The Graphite 100 is certainly a spin monster, I have never produced as much spin or heavy serve with any other racquet, I still prefer the control of the Reb though and the Graphite gives me arm pain.I had a very nice experience last night - since Prince are too rude to not make me a 16x19 Rebel, I have been looking for a more spin friendly alternative and a more forgiving stick on those off days. I was called in as an emergency last night for our clubs Thursday mixed team (on red porous) so I thought that was the perfect time to try a new stick for 3 sets.
A while ago, when I bought my Rebs, I also bought a Graphite 100 for the hell of it. The most I have used it for was probably 10-15 mins, and then went straight to the Rebel. The EXO3 Graphite 100 is truly a spin monster - forehands had great shape and bounce, but it was the kick serve that really got me excited. I was testing it out on the first serves, trying to get as much action on the ball as possible and they were jumping off the court at and above head height - with the Reb, I could do maybe 4 or 5 big kickers a night.
Love the thin beam on the Graphite too, really encourages you to whip the racquet up on the ball and give that ball a good hiding. Only problems I had last night was my 1 hand backhand - I sent quite a few long, not used to the bigger head size and more power, and once I switched to a more extreme eastern backhand it improved a lot more. The other problem was less control that I was used to with the Rebs, but I think that may just be due to limited play time - as well as I would of liked a bit more weight in the handle.
In summary, I had a great time with the Graphite - especially hitting big kickers consistantly and the volleys were very, very good. There is a big sweetspot on this stick, and the ball just rips of it. Won't quite replace the Reb as number one, but if it continually plays this well, it may just take over shortly.
Note: used String HOLE inserts, and strung with Luxilon Monotec Supersense at 56lb (very sweet strings for this racquet)
I'll try comparing it to the Reb to give a better picture. I have my Graphite strung with Monotec Supersense at 58lb I think (I strung it a while ago).^^^
Ljubicic, chaddles, others,
Interesting comments re the Graphite 100 above... what else would you both/others say are the main pros and cons of this frame?
my Japanese rebel 105" and EXO3 bag will arrive from Japan within two weeks. I will post pics when it arrive. Currently, I use Japanese rebel 95 but curious about 105" (looks like complete different racket though). can't wait to see ^_^I haven't seen many new pics...what's up guys...thought we would be getting more peaks with the new frames out.
Sounds cool! But your quote is from Teykomy Japanese rebel 105" and EXO3 bag will arrive from Japan within two weeks. I will post pics when it arrive. Currently, I use Japanese rebel 95 but curious about 105" (looks like complete different racket though). can't wait to see ^_^
Thanks!I'll try comparing it to the Reb to give a better picture. I have my Graphite strung with Monotec Supersense at 58lb I think (I strung it a while ago).
- Super easy to produce spin on both ground strokes and serves, was able to produce massive kickers consistantly, big top spin forehands and awesome bh slices.
- Has excellent controllable power which combined with the spin potential produces lethal forehand passes and serves. Flat serves, overheads and volleys have a lot of pace with reasonable accuracy.
- Thin beam really combined with the swingweight really allows you to whip through the ball producing the spin and power.
- Bit light overall, I like a pretty head light racquet like the Reb and at 2pts headlight the balance isn't exactly what I like. It doesn't feel bad, just a bit different.
- My backhand (one hander) is really average with this stick, I lose a lot of accuracy and takes me a bit to get used to it.
- Accuracy is a bit less than the Reb, not bad by any means just not as good as the Reb - the sacrifice for getting a bit more juice and spin.
A different beast than the Reb, but a lot of fun especially on en tout cas especially when serving kickers.
Also got the Ignite 95 a few weeks ago, only had 1 hit with it so far so can't really give a fair comment as yet.
What kind of dampener is that? Those are pretty cool.Finally, Japanese rebel 105" and 9 pack EXO3 bag arrived today.
my Yellow EXO3 6-pack bag was getting small so I decided to get 9 pack.
I like the yellow color but Japan prince only makes green and white color for 9 pack EXO3 bag. I really like soft case for rebel ^_^
I think 105" might be totally different racket than 95"
hope I like it ^_^
95" and 105"
95 top and 105 bottom
All of my Japanese version of EXO3
3 Japanese rebel 95", one 105" yellow 6 pack bag and Green 9 pack bag.
I have a full bed of VS gut at 57lbs in my Rebel. It feels a little better than the full bed of NXT that I had previously. The gut gives me a bit more spin and depth control, and puts me into the zone right away without any thought about the racquet or strings at all. Full bed of gut works very well in the Rebel IMO.So any thoughts from anyone about natural gut in their rebel?
that is saying a lot for NXT. If gut only "feels a little better, than NXT must be pretty good!I have a full bed of VS gut at 57lbs in my Rebel. It feels a little better than the full bed of NXT that I had previously. The gut gives me a bit more spin and depth control, and puts me into the zone right away without any thought about the racquet or strings at all. Full bed of gut works very well in the Rebel IMO.
NXT IS pretty good, and does play like gut as advertised. But it isn't cheap for a multi, and I always end up cutting it out when it gets loose. Since the gut should hold tension and stay playable til breaking, it will probably last me a little longer than NXT.that is saying a lot for NXT. If gut only "feels a little better, than NXT must be pretty good!
Ross makes me look normal , but i love him!It's not as good. I demoed it next to the Rebel. Ross, for god's sake just stick to a racquet man!! lol. You are thinking about this stuff WAY too much.
I have to agree with this post - I have played extensively with both the Rebel and Graphire 100 and they are very different racquets indeed. The Rebel is a much more control orientated racquet, although it gets a reasonable amount of power and spin, it is mainly a control racquet.I beg to differ - the exo3 graphite 100 is the holy grail. All the feel of the original with the advantage of the exo3 technology. Must be used with the holes. Too good to be believed - spin monster!
I still have never hit with this rack... tbh the 100 head-size isn't really my thing (unless maybe it's one of those frames where the h/size seems somehow smaller?)... one day maybe?...it is a much better racquet than Aero Pro & Pure Drive sticks - and it feels like a rock solid players stick too
What I meant is: going from the info I told you, how much lead and where would you put it exactly to emulate Monfils' racket? However, from studying your graphic a bit more I see you've done that already.How exactly would I go about placing lead at 3 & 9 on my Rebel?