Diary of a Racketaholic

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

  1. Meaghan

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    Haha tastes lovely but deffo looney tune stuff, I've had some major blackouts on this stuff! The glass is great its just bigger than your hand so smaller folk need both hands..
     
  2. el sergento

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    Quoted for Mo-Effen truth.

    I love Hoegaarden passionately. It refreshes the soul and replenishes the heart.

    When we were 16, a friend and I took off to Belgium for a week and toured as many breweries as possible, it was glorious.

    One thing I miss about Europe is the beer. Most Canadian beer just gives you the sh#ts.
     
  3. el sergento

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    By IPA are you guys talking about Indian Pale Ale's, like an Alexander Kieth?? That's not heavy at all! PP, you need to lift more weights buddy ;).
     
  4. el sergento

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    Aha, as suspected. I've never heard it referred as an IPA before, here's it's just called beer, but then again, here, technically, the Queen is still the head of State and she's on the money.

    You call that a beah?

    [​IMG]
     
  5. el sergento

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    I can't even wash JD out of a dirty glass without vomiting in my mouth. I seriously hate that stuff. It makes you do the most gaaaawd awful things.

    Hilarious that us rackaholics have other................. ummm, issues ;)
     
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    Humble apologies for interrupting this alcoholic thread (I like a good Zima) with some racketholism, but played again with the 6.1 95 today against the hardest of hitters. Played nonstop rally points for an hour, an the thing was stellar for 30 minutes and then sloppy thereafter, once my energy was lower. But, without question, the SW here is high 330s at least, because I spent a little time with my 7G which has a confirmed SW of 335 and this 6.1 swung heavier, no doubt. So it's all in the balance and where the weight is. Also served for 20 minutes after the rallying and the 6.1 was a log compared to the 7G.

    Also, I think with these 6.1s -- unlike most sticks -- I'm more of a 16/18 man instead of the 18/20. Not as much precision, but a deeper ball. That lands just inside most of the time.

    Anyway, supposed to get some rough weather the next couple days so will be phone stalking the shop, which is still awaiting a return of the PS 95 and Juice Pro. Perhaps it's a good sign that the bugger(s) who has those frames is holding onto it.
     
  7. el sergento

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    Welcome to Wilson country.

    Here's my dilemma:

    6.1 #1 - 350 g's, 330 SW, 9 pts HL = PERFECT
    6.1 #2 - 357 g's, 322 SW, 13 pts HL = NOT PERFECT

    So my task is to lighten 6.1 #2 enough to add a couple of grams at 12 in order to get the same SW. In other words, nigh impossible.

    I'm actually considering digging out the foam from the handle in order to lighten it up. Even 3 g's would make a difference, and then I could up the SW a touch.

    Mostly it's the balance that throws me off. I get much better forward momentum on my forehand with #1, and my back hand is just grooved so perfectly to that balance and SW.
     
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    That would seriously drive me up the wall. The first thing I do when I get a 2nd stick to match is throw it on the scale. #2 up there is going to be a PITA to match.


    Ross, I like BBO, I used it exclusively back in 2008. Nice string, stiffish and what ever you do DO NOT ever buy BBO rough. Totally different string-harsh as hell.

    The BBO has a nice explosive pop off the bed. The Lux green is nice. First thing that has turned my head from TB.
     
  9. counterpuncher

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    You can mostly likely find a replacement grip that is a couple of grams lighter, something like Babolat Skin Feel, etc. Or take a look at this thread --> http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=279475

    I've had similar issues before and have found lighter replacement grips as well as not used an overgrip to take about 8g off my Speed Pro, to make it fit my strokes a lot better.
     
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    ^ Great suggestion about the thinner grip.
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    What bothers me about stick #2 is the balance.. 7grams and 8 pts off the sw isn't that big of a deal, except that it's 8pts. less in swing weight??!!?... but that balance.. 4 whole points, is gonna be a douzy.

    I've learned to treat every Wilson stick as it's own 'special' one of a kind. There will probably never be 2 identical within any of the area codes around me.

    I remember I had demo'd the k6.1 16x18 when it had come out and the shop had given me 2 16x18's instead of the 18x20.

    They were worlds apart. One felt head-heavy and had a super flexy throat and the other was stiffer and considerably more head-light.

    Needless to say, it was the most confusing demo session I can remember. That and the Speed Pro demo, was so excited to swing that stick based on specs... and then.... failing demo dive bombs!!!
     
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    > I've learned to treat every Wilson stick as it's own 'special' one
    > of a kind. There will probably never be 2 identical within any of
    > the area codes around me.

