Diary of a Racketaholic

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

  1. ryushen21

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    Interesting...I love my 2hbh with the Prestige but since my hand injury, I've had to resort to defensive slicing and trying to develop an aggressive 1hbh.

    It took me months to get my 2hbh tuned in with the Prestige but once I did it became a huge weapon. I mean, it became a laser guided missile. But it still requires almost exhaustive concentration.
     
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    Yes, got your email as well..all good. I just need to get serious about fine tuning some tennis strokes and I need to have a go to stick to do that. I still feel really good about the pure storm tours, but I need to stick with the Donnay, so Im going to sell my pstgts to remove temptation and make some money. If anyone needs 3/8ths pstgts, I have them listed. The donnays just work for me a little better, but seriously, both sticks are very similar, the Donnay just has prestige qualities and that amazing serve potential as well.

    It is cool to be a racquet tryer outer, but it gets expensive!

    Not sure if I will ever part with the classic mid though. Cracking strokes with it is just too enjoyable.
     
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    Yeah, most everyone I know who has tried the Donnays has switched. They really seem to be just that good. Although, I have to say that I am a bit shocked that you say it serves better than the Prestige Mid which is, IMHO, the best serving racquet I have ever hit with. It's hard to imagine something serving better.

    And I totally get you on the classic. The few times that I have had the pleasure to hit with one, the owners ended up having to pry it out of my hands.

    I much prefer to stay with my 3 prestiges. However, my very short demo list would include the X-Black 94, Black Ace 93 and Redondo Mid. Again, that may all happen this summer when I have a bit more free time.
     
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    Thats a real sexy short list.

    The reason I have the donnay as my best serving stick is because it serves harder than the prestige and has more spin. So I could hit slices that were breaking 90mph. My flats were the hardest I have hit in years. It just puts really bigtime action on the ball, even more than the more open patterned Donnay Red. The prestige is still right up there as easily one of the best serving racquets I have hit with. The Donnay is just that good. They are the real deal for me.

    Anything that tops the Prestige is the truth IMO. I know me, and I am sure I will still check out the 2012 prestiges because I love the line that much, but donnay took the whole prestige/pro staff lineage to the next level with their sticks.
     
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    That is a daring statement.

    I will check out the IG Prestiges as well once they are out. I've heard from friend who is friendly with a few Head reps that the IG is supposed to be trying to get back to the PC600 feel. Even more than the YT.
     
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    If the IG goes back to the prestige feel but they spec their midplusses out better, they will have a winner. The IG needs to simulate the feel of Twaron, which is what makes the pc600 feel so good.

    And what I meant by the donnay statement is that the "next level" is simply making the prestige into a more modern racquet where you have more power and spin, but it is controllable and has feel, unlike a thick tweener.

    It is a daring statement though. But nothing feels like the prestige..the donnay does not feel the same, but it feels more plush then any stick on the market I have used, and that of course includes the pstgt.
     
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    Interesting, I'm going the exact opposite... I honestly play great with both PSTGT and YTPP, but I'm leaning toward YTPP. I just got a YTPP last week to complete my Racketaholic Arsenal (TF320, PSTGT, YTPP) to perpetuate this cycle we all love, so it could be a bit of a honeymoon period thing going on. It's great to hear all these comments about these sticks on this thread and to go try them out for yourself.

    Reasons for YTPP for me over the PSTGT:
    - more consistent (same) feel off all areas of the face (PSTGT had more flex in the upper hoop and changed feel on different spots)
    - bigger sweetspot (could be related to the feel mentioned above)
    - better control
    - less power at the same tension (so I can lower tension without losing control - easier on my arm)
    - swings faster/more spin

    I took the leather grip off the YTPP and put on a synthetic/OG with 8g of bluetack in the handle to compensate (kills vibration, also).

    Fed, if you're interested in PSTGT in 4 3/8" and if you have YTPP in 4 3/8", we should take this off-thread and work something out!

