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    Roddick with Pure Aero ??

    Roddick was playing with the PA in the Champions Series events late last year and early this year. There's probably footage on youtube. In somewhat related news, Mardy Fish has played multiple Babolat racquets in the Champions events. He started with a blacked out APD, moved to a Pure Strike...
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    Reilly Opelka racket

    Six One 95 16x18. I believe it's the red and white BLX Amplifeel version. He is friends with a former pro at my club and one of his racquets was in the shop for a period. It had the first generation Pro Staff 97 paint. I was able to lift the bumper up enough to see a couple small strips of...
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    Potential Swing weight calculator

    It's a good tool for matching frames. I have found that it calculates 10 units lower compared to an RDC or manual swing measurement.
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    Synthetic Grip that compresses the least

    Gamma Hi-Tech
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    Indoor Courts - How much does it cost to build?

    It's hard to imagine any scenario where purchasing land for the sole purpose of installing a few courts and a tennis bubble would ever make sense. The 3 court $100k/year number is bubble only. No land purchase or lease, property taxes, site development or court construction. I don't see any...
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    Indoor Courts - How much does it cost to build?

    9am-4pm weekdays are peak times for stay at home parents, retirees, clinics, lessons, a lot of the ladies leagues and juniors when school is out. Not worth it putting up a bubble if you can't fill it during the day.
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    Indoor Courts - How much does it cost to build?

    With staffing and other incidentals, you need to book 80% of the total available court hours at $20/hr to break even. That assumes courts are open 16hrs per day to cover the before and after work crowd. 80% bookings is unrealistic over the course of the year when outdoors play is an option for...
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    Indoor Courts - How much does it cost to build?

    Annual cost on a 3 court bubble will run you around $100k. That includes the mortgage on a $300k bubble. Utilities of approximately $4k per month plus insurance and maintenance. If you don't keep it up all year, prorate the utility cost but add the cost of set up and breakdown which will be...
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    Kudla racquet and strings

    VCore SV 98 with the current VCore 98 PJ. He played Razor Code at 51lbs for several years and through 2019 but it appears he's trying new strings or has switched for 2020. His strings were yellow in the Aussie qualifiers so it may be Poly Tour Pro now but that's just a guess.
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    Overgrip for the Pro

    Tecnifibre is printed on the overgrip.
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    What strings do you play with?

    2018 model. Lead under the bumper guard and a little silicone in the handle.
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    5.0 UTR10 pusher crushes good strokes

    I'm with you on this. The 15 year old should be addressed but not put on blast on Youtube. Send the video to the tournament director, coach, parents and the USTA. Who knows, maybe the 15 year old's parents put too much pressure on him and he lacks the maturity to deal with the fallout from a...
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    What strings do you play with?

    No pain whatsoever. I've had some racquets in the past bother my arm a little, including older Pure Drives and some more flexible sticks from other brands. This current model PD with a little customization leaves my arm feeling fine after long, hard hitting sessions, knock on wood.
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    What strings do you play with?

    ALU Power, 16L at 55lbs in a Pure Drive.
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    Racquet suggestions?

    New Babolat Pure Strike Tour.
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    Yonex Ezone 98 (305g) Customization

    I haven't tried a leather grip on the Ezone 98. I generally favor leather grips but I liked the way the stock 98 felt in my hands in terms of weight and balance. At 31.5cm unstrung, it's a little more headlight than typical for a racquet of it's weight. Leather grip is going to add around 10g...
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    Yonex Ezone 98 (305g) Customization

    After playing it stock for a short period, I added a total of 5g at 3 and 9. That only lasted 1 session. I then experimented with 2.5g at 12. Ultimately, I found that stock gave me the best results as I value racquet head speed over a little added plow through for my game style. I just didn't...
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    Two-way miss- swing path too vertical?

    On the side view, look at your sons shoulders relative to his feet and knees. His shoulders are back behind his feet. He's leaning back, falling back or spinning out left on most forehands in the video. He almost has to swing vertical from that position and that's a recipe for sending the...
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    Why do carbs make me fat?

    Stay away from the fad diets, anything that's extreme or anything that you can't sustain long term. For starters, you need to figure out how many calories you need on the daily to accomplish your goals, whether it's to lose, maintain or gain. Once you know your calorie target, track everything...
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    Poly for 12 year old?

    4g at 57lbs in a UL racquet for a 12 year old is probably the worst possible combination available for arm stress and power. I wouldn't consider poly until he starts breaking strings, matures more physically and moves into a heavier frame. At that point I would look at a poly hybrid or a soft...
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    Cut short the follow through?

    Cut it short and you'll most likely end up decelerating prior to contact.
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    2019 Wilson Blade

    I have about 10 hours under my belt with the 16x19 V7 Blade. Having played or hit many of the Blades of the past, I find the V7 to play very similar to the 2015 16x19. The V7's I have spec out almost identical to the 2015's I played and performance wise, it's splitting hairs. The V7 has a...
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    Interesting 10 yr old article on Nadal's racquets

    Rafa has a custom L2.5 grip (between 4-1/4 and 4-3/8). Same as Moya. This info was according to Richard Parnell
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    Why a rough cross?

    I asked a Luxilon players service rep this question a few years ago and he said that some players felt like they like they had better snap back with the gut against the ALU rough. The thought was that the ALU rough has less surface area contact with the gut when compared to the standard, round...
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    Embarassed and disappointed in miself

    Don't overcomplicate things. You're not controlling the only 2 things that are in your control.....your attitude and your effort. Don't be the guy that's full of excuses or only gives their best effort when the stars align and things are going your way. Stay in the moment in your matches...
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    Prince Neos 1000 Racket Moving

    You may need to adjust or replace the "dogs" that tighten down on the mounting pad rod. There is a hex screw that accessible through a hole in the mounting base. It's adjustable with an allen wrench. If the dogs are worn out you can get replacements for $20 from "tennis machines". Try...
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    Too Many Demos...HELP!

    If you really liked the Pure Strike, buy the Pure Strike. Don't overthink it. It's a great racquet and certainly a racquet you can grow with as it's used effectively by intermediates all the way up to the highest levels of tennis. Some people on this forum may not like it but the reviews are...
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    Roman Prokes Under Review Podcast Interview

    For you guys that like podcasts, "Under Review" is a great one for tennis. One of the most recent was with Roman Prokes, racquet customizer to several past and present big time players. He had some really interesting comments on playing style trends and equipment. He worked with Djoker on his...
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    Those top juniors sure do crush the ball don't they

    The best example is to look at the Spanish style of teaching that has carried over to the rest of the tennis world over the last decade. That style of teaching emphasizes high racquet head speed generate by aggressive vertical drive with the legs and big coil, aggressive core rotation. This...
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