TT play testers-what are you all playing with now - furthermore...

Ross K

Legend
Just curious to know what the present team of TT play testers are actually hitting with as their primary frames right now?

Furthermore, I think it might be nice to have a designated thread where 'they' and 'us' could talk rackets etc. I'm sure there's many ppl like me who would welcome the opportunity to have dialogue with the testers as they get to hit with so many frames.

R
 

TW Staff

Administrator
My current racquet of choice is the Prince EXO3 Tour 100 16x18, with string hole grommets. I have it strung up with Kirschbaum Pro Line Evolution 1.25mm @ 55 lbs.

I haven't had much chance to play with it lately though due to all the new racquets we're playtesting. There are a lot of enticing sticks for 2012!

Spencer, TW.
 

sportsfan1

Hall of Fame
They list info on whats the regular racquets used by the Playtesters at the end of each review, in the playtester profile section.
 

TW Staff

Administrator
My current racquet is a leaded up Boris Becker DC London. I have it at 11.6 ounces, 316 swingweight, 6 points head light. Right now, I have the Volkl V-Fuse hybrid string in it at 55lbs.

But there are currently 3 racquets that I love, that I'd even consider switching to. They are: the Dunlop Biomimetic 400 Tour, the Slazenger Pro Braided and the Head Youtek IG Prestige S. But like Spencer said, there are a lot of great racquets coming in the next few months.

Jason, TW
 
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jjs891

Semi-Pro
Information is available under TT staff profile section, but it'll be nice to have a separate thread as well.
 

TW Staff

Administrator
My current racquet of choice is the Tecnifibre Rebound Pro, a recent switch after the playtest wrapped up. I had been using my old RDS 003 on my "comeback" (if one is generous enough to consider it such) from having Baby No. 1.

After deciding to make the switch, I've hardly hit it, though, to fine tune a string setup because we're playtesting so many racquets. I'm finishing up testing the Biomimetic 400 right now, then on to many more playtest racquets. There's lots of good stuff right now, as the guys said.

Tiffani, TW
 

TW Staff

Administrator
I fell in love with the Yonex VCORE 100 S when I was playtesting it earlier this year. I string it with Luxilon Adrenaline at 53 lbs. This is my go to racquet right now. My backup racquet is the Head Youtek IG Instinct S which is strung with Topspin Cyber Flash at 53 lbs. However with all the new racquets were playtesting right now, I might find a new one!

Brittany, TW
 

Ross K

Legend
Tiffani, Jason, Spencer and Brittany,

Thanks for replies. Excellent to have you all chime in like this.

Q. for all - any of you hit with the new Wilson's, Reb 95, Rad Pro or Organix 8 315? If so, how much did you like them (or otherwise)?

Q. Brittany - what's the VCore 100 S's traits? Pros? What's so great about it IYO?

Q. Jason - what's the selling points of the Bio Tour 400? Why's it so good IYO?

TIA
 

Boricua

Hall of Fame
My current racquet of choice is the Tecnifibre Rebound Pro, a recent switch after the playtest wrapped up. I had been using my old RDS 003 on my "comeback" (if one is generous enough to consider it such) from having Baby No. 1.

After deciding to make the switch, I've hardly hit it, though, to fine tune a string setup because we're playtesting so many racquets. I'm finishing up testing the Biomimetic 400 right now, then on to many more playtest racquets. There's lots of good stuff right now, as the guys said.

Tiffani, TW
What made you switch besides the nice paint job?
 

TW Staff

Administrator
Q. for all - any of you hit with the new Wilson's, Reb 95, Rad Pro or Organix 8 315? If so, how much did you like them (or otherwise)?

Q. Jason - what's the selling points of the Bio Tour 400? Why's it so good IYO?

TIA

I've had the chance to hit all the newest racquets and for the most part, I'm impressed. Even the beginner racquets like the new Wilson Five or One, played pretty well. If I were you, I'd prepare myself to demo a lot of racquets in early 2012!

The 400 Tour offers that whippy feel that I like. It's solid and offers tons of control, but what surprises me is the power. I definitely feel like it I'm getting more depth and pop off of this racquet than many in the same spec range.

