Diary of a Racketaholic

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

  1. JGads

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    By the way, watched Jerzy Janowicz play Brian Baker late last night in Auckland. Baker came back from a set down to beat him after narrowly edging a second set tiebreaker.

    Crazy match. Extremely windy conditions and Janowicz lost his cool with the wind and losing the tiebreaker JUST long enough for Baker to firmly push ahead... It was totally a veteran staying calmer and more mature through a tight, tough situation. Went up 5-1 in the third set and Janowicz was serving down 0-40, triple match point, when he goes on a tear. Comes ALL the way back to 4-5 and deuce on Baker's serve and Baker survived the tough last game to finish it.

    Janowicz is cut from a different cloth. He thwarted the first 13 - 13! - straight break points faced, and ultimately won like 17 of 19 of those points in the match. Didn't tense up at all, just lost his cool when he barely lost the breaker and especially with the windy conditions that he showed the immaturity and impatience. Ceiling still SO high, and could win a few rounds at AO.

    Also have a strange feeling Tsonga might have a great tournament. Seems primed for that big, next-level run, and he's made it to the finals in Melby before. We'll see. Can't wait for next week to begin.
     
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    Janowicz is definitely one to watch at Oz this year. Looking for strong showings from Tsonga and Ferrer also.

    Oz is great, the only slam that you can expect a low-ranked or no-name player to catch heat and end up in the round of 32. Don't know why that is.


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    PP, Dgoran, or anyone with a blade handy!

    Just want to confirm I'm not hearing things. A light tap around the top half of the hoop with your finger nail might reveal a higher pitch at 10&2 o'clock. At least on mine it does.

    Could this mean the weight is placed mainly at 10&2 on the hoop? For such a light frame to have such a hefty swingweight, there has to be a significant amount of grams in the hoop.

    PP, I've never met a bass player without great ears, test it out, drummers are known for being tone-def. ;)
     
  3. JGads

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    You know the top dogs are all hoping Janowicz is far, far away from their section of the draw. Just a total wild card who, if he's on, can take the match right out of anyone's racquet no matter how good he is. He hit one winner so hard against Baker last night that Baker at first shook his head and said, 'No no, that wasn't in," then saw the mark and realized it was an inch or two inside the line. Of course, JJ could also buckle in the first round. But he's definitely the No. 1 guy I want to see play in the early rounds, to see how he handles himself. Him and Dimitrov, who looks like he's making a move.

    This football game is getting ugly quick.
     
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    JJ looked really nasty at the end of last year. And Dimitrov looked really good vs Murray. Thought he outplayed him, but just lost a bit of his mojo a few times. Was really dictating. If he can clean up 5 - 6 errors/match he'll be top10 soon. Love AO time.

    What are the fav PSblx90 setups - those who play or have played it? I played it with Sensation or some multi today - felt ok but not sharp. strings were moving all over. But it was my first hit with it in quite sometime. Split with my practice partner 6-3, 3-5 today straight outta the block. He has gotten the better of me but I have closed the gap recently.
     
  5. Fuji

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    I have RIP Control 16 in mine, and it hits very "gummy" to say the least. Definitely very muted and disconnected for my tastes. I'd venture to say that a poly in the mains or crosses would REALLY solve that problem!

    -Fuji
     
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    Thanks! Yea, I agree a poly main, multi cross seems to be perfect. BTW, so much fun serving with the 90 if you just relax and let it go. Prob hit 7 or 8 aces today, and plenty more forced errors.
     
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    Most likely that would be a great set up!

    I actually find it a bit lower powered for serving, compared to my PSLGT. It gets waaaay better directional control, but it doesn't have the same raw firepower I get with the PSLGT.

