Mid Testing

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  1. MikeHitsHard93

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    So, I'm going to finally test a few mids side by side. What mids should I try first?
     
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    Oh, and I'm also going to be trying the tec 315 16x19.
     
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    there was just last week another mid thread.....

    sigh

    ok POG mid
     
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  4. MikeHitsHard93

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    Lol my bad? I'll look it up...

    Edit: why don't you so kindly provide a link?
     
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  5. vsbabolat

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    IG Prestige Mid, Volkl PB 10 Mid.
     
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    I enjoyed the Volkl Organix 10 mid a lot
     
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    There can't be that many. I would definitely recommend the Wilson Professional Staff 90. The only other current mid I've tried is the Volkl Organix10 and I would not recommend that if you play vs heavy hitters. I even leaded mine up to 12.5oz and it still got pushed around. The Pro Staff didn't. But maybe it's me so perhaps if you try it you will like it.

    Haven't tried the Yonex Tour88 but the feedback on that is relentlessly glowing and the IG Prestige seems like the best since the Classics. But it seems this Prestige is already over before the new one even arrives.
     
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    I would add the Wilson PS90, or K90 to this very good list.
     
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  13. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Redondo is one of the most gorgeous racquet I have ever seen. I would buy it and hang it on my wall.

    Add Dunlop 100 onto that list. I think the new version is called Dunlop 100 "Classic".
     
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    I never have liked the feel of dunlops, however I tried them with poly that I never tried before. Maybe I'll give the 100 a go!
     
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  16. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Dunlops are awesome man.
     
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    The Redondo mid is a beast. I had one for a couple of years. Hits very similar to my prostock prestige mids...

    -Fuji
     
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    One of my favorite mids was the Blade, that is if you can find one.The 2nd edition is the one I really enjoyed, think that's the one Tsonga used in the Australian Open final, nice stick.
     
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  19. coolschreiber

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    The only mids I have and played with are wilsons - 3 k90s, a blx 90 and a ps blx 90. And a bunch of assorted mid pluses.
    psblx 90 is an awesome racket, its very headlight - plays much lighter than the other two iterations and has awesome plow. But in my opinion, I liked K90 best among these three iterations of tour 90. So if you can somehow lay your hands on that one, I highly recommend it.

    And...and...Should be getting my prestige mid any day though :), can't wait. I heard they are discontinuing the Prestige mid, Does anyone know for sure if that's true?
     
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  20. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Rumors has it that the "Prestige Mid" as well all know it as, is dead.
    19mm
    ~89.5sq inch
    18x20
    12oz. +

    "New" Prestige Mid
    20mm
    REAL 93 sq inch
    some form of open pattern.
    below 12oz.
     
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    Sorry forgot to recheck the thread, I see it was posted above.

    I am really excited about this, hoping that it's really good, I just hate the grip shape. Not sure if that's a deal breaker or not.
     
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  22. spinovic

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    I've always been curious about the Pacific. I've already tried the BLX 90, VCORE 89 and Prestige Mid. If I were making a demo list mids, here's what I would pick:

    Pacific X Feel Pro 90 Vacuum
    Volkl Power Bridge 10 Mid
    Wilson Pro Staff 6.0 85
    Prince Original Graphite Mid
    Prince Tour Diablo Mid


    The Pacific and Volkl have always intrigued me because of their low stiffness numbers. The Pro Staff 85 just has intriguing specs across the board from its combo of static weight/swingweight/balance to its 62 stiffness rating and its more open 16x18 pattern. The Prince OG has an interesting 14x18 string pattern. And, the Diablo Mid interests me at 9 pts HL along with the rest of the numbers.
     
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  23. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    That may be deceiving, because the PS 6.0 85 has a denser center than the rest of the stringbed. This trend was followed by the PS Tour 90, nCoded 90, but abandoned by the K90/BLX90/PSBLX90.

    Observe:

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?p=7730548#post7730548
     
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  24. MikeHitsHard93

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    What did you think of the yonex?
     
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    To be quite honest, I'm only tentative about using a mid because my baseline and return game are so solid right now (besides being able to hit lots of winners) and I don't want to mess that up just to be able to hit flatter. Everything is just up in the air for me because I play my best win a APD style racket but can't handle the stiffness. I should also probably give poly strings a break as well, or at least use super low tensions.

    By now you all know how my racket ventures are like a roller coaster ride and I have always been looking for something to just solidify my game. After reading a bunch and going through my old threads and posts, I realize that I go back on a lot of decisions. I'm tentative. I like to use a racket that has proven its worth. I don't like a racket that's iffy when it comes to popularity. Because when I start hitting poorly or serving bad, I look at the racket and go "no wonder why no one uses this". I'm a leader when it comes to daily personality, but when it comes to tennis I follow hype quite a bit. I always try to use the underdog frame or brand, but it never seemed to work.

    I'd like to have someone tell me what to use right now...whether it be a yonex mid or an APD. No poly for now. Next racket will be the softest multinational can find strung accordingly.

