Boris Becker (BB) London Club

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  1. TennisMaverick

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    V-Pro:

    Advanced co-polymer technology. Providing outstanding durability and
    tension hold, combined with excellent response time off the racquet,
    second only to natural gut.

    Power Rating - 6 | Control Rating - 9 | Durability Rating - 9
     
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    Wow TM!!!...MORE stable??...the BB11 is soooo stable,...hard to imagine something with greater stability,....These Becker racquets are interesting animals !!!!:shock:
     
  3. TennisMaverick

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    The BB 11 twists when you miss hit. The London doesn't, in comparison.
     
  4. JackB1

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    You guys using Cyclone in a full poly job?
     
  5. zumzool

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    absolutely.
     
  6. ragingbull1980

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    So I noticed today that TW still did not ship my racket so I decided to just purchase it because I think I would have ended up doing so anyhow and didn't want to be out of the $16. I also got $200 gift card for $160 so I justified it on that :). I was going to go with the cyclone but they were out so I thought I would try the Volkl V-Pro at 52. Really looking forward to additional spin and a little lighter weight I think will help me especially on serves and returns. I'll post my thoughts once I play with for a couple of days. Time to sell some older rackets now, but not my BB 11 MP's, still love them.
     
  7. ragingbull1980

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    Yes very true statement. I do like it's generous sweetspot though. How does london compare in that area in terms of off center shots?

    Oh and Jack, I always use full poly. I've never had elbow or shoulder pain from it and love the bite I get with full poly feel like I can swing out on the ball better. But again I just have never used anything else for long enough probably to get a better idea of non poly strings. Usually like when I demo something it is always syn gut or hybrid and I seem to go way long on my shots not enough spin to control the power.
     
  8. JackB1

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    Welcome to the club! I also used to use a bb11 mp and loved it, but the London is definitely an upgrade. I am anxious to hear how the VPro plays in the London.
     
  9. TennisMaverick

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    The London is BB/Volkl's best frame, from a stability perspective, straight off the rack. Even high level players use very little lead. If you hit off-center, you shot will still go in the court, and you can really feel what the stick is doing to the ball.
     
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    Ditto that! I think I've mentioned before on this post that this stick really performs well on off-center hits, such as when really stretching out for a shot. Have surprised my opponent many a times by getting a shot back that I normally would not have been able to do with other racquets I've used.
     
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    Exactly! Just what I'm looking for. Thanks for the input, Jack. I'll try playing around with those strings/tensions similar to what you're using and report back.
     
  12. neverstopplaying

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    Finally played with the Elusive BB London

    I've be waiting for the delivery for a long time. After 1st hit, now I'm really quite confused. I played 2 pro 8s tonight against a strong 4.5 and then a 4.0 lefty. Lost both matches though they were both close. Usually I would lose to this 4.5 and it's a toss up with the 4.0.

    I was expecting the London to be similar to the PB9. My usual leaded PB9 definitely feels very different: it's more solid, great touch, control, with a little more power than a pure player's stick. I was expecting the London to be similar, based on other poster comments.

    To start out, I put 4 gms of lead at 5-7 on the London and strung it up with Genesis Typhoon mains (54) and Maxim Touch x's (56). Since I usually reduce my poly by 10%, this follows those that suggest lowering the x's in Volkls. I did not replace the grip with my usual leather.

    The London performs well, but did not feel at all like my PB9. It felt stiffer, lighter, and hollower. Since the London swings very light, and I found it more difficult to control my timing: many more mishits than with my PB9. On the positive side, I hit many great 1st serves and kick serves; spin was improved overall. Much better on off center shots - saved a few points. I thought my 1hbh would suffer, but it did not - both topspin and slice. BH topspin was equal to PB9 I was able to hit a low deep slice with better consistency, though I rely more on my topspin BH. I hit some great winners with a lot of pace, I could see that my opponents had problems with my heavier FH topspin ball, but I made many more UF errors. If I had to follow TM's comments, I would have to set the London aside, as I did not play better after 30 minutes.

