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Pure Babs
08-04-2011, 02:49 PM
Hi all- recently got my hands on the above racquet to demo. I'm going to hit with it tonight and post my findings about this new racquet. Quick background: I'm between 4.0-4.5 on the NTRP scale, with a big serve and groundstrokes (2 handed backhand, one hand backhand slice). I hit fairly flat, and like to move forward when possible. My normal hitting racquet has been the Babolat Pure Drive GT, however I've been looking for racquets to replace it because it is too stiff thus hurting my arm, and feels clunky at times. Thought this would be a fun demo- never tried any version of the Instinct before. For now, enjoy some pictures I took of this frame.

http://i56.tinypic.com/dmcz81.jpg

http://i54.tinypic.com/18ljiq.jpg

http://i56.tinypic.com/n4z1wy.jpg

HiroProtagonist
08-04-2011, 02:56 PM
Is that a SPPP/OGSM hybrid?

Pure Babs
08-04-2011, 03:22 PM
I wish I could tell you for sure, but I don't know if it is; It's strung with the demo string my shop has, at mid tension.

lwto
08-04-2011, 07:05 PM
http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t192/LiLBrahma/for%20sale/instinct.jpg

I have this racquet and strung with MSV Co Focus 18 on the Mains@48lbs and Prince Attack 17@52lbs

I put a leather grip with a few grahms of lead at 3 and 9.

If you like the blade 98.. you will love this racquet.

Volley's were sharp and crisp.
The ground strokes shot out like missles, all without over hitting..

This racquet is plush.. maybe it is the strings, not sure but felt very smooth and responsive.

I have found my new racquet of choice.. :)

Fedace
08-04-2011, 08:14 PM
Yes, i hit with it also. It felt really good. Controlled power. Serving was very NICE. it was shorter than my usualy 27.5 inch racket so my % went down but when i got it in, it was BIG and accurate. and NICE SPin production on serves. It was strung with Multi string the Demos are strung with but i was still getting BIG spin on serves.

lwto
08-04-2011, 08:30 PM
On a technical note..Interestingly, it is one of the few racquets that I have seen that use shared holes.
In fact, I haven't seen that since the woodies.

parasailing
08-04-2011, 08:33 PM
I just checked TW and the stiffness specs say it's rated at 69 but based your reviews, this plays softer than the rating?

I usually don't go past 63 on the stiffness index, otherwise my arm starts to feel a bit sore.

Cup8489
08-04-2011, 08:48 PM
On a technical note..Interestingly, it is one of the few racquets that I have seen that use shared holes.
In fact, I haven't seen that since the woodies.

Just noticed that.. . very strange. Should be interesting, looking forward to a hit with this in the coming weeks.

Fedace
08-04-2011, 09:41 PM
I just checked TW and the stiffness specs say it's rated at 69 but based your reviews, this plays softer than the rating?

I usually don't go past 63 on the stiffness index, otherwise my arm starts to feel a bit sore.

Definitely agree. It plays more like SI rating of 65. but it gives you the power or SI 69. so best of both worlds, i guess..

Fedace
08-04-2011, 09:41 PM
On a technical note..Interestingly, it is one of the few racquets that I have seen that use shared holes.
In fact, I haven't seen that since the woodies.

What does that do for you ?? does shared holes mean more power or more spin ??????????:confused:

Fedace
08-04-2011, 09:42 PM
On another note,,, this racket is BEST ever i used for slice Backhands. INCREDIBLE slices... i was able to slice as hard as Federer or Rafter...................wow

Fedace
08-04-2011, 09:43 PM
I want to turn this into 27.3 inch racket but i am little afraid that it might Kill the Manuverability. What do you guys think ??????????????

Pure Babs
08-04-2011, 10:05 PM
Had the first hit with it tonight. I'll report only on groundstrokes for now. First of all, it plays A LOT softer than the stiffness rating indicates. Someone mentioned "plush," and I would agree with that word choice. Impressively, I can hit the same or more amounts of spin as with my pure drive. My slices were biting the court. It has a lot of pop on groundstrokes as well, however because of the feel of the frame, it never feels out of control. My one concern was on harder hitting rallies, it seemed to wobble and lose stability. But, the racquet itself has a ton of maneuverability off the ground. I am excited to continue my demo of the IG Instinct! May add some lead to increase stability. To sum groundstrokes up...

