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Serpententacle
09-23-2007, 04:59 PM
What's a good raquet for a "falt" hitter? By flat hitter, I men someone who doesn't spin much at all, but just smacks the ball flat.

Any feedback could help my wife.

dacrymn
09-23-2007, 05:08 PM
anything with enough weight in the head with a (generally) dense string pattern. These are all guidelines, though, as there are many, many exceptions. If you don't have any idea, however, then go along with what i said.

bagung
09-23-2007, 05:19 PM
i am a flat hitter....dnx-10 mid

dunlopfan
09-23-2007, 06:00 PM
All of the flat hitters on tour usually use like a 16x20 or 18x20 string pattern. I hit pretty flat but I love my RDS 003 which is 16x19. I guess it's all about the racquet and player type.

Anton
09-23-2007, 06:01 PM
What's a good raquet for a "falt" hitter? By flat hitter, I men someone who doesn't spin much at all, but just smacks the ball flat.

Any feedback could help my wife.

what level is she?

boobik2371
09-23-2007, 06:05 PM
Try a babolat pure control. Coach had it, never seen anyone hit flatter.

Serpententacle
09-23-2007, 07:02 PM
She is level 2.5-3.0.

threed
09-23-2007, 11:25 PM
Try Yonex RDS003. It is very stable frame for a tweener. And far more comfortable than Babolats for example.

keithchircop
09-24-2007, 03:43 AM
She is level 2.5-3.0.

Does she have long swings or short swings? Does she swing soft or hard?

origmarm
09-24-2007, 03:50 AM
This is a tricky one as there are so many variables beyond just hitting flat. I hit very flat and use a PS 6.1 Classic with is really headlight and heavy with an open pattern so kind of going against a lot of the conventional wisdoms there. Generally something with a denser string pattern, some good weight in the head and relatively heavy compared to its peers is not a bad bet from what I understand

keithchircop
09-24-2007, 05:26 AM
Generally something with a denser string pattern, some good weight in the head and relatively heavy compared to its peers is not a bad bet from what I understand

I disagree with this. Head-heavy racquets are powerful and designed for people with short, soft swings i.e. grannies. If the OP's wife were to give a long, hard swing with a head-heavy racquet, the ball would sail long. This because she hits flat. When applying decent power, to keep the ball in with such a racquet you have to use topspin.

sharp*shooter
09-24-2007, 06:17 AM
A dense string pattern will aid a flat hitter because the ball will travel even lower. Add pace and direction and its a real weapon.

Serpententacle
09-24-2007, 07:45 AM
Her swing style is not THAT fast. It's pretty steady, and I wouldn't say long and loopy. It's rather compact, but there's good follow-through.

keithchircop
09-24-2007, 11:00 PM
A dense string pattern will aid a flat hitter because the ball will travel even lower.

Where did you read this?

blue03
09-24-2007, 11:21 PM
try mfil 300. it' s suitable for flat hitters, but it also can generate spins

sharp*shooter
09-25-2007, 06:35 AM
Where did you read this?

From playing not reading.

keithchircop
09-25-2007, 07:49 AM
From playing not reading.

i use 18x20 mids. when i hit with 16x18 mids the ball bounces the same if i hit flat.

IanRichardson
09-25-2007, 08:11 AM
my prince 03 tour midsize works very well and i hit an extremely flat ball. The plus of this racquet however is you can when the need arises use topspin with ease.

gbt tennis acer
09-25-2007, 08:54 AM
Hey if I were I would try the new Babolat Pure Storm Tour. I just got done hitting with it for a couple weeks and it is a racket that really allows you to flatten the ball out.

martin
09-25-2007, 10:38 AM
A dense or open pattern doesn't make that much difference. It's all about the weight of the racket. A heavier racket makes it easier to hit a flat ball.

a_6m
09-25-2007, 10:51 AM
Prince O3 Silver for Flat Hitter.

or one can consider, Head Heavy or only 1-2 pts(nt more) headlight racquets.

Serpententacle
09-25-2007, 11:09 AM
Is there a certain type of string recommened for a flat hitter?

sharp*shooter
09-25-2007, 11:30 AM
i use 18x20 mids. when i hit with 16x18 mids the ball bounces the same if i hit flat.

I use MPs but with the dense string pattern I could make the ball travel lower, there wasn't as much jump when it came off the court on groundstrokes, because there was less spin.

a_6m
09-25-2007, 12:11 PM
I think one can go for textured strings. So that flat hitter can generate spin easily on slice or whatever.

Rest depends on your requirement for power, feel, durability and also the headsize of racquet. if she is soft hitter, go for a powerful gut or string a gut with a bit lower tension, to increase power(less control) and depth else vice versa.

