Diary of a Racketaholic

gold325

Hall of Fame
My night. Guy asks me, "Did you change your racquet or strings or anything? Because it looks a bit different, and you're hitting with so much more power and spin today."

My mind races in a single moment: well, actually yeah, see last time we played I was testing a niche, limited-run, made-in-Japan only racquet that normally goes for like 400 bucks new, but tonight I'm back to one of my mains. It's 28 years old, and I had it modified by cutting it down to slight-XL and injected with silicone. Oh, and it's nicknamed after a hat...

I say: "Yeah. Yeah I'm often trying different racquets but tonight I'm back to one of my two main racquets. Also I'm just really working on staying down on my forehand."

Yeah. Yeah that was enough.

Everytime you write posts like this I look around to see if I can find that specific racquet to modify and use for myself - Of course I always fail to find one..... I am not really attracted to the other generic racquets or reviews that keep comings up on this thread - PA+, BP, WO, BO, Reyna, Latte, Expresso, LeGads etc... they are a dime a dozen - Easy to find generic P.O.S.s that can easily be replaced and forgotten. I love old frames but very usable frames (especially now with Poly) that no one even knows what they are and were not appreciated when they were easily available and no one else can appreciate since they are next to impossible to find now - Wilson Pro Staff 6.7EB 110si 18x20, Prince Mono, your Prolite XL, Prince Graphite Pro 90 14x16 etc...
 

JGads

G.O.A.T.
Everytime you write posts like this I look around to see if I can find that specific racquet to modify and use for myself - Of course I always fail to find one..... I am not really attracted to the other generic racquets or reviews that keep comings up on this thread - PA+, BP, WO, BO, Reyna, Latte, Expresso, LeGads etc... they are a dime a dozen - Easy to find generic P.O.S.s that can easily be replaced and forgotten. I love old frames but very usable frames (especially now with Poly) that no one even knows what they are and were not appreciated when they were easily available and no one else can appreciate since they are next to impossible to find now - Wilson Pro Staff 6.7EB 110si 18x20, Prince Mono, your Prolite XL, Prince Graphite Pro 90 14x16 etc...
I'm such a believer now in throwing modern strings into old sticks. The results can wow and put such smiles on the face. Yesterday, for instance, my buddy made it a bit of a Retro Radical day. We threw in his Flexpoint Rad MP as well as a LM Rad MP, and they were both so much fun. The LM Rad especially - great stick. It was tantalizing. Unlike the newest recent Rad MP which I had to put down after 10 very bad minutes.
 

EggSalad

Hall of Fame
Everytime you write posts like this I look around to see if I can find that specific racquet to modify and use for myself - Of course I always fail to find one..... I am not really attracted to the other generic racquets or reviews that keep comings up on this thread - PA+, BP, WO, BO, Reyna, Latte, Expresso, LeGads etc... they are a dime a dozen - Easy to find generic P.O.S.s that can easily be replaced and forgotten. I love old frames but very usable frames (especially now with Poly) that no one even knows what they are and were not appreciated when they were easily available and no one else can appreciate since they are next to impossible to find now - Wilson Pro Staff 6.7EB 110si 18x20, Prince Mono, your Prolite XL, Prince Graphite Pro 90 14x16 etc...

You don’t find the Fedora. The Fedora finds you.
 

gold325

Hall of Fame
I'm such a believer now in throwing modern strings into old sticks. The results can wow and put such smiles on the face. Yesterday, for instance, my buddy made it a bit of a Retro Radical day. We threw in his Flexpoint Rad MP as well as a LM Rad MP, and they were both so much fun. The LM Rad especially - great stick. It was tantalizing. Unlike the newest recent Rad MP which I had to put down after 10 very bad minutes.

I'm almost convinced that the last good really new racquet was made in 2015. Everything good made after that at best 80-90% of everything made before (Wilson Pro Labs don't count... technically they are from before 2015 anyway I guess).
 

taylor15

Hall of Fame
My night. Guy asks me, "Did you change your racquet or strings or anything? Because it looks a bit different, and you're hitting with so much more power and spin today."

My mind races in a single moment: well, actually yeah, see last time we played I was testing a niche, limited-run, made-in-Japan only racquet that normally goes for like 400 bucks new, but tonight I'm back to one of my mains. It's 28 years old, and I had it modified by cutting it down to slight-XL and injected with silicone. Oh, and it's nicknamed after a hat...

