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

  1. Chyeaah

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    Oh well, Women's tennis just just unforced errors. Men's is more fun to watch. Especially Tomic and Dolgopolov's unorthodox game.
     
  2. JGads

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    I feel like Rafa wants this one so much more. Which could push it to a four or five setter. But, in the end, Novak has too much game.

    I just want it to be a great one, no matter the result.
     
  3. JGads

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    Women's tennis is so awful right now. Just feels so watered down with no true 'greats,' just a bunch of 'goods.' The men's game is the complete opposite. In love with the men's game at the moment. So many great players, GOAT contenders, and some awesome up-and-comers. I'm praying for another Tomic-Dolgo matchup this season. That was too much fun.
     
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    No, the slice exchanges was so boring.

    I want to see Tomic set up some people.
     
  5. JGads

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    Any of you guys ever try Big Hitter Silver or Silver Rough? I recall loving how the Silver crisped up the feel of a soft Donnay stick I had awhile back, but haven't revisited the string since. Want to order up a set to try out again as I remembered it being very controlled and crisp feeling. On that note, though, I never tried Silver Rough, so just curious if any of you have tried Silver or Silver Rough, compared them, etc.

    Once next week's demo week is over, I'll be in the mood to try some string experiments with my sticks and thought I'd give the Silver another go. Also want to try finally throwing the NVy set I have into something, just to see.
     
  6. Ross K

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    PD+ crushes ball - but I'm slightly fighting the frame, not quite in the groove with the swing and in sync with it, it's indeed a bit hefty.

    Balance and weighting of BLX means it's much easier for me to get the timing down and tee off and get to the ball mega-quick. But, no, it doesn't crush the ball in quite the same way as the Bab.

    As I said, just wondering do I stay focussed on the Bab in the hope that that fluid timing, ability to swing fast, etc, will come with enough time and devotion? Or just forget it - it ain't happening now and it probably won't be happening in a month from now, so stick with the BLX - this already swings sweetly for you!

    Does that make sense?
     
  7. PED

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    R: don't forget that it's tricky to switch between an XL stick and a standard length one. When I moved to the plus apd 18 months back, it took a while to sort out my swing.

    Another thing is to choke up slightly ala Fish and Tsonga (on groundies but not serve) I tried that technique off both wings and it gives you alot of leverage in your hand.
     
  8. mad dog1

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    i've got a set of BHS that i'll be trying next.
     
  9. Power Player

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    Gads, definitley try the hexonic in the blx. I cant recommend that enough for feel and amazing pocketing. Use the red color.

    Ross, if u want more power out of the blx ( be careful what u wish for) go natty gut mains and poly crosses. I swear it Hits as big as any stick i have ever use this way. I too am not jiving with the iontec. I just lose the ball too much in the stringbed, and its a real Shame.
     
  10. ryushen21

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    Today was a mixed bag hitting with the PSLtd GT. I absolutely love this frame in terms of feel and off the ground is an epic groundie pounder. I was able to really hit that driving flat forehand that I love and my 2hbh was grooving nicely. The slice bh was good but not exceptional. And there was the accuracy. When I teed up one the confidence was there to put it exactly where I wanted. Serve returns were great and very stable (the added lead helped those).

    However, I could not find my serve with a GPS. My first serve kept sailing long on me even when I adjusted my toss and my timing and I could not get my kick or slice serves going either. Admittedly, I haven't seriously hit in a while so I may just need some time to get readjusted.

    The BLX arrives Monday and I'm having both frames restrung with my favorite SP Tornado 17. I'm going to use the same lead setup that I used on the Wilson demo frame that I had (4g @ 10 and 2 and 4g in the handle) although I may skip the handle lead to make the frame a little less headlight (if it comes in higher than 9 pts).

    And I'm skipping the other demos. Too much temptation.
     
  11. JGads

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    Welcome to the PSL, my friend. A controlled dream of a stick on groundies. A wilted flower on serve. Lead doesn't cure it. Super low tensions help, but don't save it. I tried forever to make that frame work on serve. Never could.
     
