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    by the way Gads, I weighed one of those lead strips...3g.
     
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    Luke...I'm your father...

    nooooooooo!

    I woke up from a post french open nap pining for my old flame.

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    Alrighty, then. Somehow, I now feel like more of a man.
     
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    Just my 2 cents, but I was very underwhelmed by Savage compared with TB. Much less control; power was fine but it felt like the stringbed had a lot of hot spots in it.
     
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    Anyone notice we lost about 2 days worth of posts?? I was up late last night writing up my review of the Plats 99.

    Now I'm all groggy and tired at work for no reason :evil:

    I really think it's time TW upgraded their servers.
     
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    What racket is Ivan using in that picture? And when was this taken?
     
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    Darkside prostock extreme pro. Very sexy frame. Black pj cuts the air quicker.
     
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    get the new Extreme IG it's awesome (PJ is better than the previous). Even Andre approves :p
     
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    Devil...You tried it? I thought it was very twangy compared to youtek version...
     
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    Nah I didn’t, but it was on my short list with the Pure Drive. Never did get around to testing it out so I went with the Pure Drive which I currently love hitting with. My friend is still considering switching to the Extreme once he gets around to play testing one. I’d imagine the Pure Drive and Extreme would garner similar results in terms of quality of shot from different areas of the court. Serve feels awesome, 1hbh feels plush, hard, spinny and I can come over it on the rise against left handers that try to loop to it. Requires a fast swing with a relaxed arm to get that nice heavy action on it. First time I hit with it I was holding it too tight and was floating a lot of shots. I was working the ball too much as I was used to the Prostaff and Prestige. Once I eased up on it I’m getting better results with less effort. How can you argue with that?
     
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    yessssssss...

    I agree. I agree. Stock PD? The extreme pro is a much more sturdy feeling beast, but it lacks some of the PD creativity. It's more like the Roddick PD.

    I might hunt down one of these on the bay.

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    Played with the Plats today, giving the 99 the bulk of the work. I just don't think it's there for me. Going back and forth to the 99 and 94, I can't explain this because the weight of the frames is the same, but my 99 is just more sluggish than my 94. Balance, I guess. The 99 played much better today with full poly, but I never got to a comfortable feeling with it. Not only did I catch the ball later on a more consistent basis, but even when I did think I connected well there were some instances where there was just too much juice and I'd send it long, just like the other night. The 94 was again far more controlled and just felt more natural in terms of how it swung through the air, so it will get my attention from here on.
     
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    I just had a thought. If my blx90 and my extreme pro mated...would I be left with this:
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    Is that a broken .jpg image, or a Pacific logo?
     
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    was this the first xenecore? (big head thin beam)
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    lol. the xullet
     
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    The Roddick and the regular PD felt the same just that the Roddick was heavier, a tad more sluggish but had more plow and stability. Which is obvious because of the extra weight. The PD is the same thing but gives you the luxury of modding it the way you want it. I'm using it stock now and i like it. In a way it's nice to swing something light for a change. It's tweenerish enough to have enough power if strung right without needing to be super heavy like some other player sticks.
     
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    Gads, how does the 2hbh go with the 94? I guess I should ask how demanding is it in comparison? I know you don't play with as many 99s, so maybe this was one of the issues you had. I ask because I would like to try the 94 out, but I am not sure if I need to size down or if I even should.

    I have a brand new 99..literally with the cardboard insert still connected to the frame, so I will keep it like that for now just in case I go down in size and love the 94.

    Also got diagnosed with dequarvains, which means I will be taking oral anti inflamms and sitting out another 3 weeks. I don't know if any racquet can prevent it, just proper care by me and taking anti inflamms when needed, so in a way that is good news that I do not have to worry about switching sticks.

    I do however need to try the 94..it just seems like I should do it from all these rave reviews.

    If any of you guys can compare the spin level..serving differences as well, that would be awesome..also if it is the same flex level and comfort as the 99.
     
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    PP,

    Sorry to hear you are stuck sitting out longer.

    The 2hbh with the 94 is surprisingly easy. The 94 is at least for me, very generous and forgiving. Coming from the prestige, the 94 is refreshingly easy to hit with without losing the kind of shots I loved with the prestige.
     
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    I definitely need to try one out when I get back. I always like to use smallest headsize I can get away with. I will say that the 99 does swing smaller, but I am curious about the 94.

    It would be a fun comparison since I know the racquets pretty well anyway.
     
