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At 4:34am on January 6, 2009, allan said…
Hi Truc, was wondering if you have some schedule to play tennis on Wed?
At 1:53am on January 2, 2009, allan said…
happy new year!! i really hope this jan we could play tennis finally.
At 10:17am on December 10, 2008, joe bautista said…
cancel that one today its soooooooooooo cold...joe B.
At 12:48pm on December 9, 2008, Iris Jongejan said…
Hello Truc,
I would like to play tennis again...live near energy corridor...would love to play again! It has been a while...
There are several courts here, but don't know where to go? Maybe you can help me find my way here?
Hope to meet you!
CU&Thanx
At 3:20pm on December 4, 2008, joe bautista said…
thats why nobody was out on the court...Im ok with next wednesday.
At 12:43pm on December 1, 2008, joe bautista said…
theres a big possibility I can make it wed. 6pm.
At 1:37am on December 1, 2008, allan said…
thats so great. you sound intimidating to play with. haha, well definitely could make it this wed if thats the time you alloted.
At 12:50pm on November 25, 2008, allan said…
wish it could have been earlier. i have an activity i must attend to at 7.
At 8:41pm on November 24, 2008, allan said…
tomorrow? game on...what time??
At 3:33pm on November 21, 2008, allan said…
there must be some other courts isnt it? let me know next time, hope i can catch on.
At 5:38pm on November 20, 2008, allan said…
dya guys play yesterday?
At 11:03am on November 19, 2008, tim said…
hey we should play sometime. i am free on sundays. hit me up.
At 8:10am on November 19, 2008, allan said…
oh sorry today i have to work this afternoon so ill just have to skip it at this moment:( ---stay cool:)
At 4:59pm on November 18, 2008, allan said…
that is soo cool perhaps we could have like 2 groups with doubles. let me know so far. did you have a racket already? I have extra for sure.
At 4:23pm on November 18, 2008, allan said…
so doubles tomorrow are for sure? lets exchange digits for us to meet up.
At 9:36am on November 17, 2008, joe bautista said…
hi Truc, you can email me- catfist@gmail.com

thanks, Joe B.
At 8:43am on November 17, 2008, joe bautista said…
just give me a beep for time and date.

joe bautista
At 4:10am on November 16, 2008, Ben said…
you should DEFINITELY get the racquet restrung - the factory strings are frankly 2nd rate and you will have no idea what the tension is (racquets can sit on the shelf for months and lose tension over time)

however, i would recommend that you DON'T get this done at Sports Authority if you can avoid it - I bought a Prince O3 Speedport the first week I was in the States last year from Sports Authority and had it strung there at 60lb, then wondered why my shots were overshooting - took it to a specialist tennis shop get it measured and found that the tension in parts of the stick were less than 40lb! Everyone can learn how to do string but to do it accurately is something else, and this can have an impact on your game in the long term. Poorly strung strings can cause you to change your swing slightly to compensate, in extreme cases this can even cause injuries because of the overcompensation.

I would still say, if you can wait until you get to a proper tennis shop, then do so. If not, then get the stick but get it restrung properly later.

Regarding strings, since you say you don't hit with much topspin, then it's down to the feel of the racquet. Again, this will be down to personal preference and recommendations from the store/friends... but if you're starting out again I would stick to a synthetic gut (the Prince Synthetic Gut Multi 16 gauge would be an example) and then once you're hitting for a while, experiment with other combinations like hybrids (eg. polys on the mains, synthetic gut on the crosses).

If you like your strings soft, then I would say try the Wilson NXT 16s, they're about as soft as you can get. I've strung a few sticks for people at the club who hit with a good deep flat stroke and they like the feel of this.

If you like to hit harder, Luxilon have a string called Big Banger which I've seen a few people use.

Babolat have a new string out called Addiction which my mentor's wife says has really good power and feel when she was testing this string.

Personally, I switched to a hybrid once I got back into hitting, with Babolat Hurricane Tours on the mains, and NXTs on the crosses. My elbow does feel this combo though a bit though because the Hurricane Tours are a poly which generally are very stiff. Before this, I used Technifibre Redcode in place of the Babolats which were a softer poly and didn't have this problem. But I quite like the "pop" that I get with the Hurricanes :)

Hope that helps to get you started, good luck !
At 1:25pm on November 15, 2008, Ben said…
no problem, good luck with your search ! Let me know if you have any other questions :)
At 10:14am on November 15, 2008, Ben said…
Hi Truc

There are a multitude of factors that impact on racquet selection. My practical recommendation to you is to find a racquet shop that will allow you to demo a few racquets - if you can get 4 or 5 and take them down to the court for a hit, you'll be able to get a baseline as to which type of racquet works for you - then you can refine your search from there. Good racquet shops will let you demo for a small charge and a deposit, then use the demo fee towards the cost of a new racquet. Try and find a store that is a specialist shop with a personal touch, they're much better than your Sports Authority IMHO.

Having said that, to start you off, if you used to use a Prince, those racquets used to be relatively weighty if I can remember. At a tension of 70lb, you would have needed to hit pretty hard to get any depth - that's a exceptionally high tension these days, most club racquets are around 55-60lb on average. The lower the tension, the more time the ball stays on the strings, and the more distance you'll get on the ball. However, you should focus on technique as the first priority to getting depth on your shots, with the equipment more as an accessory to your game.

For actual racquet brands, this will be personal but the same rules apply to the below - aim for a balanced mid-high end racquet (but stay away from the top end (Tour) racquets, these will be too heavy or have a tiny sweet spot, whereas the beginners will be too light and ruin your stroke development)

try looking at

Wilson K range (e.g. Wilson six.two, or even up to the six.one Team if you are feeling confident)

Babolat (Aeropro drive is a top choice, Z drive is a lighter version which got good reviews, or perhaps take a look at the new XS range)

Prince - worth taking a look at for nostalgia, but they are marketing the O3 speedport technology these days, and i found their racquets too light as a result - but might be good for you if you want a lighter racquet (take a look at the SpeedPort Red as an example)

Fischer, Head and Yonex would be other alternative brands to consider - but ultimately it will come down to actually hitting with a particular racquet that will seal the deal for you.

Once you've figured out which stick to buy, we can then talk about strings later!

Hope this helps

Cheers

Ben

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