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asintu
04-07-2007, 09:24 PM
Hey guys. Been using the APD for a about year or so and am looking for something more comfortable and also with more control (more stable on 1hbh) that retains the spin characteristics of the apd. Any suggestions?
Anyways, here's a video of me playing last summer so you get an idea of my style.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpEX79IMRX8

qwerty66
04-07-2007, 09:27 PM
wow
those are intense forehands
i could never hit like that for more then 2 hits
i would imagine so much strain on your shoulder and arm

Safina
04-07-2007, 09:33 PM
It seems to me the APD was made for somebody that likes to rip the ball like you do. What is your Winner/Unforced Error ratio???????

I also used to use the APD, and I switched to the LM INSTINCT because 1) it was much cheaper 2) i hated WOOFER grommets 3) 18x19 gives me more control 4) less stiff

I added lead to mine because stock they felt very light. good luck

p.s - good idea adding the video.. you will get a lot of responses and better responses because of it. every "help me choose a racquet" thread should have a video!

asintu
04-07-2007, 09:49 PM
What is your Winner/Unforced Error ratio???????


umm..not sure...depends on how agressive I play a given match (ie lower ratio)

fgs
04-08-2007, 04:15 AM
k/n six-one 95 16x18stringpattern, strung with a soft multi like the nxt tour at around 55-57lbs.

rosenstar
04-08-2007, 04:27 AM
since it sounds like you like apd, just want something more stable, I'd check out the Pure Drive Roddick. It's very solid, very stable. I found the sweetspot to be very forgiving. I've heard some find it uncomfortable, but I've never had any trouble at all with the racquet. Also, you could try addiing some lead tape to current racquet. APD isn't too heavy at all, so a strip of tape at the 3 o'clock and 9 might fix your problem.

iplaybetter
04-08-2007, 04:44 AM
try the tecnifibre 335 i don't hit that far back and not the same style but it does what you tell it, and the 16-20 has a ton of spin, and is really nice on a 1hb

samster
04-08-2007, 05:11 AM
APD with Cortex will be out soon. Can you wait another two months?

asintu
04-08-2007, 05:52 AM
k/n six-one 95 16x18stringpattern, strung with a soft multi like the nxt tour at around 55-57lbs.

i break multis in 2-3 hours...anything less durable than full poly is out of question for me

asintu
04-08-2007, 05:54 AM
since it sounds like you like apd, just want something more stable, I'd check out the Pure Drive Roddick. It's very solid, very stable. I found the sweetspot to be very forgiving. I've heard some find it uncomfortable, but I've never had any trouble at all with the racquet. Also, you could try addiing some lead tape to current racquet. APD isn't too heavy at all, so a strip of tape at the 3 o'clock and 9 might fix your problem.

yeah i was thinking of the PDR but i wouldn't consider it more comfortable than the apd

asintu
04-08-2007, 05:56 AM
APD with Cortex will be out soon. Can you wait another two months?

sure..but i saw the tennis magazine brief review of it and they rate it the same stifness as the current apd.

pNoyr3D
04-08-2007, 06:06 AM
I don't think I would recommend the PDR for 1-handed backhands. Well, I use a 1-handed backhand and didn't really find it that comfortable and look's like you got a great one, what grip do you use for that backhand?

How about Babolat Pure Storm?

J011yroger
04-08-2007, 06:12 AM
03 tour is a spin monster.

J

fuzz nation
04-08-2007, 06:16 AM
I could give you the same ol' sermon about demoing everything you can, but your shots look a whole lot like a guy I know who just took up with the Fischer M Speed 98 at the end of last year. Big 1hbh, too. Might be worth a look.

asintu
04-08-2007, 06:30 AM
what grip do you use for that backhand?


For backhand I use semi-western to western

How about Babolat Pure Storm?

yeah i should give it a try

tennis_nerd22
04-08-2007, 06:55 AM
pure storm and maybe the rds OO1 mp... still say those two, lol

iplaybetter
04-08-2007, 07:01 AM
i dint like it but try the arogel 300 and remember that if you buy it you will at at least and once of lea tape, lots of pop and spin just not as much feed back or control as the tecnifibre i got instead

IT WAS IN!!!
04-08-2007, 07:18 AM
o3 tour, APD cortex(it will feel better w/ the cortex system), Pure Storm

armand
04-08-2007, 07:23 AM
Those are some nice, heavy+fast strokes you got there. Wouldn't want to play you at "RG"!

