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  1. LOBALOT

    Strings and Different Levels of Players

    Thank you that was well put. Yes as I indicated on the second post in this thread I would have sets of the name brand string for those that specified it and then I would backfill as used. Just starting out I would certainly not purchase reels of expensive string like NXT or Xcel in the hope I...
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    Strings and Different Levels of Players

    Yes, I am saving for the upcoming Christmas sales on gut as well and I bought the Lux when it was on sale last year and the recent Babolat anniversary gut sale as well. So getting back to the original post. Just starting out is it really wise to invest and stock up on gut in the hope he can...
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    Strings and Different Levels of Players

    Sure so you have found a way to differentiate yourself in selling gut. I have not heard that the original poster has such a source nor that you are willing to share yours. Moreover, I still question that most recreational players are going to pay $45 a restring. Perhaps the your customers can...
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    Strings and Different Levels of Players

    My question with this is if I am at a club already and they offer stringing services and the club gets their Wilson/Babolat string at a discount because they sell Wilson/Babolat clothing (as most clubs do) why would I not just have my club string my racquets for less vs. going to the original...
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    Strings for different level players

    Reread what I wrote. I don't recommend string unless it is away from poly if they indicate they are having arm issues. I let them tell me what they want.
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    Strings and Different Levels of Players

    I agree 100%. I have a log book on my bench. Also, I saw the post about the sticker on the Racquet and I used to do that. I think a better approach is RacquetTune. I load all the customers and their racquets in the app. After I restring I confirm tension and then I text or e-mail them the...
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    Strings for different level players

    I don't recommend string unless it is away from poly if they indicate they are having arm issues. I let them tell me what they want.
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    Strings and Different Levels of Players

    It may be just me but I wouldn't do it that way. I would choose reels of very good quality cheaper strings in each category (Synthetic Gut, Multi, Round Poly) and then have on a few packets of name brand strings (NXT, 4G, ALU, RPM Blast, etc.). Especially given you are not buying the string...
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    Can dumb people learn stringing?

    I started a few years back and learned a lot from this forum. Yes, mistakes are going to happen.... So far none of my mistakes have left permanent scars or amputations. Wait, ok, there was the time I was having trouble reading the scale when calibrating my stringer at 95lbs and had my face...
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    Alpha Ghost II - what features/options are missing vs other high-end machines?

    I agree 100% a crank is fantastic as well especially the refurbished Neos machines I have seen referenced recently. I started stringing as a buddy lent me his used Eagnas crank. Aside from the issues with it being an old Eagnas that was worn out I really enjoyed stringing with it. One of my...
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    Alpha Ghost II - what features/options are missing vs other high-end machines?

    I have been tracking my ROI and time-to-break even as far as my Alpha Ghost 2 since I purchased it in November of 2017. My wife let me "borrow" the $3000 for the Ghost 2 from my son's college fund. She handles our books so while I tend to be the family spender she reigns me in and insists I...
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    For a multi, thicker string=higher tension?

    Like string meaning the same string.
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    For a multi, thicker string=higher tension?

    That is correct but like string for like string the thicker the gauge the stiffer it plays given the same tension.
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    For a multi, thicker string=higher tension?

    I would think the opposite if you are looking for the same response as thicker will play firmer.
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    New Wilson Baiardo

    I agree, and with the gravity release clamps on the Ghost 2 and $3000 for a new Ghost 2 in the US vs. $3749 for the Biardo Lite I would think the Alphas Ghost 2 is a better value.
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    Taking Advil/Motrin before playing?

    I have an odd way of looking at it. If I take Naproxen before playing In my mind I am taking it in the event that I may have pain after playing not knowing if I will or not. Therefore, I try to avoid taking it before I play and instead take it after if I need it. Of course being an old fart...
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    Any tips to joining my first USTA team?

    I agree with the going to club and meeting players. In addition, when reaching out to the 3.5 captains mention that you believe you can help the team but would like to hit with a few of the team members before signing up. If you are a singles player indicate that and ask if you can hit with...
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    RPM blast and VS hybrid?

    I go back and fourth between very soft textured poly strung at low tension and gut/poly. Right now I am really enjoying a gut/poly hybrid with Isospeed Cream as the cross. The only downside I have found (and posted previously) is dialing in the proper tension for the gut due to how it responds...
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    Advice on strings, string gauge, and tension

    Sorry for the delay. It is hard to tell with the limited information (age, strength, etc.) provided but I see others here reference 18x20. What I would suggest is going to the tennis-warehouse web site, click on racquets, and then you will see a link for different racquet types. If you select...
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    Advice on strings, string gauge, and tension

    I was going to say the same thing. Maybe it is not the string but the racquet. You indicate you hit with an eastern grip and rather flat but you are using a powerful racquet.
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    What are the best alternatives to RPM Blast and Luxilon Alu Power that play and feel similar?

    I agree. That is why I suggested as a cross. both are cheap and good for that purpose.
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    What are the best alternatives to RPM Blast and Luxilon Alu Power that play and feel similar?

    A logical cheaper alternative to RPM Blast (and I think a better string) would be Volkl Cyclone (less than 1/2 the price). TW has a comparison video and you can also find threads here comparing the two. There are also several silver strings that are similar to ALU Power but from my perspective...
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    New Wilson Baiardo

    My wife let me put my Alpha Ghost 2 in our basement laundry room. I restring about 120 racquets a year.
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    Racquet regrip

    Yes, you can put an overgrip on it but put it on backwards starting with the wide part and pull a little tight as you go. Wrap around 3 times and then start to flare it up the handle as normal. That or you can do like Ricahrd Gasquet and actually build up the knob with material such as leather...
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    poly rec for high level junior

    Yes, you are right in reading I was pretty strong. Sorry to OP
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    poly rec for high level junior

    I agree on the thought about a new coach. At 10 I would be looking for a coach that would be teaching proper technique and one with an understanding that spin will come with proper technique and player strength/racquet head speed. Most pros with background in teaching kids I have seen know...
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    poly rec for high level junior

    I agree. My boy now 16 was a 10 year old advanced tournament player. I did not see a 10's player in all his tournaments hit big enough to require poly. In addition, as stated above, with the risk of potential injury I am not sure why one would do it. A nice multi is the perfect choice in...
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    Stephens Changes Coaches Again

    I was going to post after going to the Western and Southern an observation on her but decided not to as I try to keep my posts positive in nature. I watched her play twice this past week in person and if she had to run 3 steps for a ball she wouldn't do it. If she did move and hit she missed...
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    Kyrgios being targeted

    I was there at the match. From what I saw the first set and a half he was well behaved for Nick.... Something really set him off before the whole time violation thing. I am not sure what it was but it appeared to me that someone said something to him and all of a sudden he lost it.
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    String bed Cutters

    Hi Spin Control: I cut out as you do and only tennis racquets. I was in a position to buy a tools for cutting out string, trimming, and also bent nose pliers and use those but certainly understand the efficiency in having 1 tool as you indicate. Thank you!
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