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    Black Magic 17 (1.23) - How does it compare to other polys?

    I searched around and I haven't found a lot of recent discussion on Genesis Black Magic. So I thought I would ask for some opinions for those that are still using it. I recently picked up a reel of the Black Magic 17 (1.23) and I am wondering a how it compares with other polys since I will end...
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    Retiring my adidas B5s, looking for opinions on options

    Unfortunately I have worn out my last pair of Barricade 5s, and it is time for a new pair of shoes. I have read the reviews of the Barricade 6, and I am a bit worried about the toe box fit issues some people seem to be having. I can't say the possibility of black toe nails excites me. I have...
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    Change of tension to account for thicker size string?

    I have searched around and read through a bunch of prior posts, but I can't seem to find an answer to what sounds like a pretty basic question. Is there a general rule of thumb for tension when switching to a thicker size to try and achieve a similar string bed feel or stiffness? In my case...
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    Rules Question -- crossing over the net to hit a ball

    Just like the title says -- in a USTA unofficiated league match, who makes the call as to whether a player reached over the net to hit a ball? Is it the player who hit the shot (similar to the double bounce or double hit call) or can the players across the net make that call? Thanks ... HIH
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    Which is more durable -- full bed of gut or a gut hybrid?

    I am getting ready to string up my YT Rad Pro with some Pacific Classic Gut 16. Since I just recently switched to this racquet about a month ago, I am still trying to settle on a string setup for it. This racquet is a bit of a string eater (open 16x19 pattern) so I typically play full poly...
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    Anyone have a solid Core Workout in 15 minutes or less?

    As the title says -- Anyone have a solid Core Workout in 15 minutes or less? Currently I work out three times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) with free weights at home. Fairly standard chest, arms, back, legs work. I tend to do two muscle groups per workout to keep things from getting too...
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    Alpha Tenacity

    So I strung up a teamate's stick with Alpha Tenacity 16 because they wanted something like PSGD and I was out. I have read on here several people thought Tenacity played like PSGD, so I gave it a shot and told him let me know if he didn't like it. It is a Babolat Soft Drive and I strung it at...
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    Anyone have issues with Wilson Enduro Tour shearing?

    I have a new string customer that ask me to string his racquet after having some issues with Wilson Enduro Tour 17 shearing after only a couple hours. I checked his racquet and there doesn't appear to be any damaged grommets or reasons why the racquet is causing premature shearing. The head...
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    What is the best strategy resource for Point Construction?

    I am looking for a good source of information - like a book - on typical point construction in singles. Since I only started playing tennis as an adult, most of the professional instruction I have relates to fundamentals - not strategy. My problem is that my shot selection tends to break down...
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    Tennis Ball Weight - Dunlop Grand Prix compared to ProPenn, Wilson, Tretorn, etc.

    I am in the market for a new case of tennis balls and I am looking for some comments on the weight of the Dunlop Grand Prix compared to the balls I typically play with. I have searched and see lots of comments about them being heavier -- but I haven't found anything that compares them to...
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    Options? Need a little more power from MSV Focus Hex

    I have been playing around with full beds of different co-polys lately and I really like the spin and control I get with a full bed of MSV Focus Hex 1.18 strung at 55lb mains/53lb crosses. However, it is still not my holy grail of strings, as I would like to get just a bit more power out of...
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    Need advice on comfort string with good power

    My wife had a bout of TE, took several weeks off, and is now starting to play again. I am going to restring one of her racquets to try out and see if it helps with comfort but there are a few things that have me a little uncertain as to what is best. First, she plays with a Head MG Monster...
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    So aggravated - left off top cross

    I am so aggravated. I was stringing one of my racquets tonight in a rush -- I know that is a big mistake -- and I accidentally started the crosses at the second cross instead of the first. I used a starting clamp as I normally do, and didn't catch it until I went to tie off the top cross as I...
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    Drop Weight linear tensioner - spring breaking

    I have noticed several threads where there is a discussion of the linear tensioners on drop weights "flopping" over and not working because of a string inside the drum breaking due to the tension when stringing. This leads to having to order replacement springs over and over. Is this a real...
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    Stringing machine features - what is important?

    I am trying to find out what features people feel are most important on a stringing machine for someone in my situation. Basically I am looking at two options - (1) a higher end drop weight or (2) a more basic lock out crank. I am a complete novice when it comes to stringing, although I am...
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    Looking for string suggestions

    I have finally taken the plung and I have ordered my first stringing machine. I have been wanting to try some different string set-ups for a while, but I hated having to pay to have my racquet strung to do it. My main sticks right now are Microgel Radical OS, which have a 18/19 string...
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    Shoulder popping -- suggestions needed

    I have recently developed a popping in my shoulder when I do flat bench press with the bar and I have noticed a very dull and slight pain in the same spot on my shoulder after I serve for six or seven games. I am wondering if I have an injury that I need to rest or is it just a matter of...
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    Strings moving is driving me crazy

    Ok I am still a pretty big novice when it comes to strings. I have only been playing tennis for about a year and a half, so my experience with a variety of strings is limited. In fact, my stringer is the Head Rep and so I have only used Head strings. I use a couple MG Radical OS (18x20) and they...
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    Best way to increase racquet grip size

    New poster here, although I have lurked and read the posts on this forum for a few months now. I believe my racquet grip is undersized, and contributing to some pain I am having in my forearm. I am wondering what the best way is to build up the grip without losing the feel of the beveled handle...
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