Diary of a Racketaholic

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  1. PED

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    I actually stayed low on the FXP. It's def a firmer string than the NXT. I hit with NXT on Monday in the Juice 100 and you're right, it's really nice.

    Which are you breaking first: the poly main or the NXT crosses?

    My stringer was laughing that the stick came back so soon with the poly broken and not the multi.
     
  2. JGads

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    I got to try it about two months back. Nice feeling, super controlled stick but it doesn't have the juice of the MP, especially on serve.

    I have a friendly match scheduled for tonight. Have a message into my buddy who had the Prestige MP demo, waiting to see if I can borrow it for a go against a different opponent, if he still has it. He may hate me at this point, but after cracking the head guard of one of my Aces, dude owes me so I don't feel so bad.
     
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    before giving up on the 6.1, i'd say try it w/ iontec hexa w/ tension up a few lbs. hexa has more spin than regular iontec so that plus the higher tension should help to rein in those errant putaway shots.

    FYI...hexonic is a black string.
     
  4. Fed Kennedy

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    I saw one. Wicked open string pattern. Gonna need a lot of lead though.
     
  5. Fed Kennedy

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    Busted string ended the demo. Liked it a lot. Could imagine it being sublime with gut/poly. Back to the ps85/tec 320 rotation for now.

    Contemplating amp90, amp 95, vcore95/98 purchase...
     
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    The NXT, by a mile. NXT frays, gets super thin, plays the best and then dies.............. way before the poly breaks. It's pretty special that you snapped the FXP first, pretty bizarre.
     
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    Mine is in red. I much prefer the red. Looks awesome in the blx and plays really well.

    May have converted one of our club pros to blxdom. He uses the pstgt and was falling in love with the sticks. I let him hit with both setups and he was loving the hexonic..loved the feel and was crushing forehands with it. Walked off asking me where to buy one, so we shall see.

    Definitley went a little low with the gut poly..it is just tough to dial up the more precise power shots, but still..so, so good. I just need to get it dialed in right. I also dont think i have to have alu power in it..the cofocus could be just fine. I see some fraying already..mainly the 2 middle mains, so i will have to slap some string savers on there.

    The hexonix though is playing great at 42#s right now. Just cracking shots..nice spin..the first full poly job that actually improves the feel of the racquet to a more plush feeling stick.
     
  8. Ross K

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    mad dog,

    Thanks mdog. Are you in or from the UK then?


    Gads,

    Interesting re your thoughts on strings for the 6.1. I also wasn't totally a fan of TB in the N95 and could find it a tad jarring (never tried it in the BLX though.) I'm playing my BLX with Iontech in a few hours. Silverstring I'd be happy to try again as I rather liked it. As well as the BLX/Iontech, I have a N95 to also look at with BBO/NXT. And btw, criminally, I have an APD which I strung up with Hexonic 2 weeks ago just vegetating and doing nothing stood up in a racket bag and stuck away in a dark corner.:shock:


    PED,
    I find this really surprising... TB can be good for your arm - who knew?!
     
  9. mad dog1

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    nah, i've ne'er been. although i might have a chance to go there later this year in July or August for work.
     
  10. JGads

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    I'm suddenly in Stage 5 Racaholism, boys. Total 'holic beast mode.

    Thanks to my recent 6.1 failings combined with the recent temptations of the Prestige fruit, I saw tonight (after not being able to hit with the MP again, after all) that TW just started offering up the new Prestige MP demos. So I got one for next week, and of course, the demo box holds more. So, hmm.. I thought about how my top performing sticks, historically, have been 11.5-11.9 with high swingweights. My two faves are still the Ace and 7G, both 11.7ish with 330 stock SW. So I looked up sticks in the same general ballpark and filled out the box with the new Yonex Xi 98 along with two complete wild cards, the Yonex RDS 200 (wanted to re-visit the V95 but they're out) and the Wilson BLX Pro Tour (has nearly the exact specs as my Ace, but with a 96-inch head; Fed also got my attention recently when he said this frame was like a beefier Prestige Mid).

    Mainly just taking a longer look at the Prestige MP. Will drop the others very quickly unless they grab my attention on a first hit.

    Anyway, yeah. I have issues. Pray for me.
     
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    Sorry gads i had the 95...i sent it back today. I also had the rdis200 in the box, that thing is amazingly plush.
     
  12. Fed Kennedy

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    That blx pro tour has the most crazy dense pattern you'll ever see. Total love/hate.
     
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    Ha, funny that you also had the 200. 'Amazingly plush' in a good way or a bad way? Knowing your likes, I'm guessing you preferred the stiffer/crisper V95.
     
