My 2016 holiday wish list | The tennis edition
I want to say that I’ve been a good boy this year. But, the truth is I really don’t know. I’m not sure if wreaking Topspin Havoc on my opponents will land me on the good or naughty list this year. All things aside, I hope I don’t wake up on Christmas morning to a big bag of coal under the tree.
Now whether or not I’ve been a good or naughty boy will not stop me from making a Christmas wish list. I play quite a bit of tennis, pop a lot of strings, and tear through shoes faster than a junk food junkie on a Twinkie. Therefore, getting some of my favorite tennis products for this 2016 holiday season would make me a happy boy. Here are my Top 5 tennis things I have on my Christmas wish list.
I would love to have a reel of this string. If you have not played with the Solinco Hyper G 17G, you need to do so PRONTO! This square shape co-poly gives the perfect blend of power, control, and durability. The square shape gives the string nice pop and spin off of every shot. Lastly, but most importantly, it’s green. Green is the best color ever.
I am a huge fan of hybrid string setups. Hybrid string setups, by nature, provide more spin because of the contrasting nature of the different strings [hard vs. soft]. One of my favorite hybrid formulations includes mixing a co-poly with a synthetic gut. My synthetic gut of choice is none other than the Prince Synthetic Gut with Duraflex. The extra little fibers found in the synthetic gut really give this string extra texture, and subsequently extra spin on the ball. And, best of all, they come in Blue, White, Neon Green, Pink/Red, and other loud colors that make the world a more colorful place.
Solinco Wonder Grip is like Wonder Bread, providing the essential tennis vitamin of tennis GRIP. Wonder grip is one of the grippiest (is that a word?), overgrips out there on the market. I strongly believe everyone needs to try this out at least once. The grip is super tacky and really sticks to your hand, no matter how sweaty, slippery, and gross your hand is after 8 hours of playing tennis.
I LOVE the Novak Pro. Everything about it strikes me as the epitome of the perfect tennis shoe. If you didn’t already know, the Novak pro is Djokovic’s pro shoe. These kicks are based off the original Adidas Barricade 7, which was released back in 2012. In comparison to its predecessor, the Novak Pro features slightly beefed-up stability claws, which lock in your feet on high-impact turns.
This shoe is so highly responsive and stable. It makes running around corners easy. You can stop and go, twist and turn, all on a drop of a dime. These kicks also help me slide on hardcourt surfaces. Not little baby slides, I’m talking full-on Tokyo Drift slides.
5] Dunlop Muscle Weave 200G [1998 original editions]
First of all, I’m an old-school Dunlop guy. I love Dunlop frames from the mid 90’s. Matter of fact, my racket of choice is the Original Release Dunlop Muscle Weave 200G from 1998. I love the old-school-box-beam frame response and the 3D braided graphite design.
Every now and then, I’ll find these frames used on Ebay and several local tennis shops. No matter how beat up they are, I’ll bargain and buy them for pennies on the dollar. At the end of the day, more frames = more parts, which translates to more Muscle Weaves in my life.
I know it’s an old frame, but what can I say? I’m a 24-year-old that likes mid-late-90s-era stuff. That includes Dragonball-Z, Spongebob, and Gundam-Wing.