Diary of a Racketaholic

Floats on you, or what?

I rely heavily on slice BH and the PS97 does well for me. Also gives me a good topspin BH. Only thing is it's a little sensitive on my FH side. It seems launch angle sensitive.

Yep, it floats on it, so I chop it lower and practice with the ball machine until I am used to it.
 

ced

Professional
Went thru that several years ago..... on the advice of my Docs nurse I got a copper bracelet, been wearing it ever since....... 5 yrs now, free of pain !!

Voo doo works !!!!!
 

PBODY99

Legend
After over 9 years with my Speedport Golds, I was infected with the Textreme strain.
A few Phantoms 100 & a single 100P , a Tour 100 T ; a couple of Warrior 107s; A pair each of Premier 105 & 110.
I was stable until I succumbed to the Textreme & Tarwon strain of the Beast 103.
This happened while trying to aid a friend who wanted to move on from the Fischer Pro FT 1, so I demo frames......
 

NickJ

Professional
Hi, my name is Nick and I am a racketaholic. It has been 6 days since my last racket purchase (a £20 Donnay Ghost off the bay!)
Stupidly when my wife asked what I wanted for Christmas I said a racket, obvs. Now I can't decide . . . . i always revert back to my DR98 and/or POG Midplus when it comes to matches, but I just love rackets and my collection is growing. Also we've just had a baby girl and her shizzle is taking up valuable racket-space, so my choice must be perfect. I could tell you about the time when she was a week old and sprayed bum juice onto my Textreme Tour 95 from over a metre away. Luckily it went all over the Tournagrip so I could quickly remove & replace, and then rehome the Prince to a safer location.
I have a list of possible contenders -

Angell TC97
Angell TC100
Angell K7
Yonex Ezone 98
Yonex VCore Pro 97
Wilson Ultra Tour
Dunlop CX200 Tour
Prince Phantom 93P
Prince Phantom 100P ( currently have the 1st Phantom, the O-Port one and not feeling the love)

I lean to one particular frame, then the next day one of the others catches my eye. I'm like a tennis magpie, constantly chasing shiny things . . . .

*sigh*
 

n8dawg6

Legend
time to update yall on my latest stupid-ass racquet progression. started out w the rad MP touch ... for some reason, despite having played w the rad MP for years, it just didnt do it for me. too flimsy and i didnt like the feel.

instead of half-assing my racquet choice i decided to whole-ass it and went original RF97 with hybrid strings. great stick. still think so. but i dont need it to play 3.5 and 4.0 rec tennis.

was STOKED about the agassi reissue, even though it wasnt a real trisys 260. freakin hated it!

i dont even know why or how but i ended up picking up the old blade 98S i got from t-dub on clearance sale. breath of fresh air after dragging around the agassi reissue. somehow the weight and balance have really complemented my garbage rec game. balance takes a minute to get used to but with the higher SW it feels very solid for the weight. wish i had bought 3 of these frames before they were gone.

strings for the 98S have been a couple sets of the purple luxilon anniversary strings at 52 lbs. hate em at first, but they break in quickly and i get 10-12 hrs out of them
 

Bobble

Semi-Pro
time to update yall on my latest stupid-ass racquet progression. started out w the rad MP touch ... for some reason, despite having played w the rad MP for years, it just didnt do it for me. too flimsy and i didnt like the feel.

instead of half-assing my racquet choice i decided to whole-ass it and went original RF97 with hybrid strings. great stick. still think so. but i dont need it to play 3.5 and 4.0 rec tennis.

was STOKED about the agassi reissue, even though it wasnt a real trisys 260. freakin hated it!

i dont even know why or how but i ended up picking up the old blade 98S i got from t-dub on clearance sale. breath of fresh air after dragging around the agassi reissue. somehow the weight and balance have really complemented my garbage rec game. balance takes a minute to get used to but with the higher SW it feels very solid for the weight. wish i had bought 3 of these frames before they were gone.

