound kind of obvious... but... er...

Why exactly does the the Reb 95 hit such a heavy, thumping, bullying ball then?

Best answer gets a date with Lady Marvel... second-placed gets a date with Lady Deathstrike (don't get too fresh fellers or you might possibly regret it!:shock::))

R.

Ljubicic for number1
08-20-2009, 05:48 AM
X-Men,

Okay... on the level... it might sound kind of obvious... but... er...

Why exactly does the the Reb 95 hit such a heavy, thumping, bullying ball then?

Best answer gets a date with Lady Marvel... second-placed gets a date with Lady Deathstrike (don't get too fresh fellers or you might possibly regret it!:shock::))

R.


To be quiet honest I don't think it does, I can bully more with the Graphite 100.

Tipsy
08-20-2009, 06:02 AM
Thanks for all the helpful tips guys. I put them into practice out on court today and all I did was serve after serve after serve. It's slow progress but it's getting there, I'm still not that confident but the spin is coming to be a bit more on the second serve and the placement is getting there. Still can't quite mix it up as much as I would like, but obviously I still need to work on it. I'll keep you posted on how things develop in the next couple of days.

Ross K
08-20-2009, 01:02 PM
To be quiet honest I don't think it does, I can bully more with the Graphite 100.

Interesting... if it wasn't for the head-size i could be tempted to hit with the Graphite 100.

R.

Ljubicic for number1
08-20-2009, 06:07 PM
Interesting... if it wasn't for the head-size i could be tempted to hit with the Graphite 100.

R.

Nice racquet but I don't think it is for you as you have mentioned on numerous occasions that you find the Rebel a bit sluggish to swing and the graphite is a lot more head heavy and harder to get swinging. The Reb really feels like a light weight in comparison. Its a very taxing racquet.

Applesauceman
08-21-2009, 05:46 PM
The Ex-Men Club

Code-names, membership no.'s, weapon:

1 - Ross K (Exo Reb 95)
2 - Taz23 (Exo Reb 95)
3 - Donbot (Exo Ignite)
4 - Ljubicic for no 1 (Exo Reb 95 & Graphite 100)
5 - kimguroo (Japanese/Asian Reb 95)
6 - Meaghan (Exo Reb 95)
7 - Prince03UserInOz (Exo Graphite 100)
8 - SlAyEr (Exo Reb 95)
9 - Anton - (Exo Reb 95)
10 - GhOst (Exo Graphite 100)
11 -Tennis_dude^V^ (Exo Reb 95)
12 - vasquez90 (Exo Reb 95)
13 - themitchmann (Exo Reb 95)
14 - Tipsy (Exo Reb 95)
15 - JonnyJolly11 (Exo3 ignite)
16 - Teyko (Exo Reb 95)
17 - Chicken Neck (Exo Reb 95)
18 - game set match 46 TIMES!! (Exo Reb 95)
19 - Applesauceman (Exo Ignite 95)
20 - lefty10spro (Exo Graphite 100)
21 - rchang730 (Exo Reb 95)


REMEMBER - IF YOU WANT TO JOIN, POST YOUR NAME IN THIS THREAD STATING YOU WISH TO BE A MEMBER!!



Tipsy,

What are the 'pros' then of such a low tension in your opinion~?



rchang and Tipsy,

Think you've both nailed it (above posts ^^^) RE the correct technique to get maximum performance out of the Reb... in fact I think reverting to sloppy and loose technique after my lay off - poor form that I might get away with with other rods - is why my game seemed so off last week... (that and the cider! :))



Applesauceman,

What would you say are the main qualities of the Ignite 95 (maybe in comparison to the Reb 95)?



R.

I decided that the grip shape of the Exo Graphite 93 was a little off compared to my previous racquet, the Diablo Mid 93, plus I felt that the Graphite didn't have quite as much pop vs. the Diablo. I haven't actually hit yet with the Exo Ignite 95, but the grip shape felt much better, plus the weights are the same. We'll see...

