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  1. UCSF2012

    Most difficult racquets to use

    This works well for me. RF97 with lead at 3 and 9. Hits harder with less effort. Serves be a poppin'. The mass keeps your arm strong.
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    I'm starting a racquet company - how would you design your perfect racquet?

    No one on here understands the engineering behind rackets. You're asking the wrong people.
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    Help determining a fake

    Just return it via e Bay.
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    Can you point me to a scientific study proving poly strings has advantages?

    I don't have to adjust my strings anymore, with poly on.
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    Post Pictures of your Racquets and Tennis Gear

    The RF collection. by Rackets, on Flickr
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    Post Pictures of your Racquets and Tennis Gear

    The RF collection on Flickr
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    Too tall for 'powerful' rackets?

    Isner is like 6' 7" and uses a powerful racket. You have to know how to use your weapon. The taller you are, the more forward your ball toss has to be. You're essentially slam dunking the ball. Hit down and forward. Here's an exercise, see how short you can serve the ball. In by how many feet...
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    Racquet reco for tennis elbow

    It's cheaper to buy natural gut than to see a doctor. Avoid big vibration dampeners, because the bigger they are, the more firm the string bed. Hitting the frame and off-centered shots is how I injure myself. 600mg of ibuprofen is all you need for tennis elbow. Switching to a lighter...
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    Does adding weight in handle add power?

    Have you heard about the new mid-engine RF?
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    Racquet recommendation for more power coming from blade 98

    I'm in my late 30's, trying to return to my 16 year old self. I'm taking a different strategy from finding a more powerful racket. Instead, I took the RF97 and added 4 long strips of lead, along the white portion of 3 and 9 o'clock. I'm also spending more time at the gym, to regain my strength...
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    Wilson RF97A

    Communication via blog sites can be difficult. I'm trying to imagine what a rattle sounds like. Like a shaker? Macarena? High pitch? low pitch? I get a thud when I frame it. Rattles suggest a loose piece, like a butt cap.
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    Wilson RF97A

    I have the Laver RF. No rattle. It pings because I stopped using a vibration dampener. Gut/poly. The older the string, the more the ping. If there's a loose piece inside, then you should be able to shake the racket and it'll make a sound.
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    RF97 vs Blade v7

    Ground strokes, Blade hits harder with less effort. Not quite a spin monster but adequate. Balls tend to not clear the net as much and land deeper. RF gets more action, and you can get the ball to dip more. The ball path/arc is completely different with each racket. RF serves faster and the...
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    Does adding weight in handle add power?

    It does add power. The center of mass drops lower, but it does hit harder. I have 6 RF's in my bag. Two have silicone in the handle. Everything else same. Serves harder for sure.
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    A girl who's got a 0/10 character and 10/10 looks - what would you do?

    That looks like a selfie. Wouldn't go to him. You also need an MD to be a psychiatrist in the US. There's like, a 100% chance she'll turn psycho if you bang her and flee. No bang is worth that. Also, there's a 90% chance she has herpes. Not making up that number. 90% of the population has it.
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    How many rackets do I need

    I've bought so many rackets in my lifetime, I could've used that money to buy a new car, man! Don't even get me started on strings. I have crates of natural gut and poly reels.
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    Question for all who have switched to heavier frames

    I think you have to work on your fitness if you're struggling with a 310g racket. Heavier rackets do all the work for you. It also takes a heavier racket to serve huge. Mass matters. The 310g range of rackets have HUGE output compared to how little work you put into it.
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    Special racket for one-handed backhand?

    The obstacles of a 1hbh: harder to generate spin, high backhands can be a *****, requires a longer windup. You overcome all that sometimes with a block back flat. any racket that helps you overcome these obstacles are good 1hbh rackets.
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    How many rackets do I need

    I’m in the 100’s. Maybe 130-140. I have 18 RF97’s alone.
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    Why use open pattern when close pattern has similar traits plus better control?

    You guys know your stuff. I always felt I was limited to hitting w 1 ft net clearance with the 18x20. Great directional change, just limited height variation. Now, I use 16x19 but use the strings to gain control.
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    2019 Wilson Blade

    For those that own both 16x19 versions, what are the differences? and can anyone put two rackets side by side and take a pic? I want to see what the deal is with the grip length change the reviews say.
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    Thinner Gauge = More Spin; Really?

    Babolat Vs Touch 16 mains and 17g X-perience crosses = more spin.....really.
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    The gut/poly thread

    Here's a semi recent discovery. Not intended to stir any pots. I use gut/poly in my rackets. use a rubber band as a dampener, and I rarely ever break my strings. My brother came and visit, He's accustomed to using a dampener all his life, so he put on those big smiley face dampeners on my...
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    Which of these polys would you recommend me to hybrid with Nat. Gut?

    of thouse, Gut and Pro Line II 17, not 18 works really well. My most lively setup. BHBR also works well. my 2nd choice. It's not actually rough, it's just shaped. Gut and Pro Hurricane is terrible. Dead. Others I haven't tried. gut and the Signum Pro x-perience also works incredibly well, and...
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    From Babolat PD to Wilson RF97 good for my wrist?

    I get elbow pain semi-frequently with the RF97. However, I must reaction was sluggish and I hit the ball with the frame. No strings.
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    Good string for Wilson US Open 17x16

    My 2 yr old copies daddy, so he'll only use the exact racket in my hand. That's the RF 97, strung with gut/poly and has silicone in the handle. He takes mine and I get another one out of the bag. He then wants to switch racket to the one I'm using at that very moment. Biggest difference is, I...
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    Any tips on how to break the racquet with one elegant swing like Federer?

    Nothing pisses you off more than smashing a racket, and it doesn't break.
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    Ezone Xi 98 vs Ezone 98?

    The Xi plays the best of all of them. Wider head equates to bigger sweet spot. Mis-hits stay in. Forget stats. Stats are meaningless here. The Xi is the best of all of them.
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    Genesis Magic & Gut Hybrid Set

    At $15/set, why not just try it out? I bought some, and they're on their way. Could comment later, but they do weird gauge combo's. 16/16 or 17/16...I strongly prefer 16/17. My comments would likely be Magic 16 mains and PLII 17's crosses.
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    Magnetic tape as substitute for Lead?

    Your testicles may fall off. People, there are many types of tape adhesives. Search for tape stores online. Aluminum tape, copper tape, glow-in-the-dark tape. You can also get lead tape of different widths, which is what I like. Standard tennis lead tape is 1/4 inch wide. I buy and use 3/8th...