    However... when then I returned to the PB9 after 2 hours of hitting with the London, it felt too heavy and slower, though I liked the "thawk" and heavier feel. Strange as specs are similar on both? Jury is still out for me. I'm going to put on a leather grip on the London for Tuesday's hitting with a regular partner. Next restringing, I'll try a full poly in lower 50s (PH, or BC or Cyclone). I want to like this stick because it feels light, has great topspin, is easier to play with, has controlled power, and hits killer winners - I just have to dial in on the timing and see if I can't reduce the hollow feel through different strings (I did not have my usual setup in the London).

    IMO.
     
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  13. zumzool

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    While the London is similar in spec to the PB9, the biggest difference is the flex which will give you a different feel as the PB9 is stiffer and plays more crisp. Because you modify your rackets to certain weights, the characteristics of what other people are saying, will be different from the set up you've been using and is incomparable.

    That aside, I also think you need to give yourself a longer adjustment period to get used to it....
     
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    4 grams total? If so, try cutting the weight at 5/7 to 2 grams total. Just strip off one piece of tape on each opposite side of the string bed. It's possible that you maybe over-compensating due the the extra weight and swinging faster.

    With that being said, to play with the PB 9 well, your racquet head speed needs to be faster than with the London. With the London, concentrate on "finding the ball" first to adjust your timing, and then, get the spin by feeling the ball once you contact it to apply it.
     
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    Neverstop....
    Give it some more time to adjust. The first time I tried the London, I didn't care much for it and actually chose the YT Instict over it. A month later, I decided to give it another chance and I am so glad I did. I am not sure why you were expecting the London to feel like the PB9? I don't recall anyone here claiming they felt alike. They have similar specs, but I think they are pretty different "feeling" sticks. IMO, The PB9 is stiffer and more of a baseline basher's stick, while the London is more of an all court type of stick, which volleys and serves great and also has great touch. I also have never heard anyone else complain of a "hollow feel". To the contrary, most say the London feels extremely solid, like a 12 oz racquet. But again, the PB9 and the London are different animals and one will probably work better for you, depending on your style. Also, if the London feels too light for you and your timing is off, try and add a little more weight until the timing feels right. Maybe move the weight up to 3/9 or 10/2 and maybe add a bit at 12 o'clock also.

    As far as stringing, how was your power level with your current setup? You might want to try lowering the crosses even more to add more pocketing action. The London is a great stick and IMO it's worth tinkering with a bit to see if it comes around for you. I disagree with some that say you only need 5 minutes with a stick to know if it's for you or not. We are all different in that respect and while some may click with it immediately, others need more time to adjust and find the optimum setup. You may have had very high expectations based on a lot of praises in this thread and that may have lead to your slight disappointment. Give it at least 2 weeks and then go back to your PB9 for 2 weeks and then see which works better for you. They are both great choices.
     
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    Thanks for the tips all. Unfortunately I've got an exceptional amount of work this week, and it gets in the way of life, in mean tennis, sometimes; hopefully I can get in a hit or two this week.

    Jack, as for not seeing many comparisons between the PB9 vs. London, this came from most of the posts on the PB9 threads, when quite a few converts went over to the London. I've not given up on either stick yet.

    TM, you may have nailed it is I do play well and hit a powerful ball with the PB9. I wasn't getting any regular pace against my opponents yesterday yesterday, the timing was my # 1 issue, and conditions weren't right to fix it.

    I'll post another update when I've got something to add.
     
  17. JackB1

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    Could u post a link to the PB9 thread? I would like to rwad those comments.

    Also, I found it interesting that the PB9 felt heavier to you, since it actually has a lower swingweight spec than the London (306 to 311). Although, my London's with overgrip and dampeners came out to 324 and 327 sw's on the RDC machine.

    If timing is the main issue, seems like that would be an easy fix by just added some additional lead until the swingweight feels like your PB9?
     
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    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=310765&highlight=pb9

    Jack, you can do a search and there are 2 or 3 other PB9 threads. Above is a link to one with some comments on the London. I picked up my 3x PB9s from various posters that went over to the London.

    My PB9s weigh 340gm with leather grip and 5gms lead total at 3 & 9. I don't know the SW. The London definitely swings lighter. I agree the numbers don't support this. One of my hitting partners also tried both yesterday and immediately wants to order a London - also found my PB9s swing too heavy - but preferred both to his APDC.
     
