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    Emma Is The Most Marketable Player In History.

    My previous comment was not to compare the two necessarily, especially on social issues. After all, Emma is still only 18. Others talked about Naomi so I also commented...
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    Is Djokovic deserving of pity?

    Anyone who regularly smashes his or her racquet out of frustration cannot be considered the GOAT. Losing control is loser behavior. Though I haven't been a fan of Nadal's due to his superstitions and rituals (ridiculous), I consider him to be the GOAT. If Federer had a 2 hander he would be up...
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    Emma Is The Most Marketable Player In History.

    I'm so impressed by Emma's run as qualifier in this year's USO and by her poise and maturity. Downside for me now is that whenever I play I know that teenagers are capable of kicking my ass on the court, and I'm a 4.5... :( Well, lotsa ladies can kick my ass lol... Her mandarin is decent for a...
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    Any other racquet I should waste my money on in the hope that it’s the one?

    I get 95% of poly spin with a syn gut. Have you tried sheep micro 17 or 18?
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    Any other racquet I should waste my money on in the hope that it’s the one?

    try playing with a syn gut and see how you feel either multi or solid core. I'm not a fan of poly strings
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    [Review] KLIP Armor Pro 17g.... the ugly gut stepchild

    I'm loving Klip 15L...I hybrid it with a syn with aramid like PSGD or Head PPS. I think Dunlop also makes a similar syn gut string. Only downside is the weather. I dont' play with my racquets strung with natural gut on wet/damp days.
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    Collaborative Effort By Bob Patterson: To all the parents of beginners who think their 11 year beginner needs poly. Please stop and read this

    I string for the group of rec players I play with, and I suggest syn gut over poly. Greater tension maintenance, better touch, much cheaper, no arm pain, and control and 95% of spin achieved with poly. I've been playing with Head PPS, Gosen sheep micro, Forten sweet. I just started using a...
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    Any string set ups for the Yonex VCORE PRO 97 330?

    Try synthetic gut strings like PSG with duraflex, PSG original, Head PPS, Forten Sweet, Gosen AK and sheep micro. Try 49 lbs with the first 3 strings. I'm not a fan of poly. If you want to hybrid with natural gut, string both cross and mains at around 54 lbs. I get as much spin with this combo...
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    Should I move on from the Vcore pro?

    OP you are asking the right questions. Try different strings at lower tensions and add lead. If still unsatisfied, try an Ezone 98 before going to a racquet like the vcore 98. For sure the VCP is a generate your own power kind of racquet so it is not for everyone. Btw, if anyone is looking to...
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    Best Natural/Synth Gut strings?

    Gosen sheep micro, forten sweet, Head PPS, Prince syn gut original, Prince syn gut with duraflex my go-to's... Ordered some Gosen AK Pros and Gamma TNT2... Plan to hybrid natural gut with any of these syn guts. I don't see the benefits of poly/natural gut because the poly just doesn't stretch as...
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    In Boston a few weeks - 4.5 player - who wants to play?

    49 views and no replies? I'm at the cape for this week. Post here, DM, or email me
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    In Boston a few weeks - 4.5 player - who wants to play?

    yo_lev at yahoo dot com
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    EYE-YA!

    Not nearly half as annoying as Sharapova's wail or Muguruza's angry lionness grunt. Almost unwatchable for me. Sablenka's angry cat grunt is a bit more watchable and entertaining because you know she will implode eventually due to those grunts lol. Then there's Sorribes-Tormo's oh-ah-hey! I like...
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    Heat and strings

    I string my racquets for ambient temps. In the low 30s F I string my pro staff 97 41 lbs with syn gut whereas in 96F summer heat I string it at 52 lbs. For my other racquets I also adjust according to string type and flex.
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    Racquet like the Pro Staff 97 but more flexible and soft?

    OP I can't believe you got TE from using the UT with 63RA...unless you strung it with high tension poly and/or have bad strokes. What was your set-up?
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    Is the Pro Staff 97 an arm wrecker?

    Poly and syn gut at 52 is way too tight. You should be stringing Poly in the low 40s. Syn gut at 52 is also borderline too tight unless you are using 18 gauge or maybe 17. To me, arm problems come with poly strings strung too tight for the racquet head size and flex. I believe Jabeur and Kvitova...
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    What is a good sunscreen?

    I use Target mineral zinc oxide 50. Sure I look like a ghost while playing but who cares lol... I stay away from the organic varieties because they can mess up your hormones.
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    Is the Pro Staff 97 an arm wrecker?

    PS97 should not be an arm wrecker. This term has only come into existence really when poly strings hit the mainstream. Poly needs to be strung very low. I don't use it because I get enough spin from synthetic gut, and I dislike how poly loses tension so quickly. Pro staff 6.05 85 was 66RA same...
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    Synthetic Durability?

    I play with Head PPS 16. It is decent string for the price. It lasts longer than the Yonex Dynawire as the Yonex string is softer. The PPS is a coating on it that enhances its durability and tension holding capability. I like Gosen sheep micro and forten sweet too.
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    Modern racquet for 1hbh

    As heavy static weight as one can handle with a balance of around 10 points head light allows for maximum stability and whippiness to help finish the stroke. Flex is personal choice.
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    I play with the setup I like, I get arm issues. I play with the setup I don’t get issues with, I play bad.

    Masterzeb get well soon! If you like the feel of the RFA why not try the Pro staff 97? At 66RA it is mid flex. I know some ladies on the WTA use it with poly. Maybe some of the men too I'm not sure. The v.10 2015 red/black feels pretty great to me among a few other racquets.
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    Diary of a Racketaholic

    For reference I string Prostaff 97 V.10's 41/51 lbs. winter/summer. Prince TT100L 260 47/56 lbs.
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    Switching Racquets

    What nvr2old said. Add lead and play with balance and weights. You may find an optimal balance. You can't really change the flex though that's the only thing you can accomplish with add weight.
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    Wilson Ultra Tour (Monfils)

    I think the ultra tour/ultra pros are 63RA whereas the H19s are around 60RA. Probably why you feel the H19s are way more flexible. Btw, I have a pair of Ultra Tours for sale if anyone is keen.
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    Ease of building up a grip?

    You can also use 1-2 layers of duct tape. I have done this with one of the Ultra Tours I have for sale which a previous owner has shaved 1 /16". Now it is back to a 4 3/8" size. Duct tape is easy. Sleeve shrinks are also another option.
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    Diary of a Racketaholic

    Yeah I've been playing just about everyday for at least 2 hours for the past few weeks...I might be addicted lol...4 hours today and probably 4 hours tomorrow (on weekends weather permitting).
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    I play with the setup I like, I get arm issues. I play with the setup I don’t get issues with, I play bad.

    Use synthetic gut solid core or multifilament and use them for a few months. Which PS 95 do you have? The stiffer the flex the lower the tension required. I don't use poly because it loses tension so quickly and becomes a rocket launcher. Also I get 90% of the spin of a poly with syn gut and...
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    Softish racket with sweet spot towards tip

    For me depending on curvature of the frame I decrease string tension by 1 lb. then 2 lbs, then 3 lbs. towards the tip. I used to string proportional laterally too, but I think for me it is better if I stick with the regular - same tension on all mains. I accept that miss hits will be down a lot...
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    Diary of a Racketaholic

    Ryushen get well soon... so you'll be even more active on this board now? :P Played a bunch of doubles this morning. More doubles tomorrow morning. Mid Atlantic is about to heat up this week into the 90s...Wouldn't mind some rain...
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