Bag Check?

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  1. texacali

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    I just became familiar with the concept and term "bag check" (found it on one of the threads in here). Even watched videos on YouTube of bag checks. I thought it was fascinating how this seemed like a big deal to people. And, it was interesting to see how much stuff folks put into a bag. I knew pros did and maybe constant tourney players perhaps. But do a lot of players carry so much stuff? And, why do folks need to carry 12 or more rackets of all different types everywhere they play plus "stuff"? I just bought a bag (1st one, three pack) and it looks so inadequate...and OMG, the brand on the outside of the bag does not match the brand of my rackets. Does that violate modern tennis etiquette (my Prince rackets in a Wilson bag?). Just an observation from an old, reentering, & reawakening player.
     
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  2. Cindysphinx

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    I am always surprised at how much I have in my bag. But I can justify it, I really can!

    I have needed everything in there at some point. Teammates have borrowed my contact lens solution, wrist bands, bandanna, hair clips, hair ties, extra water, and my spare racket, of course.
     
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  3. Power Player

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    No one really cares about your bag but you. So get what ever you like regardless of brand. Just make sure it holds all your stuff and you are good to go. I started out with a 3 pack as well and I ended up with a 6 so I could have backpack straps, and more space for clothing.

    I have a dunlop bag and bab/wilson sticks. I am a cross brand nightmare.

    No one seems to notice.
     
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  4. sureshs

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    I would like a custom-made embossed leather tennis bag
     
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  5. user92626

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    It goes like this.

    It's very hard to be impressive and noticed with bags and stuffs. That's why nobody cares, but it can be done. You may need to have a new-looking bag (+1 for current models), matched new looking rackets, stock up with energy drinks & bars, new balls, modern electronics, etc. Your friends will come to you for foods and drinks, and borrowing a racket from time to time, and that's how you get noticed and admired. hehe
     
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  6. beernutz

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    I partially agree. You can easily be noticed for your bag, but usually in a negative way, however to actually impress someone with a bag you'll likely need to pull a beer tap out of it.
     
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  7. Fuji

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    Meh I carry around a 9 stick bag and I'm finding it a bit small for tournament play. It gets the job done though.

    Having an extra change of clothes and shoes if needed is what takes up the most room. Plus the amount of water I need to keep going is a bit ridiculous.

    -Fuji
     
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  8. tennis-player

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    You better play really good if you have a flashy bag, to live up the expectations :) Just sayin'.
     
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  9. texacali

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    That's what I'm thinking

    My friends and I used to have this saying when we skied...if you are wearing the all yellow North Face ski outfit, you better be one hell of a skier. Same applies here.

     
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  10. OrangePower

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    Your bag needs to be able to accomodate whatever stuff you regularly take to the courts, and it needs to be comfortable for you to carry around. That's about it in my book.

    My bag is old and beat up (7 years old maybe?), but it's a perfect fit for the stuff I like to carry around. It's going to have to literally fall apart before I buy a new one.
     
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  11. Cindysphinx

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    I have an Adidas backpack bag. $20 or so.

    The problem I am having now is the two side pouches for carrying water bottles have stretched out, and now the water bottles topple out if I'm not careful. I had a match this summer where the bottle fell out and cracked, leaving me parched on a hot summer day.

    I am too cheap to buy a new bag. I just need some duct tape!
     
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  12. Bergboy123

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    I went to watch a dual 5 junior tournament a few weeks back and was amazed at how almost literally every single junior there had giant, fancy bags that matched their rackets.
     
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  13. maggmaster

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    I have a wilson blx six pack. I carry three frames and it doubles as my gym bag.
     
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  14. OrangePower

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    Duct tape is good, but this stuff is better: E-6000 http://www.eclecticproducts.com/e6000_retail.htm

    You can get it at Target. Can be used to patch and bond just about anything. At this point it's the only thing holding my bag together!
     
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  15. goober

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    I downsized to tennis backpacks. Easier to carry, and holds enough for me.
     
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  16. dizzlmcwizzl

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    I have a six pack that matches my sticks ... my daughters bought it as a x-mas present becasue they thought my old bag that did not match was ugly and dirty.

    On one side I have three rackets and on the other side about 100 used tennis balls. In the side pocket I have an elastic band and about 10 over grips.

    That is all.
     
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  17. J_R_B

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    That's about the same as me. The tennis balls just pile up until I get really annoyed by them, then I dump them out and put them in the hopper for serving and trash the ones that were already in the hopper.

    It's funny, when I was in HS, we played some rich and private high schools where the kids had the fancy clothes and bags and about 50 racquets. I purposely used to wear a Grateful Dead t shirt and show up with 2 racquets and half gallon of iced tea and nothing else, and then smoke them like 1 & 1.
     
