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Discussion in 'Racquets' started by Ross K, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. Ross K

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    I'll take your advice. APD w/Hexonic @ 50 lbs maybe.


    6.1ers,

    N95 w/ BBO and NXT (both 1.30mm) @ something like 51lbs/55lbs... what say you all? Would I be insane? Just checking what I have in and thought this might work.


    Mark and el,

    I actually know of 2 die-hard closed pattern advocates who started off with the Exo closed pattern, but changed to the open after being so impressed with the performance... Mark, best place for Exo info is the excellent Exo thread in rackets section. I posted there very recently re my ultimate thoughts on this - for me - unique but slightly flawed racket.


    All,

    Ahem... the eagle has landed... my neighbour just called by 10 minutes ago to say she'd intercepted a package for me that, due to nobody being in, the postman was about to take back to the depot. And so esteemed racket/string/dampener/shoewear/bags/ale/cider/wine/lager/guitars/watches (etc) - aholics... I'm sitting here at this very moment with a brown cardboard box sitting next to me.. you'll excuse me gentlemen me then as a BLX 95 awaits my scrutiny...:cool:
     
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    No ross that's good ha, it haas an initial drop then when you play ity goes again then it kinda levels out for a bit before becoming unplayable.

    This afternoon outdoors I was completely on it, this evening indoors I was hitting long and the racket was too powerful. My game suffered losing two sets and playing like a donkey. Changed to my mid and won the last set of doubles quite comfortably having much less power.
     
  4. Ross K

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    PP,

    You'll love this mate... my new BLX 95 is strung full job Silverstring @ 50lbs.:)

    BTW, it's 347 grams strung (which means it weighs 331 grams unstrung), but as for the crucial SW question, I'm simply in the dark here... swinging it around etc it doesn't feel too much (maybe I've lucked out?), but will have a better idea when I actually play with it in the next day or 2. Must say, I can't wait now to see how it contrasts for me to the N95.

    BTW2, "It sure is mighty perty" :grin: ...
     
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    Ross, I'm praying you don't prefer it to the N. I can't be the only one left out of the BLX party.… I just don't know what I'd do? Yes I do, I'll just get one because I'm a sick, sick puppy.:oops:
     
  6. Power Player

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    This is perfect. Nice!

    Silver string at that tension is going to play so honest in the racquet, you will feel every shot in a good way. It is a lot softer than TB, but it plays crisp. It plays the exact same the whole time and is still playable for a few hours after death, so enjoy. May be one of the better matchups in the racquet.

    Iontec is almost too soft for the blx, but this is a good thing because i can string it a little tighter and it may work well. Extremely comfortable for a poly, hits a very heavy ball, has not moved much at 42#s in 6 hours. Hits almost pillowsoft, but you can really make the ball drop sharp with it. Only issue is i lose ball feel sometimes because it is so soft. I am hoping higher tension fixes that, but i could get used to it regardlese.

    Funny thing about my 2 sticks is while one swings a little lighter, and right now im preferring the ball crushing of the heavier one, i can switch between the 2 with no real issues at all. So in a way, it is great because i can use either one, and i have a lighter one if im tired that day. That is pretty cool with the wilsons, even with loose specs they still play pretty similar.
     
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    Honestly, it's all in our head. I think a +/- 5 difference in SW is about the only thing that really has an impact when it comes to how 2 similar sticks play.

    I'm moving freely, depending on strings more than anything else, between my N's, and the only tangible difference between the two now is that one has 4+ SW points. I could easily match the other one with a single gram of lead but I haven't felt compelled to do so.

    I can't wait to get on the courts again. I've got two hours booked on clay on Friday and I'm dreaming of some FYP bombs down the line.

    Only if Ross has a religious, semi orgasmic experience with the BLX would I ever consider putting down my N's.

    Consider this, the N's were the last 6.1's to carry the Pro Staff moniker.
     
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    yeah, TB doesn't hold tension that well. it's not the worst, but there are many polys that have much better tension stability. i'd say it's about average.
     
