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    Why Basalt in Wilson Frames...

    OK according to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basalt_fiber Basalt stiffness (elastic modulus) is much less than carbon fibres and much higher than kevlar. Kevlar is surprisingly elastic (in comparison to carbon at least). So swapping carbon for basalt will give a much softer frame.... (basalt...
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    Why Basalt in Wilson Frames...

    I was interested that Wikipedia lists basalt fibres in its specific strength (strength/weight) tables here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Specific_strength While strength/weight is not as good as carbon or kevlar basalt is stronger than both (Tensile strength Mpa). So perhaps that works best...
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    Why Basalt in Wilson Frames...

    I was interested that Wikipedia lists basalt fibres in its specific strength (strength/weight) tables here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Specific_strength While strength/weight is not as good as carbon or kevlar basalt is stronger than both (Tensile strength Mpa). So perhaps that works best...
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    Need a Racquet with more power than Blade 98s or 104

    Ok as a first step I'm thinking I restring the blade 104 with a soft slippy 19 gauge poly at a medium to low tension.. I'll have a look on the TWU string page to find something suitable
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    Need a Racquet with more power than Blade 98s or 104

    I don't want to risk it. My wrist hurts after a single session on the APD
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    Need a Racquet with more power than Blade 98s or 104

    The swingweight on the 98 is already too high but I liked it.
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    Need a Racquet with more power than Blade 98s or 104

    Looks great flexy thin beam but the 18 mains puts me off I think it will be similar power to my blade 104?
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    Need a Racquet with more power than Blade 98s or 104

    The warrior 107 really interests me. Don't think I could get a demo though. Yes the stiffness put me off a bit so good to know it plays soft.
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    Need a Racquet with more power than Blade 98s or 104

    I have lowered the zx tension in the 104 it's at 20 or 30 lb so can't really go lower to get more power...
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    Need a Racquet with more power than Blade 98s or 104

    I don't want to add any more sw to the 104 but it was worth a thought.
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    Need a Racquet with more power than Blade 98s or 104

    Do they play better than the dr rally? I liked the Ai98 and AI100 so if they play like those but less sw and more power?
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    How loose can you string for power?

    I thought stringing looser means the strings deform more and the ball less. Energy return for strings is 80 or 90% but a ball it 50% hence stringing low gives more power.
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    Need a Racquet with more power than Blade 98s or 104

    That is not stiff! I tried an APD but is too stiff and hurts my wrist after playing. I'm thinking 64 stiffness or less. I think I actually want a 110sq in racquet - In fact I have one a Prince 110 ESP 14 x 17 - that works great but maybe too powerful for summer and I would like more...
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    Hybrids where the crosses don't notch?

    Kevlar & zyex is one the zyex never notched at all. What about poly/ poly I suspect there is a rule where a stiffer poly will notch first and the less stiff one won't. So does using a stiffer poly in the mains prevent the crosses notching? If you can post your hybrid combo s and which...
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    Adjustable string tension rackets

    How does the protagon work? Have you played with any? Or has anyone? How well does the tension adjustment work?
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    Which Racquets offered adjustable tension?

    I think this is only old Racquets. Please list the Racquets you know and and further info/reviews. Are they illegal now?
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    Anyone use the apple watch for fitness ?

    I bought one of these and sent it back because the heart rate was so inaccurate. It could be 20-30 beats out at higher rates compared to a chest strap monitor so basically useless. The worrying thing is it doesnt say it cant determine your heart rate it just makes it up , even when you remove it...
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    Yonex Ezone DR CLUB!!!!~~~!!!

    I am interested in bigger, more flexible racquets. Currently use a Wilson 104 and have just ordered the Ezone DR rally . I would like a bit more power than the wilson so it will be interesting to see how it compares. I demod the AI98 and AI100 in the past both nice - 98 is too heavy for me and...
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    Do I need to learn open stance bh for wide balls?

    I can hit a decent ohbh if im in position and feet are 90deg to the baseline but if im pulled out wide i struggle to get in that stance and have a choice of a weak slice or a dodgy topspin bh which is prone to errors. I watched Agassis preview video and he was saying if you CAN get your feet...
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    M Zverv inspired me tonight (with videos)

    Serve in the first vid was out no....? Sent from my EVA-L09 using Tapatalk
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    Can you read serve direction and speed at 3.5 to 4 level?

    Only guessing at the level as im in the uk but the servers are consistent and can pick which side of the box or body serve on the 1st serve. But for good rec players can you read their serve direction clearly? What clues do you look for? Can you read some players all the time and others...
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    How much difference does using the left hand on ohbh make?

    The original question was for the swing i.e non dominant hand is mirroring the racquet hand moving out and back. Sent from my EVA-L09 using Tapatalk
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    How much difference does using the left hand on ohbh make?

    So my coach looks at my backhand and says I need to start using my non dominant hand as I dont use it now. This is difficult to learn but possible particularly as I can use a wall to practice. But has anyone done the same and how much did it benefit you. Does it help particular situations? My...
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    Roger Federer All Backhand Winners Australian Open 2017 Final

    I enjoyed that thanks for the effort in putting it together Sent from my EVA-L09 using Tapatalk
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    Holding/absorbing the ball

    All I can say I'm glad you're not my coach if you said that to me when I turn up for a lesson I would walk away and not come back. None of it makes sense and seems to ignore physics which I find is important in tennis!
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    Holding/absorbing the ball

    All I can say I'm glad you're not my coach if you said that to me when I turn up for a lesson I would walk away and not come back. None of it makes sense and seems to ignore physics which I find is important in tennis!
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    My £20 Racquet is out playing all my £100+ racquets

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    My £20 Racquet is out playing all my £100+ racquets

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    My £20 Racquet is out playing all my £100+ racquets

    I would like to know what the frame is made of it is very thin so titanium? But marks on the frame show no shiny metal.. The biggest problem with this racquet is I dont think the frame will last forever Ive cracked a previous one and had to bin it and finding a replacement will be difficult...
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    My £20 Racquet is out playing all my £100+ racquets

    I moved one of the zx crosses a bit to see the notching on the mains. Like the rest of my racquets I string the top of the stringbed starting at 6 or 8 kg and each cross increases by 2 or 3 lb as you move down towards the sweetspot. This gives more power right at the top of the frame and makes...
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