Diary of a Racketaholic

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

  1. alidisperanza

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    Yes, check the ProKennex Black Ace 93 11.6oz. Very similar.

    And No, the radicals are decidedly different from the prestige even with Pb
     
  2. Fed Kennedy

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    Headsize: 100
    Weight: 11.7 strung
    Balance: 6 pts headlight
    Length: 27 in.
    String pattern: 16x19 wide open
    Flex: 65
    Sw: 325
    Paint: mostly black...
     
  3. Ross K

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    It's been a few weeks now and counting (see signature)... anyone else want to write their own 'Diary of A Racketaholic'? :) ... if this keeps up I'm well and truly cured!... ... "Halleluyah!"... "Glory be!"... "Praise the Prestige!"...:roll:


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  4. ryushen21

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    Good on you Ross. Enjoy settiling in with those frames.

    Now just promise me that if you ever find yourself in a drunken stupor/fit of madness/lack of cash or generally compromised state and decide to part ways with that PT630 that I will get a quick message so that I can take it off your hands. Lol.

    In all seriousness though, I think that you'll find yourself looking for another TGK 238.5 because there is nothing like being able to pick up that second frame and know that it is going to feel exactly like other.
     
  5. Meaghan

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    Sounds good Ross. Has your game got a little more consistent?

    A good sign is that you only take those rackets to the court. I've recently stopped taking the revs the rads the custom vts the pt's the pc's and the er no there's nothing else in my super racket bag which i like to call a car :)

    Stringaholics and gripaholics has been sorted too with the new Wilson hybrid grip + og and a couple of solinco strings.

    Playing great consistent stuff and leading my singles league but where's the fun in that when i could be playing turd with a new racket, crawling flea bay for another find.........
     
  6. junk

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    hi Ross. my apologies if you mentioned it before (didn't want to go through 28 pages of the thread), but did you modify your YTPP retail with lead or anything else so it resembles your pro stick?. thanks!
     
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    One of the best posts I've seen in a long time. Well done, sir.
     
  8. Power Player

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    I'm still all about my PSTs so I can't really contribute that much either. Feel plays a major factor in the racquet search IMO.
     
  9. Fed Kennedy

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    Ross,
    Say it ain't so! Someone has to keep this thread going...
     
  10. Overheadsmash

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    I'm hitting really well with my Kneissl Black Star and Lux Savage string.

    Picked up a Dunlop Aerogel 4D 300 and will be stringing that baby up with some black widow 17 - full report later!
     
  11. JGads

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    Allow me...

    Well, once my demo order arrives, that is:

    Here's the status: Taking that Yonex Ti 80 Lite out for a second test spin. Continuing to fiddle with my Donnay Dark Red (I'm losing hope; haven't been able to recapture the absolute magic of a full bed of Big Hitter Silver, so just ordered another set of that to try and repeat it; stick is still pretty sick, but the feel, oh the feel, if only I can recapture a semblance of feel). Picked up a cheap used Vantage 95 a week ago and - HEllo! - now THAT is some feel, quite intrigued, a good first date. And I just returned from a chain sporting goods store where I stumbled upon an absolutely ridiculous deal on some (BARELY used) demos: mixed in with KSurges and the like, I found a K90 and K95, each in 9/10 condition, for $25 a piece (what!?), and a brand new, handle-wrapped, fully strung KTour 95 (had always intrigued me) for $60. Feeling like a bandit I snatched those up, most likely just to trade/sell them off down the road.

    How's that for racquetholism? At this moment I'm probably the Charlie Sheen of this thread.

    Bottoms up.
     
  12. Fed Kennedy

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    Charlie, I mean... jgads. That ktour is a good racquet. I also bought a used stick on a whim for 30 bucks. 03 white original. It was sitting in a bin almost mint. It felt really good in the hand, so I said what the hell, let's try it.
     
  13. JGads

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    ^^^^

    Yep, the KTour has always been so intriguing and I know it's pretty well regarded (even started soliciting for it in trade talks for other sticks), so I was thrilled to run into a brand new one for cheap, along with the ridiculous deal on the KFactors. Often reading about people finding steals on these boards, so it felt good being me for once (of course, this is still nothing compared to those who have found PC 600s or PS 85s at Goodwill and such). Had to kill time in a different side of town and went into the store to get overgrips, and then made the discovery in the racquet section. I'll give the KTour one hit with the Wilson Sensation that's in there now to get a feel for the frame but then probably restring it with Volkl Cyclone.

