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  1. Ross K

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    Ah, I see, so interesting developments are afoot. I wish Paul well and every success (bloke's a legend in my book). Keep us all updated on Angell racs etc Meags.
     
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    Lifting weights has been a big part of my life since I was 16.

    So no..lol.

    But I have really shrunk down the weight I lift and the amount of exercise I do. I am at 2-3 days a week for 30 minutes a session. It does help your tennis game. I most likely hurt my shoulder as a kid..I have always had crackles in there since I was in my teens.
     
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    I would guess that some physical therapy could help
     
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    I suppose that photo is not real right>:-?
     
  5. Ross K

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    Q for you RH string experts... is Bab Nvy actually the same string as Babolat Conquest?
     
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    PP,

    Try cutting out military and bench press. I had to do that for my shoulder. Maybe dips too.
     
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    Yeah im definitely cutting those out for sure.

    Not sure how I can work out my chest..im thinking inclines..they are much easier on the shoulders.
     
  8. Boricua

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    What about pushups?
     
  9. Fed Kennedy

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    PP any thoughts of a return to the pro open? Seemed a comfy racquet to me. The 95d is a pillow compared to the PDR. The new tour 97 looks good also, hefty though. If you strike high in the bed and like to go for sharp angles you will like the YY. Takes a couple days to dial in...

    I took the liberty of ordering vc97 and 89 demos...:)
     
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    I still have a pro open actually but it only hits big if I lead it up and make it more head heavy than I'd like. Unfortunately, my preference for sticks that play better HH could be annoying my shoulder - just a theory, but the 95d will be a nice way to test that out.

    95D being like a pillow, playing like a 6.1 has always intrigued me as an alternate if I had test a stick. The PDR plays in many ways like a 6.1 as well. There are only so many sticks that do these things. Pure Storm Tour (a little sluggish, so no point in going there again)..and Tfight 320. The Tfight will chew up my gut/poly setup too fast so I can't really go there.

    I like sticks that drive the ball and let me hit with some heavy top. The PDR is my perfect stick really, but the 6.1 was super close..just a little too tough for me.

    Does the 95D have the same power as the 16x18 6.1?
     
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    It might not so much the less HL balance then the fact that the Pro Open is pretty light in standard form and just doesn't pack a punch like a 335g plus stick.

    No substitute for cubic inches (or grams in this case)

    I still wouldn't rule out the combo of your pullups starting the issue and the bdr finishing the soreness. The Roddick's are a serous weapon but alot of it could be from the stiffness to transfer the power.

    I love them and the power is addictive but maybe at a price.

    Good luck sorting it out, it sucks being injured.

    There's at least one positive to this story: your shoulder issue have reminded me that I want to stay clear of the bdrs :)
     
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    Yes, well I just am not sure if the BDR is to blame in any way. But this means I will be able to find out because if I can't hit with a 65ish RA frame that swings lighter I may take a break from tennis for a while.

    I know what I like - stiffer sticks that I soften up with gut mains. Took me forever to get that setup figured out, but it is super goaty and has made my tennis so much better.

    I still believe the BDR to be my frame..my grail, if you will. But I am hoping maybe some of that grailness is also in the gut/poly setup as well.

    Anyway, I will try and grab a yy demo this week if possible. My list of frames is very short.

    Also going back to gut does make me more open to using a 16x20 pattern again. It should last a long time in a 95. I could probably go full gut as well.
     
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    Do butterflies.
     
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    Yep, will do those for sure.

    Was your shoulder injury similar to my symptoms?
     
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    Why not lead it up to match your Roddick Noir?
     
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    PP, the area you're describing is the ac joint. I would bet a lot of money you have an ac joint injury.

    Don't waste time trying different rackets, changing your routine, and so forth. I did that when I hurt my shoulder and wasted so much time. Just get it looked at quickly by a sports medicine ortho surgeon. If he diagnoses an ac injury most likely you'll get a cortizone injection in the shoulder. You can then try to rehab it, but like I said before it will likely still lead to a surgery called distal clavicle resection.
     
