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

  1. FluidTennis

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    @Mateo. How did the Babolat APD 2013 compare with the Yonex Ai 98? I'm interested in your feedback because I'm looking to move from Blade 2015 18x20 to the Yonex Ai 98 because I'm finding it hard to adjust to the Blade swingweight and balance with many of my balls landing short.
     
  2. DJTaurus

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    Just drop the tension at 23 kg on your blade and try a poly like poly your pro or Alu power 16L or 4G at 1.25. You will miss blades feel and surgical precision if you move to those 2 sticks you mention..... And you will certainly have control issues too. Your balls will sail away most of the times.
     
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    Well, my opinion is that Yonex is better racket. It is very soft with great control and nice spin (less than APD but its ok). Power level is lower than APD but higher than Prestige or Blade. It is easier to play with Yonex than Blade or prestige, control is better with blade, but yonex is not far away.

    APD from my POV is more forgiving than yonex, bigger head size, easier power, but if I had to choose no 2 it would be AI 98 all the way. I would also try AI 100 but I didn't have the opportunity.

    Also, Yonex is better at net, feeling for the ball, it is more connected, maybe muted, but for me better than APD. Also I have found that with APD spin on the ball is must have, I have tried flat forehand few times and it was like biting hand if or not would be in.....but this Saturday was 30 Celsius with sun in my forehead and I was playing great in this conditions for 2 hours. I was not so tired with APD like with yonex. With yonex third set of the game was really torture but that was my issue with stamina and overall condition that is lacking, framing the ball and slowing down my service.....with APD I was still in the game.....and that is why I have choose APD over Yonex but as I have said biggest issue with Yonex is my lack of playtime.

    As play testers said Yonex is really between Blade and Aero and I totally agree with that.

    If you want something little easier than blade, with little more power, Yonex all the way.....

    If you want to be lazy and conserving your body power in hot summer days, than APD would be more/very helpful in that department.
     
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    try yonex, if you have too much power, you could also string it higher (25 kg), and you will get deader feel with better control.
     
  5. JackB1

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    The Ai98 is very different from the APD. The APD is much easier to use and has lots more power. If your balls are landing short with the Blade, the Ai98 won't fix that since they are similar power levels. If you want a Yonex, I would suggest the Ai100 instead alond with the APD.
     
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    I would say that yonex is in between blade and aero, and more on blade side regarding power level....definitely has more power than prestige...mine was strung at 23 kg and if you have full stroke it will be enough power
     
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  7. mikeler

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    Yes, I want to go out on top.
     
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  8. Fuji

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    Retirement is great. 10/10 would recommend. ;)

    P.S. Congrats on the Guru!!!

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  9. spinovic

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    Hello fellow 'holics. How has the summer been treating you?
     
  10. Power Player

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    Hi there

    Me :
    Super hot, rained a ton, barely got to play, switched to the Extreme Pro and got better even in limited play. Did way more Crossfit since I knew the weather would ruin tennis and it made more difference than any racquet I have used. Add the user friendly EP to the mix and I'm feeling pretty good about my game.
     
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    league doubles has been awful, everything else pretty good. about to put up quite a few stiff racquets on the auction site and go to the softest combo possible. feel like i'm fighting a losing battle against poly. she's like a bad girlfriend ... so much i like about her, but the tradeoffs are getting to be too much. tired of this arm hangover. every other string is a little too powerful though, won't let me swing out and take full cuts at the ball.

    my racquetholic and stringaholic ways are catching up with me, more of a liability than an asset. hello my name is n8, and im a racquetholic.
     
  12. Power Player

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    Its so boring but I just use Cyclone 17 at 48#s and $89 Extremes and love it.
     
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    the Volkl polys are my favorite. Cyclone, VStar, V-torque, all make it so easy to hit a spinny ball and have great feel. Just wish I hadn't found out how fast they're losing tension. ignorance was bliss ...