It's still hard to tell what racquet you'd benefit from because it'd be better to see some actual points, instead of just hitting around from baseline.

You seem fine from the baseline, so dunno if you want to improve that strength or maybe you want to minimize some weaknesses you may have in other areas of the game.

ambro
04-08-2007, 08:09 AM
I'm going to say the O3 tour MP would be a perfect fit for you, but you may need to add some lead for stability. It will feel tons more comfortable than your APD, but will have a similar power and spin level, if not higher in the spin.

asintu
04-08-2007, 08:26 AM
I'm going to say the O3 tour MP would be a perfect fit for you, but you may need to add some lead for stability. It will feel tons more comfortable than your APD, but will have a similar power and spin level, if not higher in the spin.

why not the mid? seems a bit heavier..thus more stable?!! maybe better for 1hbh but with loss of spin from the more dense pattern?!

ibringtheHEAT
04-08-2007, 12:55 PM
I'd say stick it out til the Cortex version comes in.

asintu
04-08-2007, 08:36 PM
I'd say stick it out til the Cortex version comes in.

frankly i dont think it'll make much of a difference, the cortex

dr_punk
04-08-2007, 08:43 PM
practice at roland garros? what were you doing there

asintu
04-08-2007, 09:44 PM
practice at roland garros? what were you doing there

I was warming up Rafa the day before the final. why do you ask?

Hewitt Aussie
04-08-2007, 09:48 PM
what ntrp would you guys rate asintu?

Hewitt Aussie
04-08-2007, 09:50 PM
frankly i dont think it'll make much of a difference, the cortex

it will make a diference, alot of people say that the cortex was very noticable in the pure drive, becuase it made it feel much softer.

Ronny
04-09-2007, 07:31 AM
if u like the apd then try the aero pro control

rocket
04-09-2007, 07:56 AM
I was warming up Rafa the day before the final. why do you ask?

I think you're a fake.

1. Roland Garros is in Paris. Paris doesn't have mountains & hills like what is shown in the background of the vid.

2. Roland Garros doesn't have singles courts.

3. The guy in the vid seems to be a serious player. Serious players don't like to switch gear. Especially, they don't go post in a forum like this asking ppl to pick a racquet for them.

4. The grunts we hear aren't Rafa's. Plus, finalists don't warm up with amateurs before the final.

5. The only time you hit with Rafa was in your dreams.

JayxTheKoolest
04-09-2007, 08:38 AM
I think you're a fake.

1. Roland Garros is in Paris. Paris doesn't have mountains & hills like what is shown in the background of the vid.

2. Roland Garros doesn't have singles courts.

3. The guy in the vid seems to be a serious player. Serious players don't like to switch gear. Especially, they don't go post in a forum like this asking ppl to pick a racquet for them.

4. The grunts we hear aren't Rafa's. Plus, finalists don't warm up with amateurs before the final.

5. The only time you hit with Rafa was in your dreams.

Perhaps you're taking this too seriously...

dr_punk
04-09-2007, 09:06 AM
I was warming up Rafa the day before the final. why do you ask?

Is that right...

asintu
04-09-2007, 09:41 AM
I think you're a fake.

1. Roland Garros is in Paris. Paris doesn't have mountains & hills like what is shown in the background of the vid.
2. Roland Garros doesn't have singles courts.
3. The guy in the vid seems to be a serious player. Serious players don't like to switch gear. Especially, they don't go post in a forum like this asking ppl to pick a racquet for them.
4. The grunts we hear aren't Rafa's. Plus, finalists don't warm up with amateurs before the final.
5. The only time you hit with Rafa was in your dreams.

1. It's not the central RG courts...it's kind of a quieter smaller club where players try to get away from the media, fans and such in order to focus more on their game.
2. See answer 1.
3. I can assure you the guy in the video is me. And yes, I do want some help in choosing a better racket as stated in my first post.
4. I was actually warming him up for his real 2 hr. practice with Carlos later on.
5. See previous answer.

