Diary of a Racketaholic

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

  1. JackB1

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    Whatever works best on the court wins out in the end...whether it's "logical" or not. You are probably hitting a heavier ball due to more racquet head speed...not the pattern. But patterns by themselves don't matter much...its all about the size of the squares in the middle. Some 16 x 19's have the same size squares as 18 x 20s due to the spacing on the crosses.

    Yes I can handle the sw of the Extreme, but I don't know if I "prefer" it?. I tend to tire in later sets, especially in the summer and that's when the lower swingweight would help out. It seems like my magic # is 325.

    I am currently in a quandary with my Extreme's because I have been losing matches horribly lately, even though I like the racquet, something about it is not translating to success on the court? The other night I lost 7-5, 0-6,0-6.
    I can't remember the last time I got double bageled! I am going back to the Donnay F100 just to see if anything changes. I think the Donnay is more tweener like and user friendly for me.
     
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    Hi we were playing next to you a couple of weeks ago when you were playing one of the juniors but I didnt get a chance to say hi. I didnt read all of this thread but are you playing with the Blade 98 or Team? I didnt have arm problems with the 98 but I have heard some people complain of it, so just be careful especially with the weather changing!
     
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    Hey there..maybe ill see you up there again. That junior is great..my god...lol.

    I have the 98 and so far it is real easy on me..much more than i expected.
     
  4. bad_call

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    windy hit sesh with PP today. really liked his Blade string setup. so easy to crush balls with pinpoint accuracy when the wind wasn't interfering. had some nice heated exchanges and the B5E/BBO in yy200 was up to the task. :)
     
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    Loving the Exo comfort and spin but I miss that crushing sensation the 7G gives.
     
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    A great stick just don't mess it up with mods. It's perfect in stock form, great control and power and stick speed like nothing else.
     
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    How does the "S" compare with the IGPP?
     
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    I agree with Jack - my magic swing weight is mid-320s. I currently am down to 1 BLX Blade, and while I love the power and control, I played 3 times in 2 days and my arm/wrist was VERY sore. If the new 16x19 comes in around 11.3 or 11.4 oz strung, has low - medium power, and has a swing weight around 325, I may already have found a new racquet.
     
  9. Ross K

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    My guilty pleasure, a Juice 100, is in a bag by the computer upstairs, and there's a space in there for the next guilty pleasure that's going to be joining it immanently, a PD 2012 (I know, I know - I recently said the APD was definitely the better fit for me, but, what the heck - LOL!) Haven't had the chance to hit with them yet klem, but November should see some interesting diary updates. Also going to check out some new string set ups. I'm a happy 'holic.:)
     
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    But even if that blade you want came out, it would still probably make your wrist sore.
     
  11. Murray_fan1

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    $99.00 for a brand new Blade! Hmmm.... decisions, decisions:???: Once a racketaholic always a racketaholic
     
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    No reason for the PD12 if you have a Juice 100. They are so similar, but the Juice is a superior racquet IMO.
     
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    Ross,

    I think you will like the 2012 Pure Drive more than the team you tested out before. Pretty good stick overall but as much as I like the forgiveness of a 100 inch stick, I simply can't get used to the beam width and hollow feel.
     
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    I thought the 2012 model pretty much eliminated the hollow feel.
     
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    I agree when compared to other tweener's it does feel surprisingly solid but hit it side to side with a Prestige and you will know what I am talking about. Again nothing wrong with the stick just could not get used to it.
     
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    but the Prestige is the holy grail of contact feel. Nothing feels as good.
     
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    I know not a fair comparison in the feel department but it is the measuring stick for me.
     
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    How is it going with the Formula? I see it is still in your signature line but I thought you moved on to the Extreme MP?
     
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    Ah, makes sense then. .. Beat a hitting partner that, granted, I normally beat, but he usually always gets at least a few games a set. There were just no errors on my part and I just kept line-driving it deep and hitting line after line. Was also putting away sitters left and right instead of being my usual idiot self on some of those shots.

