Diary of a Racketaholic

tim-ay

Professional
On shots that are close to my body I can use a 2HBH to defend the ball back, but anything else feels so awkward. Since my thumb was hurting last time I tried using a 2HBH a bit more and it was comical. I got confused a few times in switching between backhands that I tried a 2HBH slice a few times. Can you even do a 2HBH slice? Is that even a thing?
I’m no two handed, but it helps if you realize it’s a completely different stroke. It’s more coil and the swing path is definitely more compact and over the shoulder. I can hit it and sometimes it even feels ok, but I’m just better at the one hander. A coach actually told me to quit messing around an only hit the one hander as i hit bigger and with more spin, probably 5 or 6 years ago. Once I committed fully, i don’t worry about the weaknesses anymore.

Two handed slice tho’? Maybe Monica Seles. Lol. The slice contact point is often a lot closer to the 2 hander vs. the 1 anyway so I never bought into the idea that a one hander has an advantage there, except we can learn it more naturally and disguise it a little more.
 
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ryushen21

Legend
I thought the BP increases my NTRP by +1?!? Just going to play the swingweight lottery. Return the ones that are out of spec. Hopefully get at least 1-2 good ones.
Only by +1?

I'm trying to work a deal on a blade pro right now but trying to get the seller to give me strung specs first.
 

JGads

Legend
Hand/finger reduction surgery?
Or just a new set. Maybe with graphene.

True story during my knee rehab there was a guy in there all the time recovering from surgery to get taller by like an inch or something. There is a technique where they can do this but it's painstaking and you have to go one leg at a time. Couldn't believe someone would go to those lengths.
 

gutfeeling

Hall of Fame
Or just a new set. Maybe with graphene.

True story during my knee rehab there was a guy in there all the time recovering from surgery to get taller by like an inch or something. There is a technique where they can do this but it's painstaking and you have to go one leg at a time. Couldn't believe someone would go to those lengths.
Pun intended!
 

Addxyz

Professional
Only by +1?

I'm trying to work a deal on a blade pro right now but trying to get the seller to give me strung specs first.
Well, pro tour was like 5.0 here, so once I get those BP, I'm ready to jet over to Australia for the AO.

Not doing the over 340SW thing anymore. I have a K90 at 344SW and while it was fun, it definitely was not sustainable. It seemed like there were maybe a few BP at under 310 which would be ideal.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
Or just a new set. Maybe with graphene.

True story during my knee rehab there was a guy in there all the time recovering from surgery to get taller by like an inch or something. There is a technique where they can do this but it's painstaking and you have to go one leg at a time. Couldn't believe someone would go to those lengths.
:oops::oops:

shoes with thicker heels would be so much easier.
 
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tim-ay

Professional
Or just a new set. Maybe with graphene.

True story during my knee rehab there was a guy in there all the time recovering from surgery to get taller by like an inch or something. There is a technique where they can do this but it's painstaking and you have to go one leg at a time. Couldn't believe someone would go to those lengths.
What do they do to get a ‘taller’ schlong?
 

1HBHfanatic

Legend
I see this thread veered off to body measurements :-D
-well lets bring it back to topic
-i got my eyes on 4x new sticks :oops::rolleyes:
-wilson.blade "v8 models" (there is talk of this coming soon)??!!
-the new head.radicals-2021, anxious on this playtest, pro/mp
-the new yonex.vcore.95/98/100-2021, i want to play test these
-the new w.ps.rf, keep hearing good stuff

-what about you, what's on your raket-radar these days??
 

topspn

Legend
-well lets bring it back to topic
-i got my eyes on 4x new sticks :oops::rolleyes:
-wilson.blade "v8 models" (there is talk of this coming soon)??!!
-the new head.radicals-2021, anxious on this playtest, pro/mp
-the new yonex.vcore.95/98/100-2021, i want to play test these
-the new w.ps.rf, keep hearing good stuff

-what about you, what's on your raket-radar these days??
Already demoed both MP and Pro of new Rad. I think the MP would be a good platform stick. Also curious to try the VCORE 95 and 98. Blade V8 i think is too early, if something is coming probably closer to end of year.
 

