Diary of a Racketaholic

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

  1. mikeler

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    The Exo Tour is working well on serves. Groundies are harder to put away with it. Luckily I play on Har Tru so being more defensive is not necessarily a bad thing.
     
  2. sansaephanh

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    So i pretty much took a week off tennis because of fatigue and stress stacking up to the point where i openly acknowledged it. When that happens you should take a break. My tennis elbow may have plenty worse then I initially took impression with. Throughout this week i have been having discomfort and pain in both tennis elbow and golfer elbow sides. I have not taken much precaution other then stretching and massaging.

    Maybe going to order more tape to get my other RDiS200 12oz as well. Anyone try Solinco Heaven overgrips? I heard its a better tourna grip, in terms of durability at least. Tourna+durability sound great.

    I've also decided to rework my game from the ground up. Having the necessity to hit a 1hbh as well as my fitness and stress levels working against me, I decided that for the sake of me continuing to love the sport that I'd have to relearn it to become as capable as I once was. In the past 2 months I've been launching my ground strokes like crazy and stressing my shoulder to get pop on my serves. Losing many matches and the development of tennis elbow only really started after starting to play the RDiS200. It's weird because it feels so comfy and I have no to little flares using stiffer rackets. Full multi and easy swinging. Not exactly sure how it developed. Probably some technical flaws.

    I'm probably going to string one of my old Rebels for the comfort and hope my tennis elbow dissipates.
     
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    Yes. It's more durable with a very similar feel to Tourna Grip. The supplied finishing tape sucks, but I usually use electrical tape anyway.
     
  4. Power Player

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    Sure love slicing with the blade. I am finding that it is much easier to do that now with the tight pattern. One of my favorite combos is the inside out forehand to the deep corner followed by a backhand slice down the opposite line. It is a pretty safe play since you will be at the net to put away the next shot...if there is one.
     
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    There will be one and it will be good. Oh wait, who are you playing? :)
     
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    Good point..lol..but it is a safe play since the other shot that is tougher is the down the line 2 hander.

    Federer does it a lot. Of course he is a god so he can make the ball bounce inside the service box and spin to the side off the court. The normal slice does stay low and curls off the court so it can be tough to run down.
     
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    I have found a gem in the slicing department...wait for it......the PDR. HA.

    I can pull some sicknasty slices with that monster. Too bad I can't control anything else about it. lol
     
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    Picked up my 2 new blade 98's today! With the plastic and cardboard still in they weight 11.2 and 11.3 respectively. One feels a bit heavier in the hand, so it'll be interested to see if they play similarly strung. It turns out my pink blade weighs 12.0oz strung with OG and I feel it still plays super fast. Maybe training with my 13oz/370SW rad pro really did work on my body LOL!

    -Fuji
     
  9. Ross K

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    sans,

    Keep your spirits up matie, awful to hear of your tennis/golf elbow issues. I had wrist issues at the start of the summer and it lasted far too long. For me personally, I know I need to stay away from any frames that are weighted/balanced too differently than what's normal for me. Plus I have to avoid like the plague playing a frame whose string is past it's best.
     
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    I bought 4 PS-85s over the last week or so...
     
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    Had an early evening hit with Mad Dog today at a park where the lights inexplicably never turned on so it got darker and darker and darker, but we just kept hitting. Oddly, we actually hit pretty well the darker it got, which we attributed to the fact that you had no choice but to laser-eye the ball all the way into the racquet as much as we could.. It actually proved to be kind of a cool focus drill in that regard.. Of course, eventually, it got ridiculous and we had to stop. Still, a good hit as always. Had my first decent hit with a POG Oversize, which MD brought in his bag. What a sweet, sweet frame.
     
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    Thanks for the condolences. The RDiS200 was a pretty huge jump for me... used to playing 12-13oz mids/95s to a 11.7oz 98 with a bed like a 110. It might have added to my tennis elbow.

    As for strings I understand all too well. One of the least durable multis gave me tennis elbow when it was dead. I'm scared as if my stick was possessed by whoopi goldberg! I've been popping them regularly my last few beds though. 5-8 hours. Going to try RIP control 17 if I can find find a reel.

    YES! I have a POG LB that someone chopped off the extra length on and painted matte black, but boy... Scalpel? Blade? PFFT! More like Battleaxe! I really want some 107 tours, but no one seems to want to let them go lol
     
  13. Ross K

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    Hmmm, RIP... well, be sure to string the RIP low. I personally have found this string a bit boardy previously and generally it doesn't really do it for me, and having found the same disappointment last week checking it again, IMO (and as a bit of a sci-fi movie nut, images suddenly flood my mind of a recent long anticipated cinema visit to see the follow up to the Alien movie, Prometheus)... I'm talking biiig let down. :)
     
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    did you play 16 or 17. i hear both strings are worlds apart
     
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    Ok,

    Vcore xi 98 strung with PT Spin!!! wow just wow! Not sure what YY have done to this frame as the specs are nearly identical as the original Vcore 98 but it plays so much smoother. Seems to flex more in the head. Has anyone else tried these new frames yet?