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    PP,

    That's actually pretty good news, I think, on your wrist. Hopefully enough rest will make it gone for good and it won't be a recurring thing.

    As for the 99 vs 94, I do think you're right in that the two-handed backhand is generally just easier with the 99. I did feel like there was a tad more forgiveness there, even if it was mostly mental. However, I also felt like I could whip the 94 around more quickly -- the 99 two-hander was more of a smooth stroke, the 94 I was going after it with a little more authority. Also could have been a mental thing, but for me the 94 absolutely felt more maneuverable -- last-second adjustments, that kind of thing. So all in all, I think you do have a very good backhand stick, especially in the forgiveness department. For me, the biggest, most glaring difference between the two was the forehand. I could snap the 94 through much better and direct the ball -- both directional and depth-wise -- better with the 94. It had a more honest response, whereas the ball just jumped off the 99 much more and created a few of those fliers past the baseline. One other thing: to me the slice is more consistent with the 94. I floated more of them with the 99 than I'm used to.

    On serves, 99 had more pace, 94 had better directional control.

    I think it's definitely worth it to just demo the 94, even if it's crummy string, just to see if it moves through the air better for you, before unwrapping that new 99. Just to see.

    And since the 94 seemed to move through the air more easily to me than the 99, to me that means it might be a touch better for your wrist? Maybe, maybe not.

    By the way, how do you think a full bed of good old fashioned Prince Synthetic Gut would work in this frame? Or maybe even Wilson NXT, a string I always liked in the past. The kind of dull feeling I'm getting from full Poly in these Plats leads me to think about trying synthetic gut, not to mention the easier-on-the-arm element, since some people are finding some arm issues with these plats and poly.
     
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    I love POSG and it would probably be awesome at higher tensions. These Donnays seem to be very accommodating to different stringing techniques which is great.

    The full b5e had a feel similar to the prestige for me, but while I love full poly I hate that I have to string at a lower tension to protect my arm and keep the string playable longer.

    I know the Dunlops are really muted and I had a hybrid of BAM and wilson stamina that blew my mind with it's crispness. I am going to stay with soft polys to be safe, but I am definitely going to hit the mid to upper 50s with it, since you can play a hybrid until it breaks (usually breaks in 10-12 hours in the 18x20).

    I know for me, I had trouble serving with the lower tension poly, but some of that may be due to the fact that getting a ton of racquet head speed was very tough with the inflamed tendons.

    My most consistent serves are with a tension of 55ish, so this change should help me out a little.

    You could be right about easier to move being good on my wrist. The 99 was a godsend compared to the pstgt and Dunlop 200. Maybe the 94 will be even better..either way, I will try and track down a demo at some point and see what happens.

    These sticks made the game seem unfairly balanced at times ..you can literally do anything you want to the ball..it's awesome. For fun, try moonballing a 1hbh opponent now and then with some heavy spin just to change things up on them. The spin you will get is crazy.
     
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    I'll have to try and get a demo of the 94 then sometime. It's sounding really great, but I really hope I prefer the PST. I really doubt I can like something more than it at this point too...

    A friend gave me a wilson 'lady advantage' today too. Strung it up with a Kevlar poly hybrid and went out to hit some. The feel is like a prestige! I never thought it would be that nice. And volleys were super easy. Anyone know how much this thing weighs? Feels around 13. I'm gonna have fun during season beatif people with a 'lady advantage'...
     
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    You are evil, Pyrokid! :twisted:
    If I could get away with it, I would love to use a Maxply Fort to beat 'my friends.'
     
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    Agree here, but my reference point would be to the Prestiges. I always loved how the Prestiges swung so sweetly and had just massive presence with their weight and the way that they moved through the air. It was just beautiful.

    The Plat 94 has essentially the same weight but it moves quicker and I can punish the ball with less effort than ever.

    Honestly at this point I am tempted to sell the i.Prestige and try to snag another Plat 94. But the Ace is still looming to compete.
     
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    ^^
    Easy, easy depth. Definitely what you get with the Plats, it seems. But yeah, don't discount the Ace. It might really surprise you.

    Looking for more ball feel, I'm going to try to get off the poly train and see what happens. Will throw Prince Synthetic Gut or Wilson NXT into the Plat 94. Only hope that switching from poly to multi doesn't make this frame TOO powerful, but I've got a feeling it could be special if I get the tension right.
     
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    Go high. If the 94 is anything like the 99, with a multi, it'll take a high tension to tame the beast.

