Owners of the Head Ti S6, need help

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  1. Chosen 0ne

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    I just got the Head Ti S6 shipped to me today. However the frame has an unusual smell. Did anyone else notice this when they first got theirs? At first I was paranoid that it was poisonous or something. I'm trying really hard to not make this post sound stupid.
     
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  2. Lilguy1456

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    LOL...at least you gave it a shot haha
     
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  3. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Don't worry, it's the smell of aged titanium.

    My racquet is supposedly made out of basalt (volcanic rocks). It smells like ash when the air is dry and is known to catch on fire on a few occasions.
     
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  4. Lilguy1456

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    ROFL omg...I hope this poor guy actually gets someone to weigh-in with something other than a joke
     
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  5. TroutSc

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    maybe its the strings that stink? did you sniff them?
     
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  6. Lilguy1456

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    might be the smell of NTRP 2.5...
     
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  7. Chosen 0ne

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    someone please delete this thread...
     
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  8. Lilguy1456

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    What's better than ONE smeller racquet thread posted by Chosen One.....?
     
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  9. Andyroo10567

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    Don't worry about it at all. We all had a good share of trolling, thats enough now. Its nothing bad. I would suggest putting the racquet under your bed sheets or over a blanket to change the smell. Seems like an easy way. Or use some Rubbing alcohol? Or just straight up spray that Febreze on to the racquet. I would suggest the Cool Breeze. It's amazing. Smells great. From what i read on my bottle, it says it traps and eliminates odors! Haha
     
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  10. Fuji

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    Honest answer here:

    It's quite possibly the strings. There are a couple different strings that have a really peculiar smell!

    -Fuji
     
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  11. ChicagoJack

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    Head Ti.s6
    Ra: 75
    Balance : 8 Points HH
    Strung: 8.9 oz
    Length : 27.75

    Better get used to the smell of icy hot too.
     
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  12. Chosen 0ne

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    Sorry I'm just a bit OCD and paranoid. I usually worry over stupid little things like this. I get over it eventually.
     
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  13. SteveI

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    Ahhhh... the ARM KILLER!!!
     
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  14. Chosen 0ne

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    My other consideration is actually the Head liquidmetal 8.
     
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  15. YoungLefty

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    Have you already tried your new stick?
     
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  16. zapvor

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    yea........why did you get a ti s6????
     
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  17. Chosen 0ne

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    I held my teammates ti last year and was impressed by the weight. It had been my dream racket for months now
     
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  18. SteveI

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    I hope you do not have a fast and long swing... or are stringing this frame tight. I was not joking about the ARM KILLER. This frame has this nickname. If you have slow, compact strokes and string this with a nice soft multi it is the ideal frame. I have never seen a player less than 60 use this frame and no one over a 3.0. Enjoy!
     
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  19. dman72

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    A guy in my league uses this frame. He does relatively well against most of the guys, and did pretty well against me (7-5, 6-4) as long as I wasn't laying into shots. I was just trying to be consistent against him. A few that I really hit hard at him he tried to just bunt back and had little success.
     
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  20. Chosen 0ne

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    I also have $20 WalMart Wilson Impact to train with. I could just use the Head ti for the practice before a match and the match.
     
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  21. Lilguy1456

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    Dude, what? If you're going to use the Ti for practice and match play, what else IS there for you to use your WalMart special for? #makingtonsofsence
     
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  22. Chosen 0ne

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    Getting back on topic, it was not the racket itself but the cover it came in lol. It had the usual synthetic smell.
     
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  23. Chosen 0ne

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    I'm meant that I would train with walmart most days. But the the day before a match I would play with the head. Sorry for the confusion
     
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  24. Spin-A-Lot

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    Ummm...why would you be training with your Walmart racquet?? If you're a beginner then consistency is key..you won't get that by changing racquets all the time...