    BigM
     
  16. Ross K

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    RHs,

    Okay, after 3 weeks or so of investigating an old PD, I decided to go back to my APD/O this morning - BUT with zero mods. Outcome?... goodbye PD!

    There's no doubt now in my mind I prefer the Aeropro Drive. It's just more solid. Has a nicer softer flex. And blasts that spinny boomer to the b-line in a way I'm accustomed to. The ball coming off the PD is a bit lower/flatter. It serves with more bullet-like big zip, and it's easier to swing, I can't deny that. But I really found the best form I've exhibited in ages today (this particular moonballing hacker was actually nailing winners for once!), so I won't be looking at the PD 2012... yep... the Rafa stick is still the one to beat for me.

    Re the removal of lead and playing it stock though, yes, I'll look at it again. I do think not going with the polarized set up gave me a tad more maneuverability, but I need more time to assess and compare.

    Anyhow, a rare good day at the office for me. How about other RHs?
     
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    Hit with a 5.0 college player. Dude is so good..we have really long rallies where I lose count of the balls. Makes me appreciate the lighter stick now because we rallied for 35 minutes or so with multiple 20-40 ball rallies and that is a workout on it's own.

    Love the classic Holic poly main/Nvy cross string setup in the Blade. Very controllable.

    The Ball feel with the blade continues to deliver big time for me.
     
  18. Boricua

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    Have you been able to try the different strings you bought with the APD?
    I sent my APD to the stringer. Will string TCS at 60 and see how it goes. LTEC 5S at 44/48 was to powerful, will string next time at 52 and see how it plays. Bought some RPM Blast, will string at 55. Maybe will try some Signum Pro Hextreme, Poly Plasma and Weiss Cannon Mosquito Bite later on.

    Also, looking forward to the new APD, supposedly dampens the ball better than the GT, according to TW playtesters.
     
  19. JGads

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    Sounds really nice, as I really liked the VCore 98 a ton except for the fact that it was just a little too rigid. The serves and angles you could get with the 98 were great, string pattern was perfect, but the feel just wasn't pleasing me.
     
  20. Ross K

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    Boricua,

    I've been somewhat distracted on the APD front in the last month or so as I decided to take a good look at an old PD (as a way of determining if I wanted to look at the PD2012). Plus I've been expending some effort trying to sort out what frame(s) I'd like to prioritise checking out in the run in to the New Year. (Next up: I'll definitely be exploring the Juice 100 imminently.)

    Anyhow, the only 2 set ups I've played in the APD this month have been PHT @ 48 lbs, and Iontech/RIP @ 50/54 lbs. Of the two, the former is possibly more up my street. But I've yet to try a whole bunch I have in (including TCS.) Just bought 3 sets of TB too.

    QSN... B, why are you stringing TCS so high? Does it not suit a low 50's (or lower) kind of tension IYO?


    JG and BigM,

    That Xi 98 sounds intriguing, as does the Xi 100... I never could decide which to look at with the VCore 100S and 98!
     
  21. cheers

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    Ross,
    It seems people mod their racquets for that one perfect shot where their footwork is perfect, the ball is struck in the sweet spot, and your swing is perfect. Sometimes it's not practical for prolonged matchplay. Whereas the racquet with no mods is probably better for most people for staying in the point and being consistent. But I think people like hitting it harder that one perfect shot and they think mods are better overall. Maybe I'm wrong or just echoing my findings with mods.

    Btw, DNguyen (former USC standout) uses APDGT completely stock with PHT 16 at 58 lbs and an overgrip (wound lefty). I've held his racquet when a friend of his from juniors borrowed it for our doubles match and it's very "normal."

    Also, speaking of BLX Blades, I watched Marcos Giron (UCLA) at ITA regionals in SoCal and he uses the BLX Blade with some lead at 3 and 9. Hits a HUGE ball with it. What an awesome player.
     
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    Cheers..that is interesting. I wonder if he counter weights that Blade in the grip.
    I like that there is room to customize, but honestly it plays really well for me stock. I can easily see how Nguyen uses his stick stock too. It is more about timing. People talk about getting pushed around with light sticks but that is because they have bad timing.

    Keep getting told by my friend that im playing better with the blade. It's tough to ignore. The main difference is the weight and the control. It is the only racquet I have used with better feel than the yonex.

    In the past few months I have hit with the juice pro, tec 305, original APD, modded APD +, Radical MP, Dunlop 100 4d, PSTGT, xi 98, 95D, pacific xforce pro..think that about covers it...anyway the Blade is the best feel of any of them.
     
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    Sup,

    I was in the same boat when the original Vcore 98 was released. Perfect specs however it played stiff. The new Xi version is still 67RA when I tested it but for some reason its much smoother and responsive through the hoop. I think 16 x 20 patterns seem to suit me the best.

    BigM
     
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    After reading draks thread, I'm getting pretty pumped about the Steam 99S. That pattern will be wild but it will likely eat string like nothing else.

    Love the one guy saying it was like playing Ping pong because the ball was dipping so hard.
     
