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    Tier One Ghostwire

    Tried it once for grins and giggles. For conventional hitting there is no real advantage, in my mind, using FW as a cross. However, as I discovered, for spin doctors and predominately slice hitters (you know, the senior 3.5/4.0 guys or those starting the game late but have reliable...
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    Tier One Ghostwire

    The last two sessions I've hit with 19g Ghost Wire in the mains and 18g Firewire in the crosses strung 5# lower. In the reverse pattern, as opposed to FW main/GW crosses, produces really nasty ball movement for slices and drop shots. During the first hour the string bed felt kinda stiff and...
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    Let's make a Babolat Racquet arm friendly. Which model and how?

    DUDE!!! Drop your tension by 5#. Lower temperatures can certainly make strings stiffer.
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    Good idea stringing syn gut in the crosses?

    You might want to give it another try. Next time, drop the tension in the crosses by 6#.
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    Poly hybrid: Tourna Black Zone vs Wilson Revolve as cross for T1 Firewire mains

    Before moving to RIP as a cross, I plaed with FW 18g with Prince XC 16g and a the same time started experimenting with modifying my racquets. Loved it. ProLine makes a good cross, too. Any string slippery, slick sting, coated or not, pretty much makes an worthy cross for FW. I think RIP...
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    Let's make a Babolat Racquet arm friendly. Which model and how?

    May be I'm picky, but I think that might be a stretch. The VS is essentially the same, but not identical say to the older Pure Control 98 Team, which I love. It does definitely looks like the last iteration of the Pure Control, which I did not care for. Besides, the recommended tensions are...
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    Let's make a Babolat Racquet arm friendly. Which model and how?

    From my own personal experience I totally agree with this statement. Playing with a heavier racquet balanced for my playing style, after hours of practice/trial&error, has taken my net play to a new level. I'd much rather come inside the baseline to play out a point then grind it from the baseline.
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    Let's make a Babolat Racquet arm friendly. Which model and how?

    I had a real bad case of TE after using Prince Beast 16g back when I first started. This was before I started stringing my own sticks. I played it for too many weeks - okay months - and paid the price. It was so bad I could barely grip the steering wheel while driving. I took a week off from...
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    How much weight is enough weight?

    How heavy one can play with really depends on their level of fitness. My idea spec is 374g 11pts HL. I find anything lighter than 350g and more than 390g throws off my timing. I'm okay with either in a gentle rally but if I try to hit harder 1 out 3 are mishits/shanks/ufe. Also, I feel more...
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    Poly hybrid: Tourna Black Zone vs Wilson Revolve as cross for T1 Firewire mains

    I like the feel on volleys and serves with a 6# differential in a Pure Control with these two strings. Ground strokes have a higher net clearance and sharp drop after the peak. Feels/appears to be more spin on the ball at that differential. Past 6 the string bed gets squirrely and I never could...
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    Strings or technique causing tennis elbow?

    "Avoiding poly is not an absolute post 50 but the risk/benefit ratio starts to favour not using it especially for lower level players. " Agreed. Especially, if all they are doing is playing matches/point and not doing any sort of resistance training.
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    Anyone play with a black bear?

    Was considering doing the same thing. DM me if you want to look at partnering up.
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    Stringing in the winter.

    I drop my tensions 10# for outdoors play in cool outdoor temps (55-60#) and switch to full bed of Sgut vs summer play (65-70) with various poly. For indoor winter play, I string about 5# under my summer tension depending on the string.
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    Anyone play with a black bear?

    Agreed. I always buy at least 3 sets of a new string. The first install is always at my normal tension. The next stringing is adjusted to enhance or mute play characteristics. The third set is to have ready for the next string while waiting for another set or two to be ordered or to use in...
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    Split tension: what is the optimal mains/crosses tension difference?

