Diary of a Racketaholic

JGads

Legend
You just gave me my treadmill TV for today. Maybe watching Mardy will keep me motivated.
Twill motivate. I'm totally motivated and going to the gym tomorrow. No alcohol, no pizza.



(But before I had pizza and presently I'm having alcohol.)
 

JGads

Legend
Please don't rain in the morning :X3: Assuming no rain, I'll go out and demo the SOZ 62RA version and also 18x20.
How's the spacing on that? Spacing on an 18/20 is so key. That old Euro Espresso I just acquired and have just loved each hit is now getting relaced with proper string, and what I love about it is it's a kind-of wide 18x20 pattern. So you get some definite spin plus directional control. You can flatten or carve. It's 18x20 but it very much acts like a 16/20 for me.
 

topspn

Legend
How's the spacing on that? Spacing on an 18/20 is so key. That old Euro Espresso I just acquired and have just loved each hit is now getting relaced with proper string, and what I love about it is it's a kind-of wide 18x20 pattern. So you get some definite spin plus directional control. You can flatten or carve. It's 18x20 but it very much acts like a 16/20 for me.
No idea! I will be meeting up with zus_greg who has the demo frames and will hit with him for a bit in order to try them out. If the rain gods allow it
 
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taylor15

Professional
Twill motivate. I'm totally motivated and going to the gym tomorrow. No alcohol, no pizza.



(But before I had pizza and presently I'm having alcohol.)
Well, that make since as you’re starting the gym tomorrow. No use in cutting yourself off early.
I’m having pasta for dinner and a beer. Afterwards maybe when I watch this I’ll get motivated. Totally.
 

skeeter

Professional
Yeah the 1.23 BK seems like a nice option. I just have SO many strings now that it's madness. The TB still beckons of course. It's got real mojo to it.

Totally agree on cooperative hitting - can be fun and relaxing, but it's a waste of time for judging frames. Nobody plays like they practice in tennis, not even the top guys in the world. The closest I get to practice now is hitting with a coach or practice sets. The rest is match play all the time. I'd love to play more and more tournaments but they can suck up weekend plans quickly so I have to choose which I enter. Also there are doubles only tournaments here which really bum me out. Currently chasing down some singles ladders here now.

I am playing indoors tonight and have to give some time to the SynthWave 97 again. The 2018 VC95s came in and immediately fit me like a glove in matchplay, but I still see the potential in the VCP97. It has such a soft feel - just really seems like the more HL/better feeling Blade option. I will solely use it tonight and see how that works for me. Its the type of frame that I would probably choose as my go to if I was just hitting around, because it feels so good, but I need to win matches with it.
Look forward to your thoughts on the 97, as I had a good demo with this racquet last week and am leaning hard that way...
 

ryushen21

Legend
Earlier today I thought about Marti saying how no alcohol helped his game. I thought yeah, he must be on to something as I cracked open the beer.
I gave up alcohol 3 years ago. Then I started back up with tennis. I've had more breakthroughs and improvements in my game.

Maybe it's age and maturity. Maybe it's because I'm off the booze. The world may never know.
 

EggSalad

Rookie
I gave up alcohol 3 years ago. Then I started back up with tennis. I've had more breakthroughs and improvements in my game.

Maybe it's age and maturity. Maybe it's because I'm off the booze. The world may never know.
Good for you. I actually gave up booze in January 2020. I loved the feeling of being booze free. Then the pandemic hit and I started back drinking. I need to give it up for good and no doubt my tennis would benefit greatly.
 

esgee48

G.O.A.T.
I am a firm believer in "wine, women and song" as long as it is in moderation. With the pandemic, it was a lot less "wine and song". :giggle::happydevil: Our Summer is here, so ONE 12 oz beer after playing should be fine.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Well the VCP97 is still showing me something. This frame is really a winner by Yonex for anyone who likes soft racquets but doesn't want to get punished for it.

