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    Beyond the Playtest: Prince Twistpower X97 Tour Tennis Racquet Chat

    Any update on the possible release of a 100 Tour (hinted at during the podcast)?
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    Head Gravity

    Definitely #teamgreen on serve. I got a chuckle out of it at first, but when I thought about it -- I always have a preferred side to serve with. It's just that before I had a gravity, it didn't look any different than the other side. As for the Tour/Pro debate - I've only hit with the demo...
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    Pro Kennex Black Ace Pro 97 2021

    If any North American racquetholics are interested in checking out the BA Pro -- I think my honeymoon is over. It's a nice frame, but for me the prestige mp is still my 'control' / swing out w/ confidence frame of choice. I was thinking it might be a good backup on days when I'm not 100% and not...
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    Diary of a Racketaholic

    I was using "you know I sell them, too" but I think that line is just about tapped. Time for a new one.
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    Pro Kennex Black Ace Pro 97 2021

    I didn't mean to plagiarize you when I posted my first impressions, I swear. But this is spot on. I can play deuce side and work around my backhand - might try this racquet with doubles...but I'm going to need to sort out my backhand if I'm ever going to play singles with it. Will focus on bh...
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    Pro Kennex Black Ace Pro 97 2021

    I'm picky about lots of things, but for whatever reason,, I've never really had problems with grip shape. It didn't make an impression while I was hitting. Pulling a couple frames out of the closet....the BA Pro is less rectangular than my two HEADs (360+ grav tour & 360+ PMP). It doesn't feel...
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    Pro Kennex Black Ace Pro 97 2021

    Arrived from TWE yesterday 324g strung (cyclone 1.20 @23kg) w/ overgrip. Pretty close to spec, maybe a gram under? Will give it some time before deciding whether to keep. First impressions were good on serving and forehands from baseline. Noticeably less demanding than my prestige. Did not...
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    Buying racquet without demo

    Oscar, what is your "go-to" shot or your favorite shot to hit -- and what does it look like? It looks like you have some solid options, but which one works best for you will depend a bit on how you like to strike the ball (as one example, I would guess that you'd enjoy the vcore a lot more if...
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    Pro Kennex Black Ace Pro 97 2021

    Minor quibble: they should have ordered a batch of those Black Ace bags with red detailing. Missed opportunity. If you like the BA Pro specs but want a 21mm beam, those racquets exist. Diadem Elevate is 60RA strung, same 305g, 21.5mm. Minor differences are 98" head (vs 97), 16x20 (vs 16x19)...
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    Diary of a Racketaholic

    Found a grav tour (old colors) @ 50% discount, which seemed like a good excuse for an extended demo. Grabbed one and put some Lynx Edge in it (might as well have all the colors). https://photos.app.goo.gl/Tf1aRYdetvGwNHvw5 Used it in a couple practice sessions . . . and then used it in a match...
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    Diary of a Racketaholic

    Thanks. My thinking at the time was that the BA315 was close to the PMP in weight, sw, similar flat beam (unlike the Phantoms that taper to 16mm)...basically that the BA would be a *bit* easier, without being a huge change. And it is a bit easier. But I'm not sure it's easier enough to really...
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    Diary of a Racketaholic

    Right now I'm primarily using 360+ Prestige MPs [speaking of big discounts, those things are 130 euro at TWE]. I love using them but they love using me, too. I can't really imagine playing 3x per week with them, with what they take out of me. I'm using the 315g Black Ace as a backup. Definitely...
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    Diary of a Racketaholic

    I have to I have to think it'll play pretty close to the BA 300g, more than any of the algebra frames. I'm still anxious to try it...but I'm not at a high enough level right now where getting pushed around is a major concern
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    List of 16x20 frames

    Well...there's still the fact that racquet finder focuses on frames that TW sells (or sold). Which is most of them. One thing that crowd-sourcing could do would be to list 16x20s *not* on TW's list. You mentioned the Diadems...there are probably others from smaller manufacturers....
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    USPS packages just sitting in dist centers for days and days

