Diary of a Racketaholic

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

  1. pepka

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    Sounds like you realy do enjoy your stay ;) Goooood...
     
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    Classic Gads, love it!

    In other news, some points about that new Pure Drive.

    The revised string pattern does indeed work. As I tend to hit the ball higher in the string bed usually, the new stringbed results in additional precision and, surprisingly, a good bit more comfort. I found this especially true on serve returns, but it's noticeable in pretty much all shots including serves. In fact I found this new Pure Drive to be a rather comfortable frame (well, for a 70RA frame, at least) and while the new pattern doesn't turn the PD into a Prestige Mid or something, the newfound control is certainly welcome. Power is pretty much the same as in previous Pure Drives, probably due to the somewhat higher swingweight (kinda noticeable when directly comparing both the 2012 and 2015 frames) which might make up for the tighter pattern in the sweetspot. All in all a really solid update to a classic frame with new tech that actually works. Top notch paintjob, too. (Pure Drive Plus 2015, RPM Team 17 21.5kg)
     
  3. Power Player

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    The new pure drive would be on my demo list if I was not so happy with the xi98. Its just more solid than the babolats, and I need a solid feeling frame. Im still a huge PD fan, especially coming from the Black drive model though.

    Still zero arm pain with this frame. Think I have cleared 5-6 weeks of usage. This is a real good sign. Polybreak plays very very well, just the feel is a little crisp possibly for me.

    Thing I am noticing is how heavy I can get the spin. Been using a high take back on the FH and can hit really heavy risers with this racquet now. I was too compact on the forehand for a while and was struggling, but this has fixed it. I have a lot of confidence just rolling over heavy, deep shots until I get something I can attack. The frame hits as heavy as a racquet weighing much more, so it can be an unfair advantage if you like to hit with a lot of spin.

    Gads, real interested in this pole dancing competition. Real interested.
     
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    Off Topic..Are you guys sure JGads isn't pulling our leg? A Polish Lad in Poland being chased by a (M.D.) Polish Lass, who does Pole Dancing. Does sound like he has been imbibing too much vodka. Actually sounds like a dream, but what do I know? :confused: (Actually, I am jealous!) :twisted:
     
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    Pole competition notes for Gads to cite in his full and detailed review

    - The 'spin' potential
    - Access to 'sweet spot'
    - Review of 'extended' 'length' options
    - The 'feel' vs 'performance'

    and of course.....
    - The ability to absorb 'heavy' balls
     
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    Hahahaha! Too good. Bravo. Bravo.
     
  7. Power Player

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    Uhm, no. Things like this happen all the time. I will not disclose my own examples, but i definitley believe Jgads.
     
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    Theses things tend to happen when you're the familiar 'stranger' in a strange and familiar land.

    I've been in Gads position. You speak the language, know the culture, but yet are detached from their reality. You are the proverbial 'American'.

    And all you have to do is ask. Stay out late a couple of nights and s**t happens.
     
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    This.

    And if I were making things up, I'd have won that tennis tournament.

    But, this morning I won a doubles match against my coach. And in two hours' time the aforementioned competition commences.

    Happy Sunday, friends.
     
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    I would suggest caution as well. I ended up falling for a girl in my ex-patriot adventures and getting married.

    It was a journey, and now she's here with me, so never mind the caution.

    My aunt is Polish, as I've mentioned before, and some years back, while living and working in Greece, I visited them during their vacations in Warsaw and Kraków. Fantastic country.

    My aunt singled me to hang out with her musician nephew, knowing my passion for music and drums. He's in a pop-rock band out there, the name escapes me. We stayed up all night, drank and ended up at a bar playing American country music to a packed house. I was so trashed, I even found the confidence to sing a couple of Garth Brook's songs.

    Twilight like.
     
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    You boys are living the dream right now! I'm stuck in the sub-arctic preparing for a final on the history of women in Canada. Almost as sexii as it sounds. ;)

    -Fuji
     
  12. JGads

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    I have seen the meaning of life.
     
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    sounds like you've had an unforgettable experience in Poland. will we ever see you stateside again?
     