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    I tried when I bought way too much lead tape a few weeks back, it just did not hit the same and getting it to balance out with the same SW was rather tricky.

    Ok I know an ortho I can get with pretty soon.

    Here is my question, would a lighter, little more flex and more hl stick like the yy be better for it just to get me through the summer? I just joined a league and I seriously am hoping I can play some matches before possibly taking a break from the game. It's not at a point where I really feel it too often. It's early stages still. If I need this, I'm out of tennis for 4 months, which is depressing.
     
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  18. Ross K

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    technique tips revisited

    RHs,

    Just following on re the technique vids and discussions from a few months back. Where I've worked a fair bit of late and now notice good improvement is:

    . Okay, this is basic stuff but on 2hbh really whipping through much more effectively with the left hand - mostly I believe due to properly focussing on the finish position (I thought I was doing this, but once I began concerted work here I realized my finish was often fading and not correctly whipping across/over shoulder.)

    . Footwork - I've had a big improvement here as re transferring weight into the shot/hopping off into the shot. Especially on the fh side, and especially when slightly stretched, the results have been very encouraging re the c/c reply. And though harder to pull off, I've noticed this weight shift hop thingy can produces a real sniper's reply with my 2hbh. Anyhow, I have to say re footwork, I feel this is a real advance.

    Any thoughts on that ^ or tips, other stuff on the technique side others would care to share, post it up.:)
     
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    Mate, not to be a stick in the mud but stop buying sticks and get some decent coaching....!
     
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    808, those were some fantastic perspective pics of the Yonex up against those various frames. Very nicely done.

    Fed, I'm gonna join you in the Yonnie Tour Bus. As a Mid lover, I have to try the 89, just to see. Specs indicate it's gotta be just a little too heavy and tough for me to realistically use, but I just love what they're trying to do with the wider upper hoop and slightly more open pattern for a mid. And everyone's saying it's softer than the first-gen VCores, which leads me to ...

    PP, I think I'm going to be the lone dissenter among the VCore 95d craze around here, but regarding your arm issue, I just wanted to relay my personal experience as a caution -- tried the VCore 95 three different times, twice as a demo and once I had a very brief hit with it on the TW demo court. For whatever reason, the frame felt great on the TW demo court, whilst both of my personal demo experiences the frame felt jarring to my arm. And when I first noticed my shoulder starting to hurt a couple months back, I had a demo of the V95 along with the Prestige MP that I'd recently purchased, and every single time I tried the VCore, my shoulder hurt big time when I made contact with the ball, whilst swinging the Prestige in the same session I barely felt it. So I dropped the VCore so as to make sure. ... If you're going to play through this discomfort, which it sounds like you might, I'm not saying the V95 is an arm-breaker, but I think A) it's not necessarily a pillowy, arm-friendly savior, either (in the frame's feedback section, there are a few others who relate some arm discomfort so at least it's not only me) and B) it must be pretty string sensitive so that will be huge. Soft poly hybrid at most, I'd think. And of course, you're coming from an extremely stiff frame and the VCore might be great by comparison -- I'm just saying it's no PK or Exo in terms of arm comfort.

    Oh, and finally: as someone who recently had two very big scares, first the shoulder that was in serious pain and couldn't be lifted one night up over my head; and then later the knee, which for several weeks I couldn't straighten without a shooting pain that I was sure (after awhile) must have indicated a tear or something serious.... well, while they were both literal pains to deal with, they also both proved to be less than I at one point feared in my doomsday mind. The knee was a hulluva lot more to deal with (only electro therapy at the PT clinic finally triggered the healing process to begin), but all I'm saying is, don't go crazy fearing the very worst, surgery, etc., until you actually hear those words from a doc. It could be that bad, or it could be something not so bad that just requires rest or physical therapy. Hopefully that. Best of luck, my friend.
     
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    I'd echo some of jgads thoughts PP, the vc95 is a firm hit, I likened it to the n95, when I hot my becker alongside its seriously soft considering they have the same ra rating. Its all relative as I think with the weight I add kinda flexes it up a bit and takes away any jarring but if you are having problems then I would go back to the pk or something similar.

