Diary of a Racketaholic

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

  1. skeeter

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    Will be interested in what you think about this one. I demo'd the 330 version, loved everything about it except it felt just a tad heavy at times, just right on the edge of my comfort zone. But absolutely loved everything else about it; very comfortable, solid, good controllable pop, fun-serving... so I splurged (though wasn't as expensive as I thought it would be) and got the 310 version from TW-Europe. Been in love ever since (3 months ago). Actually added a little tape at 12 for some extra pop on serves, and the gut/poly in there is sublime. Sure wish Yonex would see fit to sell the lighter version over here; think they would find a nice following.
     
  2. Power Player

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    I got the syn gut strung up at 52. This could work well since I like poly 10 pounds less. Just boils down to how long it lasts, which could end up being an issue. Still, poly can bug my arm, so I need options.

    Low tension poly is real nice though..if you are into the slingshot style of hitting, like fed or djoker, this is a nice but poly alternative, but the touch and feel is not going to be the same.
     
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    I strung up one of my Prestiges with full Alu at 53#. Jesus - I am still frequently amazed at just how awesome Alu is for the first couple of hours. The pop, the spin....just wow...

    Too bad I have every expectation of it being shot by the end of the week.
     
  4. Power Player

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    Yes ALU is so good that I don't want to string it up, even though I have a mini reel here.

    The syn gut at 52 is not bad at all, but it can not top the poly at 40. I can do a lot more to the ball with the poly setup. The other thing though that it is tough to go back and forth and really assess the setups. Today I preferred the full poly as it just allows me to swing out and keep the ball in more often.i was also back to hitting my approach shots for winners instead of errors so that was nice.

    The 305 really is a fun demo. It is actually more demanding than the 200 due to the tighter pattern. But it gives that killer 325 line drive ball that is very fun to hit. I feel like I would like it more with gut poly as it begs for this setup. Have to say it is rather nice to get a light stick coming around so fast, but when you make contact it feels a lot heavier due to the balance and swing weight. At the end of the day I went back to my 200 and was quite happy, but the specs on the 305 are absolutely perfect for baselining. If they made it a 16x20, 98 head and had more flex, it would be super goaty.
     
  5. Ross K

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    Am I the only one who actually thinks TB is similar but better than Alu?

    BTW RHs, I´m still in Spain... endless beach-life and late nights, incredible heat and sun, cerveza and bocadillos, and the general muy tranquillo vibes here in Menorca means I´m a bit out of shape tennis wise and in general, but, never mind, such is life:wink: ... right, time for my siesta.:)
     
  6. Power Player

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    Ross enjoy it. Tennis will be there when you come back, that is the beauty of the game..weather will probably be better for you as well.

    I agree about TB simply because it lasts longer and has that blissful zone after break in where you can simply do anything to the ball that you want.

    If I wasn't such a cheapskate id buy a reel, but when pros pro poly reels are $44, it is very hard for me to resist. Especially since I restring every week.
     
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    Beautiful Rossy.... I took care of business in Germany and France and now am back in my homeland... the Greek isles. A lot of brits here atm... learned all about rollie-pollie grams from a dear friend and londoner. Fresh fish and tanned back sides are bountiful. Do enjoy yourself and worry about the diets when you get back.


    Always takes me 2-3 sessions to get back in the groove after a lay-off. Baby steps. :smile:

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    BTW.... all. Met up with a very well off, family friend who lives in Switzerland and who will remain anonymous. She lives 500m below the recently built Federer 'mansion'. Showed me some pics... will post at some point, although I'd like to spare whatever privacy Fed still has.

    It's a split-wing kind of chateau. One wing for Mirka and the twins the other for the in-laws and parents (smart). She invited my wife and I for some ski lessons in december and the possibilty of meeting the GOAT. The only factor holding me back at this point???.... vacation hours from work and $$$$$$. Almost wish she would have never asked.
     
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    wow.

    $$$ and vacation hours shouldn't hold you back. i don't think anything could. go on vacation unpaid if you have to. what would you say to him if you met him? i'd imagine he'd be tired of talking about tennis.
     
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    ^Had the opportunity a few years ago as well, never took her up on the offer though. Not so easy to take unpaid vacation when you have a family to take care of. ;) If I was single, maybe.

