k90 vs ps85

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  1. lawrence

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    so i thought my poly'd 85 was too weak but after playing with some fresh balls today i realised the balls i had been using must have been really really flat
    does the k90 have more or less power than the 85? and which is heavier
    i cant find the 85 statistics to compare anymore because they took it off the tw site :(
    im also thinking of getting a kblade mid maybe, but ive heard its a lot different from the ps series in terms of balance and weight
    edit: oh wait nvm the blade is 18x20 what a turnoff
     
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  3. morten

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    K90 very sluggish IMO, did not like it. I am a ps85 player
     
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  4. RoddickistheMan

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    Yes the above posat is correct. The 6.0 is very maneuverable, however for todays baseline game I would def go with the k90. The sweetspot is larger and it has more pop.
     
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  5. nikdom

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    Second that. The K90 has more swingweight and is heavier overall. The PS85 is just about perfect.
     
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  6. lawrence

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    how about a k95? it seems slighty lighter than the k90
     
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  7. 1hand4ever

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    I play with a k90, it is great for a baseliner because it has amazing control and decent power if you hit it right. I think that the k90 and prostaff have almost the same weight but i think the the prostaff feels heavier in the hand. But this is just my opinion. I tried out a 95 and didnt like it. It has very nice pop but i didnt like the lack of feel compared to the k90.
     
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    The K95 is an easier racket to use and probably more practical.
     
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  9. Bubba

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    Practical?!?! What does that mean ???

    This has been discussed to death. The 85 and K90 are close, but definitely different feels. I have both (5 of each) and love them both. The K swings a bit heaver and has a higher swing weight. That difference show itself most notably in serves, ground strokes, and maneuverability at the net.

    The K95 is a totally different feel... way more active string bed, lower swing weight, etc... But it's a good frame... just not the 85 or K90.
     
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  10. lawrence

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    im tossing up between a k95 and kblade tour
    only thing im worried about is the kblade tour being, just a heavier version of the k6.1 team :\ which i think is a horrible racket
     
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  11. SFrazeur

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    They actually are part of a different series of racquets. The 90 being part of the 6.0 family, with it's almost square boxbeam design. It's very low powered. The 95 being part of the 6,1 family, oval beam. More power, better for people who like to spin the ball.

    It is much more practical.

    How do you find the TEAM a horrible racquet? Is it the 18x20 pattern? More even balance? I had a good hit with it late last year and thought very highly of it.

    -SF
     
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  12. RoddickistheMan

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    id ssay ditch these racvquets entirely and modernize your game, feds one of the few people left to use a 90 on the pro tour. I would try the 95 versions of these racquets. the 6.0 95 and the ncode 95 would be my alternatives.
     
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  13. lawrence

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    well i love the control, i can put the ball away anywhere i want, only problem is i have to put my whole body into every single shot just to get some decent pace, and winners seem impossible to make
    dont get me wrong its a great racket, just, for someone of my build (small, lacking power) it doesnt benefit my game at all
    and i do prefer headlight rackets, but i did put a leather grip and some lead in the handle
     
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  14. Mad iX

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    There's a pretty substantial adjustment period if you were to switch from the PS85 to the K90.
    There are some similarities but they are quite different imo.
     
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    I played with the PS85 for years ... with the n90 for about a year and switched to the K90 when it first came out. Through this 'upgrade' process I somehow led myself to believe that the racquets were better and better as I upgraded. A few weeks ago I had the strings in all my K90's break within a week or so timeperiod and as a result I was left with only my old PS85's to use for a scheduled match. So after years of not using them ( I did get them strung a few months back just for fun ) I played my match with them. Was I ever suprised what I had lost in switching to the n90 and the k90. I must admit the k90 gave me a lot more pace from the baseline and of course a bit bigger sweetspot, but the touch and feel of the PS85 was amazing!!!! The other thing I noticed that despite similar weights the PS85 whips through the air much faster which is great on ground strokes that I hit a bit late and wonderful on serves.
    I've switched back to using the K90's the last couple of matches to really try and see which in the end I like more and what compromises I'm willing to settle at.

    I also ( with help from BreakPoint - Thanks!!! ) am trying to get some Asian spec K90's to see if that will give me the best of both worlds.

    A bit of rambling on my end here ... thanks for listening. :)
     
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  16. Salsa_Lover

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    I got my 2 first PS 6.0 85s today.

    Got them from an auction site. I am very happy, they are in an almost mint condition.

    i have been playing with K90s stringed with NXT at 25/26 Kg ( 55/57 lbs ).

    I know maybe this have been discussed already, but the search tool doesn't let me put 85 as a search keyword.


    Please all you PS 6.0 85 users that had also played a K90.

    What is the best string setup you have used or can recommend to me.

    Thanks
     
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  17. m1stuhxsp4rk5

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    does the ps85 have spin like the k90? on the k90 i get a great kick serve and i just bought a ps85 waiting for it to arrive so just curious about the spin on the racket.
     
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  18. morten

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    to me yes..
     
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  19. Salsa_Lover

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    I got my 2 PS85

    The recommended tension on the raquets is signaled as 25-29 Kg.

    i made it with NXT at 27 Kg to try it on on the middle.

    It had superb control, but very low power indeed and not forgiving of my mistakes

    I'll string the second one in 25Kg and give it another try this week.

    What are the tensions you are currently using on it ?
     
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  20. alternatennis

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    my curretn tensions on PS85

    I have 4 PS 85's strung at very similar tensions:

    1 Brand New China model strung with full syn gut job at 65 lbs Gosen (17g)

    1 Used CHina model strung with cyberpower mains (17 g) at 65 lbs. gosen crosses @ 68 lbs (17 g).

    1 Used CHina model strung with Klipper Power Burst mains (16 g) @ 64 lbs and gosen crosses at 67 lbs (16 g).

    1 ST Vincent model with full gosen micro sheep syn gut @70 lbs 17 g.

    The st vinny is strung tighter because it has more heft, and the st vinny @ 70 feels like heaven on serves and volleys. For the best groundies, I use my cyberpower hybrid set up. It allows you to swing away and keep up with those opponents with technology based racquets that allow them to pound groundies with little effort.
     
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  21. VGP

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    The k90's weird to me.....

    I was at the tennis shop yesterday and I almost bought one that they had on the discount rack for $150. Not a great deal, but it was strung and new.

    It just feels very cumbersome compared to the PS85. I've even got my PS85s leaded up at 10 and 2 to 12.7 oz. and those feel more maneuverable than than the k90. Seems like a lot of PS85 users that got into the k90 opted for the Asian k90 over the US k90.....

    Even though the static weight and balance are similar, the weight distribution has gotta be wonky.

    Anyone care to cut one up in sections and see how the weight's distributed? ;)
     
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  22. m1stuhxsp4rk5

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    just hit with my ps85 st.vincent and that thing is a dream its awesome. the weight distribution is so much better then the k90 i hit better serves and ground strokes with the 85 then the k90. serves are a dream with this racket for some reason it seems to have more control then the k90. it also looks like the string pattern is denser on the 85 then the 90. i love my ps 85
     
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