Diary of a Racketaholic

snoflewis

Hall of Fame
I was thinking if the shortage in the States was due to your keeping several tucked away in your closet.

As for the unreasonably heavy racket cover circa 1993: that’s PK at its finest!
my pair of PKs flew over the Atlantic. i can't remember the last time i bought a new racket here in the states.
 

travlerajm

G.O.A.T.
Alright gents, so let me get a little more into this. Firstly, all of my EZs were hijacked my players. Their popularity is apparently so powerful that my players refuse to use their own racquets. This left me with nary a tweener in sight to use so I figured that I would bring the UT out for a day in the sun.

As soon as I picked up the UT I knew I wasn't going to be happy. It was too heavy and didn't swing the way I've become accustomed to (and frankly spoiled by) with the EZ. It just felt cumbersome and clunky in my hands and as I swung it. It got better with more time but I couldn't hit the shots the way that I wanted to. The UT still does what it does exactly the way that we all love it for. And the feel is still sublime.

Also, my players were learning to return slice shots and it's so hard to find a frame that slices better than the UT. Those beautiful, impossibly low, nasty skidding slice shots just come off the frame so so easily. My players hated it.

But when we got to playing rotations, I could not find the groove with the UT. I wasn't able to manipulate or shape the ball in the same fashion as the EZ. When I went more drivey and less spinny, things worked better but it wasn't the same brand of tennis that I wanted to play.

So I guess that to better clarify what I needed to say is that I still love the UT for what it is but I hate that it doesn't suit my needs anymore.
But you probably forgot to string it with prestretched Evolution mains and 18g og micro crosses at 52 lbs.
 

JGads

Legend
my pair of PKs flew over the Atlantic. i can't remember the last time i bought a new racket here in the states.
International man of mystery.

But you’re right, the deals in Europe and especially for these, you can get them shipped and everything for way less than what TW and I guess other places are still asking stateside.
 

snoflewis

Hall of Fame
International man of mystery.

But you’re right, the deals in Europe and especially for these, you can get them shipped and everything for way less than what TW and I guess other places are still asking stateside.
for sure. the unfortunate thing is that manufacturers are catching on and prohibiting retailers from shipping overseas. It doesnt seem to be a fixed rule across all retailers yet. it's basically case-by-case for the brand and retailer except for Wilson. retailers aren't supposed to ship Wilson stuff overseas. i need to stock up while i still can, but i think the days of $140 two-striped bananas are over.
 

Vicious49

Professional
.The Tec 305 is another that is close, but the feel was not quite there,the pattern is a bit too much on the control side, and it plays a bit stiff.
ive come to this same realization about it being a bit stiff after another session with it last night. its a nice frame but I see why most here chose the Blade over the TF40.

I don’t know if this will help, but once I learned you can flip rackets like houses in SC, I realized extended demo’s are the path to get you somewhere. You can play for a few months and **** that B if you find yourself moving on.

You can go through about 30 or 40 frames and maybe lose 500 bucks. It’s cheaper than hiring a consultant to get you set up and it’s a really fun ride.

Of course you can turn into one of the guys with a collection larger than Napoleon after raiding Egypt also.
This is the way I see it. Between discount codes and buying racquets from the sales forum theres not much money lost - mainly shipping costs when you resell. I get a better feel for frames from these ‘extended demos’ in my grip size and strings than whatever is available in a demo.

Welcome. We've put your locker next to Vicious's.
Ive calmed down a lot and sorted things out a bit. BP has been sold. Listing the TF40 soon. I may list the PT2.0 as well. Really nice frame but I’ll probably never realistically play with it over the other frames I own. I know some in here said as much about the PT2.0 before I bought it, but I had to play with it and figure it out for myself,

Ive been trying to avoid buying much lately but the tidal wave of Ripstick and PK talk is getting too much to ignore. I may break down on one of these soon.
 

