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  1. forthegame

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    Just spent time removing my 3 overgrips, cracking open a new Dunlop Hydramax comfort replacement grip, added my usual overgrip and.... new weight: 332g, aaarrrggghhh!

    Weight has gone up!
     
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    Hmm... removed the overgrip. Re-took all the measurements (stock except for dampener and rubber grip retainer thingy that comes with replacement grips) and the swingweight is coming up as 281.

    I did eventually get one measurement as 309 but that was with the longest of my 3 swing timing.

    Hmmmm.... I think my next racquet acquisition will be one with low static weight but high swingweight. What effect will that have on my shoulder and elbow, folks?
     
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    Repeated it using the 2nd cross string: sw 295 and 300.

    What hurts the shoulder more, swingweight or static weight?
     
  4. Meaghan

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    I would of thought static.....

    Lots of possibilities with lighter racks high SW.....you can buy my bc30 its under 320 strung with a few gramms @12 you'll have a SW of around 340-350.......:)
     
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    My swingweight came out around 350ish; though there was a rogue racket coming in at 360. Will have to put them on an RDC at some point to see how accurate the TW method really is. While it is an informative tool, I wouldn't use it as a basis for customising rackets by swingweight (which is how to tend to balance my frames). The other problem with it is that the calculation is done with strings installed.
     
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    Some of you might already know this, but in about two weeks time I'll be off to Canada to string at the ATP Masters 1000 event in Montreal.
     
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    Great!
    My gosh Jaz, you do live an exciting life!
     
  8. forthegame

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    Inspired by BobFL's pic, here are most of my racqs, current and retired.

    [​IMG]

    Visually, great to see the variation in balance and I think it'll help me re-evaluate my experience with each racquet. And yes, I've fallen off the wagon and looking to try new frames, *sigh*
     
  9. Aggro

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    Now you see, when i read this - it makes me think that i entered into the wrong side of tennis :D I've always wondered if i could string for 5+ hours straight, i think my fingers will need to toughen up first!! Can't imagine stringing a prestige mid with full poly 8 times in a row - think i would use the leftover string to strangle the player with!!

    Hope you have a great time, although i'm sure you will!! let us know who you string for!
     
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    Also i may just disregard all racket information, all hype on rackets and just try and find some i.radicals again - then do not buy another racket until they break from old age.

    I think its a good plan! Just have to find some now :s
     
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    Has anyone followed the threads about Federer changing to a larger headed racket? As most of the posters on those threads are on my ignore list I cant make any sense of the threads. Are they for real -- is there reason to believe that he will change to a larger head size?

    cc
     
  12. Dave M

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    From what i read before getting bored was someone had spoken to a wilson rep who told them he was going to swiitch to a new frame soon.I think his blx will be two years old in jan so about that time in their business plan.Seems to of snowballed with no real substance since then.
     
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    Which is why we build our own balance board! Off you go to B&Q and come back with:

    1 x shelf
    1 x dowel
    2 x screw eye (look like this - just be sure to get ones the dowel fits through)
    1 x tape measure (or in my case, if you couldn't find a tape measure you'll end up marking out the lengths on a 'temporary' piece of paper that you never get around to replacing)
    A spot of glue to stick down the tape measure

    You'll end up with something like this for under a tenner (I really ought to get around to finding a tape measure...). Only DIY skills involved are cutting the dowel and screwing in the screw eyes. And being able to measure.

    [​IMG]
     
  15. forthegame

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    Nice, been looking at Craig Sheppard's blog and wondering about finding UK based materials.

    Any specific measurements for where you place your dowels etc?

    Can you PM me your paper with the measurements? Seems better than a tape measure IMHO!

    Cheers.
     
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    Ever since I first strung Luxilon Ace for Fabrice Santoro back at Eastbourne in 2009 I've wanted to try the string for myself. Now, thanks to Alexandr Dolgopolov I can.
     
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    Hey chaps, there's a 50% sale on at kick back sports dot co dot uk at the moment, selection isn't great but you may find a bargain you've been looking for! Unfortunately the BLX90 was "currently unavailable" hmmm??
     
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    If I were doing it again, I'd base my measurements from the sheet of paper. What I did instead was decide a 'nice place' to put the dowel, and as you can see there wasn't enough room left to fit the full sheet on beneath it!

    I also might consider a thicker dowel, though this would very much depend on what size screw eyes I could get hold of. I notice that the bar on the Alpha board is thicker - I do wonder if that would mean it's easier to get the racquet to suspend (or whether that's pretty much a physical impossibility).

    I've found the PDF - that originates from one of the threads on this board, and the chap who made it was kind enough to upload it. I'll drop you a PM.
     
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    Thanks again. Is it A4?

    Thanks for this, unfortunately, the shoe I really want is not in my size. Also, their website is rather shoddy, my basket keeps getting emptied of its own accord! Will call and see if my size is available.
     
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    Does anyone know if K Swiss shoes run small or large? Thinking of trying out a size lower than my usual just to see if it would fit...
     
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    ^ Yes, A4.