Jason, TW
 

TW Staff

Administrator
What made you switch besides the nice paint job?
It's funny you mention the cosmetic. I have a reputation in this office for only like racquets with red paint. Aerogel 4D 300 Tour, RDS 003, and before both of those, I wanted to switch to another Tecnifibre, the TFlash 310 XL, another red racquet that ended up not being sold in the US.

I went back to the RDS 003 because as I was starting to play again, I needed power. I feel like my game is now starting to come back together, and my swing is faster than it was just a couple of months ago. I strung the RDS 003 at 64 lbs with Yonex Tour Super 850 (I like multis over polys for comfort), and was starting to have trouble controlling the power level. The Rebound Pro has more power than what I was using before pregnancy (4D 300 Tour) but is easier to control than the Yonex. It's a good fit for me now because it swings fast and is more control oriented. Plus I like the feel. It's crisp without being harsh, and the racquet doesn't feel stiff.

Tiffani
 

Teski

Rookie
I've had the chance to hit all the newest racquets and for the most part, I'm impressed. Even the beginner racquets like the new Wilson Five or One, played pretty well. If I were you, I'd prepare myself to demo a lot of racquets in early 2012!

The 400 Tour offers that whippy feel that I like. It's solid and offers tons of control, but what surprises me is the power. I definitely feel like it I'm getting more depth and pop off of this racquet than many in the same spec range.

Jason, TW
I agree Jason. I was really impressed with the 400 Tour as well when I demoed it. I've also been hitting the 400, and I think that is more of the racket for me as I tend to like the 10.9 - 11.3 range as opposed to the 11.6 (even though the 400 Tour feels lighter with the low SW).

Thoughts on the 400, maybe with a little lead added at 3 and 9?
 

TW Staff

Administrator
Thoughts on the 400, maybe with a little lead added at 3 and 9?
I've hit the 400 a few times now. I've tried it with a full bed of multi-filament and a full bed of polyester. Not surprisingly, I liked the polyester better. The racquet had its positives and negatives for me. I liked the fast and maneuverable feel. The solid, firm response on impact is like that of the 400 Tour. But the racquet was too light, and I especially felt it when I was playing against our bigger hitters. It really felt like it was getting pushed around. With my semi-western grip on my forehand, I like to generate a lot of spin on my shots, and with the 400, it felt like the racquet was maybe a bit too fast, as I found myself brushing up on the ball more than going through it. So even though my shots had spin, it was lacking depth and pace.

Lead tape would definitely help, but I wouldn't just put it in the hoop. I'd counter balance with some lead at the handle as well to help maintain that lower swingweight.

Jason, TW
 

TW Staff

Administrator
Q. Brittany - what's the VCore 100 S's traits? Pros? What's so great about it IYO?

For me, the VCORE 100 S had the perfect combination of power and control. I was able to get power with ease whether I was on the offense or reaching for a ball on the defense (with of course some extra spin!). I absolutely loved this racquet on my serve. I was able to get a good mix of flat, powerful first serves and lots of spin for reliable second serves. When I picked up the racquet for the first time, I immediately felt comfortable with it. I only have good things to say about this racquet.

Brittany, TW
 

Diagoras

New User
Lead tape would definitely help, but I wouldn't just put it in the hoop. I'd counter balance with some lead at the handle as well to help maintain that lower swingweight.
Adding weight anywhere does not lower the swingweight. It always increases it, it's just that when it is very close to your hand the increase is so small that it is negligible.
 

rafabull

Semi-Pro
My current racquet is a leaded up Boris Becker DC London. I have it at 11.6 ounces, 316 swingweight, 6 points head light. Right now, I have the Volkl V-Fuse hybrid string in it at 55lbs.

But there are currently 3 racquets that I love, that I'd even consider switching to. They are: the Dunlop Biomimetic 400 Tour, the Slazenger Pro Braided and the Head Youtek IG Prestige S. But like Spencer said, there are a lot of great racquets coming in the next few months.

Jason, TW
Hey Jason, how do you like the IG Prestige? Any big differences from the current version?
 