    Unfortunately the KTour and the demo order, which is supposed to arrive tomorrow or the day after, I believe, comes at a bad time: supposed to rain for most of the next week, apparently. Hope the weatherman gets it wrong.
     
  14. Ross K

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    No, my TGK, aside from sillicone handle, just has lead @ 12, and therefore my heavier retail has enough inherent weight really, and so just a bit on @ 12 to attain that similar polarized whippiness. Both have Hydrasorbs on after attempts to gel with the leather grip failed... BTW: I'm in the region of a static weight of 344g and a balance of 32.3cm (and this does include overgrip and strung with poly.)


    JG, Fed, other,

    Great to see the old racketaholic pages still being written!:wink:


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  15. junk

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    Ross,

    Thanks for the info. I've been demoing Head YTPP over the last few days and really like it (I am a Head YTP Mid user.. . among others...). This morning, I decided to put little lead at 12 (1-2 grams) and noticed immediate improvement in power and pop. So I ordered 2 racquets right away. I should switch to the YTPP appreciation thread now... And probably sign up for an Anonymous Racketaholic Club because my collection is getting bigger :oops:
     
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    Hi! My name is Hankenstein and i´m a Racketholic! It started when i got my first real daytime work and haven´t stopped since....

    My current status; I use a customized Head MG Radical mp that i still haven´t lost a single tournament match with. I have won 2 league-games, one singel tournament and 1 doubles moneytournament, and i absolutely love the feel of it...

    B u t..

    I still ordered 4 new Head Youtek Speed MP 16/19 just because i wanted to see if the more open string pattern would improve my spin even more. Didn´t like the feeling of that frame in stock form though... So my mind went to Head Youtek Prestige Pro! Now i´m waiting for 3 of those and as soon as they arrive i will remove the pallets and install TK82S pallets.

    Over the last year I have tried more then 20 different new models
     
  17. JGads

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    Group: HI HANKENSTEIN!

    ... but really, you need to stop this right now. What in the world are you doing trying other racquets if you've truly had that kind of success with the Radical? Stick with them. The Radicals are great.
     
  18. Ross K

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    To quote from the great Confucious himself:

    Confucious For Dummies, Chapter 13 - of wine, loose woman, racketaholics, and surviving the wife's parents over the holiday season...

    "It is not one's job to question the ways of the noble racketaholic, for though they seem at odds with what is held as customary, and sometimes most hard to understand, the racketaholic must be allowed to explore and test out out all the known rackets of mankind itself until verily the sacred, immortal, golden frame is located; and, whilst one hand holds up one's overflowing beer tankard, the other does, finally, clench and bear unto the world... 'The One!... ":roll:

    [​IMG]

    BTW... Ancient scholars have long been of the opinion that beneath his cascading robes and gown, when this picture was commisioned, Confucious was in the practice of hiding somewhere upon his person a PC600... :wink:


    :)



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  19. JGads

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    ^^^^

    Pretty much the post of the year for me right there. I'll simply back away for the moment and let it shine.
     
  20. soyizgood

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    I know I have enough racquets. Still, I'm tempted to go after a couple of racquets if the price is right.

    Babolat Pure Storm (GT) (specs look good for me and it'll be my 1st Babolat)
    Dunlop Aerogel 4D 300 (with the right strings this might be as good or better than my AG 300)
    Wilson nTour Two 95(had two of these before, but I probably wasn't skilled enough to use them right at the time.. might buy it back from a friend or do a trade)
    Dunlop 400g (just to say I have one of each series: m-Fil 400, AG Smoke)

    Making matters worse is I'm torn between the AG 300 and the m-Fil 400 as my main stick.
     
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  21. TheBoom

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    I'm eternally grateful for dunlop because since i have to use their stuff i'm pretty limited on what i can use and helps control this adiction :)
     
  22. JGads

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    Dear Diary,

    Pretty sure I hit Rock Bottom in my racquetholism today. Story has a happy ending, but I really let it get a bit out of hand, changing sticks not once but twice (and to three different racquets) during my first league match of the season. Really wanted to stick with one racquet from start to finish this season, but wasn't able to do this Final Round of demoing until this week.

    Good news is, after choking away a first set lead and NEARLY doing the same in the second set, it was my second switch, to the custom Vantage 95 I picked up for cheap last week (to see what the Vantage fuss was about) that helped me to a second-set comeback and then a 6-2 win in the third set. Racquet feels so, so good. Not incredible in any one area, just solid in each one. In short, I see what the fuss is about with Vantage. Not sure if it's The One, but it definitely could be and I'm very happy I made the purchase to check this company out. Quality product, indeed.

