Diary of a Racketaholic

Power Player

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I think the next challenge for me is getting my contacts upgraded. I still have a massive hard time seeing the ball under lights. Its really bad at times to where I can't completely set up for my shots and hit them clean because I am reacting late at the last second.

Squeeked out a match win last night where the first set I just missed putaways and easy shots because I was always a little late to read the ball. Was driving me mad. I changed my patterns up a bit, sliced more and started getting more shots I could cleanly go after which got me the win.

I think some of it is that my contacts do that thing where they adjust if you are looking at something up close or far back. So there is blurring at key moments, which really sucks. Not sure if any of you all deal with any vision issues, but its a game killer for me.
 

Vicious49

Hall of Fame
@Vicious49, you may want to split the lead tape on the RED racquet. Where you have placed it makes it susceptible to damage when mounted on a stringing machine. Just leave the space between the 2 central mains clear. :happydevil:
I've done that on my UTs and other frames. On this one I'm still experimenting with how much (if any) lead I want at 12. Once it's finalized I'll def do that. It's a good tip though. I only know because I think @mad dog1 suggested it a while back.
 

Kozzy

Semi-Pro
It's angle is similar to the UT or v7 Blade or most 18/20 frames
That's interesting - I have not had quite the same experience. I played sets back to back, first with the Head Radical Microgel MP and then with the Regna, both with the same weight/balance/sw and same string setup, and found that launch angle on the Regna to be just bit higher. I really had to work to shape the ball with the 18X20, but not with the Regna. Now, today, I played with the PAVS, and that has a much higher launch angle than the Regna, for sure, and tons more spin. Anyway, I know we all experience this stuff differently, and ultimately, I probably string my sticks a bit lower than most (48lb at the moment, but that's gotta be low forties by now), and don't restring that often. By the way, I might be in love with the PAVS - hits a mean ball, and quite comfy actually.
 

JOSHL

Hall of Fame
I think the next challenge for me is getting my contacts upgraded. I still have a massive hard time seeing the ball under lights. Its really bad at times to where I can't completely set up for my shots and hit them clean because I am reacting late at the last second.

Squeeked out a match win last night where the first set I just missed putaways and easy shots because I was always a little late to read the ball. Was driving me mad. I changed my patterns up a bit, sliced more and started getting more shots I could cleanly go after which got me the win.

I think some of it is that my contacts do that thing where they adjust if you are looking at something up close or far back. So there is blurring at key moments, which really sucks. Not sure if any of you all deal with any vision issues, but its a game killer for me.
Big time vision issues here, I’m actually legally blind without glasses/contacts. And usually lights haven’t been upgraded and are quite terrible, you can definitely tell the difference between good lighting and bad, I hated playing at night because of the reasons you mentioned until I played at a court with really good lighting, then it’s actually not too bad.
 

el sergento

Hall of Fame
I think the next challenge for me is getting my contacts upgraded. I still have a massive hard time seeing the ball under lights. Its really bad at times to where I can't completely set up for my shots and hit them clean because I am reacting late at the last second.

Squeeked out a match win last night where the first set I just missed putaways and easy shots because I was always a little late to read the ball. Was driving me mad. I changed my patterns up a bit, sliced more and started getting more shots I could cleanly go after which got me the win.

I think some of it is that my contacts do that thing where they adjust if you are looking at something up close or far back. So there is blurring at key moments, which really sucks. Not sure if any of you all deal with any vision issues, but its a game killer for me.
Just be happy you can actually wear contacts. I'm so blind I can't get any contacts for my prescription. This is me playing tennis 90% of the time (and it's worse under lights):

 

JOSHL

Hall of Fame
Just be happy you can actually wear contacts. I'm so blind I can't get any contacts for my prescription. This is me playing tennis 90% of the time (and it's worse under lights):

I’m the same but I wear them anyway because I can’t stand glasses. I hate glasses so much I never even wear sunglasses.
 

topspn

Legend
I think the next challenge for me is getting my contacts upgraded. I still have a massive hard time seeing the ball under lights. Its really bad at times to where I can't completely set up for my shots and hit them clean because I am reacting late at the last second.

Squeeked out a match win last night where the first set I just missed putaways and easy shots because I was always a little late to read the ball. Was driving me mad. I changed my patterns up a bit, sliced more and started getting more shots I could cleanly go after which got me the win.

