USTA 4.0 league: what's in your bag?

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  1. ctromano

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    Hi,

    Thought i'd try this: I am a 4.0 mainly doubles player but i play singles when i get the chance or my captain gives me the thumbs up to play. So anyway I was wondering what other 4.0 players are carrying in their bags... by the way i play in both Hawaii and San Francisco...

    Wilson n-code federer bag (white/red/black), 3 pockets
    5 babolat aeropro drive racquets 2-4 1/4 and 3 4 3/8... strung with Wislon Gold 17 & Gosen 17 @ 58 lbs
    3 cans of Dunlop balls
    1 pair of Nike vapor 5 (white/blue)
    1 jump rope
    1 set of yonex over grip (light blue)
    2 t-sirts (SDSU & Oneil)
    1 pair socks (nike)
    1 set of string savers (babolat)
    1 pair of nike baseball wrist bands
    & a tennis elbow brace

    that's what in my bag... feel free to comment and let me know what's in your 4.0 leage tennis bag :)
     
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  2. qriusgeorge

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    i'm around 4-4.5, been playing for 13 years, and to be honest, I don't even have a bag. just three racquets and bottle of water. if i think it's going to be a serious match, i'll even bring a towl, but i come dressed and ready to party.

    i feel like i should have something, but I never do. is that wierd?
     
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  3. subaru3169

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    since i came back to playing, i never carry a bag either.. just a couple rackets, mini cooler with all my water and a towel
     
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  4. Cindysphinx

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    I guess no one cares what's in the bag of a lowly 3.5 . . . . :(
     
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  5. tfm1973

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    cindy - if you're a lowly 3.5 then i'm a lowly 4.0 -- that .5 difference doesn't really amount to a hill of beans in the grand scheme of tennis. we all suck. it's just the degree of suckitude.

    OP -- played in hawaii for years in usta and ekolu leagues. maybe i know you? :)

    in my bag?
    2 racquets. other 2 i keep at home because lugging around dozens of racquets sounds cool but in practice how many racquets do you wind up using? 1 or 2 tops. tournaments are different.
    a few overgrips.

    i don't bring water. all tennis centers here have water coolers on court.

    i come dressed and ready to play my particular brand of slice and dice and drop and lob tennis. yay.
     
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  6. Cindysphinx

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    I believe the word you are looking for is "suckability." :)

    I always bring water. I don't trust the water in the coolers.

    I once worked in a courthouse. One of the responsibilities of the clerks was to clean the water pitchers that sit on counsel's table and the witness stand. I worked there for two years. I will let you guess how often those pitchers were cleaned. Hint: It is a five-letter word that starts with the letter "N" and ends with the letter "R."

    Also feeding my irrational fear of water coolers is a story my brother in Arizona told me. We were golfing and they had some weird method of supplying water on the course (I can't remember what it was -- some sort of portable water tanks at various locations or something). I asked my brother what was going on. He said that someone had contracted some awful parasite or bacteria or something from the water coolers and had almost died, so now the club had gone to this other system.

    There. Are you properly scared of water coolers now? :)
     
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  7. tfm1973

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    your scary water stories don't scare me. i grew up drinking tap water and i'm mostly fine. heck i remember as a kid drinking water from the garden hose too. i'm still mostly fine. mostly.
     
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  8. penang

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    I have two tennis bag. Hardly use them. Brought

    2 rackets
    overgrips
    power bar in gel
    propel form of powder mix and lately got upset stomach
    extra socks
    2 extra T shirts / 1 short
    bandana
    banana / apple
    can tennis ball
    nail clipper
    shoe cushion- superfeet green/ softsole
    everything goes in my bagpack

    I don't drive so prefer to clean up before leaving the building.
     
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  9. raiden031

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    - Couple of plastic grocery bags (for sweaty shirts)
    - Couple of wrist bands
    - Couple of overgrips unwraveled in a ziplock bag
    - Couple of used balls
    - Can of new balls
    - Couple of quarters
    - 2 racquets

    That was my bag check.
     
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  10. Grover Sparkman

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    God if there's anything I hate, it's those damned Tennis Channel bag check commercials with players I don't care about. Sam Querrey's is the worst. His racquet description sounds like he's reading it straight off the TW page.

    Oh, right...my bag. It's a 2009 Babolat Team line 6 pack.

