JackB1's 11oz Racquet Corner

MisterP

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No I've never tried it before. Just got a piece of this in my bag. Have you tried it on this frame or another?
Diamond rough is a pretty bad string. If you could somehow trade it for something else you should do that. Tour Bite Soft 17 is amazing.
 

g4driver

Hall of Fame
Diamond rough is a pretty bad string. If you could somehow trade it for something else you should do that. Tour Bite Soft 17 is amazing.
But not as amazing as Cyclone Tour 16g IMO [emoji6]

Had a very good 4.0 (near 4.5 level player) using a three Pure Drives try the following VS MC/BG at MPR last night and in singles at DI.

Lux Alu Power Soft 16L 54M/52X
Solinco Revolution 16L 55M/53X
Cylone Tour 16g 56M/54X

He picked the cheapest of the bunch CT, saying it gives him the most control. His 4.0 partner who has been mowing down every solid 4.0 player in town as been using Cyclone Tour 16g in his Babolat Pure Control Tours since Nov. He is likely better than half the 4.5 guys in CHS, and the only 4.0 who will bet him as a 4.0S - he beat a guy who was bumped to 4.5 1&1 in the Nov State Singles Championships. He gave up 5 games in three matches.

And if you know anyone who wants that mostly new reel of Cyclone Tour 17g for free let me know. [emoji6]

Should I start the playtest for Cyclone Tour 16 vs Solinco Tour Bite Soft 16/16L/17 ?

Thought you were using Hyper G -
 

MisterP

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Should I start the playtest for Cyclone Tour 16 vs Solinco Tour Bite Soft 16/16L/17 ?

Thought you were using Hyper G -
You definitely should do that!

Hyper-G 16L is money for me because of how it plays over the course of 10 or 12 hours. TB Soft feels better off the stringer but playability is not as good over time.

I will say that Hyper-G is not for everyone. It feels somewhat soft, but it's deceptively low powered.
 
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g4driver

Hall of Fame
You definitely should do that!

Hyper-G 16L is money for me because of how it plays over the course of 10 or 12 hours. TB Soft feels better off the stringer but playability is not as good over time.

I will say that Hyper-G is not for everyone. It feels somewhat soft, but it's deceptively low powered.
Will string up one frame with Hyper G, but it will be March before I can hit again. I want you to try CT 16g vs TBS if you don't have time to string I do. The string is on me. Stringing is about all I can do because of my back.

By the way, you know the 4.0 who uses the PDs. He took one look at Hyper G and turned his nose. Lol He is a mostly grey and black kind of guy, so bright green wasn't his thing.
 

beltsman

Legend
Will string up one frame with Hyper G, but it will be March before I can hit again. I want you to try CT 16g vs TBS if you don't have time to string I do. The string is on me. Stringing is about all I can do because of my back.

By the way, you know the 4.0 who uses the PDs. He took one look at Hyper G and turned his nose. Lol He is a mostly grey and black kind of guy, so bright green wasn't his thing.
What does he use in his PD?
 

g4driver

Hall of Fame
What does he use in his PD?
Cyclone Tour 16g 57M/55X


He tired these:

Pure Drive Cyclone Tour 16 57M/55X
Pure Drive Alu Power Soft 16L 54M/52X
Pure Drive Solinco Revolution 16L 55M/53X

He picked the CT frame. No elbow issues at all. Very good 4.0 player. Plays well vs 4.5 guys at 9.0 Mixed, and at 9.5 Combo. Very few 4.0 men locally get the invite to 9.0 Mixed and 9.5 Combo
 

JackB1

G.O.A.T.
Hey All! I googled myself and this thread came up :) I thought I would just post an update to let everyone know what's going on. About 2 years ago I tried pickleball
and was immediately hooked. The social aspect of the game and the unique-ness of the game was appealing to me. It's a combination of tennis, ping pong and paddle ball. Imagine playing ping pong while standing on top of the table. At the higher levels, it takes a lot of skill and is a game of not making errors, even more so than tennis. I continued to play both sports for a while, but my tennis game suffered. The timing is very different and I struggled going back and forth between sports. I found myself having more fun with pickleball, so I dropped tennis and just focused on that. It's been a lot of fun and I have met so people and made lots of great friends along the way. I do miss tennis sometimes, but for now, it's pickleball for me. I hope all of you forum regulars are still doing well and enjoying yourself in whatever sport you are participating in. If you ever get the chance, give pickleball a try...it might surprise you :)
 

Dartagnan64

G.O.A.T.
He is probably 'holicing on pickle ball paddles now!!! :)
Looks like you called it.