    That's my experience too. I have five KPS88s and they all have different specs. Lead tape helps a lot, especially if the racquets are not too far apart.

    I've taken to buying matched pro stocks this year which makes things a lot easier.
     
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    Both of mine are 357 and on spec for weight. One is a little more head heavy. The difference is not too bad though. I switched back and forth tonight and the main thing that threw me off was the cyclone strings. They are so trampoline like that it is tough to control them. I started to swing really easy and could crush the ball.

    The Silverstring is so honest..even after 11 hours of use it just plays exactly like i expect..no guessing. I have never loved a string setup so much before.
     
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    The Tale of Two Tails:

    Now, I believe it to be quite a propos, considering the latest turn of this thread, that after a few ales this dreary, drab, wet and unseasonably warm canadian winters night I arrived home and promptly picked up my at once beloved and bemoaned Helvetic-hued n6.1's; only to be struck by a vision, a flash, a shock of pure Raquetaholic, OCD, inventiveness.

    As I stood in my kitchen, wielding a club in each hand, and contemplating making a club sandwich, it dawned on me: the solution to my Wilson woes was not only simple, but prophesied, nay, foretold.

    What if, I humbly asked myself, what if I put a Head butt cap on my heavier crimson club? Wouldn't it be wonderful and appropriate if the American Wilson Butt was substantially heavier than the European Austrian Ass? What if............

    Inspired, but not before satiating my alcohol induced appetite, I proceeded to assemble my tools, a task not without risk as both baby and baby mama slept close by, and surely my quest would be foiled if by some misfortune either was to awake.

    Quickly, racquet was skinned, stubborn staples removed, and finally, with vivid anticipation, W butt cap was placed on an electric scale; a most useful magical apparatus used predominantly by drug merchants and racquet fiends:

    The verdict, 12 grams. The Head, 9 grams. bitter disappointment, a wider margin was expected. But then, another flash, what if we removed the trap door? Yes, of course! Final verdict, 7 grams, a 5 gram difference, victory could be tasted.

    Once the tighter, skinnier and lighter euro ass was placed on the red white and silver behemoth, and once the original skin was shed and replaced by a lighter one, the same model used on its sibling, the racquet gods delivered their final verdict:

    Sans OG, racquet # 2 is now 346 grams and 8 pts head light. Racquet # 1, the base 6.1, is 347 grams and 8.5 pts head light.

    My friends, two Wilsons are on their way to being matched.

    Now, recall how I said my endeavor had been foretold, prophesied by the Enlightened Eagle! By joining the ancient bloodlines of Wilson and Head; their mystical union consummated, as is tradition, through the butt, I have thus created the oft derided Pro 6.1 95, or 6.1 Pro 95, as some are known to call it.

    Now, my quest isn't quite complete, and surely the purist well beg for me to abandon my folly, but I believe, nay I am certain, that by weeks end that two shall be one!

    And so, it is with joy in my heart that I bid thee Good night my friends: let the Golden Eagle bless thee and thine loved ones. And let his fare breasted maiden grant you a fecund and fantastic best class new year.
     
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  14. Ross K

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    Weather permitting (OMG, you look out of the window here in North London this morning and you just feel like breaking into a chorus of 'In The Bleak MId-Winter'!), I may take one of my regular peaks at my 6.1 a bit later today as my Exo is at the stringer's.

    Now we all know about the crushing power, very good controlled, precise placement what with that 95" head, the rock-like PWS vibes-less solidness, etc. But, as one of my present major prerequisites in what I'm looking for is a frame that I can swing fluidly and fast - and consistently and not just for a set and a half or whatever - it will be interesting to see how I find it.

    Both my APD and Exo have definitely been very pleasing to me lately re weight, swing fluency, etc - and that's not to be under-estimated given a permanent niggling knee issue and a general middle-aged slowing down.:cry:

    Happy hitting RHs where ever you are in the world today... or boozing it up all you beer-heads.:wink:
     
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    Its a good thing you live in canada dude, i think putting a head cap on a wilson is illegal under the patriot act.

    Congrats on the match though, a christmas (tebow) miracle.
     
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    POST OF THE DAY!... Good luck with the sacred quest... still awaiting a visit from the fare breasted maiden.:)
     
  17. Meaghan

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    Got a chance to have a short hit this morning with the Melbourne..........

     
  18. bad_call

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    strung the 4D100 with B5E/SS at 48/48...took the advice of PP & PED. hope it's better than the Hexonic recommendation. ;) ...j/k
     
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    lol..

    Well one thing we all know by now is not only each person's taste different, but you also have to factor in the frame.

