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  1. THESEXPISTOL

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    This thread is only for those who take tennis equipment in a serious way and stick with something once it works no matter how old, cheap or ridiculous it is.
    This is not for those who are continuously tinkering with string and racquets.
    It's for those who play competitive tennis and have been using the same racquet line for years and the same strings, changing only the tension. If you are one of those who evolve in the court and not tinkering with the your gear this is where you post your approved stuff.


    I'll start myself.

    Racquet: POG Mid
    I've been using Prince Graphite mids since early 2010. Started with Prince TT Graphite Mids but run out of sticks and got a good deal on POG mids.

    Strings: 1.40mm Nylon
    Provide a firm and comfortable feel in my open pattern POG. If i need to go up some lbs on the tension it won't hurt me. Provide good power and feel and last a reasonable amount of time, and when it's time no restrung it doesn't hurt my wallet. Got 3 reels for 45€ shipped.

    Overgrip: Tourna Original for HC and any tacky overgrip for clay
    Tournas are great for HC when it's hot, in clay they're crap because they grab clay and become more rough than usual and give me chills.
    The original Prince Calfskin Leather grip works just fine for me.

    Dampening: Power-pads
    Found out that, with nylon, power-pads would take off that awful "pling" sound without dampening everything like the regular dampeners.

    Clothing & Shoes: I'm not very picky in this area, i have narrow feet and i fit comfortably in every shoes. I have Adidas, Nike, Babolat, Rebook. I just pick the ones that go better with the outfit.
    As for as clothing goes, my club provides clothing and i love them. Plain and simple, design looks close to these ST shirt:
    http://tennisconnected.com/home/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/Andreev-.jpg

    That's it. Post your go to gear and remember, STICK WITH WHAT WORKS! ;)
     
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  2. Doubles

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    I've been using the Prestige Pro, both YouTek and IG for half a year now, and I intend on playing with them until they break. The only tinkering I've done with weight is just matching the weight and balance of two of them to my third, and favorite.

    For strings I hit with 16l gauge poly in the 40's, unless I want to splurge a bit and then I string gut/poly.

    For clothes I'll wear whatever, although I get shirts and shorts for playing club tennis. For shoes I prefer the barricade line.
     
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  3. darklore009

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    Racket: K90
    Been using it since it's released, tried the newer ones, but doesnt compare it to the k90. though i kept the ps 6.1 90 blx with modded specs SW 356

    String: Isospeed Baseline Spin/Gosen OG Micro White
    The best overall, yet dirt cheap setup.balanced string for my gameplay

    Overgrip: Solinco Wonder Grip
    Tacky grip, yet i can still continue to use it even if it's all brownish color.

    Dampening: Wilson Shock trap & Powerpads
    For some reason, i cant play tennis without the wilson shock trap. without it, can't keep my balls in. used a black color powerpads to make it more special

    Apparel: Nike Federer Polos and vapors tours
    love the feel of wearing the federer polos. makes my oppenent jealous. the vapor for intense speed, yet, i still manage to keep my vapors from grinding around the courts
     
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  4. Drew_a_blank

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    Racquet: Babolat Pure Drive Team (woofer) I've been using these since 2005.


    Strings: Dunlop Black Widow between 57-60lbs. I used to use a hybrid setup with Pro Hurricane and prince syngut, but it started to break too fast.


    Overgrip: Wilson Pro White


    Shoes: Babolat ProPulse3's. Waiting for pair #8 to come in. I really hope the 4's fit and are more durable when they are released!
     
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  5. THESEXPISTOL

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    Just as i thought, people that stick with something that works don't generally visit this section of the forum...
     
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  6. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    No, it's because those people actually know what a proper racquet that fits the individual can do. So when they tell the other idiots to look beyond "the latest and greatest" technology, they get thrown out.

    Racquet = Wilson Six.One BLX Tour 90
    Tried the new Pro Staff BLX 90 for kicks and giggles. Not enough of a difference to warrant a change.

