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

  1. Ross K

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    PP,

    Nice post up. Very interesting. Too interesting. Here I am cooling a bit to the idea of the Exo Tour and now I'm reading about what a phenomenal 2hbh frame it is, how the string holes crisp the feel etc etc etc!:)

    Q. Just how solid and stable does the frame seem to you? How does it compare to a Pres Pro? Or... hmmm... an APD?

    TIA

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  2. Meaghan

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    Pb 10 mid....thoughts??

    It seems right in the button from the reviews, small headed, smooth, some say soft, open pattern, nice weight for some modification, like a pt600 rather than the classic in feel with an open pattern. Head shape like yonex looks like it plays bigger than it is.....

    After hitting with the pro stock pim pim I was enamoured with how that stick played and if it wasnt too head heavy for its weight then I'd of bought the three that were on offer. These were basically rdx500 mids that were specced in the factory for pim pim. Problem is getting hold of a couple they seem rather difficult to find so any help here would be great....

    I'm playing very well atm with the mg600 and with my added weight it feels very like my pt600 I once used but the feel its not dissimilar to the yonex pro stock, but I am thinking the open pattern might get me out of problems given the head size and better opponents coming up.....??
     
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    Not to be argumentative :) the reason I thought he would be fine at 45 is that he's finding the ytpp low powered and wants some punch. He's coming from the apd and the stroke production is quite different in my experience.

    Plus don't forget that you're using the softer cross and that def helps on the power side.

    For my own setup, I always loved full Typhoon at 59/57, it was a beast.

    BTW you're spot on with those mods! They transform the ytpp.
     
  4. Power Player

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    Ross, IMO the frame is very stable. Much more than the APD. It must be the flex, but on serve returns I am making such solid contact for having a stick under 12 ozs. It has been a long time since I used the prestige pro, but I think the EXO is better from my experiences. A few reasons..the prestige has a small sweet spot, and mishits plus the lower power of the frame makes it easier to cough up a short ball. It also has more power and spin, which is super important for me. Not sure on the stability, but so far the EXO has excelled in this department for me, even though others have not had the same experience. I also believe the frame is much more solid than an APD, but the Babs are built with that hollow feel as it is. To be honest, my current opinion is that this is a better racquet when you factor in the immense comfort as well.

    Example of where the EXO also shines for me is short balls that are below the net..they are tougher for me to pick up and send back with most sticks besides spin ones like APD, Tfight..etc, but I never missed one last night with the EXO. Hit clean winners off each..so that extra spin and whippiness REALLY helps me out in that situation.

    I would love to see if you can get a demo of it because I know you always want to get your backhand better as well...just so you know, I would say mine is similar to Devil's from watching his vids..straight takeback, closed stance (except when pulled wide) arms close to body and I add lots of top. a huge reason I did so well last night was my backhand was a weapon instead of just a rally ball. I was able to put the ball in either corner with heavy pace, and he was not prepared for that...this is a guy that used to tell me I was "all forehand" when he was teasing, and he was right. I would be interested in seeing if you have the same experience. Don't get me wrong. I have really worked on my footwork and my backhand over the past year, but it never has clicked in so quickly with a racquet..the runner up to this would be the 7G.

    As for TB in the prestige pro..I would go with PED and string lower, but I swear the hybrid is the way to go. Full poly robs racquets of a lot of power and feel, and if you want to see the full potential of the stick you really really should throw a synth gut in the crosses. My setup is 52/56 in the EXO.

    I have a reel of Dunlop Explosiv poly (anyone ever use this? lol). It is a stiffer poly similar to Lux but not as harsh...I will be stringing this up tonight with Prince Original synth gut in the EXO to see how a brand new crispy setup feels in it..the Lux/OGSM is dead.
     
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  5. el sergento

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    Hi Ross,

    Lead is perfect for the mod. I only use silicone once I'm 100% confident in the specs.

