London Tour- how does it compare to other player's sticks?

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  1. roundiesee

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    At such low prices now, it would appear to be a steal to get a pair of these, but for players who have tried this racket, how does it actually play, and does it compare favourably with other player's stcicks like the BLXPS90, YT Prestige Mid (IG and Non-IG), Yonex tour89, etc?
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  2. Winners or Errors

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    I haven't played with any of those racquets. It compares favorably with the Dunlop M-Fil 200 and is similar. It has more dwell time and is less demanding than my Dunlop 4D100s. It doesn't have the plow of my Prince NXG Mid, but that racquet weighs at least an ounce more. I suspect it's significantly softer than the Wilson. I bet it's got more trampoline in the sweetspot than the Head - it has widely spaced main strings for an 18x20 93. I can't even guess at the Yonex, though I had thought of picking that one up before the Beckers dropped to $79.

    It's just a very solid stick. Spin is nice. The sweetspot is easy to find. If I step into the shot, I can generate plenty of power. My level of play has improved with them; I plan to keep them.

    Only annoying thing for me is that Becker put a sticker on the butt-cap instead of an actual printed image of Becker. I can live with that, but it made the construction seem kind of cheap when I noticed it.

    What else do you want to know?
     
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  3. LanEvo

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    I was thinking about this frame as well, especially for the price, but I am not a huge fan of Mids, so I am passing.
     
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  4. roundiesee

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    Thanks so much! Would you choose it as your main racket?
     
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  5. roundiesee

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    Have you decided to get the "pink" racket? :)
     
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  6. LanEvo

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    IDK this is my collection right now:

    PDRs in my Sig. (my main sticks)
    3 N95 16x18
    1 N95 18x20
    1 Youtek Rad
    1 Aerostorm Tour Cortex
    1 PDR Cortex
    4 PS 85s

    And if I do like the Blade 98s too much, I will have to switch, and I dont really want to...

    IDK if I want to get another racquet or not with this many already... and I just purchased a BB Melbourne the other day from a fellow member.
     
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  7. roundiesee

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    Agreed; too many choices already; you would be hard-pressed to select one from that shortlist, :(
     
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  8. Winners or Errors

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    It is my main racquet at the moment. Of course, realizing that I am a racquet addict, I could switch at any moment for any little psychological reason. ;-)
     
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  9. yonexRx32

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    I play tested it and it is one of the nicest rackets I've hit with. The only modern racket with a classic feel. Much more so than the Pacific Vacuum Pro which was a real disappointment to me. I toyed with the idea of buying a couple of them but since my Max 200g Pro (the 1991 model, not the recent one) fully satisfies my needs and I already have three dozen rackets, I decided to be reasonable.
     
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  10. NickJ

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    Just bought one! Can't wait to play with it & see what all the fuss is about!
     
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  11. roundiesee

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    Did you buy it at $45 OR $65? :)
     
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    Off our friendly neighbourhood auction site. Virtually brand new, advertised as only used 5 times, no scratches/scrapes or any other damaged bodywork. Including delivery to the UK cost a total of £50 (about $70 I guess). Brand new off TW Europe is still a bargain but at this price I had to get it!
     
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  13. roundiesee

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    Congrats Nick!
     
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  14. NickJ

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    So collection so far reads -

    2 x Donnay Pro One (Agassi models - 1 yellow/blue, 1 orange/grey)
    2 x Slazenger Pro Braided
    Fischer Pro One (Kafelnikov)
    Wilson KFactor Tour 90
    Wilson Pro Staff Original 6.0 95 (just THE best frame ever made, ever)
    2 x Babolat Pure Storm GT
    Babolat AeroPro (French Open Ltd Ed., the first one which I have now found out is not really limited at all, just a paint jobbed average normal everyday run-of-the-mill ho-hum AeroPro)
    And the soone to arrive BB London Delta Core
     
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  15. APG

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    I am an old school guy and love the feel of these rackets and so easy on the joints. I am at best a 4.0 player but ignore the recommendations of what level of players should use this stick.
    I have been playing with mid and mp prestiges for years and have switched over to the tour's which Are barely smaller than mp prestige.
    I string mine with full gut at 50/47 and get a fair amount of plow-thru. I have added hockey tape, small amounts of wt. at 3,9, & 12 which has mostly eliminated the tip deadness if these sticks.
    I am perplexed how poorly these rackets have sold.
     
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  16. anirut

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    BB London Tour?

    Very, very nice. And, yes, I prefer it over the Pacific X Feel Pro 90.

    (But I like the rawness of a tennis racket like the Redondo.)
     
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  17. APG

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    Yes I am referring to the London Tour. Previous
    Poster alluded to buying a London Delta Core.
     
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  18. christo

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    I remember this frame as being very flexible and of course a small sweet spot but a nice stick nonetheless:)
     
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    compare to other player's sticks?


    you mean losers sticks?? descibe the specs please ....no the opinion.
     
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  20. In D Zone

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    BB London Tour - played practice sets for 2 days. So far I am impressed how the LT felt, very maneuverable due to its lighter SW. Yes, you can feel the feedback from the ball due but not harsh (since I stung mine at 50lbs coupled with flexible frame ).

    Compared LT to N90, BLX90, RDis 100 90 - LT SW is lighter and the frame flex makes it easier on the arm. Power, I'd say it favors N90, BLX90, RDIS90 (you don't need to swing faster to generate pace due to the heavier SW). However, LT allows you to swing faster which I found to be favorable especially when on the run and for playing longer match.

    Control is good as expect for a dense pattern- its too early for me at this stage to give it a thumbs up.
    Next stage to bring the LT to a match.
     
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  21. APG

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    Thanks Zone. I appear in the minority as far as appreciation for this stick. IMO
    It grows on you. Even though I will for a time play with my Prestiges, I have gravitated back to this frame and currently playing with it exclusively.
    Please keep us posted as to how it works for you.
     
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  22. In D Zone

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    Took the BBLT last nite to our USTA team practice. I was a little worried, thinking that I may get over powered by others since I am still adjusting to the lighter SW. As an insurance I brought my trusted RQis Tour with me just in case.

    During the drills and scrimmages, I am amazed how the racquet performed. Control was good, able to generate good spin and pace when needed. Volleys were crisp and stable. One big change I noticed was my 1hbh - I am also to hit my shots with ease, quicker response on racquet preparation while maintaining consistency. Serve - it was more consistent, power and pace were there but I did not try to swing faster with my serve; still getting use to the lighter SW (afraid the racquet might fly off my hand or get injured). The only concern I had was the bh slice, I felt there is something missing in the shot ; again this points to the lighter sw. I plan to add some lead to increase the SW a tad. Overall, I am impressed with the BBLT.

    Yes, this frame does grows on you!
     
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  23. mrmike

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    I recently purchased one of these, couldn't pass up the sale price. Once you get it weighted up correctly, the London Tour plays great. No problem switching from a 98 to the 93 head. I wanted to match the weight of my C10 pros, so I added a leather grip, Super Grap overgrip and 8 grams of lead at 10 and 2. Total weight is around 350g. Plays very nice and hits a heavier ball than my C10's. I'll keep this one in the bag for sure.
     
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    Sigh, I wanted you to say that you hated it then sell it to me... :mad:
     
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  25. mrmike

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    They are still out there on TW and other sites but are starting to get more scarce. I had to hunt around to find an L5.
     
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