Recent content by stingstang

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    Would you ever buy a used/pre-owned racket?

    I have no choice now, the frames I use were discontinued 5 years ago. I only buy when they are obviously hardly used though. I've landed a few lemons which were nowhere near as good as in the photos and even a few with hairline cracks so I am super careful now.
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    Head Microgel Radical - I've tried to switch and always come back for more

    It's a base for modding. In stock form its obviously going to be very low powered because of the low weight and flex.
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    Head Microgel Radical - I've tried to switch and always come back for more

    I've been tempted to fit CAP grommets and lead to an MG rad for ages. It could potentially be a much better frame than any recent prestige MP but I'm put off by people saying the current MG rads aren't as good as the originals?
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    Best way to add weight to the handle???

    Kitchen scrub sponge. It dampens vibration a tiny bit but not as much as silicone - way easier to remove though. Adds as much as 10g. I don't like the extra weight all in the buttcap, just feels wrong.
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    Why cant you buy pro stocks

    That's all true but a racquet you really like is a nice luxury. An LS doesn't do anything a Camry can't. It wont get you to work faster or break down less but it will ride a bit smoother, the seats will be better, the doors will make a more solid clunk when you close them. That's why I would...
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    My goat...

    There's something so nice about the way the 90's strike the ball, they are very satisfying. I always surprise myself at how well I play with them, it's just defensively and returning strong serves where they start to hurt me. There's no such thing as "newest tech", it's just marketing BS. I...
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    Does countervail really work?

    Vibration is not feel. Some of the really great racquets have barely any vibration, even well outside of the sweetspot. I have a few iPrestige's MP's which are superb for this. My IG Prestige's are better than most but still have a slight buzz outside the sweetspot.
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    broken grommets

    Yeah, the clear grommets break very easily. I used to play with the Ex Pro 2.0 and cracked a few of them, same story with the IG prestige MP's I have now. I'm replacing them with the older black grommets which I have never managed to break.
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    I want Federer calves!

    Mix in some hill sprints. You'll get them burning. Tennis loads them up good too if your footwork is sound - split-stepping and on toes
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    Wilson Prostaff Classic 6.1 grommets

    I think all the grommets for the six one 95 series are interchangeable except for the last BLX version which had "parallel drilling". Obviously they need to be for the correct string pattern - 16x18 or 18x20. 6.1 Classic is one of the best racquets ever made and still used by loads of pro's...
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    The Cult of PT57

    It's ok with an 18x20. With an open pattern anything other than poly mains drives me mad. A decent syn gut is fine for a cross IMO. I like solinco outlast/pro-stacked which comes together in a pack.
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    questions regarding prostock

    He's trolling you a bit with the orange paint. Djokers frame is made using the ti radical mold but otherwise is bespoke to him (PT113B in geek).
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    What is the absolute best model in any line?

    Some of the older frames are objectively better. I recently bought a made in Austria iPrestige MP, it's fantastic. Amazingly solid and just does not vibrate, even well outside the sweetspot and without a dampener. Even my IG MP's (a very good modern frame) have that slight buzz outside the...
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    What is the absolute best model in any line?

    Like what? Strings, yes. I can't think of a genuine change in frame tech since about the late 80's?
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    Trying to get back into tennis after 10 year break. looking at racquets and would like advice.

    You can't go wrong with a microgel radical. Cheap, won't injure you and perfect for learning because it doesn't add anything to your strokes. You can add weight to it as you progress or replace when you know what you really want without losing much cash. I would just use syn gut for now, get...