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

  1. JackB1

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    congrats Ross and to all your fellow Britts! It must be a glorious morning in the UK! :). Take good care of that trophy!
     
  2. Fed Kennedy

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    Congrats ross, murrayfan, meags etc.
    Murrays game has really come together...at times it was like tomic vs tomic out there...djokers strokes were falling apart he was hacking topspin fhs with weird footwork. Probably cramps...what happened to the djoko ironman?
    Love seeing murray blast a few 95mph fhs though...what a pusher lol.
     
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    Murray's style hurts Nole. Murray's consistency, defensive skills and sometimes aggresive play is similar to Djokers style of play. This time Murray came on top. Good for him, he deserved it after being runner up so many times. Also, he won't have to deal with all that pressure of winning a Slam from know on. Finally, Lendl should be very happy as well.:)
     
  4. sansaephanh

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    I took the leap of faith guys... I've been selling rackets I don't use and I pulled the trigger on the RDIS 200. I hope I don't find the sweetspot to be small. It seems like a very rare concern, but i've noticed most of the people who've said so came from a babolat =P

    I'm okay with traditional sweetspots as loong as it isnt as small as a POG mid lol. The position of the sweet spot will hopefully balance out any restrictive mentalities and insecurities i might have.
     
  5. bad_call

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    ^ slowly dialing in the serve with the yy200. not as fluid as the leaded 4D 100 but getting more familiar. doesn't help not playing much but that's my own fault.
     
  6. sargeinaz

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    It's a yonex, they almost always have generous sweetspots. Happy hitting.
     
  7. Power Player

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    Yeah, the sweetspot is large man. Honestly. Small to me is the prestige, dunlop 200/300..sticks like that.

    If that is your concern, I think you will be quite happy.
     
  8. sansaephanh

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    I thought the Dunlop 200 and prestiges had generous sweet spots.... I'm excited guys. Giddy like a school girl.
     
  9. arrowtowntennisclub

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    the 200 was my first yonex frame. since then ive owned the ultimum rd-ti80 and rdis100mp but prefer the 200 overall (its my main playing stick). before the 200, i played with youtek speeds and when i first went to the 200, i remember shanking a lot and the ball trajectory to be really low (strung full poly at 52). imo it does take time to gel with the racquet, find your timing etc and i find strings really do change the characteristics of this stick. full poly in the low 40s has been the best set up that ive found for my game (kirshbaum pro-line evo)
     
  10. sansaephanh

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    Don't worry I'll definitely be putting in the time.
    My current problem is playing with a higher energy level. My slump has created a mental and physical shift towards the daze of laze. And today i couldnt control my multi as well as the poly. I hope I don't get all befuddled over string again
     
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    Who could tell if Lendl was actually happy? :)
     
  12. Power Player

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    Arrow we have literally had the exact same experiences with the 200. Very cool.
     
  13. mykoh

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    2 hours of tennis last night and my first time ever playing with a gut/poly setup, and it felt sublime. lots of pop, power, and a sweetspot that was a crispy plushness i haven't felt with any other setup so far. and the stringbed probably hasn't been broken in yet.

    i am a tainted man. i have no idea how i am going back to synthetics after this. :(
     
  14. Power Player

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    You wont need to in the vcore if you can get over 10 hours out of it snd justify the cost.
     
  15. arrowtowntennisclub

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    man i bought 2 rdis200s when they were $199 each :( need to save for a few more before they run out.

    sansa, i dont know if you get into weight training or not, but i would recommend doing a strength based program focussing on only 3 exercises:
    squats
    deadlifts
    overhead press

    there are plenty of variations of these exercises but just one 30min weights session once a week over a month will transform your game, improve your energy levels and your court coverage especially will sky rocket
     
  16. mykoh

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    problem is i dont string my own sticks and my stringer charges a bomb to string nat gut so to really justify the cost, i'm gonna play with it until it snaps.

    any plans to go back to your gut/poly? or is it low tension full poly for you?
     
  17. Monsieur_DeLarge

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    It's been bumped in the Pro Player Discussion forum. Hats off to you:
    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?p=6892228

    ( Although you didn't call the Olympics result, so you fail. ;) :D )


    Regards,
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  18. Power Player

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    Well thats what I mean..if you can get 10 hours before it breaks. I am breaking gut too fast to justify it or I would always use it. But low tension poly gives me the same ball and trajectory so Im happy.
     
  19. corners

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    How low are you going in the 200? In mids I also found soft copoly strung low (35 pounds in my case) to be the best "poor man's gut/poly" setup.
     
