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

  1. SpinToWin

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    Just wish I had access to Yonex XLs like you do! Seems they're a US exclusive unfortunately. Would love to try the SV98 +
     
  2. Fuji

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    Hey lads!

    Scheduled my first hit in three years for next week. Can't wait to get the bug back! Maybe I'll come back with some stories! ;)

    -Fuji
     
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    Nice dude, was wondering how things were going for you. Nice to see you back.
     
  4. Fuji

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    Hey man! Thanks!

    Had tons of life going on. Finishing university this month and decided to focus on life outside of tennis for the past couple years. I've been watching Fed play the last couple months and it just gave me the itch. Super pumped to get back into it, especially now that injuries are essentially gone.

    I might even play a couple tournies this summer, who knows. I doubt I'll get back to the relatively high level I used to play at, but I'm super stoked just to go out and have some fun with the hackers.

    What's hot and new in the frame world? I've got 100+ frames still, and am leaning towards taking the 99S out for a hit, and the EX03 Tour 16x18s. Have some of the pure drive tours but I'm not sure those will be up my jam for my wanderings back in the woods.

    -Fuji
     
  5. Power Player

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    Sweet man. I just got a Pure Aero plus and am seriously impressed, but it's probably not a frame you want to return to tennis with if you have had arm troubles. Ill be measuring my stats with it on a playsight soon, but with my trusty Yonex vcore 98 I was a little above average on groundies (accuracy, speed) compared to every male player to get filmed. I'd like to see if that improves. At this point I am just looking to maximize my game from a gear perspective as I play with a nice group of big hitters I know when I get to hit the courts.

    I can say that Gads is loving the new PK 310 and that may be something you may want to check out. PK makes the only racquet that is stiff yet feels soft. It's pretty incredible. Babolat should buy that technology.
     
  6. Fuji

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    That's sweet. I'll definitely try and check out both frames.

    Do you guys remember the Ai 98? I loved that frame when I used to hit with it. Is anyone still on it? Or if anyone wants to swap some frames around for a couple I'll hook you up with anything I have.

    -Fuji
     
  7. JGads

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    Fuji!
     
  8. Power Player

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    AI98 was sick but the DR98 really smokes it in terms of solid feel. I was super impressed with the DR's feel and I think you may love it.
     
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    damn you PP ... made me take my dusty pure aero outta the bag and take it for a whirl. i dont know why any rec player WOULDNT be using this racquet. nothing has the same power, spin, and STABILITY in this weight class. just ordered a backup and i'll be set on racquets for a couple days.
     
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    Nice to hear from Fuji again. Thought he got hooked up, has several kids, and retired like the OP of this thread. :p

    I don't think Babolat could use/license the PK technology without mentioning it as part of the requirements for using it. That would clearly be free advertising for PK and we know Babolat would not like it one bit. Just as happy it is known by the 'holics and folks with arm issues.
     
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    Agree. And a few days..lol. Thats classic. I finally have actual technology to keep me in check now. There is no doubt that the Bab should improve all my numbers. But the cool part is I can actually verify this stuff now instead of just posting reports on how my serve felt bigger or whatever.

    Yes. I just imagine a Pure Aero plus with the tech of the PK and feel like it would be the greatest modern frame of all time.
     
  12. mad dog1

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    Welcome back! I have an ai98 to trade. Hit me up on pm.
     
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    This is like watching a scene from back to the future, coming back from the past to the future, with modern pure aeros and pk's in 2017... I don't know who Fuji is but it's kinda cool, with the 2014 ezones and all :)
    Now if we could only go back to the past in the Delorean, and make Fedace's parents use protection to prevent a disaster on these boards !
     
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    You're (finally) back! Glad to hear you can hit the courts again mate, take care of your body and I hope enjoy getting back into the sport :)
     
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    i think he and his squad have finally given up on babolat. crazy!
     
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    fuji, get a pure aero. it's an Ai/Dr98 on crossfit. hit big loopy groundstrokes and serves and scatter your enemies before you.
     
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    Welcome back Fuji :)!
     
  18. mad dog1

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    I tried the pure aero. Felt good but the ball would often sail long on me. I do much better with the yonex vcore xi98.
     
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    You have one? Sweet. The Vcore is great. Very different frame. A lot more linear. I actually can keep the ball in easier with the Pure Aero because I can make it bend so sharply so the margins are a little safer. The Vcore is very accurate though. 84% for me after 2 hours and around 400 balls. Will see if I can beat that with the PA+. Not sure how you weighted yours but mine are pretty jacked at around 345/345, I just couldn't deal with it stock.
     
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    Tried making a demo list in advance, and it looks hilarious compared to my last.

