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

  1. klementine

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    ^ I had demo'd the IgPresMid+ in november... and just for $hits and giggles weighted it up to 365gr.

    I placed 10gr @12, two strips of electrical tape on each side of the flat portion under the grip (to square-off the handle) and I forget how much blu-tac under the trap door. But it was around 4-5pts HL

    It was brutalizing balls!!! Serves were absolutely monstrous... I was grinning from here to SanFran. Funny thing was it still had plenty of control but I don't know if anyone could play regularly with that set-up.

    It was fun though.
     
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    That's a good point. I've tamed my swing from back in my 396g frame days. I still take a big cut at the ball but I also recognize that I don't always get into position or set up the way that I need to and the free power in the 6.1 makes those situations a lot easier. I still really like the Prestige MP. It was like talking with an old friend when I demoed that frame. Practically no adjustment time and just a load of fun. Another time. Maybe they will nail that mid feeling MP on the next go round that I won't be able to resist.
     
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    BTW- That's a great method for squaring-off Head's grip.

    You take regular ol' electrical tape, measure out the widest part of the pallet from where the buttcap ends to right where it starts to dip into the tail end portion.. I forget... something like 7inches.. and lay down two strips of tape on each side.

    It adds less than 2gr to the frame and the grip and overgrip really enhance it. Feels exactly like a wilson-shaped pallet when done.
     
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    Klem, Very nice tip on squaring off the grip. I'm going to go a size down, as I like to do with Head grips to make it a little less odd, to a 1/4. A little rounding off may be nice as well. Also glad to know it takes well to added weight. I suspected it would. At the start I'll keep it stock and just play with string tension, since some added weight at the head could take away from the ease of the angled put-away shot I'm enjoying so much lately. Chris Edwards said all he's added to the MP is a leather grip, which I think could be very nice (and another reason I'm going smaller, bc if I'm adding weight anywhere it'll start at the grip initially.

    Ry, I don't think the MP will ever reach the feel of the Mid. I've given up that dream. I do think that Sonic Pro and a Sampras damp in the MP creates a super silky feel into the frame that's as close as any MP has gotten to the Mid. Close enough for me.

    I'm posting away today bc I'm currently in a band rehearsal for a buddy of mine who has a show tonight. Beautifully sunny and crisp here in NYC today. Makes me want to hit! But I promised my arm the week break.

    PP, I'm following your Pro Open dive-in with interest. I've been seeing that frame a lot lately on the courts. Saw a doubles game going last week and two different players were hitting well with it.
     
  5. canuckfan

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    Thanks for the tip on reshaping the grip klementine. Do you take off the buttcap before you lay down the tape (ie putting the tape along the pallet, including under the buttcap)? Or do you put the tape from the top of the buttcap up to just below the top of the handle? Thanks for the help, I don't mean to sidetrack the thread.
     
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    ^ Absolutely beautiful day here on the east coast... already have got a text to hit... he didn't know of my condition. Spring training starts this Sunday... then it's Miami SonyOpen... then the masters at augusta.... Spring is upon us gentlemen...

    And my left-handed pool game is on fire!! Sold the JuicePro and picked up two more pool cues... It's going to be 80's hair bands... Micro-brews... and 9ball tonight.
     
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    ^ This whole thread is a side-track!!! :smile: No apologies needed.

    You don't want to take off the buttcap. Right where the little flaps end to right before the pallet starts to dip down. You don't want to cover that area where the pallet dips down, it feels awkward.

    You're basically turning a rectangle into a square. You can find a method best suited for you but I found that one to really work.

    EDIT: I guess you could cover the buttcap housing but the grip wraps around the buttcap thicker than the rest of the handle, so you can't really tell the difference.

    Oh yeah. Don't remove that sticky double-sided tape Head uses.. unless you want a slimmer grip. The double sided tape plus the electrical tape really build the square grip.
     