    I bought a pair of K-Swiss Defiers in my usual size. Seemed to fit fine in the shop, but were too large on court. So my feeling is that they run slightly larger, compared to Asics (my preferred brand) and Nike Breathe Cage 2 (a brief flirtation).
     
  22. forthegame

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    Dags, you're on fire! Thanks. Will take a chance afterall, delivery is free above 75GBP.

    BTW, is the Defier worth all the hype? Is it comfortable, wide fitting and durable? TW's usually spot on with its shoe reviews as I've found to my cost. Ordered a regular Nike City Court VI instead of the Wide version and it was too narrow. Luckily, I was able to return if before my trip back to the UK.
     
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    I wore them twice before giving them away. They felt comfortable in the shop, but my foot just didn't feel secure when I made a quick change of direction. I'm not really able to comment other than that they didn't fit me properly.

    Funnily enough, the same happened with a pair of Barricades. The only shoes I've kept are ones that I've ordered 'blind' over the internet rather than trying on in the shop.

    My favourite shoe was the Asics GR2, which was great. I'm currently on the GR3 which I don't like as much - it's actually too cushioned, and rides higher than the 2. Feels like I'm wearing a pair of pillows rather than a shoe. Next time out I'm going to 'downgrade' to the Gel Game 3, which look more similar to the GR2.
     
  24. Motherwasp

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    No worries! Yeah their site isn't the best, I think I'm just going to stock up on grips, strings, socks etc...can't really say no at half price :)

    A BLX 90 for £90 would have been a nice addition to the collection though.
     
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    Had a mixed match today. Ended in an exact draw; two matches each, six sets each, 38 games each. Didn't play too badly. My partner and I won our matches 6-2, 6-4 and 6-2, 6-7, 10-8. Hitting with the Luxilon Ace; very nice. Crisp, plenty of control and good nice.
     
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    Been playing in the City of Nottingham Grass Court event this week and played a German guy who was using what I think was a Donnay X-Blue - it looked great - thinnest beam I've ever seen and when he hit his first second serve (??) it kicked that much I felt just like Mike Gatting must have when he faced that infamous Shane Warne delivery - insane amount of spin - any of you guys hit with one? I can't seem to find any on the TW Europe (or anywhere else over here...)

    Incidentally, the Wheelchair British Open was on at the same time and it was a fascinating watch - great skill and athletic ability from both sexes.
     
  27. Marcus

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    Hey Guys....

    Anyone hit with old and new versions of the head speed Pro ?

    Youtek and Youtek IG

    Any comments welcome....
     
  28. forthegame

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    Played yesterday and I felt disconnected from my T-7, I think the strings (Dunlop Comfort Synthetic) are dead (less than 1 full month old)! Either that or I need to get my overgrip back on. Will see when I next have a hit.

    Switched to my Discovery 660 with generic syn gut and after a few minutes of rallying, I was able to control the power. Man, this generation of Head racquets have a very unique feel! Very flexible and plush. I'm thinking of restringing it higher and giving it another run. Meags, you were right about this raq!

    Do multis go dead quickly?
     
  29. Aggro

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    Hey guys i will ask the same here as i have done in the rackets section-

    Tecnifibre T-Fight 320 (The original one)

    Any reviews, thought comparisons to rackets ?
     
  30. prostaff junkie

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    Anyone following the thread on Nole's Wimbledon racket?

    Some top quality bickering going on there, it's funny as hell. I think if all the bickering were to be deleted it would only be 2 or 3 pages long!
     
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    Got the west cheshire open next week at Upton, i entered too late for the singles due to being on holiday but should be reppin the doublessss!
     
  32. Dags

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    What happened to the Pro Staff 95s you bought?

    I had a brief hit with the old Speed Pro. Initial reaction was flimsy. Of all the racquets you've been through, I'd be surprised if this was the one.
     
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    If it's near to you and you can get there quickly, let the organiser know you're willing to be on standby for the singles. It's quite shocking how many people pull out at the last minute.

    Good luck with the doubles.
     
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    Yeah i emailed asking to enter cus i missed the closing entry, they said i could play singles if someone drops out, unfortunately im over an hour away haha
     
  35. Marcus

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    Pro staff 95's.... Hmmm yeah I remember those ;-)

    Long gone old boy !

    I'm really enjoying the YT Speed Pro strung with VS gut at 66lb just like a big KPS 88 with a HUGE sweetspot for me it does everything sort of 8.5/10 at least...

    I'm considering a couple more but much prefer the IG cosmetic if it plays a little softer that's a bonus ;-)

    Cheers....


    Mark
     
  36. jazar

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    Most threads on pro rackets just get completely ruined by people bickering or chiming in when they know nothing about the subject.

    Anyway, had a men's league match today. Won both rounds; 6-4, 6-2 and 6-3, 6-1. One player in the first pair was a real dick. First he complained that my partner and I made a really late call, when in actual fact we both called but he didn't hear us. Then when I was preparing to serve he called out "taken enough time yet?" in a very sarcastic way, to which I replied "no, not yet"; I then preceded to do a Djokovic and bounced the ball many, many times. Next time I was preparing to serve to him he called out he wasn't ready and just stood there not doing anything for 10-15 seconds. And after that, every volley or smash he had he tried to hit me with. Really wasn't any need for any of his unsportsmanlike behaviour and I'm thoroughly glad we beat that basterd.

