Diary of a Racketaholic

EggSalad

Hall of Fame
The itch for a Blade is getting worse. I'm pretty settled on the 16x19 pattern but the question is standard V9 or Pro?
I’ve got a major itch for the 18x20 v9 blade. In fact, I had this itch, forgot about this itch, ordered some UPs and now just remembered the itch.

The Blade Pro is a fun racquet to own but for me it was not something I could main long term. The feel is top shelf as are the ground strokes. The HH balance made serving and volleys not ideal for me but I also like 8pts HL.
 

Richard Pioline

Hall of Fame
I’ve got a major itch for the 18x20 v9 blade. In fact, I had this itch, forgot about this itch, ordered some UPs and now just remembered the itch.

The Blade Pro is a fun racquet to own but for me it was not something I could main long term. The feel is top shelf as are the ground strokes. The HH balance made serving and volleys not ideal for me but I also like 8pts HL.
I have a Blade Pro with a 31.3 balance, if anyone is interested. Never strung
 

naturalexponent

Hall of Fame
I’ve got a major itch for the 18x20 v9 blade. In fact, I had this itch, forgot about this itch, ordered some UPs and now just remembered the itch.

The Blade Pro is a fun racquet to own but for me it was not something I could main long term. The feel is top shelf as are the ground strokes. The HH balance made serving and volleys not ideal for me but I also like 8pts HL.
I feel the same way about the BP18 re top shelf feel and incredible ground stroke power and stability, but I just could never get my timing down to get my volleys clean, probably for the same reason, coming from and preferring ultra head light racquets. I have a few, rooted in this fantasy that one day I'll main them, perhaps by adding a crap ton of weight to the handle haha.
 

JRH

Rookie
I've been spending some time on court really trying to refine my serves again, whilst doing some HIIT bits, as we find a new routine with my wife going back from maternity leave this week.

Interestingly I previously 'stepped through' my serve, dragging my trailing foot out, but whilst I have been trying to find my rhythm again post holiday I have found a lot more consistency with platform. Removing the foot drag has almost made me less rushed perhaps, in that I am trying to squeeze extra into an already complicated (for me) motion.

A really boring update, but hoping to get some singles in on Thursday if the British weather holds.
 

Fed Kennedy

Legend
I almost bought some Fila clothing yesterday. Somebody talk me down.
I’m gonna hit with some new strikes tonight (hopefully can get 18x20) should be fun.

I’ve demoed a bunch of sticks lately and two seem spongeworthy, for different reasons:
1. ProStaff 97 (duh)
2. HEAD Avocado MP (this was kind of a surprise but it was the definition of producing a ball that annoys the opponent)
 

big bang

Hall of Fame
I feel the same way about the BP18 re top shelf feel and incredible ground stroke power and stability, but I just could never get my timing down to get my volleys clean, probably for the same reason, coming from and preferring ultra head light racquets. I have a few, rooted in this fantasy that one day I'll main them, perhaps by adding a crap ton of weight to the handle haha.
I just did a BP today by adding 4 grams of lead to the handle and Wilson Leather grip. Its the 16x19 version though. Maybe it Will need more but I Will know in a couple of days
 

Vicious49

Legend
I almost bought some Fila clothing yesterday. Somebody talk me down.
I’m gonna hit with some new strikes tonight (hopefully can get 18x20) should be fun.

I’ve demoed a bunch of sticks lately and two seem spongeworthy, for different reasons:
1. ProStaff 97 (duh)
2. HEAD Avocado MP (this was kind of a surprise but it was the definition of producing a ball that annoys the opponent)
I love Fila clothes. I have a few shirts, shorts, and hats from them. Not sure why we don't see more Fila gear in the wild.

Ha! A Seinfeld reference. Great show (even though I'm not a fan of the man himself)!
 

TwinCinema

Semi-Pro
I love Fila clothes. I have a few shirts, shorts, and hats from them. Not sure why we don't see more Fila gear in the wild.

They sponsored Indian Wells, so every piece of clothing in the shop was Fila gear. I didn’t love it! Pretty expensive for what you get and not flattering. I’ve had much better luck at the Adidas and New Balance outlets.
 

Fintft

G.O.A.T.
Yeah. The BP. I wont get it strung. I am too happy with my 600s.
Nice!