I say: "Yeah. Yeah I'm often trying different racquets but tonight I'm back to one of my two main racquets. Also I'm just really working on staying down on my forehand."

Yeah. Yeah that was enough.
The Regna did less damage. Interesting
 

KC!

Hall of Fame
It appears to be RPM Hurricane. I looked close and could make out PM Hur
I have both my Aero + weighted 1 gram @ 12 to get to 335 swing weight. Have one racquet strong with Tour Sniper 1.25 & other with Confidential 1.20. I would love to hit serves with your 340’s SW, but it would probably be a little much on my forehand rhs.
 
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emhtennis

Professional
About to be on 2 weeks of vacation with no tennis. Gives some time for my elbow to rest at least.

Plan on putting 1.30 multi in the Angell 95. Was surprised that I lost almost no spin- or at least the ability to produce easy shape/spin - with the Tier 1 1.25mm Triumph multi.

As much as I am appreciating the Doppios I still want to get back to my Angell battle. The serve potential is just too great to give up.
 

Vicious49

Legend
The Regna did less damage. Interesting
The Regna 98 for me is more about control, angles, slices and placement on the serve. The Regna 100 hits a heavier ball. Remember previous frames Ive loved are the UT, v7 Blade 18/20, and VC95 so the Regna 98 lines up more with my style of play.
 

Znak

Hall of Fame
Ever since transitioning to outdoor courts for summer it feels like all my strokes are off, just strange timing on everything, I can't put a finger on it. Playing like pure garbooge... Anyone else get this? I feel like I made so much progress this winter only to feel like I've made none since going sans bubble.
 

SupahMan5000

Hall of Fame
A good friend of mine wants to pick up tennis and I’m gonna play with/teach her. I don’t have many beginner rackets lying around and I’m not entirely sure of her skill level. She’s quite small but I think an Ezone 100L should be fine? Potentially on the slightly heavier end for a beginner but she’s played before. Not completely foreign to her
 

SupahMan5000

Hall of Fame
Ever since transitioning to outdoor courts for summer it feels like all my strokes are off, just strange timing on everything, I can't put a finger on it. Playing like pure garbooge... Anyone else get this? I feel like I made so much progress this winter only to feel like I've made none since going sans bubble.
Very normal. Give it 2 weeks until you’re comfortable 100%. The first week you might start to get back but you’ll still find yourself hitting shots that don’t seem right
 

Richard Pioline

Hall of Fame
Ever since transitioning to outdoor courts for summer it feels like all my strokes are off, just strange timing on everything, I can't put a finger on it. Playing like pure garbooge... Anyone else get this? I feel like I made so much progress this winter only to feel like I've made none since going sans bubble.
Oh, yeah, every time I am coming from these perfect conditions indoors to the trenches of the red clay outdoors, I want to quit tennis. For two weeks.
Thing for me is, indoors bounces are perfect, you can wait for the ball, or even must wait for it, as it is so fast. Outdoors on clay, I have to move back, and in to every shot that is coming to me. Also much more kinetic chain is needed to hurt the opponent and shake his/her balance to hit some forcies.
You also play against the atmosphere, and it can be in a very bad mood sometimes.
 

Fintft

G.O.A.T.
Ever since transitioning to outdoor courts for summer it feels like all my strokes are off, just strange timing on everything, I can't put a finger on it. Playing like pure garbooge... Anyone else get this? I feel like I made so much progress this winter only to feel like I've made none since going sans bubble.
Even moving from red clay indoors to har tru outdoors can be challenging and I haven't even hit against the sun, yet.
 

Kozzy

Hall of Fame
I've got about 8 hours on the Cyclone 19 (strung at 47lb) in the Gravity Tour, and it's going strong. Amazing string. Maybe I'm just a total weakling, but it seems surprisingly durable for such a thin guage. Lasts a good long time in the PSVS as well.
 

emhtennis

Professional
I've got about 8 hours on the Cyclone 19 (strung at 47lb) in the Gravity Tour, and it's going strong. Amazing string. Maybe I'm just a total weakling, but it seems surprisingly durable for such a thin guage. Lasts a good long time in the PSVS as well.
I got about 8 hours out of it when I tried it in my 18x20 Angell 97. First string I ever broke in that 18x20. 2 years of exclusively using Black Knight 1.18 and I never broke it even after 12 hours.

