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  1. Meaghan

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    Easy.......he was turd! Fell asleep in second set woke up 2.15 :)

    Ftg go get yourself a custom Vt even the lighter ones are solid. Otherwise imo the easiest rackets to use are the prince 100" lines. Find the right one that fits your spec. The older ones are pretty cheap. I like the ozone had really good feel 18mm beam loads of spin. Nice flex.
     
  2. Ross K

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    Polar bear alert!

    Urrrgh... fairly late night... broke the cardinal rule of not mixing my drinks... cider, bitter, ales, lager... noisy small club... daughter literally climbing on my head about 5 hours later... no wonder I've got achey brain-cells!

    Note to self: I shall not mix my drinks... I shall not mix my drinks... I shall not mix my drinks...:)


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  3. jazar

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    I tried a Floris Honey beer last night; it was pretty rank. Fortunately I have a Brothers Toffee Apple Cider for tonight.

    If the whether stays alright I'll have another hit this afternoon, though it won't be with the Polyfibre TCS I used yesterday; it was too soft. I'll probably go back to the Babolat Ballistic I was using last week.
     
  4. Ash_Smith

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    Did his idea just happpen to be a brand which he endorses/sells or am I being cynical! :)

    Good luck with the lessons - hopefully you'll feel/see some improvement.

    Cheers

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    Does anyone else use stringers world? I order most of my stuff from them as they offer trade prices with the VAT put on for you. There shipping charges are very reasonable. Would highly recommend them.
     
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    Yep use them quite a lot - i always check out the other sites to compare prices but usually they come out cheaper.

    Ordered my hopper from there, bags for friends, strings etc - always quick delivery.
     
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    Yeah I use them. They have a lot of very well priced strings there. I bought some B5E for £6.50 which I think is awesome considering the rave reviews it's received.
     
  9. Dave M

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    I didn't want to be the first person to say that but it is what was going through my mind as well!
    The VT customs frames are nice too,the pro ones just feel different.
     
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    Ha!

    Not at all, he suggested a Yonex or Head.

    I've always wanted to try an nBlade 98 and a Gamma T-7, I just forgot about them when I settled on my Pro Ones! Considering searching them out to give this coachy's suggestion a go!

    Another strategy has been to beef up to wield the 12oz Pro One hence the swimming! Trying to be good and listen to what coach says by reconsidering lighter raqs!

    Re, the custom VTs, hmmmm...... 100% graphite seems to be the thing for me, solid, solid. I don't do tinny at all, that's the main reason I didn't like the LM Rad (sacrilege!)

    Tyring to sell off my other raquets, wish me luck! I'll need it to pay for the custom VT!!! :shock:
     
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    All the time. When they have what I want it's the first place I go. TWE is great but the shipping is more. They have some stuff I get though, for example Klip, which SW keep promising to get but it hasn't appeared yet.
     
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    Any racing fans watching the Cheltenham Festival this week?

    Cheers

    Ash
     
  14. jazar

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    Was down at Bath today watching the futures event. I'm convinced I could compete with the ladies at that level; it's just a matter of shaving my legs and putting on a skirt and a wig.
     
  15. Ross K

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    Do you also do the tormented banshee-like scream (a la Sharapova etc) on every serve?:)


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  16. Meaghan

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    no need ive seen your vid :)
     
  17. jazar

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    That is one of the many grunts/screams in my repertoire.
     
  18. jazar

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    I've used Stringer's World a couple of times. They normally provide a good service. However, I ordered a set of Pro Hurricane 1.25 on Monday that I need for a customer today; the string just arrived and they sent Pro Hurricane Tour instead.
     
  19. Ross K

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    Meags,

    Where you getting your Tour Bite from? And what are the differences in gauges/playing characteristics IYO between the gauges?

    Ta


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  20. Meaghan

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    Bought reel from Stringers world for bout a ton.

    I've tried 18 &17 gauge but by far the best of them is the 16L 1.25. It just has a little more substance and I've not felt there was more power spin with the thinner gauges. In fact the 1.25 had the best of everything and no string movement which the thinner strings did a little.
    The string feels like a diamond shape with real sharp edges and when you string it it feels a lot tougher and imo this is a big factor on the grip/feel i get off the stringbed.
     
