Diary of a Racketaholic

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

  1. JackB1

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    ^^^^ this is good advice. Usually Serve is the last thing to click into place with a new stick. You don't want to mess everything else up at the expense of your serve....BUT...you can't win by double faulting too much, so you gotta get that serve in. I suspect Gads may be correct in thinking you are coming through quicker than normal and thus hitting serves into the net.
    Also, work at really pushing UP and OUT on your serves and it will give you higher net clearance.
     
  2. MikeHitsHard93

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    Guys, I just restrung my pro open with PSGD @58 and I feel right at home with this string. If I break this string once a week, that's fine with me. I play wonderfully with the most basic setup ever. No lead, two over grips, no poly. I believe it's time to give the forum a break. I may drop in from time to time, but I'm going to restrain myself from getting on this forum. Bon voyage :) and thanks for all the valuable advice!
     
  3. Fuji

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    Yo Mike, shoot me an email. I have some stuff you might REALLY be interested in!!!

    Jesse_Lysenko at Live dot ca

    -Fuji
     
  4. MikeHitsHard93

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    Thanks email sent!
     
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  5. lightthestorm

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    It finally feels nice for you to have find a perfect setup. Just improve your game and see what happens from there!
     
  6. MikeHitsHard93

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    Thank you! Honestly, at the rate me and my friend are pushing eachother, I wouldn't be surprised if we were solid 4.0 if not 4.5 after this summer!!! We are hitting in the morning after doing a warmup run and push-ups and sit-ups :) feels great to find someone that wants to get better as much as you do!
     
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    Lucky... there is not many people in the area I can hit with consistently. Most guys around my level live in Columbia, SC or Spartanburg... frustrating.

    Which is why I am so thankful to the person that invented the Playmate ball machine.
     
  8. Ross K

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    So, what with the likes of Power Player with his Yoko Fibre and with Mike discovering the joys of a basic set up and breaking free of the pressures, well, there's only a few of us now still determinedly and iconically racketaholicing away ...

    Anyhow, at least myself, Gads, Fed and PED are still looking good and going strong.

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    Lucky you. I'd prefer that over the perfect racquet any day. Good luck.

    But, you can still drop in and let us know how it's going.
     
  11. BigM

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    Hmmm Big changes for head coming in 2014. That is all.
     
  12. MikeHitsHard93

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    Oh yeah I'll do that. Like I said, I'm just giving the forum a break for a while :)
     
  13. JackB1

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    Why don't I believe you? You said this last night and posted 3 times since, including this morning at 8:30. You also exclaimed "everyone should use syngut" about a week ago and proceeded to switch to poly a day later.

    Mike...why not just start your own "diary" thread, like Ross here did and post there to your hearts content. That way anyone who's interested in reading about your "adventures" knows where to find you.
     
  14. MikeHitsHard93

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    I don't want to be a jerk and not respond to people! Lol!

    That's not a bad idea actually. I guess I can just stay away from all the other threads?...but I really need to come up with a way to stop the temptation since I know what's best for me. I'll start the thread and see how it goes.
     
  15. JackB1

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    Mike...if you REALLY want to stop all the other tempatation, you need to stay away from the "Racquets" part of this forum. If someone wanted to quit drinking, they wouldn't go and hang out at a bar would they? :)
     
  16. MikeHitsHard93

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    Lmao I didn't think of it that way
     
  17. Ross K

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    Well, I'm intrigued to hear how you ultimately find it pans out, and I totally get where you're coming from on this - the VT98 was a never to be forgotten experience for this here 'Holic. :) And respect to all you intrepid RHs who know their stuff and push the boundaries a bit.

    BTW, so your wife plays the X Force Pro eh? Now that's impressive. :cool:
     
  18. SmilinBob

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    I know I'm new here, but if the racketaholic band is looking for a drummer...
     
  19. Ross K

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    Well, as long as you're not planning on taking up with a TF 315 Ltd (aka "the Yoko Fibre") :) ...
     