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    Outside of pole dancing, which im having trouble not thinking about, i played a young guy today with a really nice game and had no trouble hitting big groundies that essentially overpowered him.

    This is definitely the biggest i have been hitting as the ball is coming off the court so high now - finally.

    Light weight, low swing weight, but still hits heavy - thats the magic combo that yonex discovered with these vcore frames. When you can swing this fast and still generate weight behind your shots, you simply have an advantage out there. It is insanely fun.

    So in terms of frames, i too am seeing the meaning of life.
     
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    hey Jack or PP or whomever..
    i found a 98D here in Israel, pretty cheap.
    didn't buy it yet.
    wanted to ask what's your verdict atm.
    jack, you played it but you ditched it for some reason.. no?
    PP, did you play with it at all?
    the only difference vs the Xi i think is the 65 stifness..
    any other major differences?

    thanks.

    *hmm, after reading these kind of opinions:

    it may sound odd but to me the Xi is a totally different feeling racquet than the old vcore 98D. it has the same mold and spec but it feels much more solid and lively with a little more spin and power.

    not so sure :/
     
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    I never used it. Its the same mold though and Im pretty sure Jack said it didn't make a huge difference. I personally prefer the higher stiffness of the xi, as it reminds me of a pure drive with laser control and really good spin.
     
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    thanks. i think you've said prices might go down on Xi soon.. no? ;)
     
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    I'm guessing since the SI is out. I really have no idea when or anything like that, but I plan on buying another xi before flex league starts.

    I will probably buy an SI when the Sony sensor comes out because that would be really awesome to have.
     
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    Hey Roz. I didn't ditch the 98d at all and still have 2 of them. I think it's a great racquet and didn't find much difference between it and the new Si98. I tried them both side by side. The 98d has a slight flex and softness to it, where the Si did not. I haven't tried the Xi98, so I can't compare it to that, sorry. The 98d is a great racquet though. I can't imagine you won't like it on some level.
     
  21. Rozroz

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    yea, i remember you didn't..
    i think another thing besides the stiffness is the SW.
    some reviews pointed out it made quite a big difference.
     
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    If you can get one cheap, grab it. Over thinking it on here is not going to really accomplish much. It's an awesome frame, I personally added a little lead to the tip to get the swing feel how I want it, but I pretty much play it stock since I believe mine was a little under spec on the SW.

    No need to crank the SW up or do anything radical.
     
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    i meant the low SW of the 98D, not the XI..
    from most of the people that reviewed it here, it felt "something was off" with this specific model.
    maybe if i'll get a chance to actually try the 98D i might buy it.
    i really don't want to throw good money, even half price.
    and i also hate stacking up rackets.
    the Ai98 was a good lesson in that regard. it was a nightmare to get rid of here..
     
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    The AI98 is probably the best frame of the year. So you chose well even if you didn't like it for some reason.

    The Xi98 was not reviewed that well, but that meant nothing to me. I think they are perfectly balanced frames that play solid and give you a lot of pop.

    If you are this into frames you may as well accept that now and then you will have some stacked. My closet has 2 PS95s (I can't sell the new one I bought - no one has inquired), a Dunlop 200 and Yoko in it.

    Maybe they will let you try it out for a few days on a loaner.

    Anyway, really tough to tell you what to go with, but for me, this has been a fantastic frame.
     
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    Don't put too much stock into reviews or what others say about racquets.
    The only review that matters is your own, as you found out with the Ai98.
    I have loved some racquets that TW gave lukewarm reviews for and vice versa, so you never know until you try yourself. There are no "bad" racquets really, when talking about all the major mfg's.
     
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    If she weighs the same as a duck then she's a witch!:)
     
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    ^She turned me into a newt!
     
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    There were several frames hanging and swinging into the eve, most of them lean and light, with very low swing weights. Paintjobs were minimal. And when I say minimal, I mean fantastically, extraordinarily minimal. Some of them were also sprinkled with glitter, or was it basalt?

    Surprisingly, there was one heavyweight, an RF 97 Autograph, among. Much like on these here boards, she was initially and kindly met with heated curiosity and overwhelming enthusiasm, but, in the end, just a bit too much heft, maybe a little too stiff. But still, bravo. Bravo for getting out there, for rocking it, for trying.