B/c of you, I am getting two...mothers :)
One free, courtesy of @naturalexponent, thanks! L3

And at the same time an offer for an L4 was accepted on flee bay ($100 shipped). Will see.

I am happy with the XL FCs though ( or .1 as @JGads calls them), although today the coach suggested a fix for my wrist pains on the 1HBH: neutral at contact or slightly extended (based on my own research), not flexed (as I had been doing on the take back and apparently at contact as well)...

 

Vicious49

Legend
They sponsored Indian Wells, so every piece of clothing in the shop was Fila gear. I didn’t love it! Pretty expensive for what you get and not flattering. I’ve had much better luck at the Adidas and New Balance outlets.
I pick it up when its on sale and only from their heritage line. This is the only top i have from them but i own both colors. The weave/material on that is one of best shirts I have for summer time here. Its very light and airy.

 

JGads

G.O.A.T.
I think we should make an order, like the Templar Knights, with @Richard Pioline and @JGads Grand Masters :)
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JGads

G.O.A.T.
Ha, I don‘t even know how to insert photos. And I have no idea where you get those photos of well-known people with script on it.
Very simple. Upload one of your own photos or download any photo from the net, then upload onto an image sharing website (I use 'postimage') ... click on that little photo tab up there on your Talk Tennis post, and insert the link for the photo that the image website generated for you.

Granted this took me awhile to figure out once, too.
 

Fintft

G.O.A.T.
Very simple. Upload one of your own photos or download any photo from the net, then upload onto an image sharing website (I use 'postimage') ... click on that little photo tab up there on your Talk Tennis post, and insert the link for the photo that the image website generated for you.

Granted this took me awhile to figure out once, too.
That's probably for mobile. For the desktop version put the "img" tag in brakets "[i m g]" before the link to the photo and the end image tag after "[/i m g]". No spaces in "i m g".
 
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Kozzy

Hall of Fame
My quick fling with the svelte Volkl Vostra V9 290 made me decide to put the PSVS on a diet (new specs: 330g, 32.5b, 330sw). I've gone through this cycle so many times before, trying something lighter and enjoying the faster swing in practice, but then not liking it as much and eventually circling back to more SW and feeling happier there. I'll probably end up adding more weight, but I played against some 4.5+ guys (dubs) last night, and it was happy with how I could handle the extra pace and spin. I'm trying to hone in on that tipping point for myself, where adding SW stops helping and starts hurting. The tricky thing is it really does vary from racquet to racquet. With the PSVS 330 seems good - I might try 325 after a bit and see how that goes.

Re: the Vostra V9, it is a great racquet and I could see maining it without much problem, though I probably won't. If any of you Volkl fans out there in the USA/Canada want to give it an extended demo, let me know.

Anyway the best news of all was that I played 2 hours of good doubles without any major complaints from the adductors.
 

taylor15

Hall of Fame
Even being happy with the frame I'm currently starting league with next week, I can't stop thinking about a time when the Prestige Pro 16x19 comes available to me in the US. I don't know why it's taking so long...TW should just send some folks to visit the TWE location and smuggle them back to their Alpharetta shop.
 

snoflewis

Legend
Even being happy with the frame I'm currently starting league with next week, I can't stop thinking about a time when the Prestige Pro 16x19 comes available to me in the US. I don't know why it's taking so long...TW should just send some folks to visit the TWE location and smuggle them back to their Alpharetta shop.
that and the gravity tour are the only sticks i'm curious about, but i'm also fully aware i'm not going to gel with them. just holic tendencies
 

danbrenner

Legend
I almost bought some Fila clothing yesterday. Somebody talk me down.
I’m gonna hit with some new strikes tonight (hopefully can get 18x20) should be fun.