    BTW, I just switched to Genesis Black Magic 17g from Typhoon and I'm loving it!! This string is great in both PSTGT and YTPP. Great sound, feel, control, and good enough spin. My better playing partners were telling me my short balls sit up nice for them (too much spin) and I remembered reading that Courier article on full poly being too spinny for him, so I went with BM and having much better results. I greatly enjoy the feel over Typhoon, also, actually over most polys.
     
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    Agree with PP on Donnay serving quality. Donnay Dark Red remains the best serving racquet I've ever hit with, surpassing the Prestige Mid because it hits just as heavy but the ease of swing leads to both less faults and a bit more variety and action, especially with the second serve. Kickers were huge. Of course, I'm comparing a closed pattern to an open one, so variety will probably inevitably happen, though the Prestige Mid is no slouch at kickers, either, when you find the groove. Just a tad tougher to find the groove.

    Hit for the first time in a week yesterday and, as is sometimes the case after a layoff that sort of presses the Restart button for mind and body, was actually hitting extremely well. Will continue to stick with just two frames in the coming days and possibly weeks -- the BC20 and the IG Speed 16x19 -- since they both have the almighty, goaty Tour Bite strung at similar tension for proper head-to-head comparison. Both frames were thumping huge, spinny shots yesterday as they both admirably vied for my attention. Still leaning slightly more toward the BC20, though, as my second serve seems to have more juice and consistency thus far, and groundstroke control seems a little better as well. But it's still early. Was great to bash some balls again. And man I'm loving the Tour Bite.
     
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    A week off can be huge. Really can get your game back sometimes. I have been playing 15 hours a week lately, which is a lot. I really learned some stuff though that I wanted to drill in because it is subtle, but at some point I will need to take some days off.

    Cheers, you have excellent taste in sticks and string. I love black magic in the prestige. I hope it works as well in the Donnay for me. I know it will look insanely sick. I am going black string, and black sampras dampener as well.
     
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    JG,

    Re Tour Bite... exactly!... I played this a few times last year in my APD and was a fan, however, when I played it in a PC+ strung low a month or two back... "hello"!... wow... stunningly good. It's just a qsn of finding the right frame match up really, because it's very nice in the APD and PP, quite nice in the TF 320, but it's an awesome match in the PC+... my number one string though now in anything, that's for sure (and that includes my guitars.:wink: )

    Reading about your highly positive impressions with the BC20 is maybe getting me slightly interested in these frames... ahem... unlike the Donnay X...


    PP,

    I still can't believe these are unavailable here in the UK.:evil: You certainly got me more than curious in the Donnay X frames. Will watch your progress with the Black, etc with added interest.


    cheers,

    Noteworthy to see another 'holic on the PST>PP>TEC 320 merry-go-round (why not just add the APD and then me and you would really be in the same boat!?) Re the PST and PP debate though, interesting to hear your POV, and not least because, er, you agree with me - ha ha!:)

    Re Black Magic, I haven't checked it yet as I heard it wasn't up to much in the spin dept. Is that just stupid talk though? I mean, it seems you like like a lot in the PP...


    PED,

    Nice, thought-provoking observation there ^. Upon reflection (and I think we should all think about it and then post up our individual "go to" characteristic), I think my number one 'go to' characteristic is possibly the ability to hit a heavy ball... thinking of some past fave frames, they all had that capacity... the Reb 95... PT630...PSC... N95... PD+... RD7... I suppose, for me, it's a case of getting that heavy, deep, bullying ball, but in a frame that I can handle, and that's also quite modern, whippy, topspinny, b-line orientated, whatever...:roll:


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    I'm still trying to get my Tour Bite tension matched up with my apdgt spec'ed to 332g. I can tell a big difference in the pancaking of the ball with the 10g less of mass.

    Overall, I like it but looking forward to trying the TB at 51/49 ish or so.

