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

  1. Dave M

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    I may of faltered already.After logging a fair few hours and liking my exo3 tours since Oct ish, I took a pure control 95" frame and a redondo 98 " to the court with me yesterday.......I started with the PC and i honestly can't think of a time when i have volleyed better.(which was handy as it was doubles.) Groundstrokes were nice too, more connected to the shot than i feel withthe exo3.No elbow probs (it's full PHT fairly tight too) but i was only playing for an hour so it only got 30 mins. I then broke out the PK, I was like with the PC, hitting deep solid groundstrokes return of serves, I missed one but i was able to slice balls land them where i wanted and make them die whenever i aimed to.(no floaty slice like the prince and I make) I was up against the mens A teamp cap returning his serve 3 serves i faced in one game, one clean winner and two that bounced at or on his foot as he was still finishing his serve motion, i'm struggling to ignor this day it was too good even for a honeymoon feeling.....Came off court having won two sets one of the guys said "best i've seen you play for two years" which i thought was nice.In the second when we mixed up and i was with the captain for two games i touched the ball 4 times, 3 return of serves and one volley.Opponent A complained to his partner that they kept hitting it to the A team cap, he replied "i'm sure as hell not going to hit it near him" pointing at me.I was a bit offended at first as i'd gone to hit some balls but it's sort of a compliment itsn't it? Still i sit here, holding a prince frame that didn't hurt my elbow and i felt i played ok with, now i'm just not so sure about it!
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    As I didn't want to start a separate thread, I thought I'd ask the rholics.

    A good friend of mine wants to switch frames, currently playing with a stock MgRad. He doesn't want to limit himself to current production frames and is willing to hunt down discontinued models as well.

    Wants to compile a demo list and only asks that the racquet excels in the serve and slice department, groundstrokes can be 'figured out'. Kind of difficult for me to recommend a frame because usually (in my case anyway) a low-powered, flexible frame slices the best and a stiffer frame aids in the service game.

    I gave him the obvious choices for demo, a PD, PureStorm, 6.1, Prestige... etc. But maybe some discontinued frame (or current model) suggestions from the boards?

    TIA
     
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    I only said it cos people read Meaghan as 'Megan' when its an Irish surname pronounced 'Meegan' or 'Meehan'........so Meags it is, totally understand about the phone thing, Rich, my first name is 'shag' now that cool, and my first name and surname...... Dick-me-a-gain!! :)

    Really happy with the hybrid, will test a few more but the control feels even better than full TB, you could try it in the PD+ the Iontec really softens it up.
     
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    You know what my recommendation would be. Although the new BLX might work for him as well.
     
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    I will definitley try it out. I have 1 stick setup for rip and the other is setup for poly. Im going to do some long term back and forth and then go with one setup. Have a set of tb that I will hybrid. Actually have some penta iontec that I will cross it with.

    Noticed the rip weighs a lot less than poly.....it is a very light string it appears.
     
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    If he can demo the redondo MP, top spin serves are insanely good...
     
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    Are you sure it's not Dick Shag-me-again...??? LOL...
     
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    meags, really good stuff! i can definitely see this hybrid being golden. this is going in my racquets next and i can't wait to try it either. i'm trying ItH 1.25 full bed and LTec 4S/Gut hybrid right now and i just laced it up so it'll be a wk or 2 before i get around to this. the LTec stuff has very good pop and power, but i'm having some trouble controlling the power when i try to put away a ball which i don't have w/ a full bed of Iontec. iontec should eliminate all my complaints about TB (stiffness & lack of feel).
     
  9. Power Player

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    Black drive plus, I love you. Glad I went with this thing.

    Had some small college teams playing at my courts today..lots of head sticks, a Wilson pro open..a super hottie with a pure drive, and some old school microgels as well. In all honesty many of these players were not that good, but the girls were nice to talk with at least.
     
  10. ryushen21

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    PP, you said the babolat string savers were the ones you liked? Those are what I ordered.
     
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    Yes they are super easy to use. Yulitle has a vid on YouTube as well if you need to see it in action.

    I don't put them in until I see framing and notching.

    If anyone wants some blxs I have 2 strung with gut poly that I (very sadly) have to move. I need to clear out my sticks , make a touch of money back and save up for the Sony Ericsson tourney this month. Just hit me up through my profile..they will be listed soon.