ryushen21

Legend
-well lets bring it back to topic
-i got my eyes on 4x new sticks :oops::rolleyes:
-wilson.blade "v8 models" (there is talk of this coming soon)??!!
-the new head.radicals-2021, anxious on this playtest, pro/mp
-the new yonex.vcore.95/98/100-2021, i want to play test these
-the new w.ps.rf, keep hearing good stuff

-what about you, what's on your raket-radar these days??
The new VCore 100 is definitely on my radar. Still keeping my eyes peeled for a 2015 Blade and a Blade Pro.

But I'm also getting deeper into the Yonex Rabbit hole
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Well, pro tour was like 5.0 here, so once I get those BP, I'm ready to jet over to Australia for the AO.

Not doing the over 340SW thing anymore. I have a K90 at 344SW and while it was fun, it definitely was not sustainable. It seemed like there were maybe a few BP at under 310 which would be ideal.
honestly the blade pro without a higher sw is a bit of a nuetered frame. Its not like a k90, it swings easier than that even at hulk specs.
 

topspn

Legend
Yeah, i saw the heaping praise vid from Karue very early my morning as i am having coffee. I remember the first generation which i demoed at the time and it was a nice racquet. Damn you karue, another racquet to demo :rolleyes:
 

Addxyz

Professional
honestly the blade pro without a higher sw is a bit of a nuetered frame. Its not like a k90, it swings easier than that even at hulk specs.
If so, at least I can always add weight if needed. K90 probably feels heavy because of the high swing weight plus high static weight. IIRC, mine was around 365g static.
 

JGads

Legend
-well lets bring it back to topic
-i got my eyes on 4x new sticks :oops::rolleyes:
-wilson.blade "v8 models" (there is talk of this coming soon)??!!
-the new head.radicals-2021, anxious on this playtest, pro/mp
-the new yonex.vcore.95/98/100-2021, i want to play test these
-the new w.ps.rf, keep hearing good stuff

-what about you, what's on your raket-radar these days??
-i totally respect
-the consistency of your posting
-style
-i don't think the v8 blades
-are coming anytime
-soon
 

1HBHfanatic

Legend
The new VCore 100 is definitely on my radar. Still keeping my eyes peeled for a 2015 Blade and a Blade Pro.

But I'm also getting deeper into the Yonex Rabbit hole
-i have yet to come across a yonex stick that does not need some tweeking with lead tape!!
-IMO/IME from previous versions, the y.vcore-98 is a nice stick for serious tennis players (aka Racketaholics)
-the 100 have a nice big sweet pot, but are a bit too light for constant play, too much lead would be needed to get it to my preference

-ill def. try the 95 and 98..
 

1HBHfanatic

Legend
The new VCore 100 is definitely on my radar. Still keeping my eyes peeled for a 2015 Blade and a Blade Pro.
.......
-check this picture out from my INstagram account
-you might find interesting!!?!?
picture 1

picture 2

-btw, i like/prefer the 2019 v7 blades best (y)
-the v6 2017 blades/countervail) are solid, but not as fun to hit with,,, but there are people who prefer it !?? :rolleyes:(y)(n)
-are the 2015 blades the ones i have pictured here??^ which are nice also
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
-check this picture out from my INstagram account
-you might find interesting!!?!?
picture 1

picture 2

-btw, i like/prefer the 2019 v7 blades best (y)
-the v6 2017 blades/countervail) are solid, but not as fun to hit with,,, but there are people who prefer it !?? :rolleyes:(y)(n)
-are the 2015 blades the ones i have pictured here??^ which are nice also
No. That one is the 2013 blade.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
You guys are lusting after the wrong 95- It appears Dunlop has returned to the classic feel of the old 200s. Could be a great option for someone not totally sold on the 16x19 UP.
For those not totally sold on the UP16, did any of you try it with the string tension lowered by ~3-5# (than what you thought would be the ideal tension). Interested in seeing if anyone experienced or is experiencing what I am finding.

regarding the new Dunlop 200s, I think these might be too low powered.
 
