Basalt Wars: A New Hope

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  1. J011yroger

    J011yroger G.O.A.T.

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    Yes, I liked it.

    Was it as good as the Wilson?

    No.

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    J011yroger G.O.A.T.

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    I think the shot he was referring to was a BH winner DTL.

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    It's amazing. Your review of the Prestige is dead on with my impressions of it. The key part is the ball goes fast, but it doesn't feel heavy in the way other sticks make it.

    -Fuji
     
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    Well... I am gonna have to find a way to make the ball heavy, or I am going to lose even more matches than I normally do because despite my high level of fitness, I am not exactly a land missile when it comes to court coverage.

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    Jolly I think we're in the same boat here haha! I'm lucky as to the fact I'm not condemned to string breaking hell like you, other wise I would throw myself to the wolves with stick selection.

    It's too bad you're already at 13.0oz strung, otherwise I'd suggest adding even more tape to the head to shift the balance slightly more HH to get that extra drive. It's a tough spot where you are because obviously you can swing a heavier stick for an entire match, but I'm not sure that you totally want to!

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    Jolly sounds like a man-eating beast...or maybe STRING-eating is more accurate ;)
     
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    Lol, no, I am a tall spindly guy who looks like he is going to fall on his face every time he hits a forehand.

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    Yea, my Wilsons are 14.3 oz. I played 8 1/2 hours last Sunday, 3 hours of dubs, 5 1/2 hours of singles. Only after effect was a little bit of soreness just below my left pec (I know WTF right?).

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    Like a boss! What's your ntrp if you don't mind?
     
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    I've only played three seasons, two at 5.0, and got bumped down to 4.5. Probably shouldn't have played the second season of 5.0 because I couldn't really serve at all, but whatever. Will probably play 5.0 and 4.5 this year, and if I stay healthy I anticipate going back up to 5.0.

    Gonna play a tournament next week, and then the national. If all goes well, I will play a full schedule in 2013.

    Highest I have ever been was #3 in Eastern Men's Open. And maybe #111 National?

    5.0 league is fun here because most of the singles players are 5.5-6.0, and the doubles players are mostly really skilled 5.0+ level dubs players.

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    4 1/2 hours sleep, and I'm off to hit with a really good former circuit player. Should be a good test for this thing. He is a good barometer for me, if I'm firing on all cylinders I handle him pretty easily, but if my game is leaking any oil, he tears me apart.

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  13. arche3

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    Suck it up. Use Wilson's. And change strings. Lower tensions. No Kevlar. Accept strings will break every set.
     
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    You used to wear hats. You're not wearing hats any more. Clearly, herein lies the problem.
     
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    GENIUS!!!!!

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    Did you know the new Lux 4G is available in 1.41mm? That fat boy's got to be worth a whirl.
     
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    J011yroger G.O.A.T.

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    I've heard tell of it, but didn't know it was out yet.

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    Went to Target to stock up on tennis balls. Naturally I had to go to the toy section and play with the lightsabers.

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    Ok, so I survived. Actually played fine albeit differently.

    This thing lends itself to a brand of tennis more in line with 1992 than 2012. I found myself on, or just inside the baseline for the majority of the time, ranging in rallys from 1' behind to 1' inside the baseline, taking everything on the rise, and short-hopping approach shots on anything short. Maybe because this thing volleys so sweetly, maybe because I knew it didn't have as much steam from the backcourt.

    For sure I had to change direction, play angle games, attack, and take away time. You know, strategy.

    Frankly, I am not big on strategy, and while this is fun, it just seems like too much work to have to put in to win matches.

    Oh, and serves; they made a nice sound, seemed to go pretty fast, or have spin on them, but if I missed my spot they came back in an awful hurry. The Wilsons are way more forgiving due to the weight of the ball, even if I miss my spot most people don't put a good swing on the ball because it has a bit more weight.

    I'm not giving up, gonna tinker a bit more. Some lead in the handle, and a touch more at 12. This thing for sure needs to be strung looser as well, probably like 4lbs looser, so I will do that after I break these strings.

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  22. klementine

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    You really gotta stay low in the saddle with the PresMid to get that arch, spin and placement. They're two completely different sticks, the 90 and the PresMid.

    Everything comes easier with the 90, but the PresMid is easier to wield, if that makes any sense.

    All I can say is, 'God's Speed Jolly..... God's Speed...'.
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    J011yroger G.O.A.T.

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    Yea, new spec is 13.6oz, 7phl.

    I have nothing against serving and volleying, or standing in and taking everything on the rise. But I want to CHOOSE to do that, not HAVE to do that.