    And I've spent way too much looking for the holy grail of racquets. you don't NEED any more than last year's (or 5 years' ago) racquet at $89.
     
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    +1...much love for 17g Cyclone, V-Torque and i'd also add V-Pro to the list. Cyclone works well for me until it's almost broken - halfway notched and crosses so thin they're almost ready to snap. Same thing applies to V-Pro. V-Torque is a odd one in that it shreds in the crosses like a poly version of a multi so it's not as durable.

    regarding holy grail of racquets? it doesn't exist. i just settled on my Pure Storm GTs tail weight and have been using them for over a year now. although i just did break out my PT280 recently to use as a training tool. the PT280 tells me very quickly if i'm transferring my weight into the court and extending into and through the ball on groundstrokes so i like to use it out when i warm up.

    however, when i want to DICTATE and WIN the warm ups, i pull out my APDo! ;) :D
     
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  15. JGads

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    Greetings, esteemed gentlemen. Just checking in. It's been a summer of casual tennis, just enjoying the game, and hitting the ball pretty well. No racquet shenanigans for some time now; perfectly content with my pro stock Rads or the 7G, depending on the day. Cheers, good sirs.

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    Ye Gads!! Friggin awesome seats. You didn't perchance take in the Maestro with all his basalt dipped karophite elegance, did you?
     
  17. JGads

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    Those seats were courtesy of my friend's wife's company. Otherwise, went to the first Monday, and the last day of qualifying and free-to-the-public practice sessions. And that's when I caught the Maestro.

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  18. Power Player

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    Gorgeous pics. I believe Dali was in the vicinity when you were.

    No gear updates here, just a boring observation - I believe that Cyclone Tour is a little better than Cyclone. Have another set of Cyclone I will re-verify this theory with soon.
     
  19. JGads

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    Aha. I knew I was in the presence of goatness. The feeling was overwhelming. Now I realize why. There were two goats. Wish I'd have known he was there.

    Fed actually practiced horribly that day. I've seen him practice a few times now; he was so sloppy by comparison and lost a practice set 6-2 to Goffin, flailing shots left and right. Too much pressure, playing for Dali.
     
  20. mad dog1

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    cyclone tour is too springy for me. i've tried upping tension but it's still too springy yet feel becomes boardy. since i bought a bunch of those volkl poly 4 packs, cyclone tour has been going into customer racquets while i've been hoarding the cyclone for myself. :)
     
  21. mad dog1

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    i'm filled with envy, bud! will need to make it out for the US Open one day.

    i guess Fed likes to keep his cards close to his vest. :)
     
  22. Power Player

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    Its a spin factory for me. Super easy to control the ball and hit out. I think I string it at 48#s.

    And yes, paying in front of Dali would make the greatest of GOATs shrivel. Just look at LeeD's struggles on film.
     
  23. JGads

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    ^Seriously, MD/PP. It was crazy how he seemed to get every bad shot out of the way before the tourney began.

    As for the USO, it's definitely a must-see for the energy of it, the whole experience. However, the actual fan experience of Indian Wells crushes it. Although I will say that now, from here on, it's the qualifying days/practice sessions that I'm all in on at the USO. Completely relaxed atmosphere, not crowded, and all of the big names are playing practice sets against each other on various courts. In a five-hour span I saw practice sets between Fed-Goffin, Rafa-Robredo, Nishikori-Berdych. Up close. And completely free, as these days are open to the public. Winning.
     
  24. mad dog1

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    do you string cyclone at the same tension?
     
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    Yes I do. Exact same setups. Im going to try it again with a fresh set and see how it goes but I'm preferring the Tour so far.
     
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    I like the Tour better but in the hotter summer weather even going up a few pounds in tension, I feel like I've lost some control. If Cyclone lasted longer in my frame, it would be my summer string and I'd switch to the Tour when the cooler weather arrived.
     
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    interesting feedback. it has been unsually hot and humid this summer in SoCal. thanks, guys.
     
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    Just realized I also have a set of Vtorque. Ill try that as well since I have it.
     