    With the PPro, keep in mind that I swapped out the leather for a synthetic grip, so, as a result you have to compensate for the weight difference in the handle on top of the extra weight in the hoop.

    I recommend ditching the leather because the synthetic is lighter, and so when you add the weight in the butt to compensate for the missing weight, you'll end up with a more headlight balance, despite being at the exact same weight as with the leather, making for a more maneuverable frame.

    In all, I added some 7-8 grams, 5 or so to compensate for the synthetic and 3 to counter balance and get to my preferred balance of at least 6 pts hl.
     
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    I didn't think the EXO was dead feeling at all. Despite that wonderfully low flex it still felt very responsive to me. The Rebel was a dead feeling frame to me where I had to wait and see if it was a bad hit where the EXO I knew right off the bat. If they would make the EXO in a 95 I would be looking seriously because that low flex would be great on my recovering shoulder.
     
  7. Power Player

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    If you have a 2 hander, I am not sure why you like the smaller heads so much. Well, I DO understand in a way, but honestly arm health is everything. I can tell you since going up to a 100 (even though I resisted this for a while), the results speak for themselves on my backhand. HUGE improvement especially hitting with 4.5s and 5.0s.

    This stick is so good for your arm that you should revisit it again if you are dealing with an injury. Being sidelined sucks. I would put this racquet above the PKs in terms of arm safety, and that is saying a lot.

    Hopefully that Platinum will help you out as well...but make sure and replace that poly with soft strings at bare minimum. Full poly is going to make everything worse.
     
  8. ryushen21

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    I am ditching the full poly setup and going to a gut/poly hybrid. I think that will make a huge difference for my shoulder.

    I would be interested to try out the EXO again with the gut/tornado setup with the string hole inserts as opposed to the ports.

    I also have a feeling that I will be going back to the synthetic grips for more comfort even though I really prefer the leather ones.
     
  9. Power Player

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    I have no idea what I prefer yet..going to take a little experimentation there (ports vs string holes), but the ports seem to provide more comfort.

    Also had to make concessions with leather grips as well...oh well..I am happy to be able to be on the courts again and hitting at a decent level.

    gut/tornado will be godly..you could even try synth gut..the crispiness is rather awesome in such a flexy stick.
     
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    Went out for a quick hit with my coach tonight, armed with the new Tecnifibre T-Flash 300. The racquet was strung with a full bed of TF X-Code 17 at 23kg. With overgrip and dampener it weighs 324.5g, so pretty much right on spec (318g strung).

    The T-Flash is a very whippy frame, very maneuverable with decent, but not overwhelmingly Pure Drive-like power. Sweetspot feels smaller than on the Prince EXO Tour (but then again what racquet doesn't), but when hit correctly this thing rips. Racquet head speed is everything. It's also surprisingly comfortable for such a stiff – as per its 72 RA rating – racquet. I don't know wether that's due the silicone filled handle, which is, I think, a new feature for this iteration of the 300, or my supreme technique (lol), but I didn't feel any harsh vibrations at all. Just plain good feedback from the frame. Solid.

    The strings, though, need to go. I didn't feel the magic of X-Code, like, at all, man. Pretty boardy. I think I'll cut it out and go for some good old gut. Plus maybe a leather grip and a touch of lead at 12 for a bit of extra beef. Might just work.
     
  11. Ross K

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    PP,

    As I said, I was cooling on the Exo, but your posts are keeping me interested. Good to hear your views on stability, contrasting with the APD, PresPro, etc... So poly mains, synth crosses, hmm, I will try that some time as I've intended to explore the hybrid option, even if I suspect it might not be entirely for me... Re my 2hbh (btw, although not the heaviest, I aim for reliability and try to mix it up spin and flat, very much a work in progress though :roll:) - I've come to realise that 98-100" is what suits me best (although The Reb 95 was great for me what with the big SW and nice bit of heft.)