    LOL ... tried that once a few years ago. Not once when I was hitting from the baseline did the ball go the direction I wanted it to go ... LOL ... I played three points with it, stuck it back in my bag and restrung it when I got home. The other knarly thing was on harder swings the strings...
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    Split tension: what is the optimal mains/crosses tension difference?

    I would try it on the heavier Pure Drive tour models. I have never been a fan of the Aeros. I could/probably wrong, but the Aero just don't feel sturdy enough to me. That said, I wouldn't blink at attempting that big of a differential with their Pure Controls or older Pure Storms. The largest...
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    Dealing with line call challenges

    Sorry, but you and the other folks are being bullied, plain and simple. If the ball is out, both you and your partner see it out, call it out. Then adjust our position to receive the ball on the other side of the court and wait. If he persists or rants about the call, simply remind him of...
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    Split tension: what is the optimal mains/crosses tension difference?

    My suggestion, going with that big of differential, would be to try it on the heaviest racquet you have since it is likely to be a sturdier frame because of the mass.
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    Split tension: what is the optimal mains/crosses tension difference?

    I would not do a high differential on any stick made by Head, at least any of those I've played or strung so far. They seem rather flimsy to me. I probably pushed the envelope with the Brave.
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    Split tension: what is the optimal mains/crosses tension difference?

    FWIW, for grins and giggles, I strung an old Wilson Brave with the mains with Kirchbaum Sgut at 75# and Prince Premier in the crosses at 40#. I was pleasantly surprised how much better it felt/responded than when I strung mains and crosses at 55#. Might try it again at 75/45. The only...
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    Poly hybrid: Tourna Black Zone vs Wilson Revolve as cross for T1 Firewire mains

    Blackbear is coming out with a round poly next year that also might be worth looking into as well. I fell head over heels for it when I playtested it this fall.
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    Poly hybrid: Tourna Black Zone vs Wilson Revolve as cross for T1 Firewire mains

    My favorite cross with Firewire is Tier One's Strike Force RIP. Stringing RIP 6# less the mains, the combination IMHO produces the most spin, especially on slices, than any other cross I've tried so far. If your play is heavy spin with big targets or you are a slice/spin player, you might...
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    Tier One Ghostwire

    I am looking forward to trying the 19g in a couple of different hybrid.
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    Anyone play with a black bear?

    Looking forward to see how the red, yellow and orange play.
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    Anyone play with a black bear?

    I was a play tester and also liked the round version of the string better. I felt like I got a tad more bit of spin out of the round sample I tested and absolutely loved it. I will be ordering a couple of reels because of the spin and control just worked like magic for me. Also looking...
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    String power data vs actual feel

    IMHO, power and feel are relative to the stick the strings are put in. Unless you are using the exact same racquet as the testers, you are going to get some variation in experience based on string pattern and grommet systems.
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    Split tension: what is the optimal mains/crosses tension difference?

    TBH, I don't pre-stretch Kevlar and install it like any other string. Performance likely would not be the same in other sticks, but the combination of Babolat's grommet system and dense pattern yields consistent predictable play for 3 to 6 months, with maybe one or two restringing of crosses...
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    Split tension: what is the optimal mains/crosses tension difference?

    I'm a no one, but having strung up dozens of frames of my own with various strings combinations and the seemingly silly differentials discussed in this thread, I personally have valued what you both have shared. After putting in the work on the court, generally a six pound differential works...
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    Split tension: what is the optimal mains/crosses tension difference?

    You just became one of my TT idols. I bought a couple of Bandits thinking at one time I needed to play with lighter frames. After months and months of play testing, I found that heavier sticks, 13.5 oz and up, are much better for me. Even weighted I'm all over the place swing them. Kudos to you.
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    Split tension: what is the optimal mains/crosses tension difference?

    That would be the right Rx post-injury. But most likely, those injuries would have been avoidable if they had been advised or playing early on with heavier gear. They are most prone to injury anyway given that these folks are usually playing with suspect equipment encouraging suspect...
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