My New Racquet Dilema

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  1. ChicagoJack

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    Jack - Check the Donnay Pro One thread. I've posted a tailweighting option for you complete with explanation and pics. - Other Jack
     
  2. JackB1

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    I saw that. Thanks!
     
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    10 years from now you'll be writing the same story about whatever they'll have then. Just chose something and stick with it. Stop with all these changes. I think you would benefit from just a single racquet and not constantly switching and being picky.
     
  4. RollTrackTake

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    10 years?? I'd set the over under on 10 weeks until the next 'racquet dilemma'!
     
  5. SteveI

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    I will take 5 weeks...:)
     
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    I think that most of us on this board have a racquet dilemma or are in denial about not having one. Otherwise we wouldn't be on here. : )
     
  7. JackB1

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    It's OK...let the haters hate. In the meantime I'll be having fun playing and talking about tennis.
     
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    Yeah he did. and he's not the only one who's thought that.

    One of these days I'm going to post an open letter to Donnay. I know for a fact they read the boards. It will be a plea for a lower SW, more HL version of the Pro One. I will gather all quotes, from all the feedback here that are saying roughly same thing. "I love it, but it's just a little too heavy". That is something I've heard from just about every person who's tried one, as well as quite a few of us that own them. I can likely find 50 quotes in two hours that will support this. The board is littered with these comments like broken dreams at a red neck bar.

    What's perhaps even more telling, and infinitely more frustrating, is that if you visit the Donnay site, and check out their spec sheets, Donnay lists the Pro One's strung swingweight as 318. Yes please!! I would like to have 6 of those!! We all know, however that spec sheet listing is no where near accurate. The TW specs for the very same P1 16x19 are SW 327.

    So I think what many of us here would like to see is:

    A: Spin off a lower SW, more HL version of the Pro One at around 315 sw. A little too light? Buy the customization kit. Season to taste as needed. Bam! problem solved. Jazz it up with a cool sounding name. "Special Edition" or "Team", anything but the "lite" version.

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    B: Start making the Pro One in a way that it actually matches the specs on the Donnay website. Yeah, I know that seems like an odd request. But let the oddness of it all stand as testimony to what I am pointing out.

    It's a stellar frame that hits a lot of check boxes in the minds of people who try it. Comfortable, powerful, and control oriented. Lace her up with Gut/Poly and you've just brought Mr. Spin to the party. That's just about the whole enchilada right there. If it were just a skosh less head heavy, and lower SW, it would be a more customizable platform for advanced players who tend to add in their own accoutrement, with a leather grip, tailweight, and a little dash of hoop lead in the right places. It would also open the frame up to ever growing population of players looking for a powerful tweenish frame that wont wreck your arm in a week and a half. Along with the Formula 100, you'd then have two head sizes with which compete in this area. Sure the Dual Platinum and Gold 99 have a lot of pop in the right hands. But I don't see those two super thin 16-18 mm frames penetrating that market. All the X-99s are as solid as they come, but they just don't look mean enough to be deadly to somebody flitting quickly thru a big box website. The Pro one fits the bill, is developing a near cult status, and certainly looks the part.

    Jack
     
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    Poor QC is your friend. Pay $10 for the TW matching service and see if they have one in stock. Mine got to me strung with PLII 1.15 with a SW of 320.

    I added a little lead tape at 12 for much improved stability given that I hit higher in the stringbed and have ended up with a SW of around 325.
     
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    Hi Counter puncher,

    Yeah cool, that's a great suggestion, and for sure the first thing to try. Sounds like you have a sweet frame! But I've been down that road. The problem with that solution is that TW typically only carries 2 to three frames in each grip size at most. So while you might luck out and find one... maybe two that are slightly under spec, try finding 3 or 4. That is a whole 'nuther deal. TW just does not have the inventory amount to pick through.

    All I'm suggesting is they should spin off a special edition version, or start building them to the specs they say they are built to. If 318 is indeed average SW, then somebody please show me where all the SW 315s are hiding. And if 64 really is average unstrung flex rating then somebody please show me where all the 62 and 63 ra's are hiding. Heck somebody just show me one P1 with a sticker flex of 64. I tried to buy 6 of those and they had none to sell me.