    Fed was so right on the pl2; it was decent for a couple of days but after a few hours, it's notching pretty good and it's fairly lifeless.
     
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    Ross anybody that can not get spin with a full poly setup is not worth listening to. I mean, I was getting heavy spin with Prince Sgut in 1990, so you don't have to worry with the blackmagic. It is full poly, it will deliver. The more important thing is the feel and playability of the string itself, and that is a personal thing. I know that in a crisp racquet, if you get it strung up at 50#s, you are going to probably like it.

    Conversely, I have not hit with the TourBite at all and am a little curious. How does it do tension wise when you are stringing it up at around 50#s PED? Do you get a lot of playtime out of the string?
     
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    Have any of you guys tried lux savage?
     
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    Ghoated over to watch the prestige empire (stanford) destroy USF today. Def saw the old 3 and 9 lead on those prestiges. They look retail though no fancy buttcaps.
     
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    Yes, I hear you PP, absolutely. Maybe I phrased it poorly. Perhaps I should have said that I'm often drawn to polys whose spin capacity is a very pronounced feature (a la Lux strings, Typhoon, Blue Gear, whatever.)

    Re Sol. Tour Bite, well, I recall people had different thoughts on this, but I reckon I get about 8 - 10 hours. I definitely prefer it lower @ around 50 lbs... explosive power, a ton of spin, crisp feel, and just something a bit x factor-ish and addictive about it in the right frame.:)


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    Nice. I gotta check out a UCLA match one of these days. And haven't tried Lux Savage but have heard nothing but good things about it -- one guy telling me it was crisp but less wire-like than Lux ALU, and sort of 'Lux Ace' like but with improved tension maintenance. Would love to hear more about it, so offer up your feedback if you get to hit with it.

    Btw, looks like someone's jonesing to get back into the 6.1 95 game?


    As for my holism, smacked it around tonight with the BC, the Speed (added lead at 12, which really upped the plow) and then for the final 15 minutes, the Ace Mid. There are worse problems to have, but good god, I love all three of these frames. And the Prestige Mid is still mockingly goating me from the bag, too. So much goodness, I'm dizzy.
     
  17. Fed Kennedy

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    Yo gads, I really regret not doing my undergrad at UCLA. I am such a dumbass. I was a sponsored skier at the time, had to stay close to Tahoe.

    Their squad is very 6.1 heavy btw, saw them a few weeks ago.
    I hit with a top junior tonight, I had to use the 88 just to keep him off me. Jesus what do they feed these kids...

    In other news, good bye ytpp, you were beautiful but we didn't have the chemistry. Traded for k95s within seconds of posting, god bless the classifieds.

    I will try the savage, seems like lux is trying to compete with the rpm, tornado, tb style strings.
     
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    Fed,

    Classified section here is very gcsoaty, it's so easy. Good/bad for a holic. There was a part of me that wanted to grab a K88 off you, either to hit with for fun every now and again, or to keep at home in case of a potential burglar. But I resisted. Deep breath...

    And it's probably a good thing you didn't come to UCLA. The Bay Area destroys LA, as far as I'm concerned. I'm going nuts down here, wanting to leave, though year-round tennis helps me through it. Although it also deserves mention that UCLA has some impeccable ... scenery.

    Meanwhile, in string news, I have to admit I feel an ever so slight twinge in my elbow tonight. Completely fine, except that I'm now frightened that I won't be able to stick with full beds of Tour Bite, which pains me since I'm loving it so much.
     
  19. Fed Kennedy

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    I think TB is the kind of string that goats hardest in a stringbed with a lot of play: woofers, ports, teflon, etc.
    It was gsoat in a prince but it sucked in a tour 90. I will say it's one of the few shaped strings where I felt like damn I actually AM getting more spin. It's a metallic feeling string though. If you have that slightly mushy racquet it's really a better alu.
    Dead poly is the pits though, the absolute pits.
    Signum strings are the best I have used for stabilizing and just playing true. Play it, break it, don't think about it in between. The arm you save may be your own.
    Plasma is not a flashy string but I would take it just about over anything just because I know it doesnt go into suck mode.
     
