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    What is YOUR string of the year?

    Pair you won’t hear often: Grapplesnake Game Changer with Signum Pro Polaris cross. Spin and control like Ultracable, comfort and just enough power. Polaris is a great cross string.
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    Leaf Blowers

    Actually, yes. Or just walk. It’s about a mile through the woods. I consider myself lucky.
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    Leaf Blowers

    My wife got one of those also, so I often show up a few minutes early to blow off the court. It has Normal and Turbo modes. I find Turbo does the best job, but normally the battery dies about 3/4 of the way through, so it takes me two days of tennis to get the whole court, half a court each...
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    Clash100 vs head gravity mp

    Wow. This has the potential to be as much a religious argument as a practical one. I would lean a little toward starting a person with the lighter racquet. I've just gone through this with two very fit, strong middle aged guys, giving them a selection of racquets to use each time out, and...
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    Why Tennis Balls are an Environmental Disaster

    Agree that tennis balls will be at the bottom of page 23 in the listing of major environmental problems. They won’t even be high on the listing of sports impacts. Consider any sport using a large field of grass where we build a stadium and pave acres of land for parking lots, then rebuild the...
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    How to test tennis balls (measuring bounce)

    We have both the cold weather and altitude problems. Sea level pressurized balls play like super balls at 7000 ft, at least initially. One of the tricks is that below about 40 F, they play about right for a few days. Or we can just use Tretorns, that seem to have a pretty consistent bounce...
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    Tennis ball with valve

    I also remember in the 70s we had a pressurized can for storing balls. You closed the seal and use a bicycle pump to pressurize the can. Don’t remember that it was all that effective.
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    Which Is The Best OverGrip?

    Signum Pro makes one that is like velvet. Not terribly absorbent or durable, but works well for a week or so.
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    Which Is The Best OverGrip?

    All overgrips are made in China, with maybe a couple exceptions. It may sound like sacrilege to the major corporation supporters, but I have had very good luck with Alien Pro light tac, a cheap Chinese knockoff sold in medium large quantities by the big rainforest folks. They are half the...
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    Why Tennis Balls are an Environmental Disaster

    Good point. A few bottles for athlete are rather minor, especially if the tournament could make an effort to recycle the, which isn’t difficult in most venues. Regarding the larger problem of recycling balls, most of the current solutions are non-starters. Renewaballs cost on the order of...
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    Why Tennis Balls are an Environmental Disaster

    Agree with the worry about playgrounds. I'd never considered tennis balls particularly toxic (wool/polyethylene terphthalate on the cover? Like socks and water bottles), and I certainly hope they aren't picking up too much that is toxic off of the courts. I sometimes wonder about the white...
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    Why Tennis Balls are an Environmental Disaster

    One of the big challenges for burning plastics is tuning the apparatus with proper air flow and temperature for each stage combustion. This is how cement plants are able to burn tires, which in open burning are one of the most polluting fuels out there. Maybe the approach for the industry is...
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    If ATP pros use Gut/Poly, why do rec 3.5 and 4.0 players use Poly/Poly ?

    And the only variation on that is that I would cut out just the smooth poly crosses and replace them, leaving the expensive gut, which usually has substantial additional lifetime left.
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    Ultimate string of choice !

    Both 1.25 and 1.20. I just got the 1.25 so most of the time it has been 1.20. All my racquets are 18x20, so I tend toward lighter. I plan on using 1.25 when I need a heavier cross.
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    If ATP pros use Gut/Poly, why do rec 3.5 and 4.0 players use Poly/Poly ?

    I haven’t experimented with a Gut/Syn Gut setup
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    Ultimate string of choice !

    I’ve used Polaris a bunch, but mainly as a cross. For how I play I think there are more interesting strings to use for mains. Saying that, it plays like a soft, more powerful Firestorm. Excellent control, comfortable, very predictable for volleys and net play. More pop than most polys for...
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    If ATP pros use Gut/Poly, why do rec 3.5 and 4.0 players use Poly/Poly ?

