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  1. Meaghan

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    Yes Ash, if you wear a skirt does it give you a tan :wink:
     
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    Doesn't really affect things too much, other than the usual effects changes in temperature can have. Courts are laid on boards (to allow room for the pipes underneath) and therefore have a hollow sound on the bounce, but otherwise I don't really notice much difference (aside from sweating my cobs off when they ramp up the temp before a tour!)

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  3. Ross K

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    I'm beginning to think a bit about the Reb 98... hmm...:)
     
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    Meags, great result!! Saw the price change, not bad at all. Still can't beat buying it stateside if you can, lovely exchange rate!:)

    Re: delta core/dnx, are they the same thing?

    Still think all these technologies are b~~~~~~~~h!
     
  5. crosscourt

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    Which grips and over grips are you all using? I have been using the Prince Resi Pro these last few weeks without an over grip. The feel is great but it is abrasive!
     
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    Underfloor heating would be a great coaching aid. If the kids are getting lazy in the footwork department, just change the heating to the 'hot coals' setting and watch those little feet dance...
     
  7. Dags

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    7 hours in, and the EXO3 Tour is still my new best friend. I'm definitely playing better: how much of that is down to the racquet and how much is my frail mental game I'll leave for you to decide.

    Also worth a note that 7 hours of hitting and 9 days since opening, the Mantis balls were still very useable. Very impressed with the pressure retention. (It may have something to do with it getting warmer today too...)

    Fairway leather is my base grip. In winter (i.e. now) I have RAB ACE over the top of it. As soon as I start sweating too much, I crack out the Tourna. Four distinct callouses on my hand as a result, but I find synthetic grips mushy now.
     
  8. Meaghan

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    Head leather tour grip, its got a slight cushioned feel although I keep splitting my middle finger if I forget to tape it.

    I now swear by volkl super grip II overgrip, so soft but tacky too, best og I've used by far, lovely on the leather, no bumps etc.
     
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    I imagine the guys ambling onto court in their flip flops to warm up and then kicking them off once they start to play. Perhaps a little Hawaian music in the background and some exotic drinks between games.
     
  10. Ross K

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    Well, as someone who likes his overgrips tacky as can be, I'm quite a fan of the Ashaway OGs I've recently purchased.
     
  11. Dave M

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    Just had a racquet arrive in the post, it had 6 gripson it, it was a 3 already, even stranger was i bought it off of a woman.That's some big hands!
     
  12. Meaghan

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    Old chinese proverb, " Woman with big hands = man with small nob" :)
     
  13. Ross K

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    Ah yes, but are you sure it really was a woman? Old Chinese proverb: "Woman with huge hands who puts 6 grips on grip 3 frame = a transvestite tennis bum".:)
     
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    Was it one of Serena Manlady's old sticks?;-)
     
  15. Ash_Smith

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    Hmmm, sounds good, but sadly reality is very different! Was absolutely roasting today!

    Cheers
     
  16. Ross K

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    Thought we were due some real spring weather? In London at least, yesterday it was cold and windy. Come on summer, my tennis needs you!
     
  17. Meaghan

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    Had a nightmare again last night, indoors as usual just can't get on with the light. By the time I started playing well and timing the ball we were two sets down. Pulled last set back 6-2.
    I swear outside it would have been a walk over, it was like I was hitting thro fog and treacle!
    One ace, I mean, c'mon that's absurd :(
     
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    I repeat, no tennis for two whole weeks! Pls don't rub it in with your stories of daily tennis...
     
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    any of you UK guys and gals live in Norfolk? Always looking for people to hit with...
     
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    ^^
    Try gumtree
     
  21. prostaff junkie

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    It was 16 degrees and sunny down on the South coast!
     
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    Yes, turned out really spring-like here in London, but I wasn't playing unfortunately. Fingers crossed for tomorrow morning, when I will be.
     
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    Me neither, at work driving my van all bloody day as per usual.

    I've got another Winter League match on Sat AM, it'll probably be cats and dogs knowing my luck!:shock:
     
  24. forthegame

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    Dave and others, went into the shop-that-cannot-be-named-because-they-allegedly-compete-with-TW-and-are-always-chock-full-of-dunlops and saw this Slazenger. Sale price of £24.99!

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    Really interesting racquet, passed the "Meaghan thunk-test" (within the limts of packaging etc) and seems like a good base to customise if the feel is ok.

    Will wait till they're selling them out of bins :twisted::twisted:
     
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    have you hit with it yet FTG??
     
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    Sadly not. On holiday now, enjoying the joys of SE England. Gosh the weather here's nice.
    No tennis for another week. Also, my regular partner is out for several weeks thru injury.
    So unfair :-(
     
  28. Dave M

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    I think that spec looks interesting doesn't it, the 95 is even cheaper iirc.
     
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    Hope you're all having a good weekend, I'm currently sat in a freezing cold tennis centre in preston at an ITF Futures!

    Cheers
     
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    Indeed. The beam width should provide power while the flex should bring comfort. Is there a 95? Any links to specs or price?

    Ultimately, it's all about the feel. Hopefully not tinny, hollow or cheap feeling.

    Have to control my urges. I've relapsed, expecting 3 more new frames; 1 local and 2 international!!:shock:
     
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    I feel for you! With the quads team? That's what it's called I hope, don't mean to be rude.
     
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    Having looked at this rqt on the shops website, it actual some sort of cheapo rqt with an inflated rrp. You can tell as the grommet strip is on the outside at the throat area. Its clearer on the actual website.

    There are also some more 'proper' Slaz rqts inc http://www.sportsdirect.com/slazenger-x-pro-303-tennis-racket-749081?colcode=74908199

    This looks like the same mold as the old Dunlop M-Fil 200.