As far as the Exo Rebel 95, I tried that racquet too, and I didn't really like how stiff the stringbed felt...I'm guessing due to the denser string pattern and oval shape of the Rebel vs. round head shape of the Diablo.

Maybe I should leave the Ex-Men all together, and join the Avengers with my Diablo. The jury's still out. :)

Ross K
08-21-2009, 11:24 PM
I decided that the grip shape of the Exo Graphite 93 was a little off compared to my previous racquet, the Diablo Mid 93, plus I felt that the Graphite didn't have quite as much pop vs. the Diablo. I haven't actually hit yet with the Exo Ignite 95, but the grip shape felt much better, plus the weights are the same. We'll see...

As far as the Exo Rebel 95, I tried that racquet too, and I didn't really like how stiff the stringbed felt...I'm guessing due to the denser string pattern and oval shape of the Rebel vs. round head shape of the Diablo.

Maybe I should leave the Ex-Men all together, and join the Avengers with my Diablo. The jury's still out. :)

Matter of fact the Diablo mid is a frame I was interested in testing in the period that led to me choosing the Reb. Could you maybe say a bit how it compares to the Reb. Cheers,

R.

Anton
08-22-2009, 04:58 PM
Matter of fact the Diablo mid is a frame I was interested in testing in the period that led to me choosing the Reb. Could you maybe say a bit how it compares to the Reb. Cheers,

R.


Diablo Mid feels more hollow then Rebel - I didn't like it at all, though I tried it a while ago.

Ross K
08-22-2009, 10:33 PM
Diablo Mid feels more hollow then Rebel - I didn't like it at all, though I tried it a while ago.

Thanks Anton. That instantly puts me off - and big time!... nowadays, among other things, my frame's have to feel very solid and very stable, otherwise I'm completely uninterested.

R.

Anton
08-23-2009, 06:32 AM
Thanks Anton. That instantly puts me off - and big time!... nowadays, among other things, my frame's have to feel very solid and very stable, otherwise I'm completely uninterested.

R.


Hmm well I wouldn't say it was unstable - it just felt hollow, feel is much better with rebel.

Anton
08-23-2009, 09:34 AM
Some points from a small local tournament I'm in now!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GNUHgoSYnk

Tipsy
08-23-2009, 09:37 AM
Some points from a small local tournament I'm in now!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GNUHgoSYnk

Looking good Anton. Let us know how you and the Rebel get on.

Anton
08-23-2009, 10:04 AM
Looking good Anton. Let us know how you and the Rebel get on.

First round 6-3, 6-4 win - my serves really carried me and I knew I would get the break sooner or later

Ross K
08-23-2009, 10:16 AM
TALK TENNIS PLAY-TESTERS HIT WITH THE REB AND GIVE THEIR OPINIONS!...

Very interesting reference for ppl wanting to know about the Reb...

Recommended!...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKUyz_Vatr4&feature=related

R.

Ross K
08-23-2009, 10:17 AM
Anton,

Congrats mate!... and so how are you feeling right now about the Reb?



Tipsy,

Same Q: how are you feeling right now about the Reb?


R.

ryushen21
08-23-2009, 10:53 AM
Ross....take a look at the thread of your former Alliance. I believe you shall be pleased.

Anton
08-23-2009, 07:34 PM
Anton,

Congrats mate!... and so how are you feeling right now about the Reb?



Tipsy,

Same Q: how are you feeling right now about the Reb?


R.

feeling very good about Rab, it's really home for me.

Played my second match today and got killed 6-3, 6-1 - the guy was just placing the ball too well and was too consistent, I wasn't prepared for 10 hit rallies on every point - had lunch right before the match and no time for warm up. I;m not feeling bad though I know Ill get him next time.

I'm playing with 16L guage Monoflex strings now, but I think I'll got back to 17 guage for more loop

Ross K
08-23-2009, 09:32 PM
My fellow...http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u291/RRohan/images-5-8.jpg

Another urgent mission now calls me and my Reb Exo3 'supreme rod of justice'! (Er, I'm off on holiday again!) Speak to you all in 10 days precisely. (Where I'm next headed, there is absolutely no computer.)

