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zapvor

G.O.A.T.
For some reason the Npro 98 wasn't a very popular racquet and was discontinued shortly and the closest incarnation after that was the kblade98. I'm not sure why it wasn't favored, but it was a great tweener racquet at the time and with the added weight and right strings it's become a helluva players racquet. I went to the Blade series afterwards and last year started getting arm issues, so I thought I'd try this again and now I purchase everyone from the place that I can get. It's really a great racquet and again, 18x18 string pattern provides the best of all the worlds.
dude now I wanna hit with one
 

JohnBPittsburgh

Hall of Fame
Just finished putting in new grommets and restringing them.
Vantage 95 - Kirshbaum Black Shark 17 @ 52 lbs (Should have changed the Wilson Pro Overgrip!) Vantage Leather
Angell TC-100 RPM Team 16 @ 54 lbs (never tried this string, figured it would be fun, will probably go back to Kirschbaum Black Shark 17) Fairway Leather
 
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SpinToWin

Talk Tennis Guru
For some reason the Npro 98 wasn't a very popular racquet and was discontinued shortly and the closest incarnation after that was the kblade98. I'm not sure why it wasn't favored, but it was a great tweener racquet at the time and with the added weight and right strings it's become a helluva players racquet. I went to the Blade series afterwards and last year started getting arm issues, so I thought I'd try this again and now I purchase everyone from the place that I can get. It's really a great racquet and again, 18x18 string pattern provides the best of all the worlds.
I wasn't aware that there has been a 18x18 string pattern racquet… I recently was wondering why nobody produces them too haha
 

lwto

Hall of Fame
Do you know the strung specs, including swing weight? Thanks!
Length 27 inches 69 centimeters
Head Size 98 square inches 632 square centimeters
Weight 11 ounces 312 grams
33 centimeters 4pts Head Light
Construction 23mm Straight Beam
Composition 10% nCoded Hyper Carbon / 90% nCoded High Modulus Graphite
String Pattern 18 Mains / 18 Crosses

Of course I have mine weighted and with a leather grip which ultimately came up to about 11.7 ounces at 4-5 pts. head light.

I think remembering on TW that the swing weight was listed as 307, something like that, it's a very fast and easy racquet to swing at 307.
My friend tried mine yesterday and commented that it plowed through balls effortlessly(with my setup)
What I liked about it was that I can crush balls without over hitting it, so it has some power and maybe to much for some as You can easily over hit it if you do over hit like some players tend to do. But just stroke the ball and the ball just accelerates off the racquet.
 

rlau

Hall of Fame
After some nasty hitting session...
POG OS strung (oh.. was strung :)) with TF Multifeel 16g
Is that the old four-stripe POG OS? I have one of those too, as well as a POG OS Tour 2011. Fun frames, but they don't get much action here....
 

Lavs

Hall of Fame
Is that the old four-stripe POG OS? I have one of those too, as well as a POG OS Tour 2011. Fun frames, but they don't get much action here....
yes, this is old 4 stripe POG OS. Feels plusher than Tour version. Although Tour feels little bit crisper. I would combine plushness from 4Stripe and crispness from Tour in one racket :)
 

n8dawg6

Legend
bunch of 100% graphite noodle goodness:



got er done up right with the gosen micro, tourna, sampras dampener, and some lead up top. time to swing out my shoes, feel the plushness on my elbow, and watch the slow knuckleball drift over the net. oughtta dominate some 2.5's with this bad boy. it swings nicely in the living room, cant weight to feel the flex on a tennis ball.
 

Roland G

Hall of Fame
bunch of 100% graphite noodle goodness:



got er done up right with the gosen micro, tourna, sampras dampener, and some lead up top. time to swing out my shoes, feel the plushness on my elbow, and watch the slow knuckleball drift over the net. oughtta dominate some 2.5's with this bad boy. it swings nicely in the living room, cant weight to feel the flex on a tennis ball.
Man, that looks like a nice frame
 

n8dawg6

Legend
it looks surprisingly good. actually the frame mold isnt too far off from a youtek IG prestige I have layin around. the redondo is bare bones though, just a basic graphite frame with a lot of flex. the only thing I didnt like was that it felt a little headlight and I wanted to up the SW just a bit. so just a little lead up top.
 

