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

  1. Power Player

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    Update : I was chosen to demo the new APD. So Ross - strap in. I should have it soon.
     
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    I look forward to that review!

    -Fuji
     
  3. PED

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    Me too, supposed to be here next week.
     
  4. PED

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    Don't they give away a free pair of women's tennis footie socks with the little tennis balls hanging off the back with each purchase :twisted:
     
  5. Boricua

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    Me too....
     
  6. Boricua

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    Look in youtube "Technifibre Human Machinë". Chris from TW interviews a guy who hits balls all day in order to test and break strings. Its interesting.
     
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    Intrigued. And that paintjob - sick enough as is, but also matte to boot? Oh man. I do wonder on these Blades: the specs are so similar to the previous version, I really wonder if they just added those amplifeel strips to the handle, new paint and called it a day.

    Me three.
     
  8. Power Player

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    This brings me great joy.


    The Black Blade will be my new stick of choice. I will gladly accept more feel being transmitted via basalt to my arm.
     
  9. PED

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    Not so fast my friend, the new APD is bearing down on you.

    Cortex kills: you may be smoking some in a hookah while laying on the couch after your turkey day meal ;)
     
  10. Power Player

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    I will be stunned if that happens again. I know what to expect from this Bab beast. I just am really hooked on the control of the Blade.

    But I am excited to take the RafaNadalStick for a run.
     
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    Speaking of grips, my fave is the stock Babolat one. It has enough tackiness and the perfect amount of feel
     
  12. Ross K

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    Peeps, JG, H,

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    :lol:
     
  13. PED

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    ^^Nice one
     
  14. Ross K

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    RHs,

    Interesting posts previously re dampeners. Yes, I am debating, for a few reasons (including the high RA frames I'm presently investigating) whether to look any particular dampeners. I'm actually a long-time rubber band user, more recently using quite a variety of dampeners... (Surprise, surprise)... I'm a bit of a dampenerholic!:)

    BTW... Fuji - OMG, incredible about the arm-shredding properties therein residing inside the Volkl dampeners! :eek:
     
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    I have no idea if it's just me, but those dampeners are tiny resin circles of hell! I tried them In literally all 70+ rackets I've owned with very similar results. They change the playability of the bed so drastically it's unreal. I might just be crazy but who knows!

    -Fuji
     
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    BLAH! Stupid rackets! I popped the strings on both my RDiS200s, so i busted out the rebel... Man thats some sweet hitting. Thing is a scalpel of low power. I'd love to get a fresh set of bhbr17 in there again... If this thing just had a little more zip on the serve I'd love it. I was getting a ton of easy pace serving today on my yy200, hence the broken strings, but my 1hbh was failing pretty hard.

    I might make the move to the BA93 or a dunlop100. Low powered mid goodness. Maybe i'll shoot for an open pattern for the pop... Is there any good low static 16x20's mids out there?

    EDIT: It'd be great to get a stick like above in the 11.5 range.

    I got 4 sticks in the 12-12.3oz range in TW racket finder. I've played the Diablo Mid, loved it sooooooo much, but it was way too heavy for rigorous matches. Like a BA93 + 16x18. nomnomnom.
     
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  17. Ross K

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    PP and all the Wilsonians around here

    Just read the TT reviews on the open patten new Blade. You can't exactly say they are falling over themselves with praise for it. As usual, Chris made some thought-provoking observations, including likening it to a TF 320 and Organix 10. I especially liked how he said it had that modern feel/performance of swinging faster, being crisper and hitting a zippier ball - exactly what I think about the Juice 100, as a matter of fact. Anyhow, look forward to hearing more feedback on this.


    Fuji

    "Tiny resin circles of hell"?! Haha, love it... of course you may have pointed up another possible explanation, ie, you are indeed utterly insane. :shock: :)
     
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    Old, but still interesting. The video, I mean.

    Nice job for Nadal at Babolat after he retires.
     
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    those Volkl dampeners are the worst! Plus they add 3-4 grams.
    I love the Sampras O.
     
  20. JackB1

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    guys, I posted a video of some ball machine hitting in the Instruction forum, if any of you guys want to comment on all my technique flaws :)
     
  21. Power Player

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    That ball machine is slowwwww. Can you set up the cam behind you? That's the challenging part for me as I like seeing that angle when I hit. It's pretty stiff hitting with probably too much arm but it still looks good. Ball machine is really all about footwork and movement so if you work on that I bet you will notice an even smoother stroke.

    That Dunlop looks pretty sweet. Did you try the f3 tour at all?
     