    Gut/Gut: high quality gut in both main and cross. Expensive, but good performance Gut/Cross gut: high quality gut in main, lower quality in cross. Less expensive than Gut/Gut, with very similar performance Gut/Poly: high quality gut in main, poly in cross. Much less expensive than either...
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    If ATP pros use Gut/Poly, why do rec 3.5 and 4.0 players use Poly/Poly ?

    No, of course not. I think the standard terminology has been [main type]/[cross type]. Gut is the main. Remove the poly cross. Replace it. Easy to do since you always have the cross anchored to the mains, which remain in place. I realize there are some pros who have Poly/Gut combinations...
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    If ATP pros use Gut/Poly, why do rec 3.5 and 4.0 players use Poly/Poly ?

    Some of the companies sell a kind of second grade gut that you can use on the cross, since it doesn't have to be the same quality as the main. That is why it is half the price
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    If ATP pros use Gut/Poly, why do rec 3.5 and 4.0 players use Poly/Poly ?

    The big gotcha is that you have to be very careful cutting out the ending knots for the cross. I was sloppy doing that recently with a poly that I was testing (seeing if a different cross would help it in a hybrid) and notched the main, so it was going to be a super weak spot and probably break...
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    If ATP pros use Gut/Poly, why do rec 3.5 and 4.0 players use Poly/Poly ?

    Maybe I didn't explain it quite right. The cross gut from a major reputable manufacturer costs me about $9 for a 6 m section. The cheapest I can find any quality gut 12 m pack is $26 on sale, and usually quality gut from any reputable producer (translate: not from India on the big auction...
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    If ATP pros use Gut/Poly, why do rec 3.5 and 4.0 players use Poly/Poly ?

    One other thing I am going to experiment with is using a "cross gut" instead of the second half of the expensive gut package. I've picked up a handful of cross gut packages, which are about half the price per length of the expensive gut packages, costing me less than $10 each on sale. Given...
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    If ATP pros use Gut/Poly, why do rec 3.5 and 4.0 players use Poly/Poly ?

    Both of these are round and smooth, and I have not seen that problem. The basic mechanics are that the mains slide over the crosses for most strokes, so if you have a twisted or shaped poly it will saw through the gut fairly quickly. My experience with the coated Babolat and Klip guts are that...
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    If ATP pros use Gut/Poly, why do rec 3.5 and 4.0 players use Poly/Poly ?

    Signum Pro Polaris and Isospeed Grey Fire work well for me. One nice aspect of the Gut/Poly is that I can change out the poly part way through the gut life. Just have to be careful cutting out the poly knots so you don’t inadvertently notch the gut. I also reverse the stringing side so that...
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    300 g arm friendly recommendation for 49 y.o. Intermediate

    Discussion so far has been mainly the major producers. You may want to look at the Diadem line. Their new ones are all foam filled with an internal structure that really eats up the vibration and shock. They do a pretty good demo program for $20 where you can try out two of them for a week or so.
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    Diadem Premier Ball

    Hey Peyote. Thanks for the detailed response. I’m not in a big rush, so they can take their time getting off the container ship, which is probably where they are along with everyone’s Christmas shopping this year. I tried out their high altitude balls and have been impressed with their play...
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    Best 100 Sq, Square inch racquet

    Gravity Tour
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    Do you modify your racquets?

    Am I the only person to note that your doubles partners modification is not legal per the rules? You can have multiple dampeners, but they must all be outside the string pattern.
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    Pressureless Balls - Triniti replacement

    Just a note— make sure you don’t give Tretorns to the dog. They are filled with white powder which can make quite a mess and is probably not good for the dog when she chews through it. Trinitis and pressurized balls are ok.
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    Diadem Premier Ball

    Sumitomo owns Dunlop Sport, so there isn’t anything super special about the balls because of them. The Dunlop ATPs sell for about $2.50 at local big box sports stores
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