  19. TennisMaverick

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    The PB 9 will play better if you balance the 3/9 mods with some tape on the bridge, spanning 10 mains, and under the grip, or in the butt if you prefer, depending on the amount that you applied to 3/9.

    Another adjustment would be the same amount at 3/6/9, and 4.5 in of 1/2 in tape, cut in 1/4 width, inside each side of the throat(which approximates what was done to the Sportster, DC Pro, and Melbourne, as respective upgrades).
     
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    Thanks. I tried a search after I read your comments and couldn't find too many recent postings that included the words London & PB9 and couldn't find any comments that compared the two. But I'll keep looking.....

    Still interested to hear your comments and comparisons after more time with the London. I personally never really tried the PB9 other than a few minutes with a demo, but I do remember it playing quite nice. Good Luck!
     
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    hey JackB1 I like following your racquet investigations as I find myself pondering similar racquets.

    ATM I have the Wilson KTour MP

    I like the power comparison between KTour and BB London

    They seem similar - I like the accuracy of a 95 and do well with such. However advancing years and plenty of competitors w/ Babolats has taught me that I need to arm up.

    What is serve like w the BB London now?

    Serve is a v imptnt part of my game.

    My backhand hasn't been a weapon of late. Slicing too much as well. How goes the BB on the BH?
     
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    I dont think they are similar at all. The KTour is headheavy balanced and has a higher swingweight and much more power. My serve needed some adjusting at first with the London, but now my serve is the strongest part of my game. I have a lot of confidence that I can hold serve now with the London. I use a 2HBH and its coming along nicely with the London as well. It's not a weapon like my forehand can be, but it's much more steady and predictable than it's been in a while.
     
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    Yes I have my KTours cut down with the 0.25 in. extra length removed and it somewhat reduces that HH power.

    perhaps it is closer to an old favourite the LM Rad MP

    Anyway checking the power map of the BB shows it has a lot of horsepower compared to a lot of other similar racquets - so any of you feel it has "Pure Drive power" or not?
     
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    One of the TW reviewers said it felt a little "Pure Drive like". Personally, I think this frame is very string sensitive and can be set up to play extremely powerful or can be setup for lots of control. Right now I have one with multi mains and poly cross and another with poly mains and multi cross. The multi mains stick plays very lively and powerful, like a Pure Drive and the other one with poly mains plays very much under control.
     
  25. g4driver

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    Jack,

    I hit with the Becker London for 2 hours yesterday against a friend, losing 6-4, 6-4. I then switched back to my Wilson Pro Open and hit against a 4.5, and he bageled me in an hour and 15 mins. After a quick dinner at an Irish Pub, I went back and hit for another 2 hours with my Pro Open, one set of singles and finally a set of doubles. A little over 5 hours hitting total yesterday. Hey, it is going to rain today, and tomorrow, and I leave to fly out of town on Thrus-Fri-Sat-Sun. So I can't hit until next Monday. ;)

    The Becker London helped my 2HBH, and the difference was impressive, but BB London hurt my best weapons, ROS & forehand. I find it odd, the my 2HBH felt more solid with the BB London, but my forehand felt disconnected. When I first hit with Pro Open, it immediately click for me. My 2HBH isn't weak with the Pro Open, but it just felt better with the BBL For some reason, the Pro Open just works for me. I never got that feeling from the BB London.

    The Pro Open and BB London specs are nearly identical. Same Static Weight of 11.1oz strung, 4 pts HL, Swingweights of 311 for the BB, and 318 for the Pro Open. Maybe with more time, the BB London would grow on me, there is no reason for me to join the club.

    Just curious if you tried the Hurricane Feel mains / NRG2 setup?
     
