Diary of a Racketaholic

JGads

Legend
I’m pretty sore I wrote about it, and you promptly pointed me toward Alacraz’s arm LOL

But yeah, the PAVS is one hell of a racket, probably the best 16/20 I ever hit.

Too bad they didn’t sell because there won’t be any on the second hand market.
Haha, that’s right. And MD loved it too I think. But the arm...

Maybe the kid’s path to Pro Kennex is exactly this. First the arm must fall. And when he ultimately realizes he needs another solution, Seppi’s coach will be there, five balls palmed in his hand, the comb-down, the Banana.

So will go the biography of PK’s entry into the mainstream.
 

RF_PRO_STAFF

Semi-Pro
This morning I returned the 97P and 360+ PP demo racquets that I had for 10 days. Didn't play more with the 97P but had two sessions with the PP. I really liked it, clearly more pop than the MP that I kind of regret selling. My only serious knock was that it felt like it only wanted to hit through the court and not so much upwards. I especially had trouble out wide on my forehand side, in situations where I was out of position and wanted to hit a loopy cross topspin ball. It just didn't wanna do it. Besides that, fantastic racquet. I could definitely play with it long term. No comfort problems at all during the demo.

It's been a few months since I last got a new racquet, so I decided to order a PT 2.0 this morning. Do I need one? No, but if I just pretend I do, it's fine.
I'm just really curious about that frame, need to try it. Anyone here tried it?
Ordered TK82S pallets as well because I'm not a fan of TK82.

Also just 10 days left before I can order the VCP97.
 

JGads

Legend
This morning I returned the 97P and 360+ PP demo racquets that I had for 10 days. Didn't play more with the 97P but had two sessions with the PP. I really liked it, clearly more pop than the MP that I kind of regret selling. My only serious knock was that it felt like it only wanted to hit through the court and not so much upwards. I especially had trouble out wide on my forehand side, in situations where I was out of position and wanted to hit a loopy cross topspin ball. It just didn't wanna do it. Besides that, fantastic racquet. I could definitely play with it long term. No comfort problems at all during the demo.

It's been a few months since I last got a new racquet, so I decided to order a PT 2.0 this morning. Do I need one? No, but if I just pretend I do, it's fine.
I'm just really curious about that frame, need to try it. Anyone here tried it?
Ordered TK82S pallets as well because I'm not a fan of TK82.

Also just 10 days left before I can order the VCP97.
I also entertained grabbing a PT 2.0 on the secondary market, for no other reason than occasional luxury joy. Alas, abstained. Wallet belongs to Lorenzo.
 

Vicious49

Hall of Fame
Such horror at the court last night. Vandalism, aggravated assault, i dont know what to call it. I knew my overgrips needed to be replaced but I didnt have time before going out to play yesterday. In the middle of the 2nd set my hands were so sweaty that my VC95 went flying out of my hand. It now has scratches on the frame.

At least now that the 1st scratches are there i no longer need to be afraid of scraping it when going for low balls.
 

Blahovic

Semi-Pro
This morning I returned the 97P and 360+ PP demo racquets that I had for 10 days. Didn't play more with the 97P but had two sessions with the PP. I really liked it, clearly more pop than the MP that I kind of regret selling. My only serious knock was that it felt like it only wanted to hit through the court and not so much upwards. I especially had trouble out wide on my forehand side, in situations where I was out of position and wanted to hit a loopy cross topspin ball. It just didn't wanna do it. Besides that, fantastic racquet. I could definitely play with it long term. No comfort problems at all during the demo.

It's been a few months since I last got a new racquet, so I decided to order a PT 2.0 this morning. Do I need one? No, but if I just pretend I do, it's fine.
I'm just really curious about that frame, need to try it. Anyone here tried it?
Ordered TK82S pallets as well because I'm not a fan of TK82.

Also just 10 days left before I can order the VCP97.
Pro Tour 2.0 is awesome. Does everything. Maybe just a bit lacking whippiness on serve for kick and slice, but that's the only issue I have with it.
 

robertg06

Semi-Pro
Back to PT Strike on the VC95 but dropped tension down to 42/40. Never been this low before but loving it and has brought out some snapback I was missing with this string.

Also strung Fire 1.20 same tension and it's still great fun with better spin and more forgiveness, but the Strike feel is addictive.
 

JGads

Legend
Alright. It’s over.