Pneumated1

Hall of Fame

tim-ay

Professional
I had seen it but read through it again. Looks promising. My only concern is the 58RA unstrung. It could be magical or a bit vague. That's why I also want to try the Q+ Tour and/or Tour Pro 315 at 63RA strung. I'm hoping the kinetic tech will help these punch above their specs as promised.
I’ll be shocked if they play better than the UP. I’m keeping my fingers in my ears until you report on it. Only you. Lol. Pneumated is EF Hutton on this one.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Sorry, not understanding. There's a run on, a shortage of.... a Pro Kennex? On the Algebra Q Squared Carry the Five?

This can't be true.
Yeah, shortage on the GadsStick in grip 2. Nationwide.

my pair of PKs flew over the Atlantic. i can't remember the last time i bought a new racket here in the states.
This is real interesting, and I want to do this now for any new PK release I buy. I am guessing TWE?
 

tim-ay

Professional
Yeah, shortage on the GadsStick in grip 2. Nationwide.



This is real interesting, and I want to do this now for any new PK release I buy. I am guessing TWE?
Shipping is like 22 Euros. A lot of trouble to save what... 15-20 bucks? Meh

edit: it's like 30 bucks. ok, that is significant
 
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cmmarcoux

New User
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I had seen it but read through it again. Looks promising. My only concern is the 58RA unstrung. It could be magical or a bit vague. That's why I also want to try the Q+ Tour and/or Tour Pro 315 at 63RA strung. I'm hoping the kinetic tech will help these punch above their specs as promised.
I have to think it'll play pretty close to the BA 300g, more than any of the algebra frames. I'm still anxious to try it...but I'm not at a high enough level right now where getting pushed around is a major concern
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Shipping is like 22 Euros. A lot of trouble to save what... 15-20 bucks? Meh

edit: it's like 30 bucks. ok, that is significant
yeah im thinking he may have another site to source, which would be cool to know.
Also thinking i could get a banana before it hits the states if i go in that direction.
 

tim-ay

Professional
yeah im thinking he may have another site to source, which would be cool to know.
Also thinking i could get a banana before it hits the states if i go in that direction.
gawd, playing around with it to see the total cost I almost hit buy/checkout. Damn you. Lol. I stopped myself but I broke out in cold sweat. “I’m happy with the rip, I’m happy with the rip”

edit: I wanted to see VAT. They've got to be adding something there, which might make the deal less attractive. ah well, i'm staying away for now, but let me know if you figure this out.
 
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Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
I’ll be shocked if they play better than the UP. I’m keeping my fingers in my ears until you report on it. Only you. Lol. Pneumated is EF Hutton on this one.
i honestly think it could. The black ace 315 had impressive power for such a low flex when i lined up a shot. The weakness with all these classic, low RA frames is defense. Its easy to put up duds when you are not getting your weight into the shot.

thats why i moved to stiff frames that are comfortable - 7G/xi98/ripstick/pa19 are all good examples of this rare, but amazing combo. The PA19 teeters on the edge of comfort compared to the others but its still pretty great. I suspect the Gadspiracy stick, aka the Qanon Doppio pro (+5) will slot right into this category.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
gawd, playing around with it to see the total cost I almost hit buy/checkout. Damn you. Lol. I stopped myself but I broke out in cold sweat. “I’m happy with the rip, I’m happy with the rip”
im going to go full pk/prince this week so i can get an understanding of what works best for me. I also want to see if i get any arm/shoulder pain. If not then that means the PA may be bugging me a little. Im not sure thats the case though.
 

topspn

Legend
edit: I wanted to see VAT. They've got to be adding something there, which might make the deal less attractive. ah well, i'm staying away for now, but let me know if you figure this out.
Haha a bit of desperation it’s not such a good deal to avoid buying. Btw, they include VAT in the price ;)
 

tim-ay

Professional
im going to go full pk/prince this week so i can get an understanding of what works best for me. I also want to see if i get any arm/shoulder pain. If not then that means the PA may be bugging me a little. Im not sure thats the case though.
It’s still pretty stiff. Hard to tell. I felt some soreness at times from it, but not like the PD. The kind where you wake up the next day and it’s gone which isn’t bad. My bigger issue was how fast it swung. I just don’t have that problem with the disco.

that PK spec is great. I’m going to have a PK at some point, I planned on it being a 7g, but this one is watch worthy.
 