    2 Babolat Pure Storm racquets strung at 55 and 57 lbs.
    1 Pack of Tecnifibre X-1 Biphase string 17g (should I decide to string them by hand at a match, I guess)
    1 Wilson Pro overgrip, white (left over from a 3 pack)
    1 Nalgene bottle (it was made with BPA...take that germophobes)
    1 Sport towel (This rotates frequently)
    2 cans of Slazenger balls
    15 random balls of various brands I've collected.
    1 pair of Nike Breathe Cage 2's white and charcoal

    That's my Tennis Warehouse Bag check. But I'm not a 4.0.
     
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  11. Xisbum

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    Hey, that's my game, and I don't remember leasing you licence rights. :) You gotta wait till I either (a) kick the bucket or (b) learn not to play with 1 and a half knees and quit quoting from obscure literary masterpieces.

    My bag check belongs in Cindy's 3.5 thread; besides, I need about an hour to inventory everything in there. :oops: You pick up a lot of flotsam and jetsam (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKQZqGiiu54)
    learning how to play tennis on the deck of the ark - in the rain. :wink:
     
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  12. Cindysphinx

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    I about threw up when he said, "Oh, look! Here's my Zappo's.com gift card, right here!" Blech.

    Mostly, I do like the bag check segments, but I think they need to find a few more slobs. You know some of those players are Bag Slobs like me! :)

    Cindy -- waiting for someone to pull out a melted candy bar
     
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  13. goober

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    Wow you certainly come prepared. You bring 5 racquets to a match? What's the most you have ever had to use during a match?
     
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  14. LuckyR

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    I am not going to post that I carry a racquet, balls and a towel to my matches (duh...)

    The atypical things that I have found helpful in matches are:

    Jolly Rancher candies
    Advil
    Athletic tape
    Rosin bag
    Handwarmer/glove (for winter use of course)
     
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  15. Cindysphinx

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    **A-HA!!!**

    Now I know how those candies got in my bag! :)
     
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  16. LuckyR

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    I can't claim credit. Brad Gilbert mentions them in "Winning Ugly".
     
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  17. tfm1973

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    when i played tourneys i would often bring:

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    it's kinda like liquid crack. instant energy and it helps prevent cramping.

    recently i've tried using this for blisters:

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    it generally works BUT it hurts like a beyotch. far far worse than the actual cut or blister.
     
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  18. FloridaAG

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    Towel
    Wet bag for sweaty clothes
    neoprene knee sleeve
    old balls for service practice
    can of new balls
    bunch of vibration dampeners
    couple pairs of socks
    extra shirt
    t-shirt for after match
    extra shorts and underwear
    some cash
    some granola bars
    shower shoes
    contact solution
    stick of icy-hot
    sunscreen
    band-aids
    shower gel/shampoo
    3 matching frames and 1 extra one (that I tote around for some mysterious reason
    Often also have my clothes from work stuffed in there.
     
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  19. ag200boy

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    jolly ranchers helpful in matches?
     
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  20. Grover Sparkman

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    "Here's a $150 Zappo's gift card I can go online and buy shoes blah blah." Yes, everyone knows what Zappo's is. Yes they're a great company. And the Olympus Camera, too.

    I will say that as much as I hate the bag check segments. The, one minute clinics are great. I've done a bunch of those drills with teammates before and those have helped.
     
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  21. Spokewench

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    There are either quite a few people like you that don't want to state the obvious; or they never bring fresh balls to the match and they fit into another category that has been talked about on this forum before?
     
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  22. ctromano

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    awesome responses, i too hate the bag check stuff but it's nice to see that we tennis players carry some weird stuff... i actually carry 5 racs cause of conditions, but i have used 3 of them in one match in Los Gatos, CA.
     
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  23. LuckyR

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    They are perfect for dry mouth unassociated with dehydration. Actually drinking a bunch of water can wash out the saliva and make your mouth really dry.
     
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  24. deltox

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    3 babolat aeropro cortex racquets
    3 pair socks
    2 new cans of balls
    1 used can of balls
    4.00 in quarters
    my usta card
    a lighter
    pack of overgrips
    folded up rain poncho
    2 towels
    1 elbow brace
    ibuprofen
    super glue tube
    giblets of paper trash
     
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  25. shell

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    Dunlop 6 pack bag:

    Outside pocket for quick access:
    1 elbow brace (not needed now FINALLY!)
    a set string savers
    baggy with random dampeners that I never use

