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    New Match (with dwoo): becoming an attacking player

    Good stuff. Looks like your serve has more pop. Clean hitting and more power than before but you still have good control. Nice job marina, you're moving great, hope the health issues are in the past.
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    Interesting hitting behavior

    Thanks for the feedback guys. We play with 6 balls. He's been doing it when I have plenty of balls, and also before my second serve. His feeds are also inaccurate so I have to walk around or else the ball bounces back into an area that I could step on it -- there's no doubt what he's doing. I...
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    Interesting hitting behavior

    A guy I hit with has recently developed an interesting habit. In between points and between my first and second serve, he will pick up balls that are not in the way and feed them accidentally-on-purpose badly to me so I have to walk around and clear them away. It's been a little while and...
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    Who will be the next new multiple slam winner?

    Andrey Rublev is worth keeping an eye on. Played Anderson extremely tough at the us open while still being so young. Can attack off both wings, very good second serve, good size, big potential.
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    structured/shaped polys playtest

    How did I not see this thread before? fgs, I just recently read your posts here and I want to thank you for sharing your information and experiences. This is a gold mine for string test feedback. I will be buying some technifibre ruff code soon and trying it out :) Good stuff! By the way...
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    Weiss Cannon B5E - What Next?

    Maybe B5E with a hybrid setup? B5E with scorpion crosses, or syngut/multi crosses. How about B5E with Origin in the cross -- I'd be interested to hear from anyone who has tried Origin as a cross, it is supposedly very good for that (but pricey).
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    Pure Strike 18x20

    I should specify that I have been hitting with the 16x19 and not the 18x20
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    Pure Strike 18x20

    I have read that some people feel this way about the Strikes. However I disagree, I feel like the Strike has good maneuverability and allows me to really whip through contact when I want to. So I guess it's something you have to try out for yourself. I also found it to be fairly comfortable...
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    Played one of the most mentally tough match of my life...against a lady twice my age

    Drop shot lob combo. Over and over. In a league match you should feel no guilt. In a casual practice or social hitting session it is not appropriate however. Basically the older players are depending on your ego not allowing you to use this pattern.
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    Blade 98 2013 and 2015 maneuverability

    The balance and sluggish feel was the dealbreaker for me with the blades, new and old.
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    TWU is now mobile / tablet friendly!

    Hi TW, I was browsing through the power zone data and in the new format many of the old rackets are missing. The older dunlops, some of the babolats (like the current strikes) and various other racket data that used to be available are now gone. The TWU data on all rackets is a wonderful...
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    No Court for Old Men

    Some ok hitting. Very lazy with the 2 bounces :) The guy in the expos shirt has weak footwork/movement. And the guy with black hair (you?) is being fed friendly rally balls but is not really returning the favor consistently. Confess! :-P
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    Pure Strike 98 16x19

    There have been some reports of over spec strikes. Michelle from TW mentioned it, a few other people on this board, and also there is some mention of it in the customer reviews. Luckily I have not run into this but it might be worth it to use TW's racket matching service if you are buying this...
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    Pure Strike 98 16x19 Take a peek at the TWU data on the Blade vs Strike 98 16 x19. A fairly big difference in balance and swingweight. Some players might prefer the feel of the Blade but for me it was a problem.
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    HELP :) Yonex ezone ai100 used

    Unfortunately, this is a potential problem with all used rackets. Ask the seller what customizations he did to the racket.
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    Pure Strike 98 16x19

    The blade was a solid feeling racquet but there was one thing wrong with it that I couldn't ignore -- it was clumsy. The balance feels head heavy. On second serves, at the net, and anytime I needed to make a fast adjustment the lack of maneuverability was a problem. I had hit with the...
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    Pure Strike 98 16x19

    Just wanted to leave some feedback for this stick. Early on it received some mixed/lukewarm reviews and has not seemed to be a smash hit for Babolat, possibly because of a lack of high profile endorsement on the men's tour. Tsonga was supposed to be the standard bearer but he fell on hard...
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    Practice vs competition

    Both are important. I think a good analogy is F1 racing. On race day, executing the right strategy and driving well under race conditions wins you first place. You learn to maximize what you already have during the race. But if you want to build a better car that happens in R&D testing...
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    Hitting video for advice

    Looks good. Footwork a bit lazy but it is casual hitting so I know you were relaxed. Nice loose arm, good racket speed. One thing I notice is that you are off balance on many of your forehands. You reach out for the ball and lean over to your right instead of being more upright and balanced...
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    Improvement and profile

    Lakesnake, you have some good elements to your game. Don't be discouraged or sell yourself short. The biggest thing that strikes me in your videos is the limited movement and adjustment. Everybody can hit a decent shot when there is a slow ball in your strike zone. The problem is your coach...
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    Hitting video - tips/feedback please

    Solid hitting, good movement, very good play overall. Minimum 5.0, good stuff! Yes people do look better in cooperative hitting but your technique is clean, you have pace, spin, good adjustment on more difficult short much better than most TW keyboard umpires :) edit: miles above...
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    Diary of a Racketaholic

    I just stumbled across this little tidbit: Specs look nice. Apparently named "best hidden gem" by Tennis magazine. Not exactly a divine endorsement but interesting...
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    new match video

    There was one point where that zack guy is deliberately making noise as you hit the ball. Not a normal grunt and clearly a hindrance. And then another point where he calls out, then says "I was about to call out but didn't", then tries to take the point after you stop play. He only walks back...
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    2015 Bnp Paribas Open Final (1) Novak Djokovic vs (2) Roger Federer

    sick forehand half volley winner off a bomb return from novak!
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    amazed by durability of multi main/poly cross

    I'm not a big power hitter or string breaker, but I broke a 16g multi-17g smooth poly hybrid in a week (~6hrs). So I am surprised that people are able to get durability from that setup. I get much much better longevity from a poly-syn gut string job. edit: i was using a 16x19 string pattern...
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    nice link (and ANGLE) for live IW cams :D

    on that link there is a guy with a hat and a pure strike who has outstanding groundies. no idea who it is. stream quality is very good. thanks for the link!
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    Dunlop Force 98 Tour

    Those specs are looking pretty good. Sort of like a cross between the 400 tour and 500 tour with a 98 sq in head. Very interesting.
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    11.5 oz "Semi-Players" Racquet Shoot Out

    Thx a bunch counterpuncher, much appreciated :)
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    11.5 oz "Semi-Players" Racquet Shoot Out

    Hey counterpuncher, i'd be interested in a fuller description of what you liked and disliked between the vcore xi 98 and ai 98. Stability, power, maneuverability etc. Does the xi require high swing speed to maintain a solid rally ball? How is the ai on defence when you want to counterattack...
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    Diary of a Racketaholic

    This thread is awesome, and a testament to racketheads and a love of the game. Hey power player, any thoughts about the vcore xi 98 leaded to about 325 swingweight vs the ai 98? I'm waffling between those two options.