I’ve demoed a bunch of sticks lately and two seem spongeworthy, for different reasons:
1. ProStaff 97 (duh)
2. HEAD Avocado MP (this was kind of a surprise but it was the definition of producing a ball that annoys the opponent)
Yes. I’m currently using the avocado MP in my rotation It’s funny you should mention that it produces an annoying ball. Because my regular hitting partner yesterday said while I was using the stick that he was having to deal with super spinny high bouncing balls. This frame just oozes that high vertical spin path more so than most. But in a good way which of you are a spin hitter can give you great control through the advent of height over the net for safety combined with the spin. So yeah. Great great frame.
 

tim-ay

Legend
My quick fling with the svelte Volkl Vostra V9 290 made me decide to put the PSVS on a diet (new specs: 330g, 32.5b, 330sw). I've gone through this cycle so many times before, trying something lighter and enjoying the faster swing in practice, but then not liking it as much and eventually circling back to more SW and feeling happier there. I'll probably end up adding more weight, but I played against some 4.5+ guys (dubs) last night, and it was happy with how I could handle the extra pace and spin. I'm trying to hone in on that tipping point for myself, where adding SW stops helping and starts hurting. The tricky thing is it really does vary from racquet to racquet. With the PSVS 330 seems good - I might try 325 after a bit and see how that goes.

Re: the Vostra V9, it is a great racquet and I could see maining it without much problem, though I probably won't. If any of you Volkl fans out there in the USA/Canada want to give it an extended demo, let me know.

Anyway the best news of all was that I played 2 hours of good doubles without any major complaints from the adductors.
I’ve been playing mine right around 330 +/- 2 and they hold up fine to heavy balls. 325 might be fine too, but it never works for me personally. I need to feel the head more.
 

Pneumated1

Hall of Fame
My quick fling with the svelte Volkl Vostra V9 290 made me decide to put the PSVS on a diet (new specs: 330g, 32.5b, 330sw). I've gone through this cycle so many times before, trying something lighter and enjoying the faster swing in practice, but then not liking it as much and eventually circling back to more SW and feeling happier there. I'll probably end up adding more weight, but I played against some 4.5+ guys (dubs) last night, and it was happy with how I could handle the extra pace and spin. I'm trying to hone in on that tipping point for myself, where adding SW stops helping and starts hurting. The tricky thing is it really does vary from racquet to racquet. With the PSVS 330 seems good - I might try 325 after a bit and see how that goes.

Re: the Vostra V9, it is a great racquet and I could see maining it without much problem, though I probably won't. If any of you Volkl fans out there in the USA/Canada want to give it an extended demo, let me know.

Anyway the best news of all was that I played 2 hours of good doubles without any major complaints from the adductors.

I’ve been playing mine right around 330 +/- 2 and they hold up fine to heavy balls. 325 might be fine too, but it never works for me personally. I need to feel the head more.
My specs are 337/338g (with og and damp.), 31.75cm, and ~325sw. I may throw a gram or two at 12, but I may not. I had it on the stringer today, and it took me 30 min. to decide between HG, BK, or BK/GW. Went HG 1.30 at 48. My second, still in plastic, will probably get full BK.
 

TwinCinema

Semi-Pro
Bad news for me, looks like the Razor Soft adventure is over :cry:

After I first had it strung, I played a couple days in a row and started feeling a little soreness in my wrist; figured it was overuse. Then I played again, a little more sore. Then again two days later, very sore wrist. I narrowed the problem down to two potential things: form issues (when I'm late running to a forehand I'll snap my wrist at it, which is terrible) or the razor soft, just because the pain started as soon as I switched strings. So today -- after taking two days off -- I decided to play with my alternate PSVS, strung with toro toro. And now? No wrist pain from today. My form didn't improve overnight, so I have to think it's the string. That's very annoying, because the performance and feel is SO good with it.

But what's also weird is that a) razor code never bothered my wrist, and b) no other string has caused me wrist pain -- only a racket once (the 360+ Radical MP, which killed my wrist and as soon as I got rid of it the pain went away again)... and I've played with some stiff/harsh polys; never once had an issue. So why is it the razor soft that hurts? But whatever, I can't deny the actual results which is that playing with RS=wrist pain, playing with everything else the same but a different string=no pain.

Back to the drawing board. Not sure if I want to go down a multi wormhole, especially since no other poly has been an issue. But at least I know it isn't the PSVS. No excuse or need to change rackets (but I may flirt with it, since my Speed Pro is arriving Thursday haha).

What a fun night of tennis. For the last 4 months or so I've only played with the PSVS -- I had my good days and bad, but mostly good. Even the bad days were good, actually, because the problems were mine and not the stick. But it's all I've played and the only difference has been the strings.