Sander001

Hall of Fame
bunch of 100% graphite noodle goodness:



got er done up right with the gosen micro, tourna, sampras dampener, and some lead up top. time to swing out my shoes, feel the plushness on my elbow, and watch the slow knuckleball drift over the net. oughtta dominate some 2.5's with this bad boy. it swings nicely in the living room, cant weight to feel the flex on a tennis ball.
Mid or Mid+?
 

The_Racketeer

Professional
it's the 98. I don't have delusions of grandeur, I just want a flexy old school graphite stick with syn gut to hit with when the elbow gets tender or in less competitive non-league play. Got the POG 100 and 107 duo as well.
The Redondo MP is one of those "I gotta have it just to have it" racquets for me. As a big fan of the Prince Graphite it's a must have.
 

adso1973

Semi-Pro
wow all this time I thought it was the same racket. lol how come I never saw the regular pro
there was a Wilson n-code nPro Surge, was the previous version to the Pro Open Black and Green wich had the same paintjob as the Ncode npro. There was also a version Ncode npro Surge X that was extended.

http://www.racquetfinder.com/?name=surge&manufacturer=Wilson&hsMin=&hsMax=&lMin=&lMax=&wMin=&wMax=&swMin=&swMax=&fMin=&fMax=&bpMin=&bpMax=&bwMin=&bwMax=&mains=&crosses=&max_price=&current=N
 

Henry Hub

Rookie
A few youtek prestige pros (one at the stringer's). Ended up cramming 2 pairs of boots in the bag. I initially hated the 2012 Djok barricades as they're so heavy but blimey they wear hard. Then picked up some astroturf hockey boots for playing on artificial grass - rock solid grip and there's no reinforced layering that you would get with a football boot so they're light and flexible. The bag has a tendency to fall apart around the straps but otherwise no complaints.
 
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JohnBPittsburgh

Hall of Fame
I know, it is so much more fun to have 12 different frames!!! I should be able to change frames every point!!! This new idea feels strange to me :) but I think it will be better in the end. (I am still going to get a Textreme Warrior, so I am not totally free from my racquetaholism....and maybe a TC-97) D@MN YOU Racquet Manufacturers!!!
 

zapvor

G.O.A.T.
A few youtek prestige pros (one at the stringer's). Ended up cramming 2 pairs of boots in the bag. I initially hated the 2012 Djok barricades as they're so heavy but blimey they wear hard. Then picked up some astroturf hockey boots for playing on artificial grass - rock solid grip and there's no reinforced layering that you would get with a football boot so they're light and flexible. The bag has a tendency to fall apart around the straps but otherwise no complaints.
you play on astroturf courts????
 

n8dawg6

Legend
I know, it is so much more fun to have 12 different frames!!! I should be able to change frames every point!!! This new idea feels strange to me :) but I think it will be better in the end. (I am still going to get a Textreme Warrior, so I am not totally free from my racquetaholism....and maybe a TC-97) D@MN YOU Racquet Manufacturers!!!
I'm pretty well narrowed down to the Speed Pro XT and the Extreme Pro. I know that I play my best tennis with these two racquets. we're just gonna have to see how my elbow handles it. all of my attempts to leave poly and fairly stiff frames have failed.

there are other setups that appeal to me that make it hard for me to shrink my collection. I like the Speed MP and the Textreme 100T, but theyre both just a little too light. I near bout love the TT95, but I need the forgiveness of a 100 in frame. I love the PCG100, so I'm always gonna have a pair of those. and I've got a bab PD and APD that I won't let go just because I think theyre great frames and I love the spin.

so yeah ... I have a hard time narrowing it down.
 

