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  1. PureAlph4

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    OK, thanks. Will look into the RAB clamp.

    Re Head Radicals, have hit with them quite a bit, as they used them quite extensively at my club as the stock ball for group classes and hitting sessions.

    My personal impression of them was not favourable. They didn't feel like a genuine top tier offering, flying uncontrollably off the racket at first before quickly adopting a spongy quality quite unlike other balls.

    The club stopped using them.

    0830 start if I'm not mistaken, so you would be odds on to miss the business end!
     
  2. jazar

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    Aussie Open Women's Final Review and Men's Final Preview: http://www.suite101.com/content/australian-open-womens-final-review-and-mens-final-preview-a339762. Check it out!

    You can do it regardless of whether you string one piece or two piece. When I do different tensions on the mains and crosses for my rackets I do a 1kg difference. Wouldn't go more than 2kg different as you will start to distort the frame. It's still unclear how much more spin you get by dropping tension on the crosses, but studies have shown that the ability for the mains to slide across the crosses does give more spin.
     
  3. Dave M

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    Is it wrong that i'd rather stay in and watch the match than play mixed?
     
  4. Meaghan

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    Played and won my winter league match today 4&2 very comfortable in really cold conditions. In fact really found swinging the racket quite difficult today, my muscles had seized up.

    After a few games i broke a string and had to use my bc30. Ok its modded to the spec I like and extended half inch to match my bc20 and hey what a racket this is too. Softer at 45ra but felt stiffer, less recoil but i think thats a string thing as i had rpm in (flex vs stiff strings = crazy recoil).

    As for grips i had dunlop's cheap hydromax and its just a bit soft for me. Have just regripped and the wilson pro hybrid feels great, really thin too but i understand Orig when he says he likes an og on top. The other racket has a pacific grip with an og and that feels great.

    By the way the cheap retail sports shop is selling Slazenger og's at a squid, very nice they are too, just bought ten :)
     
  5. Ross K

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    Okay. Time for us UK RHs to make some noise here on these boards and stand up for our man...

    "Come on, Muzza! Let's do the Djoker and bring back the first major to the UK since Lord knows when! ":)

    [​IMG]

    We'll all be watching tomorrow.


    R.


    BTW, In a gesture of support and to show unity with Murray and Scotland, I'm about to partake in a glass or two of unopened Glennfiddich from Xmas and advise we all do similar. :grin:

    BW2, If nobody's yet enjoyed the particularly invigorating rare pleasure of a Glennfiddich slammer, may I recommend you try it out ASAP, and preferably, just prior to going to work. :cool:

     
  6. Meaghan

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    red wine with glenmorangie chaser methinks :shock: will probably miss the game unconscious!
     
  7. PureAlph4

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    Right; it's business time for Muzza.

    Naturally the British media build up is reaching a cacaphony, ready to cut him down if the opportunity arises.

    I think if Murray can reach the level, and adopt the playing style, he displayed at the WTF vs Nadal then he will win this. I just hope it's not one of the matches where he comes out flat and passive, and by the time he hits a seam of good form the game has largely passed him by.

    He is in a completely different league from John Lloyd and Greg Rusedski (as British as Lennox Lewis, Mike Catt and half the English cricket team :shock:), who also reached slam finals, so it's time to realise his potential.

    Come on, Andy!
     
  8. jazar

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    Try playing with them on clay.
     
  9. jazar

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    This is going to be a long match. Murray is being about as pro-active as a morbidly obese person told to take up jogging.
     
  10. Meaghan

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    Nole superb...............Murray was turd tho............cant see him ever winning a major unless in the unlikely scenario he plays Monfils or someone. This is not like agassi losing his first three slams or something, if you are not gonna be aggressive on the easy ball and then wait for the hard ball then you are not going to win.

    gotta say if i wanna watch tennis then watching nole in that form is as good as it gets.
     
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    Murray got completely outplayed!
     
  12. jazar

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    Murray - outplayed entirely... too passive (now there's a surprise)... Novak's defensive play and speed at the back was amazing to behold... mentally Muzza was obviously too fragile (2nd set was a joke)... Murray just not up to the job, too many errors and relatively short and unchallenging groundies, unsavory court-side demeanor (like Safin but minus the charisma or game), played into Novak's hands - but you have to say Novak was incredible today and would have been a real threat to even 'prime' Fed and Rafa imo (anyhow - irrelevant - he beat Fed already)...

    R.
     
  14. Meaghan

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    Some frames on our FB page for your perusal. Email me.
     
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    I couldn't agree more! I played with them on Sat evening (bubble but still freezing!) and on the clay out in Portugal. I had bought a case cheap and was using them up. They are (as my friend puts it) "dunrocks" in those conditions.