So long for a little while mutants!

R.

Ljubicic for number1
08-23-2009, 11:37 PM
My fellow...http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u291/RRohan/images-5-8.jpg

Another urgent mission now calls me and my Reb Exo3 'supreme rod of justice'! (Er, I'm off on holiday again!) Speak to you all in 10 days precisely. (Where I'm next headed, there is absolutely no computer.)

So long for a little while mutants!

R.


Geez Ross how do I get a life like yours? Holidays again and you have only been home a couple of days!!!!!

Anton
08-24-2009, 07:27 PM
Yep, played today with my older 17g Kischerbaum super smash strings and the loser stringed is helping me out with creating more margin on my shots, basically more curve to my shots - but stilltight enough so I don't feel like I'm giving away control.

maartn
08-28-2009, 07:52 AM
Just received my newly exo3 graphite midplus :)
Can't wait to hit with it tonight, having high expectations..

Even if it doens't live up to them..it's still a sweet looking stick :twisted:

Ljubicic for number1
08-28-2009, 08:12 AM
Just received my newly exo3 graphite midplus :)
Can't wait to hit with it tonight, having high expectations..

Even if it doens't live up to them..it's still a sweet looking stick :twisted:


Congrats, very nice racquet with huge spin. What was your previous rod?

maartn
08-28-2009, 09:31 AM
Thanks!

I have 2 MG rads mp. One stock (326gr) and one with lead and leather (340gr).
Hoping to get more spin and pop out of the graphite :)

Will head out to the courts in 2 hours, I'll post my thoughts on the graphite later on tonight after hitting.

maartn
08-28-2009, 01:40 PM
Just got back home.

first impression: Feels heavy right from the first swing, balance and swingweight does its work here. :twisted: But it does make it really stable.
LOVED IT from the baseline, way more access to spin then my radicals, more pop too.

Volleys are nice too, not the most manoeuvrable at net, but nice and solid.
On the serve part it was a little harder to generate flat serves, guess because of the balance. Took me 30 or so servers to hit an ace against my hitting partner :evil: But get way more spin on slice and kick serves so that's good point on my consistency. :)

General impression (after 1 hour hitting) nice and solid, feels is just great, but heavy. Going to have to work to get this stick to work, but it's worth it :)

edman9898
08-28-2009, 06:45 PM
Prince EXO3 IGNITE (not the team) 95 - Luxilon Pwr Rough mains, Gut crosses

Mine is on the way! Bought it from Fitz Paccione here on TT!

Ljubicic for number1
08-28-2009, 06:49 PM
Just got back home.

first impression: Feels heavy right from the first swing, balance and swingweight does its work here. :twisted: But it does make it really stable.
LOVED IT from the baseline, way more access to spin then my radicals, more pop too.

Volleys are nice too, not the most manoeuvrable at net, but nice and solid.
On the serve part it was a little harder to generate flat serves, guess because of the balance. Took me 30 or so servers to hit an ace against my hitting partner :evil: But get way more spin on slice and kick serves so that's good point on my consistency. :)

General impression (after 1 hour hitting) nice and solid, feels is just great, but heavy. Going to have to work to get this stick to work, but it's worth it :)

What string is in it? not the crappy recoil?

Ljubicic for number1
08-28-2009, 06:50 PM
Prince EXO3 IGNITE (not the team) 95 - Luxilon Pwr Rough mains, Gut crosses

Mine is on the way! Bought it from Fitz Paccione here on TT!


I have been very interested in the ignite, its just the 69 stiffness that has kept me away.

DonBot
08-28-2009, 10:32 PM
Don't let the stats fool you on the ignite it really is very very gentle on the arm.

Meaghan
08-29-2009, 03:52 AM
Just got back home.

first impression: Feels heavy right from the first swing, balance and swingweight does its work here. :twisted: But it does make it really stable.
LOVED IT from the baseline, way more access to spin then my radicals, more pop too.