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    I known but it was a Dunlop demo guy that set up the machine. I had no control. Next time I will put the camera behind me and speed things up.
    I was really just trying it to see how the iPhone video quality was with my new 4s. It wasn't really thought out. Still I am getting good suggestions on what to work on: more fluidity overall, higher finish on f/h, use more core and lower body, more knee bend on b/h, work on balance, use off hand better on f/h.

    Was the video quality sufficient?

    Yes I tried the F 300 as well and it was pretty similar feeling. Just slightly heavier and I got less spin and a flatter ball due to the closed pattern. Dunlop did a great job redoing these sticks IMO.
     
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  23. Power Player

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    The video looks great. If u get a setup so you can film with your iPhone from the back let me know. I have the i5 and want to do the same thing.
     
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    Jack, looking good man! I will let the tw experts pick apart the intricacies of your technique but congrats on having the stones to post a video...it is always a relief to see tw members that are not obese lol....
     
  25. corners

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    Indubitably. Nice paint jobs.
     
  26. JackB1

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    what kind of "setup" are you referring to? I just placed my phone on a nearby platform near the court. I didn't use anything fancy. I do have a regular camera tripod I could try. I just need to figure out a way to attach it.
     
  27. PED

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    I still think I may try out the open pattern blade even though the specs of the tighter one look better. I'm a worried about the sw after getting used to the 317sw of my S.

    Hell, by then I'll be in Betty ford getting over my latest cortex bender from the new apd.

    Ross, I talked with a girl today (big big hitter, I'm not taking the pi$$). She just moved to the juice from the pd and just loves it. She says the control is better and it also returns better as well. Really nice on slice. She was using a hybrid of poly/multi and played it stock.
     
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    See i dont have anything either and i want to get that view from the back. I will have to get a tripod for an iphone i guess.
     
  29. JackB1

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    You're a musician too right? Tape or tie it to a mic stand. Or to the back fence.
     
  30. Ross K

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    So this must mean you RHs in the States don't all follow the Adam Richman (pictured below with light between meals snack) way of eating?! :shock: As he's the greatest American export since rock and roll, and as I'm eschewing the Nole gluten-free diet and beginning to follow the Man Vs Food 'unrestrained gluttony' diet, got to confess, I'm a tad disappointed. :)

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  31. Ross K

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    I've had 2 very good sessions in the last 5 days with the J100. I'm very close to bringing down the curtain on the PD 2012 and just going toe to toe for a few weeks with the JUice 100 and APD. Perhaps the main thing for me is the Juice just feels better to me. I don't know if it's to do with the pattern, set up, or what, but I also seem to be hitting my bread and butter standard deep b-line ball a bit more to my liking with the Wilson.
     
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    Raonic Rig, his new pj's being prepared by P1.

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    (photo courtesy of P1)
     
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    Pure Gold. Pure Rosskins. The APD is your stick ross, foggedaboutit. Go with the Jo-willy set-up!
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    (yet again, photo courtesy of P1)


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    On a separate note, pre-ordered the Black98- 18x20, like how the stiffness is bumped up a bit, could be just QC though. Will find out in 2weeks. Gonna string it up with my go-to rig. X-1 mains, ALUpower crosses. 55/51 and see what happens.
     
  34. JackB1

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    Ross...now I have 2 J100s. Both are 330 grams strung with overgrip, which is perfect for me. I added 2 grams at 12' and now they are 5 pts hl. The racquet still swings lighter than its specs. Got one strung w/ Pro Evo mains & Nvy crosses at 50/52 and it's pretty nice.
     
  35. arrowtowntennisclub

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    Im liking the new found love on kbaum pro evo. Didnt really see much in terms of user reviews and recommendations but its a really great string in a hybrid (smooth and slippery) or full bed. I have a reel and its got awesome tension maintenance, firm crisp stringbed yet on the more powerful, livelier side of feel. Great at low tensions but still plenty comfortable when strung higher. Just a really versatile string plus it looks great in just about any stick. Also has great bite, depth and directional control despite being a round poly. Cant recommend it enough really. Its not exactly a bargain though...
     
  36. Ross K

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    klem - Yes, I know/have that Tsonga sticks/Priority 1 pic already. Awesome photo... TBH, 3g @ 12 on the hoop of my APD seems right for me... BTW, you're probably right saying 'forgedaboutit', but you know how it goes in the confused and muddled mind of a needy racketaholic, right?

