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BounceHitBounceHit
07-15-2010, 06:20 PM
So my good pal Geoff and I took to the courts today at a bright and early 6:30am. After a short warm up we began to play points, but the fun was intererrupted on FOUR separate occasions when Geoff shredded the strings in my PS 90 frames with his blistering serves. Down to one frame, stood a shadow of my former self. :oops: :oops: I did my best, but what if he breaks my last frame tomorrow morning?? Then what??? :confused:

Bud
07-15-2010, 06:30 PM
So my good pal Geoff and I took to the courts today at a bright and early 6:30am. After a short warm up we began to play points, but the fun was intererrupted on FOUR separate occasions when Geoff shredded the strings in my PS 90 frames with his blistering serves. Down to one frame, stood a shadow of my former self. :oops: :oops: I did my best, but what if he breaks my last frame tomorrow morning?? Then what??? :confused:

For the ultimate in string durability... I'd suggest you try the JollyRig™ ;-)

armsty
07-15-2010, 06:51 PM
What strings do you use mate?

ManuGinobili
07-15-2010, 08:11 PM
For the ultimate in string durability... I'd suggest you try the JollyRig™ ;-)

Certified death i mean fresh

ollinger
07-15-2010, 08:17 PM
Seems like Geoff really has his way with you!!!

drakulie
07-15-2010, 09:03 PM
Good thing he is a phenomenal stringer, and could fix them right up for you.

Glad to hear you two are having some good hits. Looking forward to my next meet up with each of you.

Sentinel
07-15-2010, 09:26 PM
On first read, it seems like Geoff is serving with your racquet. But then it seems equally likely that you are breaking your strings returning his serves.

I suggest you let all his serves go as aces ;-)

TennisandMusic
07-15-2010, 10:12 PM
For the ultimate in string durability... I'd suggest you try the JollyRig™ ;-)

LOL! I guess you've been following those shenanigans eh.

I use full Mantis Power Poly. I hereby dub it the TennisRig. Wait, that sounds stupid...

SlapShot
07-15-2010, 10:24 PM
I take great joy myself in breaking other peoples' strings when serving. Makes me feel good. :D

BHBH, you need to make it MN. I know I've appealed multiple times, but you are one of the forumites I would take great pleasure in meeting and hitting with.

Fed Kennedy
07-15-2010, 11:03 PM
Frame shank winner 100 percent closed racquet face hattori hanzo return is your only option.

Bud
07-16-2010, 12:47 AM
I hit fairly hard and with decent spin and have yet to break the strings in a racquet.

LOL! I guess you've been following those shenanigans eh.

I use full Mantis Power Poly. I hereby dub it the TennisRig. Wait, that sounds stupid...

Yeah, just remain on the sidelines for the most part :)

0d1n
07-16-2010, 05:06 AM
"Hard" and "with spin" is a question of perception.
Also, as BHBH suggested, the "enemy" also matters when it comes to string breaking.
If I play against big hitters, and we play points or practice, I will break strings much much faster than when playing against "placement and consistency" types, especially in matches.
It varies.

bad_call
07-16-2010, 05:52 AM
wrong section for this thread.

suggest the $150 string job thread....step right this way folks.:cool:

BounceHitBounceHit
07-16-2010, 06:36 AM
For the ultimate in string durability... I'd suggest you try the JollyRig™ ;-)

Thank you. I will look into it. :) BHBH

BounceHitBounceHit
07-16-2010, 06:37 AM
What strings do you use mate?

Lux BB Ace 18 @ 68#. They go fast, I agree. But come on! Four string jobs IN A ROW! ;) BHBH

BounceHitBounceHit
07-16-2010, 06:38 AM
Seems like Geoff really has his way with you!!!

He's very tough. But I am wiley too. ;) BHBH

BounceHitBounceHit
07-16-2010, 06:40 AM
Good thing he is a phenomenal stringer, and could fix them right up for you.

Glad to hear you two are having some good hits. Looking forward to my next meet up with each of you.

Drak!

I look forward to it as well.

Yes, Geoff and I are making it a regular thing now that he's a Nashvegan. It's great to have him on board (if he would just stop breaking my strings!) ;)

And true enough, no one better to do the restringing, but we are presently thwarted as his machine is packed away!!! :cry:

BHBH

BounceHitBounceHit
07-16-2010, 06:41 AM
On first read, it seems like Geoff is serving with your racquet. But then it seems equally likely that you are breaking your strings returning his serves.

