Thebuffman's Playtest Journal

drummerdan

Semi-Pro
Buff..if you get a wild hair, you should try the PB10 at stock weight with black magic at around 52#s or so. I am interested in seeing how that works. It gives me great pocketing in the prestige at the tension (and racquet weight), and you can just pummel the ball. Worth considering, especially if your shoulder is acting up. I had shoulder problems from the radical pro because the swingweight was too high and the balance was too head heavy. Once I switched I have never had that happen again.

The volkl is such a comfortable racquet that I think you will be good to go at stock weight, and will still be able to pancake the ball. It is not a light racquet.
I have strung that racquet (my racquet) with this exact setup. It was a soft feeling, controllable and somewhat powerful setup. Not too powerful - just right. Also, I never felt any discomfort with this string. BM is a great string, no matter what style you play. I have strung it in many customers' frames and they all love it.
 

J_aces

Semi-Pro
okay because you introduced "economics" into the equation, i think hands down it would have to be big hitter blue rough. the product you get at the price of approx $8 is hard to beat; this is 25% lower than my beloved typhoon. needless to say it destroys the price of some of my other favorites like black code ($13) and spiky shark ($12).
What your comparison between BHBR and typhoon? Particularly in power and spin?
 

thebuffman

Professional
What your comparison between BHBR and typhoon? Particularly in power and spin?
off the cuff i will say that bhbr produces more spin while typhoon has more pop and power. typhoon is that perfect blend of soft and crisp producing a sick POP when you tag that ball.

once my shoulder heals i will revisit bhbr spending more time with it to get a full sense of its capability.
 

JTathlete

Rookie
off the cuff i will say that bhbr produces more spin while typhoon has more pop and power. typhoon is that perfect blend of soft and crisp producing a sick POP when you tag that ball.

once my shoulder heals i will revisit bhbr spending more time with it to get a full sense of its capability.
is your review based on the typhoon in the grey or the blue color?
 

thebuffman

Professional
sorry my friends. i will be back in a few more months. i've been in shoulder rehab. bicep tendonosis was the diag. been months since i've even picked up a racquet. whisper a prayer for me if you would.

later
 

mikeler

Moderator
sorry my friends. i will be back in a few more months. i've been in shoulder rehab. bicep tendonosis was the diag. been months since i've even picked up a racquet. whisper a prayer for me if you would.

later

Good luck with your rehab.
 
sorry my friends. i will be back in a few more months. i've been in shoulder rehab. bicep tendonosis was the diag. been months since i've even picked up a racquet. whisper a prayer for me if you would.

later
Hope you're healing well. Stay away from flat serves when you get back on court.
 

thebuffman

Professional
thanks for all the love my friends. just want to let everyone know that I am back on court and play testing again. i have made some new comments if interested.
 

thebuffman

Professional

mikeler

Moderator
thank you my friends. it is certainly good to be back. my shoulder is about 90% and feels great. a little ibuprofen after hitting sessions helps a lot.

update - i've added bhbr/gosen and polystar energy reviews if anyone is interested.

Do you think poly is a good idea after a shoulder injury?
 

thebuffman

Professional
Do you think poly is a good idea after a shoulder injury?
that's a good question. if my racquets were not so heavy, i would think not. the high swingweight of my racquets takes a lot of pressure off the joints as the racquet does most of the work.
 

Ennismt

Rookie
I had a torn rotator cuff. I am back using polys but will not be going back to a heavy racket. A lighter racket made a big difference in my getting back - and staying there.

On another note, buffman, what set up did you end up preferring after your play tests and why?
 
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Full poly and injuries

I have had TE in the past and was never sure if it was the stiffness of the stick or the poly. After some testing of more flexible sticks with full poly and stiff sticks with soft strings like NRG2 I found the the string was the issue for me. I have moved to X1 or NRG2 exclusively and playing 3-4 times a week with big hitters have not had any problems. I am 50 playing 4.5 so maybe a younger arm can take the pounding but not mine anymore.
 

athiker

Hall of Fame
Welcome back! Watch that bicep...had a buddy...built like a Mack Truck...completely tore his bicep serving...kick serves. Strangest thing...balled up just above his elbow like a bowl of jelly. He's back playing tennis again though! Turns out the bicep isn't that important. Elway won a Super Bow without his!
 

thebuffman

Professional
Welcome back! Watch that bicep...had a buddy...built like a Mack Truck...completely tore his bicep serving...kick serves. Strangest thing...balled up just above his elbow like a bowl of jelly. He's back playing tennis again though! Turns out the bicep isn't that important. Elway won a Super Bow without his!
you know what is intriguing is a discussion i had with my doctor. she explained how a lot of times what happens is that the body will suffer an injury and then overcompensate by shifting more of the duty to other parts of the body. she believed in my situation my initial shoulder pain caused me to begin overcompensating to other parts of the arm. the body is truly a wonderment! how the brain goes into resource management without you consciously even knowing. before i knew it, i was using more bicep and straining it to continue doing what i was doing.
I had a torn rotator cuff. I am back using polys but will not be going back to a heavy racket. A lighter racket made a big difference in my getting back - and staying there.

On another note, buffman, what set up did you end up preferring after your play tests and why?
at this point i am trying to stay right around 13.5 lb racquets and a swingweight of between 355-360. as long as i use proper technique and get the racquet out in front, my arm hardly feels the ball. the racquet just plows through the ball. on the 1hbh, it feels like the ball hit a wall. it is the greatest feeling on serve returns to my backhand because i plow right through the serve and send it back deep into the court at the server's feet. its an addictive feeling.

although i will continue to play test strings for the fun of it, it will always keep one of my sticks configured with "The Buffman Rig" natty gut (m) / bhb (c). it is the best of all worlds.
 
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