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  1. konstantinos kalfountzos

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    Until a couple months ago, I would play 9-10 hours with the same setup. Nowadays, no more than 7-8 hours. After a short break-in period or an unplayed day or two, no string has played better from the 4-5th hour mark on than it played during the first 3-4 hours. Especially, 6-sided strings will...
  2. konstantinos kalfountzos

    Prince Official - Racquets

    Sent back the DR98 and the BLX Six.One 18x20 (too heavy) back to my friend and I'm keeping the Prince Textreme Tour 95 (2015): 308 grams unstrung with a Tourna basegrip. Most probably, I will hit with it late today side-by-side with the ATS98.
  3. konstantinos kalfountzos

    My tennis string review database.

    Been putting crazy amount of tennis this past few days. Almost playing every single day. Now, this Hydrogen Revo Hex 1.26 string works really good on the Blade, as I've already said. Take low-to-medium "Power" rating with a grain of salt, as when I switched to the Prince ATS98 that one felt...
  4. konstantinos kalfountzos

    Prince Official - Racquets

    Played and lost a very close set, 5-7 double faulted 2 consecutive flat serves. Working on those, making good progress for an upcoming local tournament. The ATS98 is more stable and more powerful than my (underspeced) Blade V5 16x19 and the Diadem Elevate V2 (both have 4 grams in the handle)...
  5. konstantinos kalfountzos

    Overlooked strings that are gems

    A friend had told me once that an ex-Prince employee had moved to Head some good years ago. I think he was talking about the Head Lynx Touch string being the same or almost the same as a string from the Prince lineup.
  6. konstantinos kalfountzos

    Prince Official - Racquets

    Not glossy because it's not a "Legend" edition lol. I've come across another iteration with grey colour instead of the white. On this black one, I don't see "Z" Zylon on the throat next to "Textreme", so it's just a paint-option, which is welcomed.
  7. konstantinos kalfountzos

    Prince Official - Racquets

    This was the case with the Blade V5 16x19 I'm currenly using most of the time. Some head heaviness in terms of balance, but it weighted around 290 grams unstrung, so it's super maneuverable. I've only added 4 strips of lead underneath the basegrip to make it feel a bit more stable and now it...
  8. konstantinos kalfountzos

    My tennis string review database.

    Another great 1-hour of straight hitting today with Stringlab Hydrogen Revo Hex 1.26. Unfortunately, those Head Pro balls showed up again... Can't wait to deliver a few cans of balls I picked. These Head Pro balls that I've now played numerous times and on two different surfaces are just...
  9. konstantinos kalfountzos

    Prince Official - Racquets

    I could keep the ATS98 for myself tonight, but I handed it over to the coach. I'll get my chance very soon anyway. He's looking for some extra top-spin assistance, so I just put a Topspin hybrid of the 5-sided Top Rotation in the mains and Cyber Soft in the crosses. But, I don't think the ATS98...
  10. konstantinos kalfountzos

    Prince Official - Racquets

    Will get this one restrung with something shaped for the coach-owner and will give it a good 1.5 hour go myself.
  11. konstantinos kalfountzos

    My tennis string review database.

    I'm at the 4.5 hour mark now with Stringlab Hydrogen Revo Hex 1.26. As I've said above, it plays very well on this Blade. I'm starting to like 6/8-sided strings more and more than round-shaped ones at this point, mostly for the feel of better bite on the top-spin forehand. Played half an hour...
  12. konstantinos kalfountzos

    Overlooked strings that are gems

    Oehms Alu Pearl Rough 1.25 Dyreex Super Tour 1.25 Stringlab Hydrogex Revo Hex 1.26 (now playing, seems to be playing like Hyper G withought being so underpowered and as "plasticky") Mayami Big Spin x Tour Hex hybrid LTec Premium Meteor Pro 1.25
  13. konstantinos kalfountzos

    Prince Official - Racquets

    That's the previous Jap version, without Zylon.
  14. konstantinos kalfountzos

    Prince Official - Racquets

    This is what Zylon is all about. I'm pretty sure it's being used in the car industry also. The TennisNerd verdict. https://tennisnerd.net/gear/racquets/racquet-reviews/prince-phantom-review-2024/38251
  15. konstantinos kalfountzos

    What's in your racquet?