    Jack - I'm with you on the 2 X J100 front. Debating what to string the second one up with. It came to me with full job Alu but I only had (and wanted to have) the briefest of hits with it. BTW, this set up that no lead at 9 @ 3, but 2g @ 12 and 4g @ b/cap (my other one has 4g @ 4 and 9 too) - anyhow, still finding my feet with this rac mods-wise.

    arrow - interesting re Pro Evo. How's the spin production IYO?
     
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    Still X'ing.......msv hex @ 50lbs today, see if its any good in it.

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  38. crosscourt

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    I agree. The APD is his stick and I am kind of proud that we have a bona fide APD user here. It makes us all look like something other than refugees from the 1990s. Vamos Ross.
     
  39. arrowtowntennisclub

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    ross,
    Hit with my rdis100mp on sat freshly strung with evo at 48/46 and laughed at some of my shots that somehow dropped in. But then again it is the only round poly i have played in a full bed so don't have a similar comparison. I'd say slightly less spin potential than an rpm blast, tour bite or cyclone but the trade off is much great tension maintenance and playability.

    on another note, hit with my mates O3 Red strung with fresh rpm blast and the ball bite/spin was just so much fun.

    and on another note, gonna have a crisis over the new incoming blades and head speeds!
     
  40. Power Player

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    What is everyones opinion on string movement in a hybrid? Basically the 4g is still at 45 #s and holding tension. It is moving a lot though, but ogsm is not going to be an ideal slide back string.

    I think it is safe to say that this is a 2 week setup as i was hitting rather well today. The ball did what i wanted and while the 4g was moving it did not feel dead and spin and control was just fine. I think i can easily do one more session with this setup.
     
  41. JackB1

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    it is a VERY underrated string. It feels much better though after about a 2 hour break in period. Using it currently in my Juice 100 with syngut crosses.
     
  42. JackB1

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    PP...today I tried recording with my iPhone by attaching the camera to the back fence with a mini bungee cord. Came out great. Here is a short clip so you can see how it looks. Next time I will film some actual match play.. I will post the link here in a minute....
    http://youtu.be/2kDYRzz-8to
     
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    Mini bungee? Awesome..this sounds perfect as long as there is no windscreen on the fence.
     
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    Nice positioning of the camera! That worked out really well, and the camera is up above most groundies and serve bounces.
     
  45. JackB1

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    yes...mini bungee cords. They sell em at Walmart. But you could use anything that you can tie around the phone and to the fence. You just position the camera so the lens isn't blocked by a fence link. Yes...my court doesn't have a windscreen on the back fence, but if you could get under it, you could still work something out.
     
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    yes I was surprised how well it worked out. I will definitely film more video this way. Maybe some match play?
     
  47. Hi I'm Ray

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    The two weeks I had using the J100 were with full beds of Lux Savage and Cyclone and it still felt pretty good. I imagine the feel and comfort are taken up a notch with the hybrid you have in it.

    As a Babs user, its kind of funny how Babs pretty much keeps their APD & PD formula the same and focuses new release improvements on feel and comfort, but still haven't seem to gotten it quite right after all these releases over the years. Yet Donnay and Wilson get it right the first time with their APD & PD clones, the Formula 100 & Juice 100.
     
  48. Ross K

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    I'm finding the TB/Nvy combo really to my liking now in the J100. The word I'd use to describe it is: 'smooth'... smooth and powerful, quite crisp. Now if I had any sense, I'd just stick to this set up. :)

    BTW, Had a session earlier today with J and APD. Right now the Wilson is edging it. Initially I feel I prefer the slightly easier oomph the APD is providing. After not too long though, I miss the superior accuracy and all around feel (not just talking flex). I also think for general maneuverability the J100 is better. There is a qsn about balance/weighting/mods, as sometimes I sense the J is a little too lightweight, so I may be boosting it up a bit from 2g @ 12, 4g @ b/cap, and 4g @ 3 and 6. Saying that, I don't want to mess around too much with the great RHS here and make it too clubby.
     
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    Ross....you need to take the weight out of the buttcap. The j100 is already too headlite for its own good. By adding weight to BOTH the butt and the hoop, you are keeping the balance the same...just adding more overall weight. I would recommend taking everything off and ONLY add weight at 12'. This will add swingweight and plow and take away some of that headlite feel. I have (2) 4" strips on mine (2 grams) and its perfect.

    I tried mine yesterday stock and it definitely felt a little too flimsy in the head. I put the weight back on at 12' and immediately noticed an improvement overall.
     
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    I agree. The J100 and the F100 both are more comfortable than the Bab's and will do everything else the same or better.
     

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