    -Fuji
     
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    Wanted to rest my arm a little from poly and hit relaxed so i grabbed the mfil 200 for a bit. The 200 series is just so good. The thing feels like butter, and i just have syn gut in it. It plays rather similar to the blade, just more demanding. The blade is definitley the modern 200, but they both swing around the same with the 200 coming around less fast of course. The 200 is just trickier to serve with compared to the blade but the mfil and 4d are pretty much the same and in my top 3 of all time greats. If you want to pound the ball blake style, this stick is the one. The Tw reviews on the 4d are very positive. Granville and chris love it.
     
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  9. Uvijek Argen

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    Hey PP, funny you post about this rackets. Bought two 4D 200 and played tonight and its a great racket. No elbow problem cause is pretty flexy but crisp in the same time, if that make sense. The IG radical pro did good for me on my arm and it got healthy, but I never lost so many matches in my time like I have done with the Rad Pro(its dgoran's fault :) ).
    2 brand new racket for $150?? come on!!:)
     
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    That's awesome. Yeah I used the heck out of the 4D before I wrecked my bike and it's weight was too hard on my wrist. Only weakness for me was on serve. I just get more pace with the Blade. But if I ever wanted to go heavy again, I could mod the Blade to the specs of the 4D pretty easily. The 4D is a total steal, especially if you want a tour frame like a TGK or PT57. It feels like butter.

    I need to restring my Mfil today if I have time with syn gut or a multi again. I played the 4d with full syn gut rather often at around 58#s. The reason you can pull this off is because it is a low powered stick, so you don't have to tame the power with poly unless you want to. Obviously a hybrid works as well.
     
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    You and the TW reviewers are right about the low power. Thats when I thought that it will be perfect with my full bed of gut and so it did. :)
     
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    The extended Blade98 experiment is a 'no-go' gentlemen.

    Played last night with my buddy's tecnifibre 320 XL, the older one. 96sq.in., 18x20. Could not get in a groove, except off the 2hdr. Felt really awkward. Maybe an hour session wasn't enough but I felt as if I was getting too much extension on everything and lost my timing/control.

    Really got in a nice tempo with the MgPresMid (yes.. I know... again!). Reminded me of why I like the head-light, heavier sticks. Smoother strokes, less erratic and effortless power/placement on serve.

    Always mod any stick I have (or try to) to reach that 330gr PresMid unstrung weight. Just got so used to that spec over the many years of playing with it. Might just go back to it, despite the hawks.

    What a crazy rackoholic world?.... what a world?.
     
  14. JGads

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    Yeah, I'm really excited to see how they handle themselves. Those are the two guys I'm really going to be eyeing early on, and on a much larger level, I really have a feeling Tsonga could be primed for a very big run. Have yet to look at his draw, though -- about to go check those out, I just heard about Murray of course ending up in Federer's draw again. Ugh.

    On Football, it really makes a huge difference if you have a horse in the race. I'm from Houston so it's been a big year with the Texans, though I am fully prepared for a possible demise on Sunday, as we are just having such an awful finish to the year, including last week's very ugly win over the Bengals. The other big thing that gets me into football: fantasy football. That stupid game makes following the game and parking your butt on the Sunday couch very, very addicting.

    But of course, in total agreement: tennis is king. In fact I'm even a much bigger baseball guy than football, but tennis is king. It's sad to me that the interest in the game in the States is waning so much at the moment while it seems to be thriving elsewhere. US tennis desperately needs a men's star to emerge, but it doesn't look like we're close to seeing a legitimate Slam contender anytime soon.

    Extended length can definitely be an adjustment. If going back to the Mid game, Klem, I've got a good deal on a couple of Mids (a battered but well hitting MG Mid, and a 2012 Black Ace) in the FS section, if interested. Would add a racaholic card-carrier discount for you as well, or even be up for trading for the Black Blade if you're not into it anymore. But no pressure or anything, just mentioning it one last time since looking to close that FS thread up.

    Finally, where art though, Rossy? Starting to get a bit worried that we haven't heard from our fearless leader.
     
  15. corners

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    Rats.

