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Shotgun 15 — TW Tourney: Sean vs. Jason

Posted on May 14, 2014 in Meet the Playtesters

Sean vs. Jason


413B4469 copyAfter deciding to ditch my old frame (Babolat Pure Storm Ltd), I’ve finally settled on a new frame that gives me a little more power and a larger sweetspot. I’m currently using a heavily customized Volkl V1 Pro with about half an ounce of lead applied to the upper hoop to boost my swingweight up to around 335 and a static weight of 11.8 ounces. I’m still in a bit of an adjustment period with the frame although I think I’ve settled with a string I used to love which is MSV Focus Hex at 58 lbs. As with a lot of players, there’s always an overgrip on my racquet and no matter how many different brands I try I always come back to my favorite one: Yonex Super Grap. Durable and tacky, with enough colors to keep anyone entertained.

As far as apparel goes, I’m partial to the Nike tops, because they tend to run thin and don’t hang on us skinny guys like a bed sheet. For shorts I definitely prefer adidas and to be even more specific, the Roland Garros lines they bring out every year always impress in my opinion. When it comes to socks I stick with my epic collection of plain black and white Nike crew socks that go with pretty much anything. I just can’t seem to break into this crazy sock scene that Chis is apparently in charge of. In terms of shoes, I’ve been trying to branch out lately with my selections. I thought about really going out on a limb with some of these smaller brands that have received great reviews but I stayed safe and went with the Asics Gel Resolution 5. It has honestly turned out to be one of the best all-around shoes I’ve had the chance to play in. The vibrant yellow isn’t usually something I’d go with but why not, you only live once and I’ll just use the sole warranty to pick up something slightly more classic.

My strategy for my first round against Jason was a work in progress since I hadn’t played him much since his move to a 2 hander (traitor!). I had hoped to test his consistency on that side and then wait for something shorter I could put away with my forehand or move forward to create pressure. As the game continued, I found that I was having trouble dealing with his looping forehand to my backhand so I was forced to try bringing him in with a short slice and then going for the pass. My inability to deal with his deep groundstrokes seemed to be my downfall at the end.


When it came time to go into the Bat Cave and choose my gear for this inaugural Battle of 413B4462 copyPlaytesters, or BoP, if you will, there really wasn’t much hesitation.
Let me start from the ground up. For footwear, I was only torn between two pairs: either the Nike Lunar Ballistec or the KSwiss Ultra Express. It was a toss up, but I went with the Ultra Express because, *vanity alert,* it matched my shirt. Moving on up, I was swooshed out, going with Nike crew socks, shorts and compression. And for my tee, I had to go with the super comfortable TW heathered tee. As for my weapon of choice, I choose the Yonex EZone AI 100, string with Volkl Cyclone 16 at 57 pounds. I feel like both the racquet and the string really help with producing spin; the name of my game.
I had a 3 pronged strategy going into my first round matchup against Sean “The Hammer” Hemmer. 1) They don’t call him The Hammer for nothing, so attack first, before he could: really try to be aggressive. 2) Try to hit the ball deep and with spin so he couldn’t tee off on it as well. And 3) stay away from the forehand. He can obviously crush it from both wings (as you will see in the video), but I knew I had a better chance if I could make him hit more backhands than forehands. As you can see from the match footage, I was spraying my shots long at first because of both nerves and making a conscious effort to strike first and hit it deep. I got down early in the match but was finally able to settle in a bit and was fortunate that Sean started hitting a few more unforced errors. He had a few match points and, I don’t want to say he gave me some calls, but let’s just say, I probably owe him a couple adult beverages.


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