    I'm addicted to the SS setup now..I honestly don't get super ravey about strings..I will find some GOAT setups now and then for one particular racquet, but the SS is the best poly I have ever used. It's probably amazing in the EXO too, but I'd do the tension at 45#s.
     
  20. ryushen21

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    That sounds right up my alley.

    I've been on a serious Belgian kick lately although our big local brewery makes a winter beer that is damn tasty. I've been knocking back trippels and quadruppels since I only really need one of those and I can drink them over the course of an hour or 2 (come in large bottles).

    Admittedly, I'm not an IPA fan even though I see that there is some love for those here.

    Anyone here enjoy the offerings of Avery or Breckenridge?
     
  21. Power Player

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    dude, we are back to stick talk..lol.

    But Klem, there are some very heavy IPAs that I have had in my area. Unfortunately I can never remember the names. I would not consider Sierra Nevada one, but that is why it is so great.

    A beer that the snobs on certain beer websites don't seem to like, but I do is Flying Dog Tire Bite...so good.

    That and Abita turbodog are my favorites. Have no idea why they are both named after canines, but they are both awesome.
     
  22. PED

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    Funny you should mention that....lol

    I'm getting ready to string up my last set of Hexonic :)

    I "like" Hexonic in my Tec 320 but loved it in my PDR.....go figure.

    Having said that, I used Red Hexonic last year in the PDR and black in the Tec this year. Wonder if it's the color. My next set is Red so we'll see. At 75 a reel it's hard to beat.

    Side note: as much as I'm enjoying the Lux Green mystery string, I've developed a slight elbow twinge after 3 days use....this NEVER happens to me. I'll try a dampener and see if that helps.
     
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    "Needs more dog"

    [​IMG]

    Couldn't resist.
     
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    PP, could you sum up what makes SS so special? Compared to CF, a string we both know well, how does it compare in FEEL, POWER, SPIN, DURABILITY, COMFORT.

    SS is still on my radar too because Alu is dying on me way too fast. It's a fine string for the summer, when I play every day and I can really wring all the performance out of it, but in the winters I only get 1-2 sessions a week, and my strings are dying in the bag instead of on the court.

    Thanks a bunch
     
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    I'll look into that one. I've been into Turbodog for a long time. Great beer and not too pricey either. More often than not my beer tastes run into the $$$$ category.
     
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    Sure. The main thing is that SS feels real good in a stiff racquet. It is very very honest. You are going to have supreme confidence using it because it always reacts in a very consistent manner. Every time I want to hit a flat blast, a tospin archer..a drop shot..slice serve..whatever..I know what the ball is going to do as long as I don't screw it up on my end.

    For example, the Cyclone is not honest to me at all. It is tough to control if you swing out, and really seems to work best if you swing 70% the entire time. It trampolines the ball sometimes and seems to lose tension rather fast.

    The SS has lost only 7 pounds of tension in 11 hours of play.

    CF comparison
    feel - SS.. wonderfully addicting pocketing feel..super nice in a wilson
    power = close..but SS has a lot..i'd give it a slight edge
    spin = CF. CF is one of the best spin polys I have ever used.
    durability = SS. Best durability of any poly I have ever used so far.
    comfort = SS . Very key for me in this stiff stick. I could only use ALU power in the BLX for 4 hours before I needed a break. I am at 11 and counting with no problems on the SS.

    It sounds like I am ripping the CF, but the SS is just that good. CF is one of my favorite polys, and SS slays it in every category except spin.
     
  27. Meaghan

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    Think its worth having a demo of the melbourne, reminds me a lot of the 6.1 line with volkl feel. The dense pattern its not dense, the stringed feels rather open with loads of spin and power on tap. Control as you would expect, serves bombs. Its less tank like, more manoeuvrable than the wilson, better feel imo. Looks great too, feels like its made of steel, but really comfy. Strings up tight so you need to string several lbs below normal.
     
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    but there's only so much kool aid...:)
     
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    It's 18x20 and my wrist doesn't love that fact either.

    I never got into Becker stuff..the grip shapes..the logo..I don't know..never was my thing.

    I am really happy with the Wilson..that tank like feel suits what I like to be honest. I also find the BLX to be real easy through the air...now that my wrist does not hurt every time I play tennis, I can use heavy sticks again. I like how the Wilson keeps me from swinging out of control. I tend to do that when a stick is too light.
     
