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    Tennis Warehouse Playtest: Babolat Pure Drive 2021

    No noticeable difference in spin potential from the '18 to' 21 to me. Power level overall also not too much difference b/w the two versions. I don't think the string spacing has changed from the '18 to '21, so there really shouldn't be any significant difference in spin. If you've played and...
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    Tennis Warehouse Playtest: Babolat Pure Drive 2021

    PART 2 Power/Control: While not as powerful as my over-spec’d Aeros, there is plenty of easy power on every stroke as you’d expect from a Pure Drive. While it’s certainly not as scalpel-like precise as something like the old Babolat Pure Control Ltd or Fischer MPro 1s like I used to hit with...
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    Tennis Warehouse Playtest: Babolat Pure Drive 2021

    PART 1 String and tension used for test: Solinco Hyper G 1.25, 53 lbs. Tennis experience/background: 30+ years of playing tennis. Spent some time at Bollettieri's as a kid. Competitive junior. Ex-USPTA. Unfortunately, age is catching up at a rapid rate, as well as various injuries from wear...
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    Tennis Warehouse Playtest: Babolat Pure Drive 2021

    TW is awesome and shipped this out quick - received the racquet earlier today. Great looking paint job. Strung up with the same setup as my usual Pure Aero (Hyper G / 53 lbs). Haven't hit with it yet, but it feels/swings noticeably lighter than my Aero. Not too surprising since my Aero came...
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    Attn: Runners!

    Those Peg 37s are definitely a look-grabber when I'm running in them. It took some time for me to break in. The React foam in my opinion feels quite firm initially and needs a little bit of time to soften up, although it's still the most firm feeling shoe that I currently have. I don't know...
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    Attn: Runners!

    Peg Turbo 2s are my main shoes, and sad to see them being discontinued. Eyeing the Endorphin Speeds as a replacement, as I'm not sure I want to pay the premium for the upcoming Tempo Next%. Hoka Clifton 6s for my long/easy/recovery days. Recently picked up a pair of Peg 37s about a month ago...
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    Nike Vapor X Knit durability

    @Tennis sprew - I absolutely love the look of the shoe. I have the blue/black with the iridescent swoosh from last fall. I've been reluctant to wear them to save them as much as possible. Still, even with less than 10 hours, the toe guard on my left shoe literally turned to dust. Even more...
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    Nike Vapor X Knit durability

    No difference for me in the outsole between the regular X and flyknit version. The rate of wear on the outsole is the same for me. The big issue with durability is that the clear plastic triangles used for the toe guard are not very durable. I do drag my left foot a bit on my backhand, and in...
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    Nike Air Zoom Vapor X Knit

    I have the black/blue knits. The Knits are definitely a bit more snug than 9.5 and Xs to me, especially in the midfoot and toebox. To be honest, I prefer the fit of the 9.5, X, and my X Kyrie Vs over these. The knits are also much less breathable, and the shoes are a bit damp after playing...
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    Tennis Warehouse Playtest: Babolat Pure Strike 100

    STRING/TENSION: RPM Blast Rough – 50 lbs (full bed); Solinco Hyper G – 53 lbs (full bed). TENNIS EXPERIENCE/BACKGROUND: 30+ years of playing tennis. Spent some time at Bollettieri's as a kid. Competitive junior. Ex-USPTA. Unfortunately, age is catching up at a rapid rate, as well as a lack of...
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    Bonjour from Babolat: Part Trois

    No racquet is really "better" than another. It's personal preference. The reason I went back to the PD after a stint with the original APD was that I had been using the PD for 3 years before then and was just used to how to played and felt. To be honest, the main reason I gravitated to the PD...
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    Bonjour from Babolat: Part Trois

    Provided you could get the racquet moving and keep your swing speed up, it absolutely crushed the ball. Just rock solid. Racquet swung and played like a sledge hammer. Interesting thing is on the racquet, the RA is printed as being 66, but measurements by TW and others I've seen have it at 70...
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    Bonjour from Babolat: Part Trois

    It's funny how perceptions change over time. I played with the original APD for a bit of time as soon as it was first released to market (bought from TW) and also had its Aeropro Control sibling as well, and the racquet was very much maligned and hated on TW boards back then as a joke of a...
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    Tennis Warehouse Playtest: Babolat Pure Strike 100