I think some of it is that my contacts do that thing where they adjust if you are looking at something up close or far back. So there is blurring at key moments, which really sucks. Not sure if any of you all deal with any vision issues, but its a game killer for me.
Yes, i had LASIC many years ago and vision is fine but i don't like playing under lights at all. Huge difference how i see the ball in daylight
 

Vicious49

Hall of Fame
That's interesting - I have not had quite the same experience. I played sets back to back, first with the Head Radical Microgel MP and then with the Regna, both with the same weight/balance/sw and same string setup, and found that launch angle on the Regna to be just bit higher. I really had to work to shape the ball with the 18X20, but not with the Regna. Now, today, I played with the PAVS, and that has a much higher launch angle than the Regna, for sure, and tons more spin. Anyway, I know we all experience this stuff differently, and ultimately, I probably string my sticks a bit lower than most (48lb at the moment, but that's gotta be low forties by now), and don't restring that often. By the way, I might be in love with the PAVS - hits a mean ball, and quite comfy actually.
I was just rewatching the Tennis Nerd review on the Regna. The issue I have with it is displayed perfectly at the 3:43 mark. He's having a nice rally and then the ball gets dumped right into the net. I did notice that he hit off his back foot a bit on that shot. Again at the 6:53 mark where he's lazy in stepping in to the ball it goes right in to the net. I think the Regna really does want you to be aggressive and constantly stepping in to every shot. It's unforgiving if you're lazy at all with your footwork. For most people this may turn them off to the frame. My stubborn self sees it as a learning tool that will force me to correct this part of my game.

 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Yes, i had LASIC many years ago and vision is fine but i don't like playing under lights at all. Huge difference how i see the ball in daylight
debating getting lasic myself. Its a shame that it doesn’t make a difference for night vision. I know some guys wear yellow glasses to make the ball brighter. Something i may try out.
 

CountMonte

New User
I was just rewatching the Tennis Nerd review on the Regna. The issue I have with it is displayed perfectly at the 3:43 mark. He's having a nice rally and then the ball gets dumped right into the net. I did notice that he hit off his back foot a bit on that shot. Again at the 6:53 mark where he's lazy in stepping in to the ball it goes right in to the net. I think the Regna really does want you to be aggressive and constantly stepping in to every shot. It's unforgiving if you're lazy at all with your footwork. For most people this may turn them off to the frame. My stubborn self sees it as a learning tool that will force me to correct this part of my game.

I posted this in the other thread but my experience with the Regna is @46 was perfect, but @55 launch angle was too low.
Also it’s designed for topspin and slice, the grommet spacing is different at the bottom so you use the bottom strings to slice, and top strings for topspin thus enhancing both shots.
 

ryushen21

Legend
Just acquired a third VC95. I should be set for a bit now. Once the last VCore 100 sells, I'm going to be keeping an eye out for a 21 VCP 97 310.
 

tim-ay

Hall of Fame
debating getting lasic myself. Its a shame that it doesn’t make a difference for night vision. I know some guys wear yellow glasses to make the ball brighter. Something i may try out.
I had similar problems until doing Lasik- it is the best thing I have ever done for myself. Some lights are still difficult at night, just to how some courts are managed.

Dork engineer comment - you’d be amazed how Lumens fall off over time with metal halide lighting. They ‘look’ bright and so people that aren’t familiar with them won’t replace the bulbs. Public courts are notorious , forget about it. Most clubs also don’t understand it…. So you end up with crap lighting.

I love new LED lighting as the problem just goes away, although they are a brighter white color. At least the lumens don’t fall off a cliff. Think the ALU power of lighting on older bulb designs.
 

Vicious49

Hall of Fame
I posted this in the other thread but my experience with the Regna is @46 was perfect, but @55 launch angle was too low.
Also it’s designed for topspin and slice, the grommet spacing is different at the bottom so you use the bottom strings to slice, and top strings for topspin thus enhancing both shots.
Thanks for the tip. I'll try a lower tension next time. I don't want to cut out fresh string jobs at the moment. I'd rather leave them in there for a few weeks to help the grommets settle before replacing.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
I had similar problems until doing Lasik- it is the best thing I have ever done for myself. Some lights are still difficult at night, just to how some courts are managed.

Dork engineer comment - you’d be amazed how Lumens fall off over time with metal halide lighting. They ‘look’ bright and so people that aren’t familiar with them won’t replace the bulbs. Public courts are notorious , forget about it. Most clubs also don’t understand it…. So you end up with crap lighting.

I love new LED lighting as the problem just goes away, although they are a brighter white color. At least the lumens don’t fall off a cliff. Think the ALU power of lighting on older bulb designs.
Yeah I may just have to go for the Lasic. It would solve a lot of issues.
 

fundrazer

Legend
I think the next challenge for me is getting my contacts upgraded. I still have a massive hard time seeing the ball under lights. Its really bad at times to where I can't completely set up for my shots and hit them clean because I am reacting late at the last second.

