Diary of a Racketaholic

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  1. Power Player

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    Gut has captured my heart. This is effortless tennis with feel and loud cracking shotgun sounds. I think this is the best Head frame I have ever used personally and I owned some pretty sweet Head frames over the years, my favorite being the Graphite Master and the PC600.

    There is a simple joy and feel to hitting with gut, whereas poly is just a soul less and heartless string IMO. I still appreciate poly of course; it just always felt like dancing with the devil.
     
  2. YesTennis

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    Do you use string savers with gut(I don't have a great deal of experience with gut)? They showed a close-up shot of Federer's racquet on a change over at Indian Wells, and noticed he had string savers with his Gut/Alu Rough set-up. With him changing racquets so often(every ball change), I was surprised that he would use string savers. Are they worth using for a 3.5-4.0 rec player?
     
  3. Fuji

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    I use string savers if I'm traveling / don't have access to a stringer for tournaments. This is with full multi / syn gut. I haven't ever used them in a poly or poly hybrid.

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  4. Power Player

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    Yeah I'd only use them in an emergency. I personally do not like them.
     
  5. JGads

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    In the Graphene the gut hybrid is all kinds of perfect. In my softer sticks I'm finding the setup a little tougher to pin down exactly, but we're working on it.

    Indian Wells wise, yesterday after the mens semis and the women's and men's doubles finals (man can Jack Sock whip a forehand - and I really mean 'whip'; his wrist action seems insane), I was walking out to my car and I noticed the shotgun sounds of tennis balls still popping from afar. So I followed them out to the practice courts, and found a 'college tennis invitational' event going on, this a match between BYU and Tulsa (random schools to find in SoCal, but whaddayagonnado)... Jumped around watching a few of these matches and I have to say, it was so entertaining. Makes me want to check out some more college tennis. There was a ton of energy, barking, raw emotion coming out of these young kids as they fought as a team. And the fact that they called their own lines (with a chair umpire there to rule on a ball when necessary) added so much fire. I saw a guy named Shawn on BYU absolutely hose the other guy with a couple of 'out' calls on balls that hit the sidelines but the umpire didn't overrule because he was on the other side of the court.

    Quirky rules, too. They play lets, so seeing a game end on a let ace, where the ball just plops over the net, is kind of insane. But it's also kind of fun when service lets are then put into play and the point begins. No Ad scoring, just a "deciding point," and when a guy is charged with 'racquet abuse' one one court, they transfer a point penalty onto one of his teammates in another match, so at one point I was watching a match and they informed the BYU kid that he would have to start off his next service game at 0-15 because of a teammate's abuse penalty on another court.

    All of this was kind of nuts, but kind of fun. And these kids can hit. [EDIT: some of them could hit. Some of them were total pushers, just really good at it].. I may check out some more college tennis.
     
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  6. Fuji

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    Gads, have you ever played no-let? In a lot of my leagues there is the no-let rule (for similar reasons to the NCAA) so it can be a ton of fun. I love playing that way, and I wish that was the standard rule in tennis.

    -Fuji
     
  7. JGads

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    Never, and this was my first time seeing it. It'd be fun to try it sometime, but 'fun' probably ends up on the side of whomever the ball bounces well for more. Merely watching it is quite entertaining, though.
     
  8. Power Player

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    College tennis is highly entertaining to me. I watch it a lot. I like seeing the different levels of play and the matches are happening simultaneously so you can just ADD out a little bit.
     
  9. Fuji

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    For me personally, I just like that it keeps the game moving. Especially in winter when court times are scarce, any way to make my court time more efficient are fine by me!

    Definitely entertaining though. One rule we have in doubles leagues, is that if it's a "let" either partner can return the serve. Makes for some extremely fun points!

    -Fuji
     
  10. GL44

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    Quality post, Broly. Really enjoyed reading it. Forgive my noobness... but what's Yoko?
     
  11. Fuji

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    technifibre t-fight 315

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  12. GL44

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    That's what I thought. Man, I love that racquet. Just recently started hitting with mine again... really forgot what I was missing.
     
  13. JGads

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    Aha. Wow. That 'winter court time' thing makes total sense with this no-let rule. I had several issues in NYC this winter where we had to halt at 4-4, 5-3 or something like that because of time. I may try this out one of these days with a partner that's game for it.
     
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    Great thread guys, hours of enjoyable reading and I appreciate your take on the different racquets you pick up!

    Just a quick one, why did you stop playing with the PS95? When I was reading this thread a few months ago you were saying how well you were playing with it and finding it hard to lose, why the switch?

    Cheers.
     
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    He discovered the red headed GOAT stick that they call prestige...
     
  16. Power Player

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    Yeah I actually won a lot of matches with it and still have 2. I just wanted to go away from old school frames to more of a players tweener, since the Ps95 takes some serious energy to use.

    The Prestige has the same level of precision, so I really only gained with it. The thing about playing tennis down here in Florida is that frames that rule in October can be rather demanding in July. So I wanted something that I could play with a high level at in 100 degree heat.
     
