Diary of a Racketaholic

I am not playing tennis competitively right now, so it's more about playing for fun and enjoying the scene here.

As a result, I have not gotten a PD+, as the Pure Aero does what I need there.

I am intrigued by the upcoming Prince Phantom 93. When I started playing I had a Prince 90 and a Prince 110. The 90 was my favorite frame to use. It's just fun. I can imagine this 93 will probably be similar, but maybe it is special. Who knows. Something about the feel of a mid and how it comes through contact that I really enjoy.

Anyway, a potential buy for me. Will be a year with the PA+ only for me by the time the Prince hits the market.
 
Got an update for y'all on my side. I've been happily married to my match made in heaven, the Vcore Xi98 with a bunch of silicone and lead additives for about 2 years, but she's started to scuff, scrape, and I am worried what could ever take her place...

I spoke to my racquet guru (pro customizer for some top 50 ATP guys) about this intriguing frame on TWE:
http://www.tenniswarehouse-europe.c...Alpha_290g_Racket/descpageRCYONEXH-DG97A.html

As a platform replacement for the Xi98 it looks ideal. Unstrung specs of 290g, 69RA, 21.5mm straight beam, and 247SW (if you take the TWE strung spec and subtract 30)!!! His feedback was that this frame is a SUPER RACQUET that he's unfortunately not able to order in the NA market. Right now I'm still happily training with my Xis but I am going to order one of these as a customization experiment - the goal is to get to my standard unstrung specs (330g, 295SW) and then test what it would be like taking that same SW and dropping a bunch of static weight, to something like 315g/295SW.

Just the prospect of adding 40pts of SW to a racquet gets me super hyped. It's going to be like, wawrinka levels of lead all around the hoop.
 
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That is an experiment I both envy to no end while also shuddering thinking about the rabbit hole of lead hell. Good on ya for trying. 16/20 Yonex sticks are great.

I've been totally absent from here of late because I haven't been playing. Hit for the first time in three months last week. Hoping to get back into it now. An ugly looking process.

Cheers, boys.
 
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That is an experiment I both envy to no end while also shuddering thinking about the rabbit hole of lead hell. Good on ya for trying. 16/20 Yonex sticks are great.

I've been totally absent from here of late because I haven't been playing. Hit for the first time in three months last week. Hoping to get back into it now. An ugly looking process.

Cheers, boys.
The prospect of going back to tinkering also unnerves me - I was thoroughly down that rabbit hole for a good year when I was using the 16 mains 315Ltd... Oh, let's go with lead at noon, nah I should go with 3/9 for more tip speed and more stability, nah what about all 3 spots, now lets take it all off and play stock, but it's not stable enough against 5.5+ guys, rinse repeat. That racquet, although still the single best feeling frame I've ever hit, was an absolute killer for my tennis because I spent more time thinking about lead than footwork. I pulled it out about 3 weeks ago just for old times' sake, and remembered that addictive feeling, and all of the tinkering thoughts came back again, all along the lines of "if I could just get some damn free power out of this thing, I'd never use anything else".

I'll still have my Xi's in the background if I can't get this duel G alpha tuned in though, which is good enough for me. I'm actually not even searching for something better than the Xi at all - I just want to play with those forever but sadly I don't have Wawrinka's backhand and the eternal access to the Yonex pro room that it gives. :p

Summer is coming bros. Summer is coming.
 
The prospect of going back to tinkering also unnerves me - I was thoroughly down that rabbit hole for a good year when I was using the 16 mains 315Ltd... Oh, let's go with lead at noon, nah I should go with 3/9 for more tip speed and more stability, nah what about all 3 spots, now lets take it all off and play stock, but it's not stable enough against 5.5+ guys, rinse repeat. That racquet, although still the single best feeling frame I've ever hit, was an absolute killer for my tennis because I spent more time thinking about lead than footwork. I pulled it out about 3 weeks ago just for old times' sake, and remembered that addictive feeling, and all of the tinkering thoughts came back again, all along the lines of "if I could just get some damn free power out of this thing, I'd never use anything else".