  20. Ross K

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    @ PED

    Just picked up on your heads up re the new upcoming Blade... oh maaaaan!...:)
     
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    Dude is blowing up. Good for him.
     
  23. Ross K

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    So the QSN is who else among is planning on taking a look at the upcoming Blade 98s? I, for one, am more than curious...

    Love and respect the gold/black and latest 'dark destroyer' blade, toiled long and hard with them before accepting they are a bit too good for me LOL. But these though... hmmm...

    What's the 'guesstimate' on how these will play and compare to past Blade 98s?
     
  24. JackB1

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    Hard to predict how a 18x16 on a 98" head will play? It certainly won't be as open as the 16x15 Steam.. I'm hoping you'll get the spin but with more control. I like that they lightened it up some. Any idea what the swing weight will be?
     
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    It may not have as much spin as the 16x15, but will probably bring string life up to "acceptable" for many people.
     
  26. SmilinBob

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    I've found in all my racquet demos that the number of mains is the big influencer on ball feel. What I mean by that is that 16x18, 16x19, and 16x20 all have a similar feel, despite some differences in spin and control. The patterns with 18 mains all feel much firmer. This of course is only my opinion and your mileage may vary.

    Given that, I'm very interested to see what the Blade with 18 mains feels like when supported by only 16 crosses. I hope it feels and provides the spin of something like a 16x18 or open 16x19, and if it had the directional control (particularly serves and volleys, given my game), well then that could be heaven.

    ... I should also add that I hope the string bed can support a syn gut/multi/natural gut in the mains without getting too shredded by the crosses. It would be nice to have an open pattern with poly crosses but something more comfy and powerful in the mains.
     
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  27. Ramon

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    I'm thinking it might bring predictability up to "acceptable" too.
     
  28. SmilinBob

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    Hopefully. That was one of my beefs with the Steam 99s. Too unpredictable on flatter shots and volleys.
     
  29. Ross K

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    Just an idle racketaholic musing... Jerzy's Aerostorm Tour GT... remind me how ppl liked/rated this one,,, how hefty is it?... stand out traits (good and bad)?
     
  30. mad dog1

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    like most racquets...some ppl liked it while other ppl didn't.
     
  31. Ross K

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    :).........
     
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    A close cousin of the 95d, power and stiff
     
  33. JGads

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    Better feel and control than an APD, but very dead in the upper hoop.
     
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    Been sometime since Ive been on the Board, Just letting know that I am playing with the APD with full Polyfibre TCS. Hello to everyone!:)
     
  35. Ross K

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    Good to see you back and settled B... Re the frame choice, I suppose sometimes you have to go back to go forward. :wink:
     
  36. McLovin

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    Ain't that the truth:

    X Force Pros are ordered & should be in the mail by days end.

    I equate it with dating a hot chick, then getting an opportunity to date what you think to be a hotter check, only to realize the one you were with before was really the hotter chick...
     
  37. Ross K

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    So after some thought and taking in RHs advice I decided in the end to look at two minor tweaks on my TFight 280...

    2g @ 10 and 2, and after finding that not quite to my liking (just incredible to me how much of an effect such minuscule amounts of lead can make), I opted for a mere 1g @ 12... just right! Talk about a turn around. Just that small amount @ 12 seemed to be the perfect antidote to all my serve mistiming issues referred to last week.

    I must say I'd like to go in against some heavy hitters to see how I find the frame holds up, but all I can say is after two or three weeks this frame seems to fit the bill. I've mentioned previously various traits that appeal to me (such as the more predictable yet pretty powerful response, the ability to go all out and swing for the rafters, the pretty decent control, etc), but today I was noticing there is definitely something I can't 100% identify but like with these TF's... something in the boxy, pretty solid, I'd even say ever so slightly plush feel.

    Pleased I'm no longer slapping and parrying the ball on serve, or consistently netting, anyhow...
     
  38. SmilinBob

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    I think I've settled on 3g at 12 on my Graphene Speed MP. It really helps the tip swing through on serves to flatten them out down the middle without sacrificing any control. It's not as spinny as 3 and 9, but the ball is much more penetrating. It has brought serving performance closer to the V98 Team, which I still think is better at moving the ball around.

