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  1. IowaGuy

    Baltimore, November 7

    Traveling to Baltimore for a conference and have Wednesday afternoon/evening available, November 7, if anyone wants to get together for a hit!
  2. IowaGuy

    Winter - Outdoor Serve Practice?

    I'm hoping to improve my serve over the fall/winter. Indoor court time is expensive, so hoping to save indoors for point play and use outdoor courts for serve practice. How cold do y'all practice outdoor serves? Do I need to string up one of my rackets at lower tension just for this purpose...
  3. IowaGuy

    How many stringjobs until new grommets?

    My favored ProStaff racket is now discontinued, I bought a few extra while I could still find them new (9). Looking to stock up on bumper guards/grommets while I can still find some, trying to figure out how many sets to order so I can hopefully play with this (arm-friendly) racket for the next...
  4. IowaGuy

    How much does RA decrease over time?

    Does anyone have any data as to how much the RA (stiffness/flex) of a racket decreases with time? Let's say a Prostaff starts out at 65 RA. How much (if any) would this decrease over 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 stringjobs? (assuming stringing puts the most stress on a frame, and contributes to the...
  5. IowaGuy

    PlaySight court locations?

    Is there a web link that shows all the locations of PlaySight tennis courts? What is a typical charge to use these courts? Thanks!
  6. IowaGuy

    Tonic coating thickness 15L vs. 16 gauge

    @Babolat Official For Tonic +, is the difference between 15g and 16g just the thickness of the coating? i.e. with BT7, wouldn't the thickness of the 7 actual gut strands be pretty similar, and any difference in thickness therefore would be due to the coating? I'm trying to use a gut with a...
  7. IowaGuy

    Pacific Tough Gut - supply issues?

    Does anyone have the scoop on why natural gut from Pacific is currently on hiatus? (TW says until 2019!!!) Trying to figure out my strategy in the meantime, whether to just switch to a different brand even though I love the Pacific Tough Gut... Thanks!
  8. IowaGuy

    Pacific Tough Gut 16L - discontinued?

    The 16L was listed as being on backorder (Sept 25), but now doesn't show up at all on TW website. Only the 17g is listed for sale. Is the 16L being discontinued?
  9. IowaGuy

    stringing woodie Pro Staff with gut

    I got a "new" woodie racket, Jack Kramer Pro Staff, and am going to put nat gut on it. Do I need to use power pads? It looks like the wooden holes could potentially cut the gut, since there aren't any grommets??? I'm thinking 50 lbs tension, 1.25 gut. Does that sound reasonable? Any...
  10. IowaGuy

    Drop weight - how much tension difference between different people stringing?

    I recently moved and started using a new tennis shop to string my rackets. They have a drop weight stringer. I use Racket Tune to measure tension and I notice that there will be several pounds difference between string jobs, using the same strings and desired tension (hybrid gut/poly, 60/55)...
  11. IowaGuy

    slice BH analysis - Djok vs Fed

    Saw this vid on the Tennis Channel's coverage of 2018 USO, showing speed and height of Djok slice versus Fed slice. Has anyone come across any other data like this, showing average BH slice speed and height after the bounce? Fed's BH slice is 5 mph faster and stays 2" lower on the bounce...
  12. IowaGuy

    Thick but light leather grip?

    Trying to keep the diameter of my RF97A leather grip, but cut a few grams of weight. Is there a leather grip known to be a bit lighter than the Wilson leather, but which retains the thickness? Thanks!
  13. IowaGuy

    What is your recovery plan after a match?

    You're middle-aged (whatever that means). What do you do after a tennis match to recover? Ice? Heat? Massage? Acupuncture? Glucosamine? Turmeric? Looking to become more focused in my recovery efforts. Currently playing tennis 8-10 hours/week, with some weights and yoga thrown in on...
  14. IowaGuy

    Gamma String Tension Tester

    Anyone use this to monitor the tension drop over time in their rackets?
  15. IowaGuy

    Asics gel court FF - being discontinued?

