Who believes in the "Right and Privilege" mentality?

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  1. GarrettReid

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    I would buy what suits you. If you need a 6 pack bag, then get it. I have a 3 pack bag that I bought that just doesn't suit my needs, so I'll replace it.
     
  2. princetohead

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    Completely. Those insecure people, for whatever reason, can't help but criticizing to feel better about themselves.
     
  3. AhmedD

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    It's alright to have big bags if they fit your needs, and have nice color coordinated clothes but your game should always be a priority above those. Everyone has the right to do as they please to feel happy I dont mind. My young bro only has two racquets, junior ones at that, he already had a two pack babolat to fit what was neccesary, racquet, balls, money, and extra shirts if required. Then out of the blue ordered a Head Djokovic Monstercombi, which even he himself would be able to fit in it. Regarding the clothes I mostly purchase from nike so most of my wear is coordinated, but you'll rarely see me wear completely coordinated clothing if it I'm not playing a match or going to another club to play, but I never buy anything to show off, I just find the high-end clothing to be very comfortable.
     
  4. Captain Tezuka

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    Oh so that's why I'm always thirsty I carry 1 bottle of water. Hm maybe I should buy those cheap 6 packs of water or more from Safeway/Coles. :D
    Yeah some guys at school and stuff have huge bags good for them going to deck out after I demo some racquets. Game is ULTRA important as well as manners. Gear not so much as long as it fits and looks after your health and enables you to play at your best then what ever to those people who are so sad as to bother with omg you have a HUGE 15PACK and can't play well who cares you just get on with your game mate.
     
  5. ATP100

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    Ask yourself:

    Who's in charge of your emotions?
     
  6. Fuji

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    Wow, old thread being brought up.

    Anywho, I carry a 9 stick bag with me since it's what I need, and even then it's a bit small. 5-6 sticks with me on average, a few extra shirts and hats, extra socks, tons of water, snacks, and some other stuff. At the club I play at, I'm one of the "minimalist" players, most guys are carrying my rig plus more, so it's pretty consistent.

    At the parks I bring the same bag. Who cares what people think? I've never had anyone say anything about what I carry LOL!

    -Fuji
     
  7. Andreas1965

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    Whenever I bought a new bag, I experienced that a feww weeks later it turned out to be too small ;) , so I ended up with the 2011 Djokovic Monstercombi.
    In my opinion a tennis bag can't be too big.

    6 racquets, 2 pair of shoes, towels, spare shirts and shorts, warm- up clothes, ballcans, wristbands, grips. When entering a tournament or an away game I add all the stuff you need for shower after your match, which sums up to more towels, underwear, liquid soap (showergel), flipflops (you do not want fungus, eh?)...

    No way a smaller bag than a monstercombi could master this.


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  8. Ducker

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    I once saw a somone playing wearing a bandana, red nike polo, grey nike shorts, nike shoes and a ksixonetour 90. He was average height and out of shape. Even more strange was that not only did his gear mimic federers but he did too. He had the 1 handed back hand and did other things that you see federer do. He wasnt that good, but even if he was everyone thought less of him for how he dress/acted.

    Moral of the story be yourself and then you wont have to worry about anything. The bag you choose is not big deal. Where you have to worry is when you start wearing ALL the same gear as a pro player and try to act like them on court lol.
     
  9. onehandbh

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    I agree with some of the other posters. Wear, bring, use, whatever you
    like. There's this bodybuilder I met once who likes to wear super tight
    jeans, super tight shirt. When he meets new people, one of the first things he
    says is: (with a big 80's commericial style smile)

    "I know you're all probably thinking, Mike, why are your jeans so tight?
    I'll tell you why! Because I like it that way. That's the way I like it!"
     
  10. zorcy3

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    Ok, I am just starting out. I have shoes for just the court. I have a racquet. I am ready to play. My wife was so embarrassed, she gave me a bag to at least go on the court with. I really didn't care. I do not have the skill to know that my hands were slippery or that I can improve a dismal game with some special device in my bag. I may look foolish walking out with just a water and racquet, but you forget that really fast when you see my skills. You will laugh for some time, as she does.

    Now I use the bag she gave me. It holds knee braces, pain killer and a towel. I feel like a pro now. Did I mention it was an old, one racquet, tennis bag? Good enough for my skill. If we all came with the equipment that matched our skills, then the match would be over once I saw their bag.

    As far as the clothes, I like some of the outfits the ladies wear. Keep it up!!!
     
  11. ArliHawk

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    Seems to me that you should be able to wear and use whatever you like. If you're particular, and like to match, go ahead and match. It's your life, not somebody else's.
     
  12. beernutz

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    Worrying about what other players carry or wear must be a young person thing because in all the time I've played organized tennis I have never heard a team mate or another player comment on what someone brings to the court or what they wear. Of course almost all of the people I play with are over 30 too.

