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  1. PED

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    Ryu, from what I read above, your strokes sound fairly flat. I've found that lead at the tip seems to work better when you have a more violent rotational swing with lots of top spin.

    The lead at the tip will actually make it a touch slower to get started on your swing but then, once in motion, the lead takes advantage of the gyro force and really comes around.

    By all means, give it a try but I wanted to give you some idea of what you to expect.
     
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    Ive been really working on being less agressive, especially return of serve, and staying in the point until I can dictate. This has been to the benefit of my slice bh, which I am now really pleased with. Unfortunately my usually consistant topspin 1hbh has become a little erratic and Ive lost a little confidence but Im not worrying, its still there its just that Ive over emphasised the slice part of my game of late at the detriment of my 1hbh. I know its still there as I hit several lovely winners playing singles the other day then I played a few sets of social doubles and my opponents either could not purposely hit to my bh or tried not to culminating in the odd one finding the net thro lack of practise. Im amazed when playing some social doubles that I can get thro a few sets without using a particular shot.

    The TB/TIMO is still going very strong by the way, the thinner cross poly seems to give great longevity to my TB main, very impressed, thought iontec was good but it seems it may be the set up.
     
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    I'm going to try really focusing on my snap on the serve before I try the lead. I keep getting in and out of sync with my serve and I really just need to focus on getting right. The lead seems like the easy fix but I don't want to sacrifice the rest of my game just for the serve...

    What has really gotten me thrown off is not being aggressive enough on serve returns. I just got into the habit of blocking or slicing that return back with the 1hbh instead of stepping in and hitting a stronger 2hbh. I'm refocusing on that aspect and that requires completely different preparation and footwork. I also know that I have been putting too much time to my forehand and some of my regular partners now will hit to my bh side because it's easier to pick me off that way.

    Interesting on the TiMo/TB setup. I recall trying TiMo a while back and hating it but that was in a full bed. The gut/poly is just too good to even think about anything else right now.
     
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    You don't need lead on a 6.1. That stick is played stock by Open players all the time..just keep working on the technique.

    You have your go to setup now..keep rockin it for a few weeks and watch what happens..all that thinking about gear/strings..etc will melt away and you will be out there fixing your game faster than before.
     
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    agreed...no lead needed on the 6.1.
     
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    I have to agree. I'm looking for the quick fix and that never pans out.

    I'm still waiting to see how much life I can get out of hybrid set up. So far it's doing really well. I've thrown in some string savers and things are still going well.

    I'm gonna be booking myself some lessons here over the next few months to really dial things in. There are a lot of areas that could use improvement and consistency and I know I'm not going to develop that without some help.
     
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    Speaking of hybrids, Tour Bite/NVy is gold. Don't know if it would be too stiff in an already stiff stick, but it's a heavenly match to crisp up the feel of any softer stick like my BC20, the feel is fantastic. Starting to lose some of my shots finally now at 12 hours, but I think I could still manage another few hours before total control loss.
     
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    I've been adjusting tension for the last week or so to account for the heat. I've used 54/52 all winter: great power and great control, even in sub 45 degrees.

    I've moved up to 56/53 this week: only 2lbs on the mains but wow, it plays alot stiffer: I guess I'll drop back to 54/52: full TB in that 95" hoop is pretty stiff.

    Saw that Nike is putting Flywire in the neck of the new NFL jerseys: Cam Newton will be Goating all over the field this fall in his :)
     
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    If I have a day where I am out of RIP, this is one I will give a go with since i have packs of both..im thinking 50/54.
     
  10. Ross K

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    Very funny 1st sentence, Meags.:)

    Re 2nd, the problem I recall with "quirky" females is that revelatory moment that inevitably occurs when you realize you're dealing with not so much someone who's "different" but someone who's a dangerously unstable nut-job hell bent on destroying everything in her path.:twisted: Ah yes, the nightmarish memories come flooding back!:shock:
     
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    JG,

    I like the hybrid I checked out in my APDO of Hexaspin and Nvy @ 50/54 a lot... can't say I prefer it to full TB though.
     