    I hear you about having a horse in the race. The thing about football though is that only one team wins in the end. Well, you probably don't want to think about that now. But it seems different in tennis, where a tough loss can be a triumph of sorts. A third round exit a great accomplishment for some players. Ah, maybe not that different after all. One winner, 125 losers in Melbourne? Somehow the exit seems more brutal in football, maybe simply because there is only a single tournament in football, whereas there is a the whole season ahead after the Aussie Open. Well, I'm getting unnecessarily philosophical. Go Texans!

    BTW, it's interesting that you've gone long and big with your new TGK. I recall that not long ago you flirted with a series of "lightweight playa's" sticks - Ti80 lite, PS95, BlackAce lite. What sold you on the big lumber after rapiering it up with those lightweights?
     
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    ^^

    corners, i'm not gadsy, but i can tell you what it's like on the other side of the court. with the lightweight player's sticks, gads doesn't get enough court penetration on the ball. lots of spin, but without the heaviness, the balls land short or sit up

    with the extended length TGK, otherwise known as the "stick of Zeus", it is so hard to hit through gads. the ball comes back like a ton of bricks. even defensive stabs get lofted back deep and the slices are positively devilish. Evil with a capital E straight from the gates of hell. he's just so solid w/ the long stick of zeus.

    matched with the TB/Iontec Hexa stringbed, the action that he gets on the ball makes it so hard to handle. the ball accelerates off the bounce on TS drives often with unpredictable sideways movt as well...heavy balls w/ lots of unpredictable spin are tough to handle. then he mixes in a few low skidding slices that either accelerate or die off the bounce. + i see less UEs from him now. can't see him using anything else.
     
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    Nice. The perspective of the friend and antagonist. Thanks. Yeah, nothing beats a heavy, flexy stick for the slice. I'm in the middle of a magic wand phase myself, but I always get tempted back by the heavy effortless slice, and the crushing volleys not needing backswings.
     
  18. JGads

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    Corners,

    Yep, MD just about covered it. It's just such an effortless big banger no matter if I'm going after the ball or if I'm just punching a defensive ball. Everything just seems to land deep. With the lighter frames, more short balls. On the forehand side I hit with a LOT of spin. It's just my tendency. With the lighter sticks, that spin gets to be too much sometimes and I'm hitting spinners that hit around the service line. The tgk, I'm still getting serious spin but it just hits THROUGH the ball more and most everything is in the back half of the court. While sometimes I'd like more maneuverability and angles (which I get with my standard length Radicals), it's tough to deny the ability of constantly peppering the ball near the baseline and keeping the other guy back behind there. Much the same on serves, too, where I actually seem to get more aces with my more whippy, standard-length Rads because of the angles I seem to get, but the .2 keeps the ball so consistently heavy both on first and second serves that I seem to get a load of service winners and/or sitters for returns. And as MD mentioned, the slice. Holy cow, can this thing carve through a tennis ball on that shot.

    The No. 1 shot I feel like I've gained with the tgk more than any other, though, is the service return. That depth-of-shot I was talking about, I just feel like if I'm getting my stick on a serve, I'm getting into the point because I know the ball is going back deep. A mere outstretched stab at the ball still gets the ball back near the baseline, and on softer second serves I'm just going after the ball and getting a ton of points on that shot, or triggered by that shot by just getting it at the feet of the server with a really tough shot that immediately swings the point in my direction.

    I'd say the only things that are less than stellar with the .2 are A) down the line shots, especially on the run. That's a shot I just seem to be able to make more easily with a stiffer and lighter frame -- like my standard-length Rad, which has a firmer feel and directs the ball more on a line. The flexiness of my .2 can sometimes slide the ball just a tad wide of the target, but I am getting a better feel for that. And B) there are times when I feel the weight and added length of the .2 against lighter hitting players or guys that do a lot of change-of-pace. The other day I played against a guy who did a ton of this (soft shot followed by a heater followed by another change-up), and I seemed to be better able to adjust on the fly -- and create my own pace at the last second from basically nothing -- with the lighter and more maneuverable stick.

