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  1. spinovic

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    It is not stiff, but it also is not flexy. It has a pretty unique feel in my experience.

    I'll stick by my guess and say Mike would have liked it. I have my doubts about him being satisfied with the PDR, but who knows.

    Besides that, other than the Radicals, can you tell me a racquet he has tried that isn't stiff? Of course you prefer stiff frames when that is more or less all you use.
     
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    It is a great frame. What can I say?

    Great stick that Blade. I'm still rocking the tattered and frayed gut that came in it, you may be interested to know.

    So easy to use and does everything well for me. Of course, I've only played around with it...I have not seriously tested it. I stripped the lead and got it back to stock form. Forgiving, power (but not too much), maneuverable, comfortable...it would be a pretty easy frame to switch to. Alas, I am already spoken for. As well as I like it, it doesn't top the 315 for me.
     
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    i stopped following all his trials and tribulations, but i do know he tried the pacific x-force lite which is definitely not stiff. let's just say it ended up being a very short trial. if you've been around the board for some time, he always talks about how he likes stiffer sticks because he likes the power. the reason why he ends up trying these softer sticks is because after a few days with the stiff sticks, his arm hurts. so he tries a soft stick and hates it. ends up going back to a stiff stick only to come back a few days later complaining about arm pain. it's a vicious cycle.

    mike has liked stiff sticks like the PSC, PDR, APD, Blade type sticks. prince speedport black is 70RA.

    i agree with you that the 315 is a great stick. it strikes a nice balance between stiff and flexy but it doesn't feel like the PSC or PDR which are his two all time favorite stick which is why i'm saying it's not gonna work for him.
     
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    You're right. Forgot about the Pacific experiment. "Let's just say it ended up being a very short trial." Classic.

    He tries frames that by all accounts are very soft and flexy. The TFight has a different feel...soft yes, but not flexy. I think it would have satisfied him in terms of feel. Power was always the question for me when it came to Mike liking the 315. However, that is so easily remedied with lead at the top, again I don't think it would have been a problem.

    I am not an advocate of buying without trying. But, he's demoed quite a few frames...I really think it is a frame that he should take for a spin at least once.

    Actually, I think Mike should try the Blade Team/104 as well. Very easy frame to use. But, perhaps you're right. Maybe he just has to use a stiff frame. If I were going to recommend one in that range, I'd have to go back to my old favorite...Extreme Pro 2.0. Stiff rating, but doesn't play or feel that stiff. Great baseline stick that does a lot of things well. I don't think Mike has ever tried it either, and again, I think he is missing out on a great frame. But, that is Mike. I don't think he has ever taken any advice from me. Haha
     
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    he's not very good w/ lead either. buying sticks that need to be modded is a double edged sword. if you have patience and are willing to experiment or are savvy in the ways of lead, it can be extremely rewarding. if you don't have the patience or understanding, it can be very frustrating and confusing. mike falls in the latter group. so while the 315 lead options are more limited than other sticks like say a Pure Storm Team, it still does require patience and willingness to experiment. taking advice is not one of his strong points. i recall trying to steer him away from the x-force lite, but we know what happened there, too. ;)
     
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    All-time favorites that he is always looking to move on from. Not sure what all-time favorite means with Mike.

    BTW, Mike, what frames do you currently have?
     
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    i think the PSC that is his all time fave was someone else's stick that he picked up, hit well with and really loved.
     
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    It's been really interesting and revealing to actually stop posting and read what people have to say about me.

    I currently own the first blx pro open, speed port black, o3 emerald os, and xforce lite. I am selling the princes to a friend very soon.
     
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    Dang, you have a good memory! Yeah I really liked the PSC a lot!
     
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    I don't see anything bad in what has been posted. All the same, I am sorry if anything I posted has offended you. Not my intention.

    I don't see anything bad, wrong or untrue...and surely you can laugh at the Pacific experiment gone wrong.
     
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    I surely am not the person to judge who is or isn't good with lead. I have little experience in using it myself. But again, as you say, it is easy with the 315. A few grams at noon transforms it.

    I do probably have one up on Mike in the patience department. No offense intended.
     
