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dman72
12-07-2006, 06:38 AM
I do not need a racquet to generate power for me. However, my arm did twinge a bit more than normal after switching to my new LM Radical OS during a 3 setter the other night. Is there a lower power racquet with a narrow beam that sacrifices some "ball feedback" for a much more dampened feel? My favorite dampened handle I've played with is the Dunlop Super Revelation with ISIS handle. The Dunlop players racquets, however, don't come with this. I don't want to be "punished" by mishits with arm ache. Or, would simply adding weight to the Radical help this? I added a balanced 1/2 ounce last night, and may add more if it feels good hitting against a wall this afternoon.

This is with the stock strings, so maybe a softer string also? Has anyone else felt some pain with the LM Rad?

I played quite well with it.

slice bh compliment
12-07-2006, 06:44 AM
Basically any 10 by Volkl, and some 9s will give you that feel.
The Fischers are great too.
I like the older HEAD Prestiges.

Do not discount the Babolat Pure Control, especially if you use the right string for your tastes.

dman72
12-07-2006, 06:45 AM
Basically any 10 by Volkl, and some 9s will give you that feel.
The Fischers are great too.
I like the older HEAD Prestiges.

Do not discount the Babolat Pure Control, especially if you use the right string for your tastes.


Thanks. : )

rod_b
12-07-2006, 07:21 AM
Prince O3 Tour

bcsax123
12-07-2006, 02:40 PM
Put a Gamma Shockbuster to any decently stable racket and you get a dampened feel.

slice bh compliment
12-07-2006, 02:47 PM
Put a Gamma Shockbuster to any decntly stable racket and you get a dampened feel.

Yeah, I do not use dampeners, but that worked like a charm with my Wilson T2000!!;)

Redflea
12-07-2006, 02:48 PM
Keep the racquet and try different strings...if you are playing well with it and want to adjust feel, that makes a lot more sense than any switch at this point.

You can look at multis like: (sorted from softer to crisper, my opinion)

- NXT (though not so durable)
- Yonex Pro Spin
- Alpha Sphere
- Technifibre X-1 Biphase
- Klip Excellerator

There are other soft multis that are a bit less expensive than above (range from 12 to 15 dollars). Check out the Strings and Stringing forum....there are a few threads on soft/comfy strings.

You can also modify the string tension.

If you are OK w/the cost and not a string breaker you could try gut...the best, IMHO, for feel and comfort.

Talk w/your local stringer about what you want to adjust and get his/her recommendation as well.

NoBadMojo
12-07-2006, 02:52 PM
be careful adding the weight...it's a myth that adding weight will necessarily help with arm problems..you could already be swinging something too heavy for you and adding weight could make your problem worse
you also dont mention what string and tension you are using
also make sure you have the right gripsize and arent using a leather grip

anirut
12-07-2006, 04:30 PM
Basically any 10 by Volkl, and some 9s will give you that feel.
The Fischers are great too.
I like the older HEAD Prestiges.

I agree with Slice. The Volkl 10 & 9 that I have are really dampened, yet having a sufficient ball feel. The Prestige may be more of a solid "thud" than a dampened feel, IMO, but feelin' good.

mileslong
12-07-2006, 04:38 PM
i think any 200 or 300 series dunlop
any volkl 10 series and some 9 series

both of these fit yoru description perfectly, just add a nice soft string like excel, any gut, nxt, etc should work out nicely. and despite a lot of people talking about the stiffness of the babolat pure control, i played with it for almost 5 years and never had a single arm problem with it, must be something in the woofer system and i always play soft strings...

josephhkim
12-07-2006, 04:46 PM
Dunno,

But the ncode n6-1 has a very dampened feel in my opinion and its a players racket. Might wanna try it out.

bcsax123
12-07-2006, 05:00 PM
Dunno,

But the ncode n6-1 has a very dampened feel in my opinion and its a players racket. Might wanna try it out.

Yes or any of the Prince O3 Series.

Redflea
12-07-2006, 08:05 PM
I played quite well with it <the LM Rad OS>.

I don't think most of the people replying to this thread are really listening to you... :)

Don't switch racquets, certainly not yet. Vary your strings, tension, and ensure your form is good.

There's too much jumping of ships encouraged by rabid racquet lovers (like myself, frankly, mea culpa) who love to go around recommending frames. Your case does not sound like someone who should jump to a new frame w/out trying some simple mods to your existing setup.

My son has hit w/the LM Rad OS for about two years w/nary a twinge, and a couple friends I play with off and on use it as well...it's not a racquet known to cause arm issue as far as I've heard/seen.

bcsax123
12-07-2006, 08:16 PM
I don't think most of the people replying to this thread are really listening to you... :)

Don't switch racquets, certainly not yet. Vary your strings, tension, and ensure your form is good.

There's too much jumping of ships encouraged by rabid racquet lovers (like myself, frankly, mea culpa) who love to go around recommending frames. Your case does not sound like someone who should jump to a new frame w/out trying some simple mods to your existing setup.

My son has hit w/the LM Rad OS for about two years w/nary a twinge, and a couple friends I play with off and on use it as well...it's not a racquet known to cause arm issue as far as I've heard/seen.

Yeah don't waste money. Add a little lead to 3&9 because maybe your swing got faster, straining your elbow, the lead will slow it down to a comfortable speed.

Also stock Head strings are crap. get it restrung with a good soft synthetic like Prince Original or a nice soft muilti.