    -Jack
     
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  11. Xonemains

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    Omg JackB1!!

    You still switching again???

    At least your'e back on the right track with the P1.

    You know you can slice abit more with the P1, it's very good at it.:)
     
  12. JackB1

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    I tried that route and TW didn't have many good choices.
     
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    Great post Jack and I agree with you 100%. Even the TW playtesters mentioned this. I think you should call someone at Donnay. Why would they ignore the largest tennis forum in the world? They already have the adjustable weight kit. Why not give us a P1 frame that is a good base frame to customize?
     
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    Jack have you tried contacting Donnay directly about getting the exact specs you want? A company should be able to let you buy several frames at the exact specs they claim that they are? To me, it seems like 90% of the P1's out there are OVER specs. The weird thing is the F100 doesn't seem to have the same issues.
     
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    anyone who has followed me on these forums for the past 4 years shouldn't be surprised when I switch racquets. It's like being surprised when Federer hits an inside out forehand winner :)

    yes the P1 is great for slices. It really powers thru the ball and lets you hit a low hard slice.
     
  16. bad_call

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    touche Jack...lol
     
  17. ChicagoJack

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    Hi Jack -

    Yes, you are correct, the vast majority are over spec. Yes, I did obtain a set of 6 Pro One's thru Donnay. The folks I was in contact with were super awesome to deal with, but I had to wait 3 months for another batch to roll off the production floor for the order to be filled. What I wanted (if the Donnay website specs truly are average) should have been no big deal. But as it turns out, under spec is far more difficult to come by than over spec. By definition, average implies equal number on both sides. If 318 really is an accurate average SW, somebody show me where all the 308's are hiding, because I sure see a lot of 327's out there. If 64ra really is average unstrung flex rating, then somebody show me where all the 60ra's are hiding because I see quite a few 68's. Heck somebody show me just one Pro One with a 64 sticker flex. I tried to buy 6 of those directly from Donnay and the lowest flex they could sell me was 65.

    While I was ultimately able to obtain 6 frames I'm pretty happy with, the process only confirmed hunch that the vast majority of Pro One's are over spec according to the digits listed on the Donnay website, but that the TW digits are far more accurate. Or stated another way... they are what they are, but the Donnay spec sheets are just way off.

    My larger, companion point here is that I think they would sell a bunch more P1s if they either created a lower SW special edition version, or at least start making the current P1's average SW 318 as advertised.

    Jack
     
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    That's pretty funny coming from a guy with a dozen racquets currently in the for sale section.
     
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    Doh! Busted! (lolz)
     
  20. RollTrackTake

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    Ummm, I openly admit in many posts & threads how many racquets I bought & for how much before I stopped over year ago. (If i were truly bored i could show how many racquets you've put up for sale this past year which contradicts the 'I usually buy 6 racquets/year' claim you made in a different thread). I'm not hiding the fact I'm a recovering racquet-holic. And yes, I'm selling what remains of those trials. I'm not knocking you for doing what you like. I'm not questioning your motives or logic for your current switch like many others have. For many people (me included) trying new racquets every week is a means to an end. For you it's part of the fun. We all get it. We've all been there. When you continuously claim to be looking for XYZ then a few months later say now you want ABC it's confusing.
     
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    You might add a Dunlop Bio Max 200G.

    specs:
    11.7 oz.
    5 pts HL
    98 sq. in.
    65 stiffness (but most say it plays softer)
    beam Width: 22mm / 22mm / 22mm
    low-med power level
     
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    I've been suggesting it throughout the thread to no avail.... yet.
     
