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  1. Holdfast44ID

    40 MPH wind at USTA tournament

    It was not fun. I could not play. It was crazy! I never do well in wind, even when I was a 5.5 30+ years ago. That's all I have to say. [emoji14] Sent from my Pixel 3a XL using Tapatalk
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    So few USTA adult tournaments these days! What happened?

    There were there way more adult (Open and NTRP) tournaments than there are now! What happened? I'm planning to get back into playing tournaments and it seems like they have really dried up in the NorCal section compared to ten+ years ago. So many tournaments I remember from the past are no more...
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    What does the "G" stand for?

    Hyper-G 4G Never thought about it before. Green? Lol Sent from my Pixel 3a XL using Tapatalk
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    Should pros retire at the top or fade away?

    Tennis is not boxing. If a former champion boxer fights past his prime, he risks permanent brain injury, in addition to (perhaps) tarnishing his record. Tennis just has one's record that would be affected. By fade away, I mean in terms of rankings. A former #1 plays into his later years, past...
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    Nadal's grip is so small, there is hardly space between fingers

    I know there are several threads about Nadal's small grip. I looked at some slomo Youtube videos of him hitting forehands to get a good look at his grip. There is hardly any space between the tip of his middle finger and his thumb pad!
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    Grapplesnake Cube & Liquid mini review

    Hi all, Bear in mind that I have just switched to the Clash Tour racquet after having mainly played with variants of the Wilson Pros Staffs over the years. I have played with Babolat a few times but never stuck with them. As I'm still trying to get used to the Clash Tour, it is kind of...
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    Do any of you prefer round poly over shaped poly?

    Just curious to know how many of you prefer round poly vs shaped poly? This could be in a full bed or just the mains. I know many like round poly as a cross,
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    Poly in colder weather (50's)

    Just a gripe about hitting in cold weather. I don't like playing tennis in chilly weather, period, but poly doesn't feel the same when playing in the 50's. Neither does my body. lol. Even loose poly feels stiffer than usual. Can't wait for the weather to at least get back into the 70's around...
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    What to do with my strings?

    Now I have all this string left over after settling on something. What to do? Lol Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
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    Velocity tension for baseline testing?

    I switched to the latest Babolat Pure Strike 98 16x19 (11.8 oz after adding tungsten tape/putty) & have been tested gut/poly hybrids (55/55) and full beds of poly at 52/50. Tried 16 and 17g setups. I'm also testing a full bed of Klip Legend 17g at 60/60 as I'm trying to save my elbow. The launch...
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    Comparisons between Volkl V-Torque & Solinco Tour Bite Diamond Rough?

    FYI: I'm testing out my new RF 97 racquets. Full bed of Wison gut 16 at 55 lbs in one, and then full bed of Solinco Tour Bite 16 in the other at 45 lbs. I like the low tension of the Tour Bite. The ball flies more with the gut. I hate to say it, but I might cut out the gut! I just got a set of...
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    Thickest Babolat replacement grip?

    I have two Pure Drive racquets with 4 3/8 sized grips. However, one of the grips is slightly smaller than the other! I have Babolat Syntec Pro grips on the racquets. I replaced the grips both racquets once, and one is still smaller, so it is not the replacement grip that was thinner. I don't...
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    Gut / poly hybrid a waste of money?

    I'm going to try out gut in my Pure Drive racquet. I used gut many years ago, in the various incarnations of the Wilson Pro Staff line. Anyway, I'm considering using gut in the mains and poly in the crosses. However, I'm thinking that the poly will go dead soon, requiring more frequent string...
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    Testing Tour Bite Soft 17 & Monogut ZX Pro 17

    Okay. I switched from the K SixOne Tour 90 a couple of months ago to a Babolat Pure Drive. I have not played much in three years, and decided to go lighter. The Babolat RPM Blast 17 strings were okay on my arm, but the RPM Blast 16 (strung at same tension, 52/50) killed my arm after two hitting...
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    16g VS 17g testing

    I'm getting back into tennis (off and on over the years) and have some new Babolat Pure Drive racquets. I strung them up with Babolat RPM Blast 17 at 52 lbs and hit with them over the past two months. I recently strung one with the same string, but the 16g version. About the same tenion 52 mains...
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    Different tactics 5th set for Roger...