    el,

    Cheers for customization lowdown. TBH, I've done some light hitting with the stock YTPP twice this week (strung with Hyperion @ 52lbs), and I have found it pretty low powered, and reminds me why I always felt/still feel mods and lower tensions are required here for my game (this is after I've had a break from the PresPros). Looking forward to hitting with my TGKPP again, but TBH, if it again doesn't seem to be quite happening, I'm probably going to focus on my APDs, at least until I get an Exo Tour to test!:wink:


    Everyone,

    Read post earlier saying the Head 98" head-size is actually in reality a 94" head-size... no wonder I'm finding that YTPP lacking a bit re forgiveness/oomph, whatever!:grin: I already knew about this strange measuring discrepancy, however, I didn't know Head MPs were a mere 94"... isn't that like a 'glorified' mid?... isn't the PB10 mid 93" or 94" or so?


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  12. Power Player

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    Quick notes:

    Played the 4.0 pusher tonight..it was not really that close. I dropped 1 game out of 10. I strung up the stick with Dunlop Explosiv and POSG crosses..nice little setup for an old school poly I have laying round in a reel.

    I don't really talk much about sticks at my club unless someone asked, but he was fascinated. He said I was hitting harder, the spin was kicking above his chest and shots that I would usually miss long were dropping in. As usual, returns were just great. I think he mentioned the racquet like 5 times..lol.

    Final thing, and this was key for me against pusher types..I can hit extreme angles that kick the player off the court and leave me a wide open backhand winner. He mentioned that he had not really dealt with those shots from me before and really had no answer. The angled shots are really not too tough to rip at a high % if you have the right court position, so it adds a very nice weapon to my arsenal. He is fast and could get to my really hard shots that cleared the baseline, but the angles just pull him so far off the court.

    Also, still am finding that I can vary my shots more..low driving strokes and also deep kickers that clear the net by 6 feet are both possible. It has to be due to the spin level. The power level with the extra 5-6 grams (due to poly and string grommets) is giving it plenty of boom, but I can still swing out with a lot of control.

    Honeymoon continues..I am real happy with this badboy.
     
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    Well, I'm starting to realize the downside of the APD. I can hit harder, but regular rally strokes are more consistent and harder with the PST. And we all know who's got the control...
     
  14. Ross K

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    Diary dudes,

    Really looking forward to taking out the TGKPP and APD tomorrow. If I have time I might also take the chance to look at one or two others that have come my way of late, though these aren't probably "serious contenders" and are more frames I'll probably pass on and have come via our UK racketaholics group. BTW the frames are the Speedflex 315 and the BC30... do I also want to look again at the 03 Tour with more lead @ 12???... Anyhow, update over.

    Oh yes... just to say that, inspired by the likes of PP and the excellent mini-reviews (keep 'em coming re the Ex Tour!), and recalling such legendary posters/reviewers as, say, JLeLoach, PT630, Kal-El, and not forgetting the TT's esteemed play testers and reviewers like Spencer, Chris, Granville, etc, etc, well, I think in weeks to come I'm going to be posting up some of my own proper, in-depth, deeply analytical, painstakingly detailed and thorough reviews of my own.

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  15. Power Player

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    Thank you Mr. RossK..happy to contribute to the internet's most epic thread.

    Pyro, I hear you on the pstgt. It sets up the big ball rather well. I am noticing that with the EXO as well. From what I was told I am hitting harder shots with more spin than the APD...I think that is simply because I can take a little bigger cut at the ball with confidence it's going to drop..with the spin I can get, everything does.

    Prince had touched me here..brought me back to old school when as young man I wielded a Graphite 110 for most of my junior career, until graduating to the Pro 90. So this could be a full circle return. BTW, back then I knew nothing about racquets and Prince/Wilson was king. I would use POSG at 60#s and never though anything more about it.
     