    Strings = Natural gut 16/MSV Co-Focus 1.18

    Grip = Wilson Pro Overgrip over leather.
    If they stop making the Pro Overgrip, I'm going to throw a fit.

    Dampening = Hates it.

    Bag = Don't really care as long as it's not stupidly designed.

    Apparel = Usually wears Nike stuff and Vapors, but have been known to rock Under Armor compression shirts, and their Coldgear stuff long sleeve stuff when it's cold at night. Double socked since 20oz. stopped being $0.99.
     
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  7. Power Player

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    Damn, someone has a case of the high and mighties...
     
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  8. THESEXPISTOL

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    Yeah, forgot to mention i use two pairs of socks when i play on HC.
     
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  9. slowfox

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    I'm getting closer to that point where I can stop tinkering with equipment and just PLAY. For strings it's nat gut mains with syn gut crosses; overgrip is Supergrap; racquet is .... almost there. I'll be set soon. And oh, shoes are Asics.
     
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  10. Timbo's hopeless slice

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    see sig from frames.

    unlikely to switch, now. gone down in tension over recent years, settled at 53.

    umm, strings, was BB for ages, now the Volkl (bit softer, half the price)

    clothes : adidas

    shoes, barricades

    but i'm not pretentious about it, this si just stuff that works (the racquet/string) and stuff that i know the size in (adidas)

    i don't like the premise much, really.

    'the high and mightys' indeed
     
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  11. robbo1970

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    Dunlop Bio 300
    Always preferred Dunlop rackets for years, starting with Maxplys then a mid Alu Powerflex in the late 80's then to the Bio 300

    Using the stock silk multi 16. Feels good to me, I know it doesnt seem very popular here but I like it.

    Leather Gamma grip plus Supergrap (nothing seems better)

    Stock Dunlop Bio dampener.
     
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  12. luishcorreia

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    Using vantage custom made frames for 5 years now. 100sqin, 310g, 6 pts HL. Added 8g of lead in the handle.

    Tourna blue overgrip. Tourna Sampras O vibration dampeners. Shoes are asics gel res 3.
     
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  13. GS

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    For the last 5 years, I've settled with the POG Longbody, cut down to 27.5". The head on the POG Mid was too small for me, and the Oversized was too big. The Longbody was just right with its 100" sq in head, and some lead at 3 and 9 o'clock. So I bought alot of these sticks, and grommets, before they become ultra-rare.
    After trying lots of soft multi's, I've stayed with Mantis Comfort and Rip Control.
    Finally, no more demo-ing racquets, different strings, and wasting money.
     
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  14. rafafan20

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    This is kind of snobbish but I'll bite,

    Racquet: Tecnifibre T-fight 320 Vo2 Max (1 with samurai PJ, 1 with 2011 PJ) -- had for a long time now

    String: Solinco Outlast 17 (the best string ever made), with some Head RIP Control 16 and Red Code 17 thrown in

    Shoes: Asics Gel Solution Speed for matches, Courtbalilstec for hitting

    Grip: Wilson Sublime (black)

    Overgrip: Yonex Supergrap (indoor) Tournagrip (outdoor)

    Damp: Always the RG Babolat damp, simply the best

    I might be trying the Dunlop M 2.0 though
     
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  15. dflores

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    This thread is only for those who take tennis equipment in a serious way and stick with something once it works no matter how old, cheap or ridiculous it is.
    This is not for those who are continuously tinkering with string and racquets.
    It's for those who play competitive tennis and have been using the same racquet line for years and the same strings, changing only the tension. If you are one of those who evolve in the court and not tinkering with the your gear this is where you post your approved stuff.


    Racquet: Wilson Jack Kramer ProStaff. That's right, wood.
    Strings: Wilson Gut
    Shoes: Converse All Stars. Black canvas
    Shorts: White cotton, 3" length
    Shirt: Lacoste white cotton
    Socks: White cotton
    Headband: White cotton

    No over grip, or dampener. Real old school.

    I guess this makes me real serious.
     
