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  1. Ross K

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    Looking forward to your review of the nursing staff. If possible please compare with other staff, ie dental staff, admin staff, and legal staff. Are we talking too much heft? Or is the weight and balance very pleasing and maneuverability is unimpeded? Please also advise re if, as others have commented, you consider it an outstanding top quality pj. Cheers klem.:)
     
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    What frames, pray tell? :)
     
  3. TennisMD

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    So it sounds like the new PDR is a demo. Just curious you were intrigued by the new wilson 6.1 95 BLX. On paper according to TWU it has more power than the new PDR or the Head Youtes extreme pro. Personally Im not so sure about the power issue, but I am less consistant and I think it has to do with swing weight. So would be interested in your thoughts and what ledyou away from the BLX
     
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    I prefer a more head heavy balance on my sticks. 3-5 pts hl. I also like them lighter..12.1 seems to be what I prefer. I also realized my game is most suited for a 100 size head. So all those things got me back to realizing that the pdr was my stick,

    Also used thr gut poly setup starting with the blx and that really opened my eyes to realizing I much prefer stiff racquets with gut mains (soft string setups).
     
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    Perhaps the idea stick for true racquetholic is the big bubba cus by the time they find the ideal stick they can't use anything else...
     
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  6. SlapShot

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    Let's see:

    PS6.0 85
    KPS88
    PS6.0 95
    BLX Six.One 95
    YT Prestige Mid
    Volkl C10Pro
    Redondo Mid
    PS Ltd

    And so on and so forth. :p
     
  7. aimr75

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    Hit with a pc600 for the first time recently. Wow. One of the nicest hitting frames I've ever tried
     
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    Its freaking awesome. How are the Pt57As in comparison? That is the one stick (16x19) that I have always wanted to have to check out.
     
  9. klementine

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    ^ +1. Yes...... The Berdych/Haas/Murray special.

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    On a side note, the 98d is due to arrive tomorrow...... just got a text from a friend asking if I want to do an 'indoor demo session',(raining here) like the ones we used todothe in winter time before my injury.

    I'll stop by home after work for a change of clothes. He's going to stop by the pro shop and pick up some demos. Asked me what frames I want him to pick-up for the hitting session. I listed,
    -the 95d,98d,100s
    -2012 pd
    -if they have any of the vcore tours
    .. we need some more frames... what would ya'll suggest? I have until 5pm eastern to give him some more.
     
  10. Ross K

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    ^^^ Me personally - definitely the PDR 2012.
     
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    Mantis Tour 305 could be nice. Low swingweight though
     
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    John from SW loved it in his review
     
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    This. Over the PD standard.

    Unless your shoulder is requiring lighter sticks. But the BDR swings real easily.
     
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    i've tried to do this as well so i'll take out 10 frames that have been neglected for at least over 6 months. i'll get them out, restring them and take them out for a "final" hit to determine if they will be sold. i always end up coming back w/ a few that play so well that they end up back in the rotation again! so much for the notion of a "final" hit... :mrgreen:
     
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    I have done that with a few ex-girlfriends, so I know better than to try it with a frame. :p
     
  16. klementine

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    Check.

    They won't have Mantis frames ro demo there. Wish they weould.

    Double check. Remember no serves or 2handers. :(

    Sorry to post such insignificANT banter, but nobody else cares :smile:

    On my way to the courts, we have for tonights dish.... all the vcores.. 95d,98d&100s and both pd and pdr. Yeeeehahhh!!!!h.... will post my thoughts and partners later on.
     
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    Hahaha! but it's far more dangerous doing that w/ ex-gfs than it is w/ a tennis racquet. however the end result is that my collection of sticks is still way too large and the hope of trimming it down diminishes w/ each "final" hit. in fact, it's gotten so bad, i'm afraid to even count how many sticks i have. glad my wife hasn't counted either because if she did, i'd be in trouble! :oops: :-o
     
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    The 57a's are naturally more forgiving and are still nice and soft, easy on the arm and an overall great racquet, but this pc600 just took the cake for me.

    It was like driving a high performance car where you cant help but press your foot on the pedal.. you just want to go for broke hitting with it because it feels so good.

