Diary of a Racketaholic

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  1. n8dawg6

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    is it blue??

    i dont think im asking for too much in a racquet. its like what im looking for in a woman: a rich asian doctor with a british accent who plays piano and is a solid 4.0 that can play mixed dubs with me and never get angry.
     
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    imagine, if you will, a racquet flotilla.
     
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    The new Pure Drive sure is!
     
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    Anyway. I'm not able to play as much as I used to nowadays, so I ditched my Angells for some Pure Aeros for the time being. Standard length, bone stock (well, I changed the grip to Skin Feel). Awesome frames!
     
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    Embrace the swim.
     
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    Right there as well. If I went nuts I would buy a Wilson Ultra and extend it, but the low power,classic frame is extremely dependent on fantastic footwork. Mine is not bad actually, but the Pure Aero matches up to it better than a PT630.

    I definitely may check out the new XL Pure Drive whenever it comes out. Wouldn't mind having one in the bag to compare with the PA+. The wide open pattern of the PA+ is very, very good for my style of hitting, but if they tightened it up a touch to extend string life, I would not complain.

    My main investment is probably a pair of clay shoes. I desperately need some down here for all the Har-tru.
     
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    Yes - Skin feel is the way to go for sure! Those stock grips are just way too thick.
     
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    Power Player - please for your info, namely, as I remember right you were play tester for Pure Aero Tour and now playing PA+. Which is more manouverable PAT or PA+ ? I like PA but is too light, but PAT is sometimes, especially when I am not in ideal position, more demanding than RF97 :), but it is only 342gr with overgrip and dampener. Is PA+ more easy to play than PAT ? Thanks beforhand for your reply.
     
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    Yes it is. Pa+ is pretty easy to use.
     
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    Their availability to demo is so limited as to make it an impediment. I hit with the 325 and I liked it. I wanted to hit with the standard Ki Q+5.
     
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    Shame, lovely frames. A friend of mine is seriously contemplating a change to it from his Graphene Rad MPs.
     
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    I'm up to I think 20 frames now.
     
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    weak sauce
     
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    What?
    You changed sticks?
    I really liked my Ultra Tour demo...if only a 16x19 tho?
     
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    mine is at the stranger. initial impressions are good, mainly bc its blue.
     
  16. Power Player

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    Le Collection de Holic. All fits in an old wilson bag

    Currently 2 PAs and an Extreme Pro in the main one.


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    RF97A is on my next playtest.
     
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    This showed up yesterday.

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    Played with the V-Sense 8 315 yesterday, and it sort of blew me away with how much I liked it. It is honestly one of the best feeling and most responsive rackets I've hit in a long time. And it didn't have as much power as I was expecting, which is good. It still had power, but not too much... and it was really solid and stable feeling.
     
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    V Sense 8 is fantastic racket. It has controlled power as you wrote but it is not arm friendly as other Volkl rackets.
     
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    Moving away from your G Rad then?

    Do try the PK I'm currently using (maybe Standard Length though), my teammate who's used the G Rad since its release and was joking he'd never switch away from it has recently bought two after testing mine, and he's playing extremely well with them.
     
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    Yeah I'd like to get back into something heavier that plays similar to the G Rad (medium stiffness, decent power, good control), and 100 sq in would be nice. I've been noticing your posts about the PK for quite some time now, and it definitely has my attention.
     
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    Got a bit of a semi for the pd+ coming out. I love the pj and it sounds like its a pretty open pattern like the pa. It could be a monster. I can see myself with 1 or 2 paired up with the PA+s i have been using most of this year.
     
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    Photo of me today, hitting the Ultra.
     
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    Looking good, I like what you have done with your hair.

    I have been cycling a bunch over the past 5 weeks. The crossfit scene down here is a little different so I figured I'd try something new, like riding a sweet bike along the ocean at high speeds. Already dropped 8 pounds, and I feel like it also translates to tennis. Since it is an hour at minimum of riding, it is real good for endurance. Like to see where I am at in 3 months, I should be lighter and able to grind more out on the courts.

    Additionally there is a healthy debate of steel v carbon which is dead on similar to the old school v new school thing happening in tennis.
     
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    Figured you would like it! Looking forward to your review.
     
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    PP, hunkering down in a safe spot? Looks like it might hit more west Fla, but still, she's a beast.
     
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    Dude, I think I'm in love.

    Head softac traction replacement grip (a little heavier), 5-6 grams at the top of the handle, 2.5 grams at 12.

    This is what a tennis racquet is supposed to feel like.
     
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    Yeah hunkered down. I got some tennis in a few days ago and now I am watching the USO/college football. Hoping to have power back on soon in Miami and no serious damage.

    Are you going to extend the ultra?
     
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    Probably eventually. There's a guy I've been in touch with who sells custom buttcaps that can be used to extend frames. If I end up getting a second, then I'll try that experiment on one of them to extend it out by .25 to see how it feels. Prime candidate for it, though today I was loving it as is. Frame is actually a lot more stable than I was expecting.
     
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    Yeah it probably feels amazing. I'm shocked at my absolute lack of interest in holicing lately. This frame would normally be an instant buy.
     
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    The Ultra was just too good to pass up for this holic. I can understand why you haven't had the urge of late; PA+ is as good as it gets, unless the classic feel is your thing.
     
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    Totally agree, I haven't been able to put mine down yet. This could be my new Yoko.

    What strings did you go with?
     
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    Oh yeah, the classic feel is my thing, but I never use the frames. I still whip out the 630 and the bumblebee, but only for a few mins.Than there is the angell tc97 and my Yoko as well.