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    if you "get it", then stop with the insulting wise cracks and let me enjoy myself.
    If you want to "recover" from something I consider fun (trying racquets), then go for it. I don't wish to make any rules for how I enjoy my free time. As far as what I'm looking for being "confusing", I don't know how much more plainly I could have explained myself? Yes, my "racquet requirements" changed recently with my move to a 1 hand backhand and wasn't a planned thing, but I don't really need to justify myself to anybody. My game is ever evolving and changing and what is an ideal racquet for myself today, may not be tomorrow.
    I don't pretend to be anything I'm not and if my "6 racquets/year claim" bothers you so much, I'll take it back. Even though I was probably referring to racquets I actually buy to keep for awhile, instead of just for a quick playtest. TBH, I don't really remember what statement you are referring to and I don't know why that bothers you, but just forget it and have fun. If you want to stick with one racquet for the future, then that's great. I hope it works out for you.
     
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    I thought I addressed the 200g? Anyways, yes it is a great suggestion and I have a demo on its way and will report how it works out once I get to playtest it. The specs seem perfect, but my main concern is how stiff it plays. I want an arm friendly stick now and some people have stated that be 200g plays a little stiff. We'll see.. Db, can you shed any light about that?
     
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    Jack for the amount of racquets that you have owned and tested you are the best person to answer your own question. You have all the qualificiaton to start a racquet consulting company. I am sure you would have tested atleast 80% of currently available model. I would suggest you go with a custom model vantive or whatever its new name is.

    You can seriously derive lots of good things from Pro one if you are willing to be committed to it(?). Coming from tweener racquets you will definitely struggle with pro one as it plays more like a mid frame. It should be great for single handed BH as well.
     
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    Sorry, but there are so many racquets out there, I probably haven't even tried 10% of them. If you are talking only about racquets in my spec range (11-11.5 oz), then its probably around 60-70%.

    Vantage is a nice company, but I'm not going to pay over $250 for a custom racquet. About the Pro One, I have not struggled with it at all...in fact I played some of my best tennis ever with it last week, but it's only been a short time so far. Plus' Donnay says the target range for the Pro One is 3.5 and up. The only issue I had with it was its slightly higher than ideal swingweight. I asked TW for the lightest one they had and I should get it tomorrow, so we'll see how that one spec's out. I find the P1 pretty user friendly and the headsize is just slightly smaller than a 100".

    How are you liking that Donnay 99 Gold? I was afraid that the the thin beam would be too low powered and unstable for me. I would love to try it out sometime. Do you still go to Midtown AC?
     
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    Hi Jack,

    I know these might be out of your static weight class.. but how about the:

    Dunlop Bio 400 Tour
    Head Prestige Pro

    These frames are wonderful for a 1HBH and even though they are close to 12 oz.. they swing very easy and are both very stable off the ground.

    Good luck..
     
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    Pro one definitely has a smaller head size than 100sq tweener racquets. I am currently trying Pro one, played some 3 sets so far. Though the sweetspot is generous, coming from Gold99 I had to watch the ball carefully to hit good parts of stringbed. This what I meant by struggle. Else it is a great racquet, so far only complaint I have with it is my attitude. the racquet feels so good in hand that I feel like killing the ball. This causes me to arm the ball so much leading to some arm pain, not TE though.

    Gold99 has been my goto stick for past 1 year. I tried IG Rad Pro briefly but came back to Gold 99 again. I can now confidently say that I know every bit of this racquet. I will write a detailed review as it will help everyone. Inshort you will not like gold on your BH as Gold is designed for long swing. Since your SHBH is new and not very stable you might not like Gold for your BH. But if you are already taking big swing in your BH but control and hitting the sweetspot is the issue then Gold will work great.
     
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    I tried the Bio 400 Tour a while back and just didn't like it at all. Way too headlite feeling and there's not much room to add lead to the hoop.

    The Prestige Pro IS a great racquet indeed, but just not ideal for my level. A LITTLE to heavy and demanding for me.
     
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    let me know if you decide to sell that Pro 1. I am looking for a 2nd.
     
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    Did you give up on the idea of revisiting the XFP again? The specs seem to be in the range you're looking for and you do have some prior experience with the racquet.
     
