Diary of a Racketaholic

Vicious49

Hall of Fame
thank you @tim-ay and @Vicious49

(i am going to have a look around and see if i can slip another purchase this week without the wife noticing... lol)
If you like extended frames there’s also the Top Banana that has been getting rave reviews in here. I prefer 27” so i stayed away from it. I cant remember exactly which one is the Top Banana now unfortunately. Calling @JGads
 

esm

Hall of Fame
If you like extended frames there’s also the Top Banana that has been getting rave reviews in here. I prefer 27” so i stayed away from it. I cant remember exactly which one is the Top Banana now unfortunately. Calling @JGads
thanks for the suggestion - can't remember when was last time i held an XL... i think i am too old/lazy/fat to venture into the XL world now..... tennis racquets i mean.. lol
 

CountMonte

New User
The Top Banana is that thing in life you didn’t realize you were missing, until Lorenzo whispered a suggestion in your ear while you slept. Upon waking, you realize just how hollow and empty existence has been up until now. Those who wield it know of what I speak.

JGads is a prophet.
 

taylor15

Hall of Fame
@Vicious49 thanks for the detail. UT keeps wanting to be back as my main but I’m still rocking the UP. Glad to hear more
comparison, surprised the OHBH is better with doppio!
 

topspn

Legend
The Top Banana is that thing in life you didn’t realize you were missing, until Lorenzo whispered a suggestion in your ear while you slept. Upon waking, you realize just how hollow and empty existence has been up until now. Those who wield it know of what I speak.

JGads is a prophet.
Haha glad you like it
 

Power Player

Bionic Poster
We told Vicious the Doppio was awesome the first time he demoed it and shot it down for Wilson frames..lol. I prefer the laser directness of the VC95, but at the end of the day the Rad MP beat them both out for me.

And yeah, the Top B is F'n rad too if you are good with XL. I think PK's only misstep with this new line was overweighting their standard length offering a bit more than needed. Besides that, I find it to be an upgrade in feel and punch.
 

CountMonte

New User
I don’t know if the Top B needs the caveat about being an XL. I think I would have been turned off if I knew it was an XL and never tried it (I thought I was ordering a Doppio and got the XL by accident!!)
It’s not cumbersome or awkward in any way whatsoever. In fact, having used the Pure Aero for years I’d say it really feels identical holding and swinging it.
 

tim-ay

Hall of Fame
I don’t know if the Top B needs the caveat about being an XL. I think I would have been turned off if I knew it was an XL and never tried it (I thought I was ordering a Doppio and got the XL by accident!!)
It’s not cumbersome or awkward in any way whatsoever. In fact, having used the Pure Aero for years I’d say it really feels identical holding and swinging it.
It plays very fast for sure. But you pay a little on the OHBH for the XL. And I think for those susceptible to shoulder or elbow issues, any XL is a bit more risky, even one as comfortable as the TB …. When serving you’re just going to have a bit more stress on the arm at contact. No issues for me so far, but I can see where someone like PP would be gun shy. And I at least think about it.

But yeah, it’s just a super XL. I thought the PD+ was the standard for a long time until I started hitting the G thang and the TB. PK wins the XL games.
 

BPlain

Rookie
It plays very fast for sure. But you pay a little on the OHBH for the XL. And I think for those susceptible to shoulder or elbow issues, any XL is a bit more risky, even one as comfortable as the TB …. When serving you’re just going to have a bit more stress on the arm at contact. No issues for me so far, but I can see where someone like PP would be gun shy. And I at least think about it.

But yeah, it’s just a super XL. I thought the PD+ was the standard for a long time until I started hitting the G thang and the TB. PK wins the XL games.
That's why I'm holding off on TB for now. My last stick pre-PK was a Yonex EZone 98+ sawed down to 27.25 and despite being a relatively soft frame, my elbow issues flared up again. Just ordered up my second Doppio directly from Lorenzo's olive grove in Italy.
 

tim-ay

Hall of Fame
That's why I'm holding off on TB for now. My last stick pre-PK was a Yonex EZone 98+ sawed down to 27.25 and despite being a relatively soft frame, my elbow issues flared up again. Just ordered up my second Doppio directly from Lorenzo's olive grove in Italy.
For me, i'm not full in the new yellow PK camp like PP. really, the feel of the TB is awesome and i love it. But I equally love the crispness of the Doppio and I just know I will be back on that at some point. They are equally loved. They just have to take turns as they were driving me nuts trying to play both of them.
 