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  8. canuckfan

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    Thanks klementine, I will try that :)
     
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    Damn all of you and your good weather. It's been raining here in TX since last night and doesn't appear to show any signs of stopping until Monday or later.

    Gads, I know that Mid feeling MP may never happen. But I have to have something to hope for.

    I don't know what to do. Keep looking for more n95s or go for the new BLX and just learn to be happy. I honestly think that I liked the feel of the Prestige better than the new BLX and I suspect that full poly and a little lead would make that one seriously amazing frame.

    Klem...what are you shooting with? I used to play very seriously and had some very serious cues (about $3500 worth).
     
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    SP is much softer than Hyp and it pockets better.

    Hyp stringbed is quick, ball is off the bed quickly, great hard court setup. SP provides nice pop and power but control is nicer with HYP. You can hit a nice short CC FH that cuts inside the service box with HYP.

    I liked it in my Tec 320 but not in the APD. Problem was durability: 17g only lasted 2.5 hours before popping in the Tec.

    Nice string though and def worth you trying it. Should last much longer in the 18X20 Prestige MP.
     
  11. klementine

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    Whooah.... $3,500... :shock: not me... I ain't no Black Widow.... (prrrr... by the way).

    I just picked up two viking pool cues 19oz and a 21 for breaking (which I am incapable of doing at the moment).
     
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    Yeah. I played a lot. Had some high end production cues, custom shafts for each cue plus some custom made cues as well.
     
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    Well i think im in with the open. Bad call and i hit for a while and it was pretty obvious that i can play better with the pro open. Had some trouble getting in my groove on serve, so when we were done i went and practiced kickers for 35 minutes. Got them dialed in where i could hit 10-15 in a row with nice kick off the bounce.

    I was going to buy a new blx 6.1 but now i may just buy a 3rd pro open. The thing feels so stable with just 2 grams of lead at 12. I also really love the rip control in it, so i am thinking the b5e nvy setup may take it to the next level.

    Anayway..yeah..changing my footwork and going lighter and more head heavy has really helped my game out a lot.
     
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    mad dog,

    What game style would you say the racket suits best? Plus what frame(s) would you maybe say the RDiS slightly reminds you of? Keep us updated after the next hit or 2. Cheers


    Gads,

    I hear you, Sir. There's probably a lot of truth in what you say.


    Meags,

    Ta matie. Well, I think you're right. I'll give it a whirl in the next few weeks. May as well. TBH I also can't be arsed to keep flogging it around trying to sell it only to be asked to produce 50 professional micro-super-close up photographs from every angle known unto man and racket... I mean, **** me, all they have to do is go in the references section on TT and peruse the three-hundred and eighty glowing testimonies to my years of racketaholic behaviour!... If I say it's a grip three, it's in great shape - THAT SHOULD BE ENOUGH! :evil:... sorry, I'm ranting... "Cough, cough".
     
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    Sounds like it fits your game quite well to get you away from the new 6.1. Do you know if the open is the decendent of the "npro open"? It was green and white i think?

    Ross, given your liking for the pro tour & pure control but sllight dislike of the heft, how come you haven't tried the 18 by 20 of the exo3? (or did i miss that?)
     
  16. Power Player

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    Dave, i believe it is. The specs have changed a little, but the 2010 blx version is dialed in perfect. Just that little bit of lead at 12 and the racquet just hits so consistent and reliable. Really tons of power and spin..great stick..no one knows about it, but it is really incredible.
     
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    Fingers crossed PP but I could be homing in on one of these in the next 24 hours ("racketaholics, synchronize your watches!")... QSN. Er, how does it compare with the Exo 100? You know I liked the Prince stick, the easy swinging, comfort, feel and especially the effortless g/stroke depth and spin (off both wings), but it has a fatal flaw for me - lack of serve and put away pop...
     