    I would imagine that it would be a brief meeting. A photo or two and some condolences. This particular swiss resident (german born) of 72 years of age has had dinner with Roger and Mirka and has only the highest of praises for the young couple. Warm, inviting, genuine and kind.

    If Federer is losing a certain match, she will change the channel, if he's winning, she will not answer her phone or bother with being distrubed. She does have an affection for me, don't know quite yet the extent of her kindness but she has been known to date men or have affairs well below her age group.
     
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    Klem I have missed your poasts..lol. Epic.

    I am single, I will gladly go in your place..haha.
     
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    What is the "305"?
     
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    The TF 305 Vo2. I played the 325 for a couple of weeks which is AFAIK the same racquet, just 20 grams heavier and i enjoyed the balance of power, spin and control. Unfortunately, it makes my shoulder sore so i will be selling them. Also, the grip shape is not enjoyable.
     
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    Yes the grip shape actually blows. Easily modded with some 1/2 inch tape on the buttcap, but still.

    the 305 is specced out better..imo. It is about 11.5 when gripped, and the balance is 3 pts, which is perfect for a lighter stick. My friend was about to buy one. He was serving huge bombs with this thing.

    I had to give it a run because it is so unique - 95..18x19, lighter weight..it is seriously a must demo for anyone who likes to hit out and get that line drive trajectory on the forehand. I am so used my 200 that now when I try something else, I usually come running back to it after a few minutes.

    This stinking 200 is my own modern classic.
     
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    Just to put some fire in the wood, did you check out TW review of the Head Extreme Pro? They give it a great review and compare it with your beloved Pure Drive Roddick, but softer to the arm. But, its still 69 in stiffness rating.
    In my case. Ill sticlk with my Aeropro but the Extreme Pro should be a good demo for many people.
     
  15. Power Player

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    I think my tweener days are gone for a bit. I like a little more of a players stick because the flex is usually lower, and my string setups (gut poly or low tension poly) take care of the power. I also value control a lot.

    My shop is letting me try the yy 97 tour. I figure why not..Id like to see how stiff it feels. But I don't really have any interest in the extreme pro. I never dug them that much. Plus as I just learned with the 305 - 69 RA is 69. I dont care what any review says. That limits my string choices right off the bat.
     
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    The Extreme Pro does feel softer and more comfortable than the PDR, but the demo I got is nearly 10g's over the specs TW has listed for this stick. That puts it out of my desired spec range. I loved the PD and PDR, but like PP, I felt I HAD to use full multi or gut to counter the frames stiffness. I switched from the PDR to the Organix 8 315, because it's just like a slightly lighter and comfy-er PDR. So naturally, I am intrigued by the Extreme Pro, but I would need to find A pair that are on spec or below or its useless. My demo I currently have out weighs 12 1/4 oz. all dressed up. I was hoping for 11.7-11.9 oz. Aaaaargh !!

    In other news....I tried a Biomimetic 600 Tour a friend picked up for $20 and was very impressed with it. I thought it was a pure "tweener", but it's listed as suitable for 4.0 and up. Very easy to use stick that has no real weaknesses.
    I am surprised the 600 Tour doesn't get more love on these forums? Guess it's just an "also ran" in a crowded field of powerful 11 oz. racquets.
     
  17. Power Player

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    All is right again with the low tension poly..thank god. I played a lot better and moved the ball around the court with a lot more confidence.

    The humidity was a killer though..wow.
     
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    What happened with your "Courier setup" that you were so high on a couple of weeks ago?
     
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    Just read the thread for answers. I explain everything you are asking.

    For the quick notes - I just hit better going more low to high. I was hitting too flat with this setup..it is a great setup for a flatter hitter though. killer feel, more comfort. I get a lot more consistency with trampoline setups like gut poly or low tension. Took about 5 matches before I figured out why I was missing so many forehands.
     
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  20. JGads

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    Don't try the 89 Tour. It'll leave you breathless and then lusting after mids. Still think the 89 and the Prestige Mid are two of the top top releases of this year...

    Anyway, went goating at the Open the last two days. Saw most of Gulbis-Haas today, great match, and the end of Klahn's five-set win over Meltzer, among others like Harrison, Hewitt, Delpo. Dimitrov-Paire shotmaking was epic to watch from front row, and just about all matches except Delpo were seen from right behind the baseline. My favorites from yesterday, Dolgopolov (developing a mancrush on his game) and the angel of tennis, Kirilenko.
     