Squeeked out a match win last night where the first set I just missed putaways and easy shots because I was always a little late to read the ball. Was driving me mad. I changed my patterns up a bit, sliced more and started getting more shots I could cleanly go after which got me the win.

I think some of it is that my contacts do that thing where they adjust if you are looking at something up close or far back. So there is blurring at key moments, which really sucks. Not sure if any of you all deal with any vision issues, but its a game killer for me.
Dunno if you'd want to go back to glasses, but I have a pair of prescription Oakleys that I wear primarily for tennis. One thing I was considering when I got them was that the club I play at has terrible indoor lighting, so I went with a slightly tinted lens which has helped a bit. I'm happy with them, although they do tend to fog up in really humid conditions (especially in our outdoor bubble clay courts).
 

ryushen21

Legend
Dunno if you'd want to go back to glasses, but I have a pair of prescription Oakleys that I wear primarily for tennis. One thing I was considering when I got them was that the club I play at has terrible indoor lighting, so I went with a slightly tinted lens which has helped a bit. I'm happy with them, although they do tend to fog up in really humid conditions (especially in our outdoor bubble clay courts).
Mine aren't prescription but I have a pair of custom Oakleys with the Prizm lenses that greatly improved ball vision and clarity when playing.
 

esm

Hall of Fame
old is gold ;)
Hopefully the third PS 98 16m will arrive sometime next week. Then I think I am set with three of them for a good while.

I can’t really wear contacts anymore so I stuck with glasses. Started to wear vari-focal 2 years ago and it took awhile to adjust to the focal point. It can be troublesome with the twilight vision and some conditions under the lights/indoor lights. But not much I can do for now.
tried to do the laser surgery for my eyes, but got put off while I was waiting for the consultation results, so never got it done….. Lol
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Mine aren't prescription but I have a pair of custom Oakleys with the Prizm lenses that greatly improved ball vision and clarity when playing.
Yep I have those too. They are more for really bright days, and honestly I don't use them much. I just play in the bright sun and take them off during play almost 100% of the time. It only sucks when serving into the sun, but I can adjust there. I like it as bright as possible when I am playing,
 

ryushen21

Legend
Yep I have those too. They are more for really bright days, and honestly I don't use them much. I just play in the bright sun and take them off during play almost 100% of the time. It only sucks when serving into the sun, but I can adjust there. I like it as bright as possible when I am playing,
I pretty much have to have sunglasses when I'm on the courts. It's the result of a car accident I was involved in over 10 years ago that left me with a pretty bad case of light sensitivity. The ambient light plus the light reflecting off the courts triggers migraines and that's no fun.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Surprise find. Local shop with a lone remaining 2018 VCore 95 on discount.

Shenanigans complete.
Oh S____

Great frame. I think you will enjoy it a lot. It's become my main now. Try and get it specced out, but its probably safe to assume the SW is between 315-321 stock. 2-4 grams of lead on the sides is all I have needed.

I'm totally loving the Vc95s, the 2018 just has a little softer feel so I lean towards that.
 

ryushen21

Legend
Oh S____

Great frame. I think you will enjoy it a lot. It's become my main now. Try and get it specced out, but its probably safe to assume the SW is between 315-321 stock. 2-4 grams of lead on the sides is all I have needed.

I'm totally loving the Vc95s, the 2018 just has a little softer feel so I lean towards that.
With the 2018 being softer, does it still have that relatively direct feel of the 21 or is it less so?
 

JGads

Legend
Oh S____

Great frame. I think you will enjoy it a lot. It's become my main now. Try and get it specced out, but its probably safe to assume the SW is between 315-321 stock. 2-4 grams of lead on the sides is all I have needed.

I'm totally loving the Vc95s, the 2018 just has a little softer feel so I lean towards that.
I know I'll like it as I've tried my buddy's '18 and rather enjoyed it for those 20-25 mins or so. 16x20s, man. Whether I'll like this one enough to keep it in the mix remains to be seen, but what the hell. I did ask the shop if they can SW it but at the moment their SW machine wasn't working right, they said they would hopefully have it fixed and see about measuring it before I pick it up.

It's a Grip 3 which is a little chunky for me in Yonex, much prefer the 2 there, but I couldn't let it go. A last one, new, at a price where I can probably flip it for no loss, considering how popular it is. When those opportunities arise, I don't have the willpower, even though I know I don't need it.