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    Gads, when you had **** bio-mod your Yoko, did you switch out the pallet shape or just had it extended? I'm on the **** page right now doing some daydreaming at the office :)
     
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    I know you were using the VCore Xi 98. I'm demoing it and I personally love the frame. Thinking about buying a bunch for the summer season, but I don't know if I have enough experience (just 6 sets and serving practice) with it yet to find glaring weaknesses. What did you not like about the racquet that made you switch?
     
  19. Power Player

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    Hmm..nothing really besides the stock weighting, which is a little tricky to mod since the SW is very low. I love this racquet a lot. The reason I prefer the Prestige is the ball feel is on another level and it is incredibly accurate.

    My favorite frames that I use the most are classic control ones - Dunlop 200, Tec 315..I was looking for something in that vein, just more modern with some free power. The Graphene just knocks it out of the park in that aspect.
     
  20. JGads

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    Just had it extended. Slight chance I had them switch to a 2.5 Head grip shape instead of a 3 (they do half sizes) but I think I just left it at 3, if I remember correctly. FYI, meant to email you this but shipment time given to me was 10-16 days from Friday (but usps often overestimates, so it could come much earlier). They couldn't offer international tracking on that particular box for whatever reasons but I have the receipt in case anything gets wonky. Shoot me an email when my old pals officially have their Canadian citizenships.
     
  21. GioV

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    I see, so feel and control are better with the Prestige.

    The weird part is, I never tried the Xi 98 because the specs weren't ideal for me, but I really like it stock. I like trying to pummel the ball with the racquet. It's a whole lot of fun. But yes, the feel is pretty dampened, even compared to my 95Ds which are pretty dampened to begin with.. I wonder if this will be an issue later on.

    My local tennis shop has a free demo program and the Prestige MP has been out for a while now. When they get it back, I'll try to see what you mean.
     
  22. Broly4

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    Thanks buddy, Yoko is what Fuji said, and potential cure of racquetaholism.
     
  23. Power Player

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    Yes, pummeling the ball is fun with the yonex, but I don't win playing that way as much unfortunately . I have really relaxed my swing with the gut in the prestige and am able to consistently hit heavy, medium speed balls over and over and then take a crack one when I get the opportunity. For me, it really helps me get my strokes match tough. With the yonex, it is real light, so I'm doing just what you describe, and that can result in more UE's then I would prefer.
     
  24. GioV

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    Great point. You put it much better than my coach who is convincing me to take off a little bit and add more net clearance to my ground strokes.

    I'm a streaky player who likes to play short fast points with my patterns. But when I'm off, you described my game... Too many UEs. Maybe it's not a good idea to make this my main racquet if it would tempt me to play inconsistent tennis. Maybe just one for the bag to bring out for fun or when I'm feeling it.
     
  25. Power Player

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    Don't get me wrong, you can play consistent with the yonex, but for me, the eye opener in match play was the prestige with gut/poly. That setup just clicked with me perfectly. It gave me my ball feel and confidence back, and now I'm just fine tuning everything and balancing match play while ramping up Crossfit workouts. Not easy, but I think 3 months from now I will be in great shape and match tough as well.
     
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    I think that a size 2-2.5 for a Head pallet would be perfect for me. For some reason I can't gel with the traditional Head grip shape in 4 3/8's which is my natural grip size.

    I'll let you know when the Yokos arrive. I have a feeling they'll hate it here, it's -14 today and it's @#$ing spring already officially.

    As for their Canadian citizenship, since they're originally from France, they'll fastrack that process for them here in Quebec, they just have to swear allegiance to the giant potato covered in gravy and cheese that rules these frigid lands with an iron fist :)
     
  27. GL44

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    Yes, it is. I just started to hit with mine a few days ago, and am immediately pondering switching back to it. Such a wonderful racquet. Precise, with a soft, fantastic feel.
     
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    beware the string change honeymoon!!! :)
     
  29. Power Player

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    Ive used it before - Im good.
     
  30. wilson.samuelt

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    Currently I am not a racketaholic as I have only used 2 racquets over the course of 12+ years but now that I have joined the ranks of this forum, I am destined to build up a collection. Thanks for nothing
     
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    Another victim :)
     
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  33. SeeKayYu

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    My biggest complaint with the Xi 98 (mirroed by several others on these forums) is the lack of control on flat serves. I played with one for over a month and just couldn't seem to dial them in for whatever reason. I suspect that the isometric shape pushed up the sweet spot just enough that it would throw off the final trajectory even with good follow-through. I hit excellent groundies with it but ended up selling it, sadly.

    On the other hand I'm excited for the new Vcore Tour F 93/97 that is coming out. The specs are so close to the Xi 98 that I'm hoping it will feel like a similar racquet, sans extra "oomph" on the serve. That would be my dream racquet.
     