JGads

Legend
@Power Player
These names are killing me.
Good plan on PK/Disco. Eliminate one. And if it's the Gads+5 DoppiPro, send back the others for refund.

@tim-ay
Do not sleep on the 7G. Would recommend ANYone who is a fan of XL frames to try one. A classic that holds up to modern demands. A bruiser that answers the bell every time.

To all:
Always scout your local classifieds for PK sticks you're interested in, for buy-low opportunities You may get someone who's been unable to rid one of these for ages, maybe a previous paintjob that's basically the same version as current, and who hasn't yet realized there's a PK revolution bubbling up in niche circles, drummed up by a sicko in Europe. Offer low.

@Pneumated1
It's snowing.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
It’s still pretty stiff. Hard to tell. I felt some soreness at times from it, but not like the PD. The kind where you wake up the next day and it’s gone which isn’t bad. My bigger issue was how fast it swung. I just don’t have that problem with the disco.

that PK spec is great. I’m going to have a PK at some point, I planned on it being a 7g, but this one is watch worthy.
yeah same thing here with the pa versus ripstick. I feel the pa more after a hit. Not too bad like the pure strike started to do after a week, but im spoiled by frames like the v7 blade which felt like i never hit a ball.

I suspect the pk can give me the same comfort with more power/spin/trajectory.

the pk is really coming here as my possible main stick and also my v7 replacement, as i want to move off of 18x20. Ill probably keep all my tweeners regardless, plus my 2015 blades since they have a lot of playtime logged on them. But thats about it. Ive purged everything else minus my few old classics.
 

JGads

Legend
yeah same thing here with the pa versus ripstick. I feel the pa more after a hit. Not too bad like the pure strike started to do after a week, but im spoiled by frames like the v7 blade which felt like i never hit a ball.

I suspect the pk can give me the same comfort with more power/spin/trajectory.

the pk is really coming here as my possible main stick and also my v7 replacement, as i want to move off of 18x20. Ill probably keep all my tweeners regardless, plus my 2015 blades since they have a lot of playtime logged on them. But thats about it. Ive purged everything else minus my few old classics.
You shouldn't sell your v7. That's still a delicious frame and part of me has always wondered if that was your frame all along, like Ry with the Yonex 100, or maybe even AA7 who is now rediscovering his love of the v7. It's an 18x20 but it plays looser, given the flex and the spin it's thus capable of putting on the ball.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
You shouldn't sell your v7. That's still a delicious frame and part of me has always wondered if that was your frame all along, like Ry with the Yonex 100, or maybe even AA7 who is now rediscovering his love of the v7. It's an 18x20 but it plays looser, given the flex and the spin it's thus capable of putting on the ball.
Yeah the V7 is absoutely great and maybe it is my frame. The PK could aid me in answering this question since its similar but different enough to help me determine preferred weight and balance..etc.
 

Vicious49

Professional
The v7 is my primary for singles now. I have 2 matched ones I've been rotating and 2 more brand new matched ones sitting in the closet. Everything else is basically a side fling at this point. Except the UT which is a permanent mistress that I use during doubles.
 
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Pneumated1

Hall of Fame
I’ll be shocked if they play better than the UP. I’m keeping my fingers in my ears until you report on it. Only you. Lol. Pneumated is EF Hutton on this one.
Since buying my UPs, I've demoed, bought, and hit just about everything I've wanted to try. The UPs just scoff and stand a little taller as each comes and goes. It's almost time to accept the reality of things and stock up while they're available. Somehow the UP and Gravity Tour coexist amicably in my bag, but I keep them separated considering my UPs are currently a little high-strung.