Onward.
 

tennis347

Hall of Fame
debating getting lasic myself. Its a shame that it doesn’t make a difference for night vision. I know some guys wear yellow glasses to make the ball brighter. Something i may try out.
I recently bought sport glasses with the transition lenses. They work great on sunny and cloudy days. These lenses get darker with sunlight and become clear when it is cloudy or when the sun goes down. They also work well to cut the glare down.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
I know I'll like it as I've tried my buddy's '18 and rather enjoyed it for those 20-25 mins or so. 16x20s, man. Whether I'll like this one enough to keep it in the mix remains to be seen, but what the hell. I did ask the shop if they can SW it but at the moment their SW machine wasn't working right, they said they would hopefully have it fixed and see about measuring it before I pick it up.

It's a Grip 3 which is a little chunky for me in Yonex, much prefer the 2 there, but I couldn't let it go. A last one, new, at a price where I can probably flip it for no loss, considering how popular it is. When those opportunities arise, I don't have the willpower, even though I know I don't need it.

Onward.
Good thing is you can probably use the Doppio as a SW gauge. If it feels low powered or too whippy, then 2-3 grams total on the sides will solve that. It also gives a meatier and even more solid feel with the lead there.

What makes me prefer this over the doppio or even top B is that its a 95 that truly plays like a 98/99. So it just feels amazing in the hand and so fast through the serve and on groundstrokes. Just gives that magic wand feeling that you get from a midsize without the added difficulty. Truly a unique frame in that regard. Of course, the level of control is just spectacular. Nothing like roping line drive forehands into the right spaces. I have been doing a lot of A/B/C/D pattern drills and hitting a pattern like C-D-A with the Vc95 is so good. The second shot really gets the opponent way off the court, especially with the pace and spin I can put behind it.

I am stringing up both mine today. Got one with ALU/Element and the next will be Lynx Tour/Element. The poly tour rev that came in that one was ok. Not a muted as I expected and felt pretty good. Just lacked the pocketing of the Tour Bite, but all in a all a good string. I just prefer my ALU style polys more.
 

Vicious49

Hall of Fame
I know I'll like it as I've tried my buddy's '18 and rather enjoyed it for those 20-25 mins or so. 16x20s, man. Whether I'll like this one enough to keep it in the mix remains to be seen, but what the hell. I did ask the shop if they can SW it but at the moment their SW machine wasn't working right, they said they would hopefully have it fixed and see about measuring it before I pick it up.

It's a Grip 3 which is a little chunky for me in Yonex, much prefer the 2 there, but I couldn't let it go. A last one, new, at a price where I can probably flip it for no loss, considering how popular it is. When those opportunities arise, I don't have the willpower, even though I know I don't need it.

Onward.
I'm totally jelly of your find. If you decide not to keep it, I know someone who uses a Yonex L3 who may be interested . . . . :whistle:
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
So I literally just dreamed an option and you’re telling me it’s true?!? Is the inside still a bright color so it’s easy to find things? What is clima guard?
Yes its still bright green inside. And maybe climaguard is not the right term, but it is that foil layer that keeps the temperatures steady and protects your frames. They didn't use to put that in the bags, and now they do (on one side).

Also the shoulder straps seem to be on the level of the Wilson Ultra bag now too - high quality and padded. Yonex has stepped up their game in the bag department it appears.

My issues over time with the Ultra - side pockets are very sparse and not that great. Only 2 sides and barely holds 4 frames. The compartment separator is cool but to have a shoe pocket and an extra compartment plus a side compartment has really become more of a must have for me.
 

Addxyz

Professional
Yes its still bright green inside. And maybe climaguard is not the right term, but it is that foil layer that keeps the temperatures steady and protects your frames. They didn't use to put that in the bags, and now they do (on one side).

Also the shoulder straps seem to be on the level of the Wilson Ultra bag now too - high quality and padded. Yonex has stepped up their game in the bag department it appears.

My issues over time with the Ultra - side pockets are very sparse and not that great. Only 2 sides and barely holds 4 frames. The compartment separator is cool but to have a shoe pocket and an extra compartment plus a side compartment has really become more of a must have for me.
Interesting... I also have the Ultra bag. I love having the compartment separator and with the Yonex 9 pack, at least there's 2 other compartments besides the climate compartment. Most bags only have 2 total compartments including the climate compartment. However, it is losing the 2 medium sized accessory pockets on the same side along with the smaller phone pocket on each side. I want more compartmental organization like that TF rackpack, but in a regular tennis bag shape.
 

taylor15

Professional
Yes its still bright green inside. And maybe climaguard is not the right term, but it is that foil layer that keeps the temperatures steady and protects your frames. They didn't use to put that in the bags, and now they do (on one side).

Also the shoulder straps seem to be on the level of the Wilson Ultra bag now too - high quality and padded. Yonex has stepped up their game in the bag department it appears.