  16. Boricua

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    Yesterday I played with a Yonex RDIS 100 MP strung full bed with Black5Edge, 50 string tension. No vibrations, excellent power. Feels much more solid and stable than the APD Gt. I cant whip or go over the top as when using the APD but the drive in this RDIS is damn serious. Thinner beam gives more precsion and control also. Great racket, specially with this string in a full bed. Looks good also the red racket wirth the black strings and black overgriop. In the future I could buy another one with a 4 and 1/4 grip size instead of the 4 3/8 of the 2 rackets I know have.
     
  17. Ross K

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    Boricua,

    So what is Yonex's PD/APD type frame, or something along those lines? Aside from the legend that's the RD7 I don't know much about the brand - certainly not now.

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  18. Boricua

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    Im comparing the Yonex RDIS 100 MP with a Babolat Aeroprodrive GT (APD GT) that I also have.
     
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    PowerPlayer,
    ..... nice someone isn't bored enough to write a decent review of this frame... I'm too far eccentric and have lost my patience for writing frame reviews... (i think I compared the exo3Tours once to Sophia Loren, covered in barbeque sauce holding two double-barrel shotguns). :smile: Pretty accurate review you wrote up... which means the differences between the 18x20 and 16x18 are subtle.

    Got some tid-bits for 'ya.... completely agreeing about the return of serve aspects of this frame... also enjoying the defensive and offensive capabilities of this frame. Very well balanced.

    Q:
    Do you find this stick to hold-up better against heavy spin players?... better than some stiffer counter-parts?

    ..I played a 35y.o. yesterday (rando at the public courts).. we were both practicing serve.. and I asked him if he wanted to hit around... he obliged me. The hitting session turned into a match.

    Find-out he plays in 5.0 leagues....he was swinging what seemed to be a stock-YouTek RadMid+... and he was all about the EXTREME topspin game... I mean this guys' serves were kicking-up above my head... tall guy.. and I found myself standing 5feet behind the base-line... even on return....in a brawl. His reverse fore-hands were extreme.. the same kick as on serve... his strokes were troubling me big time.

    It was a war of attrition... and he was getting the edge on me. I decided to take a chance and come-up at net more often. Usually, holding a stiffer frame, the balls would be uncontrollable and some twisting would be going on.... it seems as if the exo3T's low flex absorbs heavy topspin balls better than any of the previous frames I have played with. I had better touch and directional control. Volleys felt great against those kind of spinners.

    Could this be the reason Djoko's super flexy stick handles Rafa's spin better than Fed's frames????... hmmm.

    I held my own against the guy... still lost... 6-4..7-5... just had a hard time anticipating those shots of his... but his back-hand was way off.... it seemed as if his serve, return and fore-hand and slices were 5.0 and his back-hand was <3.0... I just attacked that the whole match. But rarely do I play against someone who plays with that much spin.

    We exchanged phone numbers... I'm devising my game-plan for the next session... at least I'll know what to expect.
     
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    From your description, I think it boils down to mass.

    Add some strategically placed weight on the apd and it will likely perform more in the manner of what you want.

    I recall fondly the nasty ball the pst produces as it's basic rally stroke.

    While the apd is never going to have the control of the pst, an apd in the mid 330's produces a heavy ball, stroke in and stroke out and it also has the easy putaway power that the pst doesn't have.

    On another note, it's interesting that really only pro that plays with a Bab with a low static weight is Rafa. He seems to be the only one who can play with it like that (other than Moya and his was actually HH)

    It seems most of the other apd/pd users are more in the mid to upper 340's in static, Tsonga is 350g strung and I think Odesnik's apd plus was the same. It's a much more arm friendly stick at those weights.
     
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    Klem, I play the same way as him, but not as much on serve. Played a guy like him with the APD and it was a looooot easier to deal with him using the Prince.

    The thing is for me, I have the wrist thing, so I can sometimes hold back with stiff racquets because I am still wary of mishitting and firing up my tendons.

    For me personally this is a far more stable racquet. Now it is weighing 11.9 instead of the weighted 11.7 APDgt (I think string hole grommets add some weight), but it swings like it weighs 11.5. I don't think the weight of it is the reason it's stable..I think like you stated, it is the flex.

