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Double Fault
05-27-2008, 07:16 PM
It is just so hard to find your soulmate...

I've been searching for a racquet that I feel completely comfortable with but I just can't seem to click with one.

I've had several great experiences, but none of them would make me buy 12 racquets, use 3 and keep the rest in storage for years to come.

The RDS001 MP has its days, but generally I feel like it is too stiff and too unforgiving. However, volleys and the 2hbh are just phenomenal with it. The problem is that everything else is just average. I bought 3, just in case. The first one I bought new. Later, I picked up 2 more here on TW.

The RDX500 MP was a very close holy grail. I started using it after I tried the RDS001 MP since I was told that it was softer. There was this one week where I just felt like I could bang at everything, pin-point ball placement, great serving, nice volleying, but lately we haven't been getting along pretty well with her. I bought one on TW and after trying it I bought 3 more for a grand total of 4. This one is the lightest one in my collection and I could really use just a little more weight on the 2hbh.

I happened to stumble accross the Aero Storm and took her for a spin. Once again, it was honeymoon all over. The 320 grams really gave me a lot of pop and the thin beam helped control it. Serves are amazing with this racquet as is the forehand, but it is too heavy at the net for me. I only bought one because a month into using it, my arm was really struggling and I'd have to alternate with the RDX500 MP.

I went to my stringer to pick up one racquet I had left stringing but it turned out that it wasn't done. I had only one racquet in my car, so I asked him to lend me another racquet in case I broke the strings or whatever. I didn't want to leave my hitting partner just standing there, so he lent me an Aero Pro Drive non-Cortex and this is the point where I discovered true spin capability. I learned to play tennis in clay and was taught from day 1 to add spin to the ball, which I've done and keep doing. However, I've never been able to spin the ball like I do with the APD. Serves with effects were also great for obvious reasons, yet my flat first serve lacks a lot of pop. The huge head size doesn't help at the net either. Nonetheless, I had made up my mind to go back to the distributor and get me a brand new APD after using the demo for a little over a week.

When I got there with the money, the guys says: "Oh hi. We just got these. Want to try them?" He pulled two racquets which turned out to be the Pure Storm Limited and the Pure Storm Limited +. I said to myself: "Here we go again...". I rejected the extended version because I used to own and APDC+ and it played nothing like the APD. I blame it on the extra length since the Aero Storm has the Cortex System and works fine.

So I go to the wall to practice my groundies with the Pure Storm Limited and the racquet just feels great. It has the thinnest beam I've ever tried and I thought that this level of control was never possible. I've only tried it against a wall, but I can pick a spot on the wall and place the ball relatively close to it. However, I can already tell that the racquet is not nearly as spinny as the APD, but it does have an unusually large sweet spot for such a small head size. I'm also expecting to like it in the volley department since it is so maneuverable and I think my poor backhand slice will enjoy it as well. I find that it lacks power in the 2hbh, but if I really shift my weight during the shot, which is something I should do anyway, I can fix the problem.

I will try it tomorrow in a match and if I like it I might keep it for another week or so and I might end up purchasing it when they are available.

I know what most of you are going to say: I spend to much time trying out racquets and too little time fixing my game. You are both right and wrong. I do try out too many racquets, but I also practice a lot with them. I really want to find ONE frame and feel comfortable enough with it so that I never have to try another frame, but so far I have been unsuccessful.

I have found my string holy grail though, or thought I had. The Pro Hurricane Tour / Xcel Premium was my all time favorite, until I tried natural gut (VS) and Pro Hurricane (strung on the Pure Storm Limited). I feel like it is a lot more comfortable and precise, but at this point it is hard to know if it is the string or the racquet that I like.

Anyway, I guess I'm just frustrated that I can't settle down on one racquet. I don't even search for a better game when I'm demoing them because at my level most of these changes are insignificant, I just want to like them.

Up until now, I know only three things for sure:


No extended racquets
Nothing over 100 sq in
Nothing head heavy


Ok, I've vented.

anirut
05-27-2008, 07:46 PM
You sounded like myself ...

In the end, racket customization -- by myself -- was the trick I applied to "make" my holy grail. You could try that too.

Small weights here and there will do the trick. You don't have to go like adding an ounce to the racket.

And don't just go by the numbers. Go by feel. If it feels right, that's it. Check the numbers later on. Best bet is do your customization on court.

Good luck!

dreydey
05-27-2008, 08:10 PM
lol i just posted prettu much the same thread im confused also , i do the same i go to work get home and practice , and i keep trying out racquets,http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=200018,it is so hard were not like the pros where the have people that play with them all day, and give them advice, we have to do it ourselves, so its difficult, i dont know what to do also.....i add wieght and more and im just not satisfied with the racquets i have, i feel i can improve my game with something better, and more comfortable....

Ross K
05-27-2008, 10:42 PM
To the OP,

Welcome to the club!

el sergento
05-27-2008, 11:09 PM
Man, reading about your woes makes me really glad I've managed to narrow it down to just two racquets. Right now it's between the N6.1 and the K6.1.

On a hardcourt I'll take the N's any day but since switching to clay I'm thinking about whipping out the K's for the extra power, especially on serve.

Really though, I think it's more a matter of the Indian over the arrow. For me, I can only use Wilson handles, anything else feels strange and I loose my grips. I also strive to use the same string when I demo. Given how different all the sticks you've been demoing are from one another, in terms of weight and handle shapes, I'd say that you're letting the racquets dictate the way you play instead of it being the other way around.

Stick to your RDX500 MP if it feels the closest to your holey grail and work on your footwork. Everything stems from your feet, not your racquet.

Double Fault
05-28-2008, 03:46 AM
You sounded like myself ...

In the end, racket customization -- by myself -- was the trick I applied to "make" my holy grail. You could try that too.

Small weights here and there will do the trick. You don't have to go like adding an ounce to the racket.

And don't just go by the numbers. Go by feel. If it feels right, that's it. Check the numbers later on. Best bet is do your customization on court.

Good luck!

I wouldn't know where to start customizing the racquet. Besides, I don't feel that I have one that is almost the one but just needs some tape.

Double Fault
05-28-2008, 03:48 AM
To the OP,

Welcome to the club!

Are we destined to use multiple racquets and complain that we never found the one?

Double Fault
05-28-2008, 03:52 AM
Man, reading about your woes makes me really glad I've managed to narrow it down to just two racquets. Right now it's between the N6.1 and the K6.1.

On a hardcourt I'll take the N's any day but since switching to clay I'm thinking about whipping out the K's for the extra power, especially on serve.

Really though, I think it's more a matter of the Indian over the arrow. For me, I can only use Wilson handles, anything else feels strange and I loose my grips. I also strive to use the same string when I demo. Given how different all the sticks you've been demoing are from one another, in terms of weight and handle shapes, I'd say that you're letting the racquets dictate the way you play instead of it being the other way around.

Stick to your RDX500 MP if it feels the closest to your holey grail and work on your footwork. Everything stems from your feet, not your racquet.

I don't notice the difference in handles that much, probably since I always use the same overgrip on all of them (Supergrap, which is my overgrip holy grail).

I know that they are very different from one another, but that's what keeps it interesting lol

And yes, this has to do a lot more with my and my game than the racquet. Nadal could probably spank any top 10 with a K90 or an oversize racquet because he's got game. But I think that part of his game comes from finding the one and sticking to it for years while he develops as a tennis player.

armsty
05-28-2008, 03:54 AM
Going to customise my nVision shortly, as in, sand down, add some head weight via led tape, round the handle a bit more, new paint if I can be bothered etc.