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    Yes, I like stiff power frames. However, it was kind of refreshing to feel a total pillow racquet. So much touch and spin. Tw is giving them away too.
    But I am addicted to the big pop...

    Also had vcore 98. That is a cannon.
     
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    Did the 95 trump the 98 or vice versa? (or did the broken string leave it inconclusive)

    Good thing about plush sticks, for me, is I can use Tour Bite or other crisp strings with no fear. But there definitely is a point where sticks can get too soft/mushy, no matter the string.

    This Murray-Djok match is good good. Still so depressed about Rogi.
     
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    Lol, you have to go full Poly on the V-Core's. I'm weak so I'm an exception. B5E/THB would probably work if you strung it in the high 50s.
     
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    Truly knackered after that match......
     
  18. Ross K

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    Unbelievable match. That was fearsome. Incredible to watch these two. Muzza was sooo close. He's certainly done himself proud. That's the best I've ever seen him play, and you know what?... he can play better than that... 'Mystic Rosselini' predicts Andy to win a GS this year.:)
     
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    What string is THB?
     
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    I swear I am going to stop reading this read. Some day....

    I have a PSLtd coming to me today and a BLX 6.1 18x20 that I should have Monday or Tuesday. These really are my main contenders that I have liked the most over the last few months. Plus, I have lines to acquire more of them at rather cheap rates.

    I really want to leave it to these two sticks to just duke it out with each other but I can't deny that there is a certain twinge of demo fever lurking about. The IG Prestige MP seems very intriguing to me as does the Melboune (entirely because of Meagan's ravings about it).

    Decisions decisions.....
     
  21. SlapShot

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    Alright, tonight is the first night trying out the BLX95. Strung it up with Tech MultiFeel 17 at 61#, and swapped the grip to a Head Hydrosorb (the stock one felt REALLY thin, and wasn't wrapped all the way to the buttcap - I hold my frames so that the buttcap is in the meaty part of my palm, so that would have been blister city). Weighs in at 345g (I should have weighed it unstrung - I have a feeling that this one is awfully close to the 332g spec).

    Sadly, when I pick up my Redondos, they still just feel more natural to me in the hand. If only they were a bit more spinny.
     
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    Talk about ups and downs......that first set Nole break point down hit a 120mph second serve then won his game, next game Murray double faults in the same position, Im thinking Uh-oh and 2-0 down in the second thats it for me, Im gonna get some work done after all! Then all change he starts hitting that fh then third set gets up a game, broken back, gets up a game, broken back, no wonder they were both exhausted and I can totalluy understand the high and then the low of the fourth set.

    Nole after hiding his head under a towel and eating something (dont know what thats all about and Im not saying its illegal, its obviously an upper of some kind he just doesnt want anyone to get on to his secret!), anyways he comes out for the fourth and you can see the difference in them both, Murray head down, you would think Nole had won the third.

    Incredible come back in the fifth, some of the hitting, esp Murray was sublime, had Nole all over the shop.

    I would also say its interesting to see his service patterns, always swerve serve to Noles fh then on the odd important points bang dtl or out wide. Interesting, very Nadal-esque. Also they were high % serves even tho his %rate was a pretty average but better than normal 60%, not often did he keep trying to hit the 130mph. Both need to work on a speedy but safe second swerve serve, the slow kicker on these courts gets mullered.

    At the end I could hardly move my legs, finding I have to sit still in the same position for him to win, unfortunately my leg started to twitch at the end, hence his loss....I apologise to one and all, if only I remained still, Murray would be in the final!
     
  23. Power Player

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    Gads, they are selling those Wilson Pro Tours at my local shop for nothing right now so let me know if you like it and I can try and buy some for you.
     
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    I've had it in my sig ever since I found out Lendl was his new coach.

    Murray missed a great opportunity. The next time he'll see an opportunity like this will be at the US open and anything can happen until then. RG is ruled out.. agreed?.. and at Wimby.. I think the pressure is too great there... better hard-court player than grass anyway.
     
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    So here's the real question re: BLX95 - anyone tried a leather+OG on it? I am thinking I might like it....a little extra weight might do a racquet good...
     
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    I read your other post. You didn't like the hybrid grip? I had mixed feelings at first but I think that it actually provides the benefits of both with the thinness and inner feel of leather while giving just the right amount of cushion. I will probably pull the leather grip off of the PSLtd that I just got and replace with the hybrid.

    That being said, it all depends on which leather grip you are using. Babolat leather is good and one of my friends had a Volkl on his that felt very nice as well. It is all a matter of preference.
     
