Diary of a Racketaholic

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

  1. gutfeeling

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    Sorry I'm not sorry for any ripple effects this may cause, I'm already mad enough at myself: picked up some sv 98+ frames, will add in to my apdo+ and pa+ rotation.

    Does anyone know if Steve Johnson plays this frame or if it's a paint job? He endorses the standard length but I think he plays the plus.
     
  2. Power Player

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    Loving the SV98 experiments. I am out of the game for a little while. Just a lot of other expenses I need to manage. Luckily, I am quite happy with all my gear, strings..etc. At some point, I will buy another PA+ so I can have 3 in the bag. RS Lyon continues to win big as my string of choice.
     
  3. gutfeeling

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    "I'm out of the game for a while"...heard that before...
     
  4. Power Player

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    It's not an idle statement. I am relocoating and have incurred serious expenses.
     
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    Broseph, I would never permit myself to comment on/doubt your personal life. I was referring to containing (attempting to) racquetholicism...the struggle is real.

    Are you staying in Miami area?
     
  6. Power Player

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    Haha. Yes. True. And yes, i will be.
     
  7. mad dog1

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    That's just called moving. :)

    But good luck with your move. It's always a lot of work.
     
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  8. JGads

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    PP weren't you in Orlando before? If you're in Miami now, that's great to know, as I can hit you up for a hit the next time I find myself there visiting my brother. Good luck with the move.
     
  9. el sergento

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    Bought a second APD. This one came strung with full poly. Man, if a hybrid was good on these, pure poly feels like cheating. I went two rounds of 11 without a single unforced error.

    Second feels like it has a slightly higher SW, which I seriously enjoyed.

    Here's my biggest surprise so far though: no arm pain.
     
  10. Power Player

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    Yes for sure. I will email you more details. That would be awesome - thanks!
     
  11. Power Player

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    Full poly is the way to go with these racquets, especially the pure aero. I wish you much hitting with no arm pain. So far so good for me. I was anti full poly for a long time, but I also think that is why I didn't get along with the APD style frames as much as I do now.
     
  12. SpinToWin

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    I'm surprised. I felt that I was starting to get sore with an APD+ after a very short while. Really harsh IME.
     
  13. el sergento

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    That's why I'm so surprised. Half my posts on here have been about my chronic shoulder pain, so I'm very sensitive.

    All I can say is no shoulder pain, and only a minimal amount of residual pain in the hand due to a couple of bad framers when I first used it.

    I think the stiffness of the frame is offset by the seriously ginormous sweet spot.

    Here's a stretch that helped me get rid of my hand/finger pains:

     
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    Aero's are a lot of fun, gotta like the spin.
     
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    LOL
     
  19. Power Player

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    Any of you XL guys notice this? I added some lead to my PA+s a couple months ago to get to around 330. Nothing crazy. But the more I use them, the more I decided to go back to stock weight. Which for me is around 322 grams, SW is ~335ish. 322 with a 27 inch frame would just be too light, but with the XL, it is fine. It's a 20 gram drop in weight for me, but yet I really enjoy how it plays. Plenty of power and more RHS, so more spin. Just never thought I'd play this light, but something about the extra length plus the healthy SW seems to just really work. I guess it is a little like using a stock Wilson Blade - They weighed around 330 and the SW was 335 with a more HL balance. Add the XL, shave off some grams and tip the balance back a little and there you go.
     
  20. SpinToWin

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    Not quite there yet haha, still rocking the 332g (or so) strung weight :)

    By the way, loving the Luxilon overgrip right now.
     
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    Makes sense. I think your PK probably has a bit less pop than the Babolat, so the extra weight is good.

    What's the difference between the lux OG and a yonex supergrap?
     
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    I'm guessing Yonex Supergap is like Wilson Pro?

    It plays a bit like Wilson Pro when you get over the initial strong tackiness but still have enough grip to hold the racquet securely. It ages much better (more consistently as well as more durable) and absorbs sweat better than Wilson Pro (doesn't get slippery). Only caveat is that it is slightly firmer, but I don't think that'd be an issue for you since you're using synthetic base grips. Highly recommend trying it, quality stuff.
     
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    Sweet, I will try it.
     
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    People are comparing it to tourna overgrip(the blue one). Do you find them similar? I'm not a fan of the tourna. It feels weird and too cloth like.
     
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    oooo, i love the obselete tourna grip. prolly cause its all we had when i was a kid.
     