strings for the 98S have been a couple sets of the purple luxilon anniversary strings at 52 lbs. hate em at first, but they break in quickly and i get 10-12 hrs out of them
Didn’t like the 98S cv? I think this is one of the most solid frames and string patterns out there for 3.5-4.5 players...just haven’t found the right string combo outside of pure synthetic that doesn’t mess with my arm.
 

n8dawg6

Legend
Didn’t like the 98S cv? I think this is one of the most solid frames and string patterns out there for 3.5-4.5 players...just haven’t found the right string combo outside of pure synthetic that doesn’t mess with my arm.
i actually havent used the CV ... im sure ill pick one up when they go on clearance.

my game relies entirely on my serve, forehand, and net play. the string pattern has really complemented the forehand and serve and i find it very easy to use at the net.

it bothers my wrist with full poly until the strings loosen up. havent even thought about trying syn gut or a multi. ive thought about trying a hybrid but it uses a one piece stringing pattern ... not that itd matter much.
 
Hi, my name is Nick and I am a racketaholic. It has been 6 days since my last racket purchase (a £20 Donnay Ghost off the bay!)
Stupidly when my wife asked what I wanted for Christmas I said a racket, obvs. Now I can't decide . . . . i always revert back to my DR98 and/or POG Midplus when it comes to matches, but I just love rackets and my collection is growing. Also we've just had a baby girl and her shizzle is taking up valuable racket-space, so my choice must be perfect. I could tell you about the time when she was a week old and sprayed bum juice onto my Textreme Tour 95 from over a metre away. Luckily it went all over the Tournagrip so I could quickly remove & replace, and then rehome the Prince to a safer location.
I have a list of possible contenders -

Angell TC97
Angell TC100
Angell K7
Yonex Ezone 98
Yonex VCore Pro 97
Wilson Ultra Tour
Dunlop CX200 Tour
Prince Phantom 93P
Prince Phantom 100P ( currently have the 1st Phantom, the O-Port one and not feeling the love)

I lean to one particular frame, then the next day one of the others catches my eye. I'm like a tennis magpie, constantly chasing shiny things . . . .

*sigh*

If you want my opinion on what to try, id try the ezone 98 with a couple grams at 3 and 9 and a good shaped poly like hyper g. Also try the prince 93p for sure I'm very tempted to try one myself just because of the enormous amount of positive feedback from non-mid players.
 

NickJ

Professional
If you want my opinion on what to try, id try the ezone 98 with a couple grams at 3 and 9 and a good shaped poly like hyper g. Also try the prince 93p for sure I'm very tempted to try one myself just because of the enormous amount of positive feedback from non-mid players.
And today I hear from Jonas of TennisNerd that there's going to be coming very soon, a 16x19 version of the Dunlop CX200 Tour . . . . .GAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!
 

bertrevert

Hall of Fame
This thread needs to come back.

It's not like we've all magically recovered, is it.

See I find this to be the real kicker: we can all have honeymoon periods with racqs, and find they amp up our game etc, however I really only reckon when you're full on knackered in the heat of the moment, or got the nerves, or really up against it, that you find out whether the racq might come to your aid... or not.

I find no demo, no hitting session, can quite prepare you for comp, and no test is quite like it. Sure in a hitup we can simulate the extreme shots we get in a comp, but there's nothing quite like the heat of battle, or the defence a good opp might put up, to test you mettle with racq in hand.

And who want to take a demo to a match? No-one. Just makes finding the right racq means playing matches... over... lengthy... time... periods... necessary.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
This thread needs to come back.

It's not like we've all magically recovered, is it.

See I find this to be the real kicker: we can all have honeymoon periods with racqs, and find they amp up our game etc, however I really only reckon when you're full on knackered in the heat of the moment, or got the nerves, or really up against it, that you find out whether the racq might come to your aid... or not.

I find no demo, no hitting session, can quite prepare you for comp, and no test is quite like it. Sure in a hitup we can simulate the extreme shots we get in a comp, but there's nothing quite like the heat of battle, or the defence a good opp might put up, to test you mettle with racq in hand.