Pros: soft response, sharp paintjob, spin friendly, good ball pocketing, very maneuverable.

Con(s): stability issues in harder intensity rallies

mrtrinh
08-04-2011, 10:08 PM
hows the plowthrough? with its lightweight was the racket pushed around against hard hitters?

EDIT: Just read your above post, question answered

Fedace
08-04-2011, 10:09 PM
Had the first hit with it tonight. I'll report only on groundstrokes for now. First of all, it plays A LOT softer than the stiffness rating indicates. Someone mentioned "plush," and I would agree with that word choice. Impressively, I can hit the same or more amounts of spin as with my pure drive. My slices were biting the court. It has a lot of pop on groundstrokes as well, however because of the feel of the frame, it never feels out of control. My one concern was on harder hitting rallies, it seemed to wobble and lose stability. But, the racquet itself has a ton of maneuverability off the ground. I am excited to continue my demo of the IG Instinct! May add some lead to increase stability. To sum groundstrokes up...

Pros: soft response, sharp paintjob, spin friendly, good ball pocketing, very maneuverable.

Con(s): stability issues in harder intensity rallies

Stability issue easily fixed. Add 1 strip of lead on each side of racket at 3 and 9 oclock position. Like where Wilson PWS is located.

lwto
08-05-2011, 12:15 AM
What does that do for you ?? does shared holes mean more power or more spin ??????????:confused:

Heck, I have no idea..
I know of no benifits.. possible good thread in itself to find out I suppose.

lwto
08-05-2011, 12:17 AM
On another note,,, this racket is BEST ever i used for slice Backhands. INCREDIBLE slices... i was able to slice as hard as Federer or Rafter...................wow

funny you mentioned that.. I played today and hit several slice backhands.. you know the off angle slices that are low and slice away and when it bounces.. shoots off to the side?

Well I hit some today and the 5.5 guy watching just had to make some comments, commenting on how wicked the slices were.. Both times my opponent flung at them hitting them to the fence..

lwto
08-05-2011, 12:26 AM
I also noticed. the specs on TW site were different than what is on the racquet.. for instance.. beam width, on mine it says 23.25.21mm on TW it states 23.25.24
Weight on mine says 10.6 tw 10.9
Balance pt.. 1pt on tw..5pts hl.

When I weighed it.. it comes out at 11.4 ozs. at about 4.5 HL.
None of these stats are consistant.. strung or not.

Finally, appears that my racquet was actually made in Chin

OH.. NO stability issues.. solid as a rock.

Fedace
08-05-2011, 04:55 AM
I also noticed. the specs on TW site were different than what is on the racquet.. for instance.. beam width, on mine it says 23.25.21mm on TW it states 23.25.24
Weight on mine says 10.6 tw 10.9
Balance pt.. 1pt on tw..5pts hl.

When I weighed it.. it comes out at 11.4 ozs. at about 4.5 HL.
None of these stats are consistant.. strung or not.

Finally, appears that my racquet was actually made in Chin

OH.. NO stability issues.. solid as a rock.

There is lots of variance on these frames. each frame is off by 0.2-0.3 oz

parasailing
08-05-2011, 08:35 AM
That's not a good sign with such variance. I guess when I purchase one from TW, I am going to have to request they get me the lightest one with the highest HL balance.

movdqa
08-05-2011, 08:51 AM
> On a technical note..Interestingly, it is one of the few racquets
> that I have seen that use shared holes. In fact, I haven't seen
> that since the woodies.

Shared holes were needed on the 65 square inch frames due to space
issues. You can see the shared holes in the Head Pro (Aluminum) on the
left and the Dunlop Maxply, Spaulding Natural and Bancrof Players
Special on the right in the picture below.

> I just checked TW and the stiffness specs say it's rated at 69 but
> based your reviews, this plays softer than the rating?

The TW video review has Jason stating that it feels soft but you feel
the stiffness effect on your arm after playing. I know what he means
by that - you use a light, stiff frame and it feels great and then
your arm complains a few hours later.