Murray_fan1

Professional
My current racquet of choice is the Prince EXO3 Tour 100 16x18, with string hole grommets. I have it strung up with Kirschbaum Pro Line Evolution 1.25mm @ 55 lbs.

I haven't had much chance to play with it lately though due to all the new racquets we're playtesting. There are a lot of enticing sticks for 2012!

Spencer, TW.
Hi Spencer,

How does Pro Line Evolution compare to Pro Line II ?
 

Ross K

Legend
Jason,

The 400 Tour offers that whippy feel that I like. It's solid and offers tons of control, but what surprises me is the power. I definitely feel like it I'm getting more depth and pop off of this racquet than many in the same spec range.

Jason, TW
You're getting me interested here haha... I'm not really so well versed re Dunlop but big hitting with control, some solidness, spin, and consistent depth, and not a total tank to maneuver... hmmm... yep, that would do me! QSN. If you could compare it to 1 or 2 other racs, what frames come to mind? TIA...


Brittany,

For me, the VCORE 100 S had the perfect combination of power and control. I was able to get power with ease whether I was on the offense or reaching for a ball on the defense (with of course some extra spin!). I absolutely loved this racquet on my serve. I was able to get a good mix of flat, powerful first serves and lots of spin for reliable second serves. When I picked up the racquet for the first time, I immediately felt comfortable with it. I only have good things to say about this racquet.

Brittany, TW
Thanks. I am curious re some these Yonex frames.


PED,

Originally Posted by TW Staff
If I were you, I'd prepare myself to demo a lot of racquets in early 2012!

Ross, you are totally screwed now!!
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I was screwed before H. Now I'm totally messed up!!
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
My current racquet of choice is the Prince EXO3 Tour 100 16x18, with string hole grommets. I have it strung up with Kirschbaum Pro Line Evolution 1.25mm @ 55 lbs.

I haven't had much chance to play with it lately though due to all the new racquets we're playtesting. There are a lot of enticing sticks for 2012!

Spencer, TW.
I am going back and forth between the string hole grommets and port on the 16x18. That may end when I get my 2nd set of ports in.

Differences are pretty subtle and I feel like I can go either way, but to me the ports just feel extremely plush.

Not sure if you can answer this but is there a new EXO tour coming, and are the 16x19 rumors accurate?
 
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Teski

Rookie
I've hit the 400 a few times now. I've tried it with a full bed of multi-filament and a full bed of polyester. Not surprisingly, I liked the polyester better. The racquet had its positives and negatives for me. I liked the fast and maneuverable feel. The solid, firm response on impact is like that of the 400 Tour. But the racquet was too light, and I especially felt it when I was playing against our bigger hitters. It really felt like it was getting pushed around. With my semi-western grip on my forehand, I like to generate a lot of spin on my shots, and with the 400, it felt like the racquet was maybe a bit too fast, as I found myself brushing up on the ball more than going through it. So even though my shots had spin, it was lacking depth and pace.

Lead tape would definitely help, but I wouldn't just put it in the hoop. I'd counter balance with some lead at the handle as well to help maintain that lower swingweight.

Jason, TW
Thanks Jason - I know you hit the Head IG Instinct MP as well which has pretty much the same specs as the 400. How would you compare the two?
 

TW Staff

Administrator
Thanks Jason - I know you hit the Head IG Instinct MP as well which has pretty much the same specs as the 400. How would you compare the two?
They are pretty similar. But I like the feel of the Instinct better. Although I think both would benefit from some weight, the Instinct seems to do better with power than the 400. I just hit with the 400 again today, and I had to really focus on hitting through the ball, as opposed to brushing up it (for spin), to get the power and depth I wanted.

The Instinct also has a softer feel. Even the the RA is close to 70, it doesn't feel it while hitting. I also think the Instinct is whippier than the 400.

Jason, TW
 

Ross K

Legend
They are pretty similar. But I like the feel of the Instinct better. Although I think both would benefit from some weight, the Instinct seems to do better with power than the 400. I just hit with the 400 again today, and I had to really focus on hitting through the ball, as opposed to brushing up it (for spin), to get the power and depth I wanted.

The Instinct also has a softer feel. Even the the RA is close to 70, it doesn't feel it while hitting. I also think the Instinct is whippier than the 400.