    I love NXT. It's quite springy and feels amazing. I would go 58-60 #'s right off the bat. Better go too high than too low, since eventually the tension will drop, whereas if you go too low, it'll be unplayable from the first ball to the last.
     
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    Yes, a multi in the Donnay is massively powered, but feels killer. I'd do 58#s minimum as well.
     
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    Haha Esgee, I got one of them pretty badly yesterday. I think they were psyched out by the fact everything was like 1/2 the speed of usual haha.
    I thought about wearing all white and short shorts, but I thought that might be pushing it.
     
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    By the way, boys: was in a 4.0-4.5 tennis fitness class last night. 14-yr-old girl blowing everyone away, and she was rocking the Pure Storm Tour. Was quite the sobering moment for me, since I thought that stick was too sluggish for me when I demoed. Have to try it again one day to make sure I'm definitely the girly man I guess I am. Ha.
     
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    haha..it's not that sluggish..but very impressive that a 14 year old girl can rip with it nonetheless.
     
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    I'm of the opinion that every racquet on the market right now sucks. I don't feel good with anyone of them, I feel every trade off from one racquet to the other is very significant. And if I play well with one of them, I feel like somethings missing, or I may not like the headshape/throatshape, I can sit here and tell you yeah i tried out this new racquet and its amazing im stick with it, but I, You, TW, Racquet companies know, its only a matter of time before I start finding something wrong with the stick. This is probably the case with a lot of you, how many times have we fell in love with a racquet only to say a month later, "it was a little heavy for me." Or "it really didn't match up with my style, I couldn't spin the ball like this, or like that" I feel like I'm going crazy, I rather have a player I really admire tell me, here, Play with this, don't switch ever. So I have no choice, CHOICE is whats killing me.

    Whats crazy is that I don't have the funds to support being a "racketholic" but I wouldn't spend the little income that I get, any other way...
     
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    Dear Diary,

    Circumstances are such - and such is my obssessive-compulsive-tennis bum/racketaholic nature that, according to my doctor (it's 'Doktor' actually, Herr Doktor Sigmund-Karl Yung-Freud-Wooferhoffer) that my diary entries must now, out of neccessity, be far briefer than was previously the case. I will not go into garish detail, but suffice to inform you that, according to the advanced psycho-theraputic theories that are currently abound, apparently I have deep underlieing issues of attraction to Babolat, that are conflicted by a desire for the performance of more controlled and solid frames, although secretly I supposedly wish to kill my APD, and make love to my Prestige Pro. Gentlemen, I tell you all, therapy has indeed come to me at the correct time.

    Auf weidersen.


    Recon,

    Superb post above, Sir!... so true. Maybe you should seek help too?


    Gads,

    You know what? I've been finally checking out the Pure Control Team standard, and it's sluggish too! However, like the PSTGT, it's so good in so many other respects, I'm going to give it some more of my time and see if I can get my timing down better with it.



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    This is too funny. Perhaps it's time to turn to the scriptures.

    Gonzo 3:16
    "without sluggishness we have no plow thru"
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    Ross, I always thought the pure storm tour would be a favorite of yours do to it being a hybrid of the Babolat power meeting the plush feel of Wilson and control of Head.
     
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    IMO, the YTPP also has a great blend of power, feel and control.

    Ross, I hope you will recover soon. Sticking with your favourite racquet for a couple of months should help.

    Wishing all fellow racquetholics the best,

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    Agree, ytpp is a great stick, but the pstgt has Pure Drive level power..it's crazy.
     
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    Tony Larson seems to have gone from the PST to the PDR. Can always ask him for his opinion even though I know he doesn’t tend to post in the racquet forum much
     
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    I think I know why Tony switched - serve. He has posted that his serve was not popping as much as he wanted, and I bet the PDR helps with that. The weakness of the pstgt for me was serve as well.

    BTW the PD with lead sounds great. The issue for me is that the swingweight is already pretty high as it is, so leading it up would put it in the high 340s easily. Which is fine, but that is a "play 5 times a week all year" type of swingweight for me since I am 5'9 and #170. Also, even with the awesome woofer system, the racquet is still stiff and I personally can not risk it anymore with my wrist. That is why I sold my stock PD to a lady for $100 and went pstgt.

    The platinum hits about as big as the pure drive on serve and groundies and is much easier on my joints, so that is why I am such a fan of the brand. Before donnay made these sticks. I had never used a thin beam racquet with this much power. I used an APDC for 8 months and that irritated my thumb and grip area..just early stages of dequarvains that I have to watch for.

