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

  1. dnj30

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    How do you have a 16x19 mp?
     
  2. aimr75

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    Gads, I may be interested in the Graph if you still have it
     
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    They are pro stock frames. I posted pics earlier in this thread.
     
  4. JGads

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    I've got it, but the shipping to Australia worries me, cost wise. Can email me and we can figure out if it's worth it?
     
  5. dnj30

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    Ok, didn't see previous post.
     
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    The Tfights are essentially Prestige/Radical molds. Making them an excellent alternative to pricey pro stocks.
     
  7. el sergento

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    It's the old balsa wood trick that you can find discussed here. Essentially, the pallet extends from the hairpin, and they fill the gap with super light balsa wood and some glue. Very easy mod with a pallet system frame.
     
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    The following is blasphemy and I'm sorry in advance :

    Even though it is rather difficult, demanding and can be exhausting, I am starting to prefer crossfit to tennis.
    The results I am seeing after 3 months are incredible, and I feel like I am pushing myself physically in a good way.

    It does translate to the court - I am becoming a much more patient player. I can handle 20 ball rallies with a lot less effort now.I don't care about hitting winners as much and play a lot more patient because I have the extra gas.

    But yeah...really digging the fitness thing a lot.
     
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    No worries, sent you an email.
     
  10. corners

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    ****ing cult. They got Power Player too.

    Conditioning is to improve your game, not an end in itself. Dead end trap.
     
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    Yes, good call. I played the 16x19 Ltd for a short while back when they came out – two years ago, I think? I still have them, but overall I tend to prefer slightly stiffer sticks such as the GPMP (my pro stocks have the same stiffness rating as the retail – 69 RA unstrung/unmodified as far as I know) or even the Pure Drive. To be totally honest I mostly just play the Pure Drive these days. It's such a good racket, especially on clay.
     
  12. Power Player

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    I like being in shape. I have a feeling you are not. That's ok, but try and be grown up about it.

    Maybe adding some length to your frames and wearing a wristband is a better idea for you as a magic fix. I prefer to put real work in.
     
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    been sidelined with non tennis related injury. few more weeks then back on the courts shaking the rust off. long term work projects getting in the way of racking up ATP points...lol.
     
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    whut lol. Dude a lot of people enjoy working out for the fact of working out... it is an entire sport... AKA body building

    -Fuji
     
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    And of course for the ladies... Ahem

    ;)
     
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    Just don't get hurt doing all those dangerous exercises.
     
  17. Power Player

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    Yeah, I don't even get that. Dude is going off the rails lately.

    Definitely a plus.

    Yes, like pushups and pull-ups? It may be better if I just stay on my coach and poast a lot..lol.

    Anyway, I wind down tennis a little every summer. Just because the heat and humidity can be rather obnoxious and there are tons of rainouts. Ive always done this, so it is nothing new. I still play, just not as often. It's a nice way to keep things fresh.

    Last summer I was using the yonex tour g 330. It was really fun, but Ive really stopped focusing on frames for months now. I think what got me to this point was the gut poly combo. I really love it - especially in the prestige.
     
  18. JGads

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    Madrid ball girls.
     
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    Madrid ball girls are a bit too young to be selected solely for their good looks. Given the bottom half of the stadium is for the temporarily idle rich it doesn't say much about the event's integrity.
     
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    they're trying to be a more successful tourney with that cheap sexist crap.
     
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    I don't really know why it is considered sexist to have girls who willingly would like to participate be ball girls. There are cheerleaders in every sport and ring girls in boxing. None of them are forced to do any of this. In fact, the camera time can help further their careers. What exactly is sexist about a model using her looks to further her career? That is what the entire industry is based on.

    Maybe it has changed, but I thought some of these tourneys used models. Bart is thinking they may be companions for the elite. Either way, Im intrigued now and will have to check this out. lol.
     
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    this whole world you refer to is still too sexist imo.
    most of these women grow into deceiving themselves this is what they're worth, so ofcourse they are happy to be a model or a cheerleader.
    and i bet they cherry pick these ball girlz in Madrid far more carefully than in most events.
    you might think it's a nice "eye candy", what's the harm?
    but hey, you're a male, so..
     
  23. JGads

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    You guys must be fun to hang out with at parties.
     
  24. Power Player

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    LOL. Exactly.
     
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    i'm far too old to care about this nonsense...
     
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    Guys, can we stop fighting and just agree that, from time to time, it's fun to watch girls play with balls, please, a bit of decorum.
     
  27. el sergento

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    Friend of mine is moving back to Europe so he gave me all his unwanted tennis stock to lighten the move: 2 LM Rad MP's and a reel of some Kirschbaum string.