    Racket side:
    2 Dunlop AG 300 16x18s
    2 Dunlop AG 100s

    Main side:
    1 can new balls
    4 random used balls (varies as I remember to put them in the hopper)
    1 empty ball can with sweat bands
    cell phone
    wallet
    warm up jacket (needs to be washed and removed for summer)
    zipper bag from another bag with overgrips and tape for callous/dry skin crack)
    2 breakfast bars
    extra hat
    plastic water bottle (hate cold water and white cone cups for cooler water)
    flip flops - hot, wet socks must come off FAST after playing

    Tournaments add change of clothes and an extra pair of socks/shoes and strings if out of town

    :)
     
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  26. The Ripper

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    What's in my bag:

    2 Wilson KPS88's - 55 lbs & 53 lbs
    2 cans of Dunlop Championship balls (my favorite)
    32 oz water bottle with Vitalyte
    Towel
    2-3 Yonex overgrips (white & yellow)
    Scissors (for the grips)
    Extra Pete Sampras and Babolat dampeners
    Bandages, tape for fingers
    Tape measure (net is often too high)
    Apple, orange, a couple power bars, almonds
    Hat
    Icy Hot
    Spray-on sunscreen
    About 8 old practice balls for warm up
    Business cards with my phone number and a pen (for future matches!)

    I alternate between a Wilson US Open 6 racket bag and a Wilson Backpack bag. I like the backpack because it is more self-contained and easier to lug around. I try to avoid carting around a lot of junk I don't use, but if I need extra rackets (beyond my two standard rackets) I switch to the bigger bag.
     
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  27. Rorsach

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    My simple bag (for tournaments):

    2 x Dunlop MAX200G
    can of balls
    extra t-shirt
    small towel
    Water bottle
    wallet+keys
    Tabacco pouch + 2 lighters (never leave home without this).
     
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  28. heftylefty

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    In my Prince bag:

    4 Babolat Pure Storm Tour
    2 unopen cans of Dunlop tennis balls
    6 used tennis balls
    3 dry fit tennis shirts
    1 towel
    1 pack of Yonex overwrap
    1 1/2" roll of medical tape
    1 silver dollar (for the toss)
    2 ankle braces
    2 hats
    1 sport shades
    1 notebook and pen
    6 wristbands
     
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  29. Blade0324

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    After seeing others I'm almost embarrassed to put mine up but we'll see how it turns out.

    5 Microgel Prestige Pro's (Strung with Black code and spiral flex) various tensions.
    1 Microgel Prestige Mid
    2 new cans of balls.
    about 20 recently used balls
    full sized towel
    patella knee strap
    Pre wrap
    athletic tape
    bottle of advil
    bottle of other misc drugs
    8 wilson pro overgrips
    2 yonex supergrap grips
    $20 bill and misc. change
    silver dollar for coin toss in matches
    2 pens
    notebook for lessons
    captains notebook for team
    rulebook
    scissors
    measuring tape for net
    2 extra worm dampeners
    3 misc dampeners
    5 rubber bands
    extra car and house keys
    livestrong bracelet
    4 bandaids
    eye drops
    1 power bar
    1 power bar gel
    1 5 hour energy drink
    sunscreen
    extra pair of socks
    extra set of shoe laces
    1 jar tiger balm
    2 bio freeze packets
    power band for warmup
    half pack of lead tape

    That's all I find right now. Sometimes there can be a few other things there too.
     
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  30. goober

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    Well you are not that embarrassed since you posted this twice :p

    I personally just go minimalist these days- racquets, balls, water and maybe a towel.
     
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  31. jefferson

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    My sticks- 2 kblade 98
    wilson overgrips
    towel
    wrist bands
    Aleve
    change from my pockets
    car keys
    thin athletic tape
    That might be it....
     
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  32. Blade0324

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    It's all in good fun. I can sit here in my chair and no one has to know who I am and all the crap I have in my bag. Even my teammates don't realize I have all the crap with me in my bag:)
     
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  33. jbetti

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    1 K90 with Pro Supex Big Ace mains and Gosen Polylon crosses.
    1 n90 - same string
    1 PS85 - ditto
    2 Wilson ROK's - ditto

    What's left of 15 pk of Wilson Pro White overgrip.
    1 reel Gamma head tape
    Scissors
    A bag of rubber bands (as vibe dampeners)
    1 new can of balls and a few old ones.
    A bottle of Gatorade from mix (currently Glacier Freeze)
    1 pack of pop tarts and/or a banana
    A towel, which is not actually in the bag

    ...All in an orange Wilson Super 6. I'm a Syracuse grad. I love orange.
     
