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    Alpha Gut 2000 vs Head Fibergel Power

    yeah NLBwell - you are right about the open string patterns. At 16x19 that I use, with 100 sq in head, and at the lower recommended range, strings move a lot and the sawing motion = broken strings. For both those strings, it's 8 - 10 hours for me in hot weather, longer in winter with less...
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    Alpha Gut 2000 vs Head Fibergel Power

    have been using both strings a lot and have found some interesting properties in the last year. I found that the Alpha string hits great first hit right after stringing. No break in period for me. It's uber soft, good power and control like most multifilaments, but as soon as you notice a...
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    Stencil (those who do it)

    I make stencils from simple drawings from the internet. My 10 year old wanted a sword, simple enough. I am currently into Chinese characters for my own hybrid (all nylon) but have had a silhouette of a person hitting a 2 handed backhand, a mountain bike, an alien face, nuclear power symbol...
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    Alpha Gut 2000 vs Head Fibergel Power

    thanks guys, some good strings to try!
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    Alpha Gut 2000 vs Head Fibergel Power

    I'm going to be stringing for some grayhairs (like myself) with some arm problems and these both sound like good, affordable multis. Has anyone had experience with BOTH of them and can offer a good compare/contrast between the two? I need some softness and also some durability for my friend...
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    Boxers or briefs while playing?

    whatever Rafa wears he needs to change... "adjusting" his underwear 1-2 times a point gets beyond annoying. He should just wear a jock and compression shorts... then nothing is going to "ride up"
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    Pete Sampras dampener

    and a slightly smaller/lighter but cheaper version of these dampeners can be bought at most Lowes or Home Depot stores... they are called cable grommets, to protect wiring.
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    Insoles - advice

    I have used various Dr Schols arch supports for about 25 years. Helped me back when I had "runners knee" in the 80's for distance running and I have used them ever since for tennis as well. I go with the 3/4 size for the shoe that go from the far back to almost the ball of the foot...
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    Lead Tape questions.

    With regard to lead tape, a litte goes a long way. It's surprising how different a racquet can feel with just a square inch or two... so my suggestion is go light on it.
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    Just hit the ball

    Though I voted NO, I want to scream at the TV and yell "JUST HIT THE BALL" when Djokovic or Nadal are bouncing the ball 15, 18, 20+ times before their first serve. Rafa does much better for 2nd serves... maybe 8-10... just HIT THE BALL already.
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    Need ideas on how to teach topspin to kids

    my sons are a bit younger, 6 and 8, but I occasionally show them visually and demonstrate topspin, (and backspin) with a volleyball, showing the action as I toss it toward them standing 10 feet away. This at least begins to help them understand in a real dramatic and easy to see way that the...
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    Elbow Issues: Calling all string experts!

    Not sure how Tennis Elbow differs from Golfer's Elbow, but here is a good link about what causes tennis elbow... look for the link on the lower right of this first page-- And as others have posted, that racquet is heavy enough, head light, and sort of flexible at...
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    Gosen Strings

    just used Gosen OG Micro 16 in the crosses for the first time - instead of the more durable PSGD I have used for 5 years - and it seemed to have just a bit of extra pop.. but I expect the durability won't be as great... we'll see. (use Tecnifibre NRG2, or Tec. Multi-feel in the mains).
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    Best racket weight for serving?

    heavier is generally better but swingweight is a factor of total weight and balance. I just demoed some sticks from TW and one I could barely serve with one of them because of the even balance (I am use to head-light). This became especially true when trying a kick serve because or the...
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    Anyone going to Indian Wells?

    This will be my 15th time or so going to IWells. You stress about them busting you for bringing in certain food/drink, etc. but they are pretty casual about it and give it a cursory inspection. But I always go on the middle Sat or Sunday when there are crowds waiting to get it so maybe in...