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    Best suited racket for Advanced (4.5-5.0) aggressive baseline player

    No, my backhand slice is great with any racket, I can slice with a clash if I have to, it's just automatic. There is something puzzling about wanting lead from these decent swig weight sticks if it is for a slice.
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    Did you buy a new racquet in 2021!

    Hey, let me know what you think about the D, I'm using it now and going to buy a Regna 98 as I mentioned. One tip, if you use poly in the D, go under 50 lbs, there's long discussions about this in the HD thread and I think the D has the same string characteristics as the HD.
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    Did you buy a new racquet in 2021!

    Yes, I might be buying from them, maybe some Aussie magic will come with it, I love Australia so if I do that I can enjoy thinking about my times there while playing, bonus!
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    Did you buy a new racquet in 2021!

    Nice! I play so often I only have clean hitting days, really, so this might be a great experience.
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    Did you buy a new racquet in 2021!

    2021 Vcore 95, 2021 Vcore Pro D Buying a Regna 98 sometime this month.
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    Official 2022 ratings thread.

    :). all in good fun, just thinking about the self-rate singles players in southern sectionals, would beat most of the essential tennis crew, MEP and Ian included. And yes, Ian and MEP are 4.5 players, but the self raters are 4.0. There are multiple tennis "worlds".
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    Official 2022 ratings thread.

    Schmke, this is truly bizarre. I'm sure you know without re-writing how southern was one of the main sections mentioned in the self-rate threads. I hope this graph is a compilation of hundreds of players. If only a few players in each section moved up and down, USTA really missed the...
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    Knowledge doesn't change habits.

    You wrote that email to yourself, admit it! :)
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    2021 Yonex VCore 95

    For sure you know what is best for you, but basically that makes a different racket in a way, not a fan of the Ezone/Ezone tour, blades, or other more head heavy sticks?
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    2021 Yonex VCore 95

    I'm not sure, most testers and regular players describe this stick as super comfortable, I do too, but it's not more or less comfortable than the vcore pro line to me (2021), what is getting beat up?
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    Official 2022 ratings thread.

    You guys are waiting to see if you got bumped aren't ya, and you don't want to go up? Come on, go to sleep, play up and for the sake of the integrity of tennis don't appeal. Unless something tragic happened to you health-wise and for that, thoughts and prayers.
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    2021 Yonex VCore 95

    I'm a curious cat, for those weighting up this stick, are you sure you are needing this, to me it seems like changing the overall goal of Yonex, the most maneuverable yet stable frame they have, and especially the maneuverability comes through on 1hbh. The 4.5 and 5.0 guys I know don't touch...
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    2021 Yonex VCore 95

    Yes, the 2021 is improved. There's a boost in power about 5% that is most noticeable on serves. Personally I didn't experience any compromises despite this increase in power. I only ever carry 2 rackets anyway, so, 2 new 2021 would be cheaper than 4 2018 :)
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    Absolute worst racquet ever?

    Prince Vortex from the 1980s-90s, came with it's own VHS tape claiming to be made of a material that changed flexibility depending on how hard or soft it was hit. Quote from this article....https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1995/07/the-feel-of-wood/304281/ And now we have...
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    Best wilson of all time ?

    https://www.tennis-warehouse.com/learning_center/racquet_reviews/kps88review.html K88 because it doesn't have a version from another manufacturer. Most Wilsons have a pretty close enough cousin such as Yonex alternatives to the RF Pro Staff.
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    Best suited racket for Advanced (4.5-5.0) aggressive baseline player

    Vcore 95 should be demo'd by most 1 handers in my opinion. I'm using the Vcore pro D, but the 95 certainly was tempting to stay with using a 1 hander. There is nothing horrible about adding weight to the 95, but I'd just use the D or H instead, the wow factor of the 95 is the lower SW with...
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    When the opposing servers partner is right on top of net should you just keep lobbing them?

    Hey hey hey now, I play against and beat 4.5 level plus players and I have a slow second serve that works. So, not picking on just your comment, but a slow second serve can be very effective against top level 4.5 players sometimes 5.0. Mine is slow and is 1 of 4 or 5 variations on my serve and...
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    When the opposing servers partner is right on top of net should you just keep lobbing them?

    Yes, I had to get over that same feeling a long time ago, it doesn't seem cool. I am good at lobbing, it's just not something that wows myself. It wows my partners and gets derision from my opponents sometimes, but it took me awhile to realize it works at the 4.5 and 5.0 level especially since...
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    Given the stats, why did my Team end in 3rd place?

    Hey, hey , I said it first and allowed the op to learn, you guys gave it away too easily!
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    Given the stats, why did my Team end in 3rd place?

    What number does your team have that is higher, in a "negative" category or bad category? That is your answer. You really don't know?
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    Grip Size

    Most players these days play with one grip size smaller than they measure with the traditional methods of measuring you mentioned. There isn't a huge downside to doing so and it allows for more maneuverability. There is no correlation between hand size and height, so based on the advice you...
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    When do you expect USTA ratings to come out?

    Oh yeah, now my tennis coaches weren't div 1 guys, not really, but solid players and great teachers, people pleasers. As in they weren't in their 20s in super good shape or anything, but didn't matter. My main coach slept with about 8 members over 10 years , 6 while they were married, and...
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    Diary of a Racketaholic

    On the contrary, to my surprise, 3 times this year I've sold a slightly used stick on the bay of E and the ending bid was higher priced than a new one for sale here. Really strange, but it happens, guess the bidding fever or something.
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    USTA mixed leagues

    Well, surely there are leaders or bosses who want more participation and there are people who have the job of increasing participation, but they can't manage teams, they can only try to get people to sign up and hope it works out. I can't think of anything they could do to manage captains as...
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    USTA mixed leagues

    1. Usta does not do anything to battle against....what could they do? 2. Usta is very good at emailing every captain in a league if you email the league coordinator and tell them what levels and styles you want to play, mixed etc. 3. Thank you for being another eyewitness to what I often say...
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    Official 2022 ratings thread.

    It's not a dig at USTA texas, sorry if I put it that way, not intended. If you're getting bumped, and one should know if they self rated and destroyed, it's time to end the year with some real competition. That's what I meant the message to be.
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