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  16. THESEXPISTOL

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    TROLL ALERT!
     
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  17. Lilguy1456

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    Translation: This thread is for people who judge people for trying to find their ideal setup.
     
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  18. The Meat

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    Racquet: Prokennex 90's
    Strings: Always Poly/poly hybrid, never stay with one string because where's the fun in that? :)
    Overgrip: Gamma Supreme, down to the last 4 grips need to move to supergrap next....
    Dampening: Only real tennis players play with naked racquets
    Shoes: Any Nike shoe or Barricades
     
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  19. Humble_Warrior

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    Racquet: EXO3 Red (2009)
    Strings: Premiere 18 at 58lbs
    Grip: Standard grip
    Shoes: Barricade II or V
     
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  20. db10s

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    My string setup is one of 2 things unless I'm playtesting... I'm tinkering with weed whacker string, but that is a totally different story.

    Racket: Dunlop Biomimetic Max 200G with "some" lead in the handle...

    Strings: Dunlop Black Widow 17 @ 33.5 lbs OR Dunlop ICE 17 at 49ish lbs... Right now I'm using Black Widow.

    Overgrip: Tournagrip

    Who uses a dampener? Not me.

    Shoes: B7

    Bag: Dunlop 10 pk green

    Apparel: Nike socks, Nike compression shorts, right now I'm hooked on the solid color Dri-Fit cotton shirts.
     
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  21. Hi I'm Ray

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    Been using the same racket for 2.5+ years with the same lead set up and same kind of overgrips for a while now. I have been trying different strings and demo rackets regularly. I found some great strings, and while I'm not eager to switch rackets, I have also found some frames that are potentially a better fit that I will eventually switch to. Would not have been possible if I didn't try new things and there is nothing wrong with that.
     
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  22. Xonemains

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    Racquet : was Head MG PP for awhile, now Donnay P1 16 x 19. (more comfy and power)

    Strings : Any Black polys 17, full bed, 54 lbs summer, 51/52 lbs winter

    Overgrip : Head extremesoft, Black ones (cant stand white overgrips, looks so dirty)

    Dampener : gamma TNT core black, i have a lifetime supply now and they never fall off, nothing as bad a flying dampener deep in a tournament.

    Shoes and socks : Black B6's with thick nike basketball socks

    Hat : Nike featherlight visor black. i dont care if its freezzing, heat waving or rain, no black visor, no play!!:evil:

    Bag : dont give a dam, any will do
     
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  23. aceroberts13

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    Babolat Pure Storm Ltd. The original from 2008. But I've only been using it a little under a year. I have no plans of stopping, but Donnay is tempting me lately.
     
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  24. movdqa

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    I've been using the YT prestiges for two years and recently switched to the IG. I bought four matched IGs a while ago but only recently decided to go with them when I had trouble matching my YTs and it bugged me enough to change. I have two Radicals too but they're too heavy for me but I don't think that I'd have any problems playing with the Prestiges or Radicals. The main thing that I want today is consistency in frames. Two or more of the same racquet with the same weight, balance and swingweight.

    I'm happy with BB Rough or Power - whatever my stringer has in stock. I'm sure that I could be happy with Wilson, Dunlop, Head, Babolat, etc., as long as it isn't too stiff.

    I like to look around at what other people are playing around with but I'm more inclined to just stick with something that I can get matched sets of.
     
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  25. ChicagoJack

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    Hey man, long time no see. If you like the stock Donnay grip with a Head Extreme Soft over grip, I think you'd really dig a Wilson ShockSheild grip with no overgrip. It compliments and enhances, the unique feel of the P1 really well.

    Head Extreme Soft is awesome dry, but it seems to get slippery pretty quick with a little perspiration. The Wilson SS is tacky enough that you dont need an overgrip, and is the most comfortable grip I've ever used. It weighs 24g untrimmed, which is pretty hefty, but you'd subtract the 5-6 grams of an additional OG. P1 plays a bit better tail weighted IMO, and that's an just added bennie in my book.

