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

  1. esgee48

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    Sorry to hear about the injury. Make sure you do the rehab properly. If you short change yourself there, you will have many regrets.

    You can continue to lurk. And read some of the comments by some of the more obnoxious posters in the forums. Laugh at their remarks.

    Guess we can call you a "Method Tennis Player" or the "Six Thousand Dollar Man" after your recovery. :D
     
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    Oh ffs no... Wish you a swift recovery and hope the suspicions are not confirmed
     
  3. SpinToWin

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    @Power Player your review of the 93P has me curious. Was training some juniors yesterday and I was hitting with my PT600 for most of the time to make for more consistent hitting, and by God the serve, especially the kicker. I still cannot believe how well I serve with the frame, if there is a more forgiving and powerful version out there it may actually suit me very well... The one thing that bothers me with these large headed frames (my PK) is how they move through the air. I get used to it, but I love that cutting through the air feel of smaller heads.
     
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    Never have truer words been spoken...until I whiff or frame a ROS! Then that clumsy bigger headed racquet isn’t so awkward after all! :D
     
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  5. Zodd

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    Words of wisdom right there - something about both the feel and sound of swinging a true Prestige mid is just money.

    And when you make contact and pancake the ball it's honey and melted butter combined...
     
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    Man, now I got hungry...
     
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  7. JGads

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    Thanks. By the way, re: frame whippiness through the air, that's one area where the standard length Q+5 really throttles the plus-length. You can whip it through the zone so much more easily while still having the forgiveness of the larger head. Obviously you lose some of that tank-plow that the extended offers, but the tradeoff is the whippiness on quick strokes, kickers, etc. Just in case you want to give the little brother a shot one day.

    That being said, I want you to try the Phantom, too. I wanna be like Oprah and hand out Phantoms to all my trusted 'holic buddies and then live vicariously.
     
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  8. Power Player

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    Yep. That's the reason I got it. It's also the reason I play the Bab + lengths at the lower weights too. No matter what, they still feel a bit clunky though when you compare to a 93. The 93 is just really, really fun to play with.
     
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    Main reason i passed on the pkplus is that. Super intriguing frame but i just knew a 100 with that type of weighting would probably be a little overkill.

    Im thinking the new pd tour plus and the p93 is a combo that will work perfectly for me. I realized that i always need a babolat in the bag just in case.
     
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    What's your thoughts about stability of Q+5 compare to X brother ? I'm interested for out of sweetspot hits. X is genius in this department. Thank you beforehand for your info.
     
  11. JGads

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    One day you should order a TW demo box with both the extended and the standard length versions just to check them out for a week. They're both just killer frames, in slightly different ways. You might love the standard.
     
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    I don’t find it much slower than the Pure Aero Plus myself. The fairly thin beam makes it less sluggish
     
  13. JGads

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    Stability almost the same. Both are so forgiving in the amount of usable stringbed, rock solid at net. The plus-length will plow the ball more at the cost of the whippiness of the standard. The expected give and take. Neither frame has a weakness. Both sticks and the 7G will forever be favorites of mine.
     
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    I think I’ll demo the standard version one of these days...
     
  15. Power Player

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    True. The price is right, thats for sure.

    This stinking p93 really pulled me out of demo mode fast. I havent played with a mid in so long either. Something about how they come through the air and feel on contact is just insanely satisfying.

    I screwed up by never trying that v89 yonex. The specs are pretty much identical to the p93.
     
  16. mad dog1

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    Since I’ve gotten accustomed to the ~330SW blade 18x20s lately, today I decided to bring to the court my tfight 315 Ltd 16x19. I had leaded up the tfight with 4g at 12 and 1g at 3 and 9 each for a total of 6g. I loved the buttery feel but it was too much stick to swing when my main stick was the modded pure storm which had a 320ish SW. What a revelation today. I had no problem swinging the tfight and the ball it was delivering was heavy, penetrating and jumping up as well as forwards. Holy hammer of a stick!

    @JGads suggested what could be an ultimate comparo of butter sticks! Ultra tour vs tfight 315 Ltd 16x19 vs prince phantom 93! :eek: :D
     
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    I need to put RS in my Tfight.

    I think the difference for me is that the Tfight will never balance like the P93. The beauty of the P93 is how well specced it is. The Tfight has to have at least 5 grams at 12 for me to hit as big as I need, which knocks the balance down to 3 or 4. I countered it with lead in the handle to get it back to 6, but I actually just preferred it at 3 or 4.