  20. Power Player

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    I wish I knew this a few months back since I tried multiple poor man's setups..lol. They are all good, but not like low tension poly. The syn gut mains/poly crosses is actually killer, but I was breaking it in 4-6 hours and I want to keep my stringing down to once a week. I also was struggling with consistency with ANY setup I had in the 50s. I found myself hitting a flatter stroke than I prefer.

    In the 200 I do 42/40. I tried 46/44 and I find that a little too tight. The good polys I tried like the yonex and gosen polybreak only lose 5-7 pounds the entire life of the bed, so I will end up playing at 33#s or so. That is when things are really really fun, but starting at 42/40 gives me an ideal stringbed off the bat.

    I just really like low tensions. I remember when I fell for the Donnay Black, the demo had old multi in it that had dropped to 46#s. While it was tough to control, I still loved how it played. My gut/poly setups in the PDR would drop to about 47#s and I was still able to handle those tensions as well, and actually loved it. It makes hitting real big to the corners easy and more important approaching and getting those low balls you have to get under and fling to the corners is lot easier. I also like to approach DTL and I like getting that extra lift over the high part of the net. It just suits my game, but it took me forever to realize that high trajectory was what was making my game better.


    Also side note. What I have learned in my experience with the cheaper polys like genesis and pros pro. They are really good, but they die in 6 hours or less. so while you dont spend that much, you dont get as much time out of them. this is why I am really impressed with gosen and yonex's polys (not gosen polyon). They are inexpensive and last long. You will get 10 hours out of both strings.
     
  21. sansaephanh

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    I GOT MY RACKETS TODAY! RDiS 200

    These are the first rackets I ever purchased completely brand new. Only if I don't count that one sports store generic i had to get cause my racket snapped. =P

    I'm excited. They don't feel a ton lighter then my Diablos, but i'm sure i'll feel the difference after some high energy play!
     
  22. JGads

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    Ha, thank you. And not to sound like a braggart, but I actually called the Olympics, too, though only to playing partners rather than the board (my fail). When Muzza wept after Wimbledon, the potential beauty of his winning Olympic gold in London just felt like too good a story not to come true. It was destiny.
     
  23. PED

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    PP, any downside to 42/40 vs the upper 40's?

    I've been using 49/47 in my rad pro and really liked it but thought of going lower.

    Got my new Prestige S today with full TB at 47/45. Wish I'd gone lower on the tension. My demo had FXP Power in it and it pocketed the ball like crazy, the TB isn't doing that as well.
     
  24. Power Player

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    Only downside is punch shots can go long. To solve this, I put a little more backspin on them and practice. Besides that, nothing.

    But I am a big spin hitter..SW grip and a 2 hander that I like to keep compact and hit with on the run without coughing up short balls. Playing any good 4.5-5.0, you will get plenty of those guys who barely give you a forehand to tee off on, so it is super key to be able to put that backhand deep in the court and the low tension is like cheating in that aspect.

    If you are arming the ball or hitting off balance, the low tension will suck. It is extremely rewarding of good technique.

    the other thing it does is improves my volleys and drop shots since it pockets the ball. We all know how rough full poly can be when it comes to those shots, and that is a non issue now.
     
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  25. PED

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    My demo felt like a badminton racquet, I could jai lai the ball and loved it.

    Thanks for the heads up re spin, I'm full western so spin shouldn't be a problem. I'll give it a go when I restring next week.

    I think the issue I have is the lesser (315 SW) of the Prestige S doesn't pancake the ball like the 332 SW of my Rad Pro so I need to drop the tension down to compensate.
     
  26. Power Player

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    I was so bad today at tennis lol. I just could not move my feet or do anything. I have a ripping headache..think this weight loss thing has caught up to me. But on an interesting note my friend started off playing with pros pro mains. He gets a stick back with tour bite in it after we were both tied up and just starts hitting everything far better. It was crazy..really reinforces the fact that TB coukd very likely be the best poly on the market. Wish it was a little cheaper.
     
  27. mykoh

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    hope you're not pushing yourself too hard PP. a friend of mine collapsed during doubles a week back. scared the crap out of everyone.

    would you recommend polys at low tensions to someone who doesn't hit with that much spin though? i would think flatter hitters would be sailing balls long with poly strung too low.

    and nice buys sans, everyone's boarding the rdis200 express train to GOAThood. i have a friend that's heading over to the states soon, may pick up a few myself. :D
    there is also a kblade tour i am eyeing, just not sure if i should just wait for the new blades in Jan 2013. the new PJ for the blades is sex. what should i do!
     
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  28. JackB1

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    I warned ya about that stick. LOW powered without much weight behind the ball = SUPER FAST SWING SPEED REQUIRED. It wasn't a good combo for me, but I would recommend going full multi to compensate.
     