    I think Federer had a good chance to take the 5th set if he used better tactics. Djokovic was hurt, and was not moving well at times. However, instead of hitting into the corners to make Djokovic run, Federer hit his approaches basically right to Djokovic. Djokovic didn't have to move much to...
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    Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour 16 hybrid?

    Hi all. I've been staying away from polys (to protect my shoulder) and and have been playing with 100% gut. However, I want to add more spin to my game. I wonder if the Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour 16 string is still going to be too tough on the arm if I put it in the mains and gut in the crosses...
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    What does Nadal drink right before matches?

    I notice he drinks something out of a small pouch/packet and assume it is an energy "shot." Just curious what it is. HF
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    Funny/odd stories from the tour

    I've heard my fair share over the years. Here's one to get things started (wasn't read in another thread): True story from the tour. Sampras and Courier were staying on the same floor of a hotel for a tournament years ago. Sampras was being his normal "good boy self" and was trying to get...
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    Plastic inserts for mounting the frame

    Darn it! I have a 15 year old Eagnas machine and recently added a constant pull tension head to it (very nice!). However, I've only got one size plastic insert for mounting the head (tip) of the frame that fits with Wilson nCode Tour 90 racquets, etc. However, I have a thicker Babolat frame now...
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    Nadal's "injury" when down 5-2 1st set

    That injury sure totally changed the momentum of the match. Federer was playing great, dominating Nadal in the first set, then Nadal had that injury timeout and it almost seemed Nadal was going to quit. Nadal played on and Federer totally lost his momentum for the rest of the first set. Nadal...
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    Debating going back to 16 gauge...

    Using an nCode Six-One Tour 90 frame: 1. Tested out Klip uncoated gut, 16 gauge, 55 lbs. and it felt great. Great control, bite, spin, power, easy on the arm. Felt like "miracle" string to me. Also, could hit really heavy balls. 2. Tested Technifibre X-One Biphase 17 at 60 lbs. and, while...
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    Pro tennis offers the most opportunity

    How many other pro sports other than tennis will allow people to qualify their way into the professional ranks? Hey, if I'm good enough, I can enter a qualifier for an ATP event, get in the main event, etc. However, If I was the best wide receiver in the world, suddenly, and didn't play college...
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    Are pro players told not to talk during matches?

    I notice these days that pro players rarely talk during matches, to their opponents, themselves, anyone in the crowd... I'm curious to know if professional tour has a "professional code of conduct" that stipulates players are supposed to be so "professional" that they are supposed to keep their...
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    Demo nCode Tour 90 weight findings...

    I purchased a brand new demo version of the nCode Tour 90 racquet and then purchased my second nCode from a local tennis store. I played around with using the 4 3/8 grips & felt they were too small, so I had them built up (by the tennis shop) to 4 1/2 (like I used to use). Since I could feel the...
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    Annual Pro "wood" racquet tourney...

    I think it would be nice change of pace, and quite interesting, to have an annual "Masters" type tournament with decent cash once a year that requires all players to play with standard size (IE: 1970) wooden racquets (IE: Jack Kramer Autograph, etc.). It would be interesting to watch. If there...
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    Why are pros using poly more than gut?

    Since money is no option, I personally don't know why tour pros are not using full natural gut string jobs and are using poly or blends. I've used poly for a few years and it made shoulder problems worse. I'd stay away from it for that reason alone. I am going to gut because it offers great...
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    string gauge and "bite" on the ball

    I know the old saying goes that thinner gauge gives you more bite and control. However, I sometimes feel like 16 gauge string gives me more bite/control than a 17 gauge string. After all, "more" string is actually making contact with the ball due to the greater thickness (at least, my...
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    Dumb comments by Jim Courier at Australian Open

    I think it was during the Australian Open when Jim Courier said it was "poor sportsmanship" for a player to move in closer to return Maria Sharapova's second serve. Poor "professional tennis player" Maria Sharapova couldn't handle the pressure and double faulted more than once. Give me a break...
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    Is it just me or is the KSix-one Tour 90 expensive?

    Hi, I played with the original Wilson Prostaff 85 for years & got the Ncode Tour 90 a few years back (a brand new "demo" off **** for cheap, and the other from a tennis shop) to get similar feel. I've been reading that the Wilson K Factor KSix-One Tour 90 might be a better stick & am thinking...
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