    The 16x19 57a would be great to try once.. they are so rare and would be mega $$
     
  19. klementine

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    Well, I just got back from the demo-session. My third outing with the ‘bionic shoulder’, along for the ride was my friend (big,strong guy,4.0 at best, ex-pitcher) and court space was a premium, so we double rallied with 2 others (who were more experienced than us 5.0+’s). Had fun and held our own. Just great to be on a court and slamming some yellow fuzzies.

    Alright, here are my impressions, before I forget: Babs first, Yonnies last.

    The PD- Really felt better than the previous iterations but had that ‘babolat feel’ that I can do without. Really had to get behind your shots, the baby-blue model felt more powerful than this one… ehhhh, didn’t like it.

    The PDR- Wowzers!!! That’s what I’m talkin’ about. They shouldn’t even make two versions of this frame, this is the PD as far as I’m concerned. Smooth, well-timed strokes offer booming, driving balls. Picking up balls on the rise is a pleasure with this one. It’s all there. Reminds me of some past Wilson hammer frames, short back swing, long back swing, reverse forehand, flat follow throuhgs… it doesn’t matter; just keep the wrist stable, pick your spot and tag it up.

    The 95d- First time I hit with this one and was really surprised at the power-control ratio. Feels like the love child of a PrestigeMP and a 6.1 95 (16main). I might also add that it feels stiffer than the rdc suggest. Best ‘pure-hitter’ of the night. Very enjoyable.

    The 98d- Didn’t play much with this one, in fact must have hit like 6 balls before switching to the…………….

    Vcore 100s- Yes. Indeed. Thought I would enjoy this the least of all. I was wrong. Thought that it was built for top-spinny, b-line loops. Wrong again. Thought it would feel too stiff. Once again, wrong. In fact, the 98d felt stiffer than this one, it plays much more comfortable than the rdc would suggest. I was slicing, dicing, driving and dancing the ball. Does it feel and swing light? Yes. But it’s powerful and user friendly, I was driving the ball better with this one than any other of the demo sticks. When held up against the PD’s, the mains (as a group) run longer, while the PD’s frame runs bigger at the top of the hoop, the 100s runs bigger at 3,9&6. This gives it a plusher feel and larger sweetspot than the PD. I can only imagine what it would play like with a little weight on the hoop and a grip change. Just as fun as the exo3Tour100 to play with (as in it helps keep you in rallies and has a general string-bed acceptance of the ball) but it also has that ‘I think I’ll hit a winner now’ button. It’s the perfect tweener. Best part of all, the head shape is more or less conventional than isometric. Don't want to build it up too much but I really, really enjoyed this one. Considering forgoing the ceremonial 'unwrapping of the plastic' off the 98d handle when it arrives tomorrow and sending it back for one of these.
     
  20. LanEvo

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    Have you swung the regular PD? It swings even easier, although because of its light weight it is a bit unstable off off-center hits, the PDR is solid all around. I have one of each, so they should round out my pair, each for how I want to hit on a given day.
     
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    Yes I did. I had the same impressions as Klem..too light, not enough boom. The bdr is where it's at. Klem if you go with the pdr or 100, please try gut poly when u feel up to it. I seriously have never enjoyed tennis this much before.
     
  22. Fed Kennedy

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    Klem I agree the 100s is surprisingly awesome. I dont even have lead on mine, just a leather grip. I am surprised at the pop this frame has whike retaining control...
     
  23. Ross K

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    Interesting reading klem... Btw like what you say re the VC 100 and it's 'I think I'll hit a winner now' button (you compare it to the EXo 100, which for me personally has more of a 'I think I'll endlessly run around from side to side as this ball just keeps coming back to me no matter how many times I inexplicably fail to put it away' button). :)
     
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    Just checking in from sunny Ibiza, slightly polar bear'd today. that fatal bottle of white wine before bed on a belly of beer and drink all ye want vino tinto....

    Major problemo with the hotel, they decided to dig up the clay courts for the more children friendly aqua park! So will have to sneak on a neighbouring hotel's courts.

    Good to hear about the 100s having that pull the trigger switch, pity wozniaki cant find it. Hopefully the vc89t will be out when i get back......
     
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    PP- Can't go wrong with gut/poly. Any combo feels good. PDR is a great frame. My buddy said it was the best of the batch. He currently plays with the becker legend, full tour bite with a little lead at 12. He plays 4.0 league play but I've seen him take out 5.0's and up on his 'on' days. Just gets too emotional and 'off' his game. Massive serve (helps when you're 6'4) and just crushes the ball. Was a switch hitter in his baseball days and can sometimes put it away with left-handed forehands. Must be nice.