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    Well.. hmm... I really liked those frames but I don't think they suit me so much (okay, I'm simplifying it Dave as I could write a thesis about both rackets :))... I haven't really used a closed pattern frame since the closed pattern N95 years back (greeeeat frame), I just prefer open pattern spin and oomph.
     
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    I had a couple of those, I spent some time out of the game for family reasons nad sold them as looking at them was getting me down, I played well and had good results with them thinking about it. I think you had a different paint scheme in the US (or they made more than one). Often wandered if tinkering with lead would of made it even better.

    Ross
    I sold the PT630 i had when i got the 18 by 20, I accidentally bought a grip size 2 but decided the restock fee was stupid so put a heat shrink on it.That brought the weight up and made it more HL which makes the serves easier for me anyway. SOlid on volleys and lets you flatten out easier than the open version.
    I started with one of each string pattern and treated myself to one at a shop i'm sure PP knows of the plaza, they had a 16 by 18 in there so that was how i chose the pattern to stick with! Only thing i didnt like about that store is they wouldn't negotiate on price at all when i wanted to buy lots of bits, i ended up leaving with a frame and a bag, had clearance to buy so much more! Still it's a cool place and we don't have stores llike that near me here.
     
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    Oh and as an aside, anybody tried the slazanger frames that are on their website? (NOt the TW pro braided one)
    I see our UK based pile em high sell em cheap has already plunged the price on most of the range.
    Makes it hard to stay faithful to any frame!
     
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    Nice..you are going to love it. I like it better than the exo. It has the comfort, amazing feel and effortless groundies. The thing is that it has a ton of putaway pop and serves big as well. So that will be a non issue. Its like a more controllable pure drive that resists twisting in your hand and has a very very good feel to it.

    I will say my favorite setup so far is the babo leather grip on it. Really awesome feel..the lead at 12 is just 2 grams applied in 2 inch layers.

    Honestly think this one is going to blow some folks minds if they like pure drives/apds/extremes and tfights.
     
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    It plays really cood with full bed of Cyclon 1,25. BLX version has better feel and is also more stable. Must try racket for 100 head, open pattern tweener lovers. I read this thread only for that purpose that I can feel that i'm normal:)
     
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    I switched back to my epiphany setup yesterday on the 95d, just a leather no lead, yonex damp.
    I think this is as good as it gets for me...simple and effective, really stable and that extra rhs is worth it.
    Of course yonex is coming out with a red vcore 89 tour just to mess with me. Lol.
     
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    Dear kybb,

    Rest assured my friend that you are 'normal.' There's nothing wrong or in any way socially embarrassing or whatever about being a racketaholic (see my attached photo.) We are a proud bunch who are totally open, unabashed and entirely confident in who we are.

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    Did anyone see the fed davy match....superb, if davy had a serve that won him free points then he could have been no1 & won slams. He takes the ball so early agassi like and how fed won the match I just don't know. Great to watch.
     
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    I was impressed with Davy; he looks getting back to his better days. He's also back to his old Prince: he never should have made the move to Dunlop.

    His strokes are so clean: I watched him play Verdasco last summer while standing right on the fence about 5 feet behind him. Davy takes the ball so early and is so smooth. He's like a smaller Djokovic but with less personality: they both have that machine like efficiency to their play.

    He lost but I thought Ryan Harrison has really improved: if they weren't playing indoors, he may have beaten Raonic like he did at IW last year. Raonic doesn't seem to play nearly as well outdoors.
     
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    Does yours make some random unpleasant noise when you hit offcenter near the top?

    I have a Pro Open, i feel like the 100S is better since i like the extra control with it.


    PP have you tried the new 2012 PD's their FREAKING EPIC, if the price wasnt bloody $300 i would switch to it straight away. Try the PDR and PD
     
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    As a Tour user, I love my 6.1. I can find all the angles and spins that I can with my Tours, but it just clobbers the ball. Forehands and serves are effortless, and I can actually be aggressive off of high balls now ;) The Tour is much more forgiving and comfy, though, and my backhand still needs some time to dial in on the 6.1, but it's really giving my Tours a good scare. My biggest disappointment with the racquet is the stock Pro Hybrid grip, which seems to find my hands delicious and chews them up really badly.
     