    I came home pretty wiped but when a buddy then called asking if I wanted to hit, I said, um, ok! So after a refuel dinner, I actually had a great hitting session with him in which I checked out the Black Ace 93 for the first time, and, wow. Once again, it's a frame I threw in as an afterthought to a demo batch that completely has me in a tizzy upon first hit, but this one seemed a bit more special than the other great 'first hits.' The feel was positively sublime - soft feedback to the arm but a solid, THUMPY kind of hit. Reminded me a lot of the Vantage, actually.

    So in all, between a 2 1/2 hour match and then a 2 hour hitting session later, the frames I at one point or another tried today/tonight were:

    Wilson KTour 95 - hits a very mean ball and I love its potential, but I really need to get the pre-strung Sensation strings out of there, pronto.

    Yonex Ti 80 Lite - Just does everything well, has a nice crisp, raw feel, but might swing a little too light in stock form so I'll be tinkering with lead.

    Prince EX03 Tour 18/20 - Barely played with this tonight but man, it's just so easy to play with. Don't think it's The One because the feel isn't the best and the serve is a little underwhelming, but if I'm having an off day or feeling unwell, this is the stick I want in my hand. It's just effortless to swing. Favorite Prince frame of the last several years, hands down.

    Vantage 95 - So solid upon each hit. Can't seem to crush the aces/service winners that I'm used to, but consistency is good and the feel of the second serve is probably the best of any of these frames.

    Black Ace 93 - Amazed to say that if I had to choose TONIGHT, this is actually the one I'd go with. Has a solid, thumpy kind of feel that's actually a lot like the Vantage, but it hits with the accuracy of a Prestige Mid, or at least it did tonight. The lighter (11.7) static weight matched with the healthy 330-plus swingweight had me hitting such a wonderful variety - driving lasers, spinny loopers, easy block-backs, a few really great out-of-position flick backs and flick winners, great volleys. Honeymoon? Maybe. But of all the Honeymoon experiences I've had, this was the greatest first-hit I think I've ever had. After much rallying and rally-games of 15, we finished the night with a game of 15 (serving, alternating every 5) and while I wasn't hitting service bombs, I was able to keep enough pressure on and then I felt so comfy with every other stroke that I took the game, 15-4. That after playing a non-serve game of 21 and taking that 21-14. (and this is against a great player who beats me half the time, and has had the better hand lately)

    So a busy, busy day for this 'holic. Need this to be over soon, though, because I don't want to fall this low again with the three-racquets-in-one-league-match thing. That's just plain stupid and I realized it WHILE I was doing it, and yet, I couldn't stop myself. Somehow I survived it.

    So, this is Charlie Sheen, signing out. Until next time...
     
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  23. ryushen21

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    One of your best posts ever Ross.
     
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    Excellent!!!!!!!
     
  25. Ross K

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    ^^^ Thanks for the nice words, guys.

    Now then, did I tell you I hit with a few other frames whilst my TGK and YTPP were at the stringers this week... :roll:

    All right, before you all rush to welcome me back to the racketaholic fold :) , I have to say it just made me appreciate the range of qualities there is in the TGK/YTPP even more.

    And playing with my restrung PP today (with MSV Focus Hex btw @ 48s), it was all confirmed even more...

    Damn, these Head sticks feel so sweet and swing so primed and hit so solid... ooooh yeees!:cool:



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  26. nickynu

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    Ross where are your Vo2 320 t-fights .... did I miss an episode :-?
     
  27. Ross K

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    ^^^ For Nick (from some weeks back)...




    That's kind of my "review" actually!




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  28. nickynu

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    I think it depends on how you use it .... I imagine you were trying to look like this

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    Rather than this

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    LOL

    PS have your Vo2's gone :twisted:
     
  29. pyrokid

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    Well, I'm basically completely set on my radicals.

    I love 'em way too much now. Can't wait to try the innegra line, I doubt I'll switch but man am I looking forward to the new HEADs. The Innegra looks to be a pretty solid new line.
     
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    Pyro:.Did You get the YouTek Rad MP ??...and if so,...what do You think of it?? :)
     
  31. JGads

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    Get out of here with your nonsensical commitment, where you're limited to think only about your game and technique rather than your equipment. No room in here for that kind of madness.
     
  32. Ross K

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    Ha ha Nick!... no worries - I'll give you a shout if/when I want to sell the TF (only 1 of them btw.)



