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  1. Hankenstein

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    I tried it a couple of days ago and some other really strong players (ex ATP ranking) tried it as well and it´s all about control. Strung SW was 310 and it really needs lead at 12 (imo). I placed 3.5 grams lead at 12 and that beefed up the unstrung SW to 324. Have not tried it in that form yet...
  2. Hankenstein

    Bonjour from Babolat: Part Trois

    I will get the new PS VS on monday if everything goes as planned AND I got green light on posting pics of it straight away as well!!
  3. Hankenstein

    Is it possible we could see wood rackets again at the top of the game?

    I very good seniors player here in Sweden have started a new brand with wooden racquets, handcrafted. They are still in the prototype phase:
  4. Hankenstein

    Head TGK 219.17?

    It’s based on the old microgel extreme mold. The 219 is the mold and the last 2 digits is in this case what lay-up of material used (flex) and string pattern. The extreme pro stocks are available in 2 different pattern. One very open and spin friendly 16/19 and one more tight 16/19 pattern with...
  5. Hankenstein

    Blade V8 Official Thread.

    If my memory is correct I placed about 4 * 2 grams “Novak style” on the frame. So a total of 8 grams
  6. Hankenstein

    Babolat 2501 e problem

    Nope, sorry, did not manage to fix it. I sold it to a guy that i know fixed it though. He worked with electronical devices in his job if i´m not mistanken and got it going. Have no idea how though..
  7. Hankenstein

    Blade V8 Official Thread.

    A little report on the v8 16/19 with some lead at 3 and 9. Strung SW with Signum pro plasma pure 1.24 is 326. A totally different experience now compared to the very light 314 strung sw without lead. Now it is my top choice of the blades. The 18/20 is good when just trading baseline strokes but...
  8. Hankenstein

    Cheat Stick

    +1 on that one! Really solid with wicked power and spinn. You dont need to do much to get good shots with this frame.
  9. Hankenstein

    Swiatek...countdown to racquet change

    He was out for a long time before he made the switch to Babolat. It was during his comeback he started using pure drive
  10. Hankenstein

    Has anyone used head Palletts on a non Head frame?

    I have installed them on a wilson prostock 6.1. Some minor customizing of them but it only takes a couple of minutes. Remove the buttcap and see how the hairpin is formed and measure it to see if the head pallets fit
  11. Hankenstein

    Blade V8 Official Thread.

    The SW of 324.6 in the 18/20 felt very good out on clay. I will try it first time tonight on indoor hard and see how it feels like. I did also put some lead at 3 and 9 on the 16/19 to beef up the SW to 326 and also strung it in 48 lbs, but i just can not get the right groove with it. Very...
  12. Hankenstein

    Blade V8 Official Thread.

    I have not got that version yet unfortunately. The V7 104 felt really good though. A unique feel with such a low flex in a big hitting-surface racquet.
  13. Hankenstein

    Blade V8 Official Thread.

    I felt I played best with the 100L customized to about 310 grams unstrung and a strung SW of 326, but all my opponents said I hit a heavier, faster ball with the 98 18/20. I could hit "through" the ball better without it sailing long. So for now I will focus on the 18/20 version.
  14. Hankenstein

    Blade V8 Official Thread.

    In the videos I used following frames: White strings with wilson logo. 98 16/19 with some lead. Sw326 Silver strings no logo. 98 18/20 no lead. Sw 324.6 Silver strings with wilson and Luxilon logo. 98 16/19 no lead. Sw 314. Serves and volleys only with 98 18/20 No videos when I used the 100L...
  15. Hankenstein

    Blade V8 Official Thread.

    I must say it feels like the V8 swings faster in some way. I am looking at some videos I recorded for the tennisnerd review (will be uploaded tomorrow I think) and I don’t strike the ball so late as I tend to do with some previous blade-versions. It feels the same way in the swing as the k-blade...
  16. Hankenstein

    Blade V8 Official Thread.

    It feels a tad stiffer, a bit easier to use, at least for me. The sw on the v7 18m I was using had around 333 strung sw and this one has 324.6 strung sw. I also like the 18m far better then 16m. It’s more predictable and way more control but it still has very good spin for a 18m frame
  17. Hankenstein

    Blade V8 Official Thread.

    I presume he means that we are all racketholics testing many frames. "Normal" players try one or two rackets, but we, the gear-junkies of talk tennis testplays many many frames :)
  18. Hankenstein

    Is the EXTREME MP the most comfortable PURE DRIVE alternative?

    Of all the frames I’ve tried, the most comfortable Pure Drive style of racquet is the current version of Graphene 360+ Instinct MP. It is by far the most underrated racquet on the market. Very attractive price point, good power, good control thanks to the dynamic string pattern and very good...
  19. Hankenstein

    Blade V8 Official Thread.

    I have also seen a photo with the "V7.0" printed on it, but now I see it says V8.0 on (big picture)
  20. Hankenstein

    2021 Yonex VCore Pro Official Thread

    My 310 had a strung sw of 308…. Measured with head 3-in-1 unit
  21. Hankenstein

    Blade V8 Official Thread.

    That is a very important aspect! I did watch some matches on tennis-tv and it’s almost impossible to see the PJ of the new blades. It’s very very cool in hand but I presume we will see some new reverse version with some stand out color at the time of aus open
  22. Hankenstein

    The Official Head Youtek IG Extreme Pro 2.0 Club

    It’s the “old” rectangular TK82 pallet on this racquet.
  23. Hankenstein

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    I am currently testing (among a lot of other frames...) the current version of Pure Drive 107. I bought it just for fun to see how it feels like and to my surprise it is actually pretty nice! I have added a lot of lead at 3-12-9 becuase it was really under spec and fistfull of silicone in the...
  24. Hankenstein

    2021 Yonex VCore Pro Official Thread

    I have the 97, 97D and 100 at home now and they was actually a bit off specs! The 97 had a strung SW of 308 (!) and the 100 a strung SW of 314. Strung with 1.25 Head Sonic Pro. The 97D is not strung yet. The unstrung specs was: 97d SW: 292,6 w: 324,1 gram b: 30,7 cm 97 SW: 278,6 w: 311.0...
  25. Hankenstein

    Holger Rune blacked out racket?

    It seems he finally settled with the pure aero vs racquet. Check his latest post and comments on Instagram
  26. Hankenstein

    Favorite Yonex paint jobs?

    RD7 is the best PJ of all time! I also love the VC galaxy black.
  27. Hankenstein

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    I love when pros with contracts channel their inner gear-holic. Both Alejandro Tabillo from Chile and Andrea Collarini from Argentina have what appears to be Dunlop contracts and both players have used the Yonex vcore 98 last week in Challenger-events. Imagine being a racquetholic and have a...
  28. Hankenstein

    Pleener Racket

    Blade 100-mold. I have so far only tested the 100L customized but will try the v8 100 when it arrives.
  29. Hankenstein

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    Promise to post here as soon as I get them and have the first hit. I will also test the V8 Blade 100L lightly customized (tried it tonight and it’s superb!) and the 2021 Pure Drive 107.
  30. Hankenstein

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    I will get demos of 100, 97 and 97 Hd any day now. I too have HUGE hopes for the VCP100