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    yeah totally agree about Davy, and Harrison too I think is coming on strong, hopefully will take the step up in the coming year or two.

    Mad Dog1
    The last couple of jaycee-lite string jobs ive done Ive noticed a stiffening up of the stringbed overnight, weird that they feel looser once strung and 24hrs later......I strung my Legend with TB/Iontec @49lbs and today it felt like it had maintained its tension, tbh felt more like 55lbs.

    All
    Just wanted to add to all you stringaholics that you heard it here first, TB 1.25/Iontec 1.20 is an absolute match made in heaven, very controlled with real good feel. Just come back off 6 unbeaten sets of doubles, very few unforced errors, going for my shots without fear of hitting long (yes at 49lbs too!!). You just get all the goodness of the TB in the main but with more pocketing and feel from the Iontec cross.....someone give it a go and tell me Im not dreaming :)
     
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    Havent had any wierd noises or anything so far.

    I doubt ill try the new pure drives. I tried both versions last year and i like the pro open a lot better. Im really feeling the wilson sticks right now.

    Meaghan that setup sounds awesome. Let us know how long it lasts for you.
     
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    strange that the string bed felt like it stiffened up. i guess the only way to know for sure is to check before and after using a string meter or ERT. but the JC method at your normal reference tension will feel tighter than a string job done using the conventional method at the same tension so it will allow you to drop a few #s.

    i can believe that TB w/ Iontec in the crosses works real well. i tried Luxilon ALU Power 16L mains w/ Iontec Hexa 1.20 cross and it felt so plush JGads and I couldn't believe it.
     
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    This is a real interesting setup. It may last 15 hours with the iontec crosses..or maybe im just wishing.

    Its roughly 8$ a string job..im really liking that plus the combo could be unreal. I just dont need gut mains in the soft pro open so i think i will try this as well as a b5e/nvy hybrid.

    The gut poly setup does play very very well though. A ton of spin and super soft feel.

    Im getting so much spin with the RiP control that i cant imagine how sick the tb/iontec penta hybrid could be.
     
  36. mad dog1

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    hey ross, the RDiS 100 MP would work for any game. there's such easy access to power and spin. i can hit sharper cross court angles with this racquet than any other i've tried so far. the only weakness which is probably me rather than the racquet is the backhand. i've started to figure out the TS now, but slices still kinda float and sit up allow during the 3rd hit, i was able to start keeping them down. the BC20 hits fantastic slices so easily. it takes more work to get them right w/ the yonex. the other thing i'm working on is flattening out my shots. i've gotten very proficient at being able to flatten out my shots w/ the BC20 and am still working on it w/ the Yonex.

    because the yonex is a stiffer racquet, unlike the BC20, it hits fantastic volleys. volleys have good punch. the BC20 pops up volleys alot. the weight makes the yonex very maneuverable at net.

    serves are just fantastic. lots of pop, lots of spin, lots of pace, and great accuracy of placement.

    racquet would be suitable for an all courter, baseliner and s&v'er. it's a very solid all around racquet. there's no other stick the RDiS 100 MP reminds me of.
     
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    In my little heavy smaller head vs light large head research, i can say that i personally would not want to baseline with a 93 size stick with such a head light balance. To me that is more of a stick for someone who wants to get to net.

    Of course i hit with a lot of spin so i really like the extra racquet head speed and real estate of the larger head. I am also realizing that lighter racquets balanced more towards the head are much more ideal for my style of play as well.

    Just saying there is some logic to the specs here..i cant see ross playing his game with the 93. He hits western with a lot of spin..it will be tougher to execute consistently, and that is really what you want to look for.

