Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by zapvor, Apr 24, 2007.
Are you talking the "s" version of the wilson steam rackets?
Sappy - I'm not going to ask how you found such an extensive list (even though I'm kinda asking by saying that I'm not going to ask).
yep s version
He's my short review for the Steam 105S:
Got a chance to hit with the Steam 105S. A buddy of mine got a demo thw last time we hit.
I hit with it for a good 10 minutes or so hitting only ground strokes- so take my impressions with a grain of salt. Also for comparison, my current sticks are Head Microgel Prestige Pro strung with a full bed of Tour Bite at 50lbs.
Have to say overall the Steam 105S (strung with Lux 4G) is a decent stick. It has a head light balance that I like and feels very solid for only being about 10.5 oz (IIRC). Didn't have to make much adjustments for the bigger head and longer length (in comparison to my Prestiges) when hitting ground strokes.
The trajectory of the ball off the frame is a bit higher than my Prestige as I hit the back curtain off my first stroke, but I was quickly able to dial it back in with no problems. If you like spin you will get it in this stick. You can sort of loft the ball up there and the spin will pull it back in. It's also pretty forgiving overall, I noticed more easy depth off the back-handside. I noticed a few more of my buddy's shots dropping in that usually would go long. I seriously got burnt when we were playing dubs and a ball I though was going way long and let go, dropped on the line.
Now is it magic like Wilson promises? I'd say no...at least with my strokes. I did notice a bit more spin but it didn't feel like a total game changer in my hands (at least for the short time that I hit with it.) I feel my forehand was more penetrating with the Prestige and I didn't have a fear of going too long if I added a little extra juice. Note: Keep in mind I didn't hit any volleys or serves with the 105S.
With an admittedly short hit, I wouldn't go out and buy one, but I would give it a second chance and a longer demo if I was in the market for a new stick. I think players who like to grind from the baseline and play a spin heavy game would absolutely love this stick. If you hit a flatter ball, you may not really see the benefits.
Short summary: Solid stick, good spin, not magic but worth a demo for heavy top spin players.
Haha nice short review striker! Now, can I get the Homer Odyssey version??
LOL! Give a year long demo, maybe.
Hey everyone, back from my tour in Germany and would like to start playing on a regular basis again weather permitting. Anyone in the Silver Spring area?
Edit: Thought I should come back in and add, that I'm somewhere between a 3.5-4.0 atm since I've been playing inconsistently thanks to the Army. In any case, I'm off of East west hwy and Georgia but am willing to drive a bit to meet up.
thanks JRStriker. Seems like you've debunked the magical spin secret sauce for Wilson. I want to try the 99s. I heard it feels pretty head heavier than normal.
irad -- you gots mail.
CB -- welcome back. bonchon is back. now located in r-ville town center around the corner from the ice skating rink. it's as awesome as it is in annandale. but call ahead for takeout cuz it takes 30-40 mins to make.
sap -- we still on for granville?
what's for lunch people?
I just applied for a job in Chantilly. Not sure what Im going to do If I get it. Probably find a cheap place to pay rent and still go back to grace on weekends. Until I decided if I like living in the area then I may sell my house. but with my parents living me and dad not close to finishing the house they are to move into. I cant just kick them to the curb. Such a conundrum (not sure if thats proper use of that word or not).
Also applied for a job in Bahrain. So I might be gone altogether for a while. But If I do end up in Bahrain. I will probably return a 5.0 level player. But will still be 4.0 and can own USTA for a year or two.
Also go tomorrow to get my gall bladder removed. Hopefully i wake up with the rest of my organs and they dont try to harvest them for extra money.
i'm still on for granville. you want to leave around 4pm so we are properly early for 5-7 special?
sap -- in a word. yes.
paulman -- let me know if you need us to swing by and get you.
mclovin, i played your tri level partner, in 8.0 mixed yesterday at chesnut forks...our team lost the first sets on all courts, but somehow pulled out the match...chesnut definitely brought the A team too....GP, BS and your tri level guy...
after the match, GP said BS is better now that he's not drinking...haha, you know you have a drinking problem with HE tells you, you don't need to be drinking (side note, i've seen GP down a beer right before a match)
Debunked? Maybe, sort of.