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    PP, Iontec 1.25 definitely doesn't play as soft as 1.20, but unfortunately spin levels are lower, too. maybe want to give Iontec Hexa 1.20 a try. my understanding is that it plays crisper than regular Iontec w/ even more spin. "problem" with Iontec for me is it lasts a good amount of time so i'm still rocking w/ my string job and haven't gotten around to testing out the Hexa version yet.
     
  10. Ross K

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    (Said in the accent/voice of JFK, or that announcer on The Simpsons) "My fellow Wilsonians"...

    What's your take on the Wilson pro hybrid grips? You guys like it on your 6.1? What's good/bad about them for you?

    I've been using hydasorb type grips in recent times and am wondering how it might differ to the pro hybrid which is on my new BLX, whether to swap out the pro hybrid for my usual.

    Furthermore, what's your actual preferred grip set up?
     
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    I love the pro hybrid grip. Feels great...probably my favorite synthetic along with skin feel. I use wilson pro over grips, but i was trying to think of some thinner options..anyone use the pro perforated?
     
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    mad dog,

    Just curious, what are some polys that you personally really rate and like a lot, and perhaps have Iontec-like qualities too? I ask as I seem to having a few difficulties sourcing Iontec, plus I've been interested in your strings-related posts.

    TIA
     
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    I've never liked too much of a beefed up grip feel and, as well as liking a smaller grip size than is natural to my hand, I have have always erred on the skinnier grips side of the street (eg: I used to play with just 2 OG's on handle.) In other words, I won't be adding an OG. BTW the pro hybrid on initial impression reminds me of the one on the Exo 100.
     
  14. JGads

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    I love the Pro Hybrid. Use it on my Aces as well as the 6.1. Just the right amount of tackiness but still some good bevel feel. Used to think it weighed a little more, too, but someone said recently it was only a gram or so heavier than skin feel. Skin Feel is my No. 2, Hydrasorb my No 2a. All are very good. I LOVE Hydrasorb at the start but over time it can start to feel a bit slick when the cushiness gets matted down a bit.
     
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    Pro hybrid is a great grip its a thin layer of leather with an overgrip/synthetic fused on top, its like a slightly cushioned leather grip. I liked it with a overgrip over it.

    My preferred set up now is a thin, lighter synthetic, like gamma (its like a synthetic leather in feel??) with an overgrip. I can then use the extra weight ive saved to distribute top of the handle. At the static weight i have I find an even handle weight using a heavy leather and og to be too weildy but a lighter grip with weight above my hand to be totally different. Grip shape and size also come into this. If ive got a slightly thicker or rounder grip the racket feels too heavy.
     
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    the volkl and becker syn grips ive used of late are really good, its thin but slightly cushioned, soft feel but firm enough to feel the bevels.
     
  17. Meaghan

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    interesting string stats testing for elasticity, stiffness and tension loss (page 35ish) http://www.racquetsportsindustry.com/issues/201201/index.html

    My TB completely died last night, next up is Pros Pro blackout, it looks and feels like b5e which I liked but it felt insubstantial in some way like i needed a thicker gauge, in a denser pattern it may feel right, so this Pro's Pro copy at 2.99 may just do the trick, some good reviews.
    Ive just bought Dunlop explosive polyester from that sports direct place for 4 notes, if you look at the stats list above it seems to have good elasticity with better than average tension loss for a poly.
    Thats why the list is good, you can see that some strings will lose tension real fast and some dont and so youll have a better idea how to string them and how they will play etc etc
     
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    RHs,

    Yesterday, in anticipation of the PD+ Swirlies I have coming my way very shortly, I got in 2 really useful 2 sets with my old PD+ Team (incidentally strung w/Hyperion @ 52 - which I liked quite a lot actually.) This is the racket I consider really to be my first proper racket in the sense of playing it for about a year, learning the game as a late-comer to the sport, etc. Weird because it all sort of came back to me, ie, the reasons I liked it, and the reasons why I left it and went on and became the, er, unreformed and quite hopeless and even ridiculous racketaholic that I am (for some reason an image of Charlie Sheen just dropped into my mind.) :)

