Category: Others (其它)

第一次玩Mixed Poly & Multifilament線

By admin, February 2, 2010 17:33

Some say Coated Poly (aka Luxilon) has changed the way how modern tennis game plays. I being one of the most loyal classic racket followers never actually paid attention to how string technologies evolved over the year to a point that it can actually affect ones game now.

In my teenage days, we only have two type of strings, A. Natural Gut which Babolat established it’s legendary status through 80s/90s and continue into the new century. B. The alternative is Synthetic Gut (most famous is Prince’s Synthetic Gut, with Spin or with Duraflex), I still remember clearly that no one uses the 3rd, C. Nylon (was it the pre-generation of Poly?).

After I started to play tennis seriously since March 2009, I heard many praise regarding how good Coated Poly (or simply refers as Poly) is, so I finally decided to give it a try on two of my old-daddy Prince Original Graphite (Oversize) yesterday. I went to a pro-shop (MRX) and asked Hill to recommend two different modern strings for me, still haven’t got time to hit it though.

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Luxilon Big Banger ACE TOUCH hybrid, Ace 18 (Main), Supersense 16L (Cross)

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 GAMMA Professional Spin 16L

 

Finally, I’ve also got a chance to hit Natural Gut yesterday during my normal practicing session with CHing. And the feel is incrediblely good! I can hit a big in-side out to the right corner without going out anymore…strange, as I always believe it’s the skill, instead of string that helps, anyway, I found Natural Gut is still quite expensive and I am not ready to put on those “Ferrari” until I improved my game, or it’s going to be a complete waste.

PS. Enclosed also find an article I found on the net regarding how strings can help you to improve your game.

  

Which Tennis Strings Will Take Your Tennis Game to the Next Level

Tennis Strings have been one of the hottest topics of discussion on the pro tour in recent years. Most specifically how the Luxilon tennis strings have become such powerful method of improving player performance. Darren Cahill, the long time coach of Andre Agassi, recently commented that by converting his racquet to a Luxilon blend, Andre was able to improve his spin and control dramatically in the later part of his career, extending his playing days until eventually his back gave way.

This new tennis string technology will also improve the performance of developing and social players.

Natural Gut – For decades Natural Gut string was the preferred string for top professionals. Babolat VS Natural Gut had achieved legendry status as the choice of legends such as Pete Sampras. Natural Gut delivered great “feel” and comfort for the best players. It did however have drawbacks; it wasn’t very durable and would lose tension relatively quickly. For social tennis players it was out of reach due to high prices so it was only the privileged few who were able to use it.

Luxilon Poly - More recently players have however turned to the Luxilon tennis strings in great numbers. Luxilon is a “coated poly”; it is durable, maintains its tension and delivers incredible spin and control to its users. Most of the top players from Federer to Nadal to Henin use Luxilon in their string bed. Other companies have attempted to create string with similar qualities to Luxilon, not quite reaching the magic formula but providing cheaper alternatives as a result.

Hybrid String Patterns – A popular practice with top players is to “blend” their string pattern, using a different string on the mains and the crosses. Federer, for example, uses a blend of Luxilon and Natural Gut. The aim is to get the best of both world’s, the feel of Gut and the durability and spin of Luxilon. This method is highly recommended for players looking to improve their game.

A major hurdle for the developing and social player is the cost of both Luxilon and Natural Gut string. Fortunately cheaper alternatives are available which offer similar characteristics; if not quite the same performance.

All companies will have their own version of Synthetic Gut, which is designed to have similar characteristics of Natural Gut thus providing power and a “soft feel.” By spending a little extra you may experience even better performance by stringing with a “multi filament” string. “Head Rip Control”, “Prince Syn Gut Multifilament”, “Wilson NXT” and “Klip Excellerator” are examples of multifilament strings which deliver Natural Gut like characteristics without the cost.

Different tennis companies have also begun producing Luxilon type “coated poly” strings providing extra spin and durability. “Klip K-Boom”, “Head Sonic Pro” and “Kirschbaum Super Smash” are strings which imitate the qualities of Luxilon at a lower price.