    Even if a 3.5 player is carrying a 12-pack it doesn't mean they have a big ego. My partner last night has a daughter who played D1 tennis and she got a ton of gear for free, much of which was given back to her dad after she graduated. Plus he'd bought her a boatload of gear when she was a junior. Consequently he's got multiple 12-packs full of racquets and other gear which he still uses and why shouldn't he? Anybody who thinks he carries that stuff to feed his ego is an idiot.
     
  13. walkman

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    I come from a school of thought that it's better to 'under-dress' the part and let your game surprise your opponent.

    My wife, on the other hand, played beginner tennis with a team of ladies that encouraged each other to, "play up to your outfit!".
     
  14. princetohead

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    Precisely. It's your/their life and your/their money.

    By all means, spending money is good for the industry. Those who can afford should be encouraged to spend for the economy.

    Let's not be insecure about our skills and/or money. We play tennis for recreation.
     
  15. r5d3

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    I couldn't disagree more with that sentiment. If you come to court dressed as Federer, I simply view it as you being a fan, I don't care what your skill level is.

    I compare it to playing basketball or soccer. If a guy comes on court wearing a Dwight Howard jersey or on the pitch wearing Messi, do you know expect them to play like Howard or Messi? I don't. Same with tennis clothes.

    As far as bags, I agree with the sentiment that "bigger is better" and has nothing to do with ego or showing off. Some people simply need the room a big bag provides. I just bought my boy who's still in beginner mode a six pack bag (granted, the TW one for $7 with additional order) even though he'll only have two racquets. Same for me, I plan on adding a Volkl to my arsenal next week, which will give me three sticks, but I will also grab the Volkl combi bag to make sure I can accommodate shoes, extra apparel, shower stuff, and so on.
     
  16. chrisberchris

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    I'm a low 3.5, and I love to play in Polos. Tennis supposed to be a classy sport and I like to look classy while playing it. Who cares what someone else has to say about your appearance. Do what you love
     
  17. retlod

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    4.0 player.

    All Nike so the logos match.

    Tennis-specific shirts (but not polos).

    Bags to match racquets.

    Not worth my time to care what anyone else thinks of my gear.
     
  18. wmilas

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    I started out with a backpack and one stick. Did not want to seem flashy when my game started out sucking. Got better and realized I'm fubared during a match when I break a string and have to use a demo stick that I'm not used to.

    Go out and buy spare stick and 3 stick bag. Get sick of always being sopping wet after a hard match or practice. buy dri-fit clothing. Realize its not comfortable to drive home with dri-fit clothing. Need spare shoes, sock and normal shorts/shirt.

    All this junk doesn't fit in in small 3 stick bag. Buy a small duffel to go in locker. Winter comes. Realize that lugging 2 tennis bags plus my soft brief case though a snowy parking lot sucks. I'm also drinking a ton of water and diluted sports drink during 2 hour sessions now.

    Buy a 6 stick bag with one of the 3 stick sides insulated. Shove the mixed diluted sports drink thermoses in there (Stays cold!). Other side gets my 3 sticks (my Rdis 100's were discontinued, so i bought a third cheap on the bay). 2 Play sticks one that's usually strung with some test strings. Middle part gets my change of clothing plus towels sweat bands, spare balls, foot powder, tape, you name it.

    Do I feel kinda funny with the monster bag? Not any more. I could care less what other people think as I got sick of lugging it all around in separate bags just because of what someone might think.

    If you can show up with all your stuff on and just one stick, good for you. I can't and am not going to even try any more.
     
  19. princetohead

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    It makes perfect sense to me.
     
  20. OriginalHockeytowner

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    That's me to a T, except I don't even have a bag. Fortunately, my birthday is in May, any guesses as to what's at the top of the list?


    I don't understand why anyone would "dress down" depending on where they play. If you have clothes just for playing tennis, why not wear them all the time? I won't go out in public in the same ratty gym shorts that I work on my car or paint the house or mow the lawn in, even if it's just to play tennis at the local park.

    Call me a poser: my barricades match my ONE Nike shirt. Aw shoot, I knew I should've bought the adidas shirt instead! Gotta be matchy-matchy! :)
     
  21. Power Player

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    I am still using the Dunlop bag I mentioned 2 years ago in this thread, but I think I will be graduating to a larger one. I have been storing more clothes, shoes, drinks, balls etc in it, and it is getting tougher to stuff things in it.

    Down here a ton of players have large bags now though..it's not a big thing.
     
  22. recreationalplayer

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    If it makes a diffrence to you...

    Tennis is a game played very much in your head. If it clears your mind to have a certain bag, shoes, etc., then to you it matters. I once asked a golfer if using any of all of the different golf balls available makes a difference and he said if you think it makes a difference then it makes a difference. Your question goes to that point. Build your foundation so that when you play, your mind will be clear, focused and intent on your purpose. In doing so when you walk off the court, win or lose, you won’t have to ask yourself what if. But don’t expect your bag to win any points for you.
     