To put a button on the Gads PK Tourney, and the surprise title for the No. 3 seed Top Banana over the 1 (Doppio), I played again today and again, the backhand difference was just night and day for me. Also, some other moments of clarity:

- Consistently plowier, deeper hitting with the TB. And yes, it hits long on occasion, but no frame is perfect at every single thing, and I think I need to accept the occasional flier long in exchange for all that plow and better depth on most shots. When I miss with the Doppio, I miss into the net. And I'd rather miss long than into the net. The net dumpers are even worse. Not even giving yourself a chance there.
- Loving the buttery feel more and more. Especially now that I've found the perfect string match for it, for me: Black Knight 1.23. Just a godly combo here. Frame also flexes just a little bit, almost old-school like, and I like feeling that slight bend. Doppio stays much more firm. The little bit of flex and buttery pocketing of the Banana gives me a touch better feel for the ball, a touch more cradling of it. At the very start, as I was working my way through different strings, I felt like I couldn't feel the ball all that well here, couldn't feel it through the butter, but the longer you play with any frame, the more get comfy with it and get to know its exact quirks and feedback. Happening here.
- Already mentioned the backhand dominance here, this being the biggest differentiator. But also, or again I say, the SLICE. My god...
- The yellow. This really doesn't matter, in the end. But I do have to admit, I dig the banana yellow paintjob here. I just kinda want to grab the frame out of my bag more than the others. It's as if that old school yellow smiley face is peeking out at me when I arrive to the court and unzip my bag.

Anyway, this head to head and declaring a victor in every session, it's not a bad way to compare sticks. Because in every single session, you'll always find things you like and don't like about any frame, and can constantly go round and round thinking, "But this was so good here, and that was so good there." But when at the end of the day you try to just declare a victor, one over the other, well then it becomes more clear if those numbers begin piling up. And I've seen that after a 2-0 start by the Doppio, the Top Banana was the victor in six of these last seven sessions for the 6-3 win.

No frame is perfect, but this Banana is so freaking good. An XL with a manageable swingweight, and a more buttery feel and flex than the previous ones. When I first saw the stats come out on the new PKs, I thought the specs on this XL were the most intriguing - they made it softer, and whippier. Exactly what I would have asked for. Just a great frame, I think the best XL out there. And the new Gads PK Title Holder.

Next contender? ...
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
To put a button on the Gads PK Tourney, and the surprise title for the No. 3 seed Top Banana over the 1 (Doppio), I played again today and again, the backhand difference was just night and day for me. Also, some other moments of clarity:

- Consistently plowier, deeper hitting with the TB. And yes, it hits long on occasion, but no frame is perfect at every single thing, and I think I need to accept the occasional flier long in exchange for all that plow and better depth on most shots. When I miss with the Doppio, I miss into the net. And I'd rather miss long than into the net. The net dumpers are even worse. Not even giving yourself a chance there.
- Loving the buttery feel more and more. Especially now that I've found the perfect string match for it, for me: Black Knight 1.23. Just a godly combo here. Frame also flexes just a little bit, almost old-school like, and I like feeling that slight bend. Doppio stays much more firm. The little bit of flex and buttery pocketing of the Banana gives me a touch better feel for the ball, a touch more cradling of it. At the very start, as I was working my way through different strings, I felt like I couldn't feel the ball all that well here, couldn't feel it through the butter, but the longer you play with any frame, the more get comfy with it and get to know its exact quirks and feedback. Happening here.
- Already mentioned the backhand dominance here, this being the biggest differentiator. But also, or again I say, the SLICE. My god...
- The yellow. This really doesn't matter, in the end. But I do have to admit, I dig the banana yellow paintjob here. I just kinda want to grab the frame out of my bag more than the others. It's as if that old school yellow smiley face is peeking out at me when I arrive to the court and unzip my bag.

Anyway, this head to head and declaring a victor in every session, it's not a bad way to compare sticks. Because in every single session, you'll always find things you like and don't like about any frame, and can constantly go round and round thinking, "But this was so good here, and that was so good there." But when at the end of the day you try to just declare a victor, one over the other, well then it becomes more clear if those numbers begin piling up. And I've seen that after a 2-0 start by the Doppio, the Top Banana was the victor in six of these last seven sessions for the 6-3 win.

No frame is perfect, but this Banana is so freaking good. An XL with a manageable swingweight, and a more buttery feel and flex than the previous ones. When I first saw the stats come out on the new PKs, I thought the specs on this XL were the most intriguing - they made it softer, and whippier. Exactly what I would have asked for. Just a great frame, I think the best XL out there. And the new Gads PK Title Holder.

Next contender? ...
Vcp97 perhaps
 

Power Player

Bionic Poster
I added 2.5 grams total lead on the VC95. Just lengthened the 3 and 9 lead basically so now it goes up to 2 and 10. Got the SW up to 322 and now this thing is singing. 6 pts HL, 335 with OG and 322 SW.