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    As a senior ranking racketaholic tennis bum of no little repute, klem, of course we expect you to do whatever it takes here.:)
     
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    Klahn over Melzer...wow. He ditched the prestige and went to the speed also....great result
     
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    Lol. Your mission is clear.
     
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    ^The wifey wants to meet Fed more than I, she adores him. I told her if she left me for Fed, I would hold no grudge, as long as I get Mirka. She asked me what I would say if we do meet him. I joked I would ask him 'What's Pistol Pete like?' :smile:



    She has been known to take advantage of various male escort services during her travels in Europe and abroad. Could be a paid vacation for you Powa... ;) Need pics.

    If I knew her net worth..... I might go the route of a 25yo Onasis in Argentina. She was married to the owner of a very famous swiss-based company that produces musical instruments. Now her son runs the company out of L.A. Her husband mysteriously passed away in Spain 12 years ago. :shock:
     
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    Oh and Ross... I passed my 33rd birthday on the island of Paxos this year and Capt.Raymond (my friend from London) treated me to a rollie-pollie-gram!

    Don't know if the Brits still enjoy such traditions but this particular woman worked for the CID in london and has various 'side-jobs' on the island during the summer. Austerity measures do have their benefits in certain regards.
     
  26. Power Player

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    How long are you there for? This is good stuff. Tennis tournaments can be the best thing for your game. I know mine improved a lot just from watching guys practice for 2 straight days.

    I'm really goating on Klahn. Hope I can see his next match. Was Gulbis hammering the ball? When I saw him in Miami he was one of the biggest hitters there.
     
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    I'm in NY for the duration of the tourney, though I won't be attending a whole lot more, will just kind of see what kind of tickets I can snag locally over the next week and a half. This is a yearly pilgrimage that's made possible by my best buddy - also a tennis nut - living here and me being able to utilize his couch for two weeks. We always attend two of the early day sessions each year, just get grounds passes and enjoy going from outside court to outside court.

    There are certain players that are just awesome to watch in person and especially, from close range (baseline seat within the first few rows up). The 'shot makers,' guys who maybe aren't always the smartest, but they're the ones who are unafraid to go after the ball, to be creative, or who just have certain a quirkiness or personality to them. Gulbis is most definitely in this category, and the match against Haas was awesome. Great shotmaking from both, cheeky droppers, a few head scratching decisions but at least they always keep it interesting. Gulbis' forehand is crazy from right behind the baseline. The guy's backswing is straight back - the racquet face not up or down - just straight back on a direct line, and then flat through the hitting zone. It looks a bit weird, but I like the idea of it. ...

    Other dudes that were goaty to watch from such close range: Dolgopolov, whose turning me into a Dolgotard. He just has this Fed-like floating look to his great footwork and movement, and his variety of shot is just stupendous. A weird open-stance, one-handed backhand mixed with a carving slice, and when he goes after the forehand it's a beautiful thing. He can pummel it to the corner, place it softly but effectively deep, and of course the feathery drop shot is always nearby. He's a lot like Tomic in displaying that crazy ball feel and almost 'artist' way of moving it around the court, but watching them up close Dolgo goes after his shots and the corners a LOT more than Tomic, who reverts to just pushing it back much more than Dolgo...

    Watching Haas Cageing up close is a special experience...

    Benoit Paire-Dimitrov was shotmaking central. Paire is like a French Gulbis, and he's said in the past that it's important for him to play 'beautiful points,' that he actually feels the need to go after big and beautiful shots rather than play safe and often 'smart' tennis, otherwise tennis isn't that interesting for him. In other words, he's very French, but I love it. The result is, like Gulby, pure entertainment. Would love Paire to win a couple more and end up playing a bigger guy on a show court, because more people should see this guy's shotmaking ability. He has huge game.

    Saw Ryan Harrison on the grandstand, two rows back, and the guy is made for the US Open. Fiery, spunky, scrappy. I worry about his racquet-smashing over-emotion long term, but his quickness and making the other guy hit two or three extra shots is fun to see, and he was really engaging the baseline crowd between points. At one point a ball bounced a few rows up, and he asked for the ball back and told the guy who'd tossed it back to him, "Ooh, this feels like a good one." He took the ball, blasted an ace down the T and turned around and pointed to the guy in the stands to essentially say thanks for rubbing some magic onto the ball. Harrison-Delpo next round has ELECTRIC potential, but I think Delpo's forehand will actually hit through the kid's scrappiness, whereas he could catch up to Ben Becker's forehand time and time again, making him hit two and three extra shots that Delpo probably won't have to..

