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  1. MikeHitsHard93

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    Now now, guys. No woodies! That belongs in the Classic Racquets Forum.
     
  3. Power Player

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    Bekinsale is so damn hot..oh man..i wish gads got the digits..lol.

    Ross, loved your tip on the 2 hander. hang the pinkie off the handle..did that tonight and it works perfectly. Im stunned at how big this racquet hits for its weight.

    I was not really letting my left hand do the work on my backhands every time, and doing that just fixed the problem pretty easily.
     
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    Still bladin' pp.....?

    I cant wait to hit the 16x19 blade. Screw it up with mods. Decide I dont like it, throw it a corner, go back to stock after failing with other mods on other sticks and decide I like it again. :razz:

    I can see it now.
     
  5. Power Player

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    Yeah, i absolutley love this racquet. I didnt expect it to feel this good or play this well because the 200 made me a racquet snob..but lighter racquets mean more tip speed on serve and that is huge for me.

    I also think i may be done with open patterns for a while..well besides trying the open pattern blade and 99s of course :)..but i have so much control and ball feel..its addicting and in matches i can just go big and put the ball in smaller windows with confidence.
     
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    Yup I'm really looking forward to the 16x19 blade. I would've loved the IG rad pro, but it's too flexible. I'm also looking to get some kneissls, those will be the only closed patterns ill try cause I'm really a 16 main kind of guy. The stiffer/solid feel of Wilson's just appeal to me.
     
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    hmm maybe you guys can fix my 2hander problem. I think my left wrist is TOO relaxed. to the point where when i hit fiercely in a session my left wrist feels sore and probably torn. It bothers me for a few weeks and its only been happening the past... 3 months? I've been trying to work on fluidity, but its hard to believe that someone of my caliber is able to injure my left hit from hitting relaxed.
     
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    Enjoyed this.

    Played with Mad Dog in a wind storm tonight. So tough.

    FedK: Go Giants!
     
  9. Ross K

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    Yes, it's simply about relaxing finger(s)on the off-hand and letting them open up a bit so the non-dominant hand leads. It's an excellent pro tip IMO. I only discovered it last year but it's made a notable difference.
     
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    Can you believe Zito...speechless. It is like Feds return to no 1...love the artistry.

    I see a lot of genius in his flying...

    War wilson in 2013 boys...they're makin a case....those rush pros I heard are mfg. By Salomon....(ski company)...high quality...plus they come in black and orange...

    99s, open blade, micro core yonexes.... Looks good. Im stocking paypal....
     
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    had fun hit sesh using the yy200 with new string job of B5E/BBO. very acceptable comfort, controllable/predictable pop, delicious spin and put away power were what i expected and got with this setup. serves had additional sting. have to see how durability/comfort continues.
     
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    Tried Polyfibre TCS at 60 in the APD GT and felt boardy. TCS is one of the softest polys but its still a poly. I hate to cut strings out but if its still boardy next time around I'll have to do it. This APD is real stiff, very different from the Original which supposedly Nadal uses. No wonder Nadal can use a full bed of RPM. In the GT its very difficult to go full bed unless you string in the 40s or very low 50s. So for now Ill use a hybrid, maybe Babolat Nvy which Ive never used but its a good cross string for what Ive heard. Also Ltec Flex is a good cross string but much more expensive.
    Also, a TW playtester told me that the new Aero is buttery, and feels much less stiff than the GT. That is good news but wonder how this is as the stiffness rating is supposedly higher from what Ive read on the board.
     
  13. JGads

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    Can't believe Zito, but loving it.. It's like playing with house money now, knowing you took out Verlander with, at best, your third or fourth best pitcher. Best part was Verlander's 'Wow' after Panda's second bomb. Like, 'Huh? Is this really happening to me? I thought I was Justin Verlander.'

    Love the Giants. Was hoping or another all-Bay Area WS but just glad the Giants finally killed the Cards. So scrappy, the GMen, and the fans are incredible. And as a fan of all things Houston, my hometown, I'm well aware of Hunter Pence's scrappiness and ability to infect a team with his will, personality and weird looking way of running and throwing a baseball. Quirky dude but just the right kind for the postseason.
     
  14. Power Player

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    Gads BTW, interesting thing. Dgoran got a blade to try out and the SW on his was super high. I think it felt like it was 345ish. So when you said yours was sluggish, I am betting yours came with a higher SW too. If you demo a blade, get the shop to throw it on the RDC for you because the Blades should swing at around 330-335.