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  34. creative_tennis_boy

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    Babolat Team Line 6 pack
    -2 wilson ncode ntours
    -nike vapor IV black/silver
    -Tennis magazine
    -3 tennis balls
    -2 pairs of socks (ankle, hate tube socks)
    -tourna grip
    -wilson pro overgrip
    -bunch of nike and adidas wristbands and headbands
    -4 nike dri fit hats
    -small towel
    -Nike+iTunes sports runner kit
    -athletic tape and brace
    -bag of dampeners
     
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  35. Fedace

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    WOW,, i had no idea 4.0 guys were so serious. i thought you guys were just playing to lose some weight.....lol,,, just kidding..:)
     
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  36. fruitytennis1

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    2 Babolat pdc
    towel
    water/gatorade for singles
    2 can of balls(dunlop grand prix if possible)
    $10
     
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  37. schap02

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    Where's the swiss army knife MacGyver?
     
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  38. Panic492

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    -8 Dunlop Aerogel 500 Tour, various tensions for any condition
    -Extra Pair Barricade V's --Size 11
    -12 Overgripes
    -6 cans Balls Wilsons
    -Sutures
    -Towel
    -9 Pairs Thorlos
    -18 Power Bars-never vanilla (gives me a rash in my left ear)
    -Tony Robbins books (especially Awaken The Gaint Within)
    -USTA rulebook
    -Surgical tape
    -7 dry shirts
    -4 briefs-2 Fruit of The Loom, 2 Haines
    -6 Boxers
    -1 Thong (If I win)
    -2 Extra Shorts
    -Barbell 5lbs (nothing serious)
    -Flask (Johnny Walker Blue)
    -6 Bottles of Fuji Water
    -IPod (Eye of The Tiger and Journey to get me fired up for my 4.0 competition).
    -Xanax (in case I get too fired up from my IPod)
    -Pictures of my family and Jeff Turango for inspiration
    -Playing cards, poker chips and $100 bill.
    -Massage oil.

    Now on to the main compartment......
     
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  39. dlk

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    2 racquets (Prince)
    1 nike wristband
    1 elbow brace
    12 balls (always 3 are new)
    1 hand towel
    2 overgrips
    1 nike shoes (Sparqs)
    Sometimes extra shorts & Ts
     
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  40. stoo

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    Dunlop Aerogel 4d 6 pack bag
    2 x Dunlop Aerogel 200 18x20
    2 x Babolat Pro Tour Overgrip 3 packs
    2 x tins of tennis balls
    Water Bottle
    Tennis shoes
    Towel
    Small flask of Southern Comfort (to take the edge of warm-up)
     
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  41. rasajadad

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    For a match I travel light:
    2-3 racquets (strung at different tensions)
    Towel
    If the match is in winter or if an away match, I won't put my sneakers on til I get there.
    Dry shirt and warm-up pants for after the match / shower

    For tournaments I bring much more.
     
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  42. SlapShot

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    Babolat Team 9 Pack

    4 Bab PS LTD
    10 pack of Tournagrip XL
    3 towels
    My tennis shoes
    2 pairs of extra socks
    2 cans of balls
    Probably $6 in change
    2 knee straps to treat tendonitis (I've almost got it kicked, but not quite)

    For hitting sessions in the summer, I usually ditch the bag, and bring water, 2 frames, and a towel.
     
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  43. Mazilla2219

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    I think that everyone is missing the most important thing that everyone should have in their bag:

    1x chapstick

    I hate how chapped my lips get when playing, they hurt so bad.
     
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  44. smoothtennis

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    Just a broomstick....and 20 frames, LOL.
     
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  45. MrCLEAN

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    Let's see...

    -Head Monster Combi bag
    -2x LM Radical sticks
    -String (currently going through some new combinations so I've got some TNT , Blackcode, Gosen Micro, Signum Pro Poly Plasma, Prince Tour)
    -2-3x Wilson Cusionaire grips
    -1x t-shirt (for after the match)
    -Gatorade powder packs
    -2x neoprene ankle sleeves in case my ankles act up (rare)
    -2x hats
    -Balls
    -Towel
    -Wristbands
    -Bandanas (real bandanas, not $10 Nike ones :))
    -IB's
    -Various injury stuff (tape, gauze, roids...)
    -Sunscreen
    -Sunglasses
    -Water bottle (I use on court water :shock:)
    -CLIF bars (my new favorites!)

    That's all I can think of. I don't need all the stuff of course, but I like to keep it all together in one place, so whether I'm hitting w/ a buddy, or loading up for a tournament, it's always there, always ready.
     
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