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  1. Ross K

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    Just back from first proper match with the new frame. To sum it all up in one single word...

    "Exollent!"...

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    Dolgopolov and Nadal :mrgreen:
     
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    They're completely different. Play differently, feel different, different amounts of bite and spin, harshness, power etc etc. Loads of information on this in the strings sub-forum. In short, BC is mediocre, B5E much more bitey and grabby on the ball, but low powered, dead feeling, and it feels a bit harsher on the arm.

    Just because they're black and extruded through the same machine doesn't mean that the materials and composition of materials used to make them is the same.
     
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    Question for JGads

    How would you compare it to your 7Gs? I am a really trying to kick the habit but I just bought 2 diablo Tours (which I love, its like playing tennis in the old days), I have a 7G on its way (pplayers fault), desperately trying to not follow those no shame holics (pplayer and Rossk :):)) down the 03 tour route and now for you to talk so glowingly about the ps 85. Please tell me that the 7G is the way to go and the ps 85 is just for flirting.
     
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    Well, there is conflicting news on the Reb front.....one person says it has a crisper feel as compared to the current model while another says it still has the same dead feeling it has always had. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

    I'm half tempted to just go ahead and trade off the Donnays for a pair of BA93s or YT Rads or PSL GTs....
     
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    i think you're going to need to try the PS 85 to see for yourself. :p if you're into playing tennis like in the old days, you're in for a treat w/ the PS 85. JGads was getting was hitting awesome shots w/ mine. the massive amount of TS he was generating off his FH w/ the 85 sq in headsize was simply unbelievable. and it had tons of heaviness and pace. the balls didn't feel any different than the ones coming off his 7G.
     
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    Jat how do you hit? If you like to drive the ball through the court, the 7g is one of the best sticks out there. It really is a secret weapon. It gets pretty good spin as well. I would still use it if I wasn't so much better as a heavy spin style hitter.
     
  8. jatnut

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    Hey PP,
    It was your statement earlier in a post about the 7G's "driving" ability that got me curious and hence purchasing the stick. I am predominantly a "driving spin hitter" not a lasoo, WW or over the shoulder type . The diablo tours are great and give me a ton of flexibility but I dont know about long term use as the specs are all over the place and the bridges stress crack. After turfing my other sticks and using the diablos, I have not lost a match to my usual opponents and to be honest I have bullied them quite a bit :) but the holic in me is just saying "not enough".

    I had the Kblade tour, k6.1 95 (18 X 20, 16 X 18), K90 and they all just wanted too much spin so I turfed them. All of the newer wilsons seem to be more suited to spin maestros but in the old days they were point and shoot machines. Was just wondering if the new PS is of the old heritage or it too wants to be spun.
     
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    It sounds like you are going to like the 7G a lot.
     
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    tennis tech's "match pro" is your friend.
     
  11. Ross K

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    Still buzzing from yesterday. Seriously thinking of just focussing on this.
     
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    What was so different from otts brothers and cousins you've tried?

    I'm in the same boat with the pb10 mid, playing super tennis and have just tweaked the weight in the hoop and my fh is in cink, very happy.
     
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    I've got a lot more thoughts, but I'm headed out the door. Will fill in later, but quickly: for now, more of a flirtation, as I would have to see how I did with the 85 in match play. But the feel and hit was so sublime I'm thinking of getting one for the collection and further flirting. You can just whip some epic shots with that little beauty. But the 7G is fantastic as well, more forgiving headsize. ...

    Will fill in some more details tonight.. But if you're winning away with the Diablo, may want to stick with that. (never hit with one to compare)
     
  14. JGads

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    ^^
    K, so just a couple extra thoughts:

    I only hit with the 85 for maybe 20 or 30 minutes, but early impressions were: hits a spinnier ball, actually, than my 7G. Hits a VERY HEAVY ball, probably about the same amount of heaviness, maybe even heavier. Felt whippier than the 7G, so I'll be that inside the court, I'd be more comfy putting away shots with it than the 7G, which can occasionally lag on the putaway shot and I send it long when I do. Served for five or ten minutes with the 85 and it was loaded with pop. And the frame, with a full poly even, felt absolutely, positively amazing. Flex and fullness was perfect. It just felt so right in many ways, like how you wish all frames felt in the hand and upon contact. ... And I'll tell you this: Mad Dog, switching between his 85 and his BC20, was hitting a nasty ball with the 85 that was deceptively heavy -- it snuck up on me with a heaviness I didn't expect time and time again, and I'd catch the ball late. He also put away his volleys and short putaway shots into the corners with ease, so from the other side of the net, the 85 was a mean one to go up against...

