Diary of a Racketaholic

Vicious49

Hall of Fame
Only used the TF40 today. First during my lesson and then for a few sets of doubles. I was crushing the ball on my FH with it. I’m really gelling with this frame. I didn’t feel the need to switch to any of my other frames at all. The v7 Blade may have a battle on its hands.
 

taylor15

Professional
You may as well buy gut from Europe instead.
No comparison imo. Gut performs way better.
The only thing close to gut is gut. There's just no getting around it.

And it is truly magnificent in those classic frames.
Well it appears that I need to purchase some gut. Not going in a classic, but would like to try it in a PP just for fun.

Champions choice a good one to try? Want to make sure my poly mates well. Currently my go to setup for hybrids is NXT/Element
 

aimr75

Hall of Fame
Can't express how much videoing hits lately has helped me see problems I could not feel otherwise, then work to rectify them through finding good online resources to help with said problems.

The side benefit for holic purposes has been seeing/confirming how you tend to hit with different sticks.
Can be very eye opening seeing yourself hit. I’ve found it to help a lot to iron out obvious issues that you can’t sense without seeing it.
 

JOSHL

Hall of Fame
Well it appears that I need to purchase some gut. Not going in a classic, but would like to try it in a PP just for fun.

Champions choice a good one to try? Want to make sure my poly mates well. Currently my go to setup for hybrids is NXT/Element
Pretty much the gold standard.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
Well it appears that I need to purchase some gut. Not going in a classic, but would like to try it in a PP just for fun.

Champions choice a good one to try? Want to make sure my poly mates well. Currently my go to setup for hybrids is NXT/Element
Any of the premium guts are fine. I’ve tried Volkl, VS babolat, and luxilon guts. All are very good
 

ryushen21

Legend
Well it appears that I need to purchase some gut. Not going in a classic, but would like to try it in a PP just for fun.

Champions choice a good one to try? Want to make sure my poly mates well. Currently my go to setup for hybrids is NXT/Element
VS was always my go to gut when I played gut. And VS/Alu rough is magical. But the ALU dies within a few hours (like 4).
 

taylor15

Professional
@JOSHL @mad dog1 @ryushen21 Thanks guys! I'm going to string this PP with syngut for the first stringing to get the grommets to settle and order some gut today. I'll cut it out when the new strings get here and head to the court. Probably going to just get champions choice - even if the alu dies quickly I've always wanted to give it a go.
 

Pneumated1

Hall of Fame
Well it appears that I need to purchase some gut. Not going in a classic, but would like to try it in a PP just for fun.

Champions choice a good one to try? Want to make sure my poly mates well. Currently my go to setup for hybrids is NXT/Element
Klip Legend has always been my go-to at $29 a pack. I have no complaints with it. Also, PM me if you ever want/need that pallet.
 

Pneumated1

Hall of Fame
How does Klip play compared to Wilson? Will do on the pallet.
I've never hit Wilson gut, but I'm sure it's good and probably better overall quality than Klip, and it's only $10 more. The Babolat guts I've hit had amazing playability, but Klip has always been the most durable. I suspect you can't go wrong with Wilson. If you like it, I may put it in my UP 16x19s or my PP.

Edit: Your question piqued my interest, so I did some TW string comparisons in the 'Learning Center.' I compared them all that were available. My conclusion: go with Wilson or Luxilon for less string friction and, hence, more spin potential (cross string always equal/same). Everything else is essentially a wash. Whenever I hit gut again, I'll be trying these two out.
 
