Diary of a Racketaholic

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

  1. n8dawg6

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    are you telling me bill shatner isnt her REAL father?
     
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    I got selected to playtest the PureAeroTour. Pretty stoked since it is super similar to the Extreme Pro.
     
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    I really don't know who's her daddy.
     
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    They are splitsville now.
     
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    Oh...good for Leonard.
     
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    They recently divorced! Time for me to get back in the game and swoop in. I'd coach her any day! ;)

    -Fuji
     
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    Too hollywood...as Sheldon would say. Best of luck, she looks she likes her coaching.
     
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    and here's power player trying to talk about a TENNIS RACQUET while we're discussing "the girl from the big bang theory and the priceline commercials". get with it, man!
     
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    Well done. It's one of those sticks that's always a grand, reliable friend to return to when itching for a bit more reach, a bit more surface hitting area than my Rads, a bit more easy bang bang. Simply a spectacular frame.

    Nice.
     
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    Had a bizarre opening to my USTA league. I didn't get a chance to restring my frames and the strings were dead. Opening set I was missing everything. Just felt like one of those days where things were not going to happen. After the first set, I switched to the other frame. I guess the strings were not as toasted because the ball felt better immediately and I won it 6-0 and won the tiebreak. Just a crazy swing in momentum and it all changed once I used different strings. The moral is - dead poly is the worst thing ever in a competitive situation.
     
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    you use full bed of cyclone, right? it goes dead pretty quick and balls start sailing. you can audibly hear the difference in tension if you whack the stringbed with your palm. I use the racquet tune app to get a reading. usually they get down to 40 lbs pretty quickly and hover there for awhile. control is still there at that tension, but it takes an adjustment!
     
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    The first was Cyclone Tour and the second was Cyclone. I think Cyclone dies better than the tour. Either way, the strings were dead and I should have restrung. Just didn't have a chance. It plays so well for so long but that sudden death is a killer.
     
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    it's something I think about in league play too. I've been using a Speed MP freshly strung with Hawk at 55. first two matches I was on point. 3rd match I noticed balls sailing long. checked tension when I got back and, sure nuff, it was in the low 40s.
     
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    Had one of those utterly perfect, everything-just-cracking days on court today. Couldn't miss. Ancient stringbed of ALU/Tonic feeling just incredible beyond reason, natural gut in the crosses really extending the life and good vibes of poly mains so much more than a full bed of poly. The feel of gut mains, poly crosses is goat, but I just hit so much better with poly mains and gut crosses, or full poly. Today, I love tennis. Tomorrow, too.
     
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    I've had a lot of the opposite days lately. After playing the best tennis of my life the first 3 months of the year, over the last month I've had a 6-1, 6-0 result twice and been served a double bagel. I was hoping the PK 7G was going to be my slump buster but no. The ups and downs of tennis.
     
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    How was it?
     
  17. n8dawg6

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    another tiebreaker in the bush leagues last night. won the TB last night, lost the TB the night before. my legs and back were stiff as rigor mortis this morning. playing someone from "europe" (his words) who showed a lot of emotion. it seems to me there's good emotion and bad emotion on the court. i really like a showing of good emotion, but not the bratty kind
     
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    Gotta keep up the grind. It'll come.
     
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    It was interesting.... The organization that strung it up for me to review put full Lux 4G in it at 54# (despite my protests), and that brought the stick down from low-powered to ULTRA low powered. Since I normally play with the Tec 315LTD set up at 346g/32cm/330SW (plus or minus a few grams to get the right SW), this was a big balance change for me... Took a good 5-10 minutes of hitting groundstrokes to even get accustomed to the even balance of the 97S, and since I was hitting around with a player who likes to bash the ball flat and hard, it was not so great for getting in rhythm and brushing the ball deep. My favourite shot with the PS97S was the backhand slice. At 340 on the SW scale, the 97S I was using had plowthrough in spades and I was able to use it to really keep the slice low and skidding through the court. The stability was also excellent when returning serve. Unfortunately I never really got dialed in on my groundstrokes or my own serve. The really unique balance & SW combo made the 97S feel far too sluggish, and when we got around to playing tiebreaks I was relying on my serve & volley as well as the chip & charge to win points.

    Feel-wise the 97S is definitely a Prostaff, much closer to the classic PS racquets than something like the RF97 will ever be - my guess is that's primarily due to the thinner box-beam as well as the graphite/kevlar. I did very much enjoy the feel of the racquet and if I was to be looking for a new frame to make the switch to right now, I would definitely consider getting some lighter/more HL ones due to Wilson QC and adding 15-20g of silicone to the handle. In stock form it's far too strangely weighted for my strokes, but I have noticed in the other 97S thread that TW has found racquets for some people that are coming in on the high 320's in strung SW, so maybe something like that would be more usable for someone who isn't in to customize.
     
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    Slow times so I figure I'll update - decided to go with Cyclone over Cyclone Tour. Something about the way it plays over time just seems to work better for me. Cyclone Tour may just be a little too soft.
     
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    Gave the TT95 a workout this afternoon. bout as much pace as i've put on my 1st serve, ever. something about the way they have the thing weighted, it really whips thru contact. control is fantastic too for such an open string pattern.
     
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    I was playing great this morning with Cyclone. Then I broke a string and my other two sticks had Cyclone Tour in them. That started a death spiral for me. I just bought 3 new frames with Tour and have 7 sets left. So I'll probably stick with Tour until I run out and go to regular Cyclone after that. Both are good and the price under $10 is nice.
     
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    +1 cyclone FTW!!! :)

    wish i would have bought more of the 17g pink reels when TW offered them on happy hour.

    i'm finding v-pro 17g to be quite good as well.
     