    So, naturally, I laced up an LM Rad with a nice multi, put 5 grams at 3&9, and 25 grams in the handle.

    Took it to the court yesterday thinking I would put it down right away..........Well, I kept it the entire session! On of, if not the biggest boom stick I've ever used. Absolutely crushing forehands!

    .............. Hermaphro-yoko has some competition again :)
     
  28. JGads

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    You get the weighting right on a good, soft-feeling Radical, and you have all you need. That should be a good fight.
     
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    +1...speaking of the radical, i still haven't gotten around to modding the MG Rad of mine. :)
     
  30. smirker

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    LM Rad is a great frame. 25g is a lot. Silicone or less permanent? Tried lead in the head but didn't really like it. Might try tail weighting though.
     
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    lol..................
     
  32. JGads

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    Spring forward.
     
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    Just be careful with the kipping pull ups (I tore a labrum that way), benching (tore a rotator cuff that way), and obviously squats. Not sure how old you are, but I was huge into oly lifting and starting strength stuff for several years, and while my form was good, my ligaments / tendons at 30+ degraded quickly. Years of hoops and volleyball certainly didn't help, but just keep it in the back of your head.

    The most dangerous part is that it's super enjoyable and addictive when you start seeing results - and that makes it particularly easy to overdo.
     
  34. JGads

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    Some Graphene is headed to Australia. Please nobody alert the authorities.
     
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    Yes, well, choosing attractive young girls as ball girls before an audience of wealthy middle aged men is borderline perverse.

    Their consent or otherwise to their 'exhibition' does not immunise the practice from criticism.

    I would prefer if they stuck to paid professional and beautiful adult female models, so you see I am fun to hang out with at parties.


     
  36. dnj30

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    I hope the dogs don't sniff it out at customs.
     
  37. el sergento

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    Highly recommended
     
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    Look forward to its arrival :)
     
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    Good points. I don't kip that much and we rarely bench. The funny thing is my chest is stronger then when I was benching.

    It really is addictive when you start to see results. It takes about 3 months. The first couple you definitely question if it's for you now and then. At least I did. But then suddenly everything clicks in and you are off.

    Interested in how this pays off. Ill do USTA again after the summer. I should be in really good shape by then.

    Speaking of good shape - this Babolat Tonic lasts forever. It's insane.
     
  40. Power Player

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    I think you will like this one. Feel is not like the Tecs, but the setup of the frame is just awesome. And the PJ is rather impressive. I don't mind if they tweak the frame a little for the next release, but I hope they keep the polarized weighting - it really makes the Prestige more of an offensive weapon.
     
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    Real men play in the summer...at noon.
     
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    Only if they can follow that up with a nice party binge downtown until 3am.
     
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    See, there is your problem!
     
  44. JGads

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    Frame is also strung with the PP-inspired tonic/Silverstring setup that is absolutely gold for that frame.
     
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    Married guy versus single guy perspective in effect here.

    Oh man..yes. That is THE setup. Interested in how this goes.
     
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    That string combo sounds great. USPS can sometimes take 2 weeks, so have to be patient
     
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    Long time ago but thanks for all the help those of you who recommended some of the Prince frames as well as ProKennex... She's definitely not powerful enough anymore to hit a MG Rad MP, but from what we've tried she still likes the more traditionally balanced frames that are heavier and more HL. I think we are going to try the Textreme 100T as well as the Blade 104 (this is I think what she will like).

    I have another question for you guys regarding a few of my K90s that I've brought back out... I seem to have two of them that are almost exactly matched in weight, but are far off in balance. Right now, I have strung both of them with VS Touch 16 in the mains, with one of them having Revolve 16g and one of them having SPPP 17L (1.18mm) in the crosses. Both weigh 370g +/- 2g because of scale error with overgrip... The one with SPPP is balanced at 30.5cm, and the one with Revolve is balanced at 32.5cm, a full 2cm of difference which was immediately apparent when I held both of them side by side. Is it possible that just the different gauge in strings that's giving me that difference? I mean, ideally I should have measured these without strings first, but since I string them in a rotating fashion (with different crosses for gut, and sometimes full beds of other string), I've never had them both unstrung... And it's not exactly an option for me to cut out gut now just to get these measurements...

    What do you guys think? Possible it's the heavier strings? From now on, I won't restring either, wait to break both, and then match them.
     
  50. el sergento

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    No, the strings won't make that big of a difference, especially not to account for 2 cm of balance. That's a huge difference in the weight distribution, and the more head heavy one probably has a significantly higher swing weight too.

    Given the similar weights but dramatically different balance points, there's almost no way of matching those sticks unless you're willing to turn both of them into 400+ gram monsters.

    In other words, welcome to Wilson's legendary quality control.
     

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