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  1. TheOneHander

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    Well, I finally got to play these lead setups today and I was not impressed. The gram at 12 made the racquet too club-like, and I had a hard time bringing it up through the ball. The extra power was pretty nice, but the racquet felt like I had a brick attached to my hand. I figured at this point that I probably wouldn't like the same setup with an additional gram at 3&9, but I was almost wrong ;) The frame was a little less like swinging a pendulum, and stability was noticeably improved. Still, though, I couldn't find the acceleration I wanted, so I removed the gram at 12 to see how the 3&9 placement would work. It was basically the same story as the other two setups-sluggish but more solid. I finally peeled off all of the lead and played the racquet stock, and the frame I fell in love with *sniff* was back. It was so whippy, so maneuverable, and I could actually string more than five or six shots in a row.

    I know a lot of people like to lead up their Tours, but it seems like it just isn't for me. I'll probably end up trying counterbalancing in the handle just to see if I can get the stability that I had with the lead at just 3&9, but I really don't need any extra weight or solidity at the moment. Overall, though, the stock stick is good for me. The Rebels in my bag are looking like they're in danger of being traded for some more 16x18s ;)
     
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  2. Magic of tennis

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    so far it is satisfying stick . I have 16x18
     
  3. Power Player

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    1 hander how much lead did you put on it at 3 and 9? I literally have a total of 2 4 inch strips.
     
  4. TheOneHander

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    Two grams total.
     
  5. Power Player

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    Hmm.same here..it didn't affect me too much, but I also did not like it at 12.
     
  6. AceServer

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    Hey guys, sign me up. I'm giving my best buddy my speed mp, and getting a tour 18x20 around tuesday. I'll try onehander's lead setup, right after i try it stock.
     
  7. TheOneHander

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    I personally felt a noticeable difference in stability. The racquet seemed to bully the ball a lot more, which I really enjoyed. What I did not enjoy was the racquet's more HH balance. While I know it's not much, I lost a lot of whip that I get with the racquet stock. I think I'll have to revisit this same setup later on, but with the addition of a gram or two around the top of the grip and see if I reap the benefits of both configurations.


    Welcome, welcome! Which setup of mine are you going to try?

    Just for reference, the list is still on page 8. I'd be happy to bump it to every fifth page starting at page 15 if you all would like.
     
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  8. AceServer

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    I'm going to try the 2 grams at 3/9. I have a pack of lead tape handy in my bag, so if I don't like the stock form, I'll try your setup.
     
  9. TheOneHander

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    I'd actually try my 1g at 12 with the 2g at 3&9. I find that lead surprises me sometimes-when I played the RDS 003s, I literally took all the lead I had and distributed it evenly amongst my three racquets to the nearest gram in random places. If you don't like the setup, you can just peel off lead and replace it until you do. But whatever path you choose to take, congratulations on the stick! How do you think you'll adjust to the difference in length?
     
  10. AceServer

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    Haha, I don't really use the stick that often. I use my 12 oz radicals most of the time, so there'll be no problem. I don't even notice the difference until I put it in my bag, where it's uneven with my other racquets. What I'm really excited about, is the 5 sq inch difference. I hope it gives me a bit more than 95.
     
  11. asifallasleep

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    I just bought the frames from another tw member and they were already strung with head synthetic gut at 57lbs. i'll wait until they break and then i'll go hybrid. What's your string setup?
     
  12. adamvann

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    I'm playing full poly at 47lbs. and control has been fine for me.
     
  13. asifallasleep

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    The whip ability is what i like about these frames so i'll probably keep them stock. I like the fact that they are completely different from my K90's. I also didn't have any trouble flattening out my shots contrary to what some other folks said.
     
  14. adamvann

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    I enjoy mine stock as well and so far hitting with spin or flat has been good, especially flat backhand down the line.
     
  15. Power Player

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    Big hitter silver at 54 and babolat n vy at 60
     
  16. Ross K

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    Nice post. You make several note-worthy points here IMO.
     
  17. klementine

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    ExoTourers!

    Had a frame of mine strung with RPM. 17g @ 56. Very, very nice results.

    My partner had commented that my balls had so much more action on them. Dipping down and painting lines. Very powerful string. Super spin.

    Just dirty, dirty, dirty.
     
  18. NYCtennis1

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    Hmm, when I tried out RPM's 17 in mine at 52 it felt a little "mushy." Maybe I should give them a go again? How would you compare your RPM setup with your TB setup?
     
  19. Gregnoris

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    Love this stick, I have the 16x18s. Strung with msv focus hex.
     
  20. TheOneHander

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    You've been added! What tension do you string yours at? I really enjoy mine at 52lbs, there's more than enough power from the somewhat lower tension while the spin keeps the ball from launching into the upper atmosphere.

    I'd really like to give RPM another shot. The thing is, though, is that it basically has the same attributes of BHBR at double the price-it's somewhat soft for a poly while providing very good pop and spin for its class. What's your normal rig?
     
  21. Faithfulfather

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    Does anyone with a 4 1/4 grip have the deminsions of the grip. I am looking to shave down my tour from 4 3/8 to 4 1/4. I need the exact numbers from one side to other on all the bevels. I am going to use a rasp and micrometer. Thank you.
     
  22. asifallasleep

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    Heck, on day two with my tours i was alternating with my k90's and i must say that the tours are just sooo much fun to hit with. They really lend themselves to a wide open no holds barred spin attack fest. I love the fact that's it's a thin beam frame and as a result is very maneuverable.
     
