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12-01-2013, 02:47 AM #307
is the xp70 a good 'upgrade ' from a mx60 if I think I want a stiffer shaft (ahem)?
Off topic @visor but zm62 feeling a few pounds tighter than thicker strings: does the frame feel the actual or perceived tension? Ie could you put zm62@24lbs on a voltric limited to 24lbs? Or would this be like putting 26/27 on it?
12-01-2013, 04:01 AM #308
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12-01-2013, 08:05 AM #309
Personally, I don't like the 62 anymore, it just doesn't feel solid on hard hits. The 65 is better, but not as lively as I remembered it to be. Still, at the current price one really can't complain!
12-01-2013, 10:47 AM #310
Yes, as j4ckie says, the frame only sees the actual pulled tension. But the grommets on the other hand pay the price of having the same tension on a smaller surface area, so they'll need to be rotated or changed more often in order to protect the frame.
12-02-2013, 08:55 AM #311
I think I'm going to try a xp70. I believe you can get 3 in one shipment so is anyone else in the UK thinking of placing an order for a racket in the near future? @dbswansea , you mentioned one but not for a while?
I take it this frame is faster than meteor and stiffer than mx60. I think that's what I'm after.
12-22-2013, 05:00 PM #312
Any advice on whether I should buy one or two? I thought I'd go for different weights and pick the one I like better. Then sell the other one or let go the mx60 and keep both. I suppose the saving on postage isn't massive.
12-22-2013, 07:24 PM #313
12-23-2013, 02:59 PM #314
But if I end up buying 2 separately it will cost more. Not much though. I hope I can order the first one next week.
12-23-2013, 05:23 PM #315
12-23-2013, 09:28 PM #316
Am keen on the XP70 but recently I just got myself a TK-6ooo 4u. Would u care to elaborate more between these two excellent rackets, tks!
12-24-2013, 03:02 AM #317
12-24-2013, 03:10 AM #318
I own a XP70 before and now 4U TK6000... Both of these two played very differently. To me, XP70 plays very similar to BS12. It is fast but it feels kinda hollow and not meaty enough. I find it rather a bit difficult to hit clears to baseline. On the other hand, TK6000 is head heavy and powerful racket. It might be slower than XP70 but it is for different playing style. They both feels very much different.
12-24-2013, 03:44 AM #319
Tks for the feedback, appreciate it!
12-25-2013, 10:28 AM #320
As for my 3U TK6000 (94g, BP313mm, wet wt), I find it easier to hit clears to baseline without much struggle compared to XP70,which Mark also had stated in his review that this is the most efficient racket in term of effort ratio. And of course power smashes are easier to generate too.
Strangely, I found that I had better control at net play with this racket, maybe due to its solid stable frame structure giving better feedback. Accuracy wise, it did not suffer as the shaft stiffness is similar to XP70, though it's stated as mid-flex.
Downside would be it's slower speed in fast drive playing. But that does not bother me much as I find that I can play drop with a block due to racket better repulsion.
Lastly, I must thank Paul and Mark for writing such good and truthful review of this racket. Please keep up the good as well the not so good reviews going on!
12-25-2013, 10:34 PM #321
Great insight, tks!
TK-6ooo is a wonderful racket! My 4u is great in fast, flat rallies. Reckon that's the trade off between 3u n 4u.
Indeed, we r very grateful to Paul n Mark for their honest reviews. Keep them coming!
12-27-2013, 10:57 PM #322
I how I've copied the right image (thanks @phaaam for posting it).
Does this show a starting knot in the same hole as first cross? If so, how? It looks very neat.
Also I like the addition of the extra top cross and lack of bottom cross. I will have to try this.
Reason I am posting here and not in a stringing thread is because it's easier to quote, and I just ordered my XP70. 87-88g 297-300bp. Can't wait to try it. Yet again, will arrive just before a tournament
12-28-2013, 05:50 AM #323
Just for reference I do a standard starting knot and Parnell knot for tie-offs: http://www.keohi.com/tennis/misc/knots.htm#Starting Knot
Tip: for a larger grommet/hole that you're going to use for a starting knot, do three loops instead of two.
To relate this post back to the XP70, I had an interesting experience stringing it for the first time back then. My tie-offs for mains were in the same hole as my first cross strings because it was the widest grommet. You can also see the missing cross that DuckFeet mentioned in this image.
Enjoy the XP70 and good luck with that tourney!
Last edited by phaaam; 12-28-2013 at 05:53 AM.