I suggest you let all his serves go as aces ;-)

I utilized this very plan today on a number of points! ;) Worked like a charm too!!!!!!!!! Not a single string broken this morning. :) BHBH

BounceHitBounceHit
07-16-2010, 06:43 AM
I take great joy myself in breaking other peoples' strings when serving. Makes me feel good. :D

BHBH, you need to make it MN. I know I've appealed multiple times, but you are one of the forumites I would take great pleasure in meeting and hitting with.

Absolutely. On three separate occasions over the past 14 months I was scheduled to be in Minneapolis to speak, and on three separate occasions the trips were cancelled for one reason or another. I WILL eventually make it back. :) I really enjoyed hitting with Tony last time, and I'm sure we can make it to the courts as well. Best, BHBH

BounceHitBounceHit
07-16-2010, 06:44 AM
Frame shank winner 100 percent closed racquet face hattori hanzo return is your only option.

Duly noted and another excellent suggestion! :) BHBH

BounceHitBounceHit
07-16-2010, 06:45 AM
wrong section for this thread.

suggest the $150 string job thread....step right this way folks.:cool:

Could be true. :) BHBH

BounceHitBounceHit
07-16-2010, 06:46 AM
"Hard" and "with spin" is a question of perception.
Also, as BHBH suggested, the "enemy" also matters when it comes to string breaking.
If I play against big hitters, and we play points or practice, I will break strings much much faster than when playing against "placement and consistency" types, especially in matches.
It varies.

Yep. I break many more strings during practice sessions than matches, in part because I typically hit so many more balls in practice! :) BHBH

0d1n
07-16-2010, 06:50 AM
Yep. I break many more strings during practice sessions than matches, in part because I typically hit so many more balls in practice! :) BHBH

Yeh, hitting balls in the general direction of your enemy (partner :p) will tend to favor that result.

Geoff
07-16-2010, 06:58 AM
Drak!

I look forward to it as well.

Yes, Geoff and I are making it a regular thing now that he's a Nashvegan. It's great to have him on board (if he would just stop breaking my strings!) ;)

And true enough, no one better to do the restringing, but we are presently thwarted as his machine is packed away!!! :cry:

BHBH

This is quite the comical thread about me causing string breaking! I am not exactly overpowering!

I have had the pleasure of some great early morning workouts with BHBH and other fellow Nash Vegans (Villains?). Latest start time to date has been 6:30am. No late nights for me!

It will be great to be in the house and have the stringing room set up. I am slightly backlogged on my stringing for BHBH! Belongings come out of storage a week from tomorrow.

drakulie
07-16-2010, 07:09 AM
And true enough, no one better to do the restringing, but we are presently thwarted as his machine is packed away!!! :cry:

BHBH

Blasphemy! This should have been priority when unpacking.

tennisntn3477
07-16-2010, 12:30 PM
BHBH...any chance that Geoff is using modified Luxilon for the BounceRig? Modified as is "pre-stressed" vs. pre-stretched? LOL
Sounds like mental warfare, maybe a mental health professional could help? lol

BounceHitBounceHit
07-16-2010, 05:41 PM
BHBH...any chance that Geoff is using modified Luxilon for the BounceRig? Modified as is "pre-stressed" vs. pre-stretched? LOL
Sounds like mental warfare, maybe a mental health professional could help? lol

Brilliant! Why didn't I supsect this all along?? I suppose it's the only logical explanation. In the words of Jerry Seinfeld, "Newman!" ;) BHBH

BounceHitBounceHit
07-16-2010, 05:44 PM
Blasphemy! This should have been priority when unpacking.

We tried to arrange solo custom transportation from Atlanta (via Sewanee) to Nashville, but my wife needed her SUV that Saturday to alllow her to attend physiotherapy. Believe me, we tried! :) BHBH

BounceHitBounceHit
07-16-2010, 05:44 PM
Oh, and NO ONE is missing Geoff's stringing machine more than me! :) BHBH

Geoff
07-16-2010, 05:55 PM
Blasphemy! This should have been priority when unpacking.