Hobomagic
09-25-2007, 12:21 PM
Nblade is a great raquet for Flat hitters.

martin
09-25-2007, 12:25 PM
The best flat hitter in history was Jimmy Connors and he played with an open pattern.

Serpententacle
09-25-2007, 12:44 PM
Define "open pattern", please.

Kirko
09-25-2007, 12:57 PM
I'm a "flat hitter" and the main ingredients are : head heavy frame & strung tight.the babolat pure storm is right there for this application. upshot you turn your racket into kinda a "paddle".

martin
09-25-2007, 01:16 PM
Since Connors changed to the graphite models he uses rackets with an open pattern. He used rackets with a 16 x 19 pattern and 16 x 18.

String Pattern
14 x 18 Open
16 x 18 Open
16 x 19 Moderately Open
16 x 20 Moderately Dense
18 x 19 Dense
18 x 20 Dense

Serpententacle
09-25-2007, 01:30 PM
Since Connors changed to the graphite models he uses rackets with an open pattern. He used rackets with a 16 x 19 pattern and 16 x 18.

String Pattern
14 x 18 Open
16 x 18 Open
16 x 19 Moderately Open
16 x 20 Moderately Dense
18 x 19 Dense
18 x 20 Dense

Aaahh. Thanks, Martin.

Speaking of Connors—I can't beleive Connors uses a Prince Precision Mono, now. At least, that's the last I heard of what he uses. Anyone know different?

AlpineCadet
09-25-2007, 01:34 PM
I disagree with this. Head-heavy racquets are powerful and designed for people with short, soft swings i.e. grannies. If the OP's wife were to give a long, hard swing with a head-heavy racquet, the ball would sail long. This because she hits flat. When applying decent power, to keep the ball in with such a racquet you have to use topspin.

FYI: It also depends if she's hitting the ball too long/short. She may be a flat hitter, but that doesn't mean she would find a perfect fit with any dense string pattern racket.

The best racket for her would be something that will allow her to paint the back lines without having to force her strokes 100% of the time. A racket's power level, stiffness and spin production is what she should be considering, and the string pattern is just a by-product of what she'll end up choosing.

martin
09-25-2007, 01:54 PM
Aaahh. Thanks, Martin.

Speaking of Connors—I can't beleive Connors uses a Prince Precision Mono, now. At least, that's the last I heard of what he uses. Anyone know different?

Yes, he uses the precision mono

OneHander
09-25-2007, 02:09 PM
I use a Prince Graphite II and a Prince Original Graphite before that. I hit pretty flat and those rackets have an open string pattern and a relatively small head size compared to many rackets today. I am a 5.0-5.5 player. I don't think you can assign a racket to someone because of how they hit a ball. The best thing to do would be to demo rackets with different characteristics until you find one that is comfortable.

roddickbackhand
09-25-2007, 02:09 PM
BABOLAT pure drive, because thats wut roddick uses and all he does is hit flat backhand winners

cukoo
09-25-2007, 03:37 PM
So generally flat hitters would usually want a somewhat head heavy racquet (6 pt HL ), or head light racquet?

timeisonmyside
09-25-2007, 03:49 PM
Any Head Prestige is good for flat hitting. Maybe get a MP if she is in the 2.5-3.0 range.

Shashwat
09-25-2007, 06:30 PM
I would say most of the Head racquets.

Head Flexpoint Radical
Head Flexpoint Radical Prestige
Head Liquidmetal Radical

etc.

a_6m
09-25-2007, 07:46 PM
So generally flat hitters would usually want a somewhat head heavy racquet (6 pt HL ), or head light racquet?

Head Heavy(6pt HL) or 6 Pt HH

Flat hitter would usually like feel of head heavy racquet or racquet balanced upto only 1-2 points Head light.

Most of the WTA pros use, 1-2 pts headlights only, and some configure them for more headheavy feel by adding weights etc.

RB
09-26-2007, 11:54 AM
Connors uses the Mono--16 x 21 string patern--I would hardly call that open....

martin
09-26-2007, 12:31 PM
Connors uses the Mono--16 x 21 string patern--I would hardly call that open....

But he didn't use the precison mono when he was still active on the ATP tour. He used the wilson pro staff, slazenger panther ceramic and Estusa Aerosupra. All rackets with open pattern.
For Connors it obviously didn't make much difference.

Serpententacle
09-26-2007, 03:07 PM
Didn't Connors use an Estusa Aeropro EPT?

Serpententacle
09-26-2007, 03:08 PM
Correction—an Aeromax EPT?