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    Cheap(est) alternative to luxilon 4G?

    Hmm. You should really try Kirschbaum ProLine X. I haven’t personally played with 4G but I have played with BBO Rough, AluPower, Savage, Adrenalin, Adrenalin Rough, and Timo. I find that all of the LuX strings have a dead and muted quality versus the other brands. I suspect that BBO Rough...
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    Re-launched Wilson Blade 98 V6

    I have been playing with it for about 3 weeks now. It's pretty much exactly what I wanted, a Blade without extra tech that has a uniform, firm flex. I hit well with the v7, but I don't like the inconsistent feel from the flex. I should note that mine came in under spec at 315SW using the TW...
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    Blade V6 2021 (finally without CV)

    I bought several of these. Former RF97A user. Have been playing with the Beast O3 98 and also tried the Graphene 360 Speed Pro. I should say that my frames came in under spec on SW (315 SW with Sensation 17), but I had asked for some from TW that were at or under published spec because I wanted...
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    Wilson Blade V6

    Flash looks suspiciously like ProLine X. Is it the same string but just rebranded? Thanks
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    Wilson Blade V6

    What string and tension did TW use in the video for the Blade 98 v6 relaunch? Thanks
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    Wilson Blade 98 - Sweetspot

    I have found blades to have sweet spot two crosses up from center. Head Speed, for example seems to have sweet spot in center. Prince Beast O3 98 definitely has a higher sweet spot. Volkl frames tend to have a slightly lower sweet spot than Wilson or Babolat. You can also pay attention to head...
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    2019 Wilson Blade

    For poly’s, I don’t usually like “shaped” since when fresh I find the launch angle to be more irregular and then I knock the edges off after about an hour of play. For dead poly’s, Spiky Black Shark is really good. So is BBO Rough. For an interesting more lively string job and that has the...
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    Taking the Gut plunge..any advice?

    Best setup that I have found is Lux Gut mains with Lux BBO Rough crosses. I string up 5lbs more than my normal poly setup although an increase in 7 lbs would be ok as well. I prefer Klip gut over the Babolat gut. I also use a 2lb differential between mains and crosses. The Babolat gut is just...
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    Why did Roger Quickly dismiss the tuxedo RF97?

    I think it’s what you get used to. I personally like the white or contrasting colors. It helps me to visually “frame” the ball when I’m hitting. But I could also see that not working for someone who is used to the racquet being a uniform color or who wants the racquet to be invisible.
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    Calling RF97 users, how's the stability?

    I wouldn’t add any weight to the frame. Instead, I would experiment with the string setup. Different gauges will add a couples of grams. I have been playing with the Tuxedo version for about 18 months. I originally had them strung with Alu Power at 50# but I found that stringing with ProLine X...
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    Why did Roger Quickly dismiss the tuxedo RF97?

    I have the Tuxedo. I wasn’t a super fan when I bought them, but now it’s my favorite cosmetic. It looks way better in person and I actually find that the white sides help me frame the ball juat like the Prince Diablo MP paint job did. I haven’t played with other versions but I do remember that...
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    At age 58 it’s time for a new generation player frame: Follow My Saga Here

    You should try Prince Beast O3 98 with a leather grip. It’s an arm-friendly Pure Aero
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    Best round strings

    Best all-around poly that I have used is Kirschbaum Proline X.
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    Prince Beast 98

    Update. I really love the O3 Beast 98. It does need a little bit of weight to play it’s best. I added Head Tour Leather grips to bring the weight up about 10g. It gave me a slight boost in control, stability, feel, and power. I have fewer shots that fly on me. Much fewer than when playing with...
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    Seeking New Racket Need Help D1 college level player

    I'll throw a couple of frames that I use in the mix. Wilson RF97A and the Prince O3 Beast 98. If you play frequently, the RF97A is a great choice. I have found the Beast O3 98 to also be a great choice-- especially with the addition of a leather grip to bring the weight up about 10g.
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    KLIP Legend Natural Gut

    Gauge of the poly cross and tension don’t matter. I typically use a 17g cross in a gut main/poly cross setup, but I have also used 18g Volkl V-pro. Same results. Crosses always flatten and break first. Similarly, I use the same tension or 2 pounds less for crosses. Same results regardless of...
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    RF97: finding a string setup to tame the beast

