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  1. klementine

    The Brotherhood of the Traveling Radical

    How does one follow the flight of the bumblebee?
  2. klementine

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    ^ That seems to be the way to go considering the release season coming up. This makes sense when dealing with the humidity levels in Florida. Let the sun cook all the water out the air, so you can keep your water in. Hmmmm.... I'm fortunate to play once a month at this point. Stocked up on...
  3. klementine

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    I currently live in a very temperate and mild, 4-season climate. However, I was born in, and lived on, a very hot, very humid island and your body does adjust. You learn what time of day is good for outdoor activities, like early morning, early afternoon or evening, 3-5pm is when it gets...
  4. klementine

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    ^ On t.v., you could hear the crowd screaming 'out' and 'double' in the middle of Djoko's second serve during the 3rd and 4th sets, really irritated me as a fan of both players and the game. Djokovic feeds off of the crowd not rooting for him, and when the temperatures dropped after the rain, it...
  5. klementine

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    Gadsby, love the pics of Djoko and the Honey Deuce! Couldn't make it up there this year, was planning to hit the semis and final but alas, could not make it work. When I heard that they ran out of alcohol and food during the rain delay, kind of glad I didn't go. ;-) Like you, I much prefer the...
  6. klementine

    Shame on ATP for not banning Kyrgios

    ahhh... Sanctimonious comments and Self-Righteous retribution will never cease to validate the need for borders and religion.
  7. klementine

    Wilson releasing Pro Staff 97S for Dimitrov (specs. included)

    Super stoked for this frame! Hopefully Wilson will have a couple for sale at flushing meadows as they did with the RF97 last year
  8. klementine

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    It was nice seeing a deep field this year in my hometown tourney, the Citi Open. Also nice to see Bernakis go deep in a 500'r. I remember watching him lose an early round, closely fought, 3 setter against Kamke 2 years ago. He quietly walked off the grandstand, unattended and wept on a bench...
  9. klementine

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    Nice review El.. I smell demo sessions in the fall for all. Powa, the extremePro is probably the easiest racquet I've ever played with, super comfy too, nice touch (unlike most frames in its class), good choice. You just kind of block out everything with that thing and play and it's not as...
  10. klementine

    Any new racquets coming out late 2015-2016

    Thank you kind sir! Spec's don't look half bad, easily built up, the beam though is right on spec for me. Really, really, really looking forward to this one.
  11. klementine

    Any new racquets coming out late 2015-2016

    That Wilson 97 Spin,18x17, ala' Dimitrov looks interesting! If it approaches 12oz strung, should be a real gem!
  12. klementine

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    ^Tell me about it. Had a 3-5 record last season, same reasons as what you describe. Not aggressive enough when I should be and not knowing which shots to play high percentage. Good news is we're in good company.
  13. klementine

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    Fuji- sorry to hear the news. smart move to hold onto those classics. Gads - What........ The...... *awesome
  14. klementine

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    Finally got to play last night after a long, unintended break from the courts. Super sold on low-tension polys in the ezone- xi98 (or any other frame). For players who have an innate ability to add touch on the ball and have those 'feely' hands at net, don't be afraid of stringing your frame at...
  15. klementine

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    YES!!! I had demo'd it when it first came out back then, liked it so much, demo'd it again, back to back. Very KPS88'sh, super, super solid. Felt heavier and swung heavier than the specs mentioned. I think I actually went for a customized Prince Exo-Graph93 frame over that one at the...
  16. klementine

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    In Stanislas we trust..... baseline- imo, there is no better feeling poly out there than RPM blast. It just goes to **** after an hour of hitting. But depending on tension and how hard you hit, might be able to get 3 hours out of it. Yonex HS Poly Tour is my current fav- the neon green one...
  17. klementine

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    Awesomely Patton. The lyrics are the best, music is good and more 'condensed' than previous Faith No More albums. Have fun, I'll be seeing them in August! ---------------------------- On a racquet/string note, still enjoying super-low tensions with full-poly on the 98yonex. Might even take...
  18. klementine

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    ^ I hear ya. Haven't really been trying any new sticks as of late, been playing as much as I can, which really helps the 'itch'. Been swinging the Yonexesexeses as of late, really see no reason to switch frames, ..... yet..... Besides that, just goofin' on the new Faith No More album.
  19. klementine

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    The PS 97 is a fantastic frame off the ground. In stock form, it takes some getting used to on serve. The pattern is super-wide open, nothing like the 6.1 that tends to be more dense in the middle, this one is really open in the middle, therefore your normal strings and tension will feel off a...
  20. klementine

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    Sweet! Leave it to Gadsby to go 1/2 size. A true indicator of the discerning and knowledgeable.
  21. klementine

    Novak's Head Graphene XT pj

    ^ Keep in mind, racquet production techniques are still very labor intensive, requiring the human element, so the error percentage is thrown into the mx. The majority of the time, pros want the same racquets they developed their skills with as juniors. So even if the future production of...
  22. klementine

    Novak's Head Graphene XT pj

    ^ From my limited knowledge of pro-stocks, they do this so they can better achieve the desired specs. ie- easier to customize a lighter frame to desired specs than it is to build down or up one that is subject to quality control variations in weight, balance, sw, etc. BTW- Fantastic thread...
  23. klementine

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    Ha! That's the paradox of the 6.1-95's. You first pick one up, or after a long hiatus with another frame, and it's feels great. Perfect combo of everything, feel and swiftness. The the blunt-object-bludgeoning-effect kicks in, ie- WarHammer.
  24. klementine

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    ^ The 16x21 pattern on the new YY's intrigue me, definitely want to demo. Keep updating
  25. klementine

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    ^Played with the MG version for a long time and still hold onto them, no stock of YT or IG versions, which says something of my opinion on them. I have played extensively with all of them, still my favorite out of the bunch is the MG. it's definitely the lowest powered of the 3 and the softest...
  26. klementine

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    Powa, hit me up! No tennis, just good beer, baseball and crabs! Gadsby, I'm way behind on podcasts! Once upon a time, I would make room for TK. Unless anything extraordinary happens, I'm slated for NY around USO, not before, again unless the extraordinary occurs. *Keeps thinking ......Fresh...
  27. klementine

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    Fantastic write-ups all around, from baseball talk ( Powa! An O's brethren! I invite you to MD, Camden Yards, BBQ + Crabs.... Period. ), to brushes with fame ( I find it fascinating that like all great writers,Vonnegut included, none them studied literature ) to gear talk in between. Not only...
  28. klementine

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    Orioles fan here. The 'other' team moving from Montreal to DC hasn't hurt baseball in the area, just the opposite. Good move by MLB and the Lerners.
  29. klementine

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    Quite a list, and probably reflective of a fair number of folks on the forums. It is nice to settle on just one frame, that way you can concentrate on other things, like playing and advancing, but what I've been doing lately is the following: - A go-to racket, 2-3 frames, so you can mess...
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