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    Nooooooo I'm appreciative of both of yours and mad dogs comments!!:)
     
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    Good deal. I didn't want any bad feelings as a result of something I said. Mike, you're actually one of my favorite people on the board, even if you never take my advice. For whatever reason, your racquet quest interests me (guilty pleasure?), and I truly hope you find a racquet that is perfect for you.

    BTW, I'm going to keep recommending the 315 until you try it...like a little devil on your shoulder. But, I may also suggest the Extreme Pro 2.0 and the Blade 104. Both racquets I have enjoyed that I think you would too. Not to mention the TF 320 (since you like stiffer frames).
     
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    HAHAHA. Fun stuff, buddy. I'm glad you enjoy my ridiculous endeavors lol!! MD seems to have became annoyed by them ;)

    Ha dude I may eventually try it. I'm definitely interested in the 320 and EP
     
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    the Donnay Formula 100!!!

    (I have no idea, although it has nice specs and got good reviews, I'm just trying to mess with Mike :) )
     
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    LMAO thanks timbo.......I really need more frames to choose from! That's gonna help me out! :twisted:
     
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    I'm here for you Mike :)
     
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    With Babolat going to bring in an update to just about the most solid sweetest frame I've ever played (PC Swirly), I'm in celebration mode...

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    well, had to restring the APDO and decided to lace it with YPTP 16 in a full bed rather than 16/17 like i had previously been doing. i bumped up the tension of the crosses by 2#s and it ended up feeling to high. so in the meantime while i let the racquet sit waiting for the tension to drop, i've been spending quality time w/ the Angell TC-95 and the 315 ltd. both are great sticks, but i'm definitely groovin' more w/ the angell. enjoying it so much, i finally got around to matching my 2nd angell to my first one. this one actually came strung w/ a fresh bed of VS gut. i was worried it would be too powerful but it turned out to be controllable. very comfortable w/ great spin. i also tried out a vantage vt221 which is the same as the TC-95 that was strung w/ TB17/Vanquish16 and was pleasantly surprised that control wasn't bad at all. may just have to start trying some more comfy poly/multi hybrids. :)
     
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    Wilson, Babolat and Prince all have kick *** new lines coming out.

    Shouldn't be too hard to pick a favorite.

    I don't foresee any problems moving forward. Should be smooth sailing.

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    I'd like to try one, but the ultra low powered frames don't appeal to me anymore.

    Funny how I said just the other day that tweeter frames weren't for me, and now I'm buying my PDR back... :)
     
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    About ready to re-string a couple of my 315s...any suggestions from you my 'holic friends?

    One currently has a hybrid of VS Gut/Red Code...the gut is still in great shape, so I am debating whether to cut it all out or to just put a new cross in. The other is strung with Biphase.

    Will probably try a full bed of poly in one. Also have some MonoGut I'd like to try. Not to mention a slew of multis.

    Decisions, decisions. Stringaholic?
     
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    full bed of TB 16L plays great in the 315. Razor Code and Cyclone work well, too.
     
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    I have gone polybreak mains and Forten sweet crosses. Destroys every setup I have used and costs less.

    I did head to against TB and TB soft and it's not even close.

    I haven't switched strings lead or anything in ~3 months now. This racquet plays like a best friend.....a band ruining soul mate perhaps?
     
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    With its high stiffness and mass, the Pure Control wasn't exactly low powered....
     
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    PDR rules. But you should have taken a deep breath, relaxed and tried that Tec.

    It is not a low powered stick with lead at 12. They are tough to find at a low price.

    You are at a point where you need to figure out how to use lead a little anyway. The Tec is pretty simple for that.

    I like the PDR too, but I had to lead mine. The 2012 swings real light.

    And yeah, the Pure Control is not a low powered stick dude.
     
  27. mad dog1

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    what gauge are you using?
     
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    Funny...Razor Code & Cyclone were two that initially came to mind. Razor Code is suggested on the frame and Cyclone is cheap and I have a few sets.

    I don't have any Polybreak PP.

    I've got a couple of half sets of gut...Pacific Tough Gut 16L & KLIP Legend 15L. What do you think of the idea of cutting out the Red Code crosses and putting one of the half sets in its place with the VS Touch 16G mains?