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    After my arm problems started a few years ago, I took everyone's advice and went heavy. I've since come down in weight twice. JGads is currently taking care of Mik1 and Mik2. If my arm could handle it, I just love the PK 7G. Blasting flatter shots with it feels so darn good. In the end, I have to just focus on what my arm will tolerate and adjust to it. Yes rackets and strings make a big difference but in the end 95% comes down to the player if you are not playing with a setup that is just terrible for your game.
     
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    All great racquets indeed but I feel you have one glaring omission...The IG Prestige Pro!!!!:) Best feel of any stick I have tried of late and I have been through a lot. Wilson and Head are the IMO are the goats for feel. I also like the fact that when they update a line of sticks they don't abandon their previous customer's by making drastic changes like Yonex does.
     
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    Yes the prestige pro feels awesome. I still remember it, and its been 2 years since I hit with one. The Blade has a similar feel but I find it more comfortable.

    There is no doubt that I prefer the feel of 18x20s. I really liked what open patterns did for my game, but I like the closed pattern even more now upon revisiting. My technique has evolved more and more and I really crave control more than anything.

    The prestige pro did have amazing feel for being more open patterned. I just remember thinking it was an ideal stick for a college player or someone who plays 20+ hours a week.

    I am in major Gads mode..just loving the heavy line drive forehands that I can hit with this thing - the 7G hit a similar ball as well.
     
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    Interesting because I had the same thoughts until I tried the IG version. I hit with the Youtek 2 years ago and found it to have great feel and control but never really grooved with that stick. I am not sure if I just really lucked out and got two really perfectly balanced sticks, or if there is just a big improvement with this model but I just clicked with this stick from the word go. I must admit I have been lucky enough to be able to hit with an open level player a couple times a week for the last year so I think my level of play has improved and allowed me to be able to unlock a bit more of the potential this stick has to offer. That being said, I still look forward to trying out the new 16x19 blade when it comes out as I do think this is only stick coming out of interest to me that could offer the same type of feel, control in a lighter, more user friendly package.
     
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    That's what NoBadMojo would say all the time back in the day and he would get attacked for it.
     
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    Whoa...... 67ra strung or unstrung?

    I too loved the 98d but anything other than loose syn.gut or mid multi and it was a rough ride.

    Interested to see what this stick is all about.
     
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    Ah, interesting, and not least of course as I was recently playing my unleaded APDO with PHT @ 50 lbs. This Nugyen is who's featuring in that vid PP posted up some days ago, right? Anyhow, so many variables such as my form, opponent's form, strings, weather conditions, etc, but, yep, was playing very nicely indeed with this no mods set up. And BTW, although not talking big amounts here, I hadn't actually played the Aeropro without some mods in a few years.


    PP,

    When this open pattern Blade being unveiled?
     
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    Hey Klem,

    This new 98 has a much more comfy response. I'm using the blue yonex poly tour spin strung at 49lbs and feels firm but not jarring at all. The new 100s must be amazing as well. I will post a more formal review after I hit with it for a few more days.

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    Ross, I believe in December, and I think you may really, really like it if it stays the same as the one I have now.
     
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    TCS is a high powered poly and looses tension fast. So at 60 Im looking to get more control and counterbalance the loss of tension.
     
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    I'll bet it's the V formation in the throat of the 98.

    My Prestige S has a similar structure and it's much stiffer over the flat bladed throats in the "women's" versions of the Prestige: the Pro, MP and Mid. ;)
     
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    I would agree. Something about the new yonexes bugged my elbow and I rarely have elbow pain. It came on within days of usage too. The xi series was not as bad though. Wondering if there were more complaints and that is why they released the updated sticks.
     
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    I thought the Vcore's came after the Xi's?
     
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    I think they did but they now combined the two techs in the new releases.
     
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    Screw tennis racquets. I found myself sharing an elevator and a short convo with Kate Beckinsale yesterday. I found my Holy Grail.
     
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    Not nearly as famous but I watched pollster Frank Luntz barely catch his flight just now at Reagan National.
     
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    so jealous here...
     
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    Did you choke or did you hit an ace in the conversation?
     
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    I'm in love with that woman
     
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    Nice. I love la. Asked some hot girl how she thought I looked in certain shirts in an urban outfitters on rodeo one time to make her laugh. She ended up picking out clothes for me. Later on the cashier told me it was Amanda peete.

    How did it go with Kate?
     
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    Nice catch, how lean is she is person?
     
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    Haha, post of the day Mr Gads.:)


    Definitely an open pattern Blade sounds interesting P-P.

    B, Right. Wow. And I was thinking 50 lbs or lower...
     
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    Let's just say that under this obscene amount of pressure - like, serving 5-6 down in a fifth set tiebreak of the US Open - I goated. Which is to say, I managed to speak in complete sentences and actually make her laugh. Without going into detail, let's just say it was an excellent point, a nice rally, she even asked a little bit about me and let me tell you something, boys: you get a laugh from a woman as beautiful and charming as she, and your life is complete.
     
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    That's because Brit women rule!:)
     
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    don't know u but glad u RULED at that pressure moment. :)

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    She didn't use her fangs on you?
     

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