Personally I never enjoyed ping pong that much, so the thought of playing oversized ping pong where you stand on the table never appealed to me.

I'm much a "feel" person in my favorite sports and hitting a whiffle ball with a wooden paddle just doesn't offer the feel of:
1) a well struck tennis shot,
2) a long straight drive,
3) riding powder on a snowboard,
4) flowing through single track in the woods on a mountain bike
 

tennisBIEST

Professional
Hey All! I googled myself and this thread came up :) I thought I would just post an update to let everyone know what's going on. About 2 years ago I tried pickleball
and was immediately hooked. The social aspect of the game and the unique-ness of the game was appealing to me. It's a combination of tennis, ping pong and paddle ball. Imagine playing ping pong while standing on top of the table. At the higher levels, it takes a lot of skill and is a game of not making errors, even more so than tennis. I continued to play both sports for a while, but my tennis game suffered. The timing is very different and I struggled going back and forth between sports. I found myself having more fun with pickleball, so I dropped tennis and just focused on that. It's been a lot of fun and I have met so people and made lots of great friends along the way. I do miss tennis sometimes, but for now, it's pickleball for me. I hope all of you forum regulars are still doing well and enjoying yourself in whatever sport you are participating in. If you ever get the chance, give pickleball a try...it might surprise you :)
Don’t you miss running?
 

A_Instead

Hall of Fame
Jack is a star in PB...does testing..interviews professionals , etc..and most importantly is making some coin from it...
 

JackB1

G.O.A.T.
Don’t you miss running?
You run plenty in pickleball and can get quite a workout depending on the level you play. Singles in pickleball actually required more running and cardio than singles in tennis. Go watch some Pros play singles on Youtube. It's exhausting.
 

comeback

Hall of Fame
Hey All! I googled myself and this thread came up :) I thought I would just post an update to let everyone know what's going on. About 2 years ago I tried pickleball
and was immediately hooked. The social aspect of the game and the unique-ness of the game was appealing to me. It's a combination of tennis, ping pong and paddle ball. Imagine playing ping pong while standing on top of the table. At the higher levels, it takes a lot of skill and is a game of not making errors, even more so than tennis. I continued to play both sports for a while, but my tennis game suffered. The timing is very different and I struggled going back and forth between sports. I found myself having more fun with pickleball, so I dropped tennis and just focused on that. It's been a lot of fun and I have met so people and made lots of great friends along the way. I do miss tennis sometimes, but for now, it's pickleball for me. I hope all of you forum regulars are still doing well and enjoying yourself in whatever sport you are participating in. If you ever get the chance, give pickleball a try...it might surprise you :)
Welcome back, pickleball is huge everywhere now..I still prefer tennis due to PB throws off my distance for tennis..also not enough variety and picking up the balls so many times is bad for my back..But socially; making friends it's great and i want to get my wife into it since she can't play tennis
 

JackB1

G.O.A.T.
Welcome back, pickleball is huge everywhere now..I still prefer tennis due to PB throws off my distance for tennis..also not enough variety and picking up the balls so many times is bad for my back..But socially; making friends it's great and i want to get my wife into it since she can't play tennis
Haha. I still use the tennis method for picking up balls (hit the ball against your foot with the paddle).
Yes I can't tell you how many good friends I have made through pickleball. To me it's not a question of tennis vs pickleball...
they are BOTH fun and why not add as much fun into your life as possible? :)
 

JackB1

G.O.A.T.
Anyone try the Graphene Touch Instinct MP? The reviewers all say it's low in power, which is surprising to me since this model has always had a lot of power. Getting mine strung up today so I can test out out soon.
 