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    Well, it's official -- I got the sickness. Just ordered a former demo Donnay X-Black 94 for a friend of mine, and a Dunlop Aerogel 4D 200 for myself. Both of those are on top of 2 more Max 200Gs that should be arriving soon, too. The deals were just too strong!
     
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    Welcome. You will be safe here.
     
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    Ooooo..both rholic approved sticks.
     
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    Been there mate.....the benefits and the drawbacks eh of a loose canon. Its a shame what we want and need don't come in an easy package, nevermind compromise, you might as well go for the full hit as they are all psychos anyway!
     
  16. Ross K

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    Or as Stephen Hawking said earlier this year in an interview...

    :lol:
     
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    Perfect description here of what lead @ 12 actually does and the technique that suits it.
     
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    Q. In ppls experience, which grip/shape/make (ie, Bab, Wilson, Prince, etc) do ppl think is the best specifically for topspin, Western etc? Just curious here...
     
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    Many of the pros use custom-molded grips. I particularly like the one-sided molded grips with the large flare on one side at the bottom of the handle so that you can hold the racquet pretty far down on the grip without worrying about losing the racquet.

    I think that SW and Static Weight are bigger factors in preventing you from getting more RHS than is grip shape.
     
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    I can hit Western/Semi with any grip, but a 1/4 Babolat and a 3/8th Wilson are my favorites.
     
  22. Ross K

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    mov,

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    Yes, re best grip/make specifically for topspin, Western gripping, etc, I'd say the same (PP) with a shout out to Prince too... interesting point also (mov) re custom handles... I was just wondering how a Bab might be in this dept with a Wilson grip... yep, we're talking mutant hybrid grip monster!:twisted:
     
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    What size grip do you use ross? The Babs are too big IMO..sizing down made a big difference for me. It feels a lot like a Prince then.
     
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    I think anything in a 1/4 grip makes semi or western fairly easy.

    For maximum western, the rectangular Head shape is hard to beat.

    I use a 1/4 in everything: I'm 5'10" and wear a size 10 shoe.
    Proportionally, it seems to makes sense.

    To take it further and assume that shoe size is relative to hand size, let's look at Fed and Rafa:

    Fed uses a 3/8 but he's 6'1" and wears a size 12.

    Rafa is sized at an 11.5 shoe (but actually wears a 10 for the tight feel) and is also 6'1". Also, he's using a 1/4grip.

    I guess there is no right or wrong as long as it works for you: with a 1/4, I can really wrap my wrist around the ball.
     
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    I use a folded piece of leather (from an old grip) cut to about 8mm x 20mm and adhere that to the bottom of my handle on the largest bevel. When my leather grip is added it creates a flare which helps my fingers find my western grip position.

    To answer Ross tho I do prefer Head's rectangular shape, it has the widest bevel which is great for long fingers.

    My hands measure (finger method) a 4 5/8+ but I have gone from a 1/2 to 3/8 to 1/4 and have now settled. The thicker my grip is now, the heavier my racket feels. Its subtle but makes a huge difference.
     
  26. Power Player

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    PED, it makes sense. I should probably always use 1/4. I was using 3/8ths for so long. Head's grip makes me go full western way too much, which is what I hate about rectangle grips. I like that medium area between SW and W a lot.

    Officially ordered my Asics Solutions - very stoked. These could easily be GOAT for me as I love lightweight shoes and I love Asics. Oh man..bring it on.
     
  27. Ross K

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    PED, Meags, Power,

    I also prefer 1/4 (seems best suited for topspin/wrist action/Western) but have often played previously with 3/8 and 1/2 sizes - and I think I've underrated the impact here of this whole aspect. I reckon returning to this with my new APDOs lately has a lot to do with feeling happier actually.