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    One thing I love about the Pro Hybrid is that it matches up perfectly with Tourna grip..just like real leather does. Synthetics dont always give me that thin feel that I like, but the Tourna works perfectly.
     
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    It's not that I didn't like the grip so much as I hated how it was wrapped. It left the buttcap slightly exposed, which would mean I'd be in pain all match from the plastic rubbing on my palm. I did buy another hybrid, and a Dunlop leather (which is really a nice leather grip).

    I may try putting on the new hybrid with it wrapped how I want it to be and start there. At least then, we're apples to apples with the frame before I start tweaking too much.
     
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    I got ya now. I know what you mean about that. I'm really particular about how my grips are installed because, to me it makes a huge difference.
     
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    I listened to it on 5 Live in my van. Actually very exciting on the radio, great commentary, very intense at times. Would have been great to have the pictures with the radio commentary, I've done that with footy before and its really good.

    Gutted for Muzza BUT it sounds like he's taken some positive mental steps forward, he came close today, match was good enough to be the final. I just hope we're not disappointed on Sunday AM with a knackered Nole and a bouncing Rafa. Should be a cracker if they both play up.........

    On a side note, anybody noticed the gap that seems to be growing between the top 4 and the rest? Almost guaranteed top 4 seeds left in every slam now.

    (I could do with some of Nole's uppers...........they sound fantastic! ;-)
     
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    Those 120mph 2nd serves reminded me of Soderling at RG 3 years back when he took out Rafa. He was really going for it. Thought it might come back to bite Nole in the @$$ but never really did.

    Nole def felt better after his excursion under the towel. Maybe he was sneaking a toke :twisted:
     
  32. Fed Kennedy

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    It is such a close call between the 95 and 98. Kind of like how you were talking about the prestige mid vs mp.

    I was really impressed by the solid pop coming out of the 98. However I much prefer the smoother faster handling of the smaller frame. Feel aside, I think I might be able to play to a higher standard with the 98. It was giving me similar performance to the tec 320, which I think is the frame that I can play my best tennis with. Its the forgiveness.
    Funwise though, I can hit more goat shots with the 95...like fed frames thats a big part of tennis for me, just having fun and being creative out there.
    I think its a good sign that both sticks played great with lame string...its only going to get better with top notch poly.
    As an aside, I love the yonex dampener. Great feel.
     
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    haha yeah.....it looks like a block of skunk :)

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    Eating mystery goo under a towel is a bad look for a world #1...
     
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    Question for you N and BLX 6.1 95 veterans: How would you compare the feel of the N6.1 to the BLX6.1? I've hit the BLX but never the N. Does the N, being braided graphite/kevlar, feel at all similar to the PS85 or K90 (I'm reaching hard here, I know.)?
     
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    Between the Fed-Nadal and then last night's Match of the Tournament, I've been a walking zombie lately. Sleep patterns totally obliterated.

    Much appreciated, my good man. Will keep that in mind, though I'm predicting that none of the wild card frames will catch too much of my interest away from the Prestige. But we'll see. "Wild Card throw-ins" was how I discovered and fell for the Ace. Just want to make sure the Pro Tour isn't in fact a beefier Prestige/Ace with a Wilson handle. That would be goaty. Way back when I remember a stringer at a shop who was all over the Pro Tour, told me it was his favorite stick, and yet somehow I never followed up with a demo. Me: not demoing something. Imagine.

    Interesting stuff on the 95 v 98. Looking at specs you'd think the two frames would play very differently (98 with the much lower SW). I believe playtester Brittany goats the V100, if I remember correctly. And... totally agree on the Yonex damp. I use it in my 7G because the usual Sampras O often flies off of the 7G during play, an annoyance I don't worry about with the Yonex one. Like the O, doesn't mute the feel of the bed too much, either.
     
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    Looks like we found the culprit who stole Fed's basalt bars.

    How crazy was it to see Novak doubled over, sucking air, after Murray took him on some of those rally rides? Such a rare sight to see Novak pushed to that limit these days. Awhile ago, sure, but not anytime recently.
     
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    Yon men, i always found the rdis 200 to be the most intriguing of the yonex sticks. Read that it lacks some put away boom on serve, but it always seemed like a nice option in terms of comfort if i needed that again.

    But the new ivonavic frame looks like it would be the one for you to demo. Nice specs, sick pj..am i wrong?
     
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    Yep. Tis why it's in the box. Besides the Prestige, the Xi 98 is the one I'm most interested in. Love the specs. And, good thing about both the Prestige and Yonex, they just put them up for demo the other day so I've got my hopes up for a pretty fresh stringjob, if not a new one. Box arriving Monday. Will file my reports throughout the week.