    Sat first row baseline on a tiny court for Maria Kirilenko. She made direct eye contact a couple of times and I momentarily died. The woman is simply stunning.

    And Klahn goes into that category of players that are electric to watch up close, for his forehand is HUGE. Saw him in LA several weeks back, and his very elaborate, busy backswing and forehand betrayed him too often and he had an UGLY, ugly loss in which he got bageled in a third set when he made forehand error after forehand error. Against Jurgen yesterday that huge forehand was crisper and ending points FOR him, not against him like in LA. He also got crazy lucky in key spots a couple times in the fifth set, though, when awful shanks (he's prone to this) on key points dropped on lines and forced Jurgen errors -- Jurgen had this stunned look on his face in the fifth, like, "I can't believe this is happening to me." Klahn goes after the ball all day, every day. Looks like a guy who's going to end the point on his frame, for better or for worse, and it's fun to see that huge aggressiveness from such a little guy, rather than little guy scrappiness/defensiveness.
     
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    Awesome stuff. I got see a lot of the same guys and girls up close like Haas, Gulby, Kirilenko (I love her too).

    Really cool stuff about Harrison. I didnt get to see him play, and instead sat behind Don Young. :(
     
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    Good information, great anecdotes. But, any player who you did not like his style or his game dissapointed you in some way?
     
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    Nothing huge, only because from such close range I have, more than anything, such revere for the skills of these guys; plus, I usually always head to courts where players I already know I like are playing... For example, I avoid the big serving Americans like Isner or even Querrey, because so many of the rallies are so short that it's just not terribly entertaining. Isner, by the way, has to figure out a way to do more on the return. Otherwise, just endless tiebreakers that eventually sap him of his energy by the latter rounds of tourneys, if not the latter rounds of his matches. There's no reason he should have been pushed so hard by Malisse yesterday, for example...

    Thinking about what's 'bothered' me, I will say that between Indian Wells and here, two players whom I'd like to see reach greater heights but have some quirks that could be cleaned up are: Raonic, who I generally love, but I noticed watching him the other day that he does have one big flaw -- that giant, loopy forehand that hits lasers from the back of the court? It can also be a big detriment when he moves inside the baseline because quite often he takes too big of a backswing and either sends it long, or, more often, slows down the swing and spins it into the corner instead of just hitting it THROUGH the corner, and the result is his opponent gets a look at a passing shot when he probably shouldn't. This flaw resonates with me personally because I often do the same, struggle with the short put-away because of too long/busy of a forehand backswing and follow through... Raonic ended up in a five-set dogfight against a guy who didn't have half the game of Raonic, and those forehand approach mistakes were a big part of that problem...

    Also, I've sat front-row baseline twice now for Tomic matches and, besides his sometimes reliance or contentment to push rather than PUNCH, which with his size I think is so often a waste because he could play so much bigger, the biggest thing that bothers me is what he does in the return game. The guy straight up guesses where the serve is going far too often -- he doesn't just LEAN one way, he straight-up commits to going right or left so often and too often guesses wrong, and the result is too many aces against him on serves that aren't even ace worthy. Tomic just gives up the point by committing so much. I feel like he should be a bit more reserved and lean one way rather than commit, so that when he's wrong, he can still get a racquet on the ball a lot more than just watching it fly by him and giving up the free point. He's got long limbs/a nice reach that can save him with getting his stick on the ball, he shouldn't be so so committed so often.

    That's all I can think of at the moment.
     
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    Tomic is fascinating to watch live. It truly seems like he does not care at all and then all of a sudden he is winning, and it makes no sense how he did it.

    Also his punchy forehand is crazy. I wish I could hit with him just to see the action on it.

    I have to see Klahn..has to happen..I love that guys game from watching his college matches..also Sock as well. Really like to watch them and also Harrison. Maybe just because Im trying to find a favorite player. Agassi is the last guy I truly had emotion for when he won or lost. My problem is that I like Fed, Nadal, Djoker..Ill root for Murray even..I have no player that I get bummed out for when they lose.

    Actually stopped watching tennis completely for years after Agassi retired. That is how sick I was about the whole thing. To this day, IMO he is the greatest player to watch play. I was lucky enough to see him play live in his prime when I was a kid.
     
