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  1. GummiiBear

    Yonex VCore Pro 97 HD review...

    You’re absolutely right, it was primarily the difference in launch angle or trajectory that I had to adjust to with the Yonex. I’m learning to get as much satisfaction from the topspin shots with it over the “cheap and easy” kind that come with the RF97. Loopy is nice, but as you stated, my...
  2. GummiiBear

    Gamma TNT2 React Pro - Anyone tried?

    Hit with my Speed Pro with Dunlop Expl. Bite mains and React Pro crosses, both 17ga at 53lbs. I must’ve enjoyed it enough because hitting with it made me smile reminiscing over having chosen my Speed Pro last year even if I’ve moved on. To my surprise, I seem to like it over my previous setup -...
  3. GummiiBear

    Yonex VCore Pro 97 HD review...

    After taking a week off for medical reasons, I hit again with my racquets these past couple days. Was worried about minimal shoulder soreness again from the RF97 but I seem Ok today. I’m thinking now it’s really a matter of a) do I want to keep my strength/security in the consistency and sharp...
  4. GummiiBear

    Tier One Sports tennis strings?

    I filled out their String Selector form; curious to see what they recommend. ^^v
  5. GummiiBear

    Yonex VCore Pro 97 HD review...

    I have 5g spread from 10 to 2, and that seems to feel right to me. Initially it was primarily an attempt to bring the balance to a reasonable one after I changed the grip to Fairway leather (which made the racquet ridiculously too HL, to my surprise). I started with 1g then 2g at 12 then tried...
  6. GummiiBear

    Gamma TNT2 React Pro - Anyone tried?

    I recently had my Speed Pro strung up with 17ga Dunlop Explosive Bite mains and 17ga React Pro crosses @ 53lbs. Haven’t tried it yet but will do so tomorrow. Pretty excited. 8-B
  7. GummiiBear

    Recommended string for Wilson Pro Staff 97 v13?

    Oops, wrong thread/racquet.
  8. GummiiBear

    18x20 Royal battle - Head Prestige MP vs. Yonex Vcore Pro 97HD vs Gravity Pro vs. Blade V7

    I tried the Dunlop CX Tour and it was pretty decent. It would appear I’m not skilled enough to handle the 95 sq.in. - I do wonder if there’s a psychological factor at play there but one takeaway from other notable 95s I tried (Yonex VCORE and Prestige Pro) was that the headsize was a bit small...
  9. GummiiBear

    Yonex VCore Pro 97 HD review...

    Not the best images, but this is roughly where each racquet can sit on a flat surface before it would fall off, if I shift towards the left. My VCP 97HD looks pretty much identical to the RF97. I imagine I can measure the balance point off this? ...ish? Edit: 31cm? From butt to end of...
  10. GummiiBear

    Yonex VCore Pro 97 HD review...

    Hmm... odd then, because based off how the racquets hang off the finger, the two are Way more handle heavy than, say, my Speed Pro...
  11. GummiiBear

    Yonex VCore Pro 97 HD review...

    So I went to the shop and got the specs of my RF97 and VCP 97HD measured. The balance measurements were nearly identical (330, iirc) and weight pretty much as my kitchen scale read, albeit 0.5g higher for each. [360.5/350.5] My knowledge/understanding of swingweight is **** poor, but I was...
  12. GummiiBear

    How do you pick a racquet when different demos feel better on different days?

    This may sound bizarre. But I ultimately make my decision based on how I envision myself as a player in the future with the racquet, what my style looks like and/or what I want it to look like, what I’d like to adopt, foster in my play. Which racquet best supported this is the one I chose/choose.
  13. GummiiBear

    Babolat Pure Control Team (& misc.)

    I ended up with a, uh noncommittal decision. I decided on the Pro Staff RF97 but instead of buying from the shop I demoed racquets from, I ordered one from Wilson directly, as it was cheaper with a 25% off code and customizing it (changing the paint finish to gloss instead of velvet) didn’t cost...
  14. GummiiBear

    Who's Using the Babolat Pure Strike? Why is this frame not loved? What's the catch?

    I don’t really know or use the regular tennis terminology, but I tried the Gen. 3 18x20 and it felt... dry. I also admittedly am not a fan of the cosmetic to it. Cosmetically the Technifibre TF40 is more to my liking, for example. I think another issue for me was that I kept comparing it to my...
  15. GummiiBear

    18x20 Royal battle - Head Prestige MP vs. Yonex Vcore Pro 97HD vs Gravity Pro vs. Blade V7

    I love both the Head G360+ Prestige MP and the Yonex VCORE PRO 97HD. The latter edged out for me partially because while I was a little concerned about the lack of power with the MP at times, the Yonex does not have that minor nitpick issue Whatsoever. It’s so comfy. Well, they both are, but The...
  16. GummiiBear

    Yonex VCore Pro 97 HD review...