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    I didn't remove it from consideration...I just have too many racquets to test at the moment:

    Rebel 98
    Pro 1
    Maxx 200G
    Blx 6.1 95 Team
     
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    No Warrior 100 return Jack? Still got a soft spot for that racket.
     
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    nope. Slightly smaller non round headshapes work better for me now.
     
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    JackB1 -

    Must say I've enjoyed following your racquet quests, as well as watching the way you dispatch your numerous detractors with ease. Seems like you get a lot of pleasure trying out new frames, and enjoy the demo process. Rock on my brutha! However, I hope you might indulge me just a passing observation from a distance?

    The big thing to avoid in finding the right stick is uncertainty. It appears that you tend to try frames out one at a time, rather than in batches of 5 or 10. When you demo one at a time then you are dealing with memory recall. That's when things get very murky and uncertain, and emotional. Conversations start running through your head like.. "Hmm, that IG Radical Pro I hit with last week with felt really good, and I hit good backhands with it. Maybe I gave up on it too quickly." And then you feel uncertain you have made a good choice... and then, BAM! you are right back on the Demo horse again. However, if you demo 7 frames at a time, and are thoughtful about which 7 you are demoing, then you can get very certain, very quickly. And that certainty lasts a very long time.

    For Example: I demoed the entire Prestige and Radical lineup together with both versions of the Pro One at the same time. A ball machine is really handy in this case, because you get the same ball coming at you, which means you can hit exactly the same stroke, and you can watch the flight path. Because of my demo methods, I know with absolute certainty, that out of the entire HEAD line up, the Prestige MP is the best racquet for me. When it comes down to the P1 vs, the Prestige, the P1 offers a bit a bit more spin, a bit more oomph, and a bit more comfort. Done deal. So then you demo the winner of that round against the next 7 Volkls you are eyeballing, and so on. So... rather than demoing 28 frames per year, one at a time, you might consider demoing 4 batches of 7, or 7 batches of 4. You could do this every January thru February. God forbid you do happen to find a frame you like out of the process! Then you would just repeat the process every three to for years to make sure you are not missing out on something.

    Clearly you are finding entertainment value out of all the racquet switches, that's super awesome. But I also sense a bit of uncomfortable uncertainty along with that sense of enjoyment as well. Adjusting your demo methodology, not your demo volume, might be something to consider.

    Oh and stop saying Gut/Poly is too expensive. That just effing slays me! You might just be overlooking that one secret ingredient that makes a racquet really work you.

    Just food for thought, hope you dont take offense with my unsolicited coaching on the matter!

    -Other Jack
     
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  36. SteveI

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    Check out the specs of the new Dunlop 5.0 Tour. Might be a winner... for you!!!

    http://www.dunlop.com/gb/catalog/2010/tennis/rackets/f5-tour

    TW is already playtesting it! Might want to drop Chris an e-mail. I am sure he has had his hands on it :)
     
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    I agree with Chicago Jack about demo-ing batches. I usually order 4 demo's from TW and it is fairly easy to get a side by side comparison. It becomes easy for me to know Racket A has the better feel, Racket B is too lively, Racket C makes a pinging sound I don't care for and so on. I just demo-ed the blx ps 95, dunlop f3.0 and m3.0, and tf v02 320. I knew in about 2 hours that the blx ps 95 with a bit of lead tape was the best fit for me. The dunlops were nice but they just didn't have the nice solid thump and flat beam flex of the ps 95.

    But, I also knew that even the ps 95 was not quite as nice as my current customized volkl o10 295 racket so I stuck with my current racket.
     
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    Jack...I don't know why I get so much flack from the "racquet-monogomists" out there? I guess whenever you seem to be having fun or enjoying yourself, at anything in life, there will be people who want to ruin it for you or tell you how wrong it is what you are doing? Then there's the "spend money on lessons instead" crowd. How do they know I'm not taking lessons (I do) ??? Then there's the "stick with one racquet and you'll be so much better" crowd. Obviously I know that I will be (slightly) better with one racquet...but I have decided I get more enjoyment from playtesting many racquets instead. I always stay within my spec range, so the adjustment periods are minimal. To be honest...my footwork, technique and energy level have much greater impact on my on court results than my racquet. Unless I am playing with something that is totally wrong for me (Prestige, ProStaff 90, etc), I will be just fine with whatever U grab. I also honestly think strings and tension make more difference to me than the racquet model.