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    JackB, I thought I had you hooked up today. The sale rack at my store had Volkl 315s brand new for $75.

    Upon closer insepction it is the Volkl Tour Team - pretty similar PJ, but not the same stick.

    They also have the Yonex ti80s just sitting there..so tempting, but I just wouldn't really be able to use them.
     
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    Watching Sock now. Dude is goating with his huge serve. Seems like he gets so much power and spin on his first. Thats a nasty combo. His groundies are big too. Just shows some of the advantages I am seeing of this low tension poly..he strings at 38, which is super low.

    It's kind of like watching Fed with the low tension Gut poly..you can see the ball just slingshot over with bigtime spin on it.

    It helps me a lot on backhands..if I get pulled out wide I can still flick the ball back deep and keep my opponent from approaching on me..on the forehand side I can take it DTL with a flick if he approaches behind a big shot.

    Negatives are if you like to swing super hard and flat..you will not like this setup..it will be an UE fest.
     
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    Really interesting posts you write Power Player enjoying reading them so much! regarding Jack Sock and his tension i think he is a really good example of the modern players and low low tensions, 38 is just inzane! The most extreme low tension I have seen is 26 lbsin Fillippo Volandri's prestige racket using Luxilon BBO but when i see him play i understand why he uses it because he just feeds on the opponent's pace and win that way so for him it works great!
    Cheers
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    Brage, much appreciated thank you.

    I find the low tensions work better in a stick more oriented towards control. Basically eradicates the need for a tweener's power since you can unload with poly even in the 40s, but the ball will be a lot heavier. Sock's serves were super heavy coming off the court, and so were his forehands.

    Not sure if they would be as heavy if he strung tight because he hits with a ton of spin. So this is definitely for guys like me that hit their best with a lot of spin on the ball. The good news is that you don't just have to loop everything. I am able to flatten out deep drives too.

    You can accomplish this type of racquet setup with gut poly at 55 or less or full poly at 45 or less.
     
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    That's OK, I have 2 now. That's enough for me.

    I have to say though, the new Dunlop 3.0 sounds VERY interesting :)
    I played with the 4D 300 tour for over a year and loved it, but do better with open patterns. The 3.0 with some lead should be nice. I like how they made the hoop shape more round now.
     
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    Yeah I like it and then I dont because the mold of the 300 is legendary and I hate to see it go. It is the same mold that Blake, Verdasco, and some others goat under different brands. They may still release it under the Classic brand, which would be pretty cool.

    My biggest issue with the 300 was lack of power, but I probably did not mod it well enough. I should have just polarized it more or something. I went to that right after the 200 became too heavy due to my wrist injury so it was probably the wrong time for me to be judging it.

    The Dunlop AG or 4d 300 is the closest thing to a pro stock frame you can buy in terms of customization and nice soft feel.

    I did not use the tour because I wanted an open pattern.

    EDIT : I misstyped - the 300 TOUR is the pro mold that blake still uses. He looked great last night.
     
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    stringing mains and crosses at same tension. not getting that hugging feeling. :)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GcWXij_l-g
     
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    I will definietly try this out in my racket! i have just gotten myself a stringing machine so now i have a chance to try more setups without it costing a lot!
    Thinking about Kirchebaum pro line 2 or volkl cyclone at 45-42 so thanks again for another nice post! ;)
    Cheers
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    Any chance Captain Raymond and the ¨rollie-pollie-gram¨could be dispatched promptly to the Balearic Islands and Menorca?... CID training?... various side-jobs?... hmm, could be put to some good purpose, I dare say... :)


    RHS,

    Page 500 :shock: ... wow, who would have thought this random selection of tennis bum musings would have given birth to this colossus of racketaholic thought and debate?:)
     
  41. Ashley D

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    Read it on your mobile and it's 999 pages! :eek:
     
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    this thread will never die. once a racketaholic..
     
  43. Power Player

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    Klahn is making a lot of mistakes but I absolutely love his strokes. Love how he hits really big and through the ball with heavy spin. Looks like he is using the 18x20 Speed that Head claims Djoker uses. I dont see lead. Not sure his status..is he PJ worthy?

    In other news, I can grab a yy 97 tour demo, but I am not sure I want to. Think I will pass. It is stiffer, and heavier than my 200, so I really just do not have the interest.