    So I'm still dabbling with the lighter, standard tgk Rad (weighs about 11.7 compared to the 12.0 extended) depending on how I'm feeling and who I'm playing, but all in all, the extended tgk is the truly 'special' stick and most definitely my No. 1 and main squeeze. It just puts a smile on my face time and time again with what it can do and also how amazingly plush it feels.
     
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    ^^ i was joking w/ gads last night during another great hit...said he's still a positively addicted 'holic. but the only difference is that he's no longer dabbling w/ the lightweight drugs. he's gone to the dark side and started experimenting with the hard drugs. :twisted:
     
  20. JGads

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    And thanks for the Texans shout-out. We need all the positive vibes we can get heading into New England again on Sunday. Everyone thinks we'll get trounced again, and they're probably right, but of course there's a glimmer of hope that we can somehow return to being the team we were in the first 12 weeks of the season instead of the last five. And our playcalling has to get more creative and bold.

    Also, just looked at the AO draw. As a Federer guy, I'm not feeling very well. Paire, Davydenko, Tomic, Raonic, Tsonga, Murray and Djokovic could be his path. I see potential danger in every one of those guys, certainly any of them can push him into some long matches if they're loose and feeling good. I say Tsonga takes him out in the quarter, then possibly upsets Murray, and then loses to Djokovic in the final?

    Who does everyone else like?
     
  21. JGads

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    No doubt. Remember the mysterious hatch in Lost? Feel like I've opened one up myself with these pro stocks. A dangerous and more expensive hatch.

    Hence why I'm unloading all my other frames, just about.
     
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    You would need the lighter stick against me. :)


    Football I like Pats versus Packers in the Super Bowl. AO I'll take Djoker and of course who cares for the women. :twisted:


    Lost was such a great show...until the last episode. :(
     
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    in this dream i had last night, i was playing a match with a broken string and didn't realize until after i got broken. it was mentally exhausting.
    then i played with a wooden racket and lost.

    but you always feel like a winner with a classic
     
  25. Ross K

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    Hi Gads/diary RHs,

    I'm absolutely fine. Forced to take a little break but I'm still around although will be posting far less these days. Great to see you all keeping this thread going.


    Interesting JG, as what you've described as the principle attraction for you with your TGK is... well, it's what I've always looked for first in a racket... the ability to pepper that baseline with consistent depth and heaviness of shot with spin. I also have found many sticks (combined of course with my technique deficiencies), seem to lack this ability and the ball is too often short. Although far too much stick for me, past experiences with the Rad Tour TT XL and PC+, PD+ too, have confirmed, I suppose, that added length racs undoubtedly assist here. Anyhow, I'd sure like to try one of these .2 TGK thingies, but that's highly unlikely.... Q. Anything in your view similarish to it out there?
     
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    ^Ross? Hope all is well. We're keeping the thread warm and running, so you can jump in the driver's seat one day.

    The Stick of Zues!?!??

    Gads, myself being Greek, I feel as if it is your duty to overnight me this extended wand of walloping windsheild wiping wonder, to see for myself if it deserves such a nick-name. :razz:

    Interesting thoughts MD, Gadsby, Corners. I too am back to believing (always thought so) that heft (but not too much) is the way to go, for me, personally.

    As for the Texans and those endless hours on a Sunday couch? Forget fantasy football. Find your local, neighborhood bookie and put some action on some games. A great determent for NOT watching football, you'll just want to see the gameday final and call it a weekend.

    The AO? I'm pullin' for Ferrer, though I know only injury/retirement from some key players can help him raise the KIA trophy. I'm lookin' for the dark-horse this year. That Tsonga/Djoko final a few years back (the blade pj showdown) was a pleasant treat, the match?, not so much.