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Addxyz

Professional
For those not totally sold on the UP16, did any of you try it with the string tension lowered by ~3-5# (than what you thought would be the ideal tension). Interested in seeing if anyone experienced or is experiencing what I am finding.

regarding the new Dunlop 200s, I think these might be too low powered.
Will try to string mine up lower next time. I did string mine up higher than the UT.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
Will try to string mine up lower next time. I did string mine up higher than the UT.
What were your thoughts compared to the UT? I preferred the UT over the UP when both were strung at the same tension. When I strung it a lot lower, the traits and characteristics that I love so much in the UT were revealed in the UP. Prior to the lower tension, I was finding the UP to be good but not special.
 
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Vicious49

Hall of Fame
Yeah, i saw the heaping praise vid from Karue very early my morning as i am having coffee. I remember the first generation which i demoed at the time and it was a nice racquet. Damn you karue, another racquet to demo :rolleyes:
I was already about to buy the previous version VCore 95. I may now have to buy both and do my own playtest.
 

Addxyz

Professional
What were your thoughts compared to the UT? I preferred the UT over the UP when both were strung at the same tension. When I strung it a lot lower, the traits and characteristics that I love so much in the UT were revealed in the UP. Prior to the lower tension, I was finding the UP to be good but not special.
I think I strung both the UT and UP up too high for the 50F weather (velocity/cream 50/47-52/49). UP strings definitely bagged out really fast.

UT control is second to none. Did not really find spin lacking once I took out the handle weight (kept leather grip on). UP felt good, but not exceptional. I liked the safer launch angle over the net, but missed the UT control. With the UP, I could get little forehand flicks on crazy angles.

I have a feeling either lower tension full poly like you said or my preferred setup of gut/poly might do the trick. The frames felt extremely comfortable, but at my tension, I did not get a good pocketing feel.
 

pronostix

New User
EDIT: deleted irrelevant part of the quote

regarding the new Dunlop 200s, I think these might be too low powered.
Possible, but nothing a little lead couldn't fix though? The 'lowish' SW on these frames has always intrigued me. Guess it could be a good platform frame
with 63 RA (not that flexible though?)
 
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mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
UT control is second to none. Did not really find spin lacking once I took out the handle weight (kept leather grip on). UP felt good, but not exceptional...I have a feeling either lower tension full poly like you said or my preferred setup of gut/poly might do the trick. The frames felt extremely comfortable, but at my tension, I did not get a good pocketing feel.
I felt so much of what is in bold.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
Possible, but nothing a little lead couldn't fix though? The 'lowish' SW on these frames has always intrigued me. Guess it could be a good platform frame
with 63 RA (not that flexible though?)
I assume you are referring to the Dunlop. The 200s are close to 12oz so while they might have a low swingweight, there’s not much room to mod.

edit: just checked and the static weights are 11.5oz for the 16/19 and 11.7oz for the 18/20 which comes with a leather grip so there is some room to mod. :)
 
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pronostix

New User
I assume you are referring to the Dunlop. The 200s are close to 12oz so while they might have a low swingweight, there’s not much room to mod.

edit: just checked and the static weights are 11.5oz for the 16/19 and 11.7oz for the 18/20 which comes with a leather grip so there is some room to mod. :)
Yes bumping up the swingweight to 335 SW should be possible according to the mighty TWU calculators! Never modded a racket yet though. Willing to learn the ins and outs. Gonna buy the Wilson and the TW tungsten tape and try and experiment I guess

Slight OFF-TOPIC but I admit I just received a blacked-out alledged pro stock pt57 (bought for 130€) and tried it today. I don't have its specs but seems lighter than my six.one 95 I guess it's like 325g unstrung... Grip size 2 but felt like a 3?! Will post more on the appropriate topic about it later. It was so so good.
Hence the 'research' (more like binge-googling) I'm doing right now on more flexible control frames and hence my interest in those new dunlops! (paintjob looks great btw!! lol) I think I will permanently switch to these kind of flexible frames. It's just so much more enjoyable to play with those...
Hating my Speed MP right now (especially since I strung it too low for me 23/22 kg head lynx tour) lol Guess I should try to mod it a little bit.
 

