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    Babolat first generation

    How does it play? What do you like/dislike about it?
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    LM Radical vs IG Radical MP

    I've owned: iRad, Flexpoint Rad, LM Rad, IG Rad Pro, 1st Gen Graphene Radical Pro. Most powerful: Graphene Radical Pro (IG Rad Pro has decent power with nice flex) Least powerful: iRad (lowest static weight, lowest SW - lightest radical in stock form that I've ever owned) Favorite: LM Rad (IG...
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    Reducing grip size without altering weight balance

    That is exactly what I do to get what I think is a reasonable estimate of the balance point.
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    Reducing grip size without altering weight balance

    I know you've already done most of the work but I wanted to mention this in case you had not considered this option before. Swapping out the stock grip with a Wilson Featherthin replacement grip has reduced the grip down to the next lowest size for me every time. It does reduce the weight quite...
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    Which Pure Drive was the good one?

    One big difference for me is that the original has a flex of 67. It feels much more comfortable, and I feel more connected with my shots than with any other pure drive. It still can hammer the serve.
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    Which Pure Drive was the good one?

    Pure drive original - best control & feel. 2012 & 2015 were nice but just like all the other versions they played too stiff with little feel for me.
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    Live by the Blade...Die by the Blade...

    My POGs that I bought brand new in the 90's still feel sweet to this day. If I was in better shape, I'd still be using them. Prefer to use rackets in the blade weight range now. I used them nearly every day up to and after high school and didn't treat them nearly as well as I treat my rackets...
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    prescience is an excellent buyer

    Had a great transaction with prescience. Very easy to work with. Communication was great and very prompt payment. Highly recommend and would not hesitate to work with again in the future.
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    FS: 2015 Wilson Blade 16x19 L3 (4 3/8)

    Update: The racket has been sold. Thanks again TW!!
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    FS: 2015 Wilson Blade 16x19 L3 (4 3/8)

    Item Description (Brand/Model/Year): 2015 Wilson Blade 98 (16x19 string pattern) Grip Size: L3 (4 3/8) Head Size: 98 Quantity: 1 Condition: 8/10 Specific Time Used : used occasionally over the past 1.5 years General Description: the frame is in good condition - there are a few minor paint...
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    Live by the Blade...Die by the Blade...

    Were you able to get that grommet strip back in place? If it's just because you need to redirect the last part of the grommet to the second hole due to a slight bend, then the scrap string & awl may do the trick like djNEiGht mentioned earlier. Heating it with a hair dryer may help it bend...
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    best racquets for serving

    Blx blade 98 Most pure drives that I have tried
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    Live by the Blade...Die by the Blade...

    I've got a 2012 Blx blade 98 (18X20) and a 2015 16X19. I thought the 16X19 would be the best of both worlds - a blade with more spin. There is easier access to spin on groundies but it's not a game-changer. There's something about the 18X20 pattern that works so well for my game. I feel that I...
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    Playing 1980s style players is very very difficult

    I saw on the ATP world tour website that Mark Vines beat Yannick Noah in the semis of his Paris Open title run. I really enjoyed watching these two skilled seniors playing high quality tennis. They move incredibly well.
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    Babolat first generation

    I'm no babolat expert but I believe that I have a 1997 1st Generation Pure drive & it has the same printed RA as yours. Your rackets look like they have the swirly paint jobs which may be 2nd generation - but I thought every generation after the 1st had stiffer RAs. They could be 1st gens with a...
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