Diary of a Racketaholic

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

  1. Power Player

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    Yeah just play usta or competitive matches and the desire to win can trump holicing. Not always the case as some legends of this thread did that as well and it still did not cure the itch completely, but it sure helps. Also helps to find other interests and not focus so much just on tennis.
     
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    yeah, like girls. although ... to be fair they are way more expensive than racquets.

    usta matches didnt cure me, cause now i want to switch every time i lose.
     
  3. sma1001

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    PP - did you try the Extreme MPA by any chance?
     
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    i did. liked it. pro isnt really more demanding though, and the pro is more stable
     
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    LOL Stop losing! Or really, stop switching so you stop losing.

    Nah, what always appealed to me about the Pro was it's weight. Exact specs I like. Which leads me to another trick to cut down on holicing :

    Only buy frames that fit the specs you prefer in stock form.
     
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    thank gawd im not the only one who has come to this conclusion. lead tape madness has never done me a dang bit of good.
     
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    Agreed. Too many frames to choose from in the first place. I should be able to find something I don't have to add weight to in the first place.
     
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    I tend to agree but it's good to be able to add a little lead at 12 is you need a small boost to the swingweight. This is especially so due to QC tolerances. Also most of us routinely mod the handle - even if just adding an OG!
     
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    Well yeah, of course - nothing wrong with the little stuff like that. I'll put it like this, if you start going - "this could be a great platform frame", you are going down the holic path.
     
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    thats how I usually think....but sometimes a frame is CLOSE to perfect and just touches of lead here or there make it just a little better.
     
  11. crazyups

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    Yeah, the more off spec it is, the harder to customize for me.
     
  12. torpantennis

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    Actually, desire to win might not be enough. But combine that with actually getting the wins (with any one racquet) and you've got the perfect recipe to cure holics. Happened with me, I'm winning more than ever and it's been the longest streak with any one racquet setup.
     
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    Death, taxes, borrowing your buddy's AeroProDrive for a bit and going, "Huh."
     
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    funny
     
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    He knows where the fun's at hahaha :D
     
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    I'm doing minor Gadsing. Back to using the Yoko now that the weather is nice. I'm playing very well with it But no way is the Extreme leaving the bag. Maybe the secret is to have a killer tweener and a killer classic frame.

    It's incredible that there is no other frame available like the Tec. Nothing. And that racquet is being phased out too.
     
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    Yes the one racquet I can never get rid of. It will have a permenant spot in my bag for days to reminisce about goat feeling frames. The only thing stopping me from loading up on what's left of these goaty sticks and calling it a day is that on a day to day basis the more modern frames (PA, PAT,, DR98 etc. ) allow me so many more options now that I am not as able to play as often as I would like.
     
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    Yeah I think the crossfit has made me a lot stronger because the tec was really easy to hit with. It also is not super hot yet, so there is that piece of it. I know my Extreme Pros can get me through the hottest of months so Im good to go there too.

    Something about the Tec, when you lead it right - it just hits such a massive ball with incredible control, spin and feel. Probably doesn't hurt that I string poly in the low 40s with it as well.
     
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  20. torpantennis

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    Hey @Power Player sum up your thoughts of Ai98 vs. Extreme Pro 2.0. Strengths and weaknesses of each? Is the feel off the stringbed anything similar? Did you ever try leading up Ai98 around the specs of Extreme Pro?

    I'm considering order of two Ai98 as I desperately need two of any same racquets and I found them dirty cheap. I'm currently improving technique on FH with aid of coaching and find EP maybe ever so slightly overpowered with my new FH style. Ai98 should have less power? What about it on defense, is the sweetspot size much smaller than EP, like closer to that of Prestige? Is it as tough to turn defense into offense with Ai as it is with Prestige, or is Ai closer to EP there? What about access to spin, Ai closer to Prestige or EP?

    (BTW, I ripped off all blutack from handle, now EP only has head protection tape and leather and overgrip, all else stock. Static weight is 357g.
     
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  21. tennis1111

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    PP, i tried both racquets and Tec 315 was very low powered and Extreme pro was vay too powerful in stock form for my game.
    Did lead rise that much power in Tec 315? How much lead did you put in Tec 315?
     
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    I'd strongly suggest staying with the Extreme Pro even though the AI98 is an awesome frame. The Extreme has more spin and power. The reason I sold my AI98 was mainly spin generation. My game is based around heavy spin to keep the ball in the lines and also for placement on serves. The AI98 sweetspot is a real nice size. It is a very very good frame. If you have a big, flatter and well developed game, it is one of the best options possible. It really does not have a weakness but it is not going to generate the amount of spin as the EP. The EP is easier to turn defense into offense with. Basically the way I got heavy spin out of the ai98 was a little more work and I had to adjust my stroke, plus the trajectory of the ball was not as high as I prefer.

    I leaded my AI98 with 2 grams at 12. I wanted the balance a little more head heavy and the SW around 330. So yes, it was quite similar to the EP in stock form.

    I add 6 grams of lead to the tip of the tec and it makes a HUGE difference. It's a different frame setup like that.

    If the EP was way too powerful, then that setup may be as well. You have to have really goof spin generation to get on with the Extreme. If you hit flat and through the ball it is a launcher. I string my EP with full poly in the low 40s and can easily control it the way I hit. Thats why I like it so much.

    For the record, I ordered an Angell 95 yesterday. Strung specs will be 345,5 pts hl, SW at 330. Almost identical setup to my tec 315.

    Had to add some juice to this thread. lol
     
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    i put two 6-inch strips of lead at 12 on the tec315 and the balance is pretty much spot on for me. if youre hitting sweet spot, it has gobs of power. if youre hitting outside sweetspot, youre f'ed.
     
  24. torpantennis

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    Hmm yea, EP more than any other has constantly felt like "my frame", day in day out. Gotta just stick to that fact. But damn I need that another frame, gotta try find one. Higher tension or full poly setup might be all I need to tame down that excess power. It's just so tough to test new string setups with just one frame...Hope I'll find one IG 2.0 at ok price, or else I might be forced to switch to the newest EP.
     

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