I'll still have my Xi's in the background if I can't get this duel G alpha tuned in though, which is good enough for me. I'm actually not even searching for something better than the Xi at all - I just want to play with those forever but sadly I don't have Wawrinka's backhand and the eternal access to the Yonex pro room that it gives. :p

Summer is coming bros. Summer is coming.
Keep updating. Will be fun to see the experiment. Ever try the Ultra Tour? It's like the Ltd but simpler to lead up to a manageable spec, actually doesn't need much in my opinion whereas the Ltd. needed more.
 
Got an update for y'all on my side. I've been happily married to my match made in heaven, the Vcore Xi98 with a bunch of silicone and lead additives for about 2 years, but she's started to scuff, scrape, and I am worried what could ever take her place...

I spoke to my racquet guru (pro customizer for some top 50 ATP guys) about this intriguing frame on TWE:
http://www.tenniswarehouse-europe.c...Alpha_290g_Racket/descpageRCYONEXH-DG97A.html

As a platform replacement for the Xi98 it looks ideal. Unstrung specs of 290g, 69RA, 21.5mm straight beam, and 247SW (if you take the TWE strung spec and subtract 30)!!! His feedback was that this frame is a SUPER RACQUET that he's unfortunately not able to order in the NA market. Right now I'm still happily training with my Xis but I am going to order one of these as a customization experiment - the goal is to get to my standard unstrung specs (330g, 295SW) and then test what it would be like taking that same SW and dropping a bunch of static weight, to something like 315g/295SW.

Just the prospect of adding 40pts of SW to a racquet gets me super hyped. It's going to be like, wawrinka levels of lead all around the hoop.
I believe the 277 SW is unstrung spec.

I look forward to follow your experiment. Maybe you can post your findings here:
https://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/index.php?threads/alpha-yonex-vcore-duel-g-97.568437/
 
Sweet. It's funny how things will evolve if you sit back and do nothing. I went from needing the PD+ to realizing I am fine with the PA+ and would rather have something totally different and fun.

For once it would be amazing to have a small, sweet feeling frame that I can play really well with. I think this is probably wishful thinking, but who knows. My fear is that it is going to be super low powered like the epic Pro Staff 95. But I also think about the Yoko frame and how I am able to play quite well with that one.
 
Sweet. It's funny how things will evolve if you sit back and do nothing. I went from needing the PD+ to realizing I am fine with the PA+ and would rather have something totally different and fun.

For once it would be amazing to have a small, sweet feeling frame that I can play really well with. I think this is probably wishful thinking, but who knows. My fear is that it is going to be super low powered like the epic Pro Staff 95. But I also think about the Yoko frame and how I am able to play quite well with that one.
 
I am not playing tennis competitively right now, so it's more about playing for fun and enjoying the scene here.

As a result, I have not gotten a PD+, as the Pure Aero does what I need there.

I am intrigued by the upcoming Prince Phantom 93. When I started playing I had a Prince 90 and a Prince 110. The 90 was my favorite frame to use. It's just fun. I can imagine this 93 will probably be similar, but maybe it is special. Who knows. Something about the feel of a mid and how it comes through contact that I really enjoy.

Anyway, a potential buy for me. Will be a year with the PA+ only for me by the time the Prince hits the market.
its more fun NOT playing USTA, and singles is more fun than doubles. thats my wholly biased, non-evidence based opinion.

also, winning is more fun than losing, by a substantial margin. also also, the racquets that help me win (pure aero, for instance) dont feel nearly as good when striking the ball as even a bad prestige.
 
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That is an experiment I both envy to no end while also shuddering thinking about the rabbit hole of lead hell. Good on ya for trying. 16/20 Yonex sticks are great.

I've been totally absent from here of late because I haven't been playing. Hit for the first time in three months last week. Hoping to get back into it now. An ugly looking process.

Cheers, boys.
this morning’s session was a ‘holicking one in honor of jgad’s recent return. Brought out sticks that haven’t gotten much play in quite some time.

Pure storm team GT, head mg radical mp (original release), yonex vcore xi98, pure strike 98 (project one)...

Was reminded just how good the storms are. So much spin on groundies. Ball just explodes up after the bounce! Doesn’t stick volleys with the same authority as the blades.