    I can already tell you what I do to guys who hit with heavy top like myself..I slice them on both wings a lot more (real easy with such an open pattern). This guy happens to be pretty tall as well, so he hates it. Once he sends me back something to work with, I give him a heavy banger into the corners if possible and follow it to net.

    But the best way to counter these types of power strokes is with slice until you can get an opening to tee off on something. I learned this from another 5.0 who used to just eat my pace with slice. About this time I started to use a lot more angles and spin, and switched out from the tight 18x20 to do this.

    Personally, angles > power for me against good players.
     
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    ^ thanks for the tips... I'm going to send him a text this weekend and see if he's down for some 'hittin' around'...

    I'm 6'1 in my adidas.. so this guy had to be at least 6'4. Had alot of trouble handling his serves... like I said, I must have been standing 5-6 feet back... because I could not read them on the base line.

    That's where he killed me.

    I did notice that slices to his back-hand were troubling him... BTW... is there a greater feeling than fore-hand slicing with the exo3Tours????.... maybe some nc-17 activities... but that's about it.

    Still amazed by the spin this guy was getting. Just insane. Just goes to show technique and racquet head speed are keys to spin... because the YtRadMid+ is not known for it's spin.
     
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    This definitely works... as 5.0r's usually have that short-back-swing... but great acceleration through contact-zone and full follow-through. Negates any power you're using... until that 'window' opens up.
     
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    I hit a forehand slice return last night that was dirty dirty as well.

    You want to take heavy top early or have good footwork and play back behind the baseline by a bit. That is a tougher proposition because unless you are crushing the ball, he will have a lot of time to just keep blasting at you. So I'd work on taking it early with slice or top to set up your own shots.
     
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    Yes, sorry for being unclear, I understood you.

    Coincidentally I was thinking about Yonex's the other day after reading an article with Maria Kirilenko saying how the the thing she looks for in a racquet is "stability - so when I hit the ball I have control of the racket and the power." All right, not an earth-shattering statement, but, having found myself slightly hankering for that solid kind of more control rac again (this after hitting with the Prestige Pro after a long gap), well, I was wondering about the Yonex brand and their present offerings... btw, fwiw, she uses a RQiS2 Tour (supposedly??)...


    Boricua, everyone,

    If I could sum up the kind of frame that may be of interest to me now it would be something that is both whippy and heavily topspin friendly and suited to "modern strokes" and bosses it with authority from the backcourt, but ALSO, is solid and stable, with decent control and precision, and (don't ask for much, do I?:) ), has decent quality build and feel, plus if it could serve bombs as well, that would be rather nice, haha... the YTPP isn't far off... I suspect a tad more oomph and slightly bigger head-size would be best for me though (ie, 100")... the PST also is in that ball-park but not quite there... even the N95 comes to mind to some degree for me... then of course I also wonder if the Exo Tour has maybe all those traits... annnyow... just racketaholic talk, you understand? :grin:

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  26. Power Player

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    EXO has the traits, but you will have to put in the time with the racquet.

    I will say that I knew I liked the feel of it instantly..but the rest takes some time..as with any stick.
     
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    klem and PP,

    Please keep the convo going! I'm taking notes (btw, loved that slice back the heavy spin bomber's advice) ... as if this thread didn't offer enough, so now we're headed towards technique tips - way to go boys!:cool:

    And btw... I thought this too:

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  28. Boricua

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    Really depends on the feel you like. Yonex is mighty stable and with a plush stiffness if you may. I would recommend the heavier RDIS 100 MP (now in bargain price in Tennis Warehouse) or the lighter but very solid VCore 100.
    I am geting a VCore 100.
    ExO Tour Ill demo later on possibly.
     
  29. Power Player

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    Well I will say this..I know when you get a new racquet you want to play a lot, but this Prince has me addicted..it is insane.