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    G4...I would suggest playing with JUST the London for at least a week if u can. Two would be better. You are so used to your Pro Open, that you will need an adjustment period for the London. I actually didn't like it at first. For some reason, serving with it was tough for me, but now it's a breeze.
    You are right, the specs are close. Main diff's are the beam width (20 vs 24mm) and the stiffness (63 vs 66). Did you find that the London felt more "solid" at impact than the Open? I also think the London feels a little heavier than the published swingweight and when measured on the machine, they came to 324 and 327. Do you like the nice plush impact feel of the London as compared to the stiffer feel of the Open? My favorite aspect of the London is how sweet the ball impact feels off the strings. How do u compare the power level of the London compared to the Open? I think they are close in that respect.

    The fact that the London made your bh better is something to consider. Many people advise choosing the racquet that assists your weakest shots the most. Your forehand and ROS will come around in time. The London is also kinder on your arm than the Open. Not trying to sell you on the London, but I would just give it some more time to adjust and then decide.
     
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    I would suggest playing with JUST the London for at least a week if u can. I will re-demo in a few weeks. Rain today and tomorrow. Out of town Thursday until late Sunday. Two would be better. You are so used to your Pro Open, that you will need an adjustment period for the London. I actually didn't like it at first. For some reason, serving with it was tough for me, but now it's a breeze. You are right, the specs are close. Main diff's are the beam width (20 vs 24mm) and the stiffness (63 vs 66). Did you find that the London felt more "solid" at impact than the Open? It did feel more solid, and more headheavy. I also think the London feels a little heavier than the published swingweight and when measured on the machine, they came to 324 and 327. It felt heavier to me also, so before I switch frames, I'm going to add some weight to my Pro Opens to get them up closer to 12oz. Do you like the nice plush impact feel of the London as compared to the stiffer feel of the Open? The Pro Open feels less stiff to me than it's listed spec. My favorite aspect of the London is how sweet the ball impact feels off the strings. How do u compare the power level of the London compared to the Open? I think the Pro Open had more power on my forehand, and the BB London had more power on my backhand. So really close, I just have my forehand so dialed in with the Pro Open, it will be hard to match that level of power and precision with any frame. I think I hit 10+ winners down the lines during that doubles match last night, probably at least one more game. I didn't miss one that I tried. I feel like I can hit the ball within 2 square foot zone off my forehand when given a shortball or when it's in my wheelhouse. I've never felt that way about any frame before. I think they are close in that respect.

    The fact that the London made your bh better is something to consider. Many people advise choosing the racquet that assists your weakest shots the most. That is why I will give it another shot. The 2HBH felt good, very good. Your forehand and ROS will come around in time. The London is also kinder on your arm than the Open. Not trying to sell you on the London, but I would just give it some more time to adjust and then decide.

    I will give the BB London another go. Our season starts in two weeks, so it's probably best I stick with the Pro Open for now. The demo was really for a friend who wanted to try the London and the Volkl PB7.

    He is hitting with Dunlop 300 4ds for now, just like I was before switching. He lost his bag with 4 frames in his bag. Two Head Radicals OS, one Dunlop 300 Tour, and a Donnay One that his dad had given him as a kid. It was his fault. He left the bag behind his car after giving a lesson, and drove off and forgot his bag. Bummer.

    Just curious if you know anyone in the metro Atlanta area that might like to buy three of my Dunlop 300s for cheap. ;)
     
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    Has anyone tried a london extended say to 27.5? I did spend a great deal of time with the London and found that I hit some shots that I didnt know I could hit. Stab shots and volleys out of position found their mark with remarkable consistency. Also have to say that hit some pretty remarkable forehands as well. I did struggle with my backhand and ended up slicing more than coming over the ball which Is one of my bread and butter shots. I believe this was more of a technique issue than anything else.

    That being said I returned to my trusty tour 8s and have been very pleased with the way I am playing. Love the feel of these sticks. I was actually able to source a couple of tour crushers out of china which are the same stick as the old tour 8.

    I am playing pretty well with the 8 but I cannot forget the remarkable shots that I hit with the London. I was thinking that i would like to try to match the balance etc of the tour 8 with a london. ( I do play with a little lead on the 8s). I have seen the threads on extending the handles of rackets and it looks like it would be pretty easy to do. What effect would it have on the swing weight and the head light number?

    Any thoughts would be welcome.