I have to think it'll play pretty close to the BA 300g, more than any of the algebra frames. I'm still anxious to try it...but I'm not at a high enough level right now where getting pushed around is a major concern
I like muted/plush/flexible frames, but I had a weird experience with a K7 Lime last summer. I was totally disconnected from a feel standpoint, similar to an older, all-yellow Prince Tour I tried back around 2014-15. Not sure what to expect from this BA Pro.
 

cmmarcoux

New User
I like muted/plush/flexible frames, but I had a weird experience with a K7 Lime last summer. I was totally disconnected from a feel standpoint, similar to an older, all-yellow Prince Tour I tried back around 2014-15. Not sure what to expect from this BA Pro.
Right now I'm primarily using 360+ Prestige MPs [speaking of big discounts, those things are 130 euro at TWE]. I love using them but they love using me, too. I can't really imagine playing 3x per week with them, with what they take out of me. I'm using the 315g Black Ace as a backup. Definitely has easier power than the PMP when I can get set up, but as someone else mentioned, defensive shots are ugly (assuming they clear the net). Kind of hoping the BA Pro works a little better than the 315g for those 'flick' shots. If not, I'll probably look at an PK Algebra Tour (more flexy than the 5) . . . maybe an old color-scheme Gravity
 

topspn

Legend
Something about tour hex pocketing and feel that was translating to more control for me today than confidential in the BPs. Demo doppio showed up today in some mutli. My doppio will be in tomorrow and getting TH 1.23 @50lbs.
 
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Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Think ill string mine at 51/49 full tour sniper when it shows up tomorrow.

Very tempted to try s7t/rs hybrid after that though. S7t in the mains of a tighter pattern can be really great.
 

Pneumated1

Hall of Fame
Right now I'm primarily using 360+ Prestige MPs [speaking of big discounts, those things are 130 euro at TWE]. I love using them but they love using me, too. I can't really imagine playing 3x per week with them, with what they take out of me. I'm using the 315g Black Ace as a backup. Definitely has easier power than the PMP when I can get set up, but as someone else mentioned, defensive shots are ugly (assuming they clear the net). Kind of hoping the BA Pro works a little better than the 315g for those 'flick' shots. If not, I'll probably look at an PK Algebra Tour (more flexy than the 5) . . . maybe an old color-scheme Gravity
My UP 16x19s are plush but sneaky firm, which for a while put me off, but the frame defends better than most in its class, imo, as a result. The more I think about the Q+ Tour Pro 315 vs. BA Pro, I have higher expectations for the Tour Pro 315 because of its slightly higher but still very comfortable 63RA (strung) and its reputation for packing a defying punch through those all-natural, super-charged beans. So I think I'll need some feedback on both before a purchase.

And this is just my opinion, so take it and those from others with a grain of salt until you navigate the forums a little more, but I love the Gravitys, and very unexpectedly. I own a Gravity Tour and plan to grab at least one more when the time is right. The MP or GT have sublime feel and comfort (imo) and defend very well, probably better than your BA 315. You couldn't go wrong looking at any of them.
 
Anyone who has experience with the Yonex VCORE SV 95? I have the opportunity to buy two at a reasonable price. I can find some reviews but not that many.
 

Boubi

Semi-Pro
Jean Pierre is our national treasure. Love his reviews, very humble though he hits with a very solid technique. He had some trouble with his shoulder in the past so it makes sense he uses PK frames.
Btw racquet in French is indeed the same word for snow shoes haha.
Anyone who has experience with the Yonex VCORE SV 95? I have the opportunity to buy two at a reasonable price. I can find some reviews but not that many.
I remember playing it, very good in the back of the court, less impressive at net
 

ryushen21

Hall of Fame
You shouldn't sell your v7. That's still a delicious frame and part of me has always wondered if that was your frame all along, like Ry with the Yonex 100, or maybe even AA7 who is now rediscovering his love of the v7. It's an 18x20 but it plays looser, given the flex and the spin it's thus capable of putting on the ball.
I've wondered this as well about @Power Player and the v7. I think like myself, he's after the control tweener or pleener type frame. They're elusive and fickle but oh so amazing when you find one that actually puts out.

As for me, I've given in completely to the EZ and kind of tennis it can play. It's addictive to see shots dramatically drop in at the end or to hit that last second flick shot and still be in the point or even catch a winner.

My coach set up a match for me this past weekend and set that how I play now is practically unrecognizable from the start of the year. More consistency, more aggression, and more wins.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
I've wondered this as well about @Power Player and the v7. I think like myself, he's after the control tweener or pleener type frame. They're elusive and fickle but oh so amazing when you find one that actually puts out.