    I will be there with my little hd camera as well for tennis madness.
     
  12. mad dog1

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    PP, after you tried it in the BLX 6.1, i figured you'd given up on iontec. glad to see you gave iontec black a look. having compared iontec salmon 1.25 vs iontec black 1.25 vs iontec hexa 1.20 vs iontec hexa 1.25, i can now say iontec is my fave. between ItS vs ItB, i prefer ItB. i didn't think there could be anything better than ItS for me...then i decided to try ItB. in other strings, black usually isn't better, but for whatever reason, with It, black is better.
     
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    As soon as I hit with the pure drive I knew it was crisp enough for me to try iontec again. Wilson's are very muted and I just couldn't feel the ball in the 6.1.

    There just are not a lot of poly strings I want to mess with in this racquet, but iontec is one.

    The rip control is still more comfortable and I may very well end up going with that if it will last me long enough. But I do like how soft iontec is for a poly and the durability is also very appealing.

    I have some iontec hexa, penta..whatever it is..so I will am going to hybrid that with tour bite as well.

    Also may try the gut poly setup in this stick..why not..just a litle weary of the pure drive being so powerful, but I'll probably do a 60/55 tension if I do it.
     
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    ^^ i finally got around to trying Iontec Hexa 1.25. great for a shaped/structured string, but i gotta say, my fave is Iontec Black 1.25 so far. the only strings in the Iontec family i haven't tried are Iontec Salmon & Black 1.20. i purchased a reel of ItS and ItHS in 1.20 and got 2 reels of ItHS. turns out the reel of ItS i got contained ItHS but was labeled ItS. betwen ItHS 1.25, ItHS 1.20, ItS 1.25 and ItB 1.25, i prefer ItB 1.25. I'll need to order up a set of ItS 1.20 to see how i like the thinner round string.

    on 2nd thought, i like the round iontec, so maybe i'll just order a reel of ItS 1.20 since ItB is currently out of stock. i'm almost certain i'll like it.

    i have lots of hexa 1.20 on hand as well as TB16L so i plan to try hybriding TB w/ Hexa and ItB 1.25. i have a feeling the round It will be a better match.
     
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    Prestige latest: Took the lead off the handle and put some at 3 and 9 to help the volleys. Stick went back to feeling like a log. 3 grams at 12 next to try the other theory of getting it to swing through a little better. But lead under the grip seems like the best, but will have to adjust the amount. Ugh. Lead.
     
  16. mad dog1

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    ^^ interesting...i may have to try adding some lead 7" from the bottom of the butt cap on my taiwan PS85 to make it come around quicker then.
     
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    Worth a shot, for sure. I think there's something to it.
     
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    For what it's worth, I tried 2 grams at 12 and 4 grams wrapped at 7" up on the handle on my IG PMP yesterday. Not sure where this put me and the racquet in terms of all the swingweight callibration Corners/Travlrjam was proposing, but played pretty well with that setup. Seemed to improve pop a little on serves, lots of depth, and was getting some real nice punch on volleys. It was, though, at the upper end of where I like to be weight-wise (SW was at 12.1), so hesitant to add much more. Didn't feel as sluggish as without the weight, but did start to feel a little heavy at end of third set.
     
  19. Meaghan

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    Its just a matter of tweaking, why not leave the 7g in handle cos that works and just add 1g in the hoop. Three g is still a lot, personally I always find weight at 3 & 9 to feel sluggish. I was really surprised when I put 1g @ 10 & 2 on the pb10 mid it made a huge difference.
     
  20. JGads

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    Interesting. Nice. If it's good at the start for you, it might just be matter of getting used to it and you'd be able to go three full?

    Curious: Does lead at 12 help stability at all? Kind of with you on 3/9 lead. It's never felt like it's done much for me, but lead at 12 I notice a positive difference often (not always) in overall playability. Mental, maybe, but 3/9 has rarely stayed on any of my sticks.

    PP, have you modded the PD+ at all or enjoying it stock?
     
  21. Meaghan

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    Jgads,
    Yes lead at 12 imo stabilises top of hoop, I like to separate it (leave gap for stringing clamp).