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  18. shake&bake

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    Haha exactly the same for me. I like my bag to match my rackets though, I dont care about the model, currently I have a Bab Aero bag with Pure Drives in it. It is so much fun though to just take your rackets, dress like you dont care, and beat the crap out of kids who think they're all that like previously stated ^^^ :)
     
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  19. Totai

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    I bought 2 yonex rdis 100 racquets from TW, was offered a six pack yonex bag for $20. Was hell of a deal, so now my bag matches my racquets, but I don't give it much thought, I suck at playing anyway
     
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  20. shake&bake

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    Ive also come to see that I am an extremly organized person, but when it comes to my tennis bag, who knows whats in there. Ironic
     
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  21. Shruf

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    i have a cheap head 6 pack bag tour team with one babolat and one wilson racquet. i can stuff my winter coat in it. who cares? noone =P
     
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  22. mhj202

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    That must've been a long, long time ago...
     
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  23. loosegroove

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    I do feel like a bit of a dork these days toting around my Prince Tour Team 9 pack (actually I think they call it a 12 pack). I essentially got it for free when I picked up a pair of Exo rackets. Awesome bag, love the extra compartments for my clothes and the lined cooler compartment for holding my drinks. But as your typical 4.0, nothing special player, I look like I'm trying too hard. But at the same time, whatever, it's a great bag.
     
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  24. Big_Dangerous

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    Got me the GOAT bags.

    Head Prestige Monstercombi! Hell Yes! I love that thing. 12 Rackets if I need it, and 4 compartments.
     
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  25. michael_1265

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    When I have a singles match, and my opponent is younger than me,shows up looking like he just rolled out of bed wearing a backward baseball cap, and doesn't have a tennis bag, I know that I am toast.
     
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  26. Maui19

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    Does anyone even notice what bag other players use?

    I do notice when players show up with no bag and just two racquets. Generally it means the dudes can play.

    I use a backpack bag, and it is just perfect. 2 Racquets, some balls, sweatbands, Rx sunglasses, some bandaids, 4 lbs of ibupropen and a small towels. It has a shoe compartment in the bottom where I can put a few beers and an ice pack :)
     
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  27. vcat

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    It's been my secret desire to get the bag check interview like on Tennis Channel. I'd go through my racquets, grips etc. and then unzip the minibar pouch and then follow that up with the thermal pockets which are great for keeping beer cold. but alas, I'm not a pro, but if I was...if I was...
     
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  28. sureshs

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    If it rains, your racquets will get wet as they will be sticking out
     
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  29. Maui19

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    Not a factor at all.
     
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  30. Timbo's hopeless slice

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    that reminds me of one time in NZ when some guys got on the chair ahead wearing these bright red one piece suits. From behind, all you could see was the words blitzenschnell across the top. My frineds and I were pointing and laughing all the way to the top where we were in the perfect position to see these guys launch in to space at a hundred miles an hour and carve turns down what looked like an ice cliff. Just as they dropped over the precipice, we just had time to read what was beneath blitzenschnell

    It read Ski Austria National Squad

    :oops:
     
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    QFT.

    10 char
     
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    it takes all types...
     
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  33. TennisDawg

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    Bag Check. I see it on tennis channel all the time. Does anybody really give a S##?? Really, so some guy pulls out a candy bar and a book he's reading and a headband. Why is that so important? He/she shows you a tennis racquet. Barf!
     
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  34. pmerk34

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    All the Bag Check clips really show me is the stunted social growth of WTA players. 24 year old women traveling with teddy bears in their bags? Hello Kitty? Giggling over the fact they have cell phone in their bag?
     
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  35. OrangePower

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    Richard Gasquet is more interesting - he has cocaine and condoms in his bag :)
     
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  36. Timbo's hopeless slice

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    I have tennis racquets in my bag. And some tennis balls. And a hat. Key to the tennis club. A drink bottle.

    No wonder I never made it on the tour, nowhere near enough stuff!
     
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  37. Angle Queen

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    I'm glad to see I'm not the only one with a few "minis" in my bag. :twisted: But I have given up the diapers. Kids are potty-trained now.

    My bag is actually bigger than it needs to be; it twas a rare "tennis" gift from dearest hubs. I do have my share of stuff...but, like Cindy I suppose, I do/have used it all at some point. Thing I get asked for the the most: the instant ice packs. Whether it's injury or over-heating, they're worth their weight in gold.
     
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  38. pmerk34

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    Woah...free court time??
     
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  39. Timbo's hopeless slice

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    yeah, absolutely.

    I mean, I coach there too, but all members have keys to the courts. We have coin boxes for the lights, but otherwise no charge if you are a member. (well, other than our exhorbitant membership fees, lol!)
     
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  40. Humble_Warrior

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    Don't think it really matters what bag you bring to the courts. I play with a guy that puts his racquets in an empty ball hopper. Go figure!
     
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