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    Weisscannon ultracable hybrid recommendations.

    Ultracable's formulation is different from most other polys, and it feels different when used in a full bed. That may not be desirable. However, as you say, it's got good spin potential because it's so slick. Every other string that I've tried, whether poly, multifilament, gut, or syn gut, gains...
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    Weisscannon ultracable hybrid recommendations.

    Yes, it's true that the UC can twist during stringing, especially with the last few crosses, but the mains don't move too much that far down. It's pretty easy, if a little more time-consuming, to keep the string from twisting when stringing the crosses that run through the sweetspot, where the...
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    Weisscannon ultracable hybrid recommendations.

    I've strung many Klip Legend Gut (15L and 16 ga.) x Ultracable hybrids in many different 16x19 and 18x20 frames - Yonex VCORE Pro HD, Wilson Ultra Tour 2.0, Prince Textreme Tour 100p (2015), Yonex VCORE Pro 97 310, HEAD Graphene Radical Pro, HEAD GrapheneXT Prestige Pro, and Donnay Pro One Penta...
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    Diadora Speed Blushield 5 AG

    In general, that's the order (GR8-SCB-Blushield) from narrowest to widest, in the sizes you cited. I've worn all three. I would add that the GR8 width seems consistent from toe to heel, while the SCB feels wider because the toe and forefoot area feels wider than that of the GR8, while the heel...
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    Ball machine major frustration

    I have an old Wilson ball machine made by ST, with exactly the same problem. It wasn't resolved by sanding or changing the wheels. I solved it by putting an EPDM band around one of the throwing wheels to increase the diameter because they weren’t grabbing the old balls I typically use. It works...
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    Diadora Speed Blushield 5 AG

    I've been using the Blushield 5s for a few weeks. I usually wear a 12 in other brands, but the Blushield 5 11.5 size is a better fit. When I decided to go with them, I was lucky enough to have size 12 Gel Res 8s in a 2E width, the 11.5 Blushields, and a pair of size 12 Blushields to compare. I...
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    Yonex VCore Pro 97 HD review...

    Ahhh... So let's hope that Yonex takes the opposite path that HEAD took, and opt to improve the bumpers but leave the frame alone!
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    Yonex VCore Pro 97 HD review...

    I have some GrapheneXT series Prestiges, along with some Graphene and GrapheneXT Radicals, and TBH, the bumper durability of all of them felt reasonable. It did seem like a bit of a waste to replace an entire CAP grommet in the Prestiges when only the two small areas at around 10:30-11:00 of...
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    Yonex VCore Pro 97 HD review...

    VCP HD users-we all love this frame. Yonex quality and quality control are both top notch, with, in my opinion, one exception: the grommet bumpers. The plastic they use is both too thin and too soft. It wears out faster than those of any other manufacturer that I've tried (HEAD, Wilson, Prince...
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    Are setting racquet limits the best way to bring back variety in tennis?

    If tactical and playing style variety is what is desired, I think there are better ways to achieve it, with the added benefit of increasing the overall sustainability (in many senses) of the sport as a whole. Here's a thread I wrote on it a few months ago...
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    Ask a touring Pro about the playtest/demo process

    I would like to ask about the relationship between equipment (frame/string) characteristics and playing style / shot selection. So, for example, a heavier, 18x20 flexible frame is more suited to an all-court style of play, and a polarized frame with an open string pattern might be more suited to...
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    Cheaper alternatives to X1 Biphase and ALU Rough?

    I'd like to see some data on the influence of round vs. square poly crosses on both a) spin production (degree to which main string snapback is reduced once the mains begin to notch) and b) main string durability (faster or slower notching). My, admittedly only anecdotal, observations are that...
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    Cheaper alternatives to X1 Biphase and ALU Rough?

    I'm not too familiar with gut in damp conditions, but I've heard that coated gut (e.g., Wilson natural gut) can be viable. Might be worth a one time experiment. Comparing NRG2 and X1 Biphase, they do feel very similar, but I would say that the X1 is slightly more springy (softer, more...
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    Cheaper alternatives to X1 Biphase and ALU Rough?

