A couple string tests

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  1. sphinx780

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    I'm with you PG. Back in H.S. and College, there was no need. Now I need a portable locker so I can go to and from work to the club and in MN, that also means a big *** coat for 7 months out of the year.

    Add that to the fact that I'm a toe dragger so the final month of a shoes life I have to have the second pair in there in case the toe flips completely from the tear and I don't really have an option to avoid it.

    But enough about bags, looking forward to hearing the thunderblast review coming up. I'm definitely going to try addiction, now it's just piecing together what else I buy as I'd like to support TW if I have the option.
     
  2. mikeler

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    Same here. I keep 3 rackets in 1 section. Spare change, my wallet, my iPhone and keys go in another small pocket. In the middle pocket I keep 2 towels and all my wrist bands along with typically 8-10 used balls for when my opponents are late so I can practice serves. My 30 pack grip tapes go here. The third pocket is for all the knick knacks that I don't use every match but still need from time to time.

    Oh wait, this is the string test thread. :) Let's hear about full TB!
     
  3. pvaudio

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    GAAH, I never know anymore ever since mikeler started singing its praises if TB is Thunder Blast (which I haven't tried yet even though they gave me a free set :D ), or Tour Bite like it used to be!
     
  4. pvaudio

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    Or it could be tuberculosis, but I think consumption is pretty rare these days among 4.5 players and 5 star recruits
     
  5. mikeler

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    Tour Bite is off my radar. Maybe I should make the acronym ThB. How does that sound Mr. Grad Student? :)
     
  6. Up&comer

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    I've got midterms right now. No time for a review. Sorry.
     
  7. pvaudio

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    Nah, I'm not going for a doctorate after all. Too excited to get into industry, so you can keep it just TB :D
     
  8. mikeler

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    Much more important. The strings will still be there when you get done.
     
  9. mikeler

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    I was SO done with school by the time I got my Masters. Could not even think about a PhD.
     
  10. Up&comer

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    I just have my French midterm online. It's so frustrating because I learned a good deal of informal French when i was in Europe, but what they teach you is formal. They also stuck me in french three when i haven't even taken the previous two because I understand enough already.

    Français est tel une langue frustrant lorsque vous parlez informel français au lieu de formelle français!!!

    Pourquoi, pourquoi est français tellement compliqué?
     
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  11. mikeler

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    I took 2 years of French in high school. What a complete waste of time, if you never immerse yourself in the language, you just forget it.
     
  12. Up&comer

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    Well, alot of my relatives speak French as a first language, so it helps me to know it on the ol holidays.
     
  13. mikeler

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    My Grandmother was a French teacher!
     
  14. sphinx780

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    Je ne parles pas francais is really all I learned to say while in France.

    But my last name is French, does that count?
     
  15. Up&comer

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    Pas si vous ne parlez pas il.
     
  16. Up&comer

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    And I absolutely killed my french midterm. (in a good way)
     
  17. mikeler

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    Awesome. Work hard and good things will come to you.
     
  18. Up&comer

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    Yep. I'll do the thunderblast full bed tomorrow.
     
  19. mikeler

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    KCraig tried it and found it too stiff for his tender elbow at the time. He and I also tend to agree on strings, so looking forward to it.
     
  20. Up&comer

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    Well, change of plans. I have to go hit with a blue chip sixth grader because they want him to have experience playing a bigger kid (more topspin, weight, etc...)

    We'll see what ntrp he really is.
     
  21. Up&comer

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    Alright. First I would like to say thunderblast is a very good multi. Secondly I would like to say that you people are crazy if you think a blue chip 6th grader is anything less than a 4.0.
     
  22. UWBTennis

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    Lol, I'm not surprised, considering I see all these kids with much better strokes than me (I'm a self-rated low 4.0) on YouTube. Personal experience has told me that videos are not very flattering to the actual skill, for example I look more like a zombie struggling to move than the graceful ballerina I always thought I look like.
     
  23. Posture Guy

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    Lol, did you play him for his lunch money?

    question: when you get the chance, I'd love to see you rate your top 3-5 setups in order of preference. Sounds like maybe the B5E mains/Classic crosses is at the top of the list now. In the past the reverse was high, as was Classic/Scorpion.
     
  24. mikeler

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    Which multi as a full bed is it most similar to? My guess would be X1 just based on using it as a cross. I have a feeling B5E/gut will be tough to beat.
     
  25. Up&comer

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    Nope. I played him for his sponsored technifibre racket and athletic DNA clothing...

    More seriously, he need to play someone who hit lots of spin and depth, and all his normal hitting partners were in tournaments.

    My top three would be:
    1)B5E/Classic
    2)Solinco Tour Bite/Classic
    3)Not entirely sure, but probably b5e/thunderblast
     
  26. Up&comer

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    It feels like a mix between addiction and x-1.

    It didn't have quite as much power as x-1, but it has all the control and it feels like it won't turn into a rocket launcher. It's probably going to break about the same time as addiction. I'll write a review once I get home.
     
  27. mikeler

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    Good info, thanks.
     