    With Head's rectangular grip, I really love the solid, quality feel (PT630 is so nice in hand), but analyzing it more closely, I don't think the grip is what has caused me a slight issue before, but rather the denser pattern. I mean, even my YTPP and TGKPP have much more dense patterns than a host frames of different makes I've played over the years - and of course the YTPP/TGKPP are designated open pattern racks... I do like a wide open pattern,
     
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    Yes the Head sticks, even the 16x19s are rather tight.
     
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    May the force of Gilles Muller be with you.

    http://cache4.asset-cache.net/xc/14...2A61E3ADA94B866E00914D596331C6451DB1422CA5077

    Was tempted by the new blue/yellow Vapors the other day; thought about getting them for the gym, tried them on, and was reminded that Nike is just not on par with Asics (or New Balance or even Wilson or Head) when it comes to comfort. May end up going with the Solutions instead as a gym shoe/backup court shoe, as I can't seem to deny the fabulously crazy cosmetic. Love it, plus they're super comfy. Wonder if they'll come out with any other colors this year.
     
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    The solutions could be so goat that I will just buy them all the time and not even care about warranty. That is how impressed I was with the gr3...only wishing it was lighter and had a better cosmetic..and then the solutions appeared like an eagle soaring down from the skies.
     
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    Rock the headband and you'll be 'Sexi Mulling,' as the kids say.

    What?
     
  32. Power Player

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    I want a little of that plus to "get tipsy" as I reallllllllly want some Oakley flak jackets to help me during the day. I also was wondering if any of you guys have worn shades at night, and if so what lense.

    Only reason I ask is because the lighting can actually be blinding at times when I look up for overheads and serves, plus I lose the ball sometimes during the night as well because of depth perception.

    I wear shades all the time during the day..a total shadesmaster. Current daytime casual are the mostly tribes aviators. Classics.

    I have blue eyes and I feel like I am more light sensitive because of this.
     
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    Not a shades guy when playing if I can avoid it. If I must, when the sun is ridiculously harsh, I wear the aviators I got for 10 bucks from the shady guy on the Venice Boardwalk.

    I can see that Florida sun being deadly, though. Speaking of Florida, anyone watching this Marlins opening day game? Marlins starters goated onto the field on the arms of Brazilian dancers. Um, wow.

    In other news, I actually DID just save 60 bucks a month on my car insurance by switching to Geico. The racaholic in me smiles.
     
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    60 bucks a month! My god man, it's time for some gut poly in your life.
     
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    I have to get my swingweights measured. At 11.4 the plow through is insane on this racquet. I know the sounds ridiculous, but I can hit a lot of the same shots as I did with the 6.1. For example, the shot where you push the racquet into the ball to just drive it back without a full swing..really good for dtl approaches..easy shot with the 6.1. Feels the exact same with the pd.

    I hit an overhead smash off a short ball lob Tonight that was insanely hard..I know I can serve hard again.I see flashes of brilliance like that overhead and realize I just have to get my timing right and it will all come together again.

    Magic of this stick is it drives the ball like a 7g would, but also hits with big time spin when you want it as well. Best of both worlds, and first racquet to really give me a lot of spin and crush the flat drive.

    Worked a lot on my approaches and have this tip..hit the approach on the short ball softer than hard. I was hitting at 50% on short balle and just putting the ball into the corner against a fast opponent and they were still clean winners. I was over swinging before...this ties into what gads was doing with the compact swing..the pure drive makes it easy to swing easy on these shots.
     
  36. JGads

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    Right on. Those stiffer sticks, you really can just flick the ball and get a powerful shot. Mad Dog and I smacked the ball around tonight. As I'm getting back into the swing of things, I'm getting back to working on the shortened stroke again. I just really see the difference on that ball inside the baseline where the longer take-back is just too much for me. Got a second BC20 used and will be concentrating on that stick as well as working in the 7G a bit. Hit tonight with the 7G for the first time in long time and was reminded why I love it so much, it just bashes so easily. The Prestige is headed for Time Out, may even sell it soon if I keep on grooving with the 20. The 20 is so, so good on the forehand wing; you just let go and rip it. And coming from the other side, MD's forehands are always super wicked when he's swinging the 20. So glad I didn't sell the frame.
     