My issues over time with the Ultra - side pockets are very sparse and not that great. Only 2 sides and barely holds 4 frames. The compartment separator is cool but to have a shoe pocket and an extra compartment plus a side compartment has really become more of a must have for me.
Thanks for your insight on the ultra bag, as that's been on my radar. Is the overall footprint of the ultra bag smaller than the yonex? For a 9 pack bag the yonex is very big compared my older Wilson 12 pack Kfactor bags.
 

Kozzy

Semi-Pro
I have mine at 50# (my normal 48 + 2 for the grommets to break in). I have Lynx Tour in one and Cyclone in the other one. Next time I may try 48/45.
I'm using a hybrid (multi mains and cream crosses), which maybe helps too, but might not work for you.
 

808

Semi-Pro
Surprise find. Local shop with a lone remaining 2018 VCore 95 on discount.

Shenanigans complete.
Nice.

Earlier this week some online retailer had the 21 VCore 95 on discount (179 € a piece instead of ~240 €), so naturally I bought two. Used to use the VCore SV 95 (is this the 2018 one?) back then for a while, let's see what the new version is all about.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
Nice.

Earlier this week some online retailer had the 21 VCore 95 on discount (179 € a piece instead of ~240 €), so naturally I bought two. Used to use the VCore SV 95 (is this the 2018 one?) back then for a while, let's see what the new version is all about.
2018 version is the flame red vcore 95.
 

JGads

Legend
Nice.

Earlier this week some online retailer had the 21 VCore 95 on discount (179 € a piece instead of ~240 €), so naturally I bought two. Used to use the VCore SV 95 (is this the 2018 one?) back then for a while, let's see what the new version is all about.
Interested to see how you find it. I could see you liking the '21 but it's definitely a sapping of pop and forgiveness compared to a PA. But easier to play with than any other 95s.

Actually, thinking out loud here, I wonder if the popularity of the YY95s might encourage more frame manufacturers to produce 16x20s. Certainly PK doesn't push the needle, but maybe the YY95 could, at least a little bit, if it cuts into the Radicals and Prestiges of the world. That market.

Also, and this would be something I know 808 and I would both wonder: can Yonex frames be lengthened a quarter inch?
 

ryushen21

Legend
Interested to see how you find it. I could see you liking the '21 but it's definitely a sapping of pop and forgiveness compared to a PA. But easier to play with than any other 95s.

Actually, thinking out loud here, I wonder if the popularity of the YY95s might encourage more frame manufacturers to produce 16x20s. Certainly PK doesn't push the needle, but maybe the YY95 could, at least a little bit, if it cuts into the Radicals and Prestiges of the world. That market.

Also, and this would be something I know 808 and I would both wonder: can Yonex frames be lengthened a quarter inch?
Guess it's odd that they don't make a 95+.
 
Actually, thinking out loud here, I wonder if the popularity of the YY95s might encourage more frame manufacturers to produce 16x20s. Certainly PK doesn't push the needle, but maybe the YY95 could, at least a little bit, if it cuts into the Radicals and Prestiges of the world. That market.

Also, and this would be something I know 808 and I would both wonder: can Yonex frames be lengthened a quarter inch?
I actually did this with one of my 2018 VC95s. I didn't think it suited the frame particularly well, but it wasn't difficult to do. The hardest part is getting that darn Yonex buttcap off. I think the '21 version might be a slightly better candidate.

I would also love to see 16x20s take over the world
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Highly recommend S7T/Cream in the VC95. Fav setup so far. S7T/GW pretty good as well.
Really? Thats sounds wild and i may have to try it.

On the other GW is a really powerful cross. Hopefully Cream is a little better there. I like a little more controlled bed.
 

Nate7-5

Professional
Highly recommend S7T/Cream in the VC95. Fav setup so far. S7T/GW pretty good as well.
There was a big, active S7T thread for a while and I got the impression that most people liked it as a full bed rather than in a hybrid but I'd be willing to try it. I was also thinking of trying PolyTour Spin X Ghostwire. The VC95 comfort is so good that I feel like I can play with pretty stiff setups without issues.
 

JOSHL

Hall of Fame
The holicness continues….a while back I traded my Eurostaff for a ET(the Eurostaff felt a tad sluggish to me), been playing the ET and mixing in the Clash again for kicks. Just picked up a pair of Aero Storms for cheap(16x20 giggity) and been messing with those. But this damn Briffidi SW1 had me thinking about the Eurostaff to see if I can find one on the lower end of the SW spectrum. So I ordered a couple. Got one with 284 SW unstrung. Sold. Now the real battle begins…until I keep reading about this damn YY95 and finally cave.
 
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