Jason, TW
Jason, everyone,

How does the Exo Tour 100 and the IG Instinct match up and compare? Anyone played both? TIA...
 

TW Staff

Administrator
Jason, everyone,

How does the Exo Tour 100 and the IG Instinct match up and compare? Anyone played both? TIA...
The only thing really in common between these two, would be the headsize. Beyond that, they are very different, as the specs help indicate. The first glaring difference is the stiffness. The Instinct is very stiff, while the EXO3 Tour 100 is very flexible. Opposite ends of the spectrum. The instinct is a bit faster through the air, offering a little more pop as well as spin. Having some elbow issues, I felt the Instinct to be harsh (when strung up with a poly), while I can string up the EXO3 Tour 100 with a poly, and still enjoy plenty of comfort. The EXO3 Tour 100 offers a bit more stability and I enjoy it more for groundstrokes as well as at net, though I am more effective on serve with the Instinct as it offers good pace and spin.

Spencer, TW.
 

TW Staff

Administrator
Interesting info in this thread.

When will be TW review of Bio 400 Tour available ?
We're hoping to do the video portion of the 400 Tour next week, so depending on how busy the Video Master Mind is, it could be up in the next couple of weeks. We're also shooting the video for the regular Biomimetic 400 next week. Written reviews tend to take a few more weeks than the videos. We post the videos on our YouTube channel once they're done even if the written portion isn't complete.

Tiffani
 

Ross K

Legend
What would you testers recommend for someone who likes APD-like frames... powerful... spin-friendly... hits deep and heavy consistently... 98-100" headsize... Plus, I also like the old N95 - so maybe I'm thinking something with a bit more control and placement than the Bab, and a bit less 'raw' and hefty than the N95.

TIA
 

TW Staff

Administrator
What would you testers recommend for someone who likes APD-like frames... powerful... spin-friendly... hits deep and heavy consistently... 98-100" headsize... Plus, I also like the old N95 - so maybe I'm thinking something with a bit more control and placement than the Bab, and a bit less 'raw' and hefty than the N95.

TIA
Off the top of my head: Volkl Organix 8 315, new Prince EXO3 Rebel 98, Dunlop Biomimetic 400 Tour.

Jason, TW
 

kyofu

New User
Spence,why did you choose exo tour 16x18 over the 18x20 version?
i heard that the 18x20 has more control and there is no noticeable difference in spin from the 16x18..is that right?
 

edman9898

Professional
When is the new Rebel 98 coming out? And is it indeed the 16X19 pattern? What's your thoughts on this frame and any comparisons to other frames? Thanks!
 

TW Staff

Administrator
Spence,why did you choose exo tour 16x18 over the 18x20 version?
i heard that the 18x20 has more control and there is no noticeable difference in spin from the 16x18..is that right?
The differences are really very subtle. When hitting with them side by side (same string set up), I felt the open string pattern offered a tad livelier feel, enabling me to hit with better depth more consistently. I also feel there is better spin production, though again, very subtle. I could easily have chosen the 18/20 and adapted, but went with the 16/18. *Also, I replaced the port hole grommets with the string hole inserts, as I feel they offer a little more control and feel.

Spencer, TW.
 

fms

Rookie
Just as an aside - I think you guys should consider inserting more points (rallies) in your reviews - or better perhaps, alternatively, put up a whole game or two or even a set as a 'B-reel' :)
 

edman9898

Professional
Jason - PLEASE give me a mini review of the Rebel 98 and specs if you have them! I would give my left arm (I can hit a 1hbh) to hit this frame! Haha

Edman9898
 

TW Staff

Administrator
Jason - PLEASE give me a mini review of the Rebel 98 and specs if you have them! I would give my left arm (I can hit a 1hbh) to hit this frame! Haha

Edman9898
Sure!

Groundstrokes: Loved the power and spin! I thought the racquet helped me hit with more depth than usual. Touch for drop shots was surprisingly good. I also really liked the backhanded slice with this racquet. There was enough mass that I could hit more of a knifing slice shot rather than one that floated. One downside was that I felt like it could've been more maneuverable.