PStrike is also quite a fun stick. Hits a more penetrating and heavier ball but feel and control aren’t as good as the ultra tour.

Mg radical mp...when did the sweet spot shrink down to the size of a pea? :)

Yonex vcore xi98...still a more comfy version of a pure drive. Better feel too. However, after getting used to the blades, this one needs some more lead now.

Bottom line? So many good frames in my collection. Better to just pick any one of these capable frames and focus on technique, fitness, footwork and agility! :)
 
Sweet. It's funny how things will evolve if you sit back and do nothing. I went from needing the PD+ to realizing I am fine with the PA+ and would rather have something totally different and fun.

For once it would be amazing to have a small, sweet feeling frame that I can play really well with. I think this is probably wishful thinking, but who knows. My fear is that it is going to be super low powered like the epic Pro Staff 95. But I also think about the Yoko frame and how I am able to play quite well with that one.
That Prince should have some plow if it's over 12 oz, but then that becomes a demanding issue in and of itself -- an over-12 oz stick that's only 93 sq inches. When I played the Prestige Mid I always rediscover how demanding it was when the wind was blowing or my legs not as juiced, then realized, ah, right. But from a purely holicking perspective, a mid with such a thin beam and a 50s RA sounds like delicious old-school fun.

Anyone in here ever try the Srixon?
 
Sweet. It's funny how things will evolve if you sit back and do nothing. I went from needing the PD+ to realizing I am fine with the PA+ and would rather have something totally different and fun.

For once it would be amazing to have a small, sweet feeling frame that I can play really well with. I think this is probably wishful thinking, but who knows. My fear is that it is going to be super low powered like the epic Pro Staff 95. But I also think about the Yoko frame and how I am able to play quite well with that one.
That Prince should have some plow if it's over 12 oz, but then that becomes a demanding issue in and of itself -- an over-12 oz stick that's only 93 sq inches. When I played the Prestige Mid I always rediscover how demanding it was when the wind was blowing or my legs not as juiced, then realized, ah, right. But from a purely holicking perspective, a mid with such a thin beam and a 50s RA sounds like delicious old-school fun.

Anyone in here ever try the Srixon?
 
That Prince should have some plow if it's over 12 oz, but then that becomes a demanding issue in and of itself -- an over-12 oz stick that's only 93 sq inches. When I played the Prestige Mid I always rediscover how demanding it was when the wind was blowing or my legs not as juiced, then realized, ah, right. But from a purely holicking perspective, a mid with such a thin beam and a 50s RA sounds like delicious old-school fun.

Anyone in here ever try the Srixon?
Yes, I thought of this as well. The 93 has a leather grip and a pretty head light balance.So I can replace that grip with a skin feel and probably knock 10 grams off of it plus get the balance more where I like it (should be around 6 pts). The frame would be where I like the more classics at - right at 340ish.That's actually why I am interested in it. It's super easy mod and that's all it would need.

As a junior, I had a Prince Response 90, so this brought back memories.

I tried to get a Srixon from Dunlop, but they were out of them at the time. Was curious if they felt like the old aerogel 200's.
 
Yes, I thought of this as well. The 93 has a leather grip and a pretty head light balance.So I can replace that grip with a skin feel and probably knock 10 grams off of it plus get the balance more where I like it (should be around 6 pts). The frame would be where I like the more classics at - right at 340ish.That's actually why I am interested in it. It's super easy mod and that's all it would need.

As a junior, I had a Prince Response 90, so this brought back memories.

I tried to get a Srixon from Dunlop, but they were out of them at the time. Was curious if they felt like the old aerogel 200's.
I recall Troy saying in the Srixon review he was a Dunlop guy (MFil?) which I think used to be your jam too. I think he switched to the Srixon.

The Ultra Tour is great because it gives old school player frame feel but still has some forgiveness to it. No idea how it compares to the Srixon.

Good luck with the Prince. Phantom paintjobs are money.
 
I'm back using my Solinco Pro 10 strung with Cyclone.

325g unstrung it's supposed to be but mine is a good bit heavier.

375-380g with no dampener and one over grip. Around 18g heavier than my Redondo 98 which is supposed to be 331g unstrung.