Customising your racquet and string – When considering your string specifications it is also important to consider the type of racquet you use. Although technology is always improving, generally speaking racquets, like strings, are usually designed for power; or control. Using an entirely “poly” string bed in a racquet with a tight string pattern (18 mains, 95 sq inch frame) may result in a dead feeling. Conversely using a soft synthetic gut string in a wide string pattern (16 mains, 110 sq inch frame) may adversely affect your control.

Conclusion – Using a Luxilon type “poly” string in the mains and a softer “Gut” string in the crosses is a great way to get the best stringing results. Stringing entirely with a softer “gut” type string can result in broken strings and losing tension quickly. Only stringing with a “poly” can make the racquet feel stiff and uncomfortable.

If you have the budget, string your mains with Luxilon and cross with Natural Gut in a blend. You can still get great results using the cheaper options recommended in this article. This will work in all types of racquet frames and deliver the all round improvement everyone is seeking.

You may however decide you need particular upgrading in certain aspects of your game – more spin, or durability, or comfort or power. In this case you may use exclusively “poly” (more spin and durability) or “gut” (power and comfort). The most important thing is taking advantage of this revolution in tennis strings; they can and will improve your tennis game!

My antique PIII computer is still going strong for its 11th year.

By admin, January 29, 2010 21:33

I am still using Asus P2B-D with Dual Slot 1 850Mhz, going strong for the 11th year! I still remember clearly I brought it in April 1999 in Wai Chai Computer City and I’ve upgraded it many time over the years with minimal cost. (Mostly bought second hand from Go2HK & Yahoo HK)

Seemed to me the previous generation of Asus MB is so stable, I use for Internet/Email/Photoshop mostly, I can also play MKV, HD RMVB without any problem, so it’s really more than enough.

I will post this again in 2014 where it will be its 15 years.

I have two of these P2B-D, one is running as Desktop, the other running as Network File Server with iSCSI support.

 

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The Configuration:

  • The version of my Dual Slot1 PIII850Mhz  is the one using the least Watts, 17.5W each?
  • Seagate/Maxtor 120GB IDE, 8MB Cache x 2
  • SATA PCI card with Maxtor Maxline 500GB x 4, 16MB Cache on another P2B-D file server
  • IDE PCI card with Maxtor 200GB x 2, 8MB Cache, Maxtor 250GB x 2, 8MB Cache
  • USB2.0 PCI card with 4 ports
  • SoundBlaster AWE64 with Cambridge Soundworks 4.1 Digital (This is so good!)
  • Running W2K3 with IE8
  • Matrox G550 with Dell Ultrasharp 2007FP in 1600×1200 model, so sharp and nice
  • Compaq Dual network NIC
  • Logitech wireless keyboard and mouse. 

After 11 years, I am still totally satisfied with this DIY combo, no complain at all, no harddisk failure (so strange, giving the HD life is only 5 years).

It seemed to me that I really don’t need to upgrade for a long time to come.

預防網球受傷的個人經驗分享

By admin, January 29, 2010 13:55

最近聽到兩位師兄因打波造成腿部肌肉拉傷/撕裂﹐主要原因是現在天氣冷﹐在沒有做足夠熱身就開Set﹐追球而拉傷腿部肌肉﹔或者是之前一天已經打了很多個鐘頭﹐今天又繼續不停地劇烈運動﹐身體在沒有得到適當的休息情況下﹐各部位的反應已經沒有正常敏捷﹐一但身體反應遲鈍了就很容易出事。

還有就是如果出現肌肉抽筋的現象﹐就一定要馬上停止運動﹐因為這是身體發出的最後警告訊息﹐如果不理會繼續的話﹐就會很大機會造成嚴重的傷害。

自己而言﹐是打一天(最多3個小時)﹐休息1至2天再打﹐這樣才能令身體保持一個良好的機能去充分享受打球的樂趣。

還有就是打波一定要放松全身肌肉﹐而不是大力擊球﹐等感覺到了球﹐包多些時間才送出拍面﹐這些都是最近在師兄指導下,我一直在研究﹕無論是底線抽擊或者是發球﹐怎樣可以用小力打多些旋轉(Spin)球和多些角度(Angle)球才是贏球的竅門。

Sergio Tacchini is back into business finally!

By admin, January 22, 2010 13:06

This news brought lights to my gloomy morning. 