The Cyclone 19 will always be on my short list for dense patterns.
 

Znak

Hall of Fame
Very normal. Give it 2 weeks until you’re comfortable 100%. The first week you might start to get back but you’ll still find yourself hitting shots that don’t seem right

Oh, yeah, every time I am coming from these perfect conditions indoors to the trenches of the red clay outdoors, I want to quit tennis. For two weeks.
Thing for me is, indoors bounces are perfect, you can wait for the ball, or even must wait for it, as it is so fast. Outdoors on clay, I have to move back, and in to every shot that is coming to me. Also much more kinetic chain is needed to hurt the opponent and shake his/her balance to hit some forcies.
You also play against the atmosphere, and it can be in a very bad mood sometimes.

Even moving from red clay indoors to har tru outdoors can be challenging and I haven't even hit against the sun, yet.
Thanks friends this is encouraging to know, will keep at it!
 

gold325

Hall of Fame
If this Whiteout still gives me arm trouble I might need to revisit the idea of extending my UP.

What is/was the SW spec on your UPs? What would be your final playing spec considering +0.5" is approx 15SW? Im only a RegulaMan5000 and play it at 330SW, in theory I could drop it back to 320 (remove all lead) and then take it up to 335 with a 1/2" XTP extension. But the +10SW in the head that was needed to "stabilize" the frame would be missing...
 

tim-ay

Legend
UP @ 27.5 is good, but the difference in power and topspin and ease of use is freaking dramatic between it and the PA+. I suppose on HC it might be able to hang better, but havent' tried it. It sits in a bag in the garage.
 

tim-ay

Legend
What is/was the SW spec on your UPs? What would be your final playing spec considering +0.5" is approx 15SW? Im only a RegulaMan5000 and play it at 330SW, in theory I could drop it back to 320 (remove all lead) and then take it up to 335 with a 1/2" XTP extension. But the +10SW in the head that was needed to "stabilize" the frame would be missing...
you gain stability from the extension. you might not need much lead at 3/9 , but you could keep the UP under 340 even if you need some. I think mine is 332 or something.
 

SupahMan5000

Hall of Fame
What is/was the SW spec on your UPs? What would be your final playing spec considering +0.5" is approx 15SW? Im only a RegulaMan5000 and play it at 330SW, in theory I could drop it back to 320 (remove all lead) and then take it up to 335 with a 1/2" XTP extension. But the +10SW in the head that was needed to "stabilize" the frame would be missing...
The highest unstrung SW was 286 about

RegulaMan5000 :-D
 

ryushen21

Legend
A good friend of mine wants to pick up tennis and I’m gonna play with/teach her. I don’t have many beginner rackets lying around and I’m not entirely sure of her skill level. She’s quite small but I think an Ezone 100L should be fine? Potentially on the slightly heavier end for a beginner but she’s played before. Not completely foreign to her
I'd go EZone 100 over the 100L.
 

SupahMan5000

Hall of Fame
Have you tried it without the leather? Weirdly enough, the FC gave me shoulder pain with the leather, without it is fine. The high static AND high SW (356g and 346SW) was just too much. 346 & 346 is cool though.
The cushioned grip absorbs a little more vibration I think. Leather is a lot firmer for sure

It was roughly the same. The whiteout and razor soft just isn’t a friendly combo
 

danbrenner

Legend
clash of the titans


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danbrenner

Legend
i ended up just re rapping my pa23 so the grip feels great L4 one og. good to go.
the exmp feels great factory grip. one og. good to go. my new toy.
my other blacked out ex mp 360+ is a little diff. its less head light. and has the wider string spacing.
so weve got the 2 big boys on the block going head to head. or should i say head to bab.
 

Kelly2131

New User
I really like the racquet. I'm a 60 year old 3.5 playing mainly doubles these days, but the V8 100 is working well for me using Velocity 16 at 52 lbs. Very good feel, easy to maneuver, good access to topspin, enough weight and stability for blocking back hard, deep returns. Feels a little lighter and faster through the air than the V7 100 I demoed, but in terms of feel, flex, access to spin, etc. the V7 and V8 100 versions seem very similar to me. I like it a bit better than my CX 400 Tour due to the slightly softer feel/flex.
Just wanted to add a note on the V8 Blade 100. TW now offers them on their website if you haven't seen them already. RA is listed as 60.
 