    The pro's for me are the immense serve pop and excellent spin - I think this very likely the biggest serve frame I've ever encountered. You can see why ARod would like it (or the 2nd Gen PD+ Swirl.) I've always been a sucker for a flat serving monster and this rack just kabooms and blasts like no other. Secondly, if a pronounced b-line game is your thing, the PD+ just is tailor-made. I quickly found my feet with it in this sense and enjoyed the performance (2hbh is wonderful with this baby, and my usually rubbish 1hbh slice was actually something of an asset for once), and having all that beefy power and big spin and my disposal. Thirdly, that extra reach is definitely appealing... for serving and extra reach stuff (my achille's heel is being caught at the b-line with the short), I really appreciated the assistance. But of the cons (and this is where I suddenly remembered where I was at around 2006), something about the balance, weighting and length doesn't quite work for me re putting shots away - sure I can rally quite happily for ages but you've got put away your opportunities when they arise. Generally I/the rack seems somehow a tad lumbering - and I certainly don't feel this to be the case with the APD (standard.) I just couldn't really click into that fluid rythym and find my timing as I'd wish for. Then, precision-wise I felt pretty poor. And finally, relating again to the XL size, when you're jammed with this racket, you stay jammed.

    Whatever, it will still be a privilege to hit with an actual 2nd Gen PD+ Swirly, and I really did like the 2nd Gen PC+ Swirly significantly more than the later iterations. I'll let you know how I get on with it.

    On a different racketaholic front, exactly down to some of these 'failings' I found with the PD+, I am seriously contemplating revisiting my old C10 Pro and stringing it way lower than I ever did a few years ago with a stiffish poly (something like a Tornado, or BBO, or a PHT.) When it comes to rackets that I could feel bang on re timing, re the frame's balance and weighting, and just for going after the ball, the C10 looms large in my memory. May get it to the stringer's in the next day or two.

    And then there's this of course... an exquisite looking BLX 95 that arrived yesterday strung with Silverstring @ 50lbs - I'll get in 2 sets with this tomorrow. :cool:

    Happy hitting out there fellow 'holics.
     
  19. Meaghan

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    It would be interesting to see how a revisit to the c10pro proved to be, esp with a stiff poly strung low.

    Every year I seem to be looking at different strings esp the big powerful polys and start twitching with anticipation. Then quite quickly when I cant keep anything in court I revert back to my stiffish polys, TB, Alu and Pacific Poly Force and think why did I ever venture away. Im most comfortable hitting out knowing the ball is not going out than trying to somehow hold back a little with some elastic poly.

    Restring tonight, its funny I quite look forward to doing it, glass of vino in hand.
     
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    Pro Perforated isn't really thinner than regular Pro overgrip, Pro Sensation is though.
     
  21. JGads

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    Bit of a situation. First league match tonight after a long layoff (not to mention a recent bout of the stomach flu that sapped my energy and any decent prep time of late). Lost the first set 6-2 and was down 0-1 in the second when, facing the uphill climb and just not jiving, I went to the bag and the 6.1 95. Reeled off six consecutive games for the 6-1 set. Then after somehow losing the vice-grip on the momentum (relaxed, I think) and falling behind 0-3 in the third, I held true and stuck with the 6.1 and, once again, reeled off six consecutive games to take the third, 6-3, and the match.

    There was some definite rust involved at the start, but man, I just couldn't stop hitting the tape in that first set (occasionally a hazard of the 18/20 pattern Mid) and really struggled to feel the ball, too (I think the Iontec is finally starting to go and the soft ball feel in my Ace just got to be a little too soft). Cue the 6.1 with Tour Bite and the net clearance was immediately helping me, and the easy depth, and the bomb-a-riffic serves that were just jumping off the court. So, once again, the 6.1 95 with Tour Bite comes through for me even though the stringbed feels a bit too stiff for my taste. Thinking either hybriding next, or Silverstring, or Iontec - but I may experiment with that Hexa version of the Iontec.

    I have one set of Silverstring on me and I'm trying to figure out if I should put it in the 6.1 or the Ace.

    Anyway, the 6.1 has earned a spot in the ol' signature. And will now get a much longer look.
     
  22. klementine

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    I'm out of tennis for a while, really all sports. I have suffered a 'full-thickness tear' of my supraspinatus muscle and tendon. Basically a rotator cuff/shoulder injury. I've scheduled surgery and along with cortisone shots, rest is the only thing on my mind between now and then. I refuse to take pain killers.