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Nice nice!!! 70/80’s big name Sergio Tacchini is finally back onto the court especially with stars like Djokovic!!!

It’s one of my favourite brand as well, weared by so many big names in the 80s’ like Sampras, Mcenroe, Ivanisevic, etc and even carry the glory to the 90s’ by Hingis…

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and just in case you don’t know.

Sergio Tacchini is technically a Hong Kong company now! Yeah!

See the news from FT:

Hembly boss buys Sergio Tacchini

By Robin Kwong in Hong Kong

Published: June 6 2008 06:00 | Last updated: June 6 2008 06:00

A Hong Kong businessman has bought Sergio Tacchini, the Italian tennis-wear brand that in its prime sponsored top players John McEnroe and Pete Sampras but has since fallen on hard times.

The purchase by Billy Ngok, who is also chairman of Hembly, a distributor and supply-chain services company, marks the first Chinese acquisition of a major European sportswear brand.

The deal also adds to the growing number of recent foreign brand acquisitions by Chinese manufacturers and so-called “middlemen” companies seeking to move up the value chain.

Xinyu Hengdeli, the biggest luxury watch retailer in China, bought a 90 per cent stake in Italian hand-crafted pen brand Omas from LVMH last October.

Sergio Tacchini, an Italian tennis player, founded the eponymous brand in 1966. It claims to have introduced colour into professional tennis apparel that had previously been white-only. The brand enjoyed success in Italy and France, enlisting top-seeded tennis stars including Jimmy Connors, Martina Hingis, and more recently Goran Ivanisevic when he won the Wimbledon title as a wild-card in 2001.

But intense competition from global sportswear brands such as Nike and Adidas, a lack of expansion beyond its core European market and an overall decline in the tennis wear market has resulted in heavy losses in the past few years for the family-owned business.

There were other problems, such as an acrimonious break-up with Ms Hingis in 1999 that led to her suing the brand in 2002 for giving her shoes that she claimed had hurt her feet.

Sergio Tacchini filed for bankruptcy in Italy early last year, which created an opportunity for Mr Ngok to buy the brand, as Hembly was already a supplier for Sergio Tacchini.

Mr Ngok closed the deal in late April to buy Sergio Tacchini’s assets for €27m ($42m) and inject an extra €33m into the business, and revealed the details to the Financial Times yesterday. Mr Ngok, who made the acquisition as a private investment, has granted Hembly an option to purchase Sergio Tacchini within the next three years.

“Instead of producing just for the manufacturer’s [profit] margin, we are moving into the brand management margin,” Mr Ngok said. “Why, today, am I only working for other people?” 

Under a lease agreement, a team assembled by Mr Ngok has already been managing Sergio Tacchini for the past year. During that time, the company had sales of €60m and a modest profit.

Mr Ngok plans to introduce the Sergio Tacchini brand into mainland China next year and open 200 stores there in the following three years. By 2012, China should account for up to 30 per cent of the brand’s global sales, Mr Ngok said. “China will be the engine of growth [for Sergio Tacchini]”, he added.

 

終於拿到張德培的簽名了!

By admin, January 16, 2010 12:57

跟很多華人一樣,我的網球偶像是Michael Chang,我太喜歡他了,所以曾經瘋狂地收藏了6塊POG (包括第一代單條綠線版)。

“Jesus Loves You, Michael”

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1989年張德培17歲贏了最年輕的法國公開賽男單冠軍,令當年完全不愛運動的我選擇了以後打網球,一打就上打上了癮,並且打足了20幾年。

讀大學的時候曾經做過一個Michael Chang的網頁,Michael 哥哥Carl還特別Email多謝過我這個小粉絲,嘻嘻。。。

2010年的Hong Kong Tennis Classic更第一次做了他的小粉絲,終於拿到遲了20年的Michael 簽名。

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Sometimes it’s fun to get over the fence to see…

By admin, January 15, 2010 17:05

Ms. Sharapova practicing on court…

 

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Two beauties outside the court watching their husbands play…

By admin, January 14, 2010 14:18

Thanks for Natalie & Paradorn’s great wedding video, I just came to know from the video Natalie was original from Russia, no wonder she has the similar features as Sharapova. (ie, Both Beauties)

Actually, I was about 3 fts from her and Amber, where I took the following pictures.

