The Völk PB10 Mid Club - please join :)

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  1. dParis

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    You might have already tried this, but why don't you lead up an X10-295? It's essentially the same frame as an X325, but you get to distribute the weight on your own terms and unlike the London, the X295 can take as much lead as you want to add, anywhere you want to add it.
     
  2. Pneumated1

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    This might just be a very good option. I spent 4 1/2 very happy years with a 290-295 gram Dunlop 300G, customized to 11.8oz. Since switching from that frame for no apparently good reason, I've been lost in a racquet maze. But your post go me to thinking . . . and I've realized that I've never been able to make a 310 gram (unstrung) frame work, neither my 300 Tours nor my Londons.

    I've created a pretty nifty handle modification on Volkl/BB frames. I don't touch the top/bottom of the handle at all but start at the very top/bottom edges of the bevels (#'s 2,4,6,8) and taper every layer back a 1/16" to 1/8" until I've built the bevel up towards the sides and covered the actual sides (#'s 3, 7) with 4 layers of hockey tape on my normal 4 1/2 size, tapered every 1/8", or 6 layers tapered every 1/16" for a size smaller, 3/8. Both sides. It's very close to a Dunlop shape, and I love it.

    After this, by the time I put on a leather grip and a little over a half an overgrip, I've swung the balance so far South that to keep my preferred balance, I need to add too much weight to the throat/hoop. By then the frame is over 12oz., and I prefer something around 11.8. And no, I'm not willing to compromise at this point with the grip shape or a lighter, softer grip.

    To wrap this chapter up, I recently demoed the Bio. 300 with a leather grip, 6 grams of lead at 3/9, and head tape over the whole bumper. There was no compromise, and I felt that I could have added a .25oz. more weight to be optimal. I backed out of a pretty good deal on a few Bio. 300's for cheap at the last second. By the time I customize the grip shape of the X-295, throw on a leather grip and overgrip, I can easily modify the hoop and throat (maybe), to 11.8oz. or so with my preferred balance. As a tall, wiry, small-built player, why not? I'll have to seriously consider the Bio. 300 again, but the X-295 would already have the edge with the lower flex rating. But I can't ignore the fact that this new Bio. Max "200" is the rare frame that matches my specs and balance, with a leather grip, and my preferred grip shape. That'll be my last option before I finally go back to a modified 295 gram frame. Whew! I needed that. Thanks!
     
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  3. deco0028

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    I am a fairly new player, but have been around tennis for 10 years due to my sons who play a lot.
    I occasionally use my son's old BB London with natty gut mains(Klip Legend 16G 56 lbs)and SS(1.20mm 47 lbs) crosses, and find it a little unpredictable. The tension of the poly crosses could be the problem. It is very forgiving on the elbow, and has some decent pop for the serve, but the unpredictable reponse off the stringbed is problematic. It responds better with a full bed of poly for me, but it becomes underpowered. I do have a Volkl leather grip on it, and approx 4-5 grams around the hoop and throat.
    My go to racquet is the Dunlop 4D Aerogel 200 Tour. I LOVE this racquet, I find its feel and plowthrough is second to none. A bit less spin with a full bed of Klip Legend 16G at 63/60 lbs, but I will restring it soon with a gut/poly hybrid and see if that helps. I play a much better ball with it, and the return of serve is fantastic. I just get some TE pain for a day or two afterwards because of the weight.
    I am considering the Euro version of the Dunlop 4D 200 16 x 19 due to its lighter weight.
    Bottom line is I love the feel of the Dunlops. I struggled with trying to make the London work for a few months, before admitting to myself that I hit the best balls with the Dunlop, no question.
    I am glad I got THAT off my chest.
     