    I see all the Asics gel court FF shoes are on clearance, with many sizes missing. Are these shoes being discontinued by Asics? If so, what replacement also has the sock-like design with gel cushioning? Thanks!
  16. IowaGuy

    Babolat string savers - do you use them on your gut/poly?

    Hello, if you use a gut/poly setup, do you also use Babolat ElastoCross string savers? If so, how many and what pattern do you use? I have never used them before, but my poly crosses are sawing through my gut mains and I'm hoping to get more longevity (and maybe a little more spin) by trying...
  17. IowaGuy

    best nat gut - resistance to sawing by poly crosses?

    Which natural gut has the best resistance to being sawed off by poly crosses? I have tried Klip, Pacific Classic, and Pacific ToughGut as mains. I like the playability of Tough Gut 16L, but against heavy-hitting opponents the coating is breaking down in a couple of hours and the 1.25 poly...
  18. IowaGuy

    USTA promo codes?

    Any current USTA membership promo codes? Thanks!
  19. IowaGuy

    Prince Neos 1500 - tension reproducibility?

    Moving to new city and the nearest stringer uses a Neos 1500. How reproducible are the stringing tensions from one racket to another with the Neos? I use a hybrid gut/poly setup, and my last stringer used a constant pull electronic machine. Thanks for any advice!
  20. IowaGuy

    best tennis bag - backpack style?

    I'm in the market for a new backpack tennis bag, that I can wear while bicycling or walking a mile or so. What is your favorite backpack tennis bag? Thanks!
  21. IowaGuy

    best female flat serve?

    Which female player do you consider to have the best flat-ish serve of all time? Thanks!
  22. IowaGuy

    best way to estimate ball speed from video

    I'm playing around with some improvements to my 1st serve, and trying to quantify any increases in 1st serve speed. What is the best way to estimate ball speed using video? The video I have access to is 60 frames per seond. (Nikon CoolPix camera.) It's 60 feet from baseline to opposite...
  23. IowaGuy

    Pittsburgh, PA

    Moving to Pittsburgh next month, and looking for 4.5-5.0 hitting/drilling partners. Anyone on this forum live in Pitt or Western PA? Thanks!
  24. IowaGuy

    Shoes with the most cushion?

    What shoes are the most cushioned for aging knees? Playing mostly on hardcourt with occasional Har-Tru. Thanks!
  25. IowaGuy

    Pacific Tough Gut - 16g vs. 17g

    I have been playing with Tough Gut 16g as a hybrid with MaxPower crosses. I am curious if anyone has tried both the 16g and 17g, and can compare the two? Specifically, how much more (if any) spin does the 17g have, and how many hours less durability? Does the coating last as long on the 17g...
  26. IowaGuy

    gut/poly hybrid: larger tension difference = more spin?

    I've been experimenting with gut/poly combinations on my prostaff, trying to find a nice balance of spin/control/comfort. In general, does a larger difference in tension between the gut and poly produce more spin? i.e. with the same strings, should 55/47 have more spin than 55/52? Thanks!
  27. IowaGuy

    best 1HBH's

    I'm curious to watch some college players with (increasingly rare) 1HBH. Does anyone know who some of the top 1HBH players are in current collegiate tennis? Thanks!
  28. IowaGuy

    higher percentage shot - BH topspin or BH slice?

    Was discussing with a tennis partner. BH topspin has higher net clearance but requires more precise timing to hit since racket face only points in correct position during small part of the swing, and generally longer swingpath. BH slice has lower net clearance but easier timing to hit since...
  29. IowaGuy

    teaching FH to 12-year-old

    I'm hoping to teach my nephew a basic topspin FH, starting from scratch (he can hit topspin in ping pong). What do y'all think about using this video as a building block for his FH? Any fundamental issues if he learns to hit this (basic) forehand? Thanks for any input!
  30. IowaGuy

    Mecir vs Wilander 1988 Wimbledon - video?

    Does any video exist of the 1988 Wimbledon QF between Mecir and Wilander? I don't see it on youtube I was hoping to study Mecir's tactics for that match, where he won in straight sets (Wilander's only GS defeat of 1988).