Amber is such a sweet girl, Michael is so lucky to have her.

 

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Different moments of Maria Sharapova

By admin, January 9, 2010 22:54

Normally, she looks like 苦瓜乾 99% of the time on court.

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Then you see angel with 陽光 all of a sudden.

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Finally, she’s really attractive & 動人during this moment.

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二十年後遲來的追星歷程

By admin, January 8, 2010 01:55

Just got back from today’s match, the play had been suspended 3 times due to rain between 5:15pm till 12:30am and surprisingly all tickets had been sold out at the ticket office. I guess most people are here for Michael tonight.

Nevertheless, it was a fascinating night! Seeing two of my childhood legends  playing each other on court, Stefan & Michael really made my day today! I was really into the match shouting with the crowd Michael 加油, Come on Stefan…

這幾天簡直就是二十年後遲來的追星歷程 ﹐拍了過千張相和VIDEO﹐昨天在練習場終于拿到了我一直崇拜的S&V大師Edberg的簽名 (on PS85拍套)﹐今天晚上又在Michae臨上車前遞給了他我的POG拍套, Feel so good! Yeah!  

Finally, it was equally exciting and nice to meet many Discuss friends in center court since Wed, e.g. flyminglee, ALC, AcuraKim, queue up together for autography with babypro…

賽事晚晚打倒凌晨12點半左右﹐我開心得早已經忘記了睡意。

Continue updating…

對與香港討論區(discuss)網球版近日的奇怪現象之迷思

By admin, January 5, 2010 14:29

其實我個人認為香港討論區(discuss)網球版裡最奇怪的現象是:

1. 請問為什麼兩位版主允許這類如“師傅勿自視過高”的間接人身攻擊POST存在﹖

2. 更加令我驚訝和奇怪的是為什麼版主竟然把這類無聊的POST置頂﹖

難道版主極之欣賞這類好文﹐還是純粹為了想增加discuss網球版的人氣﹐鼓勵吵架
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星期三就是一年一度的城中盛事 Hong Kong Classic Tennis 2010﹐版主沒有鼓勵
大家討論這個話題﹐而去確浪費時間精神在其它地方﹐我個人認為這是網球版版主
們的考慮不周及失職。

如果用版主們這樣的思維的話﹐請把這篇也置頂﹐等大家都爆一爆﹐肯定可以激增
discuss網球版的人氣﹗

 

Update:

快速查了一下﹐原來Discuss熱門話題置頂功能是自動的 @POST #15

“成為熱門話題的因素﹐是以回覆, 瀏覽, 推薦及時間值等元素﹐合成一條算式﹐系統會自動地不時更新熱門話題。”

對不起版主們﹐是在下一時魯莽了。(是我錯就要認﹗)

但作為網球版的一版之主們應該有責任和義務﹐也更應當用心去維護“熱門話題”這個的強大的功能﹐“熱門話題”的確是有它的缺陷﹐這缺陷也存在與其它DISCUSS版塊﹐但絕不能視之不見﹗

應該有個MANUAL OVERRULE的機制(現在有嗎﹖)﹐而不是任由有問題的POST停留在熱門話題超過24小時都置之不理﹐這對被攻擊的人不公平﹐也對真正想看熱門話題的網友更不合情理。

 

Update2:

謝謝版主RICCO的回復﹐請原諒我的直率可能引起的不便。

認識我的朋友都知道其實我一直都是支持言論自由的﹐我們當然不能夠沒經深思熟慮就隨便DELETE POST﹐我只是看不慣有個別有心人士經常肆無忌憚地利用利用熱門話題機制的漏洞去製造膠POST而喧嘩取眾。

言論自由當然可貴﹐但到達了人們都認為是ABUSE的時候﹐身為管理員就得主動做出適當的調解﹐當然我們可以任由它沉下去﹐但這並不是個上全之策。

個人認為一個論壇的成功之道最重要在于會員們的融合相處﹐這些膠POST的出現﹐無疑會破壞這裡的友善氣氛和對其它網友造成不好的影響。

最後希望版主們以後可以多加留意些這類“滋事分子”﹐再次多謝你們對香港討論區網球版的無私貢獻。

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