JGads

G.O.A.T.
I'm a bit flummoxed. Got a big package from Sir Pioline today. We decided to have a little frame swap for some temporary fun and knocking about before sending back. MSFs passing in the night. Within my box, a 293.2 Prestige (had this one before, wanted to check it out again even though the 16m version then won out and is now my main jam), a Prestige Tour 600, an Auxetic Tour, and a nice-SW Gravity Pro (330).

Had a fantastic and very intense training session tonight on clay - different drills and regular hitting. The plan was to make this one a 293 night. That Touch Gloss on this visiting Prestige was too alluring. Drills began with volleys and short court, of course, then moved back. This frame was just awesome. The feel, sublime (a bit better than the slightly stiffer 16m). But after awhile the .1 then took over, and again reminded me (how many times does it have to do this?) that it's seemingly made for me. It's the same frame but with more teeth. I get that little extra ease of net clearance, which actually allows me to open up and try to rip flatter. And don't get me started on the slices of both of these 293s. It gets no better. And I've tried and sliced with everything.

After constant drilling and hitting, almost no breaks, I began to wilt with about 15, 20 minutes left in the session. I went for that last sip of water, and just then I decided maybe it was time to see what some more real estate could give my tired limbs. Rather than the Fedora, I pulled out that Gravity Pro. And I think Pioline may have put some cocaine in it. Because those next/last 15-20 minutes were thrilling yet confusing. I'm not supposed to like the Gravity. Very Meh on the Tour I tried once, and then the same with a Pro my buddy demoed and felt too clunky and meh for me. But this? This one was giving me the world, from the first ball. I couldn't miss - and honestly, look at the thing, how could you? Yet usually with sweet spots that size I can't control enough of the depth or trajectory. But here I was driving the ball nicely, knifing the slices, changing the direction and angling the ball when I wanted to, just hitting all of the shots I was testing, and deep, and not making mistakes in the meantime. I'd gone from wilting to this sudden high. Cocaine, man.

Alright. Maybe this was placebo. New, Big Stick Energy. Maybe I was just letting the tank empty into those forehands and backhands that would have been singing also with the others. And maybe actual points will yield blob sloppiness rather than the precision I usually crave when there's a score. I don't know. This was brief. It's all possible and I've been here before. But man. Man that was some good stuff. The crash has to be coming. Has to.
 

Power Player

Bionic Poster
I'm a bit flummoxed. Got a big package from Sir Pioline today. We decided to have a little frame swap for some temporary fun and knocking about before sending back. MSFs passing in the night. Within my box, a 293.2 Prestige (had this one before, wanted to check it out again even though the 16m version then won out and is now my main jam), a Prestige Tour 600, an Auxetic Tour, and a nice-SW Gravity Pro (330).

Had a fantastic and very intense training session tonight on clay - different drills and regular hitting. The plan was to make this one a 293 night. That Touch Gloss on this visiting Prestige was too alluring. Drills began with volleys and short court, of course, then moved back. This frame was just awesome. The feel, sublime (a bit better than the slightly stiffer 16m). But after awhile the .1 then took over, and again reminded me (how many times does it have to do this?) that it's seemingly made for me. It's the same frame but with more teeth. I get that little extra ease of net clearance, which actually allows me to open up and try to rip flatter. And don't get me started on the slices of both of these 293s. It gets no better. And I've tried and sliced with everything.

After constant drilling and hitting, almost no breaks, I began to wilt with about 15, 20 minutes left in the session. I went for that last sip of water, and just then I decided maybe it was time to see what some more real estate could give my tired limbs. Rather than the Fedora, I pulled out that Gravity Pro. And I think Pioline may have put some cocaine in it. Because those next/last 15-20 minutes were thrilling yet confusing. I'm not supposed to like the Gravity. Very Meh on the Tour I tried once, and then the same with a Pro my buddy demoed and felt too clunky and meh for me. But this? This one was giving me the world, from the first ball. I couldn't miss - and honestly, look at the thing, how could you? Yet usually with sweet spots that size I can't control enough of the depth or trajectory. But here I was driving the ball nicely, knifing the slices, changing the direction and angling the ball when I wanted to, just hitting all of the shots I was testing, and deep, and not making mistakes in the meantime. I'd gone from wilting to this sudden high. Cocaine, man.