    Could be worth a punt
     
  33. Dave M

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    hope they are all doing well, missing your underfloor heating aren't you!:twisted:

    I have 7 racquets next to me at hte moment and none of them are my regular prince frames and it doesn't include the ones hiding in the cupboard upstairs......or the two still traveling across Europe to get here.Stupid bad weather causig me to the bay instead of play the game.
    http://www.sportsdirect.com/slazenger-xcel-95-tennis-racket-749090?colcode=74909099
    Plenty of weight room to add and tinker, must feel hollow at that price point!
     
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    I noticed the cheap grommets too! Frame isn't recessed to house the grommet strip. Cheap looking. If anyone hits with it we can get an idea of the build/feel.
     
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    You have no idea how much!!!
     
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    The 95 looks very good indeed. C'mon Dave, you know you want to. Let us know what it's like. :twisted:
     
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    this is off topic, but uk_skippy i sent you an email via the tt link. please check it! i wish there was a better way to contact members here!
     
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    Hello all, been away for a while (more on this later when I have more time). Anything interesting happened in my (a few months) absence?

    Missed the place more than I thought I would

    Orig
     
  40. Dags

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    Has anyone got their hands on a boomerang tool for the EXO3 Tour 100 16x18?If so I'd be interested to know from where (or if you're willing to send one in my direction). I made do with the brake for my first string job, but think I prefer the boomerang on my machine.

    12 hours of hitting in, and I'm still enjoying the racquet. My forehand is better than it's been in a long time, backhand is passable through I haven't let rip as much as I'd like. Volleys are a delight. Serve needs some practice: I've hit a couple of biggies so I know it's capable, but by timing isn't quite there yet.
     
  41. Meaghan

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    Hows the babsa rob, she still watching the tennis?

    Charlie is huge, getting three stone of brute force into the car is doing more damage than the tennis!

    Nothing much to miss here, its only lately that we have started talking to each other again after an extended sojourn in the racketaholic thread where ross has sold out to the americans and I'm worrying for my own sanity, count to ten, count to ten.....
     
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  42. Dave M

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    Hey Rob, nice to see you on here again, hope all's well.
    Timing is everything with this one, I can't find the right stringing thingy at all, anywhere.I've asked prince, prince UK, Prince US won't send one here, apollo leisure can't get one for me.So if anyone has any ideas of where else to ask, we're interested!
     
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    I'll probably see you there as I'm doing the stringing for the tournament.

    Do you know which colour boomerang you need? I have an orange one that I'd be happy to send you as I don't use them.

    Regards

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    Oh the bliss of fatherhood....

    week to go before my exhibition, baby goes down with suspected measles, spots the rest of it.....went to bed about 1am last night only to be woken by puking baby.....got a couple of hrs kip.....calpol its amazing stuff, one moment he's lethargic, shaking with a 40 degree temperature, calpol kicks in, he's up singing and dancing.......may put some on my tennis knees!
     
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    All well thanks now :). Hoping to get back into playing in a few weeks (see below!)

    Yeah she's doing great thanks. I know exactly what you mean, Sofia is 2 and a bit now and wearing clothes for a three year old. She still watches the tennis and can say "woger","****" and "okovich" now and knows who is who :). My friend's son was born recently and it was like holding a feather, you forget how little they were. She likes dragging my old racquet around so you never know what could come of that...

    How's the world of art in these times of austerity? There is a chap called Johnny who just opened a Gallery at the end of a nearby street so it can't be all doom and gloom I guess:
    http://gallerymidnight.com/
    Seems like a nice guy, has lived in Chamonix and St Lucia apparently...

    Ross has "done a Tony"? Dissapointing...eventually it happens to all "aholics" I guess.

    As for myself I've moved to a new house and the associated DIY has almost been the end of me. Light at the end of the tunnel now though.

    I finally had it with my tennis club and so cancelled my membership. The fee was up to £120 a month, the court time was £7 a month and impossible to book when I was around and they put up the "clinics" in price and made them shorter. The whole place was just becoming an issue frankly in terms of value.

    So as a consequence of this I moved to the dark side for a bit (Squash) as it's indoors and had a few good weeks there. Then I twisted my knee joint quite badly and had a few bad weeks there. I can now run and walk properly again but the rehab (physio twice a week) continues. I should be back to speed again in the next few weeks for a slow re-introduction.

    So I've been researching and there is a club near me that has both tennis and squash and is only £250 for the whole year (so 1/10th the price of before) for both. I can get a private session each week and still be quids in. So I might do that or leave it a bit and see how the new mortgage payments pan out (ouch!). So the plan is to join there and play tennis in the summer and squash in the winter I think (knee permitting).

    Either way it will be good to be back on court again. Missed it a lot.
     
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    Ah yes...the "3am vomit"...got to love those. This kind of thing has seriously put a dent in my late nights. I just can't take the cumulation of the 6am wakeups. Once I get one of these in there somewhere I just have to get to bed early one night and catchup. Getting old
     
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    It's tennis ball buying time again!

    Has any body used the Babolat Team or Gold balls for playing or coaching?

    Also the Babolat Orange and Green balls?

    Thoughts on these?
     
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    Apollo couldn't get me a grommet set for a Dunlop AG 300 Tour 18x20, I actually went in there with the frame and they didn't have it listed (for some reason). I suspect the set for the Bio 300 Tour 18x20 would fit it but they couldn't confirm that.

    I was a bit disappointed with them.........:(
     
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    No mate, I was using the royal "us"!

    I'm coaching Team GB wheelchair tennis, having left DL last August (as you are doing now it seems!).

    Feel free to ask away though!

    Cheers
     

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