Diary of a Racketaholic

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

  1. Mac33

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    Low deflection frames work awesome on super fast hardcourts but on really slow,grippy blue plexicushion.....not so good.

    I found this out today. Have been playing so far above my normal level with my new Prince Textreme 95 on a super fast hardcourt. It's an old court with a very smooth surface with very little cushioning underneath. The ball sort of skids off it producing crazy pace.

    Today,I played with the same frame on a newish blue plaxicushion court which produces a very high bounce.

    I could not get anywhere near the power plus I was throwing in a lot more unforced errors - especially hitting my forehand in the net!

    I swapped over to my old Prince Tour and the much higher deflection off the strings suited the seriously slow court better.

    Funny how some frames suit different courts more than others.

    If I had to play often on really slow courts I would seriously consider buying a super open string pattern.

    Any frame that produces a really high deflection off the strings seems to work for me on really slow courts.
     
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  2. el sergento

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    Played all summer with the APD. Once I fixed my serve by adding some weight at 12’, I went on a tear, losing only two matches all season to the same ex college player.

    Capped off my summer by beating an old pro I’d never gotten a set off before. He’s the classic clay dog I usually struggle against; runs everything down, goes for placement over power and likes to throw in some junk. I blew him off the court with my serve and forehand.

    Last week I sold my two Pure Strikes and bought me a brand new pair of Gel Resolutions with the fun money.

    Life is hard my friends, but at least my APD’s make tennis easier and more enjoyable.

    As you were……
     
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  3. Bartelby

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    I notice something along these lines as well. It makes buying one racquet quite an ordeal as my time on court is split quite evenly in terms of pace.
     
  4. el sergento

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    Such is life when you have to produce your own pace.

    Try messing around with your string setups and tension. Lower tensions and full poly might help you get the power and control you’re lacking on the slower courts. My .02c
     
  5. SpinToWin

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    The player’s frames are drawing me back in. Having fun with the Bio 300 Tour right now :) (may be the indoor carpet though :D)
     
  6. haqqani1777

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    What is up with everyone getting the Bio 300 Tour lately. Besides a chunk of guys here, I have some acquaintances ordering these in as well. What are they on sale special or something somewhere I don't know about? lol - anyway, how does it play? Tinkered with it yet? Specs? Also hows your XL experience with PK so far?
     
  7. Power Player

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    Yeah, still loving my +.

    Will buy a PD+ upon release.

    Not much holicing here, just enjoying playing when I can. I play less due to lots of things going on, but I can still win because I have a defined style that works with the Babo.
     
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    Lol

    A guy I know was selling two of his for cheap. Got tempted and thought why not.

    I’ve added around 9g of lead from 11-1. The grip size is 3, so I decided to smack on a Wilson Featherthin grip and a Tourna Grip on top. Was thinking of extending it, but I found serving very effective even as is, so I’ll see how it works out and decide then. I’ve only measured static weight so far, and it’s at 328g strung.

    The feel is soft with nice ball pocketing. Very low on vibrations and exceedingly comfortable. Great touch from all areas of the court, and splendid control.

    I’d need more time to give detailed feedback, but it’s a very balanced performance. The frame gives what you put in without being anaemic. I found the serve considerably more effective than with the Blades for instance, getting good movement, pace, and placement. My backhand felt great, I just had to dial in my forehand a bit more. I actually found high trajectory balls with a lot of spin rather easy to play, and volleys were point and shoot.

    Definitely honeymooning right now, will have to see how I play with the frame against more serious opponents (and then stock up on more as long as they’re on the resale market!)
     
  9. Power Player

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    2 things:

    Awaiting the PD+

    How the hell have I not used Tourna MegaTac before? This is the greatest grip of all time.
     
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  10. mad dog1

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    What’s so great about it?
     
  11. mad dog1

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    I need to confess that thanks to a recommendation by a resident rackaholic, @JGads, I have switched from the head ig prestige mp to Wilson ultra tour. :)
     
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    The frame never slips in my hand on contact, so I am able to hit cleaner more often. It's also very thin, so the handle feels fantastic.