ryushen21

Legend
-i have yet to come across a yonex stick that does not need some tweeking with lead tape!!
-IMO
Zones b U On n /IME from previous versions, the y.vcore-98 is a nice stick for serious tennis players (aka Racketaholics)
-the 100 have a nice big sweet pot, but are a bit too light for constant play, too much lead would be needed to get it to my preference

-ill def. try the 95 and 98..
Interesting observations. But, I have found the EZ100 to play exceptionally well in stock form with no noted weaknesses as of yet.
 

taylor15

Professional
It is definitely ugly and awkward at first. There is no doubt about that. But once things clicked for me and I was able to more consistently drive the ball, it became a no brainer. I also realized that my 1HBH was way more defensive than I thought it was where I can be far more aggressive with the 2HBH.
as someone who has committed to making this change for 2021 this is refreshing to read. I started hitting a two handed about 2 months ago and already feel like it’s at least as okay as my one hander. Hoping by our local April tournament it will help pressure my opponents. I have also realized my one hander is too defensive and I end up slicing way too much. The two hander I’ve already got a nice topspin drive that I can move around the court. Once my new ball machine arrives I plan on focusing only on this stroke for about 2 weeks - hitting daily.
 

SinneGOAT

Hall of Fame
Goodness, no idea how to hit a 2hbh at all. I’ve never even bothered to try. It probably be like a 7 yr old.
Definitely, @taylor15 why not try and make your one hander more offensive rather than make a major change in your game? You could work on driving and hitting on the rise more instead of taking a part of your game you are used to and then change it?
 

ryushen21

Legend
as someone who has committed to making this change for 2021 this is refreshing to read. I started hitting a two handed about 2 months ago and already feel like it’s at least as okay as my one hander. Hoping by our local April tournament it will help pressure my opponents. I have also realized my one hander is too defensive and I end up slicing way too much. The two hander I’ve already got a nice topspin drive that I can move around the court. Once my new ball machine arrives I plan on focusing only on this stroke for about 2 weeks - hitting daily.
Stick with it bud. The biggest things I'm still working on with the 2HBH are turning early, stepping hard into the shot, and finishing that weight transfer through contact. That takes me from a decent shot to a driving and aggressive backhand.
 

ryushen21

Legend
Definitely, @taylor15 why not try and make your one hander more offensive rather than make a major change in your game? You could work on driving and hitting on the rise more instead of taking a part of your game you are used to and then change it?
I think he finds himself in a place like I did and the 1HBH is really just a slice or a chop shot to get the ball back instead of a weapon. There are so many things that can go wrong with the 1HBH where the 2HBH offers stability and consistency. I know that I can now attack off the backhand side using the 2HBH where I could not before.
 
My racket illness has finally been cured at the age of 47. After trying 100s of rackets over the years and spending way to much money on this hobby I have settled with the Prince Textreme Tour 290g, I won't even try another racket thats how good this one is for me. The best platform racket out there.
I don't know about that :) . There will always be a new racquet coming out and the will power needed to resist will be overwhelming.
 

taylor15

Professional
Definitely, @taylor15 why not try and make your one hander more offensive rather than make a major change in your game? You could work on driving and hitting on the rise more instead of taking a part of your game you are used to and then change it?
As @ryushen21 said, I just realized that it’s a defensive shot. I only played it (if I’m honest) because if Sampras. When I was more recreational I could hit it well and use it. Now that I play much more so end up with better competition I can’t deal with the pace.

I also feel the two hander comes more naturally to me. Once I got over the notion that the one hander is better, cooler or whatever I realized I was being an idiot. I played baseball and was a switch hitter through college. The swing path is different but the step and turn is very similar. I think by early April I can be at least on par with my one hander and am already as confident. Actually played my last match with the two hander and did well enough keeping the one hand slice in my pocket
 
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