    The 93 became real apparent to me that I would have to do nothing to have it set up to work for me, and I really, really like that.

    Feel wise, they are both special. The 93 is even closer to old school heritage than the Tfight, IMO. The tfight has a kind of rubbery flex to it that makes it stand out a little from the pack. Tough to really go wrong with these frames. In terms of serve,I give the advantage to the P93 just because of the balance.

    I also much prefer the Prince grip shape to the stock one of the Tfight.
     
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    Wow, I am already looking forward to reading your opinion. You were spot on with your review of its brother X. You did a great job.
     
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  19. Power Player

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    Current bag status :

    Head PT280
    Tfight 315 ltd
    Prince Phantom 93
     
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  20. mad dog1

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    You need a bigger bag! :D
     
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  21. Power Player

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    I can easily fit 4 frame plus a lot of clothes, towels, balls....etc. If I need more than that, I have a problem..lol.
     
  22. mad dog1

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    Like I said, you need a bigger bag! Lol!!! ;)

    These are the sticks I have in my bag:

    These get the most use: :)
    Wilson ultra tour x 2
    Wilson blade 18x20 2015
    Wilson blade 18x20 CV
    Babolat pure strike (project one7)

    These are feeling neglected: :(
    Yonex vcore xi98
    Babolat pure storm gt team
    Head graphene prestige mp
     
  23. Power Player

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    I've never needed more than 4 frames on the court in my life..lol. I'd go nuts with that many options. Much prefer to keep it simple. I usually bring 3 at most. Past year I just brought 2 PA+s.
     
  24. Power Player

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    I think Mad Dog was right. I decided to keep one Pure Aero Plus. One is a little more worn down than the other, and I don't want to deal with selling it and documenting each paint chip..etc. I don't go through frames so fast that I need 2 of everything either. I'm not playing in tournaments.
     
  25. n8dawg6

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    for some reason i think i need two of everything. despite the fact that i rarely break poly. i usually restring bc its loose, not broken.
     
  26. Power Player

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    Yeah, I would get like that too. It works if I am just using that one model of frame. So I took 2 PA+s with me everywhere until now. Almost had to because of the open pattern. It was easy to pop strings , especially with some of the bigger servers I played with.

    Right now I think I will just use the P93 and have 2 Babs in the bag. Just play and see how it all shakes out. My biggest mistakes in the past were buying tweeners, using them. Then selling them and getting something classic. Rinse and repeat. It makes more sense just to have each for me, as I tend to go back and forth on what I want to use every 10-12 months.

    If I continue to use the P93, which I plan to, I will buy another. It's a very nice priced frame and it's also such a great one to own. I really hope I can just use it all the time. The main thing is I have to see how I do with it in the crazy heat and humidity that is coming soon.
     
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    this hits a little too close to home ... im already regretting selling my pure drive a couple weeks ago :rolleyes:
     
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    I played with the Graphene Prestige MP. If you switched to that, it is a tricky frame. It makes you want to play modern tennis, but it needs to be used with confidence and authority. Have to make sure you are not playing tight and are moving. The P93 gets me in that mentality for whatever reason. The GPMP, I was just not winning matches with. I should have strung it full poly and mid 40s. That would have helped a lot. It was just kind of in between being a modern frame you brush with and an old school frame that you hit through with.

    So for me, I can hit through with the P93 and it will stay in. During points that really helps me with not being tight. With a Bab, I can brush aggressively and it will stay in. With the GPMP, I was not sure what exactly to do, and I played tight with it.

    Anyway, don't do what I did - string it mid 40s with the full poly and it may work out better.
     
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    its the whole power vs control thing. i get tired of the stiff frames and lack of control. hit with a prestige and start placing my shots wherever i want. think ... this is great! then i start noticing the off-center hits die and you have to be swinging out all the time to create enough pace against good opponents. ive mentioned it before ... vicious cycle!
     
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    After more thinking , I'm staying with the Pure Aeros over the new PD for now. Why? I don't really need to add the new frames to the mix, especially when I am using the P93 a lot right now. Just makes no sense to add another variable when the PA+ just works for me and I know it inside and out. It's truly a sweet racquet. The best tweener I have ever used. Additionally, I can use that money to try some new shoes. My legs and hips have been taking a beating and I feel like I am moving much too tentative. I have used the Vapors for so long because they are light and fast, but maybe it has been bad for my body. Who knows. Any shoe is advice is welcome.