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    I took it out for a spin and thought it was pretty decent.
    Not the same level of feel as my Tis, but it has a decent bit more pop and the sweet spot seemed to be bigger. Also, it's weighted stock with a closer weight distribution to how I set up my radicals, so it felt nicer than other rads stock.
     
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    Ross: You have inspired me to run a few experiments regarding the placement of lead on the YT Prestige.

    I told you in an earlier post that lead placed at the 1-3 and 11-9 (3in or 4in strips starting at the grommet hole of the first cross string) works very well... however, you were pretty committed on placing the lead at the 12 position. You mentioned that the purpose of the lead was to increase the whippiness and increase the polarization... to which I agree is a worthy pursuit.

    Results of the Experiment: The results of placing 3 then 4 grams of lead at 12, and comparing the swing effects to placing 6 then 8 grams at the 1-3 and 11-9, confirm my earlier recommendation. The lead placed at the 1-3 and 11-9 delivered a much more stable stroke (less twist on off center shots than at the 12), a much better feeling of plow through that was more uniform throughout the entire string bed.

    As you know the Prestige is a very low powered, low swing weight, but incredible control racquet. These characteristics of the prestige are unique and the playability of this stick will be dramatically affected by the particular string setup, tension and placement of lead.

    When I first got the stick I had used various combinations of strings. Initially I too used full beds strung high (54-58)... but soon realized as you did that I had to string much lower (46-48) because of the nature of the Prestige... When I added the lead, the full bed of poly worked a lot better. However, I eventually went to a hybrid that was strung just over the mid (58) and found the perfect balance of control, feel, forgiveness and the additional power I needed to comfortably drive winners.

    With the hybrid, strung at a higher tension and the right placement of the lead... the Prestige really began to sing... I am now able to take a much stronger cut at the ball, generate much better topspin and drive the ball for clear winners.

    This higher tension hybrid/lead setup delivers some of the "controlled power" that others have found in the PSTGT while retaining the lighter, more flexible polarized feel that distinguishes the Prestige.
     
  35. Ross K

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    ^^^ backatcha,

    Fascinating stuff. I confess I'm tempted in many ways to look at different lead placements/amounts, etc, and I don't mind admitting your experiences and recommendations have definitely grabbed my attention. However, as I've been reminded by others lately, it has taken me ages to arrive at a set up I'm pretty happy with, and, for now at least, I just feel I should stick with this rather than jeopardize it and risk getting lost in 'mods hell!':eek:

    No, ATM it's the areas of strings and tension that I wish to experimenmt in, rather than mods. In fact, as you allude to, I'm finding a lot of joy in just going lower and lower with my full poly jobs. Last week I got my retail PP back from the stringers @ 48s and it just felt so effortlessly poppy, whilst also retaining exceptional feel and general smoothness. Of course this might not be such a big deal for lots of people, but having strung in the upper 50's for many years until fairly recently, it's all a bit of a pleasent surprise to me.:)

    I can foresee for myself - with the major proviso that I stick to the frame(s) for a long time - a thorough exploration of strings (including hybrids), tensions, and - yes - mods, etc... but all in good time.:wink:




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  36. soyizgood

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    Demo'ing the Wilson BLX Blade 98 and the Babolat Pure Storm GT. :)
     
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    I've been out (or rather *in*) with the new IG Speed 16x19 twice now, once with full Black Code and once with a SPPP/NRG2 hybrid. The second time I compared it to my old YT Speed 16x19 with the same string setup. I, for one, could not discern the difference in frame flexibility, but for some reason the IG felt a little more solid and a tad more powerful. Both really required me to be on time with my shots as they were tough to get therough the hitting zone for someone who only plays a couple of times a month in the winter. I have never thought that the Speeds were especially spinny frames, at least not compared to Babolats and Extremes I've played with. The IG is no different. Since I was nowhere near the top of my game, I went to the bag...

    ...and pulled out the Extreme. BANG!!! POP!!! KA-POW!!! I immediately started playing better. I really appreciated the lighter frame today, along with the spinny string setup (Typhoon/MSV Hex). Shots were spinning in and serves were kicking up again. I began pushing my opponent back. He even noticed, asking "Why are your shots coming in so fast now? It that racquet *that* different?" Yup. I like it.

    So I'm slowly moving away from the Speeds and toward the Extremes. I'm more than a little worried, though, because the specs for the new IG Extremes are so different than the current YT models. I like that the Extreme MP is a little more flexible than an APD or PD, but the IG is shaping up (at least on paper) to be an APD clone! We shall see.

