View Full Version : My "demo" time is over. The Slazenger X1 has won me over!!

01-07-2005, 11:53 PM
I'm ashamed to admit it, but the reason I thought I first didn't like this racket as much was after hitting some balls against the wall down in my basement. I was so quick to want to see what the V-Engine Mid would feel like, as well as the RDX Mid. I didn't even bring the X1 to my 2 hour hit earlier in the week. I've demoed about 16 rackets in the last two months. The RDX mid was clearly the winner for me (rackets included Diablo mid, VE mid and MP, POG, LM Prestige mid and MP, RDX MP and mid, Wilson Pro Staff 95 (original), Estusa Power Beam Braided, N-Code 95, Fischer Pro, NXG MP, Babolat Pure Drive, LM Radical MP, and a few others. Previously, I've used the Tour 10 MP (through most of '04), the Dunlop 300G and others prior to that.

But tonight, I brought the X1 with me just to make sure. I hit with my Yonex RDX mid and played well. Then, I hit with the X1 and played very, very well. This racket can do it all. It serves and volleys unbelievably. My slice backhand was the best I can remember. My groundstrokes were great in that I had very good power and excellent spin when I wanted. The control was right there with the RDX mid but the racket felt easier to control in my hands and just "smoother". The 95 square inch works great for me.

I 'm done--and I mean it--I'm done. I'm IMMEDIATELY ordering three of these. This racket felt so good in my hands and very "quick" for me. I was hitting great topspin, underspin --all with good pop. My flat balls were penetrating and I was hitting out. The racket offers tremendous feel and my touch was great. I lobbed better, hit drop shots better and had better serves and volleys with this than ANY racket I've EVER used. It's one tremendous stick. The grip is very comfortable and the stiffness at 64 is absolutely perfect. Finally, the racket is the best looking one out there--in my opinion. I'm psyched. Anyone who is still in the process of deciding who is a 4.5 or higher (including TripleB) NEEDS and MUST playtest this before making any final decisions.

01-08-2005, 12:10 AM
Coria, I"M SHOCKED!!! Wasn't it just yesterday that you said you didn't like the Slazenger X-1 because it was "too unstable"? :confused:

I agree that the X-1 is a solid racquet, especially for serve and volleyers. I'm glad you've found your holy grail and will stop demoing. Now, if only that other guy we all know and love would finally find his holy grail and stop demoing, we could all move on. I gather he's very, very close, though. LOL. :lol:

01-08-2005, 03:53 AM

Although I have no intention to change my racquet, when I have read the list of racquets you have demoed... I envy you :)

01-08-2005, 04:12 AM
Damn you Coria,

You made me add another racket to my list of "things-to-demo"..............*sigh*.
So far I'm doubting between the LM prestige MP and the RDX 500 Mid.....looks like I'll give the Slaz a run too.........if I can find it in a Dutch demo program somewhere....


01-08-2005, 08:46 AM
lol coria.....i am particularly happy because some of your posts were directed at me. i came upon my t10's quite by accident and unexpectadly too....and 2 years later, am still using threm. the X1 is a terrific frame..unlike some other frames supports well all the shots and has a very predictable stringbed. what is also great about it is that you dont have to screw around w. string tension..the suggested range is narrow as i recall..like a 5 pound variance, and i really dont think that frame would play well outside that small range...we dont want to see you in these parts anylonger coria looking for a new frame...see you in the string forum...

01-08-2005, 08:51 AM
Thanks for the responses guys. From November to March, I don't really play as much, let alone competitive tournaments or the USTA league I'm in. So, now's the time to do it. I agree with previous statements about demoing screwing up one's timing and possible risking elbow/shoulder injury. I can see that.

I played from February to November with the Tour 10 MP. I'll never change once my season starts. I played well with the Tour 10 MP and think it's a superb racket. However, I was looking for something a little more head light, perhaps a tad lighter overall (but definitely more weightier than the 300G).

A 90 square inch is a bit small but the RDX mid plays "bigger" than that. It's a great racket and I'd have no problem using it this season. I get used to rackets pretty quickly, provided the specs are fairly close (I've been playing for 25 years).

Breakpoint, you're right, I did say that. But as mentioned, I was too quick to judge and let a brief wall hit sway me. My anticipation for the VE-mid (also a great racket but less forgiving) and the RDX mid was such that I too quickly blew off the X1 Pro. Also, I had read others' comments about the X1 not being as good off the ground as it is on serve and volley. But, for me, that's ONLY because the racket is incredible on serves and volley--one of the very best, if not the best I've seen or played with. But it's great on groundies too--real good pop, feels light in my hands and I can generate great spin with the 16 X 18 string pattern. I honestly think the VE-mid would be better with that string patter, rather than the 18 X 20. Anyway, I'm done--at least for 2005. :) I have three good months to really refine my hitting with this lovely stick and be ready to go for April. I know already I'm hitting certain shots clearly superior to what I hit with my Tour 10 MP. And I know this racket ****s away the 300G, RDX MP, LM Prestiges and Radicals--for me anyway. I do think the Diablo mid is an awesome frame--just a tad "heavy" for me.

Craig Sheppard
01-08-2005, 10:04 AM
Hey before you drop $450 on 3 X1's, I'd suggest waiting a bit to play a few more times... try to see if the honeymoon lasts. I often get excited about the first hit with a new frame, but it's not till a few times later do I realize it's not as great as I thought. Just a suggestion. The X1 is really, really great frame IMO though.


01-08-2005, 09:57 PM
Actually, I'm hitting with it again tomorrow. But I know it's the best of what I've tried. I know by the way I was able to do more things well with it, it's feel in my hands and it's power/control/spin ability.

01-09-2005, 04:12 PM
Hello.....could you comment on the diffrences in feel...for instance is the X1 really a different frame than the old Pro Braided...and why doesnt Henman switch? thanks....halfvolley777

01-09-2005, 05:15 PM
The X1 feels a bit lighter in swing weight, at least for me. It is more powerful than what Henmen has used. To me, it's a bit more forgiving than the braided.

01-09-2005, 05:25 PM
Coria- How do you think this racquet would play in the hands of a 3.5 (over 6' & 200lbs) ? I'm looking for control.

01-09-2005, 05:34 PM
You need to have a decent full swing to maximize this racket. The power is utilized with a fuller swing. Shorter compact swings will result in balls landing short. The thicker beam rackets (23 mm and above) usually better suit a 3.5. It does have very good control.

01-09-2005, 06:22 PM
How does the x1 compare to the 6.0 95 just out of curiosity?

01-09-2005, 06:48 PM
In what sense do "thicker beam (than 23 mm.) usually better suit a 3.5." All the touring pros and college stars now using Pure Drives, with 25 mm. beam, seem to play at a rather high level with thick beams.
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01-09-2005, 07:01 PM
In what sense do "thicker beam (than 23 mm.) usually better suit a 3.5." All the touring pros and college stars now using Pure Drives, with 25 mm. beam, seem to play at a rather high level with thick beams.

Thats a HUGE over-generalization. Its really not true. Many players have their new racquets painted to look like some of the tweeners out there like the PD....Arod does use a real pure drive, but to say 'all" is just flat out wrong.

01-09-2005, 07:05 PM
AFAIK Babolat does not do paint jobs...yet. All the pro and collegiate Pure Drive users should be using the real thing.

El Diablo
01-09-2005, 08:07 PM
I had a chance to meet many top college players at Nationals two years ago, pretty clearly real Pure Drives in many of their hands. Could you substantiate your assertion that they are paint jobs?