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    The fact that they are also so much cheaper than any Luxilon is just a bonus.
    Still have some poly plasma, and just bought a reel of Hyperion...and I'm equally pleased (if not more).
    The looks of Hyperion with Yellow Prince SG Multi are bada$$ in a black and yellow Tour 10 MP as well ...but I'm not "shallow" enough when it comes to looks of racquets/strings to use them if they don't play well, and these PERFORM as well ;).

    Edit...

    P.S.
    Ross, still haven't changed racquets...but I did change the string setup. Does that count ? :p
     
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    Think I may buy a Donnay black 99 today..string it up with some red solinco outlast since it is staring me in the face right now. I believe this stuff lasts a while at lower tensions so we shall see.

    FedK, it validates me enough that you don't dig the Prestige Pro. I thought about taking it for another ride, but I never was that into it. Once you hit with the mid, you are spoiled to all other prestiges I think.

    With a bit of sadness I am sending my pure storms away to NYC for sale. Such good sticks..I just can't have different racquets lying around my place, I have to stick with one (besides my lovable classic mid of course).

    It's kind of hard to sell racquets sometimes because I really have had such good ones, especially the past 6 months.
     
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    Does Signum play pretty crisp? May have to try it. That and maybe some Black Magic as well.
     
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    I'll warn you, there's nothing wrong with Black Magic, but Tour bite is in a whole nother league :)

    BM reminds me a bit of pl2, i've been using that for the last week and went back to TB today: couldn't get over the grab and extra spin I was getting with TB.
     
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    Sounds like the Donnay is a great fit for you.

    Regarding the PP, if you ever tried one spec'ed at near the same level as your Mid's I think you'd love it. The PP creates a much heavier shot (even in stock form) over the MP and is much closer to the Mid than the MP....

    Those Donnay's are cool looking as well, my stringer had one the other day.
     
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    I'd say the plasma is on the softer side, its not crunchy like TB. They do make a hex version in 16L which might be nice in an open pattern.

    I like stiffer frames and softer polys generally, but the pstgt could accomodate a crunchier string I think.

    I have some 6.1 95s on the way, I might try a hexy 16L like plasma hextreme or savage in the 16x18.
     
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    I had the blx 6.1 95 and really loved SpinX 16g in there. They're pretty hard on strings but the spinX lasted well and was similar to TB in it's performance. I tried Typhoon as well but it was just "ok" in the 6.1.
     
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    PED, I bet you are right about the Pro. I will resist trying them until the new models come out and I am quite sure ill demo at least just to see what has changed.

    FedK..I am very interested in seeing how you compare the PSTGT to the 6.1. The 6.1 is so good, but I prefer the pure storm. I would put the Donnay black right in that same racquet style as well and rank it personally a little higher. I think I would be a k95 guy if they were a little lighter and not so stiff.
     
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    The 6.1 produces a bigger ball over the pstgt. The pst is solid but the 6.1 is like a sledgehammer. It's a a touch heavier over the pst but comes around quicker due to the weight distribution.
     
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    It hits bigger than the psgt? Damn, I dont need it then..lol..I thought the pstgt hit absolutely huge.
     
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    I am no stranger to the 6.1 95, just been a while. I'm playing better than I ever have though, thought it might be time to step back up to the plate. It's a brutish stick though, a mack truck where the pstgt is a lexus.
    In general I am partial to the Wilson gripshape and overall rock like feel.
    The slightly modded ytpp was not a bad racquet at all, in fact it was goaty off the bh wing. I just couldn't deny that my hitting partners were tracking down my balls much less frequently when I used the bab, especially off the fh.
     
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    That was my experience as well. I could goat forehand winners down the line with both, but the cross courters were chased down more with the mid, while with the pstgt, they would not even try to get to them. The mid did have that laserlike control and is the funnest racquet to hit around with.