Volleys are nice too, not the most manoeuvrable at net, but nice and solid.
On the serve part it was a little harder to generate flat serves, guess because of the balance. Took me 30 or so servers to hit an ace against my hitting partner :evil: But get way more spin on slice and kick serves so that's good point on my consistency. :)

General impression (after 1 hour hitting) nice and solid, feels is just great, but heavy. Going to have to work to get this stick to work, but it's worth it :)

I agree it feels heavy and cumbersome, I just added 20g to a friends Graphite at top of the handle and he is delighted with the performance. Its brought the balance down to about 8 pts HL and it feels lighter, the power is still there and he said he generates the same spin but his serve and volleying has improved.

Ljubicic for number1
08-29-2009, 06:06 AM
Had my first few sets with the Rebel with port inserts today. It was extremely windy so it wasn't the best tennis but I think I prefer it to the string holes (felt more like a original o3 which is what I was looking for) Hopefully te wind will be gone tomorrow so I can test it properly.

I now have big ace micro 1.15mm in two of my frames and just strung up the third one with full Pacific tough gut.

Ljubicic for number1
08-29-2009, 06:10 AM
I agree it feels heavy and cumbersome, I just added 20g to a friends Graphite at top of the handle and he is delighted with the performance. Its brought the balance down to about 8 pts HL and it feels lighter, the power is still there and he said he generates the same spin but his serve and volleying has improved.

I am a bit sorry I didn't try leading up the handle of my graphites before I sold them. I liked the way they played stock but they were just too tiring, after a few sets I was spent. I probably would have gone for about 10grams at the butt though not above the handle.

Meaghan
08-29-2009, 07:08 AM
I am a bit sorry I didn't try leading up the handle of my graphites before I sold them. I liked the way they played stock but they were just too tiring, after a few sets I was spent. I probably would have gone for about 10grams at the butt though not above the handle.

dont worry Ljub your new OPT will soon fade the memory of your graphites. I found the graphites even balance to be wearing, the OPT is a very easy racket to use.

Tipsy
08-29-2009, 07:30 AM
Had my first few sets with the Rebel with port inserts today. It was extremely windy so it wasn't the best tennis but I think I prefer it to the string holes (felt more like a original o3 which is what I was looking for) Hopefully te wind will be gone tomorrow so I can test it properly.

I now have big ace micro 1.15mm in two of my frames and just strung up the third one with full Pacific tough gut.

Port holes all the way with the Reb.

Meaghan
08-29-2009, 07:42 AM
Had my first few sets with the Rebel with port inserts today. It was extremely windy so it wasn't the best tennis but I think I prefer it to the string holes (felt more like a original o3 which is what I was looking for) Hopefully te wind will be gone tomorrow so I can test it properly.

I now have big ace micro 1.15mm in two of my frames and just strung up the third one with full Pacific tough gut.

when you have had a better hit could you give us a little more info on the differences between the 2 options

maartn
08-29-2009, 12:35 PM
What string is in it? not the crappy recoil?

It came prestrung with prince synthetic gut 15..
Don't know the tension, but will probably be somewhere mid range.

Tennis Man
08-29-2009, 01:46 PM
I got Prince EX03 Rebel Team 95 by accident and will probably sell it b/c it's too light for me. But can someone explain to me where does it stand in these EX03 and what is so special about this line of racquets compared to Head Prestiges or Wilson Pro Staffs? Thanks.

Meaghan
08-29-2009, 02:17 PM
I got Prince EX03 Rebel Team 95 by accident and will probably sell it b/c it's too light for me. But can someone explain to me where does it stand in these EX03 and what is so special about this line of racquets compared to Head Prestiges or Wilson Pro Staffs? Thanks.

I like to think that it takes the good points of both lines and puts it together turning it into the Rebel.

The flex and softness of the heads with the raw power of the wilsons add to that the port holes and floating stringbed technology which adds great feel and spin.