    Also, I believe I defeated the Wilson QC be doing a few things - buying my sticks from the same location and they were released at the same time. Basically I have 2 Blade demos, which means they were the first released and they came to the store in the same box probably from the same factory. I think Wilson is about to GOAT all over this thread with the new Blades and Steams so for all you folks worried about QC, try and buy from a local store since you can get them specced and you will also have sticks from the same batch.
     
  15. Boricua

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    I think that if you buy from TW and pay some extra cash they weigh the rackets to go along with the customers needs and match the rackets specs so they are more or less equal in weight, balance, swingweight, etc.. I think I paid once 20 dollars for this service
     
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    I know about that, but I paid 0 because I just asked my shop to weigh and SW my racquets, and bought from the same batch.
     
  17. JGads

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    Yeah, that sounds like what happened with my Blade demo long ago. I was like, "You've got to be kidding me with this." Felt like I was swinging a dumbbell... The Blades, upcoming goat paintjob version and last version if I decide to retry it, may be an option as I've been thinking a lot lately about the proverbial drop back down in weight.
     
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    I wish I lived out in Cali so you could try my blades. From how you describe your game, and your exquisite preferences for top tier feel..I'd be pretty shocked if you weren't impressed.

    Another thing that is funny is how people got all turned on by the "tour prepared" Tfights, but the Blades all have handles filled with silicone and foam and they dont even market that aspect.

    There was just enough space to fit in 5 grams of putty, but I took it back out, as I like the racquet stock.
     
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    I have a feeling it has to do with their "active cortex" gimmic! I have both gens of PDRGT+ and the black one honesty feels like a stiffness of 66-68 strung while my 2010 blue definitely feels in the 70-71 range.

    -Fuji
     
  20. 2ManyAces

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    Dear Racketaholics,

    I am currently playing with a Babolat Pure Storm with a poly at 55. I love the power, but the control and feel isn't great.

    I am 12 y/o and a 4.0.

    I am looking for something:

    95 or bigger head
    27"
    Good power and control
    Relatively arm friendly
    11-11.4 oz
    Not head heavy
    Good plow

    hope this isn't too much to ask. Thanks!
     
  21. Power Player

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    Lots of options..the Blade is a great one..what string pattern? if open, wait on the blade 16x19, maybe try a new Dunlop..Pro Staff 95, wilson blx 6.1 team..
     
  22. Ross K

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    I'm a bit confused here. What version APD is the normal one you usually play? What tension do you usually string TCS at?
     
  23. Ross K

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    If the PD 2012 really does feel in the 66-68 region in terms of RA that is really to be commended. My APD Original is meant to be 67. I do seem to fare best around there.
     
  24. Boricua

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    I began using the Cortex and now I use the Gt. Ive strung TCS from 52-55 but have not used this string that much.
    Looking forward to new Aero coming out soon.
     
  25. Boricua

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    Hope its the same with the new Aero in terms of feeling less stiff than the GT version.
     
  26. Fuji

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    Definitely! I find it just plays a lot smoother and dare I say "softer" on my arm. It got rid of all the pretty harsh feedback of the 2010, and it kept decent feel for volleys as well. :razz: that being said, I frame the ball SO much with the PD from the thicker beam then what I'm used to, it makes it tough for me to play with it.

    -Fuji
     
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    To me, active cortex is nothing special...same babolat feel.
    The racs I am gassed for in 2013 are the wilsons and the vcore with microcore injections...
     
  28. JGads

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    Agree totally.
     
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    Im down for the count guys. Getting out of control. Just came back from an indoor session, blx 2012 90. Gotta hunt one down, used.

    I see it as the weighted bat used when your on deck.

    Spectacular feel.
     
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    Where could I find an old BLX 95 for cheaper than the new ProStaff model?
     
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    ^fleabay. Nice sticks. Especially the 16x18 pattern. Even though I love 18x20 patterns, could never jive with the 18x20 95's.

    EDIT: T-dub's got a couple of 16x18's in the used racqurt section as well.
     
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  32. JGads

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    The box beam. It claims so many lives.
     
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    i was supposed to go out and hit tonight. first time in 1.5 weeks. I got ditched... =/
     
  34. Fuji

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    Bad deal man! I know that feel so well LOL! (Same thing happened to me today!)

    -Fuji
     
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    Like the volcanoes that create gummy blx crystals.
     
  36. Ross K

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    The open Blade, spinsational Steams, bionic APD, Yonex updates, etc - 2013 is going to be a busy year for us racketaholics.
     
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    Sorry for the repost, but any other opinions? I would also like an open string pattern.
     
  38. klementine

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    ^There are many sticks in that range. Question is, what are you looking for, other than better feel and control? And control in what aspect? Off the ground, up at net, on serve?Or what companies are no-no's? Wilson, Head, Prince, Yonex? Or better yet what have you tried that you don't like?

