Update: I played with it again this weekend, and although there is still the occasional ball that goes deeper than I think it should, I had a much easier time controlling depth this time. I think much of my issues with control can be attributed to my having a bad day last time.Racquet: RDS 003 ( 2008 ), total weight 11.88 oz
Strings: Spiky Shark 17 @ 35 lbs.
Serve: Excellent. Although my 1st few went long, once I got dialed in, I was getting impressive pace, spin, and plow.
- depth: my biggest problem. My shots clearly had a higher trajectory and while every other shot was dropping in due to the spin, I was way more inconsistent in this regard.
- directional control: not too shabby. Did not notice any decrease in directional control.
- topspin/slice - saw a marginally noticeable increase in spin; however, when I hit a clean shot, my opponents were having a tougher time.
- power - very little change in power; if anything, my inconsistency made me more hesitant to go for power, which obviously made my shots slower.
- didn't hit a whole lot of them but didn't feel too bad from the few I hit.
- initially there seemed to be more vibrations than (close to dead) Black Code 17 originally at 55 lbs. However, after playing with it, it was very comfortable compared to the racquet with BC. No arm or elbow sorenesss.
I'm not cutting it out yet but I am getting my other racquet strung with at a more traditional tension, while I see if I can get used to the lower tension.
On a side note, started noticing some string movement which was not the case the first time around.