Diary of a Racketaholic

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by Ross K, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. n8dawg6

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    oh no ... of course one could argue the prestige has already been dead for some time. but still ...
     
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  2. Capulin Zurdo

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    The YT IG Speed 18x20 is a nice racquet.
     
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  3. SpinToWin

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    Oh damnit :oops:

    Edit: unfortunately(?)... I'm grip size 2 :(
     
  4. JGads

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    It's a grip size 2. Keep trying.
     
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    JGads has that affect on people! :D
     
  6. SpinToWin

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    ... Uhmmm... It's... Uhhhh....

    Damn you :oops:

    Oh alright shoot me a PM :p
     
  7. JGads

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    Today, great advancement in Polish-German relations, a frame now heading from one country to the other, from 'holic to neighboring 'holic.
     
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  8. Power Player

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    Ended up watching Nadal last evening with a few ex UM players who earned ATP points. Got the scoop as well on the XL Yonexes. The frames ship very soon and I was told there is a limited supply of 2,000 frames to the US. I really love the look of the blue DR98. Finally held one in person. Sick PJ. So I am going to preorder that one and I think I will go 1/8th grip since I am noticing compared to my Angell 1/4 wilson grip, the YY is bigger.

    Watched Donald Young win from the first row. Dude is hilarious. He hated Paire and at one point when he was returning serve he said "shut the F up" towards him. He also fired some fist pumps and cmons right at him and would say "cmon D!" to himself between points. So of course after that I would yell that constantly at him to get him all fired up. Love some D Young in american hard court tourneys. He is almost a lock to make it to week 2 every time for some reason. The post match handshake was quite brief between those 2 and Paire threw his Blade 3 times throughout the match, but never cracked it and kept using it.

    Madison Keyes lost. Watched some of that. She just goes for it. Pretty insane to watch, really. No real conscious. The girl she lost too was smaller, had a killer bod and was completely overpowered but I think she just let Keyes make a lot of unforced errors. Wondering if Keyes has a frame being made for her because she was using a blacked out Wilson.

    Nadal's match was probably the best live match I have ever seen. He got bagled by Kolschreiber in the first set and I honestly have never see a guy tree like that. He was hitting everything perfectly. Just crushing Nadals serve back and hitting his forehand way out in front for huge winners. He has very similar strokes to Soderling, but he could only keep that going for one set. Nadal just grinded him down and then hit his groove and it was over. Seriously awesome to see in person.

    Observations from being up close to practice courts. Guys are hitting a lot flatter and taking it on the rise every time. The clay style of letting the ball drop and then hitting was pretty much non existent. I think with the massive increase in topspin hitting, all the players have started hitting on the rise a lot more. Something I'd like to work on more as well. Hitting down on the ball and wiping is a great way to get huge power with safe margins.

    Another thing I noticed was the whole safe angles and shallow depth thing was not happening. Every match I watched was guys and girls painting lines. Deep shots to the corners is the pattern now. Hitting with heavy top and balls that land short is over. That stuff gets crushed compared to a few years ago. Granted this is a hardcourt tourney, but it looks like everyone has caught up to the clay style and on the rise hitting is back en vogue. Really noticed this when I saw Mahut play. He played a clay court guy with a big forehand, but it was pretty heavy spin. Mahut was able to get used to it after about 4 games, and then was on top of it and just painting lines for winners.
     
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  9. JGads

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    Absolutely superb report, plus bonus racquet reconnaissance? Perfection.

    Will be getting my popcorn ready for Federer-Delpo tonight; could be incredible.

    Was happy to see Tiafoe push Fed to a tiebreak -- that'll help his confidence big time going forward -- but I'm dubious about the wristiness of his forehand.
     
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    the nadal match was good. the wta bods have also been pretty spectacular.
     
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    Lucky man!

    What gets me every time that I watch pros play is the amazing acceleration. This is especially the case with Fed. The way the ball reacts off the racquet and after the bounce is pretty surreal. TV just cannot translate that.
     
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    fed's amazing to watch. a true arteest.
     
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    I forgot to add Nadal's bounce off his FH was insane. I'm talking 8-10 feet if you let it go that high. Guys are taking it at head height and that is on the rise.

    Fed- Delpo should definitely be amazing.

    Also, relative of mine was allowed to watch Fed practice at a very private neighboring facility. It was him and 3 other people about 5 feet away from Fed, practicing on a pristine court right off of the Atlantic ocean. Pretty freaking cool. Key Biscayne is a fantasy land if you like the ocean, tennis,riding bikes, fishing and hot latin women. Petty much my private mecca.
     
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  14. JGads

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    Fed is just ridiculous right now.

    Motivation for us oldies everywhere.
     
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    Fellow 'holics!

    This German holic likely will be leaving the courts to ya for several weeks! Badly twisted my ankle while Goating on ****ty carpet :confused:

    The PK will have to wait :(
     
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    Yup torn ligament, 6 weeks off at least
     
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    Woah. That blows. You need many massages from beautiful young German girls immediately
     
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    German beer massages with German voluptuous women would be quite a thing.

    I'll ring up the mostly female medicine department at the local uni :D
     
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    Battle scars:
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    Note to self:
    Don't lose focus after hitting a winner, you still need to stop! :oops:
     
  20. JGads

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    Man that's horrible. So sorry, man.

    At least you went off on a winner?
     
  21. n8dawg6

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    bummer dude. i would say get some pain meds but that stuff's addictive. go w the fräulein suggestions!
     
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    Yeah, after holding a tightly contested service game. At least I went off on a high note!
    Nah it ain't hurt that bad. Don't think it's as bad as it could be, it really doesn't hurt too bad. Having my wisdom teeth removed hurt more really, not to mention breaking my right ankle with 17, that was incredibly painful and I was on some strong stuff that had me tripping balls!

    The Fräulein option is great, injured or not :D
     
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    Ouch. Been there, done that – tore 3 ligaments about 2 years ago. Took me about 8 weeks to recover. Get well soon!
     
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    Considering that I' supposed to start giving training in May, I sure hope I don't quite need 8 weeks :oops:

    Thanks :)
     
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    Wow, that sucks. :( They should make more airdome clay courts available in Germany (or indoor hard courts - whatever, you'd like more). That's the second consecutive year carpet destroys you :/
     
  26. JGads

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    Can't believe these torn ligaments in the ankles only take 8 or so weeks to fully recover? That's amazing to me. Wish my rotator cuff timeline would have had been so kind to me a couple years ago.
     
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    Yeah, carpet is my undoing. Should stop playing on that scrappy **** really.
    Time will tell, I've heard many different accounts of healing times. It depends on many factors I suppose...
     

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