    I just hate the thought of wasting a good half set of VS. Although I knew the deal when I ordered it strung that way. Gut/poly was just something I wanted to try and now I have. Generally speaking, I'm more of a fan of full beds at this point. Maybe when I get some more experience with different strings and their characteristics and what I want, I'll explore the hybrids a little further. But, I want to know how a string plays and feels as a full bed first. I think that would be useful info when trying to determine what strings you want to hybrid, where to put them and what tensions to use.
     
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    17 in the Poly, 16 in the syn gut. I string at 49/52.
     
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    Looks like I have another contender then :)
     
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    I definitely have a problem with patience when it comes to tennis, which is probably why I suck with lead.

    I have the PDRGT which has a higher sw than the 2012, so it swings heavy and hits really heavy too. It's also the only stiff racket I've used that isn't jarring, which also attracts me to it. Gotta find a good low powered string for it though...

    I played possibly the best game of my life with the PDR, not joking. I let the weight do its thing and swing fast with a compact stroke. It made playing so easy for me, which I think is what you need when looking for a racket.
     
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    You should check out the Extreme Pro if an opportunity comes along Mike. A few of the TW playtesters referenced the PDR in their review of the Extreme. At a 69 on the stiffness scale, I thought it felt great. I played a few frames rated softer that didn't feel as good to me.
     
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    Just read a few comments re the power level of the Pure Control...

    Well, prompted by reading about the PC update, I played with my PC Swirly this morning and I can confirm it hits a huge ball - but in the way a PSC or an RD7 does, and not in the manner of a power tweener thick beam stick. The control, or more specifically, directional control is great on the old Swirly PC what with it's distinct crisp/stiff and rather nice feel, 16/20 pattern and box beam par excellence. The feeling of plow and rock solid stability is something else shared with the RD7 and PSC - and it's worth dwelling on the fact that whilst the the RA is up there (66 on my Swirly, I think), you've got about 345g and a SW of 335. Not the easiest frame, not one of those smooth swinging extension of your arm jobs, but rather an absolute hammer and baseline weapon of the gods!

    Longtime diary RHs know I've always 'had a thing' for this frame. :)
     
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    Sounding good there md with the Angell, and I think it was the 221 VT that I also had a few years back now and liked a lot (had 2 all red ones that were 320g and 1 black pj that was 330g). Distinct lack of vibes, ultra crisp, not so high-powered and very well made (close to pro-stock maybe)... great sticks these Vantages and Angells.:cool:
     
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    yep, got 2 red vt221s that are 330g unstrung 10pts HL. might need to operate on these to get the static weight down to my customized TC95s.
     
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    what colors? white or black polybreak? natural or yellow sweet?
     
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    Email me if your still interested in a 315 LTD 16
     
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    White PB, Gold Sweet
     
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    cool. thx, man! i'll probably order a reel of each then so i better like it! 8)
     
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    Hit today for a couple of hours with some quality guys.

    Still soaking in the Steam Room! I want to bump up my tension a little more however, as I've got about 2 hours on this string bed and the tension loss is huge. The bed is feeling rather soft and mushy, and is going to break within the next hour or so of hitting most likely. I'm currently using ALU Power @ 62lbs. I might try 64-65 range, although I want to try something other than ALU as it is not the optimal string for me right now. Any suggestions guys?

    -Fuji
     
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    look! it's djokovic moonlighting as a cab driver to pay for that engagement ring! :mrgreen:

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    Here's another early Novak pic. This one's of him taking exception to a line call...

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    something about heavy headlight classic frames with lead strips at 3 and 9 puts me in a good mood
     
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    ongoing research reveals the reputation is GOATish on the slice...just bought one
     
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    Hi I'm Gonzo, deep in contemplation wondering about the new Pure Control...
     
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    I know what you mean.
     
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    Gooood man.

    Keep 'Holicing.
     
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    Wow, and to think I was at 50 lbs...
     
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    you talking to me? you talking to me? :)

    just popped taxi driver into the dvd player tonight and the resemblance was eerie and uncanny.
     

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