For this first edition of Shotgun15, I went first with my new favorite shirt: our very own Hot Shot T-Shirt. I, like many, am a fan of Sriacha on just about everything. For shorts, I went with some Nike throwback Power Shorts in black because black goes with everything. I wore the Head Sprint Pro shoes because they’re comfortable, quick (my game depends on covering the court) and fit my feet well. My racquet choice was made when I saw that I would be playing Spencer. He knows my game well, but we haven’t played in a while. So I thought he would expect me to play my usual consistent game, but I thought by using the ProKennex Ki Q5X, he might be surprised by the additional power. I needed to do something a bit different because Spencer can also play a very consistent game, and he just generally can hit with more spin and power than I do. Since I typically am a counter puncher, the Ki Q5X would let me ramp up the power level and strike early when I could, hoping to get a few free points from the first point.
Wilson Blade 98S, weighted up to 11.7 oz, 6pts head light and a 318 swingweight. Strung with Lux ALU 15 at 50 lbs. Shoes for this Shotgun would be the Asics Solution Speed 2, adidas Barricade Crew socks. My strategy was simple. To any opponent, I will do anything within the rules to annoy them. If a drop shot feed is within the rules, then yeah, let’s give it a go. I’m also good at giving my opponents no rhythm. Brad Gilbert is someone I would model my game after. The well timed shank winners also tend to put my opponents in a great mood. Have you ever hit a full swing overhead for a drop shot winner? Didn’t think so. I have. It takes a bit of skill to hit the ball at the tip of the racquet to produce the backspin required for such a shot. No, I didn’t do it in this Shotgun tournament, but just the fact that I’m capable offers plenty of intimidation.