  4. martini

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    I agree with everything you said about the differences between the Babolat PS GT Ltd. and Volkl PB 10 mid. Especially about how much more spin you can generate from the baseline with the latter. :)
     
  5. TLy963

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    If anyone is planning to take a break or retire from tennis (or even have a spare) id be more than willing to purchase your volkl power bridge 10 mid (4 1/2). Ive been hearing a lot of rave about this racquet so i want to purchase one and join the club :) please contact me at t.ly9298@yahoo.com if you do, thanks
     
  6. dccheng

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    Strings

    I need advice on strings w/ my PB10 mid. I have used it for a little over a year now. I started w/ NXT Tour 16 and loved it. I now use regular NXT 16 and have been cracking strings every 20-30 hours of tennis ever since I started playing more matches. I have a fast swing and hit a fairly heavy serve too. The cost of NXT strung at my local shop is getting close to $40 and getting them strung once a month is getting costly for me. :oops:

    Does anyone have a suggestion for equivalent strings that has a bit longer durability? I also find myself having to buy another stick because I would crack strings in a game and then would have to go to my backup racquet during a match which is not ideal.

    Thanks for any advice.
     
  7. jk816

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    I have needed a soft arm friendly setup for my racquets as well and in my PB10 I'd always liked the Volkl Gripper and X-1 Biphase. But I tired of the breakage and especially the tension loss just prior to breakage. I went in search of different setup and came to really like a hybrid of gut in the mains and a smooth soft poly in the crosses. I use VS Tonic at 56# in the mains and Weisscannon Silverstring (50#) in the cross and found it quite durable and consistent. The gut in the mains dominates the feel (especially in the PB10M), and holds tension very well. A pack of Tonic goes $33K, SS goes $11; that gives you enough for two string jobs at $22 per racquet plus stringer's time (which is $15 per racquet at my club). The overall cost might not be much less than you are looking at, but I'd bet you'll string less frequently than with the NXT, so that'll save on cost.
     
  8. jk816

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    I’m still in my racquet quandary. I took a lesson with my club’s top pro, just trying to tune up a bit. I explained my racquet/ playing style dilemma, and told him I’d be hitting with both my PB10 and London during the lesson and to have him tell me which I hit a better ball with. We both expected at the outset the result would be the London with the more modern style; spinny, consistent, safe. He hits with a modern style and uses a PDR, so he generally favors the open stance modern style.

    Surprise surprise, he told me my balls off the PB10 were better and tougher for him (not that he misses much, but I made him work harder for some!). I just need to relax and not overhit; which of course is always a problem for me. So I’m going to work on getting back to being good enough for the PB10; I can get there for groundies, serves, and volleys, but the mid court game I never managed with this stick. I can’t find any mid-court deftness with the PB10 (lighter racquets I can whip sharp angles, the PB10 will not be whipped!). The same plow through that makes the PB10 tough to hit against from the baseline (every opponent, pros included, remark on how jarring it is to hit against my groundies; penetration is the weapon, even on low paced balls) works against me on mid court sitters and approach shots. Short angles 50-50 I’ll send wide, deep will often go long, and if I try to let up a bit, I leave a very playable ball back. That leaves slice and drops, but if I go to those too often, my opponent begins to read them. So midcourt balls still kill me. And the penetration force of my groundies produces a lot of short returns!!

    The pro said (and I already kind of knew this from earlier posts) to have confidence in producing short balls and attack behind my groundies; don’t let the ball hit the ground, play volleys from the midcourt if necessary (the stability and plow will help there too). That runs counter to my normal instincts of being an aggressive baseliner, so I’ve got a lot more work to do to become the all-courter the PB10 seems to suit best.

    How do most of you guys play the mid-court balls with the PB10? I know spdskr said he does what the pro suggests; is that what works for most PB10-ers?

    Oddly enough, I'm worst against my wife and kids with this racquet... paceless balls...argghhh. I couldn't imagine teaching with this racquet where you need to provide consistently easy feeds. Anyone use the PB10 for this?
     
  9. spdskr

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    I know I've chimed in before on this post, but for low paced, feeder, and short balls that bounce....try slowing your swing. I, too, was used to whipping mid court and paceless balls with my previous frame. I find that the Mid rewards a slower, but smooth and long stroke in these situations. I can guide the ball to the corners quite easily with that motion. Same scenario for feeder balls: just keep thinking slow, long, smooth.