  29. Power Player

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    Sans..definitley post your impressions.

    Myokh..i wouldnt recommend it for flat hitters..it is better for spin. You can hit flat winners though, but i think the trajectory would probably be too high.

    And yeah i have to watch to make sure im not pushing too much for sure.
     
  30. JackB1

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    PPlayer is like the Pied Piper of these forums :). He raves so much about his current sticks, he gets lots of people jumping on his bandwagon. I fell victim a few months ago when he was raving about the new Pure Drive and then the PDR...I don't disagree with him, but I should have stuck it out with what I had at the time. Sometimes people forget what works for one person doesn't necessarily work for another.
     
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    LOL, that makes two of us Jack.

    i for one purchased the PDR based solely on PP's raves. it is an awesome stick though. although now im trying to offload it to get my hands on the new Angell sticks..
     
  32. sansaephanh

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    Well I finally got out to hit today. Dunlop Hexyfiber 16 @58lbs. My left wrist was sore as heck so I opted for an 1hbh frenzy and did relatively well for a 3.0 rofl. The reason I jumped on the bandwagon was that I agreed with what PP was saying and found the downsides he mentioned to be pluses in a certain sense.

    I only got to hit for an hour and a half, but I gotta say, it hits well. The spin is very similar to many open patterns, but I have to say its comfy and has just the right kind of feel I like. I believe its mostly the full bed of multi, but I really like how the racket feels on big strokes. I still need to dial in a ton though... I barely got to warm up and lost a dubs match 3-6. They were warmed up and playing solid agressive dubs while I was giving them shots with my impromptu one hander. I hit a few nice winners, but consistency was horrid due to not watching the balls.

    I don't know if this makes sense to you guys but i need 20 minutes to warm up my eyes before I play a good match.

    The sweetspot IS generous, but honey moon phase is applied to me for 3 months. It swings a tad heavier then I thought it would, but its definitely more tolerable then my 13oz diablo. I kind of miss the butter counter punching of the diablo but I didn't even get to hit many today. Serves were nice and consistent when I didn't shank. Decent power, but it gives you what you put in it. I got a chance to hit a few volleys and I was getting good depth pretty easily, but I personally couldn't get any drop shot attempts into my sweetspot. I hated my fitness today.
     
  33. Ross K

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    Quoted for truth!

    Hey, PP is a racketaholic legend and his extensive frame-hopping adventures and the following respective GOAT posts have helped make this thread reach 500+ pages!

    On behalf of PED, another racketaholic legend in the pantheon of great innovators and experimenters who regularly contribute to this thread (and incidentally, so total a tour bite addict that he not only strings with it permanently but also flosses his teeth with it), may I venture to suggest the following observation... that ain't gonna happen.
     
  34. PED

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    It's by no means low powered, my demo had a multi and it had ample power. My mistake is that I should have gone lower on my tension for full poly.

    The Igps hits a ball that t mav would characterize as a flat roll, cuts through the court nicely and allows one to crowd the plate and take it early. Great stick.
     
  35. bad_call

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    weight loss? don't think u need that but probably me since the beer consumption has increased. :) trying to reign it in a bit so the "keg" belly isn't as obvious.

    btw - i mentioned the yy200 to PP before he got one...and now i have one. :)
     
  36. PED

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    Nice work my friend :)
     
  37. Power Player

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    Lol, thanks for the support Ross. :)

    Jack would you stop man? lol..my god. We get it..enjoy the Donnay. This is a good vibes kind of thread..a fraternity of connoisseurs, not a passive aggressive snipe fest.

    Sans..take your time and enjoy the 200..it gets better once you sync up the timing to it.
     
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    Love that :) When I saw that line, all I could think of was the League of Extraordinary Gentleman movie trailer and Sean Connery saying in a cheesy voice...and the game is on.
     
  39. Power Player

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    Haha..im real interested on how this progresses with the PRestige S for you. I have 2 local TT buds - Uvicek and Dgoran who last time we played are using the Rad Pro still. To me that is impressive because Goran is a freaking racquet master. He has original pt630s and original Roddick Swirlies..yet he picks the Rad Pro and says the feel is on par with those sticks. UA has really bad elbow issues and had to stop using yonex even, but he uses the Rad Pro too.

    So if you are leaving the RP and enjoying the Prestige S, we may need to put a few more Avengers here on high alert.
     
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    ^^The rad pro feels great and hits a big ball. Sometimes, the SW can make you a bit late on the FH side against flatter hitters so I want to drop down a bit in SW and see how that goes. It's funny as the balance is the exact same: 33cm on both S and rad pro but the rad has more SW.

    The S plays like the love child between the Prestige MP and the Tec 320.
     