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    Not quite as cloth-like as Tourna... It feels like a healthy compromise between Tourna and Wilson Pro, spot on for me.
     
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    I've been patiently wading through the Angell thread. Heavy sledding at times.
    Saw a few of the usual suspects in there. Anybody still hitting theirs? Was there a consensus cream of the crop?
     
  28. Power Player

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    Yeah I still have one. It's killer if you like old Dunlops and old Heads. Cream of the crop varies really, but the 95 and 97s are very classic feeling and great fames with a little more modern pop. Super impressive racquets. I think the 105s may be a secret weapon for anyone looking at a larger size head.

    I have a PT630 too and could alternate between the Angell 97 and PT630 with ease. The Angell has a little larger sweetspot and is a little easier to use. Pricing from Brexit was really cheap when I bought, especially with frames going for $225 now.
     
  29. Fed Kennedy

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    So PP, I see you had the 97 and the 95 Angells. Whats the difference there? Anything to differentiate between them.
    Was the bab switch jaut to win matches? I find leagues to be about topspin and fitness over shotmaking.
     
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    The 97 is pretty darn sweet. Feels like a classic head. 95 felt more like a dunlop classic. Tough to go wrong really. I switched to the bab+ because of those reasons of winning matches and i actually just really like the frame. Feels awesome and the xl is a great match for it. I also do seem to play my game a little easier with more open patterns even though i like the tighter 8 mains stuff.

    i actually went back to the yonex xi98 again before the bab. I kept going back to that yonex tweener. Tried the pa+ on a whim and it blew me away. Been using it since.

    Just seem to love the stiffer playing frames over the past year. Love what they do to the ball.
     
  31. Fed Kennedy

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    Do you get any power/spin bump from the Angells or are we talking its just the same experience as hitting a well made vintage frame only that you get your exact specs.

    Don't get me wrong I love hitting with vintage frames, but in the "modern rec game" (lol) at least in my experience its all about playing high balls to the corners repeatedly, and its a lot more work doing that with an old prestige.

    As far as Angell, do you lean 97 or 95?
     
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    I lean 97 just because i liked the feel a little more and it was easier to use. For modern rec style game, the angell will work of course, but its not a huge boost over a pt630. Its easier to use than the head and probably one of the best modern classic frames i have hit with. But for the game you are talking about, the pa+ is a better type of frame.

    Tc97 is amazing though. One of my all time favorites, but i keep leaning towards the bab style tweeners because i have the spin to control them at comfortable tensions. And i also enjoy the large sweet spot feel a lot more than in the past.
     
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    I've got a TC95 and two TC100s. Ask away!
     
  34. Fed Kennedy

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    I guess my question is the same, performance wise is it just a vintage racquet with bang on specs or do you get anything else out of it. Like could your 100 bang toe to toe with a apd or rf97?
     
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    Honestly, words like "vintage" and "modern" don't mean anything. Specs are specs. It is less powerful than tweeners like the APD, but generates heavy spin with great control and good power. It's the best all around combination I've found. It has good touch, very good control, great spin, and good power. I would rate most tweeners as bad touch, average control, great spin, and great power. So it really just depends what you 're looking for. Personally, I like the little bit of extra flex, the quality of the build, the combination of good qualities, and the thin beams. Also I love being able to customize it exactly to what I want.

    I won't like, it's fun to hit with my Pure Drive and I can play well with it. But it doesn't let me play the creative tennis that I want to.
     
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    Your other choice was that gauze with a texture similar to that of 60 grit sandpaper. That made it easy to love tournagrip. :D
     
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    I guess what I mean by vintage is, could I get the same experience/performance from a $50 Dunlop off the bay?
     
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    If it hits your specs, maybe. I haven't played with the old dunlops.
     
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    A deep dive on this thread for answers from the past.
    The modern rec game (joel dali tm) is pushing me back towards the 2013 APD with poly in the 40s.
    Maddog and PED (whither goest?) had this dialed back in 14'
     
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    Get the Pacific X Fast Pro if that's the way you're headed mate! ;)
     
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    Newer PA has savage banana-like spin. Plays well at around 48.
     
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    opinions differ as they say, but ive found the pure aero to be superior in all respects to the 2013 APD. especially in paint ...
     
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    That's my setup. Unless you have money to burn, go for the PA. Otherwise, I got two 2013 APD's for a bit more than a single PA.

    I hear the PA has a higher SW. That's another reason I went 2013 APD. Low starting SW that I can easily crank up if needed. So far, I have no desire to add more though.
     

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