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La Bomba
07-02-2005, 03:00 AM
It came down to the final 3 afta demoing 22 racquets in 1 day: babolat aeropro drive, tecnicfibre 295, and wilson ncode 95 16x18 at ********. tecnicfibre came 2nd,wilson came 1st by a slim margin and babolat came 3rd. O im so relieved that i ve finally decided which racquet is right for me.

nswelshman
07-02-2005, 03:04 AM
Someone has been to Burwood, no?

La Bomba
07-02-2005, 03:32 AM
Yeh i did! its a great service eh to demo out racquets. And they got my 2 ncode 95's 16x18 to within 1 gram of each other by taking 5 out and weighing and getting the 2 with the balance point within 1mm, its a great shop!

La Bomba
07-02-2005, 03:42 AM
has any1 else been there

federer_nadal
07-02-2005, 03:52 AM
where is it???

federer_nadal
07-02-2005, 03:55 AM
Did you demo any POG's???

La Bomba
07-02-2005, 03:55 AM
i cannot say i might be kicked off the board

La Bomba
07-02-2005, 03:57 AM
no they didn't have any pogs but they had heaps of other models

La Bomba
07-02-2005, 03:58 AM
do u federer nadal live in sydney?

CollegeBound
07-02-2005, 03:59 AM
Demoing so many racquets in one session is a pretty dicey way to make a selection. I guess you must have had limited time but it's a lot better if you can stick to testing just a few each time and a lot better if the ones you test are sort of similar in weight, stiffness and swing weight.

The Wilsons are good racquets though so good luck with them. You're really lucky you've got somewhere to go that has 22 racquets to demo. I think we've only got one place up here and their selection is kind of limited - no slazenger, only certain Wilsons, no Prince Diablo etc.

La Bomba
07-02-2005, 04:12 AM
It has way more than 22 racqets! I only demoed 22 racquets! It's a really good service, u just demo them all and u instantly know which 1 is best for you. It goes in stages u start off with however many racquets u want to demo, then narrow it down too 10, then 5, then u demo the best 3 extensively and then decide which one u like the best. Yeh i am lucky to demo that many raquets! It must not be good not to be able to demo any good racquets.

federer_nadal
07-02-2005, 04:33 AM
So you are in sydney yes? i am in port lincoln south australia you know where those big bushfires were during the summer holidays

La Bomba
07-02-2005, 04:43 AM
O ok, Well I live in Maitland, that's 2 hours away from Sydney.

i.Radical
07-02-2005, 04:54 AM
So this place is obviously in Australia...

La Bomba
07-02-2005, 04:58 AM
it sure is.

federer_nadal
07-02-2005, 05:06 AM
does this place send demos out to places? eg south aus

timmyboy
07-02-2005, 06:23 AM
demoing that many at once isn't wise unless u play like 10 hours straight, cuz even so, ur only playing each racquet for about half an hour.

CollegeBound
07-02-2005, 06:46 AM
Well, I am fortunate to be sponsored by Prince so it means I only have to worry about demoing their racquets LOL.

It would be nice to have somewhere like that up here though. Most people only get to try the popular and current range but they're not always the ones that suit you best. I think the best service Ive seen was at a couple of the shops in Melbourne (people there will know which ones I mean) where you pay a very small fee - it was like $20 when we did it- and then you can borrow a couple of racquets for a few days. So you can get in a lot of sets with them and then try the next ones. You really need to play sets with a racquet before you know its the right one and they gave you the chance to test them out fully.

La Bomba
07-02-2005, 05:17 PM
no, they wont send demos out because they want there frames in really good condition with no chips etc, they r really looked after. They will not send demos out because they dont know what people will do to the racquets e.g throw them, hit them.

fedex27
07-02-2005, 05:22 PM
how big was your bag?

andrew_slattery
07-02-2005, 06:49 PM
Top serve are great. Ron Kohn and his staff really know their stuff - they are the official stringers of the NASDAQ 100

La Bomba
07-02-2005, 07:48 PM
how big was your bag?
You take all the racquets u want onto their fullsize rebound ace court.

fedex27
07-02-2005, 07:51 PM
You take all the racquets u want onto their fullsize rebound ace court.
just a joke bomba

fedex27
07-02-2005, 07:51 PM
double post

La Bomba
07-02-2005, 07:55 PM
yeh that was funny.

westside
07-02-2005, 08:30 PM
I live in Melborne, Australia and I get my gear from curnow

federer_nadal
07-02-2005, 09:46 PM
any one know a shop that send demo out in australia , i will buy from tw so please dont block the website

Exile
07-02-2005, 09:57 PM
I think you should have played 3 sets at least with each one before choosing.