    Replace leather grip with a Head Hydrosorb. You'll save about 6 grams. Mine is 357g with that setup with an overgrip and a dampener. So 348g without overgrip and dampener. That's with heavy BBO Rough and Gut. Shave another 2-3g if you are hitting with a full bed of 18g poly.
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    KLIP Legend Natural Gut

    I haven't found that my poly crosses notch the natural gut on a regular basis. This has happened once or twice, but the notching was limited to a few locations on the string bed and the gut didn't snap before it wore through the poly cross. I tend to see the gut "flatten" and thin the poly...
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    Tuxedo RF97A

    Who out there thinks that the Tuxedo (White/Black) RF97A is the best cosmetic? At first, I thought that the black cosmetic was the best, but over time, I have come to think that the Tuxedo is much more of a classic and elegantly simple cosmetic. I now definitely prefer it over the original and...
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    Pure Drive replacement rackuet - softer / more comfort wanted

    With members of my household owning the 360 Extreme, 2017 Pure Drive, and me now using the Prince O3 Beast 98, I can tell you that they all play “similarly” to the Pure Drive. They all have a balance of pop that exceeds control. Only the Extreme has power from plow. All of them require spin for...
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    RF97: finding a string setup to tame the beast

    Lux gut/BBO crosses works well at 53/51. String choices for that frame have been challenging for me. Every poly I have tried bags out ridiculously quickly against anyone who also hits with pace. It loses so much tension as to become unplayable long before I break the strings. Gut mains/poly...
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    Pure Drive replacement rackuet - softer / more comfort wanted

    Try the Prince Beast O3 in either 98 or 100 headsize. Comfort won’t be a problem. You will need to get used to the difference in feel. As mentioned PK 5 is also a good choice. PK also has a Ki 10 that is based on PK Destiny mold which is the mold that became the Pure Drive when Babolat bought it...
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    Yonex DR98 alternative

    I really liked the DR98, but it didn’t wow me. It wasn’t the most plush frame I’ve ever hit with, though. I have always played with flexible, heavy frames, but the past two years I have been playing with RF97A. I was having a little bit of arm pain, and I have been experimenting with a lot of...
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    KLIP Legend Natural Gut

    I prefer the Klip gut to Babolat. I like the Luxilon gut best of all, but it’s too expensive unless you catch it on sale. Klip gut is a little firmer, a little lower powered, and a little more predictable than the Babolat gut in my opinion. Luxilon gut is similar to Klip but has a nicer coating...
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    What poly string would be good for someone who doesn’t get ton of RHS?

    I am specifically speaking about natural gut mains. Contrary to input from some other posters, I would definitely put the gut in the mains to maximize snapback, power, and feel. I haven’t found any benefit to putting the natural gut in the crosses other than changing the feel of the stringbed to...
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    Prince Beast 98

    I continue to be impressed. I hit with my practice partner yesterday. I’ve never hit that many clean winners against him. I don’t love it on serves and slices, but I rarely slice. My serve is getting better with it each time I use it, but it’s not as good as my serve with an RF97A. That said...
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    What poly string would be good for someone who doesn’t get ton of RHS?

    Lynx and Element are good options. If you don’t have huge racquet head speed, don’t bother with any firm poly- no advantage. I would look for something soft, like Big Hitter Black 7 or something of that ilk. Big downside of those is tension loss, however. Not so much of an issue with a dead...
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    Racket PHDs brainstorm heavy swingweight

    Well, you’re not crazy. It’s a real thing. What you are experiencing is a more efficient kinetic chain. When you are relaxed, you are likely more elastic and there is less “friction” to you’re technique. As a result you’re getting more result from less effort. I’ve been working on this with my...
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    Searching alternatives to Babolat PS 16*19 2gen because of TE

    Start with Beast O3 98. I just bought one, and I’m a believer. Was playing with RF97A. I just had a 4.5 friend of mine switch to Gen3 Pure Strike 100. Got TE in six weeks and will now be out 4 months. For those ragging Wilson for QC. I’m a big racquet nerd and I’m in a local shop a lot. I’ve...
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    Prince Beast 98

    Ok. I am well-known for preaching the gospel of heavy racquets and being a tweener hater. I am a Wilson and Dunlop guy, but I have been a fan of the Prince ports for a long time because I have seen how much they help with tennis elbow. I’ve never understood the complaints about feel since the...
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