Alright. Maybe this was placebo. New, Big Stick Energy. Maybe I was just letting the tank empty into those forehands and backhands that would have been singing also with the others. And maybe actual points will yield blob sloppiness rather than the precision I usually crave when there's a score. I don't know. This was brief. It's all possible and I've been here before. But man. Man that was some good stuff. The crash has to be coming. Has to.
I think a year or so ago I was trying to get you to
Try the gp. I know you said it was blobby. But I’m telling you, it’s a special frame. That extra forgiveness is a special thing once the summer months hit.
 

Fed Kennedy

Legend
I'm a bit flummoxed. Got a big package from Sir Pioline today. We decided to have a little frame swap for some temporary fun and knocking about before sending back. MSFs passing in the night. Within my box, a 293.2 Prestige (had this one before, wanted to check it out again even though the 16m version then won out and is now my main jam), a Prestige Tour 600, an Auxetic Tour, and a nice-SW Gravity Pro (330).

Had a fantastic and very intense training session tonight on clay - different drills and regular hitting. The plan was to make this one a 293 night. That Touch Gloss on this visiting Prestige was too alluring. Drills began with volleys and short court, of course, then moved back. This frame was just awesome. The feel, sublime (a bit better than the slightly stiffer 16m). But after awhile the .1 then took over, and again reminded me (how many times does it have to do this?) that it's seemingly made for me. It's the same frame but with more teeth. I get that little extra ease of net clearance, which actually allows me to open up and try to rip flatter. And don't get me started on the slices of both of these 293s. It gets no better. And I've tried and sliced with everything.

After constant drilling and hitting, almost no breaks, I began to wilt with about 15, 20 minutes left in the session. I went for that last sip of water, and just then I decided maybe it was time to see what some more real estate could give my tired limbs. Rather than the Fedora, I pulled out that Gravity Pro. And I think Pioline may have put some cocaine in it. Because those next/last 15-20 minutes were thrilling yet confusing. I'm not supposed to like the Gravity. Very Meh on the Tour I tried once, and then the same with a Pro my buddy demoed and felt too clunky and meh for me. But this? This one was giving me the world, from the first ball. I couldn't miss - and honestly, look at the thing, how could you? Yet usually with sweet spots that size I can't control enough of the depth or trajectory. But here I was driving the ball nicely, knifing the slices, changing the direction and angling the ball when I wanted to, just hitting all of the shots I was testing, and deep, and not making mistakes in the meantime. I'd gone from wilting to this sudden high. Cocaine, man.

Alright. Maybe this was placebo. New, Big Stick Energy. Maybe I was just letting the tank empty into those forehands and backhands that would have been singing also with the others. And maybe actual points will yield blob sloppiness rather than the precision I usually crave when there's a score. I don't know. This was brief. It's all possible and I've been here before. But man. Man that was some good stuff. The crash has to be coming. Has to.
GP vs. Fat Rob?
 

JGads

G.O.A.T.
I think a year or so ago I was trying to get you to
Try the gp. I know you said it was blobby. But I’m telling you, it’s a special frame. That extra forgiveness is a special thing once the summer months hit.
I know. I didn’t believe it. Also because I’d felt that the Gravities I sampled earlier seemed a bit too rubbery strange or vague for me in feel, soft but lacking. But those were also who knows what as the demo string jobs. I dont remember. Plus spec variance. Still not saying this thing feels like a 293, oh no no, but the feel of this one was awesome tonight. And really, it was just comical how big that sweet spot was. Yet controllable. Honestly, even with RP singing it’s praises recently, I figured this was probably a “ok, decent, but let’s move on” stick. It still could be a “let’s move on.” I need multiple sessions of goodness in different settings to truly believe. But man, that left an impression. Now let’s see what Date 2 brings. I may find out it has weird political views or something.
 

KC!

Hall of Fame
I'm a bit flummoxed. Got a big package from Sir Pioline today. We decided to have a little frame swap for some temporary fun and knocking about before sending back. MSFs passing in the night. Within my box, a 293.2 Prestige (had this one before, wanted to check it out again even though the 16m version then won out and is now my main jam), a Prestige Tour 600, an Auxetic Tour, and a nice-SW Gravity Pro (330).

