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    Ugh!!! I'm in an impossible position

    You've inspired me, Shaolin. 60 lb is about what I need to drop, too. How did you do it?
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    Ugh!!! I'm in an impossible position

    Off-topic, I know, but maybe worth it for better interpersonal relationships and all... It's really common among teaching pros to get to a place where the last thing you want to do when you aren't working is hit tennis balls even though you still love the game. And then, when you have to decline...
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    Most Beautiful Wooden Racquet

    I remember those! I never tried them, though.
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    Most Beautiful Wooden Racquet

    Blue Star strings were a whispered legend of cool when I was a young'un - "They're tennis strings, but THEY'RE BLUE!" - but we didn't know anyone who actually had them. A few years ago I picked up a JK Auto at a thrift shop, and it was strung with my first-ever set of Blue Star. It plays like...
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    Bought a Wilson Advantage woodie. Can anybody provide a little history info?

    I think "good-looking" really is the entirety of the Advantage's place in racket history. But, man, it really is — I don't think even the Vilas compares, though a couple of Snauwaerts might — and remember, ours is a culture that makes people wealthy, famous, and immortalized for nothing more...
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    O-ports vs. Parallel drilling

    I've noticed the same two things about the O-ports: the dampened feel, which I like but which I know is not to all tastes, and that it goes through the air noticeably faster than other rackets with the same swing weight and similar string area. If it is in MarkWillPlay's head, it is in mine too...
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    cream x-perience experience

    What is the shape of X-perience? Someone in another thread thought it was hexagonal but wasn't sure.
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    Favorite 100sq in Yonex frame?

    I don't know enough Yonex 100's to compare, but I did playtest and enjoy an RDS 003 a dozen years ago.
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    Wilson Profile 2.7 and 3.6 Complete Family Portrait

    I played with the 110 (more like 106, really, with the spin window of a 98) in 1992-93. It never felt quite as solid to me as the original Profile had, but it was no longer possible to get the 2.7's, and anyway it had enough weight to punish the ball. And that metallic black/purple/green paint...
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    Former Player's Racquet Users: When did you know it was time to switch to a tweener?

    This thread dredged up a late-90s memory for me. I was play-testing the ultralight Wilson Sledgehammer 2.0, both the 115 and the 125 sizes, just out of curiosity. I hated the 115 because it felt like nothing in my hand. The 125 was just as nothing-like, but all that string gave it enough wind...
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    Michael Chang Ti funzone

    The Chang OS was on my radar a while back due to its length. I was thinking of adding a Gasquet/Kafelnikov-style butt cap flare, which I like, but adding it half an inch up the handle instead of at the butt cap. For serves, when the extra inch would be deadly, I'd have the pinky below the flare...
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    What is worse for TE? Gut at 55, or Poly at 45 ?

    This is a fair and important question. I just looked for a TW University article I remember from years ago that answers it, but I couldn't find it. (I can never find anything on TWU.) The gist of the article was that one of natural gut's many weird qualities is that its stiffness doesn't go up...
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    Head Radical OS Ltd users

    You had me at "There's no Graphene tech.":giggle:
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    Former Player's Racquet Users: When did you know it was time to switch to a tweener?

    I haven't gone light yet, but at 55 I can feel it coming. I think a longtime preference for player OSs may have postponed my day of reckoning. The determining factor for me is how much harder it gets every year to get my sloth-like feet into position in time to get a high-swing-weight stick...
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    Michael Chang Ti funzone

    Big difference in flex in the OS: the later Chang LB Ti OS was quite a bit stiffer than the original Chang LB OS. Looked cooler too, I thought, but neither was ugly.
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