    OK..that said...I do agree with your idea of demoing in batches. It does make it easier to narrow down the field and I do do that quite often. But that is just "step 1". Once I decide I like racquet A out of a batch of 4, I will get a demo or a used one and playtest it for a while. Then if I still like it, I will use it in competitive matches and see what kind of results I get. I like to take my time with the process and see where a racquet will take me. Sometimes those batch demos will cause me to eliminate a racquet too quickly. But I do hear what you are saying and I think it's good sound advice. I am currently considering 4 different racquets (Pro1, 200G, BLX 95 6.1 Team, Rebel 98) and may do just that to see which comes out on top.

    No offense taken at all regarding your advice. On the contrary, it is greatly appreciated. As as far as the "naysayers" go, I look at it this way. For every 1 or 2 people that are bothered by my "racquet habits", there are probably dozens that enjoy reading about my "adventures". I do get quite a lot of nice comments and private emails from people who enjoy reading my posts, so those are the one's I choose to focus on.
     
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    Thanks Steve, but the 69 stiffness is too high for me. I am moving away from the stiffer tweener types for now, since I am wanting more comfort. I would have stayed with my Juice 100 if I was considering a Dunlop 500 Tour type of racquet. It does look good though for those in that market and the Dunlop 4d 500 Tour was my 1st racquet when I came back to tennis over 5 years ago :)
     
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    Those new Dunlops have a "weird" feel about them, don't they? Not exactly bad...just different. You are correct in saying they don't have that "satisfying thump".
     
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    got an update......got to hit briefly with the 200G today and it was very nice. Swingweight is 332 and it feels nice and balanced through the air...not too heavy...not too light. Impact felt nice with a slight flex and cusion. Nothing to complain about so far...need more time with it.
     
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    Yes, I liked the f3.0 and f3.0 but just not quite as much as the blx ps 95 or my volkl o10. The dunlop are not quite as solid and they are very lively. Maybe poly mains would tone them down.
     
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    Sreeram, I, and others I believe, would be very interested in your review of the Gold 99. When and where can we expect it? :)

    Have you also played with the Platinum 99? Kal-El says he much prefers it over the Gold, but as I play mostly on clay, I put a premium on spin-friendliness and I would be interested in a comparison between the Gold and the Platinum in that respect..
     
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    I think Sree now prefers the Donnay Pro One to the P99. I also think this is a better racquet for him. A little more user friendly than the 99 and slightly more power and forgiveness.
     
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    Thanks, but coming from the 4D 200 Tour, I think the G99 or P99 would be a better alternative for me than the P1. I have long strokes so don't want to go too powerfull.
     
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    I got Gold 99 a year back but did not use it for some 2 months as I was into playoff of a doubles league that I was playing really well with ASTGT. I just got gold after reading the TW review and seeing the score. It was my first Donnay.

    After the league I still kept playing with ASTGT but one day I gave Gold99 to my hitting partner and I was hitting with him. I found his shots kicking and hence difficult to return. It forced some error out of me. I then realized it should be the racquet i gave him.

    I then started taking Gold serious. One thing I knew is, Gold is not for push shots. It is very difficult to just push or punch the ball to keep it deep when you are out of position. The power level is really low. I then stung it with full Multi.

    Experience with Full Multi :- Gold still gave me some spin and good control with full multi but for some reason the racquet was easily pushed back by heavy shots. It played decent but nothing great with full multi. I lost most of my friendly matches and was very disappointed with it. Finally gave Full Poly a try.

    Gold99 with BHBR 16 at 55lbs :- Before this I actually tried few polys like black widow at low tension but was too unstable. Hence took BHBR at 55llbs. I played so well with it and started winning opponents at a margin which i have never had agianst them. Like I beat my 4.0 friend at 6-2 which never happened. He thought he had a bad day. But that is what Gold makes oppoents feel. It is because of that extra kick that gold has on shots, it puts your oppoents out of their comfort. I have noticed it with many opponents, it is a proven theory.

