Diary of a Racketaholic

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

  1. Power Player

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    Nice.

    You were famous for 5 seconds and then it looked like they kicked you out of your chair...or were you getting up to go play?
     
  2. JackB1

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    No....I got up because I thought I was in her chair :) Didn't you hear me ask her and then she said "no, this is my chair".
    See what a gentleman I am!

    Did you see her blasting those groundstrokes??? Wow, she's got some racquet head speed for sure!
     
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    Purtty cool Jack!

    For some reason I expected you to be in the bedroom shot right after the now infamous 'is this your chair?' incident.

    Ha
     
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    Haha. Maybe in the Bizarro World? :)
     
  5. klementine

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    Just got back from another Tuesday session.

    Played turrible half the time.

    POG is such a classy frame. Kept one stock and the other leather and lead lovin' @ 12. Much prefer the modded version, at just a hair under 12oz.

    Also brought one darth maul PS95S with me.

    Strange frame. Loved it on overheads and cuts a sick ball at net, back hands were very 'lifting'. Forehands and serving was touch and go. I expected a soft stick - ala the 16x19 PS95. Still plenty comfortable but it does play stiffer and the whole frame feels like a sweetspot - much like every 'spin' frame out there.

    String it up with Prince XP something'orother, 15g. Mains were still moving like crazy. After 10minutes all I was doing in between points was straightening out mains.

    POG it is............. For now ;)
     
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    Seeing them up close is great, but you my friend, had a private show -ala' Gad's Polish adventures.

    I would've used the dog as bait to reel her in for a drink that night! :) She's a smoke show and a half.
     
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    you were sitting in her chair, she was just polite ;)

    nice video.

    btw - regarding this thread topic,
    the F3.0 is now ridiculously cheap! (69$)
    but considering i already have my great great Dunlop,
    and after reading a lot about the F3.0, i think i'll pass.

    i really do prefer to get my hands on an Xi, just to feel it.
    apparently there IS a shop selling the last Xi's here in Israel,
    and they might let me demo it on court (which is not enough time).
    they sell them at full price though..
     
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    Gads you should come to Europe more often, so much goat posting...
     
  9. JGads

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    Ever kind of you, sir, thank you.

    It's the coffee and the eggs and the women.

    Ah, perhaps that will be the title of my book.
     
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    ^ How did I miss that post?

    Agreed. Serving with heft, hitting against pace, 'jagged' doubles timing, well prepared coffee and farm eggs. All valid points.

    This is the same IG Pres that you fell in love with during demo, but then failed miserably when purchased?

    So not in love with any frame right now, but can appreciate and play with any frame out there and probably not effect the win/loss ratio.

    I think that's why I went with the POGs, just strip downed feedback and honest.

    The most dramatic swap as of late? The stone killer barricades for the light and fluffy CC Rally's with some superfeet in them. Straddled the base line and moved forward like an 18yo on aderol.
     
  11. JGads

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    Correct on the Prestige. I will admit to feeling a bit curious lately about the redheaded Graphene Prestige MP, with people speaking of its lesser static weight but more polarized balance, which apparently helps it come through the zone a bit more whippy and also puts a better wallop on the ball. But overall, I am simply missing my batch of pro stock Radicals that remain in California and will be sent over to me when I get back to New York. Seeing Zeus again could be a cathartic experience. I will try to find a beach somewhere where we can run to each other like reuniting lovers in a horrible film.

    And you gents were right about European stores having random old frames laying about. I was on a jog yesterday and noticed what looked like a tennis shop at the bottom of some soccer stadium or something. Upon closer inspection, I saw the name, and realized it was the second shop in Warsaw that Monsieur Pepka had recommended to me. So I ceased my stupid jog and entered the shop, a sweaty American mess. They looked at me like I was an interesting terrorist. I had a look around, and here again was another fantastic shop, though a bit more expensive than the other. And when I passed the Yonex section, I noticed that they had one of my favorite Yonex frames of all time, the RQIS Tour XL 95, a rather ugly but sweet hitting purple-yellow beast. It was being sold at barely below newest-release price. Granted this was a new frame, but still, surely it's been hanging on that metal peg for what, four or five years now. This shop is, as I said, literally a short jog away from where I am staying. This is both stellar and troublesome.