    I do have the urge to track down a 300T, just because I have a Pro Open to trade, so I will probably do that. Watching Blake last night had me fired up. I play so well with the yy200 that the 300T will probably sit in my closet, but it would be rather easy to spec match to my 200s, and while I read so many people chasing the dragon with PT57s..etc, there is a very worthy racquet you can buy brand new for $100 in the 300T that has that classic mold like the 630 that players just can't stop using.

    I am racquetaholicing backwards. Not into the new Dunnys, the new YYs are too stiff, not really wanting anything since the 200 strung properly has made tennis surprisingly easy. I could just buy new yy200s every now and then and have an old 300t for 18x20 reminiscing and have 2 of the better flexy racquets offered in the past 5 years.

    The thing about these low 60s RA sticks is when you try a newer racquet demo it just feels like crap..at least to me. Even the Juice Pro that people seem to like the feel of just does not match the plushy comfort of the Rdis..for me at least.
     
  44. Ross K

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    PP, haha, I do know what you mean... actually I think you´ve given a name to what will prove the latest trend... racketaholicing backwards!:)
     
  45. Power Player

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    I hope it is a trend. I feel kind of like a drug dealer always telling X guy to try Y racquet but I feel like I know what you guys like by now.

    I'd mail a 4d (NOT BIO) 300T to Gads because I think it is the Head Prestige MP he is looking for, except it is cheaper. I went back and read my prior experiences with it and saw my mistake - I had leather on it so I couldnt really lead it right without making it too heavy. What I'd suggest to this racquet is simple

    Get it to 339. This is the magic weight. Don't use a leather grip..stay stock or synthetic.

    First factor in a 5 gram OG and 2 Gram Damp - now it's 327grams strung.

    Then get 4 6 inch strips (1/4 inch) of lead starting at 10-2. This livens up the upper hoop and will add roughly 14 SW points. I had mine measured and thanks to me documenting it, I know the 300T is actually swinging at a 307 SW and feels like a fly swatter with leather since the balance goes to crap and the head has no beef in it w/out lead.

    So now we have a SW of 320.

    Then have some fun..shove a cotton ball in the handle and add 6 grams of silicone to that bad boy.

    Now you will have a 339 gram stick with a 320ish SW that balances at 6 pts (5 grams from OG should knock it there).

    While everyone else is spending way too much cash on 630s and searching for the grail, Gads will be goating like a wildesbeat using $99 brand new sticks that feel better than Jeff Blake's "Donnays".
     
  46. JGads

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    300 Tour could be a good closed-pattern complement, weight and feel wise, to the rdis. Lighter, softer frame but could drive more of a straight ball.

    And re: Klahn, would be interesting to see, indeed, if he switched from the Prestige or whether they gave him a head speed pj over it. I'm not even sure if Klahn is actually officially sponsored -- I spoke to someone familiar with Klahn's situation a month or so back in L.A. and he said Klahn, as of then, was still looking for sponsorship help.
     
  47. Power Player

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    That makes sense as Klahn is not known by many.

    I think my last post may..just may..provide you with a rather amazing racquet.
     
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    Ha! Nice. What's interesting is I've never gotten along with Dunlops, but the only two I've tried for more than one session were the 200Light and the recent Mac 200. Saw the specs of the upcoming 3.0 Tour in tennis magazine and now on TW and it intrigued me (any closed pattern frame intrigues me)..

    I will ponder Power Player's Mad Science on the old 300.
     
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    Harrison-Delpo on one court, Dolgo-baghdatis, Rusty-Mueller in a dogfight.

    My computer is about to explode.

    And ESPN and TC have to show the most boring matches on the bigger courts.
     
  50. Power Player

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    If I can get one for cheap or in a trade ill do it and give a full report. I already know it will goat. It is a pro mold frame that is what blake and Hass use..etc. Not the same layup, but the feel of these dunlop frames is absolutely awesome. It is a fusion of Wilson solid meets Yonex Mute meets Head Plush kind of thing.

    The 4D series absolutely slaughters any Bio or later frame. the 200 light was not good. I would never touch a Dunlop frame past the 4d series, but I played those frames for a very pleasurable year of my life. The first forehand winner you hit and the first backhand slice will change your life.

    I could easily say it is better than any head prestige I have used besides the 600 mid and feel very confident in that assesment.
     

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