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    The local carries the Melbourne. If these darn Wilson stocks I want to try dot come back sometime soon, I may try the Melby for lack of the PS 95 and Juice. (demo situation is you're free to swap out sticks throughout the trial period). They have some of the new Head frames, but I'm just over the Head grip shape and nothing really interests me much anyway. And I abhor the gummy caps look.
     
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    Anyone here with knee issues as in niggley and long=lasting little problems?

    I've had twinges and pains in my left knee sporadically for a few years, and in this damp, treacherous weather where you're slightly unsure about footing, it's been really causing me some discomfort and mentally it's often in the back of my mind.

    Anyway, I'm actually mentioning this because I'm curious what measures ppl take or advise? Like, a compression stocking thingy? Or some other strapping or covering during play? Or, as I've heard, NOT during play but afterwards? How can I lessen this knee problem and get my mind off my bloody knee and on to my game!?:)

    TIA DUDES
     
  32. JGads

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    Knee guy right here. Even though I'm still relatively young, have had issues: multiple dislocations that eventually required me to have surgery that fixed the problem, and since, an occasional sprained meniscus. ... Ever since trying the straps just below my knee, ala Nadal of a few years back, I haven't had any issues so I keep wearing them. Depends on what your problem is, though. Knees are tricky.
     
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    So hobbling around a bit out there earlier on the slippy freezing court wasn't much fun. Played with both the N95 and the APD (more with the Bab.) Racket-wise, I wouldn't read too much into anything (I lost both sets), due to knee, conditions, generally feeling below par, and of course, my opponent's better game.:wink:

    What I did notice was how my control was a bit ropey at times with the Bab (strung with Cyclone - and I'm in agreement with PP about the over-powered, spongey performance of this string), in contrast to the N95, which was exhibiting great control (strung with TB @ 52s, though a lot less now.)

    Furthermore, though I consider the APD a very nice serve racket for my requirements, the N95 is maybe even nicer a serving experience. You can certainly "go after" the serve in such a dynamic, fluid way; and when you get there, you really do put some big-time thump on the ball; plus, in terms of placement, the Wilson bosses it.

    Anyhow, a lot of mitigating factors to consider, but... dare I say it... that N95 sure did feel nice.:cool:

    Probably too low for you stronger gents, but I'd like to go @ 45s full poly in the N95 just to see if I like what I'd expect to be some MAJOR mph. Also, London is damp and cold and grim.:(

    Whatever the outcome of my APD V Exo 100 testing, it will probably then be a case of Exo/APD V N95. I'd be curious to see how over an extended period, if what I consider to be my more tweener-friendly, topspin, modern, whippy, bla-bla, Western or at least very strong SW gripping style - as suits both the APD and Exo - contrasts with the N95 - which is a bit more of a plow through, player's, control, mega-solid, slightly less contemporary, bla bla racket...

    It really would throw the cat among the pidgeons if results showed, over a considerable period (and not just the once a month sets), I actually played better with the N95.
     
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    Cheers JG. I know zero about such things and in a typical dumb male way have done what you may expect - ie, entirely ignored the problem and hoped it would go away.:)
     
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    Ross, I am doing 50/48 in the BLX right now and it is ripping.

    Really rewards you if your grip is between SW and W...45 would be great for a full on western.
     
  36. JGads

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    Pro Staff 95 and Juice Pro, hello.
     
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    You are the chosen one. Lay it on us. Spare nothing.
     
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    Round 1:

    Juice Pro: A true thumper. Made for a Ryan Braun, a Barry Bonds, this Juice swings heavy but the feel of it is outstanding. Unlike its Ugly Sister, the Steam, this Argentinian Atrocity -- to be fair, at least this one's a matte paintjob, and the 'Juice' that's written beneath 12 is in the old "PS" font of the N 6.1 frame, which I thought was a cool touch -- feels FULL. Excellent, excellent feel, but this frame in particular wasn't headlight enough. In fact it felt more difficult to swing than even the weighty 6.1 95 demo I just traded in. On the forehand, hits a booming, flat ball with total ease. On the backhand, for me, it hits the back fence repeatedly, spotlighting my current biggest weakness. Very comparable to the new 6.1 95, but while the very full, satisfying feel of this one definitely outclasses the just-a-hair-too-rigid feel of the latest 6.1 95, the 6.1 95 is easier to handle. Impressive frame, the Juice. But not one I'll be moving forward with. I'll bet the lighter versions of this frame are a dandy for their respective weight classes, if those versions maintain this sensational feel.

    And now, we interrupt this program for a special comedic announcement. This just in:

    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Andy_Roddick_2012_Calendar/descpageARF-RODCAL12.html

    Wow. Just... wow.

    And we're back...