  12. el sergento

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    The BLX is crisper. The N has a very dampened, mushy feel that is either love or hate. The N is more solid and stable, and there's not a bad vibe to be found.

    Overall though, depending on the specs, you can't go wrong with either.
     
  13. JGads

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    Interesting. I wonder what you'll think. I remember loving the string but I love crispiness so you might not like it as much as Iontec. Though I don't recall BHS being harsh.

    Which gauge of the hexonic? And would you recommend full bed or hybrid (w NVy)?

    Also, just saw that hexonic is a Genesis string, which brought to mind yet another string I once played with just once (got it in a string trade) but really, REALLY dug: Genesis SpinX. Only thing, though, it was silver back then and now it's red in color, and I wonder if that changes the characteristics at all.
     
  14. Ross K

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    PED,

    Re your first point, yes, I know it's insanity in a way as the frames are so different. Re your 2nd, if I do choose to keep looking at the PD+ Swirly, I'll definitely try to choke up the grip more.


    PP,

    I'll keep that in mind re natty gut/poly hybrid. TBH I'm kind of tentative about what to string it with next and could even opt for Silverstring full bed as the first time I played the BLX I thought the feel/power/spin combo with SS was excellent. That said, playing the freshly strung PD+ yesterday reminded me of how and why this string blew me away when I first discovered it. Balancing out that thought though is I found the N95 a tad jarring with TB... hmm.


    All,

    Following on from yesterday's brutal Muzza/Nole, Head Pro-stock VS Head pro-stock, mega slug-fest at the Oz (still so impressed by Andy - and how pleasing was it to see this renowned 'passive' player going for it full on with those flat nailers eh?!... 49 winners, was it?!), I've been trying to banish certain unhealthy thoughts from mind... I do still have that TGK PresPro lying around somewhere. :roll::)
     
  15. JGads

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    Seems like you tried forever to make that thing work for you somehow and you never could. I'd pass. Usually when you revisit frames that didn't work for you in the past, you only rediscover why they didn't work for you in the past.
     
  16. Ross K

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    Quoted for truth. Fear not, I won't add to my racketaholic woes!:)
     
  17. Power Player

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    Gads i would try the 1.27. The 1.18 died on me today after 6 hours. So the string does not last too long on that gauge, but you should get 8 hours out of it in 1.27.

    Id try it in a full job just to see how you like it. It has a rubbery, crisp feel that compliments the blx so well.

    Got my cofocus in so i am going to cut out the dead hexonic and string the gut tighter this time. I played like crap today, but my serves are starting to get really nasty and that is rather encouraging.
     
  18. ryushen21

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    Interesting. I was thinking, since I need to get lead for the BLX anyway, that I would redo the setup on the PSL and put 8g across the top of the hoop for a totally polar setup. I'm already a little frustrated but not quite ready to throw in the towel.

    However, if it's easy hitting with the BLX like it was with the demo, this may be a very quick choice.
     
  19. Power Player

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    The blx smokes the psl. You really need to be an advanced player, like open level or higher to constantly hit heavy balls with that stick. Is just a lot of stick unless tou have serious footwork and leverage into every shot.

    Bad call and i hit with one of the pros here today and he was loving the gut/poly setup. He said it would take him a week to get used to it, but he believes it forces you to swing nice and relaxed like federer and not muscle the ball like nadal does. I agree with him, and it is just really tough to play with at this low of a tension in a match situation. My cofocus came in today so i am going to string the next gut setup tighter and see if that helps.
     
  20. ryushen21

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    If there is no serve there is no game. I already have a feeling how this will turn out.
     
  21. Power Player

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    If it helps, i switched to the blx because of how well it serves. I could not get the serve going with the exo consistently.
     
  22. PED

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    I know of one guy I hit with that effectively wields the PSL. He's an Open level player. Great feeling stick but SO much work required on each point. Gads is right, lead doesn't help :) I tried 6g at the tip of mine. It raised the SW but didn't do anything for the power level. It's almost a stick that plays nice stock: use the HL balance to generate some serious stick speed. It's got awesome directional control.