    Currently a fan of Head ATP or Wilson US Open

    On another note Murray is really beginning to wind me up. Played a good quarter against Meltzer. A reasonable (but worryingly passive..hmmm) semi against Ferrer and then a sh*te final against Djoko. Went into "passive poof" mode and just flopped it again. Djoko was amazing but still it should have been a lot closer.

    Grrr!

    Orig
     
  16. Meaghan

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    Just strung my VT with Solinco barb wire, stiffest string ive strung, loads of recoil memory, takes your fingers off etc Cant wait to hit with it tho, supposedly more bite than tour bite, Im going to be hitting for the stars only for my opponents to be watching in horror as it dive bombs in ha :) Oh 60/58 lbs

    Just stringing my other VT with toalson cyberblade tour thermaxe another control stiff string hat has had some favourable reviews. Cheap I think too.
     
  17. Kam2010

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    Has anyone ordered anything from TW in the USA, tennis balls over there are way cheaper and I was thinking of ordering a case or 2? I wonder if this would be possible anyone tried?
    Also, I was wondering if anyone here has tried either of these tennis balls
    Head Instinct or Penn Championship

    Thanks

    PS, regarding Novaks win, he deserved it played brilliantly. Murray felt the pressure I expect he was under loads considering Fed was not in the final and I would suspect more people would put him as favourite to win..
     
  18. forthegame

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    ^^^
    You can order from TWUSA from here but I'm not sure how it'd be treated customs-wise.

    Orig is your man for all things import-from-USA/abroad related!
     
  19. origmarm

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    Customs wise, in theory it's:
    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showpost.php?p=2250415&postcount=2

    I've now had about 8 out of 10 get caught and I had to pay.

    Best solution is always to find someone to send them as a "gift". Difficult for a case of balls though.

    Cheers,

    Orig
     
  20. Dave M

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    Have you gotten another?
     
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    In my experience of ordering from TW USA is order small packages such as 6 packs of strings (if each set costs around $5-7) and use the cheap postage. When checking the cost of shipping the order, if it throws up anything in the USPS or FEDEX rates, dont make the order. Split it into smaller orders and use the $7.50 shipping charge. Also keep the overall amount down to around $40 if poss. Tax is normally paid on anything thats not a gift and is in excess of £18. I know that $40 is more than £18 but the Customs wont check if its a low amount or close to the limit.

    I think the real kicker is the handling charge the post office put on and not the VAT. Their charge is something like £8, whereas the VAT is usually quite low.

    I would not order tennis balls from TW USA, thats even if they'll send the across, mainly due to the size and cost of shipping + the custom charges on top. By the time you'd added the additional cost on top, you'd be better to buy the balls from over here.

    Regards

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  22. Meaghan

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    yeah paul sent me the bc30 to playtest in October. Very easy to use when modded, rather heavy in the head standard spec for me, 100" 45ra, 3/4pts hl (i think) 320g strung mine was...excellent racket, less recoil than the 95" and feels slightly stiffer but this may be due to strings, will find out soon as ive just stung it up with a stiff poly............ yellow flares tho!

    just had wisdom tooth out :cry:

    EDIT: as for the recoil I just had a little hit in the back garden with the bc30 and the recoil is more noticable but still nothing compared to the bc20, this im thinking is due to the shorter throat and ever so slghtly bigger head of the bc30, maybe thats why they have dropped the flex another few points on that racket??

    [​IMG]
     
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  23. Dave M

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    thats really yellow!
    Do you know for sure which one you'll go with then the "green" or "yellow"?
     
  24. Meaghan

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    going for 2 green & 1 yellow :)
     
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    anyone know a grip that is similar to pacific masters grip....1.8mm, no perforations, tacky, like cushioned leather.

    problem is, its a pain to get hold of them, pref id like something i can get from stringers world so i can add them to my strings. Any brand will do aslong as i can get a white one.....god Im a meff jockey :)
     
  26. Dags

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    TW don't ship balls outside of the US.

    For smaller orders, I've had similar experiences to Paul. A couple of years ago I thought I'd test out the customs threshold, and ordered $50 worth of goods. This was at a time when the exchange rate was good, and it amounted to around £25. I used the global mail option as I thought that would have a better chance of sneaking through than a courier. It got stopped, and I got hit for duty plus the £8 handling fee.

    With the current exchange rate, the only thing I order from TW now are grommets: I haven't really found a supplier for these in the UK, and TW have a very large range at a decent price.
     
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    I was half right about my racquet - its HAS got silicone in the handle but only half of it :D

    So im gonna look to fill the other half up at some point and hopefully this will remove the need for so much lead on the handle :)
     
  28. Ross K

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    Have really enjoyed tests with my TGK and retail YTPP... am slightly wondering if it's just beyond my capacities though. Want to look closer soon at the TF V02 320 - might be more my level and game.

    How we all doing racketaholics! .).

    R.
     