    In other news, I just returned home from an ancient, beautiful cafe, where two weeks ago I met a hero of mine, a famous Polish author whom I not long ago discovered the works of, by chance, and was then told by the grandmother that long ago, he was known to go to this same cafe every day at the same time. And so I went one day, just to see, and amazingly, in he walked. Now an extremely old man, balding and bowlegged. But shaking his cold hand was one of the great thrills of my life. Also at this cafe, there works a waitress who might be the most beautiful girl I have ever seen. So today I went, had a coffee and pretended not to stare at her. I may return tomorrow and attempt to speak to her a bit less like an idiot, though I don't know if it's possible.
     
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    so you're totally off the tfight 315?
     
  13. Power Player

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    Yeah, but ill never sell it. I love it.
     
  14. JGads

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    We have a developing Graphene type situation.
     
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    Embrace the Phene.

    -Fuji
     
  16. JGads

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    So. In the eyes of this beholder, the Graphene Prestige MP is a fantastic tennis racquet. The story goes like so:

    Feeling more Prestigey lately, and facing four hours of Sunday tennis -- two hours of casual doubles, then two hours of singles against a gent I met at the tournament last week -- I went to that dangerously-within-walking-distance tennis shop and procured the Graphene demo to compare it to my IG. Going in, I had done my homework, so I knew that this one wouldn't feel as nice as many Prestiges past, but that it would pack a bigger punch.

    Bingo.

    And, for me today, this was a ball. While still retaining its control-above-all form, the Graphene was both easier to swing and in fact punched much, much harder. The lighter static weight but better balance, with more juice at the top of the frame, jived very well with me, a guy who usually always prefers lead at 12 instead of 3/9, so there's something there with the way I swing.

    The feel? Well, look, I went in with low expectations, but I was pleasantly surprised, relieved. Yes, the IG feels better, softer. Yes, the Graphene feels more "modern," more sort of, how would I call it, "gummy." But I wouldn't describe it as being uncomfortable, or harsh. There was still some very nice flex in this stick, and while the feel was different, the pocketing was great, and especially noticeable when I removed the dampener, and I was pleasantly surprised that I actually much preferred the feel without the damp than with. Frame felt less numb, more alive. And funnily enough, it also then made more of a shotgun sound on ball contact when the damp was removed, adding placebo.

    Just to see, I switched over to the IG a couple of times today and immediately found myself wanting to go back to the G. It was just easier, punchier, the balance of the IG feeling much more 'off' each time.

    So, my experience with this was far better than many. More on the Fuji/Jolly side of the adventure than the VsBabolat side, with all due respect. And while I was definitely a level above my singles opponent, I played especially well and consistent in winning our sets 2, 0 and 1.

    A thought: I wonder if this frame played this well for me because it was a demo; homework also reveals that this stick may have a bit of a break-in period in terms of feel and such, that it settles in after a bit. This true, Fuji?

    Anyway, a fantastic day of tennis with a frame that at some point or another, hit every shot that I asked of it. Very impressed.
     
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    Very cool. Closed pattern fans love this frame. It seems like a better balanced Blade IMO. I like the PJ as well in person. Could be a winner for you.

    I hit with the new Pure Drive tour. It is a nice frame, but does not feel as solid or have the same amount of control as the Yonex. It does have a little more power, but does not swing as fast. Didn't make me want to pursue it further. Nice looking frame though, and definitely a boom stick. The yonex just has a unique fusion of power, control and spin that I can't really get enough of.

    Also realized why I like Polybreak so much - it plays amazing when its close to breaking. Strings up pretty crisp, but over time it just starts to feel amazing. Still not sure on which poly main I will stick with, but they all have played real well in this frame.
     
  18. JGads

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    I am so ready for the Australian Open and lost sleep.
     
  19. Fuji

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    I think so yeah. I hit with a couple that were fresh and they felt way harsher than the ones I've hit with for a month or so. I'm not 100% sure if it has to do with the CAPS settling in, or what exactly but this frame definitely ages well, and really needs to be hit with to improve.

    Funny you mention, I am selling a pair of GPMP's to Jolly. I didn't realize that I don't snap 18x20 quickly at all so having 4 frames isn't really needed anymore for this guy. Right now I'm using RIP Control and getting like 12-15 hours a bed, which is absolutely blowing my mind for durability. Just loving it. This frame is A+. I also recommend throwing a leather on if you're into that. I feel it makes the balance swing a bit better for a slightly heavier serve (IME of course.)