    What does that all mean for frames? I will probably get another P93 for the bag and carry 4. Why will I get another P93? This is a true holic's frame. Imagine listening to your favorite vinyl records on an incredible modern stereo system. Yes, I am comparing the P93 to an old Herbie Hancock record, because that s--- is still bad ass and relevant to this day, just like the Phantom.

    Seriously though, the P93 is so enjoyable. And you can actually play well with it. It's not like carrying a knife to a gunfight. Unless you are technically unsound at tennis and your footwork is bad. I basically have a coach in my hand, telling me all the stuff I need to fix. And it works, because I am quickly making adjustments and getting my game back rather quickly.
     
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    I dig Asics shoes for what it’s worth!
     
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    Spring is in the air in the great grey north and felt the need to try something new. Looking for something forgiving,(100sq.in) yet not too fat with decent control. Looked over some previous posts for inspiration and thought the PK Q+5 standard might be a good place to start. Trigger pulled and I am now eagerly awaiting for it to arrive.
     
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    Have you tried the blade 18x20 or the ultra tour?
     
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    Both are terrific their own way. The UT is more Head Radical (with more buttery feel). The Blade is classic Wilson player’s frame.


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    Yeah. I am playing with both at the moment! :) the UT is better than the head mg radical mp IMO. The sweetspot is pretty small in the head.
     
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    Thank god someone is trying this. SpinTowin is weeping with joy.
     
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    lol

    Now if only I could get somebody other than @tribesmen to try the PK Q+5X :D
     
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    Agreed!


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    I have hit with the Ultra Tour indoors over the winter and absolutely loved it. Fantastic feel and control. It needs a little lead to make it sing but one the best Wilson racquets I have ever hit.

    The last 18X20 Blade I used was the 2013 Black and Silver. I have not tried the 2015 or the CV yet. Which one are you using?
     
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    Yeah I figured if SpinToWin and Gads give it their seal of approval, it is a pretty safe bet.
     
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    100% agree with your take on the Ultra Tour!

    I’m playing both the 2015 and CV. Both are just fantastic sticks and an improvement over the previous versions.
     
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    Nice to see TW giving Prince some new life. Really looking forward to the Tour 100P and Tour 95 updates. It appears to have Twaron similar to the Beast line. Hoping that they keep the 100P 18x20.
     
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    +1 for the Asics recommendation. Knees, hips and lower back are much happier when wearing Resolutions.
     
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    Yes, 5X was love at first sight. What the hell I've been waiting for so long to try the extended racket. But your test gave me a thought and I said, I have nothing to lose and what a surprise it was, better service and better backhand (OHB), plus maneuverability is really great, not to speak of power and control at the same time.

    It has not yet happened that I have only one type of racket (at the moment 3 pcs) in the bag and it seems it will stay like this. Everything else sold. I tried for test several new racquets and nothing come close to 5X. The big ones do not have such a racket in their arsenal.

    I will, however, still get the standard length for the test (I believe @JGads view is appropriate) and to keep company with 5X :)
     
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    Really? Damn you are speaking to me here. How do they fit - true to size? I have fairly wide feet, but I wear 9.5 size in the Vapors. A wider shoe I can go down to 9.
     
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    Yeah, IMO they are the best shoe on the market in terms of joint and back health and I have tried almost everything. They are also really stable, not too heavy and have decent durability. I wear 9.5 as well and feel they fit pretty true to size however my feet are average width.
     
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    Thats awesome. The Solution Speeds were great but a bit narrow for me. Are the Resolutions the same width?
     
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    I would say they are a little wider. The Solution speeds were not a great fit for me either and the traction on the slicker hard courts was a little worrisome. I heard this got a little better with the second generation so that might not be an issue anymore. My only issue with Asics is that now that they are becoming more popular on tour, the price is getting up there and they don't go on clearance as fast as they used to. Of course I blame Novak for this!
     
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    Ok cool.I bet I can fit into the 9's then.
     
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    Hey PP, I recommend you check with jgads about the ASICS. He has wide feet, too, and he’s been wearing ASICS for quite a few years.
     
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