The X-Men!

dyson

New User
Ah, nevermind, just looked at it at the tennis store. weird that i never noticed the asymmetry before. man, i was about to freak out thinking i had a fake rebel. seriously, why would they want to try and fake a racquet that has a bunch of holes in it.
 

Ross K

Legend
dyson,

Glad you've got the frame now. Welcome to the club! Do let us know how you find it after the 1st session... and btw, what's it strung with ans at what tension?

R.
 

dyson

New User
dyson,

Glad you've got the frame now. Welcome to the club! Do let us know how you find it after the 1st session... and btw, what's it strung with ans at what tension?

R.
I've got two frames now. One used, and one new. Both are strung with 18g x-one biphase at 50 and 52 lbs. I'm a little concerned that a full multi setup will be too mushy/soft, but we'll see. I'm interested to see how long an 18g can last in this denser pattern. The demo frames I hit with had crappy recoil in them, so I'm pretty excited to test these new setups. I was thinking of a hybrid of blackcode and nrg, but we'll see how these strings hold up first.
 

ryushen21

Legend
Ross,

So here is my first post in the X-Men thread. Count me in. After a few months searching, I've settled on the Rebel 95 as my new main stick. I'm gonna leave it alone right now in terms of customization and just feel it out and see if I really need to make any mods to it.
 

Anton

Legend
just got my rebel in the mail... i didn't notice this before but with the port hole grommets, the sides are NOT symmetrical. anyone else notice this?
How else can you possibly string them? The string goes from the top of one hole to the bottom of the hole on the other side. If it went from top of the hole to top of the opposite hole there would be no way to get to the bottom of any hole.
 
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Ron Insana

New User
Is it possible to open up the butt cap on my Prince EXO3 Ignite? If not, where exactly do I apply lead tape to make it more headlight?
 

ci2ca

Semi-Pro
x-men, I have fallen for the youtek prestige mid. I've played with every prestige since the iprestige and always switch then come back to the prestige. Maybe I should just break the cycle and stick with the prestige line for good!
 

Anton

Legend
x-men, I have fallen for the youtek prestige mid. I've played with every prestige since the iprestige and always switch then come back to the prestige. Maybe I should just break the cycle and stick with the prestige line for good!
I've played with prestiges for a while too - but I find Rebel superior because it is more forgiving with bigger sweetspot, slightly bigger head, better stability, feedback, grip shape.

Why do you like yPrestige more?
 
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ryushen21

Legend
So Ross....you are just going to overlook my joining this clan? lol.

I've had my Rebel about 2 weeks now and am loving the crap out of it. It still has some junk strings in it but I can't wait to throw a full bed of BC on there and really let things rip.
 

Ross K

Legend
So Ross....you are just going to overlook my joining this clan? lol.

I've had my Rebel about 2 weeks now and am loving the crap out of it. It still has some junk strings in it but I can't wait to throw a full bed of BC on there and really let things rip.
ryushen,

If you mean: am I going to put you on the member's list? Actually, I resigned from that position a while back (too much chopping and changing between frames on my part and I was forming an unhealthy love/hate relationship with the Reb.) Lately, as I've gone on 1 of my mad frame quests again, I've come to truly appreciate the Reb once more... I'm presently down to 3, maybe 4 frames I'm closely scrutinizing, and the 1 to beat is... the Reb!

Anyhow, if you feel like taking over this thread (ie, updating the membership, posting regularly), I, for one, don't mind at all... and I don't see others exactly volunteering?...

R.

BTW, we've been here before haven't we "Captain" and later "General" ryushen!? :wink:
 

PED

Legend
Ross, it's not soft and low powered but have you checked out chris's video review on TW for the pdr gt. It even makes me want to go demo one ;) Sounds like an absolute beast-especially the XL.
 

ryushen21

Legend
Ross...

Indeed we have been here before. It was "Commander" too before I left. I am refraining from any leadership role. I'm afraid that it would cause some catastrophic events and cause me to become unhappy with the Rebel.

I had really not appreciated just how well this stick serves. I don't know if is the decrease in weight from the AST or just the way this stick is made but it bombs the serve. I'm dialing in my groundstrokes right but I am absolutely loving how easy it is to hit a nice heavy, quality ball.
 

Ljubicic for number1

Hall of Fame
Still the best racquet I have ever used, and I am well beyond the honeymoon stage now at 6 months of solid play. I never have off days with it anymore (like I did at first) and it just feels right in every way.