JackB1

G.O.A.T.
Hit with the Touch Instinct MP today for about an hour. Was strung with full multi at 51 lbs. Found power level good enough. Noticed the dampened feel but didn't mind it. Thought it did a nice job of smoothing out vibrations. Overall pretty user friendly racquet. Now my game on the other hand.....yikes! Timing and spacing were off. I was fine when rallying from the back with enough time to setup and hit, but when rushed I was missing a lot. Returns were the biggest issue. Volleys were great. Serves OK, except missing too much. Just gotta work on early prep and spacing/timing.
 

JackB1

G.O.A.T.
of course...but realistically who can play flawlessly?
my point was that power isn't really needed or even that important at the 4.0 level to win.
but my instinct certainly has sufficient power when I want to add some pace.

That holds true in any sport...play flawless....you win...
 

SVP

Semi-Pro
I’m happy you’re back Jack. You were the light of positivity on these boards 10 or so years ago. I will always follow you.
 

beltsman

Legend
You definitely should do that!

Hyper-G 16L is money for me because of how it plays over the course of 10 or 12 hours. TB Soft feels better off the stringer but playability is not as good over time.

I will say that Hyper-G is not for everyone. It feels somewhat soft, but it's deceptively low powered.
Hyper-G / Origin hybrid is where it's at!
 

beltsman

Legend
Hit with the Touch Instinct MP today for about an hour. Was strung with full multi at 51 lbs. Found power level good enough. Noticed the dampened feel but didn't mind it. Thought it did a nice job of smoothing out vibrations. Overall pretty user friendly racquet. Now my game on the other hand.....yikes! Timing and spacing were off. I was fine when rallying from the back with enough time to setup and hit, but when rushed I was missing a lot. Returns were the biggest issue. Volleys were great. Serves OK, except missing too much. Just gotta work on early prep and spacing/timing.
What 360 racquets have you hit with? What were your thoughts?
 

MisterP

Hall of Fame
Hyper-G / Origin hybrid is where it's at!
Only problem I have with Origin is the price. I switched to Tecnifibre Black Code 4S a while back because I can get reels of it for dirt cheap from a place in the UK, and it’s a softish copoly with good tension maintenance.
 

beltsman

Legend
Only problem I have with Origin is the price. I switched to Tecnifibre Black Code 4S a while back because I can get reels of it for dirt cheap from a place in the UK, and it’s a softish copoly with good tension maintenance.
Yeah I don't disagree there. But it gives me lots of mileage and I haven't found anything comparable.
 

JackB1

G.O.A.T.
Played my first singles match in around 3 years last weekend with the Touch Instinct MP and the racquet did well for me. I was competitive against a mid level 4.0 and was quite happy with that for my first match back after so long. I actually was ahead in the 2nd set but ended up losing it 5-7. The Instinct seemed to have enough power so that I could add pace when needed. Very happy with it right now. I also tried a Graphene Touch Speed S the day and that one was real good too. Was very stable for a 10.7 oz. racquet. It actually didn't feel much lighter to me than the Instinct. Either one of those are great choices.
 
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danbrenner

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Played my first singles match in around 3 years last weekend with the Touch Instinct MP and the racquet did well for me. I was competitive against a mid level 4.0 and was quite happy with that for my first match back after so long. I actually was ahead in the 2nd set but ended up losing it 5-7. The Instinct seemed to have enough power so that I could add pace when needed. Very happy with it right now. I also tried a Graphene Touch Speed S the day and that one was real good too. Was very stable for a 10.7 oz. racquet. It actually didn't feel much lighter to me than the Instinct. Either one of those are great choices.
Hey Jack. Good to have you back
Stick with the 11 plus oz sticks. The sub 11 oz always fall short when strung with full poly and or against a hard hitter
 

JackB1

G.O.A.T.
Thanks but I wont be going full poly and the Instinct at 11 oz strung never gave me any issues. I would rather have the benefits of
a light racquet at this point in my playing.

Hey Jack. Good to have you back
Stick with the 11 plus oz sticks. The sub 11 oz always fall short when strung with full poly and or against a hard hitter
 
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