Vicious49

Hall of Fame
We told Vicious the Doppio was awesome the first time he demoed it and shot it down for Wilson frames..lol. I prefer the laser directness of the VC95, but at the end of the day the Rad MP beat them both out for me.

And yeah, the Top B is F'n rad too if you are good with XL. I think PK's only misstep with this new line was overweighting their standard length offering a bit more than needed. Besides that, I find it to be an upgrade in feel and punch.
The 1st time I tried the Doppio it felt very sluggish. I do think it had to do with the specs and I must have gotten a 'porky' one. PK frames aren't the easiest to find and it's tough taking another chance on a brand where you know it's going to be difficult to sell if you don't end up liking it. If I didn't own the SW1 I wouldn't have tried the Doppio again. Regardless, I'm glad I did.
 

topspn

Legend
The 1st time I tried the Doppio it felt very sluggish. I do think it had to do with the specs and I must have gotten a 'porky' one. PK frames aren't the easiest to find and it's tough taking another chance on a brand where you know it's going to be difficult to sell if you don't end up liking it. If I didn't own the SW1 I wouldn't have tried the Doppio again. Regardless, I'm glad I did.
Honestly I couldn’t tell they are hard to sell as mine flew as fast as I can sell them. Really astonished me so there may be something to this thread promotion that PK couldn’t do. Gads can take credit
 

tim-ay

Hall of Fame
So wait you don’t think it’s marketing gems such as these?



Don Draper, this is not.
I can’t imagine what the culture inside of Pro Kennex is like. “Hey Team. First thank you all for coming to the all employee coffee talk. Now first item, we are doing a raffle to see who will do the next update to our marketing page on social media. Last month, remember, Franco from our warehouse won and he had a clever idea to highlight that people who lose tennis matches tend to fall into depression and use illegal narcotics. He was inspired by Agassi’s book. Game, set, and take your pills. we had to shorten it as it would not quite fit with cut and paste , to just game set pills. It’s catchy. what will be the next great idea??”
 

EggSalad

Rookie
I can’t imagine what the culture inside of Pro Kennex is like. “Hey Team. First thank you all for coming to the all employee coffee talk. Now first item, we are doing a raffle to see who will do the next update to our marketing page on social media. Last month, remember, Franco from our warehouse won and he had a clever idea to highlight that people who lose tennis matches tend to fall into depression and use illegal narcotics. He was inspired by Agassi’s book. Game, set, and take your pills. we had to shorten it as it would not quite fit with cut and paste , to just game set pills. It’s catchy. what will be the next great idea??”
And guys, just hear me out on this… I think we should explain, in detail, what a deuce is.

And once we have that momentum, let’s capitalize on it in our next ad by explaining what a ‘let’ is.
 
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esgee48

G.O.A.T.
I like that bright Orange. I asked a Jr who was playing it, next court over, what he liked about it. He liked the power/pace/control he could put on the ball. He was wearing a bright green T shirt ala Hyper G, which was what he had in the frame. I remember when frames came in all colors back in the 90's. Happy to see them back.
 

danbrenner

Hall of Fame
I actually forgot it was being delivered today and was wearing a bright orange polo shirt while stringing my bright orange racquet with bright orange string.

But look at it. Also, I don't think I've mentioned that I love my WISE.

It looks nice. But why am i suddenly in the mood for ice cream.
 

esm

Hall of Fame
I actually forgot it was being delivered today and was wearing a bright orange polo shirt while stringing my bright orange racquet with bright orange string.

But look at it. Also, I don't think I've mentioned that I love my WISE.

looks great. the WISE looks good to.
look for ward to your review. i am still undecided with either the Pro or the MP.
i am expecting a delivery today with a Head racquet and other goodness...
 

topspn

Legend
I actually forgot it was being delivered today and was wearing a bright orange polo shirt while stringing my bright orange racquet with bright orange string.

But look at it. Also, I don't think I've mentioned that I love my WISE.

I hope it plays well for you. That orange is so garishly ugly but I admit I would forgive it in an instant for great playability. And wise looks awesome!
 

esm

Hall of Fame
You go to work for Head. “Hey guys, what should our new racket look like, the new iconic Radical?” PK guy who found a new job during the pandemic: “Flouro Orange, like an open pit mine worker in Australia”.
lol.
i thought someone nicked this from his/her child to come up with Head's recent PJs :-D

 

n8dawg6

Legend
I actually forgot it was being delivered today and was wearing a bright orange polo shirt while stringing my bright orange racquet with bright orange string.