    The crushing sensation of the 7G is just sooo sweet when you're in rhythm. In my neverending conundrum with heavy vs. light, there were nights like when I emailed you a few days ago talking about really feeling like going lighter was in my near future, and then there are nights like last night when I think, "Yeah, forget that. Mass just kills." We'll see what tomorrow brings.

    Oh, and Ross: was trying that tip you gave about keeping the inside hand loose on the two-hander last night. LOVED it. Really forced my whole body to twist through and hit the ball, rather than arming it. Very simple but effective.. Will try to keep at it.
     
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    Jack I have said multiple times that I hit heavier due to the lighter weight so I agree. But the SW helps. You get that weight going into the ball and its wonderful. Think that's why you like the head.
     
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    When you are on your game with the 7G, balls are just so easy to put away. I know what you mean about the weight too. Some days it tires you out and other days it seems fine. Glad you had a good first outing with my girls. Now tuck them into bed for the night!
     
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    Well, it's a tough call. I played a guy that's only been playing for a couple years as well, and he's a bottom rung 4.0 and I have trounced him pretty hard the last couple times we've played, so I thought it would be a good time to compare.

    Serves: Blade wins hands down, I hit kick/twist serves that go a solid 6+ feet on my second serve, simply because of the increased RHS. It helps a lot IMO. My flat serves are just absolute bombs, (We had a gun out today and I was hitting over 100MPH.) The results just don't lie on the serve!

    Ground strokes: The Blade gets the edge for the fact when on defence I can still relatively flick it back into play, the Prestige doesn't allow me to step off the gas at all, but it does hit a heavier ball when on offence. My ground game doesn't really allow of a lot offence outside of winners, so I like the fact that I can still hit on the run well with the Blade. (Think classic counter puncher, I get to a lot of balls, and put decent pace back and I hope to win the point on a clean winner.)

    Volleys: Prestige, hands down. The Prestige just volleys so well whether it's feathering it or putting it away for the count. The Blade is decent, definitely no problem about that, just the Prestige is better in literally every category, (even mobility IMO)

    Returns: Blade for attacking returns, and Prestige for block returns. It depends who I'm playing. If I was playing someone that isn't as good as me, I would most likely use the Blade for returning for just stepping in and eating the serve alive, but against harder hitters at my level, I feel as though the Prestige allows me to keep the serve back without too many misfires.

    That being said, serving is the most important part of tennis IMO. The Blade simply serves better and that's why I'm with it instead of the Prestige. If I were just hitting non-competitively I'd be making an honest evaluation towards putting more time in with the Prestige. Since I'm in league season, the Blade is doing more then I could ask for with regards to my game play.

    -Fuji
     
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    Not as much beef as the pro. You do have to swing the s faster but that's fairly easy to donafter playing with 345g sticks for the last few years.

    Reminds me of what I think the prestige mp would play like with an open pattern. The throat of the s is stiffer than the mp but not in a bad way, it favors a more all court game like the mp, I like sitting on top of the baseline and taking balls early and redirecting them. With the 329g static, it's easy to do.

    I'm still interested in that damn blade now that PP talks so favorably about it :). I'll wait for the open pattern though to try, I will say that I never cared for the k blade so I may be safe from switching.
     
  24. Murray_fan1

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    Ped. I thought the kblade sucked too.
     
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    I think I may snap up the Blade for $99.00. I thought about the open pattern version but appears to be only slightly more open then the 18x20. I guess it would be slightly livelier but I don't think power is an issue with the blade anyway. At this price it seems like it is a steal.
     
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    Jack & Murray,

    Could be right re the PD 2012 being too similar to the J100. That said, I find subtle differences bewteen a lot of these tweeners, and it's only pretty subtle differences really which makes me want to look away from my APD/O... Re solidness/feel etc, Bab VS Prestige isn't a fair fight at all! Anyhow, I love the solidness and other aspects of Prestiges (I've done my 'time' here Muzza), but my game fares better with Bab sticks.