    If I was still competing with classic feel frames, I would be all over this. Love the P/J, very easy to dial in with lead..etc.
     
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    The feel is what we dream of. Basically a Tec 315/Yoko reincarnated, but at a slightly lighter weight so when you lead her up for the pop she's still manageable. Still need to do more side-by-side comparisons, but I think my PKs hit bigger more easily (I'm sure a stick like the PA+ for darn sure does), but I could still sting the ball when I dimed it up with the Ultra, and my goodness, the consistency was off the charts. Probably enough of a trade off for me to make the switch. Volleys, a dream. Serves cracking (literally, the sound).

    Mainly, as MF said, I just couldn't put it down because of the feel. I want to go back out there now and hit more balls. Bonus: the paintjob is flat-out gorgeous. Love the navy base color.
     
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    Nice! That's high praise considering the Head Pro Stocks you used.

    My game seems to match the open pattern/power frames so well that I will probably live through you all on this one. It's a bit of an adjustment on my swing to go back to the classic frames, as I change from brushing/throwing the ball over the net with heavy top to driving it more.

    I will get a PD+ most likely though. Loving that P/J. Very sexy.
     
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    Funny that I wasn't enthused by it haha
     
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    Forgot to mention: tried the Phantom, briefly. Meh. Holes.
     
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    Maybe I missed it, but you gents talking about the Tour? Seems like a nice stick: low flex, tight pattern, awesome feel. What's not to like? Borrowed a friend's Blade 104 (older version) on a whim (haven't played with head sizes much above 100 before) and was surprised at how much I've been enjoying it! Also has a low flex, tight pattern, extended length, nice feel; plays more like a 100 than a 104. A bit on the light side, but a little lead remedied that. What really surprised me was the heavy groundies I was hitting; can't recall hitting a ball with that much pop and drive before, on both wings. And criminey: kick serves are nasty! Not sure what to make of this as my go-to stick at the moment is the PK Ki Q+ 5Pro (per recommendation of Gads a few months back). But definitely worth a long-term test drive. And now you go and mention the Ultra.
     
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    I know it looks a little cat vomit but i suspect that srixon dunlop 18x20 may have potential as king of feel.
     
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    I'm eyeing the damn 98 XL frame... it better be available here at some point
     
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    Yeah, the Ultra. It's Wilson releasing their H19 pro stock mold to the public. Sounds like that Blade 104 probably has more juice, more forgiving. I remember hitting an old version long ago and it feeling a little too 'springy' for me, with the powerhole grommets or whatever. Also was pretty head-heavy. But that was years ago, and I don't recall which version. In the coming weeks I'll spend more time with the Ultra and comparing it further with the Q+5. I think the PK wallops the ball more easily but the Ultra has the kind of feel that makes you want to never put it down.
     
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    Do you know the specs? I don't see it.
     
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    Dunno... only know it's that CX 2.0 or so in 27.5 inches if I'm not mistaken. 16x19 pattern with one main skip and the 21-20mm beam.
     
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    Thanks, Gads. The Blade is the 2015 version; just before the current version. It's fairly head-light and feels very controlled to me but with good pop; so maybe a different/newer version than the one you tried. But wouldn't mind trying that Ultra Tour. Is the smaller head forgiving? Sweet spot?
     
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    It's unquestionably a players frame that's lower in power towards the edges compared to a stiffer, larger, tweener type, but quite honestly, I was expecting it to be a lot worse. There are some players sticks that if you don't dime the sweet spot, forget about it, there is nothing. The old Redondo comes to mind. Also the Pure Storm Limited. This seems to have more room to miss. But is still in no way comparable to a tweener type in the forgiveness area. And if I get the ball towards the tip, yeah there is a drop off but again, some people were warning of an extremely low sweet spot that almost scared me off completely because I usually hit higher up on the bed, but no, the ball still goes well enough for me so far. I've decided to keep pressing forward just as I have the frame set up now, with about 5-6 grams at the top of the grip and 2.5 grams at 12; lead at 3 and 9 just doesn't seem necessary to me right now, but I'm a guy that usually prefers lead at 12 rather than 3/9 anyway.

    This is one of those kinds of frames that makes me wish I actually had playsight data compared to my other frames, because while the differences/drop offs in power/forgiveness compared to my PK sticks were there, they didn't seem to be hugely extreme, and in exchange, my consistency of hitting on my first hit was out of this world. I had such good feel of the ball and where I was striking the stringbed that I got into a rolling groove and made so few dumb errors in two hours of play. And the pocket on the sweet spot when you do dime the ball feels like velvet and sounds like the crack of a whip. Second hit tomorrow. Will see if there is a drop off or if the raging honeymoon continues.
     
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    Thinking of this thread, I threw out a lazy hail mary to a contact thinking that the email address would bounce or I'd get no response. But yet, I did get a response. And I may be getting a demo of the new Srunrop BlakeStick to try. Just the fact that it may feel like an aerogel 200 makes me want to try it, even if it sits in a bag and barely gets used. That stupid AG200 is still one of the best feeling frames I have ever hit with.

    Anyway, will update.
     
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    Atta boy!

    I know it's dependent on the player but I have to say the "fukky" video on that other thread intrigued me in that the trajectory and pop of the ball coming off the frame looked really nice and sharp.
     
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    Yeah, i think what I loved about the dunlops was that solid feel. Nothing really feels that solid. On babs, i dont need it, but on an old school frame, i love it. It was something that the dunlops had nailed.
     

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