It really reminds me of a medium between the Doppio and Top Banana. I can hit epic backhands with it, but I also have really high consistency with the FH shot. It gives me the whip of the Doppio but the solid plow feeling of the Top B. Serves are very good.Volleys have gotten real stable now with the extra lead. I think this is the setup for me.

Meanwhile the VCP97 really has shown up on serve. It's a gem there and continues to goat at net. I am hitting stronger groundstrokes with it, but I still don't get the laser control and direct touch of the Vc95.

Vc95 continues to lead while the VC97 continues to thrill with it's fantastic flexy feel and stability on serve.
 

taylor15

Hall of Fame
I added 2.5 grams total lead on the VC95. Just lengthened the 3 and 9 lead basically so now it goes up to 2 and 10. Got the SW up to 322 and now this thing is singing. 6 pts HL, 335 with OG and 322 SW.

It really reminds me of a medium between the Doppio and Top Banana. I can hit epic backhands with it, but I also have really high consistency with the FH shot. It gives me the whip of the Doppio but the solid plow feeling of the Top B. Serves are very good.Volleys have gotten real stable now with the extra lead. I think this is the setup for me.

Meanwhile the VCP97 really has shown up on serve. It's a gem there and continues to goat at net. I am hitting stronger groundstrokes with it, but I still don't get the laser control and direct touch of the Vc95.

Vc95 continues to lead while the VC97 continues to thrill with it's fantastic flexy feel and stability on serve.
I really need to get the SW1
 

topspn

Legend
From the Zus thread. First impressions with the potential Son of Zeus name

SOZ got out of the bag today for some serve practice. I am staying away from playing due to a torn meniscus and the healing process is lengthy. I figured some serve practice wouldn't be too much for the knee. The frame is completely stock, just added an OG. I have no experience with this string, a round poly from Zus. Frame has a nicely connected old school graphite feel to it, not terribly dampened although its foam filled. It does however make contact with authority as foam filled frames have a tendency to do. It is fairly easy to serve with and does induce a good level of smack on the ball. This frame breaches a gap between a deep pocketing feel and a shoot out babolat sensation. The dwell is enough to feel but the ball shoots out with urgency.

Targeting was good in spite of me being rusty and i could hit down the line flats with consistency. Spin serve really did spin and made an arc that was nasty looking when i really put side spin. Kickers were good but i wasn't really using my legs to crank the kinetic chain into whip on the ball. Seemed pretty respectable though given my compromised form. One thing is obvious, the feel and feedback you get is quite good. I need to take my slinger bag out and see what else can this racquet do. First early impression is it may earn its SOZ name.

Specs on this frame strung and with OG are as follows: 327.9g, 32.8cm balance and 327SW.
 

Power Player

Bionic Poster
VCP97 keeps hanging around. At this point I just need to figure out if I can control it off ground like I can with the VC95.

I have dialed in the serve and it's beastly there. Just feels great and you can feel the flex of the frame on clean struck shots. It's very addicting. Very very powerful on serves and the extra stability helps the frame stay square through contact and really pancake the ball.

These 2 Yonxes are some of the finest control offerings that I have ever owned. It's real tough to pick a favorite here, but I think the Vc95 still is leading. It just keeps getting tighter.

The 2018 VC95 shows up Tuesday and that could be the perfect happy medium between the 2 frames. Weather is so incredible here that I have exercised 8 straight days now and have some hiking tomorrow. I think I will take a complete break Tuesday and then hit the courts again Wednesday to see how this 2018 VC95 works its way into the mix.
 

JGads

Legend
VCP97 keeps hanging around. At this point I just need to figure out if I can control it off ground like I can with the VC95.

I have dialed in the serve and it's beastly there. Just feels great and you can feel the flex of the frame on clean struck shots. It's very addicting. Very very powerful on serves and the extra stability helps the frame stay square through contact and really pancake the ball.

These 2 Yonxes are some of the finest control offerings that I have ever owned. It's real tough to pick a favorite here, but I think the Vc95 still is leading. It just keeps getting tighter.

The 2018 VC95 shows up Tuesday and that could be the perfect happy medium between the 2 frames. Weather is so incredible here that I have exercised 8 straight days now and have some hiking tomorrow. I think I will take a complete break Tuesday and then hit the courts again Wednesday to see how this 2018 VC95 works its way into the mix.
2018 is a good one. You’ll dig it. Feel is slightly better, I think, but I’m not sure if it hits a better ball or not than the 21. Would have needed to play them side by side and with the same string to know.
 