    PED,

    Yes, me and you both re the upcoming open pattern Blades... PP, and of course young Peliwo, seem to have started something of a 'Blade epidemic' here on the TT boards.:)
     
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    Murray,

    Great second vid. Brilliant coach. I liked his manner and energy, if you know what I mean? Superb speed and eye at analyzing technique.

    Anyhow, chimes with me bigtime about failure to hit through properly (one thing I've worked on some this year), and I especially love what he's saying in the latter portion to the girl who's unconsciously shifting her weight on contact to the left side.

    Man, wish I could have him for a coaching session or two. He sure knows his s***! :)


    Gads,

    Great that's worked for you. Yes, just letting the pinky go, or relaxing the fingers on the dominant hand, definitely seems to aid left-hand dominance and a more fluid, relaxed stroke.

    Last week I actually tried this technique (pinky hanging off) on serve and fh too. It sure made going from fh to bh grips easier. TBH though, a bit in and out results-wise, but I'd never consciously done this before on serve and fh. I'll keep looking at it though, yes.
     
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    Sure thing, I just got one too yesterday. Played with it for just one hour yet and loved it.
     
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    Ross, yes the blade is pretty easy to like just because it takes two things most people like - ease of use and solid feel and combines them. For me, i had just been craving a control stick with a closed pattern and was even thinking about grabbing a 300t in this thread a month ago.

    Speaking of dunlops i was cleaning out my closet and found my dunlop mfil 200. It is is great shape too. Wonder if it is eligible for the tw trade in program still..
     
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    I think the unique feel and sound of the ports combined with the low stiffness of the EXO Tour somewhat conceals how fast/heavy/crushing/whatever you may call it your shots really are. At least that's the impression I'm getting from watching what my shots do on the other side of the net.

    My coach (Wilson sponsored) agrees. When I first tried the Prince in Nov 2009 he suggested I stick with it. And again after I switched back to it a couple of weeks ago. Somehow I don't think he says that because I suddenly tend to hit fluffy sitters. ;) Just my opinion of course, YMMV.
     
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    Ahhh, i remember the days of mikeler giving me grief about the prince, and now he is a convert ;) its a great stick..it has a solidity to it, that just grabs you as soon as you try it out. I hated stringing it after the second go, and was struggling on serve, but that racquet really helped me out when i had a bad wrist injury.


    The 7g is really special. Not surprised gads still uses it. I was stunned at how great the feel of it was as well since i had never tried pk before.
     
  33. bad_call

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    mikeler is a crazy young man, just humor him. :) ...lol
     
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    I can see the spin of the Exo wreaking havoc on my opponents. If I would have tried the 16x18 years ago, I may have never tried the 7G. Touché Bad_Call! :)
     
  35. Ross K

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    I'd like to sometime try this almost mythical stick I keep reading about - the great 7G. Seems to be a real racketaholic connoisseurs favourite. I'm sure there's a reason why. Don't think I've ever seen one here in the UK.

    What would ppl list as it's best 3 attributes?
     
  36. 2ManyAces

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    I demoed a Steam today. I only hit on the wall but it felt great. A but stiff, however.

    What would be a softer string setup that is softer than something like a Generic Wilson poly?

    I'd like to have good power/spin.
     
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    Hey PP and other RH's ,

    Envy keeps getting touted as the next best cross to gut in a hybrid with poly mains. Just wondering what makes this string so special in this regard. Add life to the poly? Soften the string bed? How is the string movement? I am surprised it does not shred due to the texture of the Cyclone main.
     
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    Nvy is real soft and lasts forever with out getting stiff. It also just does not break very easily or lose a lot of tension. The feel is very good as a cross as well. It is really nice how long i can get a consistent stringbed . I have around 12 hours on one hybrid and it still plays the same every time i pull it out of the bag.
     
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    Because of stiffness? I feel sometimes like I have to work harder than I want, to swing the racquet, especially in quick doubles reactive volleys. I think it also depends on the stiffness/ flex of the new stick. Time will tell.
     
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    Have you used it as a main in a hybrid with poly?
     
