View Full Version : Clay court specialist seeks new raquet!

01-07-2005, 10:20 AM
Hello tennis gurus,

Well, I have to admit that I`m in a dilema with the buying of a new raquet. I have a big western grip with heavy topspin on both forehand and backhand and I love baseline banging. I`m currently using the POG LB which is excellent for my style of game, but unfortunately they are only available in 4 5/8 and soon will be discontinue. Im looking for a racket that plays similar to the POG LB which for me is my ideal stick. Im having in mine these options:
- POG OS, Diablo MP, C10 Pro. I mostly have use thin frames (19-20 mm), very flexible (58-63), with some weight (11.5 - 13 0z.) and very headlight (8 pts - 12 pts HL).Im a control oriented player that loves clay court and is mostly an exclusive baseliner. Im 6`1 with 175 pounds physically very fit.

PS: There is also a raquet the Volkl 8V engine that always have caught me in curiosity. I know that is is very thick (24 mm), tweener weight (10.9 oz), very stiff (68), but after that is 100 inch, 16x18 string pattern and 27.6. Any feedback on this racket is also welcome.

Thank In advance for any advice on these raquets or others raquest that you may suggest.


PS: Unfortunately I can not demo because I live in Germany so any advices will be highly appreciated

01-07-2005, 10:44 AM
POG OS, Diablo MP, C10 Pro

These are all decent players racquets. Since you currently use a POG LB. I'd suggest buying a POG which should have similar feel.

01-07-2005, 02:36 PM
I think playing on clay opens your options. The slower ball, longer points and less linear trajectory of the ball allows you to look at a wider weight spectrum, i.e., lighter racquets don't feel as unstable for a clay baseliner where angles and spin are morel likely than heavy bombs. For this reason, the lighter Volkl you suggest would not be a liability, especially since you want something manuverable and whippable for the bad bounces.

Having said that, the POG OS is an incredible baseline stick. You might also want to check out the Liquid Metal Radical OS which is very flexible with a 330 swingweight. I found this frame to swing like a dream and be quite comfortable -- but it needs to be strung tight with a dead string to counter the power. The biggest Western hitter at my club uses one and crushes the ball with it.

01-07-2005, 03:04 PM
my take on this is that a big enough sweetspot is most important along with enough racquet mass to drive the ball thru the court if playing on clay. i made the transition from serve/volley hardcourt T to all court HarTru and had to make a frame change at that time. you really do need a frame that hits a heavy ball rather than a frame that hits a quick ball on the clay..and heavier frames hit heavier balls (most usually). also , with the bad bounces i feel a generous sweetspot is more useful than something light for quick adjustments..i feel that is why you see dirtballers and baseliners often using larger headed frames. my .o2. disclaimer: i am aware there are always exceptions to everything.

01-07-2005, 03:13 PM
oh..the T8 V-engine? thats quite a change from what you are used to. very stiff but solid and more evenly balanced as i remember,and light as you say. you might have fun with this one if you put a whole bunch of lead on it.....i assume you have a 2h bh since you are using a LB. it has a feel to it like an oversize w. the v-engine and is long..wouldnt hurt to take it out for a spin.

El Diablo
01-07-2005, 03:44 PM
A racquet I used years ago that might fit the bill is the Volkl VX3, still available a few places in USA, perhaps Germany as well. It's 27.6 inches long, 98 sq. in., adequate flex, hits a solid well-controlled ball, softer feel than the Tour 8 VE. The POG 100 reminds me a bit of the VX3.

01-30-2005, 02:03 PM
Thank you for all your replies.

Well I have reduces my options to POG OS, PS 6.0 95 and RD7 (I still can find some uses one in 9/10 conditions). I have try a PS 6.0 95 and surprsingly felt quite impress with how great spin potential, flexibility and not to mention the great manuerability and weight on the ball this raquet posses. I will like to know what will fit me better for my style of game (placement and heavy spin). Regarding the POLB Im enjoying every minute of this great raquet " a real spin doctor ". The downside is that I play with a one handed backhand (for slice is excellent, but for spin backhand is not to manurevable), string breakings and that soon will be discontinued.

Any sugestions form users of this raquet will be appreciated.

01-30-2005, 02:23 PM
you could try **** to look for the POG LB if you still want to keep the same raquet

01-30-2005, 03:57 PM
doesnt tw now sell the pog longbody?

01-31-2005, 03:34 AM
Whats wrong with the Yonex RDX500 MP, or Ti80?

Also, if you fancy waiting... the new Head Flexpoint will no-doubt be 98-100", and 27.50-28" long.

02-01-2005, 09:31 AM
I think I have a similar game to yours, and I also play with the POG LB. I have an assortment of grip sizes I've built up or shaved down. I bought a 5/8" grip and shaved it down with sandpaper last night and it was no problem at all going to around 1/2". The handle underneath is just hard foam.

Just be sure you don't damage the corners of each surface--sand carefully the length of each surface, not around the grip in circles. With that hard leather grip you might even like the feel of sanding the edges to be a little less sharp.

Maybe then you could stick with the POG LB. I like mine a lot. It's great on the serve and two handed backhand. I demoed several sticks and liked the Diablo MP a lot, but it doesn't serve as well. Wish it was a tad longer. The Prestige MP is awesome for offense, but it's less good for defense.

Do you experience any downside to making your POG LB less than 10pts headlight? Good luck with the search and let me know the results. I'm looking for the same thing you are (if it's out there).

03-21-2005, 12:38 PM
I have stay with my POG LB completely stock. Now that TW will have it again for next month I will order 2 more.

03-22-2005, 03:05 PM
Thanks for the update--I'm going to stick with my POG LB too, at least until that holy grail comes along!

03-22-2005, 04:18 PM
I'm not too sure, but it seems like the Diablo XP MP would be an okay racquet, too, as long as you added some weight to it.

03-23-2005, 03:10 AM
I have several Volkl sticks and if you're a big baseline banger the 8v-engine is probably not going to hang with you. I'd suggest the 9 or 10 V-engine or the C10 as you mentioned. Another players stick from Volkl is the new tour 10 gen II but it's slightly heavier @ 12.0 oz.

I now play with the PS 6.0 95 and love it, manuverable and spin friendly.

03-23-2005, 03:55 AM
Why not try the new aero pro control Plus or build your self a 100" custom Vantage stick towards baseline bashing.