    The wilson grip shape is a SW forehand fantasy. It is the same shape on the Donnays and I love it. The Prestige was nice on the SW, but it leans it over a bit eastern, which is what you want with that racquet. With the Black, you want a full on SW grip ,and your hand just wants to go there with the Wilson/Donnay.
     
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    Evening guys,

    Cool to see so many of you sharing your racketaholic experiences here in the Diary this evening. Great reading. Some follow ups here...


    JG,

    Okay I'm going to have to forget about these Donnay X's for a while, so talk to me about the IG 16x19... what are its main traits IYO?... reminiscent of any other frames?... how solid or otherwise is it?... fast to swing or a tad sluggish with that added length?... feel-wise?... sell it to me JG!:)


    Fed,

    As someone who also liked the 6.1s, I'll be keenly following how you find the BLX 95, a frame btw I suspect I could like, and could come to look at one of these days.


    PED,

    Good shout re Pres Pro and how different it plays when modded up... will post up my thoughts on my new PP set up on Thursday (compared to you blokes my court hours is quite woeful ATM. :( )


    Power Player,

    Agree with your comments re various grip shapes... I personally like Bab, Wilson and Prince (easier for me re SW or Western grips), over the more rectangular or less bevelled Head, Yonex, Technifibre, etc.


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    He looks like he is starting to fit in with them.
     
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    He looks like he wants to, but notice his handle off by itself. Not one of the bunch yet. :)
     
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    Guys, regarding string, if you have an open patterned racquet you HAVE to try 18g. kevlar and a poly cross at a very low tension. Seriously. You guys think tour bite gets you a lot of spin?
    You'll either hate it or love it, but I loved it and I'm never going back.
     
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    Well I took the plunge on the Donnay and I am glad I did. Really great raquet, i think I can stick with it and focus on getting better all summer in the heat. I wanted something that would strengthen me in matches and I got it.

    Got to hit with a real solid player, i'd guess 4.5, but we hit real hard for a while, just long rallies with heavy hitting. First time with the racquet and I felt comfortable with it. I could go for any shot felt like going for. Even squeezed out a few squash shots. Basically, I could hit any shot I needed to, which is the first test of course. I was not really honeymooning either..just kind of going with it, just a real confident feeling where I instantly had faith in the racquet to do what I needed.

    This is why I love the donnay, because if you played junior tennis in the 80s and 90s, the racquets will feel familiar to you. But they hit with modern power..nice combo. If any of you hit with the Tfight 335 and miss it, this is the racquet. Very similar in many ways, but far better.

    It is not super powered at all with the poly. I can probably string full poly at 46 or 48 pounds. Medium tension says 50#s and I believe it. I have it at 50 now and it is already fantastic. I may drop it lower just to see what happens and how heavy the spin can get.

    This racquet plays like it has a stiffness rating of 64, but feels like 59. Super flexy, but it is so nice on the joints. It is crazy to hit so heavy with the racquet feeling so flexy. I would say it is basically like the Donnay Pro One OS meets the prestige.

    It has more power then the prestige less then pure storm.

    Feel is kind of like the Tfight 335 but thicker and classic Donnay..it feels like graphite and does not give vibrations off at all.

    Comfort level is higher then pc600. Yeah, most comfortable stick ever. I think due to the flex and solidity of it, but I felt no harshness ever in 2 hours. Id rank the prestige second and the pstgt 3rd.

    Really good spin, Jgads is correct, you can do anything to the ball. I was adding sidespin a lot more into my forehands sometimes, just when I felt I should basically. If I wanted to flatten it out, that was there as well.

    Anyway..that is my account so far. I am happy with the racquet, but it is not for everybody.
     
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    PP,

    The string pattern on that Donnay looks massively open. Is it still 18x20 or is it 16x20 or 16x19?
     