And who want to take a demo to a match? No-one. Just makes finding the right racq means playing matches... over... lengthy... time... periods... necessary.
What a long post...and no mention of what racquet or racquets you are demo’g??? C’mon. Completely useless! ;) :-D
 

bertrevert

Hall of Fame
What a long post...and no mention of what racquet or racquets you are demo’g??? C’mon. Completely useless! ;):-D
Darnit you're right - but mine is just a general racquet-holics post, regardless of racq!

But yes am onto the Wilson Clash (std, not tour) because I'm a holic plus genuinely believe there is bound to be better tech over time.

Still I like going back and seeing how they sold racq in the 80s with new paintjobs, celeb endorsement, or fiddling about with (silly) shapes in the shaft.

I know I know - not a lot has changed!

I guess as ever, being a holic, happens because wanting improvements but often the best improvements come from just - taking a lesson! :censored:
 

Bobble

Semi-Pro
This thread needs to come back.

It's not like we've all magically recovered, is it.

See I find this to be the real kicker: we can all have honeymoon periods with racqs, and find they amp up our game etc, however I really only reckon when you're full on knackered in the heat of the moment, or got the nerves, or really up against it, that you find out whether the racq might come to your aid... or not.

I find no demo, no hitting session, can quite prepare you for comp, and no test is quite like it. Sure in a hitup we can simulate the extreme shots we get in a comp, but there's nothing quite like the heat of battle, or the defence a good opp might put up, to test you mettle with racq in hand.

And who want to take a demo to a match? No-one. Just makes finding the right racq means playing matches... over... lengthy... time... periods... necessary.
Great post. Had this experience with the new aero plus. Amazing first set, started dreaming of all the sticks I was about to give to charity. Then, second set gets close and I start punishing the back fence. Back to my confusing rotation of radical touch mp/touch prestige mid/pro...or maybe the drive vs is the answer
 

bertrevert

Hall of Fame
start punishing the back fence
brouhaha!

What we can't do is get averages of how we perform with a racq. Lemme tell you what I mean.

See I know a geezer... who swapped out his Bab PDs (sold to me) for Aeros.

While I can see him hit his FH/BH just a little bit harder/faster, serve is in the sink, volleys shakier, overheads... in that same back fence as you.

On average that racq swap has not helped his game.

How can we know this beforehand?

A demo might show us we hit one or two shots better and we go with that feeling. But is only in competing, in the totality of winning points, that how suitable the racq is starts showing up.

I have noticed that retailers have all started getting more generous about demo, partly to support sales, partly because it takes time.
 

n8dawg6

Legend
time to update yall on my latest stupid-ass racquet progression. started out w the rad MP touch ... for some reason, despite having played w the rad MP for years, it just didnt do it for me. too flimsy and i didnt like the feel.

instead of half-assing my racquet choice i decided to whole-ass it and went original RF97 with hybrid strings. great stick. still think so. but i dont need it to play 3.5 and 4.0 rec tennis.

was STOKED about the agassi reissue, even though it wasnt a real trisys 260. freakin hated it!

i dont even know why or how but i ended up picking up the old blade 98S i got from t-dub on clearance sale. breath of fresh air after dragging around the agassi reissue. somehow the weight and balance have really complemented my garbage rec game. balance takes a minute to get used to but with the higher SW it feels very solid for the weight. wish i had bought 3 of these frames before they were gone.

strings for the 98S have been a couple sets of the purple luxilon anniversary strings at 52 lbs. hate em at first, but they break in quickly and i get 10-12 hrs out of them
STILL using the 98S and still think the RF97 is a fantastic frame. only downsides: 98S is really going thru strings and the RF97 is slow to get to stab volleys, wide angles, etc. 98S might lose a bit of accuracy too, but good tradeoff for the spin. nothing ive ever used clobbers groundstrokes like the RF97.
 

bertrevert

Hall of Fame
STILL using the 98S and still think the RF97 is a fantastic frame. only downsides: 98S is really going thru strings and the RF97 is slow to get to stab volleys, wide angles, etc. 98S might lose a bit of accuracy too, but good tradeoff for the spin. nothing ive ever used clobbers groundstrokes like the RF97.
Woot yeah! Spent time with 98S. Light but solid... a lot like the current Clash (though this one is heavier and more solid) oh heck we just go round in circles don't we!