    It happened 4 nights ago, during a pick-up game of hockey. Went down to the ice pretty hard and fast, in doing so collided with the boards and another player. Really felt no pain during the incident, I knew something wasn't right but I continued playing.

    That night there was a noticeable problem with my shoulder moving. The next morning I went to brush my teeth and noticed that I could barely lift my arm above chest level, when I tried doing so, a very sharp pain emerged. I have a high threshold for pain, but this is unbearable flashes of sharp, excruciating pain if raised above chest level.

    It's wrapped to restrict movement, I'm still able to work, NO DRUMS !!!(which has turned me into a grouch) and no house chores ;) (i'm actually liking this aspect). Have been referred to probably the best orthopedic surgeon in the dc-metropolitan area (has performed surgery on many nfl,nhl and mlb athletes) and along with patience and rehab, says my shoulder could be stronger and more elastic than before.

    Look out!! Bionic tennis serves!! :razz: ... in about 10-12 months :(

    Anyway, still reading up on everyone and wish them the best of luck. I will live vicariously through all of you.
     
  23. bad_call

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    klem - sorry to read that. might be a time to think about home brewing. :)
     
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    Ugh. That is a bummer, my man. Just awful. Get well, good sir.
     
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    ^ Thanks Gads. Really, I've come to terms that I'll be out for a good while now. It was tough the first two days.

    I figure AO-- winter... spring.... RG.... summer.... wimby.... then maybe ... just maybe..... start at least rallying by the USO.... maybe get a serve in by the YEF.

    Oh man... that just sounds terrible. :(

    But now it's the little things that matter.... driving... brushing my teeth... eating. PUTTING MY PANTS ON !!!!!
     
  27. el sergento

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    Klem buddy, really feel for you and I wish you the best of luck with everything.

    Like Muster, you'll come back stronger and will be dominating in no time.

    Keep us posted on your progress.
     
  28. Ross K

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    JG,

    Sounds like one heck of an upturn in performance once you went to the 6.1. Surely you've got to prioritize this frame, no?


    klem.

    Sorry mate to hear such crappy news re your shoulder tear. Hope it all mends and gets better soonish.
     
  29. klementine

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    ^Thanks Serge.. Ross, will do.

    Already planning my 'comeback-rehab' stick. ;)

    The only stick that can be played with full multi?........ yes..... the PresMid!!!.... then probably back on the wilson 'pain train' as Serge says.
     
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    Tourbite 18 is among the 5 softest polys on the market, according to lab tests. I know it has a "stiff" reputation, but...
     
  31. JGads

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    Indeed. It has to get a long look now. I'll be extremely interested in your BLX/silverstring findings as well, since you're also a Tour Bite man and since I have a SS set to burn now. Would like to soften up the feel of this 6.1 just a bit without losing too much of the Tour Bite magic: in spite of its stiffer feel in this frame, I'm doing nothing but winning and the Tour Bite nastiness on the ball is currently in full effect. (I'm right around the off-the-cliff threshold, though, so will be restringing soon)
     
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    only thing is Gads is using TB 16, not 18.
     
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    Gads, so good to hear you're able to hit the courts again! woohoo! i've got plenty of strings in my "inventory". here are the following reels i have: TB 16L, Iontec 1.20, Iontec Hexa 1.20, and enough Iontec 1.25 for a few more sticks. whatever your needs, i've got it. :D
     
  34. JGads

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    My man. Didn't realize you still had TB. I may dip into that and some hexa here shortly.
     
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    Klem79, sorry to hear about your shoulder. i know how tough and painful it can be. my RC is messed up, too. not quite bad enough where i need surgical repair, but bad enough where i can't play sets because i can only get through a few games of serves and then the shoulder gets all funky on me. i can hit groundies still but there are times towards the end of a hitting session where i've just got no strength and very limited range of motion due to pain. Gads has seen me in this condition before. the resulting strokes are not pretty; just ask Gads.

    i hope your surgery goes well and your recovery goes smoothly. good luck!
     
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    ^ That's a tough situation for you as well.

    The doc says I'm actually lucky because surgery is a must at this point. I could have aggravated the connective tissue (tendons) or damaged the bursa (a lubricating sac between the rotator cuff and bone) and surgery would be strictly voluntary.
     
