Recent content by fuzz nation

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    Do heavy rackets require larger grip sizes?

    I personally have never felt right using racquets with smaller grip sizes. I learned as a kid using heavier-than-average wood racquets with 4 5/8" grips and I was a pure serve and volleyer into my high school years - the early 80's - where I made the switch to my first graphite frames. So my...
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    First match on grass

    Continental grip is your friend. Get to the net. You're going to see lots of funky bounces, so bring your sense of humor. Footing is always a little interesting. If you have a fresh set of shoes, use those instead of older ones that have lost a lot of their tread.
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    Buying racquet without demo

    The trend in racquet design is a whole different discussion, but I think it's been a big trade-off. My sister is in her mid 50's and still hits with the same 13 oz. ProKennex frames she used in college (the mighty Black Ace mids!!). Those racquets have always been her "personal normal" and...
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    Arm Friendly Racquets

    Any frame will likely be more arm-friendly if it's paired with a relatively soft string layout. If you have poly in your current frame, even in a hybrid, dump it.
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    Torn Between Two Rackets, Feelin' Like A Fool...

    Unless you're playing for your lunch money plus enough extra to put a roof over your head, get at least one of each and enjoy them. I've benefitted from having two different models in my bag more times than I can count. Both of my models are from the same company, so at least the grip shape in...
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    Soft strings vs non soft strings ?

    It's not easy to specifically define what's a soft setup or not-so-soft. That probably depends on what you like, but I'd expect you to find a really light gauge of poly to play a good bit softer than a thicker version of the same string. Softer layouts can have feel and touch that you like...
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    Does Anyone Know Any string that is similar to Head Hawk? (Preferably a cheaper string such as solinco)

    The thinner gauges aren't super durable, but the Isospeed Baseline is apparently softer than average in the poly family. And since it's about as affordable as synthetic gut, it's not too expensive to replace it. I know that RPM and Hyper-G are shaped polys while Baseline is smooth, but I just...
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    Grip size: Considering switch to follow the "Rule of Thumb"?

    I'm not going to dismiss your issues with grip sizes - any issue with gear that becomes a distraction is a significant problem. If you think that a thinner grip on your 4 3/8" handle will fit you okay, maybe try to stick with that for a while and see how you settle in. Lots of variables at...
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    Mental game.. how to break out of the valley?

    I think you're onto a huge issue. If you're catching yourself thinking of your errors instead of what you're trying to do right out there, which are you more likely to repeat? When we revert to only trying to not miss during competition where the penalty of losing a point is on the line...
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    Mental game.. how to break out of the valley?

    Excellent. I absolutely agree on the how-you're-wired dimension. After coaching both boys and girls high school teams for several years, there can be profound differences of mentality among the different players on the same squads.
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    Difference(s) between Gamma X-ELS and Gamma Progression II ELS

    The base on the Prog II ELS will make you feel like a faster stringer with that almost-Ferrari-red hue... least mine does :cool: Just trying to figure out how to get it to make that same sound as the car when I start it up. It's gotta be one of those buttons, right?
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    Does Anyone Know Any string that is similar to Head Hawk? (Preferably a cheaper string such as solinco)

    Have a look around here - I think that Isospeed Baseline is made in the same facility that produces Head Hawk. Some of our TT pals suspect that its essentially the same string. I've been using Baseline for string jobs for local players for several years and it's been very well received. I...
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    Aim higher!

    Although I'm not watching you hit a ball, I'd say try to approach it in terms of adjusting your swing. There's always a little voodoo going on with this issue because we're already using angular contact to hit a topspin shot. Angular contact means we're swinging somewhat across the path of the...
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    Kirschbaum Synthetic Gut 15 - thoughts?

    I'm not familiar with Babolat's SG, but the K-baum has to be the coziest of the SG family I've ever played. If a 1.18 shaped poly cross eats it up too quickly, a smooth poly cross could be worth a try. And since changing several things in a string layout at once can be much more unpredictable...
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    Are multifilaments meant to fray this quickly?

    Yonex 850 has been the most impressive multi that I've sampled in terms of durability, specifically its resistance to that early fraying. I string at home and like to keep a reel of Prince Premier Control 16 on hand for jobs that call for a multi. This string retains tension rather well and...