    Now unbeaten in 10 league matches this season (won 6 men's and 4 mixed). Not too shabby.
     
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    I thought you might have held on to them. What have you been through in the meantime? I assume you didn't switch from those to the KPS 88 that's in your sig... I'm sure racquetaholic rules dictate that you always have to switch to a different manufacturer!

    I'm in a right funk today. When I was playing with my racquets leaded up, I had a really solid backhand but couldn't hit a forehand. Take some of the weight off and what happens? Yep, my forehand finds some form, but backhand goes down the swanny. Lost in 3, largely because my error count was so stupidly high.

    Two more matches this week, one against someone who I've lost to twice, the other someone I've never met. Unless my game picks up, my head's going to start wandering... It doesn't help that last week I strung a pair of BLX 90s for a friend. He likes syn gut at 45 lbs - so much nicer stringing that in the open BLX pattern compared to my natty gut and poly hybrid in a Prestige. Fortunately I know what a terrible idea it would be for me to try to play with that racquet. Might have to get some lead and strings in, as at least that's cheaper than new sticks...
     
  38. Meaghan

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    Well done Jamie I had a similar arsehole last week and that miserable c*nt put us both off enough for him to win.
     
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    This guy was more put off than my partner or I. Seeing as I found something to **** him off I carried on doing it. I was taking a little more time on my serves than normal, but only so I could keep calm and focused (having studied psychology for 5 years I thought it was about time I started putting in practice). He just got more pissed off, which didn't help his game, plus trying to hit me all the time made his shots more wayward.
     
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    First casualty of my knee-jerk reaction:

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    It hasn't made anywhere near as much difference as I thought it would: I've gone from 360g and a balance point of 305mm to 356g and 308mm.

    Still, at least it will remind me whether I really do prefer leather over synthetic (my calloused hand already favours the switch, but ultimately doesn't get much say in the matter). And it will act as a warning to the strings and frames that nothing is safe until I start playing well again!
     
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    I thought it would weeigh more than that, I took the leather calf skin grip off my yonex and replaced it with a synthetic grip and it was about 8gs lighter, probably made it more head heavy as well though.
    Good luck with yours.
     
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    LOL........It makes the victory all the more sweeter. I've played a few matches against ***** like that, and have actually caught one right in the nuts from a seemingly innocent smash from said dick. He was playing well up until that point, but my 10 minute injury break screwed up his game, he went right off the boil and we won the rubber!

    I've lost all fear of being hit at the net..........:)
     
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    Thanks motherwasp. Managed to get a few shoes but not the Defier RS I wanted.

    However, kick.back.sports are playing silly games, called them and they didn't have my size in the Defier so I ordered another shoe BUT today, sale's extended, they have ALL sizes and the price has gone up by more than £10.

    Probably won't order (in protest, however ineffectual) and wait till I'm stateside to get one. If the Nike doesn't fit, I'll swallow my pride of course.....
     
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    Match cancelled tonight, so I'll have to wait until Thursday to try out the synthetic grip.

    In the meantime, I've been thumbing through the catalogue for a popular tennis shop... why am I strangely drawn to the Prince EXO3 Tour? In a 16x18 pattern, no less. Has one of you put this idea in my head?
     
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    Gone off the boil spectacularly. All my racquets feel foreign. My T-7 feels like a board and has suddenly lost its plushness, my Discovery now feels way too powerful (I tamed the beast just a few days ago) and my Donnay Pro One has lost all its feel.

    Will restring my T-7 and Discovery, maybe I need a rest..
     
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    Sometimes you just have days like that...resist the urge to blame the racquets!!
     
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    Know the feeling 4TG.:)
     
  48. forthegame

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    Checked out my racquets on an RDC machine!

    It was fun seeing an actual machine in action! Specs of my T-7:
    weight: 327g
    flex: 57
    bal: 32cm
    swingweight: 305

    Really cool. Will post the other specs when i get home.
     
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    Well tomorrow is my last day of my LTA level 3 course. The only thing after that is my assessment 2 weeks later.

    Got "very good file" on my nvq file - boom!

    And i got really positive feedback on my lessons today so all good work!
     
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    Leather grip > Synthetic grip.

    And it's not even close. Might as well have wrapped a sock around the handle for the amount of feel I got out of it. Fortunately the Fairway was very good about the whole thing, and has gone back on with minimal fuss.

    Midway through I switched to another racquet, which had both the leather and an extra 11g of lead on the hoop. Swinging it reminded me of an extended length racquet - unwieldy and cumbersome. The lighter frame definitely makes my forehand more stable, although I do have to give up a bit of zip - I hit a couple of winners with the heavier stick that shot through the back in a way that they weren't without.

    Backhand was still awol though. That's really starting to bug me, as it was probably my best shot.
     

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