    -Jack
     
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  26. iradical18

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    GS! Sorry to get a hold of you in this manner. I was searching online trying to find a klippermate instruction manual and found that you had emailed a PDF to a fellow TT'er and was hoping you could send it to me as well. If so, I'd be appreciative if you could send it to kjharris@gmail.com. Thanks, and again sorry for reaching out to you in this manner.
     
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  27. GS

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    I'll do my best!
     
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  28. jimbo333

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    Racket - Angell 95 18x20 63RA.
    String - SPPP 1.28
    Grip - Leather size 3, Dunlop shaped, Pro's Pro overgrip.
    Shoes - Adidas Stan Smith
    Gear - Cerruti1881
    Bag - old skool Vantage

    I should add that this is the best modern racket i've ever used; and I should know, I've tried enough of the them!
     
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  29. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Oh my, that's classy! Very nice!
     
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  30. THESEXPISTOL

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    Now you got my imagination thinking about those pristine white Adidas Stan Smith in a perfect green grass court.
     
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  31. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    If I were to get them, they'd be in a glass on the wall, pimpin' my crib like a hip hop mogul would.
     
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  32. jimbo333

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    Haha, we don't pimp no cribs here in Windsor my good man:-?

    Believe it or not these are great tennis shoes to actually play tennis in (and they do look cool in the pub afterwards I admit).
     
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  33. max

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    I've been using the same racquet setup since 1998.

    Frame: Volkl C-9, weighted to 349 grams. (I have occasionally toyed with the weight; once I took as much as 15 grams off. Briefly. It was a bad idea).

    Grip: On some, Fairways; Volkl leather on the others.

    String: Ektelon Power Play 16 g. at 57 lbs. I could string this blindfolded by now. (This string used to be called Prince Synthetic Gut Soft back around 2000).

    Shoes. Damn. They keep changing shoe models all the time. The best by far I ever had were Reebok Bonzers.

    I'm actually planning to change frames soon. I have four of these, two are getting kind of soft and one is difficult; the other is relatively fresh for being ten years old.
     
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  34. kdang

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    Racquet: APDGT
    STRINGS: RPM BLAST 17
    TENSION: 50-52
    GRIP: YONEX SUPERGRAP OR GAMMA SUPREME OG
    SHOES: ADIDAS BARRICADES
    BAG: 9 PACK BABOLAT BAG
    :)
     
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  35. ramos77

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    Agreed.

    And the OP changes overgrip according to what surface they are playing on.

    LOL
     
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  36. marosmith

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    Racquet: 3 PT57a's I matched to 12.6 oz 9 pts HL

    String: Gut / poly hybrid. Not too brand conscious but VS or Volkl Gut and sonic pro or ALU rough is prob my fav

    Shoes: Vapor 9's or Court Ballistecs

    Grip: Head Finest Calfskin with gamma surpreme OG

    Damp: Various Head dampeners

    Clothes: Anything Nike. I love dri fit golf polos with tennis shorts

    Opinion: I think after a couple years people should find an ideal setup unless they seek joy in switching for the sake of consistency
     
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  37. Xonemains

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    Hey, what's up C-Jack!!

    Thanks for the advice on the shockshield, I will try them next. It's gonna be awhile though, I still got about 30-40 packs of xsoft still left. :)
     
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  38. TheFieryFurnace2012

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    I just finished playing with a Head Speed MP (2009), had it for 2 years 9 months. Had it strung with RPM blast eversince the string came out (red code before it) with a wilson pro overgrip. About to recieve a new Blade 98 18/20 tomorrow strung with a full bed of ALU. Should keep me going for a few more years...
     
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  39. TheFieryFurnace2012

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    I just finished playing with a Head Speed MP (2009), had it for 2 years. Had it strung with RPM blast eversince the string came out (red code before it) with a wilson pro overgrip. About to recieve a new Blade 98 18/20 tomorrow strung with a full bed of ALU. Should keep me going for a few more years...
     
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