Hi Drak
We just closed on the house today! We speak of you often and look forward to your next trip north.

xFullCourtTenniSx
07-16-2010, 06:01 PM
Frame shank winner 100 percent closed racquet face hattori hanzo return is your only option.

Frame wrecker!

BHBH, I noticed that your rackets are 345 grams and 5 points head light. Is that unstrung and you got a bunch of bad Wilson frames, or is that the Asian version? I thought they weren't going to make those anymore.

Geoff
07-16-2010, 06:17 PM
Frame wrecker!

BHBH, I noticed that your rackets are 345 grams and 5 points head light. Is that unstrung and you got a bunch of bad Wilson frames, or is that the Asian version? I thought they weren't going to make those anymore.

Those are BLX 90s. Those specs are strung. BHBH uses only Tournagrip XL on a raw pallet. The removal of the leather grip allows for customization for his exact/preferred set up. Note: I perform all of the customization for him.

xFullCourtTenniSx
07-16-2010, 06:19 PM
Those are BLX 90s. Those specs are strung. BHBH uses only Tournagrip XL on a raw pallet. The removal of the leather grip allows for customization for his exact/preferred set up. Note: I perform all of the customization for him.

Explains a lot.

But only 1 overgrip? I find that uncomfortable... Maybe it's because I hold the racket from very far down, and the feeling of where the buttcap meets the handle isn't exactly comfortable.

Geoff
07-16-2010, 06:28 PM
Explains a lot.

But only 1 overgrip? I find that uncomfortable... Maybe it's because I hold the racket from very far down, and the feeling of where the buttcap meets the handle isn't exactly comfortable.

Yes just one overgrip. BHBH likes the feeling of very defined bevhels. I have another friend who is a top ranked player in his section that likes the same feeling with his grips.

xFullCourtTenniSx
07-16-2010, 06:44 PM
Yes just one overgrip. BHBH likes the feeling of very defined bevhels. I have another friend who is a top ranked player in his section that likes the same feeling with his grips.

How do they deal with they feeling of the buttcap though? Do they just get used to it?

Geoff
07-16-2010, 07:04 PM
How do they deal with they feeling of the buttcap though? Do they just get used to it?

Yes, they do.

BounceHitBounceHit
07-17-2010, 01:02 PM
Frame wrecker!

BHBH, I noticed that your rackets are 345 grams and 5 points head light. Is that unstrung and you got a bunch of bad Wilson frames, or is that the Asian version? I thought they weren't going to make those anymore.

As Geoff pointed out these are US BLX 90's without leather grips custom matched to my preferred static weight, balance, and SW by Geoff. It's so nice to know EVERY frame plays identically, and they do. Geoff also is a world class stringer and every stringjob is precise and of the highest consistency. I owe Geoff a lot in helping me to maximize my game by keepin the axes in the best possible condition!!! BHBH

BounceHitBounceHit
07-17-2010, 01:06 PM
How do they deal with they feeling of the buttcap though? Do they just get used to it?

I rely on feel and to me a frame with a grip always lacks feedback I only hold the fre with four fingers when I serve-still the butt cap never bothers me. BHBH

BounceHitBounceHit
07-17-2010, 04:18 PM
Hi Drak
We just closed on the house today! We speak of you often and look forward to your next trip north.

We do speak of you and Sup too. We hope we can have a dubs match some day soon and a nice dinner afterwards. Best, BHBH

agassi fan
07-18-2010, 12:39 AM
who is going to pay for the strings

Djlpenguin
07-18-2010, 12:19 PM
Frame shank winner 100 percent closed racquet face hattori hanzo return is your only option.

Hahaha! Hilarious! I laughed like forever after reading that!
BHBH, all that string breaking is Geoff's secret plan for you to pay him over and over for new stringjobs.

David

BounceHitBounceHit
07-18-2010, 06:33 PM
who is going to pay for the strings

Yeah Geoff! ;) BHBH

BounceHitBounceHit
07-19-2010, 06:43 PM
Update: Yet ANOTHER string job snapped today, but this time on a heavily spun cross court forehand from the string demolisher himself: Geoff! When will this madness end?? :confused: :twisted: BHBH

samster
07-19-2010, 07:31 PM
I think Geoff has been kinking the strings on purpose prior to installing them at the high tension... ;)

0d1n
07-20-2010, 12:20 AM
I think Geoff has been kinking the strings on purpose prior to installing them at the high tension... ;)

Yup, with this economy, more business is always welcome :twisted:

Zefer
07-20-2010, 03:47 AM
This doesn't make sense really. Roddick has a bigger serve than your friend and I've never seen his opponents have to change their racquets often because of it. In fact most get through the match with the same one. The problem is probably with the racquet grommets.