I have gone from a racquet junkie swapping every few weeks to not even thinking of other racquets, I don't even read the reviews anymore. I am Healed PRAISE THE LORD
 

Ronny

Hall of Fame
anyone had experience with the rebel team? im thinking of this as my next stick. currently using kblade.
 

ci2ca

Semi-Pro
I've played with prestiges for a while too - but I find Rebel superior because it is more forgiving with bigger sweetspot, slightly bigger head, better stability, feedback, grip shape.

Why do you like yPrestige more?
Well, I do admit that the rebel has a bigger sweetspot but I just love the way the prestige is balanced. My backhand always feels a bit awkward with the rebel but with the prestige it is much more comfortable. I also serve bigger with the prestige because it is a bit lighter meaning more wrist snap and racket head acceleration. And as for the grip shape, I'm one of the few that like the head grip shape, fits my extreme eastern forehand well.
 

Anton

Legend
Still the best racquet I have ever used, and I am well beyond the honeymoon stage now at 6 months of solid play. I never have off days with it anymore (like I did at first) and it just feels right in every way.

I have gone from a racquet junkie swapping every few weeks to not even thinking of other racquets, I don't even read the reviews anymore. I am Healed PRAISE THE LORD
Same story here - not a single thought that there could be a better frame - settled on 17L SPPP - 60 for warm, 55 for cold weather hitting - more lead against spinners, less lead against flat hitters.
 
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dyson

New User
so i've only had a chance to play with my rebs once in the past month. really bad case of tendonitis in the foot. but....

full setup of 18g x-one @ 50. AWESOME. placed my shots anywhere i wanted. still, trying to dial in the serve with it. has a little less kick, but the flat ones have a lot of zing.

once, i get this foot injury out of the way, i'll be out on the courts again loving the reb. oh, and i don't know if anyone has put in the team inserts into the non-team version, but it does work. and it looks pretty awesome.
 

ryushen21

Legend
Still the best racquet I have ever used, and I am well beyond the honeymoon stage now at 6 months of solid play. I never have off days with it anymore (like I did at first) and it just feels right in every way.

I have gone from a racquet junkie swapping every few weeks to not even thinking of other racquets, I don't even read the reviews anymore. I am Healed PRAISE THE LORD
That's really what I am thinking right now. I knew that I liked the Rebel from the first hit. I had some doubts string on the demo. But liked it enough enough. Continuing on it just got better and better.

The serve with this thing is just beautiful. I get plenty of pace on my flat serve and TONS of spin on my second serve whether it is kick or slice. And I get the perfect placement most of the time. And when I make errors on serve I blame myself.

Groundies are coming along nicely. Again, blaming myself when I make an error and not the stick. I've found that there isn't a lot of difference with this stick when changing pace on groundies. When I am just hitting the ball easy to keep it in play I get a nice responsive feel and I get that same feel when I dial up the pace and start hitting out. Spin is awesome. I think the best way to describe this stick is that it is stiff enough (although stiff really isn't the word I would like to use here) but the stringbed is very soft and responsive.

I kinda mocked the Prince racquets at first but this one is so damned good it's hard to believe. It's a blend of classic design with modern technology. I'm settling in for a good long haul with this one.
 

Ross K

Legend
dyson,

Interesting set up. I see we've gone for the same tension. Have just sent mine off to be restrung with Kirschbaum Proline 2 @ 50 lbs (I'm looking for an even softer feel.) I've also taken to leading up about 3.5 g @ 12.



ryushen,

Great to hear you seem to have found 'the one'... I was particularly interested in your view that the spin is exceptional, especially as, like me, you're an ex-Bab man... I have to say I do sometimes wish I could access more spin from the REb, but that certainly has a lot do with 'operator error'... that said, I def don't get quite the spin I could get with various Babs, however, the Reb just totally dominates these Bab frames in terms of feel, solidity, touch, etc, etc.

R.


BTW, ZERO tennis really for a few weeks now, groan!... too much work, rapidly mounting pre-Christmas stresses, etc... over the forthcoming holidays though my final tests will be taking place (there's 3/4 frames in contention), and my view right now is the Reb is still the front-runner...
 

ryushen21

Legend
Ross,

Re spin....I maybe should have phrased that differently. I can get more spin with less effort from the Reb. I just remember hitting with the AST and wishing that I could get more out of it. With the Reb, the strokes haven't changed but there is more spin on my forehand without question.

I'm not calling it the one, but man am I digging this frame!!
 

davetennis

New User
Please add me to the club.

I demo'd one after a string broke and really played very well with the stick. I bough my own and consistently hit well so I now have two Rebel 95s. Now will play many strings until I find the right set up for me.
 

Ljubicic for number1

Hall of Fame
Looks like my Rebs will be getting a rest for a little while as I have a chronic dose of tennis elbow.