Ljubicic for number1
08-29-2009, 03:47 PM
when you have had a better hit could you give us a little more info on the differences between the 2 options


Heading out for several hours of dubs now, will update tonight. Still damn windy though.

Anton
08-29-2009, 06:40 PM
I got Prince EX03 Rebel Team 95 by accident and will probably sell it b/c it's too light for me. But can someone explain to me where does it stand in these EX03 and what is so special about this line of racquets compared to Head Prestiges or Wilson Pro Staffs? Thanks.

Get a regular EXO3 Rebel 95 and you'll see - "team" one is a toy.

Ljubicic for number1
08-29-2009, 10:33 PM
when you have had a better hit could you give us a little more info on the differences between the 2 options



Difference is big, The ports should suit baseline players well as the power and spin is just sick. But this power and spin come at the expense of touch and feel at net and my volleys and general net touch suffered dramatically. Maybe some more tension would help here as I string very low at 50lbs with BAM. But I think I would more inclined to use the ports in my singles matches and string holes for doubles at this stage.

Meaghan
08-30-2009, 01:25 AM
Difference is big, The ports should suit baseline players well as the power and spin is just sick. But this power and spin come at the expense of touch and feel at net and my volleys and general net touch suffered dramatically. Maybe some more tension would help here as I string very low at 50lbs with BAM. But I think I would more inclined to use the ports in my singles matches and string holes for doubles at this stage.

I get so much spin anyway its hard to thnk that it could improve further with ports, its not disimilar to my OPT but the slice spin is much more with the rebel. So i think i'll stay with my string holes.
Thanks Ljub

120mphBodyServe
08-30-2009, 01:35 AM
#5. I got three Japanese/Asian Rebel 95 about 3 months ago (310g). I think I am only person to use Japanese/Asian rebel in US.
Here is the pictures of my racket with Micky Mouse dampener from old thread of mine. Also EXO3 Tour team bag.
I don't know why prince does not sell this bag in US. just perfect color match with rebel rackets.

http://i40.tinypic.com/j08nxk.jpg
http://i43.tinypic.com/ebey5w.jpg
http://i40.tinypic.com/106j86b.jpg

You know of any online stores that sell this bag???
Come one you have to tell us!!!

120mphBodyServe
08-30-2009, 02:16 AM
Oh and, kimguroo, is that bag a 6 or a 12pack bag???
For everyone else who wants to get this bag from Japan, there's this online shopping portal that translates listings of online stores in Japan, and you can buy stuff through them...
Here's a link to this bag (it's only a 6 pack)...
http://en.item.rakuten.com/eddy/10003651/sn=eddy:bg-231&vm=2&f=1&tl=402152&sid=202552&k=

edman9898
08-31-2009, 06:27 AM
I have been very interested in the ignite, its just the 69 stiffness that has kept me away.

I will let you know how it feels and how it plays. I can compare it to the K 6.1 95 16 X 18 and the HPS 6.1 95 16 X 18.

kimguroo
08-31-2009, 07:56 AM
You know of any online stores that sell this bag???
Come one you have to tell us!!!

I traded some tennis stuffs plus cash to one of the forum member who lives in Japan. my bag is 6 pack but there is 9 pack available in only Green color.
the problem was the shipping. he tried to keep the bag as it is so he sent the bag in original box. the shipping fee was $45.

the bag is very well made. A little different than regular team bags.
I tried to contact several Japanese tennis shop but no one wanted to send any item outside of Japan. Actually, no one responded.
KPI has many tennis items in Japan. http://www.kpisports.co.jp/

maartn
09-01-2009, 12:17 AM
Took the time to hit serves for half an hour yesterday to deal in my flat serve with the graphite. My flat serves seems to have the same pace as they used to with my radicals now, maybe even a little more. But even in a flat serve they seem to be heavier then when I hit them with the radical.

Played a friendly match too which I took 6-2;7-6 (tiebreak:7-1) :twisted:
Just pushed it a little too hard in the second set = more unforced errors.
But took the tie break pretty convincing.