    Ever tried the dunlop revelation superlong +1.00, 100 sq in, the best feel, loads of power, beautiful in fact, its an extra inch but doesn't feel it, if you can find one in the classifieds going cheap I'd give it a go. If I wanna pic to identify let me know.
     
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    I hit with a 95d yesterday, really solid quite liked it, it felt heavier than i expected, though lighter than what i have been uusing.might purchase and give one a run.
     
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    It definately feels heavier with more swingweight than specs suggest. It also feels longer....
     
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    Guys I appreciate the input. The stiffness of the BDR is not super bad to me. I am thinking maybe it vibrates more than I notice and that is what does it..or maybe it simply is not hurting my arm in any way, and it started with the extended length PD combined with working out.. Regardless, I am not that interested in a pillow stick because every time I get one I try a stiffer racquet and play better.

    I will give it a whirl..I could use full gut in the thing if I wanted. Definitely gut in the mains if I buy one bare minimum. It sounds like it is easier on the arm than the blx 6.1, and that never bugged my shoulder, just was very jolting to the elbow more than anything.
     
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    Yonex RDIS 200 is very flexible and arm friendly if we are talking about Yonex. VCORE line is stiffer.
     
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    No mine was more in the back/shoulder area.
     
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    Ok I know an ortho I can get with pretty soon.

    Here is my question, would a lighter, little more flex and more hl stick like the yy be better for it just to get me through the summer? I just joined a league and I seriously am hoping I can play some matches before possibly taking a break from the game. It's not at a point where I really feel it too often. It's early stages still. If I need this, I'm out of tennis for 4 months, which is depressing.[/QUOTE]

    Yes you can play through an ac injury without anything to worry about. It's just how much pain can you manage. If it only hurts a little you may be able to just deal with it and rehab it. Cortizone injections help so much, but only last for a while. In the ac joint you can get cortizone injections without damaging anything unlike other areas. The surgery is not bad at all. If you're going to hurt your shoulder this is the one to get. If it comes down to the surgery maybe schedule it for the beginning of december and just take the cold months off. By the way after the surgery there is no time frame to worry about. Nothing is really repaired. Just the diseased bone is cut out, so again when recovering it's just pain management. I think it took about 3 months to play, but it may have been less.

    I highly doubt the PDR had anything to do with it. It's most likely from lifting weights. If you google "weighlifters shoulder", that's what I think you have. It's well worth it to have it looked at. When I went in I just assumed I had a rc injury and it turned out to be the ac joint which honestly I had never heard of.
     
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    gator..awesome. It sounds like you are nailing it man. This could be from years of weights, college lacrosse (I hit people with that shoulder a lot) just adding up to this. Talking to my INS network about which Ortho I can go to and then I'll get it looked at.
     
  29. Ross K

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    Well, some of us do have a tradition of it and enjoy talking tennis tips. Plus I haven't bought a stick in months actually.:)
     
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    LOL true true! Which site are you visiting for tennis tips and techniques?
     
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    Ross, footwork:

    split step every time before your opponent makes contact.

    Do it every time and once that is engrained, I will post more ;)
     
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    Ok, grabbed 3 levels of flexbands. Should I just do the throwers 10 with these things klem or anything else to do?

    Got the 95D demo and Rad Pro. The only 2 sticks I really was interested in. Right off the bat, the 95D just seems sweet. Thin beam and solid. Also, the head size seems a lot bigger than a 95. Definitely bigger to me than the Wilson 6.1. Seems real easy to string as well, which is key. Dry swinging it and doing the serve motion did not bother my arm at all..same with Rad Pro.

    I'm starting to think that I need my PDRs too heavy. Problem is I really don't like them stock. Same issue with the Pro Open. I like them 3 pts HL and heavy when it comes to tweeners. This may be an issue off the bat with the Rad Pro, but we shall see. The Yonex seems like it is weighted and balanced for literally every style of player..1hbh or 2hander (the long handle seems to make this seem like a great 2 handers stick), baseline or all court. It really seems very 6.1ish.

