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  1. Power Player

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    Maria is my favorite. I hate Yonex sticks and think everyone who uses them looks like Maria Navratolova, but Maria K is so, so hot that I almost wanted to try the candy cane one in her honor. I tried the RDS 100 MP years ago, and it was pretty boring.

    But my love for Maria K is so strong that I develop extreme hatred for whomever knocks her out of each tourny because that means I can not watch her anymore.

    Besides the fact that she is insanely hot, I really am impressed by her incredible consistency. I think she is a great player, and just does not have that 1 huge weapon or she could easily be a #1 player.
     
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    I'm in love with Anna Chakvetadze... plus I like saying her name.... Chakvetadze.... owwhhh... I get goose bumps.

    Chakvetadze.

    Sounds like a brazilian martial-art in where you do battle nude....

    Chakvetadze.
     
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    shhhh....... chakvetadze.....


    burrrrrrrr....owwwhhhhhhh........
     
  4. Boricua

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    L use them and look a little bit like Nalbandian not Navratilova.:) The RDIS 100 is not boring, why would you say this? It is solid and precise, nice mix of power and control. Isometric shape helps to avoid annoying shock and vibration.
    Anyhow I just purchased a VCORE 100 strung with Polybibre TCS Rapid which is white colored and not the yellow colored original TCS; strung at 57.
     
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    It was boring to me man..sorry. I just call it like I see it. Never been into Yonex..we used to mock dudes that used them as juniors and maybe that thought is still stuck in my head.

    I know they make quality racquets though.
     
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    Will go for the original TCS
     
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    hey JGads, i never had wrist issues before but it got messed up pretty bad hitting w/ you last time. think it's tendonitis and it hurts like of b*tch. it started out feeling a little sore/tender shortly after we started hitting and by the time we stopped it was burning pretty good. i iced it down and put a salonpas patch on it. 2 days later, it was feeling better, but still sore. i tried hitting and after 1 FH, the wrist was in serious pain so i started to wrap my wrist w/ athletic tape for more support. taping has helped a lot, but i still can't hit my FH 100%. make sure you take care of your wrist. it's slow to heal and the tendonitis makes it nearly impossible to hit.
     
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    Damn I hate to hear that since it has knocked me out of tennis for months.

    If you have pain like that, you have to stop playing tennis..ice everyday and get on some AIs. Playing is going to make it worse and worse...trust me. Plan on taking 2 weeks off. If you do this now, you can avoid the 2 months I had to miss.
     
  9. Boricua

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    Their isometric shape is different, if not odd, but its quite effective. I like that its a predictable and consistent frame which for others could be translated into boring. With the APD I get more variety but a less consistent stringbed. The VCORE 100, for me is like a mix of the RDIS 100 MP and the APD.
     
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    ICE ICE ICE
     
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    and use soft strings...
     
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    Hey B,

    Do keep us updated on the frame, your progress, etc.

    R
     
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    Sure, Ill do my best to keep you updated.
     
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    yeah, i ice alot, too. :)

    and i just got a new reel of TB. :( i'm gonna start hybriding all my polys to see if it helps.

    appreciate the advice! thx!
     
  16. Boricua

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    Mikeler used for some time as cross Mantis Comfort Synthetic. Its very soft, low powered and not that expensive. Could blend well with the stiffy TB I think.
     
  17. JGads

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    Yikes. Sorry to hear that, man. My soreness was ever so slight and only occasionally, so hoping it was just a tweak of something when I swung rather than actual tendonitis. But obviously, have to be super careful now, especially hearing your/PP's wrist issue stories.

    PP, as I'm writing this, a guy is out on the tennis courts adjacent to my apartment (yes, I hear tennis balls all the time, further fueling my madness) rocking an EXO Tour. Getting some nice angles with it, too. Cool to see you vibing with it so well. Guess it's officially trumped the 7G?
     
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    TGKPP thoughts...

    Well, the first time I ever played with the TGKPP, I recall being amazed at the touch, the responsiveness, the power, the solidness and the precision. Having lost some of the lead (or certainly moved it about a bit) and recapped and restrung (TB @ 52 lbs, my usual set up), I found it to be just as I remembered but maybe better.