    Fed- Not sure if lead would take away from the 'fun factor' of the 100s? This frame would be nice to have in the bag.

    Ross- Keep in mind, that mini review was based off of casual hitting/rallying with winners taken when 'it was appropriate'. Have a feeling that the PDR and 95d would truly shine in matchplay, especially on serve, return and absorbing pace. FedK could possibly chime in on this. I only compare the 100s to the exo3Tour in terms of pure enjoyment, they are completely different racquets.

    Meaghs- Spaniards are known for building/financing aqua parks all over the mediterranean. Only they don't have to destroy clay courts in greece/cyuprus to do so because they are few and far between. ETA should be notified. :evil: Re-wozni.. she had a tough time with the apd too and look at tsonga with the same frame. Her problem is timing/footwork, not the frame.

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    Off to work, contemplating what I should do with the 98d once it arrives. Send it back? PDR? 100s? 95d?...........
     
  26. Ross K

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    Just a racketaholics alcoholics heads up here Rich... Vetterano brandy... not really expensive but absolute nectar of the gods! They sell it out there... you will thank me.:)
     
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    Well, I'm sending the 98d back and swapping for the 100s. It was just too fun hitting with that one.


    Attention fedK, need your help. 2 Q's for you.

    1.) What grip size do you normally play or feels right? (ie-wilson 3/8's..bab 1/4...head 3/8's)

    2.) With the Yonnies what grip size do you play? Factoring in a grip change for the yonnie pallets.

    I'm worried that a Yonnie 1/4 will feel too small after grip compression and that a 3/8's will never feel right after a proper grip replacement, leather or a thicker syn.
     
  28. Fed Kennedy

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    I like wilson 3/8ths. The yonnie 3/8ths feels good to me even with leather. But my vcore 100 is a 1/4ths and it feels fine too. I like plush og like tournatac and I hold the buttcap in the middle of my palm. Plus you might want to add a flare.
     
  29. Ross K

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    Dear Diary,

    Not much playing of late. Monsoon-like rain in London for weeks. Too much on the work front - etcetera. But now the sun has arrived this week, and from very little for weeks I'm now looking at two games in two days starting tomorrow. So, armed with a bag full of APDOs, and having worked a bit recently on some basic footwork stuff and a little fh/2hbh technique tweaking, I've got to say I'm really looking forward to strutting my stuff out there on the court once more.:)


    [​IMG]

    BTW, Any RHs discovered a racket lately that's completely blown their minds and in aesthetic and results terms can now rightly be deemed the orgasmatronic nirvanic holy grail racketaholics racket of rackets? :lol:
     
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    Seeing that does make me ponder something, namely who amongst us, who of the noble breed of racketaholics here follows in the footsteps of Feliciano Lopez, and Tupak, and, er, Bruce Springsteen, and proudly wears a bandana?

    BTW, being English, for me personally, this is not an option.:)
     
  32. PED

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    I'm with you, just not an option for me.

    That's a tough look to rock IMO after a certain age ;)

    Plus I wear a baseball cap-my strokes are grooved to having a bill over my eyes.
     
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    Yonex VCore Tour 89. Some first impressions after two hours with the racquet on red clay (gut/poly 25/24kg):

    → plays quite a bit bigger than the head size would suggest
    → surprisingly forgiving under pressure
    → nice power and plow, but certainly not too powerful, just confidence inspiring
    → very precise, fun to hit sharp angles with
    → solid, stable feel at net
    → good ball feedback in practically any situation, you know if your shot is good the instant the ball leaves the strings
    → surprisingly suitable for both a driving, flat-hitting and whippy, topspin-oriented style (I usually prefer the former)
    → nice stiff and crisp feel but comfortable at the same time, didn't feel any bad vibrations
    → coming from the PD+, serving took me some time but once it clicked I managed to hit a couple of hot ones
    → Serve returns: just use the mass of the frame and block them back
    → just plain fun

    Conclusion: the YY Tour 89 is a mid-size frame for the 21st century. Must-demo for anyone interested in mids, IMO.