    After developing some elbow problems towards the end of last year, I switched from all poly in my Yonex Vcore Pro HDs (18x20) to various combinations of multi / gut mains and multi / poly crosses. I tried around 10 different 16 and 15 ga. multis in the mains (helped by a friend whose brother...
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    Head racquet pallet removal... HOW TO DO IT!

    The low tech methods that I've used are to leave the unwrapped racquet handle in the sun (assuming you live within 50 degrees either side of the equator), wait 5-10 minutes, then pry the palettes off. To restaple, first make sure that you remove the staples by pulling then straight out with...
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    What are people stringing their Yonex VCore Pro HD with?

    I've been using a 15 or 16 ga multi at 58 in the mains with Weiss Cannon Ultra Cable 16L in the crosses at 50 lbs. Because the UltraCable is so slick, the multi mains still slide and snap back right up to the point where they're completely worn through.
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    Head pallets - what's the best way to remove them? VSBabbolat where are you?

    If you're in a sunny area, just leave it in the sun for 15-20 min, and it works as well as well as a hair dryer. Plus, it's carbon neutral.
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    UTS tennis is in trouble

    I think the core question is what we see as attractive in the sport. The advantage of the current setup, with homogeneous surfaces, scoring, and therefore playing styles, is that you can get all time greats who can dominate throughout the year and at all Slams, racking up the titles as a result...
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    String Patterns are deceptive

    That using a single square doesn't reflect variation in string spacing is precisely the point. Because different manufacturers maintain the identical single square spacing for different extents, there would be no way to establish a standard for the number of squares to be included in any guide...
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    String Patterns are deceptive

    If we take into account string thickness, that adds too many variables. I think we should measure to the centerline of the strings, which should also be the centerlines of the grommet holes. I would also just measure one square, right at the centroid (sweetspot) because different manufacturers...
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    String Patterns are deceptive

    I agree 100%, and here's the thread that I started on exactly this same topic: https://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/index.php?threads/string-spacing-vs-string-patterns.664711/#post-14175439
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    Spin-friendly setup for tennis elbowerers?

    Velocity or any other multifilament in the mains and Weiss Cannon Ultracable in the crosses at ±8 lbs less than wherever you string the mains. The UltraCable is rated as a relatively soft poly by TW university, and because it's so slippery, the multi will displace and slide easily, making the...
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    A proposal for reconfiguring the professional tennis tour.

    It's true that the homogenization of surfaces and the huge prize money discrepancies (which have existed, in tennis history terms, for a relatively short period) have produced incredible levels of play and incredible records. I acknowledge this and recognize that those levels probably won't be...
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    A proposal for reconfiguring the professional tennis tour.

    All good points, if the reorganization were to happen immediately and all at once. That can't happen. Transitional stages like the one you suggest - regionalization / decentralization of some events first, with a timetable for the larger events, to allow for prep time - will be necessary to get...
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    A proposal for reconfiguring the professional tennis tour.

    The current shutdown of pro tennis and the accompanying discussions over its future discussion got me thinking about the various problems and possible fixes. I don't claim to be any sort of expert or insider. I'm a rec player and fan who tends to think at larger time and space scales. Problems...
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    Klippermate Flying clamps damaging my strings

    Wes, your video is a great guide that indeed covers all possible permutations and also shows some creative, out of the box thinking for the 8 main, large clamp scenario. I use a variety of proportional stringing for some frames, and I'll have to pay extra attention to track tensions for those...
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    Klippermate Flying clamps damaging my strings

    All except for 2 that we rarely use start at the tip and have 8 mains through the throat bridge.
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    Klippermate Flying clamps damaging my strings

    No. But I think I see where you're going with that question. With one, it should be possible to clamp off every main close to the frame by judicious clamp juggling.
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    Klippermate Flying clamps damaging my strings

    It's a space issue. The clamp jaw thicknesses are too great and the mains for most frames are too close together for both clamps to be adjacent to the frame for the centermost mains. If Klipper changed design for their clamps, which currently are some slotted plates welded to some off the shelf...
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    Klippermate Flying clamps damaging my strings

    I'm not sure I've noticed the clamps slipping more for the first few mains, but I would guess that the tension isn't as accurate for those first few because, due to the size of the clamps, you're aren't able to clamp one of them close to the frame. The other one ends up a few inches away from...
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