(picture reused from the "Post Pictures of your Racquets and Tennis
Gear" therad)

http://vector64.com/Tennis/frames.jpg

Pure Babs
08-05-2011, 09:15 AM
Heck, I have no idea..
I know of no benifits.. possible good thread in itself to find out I suppose.

I don't believe shared holes have any impact on how the frame feels... Anyone please correct me if I'm wrong. It just means that normally, when you string the mains in a racquet, you have to skip a hole because it will be used for a cross string later. However with this frame, there are 8 holes with 2 strings in each. They "share" the grommet holes.

Anyways, today I'm going back to hit with the Instinct. I've added some lead at 3 and 9 to hopefully fix the stability issue I had playing against a hard hitter. I don't want to mess with it too much though because the frame does feel very nice stock weight. Also, today I'm going to watch out for the "stiff aftershock" that Jason mentioned in his review. I didn't feel anything in my arm yesterday... even after playing. Hoping it's a continuing trend. Stay tuned for a review on serves and volleys.

Fedace
08-05-2011, 08:04 PM
What does shared holes do ?? Anything good or fun ??

lwto
08-05-2011, 08:04 PM
2nd day of use..

I have messed around quite abit with the weighting and have found that 11.6 with a 4.5 HL point gives me a very sold stick.

I really like this racquet and think I will stick with it.
Of course, Strings have a lot to do with it.
I originally used Weiss Cannon Black5edge on the mains and I did not like it. I knew it was the string, the racquet feeling was great. Those edges make me hit to high for me which then I lose pace. I tend to hit on a frozen rope type shots inches above the net.
I then used MSV Focus(non hex) and now the shots are not dropping or hitting short.. but withen feet of the baseline.

Fedace
08-05-2011, 08:06 PM
2nd day of use..

I have messed around quite abit with the weighting and have found that 11.6 with a 4.5 HL point gives me a very sold stick.

I really like this racquet and think I will stick with it.
Of course, Strings have a lot to do with it.
I originally used Weiss Cannon Black5edge on the mains and I did not like it. I knew it was the string, the racquet feeling was great. Those edges make me hit to high for me which then I lose pace. I tend to hit on a frozen rope type shots inches above the net.
I then used MSV Focus(non hex) and now the shots are not dropping or hitting short.. but withen feet of the baseline.

how does this racket work with Pro hurr tour or RPM blast string ?? :confused:

movdqa
08-05-2011, 08:15 PM
> What does shared holes do ?? Anything good or fun ??

I think that it makes the stringer's job a bit harder and it may be a possible friction point.

lwto
08-05-2011, 08:43 PM
I normally use Pro Hurricane, NOT the tour which I find a bit too stiff for me so, I don't know.

Stringing the racquet was a breeze, possibly the easiest racquet I've strung. The shared holes have plenty of wiggle room and in fact if you look through the shared grommet hole, you can see space between the strings...albeit not much.

Faithfulfather
08-05-2011, 09:34 PM
For some reason I am drawn to this racquet!

Pure Babs
08-05-2011, 09:42 PM
A little disappointed after my hit with the Instinct tonight... In my experience tonight, serving was difficult with this racquet. The spin potential was there, but I was muscling the ball in. There wasn't any plow through; I was doing all the work. I felt it in my arm for sure on the serve. Also, on serve returns I had no stability. Against 90-100 mph serves I had no chance to put a solid return back in play. On a positive note, the Instinct preformed excellently at the net. Very quick through the air and it gives enough pop to put away sharp angles. I'm going to experiment with more lead like others in this thread have done before my next hit.

parasailing
08-05-2011, 10:11 PM
For some reason I am drawn to this racquet!

Perhaps the paintjob?

Faithfulfather
08-05-2011, 10:30 PM
Perhaps the paintjob?

To be honest I just don't know. I just want to try it. I have always been drawn to head racquets even though I play with an exo3 tour.

HiroProtagonist
08-05-2011, 10:35 PM
To be honest I just don't know. I just want to try it. I have always been drawn to head racquets even though I play with an exo3 tour.

That's because they are......http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIrCFrFpHvw

movdqa
08-06-2011, 04:32 AM
I think that the PaintJob is quite nice. It makes an understated statement - nowhere near as loud as the Extremes.