Ten_is
04-09-2007, 09:47 AM
the guy in the video has a very stiff looking stroke with extreme grips it seems.

Looks like he's muscling everything. I think guys like these would get worked with short low balls and close to net shots or slices. Nice one handed backhands though. Love how he's holding the racket neck to establish easy grip change. ;)

[K]aotic
04-09-2007, 10:43 AM
yeah man ur backhand is a beauty! :)

dr_punk
04-09-2007, 11:01 AM
aotic;1367682']yeah man ur backhand is a beauty! :)

I thought it was a bit too stiff...

LarougeNY
04-09-2007, 01:53 PM
lol anyways... this guy isnt fake, he plays at my club, and he's a great player (better than the video shows). if you dont have anything constructive to say, dont say it (and get outta this thread).



That club's in canada? Seems much nicer and warmer than the canada I saw (Damn blizzards):mad:

dr_punk
04-09-2007, 01:53 PM
some people just doubt someone else playing with a top 10 player on practice courts at roland garros, I however want to know how lol

jace112
04-09-2007, 02:16 PM
Hi asintu (http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/member.php?u=5533)!
Where is this little club you're speaking about? I'm curious 'cos I'm living 3 miles away from RG. And it looks really nice... ;-)

stormholloway
04-09-2007, 02:21 PM
Head Microgel maybe?

TennisKevin
04-09-2007, 02:25 PM
im surprised nobody has mentioned the rds001 mid for you. i used to use the apd, and i have a game that is not as good as, but a little bit similar to yours. im in the process of switching to the rds001mp. i loved it over the apd, i have lots more feel for the ball, more spin on serves, and can swing away at the ball harder. my 1hbh feels WAY better on the rds001mp. if you want to keep the same frame size try the rds001mp at 98" (but you'll have to add lead), or if you're ready (it sure looks like you are) to get a smaller racquet, try the rds001mid at 90"

i just switched from apd to rds001mp, and ive heard of lots of people who have (check feedback on tw). you should give either of the rds001's a shot

LarougeNY
04-09-2007, 02:29 PM
The MP is really stiff though, I felt no difference between that and my PD+, in fact I got TE within 2 hours (never happened before).

I would try the Mspeed 98, its a very underrated racket. You can get loads of spin, monster serves, and people commented how the gripshape helps their one hander.

And I have to throw in the AG 300, just cuz its my racket and its very great indeed, a little lighter than the APD but has (imo) more control, less power, MUCH greater comfort, more feel, and Much better volleying (serving is probably similar, but I get some beastly serves with my AG).

tennis_nerd22
04-09-2007, 02:37 PM
some people just doubt someone else playing with a top 10 player on practice courts at roland garros, I however want to know how lol

no, i think the nadal part was a joke :) rofl he obviously didnt practice with nadal. but the guy in the vid was him

AJK1
04-09-2007, 03:43 PM
So, Nadal can get power, control spin etc with an APD and you can't, so you think you need a new racquet. That's hilarious. It's you, not the racquet. Try different string, tension, and leading it up to get what you want.

asintu
04-09-2007, 03:50 PM
So, Nadal can get power, control spin etc with an APD and you can't, so you think you need a new racquet. That's hilarious. It's you, not the racquet. Try different string, tension, and leading it up to get what you want.

I never said I can't get power or spin with the APD. I just want more comfort, improved control and maybe better for 1hbh (Rafa uses 2hands;))

LarougeNY
04-09-2007, 03:55 PM
I never said I can't get power or spin with the APD. I just want more comfort, improved control and maybe better for 1hbh (Rafa uses 2hands;))

Then you should go for something more flexible.
Hence my suggestions of the Mspeed and the AG 300

And by the waya, Mariano Puerta used the APD and had a 1hander, he even got to the FO final.;)

asintu
04-09-2007, 04:04 PM
And by the waya, Mariano Puerta used the APD and had a 1hander, he even got to the FO final.;)

and he was clean too... ;)

tennis_nerd22
04-09-2007, 04:58 PM
lol its is amazing how many *****holes are on this board? yes i mean you AJK1 and larougeNY... lol as soon as they see a skilled player they want to pass along snarky comments. grow up and get over it... even if you suck... lol

J011yroger
04-09-2007, 05:08 PM
Nah, Larouge is cool. AJK1 on the other hand, you have a point with.

