Discussion in 'Racquets' started by blackdot_fit, Feb 12, 2009.
I totally agree. It is a racquet that keeps you from playing lazy tennis.
That is the way it felt...loved it. I was really surprised how well it volleyed. I was super impressed with that side of the stick. I was not expecting much from it, but it really made it's mark. I was able to not only hit touch volleys, but also stick deep volleys too. Great stick! I ordered three tonight!
wow, this thread has been busy lately. i haven't had much time to play since may but i'm hoping to get a game in tonight. hopefully the psl is forgiving to forgotten strokes.
I'M SO FREAKING PI$$ED!!! Its been such nice days out there but I didn't get a chance to play. I just switched to 2 of the PSL too!!! I hurt my arm last week and has been on rehab this whole week. I HATE THIS! I WANT TO PLAY WITH MY PSL!
I feel ya. I just switched and have scheduled so much other junk like 10 cubic yards of mulch this weekend. Helped get me motivated though...I banged that mulch out in 3 hours...I am spent though.
I am playing tomorrow and Monday and Tuesday, so I got a nice run coming up. Still playing around with tension in the stick. I think I like 58 right now...not sure.
I wish I can hit again next week. Just don't want to messed up my shoulder to a point to where I cannot do any sports in the future. Guess I'll just have to wait.
I'll have to test what tension I'll need. I usually use low 60s for my other racquet, but I've read that this will not work on this racquet
confirmed; at least for me. i tried 60lbs and it was way too stiff. the racquet already has very little power and high tension kills it completely. it was actually very annoying to play with... total opposite feeling from the beautiful flex and pinpoint accuracy you get around 55-58. Below 55 and it dies.
i'm heading out to the courts in 2 hours. praying for hot women to compliment the hot weather.
Let me know how it went. I'm restringing it w 17g strings. I think I'll try 57lbs
Using Lux BB Fluro 17 @ 51 mains, Tecnifibre NRG 17 @ 56 crosses.
Went for a hit today with my oldest son (14 yr old) who is hitting the ball very well now. We used new balls and the Pure Storm LTD was connecting with them beautifully.
I am used to the extra weight now and I could really whip some topspin drives, the PS LTD was ripping the balls with serious spin. And there is nothing like centering a full blooded flat drive deep into a corner. It really does have the sweetest of sweet spots. Wish I was better player and could hit that spot more often. Hitting a firm volley is just bliss.
Just to chime in: I strung mine with Bab Hurricane Pro 18ga. in the mains @ 52lbs and Wilson Sensation 18ga. in the crosses @ 54 lbs. I don't believe I could handle it any tighter.
Yeah, any higher than 55lbs would be too much for me. My serve is down on power which may be a result of a less than ideal action. I probably got away with 'arming' the ball more with my Wilson ncode. Might try some lead tape at 9 and 3 and/or lower tension slightly.
I am still playing with the tension...I just restrung it at 58 with Signum Pro Poly in the mains and Wilson Sensation in the crosses. That is my normal blend but never strung a stick below 62 before, this is uncharted territory for me! lol. The demo I got was strung at 56 with syn gut and it felt great. So I am not sure what to expect from the stick at this tension. But I am loving the stick...it just hits ground strokes like butta! I have not had this kind of placement on my shots in a long long time. I can't believe the spin I can generate on them as well...especially for an 18x20 design. The Microgel Prestige at the same patter was really tough to juice with spin. Volleying with this stick continues to be a total delight too...it is just crisp.
I have some big hits coming up the next few days, so looking forward to seeing how it handles some players that really put some pop on the balls. I have a match tomorrow night with a great 5.0 that hits the snot out of the ball. I always enjoying locking horns with him...great guy and great friend. I have gotten him a few times, but I can't wait to play him with the new stick!!!
I found going to 18 ga helped me create more spin, especially with the denser stringing pattern. I was use to the Pure Storm, which has a more open pattern. The 18ga. also strings up tighter, hence the drop in tension.