    Thanks a bunch

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    Becker pallets are interchangeable and replaceable and the new ones that you buy are extra long and need to be trimmed down, so I'm pretty sure you could just buy a new pallet and measure it to be an extra 1/2", trim it and replace it. You can cut them easily with a razor blade or knife. You would then need to add some material inside the pallet in that extra half inch you just created so it feels solid. The extra 1/2" will make the racquet a little more headlite, but not too much. You can easily counter balance that with a gram or 2 at 12 o'clock if u want to keep overall weight down or you can add it at 3/9 if you want to increase weight.
     
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    I am a new BB London user (just played 2 hrs), and here is my feedback. Little bit about my tennis background... I am still fairly new to the game at age 41. Play about 3 times/week. Currently play in USTA flex 4.0 singles league. My previous racket is APDC. 2HBH, semi western grip FH. My best weapon is top spin serve.

    Ok, my first impression: The racket did not feel any light at all. It must be because I am a APDC user. I had it strung with WC turbo twist 17L 58# main, Gosen syntheic gut 17 58# cross. It took no time for me to settle with my topspin serve. Even the very first one felt like home. Flat serves took some practice but I was able to tune in about 30 tries.

    The London definitely has more feel and feedback on impact. This helped my volley and also 2hbh. APDC has a bit of hollow feel on my backhand. The forehand was little strange though. I felt like I had do more with my wrist to produce similar quality shots from APDC. I can't pin point what it is. Also there was a bit of power loss. I will try with little less tension on the next string bed.

    The racket is a keeper. I feel like I can improve faster with London because of its feedback.
    Would adding any weight to the handle (or replacing the grip with leather) affect the shot quality? (i.e more spin, plow thru, mobility)?
     
  31. TennisMaverick

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    At your level of play, switching to a leather grip probably won't even be noticeable.

    The London is not as powerful as the APDC. You can't get as much power from a stick which has such a long dwell time as you can from a stick which is so quick to release the ball on-contact. These two sticks are also designed for two different types of players. Lastly, make sure that you reduce the cross string tension, 2-4 lbs from the mains when you restring.
     
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    I wish people would stop calling the London "light" because it's got a swingweight at around 325 and that's very respectable. So when you say it didn't feel "light", it shouldn't. Yes it's lighter than 12 oz. players sticks with swingweight at around 340, but so what.

    As far as power, just find the right string setup and there is gobs of power if needed. Try your same setup but the mains at 50# and the cross at 52#. If that's still not enough, switch to multi or gut mains and use your Turbotwist in the crosses. I use a multi mains/copoly cross setup at 53/51 and there is almost too much power.

    About your forehand...were you having control issues with the ball sailing long? I had that at first and had to be sure and use proper technique when swinging hard on the forehand or the ball would shoot off to far. Finding the right string setup and tension also will help with this. The London has great pocketing and cupping action on the ball and you have to "learn" how to use this to your advantage. It just takes some getting used to, but you will dial in your forehand soon enough. The London seems to naturally hit a higher arcing ball than most other racquets, so it just be you have to aim lower. Welcome to the club!
     
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    Well, my London days may be numbered. Recently I have been playtesting a Prince Ignite Team and have had none of the control issues that I have with the London. I used the Prince for my 1st set against a 3.5 and won 6-0. Switched to the London and 6-4. There was quite a difference in consistency. With the London, if I don't put a proper swing on a forehand winner, it will sail long. With the Prince, that almost never happened. I am not sure why there is this difference since both racquets have open string patterns and both had multi's in the mains. The London just seems to have that "trampoline" effect much moreso than I can handle. It may be a string setup issue and I am willing to keep experimenting, but right now I seem to play much better with the Ignite Team. There have been many comments about people with similar control issues with the London so I know it's not just me. It may just be that the London isn't meant to be strung low with a lively multi in the mains?
     
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    I found the tension maintenance on the NRG2 isn't that good. Mine is starting to trampiline on mine as well due to tension loss I believe. I recommend trying cyclone strung at 52lbs. It's not as soft as NRG2 and thus a little crisper, lots of spin potential and still easy on the arm.
     
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    What, no issues with the Ignite Team's 334 swingweight? :confused:
     
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    You need to pre-stretch.
     