    If i was ross, id be in tweenerland right now and out the vanity racquet area..this is coming from my experience and the fact that we have similar games. I mean if this is about getting better.

    Id demo :

    Yonex vcore 100
    Babo pure drive
    Wilson pro open

    And pick from that lot. I may be missing a few others, but i think the formula is 330ish grams, 2-3 pts hl balance and a swingweight somewhere in the 320-340 range depnding on preference.

    Id keep the 6.1s just because they are amazing and you can possibly build your game up to that, but after using the pro opens i am realizing that the 6.1 is a step forward for me in wins, but the pro open makes it much easier.
     
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    assuming you're replying to my post...i'm trying the MP which is a 98. i don't think there's any way i'd be able to hit w/ the RDiS 100 93. per the specs, that thing is way too stiff for me to want to try.
     
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    Oh ok..yeah. The only thing about sticks like the mp (and im just talking about my game) is that they are kind of in the middle of being everything to everyone. Thats why i never fully jived with the mighty pure storm tour.

    What i mean is the specs are really on, but then when you look at the balance, it is 7 pts hl, which is cool for an all courter.

    I am finding a huge advantage lies in the lighter more head heavy racquet for baseliners. The mp no doubt is an all courters fantasy racquet just like you said.

    And you could definitley bash from baseline with it.

    I love sticks that spec like that..then i went more towards the light head heavy setup and found it to be even better for my style.

    The whole thing is madness and has taken me on a journey for sure.
     
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    Sorry, it prob just felt stiffer, like you said its prob to do with the method.



    Tried b5e/iontec it played really nice, plush feeling but kinda nowhere near the control of the tb hybrid....the b5e was good but tourna7 was a step up and tb a step up again. I also like the idea of a smooth cross so that the main can slide and snap back without friction.
     
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    that's one of the nice things about using the JC method. you can lower the tension meanng you're not subjecting your poly strings to higher tensions that risk stretching all the life out of them.

    my thought is that any smooth cross would work well. by smooth, i mean round or shaped/structured (hex, pent, square or tri). as long as there's no twisting involved, the main should be able to slide easily.

    however, kiteboard recommends a hybrid combo of BHB7 for the mains and BHBR for the crosses and says it's very good. he says this set up gives you the control that a full bed of BHBR lacks while retaining the huge spin generation. full bed of BHBR lacking control? yeah, i'd agree. BHB7 is stiffer and lower powered than BHBR so he recommends stringing the BHBR crosses 2#s higher than the mains.

    i've got some BHB7 and BHBR that TenFanLA so generously gifted to me so i will put this hybrid setup to the test and report back.
     
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    I would maybe add the Rebel 98,Prince EXO3 Warrior, Organix 8 300 and the Dunlop 400 tour to to that list. I am curious about the new rebel as I really liked the EXO3 Tour but have heard this maybe a little more traditional in feel, slightly crisper and powerful?
     
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    Murray I see you sold (?) a BB Legend a while back, did you find it a bit head heavy stock, how did it compare to the Melly?

    I ask as I just got one and it seems that BB have done what Volkl did with the pb10mid and make an 'easier to use' model for everyone. There's no doubt that the dnx10mid and the Legend have similar qualities and are much harder to use stock and are aimed at a select audience. The pb and the melly are easier to use. When modded to a simiar spec like mine tho they play exactly the same.

    Also what did you think of the Vcore95?

    As you'll see above the Legend played amazing with TB/Iontec set up, you must try it, it wellies tourna7 out of the water! My Melly also played very lively with Tourna7/Lux timo, if you are after a 'quick off the strings' 6.1 affect then this is a great set up.
     
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    mad dog and PP,

    Cheers for posts above.


    All,

    One thing to keep in mind is that for us here in the UK demoing is actually a rare practice, so we tend to buy/trade without the benefit of testing frames beforehand. There's one or two outlets that do this but I wish the UK could emulate the US and other areas around the world.
     