    The black-blade? It's a keeper. Especially after the 1 hour long surgery I performed on it last night. Brought it up to PresMid weight, 330 unstrung (all in the shaft) and 2gr at 12. Also, popped a 4-3/8s buttcap on the 4-1/2 pallet, thank you Yonex for spoiling me. Will play with it all weekend to see if I like it at this weight.

    Between this, my exo3T's, the Rd-ti 80 and the MgPresMids I share with the wife, I'm satisfied. For now.
     
  27. Power Player

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    Interesting stuff on the Blade. I am thinking the lighter stock Blade for me is so beneficial on serves, but I am using my dunlop mfil to experiment with that concept. Basically the Dunlop specs are what the Blade's would be if I modded them. In fact, it is the same as what you did klem - 330 unstrung. The balance shifts more towards 6 points HL, but since you put the lead in the shaft, I am interested in what the balance is. I was thinking it would go in the handle.

    Basically Gads and I figured the Dunny 200 is a similar spec to his magic sticks, except they are standard length.

    I still think lighter (305 class) is the way to go, IF the balance is 4 pts or less and the SW is 330 or more. Also, it really helps to have that control pattern. And I would add this is a setup for guys who have played a long time, and can generate spin with any racquet. But if you add all those factors in, it goats pretty hard due to all that racquet head speed and swingweight.

    All that aside, for the benefit of this thread, I am curious about the next 200 release. Just curious to see how classic they make it. I know the Bio 200 is supposed to be awesome, but they lowered the SW to 322 and that bums me out. The 200 is a 335 SW class stick. It's a tour frame, and they tried to make it "modern" by lowering the SW. - Not cool man. also, the PJ is kind of lame compared to the nastiness of the 4D.

    But when I see PJ's like the max200 johnny Mac, I regain some faith that Dunlop may get it. Or they may have just said screw it, let's Babo our entire line and make weird head shapes like the new 300. There is a reason the oval head shape of the 200 and Blade (and head PT630..etc) is such an amazing design for tennis. Granted it is not for everyone, but you can hit with so much more control. Wilson and Head seem to be the only companies that can take a classic design and make it modern without being overt about it. The Blade and Prestige S come to mind, but even the PS 95, or Radical MP are good examples.

    Anyway, rant aside - the short version is that the new Dunlop Classic line that supposedly will release a real 200 instead of this "crispy modern" stuff grabs my interest. But I still think the deal of the day is a 4d200 for $75.
     
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    ^Balance is 8pts HL w/o OG on. The weight was also added with fully dried, silicone cube-molds I made, for easy removal. It's balance is more to what I'm accustomed to. We'll see how it plays now. 346 strung. Should be 352gr with the tourna and rubber-band treatment.

    Dunlop is going to introduce a real 200? Interesting. Soft. Punchy. Weighty. Very interesting. Keep reading the flex stats for all the 'new' racks coming out and keep getting disappointed. Does everything have to have a flex above 66ra and sw under 320? :(
     
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    Ok, so 2 grams at 12. Lets guess your SW was around 331 or so. this beefs it up to above 335. I like.

    Your balance is more HL than I would want, but definitely shoulder friendly. I would probably hold steady at 5-6 if I did this.

    I think I just need to play with the 200 now and then under duress and see the pros and cons of this setup. Its crazy how similar it is to the blade..just softer, less powered..not as easy to use.
     
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    That's a good strategy.

    And way to call the swingweight! That's what T-dubs method gave me last night. 335.

    This was an under-spec'd blade, even balanced and 295gr unstrung and a 325sw strung.

    I might just take the 2gr off at 12. I'll see. That's what's nice about a stick like the blade, the hoop needs little to no lead. All the weight can be added to the shaft.
     
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    Don't know how much weight you'd have to add to reach your desired specs.

    I guess it depends where?

    The silicone cubes are 7 inches throughout the handle. Prefer the uniform weight in the shaft as opposed to the polarizing, all at the butt end.