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    16x20 which is what makes it so sick. You can still drive the ball deep like a prestige, but you will get more net clearance. 16x20 is a killer pattern, my personal favorite by a slim margin over 18x20 and everything else is in the distance.

    Just put it next to the prestige, and it's very similar in pattern. Real open near the edges and tight in the sweet spot. The center area is not to much more open then the prestige. I think they may have copied the prestige drill pattern.
     
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    Interesting. I love 18x20. Just that powerful, crushing, low flying laser type shot that the Prestige is so good at producing. The more open patterns tend to go higher for me and hence out of the court a lot of the time.

    Still, that Donnay is a sick looking frame.
     
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    so much for the Prestige and so much for Mids lol :lol:
    that didn't last long at all.
     
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    Ross,

    Regarding the IG Speed, here's what I just posted over in the Bast Core thread about the Speed (comparing it to the BC and the Black Ace):

    IG Speed 16x19: Such easy power and a really lovely stiffness (I like stiff frames) that's stiff and crisp but not harsh (like a Yonex RDS or a TFight or something). Can BLAST serves with this one, second serves haven't been quite as consistent as the BC but good, two-handed backhand is better with this frame than any other -- I'm absolutely ripping them, even winners, whereas with most frames my backhand keeps me in a point or pushes court position at the most, but I don't get outright screaming winners like I have with this one. Maybe due to the extra .2 length and the stiffness? Awesome frame, one that pummels opponents with easy depth and high spin.

    Your love of powerful, spinny frames leads me to think you'd really dig this one. Doesn't feel sluggish at all to me. I even just put a little lead at 12 on it the other day and it added some more plow. If anything I wonder if it's TOO powerful and spinny -- not in general terms, but specifically compared to the BC20 and the midsize frames (Prestige, Ace) I'm more used to. Love it, I keep my opponent on his heels at the baseline with it and I fully recommend a demo if you're able. Fun baseline stick.

    PP,

    Nice add to an already epic collection, brother. Will be curious to see what string you end up finding as a good match, as I had a tough time finding the right string to counter the soft feel of my Dark Red. Big Hitter Silver was the best fit I found.
     
  42. Fed Kennedy

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    Ross: I exchanged the burgundy sexytime swissstanlove ytpp for the old K95 6.1, not the BLX.
    Yes, the much maligned red headed stepchild of the 6.1 family, the cannon, the arm killer, the delpoUSOGOATkillerPJ (tm) the stiff son of a gun K95.
    I have owned this frame in the past, maybe even bashed it (!) like the nyc transit posters say "sometimes you have to go backwards to go forwards"
    Wish me luck boys,
    I (re)envision it as a 95si YT extreme pro...
     
  43. JGads

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    I'll say this: it. serves. bombs.

    Best of luck with it. I actually liked the BLX version more than the K, in my extremely limited timeshares, and have always wanted to grab and try an NCode version in a trade since everyone gets all goaty about it. So I guess it's K95 vs. PS Tour in a death match for the Summer Stick Title?
     
  44. Ross K

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    JG,

    Cheers for that ^... pummelling easy depth?... high spin?... kabooming serves?... great for 2hbh oomph?... relatively stiff/crisp?... I asked you to "sell it to me", and with those descriptions, you're doing just that! Hmm...


    Devilito,

    Re what you said to PP, you do realise we're all racketaholics? The clue is in the thread title.:wink:


    Fed,

    Good luck... bon chance... and may the gods deem it so that you still have use of your arm/shoulder come the end of April!:)


    R
     
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    Same here. I could tolerate the BLX with full poly (great serving stick), while the k95 felt like an iron pipe to me even strung with more elastic synthetics.
    I demoed them very shortly though as I'm into more flexible sticks usually.
     
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    My test of staying strong will be when the specs come out for the IG Radicals for this summer.

    I always loved the Rad Pros. If they came out with specs similar to the MG version(more reasonable SW) I might have to give it a try if for no other reason then to save my shoulder ;)
     
  47. Power Player

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    I'm keeping my prestige classic mid. What can I say? These donnay racquets are extremely unique sticks..work perfect for my game and are very good on your arm even if you like full poly.
     