Look the 98S was super-spinny and could serve well but overall too light and I left balls short or just spinning on the baseline for my opp, achieving no plow-thru.

Sticking with your main squeeze: first sign of non-holicism.
 

Bobble

Semi-Pro
brouhaha!

What we can't do is get averages of how we perform with a racq. Lemme tell you what I mean.

See I know a geezer... who swapped out his Bab PDs (sold to me) for Aeros.

While I can see him hit his FH/BH just a little bit harder/faster, serve is in the sink, volleys shakier, overheads... in that same back fence as you.

On average that racq swap has not helped his game.

How can we know this beforehand?

A demo might show us we hit one or two shots better and we go with that feeling. But is only in competing, in the totality of winning points, that how suitable the racq is starts showing up.

I have noticed that retailers have all started getting more generous about demo, partly to support sales, partly because it takes time.
Really wish I could sample some of this objectivity. I’m such an easy marketing target and victim of this forum. With your logic of averages, I should be swinging the original ultra 97 or prestige touch mid. Unfortunately I’m convinced since I’m a self-taught 4.5 counterpuncher that I should be with a bab or head tweener (and certainly nothing close to a players frame or mid).

That seems like a good enough rant for now, ps the cv 98S is a great frame that somehow killed my arm.
 

beltsman

Legend
I bought a Graphene 360 Instinct MP because it was heavily on sale and I like the specs on paper. This is despite playing with the 360 Speed MP since August and LOVING it. I have no reason to change. But, I broke a string on the Speed, saw the Instinct on sale, and, well....here we are.

I'm excited to hit with it. I'm not sure what to expect. I've never hit with an Instinct before. But a 16x19 100 sq in with a denser pattern, 62-65 RA, and 320 SW? Sounds too good to be true.

Why don't Instincts get any love?
 

FedGR

Professional
Well, I don't think Head has given the Instinct line the identity it needs. You know what to expect when you hear Prestige, Radical or Speed but Instinct?

Plus you have Djoko and Murray endorsing the Speed and Radical but Masha is no27 in the world right now and doesn't go deep in tournaments for more eyes to see the racket.

2nd Plus the Speed line has been so good (at least the G360) and most consumers will go straight there.
 

SpinToWin

Talk Tennis Guru
I feel I pretend to be faithful to my frames more than I actually am. Really eyeing the Clash as well… If this experiment goes on as well as it is, I'm switching.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
I feel I pretend to be faithful to my frames more than I actually am. Really eyeing the Clash as well… If this experiment goes on as well as it is, I'm switching.
The Clash is AWESOME! I had to add some lead and after doing so, it far exceeds the expectations I had initially. I highly recommend giving it a try. Didn’t think anything would ever sway me from my modded Ultra Tours but the Clash is making me think really hard about it. The only downside so far is the short string life. My 1.25g poly is dead in about 5 hrs of hitting. Mains are notched halfway through and are not snapping back at all.
 

SpinToWin

Talk Tennis Guru
The Clash is AWESOME! I had to add some lead and after doing so, it far exceeds the expectations I had initially. I highly recommend giving it a try. Didn’t think anything would ever sway me from my modded Ultra Tours but the Clash is making me think really hard about it. The only downside so far is the short string life. My 1.25g poly is dead in about 5 hrs of hitting. Mains are notched halfway through and are not snapping back at all.
Same here :) didn’t even add much, 3g at 12 is a bit of a joke with a frame this light in stock form
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
Same here :) didn’t even add much, 3g at 12 is a bit of a joke with a frame this light in stock form
Yeah. For me, it’s 2g at 12.1g between 4-5 and 1g between 7-8. Some putty inside the handle + overgrip. 11.6 oz static weight. Hits a big ball - penetrating with a lot of spin. I’m still tuning the frame to get the most out of it.
 