    You could also change out the leather for synthetic, dropping 6g from the handle weight and maybe throw some on at 10/2 to get some oomph. Meags is the one to ask on that. I like his idea of putting some at the top of the handle and 10/2 as well.
     
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  23. JGads

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    Yep, same experience. The PSL always played best stock. Weight didn't add enough plow to be too noticeable, so you might as well have max stick speed.

    Hopefully, Ry, you get a well balanced 6.1. And on serves, just get ready to enjoy. You may have an initial break-in period where you can't find the box because it's such an adjustment in pop, but once you find a serving groove with the 6.1, you can cause damage to the back fence.

    The maddening part, though, is that you might find yourself far more comfortable with the exceptional groundie control of the PSL. I've been there before. Ultimately, though, I realized I just had to have SOME service boom to win matches.
     
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  24. ryushen21

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    Believe me, I know how good the 6.1 can be. I tested the new one and loved it and still wish I hadn't sold my nCode. I had made up my mind but a random hit with a friend's PSL is what started this whole predicament.

    I need it to be Monday already so I can hit the BLX.
     
  25. JGads

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    Only predicament is that I swear the playtest 6.1 swung lighter than my blx, which I think is creating some of my issues with the stick now. Still rockets the serves, though. Will look forward to your reports.

    Sounds like a busy holic week for a few of us on this thread.
     
  26. Ross K

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    RHs,

    Still in a bit of a quandary. I think my heart's more with the PD+ Swirls and my brain is saying BLX.

    It's a funny frame, I mean these specs should make it like a tweener nudging towards 'player's frame' imo - not too onerous you'd think...

    Head Size: 100 sq. in. / 645 sq. cm.
    Length: 27.50 inches / 69.85 cm
    Strung Weight: 11.2oz / 318 g
    Balance: 6pts HL
    Swing Weight: 330 (or a bit more I'd say)
    Beam Width: 0.0mm
    Tip/Shaft: 22.0mm / 25.0mm
    Composition: Graphite / Kevlar
    Power Level: Low-Medium
    Stiffness: 70
    String Pattern: 16 Mains/19 Crosses
    Main Skip: 8T,8H
    String Tension: 50-66


    But can definitely feel a bit bulky or unwieldily though, especially re more all court play. Has to be the small addition in length surely?

    Anyhow, I'm going to continue checking these out and see if I can't find myself getting tuned into them better. From the b-line and on serve - and with full TB - the frame is just a relentless oomph machine!:)
     
  27. Meaghan

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    Personally I never found the extra half an inch a problem with manoeuvrability. Where I did have a problem and up can only talk about the roddick here was the beam width, side and plan, infact I've had the same problem with the pc and pstgt too come to think about it, they just don't move thro the air and in hand whilst on the move.

    Waifs like us rossy need something a touch more delicate unless you are not venturing forward and joining the meatheads (local slang for pumping iron enthusiasts) at the back.
     
  28. Ross K

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    Meags,

    You could have a point... I'm not sure if I could experiment with mods/set up a bit? Doubt that's the answer. (BTW I use a Bab synth grip and an OG.)


    And about PEDs post earlier...
    What exactly does this mod achieve?
     
  29. prostaff junkie

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    I think lead at 10 and 2 raises the sweetspot a bit and increases SW a bit (I suppose depending on how much lead you're adding). I tried this with my BC20's and it worked quite well and didn't seem to significantly effect the balance of the frame.

    Lead on the handle? Not too sure, maybe it increases plough through?
     
  30. JGads

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    Interesting specs. Do you feel that you've gotten jammed on some shots? (putaway forehands that suddenly are in on your body, and you're not putting them away?).. If so, then it's that added half inch that just might not be your bag. However, I had some of this when I first started with the 7G and STILL occasionally have a shot like that once or twice or even three times in a match, but it's gotten easier and easier over time. So much so that I can now move straight to my 7G from my Ace and really not feel much of an adjustment (credit this to the nearly identical static weight/sw they both share).