As for me, I've given in completely to the EZ and kind of tennis it can play. It's addictive to see shots dramatically drop in at the end or to hit that last second flick shot and still be in the point or even catch a winner.

My coach set up a match for me this past weekend and set that how I play now is practically unrecognizable from the start of the year. More consistency, more aggression, and more wins.
yeah that extra power from the ez100 is a real nice benefit coming from the blades. I am indeed interested in a more powerful blade/more controlled tweener. Since i already have my tweeners lined up, this pk will be a nice test to see if the extra control is beneficial for me, or if i should stay with mega power of the tweeners.
 

cmmarcoux

New User
My UP 16x19s are plush but sneaky firm, which for a while put me off, but the frame defends better than most in its class, imo, as a result. The more I think about the Q+ Tour Pro 315 vs. BA Pro, I have higher expectations for the Tour Pro 315 because of its slightly higher but still very comfortable 63RA (strung) and its reputation for packing a defying punch through those all-natural, super-charged beans. So I think I'll need some feedback on both before a purchase.

And this is just my opinion, so take it and those from others with a grain of salt until you navigate the forums a little more, but I love the Gravitys, and very unexpectedly. I own a Gravity Tour and plan to grab at least one more when the time is right. The MP or GT have sublime feel and comfort (imo) and defend very well, probably better than your BA 315. You couldn't go wrong looking at any of them.
Thanks. My thinking at the time was that the BA315 was close to the PMP in weight, sw, similar flat beam (unlike the Phantoms that taper to 16mm)...basically that the BA would be a *bit* easier, without being a huge change. And it is a bit easier. But I'm not sure it's easier enough to really serve that purpose. If I'm going to have something I can switch to that's more user-friendly . . . I should probably go more "friendly" than the BA315. Doesn't need to have Pure Drive power. Just easier power than the PMP (not a high bar). The club where I play won't have PKs to demo, but they've probably got most of the Gravity variants. I can start there and maybe add a TW demo for the Q+T315...
 

ryushen21

Hall of Fame
yeah that extra power from the ez100 is a real nice benefit coming from the blades. I am indeed interested in a more powerful blade/more controlled tweener. Since i already have my tweeners lined up, this pk will be a nice test to see if the extra control is beneficial for me, or if i should stay with mega power of the tweeners.
I'm eager to see your thoughts on the Qanon5G deep state super frame.
 

danbrenner

Hall of Fame
I'm eager to see your thoughts on the Qanon5G deep state super frame.
IM more interested in El Doppio. a true pleener of 100 sq inch proportions. the banana version should be out soon, but i think it may be an exact doppio of the 19. hence the name ..
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
IM more interested in El Doppio. a true pleener of 100 sq inch proportions. the banana version should be out soon, but i think it may be an exact doppio of the 19. hence the name ..
Same frame my man - Q+5 Pro. I just prefer the Qanon5G name. The coffee thing throws me off.

Once the yellow PJ hits, it will possibly become the Top Banana. We will see.
 

taylor15

Professional
Anyone who has experience with the Yonex VCORE SV 95? I have the opportunity to buy two at a reasonable price. I can find some reviews but not that many.
Played them for about a year. Had leather and lead at 12. They were okay, didn’t do anything exceptionally well for me. I was able to get more power from the ultra tour with less weight as a power comparison. SV95 net game was fluttery, but they were okay from the backcourt. They also served okay. I wanted to like them for a long time, and finally moved on.
 

ryushen21

Hall of Fame
Anyone who has experience with the Yonex VCORE SV 95? I have the opportunity to buy two at a reasonable price. I can find some reviews but not that many.
The concensus seems to be that unless you are a true upper echelon type player, the 95 is likely too much to be practical. And Yonex makes magical tweener frames.
 
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Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
I have had engagement with PK over DM.

Unfortunately the engagement is similar to Wilson - "As soon as possible" is the answer on new frame specs followed by lots of emojis.

Have to imagine we will get more info next week.
 
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