Plenty of spin potential in that racket, it comes down to whether you have the technique and game to really make a difference.
It's like the APD, good racket, lots of spin, not going to make you Rafa.
He's not only my tri-level partner, he runs CFAC (his dad is the owner, but Derek has been running it for the last 5+ years). So, you literally went into his house & gave him the beat down...
Must have been an off-day for CFAC mixed as our 40+ 8.0 team lost last night in Great Falls. My wife & I got shellacked by a "4.0" (note the use of quotes) pairing, 6-4, 6-2. Felt more like a 9.0 match, at least from their side of the court.
Bill losing is surprising, but seeing that it was Santos he played against, I can see that. I'm surprised he hasn't been bumped to a 5.0 yet.
Oh, and on a racquet-side-note, me & Derek played singles last week. I was up 5-2 when he popped the string in his last frame. He tries to use the 'light' version of the PS, but he didn't like it & I won the set 6-2 and went up 3-0 in the 2nd.
At that point I walked over to my bag, pulled out one of my frames & told him to put that POS away & use one of mine. Guess what? The ba$**** beat me in a tiebreak. Serves me right...
i hate losing to someone who is using my racquet...haha
do you want santos on your 4.5 team? i could convince him...
you should always keep a cracked racquet in your bag to:
1. have your opponent loose
2. to guilt your opponent into getting you a new racquet
Bahrain gonna be tax free (the first 80k or whatever)? I thought about a job in Saudi when I got out for that. Bahrain would be much better!
HW -- just a quick check shows bahrain tennis club. bam. you are set. you come back with a backhand and soft WNBA hands. win win.
Make sure you pick the right mixed dubs partner, good buddy.
And RIP, HW gallbladder:
monkey, sap: big gratis for the ride to Granville Moore's! Still stuffed - good mussels and fries. Beer was a bit pricey for small glasses...
monkey, hope you had a little bit of leftover pizza for the wife when you pulled into the driveway...haha
tmonk to wife: honey i got this slice of awesome pizza for you to try
wife to tmonk: why does a slice come in such a huge box
Hey all. Just started playing tennis after playing other sports in high school, & just wanted to say whatup to all you Mid-Atlantic folks from good ole loudoun county.
Hi tmonk. Sorry I am still in snail mail delivery time mode. Did we need to take out a second mortgage to eat there?
Speaking of Rockville. Anyone notice about these types of red light cameras? I think they were implemented late last year?
Citations will be given for the following in front of a red light camera (there's a motion/speed sensor pod in front of the white line behind the crosswalk):
1. Vehicle must be completely stopped before making a right in front of a right camera.
2. Vehicle has to be less than 13 MPH while turning.
3. Vehicle has stopped anywhere in the crosswalk area.
Violation costs $75.
I'll mention it to Derek this week. He knows Jon as well, and he might have already hinted to it. We've lost Vinnie to 5.0 bump, the other singles player to grad school in AZ (doesn't plan on returning this spring/summer), and another to "old knees" (he can't play on anything but clay), so we need a few more to fill in the gaps.
i'm hungry...what's for lunch?
CB -- yeah i heard moco is trying to generate even more money from traffic cameras. including tickets for stopping with all four tires behind the white line in front of a traffic signal and then backing up -- as in you slammed the brakes to stop but overshot a bit and then backed up. that's a ticket. also if you don't come to a full stop at a red light and make a rolling right turn. that's a ticket.
sap / pman -- thanks for the fun at granville moores. van damm good mussels and fries and beer. i think the fries were the best part. the mussels were as good as advertised. the belgian beer on tap was also good but a little pricey. 1 belgian beer = 12 bottles of sam adams.
swerve -- welcome to the forums. i have a buddy from loudoun cty too. sea bass is his name.