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    I know this isnt the right section and so on but i have an almost brand new vantage bc20 9./10 that i would sell for £50 if you were interested ?
     
  38. Ross K

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    Knowing our exorbitant rip off postal services here in the UK, it would probably cost the same to send to the States.:)

    On a more serious note, having presided over the original UKRHS and 10S Bums thread which was permanently removed/deleted for people 'openly' selling/trading rackets etc, may I humbly recommend just contacting people through their profiles re selling or whatever. Wouldn't want the same fate befalling this thread.:wink:
     
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    I wouldn't recommend the flak jackets personally. I had a pair of Radars that I made custom from the Oakley site with the vented black iridium Path shape lens. They were excellent for playing daytime tennis here in Texas. The G30 lens color may be the way to go for you for nighttime play. I've personally never used shades at night but I can see where they might be helpful. I have the same issue with light sensitivity so I know exactly what you mean.
     
  40. Power Player

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    Thanks Ryu, i will check these lenses and frames out..what turned you off from the Flak Jackets?
     
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    I just preferred the fit and field of view that the Radar had. It seems silly but the bridge piece in the middle on the flak jackets just bothered me. I also liked that the lenses on the radar offered more peripheral coverage. I think the biggest thing is that I could get the vented lenses on the Radar. I sweat a lot and the other lenses fog without the ventilation.
     
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    good points.I will need to see which fit my face better. I like glasses that ride higher on my nose, since lower ones slip down. That is what drew me to the flak jackets.
     
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    Oakley made some improvements with the earsocks and nose pieces. So even, when I get really sweaty the glasses barely move.

    Man, this is making me miss my sunglasses. They got stolen when my car was broken into and the wife has not been willing to let me get another pair. Luckily there is bonus money coming in May and June. Hello gut strings and sunglasses.
     
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    I pretty much have to get them. When I play matches with Badcall he is cool enough to let me serve away from the sun each time,but I want to start playing some tourneys again soon and thats not going to fly.

    also at night, I get blinded by the lighting sometimes when I serve or hit overheads..sometimes I just have issues seeing the ball clearly. I get my eyes checked every year and wear contacts. I have a mild astigmatism. Another reason I want shades is to keep air and debris out when I play. direct air into contacts sucks because they get dry and then start to smudge your vision.

    I'd also wear them for cycling and general sporting activity
     
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    tweaking the serve and liking the results. fh starting to consistently fire. now if only disciplined enough to lose weight and speed up the wheels...then see if former atp buds up for a match. :shock:

    for sure offer home brew to entice. ;)
     
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    PP...I think the Radars would be a really good fit for you. Customized how you like with 2 lenses would be right in the $300 neighborhood with shipping if you ordered direct from Oakley.
     
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    Along the lines of casual fedding...have you guys ever considered the merits/dangers of reckless rogidaling?
    This could be as innocent as combining a fed polo with cbs or as insouciant as having an apd with leather grip and champions choice...
    Blx 90 with full blast and clam diggers? Bull hat and vapors? Possibilities are endless.
    I was rogilubeing for awhile, then kind of switched to tipsyfedding followed by a wawaderer setup...but rogidaling could be epic...
    Feddyberding is not a bad option, Rogiddicking with a PD and vapors?
    Tsonga seems to be rogidalwillying with an apd plus champs choice but he ruined it with adidas gear...
     
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    I have only one shot that is casualFed. It is the inside out forehand drop shot I learned from watching him Eagle it all over the place. I got one last night..it is the best approach winner ever. The ball just goes over..bounces straight up and the next bounce is very low.

    I am not sure how you would describe me, but I will give you the look:

    Potential Oakley shades (tipsy JAckets or the Radars...whatever fits better)
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    Nike wristbands

    I apologize in advance.
     
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    This is absolute gold. It merits it's own reference section in Merriam-Webster's Collegiate edition....or.... A Language Studies symposium at Oxford University. I'm promoting the latter, followed by the prior.
     
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    Class fed class......:)
     

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