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    Going from polyester to multifilament strings, how much tension to add?

    3 months later, I have to clarify something imprecise in my post of Aug 15. Stringing 16g OGSM synthetic gut only a pound tighter (@ #55-53) than 16 MultiFeel strings, the OGSM at first felt livelier than I thought they'd feel, but still felt more muted than the multifilament. What was...
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    Wilson Blade 16 x 19 v6 (2021 version - without CV)

    Ah then, I misunderstood; you are a real fan of the 2015. Cool. And I couldn't agree more about the added pop of a 16x19; when I entered my 50s I made the switch from 18x20 and never looked back.
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    Wilson Blade 16 x 19 v6 (2021 version - without CV)

    Copy that @n8dawg6 . From your 'back in blade' signature (which is hilarious, BTW), I figured you must be a 2015 Blade connoisseur. Anyway, am still interested in your impressions, and will add that I agree that strings are super essential. Too many of us are stick-obsessed when strings can...
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    Wilson Blade 16 x 19 v6 (2021 version - without CV)

    Viewing your link, I see that you're right @emaz8724 . Thanks for the correction. Still, you're not correcting me but TWU: Click the Power Map button on TW's Wilson Blade 98 (16x19) v6 page. On the resulting Racket Power Potential page, choose the racket to compare as the "Wilson Blade 98...
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    Wilson Blade 16 x 19 v6 (2021 version - without CV)

    Into the breech rode the one legend! Fact-checking the video review that claimed the re-issue's specs to be spot-on the original's, I find one significant difference courtesy of TWU's Power Potential Tool: the flex (RDC) of the new one is 67 vs. the original's 62. (Consequently, vibration...
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    Wilson Blade 16 x 19 v6 (2021 version - without CV)

    I find it interesting that a racquet that's supposed to be a "re-issue" of the coveted Blade BLX of 2015-- complete with identical specs-- is getting at best an "it's-ok" from good players. It makes me wonder what beyond the specs is going on. Could it be about graphite composition or something?
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    Wilson Blade 16 x 19 v6 (2021 version - without CV)

    So @pico , how'd it go? Since you haven't checked back in, am guessing you weren't so pleased?
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    String and tension for Tecnifibre Tfight 305 XTC

    I happen to play with the slightly lighter Tfight 300 XTC, but I think my intel might still be useful. A fairly fast swinging 3.5 player, I started out stringing the stick with Technifibre Multifeel 16g naturals at 55 lbs. This felt too lively so I switched from multifilament to a far stiffer...
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    Going from polyester to multifilament strings, how much tension to add?

    @fuzz nation , I said I'd report back about how went my switch from Multifeel strings at 55 lbs. to stringing OGSM naturals 3-5 lbs. looser in a Technifibre Tfight 300 XTC. But first I have to confess that I strung the Sheep Micros only a pound looser because I wanted to feel the difference...
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    What happened to my buttery Kirschbaum synthetic gut?

    Good to know, @fuzz nation . Am tempted to get a reel since one can be found under $40. First, tho, I have to play-test a Volkl Classic Syn Gut set I bought after research on TWU's String Performance Database. Am curious, how did YOU discover Volkl SG? I ask because its elasticity, in terms of...
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    Strings, gauge & tension loss

    I've found an answer to my own question. Great string elasticity data is actually available at TWU via the String Performance Database. The tool takes a little time to master and interpret. But if you choose the Search Criteria of 'Stiffness', 'Actual Tension', 'Impact Tension Change', 'Peak...
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    What happened to my buttery Kirschbaum synthetic gut?

    Great question. I was wondering the same since it seems regular Kirschbaum syn gut is still fairly widely available in 16 while the premium not. @fuzz nation , you're a big K-baum fan--- you have a take on if there's much of a difference?
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    Textreme Tour 100 (310) vs Pure Strike 100 Gen 3

    Yes, you've got it. Having demoed the TT100 (310) vs. the PS 98, I can tell you they feel quite different on balance [7HL vs. 4HL] despite their swing weights being so close at 322 vs. 327. I much preferred the PS, the TT100 feeling too whippy. Sounds like it's time to demo them for yourself...
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    Please help me name this string !

    If you're right about the red being syn gut--and I bet you are--it adds another rub. Another legend, I think it was fortune8son, once pointed out that nylon that's rested for a time can stiffen up even as the tension of the stringbed has degraded. This makes it practically impossible for a...
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