Diary of a Racketaholic

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

  1. JGads

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    Well done, Mr. Murray.

    I'm definitely still in the "two shots to get this in" mode on serve, because the serve is just so sloppy and the last thing to get right post surgery and layoff, but has been showing signs of coming back to me of late, MUCH more so than when I was in Poland and I was an absolutely Sharapovian, or Ivanovician mess.
     
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    ^ Sharapovian, I like it.

    I think the above is testament to the tennis check list (in no particular order)

    - Racquet and choice of strings ✔️
    - Comfortable and correct fit shoes ✔️
    - A non-day glo ensemble ✔️
    - Opponents at or above your own level ✔️✔️
     
  3. JGads

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    I'd go four checks on the ensemble.
     
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    man of science
     
  5. SpinToWin

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    Sweet Jesus, I had forgotten how awesome the PS 85 is on serve… Played the better half of a practice set with a fellow poster today (first time serving in months haha) and boy does the 85 serve huge… I am starting to contemplate whether I should use the racquet just on my service games :)
     
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    Which poster?
     
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    dominikk1985

    Was a fun hit, though I have played better. He has a mean lefty slice serve, I must say…
     
  8. JGads

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    A poly that feels crispy crunchy but is actually somehow very soft and safe for the arm: does it exist?

    Full Cyclone was much more comfy, but the feel was too vague and soft to bring me any happiness. Because it's comfy, and that's more important, I'll leave it in for a few more hits, but wondering what to do later on.
     
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    Hmmm... BHB7? Doesn't last though...
    WC Silverstring, Big Hitter Silver and Topspin Cyber Flash should be worth a look too.
     
  10. Pleb123

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    How about trying Head Hawk?
     
  11. JGads

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    What's the quick word on Hawk? What's it feel like? Will look up the reviews later, know nothing of it, other than it would be easily gettable locally vs ordering some string by mail, so that's a plus.

    Spin's recommendations of Big Hitter Silver and Silverstring are both solid - have tried those in the past and remember liking them, especially BHS, but it was a long, long time ago.
     
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    Just slap some ALu in the mains and use a stiffer multi in the crosses, like LiveWire. Superb combination. You still get that crunch and spin from the Alu, yet a nice softer response from the crosses.

    Much safer route, and lasts quite a bit longer than straight poly.
     
  13. Fuji

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    ALU/Sensation is pretty popular amongst some junior kids here. I string up a couple frames a week of it. I've hit with it. Not SUPER crunchy but still a nice playing bed. Might be worth a look.

    -Fuji
     
  14. klementine

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    ^good, cheap(er) option.

    Had a great hit tonight with the 3 same frames. The trimmed CAP'd, MgPresMid with leather, the POG100 and ezone xi98. However, right before I left the house, I figured I'd bump the SW of the xi98 to ~340, so I added 10gr @ 10&2 with 5' strips of some lead lovin'.

    The result was a frame right at 320g unstrung, 342 with strings, OG and rubber band, 4 pts HL balance and a swingweight that seemed to match the total static weight.

    I started out playing with it, and didn't put it down! Still light and whippy enough, but had a momentum about it reminiscent of much heavier sticks. I was really pleased with the results, although I did find that I had to be more deliberate with slices, as they tended to float a bit. Besides that, really no complaints. Gonna play around some more with it and see if it's just a one off 'hey, I remember this frame' or if there's something to this balance, static and swing weight combo.
     
  15. asifallasleep

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    Blade 93 one of the best racquets ever made. Once again i'm going back to it. Bye bye RF97 again. Cyclone 18g black @ 45 in my Blade 93 = perfection.
     
  16. Fuji

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    They're great frames. I just couldn't groove with them over more hits. Still have one brand new and one barely used. Biggest issue was the launch angle. Low tension solved it, but after it dropped tension I just couldn't jive. Wish I could have though, money paintjob for sure. Shoot me a message if you ever are looking for more.
    -Fuji
     
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    So friends! A new dawn is approaching; life without time on the court. Went and saw my doctor for another decision on my various injuries. Managing to keep this relatively short:

    - Strained lumbar in my lower spine are still not recovered from the injury last June. This is a supposed "serious issue."
    - Tendon in the wrist (right hand) are weak and worn; unsure as to complete diagnoses yet. Have to go to a specialist for another diagnosis.
    - Golf elbow has returned in full force. Related to strained shoulder which ties into lumbar. Lots of pulling going on.
    - Tendonitis in knees is healing but still present.