But a confluence of factors had me bringing three different options tonight: 1) the Blade Pro 16m (with Hit Pro) that I'm borrowing; 2) the Aux 1.0 Speed Pro (with Lynx Tour) I traded an old v8 Blade 98 for; and 3) the trusty PSVS with FW Boost.

1) Started off with the BP16 and holy cow just as good as the other time I hit it. It's so wild how it just plows through balls like a semi truck driving through a tumbleweed on the freeway. The weirdest thing is how you barely have to move a muscle to hit -- you have to move many muscles quickly during take back and prep, but then once you do your high take back and let go of the throat with your off hand, the pendulum of the BP just does its own work and you basically watch your own arm get driven forward by the swing weight and before you know it you've pancaked the ball across the net with a thud and some spin. All the work is in preproduction. The ball contact is just you watching a movie you're starring in.

2) But then I switched to the SP and immediately noticed the difference. Less work needed in prep, more work needed in swinging. But it's a much easier racket, yet has enough heft to be stable and keep things under control. It's that g*dd*mn 18x20 mucking up the works. Sure the aim is true, but boy did I fire some stuff into the net. You really have to go low to high in an exaggerated fashion to get topspin. The SP is just an all-around racket though, about as balanced and blended as anything on the market -- it'll hit good volleys, good backhands, good returns, and can hang at the baseline trading forehands. Very much a jack of all trades, as long as you can manage that tight string pattern.

3) However. I wanted that 16x20 magic, so then I went back to trusty Strike VS and weirdly, only *then* did that twinge of wrist pain I was getting with the VS and the razor soft start to come back. I really hope it's not the racket because I've never loved a racket this much. It's probably just switching around to different weights and balances so much in one session. But anyway suddenly my spin was back, volleys were just as good, and I could maneuver it way better. Its only downside is a smaller sweet spot than the Speed; much less forgiving. Fine, I just have to hit cleaner that's all.

All this to say that I've got the Avocado Tour coming tomorrow, and I got it because a) I'm a holic; b) it's on sale now; and c) the fact that I'm kind of hunting for a more forgiving racket on days when I just can't find the pin-size sweet spot on the PSVS. I think the ET is gonna be great because it was a kick-ass demo when I tried it, and it'll play similar to the Speed but with a little less stability yet a lot more access to spin, being a 16x19. I'll start with 2g of lead at 3, and 2g at 9. If I need to add another 2g at 12 then I'll do that too. But it should be a far easier stick to use (and shhh maybe easier on my wrist shhh) when I downgrade myself from being able to get the most out of the holy magic that is the Strike.

Anyway, good problems to have. Love having different weapons in the holster. Inspires me even more to get out there and hit regardless of where, with whom, and how on or off I am. Besides, nobody cares but me. So nobody needs to like the rackets except me.

Well guys, I think I have some very bad news. (That is to say, bad news for only me, and a whole lotta "who cares" for you all, but I'm typing it anyway).

Quoted posts above as a refresher, but 3-4 weeks ago I started noticing wrist pain; it coincided with me stringing my PSVS with razor soft. I concluded it was the string, because when I switched to different strings the pain seemed to subside. But then I played some more with FW Boost in the VS and felt a hint of pain. Assumed it was just residual. Then I played doubles a couple weeks ago, and about an hour later felt the pain again in my wrist. WTF? Then I played Monday night (see above) and as soon as I picked up the VS, the wrist pain was back. I shrugged it off.

Played again this morning, and brought my new Avocado Tour and the PSVS. Started off with the Avocado and it was great, no pain. (Also that thing is plug-n-play, takes no adjustment time; all I did was add 2g at 3, 2g at 9, and went on court). But I switched to the PSVS mid-session, and the pain came screaming back. This was just hitting normal forehands and backhands. I'd make contact and my wrist flared. I feared the worst -- the racket was to blame! Was everyone right about Babolats after all? Can't be! But I did then go right back to the ET and sure enough, pain-free hitting. I even was lunging at some shots and had to snap my wrist to get them over the net and I still felt no pain from that motion. Just lots of smooth groundstrokes the rest of the day (a good 45-minutes worth) and my wrist feels fine now. I can't think of any other explanation but that the PSVS has finally started to hurt. A friend I was with said he's seen it happen -- a racket will feel comfortable for months and then suddenly start hurting. I had trouble believing that but I think I have to. Anyone else seen this happen? 4 months of maining a stick that you love, then suddenly it just makes your wrist hurt? I really thought it was the razor soft (Sorry, Tecnifibre, I accused you wrongly!) but that was just a coincidence. I think I have to switch.