  29. Meaghan

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    Been keeping informed on your diary.
    Ross you always get to this stage of happiness with a racket and then say it may be beyond my capabilities! Is it the players frame or th weight etc cos you can re mod the pro stock.
    Having a delightful time with the bast core.
     
  30. Marcus

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    ooh... Pro Kennex Redondo !!

    I'm impressed.... anyone else used one ?

    Flexy, solid, controlled, works with Poly for me without killing my arm.... could it be "The One"
     
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    Thanks for the response guys, really appreciate it.
     
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    I actually liked the TF VO2 320. Had a little too much power in its stock form, but I added a little weight under the grip and at the hoop and that turned it into quite a nice frame. My one issue with Tecnifibre's is that they are quite poorly made; probably the worst of all the main manufacturers.
     
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    It's not just that Wozniacki is number one. I think the bigger issue is that Schiavone is number four.
     
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    Interesting, jamie... I, too am pretty into it - it definitely suits my level and playing style, and - my key way of assessing frames - it packs a lot of punch on my 2hbh and serve (big pace, big spin)... can see the frame's too overpowered for most (specially higher level players), but if... and it's a big if... if I can get happier with the feel (you referred to the poor quality build, and I concur), it could be a contender... though that pro-stock TGK and retail YTPP is pretty outstanding imo :cool: .

    Q. Where did you add weight and how much?

    Mine is strung with Big Hitter Blue @ 52 ibs. I've just put an extra grip on and added 2g of lead @ 12. Yet to play with that though.


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  37. jazar

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    Think I took off the grip and added 5g there, then put a leather on as well to add another 5g or so. Then about 5g at the hoop. Made it about the same specs as my Prestiges were at the time.
     
  38. Dave M

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    What don't you like about the TGK then Ross?I'm yet to fiddle with the MP's i have here.I keep getting sidetracked by other racquets then injured.(Back muscle while serving on Sunday in a league match) :cry:
     
  39. Dave M

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    What happened to the pro staffs?
     
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    I'm fickle...... :oops:

    May be moving them on at some stage....

    Mark
     
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    There's nothing I don't like really - it's an amazing frame, and one that through its feel, build, solidness, and sweet way of swinging instantly connects you to the PT630, Rad Tours, Prestiges, et al. As ever, it's more a case of if this fantastic frame quite matches my intermediate, aging, lazy b-liner with a dodgy knee who drinks a bit too much wine and never gets any kip because of his kids and who only plays twice a week maximum (when it isn't snowing or torrential rain) and who is usually too stressed from work issues and who can't hit an ace to save his life game!:lol:


    R.
     
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    Ross

    Have you thought about the BLX Blade? It seems to be a little lighter than the normal players stick and with a little more power. Might be very good news (at least until we moderate our intake and get back to "full fitness").

    S
     
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    Oh fair enough.
    Looks like the bit in bold matches my training at the moment!

    I was quite loyal to racquets untill i found you lot :-|
     
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    Ha, ha (and the annoying this is my youngest isn't a baby, she's 4!!)... RE racketaholic behaviour, actually I was perfectly normal until Nick Bond (some of you will know him from a few years ago on TT, i think) got me into all this... (ie, it's all his fault - LOL!)



    CC, I've never hit wit any of the kblades... hmm... with my PP, probably I just need to lose a bit of the lead @ 12 and learn how to serve and hit topspin properly!!!


    R.
     
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    Impressive stuff Jamie, and interesting not only because it looks technically very sound to me, but you have certain what I consider to be more 'classic' elements, compared to my ugly semi-abbreviated, ungainly excersize in huffing and puffing.:lol:

    For starters, though it's hard to tell in slo-mo, but I'd guess your toss is about twice as high as my own... and that's quite a sweeping step you take with that back foot... and I also noticed the way your frame hand tends to fan out, as it were, from the side somewhat (as opposed to those who swing the frame low to the ground, or the opposite, abbreviated or semi-abbreviated, like me)... lastly, I see you do that raising/rocking on the front foot thing...

    Anyway, as I say, most impressive... nice vid there too .:cool:


    R.
     
  47. Meaghan

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    nice elements of laver, edberg and sampras there Jamie but mate you need to get off the ground! The ball needs to go a little higher and you really need to kick off those feet meeting the ball in the air. You only look (soory :)) 3ft 6" so this is really necessary. Pushing of the legs, twisting those core muscles will all help.
     
  48. NolemurraY

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    Thought I might as well put a video up of me hitting, I've already got a thread on it in the tips section with some positive feedback, but I'll post it here as well incase any of you are interested in watching:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INz6HgjSBUs

    Any tips/comments are welcome...
     
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    Off to the ATP500 event in Rotterdam next week. Hopefully Murray will be playing the day I go so I can mercilessly boo him.
     
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    I LOVE your strokes. Need I say more?
     

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