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    Gentlemen,

    I'm feeling a sense of... how can I put it?...

    momentousness...

    Yes, the moment is nearly nigh...

    I am filled with an understanding that today isn't quite like every other day...

    This morning will not be quite the same as every other morning...

    I will drink my tea...

    I will bid my wife and children 'goodbye'...

    I will go to work...

    I will do my daily toil...

    But, yes, later today something different will be happening...

    For, gentlemen, later today I'm hitting for the first time in my life with a BLX 95

    :)
     
  38. Ross K

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    Oh, yeah, and a new PD+ Swirly too!:lol:
     
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    ^ Love it...

    And look forward to hearing your impressions on the feel of the BLX. What's it strung with?
     
  40. JGads

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    Between the 6.1 and the PD, sounds like a fun day of FYP. Enjoy.
     
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    thought i'd report back on Iontec 1.20...i threw it into the PS85 BLX on 12/31/11. played 5 times w/ it each time for about 1.5 to 2 hours so no more than 10 hours on the stringjob. tonight towards the end of the session, my shots started flying. sometimes my shots start flying as i get tired and i start hitting late due to sluggish footwork and racquet timing. i switched to my BC20 and my shots came back in so it was the strings. also the mains started moving around quite a bit so my Iontec 1.20 had finally expired.

    compared to Iontec 1.25, it has a bit more power, spin, feel and touch, but unfortunately it doesn't last nearly as long. i was getting 20+ hrs out of 1.25 vs less than 10 out of 1.20. as with everything in life, you can't have it all. for higher performance, i have to be willing to give up some longevity. c'est la vie.

    on the bright side, this gave me the opportunity to restring w/ Iontec Hexa 1.20 which i've been so eager to try out!!! woohoo!!!:D so i laced up the PS85 BLX w/ Hexa at my preferred tension of 47.5/46. Hexa being a 6 sided version Iontec is a bit stiffer to string than Iontec. Iontec is a breeze to string compared to most copolys. Hexa isn't much more difficult. i string up my PS using a 1 pc ATW pattern and do M8 then string up all the crosses from top down and from the bottom come up M7 as my final weave & pull so the M7 weave is a hard weave. Hexa wasn't any more recalcitrant than other softer polys for the last weave. using my highly technical and well tuned "bouncing the string bed off my palm and knee" method, i can tell Hexa will be stiffer and offer crisper response albeit there was no mistaking that it still had the Iontec signature feel. i could feel the increased bite on my palm from the hard edges of the 6 sided string. this should aid in generating more spin. based on these initial clues, Hexa sure seems promising. i'll be sure to share my on court impressions after i hit tomorrow night. i'll keep you fellow raq'aholics posted! stay tuned.8)
     
  42. Fed Kennedy

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    Excellent info maddog. Have I asked you before, cant remember, how do you rate hyperion 17?
    I am becoming a cliche, an old dude who cannot let go of his ps85. Soon I will be making threads about modern racs, how do they compare, only to decide the ps85 cannot be beat. I am still on my first set of iontec, I have won 5 matches in a row with the same rac/stringjob. I dont even know the gauge, got the stick used.
    Do you lead up your 85? Mine is stock.
    I feel so close to young rogi with this stick, every point is a footwork drill, I am walter mittying my way through wimbledon on the public courts.
     
  43. mad dog1

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    FedK, sorry, i've not experimented w/ hyperion 17 yet so I can't comment. but at $12.50/set, i don't think i'm gonna bother! iontec only costs me ~$5.00/set when i get a reel!

    don't worry, i'm an old dude with LOTS of old racquets! F200s, F250s, old POG OSs, PK Black Ace, Copper Ace, and alot more i can't even remember so i'm right there with you, old dude! :mrgreen: u got the stick used and it was strung w/ Iontec? wow! sounds like JGads sold you his BroStaff. ;) but, yeah, for some reason the PS85 + Iontec is just magic. although for me, Iontec is magic in my BC20 as well.

    my PS85 is stock, too. i haven't found the need to lead it up for a few reasons. 1. none of my hitting partners hits the kind of heavy ball that ol' Petie Sampras used to face that would require me to lead up my stick. 2. if i leaded up the stick, i wouldn't be able to get around to hit the ball in time. there would be alot of foul balls! :D

    great to hear the PS85 is treating you so well...well, it's great to hear that you've got the footwork to take full advantage of the PS85. when i get tired and my legs grow a mind of their own and basically ignore my neural commands ordering them to move, out comes my BC20 which allows me to be a little lazier.
     