    Standing out was the way I could nail those sculpted winners and passing shots - the TGKPP is truly lethal - a sniper in this regard; off both wings, I loved the way the frame seems to sniff out the angles. In this respect it is probably the most responsive frame I have ever played in my life. It was also great to be just firing off winners on DTL bhs and I-O fhs... remember, last week I was beaten heavily.

    Similarly, I thought in terms of more all court the TGK is sublime, fantastic touch, some nice perfect feeling/executed lobs, certainly demonically good stab volleys I noticed, the TGKPP just lasered the ball.

    Re power, it just seems to have an on-tap massive and easy pop whilst never really being overwhelming.

    Re the more regular groundstrokes, rally balls, etc I was hitting, despite what I say about the abundant power, TBH I was a bit inconsistent depth-wise, but, when presented with an opening, going for the kill, far more often than I'm accustomed to, the frame just reacts and nails it.

    Funnily enough, I found I wanted to "crush" the ball more in the sense of wanting to plough it deep (a sensation I presently most associate with the Pure Control Swirly + that I so enjoyed playing with from the b-line earlier this year.)

    I'd even say perhaps I was wanting a bit more solidness and plushness (which also isn't surprising as my wrist has been a bit sore for a few days.)

    Of course, this racquet is indeed strung with Sol TB - and is definitely on the crisper/stiffer side of the street. I've also removed lead/weight off the hoop, don't forget. Lastly on this point, I was also playing with a leather grip (not normal for me.)

    Again I found myself recognizing that across the board, uniform feel/performance off the string-bed.

    There was definitely a lot of spin and a solid beef to my shots (and some hard low blasters to my opponents feet)... the trajectory wasn't that high arc of an APD, but actually - as with just about everything - I think that if you have the strokes this rac will do it for you...

    Likewise the serve... I saw enough to realize that with time and practice this rac "will provide"!

    Re 'swingability', it's poetry in motion, it's beautifully flowing and primed, but perhaps there's still a tad too much lead tape still (probably in the head.)

    This is where I'm reappraising, unsure, etc - knowing what the specs/weighting is (I'm not sure if it's quite what I wanted - but perhaps it's better for me?!) - I'll be putting it on some postal scales tomorrow am and seeking clarification from friend who did the job(s). I am a bit confused as it seems lighter in the hoop and yet is still pretty whippy and weighted @ 12. In fact I'd say it remains kind of hefty. I'll post up what's correct once I have the info.

    My big fear: higher level opposition might expose the frame as being too heavy... I'm still haunted by Justin, level 5.0 player, who totally massacred me a few months back - which was when I decided to rejig the mods on the 238.5.

    What I can't get over: those angled winners; that responsiveness; the precise accurate performance; the oomph.

    BTW, I lost recently to a guy something like 6-2, 6-3. Today we played again and it was a very similar score indeed - except I won!

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    It has..mainly because it suits my game more..I can still hit lower trajectory driving shots as well as put tons of action on the ball. The feel is old school plush and the beam is thin..huge open pattern..just makes me more consistent.

    I will probably put up the 7Gs for a nice sale since I know the Prince is arm friendly. Trying to sell them locally, but if anyone is interested they can contact me via email.

    Ross..very interesting..it's all about the Ws man..and having confidence with your racquet as well.
     
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    Ross, may I ask you when and where you got your TGK? I have a feeling we may have got ours from the same source!

    Glad to hear you're liking the TGK again, I've not found a better stick despite trying many others just for fun - even a recent purchase of my teenage stick, the PSC 6.1, couldn't compete.
     
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    ARGHHH.

    SO MANY CHOICES.

    The APD is just a monster. I can smack the ball to kingdom come with it and do it consistently when I want to attack, something that I've missed out on with the PST. I can hit giant spinny moonballs, low penetrating spinny zippers, and the power on tap is just nice on the run. Serves, too... I've forgotten how easy serving can be. But I do find myself arming the ball more here, and the average rally ball takes slightly more effort. That doesn't really matter though, as I'm a boundless well of teen pep and all.

    The PST just consistently hits heavy spinny balls, and I can place it much better. Maybe I'm just not used to the APD as much as the PST, so I'm not as sure how to control the ball though. They just bot have a ton of awesome capabilities and I don't know whether to just stick with the PST, try them both for a while, fiddle with the APD...

