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  1. prostaff junkie

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    +1 for Blackcode..............!
     
  2. Ash_Smith

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    +1 for Kate's Sister...............!
     
  3. mozzer

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    Harry should step in there!
     
  4. jazar

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    Black Code takes the lead with two votes.

    I don't feel proud to be British today. In fact, I feel completely the opposite. Today shows what a complete bunch of mindless twats most of the people of Britain are.
     
  5. forthegame

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    You might be alone there mate!

    I vote for the Gosen Polylon.
     
  6. Ash_Smith

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    What makes you say that Jamie?

    oh, Mantis for the match.
     
  7. Dags

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    I'm voting Mantis too.

    I've managed to avoid pretty much all of the wedding build up, and had a bit of a lie-in this morning so was still in bed when they exchanged vows, but turned on the telly whilst I cooked a bacon sarnie to see them driven to the palace and pop out onto the balcony. They looked pretty happy, and my impression is that they're nice people so good on them. I found the crowd as a whole, from a distance, quite inspiring (and tried to ignore the crazy people when they interviewed them close up).

    In other news, my second serve has gone up the spout. Played a match on Thursday and had a lesson today. My coach suggested I may be over-thinking it, but I've clearly ruined something. If any of you coaches have advice on how you teach a kick serve, I'm all ears.
     
  8. jazar

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    Black Code, Polylon and Power Polyester all on two votes each. Kirschbaum trailing with only one vote.

    Many things. Why do people give a **** about watching two people they don't know, have never met, and will likely never meet get married? The whole day was also a criminal waste of money. And as I have mentioned previously I despise the monarchy. In fact, I would go as far as saying that, with all the royal family in one place, I'm disappointed nobody took the opportunity to take them out.
     
  9. jazar

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    Just under 12 hours left to vote for what string I use in my match tomorrow. If there are no more votes I'll just go by the last vote, which is Mantis Power Polyester.
     
  10. Ross K

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    Racketaholics and tennis bums of the UK (and Royalists! :wink:)

    Ok. Is this statement true or not?

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  11. Dags

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    Ok, there were no more votes, so I will be using Mantis Power Polyester for my match. I actually have used it before (this time last year if I recall correctly) and really liked it.
     
  13. Ross K

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    Dags,

    Thanks... unfortunately just discovered the frame price doesn't make it worthwhile.


    jazar,

    Ah, another one!... thought I was was alone in being a fan of this under-rated string.


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  14. jazar

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    It's funny. When I tried it last year I thought Mantis Power Polyester was one of the best polys on the market and that Mantis Comfort Polyester was one of the worst polys on the market.
     
  15. jazar

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    Match was successful. Won 6-1, 7-6 and 6-0, 7-5. Faced three set points in the second set tie-break in the first match; saved one with an ace like a true champ. No complaints about the string; though I decided to at 25.5/26.5, which in hindsight may have been half a kilo too tight. Have another match next weekend; will probably let you lot decide on my string for that as well.
     
  16. prostaff junkie

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    Wow, strong stuff there........I won't take it personally lol.:wink:

    Each to his own...........:)

    The cost of it all is a small price to pay compared to the boost to our economy generated (indirectly) by the Royal Family.

    (Maybe it's not such a good idea to start wishing for more terrorist attacks in our capital. Remember 7/7?)
     
  17. mozzer

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    Night out in Manchester, finished up in some strip club, lost one of my back teeth and spent a ton and finally rolled in at 10 to 6 :|
     
  18. prostaff junkie

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    LOL.....good work!:wink:
     
  19. jazar

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    This time in two weeks I shall be at Roland Garros!
     
  20. origmarm

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    Always with the teeth in Manchester (!) :(. All their mates must be dentists or something, someone always loses a tooth!.... still a great effort!

    Takes me back :). We have 2 nights we simply refer to in our circle of friends as "debauchery 1, 2 and 3"....a story for another time.