    -Fuji
     
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    I also tried the PDT today. I agree it's super nice, but I thought mine swung SO underspec. I thought for the most part I was playing with a regular pure drive. Doesn't really remind me of the Roddick all that much. Way better balance IMO. Most definitely a HUGE boom stick. I hit a couple serves today that were going past that 110MPH mark. Not a huge bump up from my normal serve, but I could feel the extra juice for sure above the head. Groundies struggled a bit, and volleys were not good. I don't think I've missed so many volleys in my life.

    Definitely am going to spend more time with it, but my elbow is already feeling it after just a 2 hour hit. It's deceptively stiff. I swear in the sweetspot it's as soft as a PT57A, but outside it's probably one of the stiffest frames I've ever hit with.

    -Fuji
     
  21. dnj30

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    After a lot of initial negative reviews, its looks like the cute redhead is starting to win people over.
     
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    Certainly did me. I don't want to give back my demo. Not a huge fan of redheads, though; if it were me I'd prefer a black cap.
     
  23. dnj30

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    you can use the older black caps from the previous models, just have to find them. I have one of my gpp's with the black caps. Does look good.
     
  24. JGads

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    Same spec, right? Would hope the grommet doesn't affect balance or anything in some weird way if you make the switch, but I'm guessing they're the same.
     
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    Well, my GPP with the original red caps is about 5 grams heavier than the one with the black ones. I don't know if thats because of the caps or if its just normal difference from one racket to another. I can't imagine the weight difference between the caps would be more than a gram or 2. Haven't actually weighed the caps separately. I matched the 2 sticks by adding lead in the yoke of the lighter one. SW and balance are very close to each other, tho. Playability wise they feel the same.
     
  26. Fuji

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    A lot of people here switched over to black. Weight difference is completely negligible IME.

    -Fuji
     
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    Procured Graphene Tales.

    Lost in the stomping grounds of Agassi at the moment, Vegas. Confused, hungover and bewildered by the sights.
     
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    Did you experience noticeable break-in period, difference as well?

    Klem, enjoy. Drink. Gamble. Goat.
     
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    Question for people who tried Graphene Prestige MP, is it a hollow feeling racket? I've heard its stiffer than the IG but does it have a solid feel?
     
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    Depends on what you're comparing to. Many people call it hollow feeling when compared to the previous prestiges. There is some merit to that description. Its lighter, and more polarized. So naturally it won't have that real solid feeling. On the other hand, people who haven't played the previous prestiges (or similar sticks) usually don't say it feels hollow or flimsy. For me, my results are better on the court, even tho it doesn't feel as solid.
     
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    Is it a foam filled handle? Starting to think that is the secret to a frame feeling solid to me (besides of course - weight).
     
  33. Fuji

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    The GPMP isn't foamy at all. I have a ton of tac in mine.

    -Fuji
     
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    Dude I used to live there in my teens. Still go back yearly. It's a great place. Confusion is the definition of Vegas haha!

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    Ahh yeah. The foam is what does it for me on the lighter frames. Can't go back now after yonex has spoiled me with it, and prior to that - many Wilson frames.

    Fill a Babolat handle with foam and I bet it gets rave reviews. It's why so many people love silicone in their handles. But I think the foam is probably lighter and it is really good at absorbing shock.
     
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    no foam. Maybe shoot some "great stuff" in the handle? Minimal weight, might dampen things a little. Irreversible, tho.
     
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    To me, it feels a tad more hollow/pingy than past Prestiges when hitting outside of the sweetspot, but not hollow compared to most frames. Just other Prestiges. Still feels a ton better than a Bab, and just sort of different than past Prestiges, but I didn't get the uncomfy vibes at all that I was expecting, except for one - just one - time when I hit near the edge and I felt a metallic kind of ping. It was the only time in four hours of play. Otherwise, when you hit the sweet spot, the pocketing for me was fantastic and I had excellent feel and feedback, could feel the work I was putting on the ball. Most importantly, for me, the frame flexed. I need a little flex to be happy, I'm finding, no matter what the ball contact actually feels like.
     
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    Had a 5 minute hit today with my friends Babolat Pure Drive Tour. The 320g frame that is blue in colour.

    On the TW reviews it was like his thing is hugely powerful.

    Well I found the complete opposite!

    Swapped back to my bludgeoning weapon the Gamma 98 t------ and the difference in speed I was getting was nothing short of freaky.

    If I had to describe the feel on contacting the ball with the Pure Drive Tour---- I would say muffled to very muffled.

    My friend described it the same and also commented it feels hollow.

    I actually played well with it in terms of shot execution--- just my shots were so weak in comparison with the Gamma.