    Re: the 200, was watching that TW review and Sean absolutely obliterates a FYP forehand winner about midway through, then follows it up with a backhand screamer a few seconds later. I will try to channel my inner Hammer.
     
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    So, Shazza or Azza?

    The mind boggles.......:shock:
     
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    I'll guess Azza. Can't stand the grunting, though, from both players. And as a Polack I have serious beef (or, em, kielbasa) with Sharapova's recent 'isn't she back in Poland' quip on Radwanska.
     
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    I missed that.......at least the new #1 will be a current GS champion.

    I'm not really bothered which one wins TBH, though I wouldn't mind being the filling in that sandwich!;-)
     
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    Dear Diary...

    The big match up of PD+ Swirl and BLX 95 yesterday afternoon posed some questions I haven't quite answered and left me bogged down in deliberations.

    As I've said repeatedly, I just love the real ARod stick from the baseline (special note about the 2hbh - it's awesome!), and for serving. Like the 3 other XL frames I've hit with over the years (Rad Tour Twirl Tube, PSTGT, and PC+ Swirl), something about the small addition in length etc really 'fits' me in the sense that serves have just that bit more of everything (my serve hasn't been this consistent in ages), and groundies have that steady, easyish, topspin-friendly, through-the-court penetration and heavy ball that I always seek out in any frame (and seldom find.) The fact that with Tour Bite it felt/played just so, how can I put it? "Oh yeah, baby!" should also be noted.

    On the other hand, over the last few weeks I've realized this rack can seem both a bit weak, and a bit slow, on ROS. It can be overpowered. It can definitely seem imprecise and not exactly pinpoint in it's control and targeting. My all court/up in the air play has been absolutely appalling (okay, not my game but I'm not usually this bad!) But my main thing, the biggie, is in the area of my now familiar obsession - how in sync with (or not, as the case may be) I am with the balance/weighting... how sweet is the the thing swinging for me?... can I really tee off?... is that rhythm and fluency and timing down with the frame?... OR IS IT A BIT OUT OF SYNC AND YOUR FIGHTING THE RACKET A BIT?... I fear this is the case with the Bab.

    With the BLX (and, yes, I haven't played this in 2 weeks and more and have had a lot of court-time with the Bab), it didn't have quite the same addictive b-line and serve all around crushing kabooming brilliance of the PD+. I've long been thinking the 100" head-size suits me better, and this certainly has me wondering about this again.

    Something else, something not wholly unimportant... the BLX was freshly strung with Iontech... I am not a fan.

    But re precision and control, solidness, more all court, volleys, etc, the BLX is undoubtedly more impressive. And re 'the biggie', ie being more in tune and finding better fluency and on your toes and for teeing off and just being in sync with the swing etc (ahem) - the BLX, fairly quickly TBH, started to do the business. I felt I was swinging more dynamically and easily and just felt more like the frame was the proverbial 'extension of my arm.'

    So... to keep at it with the PD+ in the hope that the missing sweet swinging synchronicity with the frame will eventually happen just through devoted and singular use? Or is probably never going to be the case, so therefore just go to the Wilson as sweet swing synchronicity is already there and the other elements can probably follow?
     
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    I'm hoping Gruntarenka will beat Shriekapova, but we'll have to wait and see....
     
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    Sharapova is just screaming. It's not grunting its bloody screaming as loud as she can to distract the opponent.
     
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    Just a reminder: no spoilers in this thread, so no one mention any results until a little more time passes.

    Ross: could be that I'm still delirious from the late night Novak-Andy battle, but I'm a touch confused by your post. Are you saying the Roddick stick crushes like you want it to crush but doesn't swing very well/comfortably? While the BLX swings easily for you, but isn't hitting the ball that well?

    Two pretty beastly sticks, there. Maybe you're struggling with the weight compared to your normal bats? Could have just been a bad day at the office, too. How do these compare to your other Swirly (was it a Pure Control?) that you so loved not that long ago?
     
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    I hate to beat a dead horse, but yeah, it's just ridiculous. It so irks me that they don't do it in practice or warm-ups, and then just turn it on when play starts. Give me a break. ... Also can't stand the fact that I'm hearing young kids doing it on some courts now. Which makes me want to throw them.
     
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    Right then, Nole or Rafa?

    I think Rafa'a due one........
     
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    They should set a decibel limit on the grunting.

    I swear you don't need to scream, at least azarenka's one sounds somewhat legit. Sharapova is just screaming her lungs open.

    They should make it your only allowed to exhale sharply, not scream super high.
     
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    I blame Monica Seles........if she had been stopped from screaming we wouldn't be moaning about it now.
     

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