    EDIT: Also, for whatever reason I'm infinitely more competent at net with the APD. The extra power and maneuverability is amazing, and the stiffness lets me control it surprisingly well, and hit overheads off of shots that I have no business doing so because of how fast it is. The PST just feels better and has more touch, but other than that it's less powerful, harder to get into position, and harder to control.
     
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    Good news for me tonight: perhaps against better judgement, went ahead and played the scheduled practice session I had with a buddy tonight and the wrist felt fine, so I believe it was just a freak one-day thing. Hoping it stays that way.

    Gotta say, coming back after the layoff, the bigger and more open patterned 7G was just so much more forgiving/easy to play with than the Ace this eve. Needed the extra power from it tonight. And Cyclone feels very comfy in the frame, a nice, softer alternative to TB.
     
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    Haha, Ross, I just read through that one again. I love the constant cycle you go through with the APD and PP.
     
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    Pyro..play more matches and it will sort out. Your stroke will be better and more consistent with one of those sticks than the other over time. You will also naturally prefer one to the other at some point.
     
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    You need to figure out the SW of your TGK. SW > Weight > balance in terms of importance when in comes to a mod.

    You'd be surprised. I have two PPro's, both 2 grams apart, very similar balance but one is 6 SW points lighter. Strings snapped in my regular modded PPro the other day and I took out my second one that I hadn't quite finished modding up to spec. The difference was crazy. I was spraying with the second one because it swung so much lighter, took me half a set to dial in the swing.
     
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    El, Alzer, others,

    Still trying to figure some stuff out here, but presently we have something looking like this:

    balance: 33 cm
    weight: around 335g
    4g @ 11 and 1
    6g @3 and 9
    4g @ butt
    thin leather grip (adding tad of mass to handle)

    SW I need to confirm but it will be relatively low to keep it from being sluggish (as was my previous experience with too much lead @ 12.)

    Still working some of this stuff out TBH... as is well documented here on the thread and can be born out by the unbelievable problem I had merely removing CAPS for the 1st tim in my life, I'm a total stats/mods/technical person/etc doofus!:)





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    Having these frames (TGKPP) is both a blessing and a curse... its great that you can change their set-up so simply but you're always thinking of ways to change it for the better after you've had an off day. However, I've been with the current set-up for a few months now and, on the whole, have played pretty consistently which has stopped me from tinkering.

    String choice is a pain, again I've been with the same Tourna BHBR for a little while now but I'd like something a little softer and with more feel - I loved Alu Power with Wilson NXT but I'd snap the NXT in no more than 3-4 sets of tennis. I only realise how good these frames really are when I start to hit with other people's for a bit of fun - you really feel the difference in quality.

    I've never really given Babs a chance, I'm a bit of a classic frame lover and I just can't bring myself to use them, maybe the Pure Storm but certainly not the APD - all those funky angular lines weird me out :)
     
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    Looks like she has plenty of weapons in that photo.

    And to pyrokid: Yes, I also thought BHBR lost some playability starting just 2-3 hours after starting to play with it. By hour #5, it was inconsistent. By hour #8 I had to put it down.
     
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    Hybriding the big hitter is the secret.

    I'm going to hybrid big hitter silver with ogsm before I try TB. I think big hitter is some of the best poly for the price. Also will try my good ol black magic as well, but it may be too soft for the exo. In crisper sticks like the prestige, it is perfection.

    Fed if you get a wild hair, big hitter silver and black magic would both work in the Tfight and may save you some money.
     
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    I usually break it before it gets really bad, but when you first start off with it it's kind of invincible. The spin and pop you have at your control is intimidating.
     
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    And I've been using it with sppp in the crosses to try and tame it. Apart from the ridiculous looks, I enjoy it.
     
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    Abso-freaking-lutely they're a blessing/curse!!:)

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    ret,

    So you wanna talk weapons eh?... okay... now you've really gone and done it... "COVERS EYES."

    [​IMG]

    :eek: :lol:


    R
     
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    That's gotta be shopped. Who is that anyway?
     
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    the exo stick passed the test today. PP never hit better. just needs BC secret string combo #2 and PP to practice the "improved" serve. next would be 4.5 match play.

    for this player the exo serves bigger and easier than the 4D100. downside: strings won't last long in the exo.

