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Lobber
05-08-2008, 12:47 PM
I'm looking to change racquet and was hoping for some advise.....

I currently use the K6.1 Tour 90 and like it a lot, but am finding it a little heavy and not too forgiving so am looking for something a little lighter with a larger sweet spot.

My current shortlist includes the KBlade Tour, KBlade 98, KPro Tour and Head Microgel Prestige(98).

I'm a 4.5 player that plays mainly doubles.

Any comments on any of the above or an alternative?

Djokovicfan4life
05-08-2008, 12:51 PM
Demo some Fischer racquets! 8)

Miami Tiburon
05-08-2008, 01:15 PM
Dunlop 300 or the 500 tour model.Also the Head Migrogel extreme.

Lobber
05-08-2008, 01:16 PM
Thanks

I hadn't looked at the Fischer racquets yet, but the M Pro Number One seems to fit nicely into the specs that I'm looking for, I'll try it out.

Any other suggestions/comments anyone? :)

bronco_mba
05-08-2008, 01:38 PM
Yonex RDS001 Mid would be lighter and have a larger sweetspot than the K90.

Djokovicfan4life
05-08-2008, 02:10 PM
Yonex RDS001 Mid would be lighter and have a larger sweetspot than the K90.

Anything has a larger sweet spot than the K90! :shock:

Lobber
05-08-2008, 03:09 PM
I just checked out the review of the Fischer racquet and it seems to score really well, it could very well have moved to the top of my list!

Aggro
05-08-2008, 03:20 PM
if your finding the k90 a bit unforgiving and heavy i wouldn't recommend the kblade tour or the prestige. the blade 98 is a good one for doubles also the babolat pure storm.

dubv
05-08-2008, 03:24 PM
Head MicroGel Prestige/Radical

Lobber
05-08-2008, 04:04 PM
Thanks Aggro, my initial thought was the KBlade 98, but I just wondered whether it might be too light, it would be quite a weight drop.

LanEvo
05-08-2008, 04:25 PM
id reccomend the yonex rds 001 mid also that things sweetspot is huge for a mid it feels just like an MP

joeellis
05-08-2008, 05:56 PM
Thanks Aggro, my initial thought was the KBlade 98, but I just wondered whether it might be too light, it would be quite a weight drop.

I own both racquets and like both for different reasons. They are both very solid racquets. I feel the K 90 is a little better on grounstrokes, possibly because of the added weight. It feels a little more solid. The advantage the K Blade has when hitting groundstrokes, is if you are playing someone that can keep pressure on you with depth and/or pace, you need to have quite a bit of strength with the K 90 to get out of jail. When you are on the run and reaching for a return from around the baseline, it is also difficult to flick your wrist with the K 90 and get descent pace on the ball. As long as you have time to set up, both racquets are very good. Also, when hitting into a descent head wind, it is a little more difficult to get depth on your shots with the K 90. Lastly in regards to groundstrokes, I can generate a little more spin with the K Blade when needed.

On volleys, I slightly prefer the K Blade. Both racquets are very solid with lots of feel and touch, but the K Blade is more manueverable and the additional head size helps.

On serves and overheads, I like the K Blade. I feel I can generate more power with less effort. It just seems to swing easier than the K 90. I'm sure because of the lightness. Both racquets are among the most accurate servers I have ever used. Obviously you will still miss your spot more than you want, but everything will be closer to your spot than with most other racquets. Also, while serving as with other shots, I can impart spin easier with the K Blade.

Probably the determining factor in favor of the K Blade (IMO) is the forgiveness. The K Blade gives you much more forgiveness than the additional 3 sq. inches would indicate. This factor alone is the reason I primarilly use the K Blade. While playing heavy hitters, the K 90 is demanding when you don't have your best game.

As with all these opinions, take them with a grain of salt. Everyone feels somethng different when playing the same racquet. Also, I am still fairly strong physically, but I am 48 and not as strong as I once was. If you can manage the weight and smaller sweet spot, the K 90 may be a better choice for you. Either way, I feel both racquets are among the very best players racquets currently on the market and the differences I noted are very marginal. Good luck.

This is a reply I made on another thread. I have really fallen in love with the K Blade Tour. It is noticeably more forgiving than the K 90 Tour and it is more maneuverable. I think your thoughts about the K 98 are correct. You could get used to it but it is considerably lighter than the K 90 and overall the K Tour (IMO) is just a better racquet. As I stated, take everyone's opinion with a grain of salt. If you demo a few racquets, be sure to try the K Blade Tour. I think you can't go wrong even if you end up not liking it.

I help coach a local high school tennis team and we have a very talented exchange student here from Argentina who was playing with Head Microgel MP racquets. I let him try both the K Tour 90 and K Blade Tour and he fell in love with the K Blade Tour. I ended up giving him both racquets for a couple of reasons. First of all, he played very well with the K Blade (noticebly better than with the Head racquets) and secondly, because of the exchange rate, it would cost him roughly 3 times what we pay for merchandise. I also have 2 more of each racquet. He returns home in July and my wife and I plan to buy him another K Blade before he leaves. He is a great kid and I have really enjoyed being arond him and playing tennis with him.

I didn't mean to get off on a tangent. I was trying to give another example of someone that really likes the K Blade Tour and believe me, he is very talented. Hope this helps.

[K]Topspin
05-08-2008, 06:18 PM
Since you used the K90 like I did. I would have to say the smoothest change would be to

Yonex RDS 001 Mid

Big Sweetspot. Really forgiving. - For a mid that is.

Anton
05-08-2008, 06:19 PM
I'm looking to change racquet and was hoping for some advise.....

I currently use the K6.1 Tour 90 and like it a lot, but am finding it a little heavy and not too forgiving so am looking for something a little lighter with a larger sweet spot.

My current shortlist includes the KBlade Tour, KBlade 98, KPro Tour and Head Microgel Prestige(98).

I'm a 4.5 player that plays mainly doubles.

Any comments on any of the above or an alternative?

I think you'll like MG Prestige MP most

fuzz nation
05-08-2008, 06:41 PM
Two frames that I've found nice for all court work are the Prince Hybrid Tour and the Yonex RDS 002 Tour. I preferred the Yonex for doub's over singles while I had a pair - a little heft to it, but nice and headlight for hellraising around the net!

Not familiar with the latest generation from Wilson with the exception of the k six-one 95. That one should be worth a demo, since it's a slightly more manageable package than the k90 and it reminded me of my old Prostaff 6.1 Classics when I tried it - played the best doub's of my life with that frame.

Lobber
05-08-2008, 08:51 PM
Thanks for all of your help and advice, particularly JoeEllis, you must love the KBlade Tour! You make it sound like a dream Stick.

I'll try and demo as many of the one's that you've suggested before I make my decision.

Has anyone else used the Fischer racquet, I'm keen to find out more about that one too.

BkK_b0y14
05-08-2008, 08:54 PM
the AK90 :)

Lobber
05-09-2008, 06:15 AM
Ok, I've got quite a list to demo now, anyone else?

Comments on the Fischer?

Lobber
05-09-2008, 12:52 PM
I'm going to try the Head MG Prestige MP and the KBlade Tour this weekend, as they are my two favorites at the moment and I think more than likely I'll end up with one of these.

Most of the other racquets mentioned are a little light or have been around a while.

DomStar7
05-10-2008, 05:45 AM
RQiS 1 Tour!