J

AJK1
04-09-2007, 05:27 PM
Don't be a baby. I'd rather be an honest ***hole than pat people on the head when it's not warranted. Truth hurts some people it seems.

stormholloway
04-09-2007, 05:39 PM
So, Nadal can get power, control spin etc with an APD and you can't, so you think you need a new racquet. That's hilarious. It's you, not the racquet. Try different string, tension, and leading it up to get what you want.

I don't think he said he couldn't get control. He just wants more. Is that a crime?

I would recommend something from Yonex actually. Try an RDS 001 MP or RDS 002 Tour. Those are great for one handers. They have great spin, are comfortable, with a sweet spot comparable in size to the Aero Pro probably.

The 002 Tour does everything quite well. It's not too stiff, not too flexy. No glaring weakness apart from bizarre paintjobs.

tennis_nerd22
04-09-2007, 05:43 PM
Nah, Larouge is cool. AJK1 on the other hand, you have a point with.

J

ya i think you're right

tennis_nerd22
04-09-2007, 05:44 PM
I don't think he said he couldn't get control. He just wants more. Is that a crime?

no, but asintu being better than him is a crime :D (in his eyes)

LarougeNY
04-09-2007, 06:55 PM
lol its is amazing how many *****holes are on this board? yes i mean you AJK1 and larougeNY... lol as soon as they see a skilled player they want to pass along snarky comments. grow up and get over it... even if you suck... lol

Wow..sorry if I offended anyone in any way. I wasn't trying to be an *****hole, not even sure where you felt that I was. If I did say anything out of line, then I'm sorry.

PS-with that comment about canada, I was just stating one experience I had where we (my family & I) were stuck on the highway for over 10 hours, considering the same route took roughly 5 hours the last time we went. I love the country, have some family there, its a nice place when the weather permits.

asintu
04-09-2007, 07:15 PM
Hi asintu (http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/member.php?u=5533)!
Where is this little club you're speaking about? I'm curious 'cos I'm living 3 miles away from RG. And it looks really nice... ;-)

I forgot, honestly, all I know it was a small and quiet 4 courts club about I dunno 15 miles or so from central RG courts.

countrydawg
04-09-2007, 07:27 PM
I would say that the rds is too stiff, so try the rdx 500. it is definately comfortable and lots of spin. Mid may be better for 1hbh but both MP and Mid are great. Also try the mspeed pro #1 98 and the tecnifibre 320. both are great comfortable baseline stick that offer lots of spin and control.

Duzza
04-09-2007, 09:37 PM
Not bad video at all...not bad at all...although I think a man was dying in the background.

cukoo
04-09-2007, 10:32 PM
just curious, how u get to hit with nadal?

Duzza
04-09-2007, 10:39 PM
Call him duh....

haerdalis
04-10-2007, 01:11 AM
Anyway. Try the Gamma IPEX 7 OS for a comfortable ride with good control and spin. Or just fiddle with some lead on the APD.

asintu
04-10-2007, 02:37 AM
just curious, how u get to hit with nadal?

Well I was already there and he came like I dunno 5-10 minutes before Carlos and asked me if I wanna hit for a bit and that's about it.

Duzza
04-10-2007, 03:05 AM
Well I was already there and he came like I dunno 5-10 minutes before Carlos and asked me if I wanna hit for a bit and that's about it.

About it???!?!! How could you not say more about the day of your life>!?!

jace112
04-10-2007, 04:27 AM
About it???!?!! How could you not say more about the day of your life>!?!
I didn't say he played with Sharapova!!! :D

asintu
04-10-2007, 04:39 AM
About it???!?!! How could you not say more about the day of your life>!?!

