TW Blog: Meet the Playtesters

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  1. TennisMaverick

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    Hey Jason!

    Gong Xi Fa Cai, Xin Nian Quaile!

    IMPO, it is the best V1 since the Classic V1. I found it light as well, but it is really built for today's game; a very cushioned V1 for heavy spin and quick hand movement.

    Didja like the cosmetics?
     
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    Happy new year to you as well. Yea, it's quite comfortable and I can really feel the pocketing with each shot. And the cosmetics? Love the espresso color!

    Jason, TW
     
  3. zapvor

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    so um....i think it would be awesome if TW had a playtester on the east coast;)
     
  4. TennisMaverick

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    Especially on red clay, and perhaps on grass in the summer!
     
  5. zapvor

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    exactly! this would provide very beneficial to TW's data!
     
  6. Power Player

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    Carol plays the 6.1 blx 95?

    Guess i have an e crush now..lol.

    Seriously, great player. Awesome strokes. The dtl forehand is my favorite shot as well and the blx is the best stick i have used for it.
     
  7. JackB1

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    Get to the back of the line pal! :)
     
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    Chinese New Year is Jan 23rd.
     
  9. TennisMaverick

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    Your point?
     
  10. shogun90

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    I figured when you used "Gong Xi Fa Cai", I thought you were wishing Jason a Happy New Year.
     
  11. TennisMaverick

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    Chinese are already traveling; already cleaning house; laundry rooms are already packed; preparations are already being made; people are getting their haircut; etc. You must think that it is only one day. It's 15 days. Most Chinese celebrate for 3-6 weeks depending. Where I live, on the LES, Chinatown is already hopping.
     
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    Didn't want to offend anyone, I know CNY is typically 15 days, but it still doesn't start until 1/23.
     
  13. SFrazeur

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    Real women use 12.0+ oz racquets.

    -SF
     
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    TW, when the 2012 6.1 95 review comes out, please include input from current users. This means Granville and Carol. Yes, we also want Carol's input.
     
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    Yayyyyyyyyy!
     
  16. Power Player

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    Right? Lol

    Im still a bachelor, and always appreciate a girl who can play tennis really well. If i saw that girl on the court hitting with a blx Id have to wonder if i was hallucinating...lol. She is very good. Same with brittney, she crushes the ball. Its great..just dont see that as often except with the teaching pros that i know.

    But yes, please let carol review the new wilson..that playtest stick brittney sent me converted me to it. Its going to be awesome.
     
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    Carol is on the review. :) They just shot the video review today.
     
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    ^^^

    Snickers, the food of Champions! :)
     
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    Question for Mr.Chris Edwards
    If you had to choose a true 98sq.in (not prestige) and a 100sq.in racquet, your absolute favorite (something you would switch to and be happy to play with in a tournament) in production as of right now, what would they be.
    If you really want to get specific your favorite open and closed patterned 98, and 100.

    I look forward to your choices in your response IF you choose to respond. Thank you regardless.
     
  20. luishcorreia

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    Carol his the GOAT ;)
     
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    Hey TM, can't seem to find this new V1 on any of the major tennis websites, but did see it listed on the Volkl site. Is it not out yet and, if not, any idea when it will be released in the US? Thanks.
     
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    Skeeter,

    I can answer that question for you. The Volkl Organix V1 Midplus and Oversize will be available for pre-sale on 2/1/12.


    Brittany, TW
     
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    Excellent; thanks for the response.
     
  24. TW Staff

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    Another week, another playtester! This week, we have Karly. Check out her interview and video here:

    http://bit.ly/yZjkBK

    Brittany, TW
     
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    Karly, aka Batwoman. Funny stuff.
     
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    Great ball trick to begin vid! We may have another comedian in the ranks :)
     
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    Up this week, we have the person who started these blogs, Brittany Blalock. Check out the full interview and definitely check out the video! :)

    http://bit.ly/wtX13L

    Jason, TW
     
  28. CDestroyer

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    Sounds like you think Brittany is hot man.:smile:

    Ill watch the video.
     
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    Good interview w/ BB. Anyone who can beat Stanford is a winner in my book :)
     
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    Changed her shoe choice between the video and the interview!
     
  31. zapvor

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    lol the interview was good
     
  32. zapvor

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    i still think Beast has the best looking strokes :p
     
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  33. zapvor

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    so um...when is TW going to do a playtest for the east coast
     
  34. movdqa

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    It would be nice if TW had a distribution center on the East Coast. There are various electronics and other distributors (Amazon, Newegg, Dell) that have built regional distribution centers that get stuff to you quicker than UPS ground from the West Coast. I think that TW would need an East Coast site to be able to do playtests here - you need a facility that the playtesters can use with video equipment setups.