    PP - try to get my better side in the vid and yes...i know i have lazy feet. :)
     
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    Great to hear that PP is doing his fellow 'Holics proud!:)

    bad, what's this 'secret string combo' then?:wink:

    R

    BTW, Bring on the vid!
     
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    haha.yes..I am pulling vid off the cam and onto my computer now..the angles were not great, but I believe I do have some nice exchanges captured between both of us.

    My strings were absolutely dead and trampolines 45 minutes into the 3 hours we hit, but it's ok..it was a throwaway string job of Explosiv poly and POSG crosses. I think the Explosiv is a classic 4 hour poly and not really that special.

    BC brought his beastly Dunlop 100s and the magic combo was B5E mains and BAM crosses..totally awesome setup..I can not wait to try this in the EXO because it is one of the few full poly jobs I think I could comfortably use. I should have some footage of me hitting with that as well. It was a lot easier for me to utilize my strokes since I was not compensating for the dead poly and syn gut that had probably dropped to the 40s. Regardless, I used the EXO the majority of the time.


    This was really video try#1, and I think depending on the court, we can get better footage. Windscreens blocked me from getting the backside view that I think we need.

    Anyway give me some time, crazy football day today and people coming over to watch games, but Ill have some nice footage up for you guys.
     
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    Oh my word, my life just got a lot more complicated. I added 7g of silicone in the handle of the APDGT and 5g at the 2 and 10 and gave it a shot.

    It turns out that weight was just what I needed to get it to sync a little with my swing. That last hitting session... Was crazy. The weight of shot, my LORD. My backhand went from a weakness to something I attacked off of, my forehand was just smoking winners left and right, and the serves had soooo much more spin than I was used to.

    The best part, though...
    Returns. Never have I returned that well in my entire life. I just stepped in and took a short swing, and the ball flew to wherever I wanted it to go.

    I've slowly been getting used to the differently located sweetspot, and I'm been getting much more consistent because of it. It's really working for me. When I go back to the PST now it's just wimpy feeling... The feel is great and all, and the easy heavy rally balls are nice, but somehow the APD hits things heavier AND lets me kill the ball when I get inside of the baseline.

    I think this might be me coming full circle. More pace and more spin and more maneuverable means more fun.
     
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    PP,

    Excellent... look forward to seeing vid... B5E + BAM eh? Hmm...:)


    py,

    All I can say is I fully agree with your comments re the APD. There's just that extra oomph on tap. And if you like the big spinny b-line game it's all at your fingertips. I'm certainly not giving up on mine and intend to compare it against my newly remodded TGKPP soon.

    Also, crucially IMO, the sooner you can get happy with a mod set up the better (I personally found it slightly trickier than other racs to satisfactorily arrive at a set up.) Ironically, I was getting very happy with my 6g in butt and 3g @ 12 just prior to hitting with my TGKPP.

    Now I don't know if this makes sense py. But for me personally, whilst recognizing the PST is a great frame, for the type of frame it is and how I seem to play with it... I prefer Prestiges. These are just slightly better in a variety of respects for me when placed next to the PST. Whereas for pure spin-dripping b-line bashing, the PST can't hang with the Rafa rac. Well, not with me anyhow...


    ret,

    Will be filling you in shortly re the splendid Miss Halep.:wink:


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    I thought that might do it for one. Great stick at this weight isn't it :twisted:

    It's got another gear that the pst does not have.

    Quick question, did the silicone dampen it at all or does it feel the same? I'm still tempted to go that route as the 7g in the handle is the one part of my setup that's stayed constant.
     
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    It's crazy at this weight. It has at least three gears the PST never had. Plus, if I ever get a sitter, even behind the baseline... Boom. Point.

    My hitting partner coughed up SO many more short balls that usual, and the fun you can have with short balls is delicious.

    The silicone dampened it a teensy TINY bit, but it's not incredibly noticeable. It does make crazy shanks nicer though. I'm not sure if you could notice it though, because my hitting partner couldn't notice the difference between the weighted one and the unweighted one. Then again, he also couldn't tell between the APDGT and the APDC.

    If I were you, I'd probably go for it just to try it out, but then again I also have endless free time to go and pick the stuff out if I hate it.

