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Yun
04-27-2008, 08:48 AM
Ah I hope I don't ruin my first post.

Erm, I need lots of help in finding and choosing a racquet.
I try to research them myself, but without very much experience with Tennis I can't find the right one.

I currently use an unknown Prince Pro Aerodynamic Oversize (A bit old it seems, since the P in the net has wear down and faded away.)
It's a bit heavy, and puts strain on my wrists and elbow, and this happen fairly often, so I'm trying to find a racquet before something worse happens.
I have also try out several other racquets that some people lend me to try, seems only the mid+ work for me.

I'm 5'3-5'5? 97 lbs, athletic build, I have been practicing tennis every day for about 3 weeks, 23 days probably, for about 5-6 hours per session. (Against 2.5-4.0 level player and myself.), and I'm growing a really fond interest in tennis.
All court player. I rank myself (Self-Judge), maybe between 2.5 to 3.0, I would say out of 10 ball I would get 2-3 out.
I use Eastern and Continental Grip, I generally avoid using western, feels uncomfortable even worse with this racquet. :(

I swing slowly with this heavier racket. But I would prefer a lighter faster racket.
My strength is the one handed backhand, I am a fan of the slice, due to the bounce. I have a little trouble with the forehand but it's manageable.
I'm average-needs work with the serve, I commonly use the slice serve, and the kick/twist serve due to the bounce, I am able to generate enough spin to have a nice bounce (35-50 Degree sideway.),
but the heavy racquet make me afraid of swinging it too hard and not have enough strength to to stop the racquet. (Lose grip, and dropping racket.) :(

I'm currently looking at the Head Flexpoint 6, Prince Hybrid Hornet Mid+....But the beam width looked a little large, wondering if that would get in the way of slice too much.

I would prefer a fairly light racquet, and none oversize ones, too long + heavy for me. 11 oz or below, and 27.5 max, I figure.
Medium or low power, so I don't overshot.
Moderate to fast swing speed.
Flexible Frame, control for me.
And not too extreme head weight. (Lighter prefer, since I could raise it with lead tape.)
Overall - A balance racquet for all court player? Trying to aim for the variety/adaptable type.

And some recommended string type too if it's not too much.


Sorry for bothering you with such a long post, I want to find a racquet that would last me a while and have it as my base and reference point for other racquets.
+ this way I save money from demoing the whole warehouse of racquet. < --- I try to provide my own money.

Thank you very much. :D
- Yun

JonoTheMuffinMan
04-27-2008, 08:59 AM
Looks like you can use some Hybrid Hornet. http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageRCPRINCE-PO3HH.html

The stiffness is 70, but I heard it felt a lot less stiff than that.

JonoTheMuffinMan
04-27-2008, 09:05 AM
D'oh. Looks like you already considered the hornet. I'm sure the beam width isn't going to be a problem. If you have problems slicing, you might wanna check your technique first before blaming the racquet.

Yun
04-27-2008, 10:21 AM
Is there any other racquet that would do the job?

Babb
04-27-2008, 10:25 AM
I would prefer a fairly light racquet, and none oversize ones, too long + heavy for me.
Most oversize racquets are lighter than their midplus counterparts. And there are plenty of oversizes that are 27" rather than 27.5".

hrstrat57
04-27-2008, 10:29 AM
Gotta run right now but TW has a lot of great frames on clearance....ofter the low price will allow you to buy too.....

I gotta run...others can chime in please?

Yun
04-27-2008, 11:28 AM
The mid and mid+ gives me more control to my hit while the oversize would wobble for me. I tried my friend's Prince Shark Oversize and I didn't really get the right feeling, just doesn't feel right.

Prince O3 Tour (Too pro?)
http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageRCPRINCE-PO3T.html

Prince Hybrid Hornet (It's not that stiff right? Under 11 oz.)
http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/viewlarge.html?PCODE=PO3HH

Prince O3 White (Expensive)
http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageRCPRINCE-PO3W.html

Head Flexpoint 6
http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageRCHEAD-HFR.html

Head Flexpoint Heat
http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageRCHEAD-FXPH.html

Head MicroGel Instinct (Seems nice, anyone use this before?)
http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageRCHEAD-HGINST.html

Head MicroGel Extreme
http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageRCHEAD-HMGX.html

I have alot more but...

Oh and I'll be going to try out a few racquets at the Tennis Center today, so I'll see what I can find to be a base reference point.