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    Cyclone did not last for me that long in the cold weather. I think Tour might be the right string for cold weather while the regular Cyclone may be best for hot weather play.
     
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    i'm going through poly in about ~10 hours of hitting anyways. you could be right about cyclone tour being better for cold weather. i may give it another go this winter.
     
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    I just lower the tension in the cold weather.
     
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    I do too, just passing on my general observations.
     
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    man I am sitting on like a 3yr old reel of cyclone here
     
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    You don't like it or just haven't used it?
     
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    for me, cyclone provides a more "honest" playing stringbed.
     
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    haven't used it haha
     
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    You should try it. Its the best poly out there IMO. Simply because it's not overpriced, it plays comfortably and the spin is crazy good.

    Won another league match tonight with a fresh string job of it. I won for one main reason - heavy spin and consistency. I mainly fired in second serves and just ramped up the spin so it was tough to attack them, and just attacked the corners with heavy forehands, which forced errors or resulted in winners. The move to a tweener has made me play a lot better in pressure situations. Really loving the Extreme Pro.
     
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    Since everybody seems to be updating...

    I've raised my level mostly back to where it used to be this summer and thus changed my customisation back to something more solid which lends itself to swinging more loosely, a necessity on this level where opponents don't spam errors and short balls left and right...

    However, I crave an easier heavy ball where I can really just relax and let the racquet do the work in terms of power so that I can really ramp up the spin with a loose and snappy stroke. I'll probably demo some frames in the next few weeks and make the switch either this year or next (depends on the prices due to my limited budget unfortunately, otherwise I'd be switching sooner rather than later).

    On another note I've found the PS90 to be a liability of a frame which combines the worst out of the PS 95 and the PS 85 so my pair shall be leaving the closet and entering better hands soon (look for a listing in the European For Sale section or shoot me a message should you be interested).
     
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    here's my update. my game is progressing. instead of the knuckleball dink serve I've been michael changing it and mixing in a couple groundstoke serves. throws the 2.5's completely off guard and then we have an argument about whether the point counts.
     
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    Im playing with a new Blade 16x19. Its funny because it plays quite heavy. Solid and powerful. The only thing Im struggling with is the serve. Ground strokes are doing some serious damage and one of my regular hitting partners was asking me , why I was being so aggressive?
     
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    What about stiffness ;
     
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    (@DJTaurus FYI I think it was you who first got me into Blades.)
     
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    lol.... I experienced something similar...got screwed using my prestige mid the other day after a long time. But i'm glad it happened, that just strengthens my resolve to just get better with the MP.
     
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    It plays very plush with a great deal of flex. Strung @55.
     
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    Got the PureAero Tour today. Freaking awesome PJ. It came strung with a syn gut. I hit with it a little before I played my match, but for the match I used the Exteme because I wanted to get a win and get out of there. Initial impressions are that this frame feels very nice and thuddy, which is a change. This could very well be the syn gut. I will use it until I break it and then put in the RPM blast that they sent me.

    It swings a lot like the Extreme pro. Incredibly similar, so going back and forth is quite easy.
     
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    Yeah, PureAero, they increased the overall weight, while keeping a somewhat easy swing weight.
    Got 2 of my Aero 500's up to just over 12 oz and 330 SW's, those rackets with 68 flex, 100 sq's, and 16x18 string patterns.
    Unfortunately, I can play just the same with almost any racket I own, and I rotate thru 13 of them.
     
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    I'm playing so well with the Extreme that it's tough to mess with stuff midseason. I'm tied for first out of 30 players, so I'm not going to mess around too much. That being said, when Babolat sends me a frame like this for free, I'm damn sure going to slide it into the mix once I get some full poly in it.
     
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    Were you playing a league match tonight when I saw you?
     
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    Yeah. I play all my league matches there.
     
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    I'm hitting the TT95 strung with synthetic gut at 55. extremely basic setup, but doesn't really lack power or spin provided I do my part. we'll see how long this phase lasts. the thing is, this gets me away from blaming my equipment. it's an honest frame that still gives me a little help due the open pattern and slightly lighter weight. and no shoulder/elbow pain.
     
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    Hitting with the PATour today, I realize I need to string it up with full poly before I say too much about the feel, but this is looking a like a must demo for all holics who like 12 ounce frames. It feels miles better than any APD I've ever used. Doesn't even feel like the prior frames, just incredibly solid with a thick feel.

    I still prefer my extreme Pro, but I will string up the Bab at lower tensions with full poly before really giving it a fair review. regardless it's a keeper even if it's the 3rd frame in my bag. Just a very nice frame. A little more demanding and slower through the air than the Head.
     
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    Solid frame there. It's a no-frills, no extras, just solid frame all around.
     
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    Do the R P N Y guys switch grips? I am thinking ill send off the Babo at some point and see if they can put the 1/4 grip from the Head Extreme on it. Just can't get comfortable with a 3/8ths grip now plus the different shape.
     
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    PP - it won't help the shape, but you can put a Wilson Featherthin grip on to reduce a full size. I put them on some 4 1/2 Prince racquets, wrapped very tightly, and with an overgrip the grip measures out to just a hair over 3/8. They are really light (9g) so you will want to get some lead in there somehow.

    The Babolat Skin Feel and Prince ResiThin only take a grip down half a size.
     
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    Thanks, thats not a bad option. I don't mind paying the cash to get the same head grip put on the frame since I got it for free. I'm going to continue to play with it for a while first and see if I want to use it in the bag or just get another IG extreme Pro. The feel and play of the frame is different and maybe not ideal for me. Or maybe it is..Ill know over a month.

    The Head Extreme is amazing though. Man, if you just want to win tennis matches it is a no brainer. I actually miss the wider head shape when I try something else now.
     

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