    Many of you will shake your heads in disgust, many of you will think to yourself "he'll never choose" and someof you will think I'm just trolling. I'm no troll, and my motive is to become a better player and become a very solid 4.0 at the end of the year.

    Bumping my ntrp down, and tonight I will make an effort to video myself.

    Would greatly appreciate some constructive criticism or feedback. Thanks everyone!
     
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  26. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    You need to lose that mentality. That are MANY people who swear by their less than popular Volkls, Pro Kennex, Dunlops, and etc.

    There are a bunch of old timers who refuse to switch to newer frames, so their frames are "not popular" anymore. But I assure you, those older timers can whip the floor with their Wilson Profiles and such.
     
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  27. MikeHitsHard93

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    Oh believe me, I definitely try to get rid of it. But it always creeps back into my mind and I can't help it.

    Ha I know a couple guys that will forever play with pro staffs and never change.
     
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  28. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Are you talking about me?
     
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    No one is my high school coach and the other is his brother.
     
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  30. Larrysümmers

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    you dont use rackets to play tennis, you play tennis to use rackets, dont ya Mike? haha

    i really like the MG prestige mid. the yonex rds 001, ive got some pro kennex graphite sabers that are 14-18 patterns. the ncode 90 ,and the kps 88.

    i know these are older frames, but if you can find em at a decent price i think you'd really enjoy them, as i believe the feel of them are amazing, and they are wicked powerful with great spin generation.
     
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  31. MikeHitsHard93

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    You are spot on my friend! And I also enjoy hitting big powerful shots and shots that make your jaw drop. These are the things that I love about tennis.

    I actually hate serve and volley, I hate big serve, one big forehand tennis. I love the baseline big banging groundies back and forth. That's what I live for.
     
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  32. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    The KPS88 is not a racquet, it's Thor's Hammer.
     
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    I would compare my love for rackets with baseball. If I can find a bat to bring my average up, that's all good. However, I also like to hit home runs on occasion just for the feeling of it :)
     
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    It felt sluggish to me. I didn't really like it. The BLX 90 was my favorite of the three. The Prestige Mid feels great but it just takes too much effort to get depth on shots. I wouldn't recommend trying that one. You won't like it.
     
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    That sounds a bit cryptic if you don't use commas....
     
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  36. PhrygianDominant

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    hahaha good one
     
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  37. MikeHitsHard93

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    Lol I usually am good about my punctuation!
     
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    Hmm. I dont get this. You like big jaw dropping shots that are powerful, but dont like big serves?? Nothing is as jaw dropping as an ace IMHO. 135mph second serves are pretty cool too.

    Anyhow try a POG mid at the low end of the range if you like big banging groundies...
     
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    mike, i previously recommended the vcore 89 for you but didnot know you are a 4.0

    to be honest, you will find the 89 difficult to play with a bit. you will enjoy hitting with it but you might suffer a bit in competitive game situation. you will need to adjust your timing and be physically ready for the heavy SW .

    But it will definately improve your game if you wanna work hard for it.
     
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  40. MikeHitsHard93

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    I'm probably just a little bit shy of a 4.0 due to my serve. Thanks for the advice!
    There will be a thread in the practice section with my video of me hitting very soon. I'd like to get people's opinions and criticism, as well as a rating.
     
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  41. Chotobaka

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    I second, third or fourth the PK Redondo mid. Also, I suggest you include a demo of the Pacific Pro 90 Vacuum.
     
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  42. Slippery

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    When you are testing rackets, do get a chance to change strings and tension? Fine tune.
     
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    Mike, are you demoing the mids with the idea of possibly buying or just to try them out?

    I found them fun to try out, but ultimately they weren't for me...too demanding. I expect you'll find them the same.

    Unless it is a stick you just absolutely want to try, I'd recommend avoiding the Prestige Mid. It makes the Pro Staff feel forgiving. haha
     
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    ^^^^^THIS!!! I got two of these on vacay in Vegas a few years back. BEASTS! However, I proved to be an unworthy beastmaster. I also tried the BB London Tour. I liked that one too.
     
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  45. MikeHitsHard93

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    Mostly to try out, but if something clicks I may buy it :) after watching my videos, I see that a tweener really is for me. No players frames for this guy. My swing is too compact. It's fast, but compact. Perfect for an APD type racket. IMO.
     
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    I think you're smart in making a choice predicated on what's good for your game, IOW what stick do you play with best , instead of what's the macho stick.
     
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  47. MikeHitsHard93

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    If only I knew...I play pretty decent with the speed port black but the swing weight is too high and hinders some things for me like volleying and RHS on serve
     
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  48. TennisCJC

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    MHH93,

    Stop it!

    Get 2 decent rackets that you like. Get them matched by TW. Play with them for at least 1 full year before you change. And, remember only wussies blame their racket for an error.
     
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    The xforce lite is getting sent in the mail to be returned tomorrow, in exchange for another speed port black.
     
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  50. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    And I wasn't even referring to its weight, I was referring to the sheer brutality of its power. I wonder if kPS88 was secretly made by Babolat.
     
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