    Then followed a delightful string of new prospects. A Prestige (classy, sexy, timeless); a Babolat of some kind (tremendous power, but slightly unpredictable -- woofer, you know); a Yonex (exotic, curiously shaped, high sweet spot).

    And then. And then there was the stunner. The petite dark-haired beauty who came out with a mask and a silky red cape, climbed to the ceiling, gave a nod to the person in charge of the music, and began. The mask and cape were tossed to the floor in the midst of a jaw-dropping artistic performance. This was not unlike watching Roger Federer hit a forehand during his prime, or reading David Foster Wallace at his finest, or come to think of it, maybe pairing those things together in what became the New York Times feature, "Federer as Religious Experience."

    This, too, was a religious experience.

    This was the goat.

    This was the Wilson Pro Staff 85. A petite little thing completely out of everyone's league, but on just the right night, the most perfect blend of feel, weight and balance. I will forever dream of her, the way she looked, the way she swung.

    My date to this dance, the thankfully unneeded "Doctor" for the proceedings, would have competed herself had she not been out of town so much recently. But I suspect she would have competed rather well. During a break between the actual competition, when one professional arrived on stage and performed what was dubbed "An ode to the 'Twerk,'" I leaned over to the Doc and said I would be forever thankful for the evening's invitation.

    Evening then turned into night, and in a related story, I'm now staying for Christmas.
     
  29. Power Player

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    Had a feeling that demo would turn into a purchase.
     
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    Touché, good sir.
     
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    Speaking of these things. I demoed a gorgeous, Yonex long body on Friday that seriously made me consider stopping my holicing behaviors.

    So most likely she..I mean, the frame, and I will not work out long term. But what a honeymoon.
     
  32. JGads

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    All you can do is keep hitting.

    - Churchill, I think
     
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    Wesołych Świąt
     
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    Damn, looks like half the board have polish roots ;).
     
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    given the way things are going, you may as well stay in europe until the mid July. that way you'll be able to experience Roland Garros and Wimbledon 2015 firsthand. :)
     
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    I concur!

    -Fuji
     
  37. Power Player

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    Its seriously so much smarter to go foreign. These American frames are just so injected with Basalt and Cortex that they don't play the same anymore.

    Totally supporting Gads.
     
  38. klementine

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    ^Ha!

    First hand experience with that.

    On a side note, got my hands on the freebies today, verified, the new PJ, the darth maul looking one.

    Must say, it is rather nice looking. Wonder how they perform, never could groove with spin frames, but this pro staff doesnt seem that open from pics.

    Will just have to string it up and find out.
     
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    Love that film but love "Life of Brian" more:)
     
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    Random musings.

    My socks are either dying, or finally living. The more I play, the more the red dirt burrows its way into the fibers of all of my socks, staining them permanently no matter what I do with the laundry. And I'm beginning to like these stains, along with the cake of red-brown across my shoes, in much the same way I always admired the way my childhood hero, a small catcher-turned-second baseman named Biggio, never left a game without a very dirtied uniform. ...

    Racquet wise, the desire for more weight is now returning. In recent days I have played more so with the Prestige, and it's starting to outshine the Wilson 95, most especially when playing against my coach. It's not perfect. In fact it's more on the too-heavy side of things still, but the results I'm getting from a bit too heavy are better than the results I was getting from a bit too light. For instance, I played a set against my coach yesterday with the Wilson and lost 6-1. Couldn't serve at all, was getting bullied around like a middle school tetherball. Second set, I angrily switched to the Prestige, and en route to a 3-3 draw because our hour was up, I most certainly noticed that my disastrous serve was helped greatly by the added heft, heft that can do more of the work, and heft that gives me a better feel of where the racquet head is exactly, more so than the lighter fly-swatter that I too often swing through the zone much too early, or sometimes even too late, thinking I have time. Timing. It's a real b-----d. So, despite it being a little more hefty than I'd like, the Prestige is now taking over, but for awhile there, the 95 was just what I needed, and I am thankful for its kind service. ...