    You could add like 15gr at the buttcap but it wouldn't feel right. It has to be dispersed evenly throughout the shaft. I'm guessing 20gr, from the 5 inch mark and down and you should be good. I added 33gr from the 7 inch mark and down, without the 2gr at 12, it'd be 9pts, then 10pts HL with OG, hence why I added 2 at 12. Wanted that 8pts HL balance I'm used to.
     
  32. JGads

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    So true. So very true. Just can't get into the women's game these days. I miss me some Justine and that wicked backhand.

    Nothing, unfortunately. If there was, I'd be loading up. PP made a good point that the 200 has similarish specs to my extended length frame, in a standard. Haven't fully kicked the tires on a 200, though, to properly see.

    Glad to see all is cool with you, Ross.

    I'm calling for a repeat of that very final. It's time for Tsonga to make that step up. He nearly did it at the French against Djoker but let it get away. Fed's draw seems brutal and I'm feeling shaky about this no-warmup-event-except-for-a-Gillette-shaving-exo thing heading in. Expecting a slight come-down for Murray, he hasn't looked that great thus far in 2013 so predicting a lot of wincing and hamstring grabbing during some pre-final loss.

    It seems that way, doesn't it?
     
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    But it's made with real shark skin!!!! Or something.

    Dunny should retain a true 'Classic' feeling line like the 200 like Head with the Prestige, Bab with the Pure Storm and Wilson with the Tour 90. But even that Johnny Mac stick, to be honest, felt pretty modern and on the stiffer end, no matter the epic pj and johnny mac signature. Not a good sign, but we'll see.
     
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    I like the bio200 pj. just me
     
  35. corners

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    Klem, could you compare the feel of the Ti80 to other frames, maybe something that feels similar? I'm thinking of picking up one of the lite ones. I know Gads was smitten briefly but am looking for a bit more feedback, especially regarding the feel.
     
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    Anybody ever give the Pro Staff 100 a chance. I know, super light, but easily fixed with (lotsa) lead. I'm thinking it might be worth a try in the search for a more forgiving frame with the sublime PS feel. Does this thing live up?
     
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    there was someone who swore his life to those sticks. I just don't remember who.
     
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    Hey Ross, glad you're sounding better than before.

    Had a chance to hit with the APD+ 2013 yesterday. The feel was a lot smoother and more solid, though it felt just as stiff or stiffer. This was with a full bed of Addiction, the frame is definately more solid but so who knows if the APD2013 will be just as smooth w/poly (by comparison, even the PDR2012 was buzz free with full Addiction but buzzed with full poly). The lower SW felt a lot easier to adjust to with the + length but I felt a lack of mass during hitting. I didn't find anything special on serve or groundstrokes, its still pretty much an APDGT just w/better feel. I had the option to play with the standard length today stock weight w/unknown strings, but with the long drive I passed on it. For me its too similar to my APDGT so I'll be skipping this one. You might like the '13 if you are satisfied w/your APD but just want better feel.
     
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    Feel wasn't necessarily otherwordly - like really plush or soft or anything like that - it was just simple, no frills, and I could really feel the ball on the stringbed but there was no harshness or muted-ness. That's what I liked about it. Nice frame.

    By the way, must-try new string for me, Tour Bite Soft:
    http://www.tennis.com/gear/2013/01/first-look-solinco-tour-bite-soft-string/45939/#.UPCCfo7d194

    TB/Iontec hexa remains my No. 1 stringbed. The Iontec softens/evens out the feel of the TB so, so nicely, and the action I get on the ball is ridiculous. The ball really dances with that setup and has an extra kick off the bounce - seen this bother both my own opponents as well as myself when MD busts out his BC20 with tb/hexa, and the ball just explodes off the bounce sometimes and catches me by surprise. ...

    Also a very big fan of PP's old 4G/OGSM setup, have REALLY enjoyed playing with it, but tb/hexa still my top dog.
     
  40. klementine

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    TB soft?!!?!?? This could be life changing. Must try.