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    Yes sold the Legend quite awhile ago. It did to me at the time feel sluggish in comparison to the Melbourne. I much prefer the head light feel of the Melbourne in comparison. I always liked the feel of the Legend and in part this is one of the reasons I decided to give the Melbourne a go. As far as the VCore 95 D is concerned if you have checked any of my FS/FT posts of late you will notice the 400 Tours are up for sale and one of the frames I would really be interested in playing with again is the 95D. In true racquetaholic madness a few months back I was all over the map with different sticks and never had the chance to try different set ups etc with that frame. Curiosity has got the best of me again and I want to re investigate this stick. One of my favorite sticks is the RDiS 100 Mid (one of the best serving sticks ) but found it a bit "brassy" at times and it was quite stiff with little room for customization that would be in my comfort zone. I think slightly lighter more forgiving VCore might be a good alternative.
     
  46. athleticstennis

    athleticstennis Rookie

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    PP the Pro Open it's clearly a very good frame. I played with the Ncode Pro Open for about 3 years, and is my second favorite racquet of all time. Had good wins with the racquet and my experiences agree with your posts.
     
  47. Power Player

    Power Player G.O.A.T.

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    Nice to hear. I think there are a lot of fans of the stick, there just is not a thread about it or too much info posted on this site.

    I really loved the rip control in the high 50s. Its a great string in the pro open. Only thing is the movement and it broke in 4 hours. So i just strung up the b5e and nvy and it came out at 54. Feels great off the bounce.

    Im loving the ball machine now and then. It just helps you fix your strokes quickly. Id say its almost a must when you get a new raquet. Backhands are getting dialed in very fast for me by doing that. Two things..this racquet is excellent on slice backhand. It also feels very stable and solid on impact.
     
  48. Ross K

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    Vantage-using diary dudes!

    Hit me with your Bast Core thoughts! I've decided to take a another better look at it later this week (BC30.) Meant to play similarish to an APD but with better feel. How much do you guys rate the Vantage Bast Cores? I'll probably be wise to lead up first. Not sure quite where/how much. For reference I usually have my APDs with 6g in butt and 3g @ 12.
     
  49. Meaghan

    Meaghan Hall of Fame

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    The head feels slightly heavy on the bc30 (bigger head, lower balance).....I would add a leather grip and og and I would add 1g either side of the centre @12.....thats probably not dissimilar too your APD set up.

    Thinking back I chose the bc20 as I served better with it but did I really give the 30 a chance to prove its worth in the serving department or was it just my head saying I cant serve with 100" ??

    I say this because in every other department the 30 is a better racket imo, it has a "togetherness" that I find few and far between (Ive just found it accidentally on the BB Legend and altered my Melbournes to suite). It feels big from the back and precise from the net, it doesnt flex or recoil like the 20 but I came to think that was a good thing as it was more predictable for it.

    What have you strung it with or is there still TB in it from when I had it....??
     
  50. Power Player

    Power Player G.O.A.T.

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    Gads did you get rid of the RDis Light? Just saw the specs and that racquet may have been a closet sleeper with a little lead at 12.

    Im finding lots of sticks that match the specs of the pro open for folks that are not into wilson. I'm really starting to think the benefits of a racquet that comes out around 325 grams strung are just huge. I slide in the 6.1 still just to see if I am missing any huge plow and while the 6.1 delivers, the difference when i go to the lighter stick is really minimal. The benefits of the massive racquet speed are real though. I can do so much more to the ball..especially when picking up low balls which always used to give me trouble with heavier sticks.

    I am willing to bet that RDIS light was probably a nasty stick with some lead at 12. As would be these more head heavy, lighter sticks.

    Tecnifibre 295
    Prince Warrior 100
    Dunlop 500 Tour
    Volkl Organix 8

    Anyway, huge differences for me in terms of play with this racquet so far. Not really missing the extra weight at all.
     

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