    Just out of curiosity, how old are you anyway? or if you prefer, what age bracket? The reason I ask is because that racquet you got, the Ti.S6 is more popular with people in their senior years who can't swing fully anymore and need help from their racquet...If you're still young, then maybe you should have gotten something that would allow you to develop your swing, meaning allowing you to swing fully but still keep the ball in the court...just a friendly suggestion :)
     
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  25. Chosen 0ne

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    I'm a varsity high school player. I kind of lack upperbody strength. I'm 5'9 113 lbs. I got this racket for the power. After reconsidering, I may just give my walmart racket to one of the kids on the team that doesn't own a racket.
     
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  26. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    How are your skills/technique? Tennis is one of the few sports where brute strength DOES NOT translate into power. Power comes from technique and timing.

    You may find yourself growing out of the Ti. S6 VERY quickly as you progress.
     
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  27. Chosen 0ne

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    I didn't only get it for the power. The racket is also described a manueverabke and generates good top spin. As for my skills I'm decent, my technique is not great.
     
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  28. xeropwnage

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    Just curious, how did a kid get onto the varsity tennis team without owning a racquet? Does he just borrow someone else's every time he plays?
     
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  29. r5d3

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    After a ten year hiatus, I returned to tennis a couple years ago, and needed a stick, so I bought the Ti S6 off a rack at the local sports store. Liked it a lot, but obviously way too much power. Broke original string, then had it strung with RIP Control, and had it strung at a very tight 65 lbs, and it plays excellent. Then, about a year ago during a club sponsored demo day I fell in love with the Pure Drive (couldn't hit any previous Babolat) and bought it, strung up with XCel.

    That story brings me to two points. One, in my 32 man 4.0 and under league, at least six play this racquet, and all are between 35 and 45 in age.

    Two, I've had much more problems regarding arm pain with the Pure Drive, something I had never experienced before. I still play it, it is a superior racquet for my game, though I am soon purchasing the Volkl V1 MP (hopefully my last racquet purchase for 3-5 years). I'm just saying, way more arm trouble from the highly popular Pure Drive compared to the Ti S6.


    Lastly, Chosen One, I would definitely recommend stringing this with a solid string, and on the tight side of the range. You'll still get plenty of pop and power, but will greatly improve your control game. Good luck.
     
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  30. SteveI

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    Wow.. the 4.0s and under.. (is the key) in your group must have terrible strokes... and really short and compact ones. Anyone with fast long strokes can't use this frame. Being a 4.0 in doubles does not mean much...most of the time it is serve and head to the net to hit a volley. Lots of 4.0s.. which are really 3.5 (since the USTA moved everyone up a few years back) have really bad technique. I would not sell this frame to anyone under 60...IMHO. Get a frame like the Wilson BLX Pro Open..
     
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  31. Chosen 0ne

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    We have new kids on the team this year that have never played before. Most kids in school don't play tennis. The focus is on baseball. Almost anybody can hop onto the tennis team, but it is hard to get a good singles spot. Half of the few players that play are very good. I'm kind of in the middle, hoping to get the 4th singles seed.
     
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  32. SteveI

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    If you are a baseball player you will need to upgrade that frame very quickly... Good luck and enjoy the tennis.
     
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  33. maxpotapov

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    And that was 888,888th post in Racquets section. Eternal record!
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  34. Bhagi Katbamna

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    Honestly, it isn't the racket, it's the player. One of the best players around here uses that racket and the Head i12. Just string it tighter for more control.
     
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  35. Chosen 0ne

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    Thank you to everybody who gave helpful answers. PS: I'm over the smell now, the synthetic scent is fading anyway. Happy tennis to all! :)
     
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  36. Lilguy1456

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    Well thank GOODNESS for that!
     
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  37. Chosen 0ne

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    Sorry lol I'm just a bit OCD and worry over stupid things
     
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  38. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    So I guess you never buy new cars either?
     
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  39. r5d3

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    I've become well aware that there's better out there that's why I got one, I was simply refuting your idea that everyone with the racquet plays at under 3.0 or are over 60. And also that I've never experienced any arm pain with the Head, though with the Babolat it's become a problem. These are singles ratings btw, ranging currently from a 2.9 to a 4.0.
     
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