Now that I'm done crying, I have to turn to the future. I've got a Speed Pro (not to mention the Blade Pro I might steal from @JOSHL) but given the ease with which I was playing today, I think I'm introducing my new main (for this holic's time being):

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PhxRacket

Hall of Fame
Well guys, I think I have some very bad news. (That is to say, bad news for only me, and a whole lotta "who cares" for you all, but I'm typing it anyway).

Quoted posts above as a refresher, but a 3-4 weeks ago I started noticing wrist pain; it coincided with me stringing my PSVS with razor soft. I concluded it was the string, because when I switched to different strings the pain seemed to subside. But then I played some more with FW Boost in the VS and felt a hint of pain. Assumed it was just residual. Then I played doubles a couple weeks ago, and about an hour later felt the pain again in my wrist. WTF? Then I played Monday night (see above) and as soon as I picked up the VS, the wrist pain was back. I shrugged it off.

Played again this morning, and brought my new Avocado Tour and the PSVS. Started off with the Avocado and it was great, no pain. (Also that thing is plug-n-play, takes no adjustment time; all I did was add 2g at 3, 2g at 9, and went on court). But I switched to the PSVS mid-session, and the pain came screaming back. This was just hitting normal forehands and backhands. I'd make contact and my wrist flared. I feared the worst -- the racket was to blame! Was everyone right about Babolats after all? Can't be! But I did then go right back to the ET and sure enough, pain-free hitting. I even was lunging at some shots and had to snap my wrist to get them over the net and I still felt no pain from that motion. Just lots of smooth groundstrokes the rest of the day (a good 45-minutes worth) and my wrist feels fine now. I can't think of any other explanation but that the PSVS has finally started to hurt. A friend I was with said he's seen it happen -- a racket will feel comfortable for months and then suddenly start hurting. I had trouble believing that but I think I have to. Anyone else seen this happen? 4 months of maining a stick that you love, then suddenly it just makes your wrist hurt? I really thought it was the razor soft (Sorry, Tecnifibre, I accused you wrongly!) but that was just a coincidence. I think I have to switch.

Now that I'm done crying, I have to turn to the future. I've got a Speed Pro (not to mention the Blade Pro I might steal from @JOSHL) but given the ease with which I was playing today, I think I'm introducing my new main (for this holic's time being):

IMG-1376.avif
I feel your sentiment. I’m returning a demo of the Extreme Tour tomorrow. I knew what it was and its limitations, but it was fun to play doubles with. I’ll bet the lead helped.
 

Kozzy

Hall of Fame
Well guys, I think I have some very bad news. (That is to say, bad news for only me, and a whole lotta "who cares" for you all, but I'm typing it anyway).

Quoted posts above as a refresher, but a 3-4 weeks ago I started noticing wrist pain; it coincided with me stringing my PSVS with razor soft. I concluded it was the string, because when I switched to different strings the pain seemed to subside. But then I played some more with FW Boost in the VS and felt a hint of pain. Assumed it was just residual. Then I played doubles a couple weeks ago, and about an hour later felt the pain again in my wrist. WTF? Then I played Monday night (see above) and as soon as I picked up the VS, the wrist pain was back. I shrugged it off.