    Tomorrow I'm going to compare my old Ozone MP's to my new EXO3 Tour. Now where's my Blue Gear...
     
  38. Ross K

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    ^^^ ret,

    1. Are you referring to YT Extreme - lighter one, not Extreme Pro?

    I've got an old original MG Extreme Pro... played VERY stiff, and the head shape would take getting used to. Preferred the APD tbh. That said, I always fancied a hit with the YT version which was a big success with one or two regular contributors here (like Fed), but it never transpired.

    2. String qsn if I may... What are your thoughts on MSV, Typhoon, SPPP and Black Code? Which do you like best and why? Curious as I'm in process of checking all these out ATM, near future, etc.

    Thx mate -



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    Yep, it's the "lighter" MP, although mine has about 6g of lead at 10 and 2, another gram in the throat, and a 3g washer in the buttcap. I wanted the extra 1/5 inch and the softer flex but thought the stock frame was too flimsy and light. I demoed the Pro, too, and loved how solid it was as well as its open-open string pattern, but thought there was no way my arm could handle its heft for two hours. Who knows, though...maybe since it's so solid I wouldn't have to swing as hard to...

    Dammit. Now I have to demo it again.

    As far as those strings go, this was my first experience with Typhoon. It was fresh and got me some nice spin. It was not super-powered, which is good for me. Stringing it made me think it would play really, really stiff (ala Lux) but it didn't. Oh, and it's absolutely sick looking--probably one of the nicest looking strings when it catches the light just right. The jury is still out, but I think I like it.

    MSV Hex and SPPP are jacks of all trades, IMO, and I like them equally. They don't stand out in any one aspect (except how long SPPP lasts before going dead), but they do everything pretty well. Numbers aside, I think SPPP plays a little softer and Hex bites the ball a little better. I have reels of both that I like to use as crosses when trying out more expensive new strings in the mains. I pick whichever one looks better in the frame. Sounds silly, I know, but it works for me.

    Black Code ranks out as one of the stiffest polys out there according to TW, but I've never thought it plays that stiff. I think it bites almost as much as Hex and is not as soft as SPPP, and it loses tension faster than either. I tend to not feel the ball as well with it and hit lots of fliers. Given that it's also more expensive than either Hex and SPPP, I'm moving away from it. I tried to love it for a long time, but have decided I don't. I definitely think it plays better in flexier frames.
     
  40. Ross K

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    ^^^ ret,

    Cheers - very interesting buddy...



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  41. ryushen21

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    I agree. There are other strings that are much stiffer. But I also have fallen out of love with BC. My last three sets are in my tennis bag but I'm going for Tornado because I just honestly like it so much better and I found a really great price on it. Signum doesn't really make a bad string IMHO.
     
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    It's in my drawer of string sets, just waiting to jump into a frame...:)
     
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    And THEN there was one ....... demo order left...

    Latest results:

    Yonex TI80 Lite - The front-runner going in and and it remains so highly touted by me: so easy to whip this thing around and do pretty much anything with it, it will remain one of my absolute faves. Kind of reminds me of a slightly more open patterned Pure Storm Limited (non GT). But no longer the top dog here...

    Prince EX03 Tour 100 18x20 - Wanted to check it out once more after a great TW Playtest experience. Confirmed the playtest experience: great, great racquet that's equally 'easy' to play with, just effortless once you get the timing down, but something about the hoop ultimately makes it a pretty weak serving frame that's hard to get pace or consistency with. Spin serves are solid, but the heaters just aren't there so much or were too few and far between. Feel could be better, but it's not terrible. ...

    Pro Kennex Black Ace 93 - The new top dog, without question. And a big part of me wants to just switch to it now as I'm completely enamored. But I feel it important to at least try its big brother out, the 98, as well, before making the commitment. The feel of this thing is just so sweet - the 100 percent graphite gives the ball a full THUMP upon contact that reminds me of my Vantage 95 - soft but so solid. And the maneuverability of the frame makes slices a breeze and while there isn't anything overpowering about the serve capabilities, the whippability and small head and closed string pattern makes it easy to really go after the corners and the lines. Painted several heaters down the line with this one and found it to be more precise than most frames, if not overpowering. Power was still definitely there, just not quite Pure Drive-type power, the emphasis here is on precision. "It's a scalpel," as The Great Granville might say. The Black Ace seems to be a total meeting point between my Vantage 95 and Donnay Dark Red - the sweet, satisfying fullness of the Vantage upon ball impact, with the amazing maneuverability of the Donnay. The overwhelming feeling from going to the Yonex and Prince models to the Black Ace was that the Black Ace was a clear step above in terms of frame quality and feel, something much more solid throughout that provided a night-and-day feel difference that I think will be too addicting to be overcome by anything else.

