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  1. JGads

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    I forget: did you try full tour sniper in the regular banana before? Wondering how full tour sniper plays/feels vs Sniper/Element or Element/Sniper. The other hybrid on my mind is Element/Lynx Tour. Just got in several sets of TS procured from a local seller who sells off strings on the cheap...
  2. JGads

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    27.25 or 27.3 is indeed money. My UTs are so delightful there now.
  3. JGads

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    I actually find reassuring security with XLs in match play, even in those nervy moments that can cause RHS to slow in groundies and on serve. XLs plow the ball more, so slower swings and the ball still carries a bit longer compared to standards when you have to be more mindful of staying on the...
  4. JGads

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    Sadly no tennis after dark tonight and probably none until next week - got Shot No. 2 today, let's see how I feel in the coming days, and then a weekend getaway to the seaside. Next week, I shall return to the dance and probably by then with the Euro on my arm. Let's see if she can tango. Also...
  5. JGads

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    Two shots of espresso.
  6. JGads

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    I can't believe the OG Doppios are still at full ask in the States.
  7. JGads

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    It's a loaner with the option to buy. Not really expecting it to be so good for a purchase because that would only create more chaos around here, but I'm open to being surprised and will make that move if warranted.
  8. JGads

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    I did. Couldn't say no to such a taste test. I don't expect it to beat out any of the PKs, but still it's one of those frames that sounds fun and up my alley. Serge does have one thing right: the W grip shape is, for me, the tops.
  9. JGads

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    Speaking of best laid plans, I'd decided a couple days ago that no, forget about the EuroStaff, it won't give you more than these PKs. Even ignored the 15-percent off promo from the Tennis Pro that popped into my inbox the other day. Felt good. Felt strong. Then an email popped in from the...
  10. JGads

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    Serge, if the Doppio delivered the same groundie goods but with the easier whip on serve, then I wouldn't be messing much with the XLs. But therein lies the forever plus-minus: snappier whip of the Dope; boomier plow of the 7G/Top Banana. I might still be asking myself which is better when I'm...
  11. JGads

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    Nope! Q+5 Pro ... Haha. The difficulty and confusion here. If only PK knew...
  12. JGads

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    You live dangerously, my friend.
  13. JGads

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    The above is precisely where my Summer of Curious George is headed. I would like to answer such questions, once and for all, because some days I think, “no no, it’s the Doppio, this is it. This is the stick.” And other days I’m like, “come on, these backhands. These serves. These slices. Just...
  14. JGads

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    No experience with Alpha so can’t speak to that but if the bananas (including Lite) have a 330 sw, wondering if the tension is optimal at 52 or above to work with that bigger pop. Certainly think so with the XL.
  15. JGads

    Wilson Kaos Swift

    Has anyone played in this shoe? Offer any feedback? Super nice looking, and I tried them on in store and they felt to me like a more cushioned and padded Vapor-type speed shoe. A little on the narrow side but wondering if they stretch as they break in. Also, they seemed to fit a little short so...
  16. JGads

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    Yep. That’s why I’m planning on trying an Element/Lynx Tour hybrid, or perhaps the other way around. But leaning the former. And again want to try a full bed of tour sniper (when I can get some) but higher tension than before when I experimented with the crosses being lower tension.
  17. JGads

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    This is with the standard and the Lite? Or just the standard? I feel you on the standard, hence my giving up on it after only a few hits because every time I went back to regular Doppio, all was easier and as you say tighter. But for me it seemed more a weighting issue, and a loss of whip...
  18. JGads

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    Low short balls, no, not an issue. I find these frames across all patterns have so much usable stringbed which helps on those digs, carving them and flicking them over even when you’re lunging and the ball is up near the frame. As for spin serves, if you remember my first night with it, when...
  19. JGads

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    Not as whippy as Doppio, no, but whippier than the 7G and just plenty whippy for an XL, which can feel like tanks if the balance is not right. This one doesn’t. Swingweights are 295 unstrung on two of mine, one at 297. Doppios 290ish... feels about accurate through the air, to these numbers...
  20. JGads

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    Top Banana is such a sweet frame. Just have to figure out the strings to make it just right. Also starting to just slap hints of lead on one frame to see if it does/doesn’t help in any ways. I think I may try Element/Lynx Tour in one stick. Working on getting tour sniper from an alternate...
  21. JGads

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    What’s up with you getting under spec frames all the time? Shall I send over my 348sw Blade Pro to give you some happiness?
  22. JGads

    Nike Court Air Zoom Vapor Pro 2021

    I tried on the new Kaos Swift in store. To me it felt like a more comfy Vapor. Definitely more cushioning underfoot, but still wrapped around the rest of it and made for speed. It's a little narrow for my foot but I still find myself thinking about it because it was nice and I wonder how it...
  23. JGads

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    Haha. You and this Heysil. I know nothing about it. But yes, just scratch the itch.
  24. JGads

    Nike Court Air Zoom Vapor Pro 2021

    Very interesting question you pose and I hope you get a good answer, as it would be something for us all to look out for with different shoes. Good luck, mate. Maybe use the voucher for some casual or running/gym shoes and look to another brand if the Cages don't suit? Especially when in the...
  25. JGads

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    It takes bravery to really stick with a stick around here. And I salute you for it. Have said it from the start, seems like that EZ is made for you. Let us know where you guys are registered.
  26. JGads

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    Let’s face it gents. Years down the road, when you’ll actually require new grommets, you’ll be playing with another frame. Don’t fret. And take it from me: the problem with stunning European models is there is always another one around the corner. Actually this is not a problem.
  27. JGads

    New ProKennex frames coming 4/20?

    It’s an outstanding frame. A buttery longbody that swings more whippier than most XLs, than the PK 7G too. Your money will not be wasted, wherever it goes.
  28. JGads

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    As I say, Element in the Doppio. No thinking. We are set free. With any other frame: thinking. Ruminating. Element isn’t even exactly right in the bananas, because the bananas are so smooth and the Element doubles the cream, which can be too much milk. Even though it plays perfectly. Just a feel...
  29. JGads

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    I don't know where you came from, but you're an instant legend.
  30. JGads

    New ProKennex frames coming 4/20?

    A shame, mainly because this frame is Mark Boone's destiny. He would love it.
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