Volleys: Solid. No complaints. Torsional stability was pretty good even when making contact outside the sweetspot.

Serves: Power was there, as was access to spin. Like with my groundstrokes, I wish the racquet was just slightly more maneuverable.

Returns: Great! I could take nice big cuts at the return, and with the spin, still keep most shots in. Nothing to complain about here.

Hope that helps. I really really enjoyed that racquet. Definitely something that I could take to a tournament and play with.

Look for our review around the time the racquets are released.

Jason, TW
 

Teski

Rookie
Sure!

Groundstrokes: Loved the power and spin! I thought the racquet helped me hit with more depth than usual. Touch for drop shots was surprisingly good. I also really liked the backhanded slice with this racquet. There was enough mass that I could hit more of a knifing slice shot rather than one that floated. One downside was that I felt like it could've been more maneuverable.

Volleys: Solid. No complaints. Torsional stability was pretty good even when making contact outside the sweetspot.

Serves: Power was there, as was access to spin. Like with my groundstrokes, I wish the racquet was just slightly more maneuverable.

Returns: Great! I could take nice big cuts at the return, and with the spin, still keep most shots in. Nothing to complain about here.

Hope that helps. I really really enjoyed that racquet. Definitely something that I could take to a tournament and play with.

Look for our review around the time the racquets are released.

Jason, TW
Nice review Jason! Your feedback here has been really useful as has the input from the rest of the TW team!

Your feedback and input on the 400 vs. 400 Tour really made me rethink where I was headed, and I'm really happy I did. I'm finding the 400 Tour such a pleasure to use with it's stability, power, control, and the ability to whip through as you and Chris have noted. This one is such a winner!
 

edman9898

Professional
Sure!

Groundstrokes: Loved the power and spin! I thought the racquet helped me hit with more depth than usual. Touch for drop shots was surprisingly good. I also really liked the backhanded slice with this racquet. There was enough mass that I could hit more of a knifing slice shot rather than one that floated. One downside was that I felt like it could've been more maneuverable.

Volleys: Solid. No complaints. Torsional stability was pretty good even when making contact outside the sweetspot.

Serves: Power was there, as was access to spin. Like with my groundstrokes, I wish the racquet was just slightly more maneuverable.

Returns: Great! I could take nice big cuts at the return, and with the spin, still keep most shots in. Nothing to complain about here.

Hope that helps. I really really enjoyed that racquet. Definitely something that I could take to a tournament and play with.

Look for our review around the time the racquets are released.

Jason, TW
Thanks Jason! You keep mentioning the maneuverability issue. Do you know what the strung static weight and balance is? I loved the EXO3 Tour 18x20, but wanted a little smaller headsize and could not serve well with it. I am hoping this will be my next stick (or possibly the Wilson PS BLX 6.1, or the ... :)

Edman
 

TW Staff

Administrator
Thanks Jason! You keep mentioning the maneuverability issue. Do you know what the strung static weight and balance is? I loved the EXO3 Tour 18x20, but wanted a little smaller headsize and could not serve well with it. I am hoping this will be my next stick (or possibly the Wilson PS BLX 6.1, or the ... :)

Edman
I hope I wasn't misleading. Let me clarify. The racquet isn't sluggish or anything. But I like my racquets to be very whippy. I'm talking low 300's for the swingweight. The 98 is still quite maneuverable, but just not as much as I'd like. But I think I'm in the minority for wanting very low swingweights.

Jason, TW
 

Teski

Rookie
I hope I wasn't misleading. Let me clarify. The racquet isn't sluggish or anything. But I like my racquets to be very whippy. I'm talking low 300's for the swingweight. The 98 is still quite maneuverable, but just not as much as I'd like. But I think I'm in the minority for wanting very low swingweights.

Jason, TW
Nope...Not in the minority at all! If it wasn't for the SW, I wouldn't be liking the 400 Tour as much. I get the best of the 11.6 range rackets with a SW of the 10.9/11 oz. rackets.
 

Ross K

Legend
Hey TT Testers,

Q. Any of you find any negative areas at all with the Exo Tour 100? Anything about it that you didn't like so much?

Cheers
 
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