BounceHitBounceHit
07-20-2010, 03:47 AM
I think Geoff has been kinking the strings on purpose prior to installing them at the high tension... ;)

Sam!! How are you? Hope you are liking the new digs. BHBH

Geoff
07-20-2010, 12:13 PM
This doesn't make sense really. Roddick has a bigger serve than your friend and I've never seen his opponents have to change their racquets often because of it. In fact most get through the match with the same one. The problem is probably with the racquet grommets.

Keep in mind that BHBH is a frequent string breaker and breaks strings in the middle of the string bed, but he is breaking strings after normal use for him. He hits heavy top spin off both sides. BHBH is very consistent as well. These factors obviously lead to his frequent string breaking. If he was breaking fresh string jobs then that would be a totally separate issue. To protect the frame integrity, bumper guards and grommets are replaced extremely frequently (every 2nd or 3rd string job).

Geoff
07-20-2010, 12:15 PM
I think Geoff has been kinking the strings on purpose prior to installing them at the high tension... ;)

If I were smart I would install them at low tensions to handicap his game!

0d1n
07-20-2010, 12:37 PM
Well, my 3 years old Tour 10 MP's still have the original grommets, and grommets will be the reason I'll switch probably, because they are not available for that frame.
I guess my frames are pretty "unprotected" then ... or is it a testament of how solidly made those grommets were when compared to the K 90 ones ???
Really, changing grommets every couple of string jobs seems rather excessive...but maybe it's just me.

Geoff
07-20-2010, 12:44 PM
Well, my 3 years old Tour 10 MP's still have the original grommets, and grommets will be the reason I'll switch probably, because they are not available for that frame.
I guess my frames are pretty "unprotected" then ... or is it a testament of how solidly made those grommets were when compared to the K 90 ones ???
Really, changing grommets every couple of string jobs seems rather excessive...but maybe it's just me.

I change his grommets and bumper guard for 2 reasons
1. Wear to the bumper guard
2. When changing the customization in order to hide the lead

If your grommets and bumper guards are holding up then there is obviously no need to change them.

A good source for older grommets is a small tennis store in Duluth, GA called Tennis ******. Second word rhymes with tennis and begins with a M. You will find their contact information in a Google search.

Moderators, I hope that did not violate any of the TT policies. If so, I apologize in advance.

0d1n
07-20-2010, 01:03 PM
Thanks, I think I've found them but their website seems to be down for the moment.

NBM
07-20-2010, 03:00 PM
Well, my 3 years old Tour 10 MP's still have the original grommets, and grommets will be the reason I'll switch probably, because they are not available for that frame.
I guess my frames are pretty "unprotected" then ... or is it a testament of how solidly made those grommets were when compared to the K 90 ones ???
Really, changing grommets every couple of string jobs seems rather excessive...but maybe it's just me.

Hi...I have one set of new grommets left from my 10MP days. You seem like one of the TW good guys so i;d be willing to part w. them in exchange for a nice Gypsy girl :)

An even larger problem w. several of the Wilson frames is that the bumpers are so poorly designed as not to adequately protect the frame itself. They just dont wrap around enough to protect the frame. I agree..changing grommets every 2-3 stringjobs is not something i;ve ever heard of before..especially for someone who sounds like a frequent string breaker.

BounceHitBounceHit
07-20-2010, 08:02 PM
Well, another string job bit the dust today! But I can't blame Geoff. I was hitting with Fabian! ;) BHBH

0d1n
07-21-2010, 12:14 AM
Hi...I have one set of new grommets left from my 10MP days. You seem like one of the TW good guys so i;d be willing to part w. them in exchange for a nice Gypsy girl :)
...


Bummer, I don't own any Gypsy girls...and if I did I would probably just keep them and buy new racquets ;).