  21. Meaghan

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    The 1.25 is what you have in your pc+.......the thinner strings are good like other good quality strings but the 1.25 is the special one.
     
  22. Ross K

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    Yep, that sort of makes sense, as 1.24 is my normal exact preference in all my polys of late... too much either side of that and I give it a miss these days.

    Ta
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  23. jazar

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    You prefer 1.24 to 1.25? My God, you're sensitive!
     
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    Happy Guiness day!
     
  25. Ross K

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    Jaz,

    Yeah, yeah - ho, ho - you know what I meant!:)


    Everyone,

    Qsn. Which is your preference?... frames with plow, heft, stability and solidness? Or lighter, whippier, super-quick rackets where stick speed can seem quicker?... hmm, I'm pondering a few things related to this.


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  26. Ross K

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    Indeed... cheers to any Irish RHs or ever so slightly Irish (like many in England, I know) RHs who might be reading this... "Raises Guinness.":)

    R.
     
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    Question to all you string hybrid . . . ers.

    Have any of you tried your normal setup the other way around? For example if you use poly mains, syn crosses - try syn mains and poly crosses.

    I remember trying this a few years ago and for reasons unknown to me i prefered the poly in the crosses.

    Looks like im going back to the hybrid way so was just a thought that crossed my mind.

    Not sure the exact science between the 2 switching - maybe Ash or Jamie you guys have some thoughts ?


    Cheeeeeerrrssss
     
  28. jazar

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    ^^^The mains are the primary influence on the stringbed, so whatever you put on them will provide the overriding influence in terms of characteristics like feel and power.

    I did try a hybrid the non-traditional way round (i.e. multi mains, poly cross) by accident when I wasn't concentrating on what I was doing. There definitely was more power and a softer feel. I will be trying it again at some point and comparing it to the same strings the other way round, but I prefer poly mains in my hybrids as I prefer the feel of poly.
     
  29. Meaghan

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    Im liking rackets that are thin "plan" view ie from top. The box beams are wider due to their nature esp around the hoop. The best I've seen so far are my revelation superlongs which are so skinny yet have a 22mm beam. The pc's etc box beams have the same or less beam but still feel tanklike. This plan view thinness aids whippiness yet can be said to be less stable. As I've used revelations, older heads and the vantages stability has not been a problem.

    Adding lead to increase SW adds plow and i don't find my set up with my bast core any different in comfort from the baseline than the pc for instance. In fact its more versatile.

    Strings are important and if you find your ypp to like tour bite then you may have your answer. It may also be that the woofer dampening combined with the TB is actually what you like and maybe Thats why i like my bast core as it has a similar feel that 'seems' easier.

    All in all i have a super stable whippy speedy manouverable racket with lots of plow :)
     
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    I'm a "plow and stability" man myself but I'm not convinced you need huge static weight to get there. I've currently got Wilson BLX Opens with 15g of lead on them so about 330g strung, balance around 6pts so around 320ish on the swingweight.

    For me the interesting thing is whether you like your racquets polarised or non-polarised. Personally I prefer non but a lot of people like them polarised. Most pros are slightly to very polarised today but most were very non-polarised pre-2000 say. It's what I call the Nadal-Federer divide in that Nadal is very polarised, Fed less so.
     
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    Cheers for that, was first what i thought but needed an expert :D

    Got a club match on sunday against the top people in the league - Hampshire tennis club :( think they are run by esporta now. Good players don't think they have dropped more than 3 sets per match so far.

    Excellent time to try the new setup out! Gonna have Texflex in the mains and Poly Power in the crosses.

    On a side note - was browsing round the t3nnispl@net website today for strings as i got recommended a few reels to buy. Saw my machine price has increased by £300! Certainly bought that at the right time!!

    I think they are still evaluating their pricing compared to the other machines out there, think the price is about right now so i'm very fortunate i got it cheaper!!
     
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    Rob and Rich,

    Thanks for insightful replies (no surprise coming from you both.)

    Well, I've been firmly in the lighter, whippy, topspinny, polarized camp for over a year now, but the recent b-line success I found with the PC+ has made me question this a bit, not withstanding the fact I still need to play the PP and, I think, TF 320 too, with Sol. Tour Bite in them (the reason being, the PC+ with STB = incredible!).