Well it wasn't actually the day of my life cause I sprained my ankle pretty bad that day (and it wasn't even on the tennis court :D )

countrydawg
04-10-2007, 06:41 AM
off topic but duzza how do you like the ti-80 and the mp tour how do they compare to the rdx

Swissv2
04-10-2007, 07:14 AM
asintu is rather enjoying telling his "story". But if people continue to get fooled, I won't spoil the party ;)

haerdalis
04-10-2007, 07:30 AM
He handled Nadals high bouncing lefty forehand well on the clay with his backhand...

tennis_nerd22
04-10-2007, 12:57 PM
He handled Nadals high bouncing lefty forehand well on the clay with his backhand...

yup, he handled it even better than federer ;)

asintu
04-10-2007, 01:28 PM
yup, he handled it even better than federer ;)

thanx...but I wouldn't go that far, as to compare my backhand to Fed's

fgs
04-10-2007, 01:37 PM
asintu,
you have one major point in your favour as opposed to fed - while his bh has little room for improvement, your bh has some more.:D
quite solid shots on that video. would like to see how you do in a competitive match - no kidding.

tennis_nerd22
04-10-2007, 05:13 PM
yo sintu, we should tape a match b/w me and you this summer, just for kicks :p haha

asintu
04-10-2007, 05:15 PM
yo sintu, we should tape a match b/w me and you this summer, just for kicks :p haha

ya we should and then we'll sell it on TW :D

ambro
04-10-2007, 05:39 PM
why not the mid? seems a bit heavier..thus more stable?!! maybe better for 1hbh but with loss of spin from the more dense pattern?!I suppose either would be good. I just thought the MP because the headsize is the same, so it would be an easier transition. The MP is quite stable itself though. If possible, I'd give one of them, both if possible, a demo at least.

Borat
04-10-2007, 05:43 PM
Try keeping your feet moving and shifting weight forward more on forehands. Just a tip.

asintu
04-10-2007, 05:45 PM
Try keeping your feet moving and shifting weight forward more on forehands. Just a tip.

Yeah, I gotta work on my footwork big time. Thanx.

Alex132
04-10-2007, 07:21 PM
I thought it was a bit too stiff...

jealous ;) maybe ?

I think you should try some of the k factor racquet's, but im a newb at this ":\

asintu
04-11-2007, 09:31 AM
I think you should try some of the k factor racquet's, but im a newb at this ":\

I dunno about the new kfactors..assuming you're talking the 6.1 line..they seem not that maneuvrable for my "whippy" (a bit "wristy"?!) forehand.

iplaybetter
04-11-2007, 01:49 PM
i think you would like the 335 its a great stick with lots of spin and feel and good weight

mileslong
04-11-2007, 02:07 PM
i appreciate the video and i think asintu is a very good player with a nice backhand which I wish I had to compliment my big serve and forehand but in all honesty I think he is either lying or just having fun fooling people on here about that being nadal he is hitting with. the guy grunting is not nadal...

asintu
04-12-2007, 05:45 AM
Ok, thanx to all for your suggestions. From pure specs and other people's reviews I think the Storm would suit my game the best and fill the holes that the APD had for me (comfort, control, backhand and maybe serve). I might also give the 001mid a try just for kicks (since I've heard its better than the mp for serves).
Thanks again.

Duzza
04-12-2007, 06:11 AM
off topic but duzza how do you like the ti-80 and the mp tour how do they compare to the rdx

I had my FIRST EVER hit with the Mp Tour 1 yesterday. I've had it for about 4 weeks but never used it. It's pretty nice, a lot more power I guess than the RDX, I don't think it's my thing for a main racquet though.

The TI-80 is still getting strung, should try it out soon :p but it sounds like it's the thing I've been looking for, I've always wanted to try one, just never had the guts to.

ps60
04-12-2007, 08:58 AM
with yr power, u can play with any stick

why not just practise with a good coach to fix the form first. it is not wristy. it's "shouldery". If u dun have arm problem, u are strong enough to be a Pro player, if u have a good coach :grin:

asintu
04-12-2007, 09:01 AM
u are strong enough to be a Pro player, if u have a good coach :grin:

uh.. yeah..at 23 I think it's a bit too late for that..but thanx.