    I also had a VCore 95D in the bag, but didn't even pull it out – the 89 was just so much fun to play with.
     
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    Summer is here, We've got to think about our fashion options...sexi yet also classy. The bandana is a tough one to pull off. If you dont have ATP points or gold records you're really putting yourself out there. There is an androgynous glam appeal about them, for example Mr Rose here looks hotter than some girls I have dated but....it is indeed the height of tarding.
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    What a tease! How did it compare to a wilson 90?
     
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    I don't know, I haven't hit with a Wilson 90 in quite some time. And I just don't like Wilson frames in general, so I'm biased anyway.

    But compared to the IG Prestige Mid this new Yonex feels more "modern", for lack of better words. Easier to play with and (imo) better suited to todays game. Probably in part due to the stiffer/crisper feel and wide/short head...? It's basically just as wide as the 95D, just 2 or 3cm shorter. The 89 also has more easy power on tap (and my Prestige is strung with full gut).

    Anyways, these were just some quick thoughts off the top of my head after two hours of drills / match practice. Looking forward to hitting the 89 again. First, though, I will be away on holidays for a couple of days. See you guys next week.
     
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    How about the 89 compared to the QTour?

    In these parts, the belly is about five pounds heavier from eating my way through Manhattan last week. And I have a cold. But... the knee is rested, rehabbed and ready, and a QTour and Black Drive Roddick demo are en route.
     
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  39. Ross K

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    RHs,

    So no-one will confess to the wearing of a bandana?


    Gads,

    Put the knife and fork down, take a few vitamin C tablets, and give us a report on the new PDR pronto - LOL!
     
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    I like the feel of the 89 better than the QTour – crisper with more feedback vs. somewhat muted (again, I'm not used to PK Ki frames and their unique feel so YMMV). QT has more power and hits a bit flatter. Control, precision, stability is top notch with either frame. I'm not sure yet but the 89 may indeed be a bit more forgiving than the bigger QT (Iso head?). Both are equally suited to an attacking all-court game, which I like.

    Alright, gotta go. Have fun with your demos, Gads!

    edit: If there's any interest I could take a couple of head size comparison pix with the 89 once I'm back home. PD, V95D, IGPMid for example.
     
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    When playing as a kid in the 90s i used to wear on on my wrist sometimes, you could freeze them and they'd keep your arm cool useful to wipe your playing hand over.
    I did get one once to wear but not as some silly head scarf band thing like nadal and fed do, oh no, i went for the pirate look ala Agassi, I fitted in rather well on the courts around the mountains of france that summer, certainly would not wear one in this country not since about '92 when i discovered they made caps that were for tennis. (I had the one Agassi wore when he won wimbledon, that was a comfy hat).
     
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    With you on that Dave. Strictly a cap man myself. Must say though, on the rare occasions I spot a bandana wearing player here in London, invariably they are very, very good (even if invariably they aren't actually English.) :)
     
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    I do not wear bandannas. I know a guy who would meet us out at night and would have bandannas on his arms and under his hat like 2pac, and this was a social event.

    Kind of ruined it for me.
     
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    You have to have hair on top to wear a bandanna IMO. That disqualifies me since I have the dreaded male pattern baldness disease! :cry: Either that or be completely hairless like James Blake.
     
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    Please do!
     
  46. Fed Kennedy

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    Lol. Do not over accecsorize.

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    Power Player,

    I think you should try the BDR+ and compare it to the BDR. Don´t you think so?

    Excited Jgads with your new demos experiences.
     
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    I walked on to play a league match last week, watching the opponents walk onto court i said to our captain, he looks like he'll be handy Cap asks, why when he hasn't hit a ball, nothing matched on clothing, racquets or bag but he was using an iprestige mid and had a bright paisley bandana (think Philopousis-or however that is spelt) sure enough during the warm up i watched our A pairing get beat up on, the match was worse for them.He was eastern european too, think you're on to something Ross!
    I need a hat like Captain Jacks!:shock:
     
  49. Power Player

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    Yes, feel free to buy one and send it on over. I use a 1/4 grip :)

    I am planning on sticking to standard length. Going back had me hitting higher on the bed for 2 weeks so I don't like going back and forth.
     
  50. Ross K

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    Re The Great Racketaholic Bandana Debate, well, I'm not sure I've ever seen the pro's wearing them like this!:)

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