    Check this Stringlab Hydrogen Revo Hex 1.26 I'm currently playing. Plays similar to Hyper G but I feel better. Of course balls play important role in the overall experience. Yesterday, with Wilson US Open Extra Duty it was pure magic. Today, with Head Pro something balls, not as well as...
  16. konstantinos kalfountzos

    Prince Official - Racquets

    Don't know that. I guess the blue Phantoms are going to be for Japan. We have the camo paint.
  17. konstantinos kalfountzos

    What's in your racquet?

    Stringlab (Italia) Hydrogen Revo Hex 1.26 - Wilson Blade V5 16x19 Try Pro Firewire Boost - Head Youtek Speed MP 16x19
  18. konstantinos kalfountzos

    My tennis string review database.

    The best string setup for this Blade by miles! Stringlab Hydrogen Revo Hex 1.26. While stringing, it felt plasticky like Hyper G, but played 1.5 hours straight hitting today and I got to say, it played fantastic! Hit perfectly well more than 70-75% of my forehands. No plasticky feel upon...
  19. konstantinos kalfountzos

    Diary of a Racketaholic

    Yes, she used the 16x18 290 gram version.
  20. konstantinos kalfountzos

    Head Extreme 2024 Thread

    It's Isospeed Cream white! Exactly my thought. Getting rid of the green, the white colour choice is definitely a Microgel throwback.
  21. konstantinos kalfountzos

    Head Extreme 2024 Thread

    Maybe it's not as bad as I originally thought. Like the camo-Prince Phantoms, you can't really say how a racket looks until you see it on court (sunlight, lights, physical background).
  22. konstantinos kalfountzos

    Prince Official - Racquets

    The rackets he has with him have been already released for a couple years or more in Japan. For example, the Phantom with the green grommets. On the next episode, we're gonna see the new Phantom and Graphite cosmetics. They left a teaser at the end of the clip. No green grommets on the new...
  23. konstantinos kalfountzos

    Anyone who uses Wilson K-Blade 98?

    As I say above, I didn't get them eventually. There are 3-4 European "used stuff" websites that I visit to check what's available. You've got to pm me you email address to send links.
  24. konstantinos kalfountzos

    Prince Official - Racquets

    We have the very latest Beasts here in Europe. Mostly the 100 sq inch 16x19, but I think there's also the 98 sq inch 16x20 (ΠΗ Τennis UK). I feel that the gold/blue-coloured Warriors are somekind of an older stock of rackets being sold at around 110€. Specs are VERY similar to the Beast, no ATS...
  25. konstantinos kalfountzos

    Which string has the most ball bite?

    Beyond any doubt Mayami Machete and Tru Pro Fire Wire have had the most "bite" on the ball for me. Both triangular "Δ" shaped. Both identical to each other to the point I couldn't understand any difference between them. Tour Hex in the crosses kept the launch angle not super high like Ghost Wire...
  26. konstantinos kalfountzos

    Prince ATS 98 Club

    No way the ATS98 can be considered a "mute" frame. The first one I tried had Volkl Cyclone and the next one I picked up had Poly Tour Spin. I'd say the stringbed had a direct response - not the most forgiving at mid 20kg tension - and a metallic sound upon contact a la the Prestige MP 18x19...
  27. konstantinos kalfountzos

    Prince Official - Racquets

    I mean I did some 12-15 straight volleys with it aiming the coach in the middle of the baseline and all of them were completely successful. And that was a racket I had touched less than half an hour. By the way, the coach wants me to get involved in the "group's" activities they have and they...
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