    Once again, I agree with you that this frame is a beast from the baseline when hitting against pace, but I don't think you should give up on it when playing short court ball or against light hitters....it still works, just on its own terms.
     
  10. nyc

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    for feeding balls or hitting neutral/slight underspin sitters, a stiffer frame than the pb mid does the trick.

    nothing more frustrating than to use a soft noodle for that, I agree!
     
  11. jk816

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    Thanks, I appreciate your insight; I’ll really try to focus on doing less and slowing. I think it also requires me to really stay closed longer in the approach to contact and beyond (with a whippier stick I’ve tended to open sooner and fan across). What’ll really be tough to adjust for is hitting low, short balls without hitting up too much. It is counterintuitive to hit them flatter when they are low (instinct says to bring it up and down quickly with a whippy stroke), but when I manage it does work. I know I also get a little tight when I’m going for the kill; the PB10 does make you feel you can end any point at any time, and you almost can….

    I’ll need to work on some new footwork, actually saw what I need to work on in a Tennis channel tip segment, which approaches and makes contact on the left foot (I’m a righty) and hops forward through contact on that same left foot (similar to FYB’s “hopping step”, but more aggressive). Sadly, this old dog doesn’t learn new tricks that well; the OMC segment showed a kid w/ 18 y/o ankles!

    I’ve just been concerned that my trying to make the PB10 work for all phases of my game is a Quixotic endeavor; but if success in the mid-court is readily achievable, then I’ll manage it if it kills (or maims) me! Every time I want to go away from this racquet it reminds me why it is so darn good….evil thing! I really need to trust the thing, and myself.

    Have you managed any deft touch shots regularly? I'm still very clumsy with those & any heavy racquet against a pacess ball. Short, sharp angled shots elude me with the PB10. So far sliced / drops are all I've managed for those.
     
  12. Yinger

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    I just recently purchased two pb10s and strung one with xcel and one with x-one. The xcel is holding up much better. The technifiber is frayed and has lost quite a bit of tension. Won't be using it again...
     
  13. dccheng

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    Thanks for the advice jk816 & yinger! I decided to try a hybrid. The tennis shop guy put Poly/K-Gut. He insisted I try the poly on the mains even though I have read most players would put the poly on the crosses. Oh well, if it doesn't work for me, I won't be going back to him for advice.
     
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    I don't own a volkl but i played with a dx10 and pb10 for the first time yesterday. These racquets are really high quality. Great feel. I can see why a lot of ppl won't play anything except volkl. It's a shame volkl isn't more popular.
     
  15. Il Gatto

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    I switched to this frame about a month ago. It came strung with RPM Blast 17 at what I'm guessing was low 40s. I don't know if the previous owner intentionally strung it that low, or if it's a string that looses tension quickly? but whatever, against someone who hits through the court, I found my range off the ground in about five swings. Had to rework my serve a little to get it to work with this frame, but once I figured things out, my serve had a lot more depth as a shot. I feel like I have a spectrum of serve options. Loved the rectangular grip as well.

    I've since picked up a couple more. Now I have an arsenal.
     
  16. DrCGuerra

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    I own 2 PB Mid racquets strung with Technifibre X-One Biphase 16g at 60 lbs. I play 2 to 4 times per week. I hit very hard with lots of spin & my serve has been clocked between 80-125 mph. I usually get 3 months before I restring my racquets. The strings will fray but I have only broken my strings twice in 2 years due to a miss hit when I have hit a ball high on the "crown" of my racquet. I found that rubbing a small amount of bar wax (I use Gulf brand) on the strings increases the longevity without any negative effects. Make sure to remove as much of the wax from the strings before playing with new tennis balls or you will see dots or stripes on the balls (I find that hitting with older balls for a few minutes or "tapping" my strings on my tennis shoes before I play does the trick). I my hope you find my informational helpful.
     
  17. kabrac

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    Yes I have tried that and it seems to work, especially if you're using gut. I tried a wax for use on bow/arrow strings you can get at Walmart in the sporting goods section, or go to your local outdoorsman shop. Comes in a push-up tube...works great.
     