    Also today had another hit of the Solinco Pro 10------ While I was getting a bit more pace than with the Babolat,my shots didn't have that super flattish penetrating trajectory that the Gamma provides----- just like with the Babolat my friend started to counter attack my shots!

    Finally settled on one frame for absolute certain.

    The Gamma 98 t with Yonex Poly Tour string at 50.

    Unbelievable flat power with control / spin.
     
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    The gamma T has a massive swing weight and static weight. Of course it will have more power. That's a given. Going from that to a Pure Drive Tour is going to be a very tough demo due to that weight differential.
     
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    Played with the GMP again, briefly, because I unfortunately snapped a main string midway through a first set. Until then, it was more of the same. Decisiveness. Solidity up top. Vroom vroom. Really nice balance. Fantastic shotgun sound. Until the string popped.

    Went to the IG and it was weird, much clumsier feeling by comparison, not nearly as fast through the zone, and weaker overall. The ball feel was great, yes, but everything else went to the redhead.
     
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    Happy holidays to all. Can't wait to get back to the east coast to do some hitting. After Vegas, did the 15 S to Laguna Beach to visit some family. We'll be DC bound by Sunday, west coast is great, the weather, etc. But something just clicks with me and the cities of the east.
     
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    Laguna's quite lovely. Vegas usually doesn't do it for me. Really weird mix of Americana, cigarette smoke and ways to lose money very very fast. Nothing feels real, just shiny. On the east coast, everything feels real. A little more authentic.

    I'm back to NYC on the 29th. First Polish Christmas today was charming, lovely, and I haven't been this full in awhile. And I got to play tennis in the morning, subbing in for my coach for one of his weekly matches and winning 3 and 4. A delightful Christmas, indeed.

    Happy Holidays, tennis brothers.
     
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    Had a 5-10 minute hit today with the Babolat Pure Strike Tour 98.

    This racquet feels a good bit heavier than the Babolat Pure Drive Tour I used yesterday.

    10g heavier at 320g unstrung.

    Whilst i was very disappointed with the power level of the Pure Drive Tour----this Babolat was heaven in comparison. Much more power!

    Did not play a set with it,just hitting balls but it felt awesome in my hand for starters.

    Control was the best I've experienced from any frame.

    Still did not quite have the bludgeoning power of my Gamma 98 t,but I have to admit it has serious power.

    Need to play a set first to get a better idea,but if your looking for a traditional frame with serious plow thru--- then I suggest you demo this frame.
     
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    Well I take back what I previously said about this racquet!

    After playing a set with it I have learned a lot more about it.

    Firstly the 65 rating of flex is a complete joke.

    75 no exaggeration is about right. This frame is seriously stiff.

    The tight 18 by 20 string bed results in little if any arc on the ball.

    Yes,it hits a mean flat hit with good pace.

    On the back foot it's really hard to get back into the points I found.

    The arc is so low,that I when I found myself behind the baseline or on the run out wide I had great difficulty lifting the ball over the net.

    I lost the set 5-7 to an opponent who averages less than a game a set off me----enough said!

    The Gamma 98 t with a genuine 62 flex and open string bed is heaven in comparison.
     
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    Update - I have strung the XI with a classic poly main - Pro Line II.

    Bounce off the string bed screams - more feel. Interested in how it translates on the court.

    Holicing is over for me. Not because the XI is amazing (it is), but because I am investing my fun $$ in crossfit. Joining the cult.etc. I want to be in elite shape in 3 months. Will buy one more XI soon and enter USTA flex season 1 with it as my war frame.
     
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    on what surface(s) are most USTA matches played? Hardcourt?
     
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    Most are hard courts but if you are playing a USTA league match, then it depends on what club the team you are playing claims as their home. We are fortunate to have numerous Har-Tru facilities here in Florida.
     
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    In my case I would describe it as unfortunate..lol. I prefer hard court. It's much more fun,since har-tru can be brutal if it's clumpy.

    Hardcourt is not as easy on the body though.
     
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    Crossfit is dope! Watch the knees. A couple of my buddies who have done it for a year+ have run into unexpected knee problems after continued training. It definitely works though! Have fun! :D

    -Fuji
     
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    Awesome and thanks. Yeah, the form has to be proper or things can go badly. Luckily I have years of weightlifting behind me so I have a good base for it.

    First night with Kbomb 2 and I am impressed. I had a lot of control and the tension only dropped 5 pounds. All 16 gauge - OGSM crosses. The feel and pocketing is excellent with this string. Lets see how it ages. It may be the best string match I have had so far for the xi98.
     

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