Basalt Wars: A New Hope

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  1. J011yroger

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    Miller Lite is my choice.

    Coors is tolerable since it doesn't taste like anything.

    My favorite light beer is probably Heineken.

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  2. Fuji

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    Jolly, you ever had Stella? That's an aluminum beer if I've ever had one...

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  3. J011yroger

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    I like Stella.

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    Tennis beer has to be light though, so you can drink a thousand of them.

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  5. Fuji

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    Ohhhhh That makes sense haha! I'm not a big fan of light beers. Normally I'm drinking Canadian, Which is just a standard Lager. Man those go down easy though so it can be rough haha!

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  6. Cup8489

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    Blue Moon.....
     
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    ^All good beers gentleman. Love the IPAs... the stouts... the lagers, I even do a little brewing at home but as Jolly said, a lighter beer is great for keeping the waist-line down.

    So I rotate my light pilsners, currently I'm stuck on this one.....
    [​IMG]
     
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    You will have to send me a few of those beers so I can confirm that you are correct. :)
     
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    So J-Man, are we now sporting a new stick or not? :confused: :) BHBH
     
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    SGO? BHBH
     
  13. J011yroger

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    Well, I modded out the prototype, and bought one, and mere hours ago gave the one I bought to Tom Martinez to match to the prototype.

    So I will have one complete custom frame.

    I wouldn't go so far as to say I am sporting a new frame now.

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    Have you seen 'The Prestige' with Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale?

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    I got off the A train at 59th street and I Anacone'd like 4 people in a blaze of glory going down the stairs with the 88 Sampras Six Pack. Imagine if I had leaded up on the 85.

    Truly Epic.
     
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    Double main break after 1.5 hours of hitting.

    I now have 1 freshly strung k90, and one about to break left in my bag.

    It is January, and I am running out of racquets, 6 should be enough for the winter.

    Even if I don't switch to the prestige full time maybe I can use it in practice against people who I don't need action on my ball against.

    But then I guess I wouldn't hit as hard against them, and wouldn't break strings/frames.

    Looks like I might have to become a serve and volley player.

    Which wouldn't be a bad idea if I could serve or volley.

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    Indeed I have seen it. In most all its iterations over the years I have seen it! My second favorite frame of all time. Probably the frame with which I serve best.....or at least most nastily/accurately. 18x20, I presume?

    Best,

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  18. BounceHitBounceHit

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    P.S. Would you consider selling me the AK90 you purchased from me a while back? I am using the AK90 again. ;) BHBH
     
  19. J011yroger

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    You bought the AK90 from me! I bought an n90 from you.

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    You are SO right. Aging brain, aging memory. ;) Thanks anyway my friend, BHBH
     
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    Picked up 2 big containers of Appalachian Basalt this morning at the gym from one of my Colorado School of Mines professors. Getting ready for Aussie. Bro crushing hard on tennis. Meet me at NTC in the dawn early light. I will take pics of you on the wall of champions and **** off the Troll Kingdom.
     
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    Wow, a CSM alum!
     
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    I basalted a man in Reno just to watch him die.

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    Heard dudes at Mason's Tennis shop arguing about Cortex.

    People simply cannot handle the truth.
     
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    ^ I pretend I'm Anasazi in those circumstances and blabber incoherently at them as I'm walking away.
     
  26. J011yroger

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    She's a beauty.

    All decked out in Wilson leather, and black CAPS, strung with BBO and ALU at 44#.

    The 5/8 grip makes the world of difference.

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    That rug is goating.
     
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    The leather grip is beautifully wrapped! Just immaculate.
     
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    I'll tell you this...
    No eternal reward will forgive us now
    For wasting the dawn.
    Back in those days everything was simpler and more confused
    One summer night, going to the pier
    I ran into two young girls
    The blonde one was called Freedom
    The dark one, Enterprise
    We talked and they told me this story
    Now listen to this...
    I'll tell you about Texas radio and the big beat
    Soft driven, slow and mad
    Like some new language
    Reaching your head with the cold, sudden fury of a divine messenger
    Let me tell you about heartache and the loss of god
    Wandering, wandering in hopless night
    Out here in the perimeter there are no stars
    Out here we IS stoned
    Immaculate.
     
  31. J011yroger

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    Man, as nice as this thing feels normally, it is AMAZING with silicone in the handle.

    Hit yesternight with a 5.5ish(?) girl, and today with the incomparable VSBabolat.

    It is nice, it hits nice. The 5/8 grip makes the world of difference.

    I am thinking I will get another one and use them in practice and for some hitting and hope that it will tide me over until the new Wilsons come out, and I will try to stock up on K90s in the meantime.

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    Did you put the silicone in yourself? If so know how much weight you added in silicone?
     
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    Don't kid yourself, she's a usta rated 4.5.
     
  34. J011yroger

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    Not on this particular one, but I have in the past. You can put in as much as you want, if you are looking to add more weight you can put some buckshot in there with it.