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    Good question. I have not. Most people swear that it is only good as a cross so i never really thought to. I struggled for a while to get the right string setup with the yonex, but with the blade, i already have a good one on the first try so i dobt ill experiment much.
     
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    I hit some more with the Steam, and I ended up disliking it.

    it felt like cardboard, ew
     
  43. Ross K

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    There's loads of soft polys these days. Do a thorough search in the 'strings' section. Here's a starter for you:

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=433800&highlight=soft+poly

    If you're thinking hybriding with a multi, Bab Exel, Mantis Comfort, RIP Control (all of which I've been looking at in the last month) are worth considering, as is definitely Bab N.Vy (a syn gut). One of the best strings section threads ever 'mikeler's multis' is a must for you to check out. The strings are ranked and reviewed on the 1st page.

    Then there's gut of course... are you by any chance on a large allowance?:)
     
  44. JGads

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    Ross, it's a wonder stick, a legend, and I've always thought it a shame you don't have access to it. Ticks off a ton of boxes that you always look to tick -- easy, booming power on the forehand, extra length that helps on serve and, more than anything, makes it the best two-handed backhand stick I've ever swung (nice long handle, too, for comfy leverage). It hits a bit more of a 'drive' naturally than a spinny ball, but there's no lacking of spin if you want it. Tremendous, even 16/20 string pattern. Depth of shot is just so consistent -- really hard to leave sitters short with the 7G.. I've always thought that the best description of the 7G is that it hits a 6.1 95 kind of booming ball but is a bit easier to wield and also a lot more controlled on depth of shot, probably because it's a slightly softened stiffness rather than being too too rigid -- with a 6.1 95 for example, I'll randomly hit the back fence on a LOT more shots whereas I rarely miss badly with the 7G. If I miss it's pretty close.

    The sad part, though? Looks like they're finally discontinuing the 7G. Or at least that's what I gather from TW having just a stick or two left in the different grip sizes, plus PK bringing out these Ki5 and Q5 updates... I'm such a PK-**** given that my two favorite sticks are still the 7G and Black Ace Mid, so I've tried the updated frames (Ki5, QTour, Q5) and they are just not the same or even that close to the PK classics in both ball feel (especially) and also quality of shot.
     
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    I wouldn't be writing the 7G's obituary just yet. TW does have all the grip sizes from 4-1/4" to 4-5/8" in stock for the 7G. Also, if you look at the 5G, the 4-5/8" is out of stock, but it's supposed to be in stock by Nov 5. Obviously, they have to be getting it from somewhere! So my guess is the 5G and 7G are still alive, but I would think they each have one foot in the grave.

    The older racquets did have a softer feel. My first PK was the original Silver Ace, which was butter compared the Ki 5x I have now. I think that's generally the trend in the industry. Still, I love the Ki 5x because of its controllable power, large sweet spot, and arm-friendliness. It actually doesn't feel that comfortable compared to other racquets, but for some reason my arm feels much better with it, and I've heard the same comment from others as well.
     
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    Perhaps that's the Kinetic tech working it's magic? Got a Ki5 coming today so will find out soon. It's a great shame we can't get the older PK offerings over here, in fact it's hard to get any of them. PK seems to have given up in the UK where the roost is ruled by Wilson, Head and Babolat.
     
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    This is a really good description of the 7G. From the moment you pick it up, it has a noticeable "boom" factor to it. It makes a unique noise and just has a feel that I've not experienced with other rackets but I'm not a racketaholic...yet. The other thing the 7G does well is volley. It's just so easy to put away sitters at net. I'm missing it just typing about it right now. :cry:
     
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    Hmm, maybe I'll try this one out in a full bed since I can get it at the local shop.
     
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    Re the 7G, if there's 1 or 2 frames it slightly reminds ppl of what would those frames be? Just trying to get a better idea of it. Cheers
     
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    I moved from the Pure Storm Tour Plus (non GT) to the PK 7G because the specs were so similar. The PK 7G swings a little lighter but has some more power. I'm sure there are others that are closer to it but I'll let the experts chime in. Maybe the Pure Storm GT is closer to it but it will feel more stiff.
     

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