    ... Some Saturday boredom took me out to the courts today with a hopper of balls just to work on some serves for a few minutes. On the adjacent court, two pretty impressive blokes were swinging away. I looked in their hands and giggled: a BLX 90 vs. an APD. The result of the last decade. To their credit they could both swing quite well and were having some awesome points. I was totally stick stalking the 90, as the dude wielding it was hitting such beautiful, crisp, heavy balls with such ease. Sound of contact was so sweet, too. Made me think of just how much I adore my 85 but just can't deal with it in match play, but how GOATy the Wilson box beam is, and gave me a total racquetholic thought: 'I wonder IF you could order an Amp 90 with the lowest weight/swingweight combo (as that other thread is discussing), or order a 95 with the highest SW possible), and make it work?' But I must squash thoughts of such foolishness and get onto the other foolishness, to be delivered by UPS by end of the day Monday. Looking forward to revisiting the intriguing Prestige MP and, to a lesser extent, the Yonex Xi 98.

    Meanwhile, this first set has looked pretty amateurish thus far, nervy shanks and long mishits. Sure it'll pick up, but you just don't see the errors from these guys that we're seeing so far. Weird. Makes me feel a little better about my tennis, actually.
     
  31. JGads

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    About this, uhm, yeah, never mind.
     
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    See, if I hadn't weighed the playtest 6.1, I never would have believed that it weighed in at 12.2 and stock it didn't feel like it should have had the weight of shot that it had. But it did. I only added 8g total weight to the frame but it made it even better. I am very curious to see how the BLX plays by comparison.

    On groundies, I have a feeling that it will be a very even game with the slight edge to the PSL but the serve will go to the BLX and more than likely the overall playability. Don't know whether or not I'll have it in me to get rid of the PSL though.
     
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    Swing speed may be an adjustment. The PSL rips through the zone quicker, but the 6.1 rips a bigger ball with less effort. I overhit more with the 6.1, but also pull more rabbit-out-of-the-hat shots with that power that steals some points.

    It's 7:14 a.m. Haven't slept because of The Match. Wow. Just .. wow.
     
  34. corners

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    Thank you.
     
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    I know what you mean. The running forehand with the 6.1 is almost unfair.
     
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    I used the original PSL for almost a year, and I had to add a grip of lead to get what I wanted from the ball, and as others mentioned, at that point, it felt good, but I still couldn't bash well enough to finish points. I could serve bombs with it (to be fair, I have yet to find a frame I can't serve well with), but without going to gut, I just didn't have enough gusto on the groundies for my tastes. Similar to what I'm going through with the Redondo right now - I love the feel and love how it serves, but I'm having trouble finishing points.

    On Friday, I hit about 3 balls with the 6.1 strung with Tech Multifeel, and I couldn't jive with how I had the grip set up. Put on a leather and an OG yesterday, and now the grip is much closer to what I'm used to. The balls that I hit had incredible dip, but I wasn't feeling it with the grip shape. Going to see if I can't find some court time later this week to run the 6.1 through its paces.
     
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    PP Hexaspin twist 1.25 @45lbs

    Continued with this string today...had 3hrs so that takes it to 4hrs played and tension has held very well. The hit the other day was just a casual knock putting myself and string thro its paces but today was 4sets of doubles, 1set of singles.

    Great from the off, spin is no better or worse than most stuff Ive tried including TB, what I did find and this worked well in singles was the whippy fh cc angle, the twisty string seemed to really help with this. The other stand out thing (although this is common with TB) is the side spin off the serve, it moves in the air then really kicks left. There's not much to say, its a quality string, good spin, great feel, stiffish but soft feel, power levels are really good.......

    It was hard going again today after a set or two the balls were so damn heavy and the weather was very cold that my usual feel for shots was exchanged for getting some beef behind the ball. Before that happened tho I had a singles game and the freedom from doubles meant I could open my shoulders and in the first game I hit four returns for clean winners. It got more difficult but this string really suited coming forward, slicing into the corners and following up at the net. It was just as happy banging away at the baseline. TBH I had no issues at all, felt every bit as good as my normal TB set up plus feel was up, volleys slightly nicer......£30 a reel, no contest.