Power Player

Bionic Poster
Wide open patterns on frames dont entice me at all anymore luckily. Im still good with the p93 rs lyon 17 and just working on my technique.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
Wide open patterns on frames dont entice me at all anymore luckily. Im still good with the p93 rs lyon 17 and just working on my technique.
I was perfectly happy with my Ultra Tour. By sheer luck of the draw, LITERALLY, a brand new Clash fell into my lap. Otherwise I wouldn’t have even bothered. :cool:
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
On a separate note, I decided to pull out my yellow/green Fischer m speed pro 1...restrung it with Prince Tour XP 1.30 mains and Prince Tour XC 17L crosses (green/yellow)...what a fantastic feeling stick! Shame Fischer is no more. :(
 

Power Player

Bionic Poster
you know you love the pure aero ...
I dont use it anymore. But I doubt ill sell them either. Honestly, the two best tweeners ever for me are the PA+ but also that Extreme Pro I was using. I still have that too.

It just does not make a huge power difference for me to use the smaller P93 anymore. I got so good at grinding with deep, moon-ish topspin balls using the PA and Extreme that I can play the same way with the P93 strung at 40#s. The advantage is I can serve, volley and slice better with the P93, plus I have better touch due to the smaller head and tighter pattern. So I’m still going strong with it, and taking on many guys wielding RF97s and Babs with no issues.

Played some dude with an RF97 loaded up with lead at 12. He hit a fairly nice ball but his footwork was so lazy. All I had to do was send back 3 balls deep and heavy and by the 3rd one, he’d blow the shot. If I felt really wild and crazy, I’d slice him low for a free net dump, but that felt almost cruel after a while.

Anyway, it’s not the racquet after a certain point. I can play a similar game with the PA+, but I really enjoy everything a lot more with the Phantom.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
...Played some dude with an RF97 loaded up with lead at 12. He hit a fairly nice ball but his footwork was so lazy. All I had to do was send back 3 balls deep and heavy and by the 3rd one, he’d blow the shot...

Anyway, it’s not the racquet after a certain point. I can play a similar game with the PA+, but I really enjoy everything a lot more with the Phantom.
Yup. Footwork footwork footwork. Movement movement movement. Balance balance balance. If you can maintain this for 10 shots in a point, you have a great chance at winning the point. If you can maintain this consistency over the course of a match, you have a great chance at winning the match!

Over the weekend, I played with:

Wilson Clash
Wilson Ultra Tour
Fischer MSpeed Pro #1
Pro Kennex Kinetic 5g

Played really well with all of them as long as I was moving my feet, setting up correctly and maintaining my balance. All are fantastic racquets with different strengths.
 

n8dawg6

Legend
I dont use it anymore. But I doubt ill sell them either. Honestly, the two best tweeners ever for me are the PA+ but also that Extreme Pro I was using. I still have that too.

It just does not make a huge power difference for me to use the smaller P93 anymore. I got so good at grinding with deep, moon-ish topspin balls using the PA and Extreme that I can play the same way with the P93 strung at 40#s. The advantage is I can serve, volley and slice better with the P93, plus I have better touch due to the smaller head and tighter pattern. So I’m still going strong with it, and taking on many guys wielding RF97s and Babs with no issues.

Played some dude with an RF97 loaded up with lead at 12. He hit a fairly nice ball but his footwork was so lazy. All I had to do was send back 3 balls deep and heavy and by the 3rd one, he’d blow the shot. If I felt really wild and crazy, I’d slice him low for a free net dump, but that felt almost cruel after a while.

Anyway, it’s not the racquet after a certain point. I can play a similar game with the PA+, but I really enjoy everything a lot more with the Phantom.
oh yeah? well i was using my RF97 and whipping some dude playing with a 93P ... jk, my game still relies heavily on beer consumption
 
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