    Gads, haven't even looked at the AO 2013 bracket. Is there a possibility for a Tsonga/Djoko rematch draw-wise?


    It's soft, muted but the 16x19 pattern livens the feel up. Throw in a crunchy poly in the crosses (like alu) and it becomes crispy.

    I'll liken it to a more `connected' rdis 200. Ball feel is extraordinary because you can actually feel something. Haven't played with that many Yonexesexes but take Gads and my opinion, its a 2 thumbs up thumper feel wise.
     
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    Only in the final. Tsonga would be a quarterfinal matchup for Fed, winner of that would likely play Murray in the final. Meanwhile, Djoker gets Berdych or Ferrer potentially before the final, guys he generally brushes off with an easy Serbian chuckle.

    Great description of the 80Lite feel. Spot on.
     
  42. JGads

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    ^^
    I think some of the guys on Fed's path - Paire, Davydenko, Tomic, Raonic - at the very least push him to four or five sets, weakening him a bit. Then Tsonga in a quarter, Murray in a semi and Djoker to win it? That's a super tough ask. This baby is most certainly Djoker's for the taking.
     
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    Good to know. That would be one heck of a final. Always entertaining to watch those guys play. Especially when JoWilly has the ghost of JohnyMac up at net.



    TB soft will consume my spirit and being until I pre-stretch a set and tie it off at 52 in the beefed up blackblade. Should be everything and anything we want.
     
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    Indeed. Think a Tour Bite Soft would goat in a Blade.

    I'm a believer in regular TB shining in softer frames, but sometimes being too brittle and unpredictable in stiffer frames. A soft option could change everything.

    Can't wait to try this string.
     
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    This has been my experience as well. TB was fantastic in my PSGTLtd (soft/flexible). But not as good in the Prestige. I found a softer string (or mushy-er) in the Head. For example Black Widow. I also feel like the Prestige (MP) gets more playable with a thinner gauge string (1.15-1.20).
     
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    Dude who reviewed it seemed syked about it. Has the potential for being the cross string. And while I like TB, I can't hang for more than 1/2 hour with it. Too stiff and when it crashes, it burns and dies.

    Can't remember who it was (dgoran?!??) who said 4g is like expensive pre-stretched BBO. To a certain extent, he's right. The feel is definitely right there, pre-stretched BBO but 4g lasts a lot longer and seems firmer mainly because it holds it's tension that much longer.

    That feeling that BBO has in the first hour is fantastic and 4g holds that throughout it's life-span. It's almost translucent looking when strung-up and held up to a light. Definitely made up of something different.

    Here's hoping TB soft will live up to expectations. Raining here atm and don't want to pay court fees tonight because tomorrow we're expecting 60 and sunny. Excited to try the modded blade and this time bring a video camera. Haven't seen myself hit in a while.
     
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    try TB crossed w/ Iontec Hexa 1.20. JGads can weigh in on how it feels compared to full TB and how long it lasts for him.
     
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    You could cross TB with silk cloth and it would still be stiff. It's a stiff string. I last had it with OGSM and it got me. I don't think the iontec cross is worth Klem trying with his prior injury IMO, but I am sure that setup is sick.
     
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    ^Gotta to say, I've tried TB a handful of times. Once in a PresMid, full bed, twice in a exoT full bed and thrice hybrid job with x-1 mains in an MgRad.

    Well, it sawed through the x-1 in no time, even in an 18x20 pattern. And PP's right, it takes me back to rehabbin' my shoulder. Just a nasty feeling.

    Crossed with a soft-poly? Hmmmmm.... will have to check that out, but might want to steer clear.
     
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    ^^^

    Be careful..

    TB rocks though. I'd wait on the TB soft.

    My friend knows nothign about new strings LOVED Iontec with OGSM. He may buy a reel. It's really good for the price. I didn't like the lack of feel, but if I went full poly, Id have to consider using it as a cross.
     

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