    This could be really enjoyable. Hoping I get to hit around tonight.
     
  33. PED

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    You should be ok, the IGRP is 4 pts hl in stock form, so you could easily add a gram to get it to 3 points HL.

    IGRP hits a big ball and is probably the most arm friendly WMD out there but I'll warn you that it takes time to get used to the flex. It also swings MUCH faster than the older YT version you and I used to use.
     
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    The flex is kind of what I'm weird about. I lose a lot of directional control with too much flex and use spin to place the ball more. Also, I prefer gut mains, which could be overkill.

    Anyway, I will mess with it and find out how it goes. It is strung with a multi at 60#s..the yy is strung with Excel at 60#s.
     
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    That's the interesting part: with the igrp, you'll still have to use a good deal of top-there's plenty of power but it's not really set up for flat driving the ball. The directional control is a good deal better than the Bab's IMO.

    I had to make some swing plane adjustments coming from the TEC. I really like it now but it took a while. With the TEC I was standing right on the baseline and taking everything early. With the igrp, I'm another step or so back-the lighter package doesn't work as well with that type of play. You can get some serious pace on defense though and quickly turn "D" into offense; if you can get the point to neutral, your next ball from the igrp will usually allow you to take over. That's what sold me on the stick really.
     
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    Throwers are good (football/baseball toss motion) in varying degrees. Lat pulls help stretch the shoulder as well, step on one end with your heel, grab the length along you back-side and pull straight up behind your head. Cross-overs stretch the ac as well, step on the band with both feet, cross the band in an x across the front of your body, bend the knees a bit and pull-up cross handed isolating you shoulders.

    Slow and steady, don't rush them. Make sure to inhale during the pull and then exhale during the hold, reason is your muscles relax involuntarily when you exhale and this helps isolate the tendons/ligaments.

    There are also a plethora of stretches/exercises involving tying the bands. Hard to explain these ones, pictures help better. I'll look them up and post. I have about ten that are a MUST.

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    Vcore100s is taking a back-seat. Great racquet but not for me at the moment. Experienced mild pain in the elbow and shoulder from play, something the MgRads/Prestiges did not cause. Can't take any risks at the moment. Will put it down indefinitely.
     
  37. Fed Kennedy

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    Interested to hear your thoughts on 95d. At 60 lbs you should have a lot of control and a ton of gas on flat shots. Its an easier stick to wield than a 6.1. The reason I keep coming back to it is its money on the 1hbh. I can just let fly with the eagle Wing follow through and know its going in. The only other stick that makes me feel this way is the ps85.
    It also produces some very cutting slices. Like meaghs and gads said though it is kinda stiff...not bab stiff but theres some firm stuff up high in the hoop.
     
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    Klem..fantastic..thanks. I am going to do these bands every time before I hit and then do the throwers 10 as well.

    Fed, I am stoked about this 95 now that it is in my hand. Thinner beamed sticks just grab my attention, especially if they hit big. I love to slice approach down the lines, it wins me a lot of points, and I have a feeling this stick could be nasty for those. It is a good looking racquet and it has a solidity to it that I really like. If it is as good on the 2hander as the 1, I am really in for a ride.

    Have you gut polyd with it? It could be devastating as I bet the spin is pretty heavy.

    PED, this is a classic situation where I feel the yy is the stick for me, but I have gone into demos with this sensation before, only to come out with the opposite impression.
     
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    PP I have indeed gut polyd it. However unlike a lot of 95d users I have not struggled with string setups...in other words everything has played well for me from full addiction to full vs to full blackcode and everything in between. The gut poly is sweet but its not a sea change from other setups for me.
     
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    It sounds like the YY is a good fit for you, the only rub might be the stiffness that Gads mentioned but it's gotta feel soft after the bdr.
     
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    Thats actually pretty great that the stick plays so well with different setups. Did you notice more spin and pocketing though with the gut poly? That is the main thing I love..I can throw the ball across the net in a way. It also is far more arm friendly than any other poly hybrid too.