Feels like a tank and it hits like one. Huge sweet spot due to the weight and the 5-6 point HL balance.

I've learned not to try loopy forehand top spins on low balls - the weight makes it hard to generate racquet head speed on these shots so I play a rather passive slice.

Plays much better since the Cyclone string has lost tension.

Awesome paint job too.

Only other frame I've tried that feels as heavy - the current RF frame.
 
Lol can't believe this thread is still alive. :D

As for my racquetaholics, that s*it is over now. I finally gave up on leaded up setups and player's racquets and ordered a racquet that'd be "officially" recommended for my 3.0-3.5ish level, i.e a modern light static weight tweener (Yonex Ezone DR 100). Gone is the awesome feeling of a perfect nonrushed contact with a heavy racquet, or a pinpoint accuracy of a Prestige. But almost immediately I started hitting the ball way harder off both wings and defending with it feels like cheating. If I care about my level of play I stick to this, which I think I will. And it was crazy, DR 100 was my first ever racquet that didn't need any modding. It just felt perfect straight from the first hit. Finally found my golden gem! :)
 
Logic kicked in and I went and bought a Phantom 100P. If it is not good, Ill send it back to TT for the 93, but I made a thread overa year ago asking for a 100 size flexy frame and the least I can do is buy one now that a company delivered.
 
Logic kicked in and I went and bought a Phantom 100P. If it is not good, Ill send it back to TT for the 93, but I made a thread overa year ago asking for a 100 size flexy frame and the least I can do is buy one now that a company delivered.
itll be a very interesting aside from the pure aero. feel and power level is completely different. despite all my current purging these are 2 frames i will keep on hand.
 
oh yes ... played with it for several months. should probably go back. spin is great, feel is great, off-center hits arent great, power is lowwww. it really excels when youre swinging out your shoes. it rewards RHS with a lotta spin and control.
Ok excellent. The low power thing is a bit of a bummer but I expected that and i do have some plans to adjust. Thin beam and flexy is almost always gonna be low power. And that is why this thread exists. Lol.
 

SpinToWin

Talk Tennis Guru
I can’t get away from the PK man, it makes Tennis so easy.

Having said that, I’m really liking the extended Rad. The frame gets some nasty spin on the ball, and control is great. Also forgiving and then there’s feel too... but the PK hits bigger.

The extended Prestiges are fun but don’t really suit my game... I’ll see whether I keep them or send them to somebody who can make better use of them.
 

JGads

Hall of Fame
I can’t get away from the PK man, it makes Tennis so easy.

Having said that, I’m really liking the extended Rad. The frame gets some nasty spin on the ball, and control is great. Also forgiving and then there’s feel too... but the PK hits bigger.

The extended Prestiges are fun but don’t really suit my game... I’ll see whether I keep them or send them to somebody who can make better use of them.
I'm back together with PK. We can't quit each other.
 
If I don't like the Phantom, maybe I will. Thing I like about TW is I can send the frame back and get something else.

I love the Pure Aero as my go to power frame. So the Phantoms being soft and thin beamed is that extreme contrast that makes sense as a different option.
 
I sold all my sticks (all my 95 and 97 Angells and PAT) and got third PK Q+ 5X last week. Really a fantastic stick, so easy to play although swingweight is around 340. OMG that stability, control and power at the same time and all w/o any lead ! I didn't find this with any racquet. Only quality control is slightly poor, they are cca 6gr apart.
 
I sold all my sticks (all my 95 and 97 Angells and PAT) and got third PK Q+ 5X last week. Really a fantastic stick, so easy to play although swingweight is around 340. OMG that stability, control and power at the same time and all w/o any lead ! I didn't find this with any racquet. Only quality control is slightly poor, they are cca 6gr apart.
Yeah that's very, very nice. 340 SW on an XL is no joke, but I am sure it is workable.

The reason I wanted a new Phantom so badly is I have been seriously craving that old school POG feel, big time.
 
I am eagerly waiting for your info if Phantom really has that old school feel. What's your plan for stringing, full poly or full natural gut?
Full RS Lyon at 48#s. Thats the main thing for me too - the feel. If the power is that low, I will either return it or add some lead at 12.