  23. asifallasleep

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    How much does a tennis ball weigh? If you are fundamentally sound with weight transfer and getting your core, legs and shoulders going, you can knock the cover off the ball. I think a lot of people with these "lighter" frames get so used to using all arm, cus u can get away with it and still get a decent shot off. I'm coming from a k90 and ps88, so i naturally use my core, legs and shoulders. Had no choice.

    You can definitely hit a heavy ball with this frame:
    1) flatten the stroke out a bit more
    2) use your core, legs, shoulders etc.
    2) come over the ball a little more.
     
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  24. Power Player

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    If you are not hitting heavy balls with the EXO, adjust your string setup.
     
  25. BigM

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    I agree totally here. I have been using this racket as a demo now for 3 weeks and have tried several string setups. You can really dial in certain characteristics depending on the string and tension. My fav setup so far is m2 mains and alu rough crosses at about 49. The ball just fizzes! I do find I have to keep my racket head speed up at all times which is a good thing for me as I do tend to push the ball around at times. Such a great frame that rewards various styles of play.
     
  26. Power Player

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    Yep. Personally, I hit my most consistent with a syngut hybrid. It allows me to ramp up the tension, and that seems to always give me the control to hit through the ball whenever I want.
     
  27. tennismonkey

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    same setup for me too. alu power mains and syn gut crosses in the mid 50's tension. works like a charm. power, spin, control.
     
  28. AceServer

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    2 days until I get my racquet.. It feels like a decade passed by.Once I get my racquet, what should I string it with? I'm a more touch oriented player, and will hit touch dropshots whenever given the opportunity to. I currently only have BHBR, what strings are cheap and dedicated to feel?
     
  29. Power Player

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    Ace, I am loving the N Vy in the crosses. I use Big Hitter Silver Rough and regular in the mains. I like my polys around 54 and my syn guts at 60.

    The NVy with the ports feels incredible. I get far more control and can crush the ball when needed with this setup.
     
  30. AceServer

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    Do you get enough spin? And how is it on the arm? 54/60 sounds pretty high.. How about 40/46?
     
  31. Power Player

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    I get tons of spin, but that is how I hit as well. I hate low tensions. My strokes have always been better with high tensions. I have tried low a million times, and it just never works like with higher ones.

    You can get a looot of spin with a higher tension. You also get more control with the EXO, since some people have mentioned clean winners being an issue. They are not at all for me with this setup.
     
  32. AceServer

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    Ah, I see. How are multis with this setup? I have a set of RIP control waiting to be strung, when my racquet comes. USPS lied to me: "expected delivery date: October 24th, 2011"
     
  33. Power Player

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    Multis feel fantastic, but I think this frame really shines with a hybrid, especially if you want power. I am stringing it right around mid tension, and it plays perfectly.

    I know a lot of people are stringing it under the recommended low of 53, which is fine, but I have experienced more power stringing higher.

    If you have RIP, I'd love to hear how it plays..Try it at 55#s or so.
     
  34. AceServer

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    How would it do with BHBR? 50/55 good with BHBR in mains?
     
  35. Power Player

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    Oh yeah I am sure. It just matters how you hit. For me, I get more control and can hit out more with the 54/60 combo. But you will be fine either way.
     
  36. TheOneHander

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    I too find a ton of control with BHBR mains in a hybrid, much more than a full bed. It still retains all of its spin but gives much less free pop. For me, I prefer having the extra power on tap, as the hybrid would give me tons of kick and no pace, leaving balls to be devoured by my hungry opponents ;) But give it a try, you can always cut them out later.
     
  37. AceServer

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    I really cant, I'm on a tight budget and stringing once costs me roughly 20 bucks.. I don't even have the money to buy a new stringer.
     
  38. Power Player

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    Definitely go with your preferred tension then. You can always adjust and get advice on setups in here.
     
  39. TheOneHander

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    In that case, just go with BHBR at your normal tension. This racquet really shines with full poly, and if low tension poly is your thing, I think a hybrid will be the exact opposite of what you're looking for. The hybrids have so much less innate power by comparison, in my experiences.
     
  40. AceServer

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    I just got my racquet, and I am so eager to hit with it. Once the RPM breaks, I will restring it with BHBR at the tension of 43/40.
     
  41. Jocke

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    I'll get mine (16x18) tomorrow. What are your opinions on what strings work the best in this frame?
     
  42. Power Player

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    Matters how you hit, but Big Hitter Silver is a perfect poly for this string.

    I am using Babolat N vy as a cross, and I find it to be the best option so far. I string at 57#s. Too low a tension and I have to be full western all the time.
     
  43. kyofu

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    anyone used volkl cyclone 18 on this frame?especially the 18x20 version

    planning to strung mine with cyclone 18
     
  44. AceServer

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    I have about 2g at 12, should I change the setup to 2 grams at 3/9? It feels pretty sluggish.
     
  45. TheOneHander

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    I personally love full poly. It gives so much control and spin while not completely robbing the racquet of power and its standout attribute-feel.

    Have you tried BHBR by any chance? I'm planning on making a string purchase and I'm definitely considering BHSR 17 as a test string.

    I found that a gram at 12 made the racquet far too polarized. I'd move the lead to 3 and 9 and counterbalance with 2g at the top of the grip-you'll get more solidity while retaining the racquet's whippiness.
     
  46. jaybear1909

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    TheOneHander, what exactly is BHBR? Sorry, I'm a bit green with the terms.

    Was going to try Volkl Cyclone 18 in it.
     
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    I will sign up for ze club!

    18x16, Big Banger Alu Power @ 53lbs.

    Best racquet ever.
     
  49. kyofu

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    love my new racquet!!
     
  50. jk175d

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    lol, I'm sure there will be a consensus.
     

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