I also found myself coming into the net more often, this stick is just so stable!
Just place it against the ball relaxed and you'll hit a solid volley. :)

I'm seriously thinking about selling my radicals and getting more graphites right now. But I'm gonna play some more before I take that decision, try the graphite in a tournament next week.

Ljubicic for number1
09-01-2009, 03:49 AM
Took the time to hit serves for half an hour yesterday to deal in my flat serve with the graphite. My flat serves seems to have the same pace as they used to with my radicals now, maybe even a little more. But even in a flat serve they seem to be heavier then when I hit them with the radical.

Played a friendly match too which I took 6-2;7-6 (tiebreak:7-1) :twisted:
Just pushed it a little too hard in the second set = more unforced errors.
But took the tie break pretty convincing.

I also found myself coming into the net more often, this stick is just so stable!
Just place it against the ball relaxed and you'll hit a solid volley. :)

I'm seriously thinking about selling my radicals and getting more graphites right now. But I'm gonna play some more before I take that decision, try the graphite in a tournament next week.



Good to hear the Graphite is working well, I ended up selling mine in favour of the Reb's but I agree it serves very heavy, second serve has great kick and its very solid at net. Only complaint I had was that I found it very tiring to play a long session with and I get a bit better control with the Rebel.



On another note I am really loving the port hole inserts in the Reb, Has such great power and spin now.

Meaghan
09-01-2009, 04:19 AM
^^^^^Have the OPTs arrived??

Ljubicic for number1
09-01-2009, 04:45 AM
^^^^^Have the OPTs arrived??


No will be early next week. I won't have much time to hit between now and then anyway. Looking forward to it though.

Meaghan
09-01-2009, 05:29 AM
No will be early next week. I won't have much time to hit between now and then anyway. Looking forward to it though.

Me too its rain all ****ing week!

SlAyR
09-02-2009, 07:08 PM
well guys....I finally broke my strings on my rebel :(...it was strung with Prince ProBlend Duraflex strung at 58 lbs., however, overall the string bed felt weird, do u guys have any suggestions in terms string tension that u guys found suitable for this racket?


Thanks,
SlAyR

Anton
09-02-2009, 08:07 PM
well guys....I finally broke my strings on my rebel :(...it was strung with Prince ProBlend Duraflex strung at 58 lbs., however, overall the string bed felt weird, do u guys have any suggestions in terms string tension that u guys found suitable for this racket?


Thanks,
SlAyR

weird? that's not enough to go on - you use dampner?

Ljubicic for number1
09-03-2009, 01:47 AM
well guys....I finally broke my strings on my rebel :(...it was strung with Prince ProBlend Duraflex strung at 58 lbs., however, overall the string bed felt weird, do u guys have any suggestions in terms string tension that u guys found suitable for this racket?


Thanks,
SlAyR


I find the Reb plays much better at very low tension, I am currently using full big ace Micro 1.15mm at 50lbs. Works great as does cyberflash.

Meaghan
09-03-2009, 03:19 AM
well guys....I finally broke my strings on my rebel :(...it was strung with Prince ProBlend Duraflex strung at 58 lbs., however, overall the string bed felt weird, do u guys have any suggestions in terms string tension that u guys found suitable for this racket?


Thanks,
SlAyR

I have mine at 52lbs, it seems a lot on these boards like the low tension in the rebel.

I have got my 2 Rebels back after two months. My stringer has finally worked out how to string the thing. Its not like he's thick, although he is a policeman! and he was asked to string at Wimbledon this year and i gave himn the details of how to do it from the Prince website!!!!
Anyway got a match tonight and cant wait to bring my baby back to the court. Its by far the best serving stick ive used and Im looking forward to getting back to old ways.

SlAyR
09-03-2009, 07:07 AM
weird? that's not enough to go on - you use dampner?

yea.....umm....not too descriptive...lol...but yes...I do use a dampener, a rubber band to be exact, but still feels like I'm hitting the ball with a board, I don't really "feel" the ball...thats what I mean by "weird"...lol

Tipsy
09-03-2009, 08:54 AM
Yeah, I'm not stringing any higher than 52lbs on the Rebel.