    Doubles. Doubles is a really tough cookie. When you've spent the entirety of your tennis existence playing singles, and you're then forced to share a court, the instinct up at net over whether to lunge for a ball or let it go is a terrible mind trick. I so often let balls go that I should stab, and then I lunge for balls that I end up framing. Also troublesome is playing the angles more so than playing power, but I suspect sometimes I get too cute in doubles and mess up because of this, because I'm not used to such a cute, handsy game, and I need to just go back to ripping the ball rather than being cute. But then when you make a mistake on a rip, your Polish partner looks at you and you feel like an American idiot. But, I prefer to hit against pace. Always have. Always much more comfy with pace than with pushing. But in doubles you get all of these half-pace balls, and the timing is so much more jagged than singles-smooth, and the whole thing makes you think so much, and in tennis thinking too much can often be the downfall. Anyway, new respect for the Bryan Brothers, even if I forever find them supremely annoying, their chest bumps, their eternally pre-pubescent faces. ...

    Women's handball, men's volleyball, billiards and ping pong. Polish sports TV lately. ...

    Coffee is so much better in Poland than it is in the States. Eggs, too.
     
  41. Power Player

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    Yep doubles is a 60% ball that I find to be insanely easy with a Pure Drive type of frame. You can just brush the ball deep and go crosscourt as long as you want.

    I think that is one reason we see these frames popping up more and more on the pro doubles circuit.

    I hate doubles by the way, but sometimes it must be played.
     
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    ^
    Feel the same.
     
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    All my competitive tennis is doubles! Too old for singles at a decent level as a dodgy knee prevents me getting around. True that the games are totally different. For doubles I prefer a heavy, head light frame for serve/return/volley/groundstrokes in that order. Not a touch player so I rely on put away volleys which don't often come back. A solid frame with decent sw is ideal for this. Just purchased a Head Extreme Pro which is very PDR like and, I am hoping, perfect for doubles. Not finding the Yonex to be ideal for doubles to be honest.
     
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    Doubles is fun if you manage to get a power hitting partner. I struggle greatly with a partner that doesn't hit big. My normal partner absolutely crushes the ball, and it allows us to play "power doubles" or stupidly-aggressive-letshitwinnersoneverything-doubles and do quite well. I'm not good at playing defensive doubles and I usually wet the bed if I'm put in this role hahaha.

    -Fuji
     
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    Like your style Fuji. Attacking doubles is indeed fun. Passive, 1 up, 1 back doubles is not. At the level I play currently a passive style will not win many matches. Good doubles pairs attack the net.
     
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    Definitely! I usually play 5.0+ men's doubles. So we are either 2 back or 2 up. Very rarely are we playing 1&1. Aggression wins doubles matches IME. At least once you get to the level where aggression starts to take over the game.

    -Fuji
     
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    Really? I feel like I can play any style with the yonex and be fine. I volley really well with it for some reason. Can't find anything wrong with the frame.

    Had to play doubles a few weeks back. It was easier with the YY since I just rolled balls nice and heavy across court and poached now and then when I got a wild hair.
     
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    Probably just me. Love it for serving. Find the response a bit erratic off the ground at times. Maybe too much lead at 12? Got better results hitting deep topspin balls with my Radical mp. Could be strings. The Radical has poly whereas I have multi/poly in my Yonex. Might try full poly before removing any lead.
     
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    Yeah, its easy to overthink this stuff. Tennis (and probably golf) is the king of sports for over thinking. I hate it, so once I get something I like, especially strings, I try and eliminate all thought out there. It has made a massive difference for my game.

    If I was out there thinking that I should try a different frame in my bag or strings, I personally would already have lost.

    I got the yy lead setup in one try and mercifully have not felt any need to change anything. I have thrown a few different poly mains in it just to experiment with feel, but I realized I could play with any of them.
     
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    Hey guys, remember I told you I went to FL a few weeks ago to take lessons at the Evert Academy and I met Domi Cibulkova?
    Well some how I ended up on her video! That's me at 3:00
    sitting at courtside. Pretty cool :)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWKJtAJtOkw

    Nice video too. Check it out!
     

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