    I sold a racquet in Feb. that took 3 days to get from the central post office to the airport dist center, and then sat at the airport for 8 days before starting its journey. Almost 2 weeks to leave the state. USPS Priority 2-3 day. Fortunately the buyer was patient. If I'm buying, I'm looking...
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    Diary of a Racketaholic

    Funny how the synergy and ripstick both get an 82 overall, but the ripstick is higher than 82 in almost every category while the synergy is below 82 in a bunch of them. Chris rarely has much negative to say ,(too much of a retail pro) so I tend to pay attention to Mark's comments.
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    Pro Kennex Black Ace Pro 97 2021

    That one's new to me, but I'm guessing it's Taiwan, where PKs are made.
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    Pro Kennex Black Ace 300

    Looks pretty good in red.
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    Most flexible, softest, mushy, noodle bendiest rackets of all time

    I've hit with a Wilson Triad 5 (26 RA). Not really a noodle . . . just really disconnected. I hit with a Triad 5 (RA of 26?) a couple years ago, coming back from TE. Definitely not a noodle. The flex isn't uniform like on a thin box beam. It's where the hoop attaches to the throat. You can...
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    Diadem Sports Racquets

    Diadem's fb page linked to a video with Japanese reps demo-ing a couple new frames. I only skimmed the video and I can't read the language, but one of the captions for the Elevate section was 290. And there was a Nova with 105 on the frame. So I'm guessing there's a 290g Elevate to go with the...
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    What are you liking at the moment in 2021?

    Played a couple hours today, and the 360+ PMP is starting to nose ahead. Started to get better serves in, which was the biggest thing holding me back. A couple more days like this and the contest will be over...
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    What are you liking at the moment in 2021?

    Back and forth between Prestige MP and Diadem Elevate. Love the control of the PMP, but I'm serving better with the Elevate. I *feel* like I play better overall with PMP (fewer errors), but so far results have favored the Elevate. Just started playing matches again over the last couple weeks, so...
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    What Are Folks' Shoe Preferences These Days?

    I haven't had any problems. The v3 soles are definitely more rigid than any running or training shoes I've owned. I migt stay away from the Wave Exceed SLs, though. Those are definitely lighter construction. I should point out that I'm pushing 50 and look more like the statistician I am than...
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    Which Pro Kennex racquet to buy

    I always use an overgrip because my hands perspire, and they're cheap. But that's all personal preference. If you like the feel of the racquet grip, you can play without an overgrip. You can replace the grip that comes with the racquet if it gets worn. It's not a big expense.
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    Which Pro Kennex racquet to buy

    Personally, I would start with synthetic gut strings, at the middle of the recommended range. That will provide a good baseline. You can then try using higher or lower tension. You can also try switching string type to emphasize power, spin, control, etc. But synthetic gut is a good starting...
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    Which Pro Kennex racquet to buy

    I might start with the Black Ace 300. Yes, more weight usually leads to more comfort, but with that racquet, both the 300 and 315 are top of the chart for comfort. If you're starting out, it may be easier to develop your swing using the 300g version. There is a risk of changing your mind...
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    What Are Folks' Shoe Preferences These Days?

    I've heard the 4s are a little bit wider than the 3s. My feet are narrow, so I've scooped up a couple wave exceed 3s at clearance pricing. Good support, no heel slip, fairly light...it works for me.
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    Which Pro Kennex racquet to buy

    Have you seen the "learning center" section of the TW website? You might be interested in the racquet frequency tool. Racquet Vibration Frequency Ranking (tennis-warehouse.com). Just order by vibration. PK does make some frames with really low vibration, but there are some others that might be...
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    Please Help with Prince's Confusing Phantom Line - "Pro" "100P" "100X" "100XR"???

    I think demo-ing is the only way to be sure. Comparing the last-gen Phantom Pro 18x20 to the current-gen 18x20, last gen has an RA of 55, current gen is listed as 59. Both are very flexible. My guess is you'd find both comfortable, but the only way to be sure is to try them. I wouldn't think...
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