Diary of a Racketaholic

JGads

Legend
Baby (Top) Bananas could be nice. Nothing but good vibes from the initial wall hit, detected nothing wrong. A whopping 319 grams strung. Biggest question is whether to name it Baby Banana or Doppio Banana.
 

n8dawg6

Legend
i hated the sv98. the feel was terrible and the paint would come off in big flakes if you so much as looked at it wrong
 

n8dawg6

Legend
Ha, half of why I tried it was shiny red.
IIRC, that was the model that came right after the F97. i thought the f97 looked awesome. wish i had never sold em. that being said, it was way underpowered and i never used it. the boards derogatorily referred to it as “darth maul”
 

Vicious49

Hall of Fame
I stopped by TW earlier and demo'd the Rad MP on the court there. I only got to do some ground strokes and who knows what the specs on it were but it felt great on my FH. It didn't take any adjustment at all really. It felt like the VC95 but with better feel. My BH wasn't getting the clearance I normally getting from the VC95. From that wing it felt more like an 18/20 to me. I'd need some time to adjust to it from that side.

I had practice last night as well as some doubles sets. I hit a basket with both the VC95 and Doppio and asked my coach which I played better with. He said I hit a heavier ball with the Doppio but I was more consistent with the VC95. I think that clinches it because at my level consistency is one of the most important traits.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
I have to admit that topspn beat me to it by a week or two. He had already hit both the MP and Pro by the time I got a demo of the MP. This was late Dec. 2020/early Jan. 2021. I should probably see how the frame plays above freezing.
You still have the creamsicle?
 

tim-ay

Hall of Fame
I like the paint job. Going to pretend it's Haçienda orange (International orange). Euro style.
I like to picture an MP in a Tuxedo T-shirt, ’cause it says, like, ‘I wanna be formal, but I’m here to party, too.’ I like to party, so I like my MP to party…. I like to think of the MP like, with giant eagles’ wings and singin’ lead vocals for Lynyrd Skynyrd with like an Angel Band, and I’m in the front row, and I’m hammered drunk…
 

Vicious49

Hall of Fame
I must be the only one who doesnt mind the orange. i just wish theyd paired it with something other than grey.

Spent my $150 gift card from TE I received for my birthday on . . . I dont think i really need to say it.
 

Addxyz

Professional
The radical mp orange is a similar color to a dive watch band you’d slap on an Omega Ploprof, and im cool with that.
I'm still on the fence regarding the color... I was at the PNW ITFs today and the only girl with a Radical stood out from everyone else. The racquet practically glows. It makes PAs look dull by comparison.
 

topspn

Legend
Haha pretty creative commentary on the color! I personally fall into the category “I’ll get over the orange for playability”

in other news, my frap is delayed delivery for Wednesday UPS tells me ugh
 

Vicious49

Hall of Fame
Theres a community garage sale this morning. My wife has her stuff setup in our driveway and apparently my used tennis balls are selling for 50 cents per can. Shes already sold 12 cans to various people. Not sure who wants old tennis balls but guess ill be saving mine from now on.
 

ryushen21

Legend
I'm still on the fence regarding the color... I was at the PNW ITFs today and the only girl with a Radical stood out from everyone else. The racquet practically glows. It makes PAs look dull by comparison.
Haha pretty creative commentary on the color! I personally fall into the category “I’ll get over the orange for playability”

in other news, my frap is delayed delivery for Wednesday UPS tells me ugh
You have to remember that the Orange affects your oppenents attributes in the following ways:

-10 Focus
+5 Distractability
-5 Coordination
+5 Frustration

Theres a community garage sale this morning. My wife has her stuff setup in our driveway and apparently my used tennis balls are selling for 50 cents per can. Shes already sold 12 cans to various people. Not sure who wants old tennis balls but guess ill be saving mine from now on.
Art teachers, coaches, and dog trainers all love old tennis balls.
 

JGads

Legend
Theres a community garage sale this morning. My wife has her stuff setup in our driveway and apparently my used tennis balls are selling for 50 cents per can. Shes already sold 12 cans to various people. Not sure who wants old tennis balls but guess ill be saving mine from now on.
Go to a dog park with a bag of old balls. Just start handing them out. You can’t imagine the surprise and the joy on everyone’s faces. The people, the pups. This is my favorite thing to do now.
 

danbrenner

Hall of Fame
So just wanted to update a little bit. I have been using my Pure Drive the past few weeks. Over my strike. Which dominated the last quarter. The drive for whatever reason really accentuates my western forehand and allows me to be extra aggressive on my forehand wing. I have been able to hit the hardest on that wing with this stick. What confidence it gives me. Really made tennis so much fun as of late. Punishing my regular opponent from all areas of the court. I have mine at 11.3 oz 3 hl. l4. Syntec feel instead of the stock. And hyper g 16 @ 53. I have found that even at low static weight as long as your at 3 hl it’s very stable.
Honorable mention to solinco hyper g 16. Greatest string ever.
 

Nollid

Semi-Pro
Go to a dog park with a bag of old balls. Just start handing them out. You can’t imagine the surprise and the joy on everyone’s faces. The people, the pups. This is my favorite thing to do now.
Also rehab hospitals to use on walker feet. My car trunk is overflowing with balls right now.
 

Vicious49

Hall of Fame
Go to a dog park with a bag of old balls. Just start handing them out. You can’t imagine the surprise and the joy on everyone’s faces. The people, the pups. This is my favorite thing to do now.
I used to give them to neighbors who have dogs. But then i read something that the felt isnt great for dogs so I stopped handing them out.
 

BPlain

Rookie
Finally had my first USTA 4.5 doubles league match with the Doppio this afternoon. Really fun match that we pulled out 7-6 (9-7) in the third and saved a few match points in the process.

Doppio was rock solid on serves, volleys, and overheads. Only stroke I didn’t really connect with today was serve returns. Going to take some time - and muscle memory adjustments - to fully embrace the whip and relax my arms rather just muscling and trying to bludgeoning every return ball as I like to step in and take it early.

That being said, the few I did connect cleanly with were absolute missiles. But not enough to make up for the return games we punted to our opponents because our returns weren’t as dialed in as usual.
 

RF_PRO_STAFF

Semi-Pro
Does anyone know anything about the 'Babolat Drive Tour Black Limited Edition'?. A friend of mine picked one up for fun from a website called tennis direct dot nl. Looks like a cheaper, lower quality build stick to me. Specs are 100 sq. in. / 16x19 / 295g / 325mm. Have it in my hands right now and it also feels a bit cheaper. Comes strung with syngut.
 

808

Semi-Pro
Sound over feel? A bold choice that I can respect even if I don't agree with it.
To explain: the sound, to me, is part of the feel. Any impact a dampener, especially the Luxilon dampener, makes on the feel of the stringbed is negligible IMO. I may very well be a troglodyte in this regard.
 
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