    Pro Staff 95: A project. The classic feel is there. But the weight of shot just isn't. Definitely the very low swingweight, as reported. Which makes for some insane angle shotmaking in stock form, but I found myself hitting far too many loopy shots that just didn't pierce the court well enough. On the plus side, I rarely hit long; there is a control aspect to this that is quite impressive for a lighter stick, and I don't know what it is about box beams, but no matter how light they are (I've now hit with the 100 and now this), they just volley ridiculously well, spitting everything back to the other side, whether you're punching it or dropping it. Excellent feel and touch around the net. But from the back this thing is starved for some lead, which I will now do before playing a match with it tomorrow. My gut feeling? Might be too difficult to get the lead just right so as to match the so-easily-heavy and driving shots of either of my PKs or even the ready-to-go-stock 6.1 95. What those frames have, and what I'm after here with this 95, is the ball-flattening feel upon impact and the easy, heavy depth, while still maintaining enough maneuverability. Again, my hunch is that I won't quite get there with this Pro Staff, but in the coming days I shall try.
     
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    Good stuff JG - doesn't really sound that enticing with both frames, though I definitely MUST have one of those ARod calenders LOL!
     
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    Another short spin with the Melbourne this morning. Took of a few gramms in the hoop and the strings seem to have settled in and the sweetspot has opened right up. Need to string this low-mid 40's if using poly.

    If i thought yesterday this was good then today even better. The few gramms taken fron the hoop made a lot of difference in manouverability, rock solid super stable, great allcourt stick, superb S&V stick and easy with the extra inches in headsize from the baseline, great spin and huge pop when needed.

    Cant fault it, I think its spec lines up quite well with you folks demoing the Wilsons, Id deffo put this on your demo list, dont worry about the 18x20 its not that dense infact its positively spinny with all the benefits of control you get with that string pattern. Quality!
     
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  43. Ross K

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    Greetings RHs,

    Looking forward to receiving my Exo back from the stringers and checking it out in the, for me, unchartered territory of full poly @ 45s. I tell you this though, I've reached decision-time, as it has to improve significantly in the serve pop dept or it's on the way out. The APD and N95 just serve so good in comparison, I can't justify using the Exo when it's putting me a slight disadvantage.
     
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    I occasionally wear Nike Open-Patella Knee Sleeves, usually only on my left, sometimes on both knees. They are compression-type sleeves and work very well IMO. Fit is pleasant, though they can start to move a little when you sweat.

    These are mostly for peace of mind and a little bit support. I've had surgery performed on both knees – for a splintered tibia fracture on the left and for a meniscal tear on the right. Ouch. No problems now thankfully, knock on wood.
     
  46. movdqa

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    I used to wear the compression sleeves from CVS (don't recall the brand) and they have a gel doughnut at the kneecap but I've lost so much weight that I don't need them anymore.

    I also use New Balance Ultra-Arch Insoles to protect the lower leg and knees. I do a lot of running and those help quite a bit. There are whole threads dedicated to knee issues on the Health forum.
     
  47. Meaghan

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    Knees are great for creaking and popping, every time I move something cracks, my toes are the worst but more seriously my knees are getting that arthritic rub. Tbh the more I play the less I seem to have any problems. Lately with the weather the less im playing and the more Im creaking. Sometimes its quite painful in a high pain threshold kinda guy, it last a few days then Im fine for a few weeks then its back again.....dont feel it on court so dont wear anything, its always seems before raather than afterwards. Im double jointed and everything makes a noise. I feel stiff all over and get cranky unless I can get out and unleash my floccinaucinihilipilification!
     
  48. bad_call

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    hit with this setup and it's a keeper. adds another degree of difficulty for the opponent when used properly. however not as forgiving as the usual poly/syngut setup when fatigue creeps in.
     
  49. Ross K

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    Cheers RHs for posts re knee sleaves etc ^^^.

    Last Q. What is the difference/purpose between open and closed knee sleaves? THX
     
  50. movdqa

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    The idea behind many knee problems is that the kneecap normally rides in a V groove that is lubricated with cartilege. When the kneecap starts to mistrack, left or right, then it wears down the cartilege on the side until you get to bone on bone which is very bad. The hole in the sleeve puts pressure on the kneecap to track in the middle. The type that I have has the ring but there is a piece of material over it. The gel and material may help to prevent impact damage.

    There are other approaches like kineseo tape and something like the Cho-Pat strip. You may have seen players like Kirilenko using various pressure strips on her knee as she seems to have had knee problems for quite some time. I don't like the straps because they either slip off or they over-constrict.
     

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