正式開始體驗新時代Tennis Strings

By admin, February 6, 2010 12:11

After playing with Luxilon Big Banger ACE TOUCH hybrid and GAMMA Professional Spin the other day, I almost still couldn’t believe what I am getting magically: SPIN and more SPIN and EVEN MORE SPIN!!! Besides, they are quite powerful, comfortable and controllable as well, as I thought poly is going to be very hard initilly.  The effect is much much bigger than adding lead like in the old days. It’s virtually like upgrading my old-school POG Oversize (all are Grip 3) to a previously never reached level.

So my first impression of the modern Hybrid and Poly strings is that they do help in some way definitely.

In additional, after discussed and recommended by another tennis pal, I’ve decided to change all the rest 3 strings on my POG Oversize (all are Grip 2) to something modern yesterday, so it really didn’t take me long to step into the famous Babolat Natural Gut cross Gamma TNT2 (ie, 2 days) and the popular Tecnifibre Black Code. Of course, I would preserve the old pal: Prince Topspin with Duraflex 15 Neo Green.

Let me give them a try in today afternoon’s classic rackets gathering to see what these batches will bring me.

 

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Hybrid: Babolat VS Team Natural ThermoGut 17 + Gamma TNT2 16

 

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Tecnifibre Black Code 18

 

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Prince Topspin with Duraflex 15

為你鍾情 – 哥哥張國榮

By admin, February 5, 2010 00:48

2003年4月1日那天是香港最黑暗的一天﹐還記得當天有謠傳宣佈香港成為SARS疫區﹐當然這不是真的﹐但我最愛的哥哥Leslie卻選擇了那天離開了我們。

從那天起就改變了我對很多事情的看法﹐再也不像從前年少般的任性和狂妄﹐對以後的人和事都看開了不少。。。

有時真希望有些事是可以扭轉的。。。

在同年底我的婚禮上﹐我特別安排了“為你鍾情”這首歌獻比太太做為我倆對哥哥的懷念﹐我們的相識其實全因為他﹐因為太太也是個哥哥的超級Fans。

 

為你鍾情
作曲:王正宇 作詞:黃霑 編曲:奧金寶

為你鍾情,傾我至誠042_icon
請你珍藏這份情
從未對人,傾訴秘密
一生首次盡吐心聲

望你應承,給我證明
此際心弦,有共鳴
然后對人,公開心情
用那金指環作證

*對我講一聲,終于肯接受
以后同用我的姓
對我講一聲“I DO! I DO!”
愿意一世讓我高興

為你鍾情,傾我至誠
請你珍藏這份情
然后百年,終你一生
用那真心痴愛來作證*

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!

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