    All in all, it is not looking good. In the past 2 months I've hit maybe 8 times? The last month I could even consider "training" was November. Doctors have recommended extended time off with possibility of retirement. Interesting news here on the homefront but hope all is well with y'all.

    -Fuji
     
  18. asifallasleep

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    Low tension in a 93 inch 18 X 20 shouldn't create problems with a higher launch angle if your racquet head speed is sufficient along with a low to high swing path. Even with bigger frames and loose strings, you'd have to compensate by coming from even further below the ball to generate even more rpms which would make the ball dive into the court with spin. Sorry to hear about all your ailments, and possibly having to quit altogether.

    With the blade 93 IMO, you have to take healthy cuts at the ball. They're made for long strokes. It's really a great control frame with good plow!!!

    I actually have 3 blades which I think is sufficient. New ones can be had rather cheaply as it's been discontinued. If I were you, I'd hold on to it just to have it.
     
  19. JGads

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    Dang, Fuji. Take care of the body. Don't quit tennis, but take a break, sounds like the body definitely needs it. Can't speak to the other things, which sound even more serious, but I can tell you from personal experience that playing through knee tendonitis is a terrible idea. The body gets one chance to heal, I was once told, and when you fight through pain, the body basically gets a signal that, 'ok, this is normal, then,' and stops trying to heal itself and then something becomes chronic. Right now, it just sounds like you need to let your body heal up. See what kinds of things you can get away with - swimming, yoga - in the meantime to keep in shape, then when things are settled just make sure to come back the right way. Good luck, man. After the rough year I had not playing, I feel your pain.
     
  20. Fuji

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    Definitely. It's weird, I've been using PT280s At 40somethinglbs with syngut, no problems. Blade just didn't do it for me haha. I have pretty huge strokes though, never been an issue in the years I used the Prestige Mid or KPS88.

    -Fuji
     
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    Thanks bud!

    Definitely some good advice. The quitting definitely isn't high on the list, but if the body can't take it anymore I'll have to pursue some other options. It's pretty crazy that I've had doctors suggest quitting altogether. Obviously want to get some more opinions, but the back issue is such a huge one they are obviously just looking out for my own health long term.

    I feel like the arm issues can be worked through, but after almost a year of physio / chiro on the back and still being an issue the docs are a bit concerned.

    -Fuji
     
  22. mad dog1

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    don't forget that BHS didn't last long for you. i recall it went dead on you by the end of the 2nd hit. you did love it when it was fresh though.
     
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    Hawk is crispy crunchy but arm safe. Down side is that it does not have great feel.
     
  24. SpinToWin

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    Damn Fuji that sucks big time... Take it easy on your body... Wish you all the best and hope that you'll be able to hit the courts again...
     
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    Fuji, my man, you're like 30,000 miles past an oil change!
    Take a break and get better, sounds like a lot of wear and tear with little recovery time.
     
  26. JGads

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    Oh Riiight. Now I remember. Darn.
     
  27. Fuji

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    Haha! Thanks for the well wishes.

    So true man. The last time I took an extended break was maybe 3-4 years ago now? I think the longest break before this was at most a month.

    -Fuji
     
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    Thanks Spin!

    -Fuji
     
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    Perhaps Head Sonic Pro Edge is worth a try?
     
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    Fuji I hope you get better soon. Doesn't sound good - you need to rest and spend some time playing some bass :)
     
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    Good luck!

    I too have:
    - A displaced disc in my back (old basketball injury) and need to do exercises for the core (planks, pushups, crunches) that help keep it at bay. Plus a chest expander.

    - Tendonitis.
    For this one I'd also suggest:
    1. Glucosamine, omega 3, vitamin D, small aspirins
    2. Going to the beach (at least each second year).
     
  32. bad_call

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    hit with an open pattern wilson and prince. prince had HUGE sweetspot and wilson a feather weight spin monster. easy to see why some might like...but chews through strings rather quickly. fun sticks nonetheless.

    btw - any recommendations for 18g poly?
     