Hit last Monday and was having a off day and wrapped a few balls around the frame and was not centering my shots very well, next day my elbow blew up in pain.
Didn't play for a week and it seemed to come good. Had 2 sets of singles yesterday and it felt good at the time but last night the pain started again and today I cant lift my arm above elbow height.

Not blaming the racquet at all as I have been using the same set up for about 8 months now and never had a twinge until this.

Strange but I really need a rest from tennis anyway to freshen up for next season, just hope it doesn't continue.
 

Ross K

Legend
X-Men and Ljubicic,

Terrible news Luby ^^^... sincere commiserations... just rest up and get that elbow sorted... and further to your comment - I, too, doubt the Reb could be the cause as it's not stiff enough surely?

On a different note, I've just bought another Reb which is 2 grip sizes smaller than the 1 I already have. I'm really curious to see how it compares as I've previously found topspin can come easier, as well as maneuverability can be slightly improved with the smaller grip.

Lastly, having my 'ultimate tests' with 4 frames during the next 2 weeks (inc Reb)... as I keep saying though, the Reb is the one to beat. And come the New Year, that's it. I'll be sticking to 1 for quite a while I reckon.


R.
 

PED

Legend
off day and wrapped a few balls around the frame and was not centering my shots very well, next day my elbow blew up in pain.
I had a similar issue back in October. Mine wasn't as bad as yours and I was able to play with it but icing my wrist really helped. I did it playing around with swinging volleys and had a bunch of mishits and OUCH. Hope it gets better for you soon.
 

Ljubicic for number1

Hall of Fame
I had a similar issue back in October. Mine wasn't as bad as yours and I was able to play with it but icing my wrist really helped. I did it playing around with swinging volleys and had a bunch of mishits and OUCH. Hope it gets better for you soon.
Thanks mate, not fun being a gardener and not being able to use secateurs:neutral:
 

thirdrail

New User
How about this stick?

Hi everyone,

A couple of months back I ordered a brandnew exo3 Graphite 100 from a pawn shop in New Jersey over the internet! Even though I saw pictures of the unstrung racquet, I was quite surprised when it got here. Instead of your standard Graphite 100, this was a modified Graphite 100 with a string pattern of 18x20. It also has Davydenko's name on it.
It really was brandnew, never been played with, never been strung.
I put on the new Prince exo3 Glory 17 strings and was blown away by the amount of spin I could generate. Loved it from the baseline and the net, service speed was ok but not great. After about five hours of play I started to have shoulder problems when serving. I finally figured out that these new Glory strings really do not last very long and cut them out. I then had it strung with Big Banger Alu Rough. Wow! The same awesome amount of spin but even more power in every aspect of my game. There are only two things that keep me from continuing to play with this great stick:
1. Since this racquet is some sort of prototype, I won't be able to find another one just like it;
2. It lacks a little bit of stability on my backhand side (single handed backhand).

That's why I switched to the (standard) Rebel 95. The added weight feels great, especially on my backhand, much more stability. I must say I'm really impressed with this stick. I have yet to play it with the string hole grommets, but I will do so when I put new strings on.

Before trying these exo3 racquets, I played the Babolat PDR+. Completely different racquets, but I have never served with anything like the Babolat PDR+. But except for the pure service speed I can generate with the PDR+, I prefer the Rebel 95 in all other aspects of my game.

Thanks for this great thread btw.





 

Anton

Legend
Just got two fresh new Rebel 95s!

One of my original rebels is pretty badly chipped all over, so what I'll eventually do is strip the paint of off it and then clear coat it and make a polarized setup.

Someone said the black grommets from Team version will fit? Polarized Carbon Blackout here I come.
 

Anton

Legend
A couple of months back I ordered a brandnew exo3 Graphite 100 from a pawn shop in New Jersey over the internet! Even though I saw pictures of the unstrung racquet, I was quite surprised when it got here. Instead of your standard Graphite 100, this was a modified Graphite 100 with a string pattern of 18x20. It also has Davydenko's name on it.
Wow - insane - look at the lengh - it is 27.5". Handle type 2, size 4 1/2
 
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Ljubicic for number1

Hall of Fame
Hi everyone,

A couple of months back I ordered a brandnew exo3 Graphite 100 from a pawn shop in New Jersey over the internet! Even though I saw pictures of the unstrung racquet, I was quite surprised when it got here. Instead of your standard Graphite 100, this was a modified Graphite 100 with a string pattern of 18x20. It also has Davydenko's name on it.
It really was brandnew, never been played with, never been strung.
I put on the new Prince exo3 Glory 17 strings and was blown away by the amount of spin I could generate. Loved it from the baseline and the net, service speed was ok but not great. After about five hours of play I started to have shoulder problems when serving. I finally figured out that these new Glory strings really do not last very long and cut them out. I then had it strung with Big Banger Alu Rough. Wow! The same awesome amount of spin but even more power in every aspect of my game. There are only two things that keep me from continuing to play with this great stick:
1. Since this racquet is some sort of prototype, I won't be able to find another one just like it;
2. It lacks a little bit of stability on my backhand side (single handed backhand).