JohnBPittsburgh

Hall of Fame
I feel your pain. I love my O3 White army, I am down to 3 Textreme tour 100 T's, I like the Pure Aero Tour, my Angell is a beast, and I wish I could play better with the Vantage 95 (now it is strung with Black Shark, it seems to be a lot better for me). The Tour L and P were just to see how they played, but I am going to sell them off. I weighted the L and T, and they play a lot better, but they are so close now, it seems silly to have a T and an L weighted basically the same. Decisions, decisions. I have finally settled on some strings though, I have 3 reels of Black Shark on the way, and I just got a couple reels of Prince Syn gut in case I feel like a hybrid. I feel like I am at least closing in on what will eventually become my bag of DOOM. 3 Text Tour T's on one side, 3 O3 Whites on the other, and my middle compartment will be TC-100, Pure Aero Tour, and Textreme Warrior (then I will sell my Warrior Pro). It's progress at least. :)
 

n8dawg6

Legend
youve got those 100T's weighted up an extra 15 or so grams, right? I've got the warrior 107 here, think it's going back. nice frame but a little light and I would prefer a 100. the 100P i thought was gonna be "it" ... I like it, but it's not the grail
 

The_Racketeer

Professional
I know, it is so much more fun to have 12 different frames!!! I should be able to change frames every point!!! This new idea feels strange to me :) but I think it will be better in the end. (I am still going to get a Textreme Warrior, so I am not totally free from my racquetaholism....and maybe a TC-97) D@MN YOU Racquet Manufacturers!!!
I'm just a step ahead of you. I've made it through the phase of buying and demoing like crazy. I've narrowed down my specs and racquets. I have my main TC95 and 2 PCG100s and that's it in my bag.

But there's always that itch to try just 1 more promising, enticing racquet. I'll most likely get a TC97 with the same specs as my TC95. And the current Warrior 100 holds a special place in my heart, so I'll want to demo the new Textreme one for sure. Damn you racquet manufacturers for sure.

I'm pretty well narrowed down to the Speed Pro XT and the Extreme Pro. I know that I play my best tennis with these two racquets. we're just gonna have to see how my elbow handles it. all of my attempts to leave poly and fairly stiff frames have failed.

there are other setups that appeal to me that make it hard for me to shrink my collection. I like the Speed MP and the Textreme 100T, but theyre both just a little too light. I near bout love the TT95, but I need the forgiveness of a 100 in frame. I love the PCG100, so I'm always gonna have a pair of those. and I've got a bab PD and APD that I won't let go just because I think theyre great frames and I love the spin.

so yeah ... I have a hard time narrowing it down.
I'm with you n8, I've got my racquet that I play best with but there are a couple I own that i can't part with yet. My matching PCG100s will always be in my bag as backups. They just play too good. I actually prefer their feel to my Angell but I gotta go with results. My Warrior 100 is special to me so that's a keeper. How can I ditch a classic like the V1 Classic? And my PK Q5 was a b'day gift from my wife. I just can't let em go...but they're not in my bag. I know what I play best with and am glad to have finally given up the irrational racquetholism.
 

n8dawg6

Legend
I'm with you n8, I've got my racquet that I play best with but there are a couple I own that i can't part with yet. My matching PCG100s will always be in my bag as backups. They just play too good. I actually prefer their feel to my Angell but I gotta go with results.
I hear ya. it's that 100% graphite goodness. what strangs do you have in yours? i gotta figure that out. POSG FEELS right and LOOKS right. not enough spin for me, though. full bed of poly, OTOH, is so low-powered in this frame. gotta be some kind of compromise.
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
I hear ya. it's that 100% graphite goodness. what strangs do you have in yours? i gotta figure that out. POSG FEELS right and LOOKS right. not enough spin for me, though. full bed of poly, OTOH, is so low-powered in this frame. gotta be some kind of compromise.
The compromise is gut in the mains and some nice poly in the crosses. I don't know what level you play at but spin production has the most to do with your tecnique.
 

The_Racketeer

Professional
I hear ya. it's that 100% graphite goodness. what strangs do you have in yours? i gotta figure that out. POSG FEELS right and LOOKS right. not enough spin for me, though. full bed of poly, OTOH, is so low-powered in this frame. gotta be some kind of compromise.
I never had any problems with spin production with my PCG100s. For me, the switch was all about maneuverability. Needed something with the same stability and classic feel but in a faster package.
 