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    Fed, sorry to hear mate, hope you get it fixed soon and get back on the court.

    Have just strung my Melly with Pro's Pro Blackout, I strung it at 52lbs and it feels closer to 58lbs in this racket, which is close to were I liked TB in the bc20. This string however is softer and its feel off the stringbed is similar to TB after a several hrs of play. The relative softness of the string aids the cupping affect of the stringbed.
    I would say that this string actually is Black Code/B5E and I will deffo get a reel of it at the price.
    Just a garden test so far but will get out on court and let you know how it plays, as for now the feel is really comfortable like SS with more bite like BC/b5e and the power seems similar to those and TB.
    Court time will tell, the feel is better in the Melly than TB's metallic twang and the dwell time from the off, meaning I can string tighter is a bonus as the Melly is powerful.
    Just need to see if the ball drops in on the line like tour bite!

    Looks nice too.....
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  45. scotus

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    I see you decided to dampen just the 2 center mains.

    Looks better.
     
  46. Meaghan

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    Scotus, I dampened the four mains with two bab O's and that worked, the next time I played I took it off and I had the same dampened feel. Then a couple of days ago the ping came back during play (??)

    Im thinking its the Tour Bite as this black string is softer and dampens better and there's no ping now. If I can find a softer poly that grabs like TB then i will be very happy.

    I am a one dampener man, I felt slightly ashamed with two :)
     
  47. JGads

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    LOOOOOVE that you're killing it with the 85. Fed, you are legend.

    And yeah, you got a used 85 with Iontec? I thought MD and I were the only holders of such majesty in our bags. Iontec is pure butter in the 85. If you get more of it just go with Mad Dog's tension recommendation, as I did, and you're good to go. It's stellar.
     
  48. Meaghan

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    Great AO rd 4 possibilities:

    Djok v Raonic
    Tipsy v Ferrer
    Murray v Monfils
    Simon v Tsonga
    Fish v Delpo
    Dolgo v Fed
    Berdych v Wawrinka
    Isner v Nadal

    can only see Kohlshrieber, tomic, nishikori, guasquet squeezing in.....
     
  49. Ross K

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    Behold the BLXcalibur 95!...

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    Post to follow later (but, oh my, that was good... soooo goooood... ):)
     
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    So the two Wilsons arrived this week – one Pro Staff 95 BLX and the (new) 6.1 95 16x18. Both are strung with VS Touch 16 at 25kg. First off, QC check. The Pro Staff weighs in at about 323g strung, 322.6g to be exact. So that's pretty light. Balance was 32.4cm or 6pt HL. Next the 6.1: 361g strung with a Wilson Pro overgrip and Sampras dampener. Hmm, kinda heavy. I forgot to weigh it sans og/damp or check the balance (felt plenty HL though) since I was headed to the courts...

    It's been a while since I've last hit with a Wilson racquet and I generally don't like them too much. The grip shape ain't my thing and I don't really care for that particular Wilson "feel". Still I had to try it out. Much has been written about the SixOneNinetyFives these last couple of pages and I find most of it to be true, so no need to reiterate things. The frame has plenty of power on tap, is easy to swing despite its heft, allows for ample spin and volleys well etc etc etc. But it didn't click, I just didn't feel the Wilson love. Also the cosmetics are surprisingly okay, better than I expected from the photos and somewhat of an upgrade from the tacky, gold-laden paintjob of the last version. Glossy red, matt white, some black – business. A bit boring, of course. Anyways, an hour in I put it in the bag and continued with my Pure Drive.

    Still, the 6.1 is a rather good frame, just not my cup of tea. If I didn't have my Pure Drives (not that these are even remotely similar) I could probably pick it up tomorrow and not look back. I'd get them pre-matched to spec, though ;)
     

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