    Yes, I've been so impressed not only with the thumping heaviness and spin with the SWirly +, but also the backcourt CONSISTENCY with this racket... you can kind of set yourself like a pendulum, sending groundies from one corner to the other, all day (and night as well) long. :) The uber-solidness, quality build, feel, the way the rack flexes (and where), all also helps.

    And to think I'd sworn off these kind of frames... RD7, PSC 6.1, Rad Tour TT XL, PT630... and, yes, I would say the PC+ is very much in that category.

    Anyhow, I'm looking/re-looking at the Prestige Pros, TF 320 and PC+, as in comparing and testing them together, but I want to take my time and really see if I can detect a clear winner re my play. And as I say then, one major element that is interesting is which ultimately bosses it for me - super-fast, mobile, big stick speed (ie, the TF V02 320), the gorgeously sweet swinging but slightly more beefy kind of a frame (PP), or the hefty, clubby, tanky, plowy clumper that is the PC+!

    Have a great weekend, gents.




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    ^^^ Ross, you've well and truly RELAPSED!!! :)
     
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    Sun is shining in the sky, there ain't a cloud in sight. Good weather for some tennis this afternoon. Going to string up some Prince Tour 1.25 in a bit. Not sure whether to go for 25/26 or 25.5/26.5. Might hedge my bets and go 25.2/26.3.
     
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    Will get a good 2.5 hours in today!
     
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    Would love to play on such a sunny day but, alas, I have to sleep off my night shift! Rubbish!
     
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    Went for 25.5/26/5 kg for the Prince Tour in the end. Have to say it sounds good so far; nice and dead.
     
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    Got a couple of hours in this morning beating big serving aussie 3&2. Conditions were ideal, my yellow socks glowing in the sunshine :)
     
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    well tried the new strings texflex & poly power @ 53/52lbs. Very nice so far in my coaching and hit sessions. Nice crisp feel with just the right amount of feel.

    Will string my other one up the same for my match tomorrow.
     
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    Good news-a month after winning an **** auction my volkl c10 pros arrived (with some other frames) in the post.
    Bad news-all 3 of the c10s and the pure drive team are cracked at the 10, 2 or both positions on the head.Sold as "good condition" waiting for the seller to respond, but why do people do that?I was so excited at trying something new. :-(
     
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    Bit frustrated with how I've been playing the last couple of weeks. Been serving well and volleying great, but my groundstrokes have just been too inconsistent. Really annoying as before this recent spate my groundstrokes were really consistent.
     
  43. Ross K

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    Presuming you do indeed mean cracked and not chipped, that is totally out of order. Not acceptable. My sympathies Dave.

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    Ouch! Sorry to hear that Dave. I hope the seller comes good.

    You have my sympathies mate.
     
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    cheers chaps, are the c10s prone to this then? I haven't seen a frame go like this without some abuse which i suspect is what it is, as i say just frustrated.You can get a finger nail in between the crack and lift layers on one of them.Same place on all 4 as well, maybe badly strung?:
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    Not sure how visable they are in the photos, it was as close as i could get the camera to take!
     
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    There are more cracks but i'm sure you get the idea!Anyone think it's worth the money.After listing the free postage on the auction he wouldn't post them untill he got a postal order from me for £12.50 as well! Haven't had this happen when buying used to try out different frames before.
     
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    Dave,

    was he/she a UK seller?

    cheers

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    p.s. gutted for you - that sucks.
     
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    Thats really bad service - very unlucky to get a rubbish seller :(

    I'd ask for a full refund for the sticks and see what he/she says.

    Match tomorrow - 10 o clock start (which is early for me) should be fun!!
     
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    Ash, yes a UK seller, i might dig out the p user name on here so everyone here is warned!
    Aggro, he hasn't replied this evening so i'll escalate it up to paypal and see what they do,
    I've just seen they have a 7 day return policy for a full refund. Shall give them Monday to respond then escalate it up to paypal if nothing is heard. I'm quite annoyed!
     
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    Best wishes man, Be careful, do EVERYTHING paypal says no matter how stupid. Try and get e-bay involved too, don't let them palm you off to paypal only. You need justice, this seller is just plain dishonest. The cracks are very bad.
     

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