Had a fantastic and very intense training session tonight on clay - different drills and regular hitting. The plan was to make this one a 293 night. That Touch Gloss on this visiting Prestige was too alluring. Drills began with volleys and short court, of course, then moved back. This frame was just awesome. The feel, sublime (a bit better than the slightly stiffer 16m). But after awhile the .1 then took over, and again reminded me (how many times does it have to do this?) that it's seemingly made for me. It's the same frame but with more teeth. I get that little extra ease of net clearance, which actually allows me to open up and try to rip flatter. And don't get me started on the slices of both of these 293s. It gets no better. And I've tried and sliced with everything.

After constant drilling and hitting, almost no breaks, I began to wilt with about 15, 20 minutes left in the session. I went for that last sip of water, and just then I decided maybe it was time to see what some more real estate could give my tired limbs. Rather than the Fedora, I pulled out that Gravity Pro. And I think Pioline may have put some cocaine in it. Because those next/last 15-20 minutes were thrilling yet confusing. I'm not supposed to like the Gravity. Very Meh on the Tour I tried once, and then the same with a Pro my buddy demoed and felt too clunky and meh for me. But this? This one was giving me the world, from the first ball. I couldn't miss - and honestly, look at the thing, how could you? Yet usually with sweet spots that size I can't control enough of the depth or trajectory. But here I was driving the ball nicely, knifing the slices, changing the direction and angling the ball when I wanted to, just hitting all of the shots I was testing, and deep, and not making mistakes in the meantime. I'd gone from wilting to this sudden high. Cocaine, man.

Alright. Maybe this was placebo. New, Big Stick Energy. Maybe I was just letting the tank empty into those forehands and backhands that would have been singing also with the others. And maybe actual points will yield blob sloppiness rather than the precision I usually crave when there's a score. I don't know. This was brief. It's all possible and I've been here before. But man. Man that was some good stuff. The crash has to be coming. Has to.
GP has a massive sweet spot & the best racquet I’ve ever hit slices with. It’s a racquet that still gives me an itch.
 

Kozzy

Hall of Fame
What
I know. I didn’t believe it. Also because I’d felt that the Gravities I sampled earlier seemed a bit too rubbery strange or vague for me in feel, soft but lacking. But those were also who knows what as the demo string jobs. I dont remember. Plus spec variance. Still not saying this thing feels like a 293, oh no no, but the feel of this one was awesome tonight. And really, it was just comical how big that sweet spot was. Yet controllable. Honestly, even with RP singing it’s praises recently, I figured this was probably a “ok, decent, but let’s move on” stick. It still could be a “let’s move on.” I need multiple sessions of goodness in different settings to truly believe. But man, that left an impression. Now let’s see what Date 2 brings. I may find out it has weird political views or something.
I've got a Gravity Pro on the way - looking forward to it. I always hated the head shape to look at, but it's growing on me and I love the f'n huge sweetspot (on the Tour, anyway).
 

BPlain

Semi-Pro
I know. I didn’t believe it. Also because I’d felt that the Gravities I sampled earlier seemed a bit too rubbery strange or vague for me in feel, soft but lacking. But those were also who knows what as the demo string jobs. I dont remember. Plus spec variance. Still not saying this thing feels like a 293, oh no no, but the feel of this one was awesome tonight. And really, it was just comical how big that sweet spot was. Yet controllable. Honestly, even with RP singing it’s praises recently, I figured this was probably a “ok, decent, but let’s move on” stick. It still could be a “let’s move on.” I need multiple sessions of goodness in different settings to truly believe. But man, that left an impression. Now let’s see what Date 2 brings. I may find out it has weird political views or something.
I remain quite happy with my 2023 VC95s and a 16x20 pattern in general seems to be my preferred jam. So happy that I've now entered the "let's experiment with string savers!" deep dive. I imagine hunting down a pair of Air Oscillates is just around the next corner.

However...

My one (and only demo) session with a weight-added Gravity MP and it's similarly massive, yet controllabe sweet spot, also had me saying it's the next racket in the queue when I can't justify playing a 95 head size anymore. Those Gravities seem to defy the typical 100 head size more power + bigger sweetspot = less control + feel tradeoff.
 
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