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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

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.

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.

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

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".

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?

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?)

Prince Hybrid Hornet (It's not that stiff right? Under 11 oz.)

Prince O3 White (Expensive)

Head Flexpoint 6

Head Flexpoint Heat

Head MicroGel Instinct (Seems nice, anyone use this before?)

Head MicroGel Extreme

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.