  18. Il Gatto

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    "I usually get 3 months before I restring my racquets."

    That is amazing. I break strings in this frame inside 10 hrs if I'm using anything other than a poly. I shattered a hybrid mix with Bi-phase in the mains last week. I alternate between big spin and flat ( this stick does it all so well), and prefer 17s, so will def try your wax tip.
     
  19. Il Gatto

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    "The pro said (and I already kind of knew this from earlier posts) to have confidence in producing short balls and attack behind my groundies; don’t let the ball hit the ground, play volleys from the midcourt if necessary (the stability and plow will help there too). That runs counter to my normal instincts of being an aggressive baseliner, so I’ve got a lot more work to do to become the all-courter the PB10 seems to suit best.

    How do most of you guys play the mid-court balls with the PB10? I know spdskr said he does what the pro suggests; is that what works for most PB10-ers?"

    Happy to chime in here, jk816. I wind up in the mid-court a lot, even more since I picked up this racquet. I have a friend I've studied with who works with juniors at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fl. and in drills he stresses taking the ball as high as possible and driving through for power. You'd recognize this tactic immediately, it's SOP on the pro tour and Tennis Channel 1 minute clinics and everywhere else, presumably. I like to lay back a bit though, and take the ball lower. Since the PB 10 is such a soft racquet, it allows you to control shot dynamics very effectively, so I take the low shot and hit through it with a flat, short stroke. Kind of a punchy/ploughy shot really. Off either side, one-handed back or two, I hit with low/med pace, flat or with a little rolled topspin. I go to a corner or roll in a nice soft angle. The advantage to waiting and taking the ball low is that it's very easy to control the ball with a stroke like this, you're hitting up and generating your own pace and direction, and as a plus, you can look for your opponent to commit to a side and if he does, hit behind him. The nature of the shot, low and flat without much pace, makes it very difficult for a player to run it down, especially compared to a topspin-heavy shot that could sit up for a return shot against you, and even if he does reach it, it's low and has no pace, so it's almost impossible to hit back with any power. I've employed this tactic to great success with consistency. Hope it helps!
     
  20. Il Gatto

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    I faced a similar situation when I switched over to the PB 10. I still have several Dunlops that I've been hitting and experimenting with for quite a while, and although I plan on selling them off, I intend to keep the 200Gs. While the 200 Tour and 200 16x19 hit great, and I could def live with the 200g XL and maybe even the 300 Tour, it's the 200G, the oldest frame of the lot, that's stood out from the pack since day one. Since the Volkl can be tricky to use with pushers, I'll use the 200G as an antidote to them. Interestingly, the racquets I see most PB 10 players refer to are Dunlops. There are a lot of consistencies between them.
     
  21. topspinlob

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    So just joined the club and I played 2 sets against a 4.0. I'm a 4.0 baseliner who isn't afraid to play net. The person I played has a heavy serve and heavy topspin groundstrokes. I am also coming off a 2 month layoff ( had a baby). I knew playing my friend would be a good indication if I like this racket or not. I like stable and heavy rackets. My previous racket was EXO3 Graphite 100 ( customized to be 5 pts hl 12.3 oz and string ports). I threw on a leather grip and over grip and gave it a go before I tried any of the mods in this thread. The racket was strung with WC Silverstring at 46 Lbs. I wasn't able to weigh the racket and check it's balance.

    The first set I got smoked 6-0. I expected using a new racket and not playing awhile. My friend played well tho. So credit to him. Anyways, I really like the racket for serving ( flat and kick). I don't really serve flat bombs. I typically used the kick serve. I use topspin on both sides with my OHBH being the better side. My timing was a little off because it seemed i was hitting too way in front. But man when my friend came up to the net and I was rushed for a forehand pass, I hit this hard hit forehand pass that felt so good. I am amazed with that small head how much power you can get. I am used to a big sweetspot like that on the EXO3 Graphite. I am trying out this racket because I wanted more feel for volleys and drop shot which I didn't feel with the EXO3 but still wanted a spin-friendly racket.