    But I can totally see why you would like the PD, and especially see why an open level player would want one. the power and spin you can get out of it is top notch. Plus Babolat is very aggressive in giving out 3 racquets + a bag to any ranked player or D1 college player, so that also is a reason why they are all over the place.

    As a side note, the Pro Kennex Black Ace does use the babolat woofer system. The pure drive was also a pro kennex racquet mold copied by Babolat. Interesting stuff there.
     
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    I think that the mid battle is over. Detailed posting in my thread.
     
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    Help!

    I'm playing an American TT member next week sometime I think - I also think he's a good bit better than my normal rec hacker level :roll: ... OMG, this is where Mr Racketaholic here gets taught an abject lesson :oops:... spent the day having random panics about which frame(s) to bring... the PC Team standard (I'm not really used to yet), PC+ (I'm sure to be made to feel the bulk now against this bloke), APD (a year on and I still can't quite dial into this racket yet), the TF 320 (about which I forever say 'this frame is just made for me in theory)... I feel queasy, weak, I want my mummy.:shock:

    R
     
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    When playing a way stronger player, I prefer to use a lighter and faster racket that can give me a lot of spin for my slice, because since I can't beat them from the back, I just want to go up to the net where I can win half the point from a combination of random luck and just getting my racket on every ball I can. Hope that helps, which means you'll probably have to use either the aerodrive cortex or the T-fight, good luck :)
     
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    Aero Pro Drive or Tfight for sure. Have fun. Don't think, just do.
     
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    PP-- when you strung your plat 99 w B5E, what tension did you use? I got a second plat and strung it w BHSR at 50. It's good, but doesn't match my results with typhoon at 50. I've got about 4 hours on the BHSR and that is enough to know it won't prevail against the typhoon.

    I know you were not a big fan of tour bite in the plat 99, which was another string I was considering. I think on monday I am going to put b5e in one of my plats. I may restring the other with fresh typhoon or a set of solinco revolution that I have. I was thinking maybe 48 or 50 for the b5e and probably the same if I used revolution.

    Any thoughts?

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    Strings are so subjective,,,but full poly I go 50#s or so. The b5e settled in at 43 after tension drop and hit great for me, but I am going hybrid for now and will probably do 55/58 with it. I really prefer higher tensions, but full poly plays better for me at lower ones and is better on the body.

    I have some posg that I will cross over some black mamba strings and see how that goes.
     
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    Played the Plat 94 with full NXT at 60, along with my BC 20s, the last couple of days. Feel is MUCH better with the NXT in there, but, sigh... I can't seem to get it to work for me. I'm just... off with it or something. Hard to describe, but the stiffness of it -- and stiffness is something I used to LOVE -- now seems a bit weird to me, perhaps because I've gotten so used to the BC 20 recoil. Serves have been very good but not overpowering. Groundies haven't been there like they were the first couple times out with the 94 -- now I'm sending balls long with this one, too. Then, after awhile, I go back to the BC20 and feel more dialed in again. To my surprise, it's the BC20 that still feels more whippable to me, and that characteristic - along with the open pattern - is making a gigantic difference on my 2nd serve effectiveness.

    Played a practice match today in prep for league play tomorrow. Wanted to give the Donnay a full set even though I wasn't playing well with it in rallying, but quickly fell down 0-3, losing two service games in that so I was really down. Pulled the 20 out of the bag, won three straight to even the set and eventually took a 7-6, 6-3 win.

    Not sure what to do with the Plat now, but it's looking like the BC 20 is on its way to beating yet another fierce challenger.

    I still haven't tried the Plat with Tour Bite in it, though. Not sure whether I should fork over the dough to try that or not. Will play my league match tomorrow with my 20s and then see where I am during the week of non match play.

    And I have to admit, I'm wondering about the Gold...
     
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    Full multi is tough in the Donnay for me. I can;t do it. I'd do ful gut or syn gut in the low 60s or a hyrbid in the mid to high 50s.

    Thats just me. I tried the Black demo out with full multi in the 50s and the stick was super powered and uncontrollable. I had to go full western to use it. Then I tried it full poly and was better.

    I just never have been a fan of multi..it moves everywhere and makes me wish it was full gut.

    Honestly, you may just be a BC20 guy. It sounds like that is the case to me..so your racquet quest is pretty much accomplished!
     

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