    It was just a ridiculously fun hit. I'm not sure if it'd be a match frame or not, but I was wholly impressed and I may have to get one for the collection. We'll see.
     
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    How does the PS 85 compare to a diablo mid?

    Thanks JGads,

    I wait till my first 7G comes and then decide as I like to keep my racquets in duplicate. Can anyone compare it to a diablo mid?
     
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    NO WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    BadCall and I had an epic session. I believe he may also become an EXO convert.

    I did sneak in a few hits with his Dunlop 100s. Such a great stick, but I am now at the point where I just want my Prince back after a few hits with anything else. And it is sure tough to go back to a 90 after using the 100 headsize and playing a topspin game..lol.
     
  18. Ross K

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    PP,

    Keep us updated with your experiences and thoughts on lead situation. As you know, I'm slightly conflicted quite how to proceed (mentioned this in Exo thread) and am curious to see how you progress. The Exo definitely seems like one of those racs that takes very readily to leading up, tinkering with, etc.


    Meags,

    Well, for one thing, I like the 03 Tour a lot, and the EXo Tour is an improvement on that generally. Secondly, I just had that instant instinctive 'Yes, I'm really liking this' vibe re the feel almost immediately (this, for me, is extremely rare), and likewise it's b-line performance which is right up my street. To sum up, for me, it has a pretty unbeatable all around list of attributes... more of a proper review type thing in the Exo thread in the next few days.
     
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    I had the same vibe when I got it. I instantly liked it. Kind of freaked me out a little because I broke a string on the demo rather fast and almost didn't want to play tennis any more that day since I had to go back to the Bab (which is one of my all time groats).
     
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    This thread is extremely dangerous at times like this when i have about 50 minutes of worktime left and nothing to do... a couple of pages reading and then a visit at a very famous electronic bay ... Veeery dangerous.. but at the same time veeeery tempting
     
  21. el sergento

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    A moment of silence please :(

    On Thursday November 3rd 2011, approximately at 17:10 pm, I forgot one of my beloved PPros on the courts, in fact she was my favorite.

    This all happened because we were arguing with some local players for the courts and so we were rushed off the courts. It was a dumb argument, we had played enough but they were being especially ******y to us.

    Anyway. To whomever found it. First of all you're a thief because you could have dropped it off at the local rec center or with municipal security, and second of all, if you decide to keep it, be kind to it.

    This is not your average PPro. It's got a custom handle, silicone in the butt and lead in the hoop. It was tuned to my game and will probably suck hard in anyone else's hands.

    Anyway, I kindly ask my fellow holics to join me in a moment of silence.

    Thanks
     
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    ^^^when you have a treasure, consider LoJack! I feel your pain...not all tennis players are particularly honest...lost my favorite Oaks in a similar fashion.
     
  23. Ross K

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    Hank,

    Absolutely... this thread should contain some kind of official health warning.:)


    el,


    You have my full sympathies, serge. That is a racketaholic tale of tragedy, if ever I heard one. :(
     
  24. el sergento

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    It's a Christmas miracle............... in November!

    [​IMG]

    Municipal security called, they found my racquet yesterday abandoned in the yard of the local highschool??

    Picked it up after work, still can't believe it :)
     
  25. JGads

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    Goes to show you how popular the game is among the kids these days.

    Anyway, great ending. The frame is destined to be yours for life.
     
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    Congrats Sarge. It is a sign from the Eagle.

    I can happily say that I have been playing without wrist pain for a month now. I never saw that coming. It was so bad that I thought it would be chronic, but switching my crosses to Babolat N vy and using the Exo tour has finally gotten me back to health.

    As a result, I could actually add a couple grams of lead at 12 again. With the wrist injury at full blast, it made me seriously start considering sub 11 oz sticks for a bit.
     