    I believe Bad Call and I may try and get some of this insanity on film this weekend.
     
  30. Boricua

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    For modern, whippy strokes I would go for the VCORE 100 instead of the RDIS 100. But, both are worth a demo.
     
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    Cheers for that. I'll look into these.

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    Just took a test drive with the RDIS 100MP and like it, like it a lot! Like Borcua states: its stable and has a bit of the plush stiffness similar to the YT Prestige Midplus. Its more on the control end of the spectrum (2x with Yonex 850 and 1x with black code mid tension) and has bit of weight so I'll also try the VCore 100 to see what it has to offer. This racquet is almost perfect for my style of play (flat/topspin, e.g. Nalbandian). Hope this helps! :)
     
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    RDIS MP that is
     
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    Of the rackets Ive tried the RDIS 100 MP is the best overall, excellent quality. But I hit with alot of energy so a racket like the VCORE 100 helps me as I can have faster swingspeed with less effort. Both are great so Ill have to decide.

    In the case of the Aeroprodrive it is unique in its design and topspin capacity, but it does not have that solid feel and stability if compared to the RDIS 100 MP or the VCORE 100.
     
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    Yes, that helps... thanks (to Boricua also) for assisting me in addressing my ignorance re Yonex frames ("Tut, tut... call yourself a racketaholic?!"...) :)

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  36. Boricua

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    The first time I hit with the RDIS 100 MP was 2 years ago. I still remember the first hit. Great. I bought the racket without demoing it as I cant demo that brand where I live. It was a good gamble.
     
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    That's what I usually do. Take it early. And it works with many reverse forehand players.

    But (maybe because of his height???) with this guy it was hard reading and anticipating where his shots would land... I'm going to pay attention to his grip, because he was getting so much torque on the follow through, that his shots resembled curve-balls.. the ball path even had 'work'. I'm talking about his forehand... not serve. He didn't achieve this 100% of the time.. the balls that didn't have this strange path would either hit the net (5%-10% of the time).. sail long (another 5%) or just a simple path with slower pace but lots of kick. (60%).

    I can get a set off of him I know it. And maybe if I get some breaks.... maybe...maybe win. I need to slice him to death, until a ball creeps low enough to nail (as you suggest) and get some net-points... If I build my confidence against him, a little swing volleying wouldn't be a bad idea either. Again, attack his back-hand.

    Also, I noticed he was hesitant to hit flat... even when the ball was begging for it... (which through my experience, taller players are great at).
     
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    Klem he probably was hitting with a western grip and attacking the outside of the ball. I ended up doing that tonight a lot.

    I hit on clay again for the first time in 4 months..I felt completely retarded with the footwork...just horrible. Clay really humbles you and makes your game look awkward until you get used to it. Once I started to get my feet somewhat respectable, I dialed in my strokes. Happy to say that EXO is at home on clay or hard court. For clay, I usually go to a more western grip because the bounce is exaggerated and heavy spin is a good thing on this surface.

    Also found I could hit winners with this grip by curving them into the corners..very satisfying because this is tough to do. Winners are not easy on clay, but I hit a lot with the racquet. For me the power level is perfect. I am really happy with it to be honest. Love that I can go western on clay and still get plenty of pace and spin..the angles were there..I know I made the right choice with the 16x18 as it really suits my strokes.

    My backhand was a little off tonight, but I was still not that comfortable on the surface, and a lot of that is just due to footwork and timing. I could still put the ball where I wanted it to go usually, I just was not pounding the corners like on HC.

    Fed, not sure if you hit on clay, but if you do..go western with the Tfight..you will love it...that is a great clay stick as well.
     
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    ^ Yes.

    He's from Malta. And after the match, stated that he grew up playing on clay. So yes. Western grip most likely.

    I tell you what... I learned more from playing with him for 2 hours than the two 'brush-up' lessons I just had.

    He was giving me little tips through out... just to make me more consistent... and in the end... the major factor that separates 3.0's from 4.0's.. from 5.0's is .. consistency.
     