Welcome to the TWMAC.
I'm out near Loudoun (Dulles), but I can't hit too often due to my schedule. Keep an eye out for TWMAC hits, though they tend to be closer to Arlington/DC.
Less than 13 mph when turning? Is that an actual law? What if you need to accelerate to get up to traffic speed?
Thanks a lot I'm out in Leesburg. Just graduated college & slumming it at the rents house until I can find a FT job.
Thanks! I'm out in Leesburg. DC or Arlington isn't bad. Usually have to go that way anyways for mixed combo. I just started playing and am a pretty good 3.0 so hopefully you experts don't mind hitting with a rookie, I will however run as much as I can down.
Anybody have a clinic or league the dats can join?
I think im currently rated 3.5 although im prolly 5.0 at least if tw reviewer mark is 5.0!does anybody want to join a clinic or semi-private / group lessons at skyline? dats needs to play tennis in the winter and ever since sup left skyline and auzzie left us, it has skrewed up my game and fitness levels. help dats and kuzin viktor out!
Oh well, spring should be here soon but next winter, if nothing works out now, please remember ur good buddy dats needs usta team for next winter.
p.s. - out of boredom, i have yonex 95d,yonex 89 tour,wilson blx 95 18x20,head prestige mp, & wilson blx pro tour arriving for demo tomorrow. Yes i have owned most of these and sold them...sigh..its just wut i do!
I am captaining a couple of 4.0 teams out here in the sticks if you want to commute. You may be too young for one of them, though; your 5.0ness always showed up when we hit together, but I think that was more my 1.5ness making you look gooder than you really was.
Sup misses giving clinics. From your love/hate relationship with the a/c, jrs competitor spirit with the game 21, tennis monkey 10 minute breaks, mopping Auzzie sweat puddles and topaz commanding her lady clinic friends like a teacher pets.
*give me a moment..I may tear*
P.s. lent for sup= no alcohol for 40 days starting tomorrow. Tonight will be epic.
Is there free BBQ for your sandbag ringers?
Yup, and the first round of beer is always on me. I know how to recruit, Southeast Conference style.
~i'm forming a thought ~.. instead of trying to get everyone to move to FL. why not just move back to VA. it's 55 today and sunny.. not as warm but not as rainy.. dats would of tested out his new demo sticks wit ya. you'd prob drink less too
U wanna hit friday sappy? Sposed to be nice still i think...
You lost me at 55 degrees. Then lost me again at drink less.
Visit sappy. you'll realize that you're as rare as a unicorn.
84 here right now. Getting ready to head off to the courts and sweat.
No tennis tonight. Fat Tuesday drinking and eating.
Isn't Derek the guy we watched play while terribly hung over/possibly still drunk? He's good! LOL. Even while in a lot of pain!
Sea Bass moved???
Yes. Having the wingspan of a Pterodactyl helps.
Oh, and there was no 'possibly'. He was still drunk, no doubt about it...
neg batman. i have to work.. i also don't have my racquets currently to play with.
Sappy did u send ur racquets off to priority 1 for full pro customization again? SuperSharkz!
had to send my 22 matched sticks back b/c i specifically asked for a double parnell knot with a bowline knot to finish at 3 and 9. i like the constant tension brought on by these knots. jeeesh.. noobs.. how does federer put up with these clowns.
topaz -- you're right. sea bass is in lorton. not loudoun. or whatever that is. but both start with L so to my tiny brain it's all the same.
sup -- every area has its pros and cons but the way i see florida --
florida pros: sunshine, beaches, fishing, boating, shopping, relatively cheap cost of living.
florida cons: nasty azz bugs, can be hot and oppressively humid, hurricanes, lots of elderly people who can't drive, and home of many of the stupidest people in the Union.
what's for lunch people?
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