But look at it. Also, I don't think I've mentioned that I love my WISE.

arg, my eyes. what has been seen cannot be unseen
 

RF_PRO_STAFF

Semi-Pro
I need to string a Prince racquet for someone that has O-ports. But only at the top and the bottom of the frame (see below). I've never strung one with O-ports before but I've read about them needing a boomerang tool to string them or something with using the brake of your machine. Do I need to keep anything in mind stringing this specific racquet or can I just go ahead and string it the regular 2-piece way?

 

esgee48

G.O.A.T.
If you only have ports at hoop and throat, you do not need to do anything special other than start mains in the middle. Ports on the side require brakes, etc. to keep the string on the correct side. Your image does not have ports on the sides of the hoop. If you get that type of frame, look up 50-50 stringing.
 

tim-ay

Hall of Fame
I need to string a Prince racquet for someone that has O-ports. But only at the top and the bottom of the frame (see below). I've never strung one with O-ports before but I've read about them needing a boomerang tool to string them or something with using the brake of your machine. Do I need to keep anything in mind stringing this specific racquet or can I just go ahead and string it the regular 2-piece way?

It looks like the Oports are just on the mains for that frame. way easier. Just use your hip or the brake if your machine has one. When the ports are on the crosses, you can do a 50/50, but it's still more of a pain than this frame.
 
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RF_PRO_STAFF

Semi-Pro
If you only have ports at hoop and throat, you do not need to do anything special other than start mains in the middle. Ports on the side require brakes, etc. to keep the string on the correct side. Your image does not have ports on the sides of the hoop. If you get that type of frame, look up 50-50 stringing.
It looks like the Oports are just on the mains for that frame. way easier. Just use your hip or the brake if your machine has one. When the ports are on the crosses, you can do a 50/50, but it's still more of a pain than this frame.
Thanks guys. The ports are indeed only at the top and throat of the frame, just for the mains. My machine does have a brake so I'll definitely be good to go.
 

tim-ay

Hall of Fame
Trust me guys, it looks great when you are playing your best tennis with it.
Hey - us PK wielding folk can’t say much. We’ve got pill marketing. We’ve got race car stickers. We look like 14 year old boys with these.

But at least we don’t look like 14 year old girls. :-D:-D:-D It’s the only frame we can make fun of (which I would love to hit sometime)
 

Vicious49

Hall of Fame
That was quick. Both IG Prestige MP frames and 1 Regna sold in about a day. 1 more Regna to go.
I can't sell this v5 Blade no matter how long it sits and how low the price goes. I'm thinking of just keeping it as selling it at this price isn't really worth it.
I may end up listing both v7 Blades and the 360+ Prestige MP. I keep waffling on those. But not sure when I would use them again. Plus Marie Kondo'ing these frames makes it easier to decide what to play with.

Last night I found I played best with . . . the UT. It really is a 3 way battle for me every time I step on the court between the UT, VC95, and Doppio.
 

snoflewis

Hall of Fame
I can't sell this v5 Blade no matter how long it sits and how low the price goes. I'm thinking of just keeping it as selling it at this price isn't really worth it.
may want to try the big auction site. May also be the fact that the v8 is out, but from experience, the v5 sold at outrageous prices until a few months ago.
 

Vicious49

Hall of Fame
may want to try the big auction site. May also be the fact that the v8 is out, but from experience, the v5 sold at outrageous prices until a few months ago.
This one has some cosmetic flaws that look much worse in pics so I'm sure that's a big factor. I know the v5 was very highly thought of in these parts so holding on to 1 Blade isn't the worst thing.
 

ryushen21

Legend
That was quick. Both IG Prestige MP frames and 1 Regna sold in about a day. 1 more Regna to go.
I can't sell this v5 Blade no matter how long it sits and how low the price goes. I'm thinking of just keeping it as selling it at this price isn't really worth it.
I may end up listing both v7 Blades and the 360+ Prestige MP. I keep waffling on those. But not sure when I would use them again. Plus Marie Kondo'ing these frames makes it easier to decide what to play with.

Last night I found I played best with . . . the UT. It really is a 3 way battle for me every time I step on the court between the UT, VC95, and Doppio.
I've looked at that v5 of yours a few times. Gave it a good thought each time. But those are some gnarly-looking spots on it.
 
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