I'm still not as confident as with the Vc95, but a few things I notice - It has bowling ball heavy spin - just deep and super heavy. Really reminds me of the Blade Pro in many ways. It may not feel the exact same, but it has that huge bullying ball to it, and mine is only swinging at 326/327. Also, the feel is still top notch imo. I mean, it really has butter softness and you can feel it bend when cracking a groundstroke or serve. It is a very satisfying feeling for anyone into that old school butter.

I also think the Tour Bite in the new grommets feels great but is not doing the frame any favors. It has a really nice trajectory already, but shaped poly at probably the low 40s is a bit launchy. Good thing I happen to have a lot of Lynx Tour now, and I suspect that Lt/Element hybrid will sing in this frame for me. It may take it to another level and give me that control back. I think 51/49 may be the tension for this one, at least for me.

The PJ has to be one of the best ones I have owned. Even if you are not into the 80's thing, the level of detail is something else. When you combine it with that stability and very nice power for being so soft, you have a racquet that a lot of people will like.

I going string up with the Lynx Tour/Element and continue to play it. It's a great 16x19 to have around, I would say it's what the v7 16x19 Blade wishes it was.
 

fundrazer

Legend
So I hit a 2nd serve tonight that legit bounced almost up and over a guys head today. Was on clay so I got a bit of a boost from either the line or a thicker patch, but I was impressed. Almost laughed in the middle of the point.

Still spraying a little bit but got things under control. In the long run I don't think I fully benefit from poly, but I wanted to experiment again. Think I mentioned earlier, but I'm trying Diadem Solstice Black @ 50lbs.
 
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skeeter

Professional
Well the VCP97 is still showing me something. This frame is really a winner by Yonex for anyone who likes soft racquets but doesn't want to get punished for it.

I'm still not as confident as with the Vc95, but a few things I notice - It has bowling ball heavy spin - just deep and super heavy. Really reminds me of the Blade Pro in many ways. It may not feel the exact same, but it has that huge bullying ball to it, and mine is only swinging at 326/327. Also, the feel is still top notch imo. I mean, it really has butter softness and you can feel it bend when cracking a groundstroke or serve. It is a very satisfying feeling for anyone into that old school butter.

I also think the Tour Bite in the new grommets feels great but is not doing the frame any favors. It has a really nice trajectory already, but shaped poly at probably the low 40s is a bit launchy. Good thing I happen to have a lot of Lynx Tour now, and I suspect that Lt/Element hybrid will sing in this frame for me. It may take it to another level and give me that control back. I think 51/49 may be the tension for this one, at least for me.

The PJ has to be one of the best ones I have owned. Even if you are not into the 80's thing, the level of detail is something else. When you combine it with that stability and very nice power for being so soft, you have a racquet that a lot of people will like.

I going string up with the Lynx Tour/Element and continue to play it. It's a great 16x19 to have around, I would say it's what the v7 16x19 Blade wishes it was.
Great to hear, and stoking the growing embers for me. Serve still working for you? Any more pop to be had than from last time playing with it? That's one area (some omph on serve) I just didn't consistently hit with the demo, albeit with YPTP full bed and seemed a bit past their prime to me. Hoping that some better strings, and maybe some lead at 10 and 2 (?) might bring out some inherent juice that I couldn't quite find. With 8 mains in the throat, seems like it's a nice controllable frame for a 16x19.
 

Hulger

New User
It seems like I have found my setup hopefully for a long time -
Handle foamed pure aero team, with slight 0.5 cm extension. Without og and dampener on, it’s 324 g, 32,5 cm balance, i guess SW around 320. Mine was couple of grams overspec and I changed that poor Babolat grip for Head hydrosorb pro. Strung with hyper g soft 1.3 @ approximately 24 kg.
No arm pain, serving is as good as it can be, overall control is good - bueno
 

esm

Hall of Fame
the SW1 users - do you use the customisation sheet from the website for your customisation/matching purposes? or do you use the TWU customisation website?
am trying to include it to my tennis/stringing record sheet, so i have everything in one place (all stored in Excel spreadsheet).
 

tim-ay

Hall of Fame
Twill motivate. I'm totally motivated and going to the gym tomorrow. No alcohol, no pizza.