22 in one day? How did you have that much time?
That's not the kind of decision you should have made after such a short time each.
That's about an hour each, I know you didnt go that long. Maybe 30 min? or 15?
You shouldn't demo that quickly, a racket feels good in the shop but how about down a set and 2 breaks?

Edit:
I would hardly call the aeropro drive a players racket, same with the 295.

La Bomba
07-02-2005, 10:11 PM
I determine if I hit it into the net or hit it out more than 3 times in 6 hits, if so then it's not the racquet for me. The playtest took 2 hours. I can tell wen a racquet is not good for me easily.

Dr.Lobster
07-02-2005, 10:11 PM
22 in a single day, you must have forearms of steel

Exile
07-02-2005, 11:17 PM
I determine if I hit it into the net or hit it out more than 3 times in 6 hits, if so then it's not the racquet for me. The playtest took 2 hours. I can tell wen a racquet is not good for me easily.

You need to re-evaluate your system.

La Bomba
07-02-2005, 11:25 PM
Well, that system the shop recommends and all the racquets are strung the same and stevie who works there was ranked 213th in singles in the world and he recommends it. I found it very good

Dr.Lobster
07-02-2005, 11:37 PM
i wish i could decide that quickly

Coda
07-02-2005, 11:55 PM
that sounds like a terrible way to demo rackets...hopefully you got lucky and got one that is good for you

Exile
07-03-2005, 12:28 AM
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+1

I hope it was the best one kiddo, spend a little more time making a $150+ purchase next time ok?

La Bomba
07-03-2005, 12:30 AM
Trust me it was a good choice :D

Dr.Lobster
07-03-2005, 01:27 AM
who gets the +1 ?

AndrewD
07-03-2005, 01:36 AM
Pretty surprising that a reputable shop like that would recommend such a dodgy method of testing a racquet. Even if each one is strung at the same tension they won't all be balanced the same, have the same head size, head shape or handle shape. So, you need to adjust each time. 3-6 hits isn't a good way to do that. Still, if you're happy then that's the main thing. However, giving out advice like that doesn't fill me with a lot of confidence. Sounds like a way to make an on the spot sale, not find the best racquet possible.

federer_nadal,
for what it would cost you to have a number of racquets mailed to you and then for you to send them back (plus any security bond you'd have to pay) you'd almost be better off buying a return ticket to Melbourne going to Camberwell Tennis Centre (or another facility where you can demo the racquets) and test there.
However, I gather that in South Australia the shop 'Sports on Parade' allows you to demo racquets. Have a look at their site for a bit more information.
Also, check around to see if anyone is having a 'demo day'. They often hold those at the bigger tennis complexes.

La Bomba
07-03-2005, 01:41 AM
For the first 22 racquets you hav 6 hits 3 bhands and 3 fhands with each, then narrow it down too 15-10 racquets. Then you hav 10 hits 5bhands and 5 fhands. Then alot of Baseline rallies. Then narrow it down to the final 4 and have 25 volleys with each. Then 25 serves with each then pick the winning racquet. They will also suggest string type and tension and which racquet is best for you

AJK1
07-03-2005, 05:03 AM
I'm from Central Coast NSW and i recently went to Burwood and had a couple of heat shrink sleeves put on. They also restrung one of my POG's with Yonex 850 spin Pro that they recommended but it broke very quickly. Good service though. Very helpful.

timmyboy
07-03-2005, 08:35 AM
that has to be one of the worst ways to do that, for a couple reasons: your first shots, your arm would be fresh and would have quite a better chance of hitting over. your last shots, the arm will be very weak. it won't work.

Lala
07-03-2005, 06:53 PM
Actually, I don't see a big problem with this method. It just shows what type of racket you're used to hitting with. Instead of adjusting to different weight/size or different specs, would'nt this show you what racket specs you are already used to, and more familiar with?

But yes, your first set of shots will be strong, but your last few will be weak. Demoing too many rackets could affect your judgement :P