  23. stapletonj

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    anybody remember those HUGE bags the players had back in the late 80s early 90s? no zippered compartments, etc., just lots of room. You could put 7 sticks, 3 gallons of liquid, 3 changes of clothes, and a small child in those suckers.

    I had one and it was the best. Heck, I didn't even own any other luggage! Apparantly no one makes them anymore, these durned club bags are atrocious. all the segmented compartments just make it less able to hold stuff...
     
  24. oldcity

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    I used to think people at the club with the giant 12-15 bags looked rediculous. wannabe nadal...etc so I bought a 3 pack. came to realize that no one is carrying around 12 sticks, they use the bag for all of their stuff. I see the value in that now. tired of having a gym bag full of stuff and a 3pack bag that doesn't hold anything. now i have a super-6 wilson. stoked to have all my gear in one bag.
     
  25. TennisNinja

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    Yep, I have a super six wilson but only have 3 rackets. 1 pocket for the rackets, 1 for balls/drinks/towels/food, and the other for an extra change of clothes/braces/shoes/hats.
     
  26. Bundey

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    Well if it's a good player with flashy equipment then they aren't really posers, are they? :-?
     
  27. nalvarado

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    TW sixpack with three incredibly different sticks, shoes, clothes, overgrip, and drinks. All you should ever need.
     
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    old, but i totally agree with this guy; however, I have a 10 pack with 2 racuqets lol (I use to have more). :/
     
  29. texacali

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    Didn't have tennis bags when I started in the 70's...rejoined tennis and got a three pack to put all of my old guy stuff (i.e braces, different pain killers/anti-inflammatory, etc.) Where I play league, which is a club, the men where whatever, can't tell we're even a team. The women are all matched in adidas outfits. Reminds me of going to old WTT and Virginia Slims Tournaments and the women in the audience would be all decked out in their full tennis outfits, as if when Chris Evert is done, they got next.
     
  30. zapvor

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    in my experience the more expensive the gear the worse the player. its the guy that shows up in a old shirt, 2 rackets in hand and bottle of water that hits the crap out the ball
     
  31. Mick

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    just come to the courts like this
    people would have to guess which talktennis poster you are :)

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  32. Fuji

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    It's actually hilarious you say that, I had my ultra prostaff out at the club one night, and someone recognized it from my postings here. They said they remembered reading that it was in my province!

    It's an odd experience having people recognize you from your postings!

    -Fuji
     
  33. Mick

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    hey, that is cool ! It's nice to meet another forum member :)
     
  34. Fuji

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    Haha I'm not even sure if they were a user or just a lurker! All he asked was "are you Fuji @ TT?" on his way off the court! Very cool and odd at the same time.

    -Fuji
     
  35. zapvor

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    thats pretty scary he can recognize it from the pic of your frame........
     
  36. Fuji

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    Hahaha have you ever seen the picture of megastaff? It has enough visible lead applied on with its signature florescent pink OG, it's pretty recognizable!

    -Fuji
     
  37. zapvor

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    lol oh ok.....lets see a pic
     
  38. Fuji

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    [​IMG]

    It's covered by tape in this picture, but you can see the bulges. I must not have the full picture from mid-modding anymore which is unfortunate.

    -Fuji
     
  39. zapvor

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    intersting. i wouldnt recognize you from that pic. cool
     
  40. Fuji

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    Yeah! It was such an interesting experience!

    -Fuji
     
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    Good lord, if I had a penny for every time I've read someone at TT spout this tired old line...

    Fact is, if people like all the gear they should wear it and vice versa. Too much jealousy in the world today. I don't match brands or wear full outfits but I do like Nike shoes and moisture wicking everything. I'm able to beat some guys wearing Levi cutoffs and able lose to some. I'm able to beat some guys decked out as Nadal and able to lose to some....
     
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  42. zapvor

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    i would think so too!
     
  43. zapvor

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    i didnt say people cant wear what they want. they can buy whatever gear they like. its just funny to me how 99% of the time the guy with 6 rackets and brand new bag and nice outfit loses to the guy who looks like he doesnt even play tennis.
     
  44. marlinspike

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    I come from a different school of thought: people shouldn't wear t-shirts to play tennis. There are very few occasions when one should wear a t-shirt as outer wear. Except for my undershirts, I never owned anything that resembled t-shirt except when I ran on the cross-country team.
     
  45. goober

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    I have seen plenty of 2.5-3.0 players that dress poorly- pretty much at any public park. A lot of these players don't even own tennis clothes

    At tournaments and league type matches I would say the vast majority of 5.0+ players I have seen wear tennis attire- either polos or crews. Maybe when they are practicing they don't as much but neither do the 3.5-4.0.

    The only group I have seen consistently wearing expensive clothing is the country club set, but then they dress nicely all the time. If you can afford thousands of dollars to belong to a club buying a polo is not really a big expenditure for them.
     
  46. zapvor

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    of course. again my post is talking about how funny its to see a guy in a $80 new nike shirt being crushed by a guy wearing a old tee.
     

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