    Final thing is it lasts forever.
     
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    The 2018 Pure Drive is my favourite of all the PD iterations I tried so far (2009, 2012/2013, 2015, 2018). It's super stable for its weight, more muted and more comfortable than previous versions. Feels very solid and not hollow at all, though mine are slightly customised. Best of all Babolat thankfully went back to the old string spacing which suits me much more than the weird spacing on the 2015. I'm going to stick with this throughout the winter season.
     
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  14. mad dog1

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    Thx! I’ll need to give it a try!
     
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  15. mad dog1

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    Babolat did away with the newer wide FSI spacing or whatever it’s called?
     
  16. prjacobs

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    I'm with you. I'm killing, relative to my ability, with my 2013 APDs. I was my club champ, 20 years ago, and at 68, I would crush that guy now. (Granted, this is a very small club).


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    It's a great frame I have the non tour 16x19 with similar specs and it's a fun stick
     
  18. el sergento

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    Would you know how it compares to a 2013 APD? I ask out of pure curiosity, only because I’ve never tried any version of a PD.
     
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    i am using the stupid pure aero and loving it. the spin i get on forehands is a gamechanger. 17 g vtorque is great string in this racquet, just crazy grippy (while it lasts). easy deep rally balls, then you can move in and smack it when you get a short ball.
     
  20. PBODY99

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    I hardly see myself as being a 'Holic,me a player who has used Prince O3/Speedport models @ 110 sq in 27.5 L for the last 9 years.
    Three set up for hard courts, 3 for clay; a pair for testing, fairly stable.
    Four back-up stored off site for disaster recovery.
    Unfortunately Textreme is contagious. Two Premier 110, the latest iteration of my current frames two non ported Warrior 107, & of course the"Ghost who Walks"; which I have hunted since I first saw the Phantom in the hands of a European Junior in 2015.
    As I struggle with the temptation to not get the Japanese version of the Warrior, while waiting for the ported Beast to get here from Japan......................
    Well, no sense having a 12 pack that is half empty.
     
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  21. mad dog1

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    How long does vtorque last for you in that racquet? I like vtorque a lot but it doesn’t even last 10 hrs for me in the 18x20 prestige mp and I really don’t enjoy stringing the head CAP sticks.
     
  22. JOSHL

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    I never ever break poly and when I hit Monday I broke pretty fresh V-Torque 16g on a serve. It was crossed with Revolve 16g. V-Torque has a fraying problem longitudinally.
     
  23. mad dog1

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    Yeah. I loaded up on vtorque when tw had it on sale during happy hour. I’ve broken a lot of sets to date. Got tired of restringing so often so I changed to something else. Lol!
     
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    i loaded up on it too in the little plastic baggies. like t-dub is selling drugs. anyhoo, im getting 10-12 hrs. it notches in a big hurry.
     
  25. Power Player

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    Vtorque is great. Yes it breaks super fast, but that spin though.

    I still use RSLyon, I just prefer round polys, but Vtorque is one of my favorite shaped options.
     
  26. mad dog1

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    I’ve never had poly break so fast and never in 18/20s. I love rs lyon as a cross. Holds tension well. I discovered prince tour xr works great as a cross too. Good thing cuz I loaded up on it when tw had it on happy hour.
     
  27. mad dog1

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    Yep. Them clear plastic baggies! Got lots of vpro, vstar and vtorque!
     
  28. 808

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    Yes, they still call it FSI but it's more evenly spaced, not as dense in the top of the hoop. I think it's more or less the same as the older, pre-2015 Pure Drives.
     
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  29. 808

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    I used to play the 2013 APD+ for a bit, but don't remember too much about it. Too many frames in between.

    To the best of my recollection the main differences are:

    APD 2013: more spin, rather hollow feel, crisp and raw
    PD 2018: more control, better feel, more muted and refined

    In general I think the PD line trades a bit of the APD's spin potential for slightly more control. Both are solid, powerful frames. To me the PD 2018 has better touch than both the old APD and the Pure Aero.
     

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