    BUT OF COURSE, with one more demo order planned - to compare the Black Ace 93 and 98 - there are two other spots in the box. I think I'll toss in the Gamma 340X as No. 3, since the mold and makeup appears to of the 'Heritage' line, but the Gamma layup is stiffer which could be intriguing (the only thing about the Gamma is I ultimately think: if I were to go Gamma, then I might as well stick with the YT Prestige Mid I have, as the specs are nearly identical).

    And I always like to throw in a Wild Card frame as No. 4 (the Black Ace was the wild card in the last batch, and I'm so glad I did), and here I'm thinking either the Gamma 320X (great reviews), the new Dunlop 200 Lite or the Redondo Mid (even though I didn't get along with the MP - seemed too cumbersome - and everyone saying the Black Ace is essentially a whippier and crisper/more stiff Redondo leads me to believe I'd prefer the Ace to the Redondo Mid).

    Any thoughts on those final demo options above?
     
  44. ryushen21

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    If you like the shaped polys, I think you will love it. It's a pretty comfy string with loads of spin potential. I didn't think that I would ever like another string better than BC until I played with this one.
     
  45. Ross K

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    ret and ry,

    Another big Signum fan here!... only qsn for me is which one is the best? They all seem so good!:wink:

    Will also say I've been quite impressed with MSV, though many say it has zero feel... plays with loads of oomph and spin and liveliness (in a good way) on groundies... I'm also really into this new, lower tension for me (48 lbs)... and I'm wondering quite how much it's the string or the new tension in my YTPP that I'm so into.


    JG,

    Sorry I don't know these sticks... great to see you though updating the racketahoic pages!:)




    R.
     
  46. retlod

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    I was confused above. I *have* played with Tornado, but not Hyperion. Tornado felt like SPPP but it was polygonal and black. When it wore it turned to more of a dark gray. I don't claim to be an expert, but that was the only difference I noticed. I say choose your SP string based on color and texture. Avoid the white SPPP. People say it's not the same...
     
  47. ryushen21

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    I haven't played with a Signum string that I haven't liked. But Tornado would be my hands down favorite. I played the SPPP White (Pure) and liked it just fine though.
     
  48. Meaghan

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    Great reviews......
    Just wanted to agree about the prince tour line imo the best baseline racket out there. In some ways too much spin but i could never come to terms with serve. I had the OPT 18mm thin beam lovely feel lovely groundstrokes crap serves!
     
  49. JGads

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    Yep, serves just weren't there. My best guess is that those holes in the frame - which even though they do annoy some, really do widen the sweetspot and make groundies a pretty easy task - take away from the serves in that the stick needs that missing mass? But that's just a guess. Still a cool racquet to play with.

    In other news, played once again today with the Ace before sending it back. More of the same. Sugary sweet groundstrokes, addicting feel, sublime touch. I have such good feel of the frame that when I'm middle-in, the drop shot is always a possibility and I went with it multiple times, because it's so easy to just drop them right over the net. Struggling to get full-on consistency with the kickers; thus far that's the only fault of the frame as of this moment, but this aspect has improved slowly and steadily over the week, so I think/hope it's a matter of getting the hang of it to find the consistency. All else is a thumb's up.

    After a 6-4 first-set win, put it in the bag and went to my YT Prestige Mid. Serves were improved (both heaters and kickers just had more life, but I'm also more used to the frame) and the service return was like, "Ah yes, I remember now why I loved this baby so much in the first place." Just a little more oomph than the Ace, and a quick reminder from the old gal to not forget or count her out just yet (she delivered a 6-4 second set win), though the maneuverability and connected feel of the Ace is just so sweet. I was 'late' on the shot maybe a couple times less with the Ace. But played well with both.

    So in the end I think it'll come down to the Black Ace 93 and my Prestige Mid. Will also give the Ace 98 a try as well as the Gamma 340X. Not sure if or what I'll include as a fourth frame.

    The arm needs a couple days off after a lot of happy hitting in the last week.
     
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    Just here to tell you I've been using the same Tour 10's since fall/winter 2007.
    The only changes since then have been some short tests for fun, different strings, leather grips and a couple of grams of lead here and there.
    I know...I'll get out of here right now ;).
     

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