Power Player

Bionic Poster
2018 is a good one. You’ll dig it. Feel is slightly better, I think, but I’m not sure if it hits a better ball or not than the 21. Would have needed to play them side by side and with the same string to know.
Yeah, the 21 hits so much a mean and direct ball. It's something else. I may try tour bite in both and just have all the YYs with the same string to start.
 

taylor15

Hall of Fame
2018 is a good one. You’ll dig it. Feel is slightly better, I think, but I’m not sure if it hits a better ball or not than the 21. Would have needed to play them side by side and with the same string to know.
I second how amazing the 2018 felt to me. The only reason I didn’t go to this frame from the SV95 and went to the UT was..well, not sure actually. It hit a great ball all around for me.
 

Vicious49

Hall of Fame
It was special. Between watching the first match against Tsitsipas and the one yesterday it felt like watching the birth of a star.
Him and Fernandez on the womens side are both rising stars. Fernandez has already learned to try to get the NYC crowd on her side which is why shes always trying to get them involved and thanking them after every match.

Wish i had been there this waakend as opposed to this upcoming weekend where ill really only be able to eatch 2 matches.
 

GGWAW

New User
Last night I played against the guy who hits lots of annoying chip shots and most everything has back spin on it. He beat me 6-2 7-5. Even though he has the worst form and everything than anyone else I play, he gives me the most trouble. I did figure something out in the 2nd half of that 2nd set. I usually stand right behind the baseline during most of my rallies as that's what usually works best for me. With him I started standing a few feet inside the baseline. This seemed to help quite a bit. I can't be sure if that was it or the fact that he was getting worn down. Even though he was winning he was still having to run all over the court to earn those points.

Something else I learned last night is that I can't hit my OHBH with the 360+ PMP. I may have already known this but it really dawned on me last night. I can hit it with my UT but something about the angle it comes off the PMP makes it nearly impossible for me to get that OHBH over the net and to dip back down. It hits the most wicked BH slice though.
It could be my match synthesis from the same day ! Same score same opponent ! I almost quit tennis that day !
 

ryushen21

Legend
Gees, you have been busy mate. I think it is great to know when to let things go, to make room for better things.
Once I hit with the VCore, there was no way I could stay with the EZone. And I'm still perfectly happy with the VC100. But there is something really special about this particular 95 and I am vibing with it. So it comes down to a battle between the 100 and the 95 that has to be done.
 
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sargeinaz

Hall of Fame
Sorry, but what ProKennex models are you all referring to with these nicknames? I searched, but I’m still lost.

also, random thought. If ProKennex released an extended version of the BlackAce Pro, it would probably be the closest thing to Rios old extended RD7
 
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Vicious49

Hall of Fame
Sorry, but what ProKennex models are you all referring to with these nicknames? I searched, but I’m still lost.

also, random thought. If ProKennex released an extended version of the BlackAce Pro, it would probably be the closest thing to Rios old extended RD7
@JGads signature has the Doppio in it. Im not sure of the rest as i didnt get aboard the PK train.
 

JGads

Legend
Sorry, but what ProKennex models are you all referring to with these nicknames? I searched, but I’m still lost.

also, random thought. If ProKennex released an extended version of the BlackAce Pro, it would probably be the closest thing to Rios old extended RD7
Doppio: previous two paintjobs (black/yellow, and black/copper) of the Q+5 Pro.
Top Banana: Q+5X Pro (extended version of the current banana colored version).
Banana: Q+5 Pro.
Banana Lite: Q+5.
Espresso: previous two paintjobs of the QTour 300 and 315.
Limoncello: current QTour 300 and 315, green paintjob.
Black Ace Pro: Black Ace Pro.

RD7 was a tank of a frame, wasn't it? Big SW? I'm not sure if any of these would fall into that category. The Black Ace Pro is super flexy and controlled and whippy through the air because of the very thin beam.
 

CountMonte

New User
Doppio: previous two paintjobs (black/yellow, and black/copper) of the Q+5 Pro.
Top Banana: Q+5X Pro (extended version of the current banana colored version).
Banana: Q+5 Pro.
Banana Lite: Q+5.
Espresso: previous two paintjobs of the QTour 300 and 315.
Limoncello: current QTour 300 and 315, green paintjob.
Black Ace Pro: Black Ace Pro.

Is there any difference aside from paint on the 2017 or 2019 Doppio?
 

ryushen21

Legend
I had round 1 of the VC100/95 showdown this morning. I won't go into every single detail, so here's the abbreviated report.