  29. mad dog1

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    i get more control with v-torque, v-pro and cyclone. my one complaint about v-torque is durability. 18g & 17g both shred in the crosses.
     
  30. Fuji

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    Just up the tension to the mid 60's. All pop dies when you get close to 70. ;)

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  31. mad dog1

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    hahaha...i prefer not to kill my arm :)
     
  32. mikeler

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    I'm at 63 pounds. I could probably go up to 65 before my arm says Uncle.
     
  33. mad dog1

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    yeah, but you're using the super open spin string pattern so 63#s is reasonable. :)
     
  34. mikeler

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    Plus it is hot as Hades which softens up the string.
     
  35. Fuji

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    Lol! fair enough. Just channel your inner James Blake! Dude was at like 68lbs in an 18x20! True power player!

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  36. mad dog1

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    serious question...do i have to shave my head first? ;)
     
  37. Fuji

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    No I think we can get a hall pass from Mr. Blake if you're above 65lbs. I've got rather long hair again, so I think it is okay?! Lol!

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  38. Power Player

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    Still loving it.

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    Gadsby, love the pics of Djoko and the Honey Deuce!

    Couldn't make it up there this year, was planning to hit the semis and final but alas, could not make it work. When I heard that they ran out of alcohol and food during the rain delay, kind of glad I didn't go. ;-) Like you, I much prefer the smaller tourney's - not football game atmosphere.

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    On a side note, had an hour long hit with the Bab pure aero, the 11.3 oz one, and while I liked the responsiveness, slice, whippiness and NO woofers, I hated the stiffness. It reads 69 but plays more like a 72+, even had a pretty soft string at mid tension.
     
  40. JGads

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    I went to the final. The atmosphere and energy in the place was simply incredible. When Federer won the second set, pandemonium.

    Then, sobriety.
     
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    ^ On t.v., you could hear the crowd screaming 'out' and 'double' in the middle of Djoko's second serve during the 3rd and 4th sets, really irritated me as a fan of both players and the game. Djokovic feeds off of the crowd not rooting for him, and when the temperatures dropped after the rain, it was only inevitable that Djoko would take it.

    Roger needs that court temp to be higher to beat Djoko, ball travels faster, etc. Djoko proved once more that he is a master at making you hit that extra shot and turning defensive positions into offensive opportunities.
     
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    Agree with everything. If the roof is working, and it becomes an indoor match, that starts on time, I actually think Federer could have totally taken it. Instead it was suddenly oddly cold, slow, and the delay must have messed with usual routine, food, etc. All that being said, Djokovic is simply the best tennis player on the planet, so you never know. But when the rain hit, and the delay became long and the weather turned, I was just shaking my head as a Federer fan. Plus, he tenses up just a bit now against Djokovic in these Slam finals, knowing they each could be his last shot.
     
  43. mikeler

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    Gads,

    I'm really struggling the last month with flattening out put away forehands. My brain is whispering for the PK 7G. Do you have still have Mik1 and Mik2 somewhere laying around?
     
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    Cant decide on buying either the Blade 16x19 or the Blade Spin effect S? Anyone tried both?
     
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    I don't really know what it means. For me "something between Blade and Aero" is quite vague description, even with the word "really" in the equation.
     
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  46. JGads

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    Not those specific bats, but I do have a 7G in the bag. Unfortunately, I'm not looking to unload it. Told myself I wouldn't make that mistake again and forever keep one around. It's too good a stick.

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    Gads,

    I ended up buying one. Like you, I just want it in the bag and don't plan on unloading it. I can't believe Kaley uses it!
     
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    Hilarious photo!

    I am getting on court with the PS97S today, fellow friends. No hint of switching, just doing a review of it. Will post my feedback after I've had adequate court time with it.
     
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    dang, girl! wonder if she's into dudes that swat with prestige rev pros and suck at tennis?
     
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    I think she is into whatever mr. Sweeting plays with.
     

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