    Orig
     
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    Well played, moz. You are an example to us all. Glad to see someone still upholding our old traditional polar bears ways!

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    :)

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  22. Dags

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    Well, if you're going to save your story for another time, I'm going to tell mine now!

    First year at uni, and I'd stumbled back to halls and was in a neighbour's room talking. Ten minutes later, someone else from the corridor turned up in the doorway looking a little confused and being suspiciously quiet. We asked him what was up, and he made a really slow grin/sneer so we could see that he'd lost half of his front tooth. Turns out he'd stopped off at a building site on the way home, and someone had lifted a metal pole onto their shoulder and had been swinging it about...

    He seemed quite distraught, if slightly disbelieving what had happened. He must have asked: 'But it'll grow back though, won't it?' at least half a dozen times. No, no it won't.

    Of course Mozzer, I now want to know how you lost one of your back teeth. And if it was chewing on a toffee, then I suggest you make something up.
     
  23. Marcus

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    Help needed with choosing girlie racket

    Chaps....

    The eldest daughter wants to pick up tennis again, she's 14 and a good athlete already 5' 10 and 11st she played a bit when she was 10 and although became frustrated with elements of the game (serve and backhand) showed some aptitude for the game...

    She's been hitting with one of my vantage frames but it's too much frame for her at this stage

    I'm looking for some suggestions

    I think what we're talking about is :

    Around 100 head size
    Under or around 300g
    Fairly flexible to help out her arm coming back to the game
    Stability is important

    Suggestions welcome.....

    I think at this stage I'd like to buy used knowing what kids are like with their hobbies !!!

    Regards
    Mark
     
  24. mozzer

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    I lost it in a fight... with a burger :eek: should see the burger though, totally demolished it in a sobering up attempt!
     
  25. jazar

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    What was this burger made of? Concrete!?
     
  26. origmarm

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    Marcus, the shop that begins with p and ends with p is doing Microgel Instincts at 79 which I think would fit the bill nicely or Pure Storm GTs at 89 (!) if that's not too much. Just in case you reconsider the used bit :).
     
  27. Dags

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    Had an interesting experiment tonight. In one stick was what has become my regular string setup of gut in the mains at 44, Lux Adrenaline in the crosses at 41, and in the other was a full bed of Babolat Xcel at 60.

    First thing of note was how relatively uncomfortable the Xcel was. I'm not sure how much of this is because I've become so used to lower tensions, but for what is supposed to be a comfortable multifilament, I was surprised at the harshness. I can't even imagine what it must be like for you chaps that play poly at a high tension.

    Second thing I noticed was the dwell time. As well as being more comfortable, the ball seemed to stay on the strings of the hybrid for so much longer. Much more touch and feel.

    Third was how I played pretty well with the Xcel. I switched racquets back and forth a few times, and every time it took a couple of hits to re-adjust, but after that it wasn't far off business as normal. The hybrid has both more power and lets me generate more spin (and my hitting partner commented that it was much heavier), but I was pleased with how much I could get out of the Xcel.

    Might cross-post this in my string thread actually... bring it back from the dead!
     
  28. origmarm

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    Wow Dags! If you are coming from gut mains at 44 to Xcel at 60 I'm not surprised you found it a bit stiff :).

    Still that aside, gut is still streets ahead of any multi for me. Just no comparison even to the best.
     
  29. forthegame

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    Lots of deleted posts......
     
  30. forthegame

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    ^^^
    For the best I guess..
     
  31. mozzer

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    We just got promoted to division 1, won 2 out of 2 so far, beat one of the best teams in the league tonight! Most other teams thought we would go straight back down, pushing to finish top half of the table!
     
  32. Ross K

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    What is this referring to exactly?:confused:
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  33. jazar

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    Went to the Ice Bar last night. It was pretty cool. Though I saw Heston Blumenthal there, but I think it was just some guy that looked like him.
     
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  34. forthegame

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    Will PM you.
     