  48. Power Player

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    Ross,

    To help you out, the Black is not going to give you the power of the Babolats. It is more prestige like in which it gives you consistency. It has super flex..this may be bad thing for some folks. For me it is very easy on my joints..I play very aggressive tennis, so I would compare this racquet to a PT57a in terms of being real flexy but still has some power in it. What I like is I can get aggressive with the spin when I need to, which is giving me a lot of consistency..even more than the prestige, which is huge. If you hit with a pusher that cant deal with heavy spin, then they are screwed, because I am not going to miss my 80%er often, and I can just fire away with heavy spin that will move all over the place. I had one forehand when the poly was brand new that literally moved sharply left to right before crossing the net and blasting off the court about 1 foot from the baseline. It really was serious movement that I think is a combo of full poly and the thin beam (obviously technique is key, but the racquet really reacts well to how I swing).

    If you like the Pure Control, this racquet is far more flexy and not nearly as stiff. You would need to have your swingpath long and developed, but you can then baseline your face off. I noticed very very aggressive spin. For example, I could counter moonballs with heavier topspin that dropped extremely sharp and gave people a lot of problems.

    Had a guy trying to back me up with heavy spin, so I played his game and basically outspun him a few times to where the ball was kicking so high that he had to try and take it early or it would kick up all the way to the back fence.

    So that is a different style of play then the prestige, but I also could flatten it out as well or I would not have been digging the stick. I love the flatter forehands with the prestige, and I had to have that type of stroke available or it would be a no go for me.

    So I pledge to you maniacs that I am going to learn this racquet..play my game and just get better. I love trying out great racquets , but it gets exhausting and at the end of the day I would rather be consistent and grow my game to where I am winning the most matches possible. That boils down to confidence, and my confidence is extremely high with the donnay. It just feels like I can hit all my strokes very well with it, so I am going to ride this one out and stop trying out sticks. I will use my PC600 now and then though in practice because it is really like having a tennis coach in your bag, but I don't miss having to choose between 4 different types of sticks.

    Really, the main lesson reinforced for me after prestiging and storming and blacking and ghoating is that no raqcuet is going to make you better, some just will allow you to do more then others. I realized that while I am glad I added a nice long driving forehand to my game, that I still needed to utlize my ability to hit heavy spin as well. It is just something I do very very well, and have had high level players and coaches rave about it. the fact that I can do both flatter and heavy spin is very very good. The other racquet that allowed this was the PSTGT, but the Black simply is better for me in a close race.
     
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    PP,

    You are not helping calm my desire to try the Black 94. I can only imagine that if the 99 is as good as you are saying, then the 94 may just be the dream stick that I have been searching for. Looks like it may just be time to put up one of mids FT to see if anyone has a black 94 they are interested in getting rid of.
     
  50. Power Player

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    There is a guy named Good Samaritan selling one.

    Sorry to induce racquet lust. It is a bit lame for me to be switching from pstgt to prestige then donnay. I truly love each racquet a lot. Like the pure storm, the Black literally was handed to me and I was not hardcore seeking out anything, as I just matched my prestiges and was pretty happy.

    But after my first 2 hander, I could not put the thing down..seriously could not do it. Then serving was better for me, plus the spin production was so unique for the tighter pattern..it just sold me.

    the Donnay will not feel like the prestige..it feels real nice and comfy, but if you love the brassier, crispy sweetspot of the prestige, the bad news is that nothing on this earth can replace that. It is another reason for me to keep the PC600, because whenever I miss that feel, I have the best prestige ever made to hit around with and satisfy the lust.

    I do not think these racquets are for everyone. They are very flexy and unique. There is really nothing like them on the market, but if you have hit with a donnay in the past, you will have an idea of the sound and feel of the new ones.
     

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