    The second set was different. I lost 7-5 but I was able to get my timing back. I was able to return well with my backhand and hit some winners with it. This gave my confidence with this racket. I have decided to add a total of 1.5 grams at 10/2 per recommendations of this thread. I'm hoping to get more stability and plow...

    Actaully I did a quick check of the balance by putting the racket on the edge of the table and using a measuring tape. It comes out to about 12 pts HL. I'm not surprised since I added the leather grip and athletic tape on the pallet since I wanted to round out the handle. It still doesn't feel that headlight tho
     
  22. nyc

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    Glad to hear it landed in good hands :)
     
  23. topspinlob

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    thanks NYC for the sale!
     
  24. Bought one of these strung with babolat rpm then cyclone at 43/40. It's maybe too much for me. Forehands were amazing or long, 2 handed backhand I struggled to get the spin I usually do. Lost confidence with it on the fear of hitting long. The head size and weight I didn't mind just don't have the confidence with it...sadly up for sale now before I skuff it up
     
  25. henryshli

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    Where are you based? I would be interested if you are in the UK
     
  26. topspinlob

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    I went to the local YMCA where they have tennis drill session at lunch for an hour. The lead tape at 10/2 really removes that flutter at the top of the frame. It feels more solid. I'm playing on monday.. will report on how it plays in matches...
     
  27. Sold now mate sorry...on a few shots this is a dream but I always dwell on th bad ones and margin for error is less with this
     
  28. topspinlob

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    i won't be playing today.. my wife got shingles.. So I need to take care of her..

    I did get a chance to visit the local tennis store in LA..and I was able to weight my racket and check the balance...

    12.7 grams at 10 pt headlight...It seems that balance point listed on TW is less that ten
     
  29. morten

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    can someone please give a quick comparison between pog mid and exo mid? Thanks.
     
  30. topspinlob

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    so today I went to the drill session today and there were less people that last week. The pro called off alot of people because it rained here in LA in the morning but 3 of us showed up. Last week there 8 people in the session..

    today.. i figure out PB10 mid is a little demanding for me...I'm in no shape right now.. (overweight and just had a baby 2 months ago)...with the session last week.. I had time to take break between hits.. but today with only three of us.. I was really winded..so about half way I pulled out the EXO3 Graphite Midplus and was hitting with ease ...

    I think I will keep the PB10 Mid to use in doubles from time to time.. it's still a sweet racket...
     
  31. nguyendat9

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    I like this racquet so much. I got 3 of them.
     
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    Does anyone know if there is an update coming soon for the PB10 mid? I am liking the current one but wondering what's next.
     
  33. djNEiGht

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    I've been hitting with the mid+ lately. It has NXT at mid tension. I'm not used to it being so whippy. Still having fun with it though.

    Only mods on it so far is a leather grip with og. I might try cyclone 17 at low tension next.

    Any other mid+ users around?
     
  34. TourTenor

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    Sorry, I didn't see this before you sold it ... At 43/40 you are way below the midrange tension for this racquet. If you are hitting "amazing or long" you should have turned up the tension a bit until you had the control you needed.
     
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    Still my favorite racket. I have been using other rackets from time to time but after the honeymoon is over I come running back to this beast of a racket. Love watching the ball jump off the court and push my oponents back. With this racket it tells me when I need to get in better shape and move my feet. I wish there was an easier racket to use (with the same comfort level) that I could produce the same quality shots with but I still have not found it.
     
  36. djNEiGht

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    Have been hitting w my London a bunch due to the test stringsbut this morning i took out the mid+. The NXT still feels pretty good. So comfy and really nice at the net.

    Reaching out again...any other mid+ users out there? What kind of string set ups are you guys using in the mid+?
     
  37. Shangri La

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    Demoed the racquet as a filler and bought one after 20 minutes of hit. Strung with gut/poly at 54/48 and a leather grip, this is probably the sweetest feeling racquet I have ever hit with. Maneuverable and forgiving for a mid. What a racquet!
     