BounceHitBounceHit
07-21-2010, 10:16 AM
This doesn't make sense really. Roddick has a bigger serve than your friend and I've never seen his opponents have to change their racquets often because of it. In fact most get through the match with the same one. The problem is probably with the racquet grommets.

Wait a minute. How do you know Roddick's serve is bigger than Geoff's? :) ;) BHBH

BounceHitBounceHit
07-21-2010, 12:35 PM
P.S. Geoff broke not one but TWO more of my string jobs today! When will this insanity end???? :) ;) BHBH

BounceHitBounceHit
07-21-2010, 12:36 PM
Bummer, I don't own any Gypsy girls...and if I did I would probably just keep them and buy new racquets ;).

Good idea! :) BHBH

BounceHitBounceHit
07-21-2010, 12:36 PM
Thanks, I think I've found them but their website seems to be down for the moment.

Get ready because that guy is a character! :) BHBH

Geoff
07-21-2010, 09:04 PM
Hi...I have one set of new grommets left from my 10MP days. You seem like one of the TW good guys so i;d be willing to part w. them in exchange for a nice Gypsy girl :)

An even larger problem w. several of the Wilson frames is that the bumpers are so poorly designed as not to adequately protect the frame itself. They just dont wrap around enough to protect the frame. I agree..changing grommets every 2-3 stringjobs is not something i;ve ever heard of before..especially for someone who sounds like a frequent string breaker.

Hello NBM
I have to confess, BHBH and I are *******s (maybe the world's oldest!). That being said we may be changing bumpers and grommets too frequently to keep our frames (what else but BLX 90s) in pristine condition and further emulate Fed.

BounceHitBounceHit
07-23-2010, 03:42 AM
Actually I am not a *******. I am a Geofftard. My aspiration is to learn to teleport about the court as Geoff does!! ;) BHBH

Geoff
07-23-2010, 11:07 AM
Actually I am not a *******. I am a Geofftard. My aspiration is to learn to teleport about the court as Geoff does!! ;) BHBH

Actually last night a girl at Vandy that use to play for Princeton and is married to a former Vandy team member asked me if I was a BHBHtard!

drakulie
07-23-2010, 11:15 AM
An even larger problem w. several of the Wilson frames is that the bumpers are so poorly designed as not to adequately protect the frame itself. They just dont wrap around enough to protect the frame.

Not sure if you are aware, but please take your racquet out of it's cover. That cover is not a bumper guard, and not designed to "protect the frame" during play.

http://s.ecrater.com/stores/92654/494883e6291bf_92654n.jpg


Thanks, and god bless.

BounceHitBounceHit
07-23-2010, 01:06 PM
Actually last night a girl at Vandy that use to play for Princeton and is married to a former Vandy team member asked me if I was a BHBHtard!

I think we are both R-*****! ;) Isn't she the best? :) CC

BounceHitBounceHit
07-24-2010, 10:18 AM
Just wanted to thank Geoff for stringing three frames for me this week. The feel of a fresh string job is just so good. Makes me understand why the top pros switch 'em up with the ball changes. :) BHBH

Geoff
07-24-2010, 10:29 PM
Just wanted to thank Geoff for stringing three frames for me this week. The feel of a fresh string job is just so good. Makes me understand why the top pros switch 'em up with the ball changes. :) BHBH

Now that everything is out of storage rackets can be matched and strung as needed.

BounceHitBounceHit
07-26-2010, 04:15 PM
Now that everything is out of storage rackets can be matched and strung as needed.

That's the best news I've heard all week! Seriously, what an incredible piece of precision equipment that GAMMA 5800 really is! :) BHBH

J011yroger
07-29-2010, 02:59 PM
You guys are coming up for the open right?

Can't wait to hit again.

The meetup with Geoff (Armed with the BHBH special 2005 edition) in Central park merely tided me over.

Let's break some strings.

J

BounceHitBounceHit
07-31-2010, 04:47 AM
You guys are coming up for the open right?

Can't wait to hit again.

The meetup with Geoff (Armed with the BHBH special 2005 edition) in Central park merely tided me over.

Let's break some strings.

J

Absolutely!! Geoff is in the midst of exercising another of his many magical powers as pertain to tickets!! BHBh

BounceHitBounceHit
08-22-2010, 07:50 PM
He took out two more today...........