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    What up, boys. Just checking in. Played for the first time last night after a two-plus-week layoff. MAN it was ugly. Sometimes a break is needed, it kind of refreshes your system and you come back hitting the ball pretty ok. Other times, it kills it. This was the latter.

    Unfortunately, there was also this little problem: my wrist felt a little funny. Completely weird, because I haven't had wrist issues ever, and I haven't played in two weeks, so odd that the soreness (nothing major, just a faint discomfort) suddenly arrived. (and even with my PKs in hand). Hoping it's nothing, but I may string up one of my sticks with NXT or POSG since I have nothing but full poly in my sticks.
     
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    Hey Gads. Know exactly what you mean. I played last Friday for first time properly after summer lay off and was woefully poor.:shock: Match again today so hoping to see improvements big time. Got to say I'm really dieing to play and erase the memories of last week (woke up way too early this morning thinking about rackets... okay, Maria Kirilenko was in the dream also but, ah, no, we really don't want to go there! :) ) Seriously, I may also be able to fit in a bit of racketaholic frame testing too later, so... yes... I'm itching to get out there... bring it all on!... you know... by God Gads, I do love tennis! :)

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    ^^
    We all do, my friend. We all do.

    And I've seen Maria K up close at a tiny court at the Open. She is positively stunning.
     
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    Ross

    Stability wise yonex are second to non, they have that quality build, look stunning and importantly play slightly bigger than their head size indicates...

    The one thing I wasn't sure of was their whippy ness and flex and certainly the first yonex I tried was the rdis 100, it haas a big block of solid graphite top of handle ala john cauthen, anyways of found it rather unweilding and stiff, although it was the mid and the mp is flexier.

    Recently with the pim pim pro stock yonex stiffness was around 60 I think and it flexed beautifully probably not unlike your tgk, that was a pj of the rdx500mid and hopefully picking one up off our friend cc (thanks for the advice), amongst other mids, maybe give him a call.

    I would probably suggest the rdx500 mp if you can get hold of one.....http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Reviews/RDX5/RDX5Review.html
     
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    Looks like I'll soon be picking up (hopefully) a yonex rdx500 mid, a pk dnx 10 mid and maybe a gamma 340 mid. I'm very excited about the yonex and pk with their open pattern.

    At the mo playing rather well with my mg mid the only problem is serve, excellent placement just don't feel I'm getting that easy extra pace that I'm used to so I'm hoping the other mids can sort that out, in fact I'm pretty sure they can, I'm just hoping it doesn't compromise my volleying as at the moment its never been better with the mg600.
     
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    Sadly this is a once a year experience for me. You have not seen worse sliding since my cousin Mark's bar mitzvah reception. (It's electric)

    I play the cali hardcourt plant and rip game ala Sam Querrey except that I suck.

    My legs would really love some clay right about now. I deal with my tennis addiction by playing a ton of dubs. Less wear on the body and get to serve and volley a lot. With the alleys in play, the gnarly cc spin shots are awesome.

    High ilusion for the tfight right now. This racquet has a ton of power and control. Black code is better than tour bite. Yes, I just said that.

    I have abandoned my quest to demo the volkl x8 315. I am floating free above the baseline.

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    Yeah, Volkl just doesn't do it for me anyway. I prefer flexible graphite. Prince has touched my heart with it's offering.

    The clay takes a little time..will be on it again tomorrow..it is very prevalent down here. A necessary evil to get used to.

    Gads, I hope the full poly is not getting to you..it creeps up after years of use, but it is most likely due to the time off. You should all seriously hybrid and string your own sticks if at all possible. That hybrid cross will break..yes, but it will break right around when you should be cutting out the full poly anyway.
     
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    Fellow 'Holics,

    So then, let's kick off with my exhaustive, thoroughly detailed review of my remodded, recapped, restrung TGKPP...

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    Holy ****!...
    :)

    R
     
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