Ross K
09-03-2009, 10:24 PM
X-Men,

Mission complete, and back home again in dreary London!... :(

Just thought I'd quickly ask if any of you still play with or have an opinion on the original black/yellow Resi Pro grip? I've decided to have another try out with it as I quite liked it when I first hit with the frame.


Oh! Plus also... this made me laugh!...

I have mine at 52lbs, it seems a lot on these boards like the low tension in the rebel.

I have got my 2 Rebels back after two months. My stringer has finally worked out how to string the thing. Its not like he's thick, although he is a policeman! and he was asked to string at Wimbledon this year and i gave himn the details of how to do it from the Prince website!!!!
Anyway got a match tonight and cant wait to bring my baby back to the court. Its by far the best serving stick ive used and Im looking forward to getting back to old ways.

LOL Meaghan!... and two months you say??!!

R.

Meaghan
09-04-2009, 12:31 AM
Yeah it must have come to him like some epiphany and he used my broken grommet. I said that it would be useable as the string goes around the solid part DUH but stringers always know best.
Had my first match back with my Rebel and I noticed after 2 months of not using it just how powerful it was (there was no x1 in the hybrid he put another tecnifibre string in) and in some way a little too powerful, I may go full poly on this one as Id been playing full poly in the OzonePT.
Nevertheless my serve was once again my best weapon, lots of aces on a wet windy day. This racket when Im in the groove I can do anything on serve with.
Another match tonight, doubles semi, really looking forward to it.

Tipsy
09-04-2009, 04:30 AM
Ross,

I have a strange liking for the Resi Pro grip, I find it very soft, much softer than a lot of other grips I have tried. I'm not looking to make a switch from it yet.

edman9898
09-04-2009, 12:09 PM
I have been very interested in the ignite, its just the 69 stiffness that has kept me away.

Just got back from my first hitting session with the Ignite. Don't let the 69 stiffness rating scare you away! This is much more arm friendly than the K 6.1 or HPS 6.1. It serves great but not quite as much pop as the Rebel. Tons of spin on the groundstrokes (which I liked). Didn't hit the ball long with this stick like I did the others. Can't say much for volleys yet but will play doubles tomorrow. I think I will be using this stick for a LONG time!

Ross K
09-04-2009, 09:57 PM
Just got back from my first hitting session with the Ignite. Don't let the 69 stiffness rating scare you away! This is much more arm friendly than the K 6.1 or HPS 6.1. It serves great but not quite as much pop as the Rebel. Tons of spin on the groundstrokes (which I liked). Didn't hit the ball long with this stick like I did the others. Can't say much for volleys yet but will play doubles tomorrow. I think I will be using this stick for a LONG time!

Congrats that you seem to like the Ignite so much! Interesting to hear of the stiffness level in your opinion (and that it isn't such an arm-shredder as the HPS which truly wrecked my arm :shock: )...

Interesting too hearing how it serves...

Which actually reminds me of a reason I like the REb so much, because not having naturally the most powerful serve out there, I confess to needing all the help I can get with serve juice, and the Reb certainly works for me when it comes to pop. And I'd add that I love the way the Reb feels on serve and not just the often booming effect... something about the body and mass and balance just feels soooo good!... Ahem... :oops:

Anyhow, keep your fellow X-Men updated on your progress with the Ignite!!

R.

Ross K
09-04-2009, 10:17 PM
X-Men!

A treat for you all! Here be the sacred bats of Gael Monfils up close...

http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u291/RRohan/DSC00684.jpg

http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u291/RRohan/DSC00682.jpg

Note the 'slider man' inscription!

Man, I'd love to hit with one of those great clubs of his!...

R.

(BTW, Thanks to hiruma for originally posting photos up in pro rackets section.)

sc0tt2288
09-05-2009, 08:25 AM
I heard that the exo3 graphite 100 is not a great serving raqcuet is this true ? But I also heard that it's a great baseline raqcuet is that true?