    The biggest difference was the head on the head though. This could possibly be the holy return of the FYP.
     
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    Blue tack

    PED,
    Just try Blue Tack instead of silicone. It's that puddy poster adhesive stuff that has similar weight and dampening to silicone but it's completely reversible. It's very easy to add exactly what you need and then remove if you don't like it.

    I just ball it up and weigh it and when I have enough I just stuff it into the handle. I've actually removed it mid-match before so it is easy to work with.

    As pyro mentioned, you mostly feel the dampening on the bad shanks but it does feel a bit more muted overall. The weight is what you feel the most.
     
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    Great write-ups guys.....

    PP.. looking forward to seeing the vid.

    Ross... she could play doubles by herself with those assets...

    Don't care too much for football (americanico)... beautiful sunday afternnon here on the mid-atlantic-east coast.... and would love to play some tennis today...

    Too bad (or very good) the company I was with last night were some of my old friends from before high school.... went to bed at 5 in the morning and kids wake up at 7... so I'm hung-over with two hours of sleep... not optimal for tennis.

    Lessons learned last night:

    -Never fill a hot-tub up with bubble bath solution and cram 6 people in a 2 person tub....naked :smile:

    -And when your drunk friend says..'It's alright man.. you're like my brother'... 'grab her (his wife) all you want'.... it's very awkward over a cup of coffee the next morning... then they leave and you have to deal with your spouse :(
     
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    Cheers, I usually just go with silicone because when I try it I usually think it dampens a tiny bit more, but I don't really know why.

    Klem... Good luck with the wifey.
     
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    For ret,

    A comfortable victory: Tennis player who had breast reduction to ease back pain enjoys win in first round at Wimbledon
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    At the age of 17, Simona Halep decided that nothing would stand in the way of her ambition to make it to the top in tennis. And that included her generous curves.
    She underwent extensive breast reduction surgery to take her from a 34DD to a more modest 34C and as a result rocketed up 450 places in the world rankings.
    Two years on, she breezed through her first-round match yesterday and said she was looking forward to a ‘successful Wimbledon’.

    When she burst on to the scene as a junior champion at the French Open in 2008, Miss Halep’s bountiful chest attracted lots of attention and a growing male fan base.
    But she found it was uncomfortable, caused her severe back pain and hampered her movement on court, leaving her ranked 500 in the world.
    Following the operation, the Romanian teenager spent several months resting before resuming her career last summer.
    She had revealed her decision to fans before going under the knife – and many (presumably male) petitioned her in an attempt to persuade her to reconsider.

    But she said her mind was made up.
    ‘My ability to react quickly was worse and my breasts made me uncomfortable.’
    Her large chest guaranteed her attention - and won her a few male admirers - but for Romanian tennis hopeful Simona Halep it was a hindrance.
    The extra weight on her chest was uncomfortable and caused severe back pain, which affected her performance on the court - so she decided to have breast-reduction surgery.
    And the 19-year-old Romanian today continued to reap the rewards of her decision with a comfortable victory against her Serbian opponent, Bojana Jovanovski, 19, winning 6-1 6-2.
    Halep was first noticed on her way to becoming junior champion at the French Open in 2008. In a bid to boost her game, she spent much of the following year recovering from the surgery, which took her cup size down from 34DD to a more modest 34C.

    Currently ranked 58 in the world, she is playing in her first Wimbledon.
    At the time she explained her decision to fans, saying: 'It’s the weight that troubles me. My ability to react quickly, my breasts make me uncomfortable when I play.
    'I don’t like them in my everyday life, either. I would have gone for surgery even if I hadn’t been a sportswoman.'

    [​IMG]

    :)
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    X 2... LOL!!!:lol:

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    Hahaha! Quality. Gotta love alcohol :lol:
     
  48. el sergento

    el sergento Hall of Fame

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    Did this guy show up at any point :)

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    I used to love those warlocks. I propose a moment of silence :|
     
  50. Power Player

    Power Player G.O.A.T.

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    Wow..I like where this thread has gone..haha.

    Here is me hitting forehands with the EXO100 on Har Tru. I have hit better and usually get more weight transfer, but this works as my first.

    I want to get some from the back of me so you can see the shot better next time.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJTFLGgwi2U
     

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