    Weight in these areas affects the angle of the head at contact with ball. Too much weight can have a detrimental affect. I have full western grips and find weight above 10 & 2 helps with my swing path, a flatter trajectory may suit weight in the middle. So if I find I'm hitting the net a lot its because the weight at 9 & 3 its closing my face in impact, the same for my face being open on impact and hitting these odd fence balls means I need weight lower than 12.....

    This is just how I read it when playing and testing different set ups...
     
  22. Ross K

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    Gads,

    Yes X 2... In past recent years I personally practically always put lead on 12 as I tend to prefer that more polarized, whippiness that suits my strokes and preferences, Western grip, etc. Of course it's frame dependant to a degree (eg: I wouldn't put lead on @ 12 with a 6.1), and I know many think lead @ 12 actually slows down a frame. For me though, it's comes through lightning fast and with a bit of extra sting at the end, plus it firms up the upper hoop a bit.


    All,

    Still not a single thought whatsoever about any other frame! I say again, am I ill or something?!:)
     
  23. PED

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    I use the same grips as you and prefer my lead at 12 as well.

    When I use 3/9 lead, it also feels like it can have a decelerating effect on my strokes as well.

    With the lead at 12, I feel that once I get the stick moving, it seems to take on a life of its own: almost like stage 2 of a booster rocket.
     
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    I think you are making too drastic changes. It sucks but you are going to have to be more conservative to dial it in.

    For example you took off lead at the handle AND added to the head. Just do one.

    Minimizing lead hell is a lot easier for me now because I just add 2-3 grams at a time.

    So far, I am still leadless with the Black Drive. The thing hits like a a freaking beast. I love when an educated impulse decision works out. I really think this is the secret weapon of baseline sticks.
     
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    BTW one of the teaching pros at our club got to be the hitting partner for Gulbis last week at Delray.

    Pretty sweet. I may have to pay the guy for a lesson just to learn all the details and get some tips.
     
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    PP...how does Pacific Classic compare to VS? I'm trying to figure out what I will want my tension to be and I was initially thinking around 58/54 but if it has the same kind of pop and power that VS has then I may dial that up to 60/56. Just curious.
     
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    Its a little stiffer so I think you will be ok. Since you hit flatter,you could go with 60#s and be safe.

    I'd probably go 60#s and 62 for VS in your case.
     
  28. ryushen21

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    Thanks.

    nCode #3 just arrived and I'm in awe of how good the condition is. unbelievable.
     
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    Congrats man..#3 is a sign of commitment. I am close, but I need to save some cash up for a bit.
     
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    I know. I haven't owned three of a frame since my YT Prestige Mid days. I'm playing so well with the nCodes that I honestly have no desire to try out any other frame. I can be comfortable knowing I have three but if the price is right on another one in good condition, I may have to snag it up.
     
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    FedK, you were right: black def makes you stronger.

    Finally got to try out Black Code in the Tec: very nice. Explosive off the sweet spot and super control. Control even better than TB but not quite as much pop.

    Never cared for it in my MGPP but very nice here. Thanks for the rec on this one :)
     
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    You should pay just for the details of what Gulbis told him. Hopefully he was talkative; Gulbis is probably the funniest dude on tour.

    All: thanks for the lead tips.

    Confession: Just bought a used Black Ace 98 at a very low price I couldn't resist. This frame deserves a shot in the 'more forgiving Ace Mid' sweepstakes. I thought it was too sluggish compared to the Mid in a past demo, but I also didn't modify it at all and now see it's one point more head heavy (4 pts hl) than the mid (5hl), along with the bigger head, while keeping the same static weight. So just some lead at the handle to make it slightly more head light is a trial I want to add into the madness.
     
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    I have the exact same feeling, more goatshots with the tb but overall feel and control better with blackcode. I hated blackcode until I tried it in the tec, its very low powered but the control is awesome. Perfect match for the boom of the 320. Insane dig volleys with that setup.
     
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    PP, can you compare the APDGT to your new drives, or have you not hit with them recently enough? I'm interested to see how they stack up...
     
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    The apdgt vibrated like a mofo on off center hits against big hitters. It was still a very solid stick, but the new pure drive is even more solid and the feel is better. It is crisper.

    The pure drive serves better as well and hits a massively heavy ball in stock form, which continues to blow my mind. Keep in mind I have the plus version.