    Pure Aero Plus
    VCore SV 98
    Blade SW104
    Burn CV95
    Ultra 100
    Burn CV100

    Edit: Hilariously different that is
     
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  21. mad dog1

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    Yeah, I picked up a couple when another store was blowing them out during the holidays last year because I just couldn't turn down a good deal. :) stringbed felt pretty vague new but after the stick broke in, i started enjoying it more. Good stick. Plays like a less powerful, more controlled and solid feeling pure drive to me. It found a permanent spot in my bag. I mildly modded mine. Added some lead at 3, 9 and 12.
     
  22. Power Player

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    Yes, exactly what I think as well.
     
  23. JGads

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    None of the extended Yonexes at the mixed tourney I went to today - not planned for Europe anytime soon, if at all, said the rep; they just had DRs,Ais, the new VCore Xis that came out last year, etc. I was given a partner who hadn't played any tennis since October. But it was A-OK with me. There was occasional goating.
     
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    Interesting - indeed a pretty huge departure. What's inspired the change?

    Looking forward to "SpinToWin's 2017 modern tweener playtest"
     
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  25. JGads

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    By the way, the specs on the extended blue Yonnie looks nice. 63 flex? Just wish it were a 16/20.
     
  26. SpinToWin

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    I'm short with relatively short arms, so though I'm athletic and fairly powerful... I'll never have the levers and easy power of a tall guy. Finally getting to terms with it and trying to even the playing field I guess...

    More like "SpinToWin's 2017 move to the dark side" :oops::D
     
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    If you want to add an Angell TC105 (27.5") to that list drop me a line. Would be fun to read your take on it compared to the PA+ and that PK+. You can have it for a while as I will not be able to play for the time being.
     
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    .... oh ffs you always make things so hard :oops::p

    I'll come back to you when the time comes, most likely at the end of this season or the start of next however (I can't play myself right now as you may know, and I won't switch mid season) :)

    Thanks for the offer as always ;)
     
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    Sure, my offer stands.

    I already have a nice new Pure Drive (customised) and a Pure Aero, both standard length, lined up for my return to the courts sometime this summer.
     
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    You're the best, I seriously owe you a few rounds of beer if I'm ever in the area haha
     
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    It's an 8 main 16x19, not sure if that makes any difference to you, but it's a pretty tight trajectory.

    Strung PA+ has been settling in quite well. It's starting to feel pretty darn good for a stiff frame. Reminds me of how it all started with the Yonex Vcore. Felt petty rough at first until the grommets settled. One thing I will say is this frame can handle pace. No issues being pushed around by 100+mph serves or anything like that.

    As many Babs as I have owned, I have rarely played them with full poly in the 40s before. I have to say, the feel is pretty great if you like that huge Babo sweetspot thing. Muting it with foam could really take it up a notch. I'll be trying that early next week.
     
  32. blackpearl2007

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    Curious....Where can you get the foam inserts to do that?
     
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    Hardware store, or in my case Amazon.
     
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    Last weekend a neighboring community had some yard sales so the wife and I went to check it out. Low and behold I found a Wilson Juice Pro in 4 3/8 that a lady was selling for $25. The racquet is in excellent condition and it was her sons before he went to college and is no longer playing. I bought it took to a tennis retailer and they thought it was legit, strung it up and it measured 12.1 in weight, 7pts headlight and a swing weight of 331. I have hit it a couple of times...what a great frame with power, spin and excellent stability. The stiffness measured at 63 which was a pleasant surprise (gamma Moto 17 mains / NXT 16 crosses). It doesn't have the big sweet spot like some of the frames on your list but it is a shame this one was one and done. I guess the Burn CV95 is a close one but balance and weight are different. I may have to put this one in my bag. After looking at your list, I couldn't help but think of this frame I stumbled on. However, I still wish Wilson would do a tour version of the Ultra 100. Hope the recovery is going well.
     
  35. tribesmen

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    I need a space in my bag, so if anyone is interested in Donnay Pro One (L5) for collection (made in Belgium), I am giving it free of charge, only transport cost. I prefer to send it within Europe as I have contract with GLS, so transport costs won't be huge.

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    Swelling is going back steadily, so I hope to be able to start putting pressure on the foot soon :)

    A coach of mine used to use the Juice Pro. Shame I didn't appreciate frames like that back then, the frame really hammered the ball. Isn't it the same mould as the CV95?
     
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    It is slightly different as the Juice Pro is a 96 square inch head and the beam is 24mm...string pattern is the same 16x20 and it is 27.25 inch in length (which I think the Burn CV95 is as well).
     
  38. SpinToWin

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    Well, the Steam 96 supposedly was a 96 as well, though it really was the same mould as the CV95 IIRC; advertised head sizes are a b!tch ;)

    But you're right, the beam was thicker (and the string spacing was different), completely forgot about that.
     
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    Yes they are and I forgot about the Steam 96....
     
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    Juice pro is legit. Have a buddy that still uses his.
     