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    Were your 90's spec'd out to that weight as well?
     
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    No, 14.3oz on the 90s.

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    ^Wow. :shock: There aren't too many pros (if any) who are at that spec, what made you go up that much? Gradual or starting point?

    I would suspect the weight alone could lead to the breakage on the 90s, that's putting a lot of pressure and stress on the frame, even at low tensions.

    I think it's a worthwhile venture, with the 90's, to drop about an ounce and a half (~45g), but strive for the same balance, then just use low tensions to get the pop out of a lighter frame.

    Worth a shot.
     
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    I've played with the K90, Youtek Prestige Mid, and Youtek IG Prestige Mid. I think the Yonex Vcore Tour 89 can let you play both 1992 and 2012 tennis. You've got the option to CHOOSE to play close or stay back. When the Yonex is weighted up to 13 ounce for me, there was a further increase in power. Playing close to the baseline with that weight was tougher for me.

    Also, it is easy to serve bigger with the 89t compared to the Youtek IG Prestige mid and K90.

    Why not give this stick a try?
     
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    Unfortunately stock 90s have been breaking as well, for myself and others.

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    I can't get them locally, so would have to come through the mail.

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    do it through the mail! yonex is so worth it.
     
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    I spotted Pickle3PO outside the designated nav point his hideous fleece visible across six lanes of traffic. I had planned to confiscate it, and burn it for the good of man if he abandoned it on a trip to the hydro-static decompression chamber, but he kept it close by, no doubt tipped off by Denni Wan about my intentions.

    Under the guise of a meal I bestowed upon him the Ncoded data capsule with the footage of our lightsaber duel. Hopefully he soon realizes that he must become one with the force if he hopes to defeat Joel Joel Binks in their upcoming skirmish.

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    Jo11yroger! I'm really not trying to play devils advocate but have you seen the latest light saber by wilson? the new BLADE 93!! the specs you wanted!! btw I hope your enjoying the new prestige's and saw the video and liked how your getting the ball on rise!
     
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    You need to keep this up. Way too entertaining...lol
     
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    Holy **** baby giraffe legs :(

    after seeing that, it has to be a miracle that even remain upright during/after serving lol

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    Yea, but the KBT was so very bad, that I am somewhat afraid to try it.

    You know, kind of like if you get rancid chicken soup, even if you go somewhere else and try different chicken soup it still makes you want to throw up.

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    You got it buddy.

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    Need more strempf!

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    Thanks, and I think maybe next time I will do a video half with the Prestiges, and half with the Wilsons, and see if we can see a difference.

    I know it must be frustrating for them to watch from my bag and see the prestige floundering around, and knowing they could do a better job.

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    I am proud to announce that the weapon code-named SGO is officially DIALED IN.

    Hit for about 15 minutes this morning and it was a bit unwieldy (although very good at making things go fast). So I clipped a bit of lead off of the head, and it was absolutely perfect.

    Came through the hitting zone nicely, serves timed nicely, (didn't reach full extension too soon) and still volleyed well (maybe not quite as good as the first guess, but far better than the second which wobbled too much).

    Thing is mint, my 5/8 one should be in next week, and I'll string it up a bit looser than this one.

    Will keep updating, gonna hit some more today.

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  40. klementine

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    ^Good stuff. Final spec and balance?

    I'm that way with tanqueray. An experience with the spirit when I was 14, has forced me to never walk down the gin aisle of my liquor store, in fear of upchuck.
     
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    Crap, didn't realize I forgot to post.

    13.5oz, 8phl.

    Or 382g, 31.7cm for those of you who are on the metric system.

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    Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. And a man who can't look a bottle of gin in the eye is definitely suffering.
     
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    I must be on Fbook too much, was looking for the button to 'like' your post.

    I have imbibed a Saphire and tonic or two in my day. Awesome summer afternoon drink.

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    There needs to be a LIKE button on this forum...
     
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    On my way hit this morning I was singing along to Owl City and Carly Rae Jepson. Now I'm on my way to hit again and blasting Audioslave.

    What the hell is wrong with me?

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    eh, you're a man of extremes. Nothing wrong with that. Matter of fact Audioslave was perfect to balance out Owl City. Me personally I would have went with N.I.N. or Tool.
     
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    Or Stain'd and Disturbed?
     
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    One man's trash is another man's treasure.

    (not the chicken soup).
     
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    Jolly, if you ever go back to kevlar strings, get teflon tubing put in the center mains grommets to prevent the strings from sawing through the grommet and frame.
     
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    The bumper actually stays intact, and just gets pulled down into the caved in frame amazingly enough. Nothing gets sawed through.

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