Too bad I ordered aabout 15 sets of 17s and no 18s, I would love to try 18s. Guess I'll wait a few months
Rain rain please go away...you are messing up my hits!!! I just restrung and am itching to try out the new combo!
PSL String set-up
I just bought a PSL and had some rallying with it yesterday. I am really surprised that despite its strung weight of about 11.8 oz. it feels light and manouverable. I agree with some of you that this is not a lazy man's racket but it is very rewarding if you hit it right especially in groundstrokes. I think I might also have to make adjustments in string size and tension as it is factory strung with Excel 16g. At what tension do Babolat normally string the PSL racket? What is a good string set-up for 18g?
Another experience to dissuade the people who believe the racquet is too light or flimsy because of this...
Played some dubs with a recent D1 grad last weekend. Hit some cross courts with him afterwards, and while I couldn't keep up the required footwork as long as he could, the racquet played wonderfully.
This racket is money! I have been hitting with it for a few days with some steep competition (former D1, 5.0, etc players) and this stick holds its own! It is money from deep in the court, net and is serving great! I am considering pulling off the leather grip...not in love with that at the moment. Otherwise this stick is 100% money!
being the OP of this thread, i must say it was very hard to part with my (2) PSLs. i'm now using two Head LM Rad MPs, but i miss my PSLs badly! i just didn't have the stamina and footwork to really put the PSL to good use.
once the PSL GTs come out (which is very soon, from what i've heard), you can bet your *** i'll be picking up two of those, AND two of the 1st generation!
now if i could just lose 90 lbs,.....i'd be off the wagon again!
oh,---have any of you guys tried the Head Speed Pro alongside the PSL? just wondering if there were any similarities....
Hey blackdot you should have stuck with the PS LTD's they might have helped you lose the lbs.
Thanks for staring this thread and what did you do with your PS LTD's?
word is bond on this!
i'm also currently teaching my wife and sister how to hit, so i needed something that could game with, but also feed balls without having to switch racquets. feeding balls with the PSL really sucked!
i actually sold my frames to a couple of cool guys here on the TW boards.
one thing i noticed, was that the frame actually needed some break-in time. i bought my first one long before my second and they never played the same, even though they were strung and gripped exactly the same. my backup was always stiffer than my 1st frame. weird, huh?
i found exactly the same thing. so i am now using my back up to try and match them
got to hit around with the racquet for about 1 1/2 hour yesterday. LOVE IT!!! Solid as it could be
This is not a racquet I hear of much but looks like there are supporters for it.
The more I play (which I think is important for sticks like this...), the more I love it. It swings so h-light, that I absolutely hammer serves.
I'm a righty, and I play (like most of us), mostly rightys.. I'm not afraid to hit that slice out wide do the FH and open up the court for a cc 2hbh, and I control the points if not winning it on my serve or a stupid mistake by me (quite possible).
Just digging it more and more.
One other poster a page or 2 back mentioned Lux BB Ace. I am using that in the mains (it's an 18g) and TF BiPhase 16 in the crosses. Best set up yet for me so far. The Ace feels great, almost makes me consider a full Ace set up. (can't do it though). Taking aggressive cuts.
question for the group: do you hit predominantly flat or spin groundies with PSL?
recently switched to PSL from POG...looking for more control. love it so far. a strong 5.0 player on my team had great success with PSL & hits a ton of spin (unfortunately i'm no 5.0). i have a fast swing that is flatter than my buddies. i figure it is easier to incorporate more spin with my current swing speed than learning to slow down my swing with more powerful spin oriented frames. thoughts?
Mostly topspin, but I like to mix it up with some flat and slice as well.
Well, a faster swing will produce more spin. I don't think intentionally slowing your swing is going to do you any good, unless your stroke is unsound to begin with.
I just snapped my first string on with this frame today. I usually cut them out before one breaks but these finally gave.