Played again this morning, and brought my new Avocado Tour and the PSVS. Started off with the Avocado and it was great, no pain. (Also that thing is plug-n-play, takes no adjustment time; all I did was add 2g at 3, 2g at 9, and went on court). But I switched to the PSVS mid-session, and the pain came screaming back. This was just hitting normal forehands and backhands. I'd make contact and my wrist flared. I feared the worst -- the racket was to blame! Was everyone right about Babolats after all? Can't be! But I did then go right back to the ET and sure enough, pain-free hitting. I even was lunging at some shots and had to snap my wrist to get them over the net and I still felt no pain from that motion. Just lots of smooth groundstrokes the rest of the day (a good 45-minutes worth) and my wrist feels fine now. I can't think of any other explanation but that the PSVS has finally started to hurt. A friend I was with said he's seen it happen -- a racket will feel comfortable for months and then suddenly start hurting. I had trouble believing that but I think I have to. Anyone else seen this happen? 4 months of maining a stick that you love, then suddenly it just makes your wrist hurt? I really thought it was the razor soft (Sorry, Tecnifibre, I accused you wrongly!) but that was just a coincidence. I think I have to switch.

Now that I'm done crying, I have to turn to the future. I've got a Speed Pro (not to mention the Blade Pro I might steal from @JOSHL) but given the ease with which I was playing today, I think I'm introducing my new main (for this holic's time being):

IMG-1376.avif
Sorry to hear about the wrist pain - but if a racquet's hurting you, then it's time to move on. I'm thankful the PSVS has never caused any pain for me over the past couple years, but everyone is different.
 

gino

Legend
Well guys, I think I have some very bad news. (That is to say, bad news for only me, and a whole lotta "who cares" for you all, but I'm typing it anyway).

Quoted posts above as a refresher, but a 3-4 weeks ago I started noticing wrist pain; it coincided with me stringing my PSVS with razor soft. I concluded it was the string, because when I switched to different strings the pain seemed to subside. But then I played some more with FW Boost in the VS and felt a hint of pain. Assumed it was just residual. Then I played doubles a couple weeks ago, and about an hour later felt the pain again in my wrist. WTF? Then I played Monday night (see above) and as soon as I picked up the VS, the wrist pain was back. I shrugged it off.

Played again this morning, and brought my new Avocado Tour and the PSVS. Started off with the Avocado and it was great, no pain. (Also that thing is plug-n-play, takes no adjustment time; all I did was add 2g at 3, 2g at 9, and went on court). But I switched to the PSVS mid-session, and the pain came screaming back. This was just hitting normal forehands and backhands. I'd make contact and my wrist flared. I feared the worst -- the racket was to blame! Was everyone right about Babolats after all? Can't be! But I did then go right back to the ET and sure enough, pain-free hitting. I even was lunging at some shots and had to snap my wrist to get them over the net and I still felt no pain from that motion. Just lots of smooth groundstrokes the rest of the day (a good 45-minutes worth) and my wrist feels fine now. I can't think of any other explanation but that the PSVS has finally started to hurt. A friend I was with said he's seen it happen -- a racket will feel comfortable for months and then suddenly start hurting. I had trouble believing that but I think I have to. Anyone else seen this happen? 4 months of maining a stick that you love, then suddenly it just makes your wrist hurt? I really thought it was the razor soft (Sorry, Tecnifibre, I accused you wrongly!) but that was just a coincidence. I think I have to switch.

Now that I'm done crying, I have to turn to the future. I've got a Speed Pro (not to mention the Blade Pro I might steal from @JOSHL) but given the ease with which I was playing today, I think I'm introducing my new main (for this holic's time being):

IMG-1376.avif

hope you get some long term relief man, never fun to navigate these kinds of things

in general, i think strings are the culprit, having navigated golfer's elbow for over a decade, I haven't felt pain in 8 or so years thanks to the consistent use of the softest polys that TW has to offer

i definitely bang this drum already, but im a huge advocate of sticking to a soft poly or soft poly hybrid. we need some normalcy in our crazy holic journeys!
 

TwinCinema

Semi-Pro
I feel your sentiment. I’m returning a demo of the Extreme Tour tomorrow. I knew what it was and its limitations, but it was fun to play doubles with. I’ll bet the lead helped.

So much fun, yeah when I demoed it last fall I loved it - the limitations were the stability which so far I think were fixed by the lead. I noticed some control issues that I didn’t have with the PSVS (but maybe that was the strings; haven’t tried PTR before either) but I got good depth on some heavy balls with significant topspin. I think with some tinkering it’ll be awesome.

hope you get some long term relief man, never fun to navigate these kinds of things

in general, i think strings are the culprit, having navigated golfer's elbow for over a decade, I haven't felt pain in 8 or so years thanks to the consistent use of the softest polys that TW has to offer

i definitely bang this drum already, but im a huge advocate of sticking to a soft poly or soft poly hybrid. we need some normalcy in our crazy holic journeys!