(But before I had pizza and presently I'm having alcohol.)
A really interesting documentary. I think you took the wrong lesson from it though.

My takeaway from it is that quitting pizza and beer can make you break, getting too fit is not healthy. I'm definitely having pizza and beer after tonight's match.
 

JGads

Legend
A really interesting documentary. I think you took the wrong lesson from it though.

My takeaway from it is that quitting pizza and beer can make you break, getting too fit is not healthy. I'm definitely having pizza and beer after tonight's match.
I have to say that the pizza was tremendous. Just tremendous. And I consider it appropriate carbo loading for my trip to the gym today and for tennis tomorrow or Thursday.

Alright there were two pizzas.
 

ryushen21

Legend
I have to say that the pizza was tremendous. Just tremendous. And I consider it appropriate carbo loading for my trip to the gym today and for tennis tomorrow or Thursday.

Alright there were two pizzas.
You're really making me have a serious craving for proper pizza. And proper coffee.

I'm about to start looking at airfare. The wife is still mad about the last time I took off for Italy without her. Maybe I should make that right.
 

tim-ay

Hall of Fame
You're really making me have a serious craving for proper pizza. And proper coffee.

I'm about to start looking at airfare. The wife is still mad about the last time I took off for Italy without her. Maybe I should make that right.
If you were in Orlando, you could do what I do: take the wife to Epcot and tell her Italy world feels EXACTLY like being in Milano. Seriously, EXACTLY. I don't think she really believes me, but plays along. During food and wine festival, maybe it doesn't matter.
 

ryushen21

Legend
Looks like I'll be down to the boom only for the next week or so. Sending the 95s off to get their matching done. Also decided to have the butt flare built up a bit and get new Feather Thin grips put on them. I have a feeling that once I have them all back, it's going to seriously be game on.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Great to hear, and stoking the growing embers for me. Serve still working for you? Any more pop to be had than from last time playing with it? That's one area (some omph on serve) I just didn't consistently hit with the demo, albeit with YPTP full bed and seemed a bit past their prime to me. Hoping that some better strings, and maybe some lead at 10 and 2 (?) might bring out some inherent juice that I couldn't quite find. With 8 mains in the throat, seems like it's a nice controllable frame for a 16x19.
Yeah the serve is still great. The pop is there, but its a soft frame so the ball is not as direct off of the bed. Good news is this is not a low powered frame, especially for being so soft. I also put lead right at 12. Just 1 gram adds like 5.5 SW points due to the shape of the frame (I think). That really helped me out and got the racquet to 326 SW, which works real well.

Its an awesome racquet to have if you want something truly soft in the bag that you can still compete with. And it does have the potential to be the lead dog.


All this talk of pizza is getting me hungry. I am ordering a deep dish butter crust from Lou Malnati
Dear god, that is my favorite food of all time. I have had deep dish at the original Giordinos downtown 5 years ago and still think about it. Lou Malnati is also fantastic.
 

topspn

Legend
Yeah the serve is still great. The pop is there, but its a soft frame so the ball is not as direct off of the bed. Good news is this is not a low powered frame, especially for being so soft. I also put lead right at 12. Just 1 gram adds like 5.5 SW points due to the shape of the frame (I think). That really helped me out and got the racquet to 326 SW, which works real well.

Its an awesome racquet to have if you want something truly soft in the bag that you can still compete with. And it does have the potential to be the lead dog.




Dear god, that is my favorite food of all time. I have had deep dish at the original Giordinos downtown 5 years ago and still think about it. Lou Malnati is also fantastic.
Next time you’re in town try Lou and make sure you ask for the butter crust
 
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