    I'm playing a tourney this coming weekend and I'll be taking the Speed and V98 into battle. Not sure which one I'm going to start with though. They are both great frames.

    Meanwhile I'm still dreaming about leading up a Pro Staff 100, the new QTour 295 from Pro Kennex, and the future Blade 98s. I've hit the racquet-sauce hard...
     
  39. JackB1

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    some friendly advice.....
    decide before u leave the house and leave the other home. If you have both in your bag, you will constantly be tempted to switch out and won't focus on winning with whatever you have in your hands.

    (been there :))
     
  40. JGads

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    Great to hear, Ross. I'm always amazed at how a touch of lead at 12 can make a world of difference.

    MD and I played yesterday. The blazing sun was the victor.

    Also, I'm eagerly awaiting Federer's first post in this thread.
     
  41. counterpuncher

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    I think this comment almost warrants that you leave this thread : ) In any case you need a back up, in case you break a string or the first choice isn't working for you on the day.
     
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    If he needs a backup, then leave the other racquet in the car for emergency use only.
     
  43. SmilinBob

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    Eh, don't worry about me guys. I'm not much of a head case on the court (I used to be though...) I know my game, know my strategy, and will go with whatever works.

    I figure I'll see what the draw turns out like. If I'm up against a harder hitter I'll play the V98 (unless the strings break) as it is more stable. If I'm going up against a human wall or somebody with a weaker serve, I'll take the Speed MP as I can stand on the gas a bit more with it, especially when returning.

    The last time I played a tourney I did the same thing w/ the Pro Staff 95 and Radical MP. I lost the first round with the Pro Staff 95 to a guy who simply played better, but then shredded my way through the lower bracket. I played one match with the Radical before going back to the Pro Staff as I felt like it gave me a better chance to win.
     
  44. Timbo's hopeless slice

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    just a bit of an update..

    all is well in Donnay land, and I had a bit of a hit with the X-7 at the weekend (warming my son up for a tournament, only time I get to touch them now!)

    Still such an excellent frame! If it were not for the wonders of the enormous serving BH DTL destroying Plat 99s, I would still be totally happy with the Volkls

    (oh, the kid won the tournament, too! :))
     
  45. Ross K

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    Hi 'Holics

    Long time lurker and guest on this thread but never posted before.

    My whole playing days I'm used to swinging 90" head-size Wilson but lately I start losing to a bunch of nobodies who in the past I'd beat with one hand tied behind my back whilst dispensing autographs and checking the time on my special Rolex with the other. I'm also getting older and a few steps slower and I'm a family man nowadays, so, basically I'm looking for something that's a bit more forgiving whilst still enabling me to play my normal game, which incidentally, is far and away the greatest ever in the history of mankind.

    All advice gratefully received (do make allowances and go easy on me, JackB!)...

    RF
     
  46. Ross K

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    Racquet-sauce?... Oh yummy.

    As you are still relatively fresh to this thread and TT I think, some advice, my friend... take every single possible frame that you have at your disposal, take them in a truck, festoon them around the side of the court, and randomly choose a new frame per game... advanced racketaholics of course do this per point, but I think it's a good base from which to start. Bon chance! I know you will thank me for this racketaholic advice.
     
  47. JGads

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    Classico....
     
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    +1

    I enjoyed this.
     
  49. JackB1

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    I did like the X7 when I tried it, but it felt somewhat sluggish compared to my Blade 104. It also felt quite firm and stiff and required poly mains. I love the fact that I can put gut or multi mains in my 104 and it still will retain nice control.
     
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    Rogey baby.....grab a Blade 104 and don't look back! You aren't getting any younger my friend and those shanks off the frame can't feel good on those old bones :). It's still a "Wilson" and think of all those cool TV ads you can do with those crazy Williams ladies. It works for me! ......Oh and one more thing....You're Welcome!
     

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