Current Main Rackets for TW Testers

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  1. Dgdavid

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    Hi TW,

    With all the recent play tests, have there been any recent switches? I think Siobhan said she was switching to the new APD. Anyone else?
    Chris sticking with PMP and C10 Pro or maybe going onto Blade 93? Maybe Andy too?
    Granville still happy with Prestige S?
    Brittany with 100S?
    Jason edging towards Steam 99S?

    David
     
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  2. TW Staff

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    Dgdavid,

    I talked to all of our playtesters and here are our current main racquet(s):

    Brittany:Yonex VCORE 100S (but excited to try the updated version next week)
    Chris: Volkl C10 Pro/Wilson Pro Staff 6.0 95/Head Youtek IG Prestige MP
    Andy: Yonex RDiS 100 Mid/Head MicroGEL Radical Mp Customized
    Jason:Boris Becker Delta Core NYC Customized/Wilson Steam 99 or 99S
    Siobhan: Babolat AeroPro Drive 2013
    Spencer: Wilson Steam 99 S/ Head Youtek IG Extreme Pro 2.0
    Tiffani: Donnay Formula 100/ ProKennex Q5 295
    Karly: Wilson NTour 95/ Wilson Steam 96

    As you can see, some can't choose only one (aka Chris)!

    Brittany, TW
     
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  3. JackB1

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    sticky this! And keep it updated as you guys change your preference!
    that's an order! ;-)

    Also....what about Mike?

    And....I would like to rephrase the question to all the playtesters...
    "if you had to play one match to win at all costs, what ONE racquet would
    you take to the court?"
     
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  4. jorel

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    how is the 6.0 95 one of chris' main racquets?? its been discontinued for years?

    please tell me its getting another lifecycle

    btw chris...i just obtained a green braided 6.0 95...i'll trade you for your original prestige pro...the one from the 80s....
     
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  5. TW Staff

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    Mike said that he would play with the Prince TT Warrior MP. As for the rest of us, the racquets listed above would be the ones we would play with in a competitive match. For those of us who listed multiple ones, it would be whichever one we found first on the racquet wall. ;-)

    Andy, TW
     
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  6. jorel

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    whos mike?
     
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  7. JackB1

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    cop out! ;-)
     
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    Did J switch back to the London from the NYC?
     
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  9. JackB1

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    looks like it. I was surprised by that too.

    Also, Spencer going to the ultra tweener 100s??
     
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  10. Dgdavid

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    Thank you for the replies. Very interesting!

    Granville and Carol?
     
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  11. TW Staff

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    I didn't. That was a typo. Now fixed.

    Jason, TW
     
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  12. Dgdavid

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    How does Andy customise his MG Rad? I use that too but use it stock.
     
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  13. TW Staff

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    Carol uses the Wilson BLX Six.One 95 16x18. Granville's current racquet of choice is the Head Youtek IG Prestige S .


    Brittany, TW
     
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  14. TW Staff

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    I had our expert racquet technician Paul Reed customize it (almost exactly) to the specs of a Yonex RDX 500 Mid, my favorite racquet of all time. I believe that it comes in a 12.2oz strung, 7.5 pts HL, with a swingweight of 324.

    Here is an article I wrote about the process that Paul used to do my racquet:
    http://blog.tenniswarehouse.com/racquets/the-perfect-racquet-customizing-with-expert-paul-reed/

    Andy, TW
     
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  15. Dgdavid

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    Cheers Andy.
     
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  16. Francis27

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    oh i see Siobhan's current racket is the aeropro 2013. Im going to demo once it comes out, ive used the previous one and loved it. i may make a switch
     
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  17. coolblue123

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    drats, I thought I'll get back to trying new sticks? =) Any possible suitors racquets in your queue? I thought I saw somewhere you like the Steam's alot.

    Thanks again for the suggestions on the wrapping the lead. I just dialed it up to 11.7 oz.
     
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  18. TW Staff

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    How'd the lead tape experiment work out for you? Likes? Dislikes?

    As for me, yes, it's true, I am really really enjoying the new Steam racquets. Both the 99 and 99S. Do I like them enough to make the official switch? Potentially. Make need to take a little bit of lead tape to them as well. :)

    Jason, TW
     
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    Originally I had it leaded up in the handle to 12.6oz and put some on 12 and 6. That DC composite made it really stable on the 3/9 so no need to lead there.
    Really like it at first 45 minutes. Unfortunately, from minutes 46 to 90, my shoulder wanted to disown my arm. So I got it down to under 12 oz and it's working out now. Majority of the lead is still on the handle.
    Pros:
    Stable against heavy hitters
    Serves packed alot of heat
    2 HBH are wicked
    With alot of lead on the handle, you can add more of lead around the hoop and won't have that "racquet is leaving your hand," feel.
    Have no fear at the net against hard hitters as racquet is stable.

    Cons:
    Salonpa's is my fashion statement.
    Lost alot of feel and touch.

    But then, I am using this setup, so lead handle setup for the win!
     
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  20. sportmac

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    Granville's Head Prestige

    Did Granville weight up his Prestige S?
     
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  21. TW Staff

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    @Francis27,

    I really recommend trying it. I know a lot of people hate on stiff racquets but if you are a fan of the old Aero I definitely suggest trying the new.

    Siobhan, TW
     
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  22. jorel

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    i think he said a leather grip
     
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  23. jorel

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    i love stiff racquets for what they are....incredibly stable....most of the time...with little frame flutter

    and people also complain the flexy ones hit like noodles
     
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  24. sportmac

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    He's always used a heavier stick but had made mention of going with somethin lighter. Was wondering if he's added lead tape or sticking with the stock weight.

    I use a 12oz but like him I'm getting older and been thinking of something lighter. Course I got about 10 years on him and not on the good side.
    I'm running low on future.

    I'm also maybe a 4.23781 level player on a good day.
    Back when I was fast and handsome... Ok... Fast... Could maybe make a 4.5.
     
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  25. jorel

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    i remember him saying he wanted to use something lighter too,,,in Head Youtek IG Prestige Mid Racquet Review
    i think all he did on the prestige was add leather according to his profile
     
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  26. pug

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    Andy,

    What will it take to make you switch from the RDiS 100 Mid? You have had lots of good things to say about some current racquets.
     
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  27. rdis10093

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    stay with the rdis
     
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  28. TW Staff

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    Lots of money from a racquet company for my endorsement of their racquet :).

    Just kidding. Currently, I find myself trying so many different racquets on a day-to-day basis (one of the things I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to do in my job), that it's hard for me to get so comfortable with another racquet to consider it my "racquet of choice". I have tried and definitely really enjoyed many new racquets, but the Yonex is still what feels most comfortable and natural to me in my hand.

    However, to be completely honest, the last two tournaments I have competed in I used the AeroPro Drive, simply because I went through a period where I was hitting them a lot and I found they were a very nice compliment to my game. Especially since I'm not playing and training quite as much as I used to, the racquet provided me lots of forgiveness to play against big hitters. With that said, to me nothing beats the feel of my Yonex RDiS 100 Mid, or my MicroGel Radical MP that I had customized to the exact specs of the Yonex. Those two racquets to me are the best/most natural feeling racquets to me.

    Sorry for the long-winded answer but you're question really got me thinking ;-).

    Andy, TW
     
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  29. morandi

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    The AeroPro Drives are addicting. The recent video playtests you guys did of them were great.
    Andy, loved the slow motion shot of your serve, that thing is smooth.
     
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