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  1. sbaniak

    wilson burn fst 95

    By the way... That's what she (and Shroud) said.
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    wilson burn fst 95

    In the racket's "defense".... Nothing is stiff enough for @Shroud.
  3. sbaniak

    Pros pro art of war specs

    I definitely ordered two IIs... So that was not the reason for me. Crazy QC all the way.
  4. sbaniak

    How do you weave crosses with Poly?

    Watching the video, I think I noticed something that might mean I do this wrong. When pulling tension on crosses I release the previous clamp before applying the "new" clamp. It looks like Irvin always leaves that previous clamp on until clamping again on the same side. I release only while...
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    Pros pro art of war specs

    Just got an email back from Pros Pro about the Pioneer... "The Pioneer is not the same racket as the Art of War II, it's a new model. But they are very similar. The only difference is the weight: Art of War II had 320 g, Pioneer has 285 g." Balance point is given as "310 +/- 7,5 mm". 31 cm...
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    Pros pro art of war specs

    Well, I love to tinker. If I was playing more competively I would feel otherwise, but I actually like the air of mystery in things once in a while. When do we get that anymore?.... Makes it exiting. Like I say, when they had the 3 for 54€ deal going I could and should have bought 9 (162€ for 9...
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    Pros pro art of war specs

    Here in Europe at least, they have a new Pros Pro racket called the Pioneer... It looks like the same mold as the Art of War 98... but with a drastically lower weight. No RA is listed, but they never really tell you that and I wouldn't believe it if they did. I might have to give it a try. If...
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    Pros pro art of war specs

    I have two of those. They are super flexy, I don't have a way to measure it but low 40's sounds very plausible. If you grip them at the throat and squeeze it flexes like you wouldn't believe. I feel like I could make the two sides meet if I did it hard enough. So first things first - The QC is...
  9. sbaniak

    Stiffest deadest lowest powered poly

    Hey Shroud... Can you get the Topspin rackets over there?... The older CL 633 or now the Pure C1 models are 98 heads, thin beam (20 mm... I think) but somehow still have a 70 or so stiffness rating.... Oh, and they're 18x20. Not quite 75+ but with the 18x20 it's a really firm and controlled...
  10. sbaniak

    The perfect stick: Volkl C10 Pro

    A few years ago (2012 maybe?) there was a TW Black Friday deal on the glossy version.... Got it for $75.... Should have grabbed 2 of them....
  11. sbaniak

    Senior Doubles Player Racquet Quest

    I like the BLX Blade Team (Blade 104) for doubles. I leaded up the handle and the head, it serves great and volleys are solid too. I like the combo of a flexy throat stiffer head, and this seems to have that. It's not a thin or box beam but is soft enough to feel a little classic-esque. For...
  12. sbaniak

    Holy grail at goodwill !

    I See the Name Golden Team on the bay over here in Germany periodically... Just searched and there's one on there now. The model is Champion, looks like a Yonex-y headshape and boasts that it's "Designed in the U.S."
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    Artengo Raquets?

    I just was looking at these and quite a few models have something called "Soft Feel Technology".... I looked it up... It's balsa wood. I am intrigued. There's a little video to describe the "tech" and it looks like a completely filled frame with layers of balsa and something else... foam maybe.
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    Spin friendly dense string patterns

    Flexy frames with dense patterns (PT 630, Rad Tour, Prince 100...) create big spin for me... and the most usable spin. I tried to love a leaded up Head IG 300 for a while but just couldn't. I understood what the open pattern gave me; Baseline and serves were sweet but I still felt like I had...
  15. sbaniak

    Should poly strings be banned?

    In my very uneducated opinion... I think it's just evolution and there's always periods of climb and plateau. I have liked seeing the crazy angles and long grueling points of the current "modern" poly-influenced game. And I also love it when guys like Zverev & yes, Fed find a way to bring some...
  16. sbaniak

    Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

    Found a Head Graphite Pro (EU black non-Power Wedge) at a local Recycling center... always wanted one. https://imgur.com/a/jcsve
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    Old racquets cause tennis elbow???

    Just out of curiosity.. Have you changed the strings since '99?
  18. sbaniak

    Most flexible prince 90 sq inch made

    The DB90 feels very soft despite it's somewhat larger beam. Lotta fiberglass in the layup I think... which is a feel I really like.
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    prestige mid but large head size

    There was a C7 pro and/or comp that was similar in spec but 18x20... I've had my eye out for one for a while now...
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    Easy way to add a flare to your flat Yonex handle!

    The few Yonex I've had needed lead anyway, so I wrapped it around the but cap to flare it instead of putting it in the handle. Actually works out great, since they don't have trapdoors... No need to deal with staples.
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    what racquet do you love or like that most people dislike

    A few years back I had a season or two love affair with the Wilson K Pro Tour. I remember it being pretty universally panned at the time, though hindsight may have helped it's image some in the intervening years.
  22. sbaniak

    Post Pictures of your Racquets and Tennis Gear

    I have a probably stupid question... Did I mess up the pic posting? Why is mine just a link instead of an actual picture like everybody else?
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    Post Pictures of your Racquets and Tennis Gear

    Finally got around to "figuring out" how pics work on here... These are some of mine - I guess the ones I think are most interesting that I have here in Germany. Unfortunately my Bumblebee and at least 2 zebras and another candycane all currently reside in the states... http://imgur.com/a/OzQ9D
  24. sbaniak

    PT57/Austria/Prestige haters thread

    I am with macatack. Posts that start with / from a negative position are at their essence, idiotic. I am all for giving your opinion when asked... But if I started a new post to document everything that disappointed me, I'd never get anything else done. Total reverse über-Troll move.
  25. sbaniak

    STW's XL Frame Demo round

    Ha.. Oops... I'm actually in Germany too, but I pay much more attention to what's on the US market then what's available over here. When I buy rackets here it's mostly used on the bay. When I get newer stuff I order it timed for when I'm in the US or am getting visitors from there.
  26. sbaniak

    The Brotherhood of the Traveling Radical

    Wow... The bee population isn't in decline... They're all just hanging out at dak's place.
  27. sbaniak

    STW's XL Frame Demo round

    Oh. And why isn't the DR 98+ blue or whatever it's called that the TW reviewers are gushing so much about? I know nothing about it, but it seems like that would make it on any comprehensive XL frame demo list.
  28. sbaniak

    STW's XL Frame Demo round

    That may be the only time in the history of the world that someone has actually attempted to spell the word nincompoops... You are a braver man than I... and it feels like there should be a letter "g" in there somewhere.
  29. sbaniak

    How close is your local tennis club/courts?

    My small club with 3 outdoor clay courts is about a 2 minute walk for me. 2 different indoor options (both with carpet/granulate) are equidistant at about a 10 minute drive away.
  30. sbaniak

    Volkl Tail Weighting?

    I stuck a 2 euro coin to the end with double-sided tape. It's hung on so far.
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