    Can't go wrong with something like the Blade98 or IgRadMp. After wrap and damp, they'll be right in ball-park. Except for balance that is. Anyhting in that weight range is usually more head-heavy. The tec 310's a great option. As well as the Speed 310.

    I'd also sugget a tighter hybrid option on your storm(s). A nice multi at 60 and a soft co-poly cross at 56 might help with the feel and control aspect.


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    ^ Wait a minute. Got it. Your search is over!

    A racquet I've tried recently that falls right into what you're looking for. The Prestige S.
     
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    Well i think I'm making the switch. It was a nice run with the yys, but i do play better with the blade. Hit for a while tonight with my friend and he verified that i just hit a lot heavier and with more pace and spin off both sides compared to the yonex.I already found a great setup as well in the cyclone mains and nvy crosses..ill try black magic mains tonight since i broke 4 gut mains today at once. They lasted about 7 hours. The poly setup is going on strong at 10 and plays great in this stick.

    Also am finding the comfort level very high.

    One thing i like about this lighter stick is now and then i will go full western on high bouncers, meet the ball way out in front, and it just clubs the ball.

    I definitely think the heavy ball comes from technique, high racquet speed and swingweight. That is the formula. The static weight does not seem to be as much of a factor.
     
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    ^Waiting for a sig change in 3....2....1...... :smile: Good stuff. 4 mains! At once! Well, it is gut but damn....

    I got a guilty pleasure sitting upstairs, in a bag, underneath the bed. The PS90.

    Hopefully my wife will confuse it for the 6.1 team (in time) I got and not give me any ****. The racquets can't occupy the same time and the same space, or else.
     
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    anyone know if the new Blade 16x19 will have the same high 335ish swingweight?
     
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    Nooo you're abandoning mee!! lol jk. I've been looking at the wilsons as well. As much as I like the yy200s, I'm looking for something a little stiffer in the hoop.
     
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    Good to hear PP!

    I think I'm going to stick with the Blade as well. I used the sexy new Black Prestige this morning, and as much as I absolutely LOVED the paintjob, I couldn't justify buying it. My Blades served/returned/hit better for my game. The Prestige just felt so super sluggish, no real reason why it would compared to the Blade, but I just couldn't get any pop whatsoever.

    Switched back to the Blade mid practice, and my shots were back to normal. Big serves and clean returns!

    -Fuji
     
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    Jack if you can handle the head extreme at 333, the blade will not be an issue. Honestly, if they lower the sw, i will be very very disapointed. I love these higher sw, lower static weight sticks. Both of mine are 331 and it is a perfect blend of power and control. I think it is a great racquet if you love the apd, but want the solid feel of a players stick and more control and flex. Ill definitley demo the open pattern, but i think i see myself staying with the 18x20 due to the feel and the control. I am able to really go after the ball on approaches and put it away with a lot of confidence, and i get more 1-2 finishes off my serve now.

    The funny thing is that according to my friend, the ball has a lot more kick to it, and is tougher to deal with than when i use heavier open pattern sticks..i think it is the combo of faster head speed and that swingweight. I think if you saw my game you would probably imagine id play better with an open pattern, but for some reason i hit bigger shots with the closed.

    Fuji i definitiey think the blade is a winner. How did the feel compare to the legendary prestige?
     
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    @ RossK

    You have mail regarding the PD2012/Juice100.
     
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    Mikeler: Mik 2 served up a double bagel tonight. With fresh string job (courtesy of Mad Dog) of my preferred TB/NVy and a gram at 12, I just couldn't miss. Back to my regularly scheduled frustrations soon enough, I'm sure, but tonight was one of those rare smilers. I believe Beckinsale was with me in spirit.
     
  48. Ross K

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    RHs,

    More food for thought yesterday re stock VS modded experiment. In slightly blustery conditions I went from my unmodded APD to my one with lead @ 12 and in b/cap. Preferred the latter. A tad more sting on the ball and I think it slightly aids that loopy trajectory. I could definitely notice a difference even if the amounts of lead are negligible.

    Also worth saying I found the performance and feel of Iontech and RIP hybrid far superior to the first time. Very nice actually when it's softened up a bit. Crisp, good feel, good power, decent spin.


    Ray,

    Thanks. Reply sent.



    2Many Aces,

    I think klem's advice is good. Not really sure myself and I wouldn't want to mis-advise you. Lots of great info on this site if you search around.
     
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    how are you getting to try the new blade? I wanna try now.. lol..
     
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    Who did you beat? LeeD? :) It was not Beckinsale, I added 3 grams of Mikeler Magic Pixie Dust to one of those frames right before I dropped it off at UPS.
     

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