  41. Power Player

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    Nice..I bet the feel is killer too.

    Stringwise since Ross asked, I am in a small decision making mode. I played like hot garbage last night (nothing to do with the string), but I noticed that the YY string got maybe a little too soft on this outing. I will see how it goes next time, but the crispy polybreak spoiled me..I retained great ball feel the whole time, and that really helps with confidence for me when I am having a bad day out there.

    My benchmark, believe it or not is still Gosen Polyon Polybreak. I retained amazing ball feel and tension for the life of the bed, which was 8-10 hours. Honestly, this stuff is a deal if you want a crispy poly that just doesnt lose tension and plays soft. the spin is not amazing, but it is a poly so you will still have plenty.

    Strung up Cyberflash since I had a pack. This has been probably my all time favorite for 3 years now (besides TB), simply because it has all the magic qualities you look for in a poly and the price is awesome. Also, going along with Klem's suggestion that a gen 1 poly could be $$$ in the 200, it makes sense to give it a run and see how long I get out of it. I am looking for a week, which for me is 8 hours of tennis on average. The final thing I love is I hit my personal stringing record of 35 minutes last night stringing it up.


    Besides that, I don't want to try a million strings so I am about done. I want to give TB another run as well, but I am hoping the Cyberflash gives me that sharp up down action that I usually get with it....I am in reel buying mode and love polys under $10 a pack.

    So with that being said, I am going to give my wildcard slot to YY polytour spin. If it is in stock when I go to the shop today, ill grab a pack.
     
  42. YesTennis

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    Noticed that TW has some of the Wilson racquets $20 off till tomorrow. Somewhat intrigued by the Steam. Just wondering if anyone has played with it, and if so would appreciate your thoughts. It does appear to be a little light and lower SW, but could probably easily adapted witha little lead. Thanks in advance
     
  43. bad_call

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    fellow RHs - had good hitting sesh with the yy200. liking the results with B5E hybrid. think time using the leaded 4D 100 was well spent. makes using the yy200 that much easier.

    now just need to drop some body weight. :)
     
  44. JackB1

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    Go reread my post. There was no snipe in there. I even said I didn't disagree with you. It was just a "friendly warning" to others who think if they buy your current stick of choice, they will experience the same "euphoria" on the court you seem to. Your only fault, if you can call it that, is that you can be very persuasive to us (myself included) fragile, racquet-a-topic types. It's just human nature, but it can lead to many disappointments too, so you just have to be careful is all.
     
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    PP is an enthusiastic type. nothing wrong with that. takes all kinds to make up the world. suggest reading my signature before i change it. kinda says it all. :)
     
  46. Power Player

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    Yeah I mean I dont even think I am close to the worst offender either..I mean I write racquet reviews. Honestly, I would have been content for me and just BC to know about the 200 and continue to buy brand new frames whenever we wanted for $89, but I figured I'd share my experience. I get nothing out of this. No commission or anything else. there really is no difference between me posting about a stick or anyone else.

    I appreciate being held to such high standards though..lol. I will continue to use this frame and have been for 4 + months now. Sometimes arm injuries can make you have to switch from racquets that you really enjoy. I really love the PDRs, 6.1 95s..they are awesome..just not going to work with my joints.
     
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    I wasn't faulting YOU. I was merely pointing out that many posters here tend to follow your lead, probably due to your enthusiasm and extremely positive way you portray your equipment choices. You are not alone. This happens a lot. I have had this happen to me as well...it's just human nature.
     
  48. corners

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    Yeah, that was my experience with syngut in the mains - sawed through and snapped pretty quick. Courier still rocking that setup though, but he gets free stringing :)

    42/40 sounds proportional to the 35 I do in mids.

    Yeah, I played thick syngut as I kid and it was always pretty baggy by the time it broke, so I'm used to a very soft feel. The dwell time with super-low tension poly gives a similar feel and really improves control on groundstrokes, for me at least. Someone described it once as like catching the ball with a butterfly net and then slinging it back over. I think this only works when a player "grinds" the ball, as TMav used to say. Flat drives will sail sometimes, as will volleys and blocked returns.


    Have you tried Gosen's Polymaster? I think Meaghan did once. I still haven't had the chance. But it's very soft and very slick, by the numbers. It might also just be the only copoly that would work well with syngut mains because it has a flat cross-section and so shouldn't saw the mains at all. At least in theory. Too busy here to do any stringplaytesting, but I think it's worth a shot if you string for yourself.
     
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  49. Power Player

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    Polymaster? Interesting...how would it work in a full bed? I love gosen strings. So quality..ok, except for maybe polyon.
     
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    PP gives racket reviews like RSI does string playtests. Everything seems to be above average. :)
     

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