Thanks, and yeah I largely agree that it’s often the strings - and of course that was my first assumption - but even with soft polys (and a multi - my backup stick has Velocity in it) it was causing pain, and then using a Speed w/ Lynx Tour, a BP with Hit Pro, and the ET with PTR, all of them were fine on my wrist. Only common denominator in the pain was the Babolat.

Still, it’s good advice and I won’t go too stiff/harsh on future string jobs.
 

PhxRacket

Hall of Fame
So much fun, yeah when I demoed it last fall I loved it - the limitations were the stability which so far I think were fixed by the lead. I noticed some control issues that I didn’t have with the PSVS (but maybe that was the strings; haven’t tried PTR before either) but I got good depth on some heavy balls with significant topspin. I think with some tinkering it’ll be awesome.



Thanks, and yeah I largely agree that it’s often the strings - and of course that was my first assumption - but even with soft polys (and a multi - my backup stick has Velocity in it) it was causing pain, and then using a Speed w/ Lynx Tour, a BP with Hit Pro, and the ET with PTR, all of them were fine on my wrist. Only common denominator in the pain was the Babolat.

Still, it’s good advice and I won’t go too stiff/harsh on future string jobs.
My demo is setting with yellow lynx and natural velocity, string job is old and loose. I can only imagine fresh strings. I had a lot of action on the ball. Forehands were lethal. Backhands were precise, a little less pop-prolly user error
 

TwinCinema

Semi-Pro
My demo is setting with yellow lynx and natural velocity, string job is old and loose. I can only imagine fresh strings. I had a lot of action on the ball. Forehands were lethal. Backhands were precise, a little less pop-prolly user error

Funny, I was having trouble getting power on my 2HBH as well. (And my slice backhands were lofting way too high). But the control was still good -- when I went for a sharp cross-court angle it worked out great. Agreed on the lethal forehands; when I figured out the depth and spin, the ball just wasn't coming back. I don't even think I'll need to add another 2g at noon for extra power.
 

esm

Legend
My quick fling with the svelte Volkl Vostra V9 290 made me decide to put the PSVS on a diet (new specs: 330g, 32.5b, 330sw). I've gone through this cycle so many times before, trying something lighter and enjoying the faster swing in practice, but then not liking it as much and eventually circling back to more SW and feeling happier there. I'll probably end up adding more weight, but I played against some 4.5+ guys (dubs) last night, and it was happy with how I could handle the extra pace and spin. I'm trying to hone in on that tipping point for myself, where adding SW stops helping and starts hurting. The tricky thing is it really does vary from racquet to racquet. With the PSVS 330 seems good - I might try 325 after a bit and see how that goes.

Re: the Vostra V9, it is a great racquet and I could see maining it without much problem, though I probably won't. If any of you Volkl fans out there in the USA/Canada want to give it an extended demo, let me know.

Anyway the best news of all was that I played 2 hours of good doubles without any major complaints from the adductors.
yeah, i have been on my Lite(R) project for almsot 5 weeks now, and the lighter specs pretty much gave me a new perspective (and therefore "better" match results) - it isnt always about the "old-school", heavy specs anymore, even thought I will be half-a-century old next year.
the lighters are much easier to swing and much easier on the body/movement etc.
my current Lite(R) specs are very close to your new found spec.
have fun and good luck.
 

Nollid

Professional
yeah, i have been on my Lite(R) project for almsot 5 weeks now, and the lighter specs pretty much gave me a new perspective (and therefore "better" match results) - it isnt always about the "old-school", heavy specs anymore, even thought I will be half-a-century old next year.
the lighters are much easier to swing and much easier on the body/movement etc.
my current Lite(R) specs are very close to your new found spec.
have fun and good luck.
I’m with you guys @esm @Kozzy. My 351.1’s are 327g static / 330 SW and slightly extended. I’ve decreased my specs from 340 static / 335 SW because in the third plus set those extra grams would hurt my game. I haven’t missed the weight with this particular racket. I can handle my coaches pace with the is setup and he hits way harder than the guys I play with.
 
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