    Looking forward to going back to Blackout at a later date but at this lower tension, it felt like a very controlled string but I strung it way to tight. I would definately recommend a reel of either at the price, have not hit with a better string or at least one that you can honestly say "now that is deserving of the price".

    Next up I think will be Pacific Poly Pro Black, good reviews and if its as described as a plush Pacific Poly Force then Im onto a winner. Its gotta be good to compare to a string that does an excellent job at basically £1.50 a stringjob.............
     
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  38. Ross K

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    Gads,
    You've got it, JG. Jammed up on occasions and just not so fluent and in sync with how it swings. By comparison, I played a set with the BLX - and for the previous fortnight I hadn't played it at all and had played the PD+ many times, practiced with it, etc - and I was quickly timing my shots and teeing off a whole lot better with the Wilson. Still think I prefer a bigger head-size. And the Iontech really didn't float my boat.

    Was watching it on and off over all those hours... wow X infinity!... and I thought the Muzza-Djoker match was intense? That was just a whole new level... incredible.
     
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    Ross, how about a 98? Yonex has a movement here, may be good for the backhand?

    Set the wilson up with another gut poly hybrid and strung it tighter and used co focus crosses. This is much better and eaiser to control. The tension is 58/53 so it came out close to 56#s. it take some time to get used to the feel of gut, but its got amazing ball feel at hight tensions. The spin is very aggressive too. I can finally scoop up low ballls close to the net and hit approaches . The feel is definitley a lot better and the ball just not feel as mushy as the lower tension setup. This is definitley a fantastic setup and i prefer the cofocus to the alu power in it a lot. I think a lot of you guys with blxs would love how it plays, it just some time to get used to the feel and u want to aim for a tension at 55 or a little higher.

    Main thing is that i realize switching strings messes up my game because the ball always feels different and i need consistency for a bit. So if this does not last long enough, i will probably take my 2 favorite strings: tour bite and nvy and hybrid them as my setup.
     
  40. Murray_fan1

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    Gents,

    Anyone hit with the Volkl Organix 10 325? I had a brief hit with this stick awhile back and remember it to very crisp for a Volkl (almost Wilson like). According to the beloved TMav this stick is has the pop of a 6.1 with spin of a APD and is uber comfortable . My recent foray with the Melbourne has me interested in this stick again. I never really had a chance to put it through the proper paces as I was on a bit of a bender with new sticks ( Tweener love as I recall)

    Any thoughts???
     
  41. JGads

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    Haven't. Seems interesting, though.

    In these parts, I'm afraid it's official: giving up on my blx 6.1. Played today with all of my bigger hitting boys in the bag, the 6.1, the 7G and even the Pro Staff 85. They were all strung with Iontec, so string wasn't a factor. (I am going to experiment with some non-Iontec here soon, as I'm missing some crispness)...

    Soon as I switched from the 6.1 to my 7G, I was immediately more comfy and 'in tune' again. I was controlling the heavy ball rather than the frame taking me for a ride that was sometimes exhilarating, sometimes bumpy. That's how it's been with me with the BLX: had about two or three exhilarating, amazing days where it blew me away, but the rest have been battles. I think it's the rigidity of the frame combined with the higher swingweight. My 7G I went to also has a mid 330 SW, but it has just a touch of softness/flex that seems to allow me to feel the ball better. Plus, the 16/20 pattern is solid. ... Even the 85, though heftier at 12.5, I could rip and keep it in SOOOOO much easier today. Again, that slightly softer feel. Box beam magic.

    So, my PKs are just more tuned to me still, and even the IG Prestige MP I just felt so much more comfy with swinging away than the 6.1. So, must sadly leave the chugging, runaway 6.1 train on the thread. At some later date I may revisit the upcoming version since the lower swingweight of that vs. this frame seemed SO much easier for me to handle.