JohnBPittsburgh

Hall of Fame
I have always wanted to snag one of those PCG 100's. If they are still around, after I clear some inventory, I will grab one for fun. Racketeer, I have a similar sentimental attachment to my O3 White, as you do to your Warrior. It was my first real racquet, and I am so glad I got it. It started all of the madness... I tried gut/poly in a relatively cheap hybrid (Volkl Fuse) and it does play insanely awesome. I am going to put Babolat VS with Kirschbaum Black Shark :eek: and see how it fares (I know Black Shark will cut into the VS, but I am hoping it feels fantastic until it saws all the way through) Plus it's extra practice stringing Natural Gut :)
I am pretty sure my Text Tour T's come in at about 320-325 strung and dressed up, no lead on the hoop currently. I like em headlight, and they feel way more solid when they connect with the ball. My signature is currently the battle for the Grail. Once I have them strung the same, I think I will be able to tell the differences a little better. I think that is saying a lot, that I like my Textreme Tour T as much as my Angell. Prince is on to something with this Textreme line up, they all just need some weight IMO. I like to think of them as Prince Pro Stocks, at least that's what I tell myself so I can sleep better at night :)
 
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The_Racketeer

Professional
I hear ya. it's that 100% graphite goodness. what strangs do you have in yours? i gotta figure that out. POSG FEELS right and LOOKS right. not enough spin for me, though. full bed of poly, OTOH, is so low-powered in this frame. gotta be some kind of compromise.
I realized I didn't answer your question the first time. I use multis for arm friendliness and longevity. Currently still searching for the best string out there. I've tried Prince Premier Control (average all around, low powered), Volkl VTwist (almost too much spin), Volkl Power Fiber II (best power and control option yet & currently in my racquets).

I have always wanted to snag one of those PCG 100's. If they are still around, after I clear some inventory, I will grab one for fun. Racketeer, I have a similar sentimental attachment to my O3 White, as you do to your Warrior. It was my first real racquet, and I am so glad I got it. It started all of the madness... I tried gut/poly in a relatively cheap hybrid (Volkl Fuse) and it does play insanely awesome. I am going to put Babolat VS with Kirschbaum Black Shark :eek: and see how it fares (I know Black Shark will cut into the VS, but I am hoping it feels fantastic until it saws all the way through) Plus it's extra practice stringing Natural Gut :)
I am pretty sure my Text Tour T's come in at about 320-325 strung and dressed up, no lead on the hoop currently. I like em headlight, and they feel way more solid when they connect with the ball. My signature is currently the battle for the Grail. Once I have them strung the same, I think I will be able to tell the differences a little better. I think that is saying a lot, that I like my Textreme Tour T as much as my Angell. Prince is on to something with this Textreme line up, they all just need some weight IMO. I like to think of them as Prince Pro Stocks, at least that's what I tell myself so I can sleep better at night :)
The Warrior was my 2nd "real" racquet, but it got me back in the game and kickstarted the tennis bug I suffer. If the battle for the Grail continues, I cringe when I think of your mindset when you get your hands on the TxT Warrior 100 (and possibly a TC97).
 

Zodd

Hall of Fame
Head Prestige pro
Head Classic mid
Head i.Radical MP (brand new)
Head Youtek ig prestige mp 25 years anniversary edition x2
Babolat Aeropro drive x2 (original
Babolat Aeropro drive + (original)

A fine blend! Which are your main playing sticks?
 

Zodd

Hall of Fame
Welcome to the forum Zodd, sweet sticks!!
Thx John! Yes, i've always been a sucker for the the sweet/plush feeling players frames alright. The PT600's have been the main sticks for the last few years but one can't help fooling around with the others from time to time - a not uncommon phenomenon on these boards i gather.. :)
 

George-415

New User
Good looking racquets! Could you give me a little insight on how the youtek and youtek ig compare? It would be really helpful, thanks.
Whars string you are using on the ig prestige. Im using max power 17 and gosen og sheep micro 50m/52c. just getting ideas if you dont mind.
 
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