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    Shouldn't we be further along in instruction?

    A true beginner class won’t teach you how to move... It’s very basic stuff. Lot of time on what grip to use, real basic swing patterns/thoughts, racquet face awareness, etc. Basically just getting folks comfortable with how to hold the racquet, make decent contact and get the ball over the...
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    We are screwed ... the Pickleballers are coming

    Pickleball is coming and it’s going to seriously rival the popularity of tennis here in the US. Not as a professional sport, but as a recreational sport. I’m not happy about it either, but it’s a virus that is spreading quickly. Here in Cincinnati they’ve beven building pickleball courts like...
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    Shouldn't we be further along in instruction?

    Four hour long lessons… especially in a group setting is hardly any instruction or time on the court as a beginner. Beginners need a lot more time focused on really basic stuff than players that have established correct strokes. Group lessons for beginners are better as introductions to the...
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    Similar rackets to Head Graphene 360+ Gravity Pro

    Speed Pro 360+ is going to be one of the closest options. Just enough lighter but still forgiving. You’ll find a little more power and similar levels of spin, although spin comes a little easier the the Gravity Pro.
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    Odd league scene tonight...thoughts?

    You have to recenter yourself and/or your partner. The best or easiest way is to bring them back to reality and minimize their frustrations. Go over the score with them and reiterate the positives of your play or the points you've been winning as a team. Remind them of what they are doing...
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    Recommended Racket for Aggressive Baseliner (Advanced)

    Speed Pro 360+ should be a consideration if you're looking for a great modern day frame with control and a decent amount of pop... especially if you're a baseline basher.
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    Blade V8 Official Thread.

    The Blade and Pro Staff lines have the same quality of paint. Compared to the other major mfg's I think Wilson's chip/scratch the easiest. The new glossy paint on the blade v8 is better than the velvet paint from the v7 which chips off in chunks. Both the current PS and Blade V8 to me are...
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    New theory: doing drills is pointless above 3.5

    Does a musician not practice? Do you ever hear any musician say to get better I only play concerts? No they are painful about practice... practice and drills will always get you more. A player that practices a lot IMO has a much higher ceiling and better chance to improve and win matches than...
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    Name me your Top 3 Spin/Power racquets

    If you want power and spin... Pure Aero Extreme MP Wilson Clash 100
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    Blade V8 Official Thread.

    If you like a whippy racquet then you'll more likely enjoy the v8, but it's not going to overpower your opponent. There is a little free power, not a lot. I think it lacks a little in weight of shot unless you really catch it right. It's great in stock form, but if you do hit with someone...
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    Blade V8 Official Thread.

    I can't comment on the v7 Blade comparison as I've never hit with it... only tried the V6 countervail. Like you experienced... I can generate crazy amounts of spin with the v8 and it's the number one surprise for me. On serves, volleys or groundies you can generate a lot of topspin or slice...
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    Less Spin with 4 1/2 Grip Size

    A smaller grip will make it a little easier to generate spin. It's easier to pronate on serves and provide and to create whip for topspin on ground strokes. It shouldn't make a huge difference, but you may find that it certainly feels easier to accomplish those things than with a larger grip.
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    Cheat Stick

    Babolat Pure Aero, current version. If your arm can handle it the Pure Drive is up there as well.
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    Head 360+ Graphene Prestige MP vs Speed 360+ Graphene Pro.....

    I thought it did, but it really depends a bit on what your comfortable with form a static and swingweight perspective. Blade Pro to me was a bit like the Gravity Pro in that it was just a touch too heavy for my liking. My younger self would've been okay with it. It's just a personal thing on...
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    Racquet Change Advice.

    Speed Pro 360+, Gravity Pro, Diadem Elevate 98 Tour are all options that are close in spec, but a little lighter. Speed Pro is right at 310g with same swing weight. All are very good...
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    Head 360+ Graphene Prestige MP vs Speed 360+ Graphene Pro.....

    It can take a little longer to adjust to served with Speed Pro, but it is excellent if you let the racquet mass rip through the ball. One of the best all around frames out there… and yes you can rip ground strokes. I haven’t been able to put it down and have no regrets. MP is good as well but...
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    Blade V8 Official Thread.

    The V8 USO version still has the velvety matte rubber finish. The new chameleon paint is a traditional paint, not rubbery. It looks very good in person.
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    Blade V8 Official Thread.

    I strung mine with HyperG 17ga at 50lbs and it felt and played pretty well
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    Brooks using stock Blade?

    I think his serve issues have a lot more to do with his technically flaws than the racquet. Very little shoulder turn or hip rotation/load. He could easily gain 10-15mph overnight with a few simple changes. I’m sure he’s been told/instructed, but the bigger issue is what do you have...
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    Blade V8 Official Thread.

    Bought tabs hit with the USOpen edition v8 today. I saw and held the chameleon v8 green at USO and can say that the paint is glossy… the USO versuoystul has the velvet finish which imynot a fan of. I never hit with the v7 version… only tried and played the v6 countervail and did not like… no...
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    Brooksby is where CYGS ends.

    This match is so fun to watch so far
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    Brooks using stock Blade?

    No lead??? Wow
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    Brooks using stock Blade?

    With no obvious Wilson contract (soon to change) Brooks y appears to be using a retail Blade frame. Has the velvet paint scheme, etc. I’m sure he has it weighted to his spec, but still nice to see. I’m seriously impressed by his moxy, unique game… like a modern day Brad Gilbert but with...
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    US Open monotonous automated line call voice

    They use multiple voices as someone mentioned earlier. The problem is that it’s the same recording every time. I’m not crazy about it but really it’s the lack of variation. What the y should do is have the various voices make five or six varied recordings an randomly alternate between them...
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    Do racquet and shoe companies really benefit from constantly stopping production of favourites?

    Do companies make mistakes from time to time? Absolutely, but most of the time they are pretty good at knowing where the tipping point is... when a product line might be 'jumping the shark'. Every once in a while though we unknowingly band together and don't like something to the point where...
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    Wilson Pricing Adjustment

    It's always possible... in the tech markets prices fluctuate a lot... especially with RAM chips. Price does come back down usually, but that's due in a large part to competition and supply/demand. Without one or both of those forces in the consumers favor... prices could stay the same. If...
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    Science Behind Racquets “Wearing Out”

    Racquets do wear out... but that doesn't mean you can't play with them still. The most stress you'll ever put on a frame is when it is restrung. The more string jobs the more the racquet will lose its stiffness. So if you have a Pure Drive that you've restrung 30 times and you buy a new one...
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    Diadem Sports Racquets

    Just got a demo of the Nova and Elevate FS. Was very curious about Diadem sticks after reading through these posts. The came strung with a round poly, felt pretty tight to me... a lot tighter than I would string these days. Played doubles last night and warmed up with the Elevate FS. Liked...
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    Murray testing other Head racquets

    True, but no one like Murray or Agassi
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    Murray testing other Head racquets

    He definitely has not switched yet. Like I mentioned he was doing everything far better with his old standby then the test frames. I'm sure he definitely knows he has to be more offensive since he can't move/run like he used to. Murray's issues are just getting into the mindset of being more...
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