    Agreed, good to know. I’ll monitor how I feel after hitting with the RF97 the next couple weeks and if soreness comes up again (and again, say) then yeah. Pain ain’t worth it. Edit: I don’t know if this’ll sound odd, but after I experienced the “cheap and easy” topspin forehands with the RF97...
  17. GummiiBear

    Yonex VCore Pro 97 HD review...

    Yeah I feel fine today, no shoulder soreness. 8-B So maybe I was just getting used to the weight of the racquet, or my body was. 16x20 is my favorite too! My old racquet from when I was younger is a 16x20. I wonder how the HD would play if it had a 16x20 pattern, heh, but I agree that it’s a...
  18. GummiiBear

    Yonex VCore Pro 97 HD review...

    I ordered through Wilson directly because with the 25% code I used before, it ended up being cheaper than getting it from the store I’d been demoing racquets from. I have experienced mild shoulder soreness but I think I initially thought I’d slept in a funny position overnight, then later...
  19. GummiiBear

    Yonex VCore Pro 97 HD review...

    Been hitting with my custom (the sole change being the paint finish to gloss, but eh) RF97 that came in recently. Comparing it to the Yonex is awkward. I feel almost like the RF97 makes hitting with heavy topspin “cheap and easy” compared to my Yonex. But while typically my backhand is my...
  20. GummiiBear

    Yonex VCore Pro 97 HD review...

    I’m wondering if he meant multi on the crosses.
  21. GummiiBear

    Yonex VCore Pro 97 HD review...

    So when I mentioned I was considering trying out full poly and asked my coach if he had any recommendations, he suggested I try poly on the mains and something like a synthetic on the crosses, with the poly like at 50lbs. if my tension now is at 53 lbs. Anyone here have a good recommendation for...
  22. GummiiBear

    Yonex VCore Pro 97 HD review...

    I’ve ordered a couple of Kimony leather grips (thanks for the suggestion @cortado, I should have listened before, haha). Going to try that on my second 97HD then see how it plays without adding weight. I’d gone with Fairway because when I changed my grip on my 360+ Speed Pro to Wilson leather...
  23. GummiiBear

    Yonex VCore Pro 97 HD review...

    So something similar happened when I got my previous racquet strung up with the gut/poly hybrid - it started to feel good somewhere in between the 10-20 hour period. So I feel more connected to my Yonex now, we’re gelling. :cool:
  24. GummiiBear

    Head Graphene 360+ Speed Pro

    I had a great 8-month go with my Speed Pro and I don’t regret it for a moment. I had not played tennis in several or more years until last year, and the G360+ Speed Pro helped remind me of my love for the game. I still love it, even though I’ve moved on. Cheers!
  25. GummiiBear

    Yonex VCore Pro 97 HD review...

    Still adjusting to my new racquet. Takes me a few weeks to really gel, get to know it well. I’m still thinking my gut/poly hybrid is a bit “much” if that makes sense. I doubt the lead made too significant of a change in power. Going to take the plunge, get my stick a brother, try full poly...
  26. GummiiBear

    Yonex VCore Pro 97 HD review...

    Hmm. For me personally, the VCP HD swings very smoothly/easily/light, especially so if one considers the static weight of the stick. I am 5’ 5”, ~115 lbs. The Pro Staff RF97 in stock form feels heavy to me after a couple or so hours of play. And I imagine a difference of a just a few grams alone...
  27. GummiiBear

    Shaped [Co-]Poly Crosses

    [Sorry I tend to ramble... for the tl;dr, just go to the underlined, haha.] My G360+ Speed Pro with Babolat VS 16ga in the mains and Solinco Confidential 17ga in the crosses is due for a restringing soon, soonish? It’s nearing or at the 30-hour mark, was strung mid-December @ 55 lbs.; tension...
  28. GummiiBear

    Yonex VCore Pro 97 HD review...

    I think I’ve settled on my setup with 5g total spanning from 10 to 2. It’ll fit nicely under the bumper after I get a new set, next time I get it strung. I was initially a bit concerned re: “too much” power, which surprised me. But I like the gentle encouragement to hit with heavier topspin to...
  29. GummiiBear

    Yonex VCore Pro 97 HD review...

    The green is definitely growing on me. :) I’m surprised I’m thinking this, but going gut/poly may not have been the optimal (for me) way to go. And I want to go full poly. Like this racquet is just puppy-eyeing me for it. I’ve got a pack of Hyper-G in the mail heading my way but I’m not the...
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