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  38. leecc0

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    Demoed this, prestige mp, rebel 98 and radical pro and I absolutely love the pb10. Due to the head light it was effortless to swing ( to me) and produce nice pace and heavy balls. As said before, the back hand slice is amazing. Ordered one yesterday and should be here wednesday and finally i'll join my tennis club with the confidence i need!!

    I also find it easier to use a smaller head size raquet.
     
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    Pb 10 Mid

    Anyone know about launching new Volk PB 10 MID? My are tired ... they feel very flexible.

    Cheers
     
  40. Alain

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    HI ,
    I switched from the London to PB10 mid and am very happy with this new frame .I had a lot of difficulties with floating strokes with the London .It is largely better now with the PB10 .
    I have 5 Volkl PB10 mid . I need to make them same specifications .
    My prefer swingweight with this racquet seems to be 325 (?) for a better manoeuvrability with lesser weight possible for a covered flat hitter , net player .
    The three first are ok (339g, B 31,7, SW 325), two of them are 331 with higher balance (+0.2) and weight( +2g) than the others .
    I already used paper glass to sand the bumper ( from 3 to 9 o'clock) and decrease it easily for 2g .
    Now the result is the same for the 5 racquets: 339g strung , Balance 31,7 , swingweight 325 , MGR/I° 20,82.
    I read it was interesting to add lead at 2h and 10 h (0.5 to 2g) for this stick (is it really useful, because I don’t feel any vibration adding a dampener on the stick, should I try without dampener ) .Should I add now 0.5 gx2 at 10h and 2 ?
    Because of that, is it the good way to obtain the result or do you think it would be better to leads ( 2 to 3g at 10h and 2h) increasing weight (342g), balance(31,9), swingweight (331) and decrease MGR/I°(initially 20,70) adding the three lighter racquets to obtain the same specifications for the 5 racquets ?


    Thank you

    Alain
     
  41. spdskr

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    Welcome to the club! The point of adding weight at 10 and 2 is to reduce flutter caused by balls struck near to top of the stringbed. If you are happy with the response of the racquet on these types of shots then don't worry with adding lead there.
     
  42. mjnchen

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    I just got my two new pb 10 today and have played it. The best rackets I have had. I feel better on serve, volley and backhand. On my forehand side, I still need to do some work since I am not very used to the weight of the racket. Overall, I really like the racket. Now I need to set up my strings.
     
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    any news on volkl organix 10 mid?
     
  44. Hominator

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    Yes. Specs are being settled after playtests in Europe and here in the U.S. I hope to hit with it soon.
     
  45. Slaylock

    Slaylock New User

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    How similar are the Mid and the Midplus? I demoed the Mid and loved it but the Midplus is certainly cheaper.
     
  46. limbo696

    limbo696 New User

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    I demoed both and I thought that they felt like two completely different rackets. I had trouble controlling the ball with the midplus--felt way overpowered. If you were happy with the mid then there is a good chance you will not be happy with the mid.
     
  47. limbo696

    limbo696 New User

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    meant to say: "not be happy with the midplus."
     
  48. sidzej

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    Great raquet, but it is finally too heavy for me. I am not fit and good enough to play it. I am leaving the club, but staying with Volkl.
     
  49. Korso

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    See ya back soon :)
     
  50. Asaidi

    Asaidi New User

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    Guys I'm new to hybrid setups and wanted advice.

    Historically I had been using full bed of MSV Focus Hex on this racquet strung at around 55lbs. Noticed that I developed pretty bad tennis elbow. Especially when I played with my tennis machine with technifibre balls.

    Did some research and found out that it was probably because I was using the wrong string/tension. As a result, I have gone the other extreme and am using Babolat Natural Gut 16g strung at 53lbs.

    Problem is that the movement of the strings on the mains is really annoying me and I am not getting as much spin. Also believe that Gut won't last long if hitting with pressureless balls with a machine.

    What hybrid setup do you recommend for someone with my background (ie possibly prone to tennis elbow) who likes to hit with pressure-less balls with a machine now and then? Is it worth using the Hex strings with Gut or will they just rip through them? What other hybrid setups work?

    I'm about a 4 or 4.5 tennis player.
     

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