    I'm noticing the black and red paint (for the letters and the stripes) are chipping very easily around the grommets, revealing the white paint underneath. After a bit more time with the racquet, I'm getting more dialed in and am hitting very consistently with the frame in stock form, as I can...
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    The Babolat Pure Strike Project Two Zero Thread

    Balls come off the 100 a little higher, but it's not that significant. Both have pretty low trajectories for 16x19 in my opinion.
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    Tennis Warehouse Playtest: Babolat Pure Strike 100

    It's fairly open, but not that much so. There are much more open 16x19 patterns out there. It's certainly not as open as the pattern on the Pure Aeros. Spin generation does't seem all that different to me with this Strike 100 compared to PO17.
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    Tennis Warehouse Playtest: Babolat Pure Strike 100

    50, which is at the low end of the recommended tension range. I usually string low anyway. Also, I went into the playtest expecting the racquet to be on the lower side of power with a lower swingweight. I normally use Hyper G, but decided to put the RPM Rough set that TW provided just for...
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    Tennis Warehouse Playtest: Babolat Pure Strike 100

    Without the benefit of an RDC machine and just based on feel, swing weight feels low, which I’m not surprised about. Very light feeling and fast swinging. Although I have played extensively with the Strike line over the years, I’ve never hit with the 100 version. I was on the original (’14)...
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    Tennis Warehouse Playtest: Babolat Pure Strike 100

    Just strung up the racquet w/ RPM Blast Rough 17 provided by TW.
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    Tennis Warehouse Playtest: Babolat Pure Strike 100

    Well, here are some pics for those interested
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    Nike Needs To Bring Back the Vapor 9.5 Tour

    I actually tried 1/2 size up in the store. The length was too long. Given the predicament, I decided to keep the same size and allow the shoe to break in to stretch out the mid foot area, as you can't change the length of the shoe. Thicker or double sock to fill up some of the length would...
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    Most durable poly/copoly

    Absolutely Lux 4G. Loved it as a cross w/ natural gut mains. In a full bed, not my cup of tea. But it lasted long as heck, and longer than any string even when I tried them in a Wilson spin effect stick (Pro Staff 95S). Maintained tension incredibly well until it broke.
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    What's your favorite sub $12 string?

    Big fan of Hyper G, but have recently switched to Isospeed Cream. Get a bit more pop and spin with Hyper G, but for whatever reason, I'm getting excellent control with Cream and it's won me over. The extremely soft feel is a very nice plus, as is the cheap price (especially bulk pricing from TW).
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    Nike Needs To Bring Back the Vapor 9.5 Tour

    As a longtime wearer of the Vapor 9/9.5s, I finally and reluctantly picked up a pair of the Xs notwithstanding the negative reviews. I had previously tried them on in person at the store before purchasing online, and while the fit was definitely narrower, I figured it would be no problem as...
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    Serena Williams

    FWIW, Ramos did give Nole a code violation for verbal abuse pretty recently. Whether Nole's actions were more or less egregious than Serena's, I'll leave that up to the reader/viewer.
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    Serena Williams

    Well, I can't tell how other umpires would act given the same set of circumstances, but Ramos did give Nole a code violation for verbal abuse not long ago. Query who was more abusive to Ramos - Nole or Serena?
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    Bonjour from Babolat: Part Trois

    All of my Aero Tours have the same issue with what looks like hairline cracks or scratches in the throat area. They all run in the same vertical direction. It seems to be more of a paint issue than a structural one. It hasn't had any effect on the playability of the racquets over the past...
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    iPhone X

    I’ve spent a month with the X now, upgrading from the 6. If you’re not a huge power user and all you want from your smartphone is just to make some phone calls, send some basic texts and emails, and check your news/sports apps every now and then, almost every smartphone will do ok these days –...
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    iPhone X

    It's actually been surprisingly easy to get (even if you didn't preorder), contrary to the alleged short-supply before the 1st quarter of next year. Apple has been delivering a good amount of stock to its retail stores, and you can actually check through the reservation/pick-up option whether...
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    Good transaction with Playtennis33

    Another smooth deal with playtennis33. Racquet in excellent condition as described. Fast shipment. No problems. Would not hesitate to do business with him again.
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