Off the ground, the 100 has the advantage. The shots have more pop and sting to them and as a result, I can get more easy depth while still hitting with relatively heavy spin. The 100 does cover up some of those errors or slightly off-center hits and that comes in handy in competitive settings. And I can absolutely nail my zones (not the same as spots) with heavy shots. The 95 is immensely rewarding to hit with though. The added focus it requires leads to cleaner and more precise hitting. And the drive shots with the 95 are a thing of beauty when you really get into one.

At the net, I undoubtedly prefer the 95. It's precise, maneuverable, redirects pace well, and the volleys are clean and crisp. The 100 is not bad at the net by any means but when compared to the 95, it feels clunky and unrefined.

And the serve is still being completely owned by the 95. The lead at 10/2 just made this aspect click and fire on all cylinders. I've struggled to find my timing correctly with the 100 lately and haven't been able to figure out why.

So there's a slight edge to the 95 at the moment because the groundstrokes are such a big part of the game and the 100 is far from out of this fight.
 

CountMonte

New User
@CountMonte
No, no difference in 2017 and 19 Doppio, just the paint.
Thanks!
I’ve been on an extended racket quest myself after moving on from the Pure Aero due to recurring TE.
I started with Vcore 100 (which I loved), then Regna 100 (too underpowered), Regna 98 (nice honeymoon) which led to experimenting with heavier rackets such as RF97A, then pleeners, including new VCore Pro 100. But the clear winner is the Top Banana. I keep coming back to it and now I think I’ve settled on it. 16x20, easy to wield, the plow, the depth. Thanks to you otherwise I would never have thought to try it!
 

JGads

Legend
Thanks!
I’ve been on an extended racket quest myself after moving on from the Pure Aero due to recurring TE.
I started with Vcore 100 (which I loved), then Regna 100 (too underpowered), Regna 98 (nice honeymoon) which led to experimenting with heavier rackets such as RF97A, then pleeners, including new VCore Pro 100. But the clear winner is the Top Banana. I keep coming back to it and now I think I’ve settled on it. 16x20, easy to wield, the plow, the depth. Thanks to you otherwise I would never have thought to try it!
That's awesome, man. It was the current Pure Aero giving you the TE?

The Top Banana is so good. There's nothing it can't do. If you haven't already, I would suggest trying Black Knight in there at some point. Great fit for the frame.
 

ryushen21

Legend
Has anyone else in here used or experimented with Isospeed Grey Fire? I've got a few sets incoming and was going to try it out with BK.
 

CountMonte

New User
That's awesome, man. It was the current Pure Aero giving you the TE?

The Top Banana is so good. There's nothing it can't do. If you haven't already, I would suggest trying Black Knight in there at some point. Great fit for the frame.
I used Pure Aero (and all previous versions) for over 12 years. Had TE on and off. Also used problend for strings so that didn’t help. But yes, the current version is great to use but one mistake with technique can cause harm.
The TB is just so rewarding, I feel like I can do anything and not miss. I’ve got Tour Bite @ 53 but keen to try BK too.
 

JGads

Legend
I used Pure Aero (and all previous versions) for over 12 years. Had TE on and off. Also used problend for strings so that didn’t help. But yes, the current version is great to use but one mistake with technique can cause harm.
The TB is just so rewarding, I feel like I can do anything and not miss. I’ve got Tour Bite @ 53 but keen to try BK too.
Tour Bite is awesome in it too. And Lux Element Rough. Those are my favorite three setups in this frame, probably, in that order.
 

Nollid

Semi-Pro
I took advantage of the Tier One Labor Day sale and have Firewire and Ghostwire incoming. This is the next string trial in the Banana Lite. Let's see if I like it better than HGS.
 

haqq777

Legend
Has anyone else in here used or experimented with Isospeed Grey Fire? I've got a few sets incoming and was going to try it out with BK.
Purchased some from @J011yroger a while back and actually just strung up a set of it yesterday for a hit after a long hiatus. Rained out today otherwise would have some feedback for you. I have played with it in the past, just drawing a blank on it's characteristics since it's been a while. I know it was decent otherwise I wouldn't have put it in.

Black Knight is a great overall string, nothing bad to say about it. I think it was @topspn whose feedback in the Angell thread made me try it out initially. Absolutely shines in the TC100.

Good to see all the usual suspects here! :)
 

n8dawg6

Legend
Purchased some from @J011yroger a while back and actually just strung up a set of it yesterday for a hit after a long hiatus. Rained out today otherwise would have some feedback for you. I have played with it in the past, just drawing a blank on it's characteristics since it's been a while. I know it was decent otherwise I wouldn't have put it in.

Black Knight is a great overall string, nothing bad to say about it. I think it was @topspn whose feedback in the Angell thread made me try it out initially. Absolutely shines in the TC100.

Good to see all the usual suspects here! :)
haqq is back!
 
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