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    "Y'whaaaaat?!"... :lol:

    Seriously - superb news, my friend.
     
  28. Ross K

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    Racketaholic Question Of The Day...:)

    I want to throw this one out there and see what the consensus of opinion is...

    Re lead mods, if you want better baseline depth, where do you personally think lead should be applied on the hoop?

    I could also muddy the waters a bit by say, ideally, as well as b-line depth, you're also after getting maximum serve oomph.


    Just curious to hear if ppls thoughts differ from mine.

    TIA RHs
     
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    There are two types of lead, the dense stuff that I get on the bay for golf clubs or the foil, stringers world do a good deal. The foil its lighter and I think you would get more benefit from this as it goes further with less effect. I would place the foil from 10 right around to 2. You will get the benefits of stability without sacrificing manoeuvrability.

    Other than that imo 10, 12 & 2......
     
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    Ross all I can say is that my initial impressions of the lead at 12 setup are extremely positive.
     
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    Re lead placement, I'll start with the usual disclaimer that it's all personal preference blah blah blah and while that's true, the numbers don't always tell the real story.

    For pure pop and stick speed if your stroke is grooved to it, lead at 12 is hard to beat.

    If you hit a flatter ball then go with the standard 3/9.

    The trick is that yes, the balance is not as effected when you measure it when adding leading at 10/2 or 3/9 versus lead at 12 BUT lead placement at spots other than 12 tend to make the stick sluggish in real world usage.

    There is no one "correct" solution, if it works with your strokes then so be it but I side with PP and like my lead up top :)
     
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    Watched the Bryan-bros doing a sensational volley drill and got an itching sensation in my brain that said "Get.. EXO3..Rebel...95.... N O W !!"

    How is this frame playing? Like the PC600 or similar or how is the feeling of this frame?
     
  33. Meaghan

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    Bryans still play with the pro stock ignite team with rebel pj I think....thread in pro gear with photos etc
     
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    Re my lead/b-line depth QSN earlier - cheers Meags, PED and PP... yes, you've sort of said what I thought was the case... sometimes I just slightly wonder about it though as it's a long-time issue of mine - an issue that undoubtedly owes an awful lot to technique defects, lack of more play-time, and, er, being a racketaholic of several years standing.:roll:

    Anyhow, it would have done me some good re all this as today I enjoyed a good session hitting with this rather handy Croatian woman who professed to having not played in a few years... bloody hell, they must all be brought up playing tennis night and day because she was whacking the ball like Ivanisevic!:) More time spent like this with my Exo Tour and I reckon those deep groundies will start to come natural - with lead at 12.:wink:
     
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    ^ I was wondering when the temptation would prove too overwhelming.... considering all the traffic on the boards.

    Ross?... Now I'm thinking of how long until the Xo's will wind up next to the other ones?

    Have fun... and enjoy hitting hard with women from the Balkans!
     
  36. JGads

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    Random Racketholic Reporting:

    I'm in the fair city of New York this week, and paid a visit to the famous **** (even though it's more of a private racket boutique than a real tennis 'store', per se. Actually got a chance to meet and chat with Roman for a second, seemed like a great guy. Also got to see the new Prestiges and Radicals up close. Prestiges would look good if not for the gummy-clear caps, which are pretty awful and cheapen the look of the classy frame. One slightly interesting thing to note: the grip of the new Prestige S, which could be an interesting new addition to the Prestige line, seemed to run higher than the MP grip has always run (shorter than what's comfy for my two-hander), which was cool to see. Anyway, just an observation.

    Meanwhile, I bit. Being a past Wilson soldier, a current certified racketholic and after having one of the funnest hits in recent memory with Mad Dog's Pro Staff 85 the other night, I'm adding one to my collection. I liked what Serge said in his Bro Staff post, about the 85 being a necessary returning point to which we should all check in with from time to time. Just crazy how awesome that thing feels.
     
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    Gads. How do you plan to string that 85?
     