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    Kind of curious to see how long that lasts lol.

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    Wish I had radar on one of the forehands I hit with the prestige last night.

    I'm starting to try to see what it can do on its own merits instead of trying to make it do what the Wilson does.

    Also think I am going to string it looser next time.

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  37. klementine

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    It's a no-frills, pick your spot and hit kind-of frame. Great on back-hand slices and up at net.

    The only thing it's missing is the variation on serve compared with the t90s. And that's a deal breaker sometimes. You really start to miss the 90 on serve.

    4-5/8s with leather feels like a wilson 4-1/2 with leather, which I see you've found out already.

    Keep postin'.
     
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    I miss the weight and kick on my forehand more than anything.

    Only hit half a dozen serves with it, and they landed closer to the baseline than the service line. I blame the rectangle grip shape, despite the fact that getting serves in the box was never my strong suit.

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    Have you ever thought about getting the Wilson Pallets from ****? I've used them and they feel pretty darn similar to the Wilson shape.

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    It is no problem for me to get Wilson grips, the Head one is ok for now though.

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    It's actually surprisingly easy to get used to Head pallets.
    I went the ****/wilson pallet route on one stick but the size was off.

    So I stuck with the Head original pallets and love 'em now.
     
  42. Fuji

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    See, I've used Head on and off for probably about 2 years of hitting, and I can tolerate the pallet shape, but I don't care for it.

    -Fuji
     
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    my OHBH is grateful for it.
     
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    The huait of da ball make my harm tremble.
     
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    Taking the Prestige into battle. First time playing a match with it.

    I've tapped the 07 Fed clay court polo for the occasion.

    J
     
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    ITS SO.... ummm.... EYEGASM inducing... On a side note, they must've just started the match... Look at the court.
     
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    Ok, played pretty well today. All things considered, probably slightly worse than an average day with the Wilson, but darned good for my first match with the Prestige.

    I think with a month of play I would be a better doubles player with the Prestige than I am with the 90s. It is just a phenomenal doubles racquet for me. Doubles hides its weaknesses over the Wilson, and highlights its strengths.

    Played 3 sets of dubs, and I returned from the Ad side.

    Serve:

    Great. I was a bit worried going in since I had never served with the frame before aside from six that I hit after I was done with practice Saturday which landed closer to the baseline than the service line. Wasn't an issue today, I doubled twice in three sets. Serves seemed to have plenty of zip and opposing team said my ball kicked higher than usual.

    I hit an assortment of hard topspin, 3/4 kickers, and full kickers for the most part mixed in a few sliders to the deuce court, and tried to belt one flat ball which I missed horribly with.

    My wide sliders to the deuce were more to the center of the box than the corner, nevermind up the line where I wanted them, and my wide kickers to the ad side were usually wide into the doubles alley. So it seemed that most of my wide serves were landing further to my right than I wanted them to land.

    All in all very promising on the serve, and I felt that I had it nowhere near timed or felt out so if it is this good at first blush, I think I will be very pleased with how it ends up.

    Return: I struggled with the return for most of the first two sets, and then towards the end of the second, and for the entire third buckled down and concentrated which helped immensely. Returning I feel is my best strength, and I tend to use the force when I return, or just act off instinct, but I didn't always have the racquet pointed in the right direction because of its newness, and the grip shape. I found that I had to be very conscious of the angle and direction of the racquet face, and give it a bit more of a swing than I normally do with my 90s.

    I am sure it will come right around with some more reps as I began hitting quality returns regularly in the third set.

    I am going to string it a bit looser next time and I think that will give it just a hair more pop off of the block returns.

    Groundstrokes:

    I didn't hit terribly many groundstrokes, but it performed admirably. The only thing I struggled a bit with was running forward to get a drop volley, or low dead slice, especially with the two hander. That is totally me though, not the racquet. I will be fine once I figure out the timing a bit better.

    Volleys/Net: Exemplary. Awesome. Best volleying racquet I have ever used. Feels great, works great. Sneaky pop for when you are stretched out on a poach and can't get any weight behind the volley, or when you have to stretch all the way up for an overhead. I find that I make an astonishingly high number of half volleys with this frame, and assorted touch or reaction shots.

    Overall:

    Very promising. I am going to buy another one or two, and play with them some more. String them a bit looser to get a higher launch angle, and let me take a more aggressive vertical cut at the ball which should help it kick a bit more.

    I think the more I work on figuring out the timing of this thing the more it will come around to my way of thinking. Just need to figure out how to make it sing. Right now she is just humming a bit.

    J
     
  49. J011yroger

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    Been thinking about this. I need the stringbed to give a bit more, to be a bit hotter.

    Thinking of dropping the mains 4# and the crosses 2#.

    If that doesn't work I might have to replace the BBO mains with something more elastic.

    J
     
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    ^I'm guessing string breakage is less frequent with the PresMid. If that's the case, get some 17g poly in there. Provides more of an elastic string bed.
     

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