  28. Up&comer

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    Genesis thunderblast full bed at 56

    Stringing- really easy. Like I said, it's stiff enough it's easy to weave, but not so stiff it's hard to weave.

    Groundstrokes- for a multi, it performs great. It has low power, ample spin, and it has a nice firm feel that's lacking with other multis. Feels like a mix of addiction and x-1.
    Overall- 9/10

    Serves- solid. I mean, not great, but I didn't feel limited like I do with certain setups.
    Overall- 8.5/10

    Volleys- it's got that rip control feel. It's a stiffer, low powered multi that just shines at net for some reason. I could absolutely kill volleys and knife them low if I needed. Touch volleys were a little lacking.
    Overall- 9/10

    Durability- above average. It feels like it will last about the same amount of time as addiction. The black coating wore off pretty easily though.
    Overall- 6.5/10

    Softness- 1 being the softest, 10 being the stiffest.
    Overall- 4/10

    This is probably my personal favorite multi because of it's cost as well as performance. It does lack in the touch department, and is definitely one of the stiffest multis I've used in a while. I say it's my favorite because it's just solid from all areas. It doesn't have any horrible weaknesses, and it's relatively cheap.
    Overall- 8/10
     
  29. Up&comer

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    And one point I would like to make is that my overall score at the end isn't an average of the above scores or anything. Its just my overall feeling about the string.
     
  30. mikeler

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    Awesome review. Guess I was wrong, sounds like a good multi full bed too.
     
  31. Up&comer

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    Yeah. Its main downside is that it's stiff.
     
  32. RyKnocks

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    U&C / Mikeler

    Between full RIP Control and Thunderblast, which would you consider better for a low powered, high spin, but "muted" feel?
     
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    Ummm, neither are incredibly muted. Rip definitely has the edge in the spin department, but power levels are pretty close. Thunderblast has a more consistent response and I think its cheaper in reel form.

    My vote goes toward thunderblast.
     
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    Never used the Thunder Blast full bed. At least now I know why my volleys are so good now. I also volleyed well with full RIP Control.
     
  35. Up&comer

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    Or maybe it's all psychological.
     
  36. sphinx780

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    Isn't that the beauty of this sport...

    Was it the string, or was it me?
    Was it the racket, or was it me?
    Was it the lead, or was it me?
    ooops, I tripped. At I'm sure that was me...or was it the shoes?
     
  37. mikeler

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    I think I've logged enough hours/years on a tennis court to know when something is psychological. Volleys have always been my weakest shots and match after match they are a weapon now. The PK 7G is also more head light than the PSTs I used to wield. That also seems to help in the volleying department for me.
     
  38. Up&comer

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    Alright. Not doubting you or anything, it may be the string.

    Next up will be intellitour. It gets here around Wednesday.

    Any other recommendations? It's cold enough its becoming poly season. I break other strings so darn fast when it's cold out.

    I do play indoors sometimes, but now would be a good time for me to test out some polys.
     
  39. Up&comer

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    And for sure it's my favorite volleying setup in a long time.
     
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    Tecnifibre Ruff Code full bed or hybrid
     
  41. Up&comer

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    I'll try it in both. If I like it in a full bed, I'll do a hybrid with gut. If not, I'll hybrid it with addiction.
     
  42. TaihtDuhShaat

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    Genesis Typhoon blue or Signum Pro Tornado!

    These would be great to compare to the other textured polys you've reviewed. Try em' as mains or as full beds.
     
  43. Up&comer

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    Hmmm. I'll do tornado and I might get the typhoon. I like signum pro polys.

    Ill do the same procedure as ruff code.
     
  44. Up&comer

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    Intellitour came yesterday. I'll be playing indoors today, so I will test it out then.
     
  45. mikeler

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    It is not that much different from full RIP Control if you string it with the RIP portion in the mains.
     
  46. Uvijek Argen

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    No, its not much different, but It does the difference in this part of the ground strokes that U&C describe.....

    I did have like U&C that problem and with Intellitour I found a top notch control and the right power that us as player give under the swing.

    I want to add that playing since summer with this string I got my TE flared up again this past Friday. Hit for 5 minutes and have to stop,since I couldn't even hold the racquet. My forearm muscle swallow. But it wasn't the string purse, but the laziness in me. I started to use a lot of forearm in the crosses shot since its so easy to control and not full arm swing.
    The other problem in the long run affect me cause is semi-low power and caught myself muscling the ball in many shots. So great part was my technique and not the string.

    Also it behave like poly in winter and felt stiff and that's a big no-no for me.
    The last week before getting the final flared up I was already playing with full bed of narutal gut, but the damage was done already in the forearm so now Im resting for a couple of weeks.

    Have a good day guys!!!
     
  47. mikeler

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    UA, hope you heal up quickly. This time of year we have to be aware of what effect the colder temps can have.
     
  48. Uvijek Argen

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    Thanks mate...yeah we need to be careful in this kind of weather.
     
  49. Up&comer

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    Interesting. Alot of people say it's noticeably softer.

    We'll see.
     
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    It is softer but not by a lot unless perhaps you put the RIP in the crosses.
     

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