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    So the Prince allows you to play more effectively AND technically sloppy? Sounds like a winner to me. ;-)

    I prefer to play with frames to force me to play technically sound, which helps me improve as a player.
     
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    I'd put the poly in the mains and the multi in the crosses for enhanced control and feel.
     
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    hi, i have a new delta core london, but it weight 319gr instead 305gr..... is it possible?
    can you please weight your london?
    thanks
     
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    Hi,

    319 grams is strung and 305 grams is unstrung? If so, then nothing is wrong.
     
  41. neverstopplaying

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    If ever you give up on the London, I can trade for a prince ignite team and some extra cash.
     
  42. biciomac

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    sorry, 319gr unstrung... can you please weight your london? thanks
     
  43. neverstopplaying

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    I got to play two times this week with the London. The only additional mod I made so far was putting a leather grip. It made a big difference for me, if only because I have leather on my other racquets.
    London now comes it at 345gm and my PB9s at 341gm.

    My initial concern was my timing on my shots with the London. I happened to finally connected with a top junior elite coach in our area who agreed to do some coaching with me. I was able to dial in with the London by correcting some technical errors. As I've been progressing in my game, I'm starting to play more with hard 5.0+ hitters and I have/had a problem with my preparation not being compact enough. Because I'm used to the PB9, my timing is more consistent but the small differences between the two racquets are exaggerated because I've been putting too much in my preparation. I was able to make big improvements today.

    With more London experience, I would now say that the power is very controllable (I always hit with good TS), the hollow feeling went away with the leather grip, the timing issue is gone because my strokes on fast balls are more compact. I'm very happy with my serves with this racquet.

    I won't get rid of my PB9s, but I'll pick up another London soon and play with them for a good while.
     
  44. JackB1

    JackB1 G.O.A.T.

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    No. I was surprised too. It does feel a little head heavier than the London, but nothing that effected my play. The Ignite's sw was 329 on the machine and the London was 324 & 327, so its not really that different. The more even balance actually assists me in naturally letting the racquet drop from gravity right before the forward swing.
     
  45. JackB1

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    Low tension with a multi definitely makes it tough to play with the London naturally. A copoly mains would work better, but I prefer a soft string in my mains. The weird thing is I had none of these issues with the Ignite and that was from the getgo. The Ignite had FXP Power in the mains and FXP in the crosses, so it's quite a lively stringbed and it was also strung around 54.
     
  46. TennisMaverick

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    It's supposed to be 305 grams unstrung. I've found the quality control on this stick to be very consistent, and the industry standard is 10+/- grams. Can your scale possibly need calibrating?
     
  47. JackB1

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    That's not exactly what I meant. I meant that for MY swing, (which is more traditional, with a follow through around my shoulder...not loopy and extreme high to low) the Ignite produces nice topspin without trampoline-ing or sailing long. The London takes a 100% perfect swing from me for it to stay in when swinging out. I am not sure why it works sometime and sometimes not, but it just feels like I am fighting the racquet and that's not a feeling that inspires confidence. For whatever reason, the Iginte seems to work perfectly for my swing path.
     
  48. JackB1

    JackB1 G.O.A.T.

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    Mine weigh 324 & 325 strung with overgrip and dampener. Yours is normal.
     
  49. JackB1

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    Glad to hear its working out for you. Perhaps you have better topspin technique than me? You mentioned u hit with a lot of top. Also, what is your string setup? I knew that if timing was your only issue, that was easily correctable.
     
  50. TennisMaverick

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    The PB 9 is a snappier, more powerful frame on-contact than the London, so you need a bigger/faster swing. Swinging fast with the London, is counter-productive and fights against the stick's attributes, unless you increase the string tension. That is why you needed to make your backswing more compact, so that the slower swing will still arrive at the optimal contact point, and then, allow you to use the longer dwell time to your advantage to still hold your shot.

    If you slowed down the speed of your larger backswing, you would have not been able to contact the ball as far out in front. If you don't want to make any changes, just increase your London's string tension 5 lbs or more, and continue hitting with your normal swing pattern/rhythms. However, I would venture to guess that a more compact swing, unless your playing on red clay, will make you a better player anyway.
     

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