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esm

Hall of Fame
Can confirm the PA Grapefruit looks better in person than on pics. Like a tinder date but in reverse.
am abit annoyed as i missed out on a "good price" in L3. damn back to back work calls...
guess that is a sign, might just wait for the Ripstick instead when they are available.
 

n8dawg6

Legend
But do the Yonex Dampeners do it better than the Babolar Custom Damps?
i might be 100% alone in this, but my favorite dampeners are the ones that dont dampen all of the feel/vibration/sound/whatever. best i have found for limited dampening are the round head dampeners and the new round pure drive dampeners.

the yonex dampeners, the sampras o-rings, rubber bands, or a worm seem to dampen more effectively ... TOO well in my book
 

Vicious49

Hall of Fame
The Rafalats are gorgeous in person. Unfortunately they messed up and shipped them both unstrung. This may have been a good thing as it allowed me to measure the specs with the placard and the plastic on the grip for both. They are not close to each other so will probably keep 1 and return the other. Which one would you keep?

Frame 1 - 311 static 7pts HL
Frame 2 - 316 static 5pts HL

Edit: Does the placard weigh anywhere near a set of strings? If so frame 2 is closer to the strung specs listed at TW of
318 static 4pts HL
 
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mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
i might be 100% alone in this, but my favorite dampeners are the ones that dont dampen all of the feel/vibration/sound/whatever. best i have found for limited dampening are the round head dampeners and the new round pure drive dampeners.

the yonex dampeners, the sampras o-rings, rubber bands, or a worm seem to dampen more effectively ... TOO well in my book
I know what you mean because I generally don’t use a dampener at all.
 

am1899

Hall of Fame
Think NXT would be a good poor mans substitute for gut? I have never hit gut before and wondering how different it is
No comparison imo. Gut performs way better.
Agree that gut will perform way better. And if you hit a big ball, NXT simply will not hold up from a durability perspective.

Edit: Discho Microfibre or Signum Pro Micronite (they’re the same string) would be a better choice than NXT. But even that is still not close to gut in playability. It will however hold up quite a better than NXT. Tough to get stateside though if you’re in the US.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
Agree that gut will perform way better. And if you hit a big ball, NXT simply will not hold up from a durability perspective.

Edit: Discho Microfibre or Signum Pro Micronite (they’re the same string) would be a better choice than NXT. But even that is still not close to gut in playability. It will however hold up quite a better than NXT. Tough to get stateside though if you’re in the US.
2 times I used NXT 16, it snapped in under 2 hours. Lol. Gamma LiveWire 16 lasts longer. Gut lasts 10 times longer than NXT 16 and performs way better, too.
 

Vicious49

Hall of Fame
Wilson QC on the other hand was pretty good. The 4 v7 Blades that came in today with the placard and plastic on the grip are:

Frame 1 317 static 5pts HL
Frame 2 316 static 5pts HL
Frame 3 317 static 4.25pts HL
Frame 4 317 static 5.5pts HL

I'm going to keep frames 1 and 2 as a matched back up set in my closet. I'll have to figure out which one between frames 3 and 4 match my current frame and string that one up to play with (along side the current one). And will send back whichever one I don't choose.

The Wilson placard weighs 10-11 grams and changes balance by 2 pts.
 

taylor15

Professional
2 times I used NXT 16, it snapped in under 2 hours. Lol. Gamma LiveWire 16 lasts longer. Gut lasts 10 times longer than NXT 16 and performs way better, too.
Yeah, the NXT doesn’t last very long. In the UTs about 5 hours for me before it breaks if in match play. Much less if drilling or ball machine. It’s my go to bc I was gifted 10 sets about a year ago and I hybrid them with whatever poly I have. I’m down to 3 half sets now.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
I think his post may have specified 17g Hyper G but I can't recall for sure.



Approximate is close enough for me. You don't recall the static weight do you? Although I just realized that I could just cut open a pack and weigh it so I may be able to answer my own question.
16 on average.
 

celito

Semi-Pro
Only used the TF40 today. First during my lesson and then for a few sets of doubles. I was crushing the ball on my FH with it. I’m really gelling with this frame. I didn’t feel the need to switch to any of my other frames at all. The v7 Blade may have a battle on its hands.
I have been trying a TF40 as well. It's in my rotation with 2-3 other racquets. I am more used to more head light control racquets so the 3 pts balance is strange to me ... feels a little sluggish ... although I liked serving with it right away. So past week I decided to replace the grip with a leather one to add some weight to the handle. I hit some balls with the machine and it feels better for me. Feels easier to swing but I will have to play a match to really tell. I do feel that my forehand sprays wide more often with this racquet. But I do like the feel.
 

