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Adidas Adizero Feather II – Review

I was sent a pair of the new Adidas Adizero Feather II shoes to try out and though it took me awhile to get on the courts, I finally got to try them out a few weeks ago.

If you’ve seen the red and silver version that Jo-Wilfried Tsonga wears, you know that they are quite flashy to wear on the court.

Having played in them I can say that they are incredibly light and and feel quite comfortable. The soles are sturdy enough and offer good support on the heel and toes.

The one aspect I didn’t like was the small amount of cushioning around the ankles. If you have weak ankles, or have to deal with mild ankle pain like I do, you won’t have a lot of support around your ankles unless you wear extra socks, wear an ankle brace or tie your shoes really tight.

Other than that, if you are looking for a stylish shoe that will help keep you light on your feet, look no further than this shoe.

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Gear Review: Head YouTek Three Star Series Racquet.

The Head Youtek Star Series is a new line of racquets that were created with input from both Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf. Three racquets make up the series: The Six Star, The Five Star and the Three Star. I was fortunate enough to be sent a demo version of the Three Star to try out. Continue reading

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Tennis Strings – To Gut or To Hybrid? That is the Question.

Head Youtek Extreme MP.

Head Youtek Extreme MP.

So for those that have been following my journey to find a new tennis racquet after twenty years of playing with my old Yonex, you’ll be happy to know that I finally decided on, drumroll please, the Head Youtek Extreme MP.

Now you’d think that my quest would be over and all I had to do was just order the stick and start playing. Not so fast. Strings, from their gauge, material and even where they are placed in a racquet, seem to be more improved and more complicated than ever before. So how do you know what strings to use for your game?

Far be it from me to shell out advice on this, I’ve asked Todd Curl of The Daily Stringer to offer some sound advice on this topic. — ATN.

“It’s a bit of a misnomer to say that strings have improved over the past twenty years. Manufacturing processes have improved and become more streamlined. The materials of the newest synthetics have gotten more diverse, but actual improvement? That is quite debatable; however, the assertion that they are more complicated is indeed true. Continue reading

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Gear Review – The Dinker Likes the Prince Exo3 100. But do I?

So I tried out a few more racquets in my quest to find a new stick. As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve had the same Yonex R-23 for many, many years but with the help of giftcard from Tennis Express, I’m finally springing for a new one.

One thing I learned during my testing phase is that one needs to play different players with different playing styles and see how the racquet handles each time. Continue reading

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