I snapped a cross string which was a little odd to me. Do you guys normally break a cross or a main?
mostly spins and this is IMHO the strong point of the racquet. You do not need to adjust your swing, just change the grip a little and you'll be amaze by the ability of the racquet
It depends on what strings I'm using. With full poly, it's always the mains. With a poly/syn gut hybrid, it's usually a cross.
to anyone who gets their hands on a Pure Storm Ltd. GT, post your review here!
one cool thing about an updated PSL is.....
the 1st gen will be cheaper!
Just to say this racquet was a pleasant surprise. Other than swinging too early with my FH due to the difference of timing, this seems to feel the best with which I've hit among Babolats, even considering the off center hit twisting. Hitting backhands with it was a pleasure and the slice was quite nice.
Only if I get the FH to work better with it I'd commit to this one, not sure yet.
I demoed the Speed Pro when it first came out. I think I wrote a line about it somewhere in this thread, too. I basically compared all my demos to the PSL and I've always come back to the PSL.
I can't remember very well but the Speed Pro was too heavy. It also feels nothing like the PSL on contact.
I hit varying degrees of topspin on my forehand and topspin, flat and slice on my backhand. The thing I like about the PSL is that it does not limit the shots you can hit with it.
My limits are because of my abilty and technique, not because of the PSL. It took me about two weeks of hitting with it until I was not conscious of it's extra weight over the Wilson I had been hitting with.
Yup, that's what I'm waiting for!
I'm hoping the new PSL GT will be more powerful. My hitting partner graduated to a player's frame (Pro Staff Classic 6.1) and I'm having trouble keeping up with the heaviness of his balls. (no pun intended)
Lots of words in this thread but no pics.
I made a thread, asking who would change to the new pure storm ltd. gt. PLease go to: http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=275427
Loss of control with lower tension?
Can anyone comment on how much control is affected by dropping tension from say 55 lbs to 50 lbs? Is there much difference?
I would say that it will probably add some pop to it but I mean it's not going to change the racquet.
Has anyone tried the GT version of the PSL yet? I'd be interested in hearing whether or not the increased sw helps with the power.
i've been strining my PSL at 55 for the past 6 months but i've noticed that i like it much better after the strings have aged quite a bit. i'm thinking 50 might be my magic number, or something close to it.
i love the trampoline action i'm getting on my current strings. once i pop my current setup i'm going to dial in at 52 and see where that gets me. if it's too tight, then at least i don't have to wait a long time for the tension to drop.
i just bought 2 ltd GT's...i only tried the old one once and didn't care for it
the new one has a lot of pop and is really comfortable to hit with...probly the most comfortable racquet i've ever hit without being dampened
Do they still have a problem with the butt caps being a little loose and squeaky. Took about 2-3 weeks for the problem to show up, but it's happened on every PSL I've hit with. Not too difficult to fix, but what is up with Babolat not addressing the issue. I called them after my first 3 had the problem, and when I bought the extended version over a year later, it's still there. :-(
I have only used 2 of my new psl gts and they dont seem to have them but then again its too early to tell. I will enver no on the others. I'm not risking it Priority One is putting a new one on. I asked Ron about it and he said that squeek because "all they use is staples" and not just referring to babolat.
What's odd to me about it is that I've played with the old Pure Storm Team (orange top), and the Pure Drive Roddick, and I never had any trouble with those. Also never had the problem on any of my Yonex frames, but I think they just have better manufacturing at Yonex than most big brands.
I agree, I had a Storm, PDR, APDC, but only the PST gave me the buttcap issue. I do hang the palm WAY off of the bottom though and I think that exacerbates the issue.
I bought 3 PSLs and they all had the problem. I pulled the grips off and fixed the problem on all 3. Haven't had any trouble with those.
I bought 3 extended version PSLs from TW Europe and 2 of those have started showing the same problem, so it looks like I'm going to have to redo these as well. What a pain.
I guess it's not that much to deal with considering how much I like the frame and it appears to be easy enough to fix permanently.
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