Diary of a Racketaholic

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

  1. Power Player

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    I don't have any of those types of matches since I am not playing USTA this spring. But I can tell you that for now I'll open with the TC95 and hopefully close with it as well. It is the middle ground between the Extreme Pro and the Tec. For now I will play my matches with the TC95 as it is the only way to learn the frame and see how I do under pressure. Only time will tell. But I would really like to have a soft, flexy frame with a thin beam as my main stick. It just is the most enjoyable way to play tennis for me.
     
  2. Capulin Zurdo

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    Playing with my VCT89 alongside; just really really like it, I'm more and more enticed by Yonex.
     
  3. Hnefi

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    Been playing with some customized Vcore Xi98s recently, which is a racquet that I know got a lot of talk on this thread a few years ago... Pretty unreal frames and the price was indeed right. I got them matched up perfectly, added Finest Calfskin grips.

    Unstrung specs: 330 g, 291 kg/cm2, 30.5cm

    Anyone tried using gut/poly in these frames? I was using Tonic Ball Feel and various poly crosses for the past summer, and went to full poly so far in the YYs because of how much extra power I've been getting out of them... After I break these string jobs (very soon it looks like from the condition of them), I'm going to try a gut poly setup again at much higher tension. Probably 26kg/24kg
     
  4. Power Player

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    Missing Gads, Klem, FedK, Ross, El Serge...the list goes on.
     
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  5. DanFuller

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    I'm in trouble. Bought two Yonex v core 310s but they have too much of a clubby feel for any SW so they've been sold via the bay. Now ordering some head xt prestige pros. Oh and I sold my pure aero tours last week ha
     
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    Pro stocks cured gads. :)
     
  7. Power Player

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    Custom frames do seem to have that effect!
     
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    Ross wouldve loved these new Babolats
     
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    Dude bro, I miss the old gang too. Where does the time go? In my case, in raising 3 kids all under 4.

    I like to think of myself as having reached my golden eagle years of tennis. Just like Roger, I have too many kids and too many injuries to 'holic out anymore.

    I will contribute this one piece of knowledge though, my Dunlop F 3.0 tours have kept me on the straight and narrow.

    .…… having said that, I'm keeping an eye out for a cheapo Pure Strike 16X19. Those seem like fun.

    Also, I sold my pair of Gadsien Tec's last week for good $ I might add. May those Yoko's find a good home.

    Long live this thread gentlemen, like the great Purple one, it shall never be forgotten. Now let us all pour out some premium IPA in memory of our fallen comrades.
     
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    Switching to PD+ at least I can still play lol!
     
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    heck yeah, pour it into my mouth!!
     
  12. SpinToWin

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    Damn shame what happened here, one of the funner threads on here.
     
  13. DJ-

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    Make sure you do a comparison with the dr / ai98 .... the only comfy bab i tried was an old pure control+ :)
     
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    It shall rise again like a Phoenix from the flames. Done a lot of holicing this year, been through about 20 frames. Had settled on the LM Radical which is a backward step really but I just don't gel with stiff, modern, hollow frames. From there I have gravitated to the Angell TC97 which is kind of a sideways, forwards step. I now have an option for the future which I didn't have with Radicals. Getting on just fine with the solid and plush feeling TC97.
     
  15. mawashi

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    I've enough time with all 3 to be able to give you some idea.

    PD+, it's a match ready stick, very decent spin, easy power (sometimes too much), easier serves, good maneuverability the only issues, the stiffness (it's a tad softer than the standard PF) and lack of feel. It's a great baseline stick but somewhat lacking if you prefer a stick with enough feel to play easy drop shots.

    It needs some softer, control poly cos if you aren't in the best position, you can start spraying. The main difference between this and a classic stick is with a player's stick you'll get a sitter if you don't have the right timing, with the PD/PDT/PD+ wrong timing and you'll blast long. The lack of feel can also make serving accurately a bit difficult but get it in and you've pretty much won the point lol!

    The Ai/Dr98 are very unique sticks, a very good blend of player's sticks with decent power/spin. I'll put them in the new player's type stick like the PS97 in that they are easier to use than classic sticks. Feel and comfort is way better with the Ai/Dr than the PDs but, these sticks are more suited to 4.0 and up and those with developed strokes as they are still more closely related to player type sticks. The great thing is these guys are all court sticks and more imaginative players will be able really mix and match their game styles.

    Didn't gel as well with the Ai than the Dr but that's all up to personal tastes, both are great IMO.

    I think the Yonex version of the PDs would be the Ai/Dr100
     
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    Thanks for the detailed comparison, I think if they had a softer pure drive of an unstrung ra of 64-66 i'd consider the dark side :) These are seen everywhere and mostly used by 4.0 and up, but I have seen juniors and even seniors wield them. Hopefully it works out for your elbow, you sound like you know what you need to reduce stiffness. Good plow SW from a 315ish gr racquet, lots of power. Good luck !
     
  17. mawashi

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    You could ask TW for some off spec PD. Seriously some have gotten 65ra PDs if you are willing to have TW match sticks for you.

    Another option is to mod up a PK Destiny 295 or just demo the Ai100, it's a really good stick too.

    In fact, I'll say the Ai/Dr100 might be one of the best tweeners out there. The PD is a great stick but unless you are out to win at any costs, there are more comfortable and just as capable sticks like the Ai/Dr100, Pk Ki5/10 and 7G.

    The PDs are really great sticks but please read the tons of posts of how guys got TE after using them and use with caution.
     
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  18. DJ-

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    Not looking to switch from my ai98 soon, playing best tennis of my life with it :) Maybe a bab one day, until something softer comes out, or get TW to string one at very high tensions like Sam Stosur's bab to bring down the flex :)
     
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    ROFL... my reply to you would be HELL no, the Ai98 is a great stick and you shouldn't even think of the PDs!

    The Ai/Dr98 are seriously fun sticks! Just enough power and spin to make playing easy but not so much you're always having to rein in the power like with the PDs.

    Stringing high on a 300g stick like a thin walled PD is a recipe for disaster both for your arm and for frame cracking.
     
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  20. Power Player

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    I loved the PDR but I had the sw cranked up and the stiffness plus odd balance did a number on my shoulder. It's all in this thread.

    Really liked that frame but I believe I hit a bigger ball with the angell tc95.
     
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    Even though I'm pretty much set with the TC97 I just ordered a set of fresh PD+ frames (2012 model) for old times' sake.

    Always a smart move to have a PD/PD+ in the bag, just in case.
     
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    Anybody actually know how @Fuji is doing? I stumbled across some of his post and was reminded how much I liked his contributions... In case you read this mate, I hope you're doing better physically now.
     

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