Yoko was considered really low powered, but I never had an issue with that one once I got the SW up to 330. The Phantom already specs out well without mods, but 4 grams at the tip could make it into something special.
 
Full RS Lyon at 48#s. Thats the main thing for me too - the feel. If the power is that low, I will either return it or add some lead at 12.

Yoko was considered really low powered, but I never had an issue with that one once I got the SW up to 330. The Phantom already specs out well without mods, but 4 grams at the tip could make it into something special.
Why dont you try 4 grams total at 3 and 9 as well. If you hit with a semi westernish...extremish grip.....it might help with expanding your sweet spot. Best thing about lead tape cheaper than cheap :).
 
PP, I'm surprised you didn't wait for the 93P. Being pegged as the second coming. Specs looks glorious as well for old school lovers.
I'll probably get it if it is that good. I just wanted something to check out now, and the 100P seems like a nice fit. Definitely intrigued by the 93, but I met a really strong player who wants to hit, and I want to get back to playing with something a little easier than a mid.
 
There is something to be said for smaller headsizes. The SV95 is kind of a revelation to me. I’ve got a whole lot of demos right now, but I think I’ve finally found one I’m gonna force myself to play with for awhile.
 
The biggest deception going today is, that after a certain age you have to use a larger headed racquet to be competitive. And yes, a PD is easy to defend with, BUT, not the easiest to handle. Swinging a big ol fat racquet around gets tiring. Especially trying to reign it in. At age 50, it’s easier for me to handle a 95” than it is a 100”, and since I don’t have a lot of time to practice and I’m a little slower to warm up, the SV95 does the job. Yeah, it’s a harsh brassy feel, but it’s like a more stable and dicier 2013 Blade 98 16x19. 98” and below works better for me in almost every situation, which has taken me a while (and manyyyy demos) to figure out.
 
The biggest deception going today is, that after a certain age you have to use a larger headed racquet to be competitive. And yes, a PD is easy to defend with, BUT, not the easiest to handle. Swinging a big ol fat racquet around gets tiring. Especially trying to reign it in. At age 50, it’s easier for me to handle a 95” than it is a 100”, and since I don’t have a lot of time to practice and I’m a little slower to warm up, the SV95 does the job. Yeah, it’s a harsh brassy feel, but it’s like a more stable and dicier 2013 Blade 98 16x19. 98” and below works better for me in almost every situation, which has taken me a while (and manyyyy demos) to figure out.
in my unprofessional opinion, “forgiveness” is more a question of sweet spot size. the pure aero, when superimposed over a prestige MP, aint much bigger. ive checked. but the PA gets a lot more reaction on an off-center hit ... as does the SV95
 
Another reason I grabbed a 100P is that I would like to have a higher SW frame to play with. I can get the 100P to 340 SW with a quick mod and then go hit. The 93P for me is probably going to be a frame that I would remove the leather from and lighten. Regardless, it should be pretty fun to see how these frames play.
 
My contributions to the thread this year - I will have the P100P tomorrow and just got the 93P as well. This is a perfect time for me to mess around. Miami Open starts in 2 weeks, I have met a few hitting partners, and I'm mainly playing for fun right now.

I will be taking the leather off the 93P and replacing with a skin feel. I want this frame at 340 and not 350, with a balance at 6 pts instead of 9. I think that should do it.
 

JGads

Hall of Fame
My contributions to the thread this year - I will have the P100P tomorrow and just got the 93P as well. This is a perfect time for me to mess around. Miami Open starts in 2 weeks, I have met a few hitting partners, and I'm mainly playing for fun right now.

I will be taking the leather off the 93P and replacing with a skin feel. I want this frame at 340 and not 350, with a balance at 6 pts instead of 9. I think that should do it.
That 93's gonna be fun.
 
That 93's gonna be fun.
Absolutely. Worst case i can see it hanging out in the bag with my classic Heads. Best case, I use it a ton. I ordered it strung pretty low with RS and sometimes I jive really well with these mid frames. Figure it is worth a shot. I have not played with a mid in so long.
 
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