    Control:- Gold is the best control oriented racquet I have played with at 16x19 pattern. Its control is very close to any midsize closed pattern racquet, say Radical mid. I feel that the this racquet has some connection to my brain and knows exactly where I want the ball to go.

    Power:- Gold is designed for people who takes big swings. It will not help when you are out of position and just want to put the racquet in the line and expect the ball to land deep. No it will not happen with Gold. Its sweet spot is so huge, I never had any issue with missing the sweet spot. Hence taking a big swing will not be diffcult. This way it is a game improvement racquet, it will make you take big swings. It developed my FH to a solid 0.5 level. Especailly punishing 2nd serve is my favourite shot with this racquet. I can hit 9/10 times straight winners out of 2nd serve.

    Power is also this racquets downfall. By BH is just a punch shot, I cannot swing through the ball with it. I can never figure out hitting a deep cross court BH with this. I can do it if I get my hips to turn and finish my shot taking a full rotation of shoulders. Else it is just an escape shot. I kept thinking my BH is going to improve but it did not. If you think you have a good technique here then go for it.

    Same with my volleys, this racquet will give you a good feel, generous sweet spot but you need technique to hit a good volley. Which I did not have. Another shot that will let me down. There are so many times I have played great attacking FH and then come to net, but miss a simple put away volley. I will get in only 4/10 volleys with it. But with AST GT I can get 9/10 volleys in. It all comes down to the pop that Gold99 lacked.

    Serves :- I can hit aces on one day when I bend my knees and jump at contact. else I average serve. Serve placement is easy.

    Slice BH:- I am not a natural slicer. I had to learn it by keep trying. ASP made me a master slicer and Gold has maintained it. I find it very easy to slice with this stick. One weapen it added is BH Slice down the line in approach. Many of my oppoents fail to return it.

    Miscellaneous:- One amazing thing is no matter how much I lead this racquet, it still plays easy. Maneuverability is amazing, thanks to thin frame. My current setup has a leather grip, and some lead at 12, still it plays like 11 oz stick.

    Summmary:- Gold99 will give you all the basics that you need to play your shots. You need to use them. This racquet does not add anyting to it. It is a great feeling, control racquet with huge sweet spot. If you can use these features to play great then it is yours. I can use it in my FH, Serves and slice. But in BH and volleys are the areas that I dont have the skill to use it.
     
  47. JackB1

    JackB1 G.O.A.T.

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    ^^^^^
    Sree why don't we play soon? I'd like to see all these shots you are talking about, like 9/10 winners on 2nd serves :)
    Do u still live in the same area? We could play at my courts on Windy Hill Rd near 75 ramps.
     
  48. Sreeram

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    Hey I don't want to give false hopes. My game has improved in a different way, with more variety etc. 9/10 winners on 2nd serve is when I decide to go for a winner. I might not go for an outright winner on all of them. Times when second serve is short and kicking to your FH side.
    Yes we can definitely play, am now in the apartments on river bank where we used to have tennis class with that pro.
     
  49. JackB1

    JackB1 G.O.A.T.

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    I think I have improved too. I am now in my 2nd season at 4.0 in leaguetennis. I am busy this weekend, but maybe can play during the week
    by your courts. You have lights, right? Send me an email and we'll set something up. So are you sticking with the 99 or going with the Pro One now?
     
  50. kaiser

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    Hi Sree, thanks for a very thorough and informative review. Sounds like the Gold99 could be a very good fit for me. My current Tours derive their power from their weight and a full swing, so I'm not afraid of a low powered racket. An open patterned 100 sq inch racket with the control of a mid sounds almost too good to be true. I really need to get my hands on one to try for my self, pity they are so expensive here in Europe. So have you ever played with the Plat? Most people here appear to prefer it over the Gold, but I like the sound of the extra kick you got out of the Gold... :)
     

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