That's why I switched to the (standard) Rebel 95. The added weight feels great, especially on my backhand, much more stability. I must say I'm really impressed with this stick. I have yet to play it with the string hole grommets, but I will do so when I put new strings on.

Before trying these exo3 racquets, I played the Babolat PDR+. Completely different racquets, but I have never served with anything like the Babolat PDR+. But except for the pure service speed I can generate with the PDR+, I prefer the Rebel 95 in all other aspects of my game.

Thanks for this great thread btw.





Is this beast for sale?
 

vasquez90

Rookie
That is crazy! Where did you get it from. Wonder if davydenko is going to switch. Btw, Ross cchange me to new EXO3 Black if u would. Done and done.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Due to some shoulder pain, I am going to demo a Rebel and possibly an EXO 100. I hit with my friends rebel briefly, and it was so easy to swing. It was surprising, but I have to credit my Radical Pro for the extra tennis strength because I can whip that thing around now and it is a pretty heavy stick.

I had a great hit with the Radical Pro as usual and it will be tough to top this thing. It hits a massively heavy ball and feels great on the sweetspot. But the balance is not very headlight, and on serve that can hurt my shoulder. I also think there is nothing better for your arm and shoulder then 100% pure graphite. The other intrigue is that I always hear you should play with the smallest head you can handle. My range is 95-100, and there is an advantage to a 95 IMO..you can feel the control of it more. I also like the 18x20 because I can get spin with about any stick, and this could save my strings.

My style is a 2 handed backhand (similar to Nadal's, I use a lot of topspin and my racquet head starts pointing down), a western grip forehand, but I like to keep my topspin flatter and not just hit moonballs. I also have a little trouble at the Net with the Rad and Id like to improve my net game too so I can finish points.

I will hopefully have a demo on Monday, but does anyone else play with my style and use this stick?
 

Anton

Legend
My style is a 2 handed backhand (similar to Nadal's, I use a lot of topspin and my racquet head starts pointing down), a western grip forehand, but I like to keep my topspin flatter and not just hit moonballs. I also have a little trouble at the Net with the Rad and Id like to improve my net game too so I can finish points.

I will hopefully have a demo on Monday, but does anyone else play with my style and use this stick?
Lol yea - Monfils

I'd advise you use 17l strings at mid or low tension - Rebel's stringbed will be much tighter then Radical Pro at same string and tension.

the touch, cotroll and manueverability of Rebel should be tons better at the net.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Yep..I plan to string Cyberflash 17 at 50#s with the Rebel. If I buy it, maybe get the Port Holes.

I'm not a great volleyer, so I need a stick that will improve my game at net, which is why this could be good.

I will have to spend time with this stick and really see what it can do. I really love that Radical Pro..probably won't sell them no matter how this demo ends up. But to get more control , keep my shoulder healthy and still hit a heavy ball would be a godsend. There is something to be said about using a slightly smaller head..it just feels like a scalpel.
 

ci2ca

Semi-Pro
Do any of you guys use the rebel without a dampener? I love the feel of rackets without a dampener but the rebel is just so...pingy. I miss that thwack with my prestige. I'm also looking for a bit more access to spin. Anybody have any exo3 graphite 93s they want to sell?
 

Ross K

Legend
vasquez,

I gave up on the job of running this club a while back as I slightly fell out of love with the Reb and was demoing/looking at other frames (although lately I've really started appreciating the Reb all over again... doh!) In the next few weeks then, I'm testing the remaining 4 frames to still have a chance of being my no 1 for 2010; but I consider the Reb the main one to beat. If that transpires, I suppose I'll return to updating the membership, posting up the X-Men pics, etc (if wanted).


ci2ca,

I NEVER play with any frame WITHOUT a dampener of some type!... just feels, er, plain wrong!!


Power Player,

Do post up your impressions of the Reb as you play with it more. As you're aware, I'm testing the YT Rad Pro very soon, so I'm especially interested in your observations... and btw, I love the head size of the Reb - it's perfect in my book!... and btw2, you mentioned you use a 2hbh - imo the Reb (and I've said this for ages) is OUTSTANDING off that wing and for that shot particularly... you can really get some very nice, in your face, oomph and trajectory with the reb on a 2hbh... imo.