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    klem,

    Seriously, it would do me a lot of good if I hit with Vanda (for that be the diminutive b-line basher from the Balkans name) regularly - just b-line hitting for 2 hours and nothing else. As I said, I don't get the game/practise time really, so this kind of thing is invaluable to get my strokes grooved... trust me though, they don't make them like her in North London, that's for sure! (Which might just link to the fact that Britain has produced ZERO slam winners since 1066, and in that part of the world there are a multitude of champions.:) )... BTW, yes, the Exo Tour has impressed me very much. The hype/love definitely isn't undeserved in this case.
     
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    Welcome to the brotherhood of the Staff my friend :)
     
  40. JGads

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    To start off I'm going with my usual Tour Bite at 55/53 BUT, if you guys think this is a bad idea, let me know. Probably still have a little time to change it since I just put in the order. TB may not be the best match but it's my favorite poly that TW offers, so figured that would be the initial job. Then, if that doesn't jive, I have a set of this very good Iontec string that I got from Mad Dog for a future job. This Iontec string he discovered, a soft poly with a lot of feel, and it's the one that was laced up in his 85 that I fell in love with, so I have that ready to go.

    Any thoughts/input is welcome. I also thought about Cyclone. Just wanted something in there so the frame is ready to go when I get back from my trip, since I'm supposed to play that first day and would love to bust out the 85. In the future, will try the Iontec, but totally open to suggestions.
     
  41. JGads

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    Thank you, sir. I already feel more classy.
     
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    FWIW, I strung mine up with ALU/NXT at 57/55. I meant to do 53/55 but being a zombie these days - fudged up. I was afraid the ALU at 57 would be super uncomfortable but it actually payed super comfy. These new 85's are super soft and even at the high tensions it felt incredible.
     
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    Good to know -- ALU is in the Tour Bite category of being a stiff string, so that gives me hope. You sticking with that ALU/NXT hybrid? I'm rarely a guy who hybrids, but recently had success with an NXT hybrid in my 7G so I may go that route in the future.
     
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    Ofcourse! What did i think? It´s not just Head and Wilson PJ´ing their pro-player frames :mad:

    I am looking a bit at TW´s homepage and thinking about trying the Wilson Pro Staff 6.0 85 for the first time. Have never ever tried it before, but i´m afraid it´s a frame that dont do my baseline grinding type of play any good..
     
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    Bring it on boys!

    Exo's, pro staffs must bow down for they are the unwitting collaborators in the birth of these bad boys......:)

    Modded, the dnx and pb mids play very similarly, the main difference is the dnx is a slightly crisper hit.

    All matched at around 370g/8pts hl/365sw

    [​IMG]
     
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    oh by the way tried a volkl over grip, really good if you like soft comfort and tac......best ive used!
     
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    A day in the Racketaholiclife has past, and today i tried three "new" frames.. First Babolat PS LTD GT.. A very low powered frame that i didnt like. Simply to old school for my liking. 2nd frame was the trusted old Wilson KSix One 95 18/20 and it felt ok, but since my period with the Pro Stock 6.1 last year, it´s hard to go back to this more hollow feeling Wilsons, so thanks, but no thanks..

    Last frame was the Wilson BLX Blade 98 and it felt pretty ok actually. With some nice silicone in the handle and a good string, well, here we could have a contender

    Next in line will be my two last tests before i settle for now.. Babolat AeroStorm Tour GT and Head Youtek Radical MP (this frame i will inject with about 20 grams of silicone straight away, put on a nice TK82S pallet and install about 5 to 7 grams of lead at 3 and 9.

    I feel this Racketholism almost is turning into some kind of religion for me.. Eat, Sleep, testing... ;)
     
  48. PED

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    I had a PSLGT -great feeling stick, best slice ever but too much work IMO. I agree with you.

    Could you elaborate more on the Pro Stock 6.1 you had, what did it weigh and how did it play? Thanks
     
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    The Pro Stock 6.1 was a fantastic frame... I have regretted selling them soooo many times

    Here is my review of them from January 26, 2010

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showpost.php?p=4328249&postcount=1
     
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    Great writeup and it sounds like a beast. I would assume that fully strung with leather would be around 358g so that's pretty heavy.

    Hard to beat an 18X20 for nice slice

    I assume that's the stick Fish uses but in the XL length.

    thanks for the link
     

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