Vicious49

Hall of Fame
I have been trying a TF40 as well. It's in my rotation with 2-3 other racquets. I am more used to more head light control racquets so the 3 pts balance is strange to me ... feels a little sluggish ... although I liked serving with it right away. So past week I decided to replace the grip with a leather one to add some weight to the handle. I hit some balls with the machine and it feels better for me. Feels easier to swing but I will have to play a match to really tell. I do feel that my forehand sprays wide more often with this racquet. But I do like the feel.
i bought mine from the sales forum and it came with a leather grip already installed. Just measured it and mine is 6pt HL with a weight of 340 grams with OG and dampener.

Finished setting up a 2nd v7 Blade. It seems I chose wisely. Both are 329-330 grams and between 4-4.25 points HL Without needing any lead to get them to match.

For me currently it really is a battle between these 2 frames. I have better control and feel with the Blade but better power with the TF40. This is a tough one.
 
I have been trying a TF40 as well. It's in my rotation with 2-3 other racquets. I am more used to more head light control racquets so the 3 pts balance is strange to me ... feels a little sluggish ... although I liked serving with it right away. So past week I decided to replace the grip with a leather one to add some weight to the handle. I hit some balls with the machine and it feels better for me. Feels easier to swing but I will have to play a match to really tell. I do feel that my forehand sprays wide more often with this racquet. But I do like the feel.
I had the exact same experience with the TF40's. Great racquets, but the balance made them feel heavy to me (even though they aren't particular heavy frames). Ironically, I ended up with Vcore Pro 97HD's which are heavier in terms of static weight, but are 7 points headlight. They feel way more maneuverable to me the TF40's did even though their static weight is higher. Definitely something to swing weight ;)
 

Nollid

Semi-Pro
I had the exact same experience with the TF40's. Great racquets, but the balance made them feel heavy to me (even though they aren't particular heavy frames). Ironically, I ended up with Vcore Pro 97HD's which are heavier in terms of static weight, but are 7 points headlight. They feel way more maneuverable to me the TF40's did even though their static weight is higher. Definitely something to swing weight ;)
I came to the exact same conclusion with the TF40 and the Yonex 97HD.
 

Vicious49

Hall of Fame
The Rafalats are gorgeous in person. Unfortunately they messed up and shipped them both unstrung. This may have been a good thing as it allowed me to measure the specs with the placard and the plastic on the grip for both. They are not close to each other so will probably keep 1 and return the other. Which one would you keep?

Frame 1 - 311 static 7pts HL
Frame 2 - 316 static 5pts HL

Edit: Does the placard weigh anywhere near a set of strings? If so frame 2 is closer to the strung specs listed at TW of
318 static 4pts HL
I need @Power Player advice on which one of the 2 frame is preferable? Does the PA play better as Lighter and more HL or a bit heavier and less HL?
 
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Nollid

Semi-Pro
What string setup are you using in the 97HD? It's a frame I'm going to revisit but I'm thinking it's gonna get the gut/poly treatment on the second time around. Maybe VS/PT Strike.
I have tried VS/Alu, HyperG and Firewire Boost. My favorite so far is Firewire Boost 17g @ 56 lbs. If you get gut/poly dialed in with your preferred tension I imagine you will love this racquet.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
I need @Power Player advice on which one of the 2 frame is preferable? Does the PA play better as Lighter and more HL or a bit heavier and less HL?
I have no idea what the wrapper/placard combo weighs. What’s your gripsize again? Maybe Ill buy yours after you decide it’s not for you.

Mine is pretty much dead on spec. I think it may be 2 grams over. I would probably go with frame 1 but again, I don’t know how much weight those placards add.
 
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