    I know my buddy Uvicek on here uses full gut in his 95Ds. I am hoping I can hit with him soon and see how that plays. It's probably pure goat. I want full gut in the PDs, but I know I will run through it too fast.

    and yeah, I realized after the 6.1 that I really like drive sticks. Pure Drive, 6.1, 7G, Pure Storm, Aero Pro, Tfight...so that is why I had the 95 on my short list.
     
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    Ever tried the Technifibre 315 Tflash? It has high stiffness, but the silicone in the handle makes it more armfriendly. For me it was a great match. I liked the PD series but they really hurt my arm. After a lot of testing the TFlash turned out to be the money shot.
     
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    I love Tecs, but I think the lack of feel and tinny aspect just finally turned me off just enough to look elsewhere. the Tfight is more my style than the tflash.

    Thing about the Pure Drive is that it really is not just a spinny tweener, and instead IMO, can do anything. I love sticks like that, and consider the Tfight the same style.

    I came back into tennis and played the thin beamed Tfight 320. When I went to buy another one, it had changed to the samurai version and that is what got me on the racquet hunts.

    The yy has a ton of the same characteristics but is probably easier on the body than the 6.1 and the pure drive. I will find out soon enough.
     
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    As you probably know, current TFight 320 has no samurai, its an attactive red-black color scheme. But, I suppose its pretty stiff if compared to the VCore 95.
     
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    Thanks!

    It may be slighly heavy, but it swings rather light – ligter than the listed SW might suggest (and, dare I say, lighter than the IG Mid). Give it a try, I'm going to commit to the 89 for a while. It's a really, really fun frame. Also a bit softer than the 95D.

    When I first got my 89 I thought it might benefit from a slightly more head-light balance so I changed the grip to Babolat leather. That added about 10g. Turned out I prefer the stock balance so I went back to Babloat Skin Feel which is about 2 or 3g heavier than the stock (paper-thin) YY grip. Strung, with overgrip and dampener it weighs 349g. I like that. Protip: Prince Resi Thin is even slightly lighter than Skin Feel.

    Yup, the 95D is no pillow. It's firm and heavy. More comfortable than the PDR (2009 is the only one I tried) though. String-wise I first tried the TW-recommended full bed of Kirschbaum P2, which was quite nice. Next up a full bed of Beast XP which I hated and cut out after one hour of play. It's now strung with a VS Team / Hyperion hybrid which I like rather much. The 89 has the same setup.

    Also, get well soon PP!
     
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    I think you maybe got the TFlash on the wrong page. It's very similar to the PD sticks. The Tfight imo is another level and goes more towards player sticks.
    If you are in the possibillity to try a TFlash 315 i can almost guarantee you'll be pleasently surprised.

    Just my two cents.
     
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    Thanks 808..the rehab/strengthening begins today before hitting.

    Just sleeping on my back for 2 nights seems to have helped as well.

    Firm and heavy? :) Thats what I like. It is how my PDR hits.

    So Prince Resi Thin is the grip to get if you want to keep the yy at stock weight?

    How is the power and spin and feel with that gut poly setup..sounds like an ideal setup. I just can't go mid, but it sounds like that 89 may be the best mid on the market.

    Fibo - if I don't like the yy or Head, I will try the Tflash out. But I prefer sticks that lean towards player sticks..hence the PDR (not PD), 6.1, Pure Storm...etc.
     
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    No probs.

    Isn't the PDR just a heavier PD? Like with the Tflash 300 and 315?
    I had absolutely no arm pain after my switch from the PD(R) to Tflash.

    Good luck with your search and recovery!
     
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    Thanks! And yes it is close, but getting a PD to spec like a PDR with lead is actually rather tricky.
     
  50. mcnota

    mcnota Rookie

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    whatever you do, don't try a..

    tgk238.1 with 4 inches of lead at 3 and 9 and 2 inches of lead at 12 (similar to berdych setup), then silicone in handle to bring it to 358g

    string with pacific poly power at 45lbs


    ..because you'll be hooked ;)

    power,spin,control, plow through.. everything
     

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