    PP, was going to hit you up to see if you were interested my 6.1, but I think you're set with a couple of these along with the upcoming one, right? Just making sure.
     
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    I'm actually gonna try one out tomorrow night. Will report back after the hit :D
     
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    Gads, i am good but thanks man. Ill probably go for the 3rd as the new version and see how it is before i pair it up. am interested in how the yonex sticks compared to the blx though. I have demo credit at my shop until the new blx comes out so i may cash in on it and try some. You guys are raving about them and i have rarely hit with one.

    It seems like the highest reviewed one is the wozniaki stock.
     
  44. Ross K

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    Re the Yonex - maybe, maybe not, honestly would need to investigate this one further... besides, not through with the BLX yet, not at all!

    As mentioned previously, not sure what to restring the BLX with next, and I'm feeling cautious shall we say. So, I'm going to give the Iontec another outing to see if I don't prefer it to my first disappointing hour or so. If still not happy though, that will be removed and replaced by either Silverstring (which I liked i it previously), TB, or a hybrid - and I also may also go for the Nvy if that's the case as I liked it plenty in the Exo.


    All,

    By all accounts, it's a shame re the new Pres Pro... You all know my travails with the YTPP and TGKPP, my love of past great Head MPs... something with more oomph, spin, better build perhaps... is that too much to ask?... probably.:wink:
     
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    Have always loved Yonex sticks, though never played with any full time. They've always been 'great but not THE one' because of something or another that held me back. Awesome build quality, though, often (not always) a good full feel and, a biggie, I've always loved the long Yonex grip that seems to give extra leverage and comfort for the two-hander.

    What's funny for me is the VCore craze, because that's the one line I didn't at all connect to when I tried it. Hit with the 95 and 98 when they first came out, had been looking so forward to the 95 given the awesome specs, but the frame felt like a rock or a frying pan to me. Just no give. Granted I remember HATING the string that was in the frame (I believe it was hollow core, which I hate even more than Sharapova's grunting). But now people are talking about how it's softer than the 6.1 and (according to one poster) softer even than a Prestige MP (granted the Youtek version was tinny). This feedback just confuses me, because as rigid as the 6.1 line is, I thought the VCore was even more rock-like. So.. I must have had a way-too-tight stringjob of a harsh string.

    IG MP, two nicely specced Yonex frames (xi 98, 200) and a yellow Wilson will arrive tomorrow. Full week of tennis madness is on the schedule.
     
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    The O10 325 hits great with a multifilament string. Very nice and crisp volleys and great control. Excellent slices too.
     
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    Has Nadal ever hit bigger in a match? 3 grams...he went over 100mph on quite a few shots. He even hit a bh at 90 plus.
     
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    Beauty of a quote from Rafa:

    “When you are with passion for the game,” Nadal said, “when you are ready to compete, you are able to suffer and enjoy suffering, no?"

    But it isn’t just a feeling you have on a tennis court, and it isn’t something, in Rafa’s mind, that only star athletes can understand. It’s there for anyone who tries for something greater.

    “I don’t know if I express it very well,” he went on, “but is something that maybe you understand. So today I had this feeling, and is really a good one. I enjoyed. I suffered during the match, but I enjoyed all the troubles that I had during all the match.

    “I enjoyed. I tried to be there, to find solutions all the time. I played a lot with my heart and lot with my mind, that’s something that is nice to be around, and [it’s not just about] tennis.”

    ... Seriously, I'm still just in awe of that match. Lots of juvenile flame throwing in other threads, and not enough sheer appreciation for what we're in the midst of seeing right now: the Big 4, all great, each with their intriguing story lines, pushing each other - and the sport - higher and higher. I hope the rest of the year is as amazing as this AO proved to be.
     
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    That backhand was ridiculous. Just stupid.

    I love 3 grams at 12, I do it to a lot of my sticks, actually. To me I always notice more of a difference with lead at 12 than putting lead at 3 and 9.
     

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