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    I'll keep that in mind. Right now with the Xi 98, I can hit my spots with my flat serve. I actually like the easy power it has. I haven't dialed in my spin serves with it yet. Sadly, I have to return my demo tomorrow, but right now, I'm leaning towards buying one just to play with it some more, especially when price drops soon.

    I am eagerly awaiting the Tour F as well, looking to try the 97 310 version.
     
  35. JGads

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    Dear Diary,

    God I love tennis.
     
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    I noticed all of the new TFights have low/midrange swing weights. That seems curious, especially on the heavier 325 model. They all could be modified just like the Ltd I suppose, but I wouldn't necessarily want to make a 12+ oz racquet heavier. I wonder why they chose to go that route on every stick. I'd love to try a couple of them out to satisfy the 'holic in me.

    Not that I put any stock in the new technology, but the description of Dynacore sounds basically the same as the Innegra that HEAD once promoted.

    I am actually more interested/impressed with the minor technological updates from Tecnifibre. The eyelets on the tie-off grommets seems like an idea that would work to me. And, the beefed up bumper guard in high wear areas for more protection of the frame. Not life altering, but both seem like good, simple ideas that would improve the end product. I think I like the previous graphics better, although there isn't enough of a change to care. I do love the red and black.
     
  37. el sergento

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    At age 80, a reporter asked Winston Churchill, still in excellent health, what the secret to his longevity was. His famous answer: NO SPORT

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    3 out of 5 guys from my club that played in the same league this winter, including myself, are in physiotherapy: 2 for shoulders, one for the knee. I'm actually in physio for both. We should all just quit tennis and start regularly smoking cigars and drinking whiskey.
     
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    Churchill is/was a fascinating guy. As historical figures go, he seems like one of those 'larger-than-life' guys. Great quotes. Seems to have been one of those situations of the perfect man for the the events he lead Britain through. Not terribly unlike Honest Abe during the American Civil War.

    And, thus concludes ye history commentary.:)
     
  39. JGads

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    Sure, but I'll take that story and raise you an an 87-year-old man I was introduced to the other day, who was goating on a ball machine, and grinning.
     
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    Have lost count of the number of tour player specs racquets that I have tested.

    But now I believe I've found the mother of all sledgehammer frames!


    Solinco Pro 10 ----- have added another thin under grip to the frame as it does not come with max grip size.

    Added two strips of lead,totalling around 6g to the top of the frame---- from 3 o'clock to 9 o'clock.

    Total weight is approx 375g with around a 5 point HL balance point.

    I got this frame a year ago but dismissed it for some reason.

    Anyway,it plays absolutely massive!

    Great for counter attacking and for returning powerful first serves.

    The reviews reckon its quite stiff but if you use a worm dampener and a loose tension around 45 pounds it feels quite soft and flexible.

    The Gamma 98t was previously the most powerful frame I've ever tried.

    This Solinco frame has more power by some!
     
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    Heys guys, do those big grommets on the grapheme extreme pro make it feel like a V1? Soft and gummy?
     
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    I know it is spring when FedK's annual lust for the Extreme Pro kicks into high gear.
     
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    Gold, Jerry. Gold.
     
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    For the past year I switch off between Vcore 89 and customized 325g V1 classic.

    I used to love the extreme pro. Now they put V1 grommets in AND switch to S pallets?

    I'm intrigued. Excited. Hopeful.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Finally got my tax refund...think I'll try to find a couple of decent bargains to appease the 'holic in me.

    Thinking about picking up the Rebel 98 ESP for $99, since I have wanted to try the Tour 98 ESP since it came out. Same specs, different graphics and half the price. Hard to pass on that.
     
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    I just stumbled across this little tidbit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycNwimyKx2o

    Specs look nice. Apparently named "best hidden gem" by Tennis magazine. Not exactly a divine endorsement but interesting...
     
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    FedK, I've been hitting the the G-Extreme Pro for the last couple hits / coaching. It's a dope frame, however I personally didn't find that it had a V1 gummyness. Still a bacon-crisp frame.

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    Can you confirm that they changed the grip shape to a speed pallet? Do you feel they have improved on previous extremes or is it more of the same?
     
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    Confirmed. I bought two. Good stable frames. Stiff though, even the lite version with RA 63.
     
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    I'm pretty sure that it's switched to a speed pallet. I believe when I changed grips it even had "S" written on the pallet.

    Improved? Really depends compared to the IG 2.0. I felt the 2.0 had a really soft feel for a tweener, and could hit an absolutely ridiculous ball. It felt like the 2.0 had a larger spin window (im not sure if they are exactly the same mould in the head, but for some reason the 2.0 felt "wider" to me.) However, the graphene definitely has more free pop to me. It's like the 2.0's MMA older brother. Not as soft or consistent off the bed, but holy man does it pack a huge punch. I prefer the Graphene myself for the sheer fact I get easier depth and more pop, however I will admit it is a bit harsh, even with syn gut in the crosses. The 2.0 was a lot arm friendlier to my arm at least.

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