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    From my brief hitting sessions with it I really like it...not as forgiving as the Extreme Pro which was expected but as I said earlier it is a shame that Wilson didn't keep this in their line up..I guess it wasn't as popular as some of their others.
     
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    Hi Tribesmen,

    I am not a collector but I would love to hit with that Donnay of yours! I am actually an old school guy and I mostly play with old graphite composite racquets (Puma Winner and Super, Dunlop Max 200g, PS85, Volkl Pro, Head Prestige Classic, POG, Yonex R-7. I also have three K90s and one Yonex Vcore Tour 89 but I play rarely with those nowadays). So if you did not find a collector and still would like to get rid of it (for freeing space purposes:) please let me know/email me at sabmardob68@yahoo.com.
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    Gads,
    Tell me more about this one: Feel? Serves? against 4.0/4.5 power hitters? at net? I'm a fan of tighter 16x19's, and 16x20's, like some flex but not too noodley or overly stiff frames, love a plush/buttery feel and, as you accurately put it, "shots on the control side of the control-power spectrum". I'm no spring chicken anymore so "maneuverable" and "generous sweet spot" are hitting more right buttons. The three slots in my bag are the DR 98, Xi98, and TC 97 (seems like there might be a club within a club on this forum for this suite of racquets...); wondering if this PK is itching to fill that 4th slot.
     
  44. JGads

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    Just a really great all-around frame. It just has an 'extension of the arm' feel in terms of how it swings and the predictability of the depth but also being able to open up the court with some nice angles, flicks of the wrist, etc. Very nice on serve. Not a Pure Drive, but has pop, is very snappy above the head so you can crack some good variety. Frame makes a nice rich pop sound, too. PK supposedly made sure to really smoothen out the graphite impurities and such in the layup (there is a better description to be found on the promo materials) and it really does feel smooth and rich, but also has the 'kinetic' tech, which some people are really bothered by, but doesn't bother me in the slightest, never notice it when playing. I can say that the kinetic 'tech' is something that really works in both making the frame comfortable but also giving it a little more pop/stability than other frames of the same weight class. It volleys tremendously, and is up to the task against hard hitters. But, you still have to have some racquet head speed; frame will not do so much of the work for you like with Babs, or with heavier player frames where an easier swing might give you more depth. This one's sort of in between. Trajectory on these 16/20 PKs is amazing. Net clearance is there but the ball can still 'run,' rather than being too loopy. (I think this is a trait that's shared by Yonexes that have the tighter stringbed middles)

    As for the frames in your bag, the feel - to me - is better/richer/smoother than the Yonexes, but definitely not as 'classic-rich-buttery' as a TC97. Never played with the DR or Xi 98 long enough to give any great comparisons in the other departments aside from the feel.

    It's just a nice in-between frame, with really good reliability. I know TW is coming out with a review of the stick any day now so you might want to wait for more opinions to see if it aligns with what you're looking for. Certainly a stick I'd wholeheartedly recommend anyone to demo if they have a chance to. Maybe not for everyone, but could also really surprise some people who ordinarily wouldn't think of it.
     
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    Much appreciated. As always, you go above and beyond the call of duty with your responses. Demo on the way.
     
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    Really loving the PA+ now. I have a theory that feel and solidity in a frame is really all about the handle. I am going to mute mine more with some memory foam strips and fill up those empty chambers because I think it will take this racquet to another level in terms of muted comfort. I logged about 10 hours with it so far and I keep liking it more. The plus is very accommodating to compact strokes. Just crazy power and spin, which I will get measured hopefully soon. I believe my RPMs are going to be a lot higher though.

    I think Babolat nailed the pattern for the PA. It is open, but not so crazy that I lose control. The only thing is that if you are a bigger hitter, you should probably expect to get 6-12 hours out of your strings and they better be full poly. The tension drops a little more, but I like it. I may even string a little lower because once the strings are in the mid 40's, the sweetspot just feels sublime. My friend who used the last APD and switched to the PA is frustrated because his poly would last for months and now he is blasting through strings. He may end up going back to the old model. To be honest, I kind of hope he does because the spin he is putting on his serve with the PA is absolutely filthy. I have my own stringer so 10-12 hours of string life is just fine for me.
     
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    this new radical LTD aint half bad in person ...
     
  48. JGads

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    Enjoy. I have a touch of lead at 12 to slow the head down and add just a little pop, it swings so easily that it takes to lead with no problem, so if it doesn't do it for you stock, don't be shy of adding a little lead here and there as you like. Curious how you find it.
     
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    Posted my Angells for sale and they sold within 30 minutes. Insane. Angell frames are legend. Forging onwards with XL and sticking with the PA+ until further notice.
     
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    That's because the buyer thought you were the great man himself in your avatar :)

    (GOAT avatar contender b.t.w)
     
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