  33. Fuji

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    Cyclone 18 was super rad. Died quick but the first hit was money IMO.

    -Fuji
     
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    Sorry to hear that Fuji. I know I would be devastated if I couldn't play tennis, but I'm sure I would find another fun hobby to dive into. I hope you can make it back somehow and get back on the courts. A little time off and R&R might allow u to play some more in the future. Tough now, but worth it in the long run. Good luck!
     
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    i haven't found any 18g poly that lasts very long. either it snaps in a few hours or it loses elasticity and stops snapping back after a couple of hours.
     
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    Fudge, unlike lizards that have regenerative abilities, the human body doesn't. rest up. you only get one body. once it's wrecked, your life becomes a living hell.
     
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    What do you mean by 18 gauge in mm (as you understand it)? Because some manufacturers call 18 gauge what others call their 17L gauge…
     
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    When I tried Head Hawk it was in 18g and it was truly awesome!
     
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    Solinco Tour Bite and Luxilon BB Ace for crisp and Kirscbaum Pro Line II for soft are the best 18g polys that I have found that are great and last a while.
     
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    The orthopaedic surgeon I saw yesterday used the same analogy to describe my knee. Once he had manipulated it with an accompanying crunch he declared that I was like an old car (I'm 40). You can give it a service (ie surgery) but its still an old car! Charming. Early signs of arthritis was his diagnosis so I guess my tennis playing days are numbered.
     
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    Don't forget about doubles. I have gone down a similar path with injury and age. I mostly play doubles these days and only the occassional short singles match and have been able to keep up my passsion to play. I see lots of men and women in the 70+ age bracket continuing to play at the various clubs I've visited for my weekly doubles competition.
     
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    I play almost exclusively doubles already! Each time I play singles the knee let's me know about it. Play wearing a brace but it still hurts afterwards. Price I have to pay for playing rugby in my youth and getting injured. Hoping that surgery may give me a new lease of life.
     
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    Sorry to hear. Do you play on a softer surface such as clay or grass? Hard court play for myself and my friends is now very limited and this helps a lot.
     
  44. JGads

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    So I've played a couple more times, including today at the National Tennis Center again. Man that place is so cool. Just the perfect surface, background and vibe. The viewing gallery up above is particularly great when there are good players around. Today I caught the St. John's University team practicing for a bit, and on my way out I passed Christina McHale chatting with someone on a couch, either before or after her practice session, I suppose.

    Frame wise, I had an interesting blast from the past today, a dabble with the BC20, as I just received one of the 20s I sent to Corners long ago to try (coincidentally he's about to try the other 20 for the first time next week; hasn't been able to hit at all this winter)

    Immediate recall: just so much fun off the ground, but I just can't bloody serve with the thing.

    Also tried my hitting partner's new Blade 98 briefly, and, meh, it wasn't bad but more like a neutered version of the Graphene Prestige. Better feel than the previous version, but also kind of dead/vague/hollow feeling towards the top of the hoop, which is a small surprise because I always remembered Blades feeling otherwise, having a lot of pop at the top. Certainly my old KBlade did. Greatly prefer the much punchier Prestige ... but. My shoulder continues to feel a little 'off' in the hours after I hit with it. I may have to just relent and go full synthetic gut to be on the safer side, or a hybrid at the very least.
     
  45. Fuji

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    Embrace the syngut. It is magical to play with something so simple. ;)

    -Fuji
     
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    I used to be fine with it. I used to be just fine with a KBlade 98 strung up with Wilson NXT that I only had to change out soon as it snapped, easy enough, simple life. And then I discovered Talk Tennis, polyester beds, endless options, and haven't been the same since. It's not unlike society's discovery of the "smart" phone.
     
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    Wise words from a wise man.

    Sometimes a bit more of a caveperson approach is good to tennis. Play simple, hit things hard. ;)

    -Fuji
     
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    Grass in the summer, hard in the winter.
     
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    I envy you. We only have clay around here in summer… :(
     
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    Could be worse: HC all year round.

    I just bought an used graphene prestige mp. The next three days are going to be very long.
     

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