R.
 

ci2ca

Semi-Pro
vasquez,

I gave up on the job of running this club a while back as I slightly fell out of love with the Reb and was demoing/looking at other frames (although lately I've really started appreciating the Reb all over again... doh!) In the next few weeks then, I'm testing the remaining 4 frames to still have a chance of being my no 1 for 2010; but I consider the Reb the main one to beat. If that transpires, I suppose I'll return to updating the membership, posting up the X-Men pics, etc (if wanted).


ci2ca,

I NEVER play with any frame WITHOUT a dampener of some type!... just feels, er, plain wrong!!


Power Player,

Do post up your impressions of the Reb as you play with it more. As you're aware, I'm testing the YT Rad Pro very soon, so I'm especially interested in your observations... and btw, I love the head size of the Reb - it's perfect in my book!... and btw2, you mentioned you use a 2hbh - imo the Reb (and I've said this for ages) is OUTSTANDING off that wing and for that shot particularly... you can really get some very nice, in your face, oomph and trajectory with the reb on a 2hbh... imo.

R.
I use to be the same way but the transition to poly strings and me getting better and being able to hit the ball with more authority the racket usually doesn't ping it's just a loud thwack or a thud but with the rebel it's just weird. There's the initial thwack that I like then it ends with twinggggggggggggg for about 2 seconds..I think it might be my grommets because they are cracked but I honestly doubt it.
 

Anton

Legend
I use to be the same way but the transition to poly strings and me getting better and being able to hit the ball with more authority the racket usually doesn't ping it's just a loud thwack or a thud but with the rebel it's just weird. There's the initial thwack that I like then it ends with twinggggggggggggg for about 2 seconds..I think it might be my grommets because they are cracked but I honestly doubt it.
check the tie offs - could be a long ending vibrating against the frame
 

ci2ca

Semi-Pro
check the tie offs - could be a long ending vibrating against the frame
Thanks for the suggestion but I have already checked that. I wonder if port hole grommets will be the end of the problem of cracking string hole grommets.
 

JackB1

G.O.A.T.
I asked this in another thread, but since many of you here are Rebel users, maybe you can help?

How can I get the Rebel 95 with the O-ports instead of the hole inserts?
Is it easily switched out during a restringing? Do I need to order them special? Anyone have a Rebel with O-ports?
 

Anton

Legend
I asked this in another thread, but since many of you here are Rebel users, maybe you can help?

How can I get the Rebel 95 with the O-ports instead of the hole inserts?
Is it easily switched out during a restringing? Do I need to order them special? Anyone have a Rebel with O-ports?
Just order "Port" grommets - and yes it's a simple swap when you re-string.

http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Prince_Exo_Rebel_Mid_Plus_Port_Grommet_/descpagePRINCE-XOREBGP.html

Want them in Black? Use the grommets from Team version:
http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Pri...us_Port_Grommet_/descpagePRINCE-XOREBTGP.html
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
And Anton you don't notice much difference? I wonder if it is because you string at a high tension or if it is because there isn't actually much of a difference. You seem to play with the Rebl as much as anyone here.

I know other posters do..it's interesting. I will start with the default ports and put in full poly at 50#s.
 

Anton

Legend
And Anton you don't notice much difference? I wonder if it is because you string at a high tension or if it is because there isn't actually much of a difference. You seem to play with the Rebl as much as anyone here.

I know other posters do..it's interesting. I will start with the default ports and put in full poly at 50#s.
mmm...not really muh difference IMO - maybe a little less feel - just feels a bit more muted. plays the same though - I personally like the feedback for the touch shots.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Cool. I could not get the Rebel demo today. My shop had no Rebel frames in and only the Team version. Looks like it is a popular racquet here.

I grabbed an EXO 100 that I will hit with tomorrow. It has the ports, so at least I can get an idea of what they feel like.
 

JackB1

G.O.A.T.
Just order "Port" grommets - and yes it's a simple swap when you re-string.

http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Prince_Exo_Rebel_Mid_Plus_Port_Grommet_/descpagePRINCE-XOREBGP.html

Want them in Black? Use the grommets from Team version:
http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Pri...us_Port_Grommet_/descpagePRINCE-XOREBTGP.html
I went to my local PGA Tour Superstore at lunch and the Rebel comes stock with the string insert piece. I saw how it just pops out and you would I guess, replace it with the O-port piece? It's weird that it doesn't come with both, because on the back of the cardboard on the racquet it has a little thing showing the 2 port options.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
I think they did that to save material. It was basically a money saving move because they know only the more hardcore players will buy alternate grommets.
 
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