    For me this racquet is the king of tweeners and babolats best offering in this style of stick.

    The regular pure drive feels real nice too, it's really a great feeling stick, but your APDCgt is going to be right there in terms of power. The feel of the new pure drive may entice you a little though. I would have stayed pro open if I didn't love the extended so much.

    The pd really saves me energy..it takes small effort to just hit big shots.

    My dilemma..the rip control at 59 is super accurate ..I really like it a lot. But the iontec at 45 gives a ton of easy power and huuuuuge spin. I need a happy medium fusing both attributes. Maybe gut poly..or tour bite mains/ iontec crosses at 52/54...but I want comfort too....slight madness.

    The iontec gives so much spin and is so powerful at this tension that even my backhands are popping straight up off the court according to a lefty I hit with tonight. I barely have to try and I can generate a lot of pace...but it can be easy to lose that control and overhit as well...I go back to the rip and it is a slight adjustment..obviously less power and not the same amount of spin, but pretty good.

    Uggghhhhh..I'm so close to getting this dialed in.
     
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    Oh, good. I thought you might say that it had more control or spin than the APD and then I'd be in trouble. If it's just feel, I can deal with that. I'm using a tweener anyway, feel isn't exactly something I have high hopes for... I'll try it if someone I know picks one up, but otherwise I think I'm fine. Should be able to resist now.
    Phew.

    The stringing problem is popping up for me now too. I'm trying to choose between SPPP and TB... The control of SPPP is nice, and I really like the consistency of the stringbed. But the ridiculous winners with the TB aren't something I want to let go...
     
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    So why not try TB mains with SPPP crosses?
     
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    good point.

    This is why im going to try the Brit endorsed TB/Ionetc setup.
     
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    The pathetic thing is that I've thought of this and disregarded it because I thought it would look weird. :oops:

    I'll give it a shot sometime.
     
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    ^^Don't overthink it :) Full TB is the goat setup
     
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    Imo I have to beg to differ, tb 1.25/iontec 1.20 crosses has all the benefits of full tb but with better feel and longer life. I actually think the pentagonal mains slides better against the smooth cross and if not produces better spin, it produces the same quality of spin, more consistently, longer.
     
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    Disagree a little. While it is probably the best poly string out there besides Lux, It can **** your arm over time if you leave it in too long, and you won't know until too late because it feels so nice.

    Solinco emailed me and told me not to leave it in over a week, and I know most people won't follow those rules.

    I think Meaghan found a potential PolyGOAtt setup because the ionetc is super soft for a poly and would allow you to leave the TB in longer, give you more control (you can string ionetc a little higher) and comfort.

    LOL and we posted at the same time.

    That is a sign of PolyGOAttness right there.
     
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    "Here, here!"...:)
     
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    1 week----regardless of how many hours of play?? Or is it ok if you didn't play that many hours on the full set of TB?
     
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    They just want to sell you more string. :twisted:

    I've been fortunate to not have any arm problems. The only glitch I had was using the Bab's last year and a slight shoulder issue. That was the stick though and not the string in my case.

    Full TB works for me but I can see how others prefer something else.

    I also buy my string in reels and don't want to purchase 2 reels at a time to hybrid polys. My experience in the past with poly hyrids is a mixed bag-not bad but not worth the hassle IMO :)
     
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    The poly dies regardless when under tension.

    I had such a bad injury in my wrist that I take this stuff more seriously.

    It creeps up on you and when it hits, trust me, you will feel the same way.
     
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    I'm with you on this one. The last thing I want is to have arm issues.

    I've been messing around with full TB strung at 45 lbs on my N95 and it feels really good....didn't think it could hurt my arm because it felt so comfy but I do not want to risk any injuries.
     
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    Trust me, Solinco sells plenty of string. They just know the reality of poly. It is meant for players who restring every week at the worst. Most restring every 4 hours with this stuff.

    TB feels great in the 95s..a total goat setup. Just restring every week and you will be fine as long as your body can handle stiffer racquets and strings. Sounds like you are going about it right.
     
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    Thanks PP.

    I also have 2009 PDR's that I just strung TB/BHB at 51 lbs. Haven't hit with it yet but sounds like it could be great. Do you think TB is too harsh in PD's?
     
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    Any of you guys know if the current 6.1 grommets will fit the nCodes?
     

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