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  1. Rabbit

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    Well, I've pulled more poly this week than in the last year. I'm stringing for the local WTA event that is held here every year. I've put past threads up. The neat part is today, the 4th day, I got a phone call from the tournament desk. I had strung a couple of Wilson Blade Ninety-Eights the night before (and the night before). The desk called and said the player had requested I string her racquets. Naturally, I was proud :).

    Anyway, I looked at the player's name to see who she was, just in case she became famous. She already kinda is. Her name is Allie Kiick. For the younger set, her dad was a running back for the Miami Dolphins in 1972 when they went undefeated. Kiick was the halfback and Larry Csonka was the fullback. Quite a backfield!

    Allie Kiick won the Orange Bowl as a 15-year old and is coached by Harold Solomon. If I have some time away from stringing, I would love to go watch her play.
     
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  2. Irvin

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    Congratulations that's quite a compliment
     
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    Had to love those mustaches.
     
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    I was just thinking about that. Kiick grew a full beard and the Dolphins had a rule against a full beard, so he shaved a tiny line down the middle to keep it from being "full".


    I will also add that I've strung for a player who is Yonex sponsored and is using the Yonex Poly Pro Tour 1.25 Bright Yellow. That is, without a doubt, the easiest to string poly I've ever had the pleasure(?) to install.
     
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    Nice stuff, Rabbitt. I occasionally string for her down here. As you mentioned, she plays at Solomon's, which has his academy at the club I live at. She hits a real clean ball.
     
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    This alone is very cool... let alone who her dad is....

    I'm smiling for ya!
     
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    that is cool. although sometimes a player just wants the same person to do it for that week to keep everything the same, so to speak
     
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    That is true, although I think she got the onsite stringer first. I'm the offsite guy. :) I'm also OK with being a good luck charm. There are two of us stringing for the tournament.

    As an update, I just delivered her racquets this morning. Yesterday was rained out and she hit indoors. She still managed to hit through two racquets, 18X20, strung with ALU and she's 17.
     
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    Probably the stringer kinked the string....

    ...just kidding! just kidding!!
     
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    Nobody likes a kinky stringer for sure
     
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    We had a WTA event and everyone was using full poly. Luxilon seem pretty popular. Your hands must be sore after the event! Our local pro did 93 rackets

    Her father was one of the best blocking back of all time. He was a veteran of the Vietnam war.
     
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    Yeah, only two of the girls I've strung for so far use a hybrid. Everybody else is full poly. Thankfully, no ALU Rough. Most are using Luxilon ALU, one TIMO, some Pacific X Force 16L, and one Yonex Poly Pro.
     
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    I had to refresh my memory with wikipedia but I now clearly remember Jim Kiick and the Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid moniker that was given to him and Csonka following an infamous SI cover of them and other things that happened to them.

    That is really cool that she asked for you specifically.
     
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  14. diredesire

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    I strung that stuff at the ITA National Indoors... I was blown away by how easy it was. I actually considered getting a reel just to see how it played. Very unique. My buddy got some, I should follow up on his playtest....
     
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    I've got a pack or two of it lying around that you can have DD (if I can find it)
     
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    Yeah, I'm definitely going to order a pack or two of that and a pack or two of Solinco Tour Bite Soft from TW as I wander through the endless maze that is string.
     
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    I bounced a few balls off an Exo Tour with that Yonex. Felt very soft. Solinco Tour Bite Soft hybrid I'll test in a few weeks when I think my elbow is 100 percent healed.
     
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  18. diredesire

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    Hey sst, have you hit with it? The reason I was curious about it was that it seemed very smooth, but still felt like there was texture (very similar to Polyfibre TCS, actually). I was curious if it played as unusual as it strung up? If it's not anything remarkable I'll possibly grab a set, but probably won't spend any time on it :)

    Have you hit with TCS? Maybe we can trade ;)
     
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  19. sstchur

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    I put it in a Yonex racquet (An EZone XI Team IIRC) and hit with it for only a few min. The specs on that racquet aren't really my style, so I didn't give it much play. I normally don't put poly in demo racquets, but a friend who hits Yonex wanted to try the racquet and he likes poly, so I put that in it for him to try.

    Sorry I can't say too much about it. I haven't tried TCS, but sure, I'd trade you a pack.
     
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  20. zapvor

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    well thats awesome! good stuff man.
     
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    At NTC a little while back?
     
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  22. diredesire

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    Yep, were you there? We strung across the parking lot in the UW legends center..
     
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