    TW could just buy one of the tennis distributors on the East Coast (there's one in New Jersey I believe).
     
  35. tennismonkey

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    karly's ball roll off the shoulders is a slick move. and britt's comments about spencer is hilarious. "For some reason, I absolutely love the ball he hits. It just sits perfectly in my strike zone and I am able to attack all day." :)
     
  36. TW Staff

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    Sorry for the late response I just saw this post.

    100sq.in. 18x20 would be the Dunlop 200 Plus. I really like that racquet. Excellent control, lots of spin and comes through contact very quickly.
    100sq.in 16x19 would be the new Pure Drive Roddick. Crushing power and spin with great stability. Also, more maneuverable than the specs would indicate.
    For 98s I would go Prestige MP and Pro, but since those are out, probably the Donnay Gold 99 for the open pattern and the Prince EXO3 Tour 100 18x20 (with lead at the tip) for the tight pattern.

    Chris, TW
     
  37. zapvor

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    yes!!!!!!!! i even have a suggestion for a location! TW please email me!!!!! please!!!
     
  38. movdqa

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    I think that many companies are holding off on expansion in the current economic climate unless they have significant sales in countries that are booming. It would be nice to get stuff faster but most people can just plan ahead and order supplies before they actually need them and this is what I do now so that I can just get stuff out of my bag or from my basement. I used to just go to the local sporting goods stores but the lack of selection and the high prices are painful.

    As much as I'd like to see TW on the East Coast, I think that it's hard to make a business case for it right now.
     
  39. zapvor

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    makes sense. that's one reason why i love TW. the selection at sporting stores are downright a joke. i dont know who their buyers are. i remember not even able to buy tournagrip! the prices of course reflects the lack of attention as well.
     
  40. JackB1

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    Hey Jason, are you sticking with the Prestige S? I am really trying to like it, but am struggling a little bit with the lack of power. You don't find the same issue, especially coming from the London, which had lots of pop? Also how did you customize yours? I am trying to get maximum power from this racquet and some additional plow. I think I will try a full bed of a lively multi, like NRG2 strung near 50 and maybe add 3 g's at 3/9 and 3 on the handle.. I was also surprised that a 11.6 oz stock racquet didn't have more plow thru?
     
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    fixed that for you..lol.

    I personally can see how you are struggling. I think a lot of us would. It is just not a stick with a lot of beef. Especially with you coming from that Becker stick, which is probably pretty powerful.
     
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    But it looks "beefy"'. Over 11.6 oz and a pretty thick beam. I just think they didn't make it stiff enough.
     
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    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    bump for Jason!
     
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    I'm having commitment issues. I found the Prestige S to lack some power too, which was why I was experimenting with lead tape. I've been dealing with wrist tendontitis for the past month and didn't hit a ball for 3 weeks prior to last week. Now I'm really looking at arm friendly racquets and making the switch from an all polyester setup to a hybrid. Recently, I've leaded up the new Volkl Organix V1 MP. So far, really enjoying it.

    Jason, TW
     
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    Jason I had wrist issues and the Prince EXO Tour 100 got me through them. Just an option for you. The flex and lighter weight can really help when your wrist is hurting.

    Now I can hit with stiffer wilsons, but I use gut mains just to be safe, and because it is a great setup.
     
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    Thanks for the reply. I really tried hard to like the Prestige S, but I had to work too hard to keep balls deep. I also found the sweet spot kinda small and unforgiving on mishits. The upper hoop was very dead feeling. I was kind of puzzled how you were so high in it. I think the "Prestige" name had you under its spell :)

    Have you tried the new Prince Warrior 100 yet? The specs are right in your wheelhouse. I am really liking it. It's not too stiff...not too powerful...just right and just heavy enough to not need lead.

    For you wrist issues, definitely stay away from full poly. You might want to go back to the London until its better. I loved a gut or multi in the mains with a copoly cross in my London's.
     
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    The Prestige name is just so......prestigious.

    I have tried the Warrior 100. I do like it. However, I just can't get over the feel, or lack of feel. Might have to give it another go sometime this week...

    Jason, TW
     
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    What's that blue string that everyone in the videos seems to be using?
     
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    I didn't notice any "lack of feel", but I will pay more attention next time I hit with it. Do you mean the typical Prince O-Port feel? I thought it wasn't as muted as the Rebel98 or the EXO Tour100.

    I wonder if you can replace the ports with the regular hole inserts?
     

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