  35. jazar

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    Ok, just like last week, I am giving you guys the choice of what string I use in my match on Saturday. This week's candidates are:

    Head Ultratour 1.27 @ 25/26kg
    Kirschbaum Competition 1.20 @ 25.5/26.5kg
    Pacific Force 1.24 @ 25/26kg

    Voting will close on Saturday morning at about 9am. Why vote in the referendum today when your vote won't make any difference? Vote for my string and you will have an influence on the result on my match!
     
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    Some nice hitting. I'm always surprised at how different the ball trajectory is when I see younger guys hitting. You have about twice my net clearance and the ball sits up a lot higher. Gives you a safer shot but I think in some circumstances a lot more time on the ball also. Interesting for sure. I need to play some younger people to get a feel for it I think.

    That said when I learnt to play I started with a continental grip and had to "adapt" to a new way of playing in the mid 90s. I guess that's old school :)
     
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    Nice clean hitting - be interested in seeing some videos of tie-breaks or something to see how the strokes compare.

    Oh and on the string front - i have come to the conclusion i hate full poly setups. Switching back to syn guts or multis :D
     
  40. Dags

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    My vote goes to the Pacific Force, largely because I've never hit with a Pacific string.
     
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    Got a last-minute call up to play in the second team tonight. I'm not sure I'm really good enough for that - I hardly ever play doubles, and some of my positional play is pretty woeful!

    It was odd playing outside, as I spend far too much time inside in my David Lloyd. I didn't do too badly with the slower courts and higher bounce, but let's just say I wasn't prepared for the wind and rain! I can't remember the last time I had to play on a slippery court with wet balls, but it reminds me why I joined DL.

    Still, a good experience, and the first time someone has spotted my TGKs and known what they were. It is, however, a little embarrassing to talk about your pro stock frames when you've just gone down 3 and 1. :oops:
     
  42. jazar

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    With one vote Pacific Force wins. Good choice and I was going to use it anyway, as I wasn't anticipating any votes.
     
  43. Ross K

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    Ha, ha! :) ....


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    Just realised that I've not been invited to any team :(

    I must admit, hwvr, that I've only been to the club twice this year!
     
  45. forthegame

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    Got an electronic kitchen scale....

    ... and weighed my racquets:

    My Donnay Pro One Ltd is 353g/12.45oz :shock: (strung/grip + overgrip/tiny lead/rubberband).

    Gamma T7 is 338g/11.92oz (strung/grip + overgrip x2/miniscule lead/rubberband).

    I'm in a bit of shock about the Donnay, rather hefty. Explains the shoulder aches after a while.

    The Gamma is also a bit of a surprise. I guess the overgrips add up. Explains why it's pretty stable.

    Interesting, never thought to get a kitchen scale and check my stuff.
     
  46. prostaff junkie

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    Interesting you say that about playing indoors too much.........when we play our local Esporta (Poole) in the league, at home on our slow high bouncing tarmac, we always beat them quite convincingly. They don't cope too well with the weather and surface. But when we play them on their nice carpet courts indoors they do us equally well.

    Home advantage I guess............
     
  47. origmarm

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    I have exactly the same problem. It always takes me a game or two to adjust after the winter. That carpet surface is also pretty unique, frankly if they had indoor hardcourts I'd be a lot happier.
     
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    We won our match yesterday. First round we won 6-3, 6-3. We were 6-3, 5-0, 40-15 up on on partner's serve, but contrived to lose three games in a row. Second match we won 5-7, 6-2, 10-4. I served for the first set at 5-4, but again we managed to lose three games in a row and this time the set. Didn't play great, particularly in the second match, but a win is a win, so I've got to be happy with it.
     
  49. forthegame

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    Anything to do with your string choice?
     
  50. Dave M

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    Similar things happen to us too, When i was a member at esporta I used to use the outdoor courts before matches to try and get into it when away but it does make a huge difference.
    Where do you play?
     

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