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dreydey
06-09-2008, 11:58 PM
ok everyone i grew up using oversize racquets, i actually just recently ordered 4 Donnay Pro One OS, my other racquet is a Head Microgel Radical OS, both racquets are a 107 head size, previous racquet was another radical OS 107 head size also, but i have heard great things on the Wilson K Factor KSix-One Tour 90 Racquet the racquet federer uses well since i was a kid ive always used a 107 head size, how much affect on my game would it have if i moved to a 90 head size, is that to drastic, the only reason i really want to switch is because i heard this racquet just plays great,probably a stupid reason,but on the other hand i say to myself thats just too small to switch too, but it could improve my game, maybe i shouldnt, what do you guys think.....im not really worried about the weight as i am used to something around 12.1 oz....and its leaded up

pow
06-10-2008, 12:01 AM
Try it yourself is the best way. Your play style greatly affects what frame you will be comfortable with. I went from a 98 to a 90 but that was after I tried the 90 extensively and prefer the feel. My very first racquet that I've played with for 3 years was a 110 so it's definitely possible, but nobody but you will know how you will like the transition to a 90.

baek57
06-10-2008, 12:44 AM
i remember you saying you felt the POG OS was too heavy for you in another post. the k90 will be even heavier, more demanding, and more stiff. this is not a racquet for everybody for sure. but feel free to demo it to see if you like it.

Princegod
06-10-2008, 12:49 AM
I've played OS for most of my life and finally tried some 95 sq.in. rackets 10 years ago (old school Wilson 7.5). The biggest adjustment was serve. The rest was really not that different for me anyway. A 90 sq.in. I wouldn't move to, but that is just a preference.

Alafter
06-10-2008, 01:02 AM
I have never read such frantic advice seeking posts like this before. It's really weird.

BullDogTennis
06-10-2008, 08:20 AM
if by any means your buying this because federer uses it, dont...he doesnt even use this racquet, just the paintjob. this racquet is heavy, and going from a 107 to a 90 is probably not gonna be easy. 107 is gonna be very powerful, and the 90 is probably gonna feel like your hitting with a racquet that takes everything you got to hit it deep(unless you have very sound strokes) its deff. possible to do(to change) but id exspect your game to take a dip while your getting used to it, then when you get used to the weight and size then your game might skyrocket. you never know, i wouldnt just buy it, demo,demo,demo

quest01
06-10-2008, 09:49 AM
The guy in your picture is the reason why you want to switch to a mid size racquet. Going from an OS to a mid size racquet is huge leap. Not just that but you said the racquet you were using was too heavy for you well the K90 which you were interested in is one of the heaviest racquets on the market. I understand why you want to switch to a mid size racquet because of Sampras and Federer but this doesn't necessarily mean this switch would be beneficial to your game.

dreydey
06-10-2008, 06:47 PM
yeah you guys are right, but today i was playing a doubles match, and a guy there had one, to be honest hes not a very good player, and jumped to this racquet because of federer using it, im not really a federer fan but im a huge sampras fan, and i held the racquet, and its not really heavier than my donnays but the headsize bothered me it just makes me feel like the racquet looks small like its a kids racquet or something, becuase of the small headsize, but it did feel good in my hand like a buttery classic feel, but the donnay feels the same way but with a larger headsize, and the thing i like about the donnay is that it is not like other oversize, it really lacks power, so i am probably gonna keep the donnays and stay with what i have been playing with for years, and take some more lessons, cause i am 26 years old and lately i have been losing matches to guys that dont have no strokes,no volley,no good form, they just slice the ball everytime, and i cant win,but i lose and i dont know why....

Alafter
06-10-2008, 10:35 PM
yeah you guys are right, but today i was playing a doubles match, and a guy there had one, to be honest hes not a very good player, and jumped to this racquet because of federer using it, im not really a federer fan but im a huge sampras fan, and i held the racquet, and its not really heavier than my donnays but the headsize bothered me it just makes me feel like the racquet looks small like its a kids racquet or something, becuase of the small headsize, but it did feel good in my hand like a buttery classic feel, but the donnay feels the same way but with a larger headsize, and the thing i like about the donnay is that it is not like other oversize, it really lacks power, so i am probably gonna keep the donnays and stay with what i have been playing with for years, and take some more lessons, cause i am 26 years old and lately i have been losing matches to guys that dont have no strokes,no volley,no good form, they just slice the ball everytime, and i cant win, and these guys are horrible players,but i lose and i dont know why....

Because they have touch/feel and they have consistency. And they are better players than you give them credit for, unfortunately.

baek57
06-10-2008, 11:02 PM
these guys are horrible players,but i lose and i dont know why....

simple. you are the "horrible" player and not them.

dreydey
06-10-2008, 11:07 PM
thats true thats how i feel, but its only when i play older players in theyre 40's and 50's for fun, people my age its very competitive and we have good rallys and its a great match, i cant really do that with these older guys, im not saying they suck , its just that they have to play smart and they do, ive never played with them and actually had a good ralley or a great point, maybe its becuase its doubles, let me rephrase theyre not horrible players they just dont have good form or good strokes...

ojingoh
06-11-2008, 12:03 AM
The guys beating you are seeing that you hug the baseline and don't cover the net? K-Six One 90 won't help that.

Racquets don't change much about your game, they just add small tweaks to what you're got. Most of the improvement happens with training, mental preparation and honest analysis.

Punctuation is cool.

Alafter
06-11-2008, 12:19 AM
The guys beating you are seeing that you hug the baseline and don't cover the net? K-Six One 90 won't help that.

Racquets don't change much about your game, they just add small tweaks to what you're got. Most of the improvement happens with training, mental preparation and honest analysis.

Punctuation is cool.

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Alafter
06-11-2008, 12:34 AM
PS previously I have tried dedicating myself to one racquet cause i thought it would improive my game consistency yada yada.

Nowadays I just realized that the only truth is that I suck and I need to discipline my game. For example, I focus on stuffs like perfecting my split step timing because I am beginning to feel it gets me to the ball faster (how much more basic can it get??!).

Sticking to one racquet isnt necessary, and I do enjoy rotating between all the racquets I have accumulated over the years. The Nblade is still the mental nucleus of my collection--if i begin to feel lost, I just go back and play with the Nblade until I feel my groove. Not exactly logical, but whatever I feel works work i guess.

And guess what? I have POG OS, Nblade OS, WArrior OS, SHark OS, Agassi OS, and none of them in reality can do anything magically. When I suck, I really suck. I am human, I am not talented at tennis, so I think I am subjected to inconsistency in performance on court. No surprise there.

Now that you mention mid, I dont have a decent mid in my collection. I think I will buy one--and just one--just so that when I feel amused, I can pull it out and hit with it.

And I can bet on the good tennis days, I will perform so well with it I will feel like it's my weapon on destruction. And then on my bad tennis day I will feel that midsize is not for me yada yada yada. And then I will go back and forth, loving the stick and then hating it and then...

But deep inside, I know the racquet isnt really the problem.

skraggle
06-12-2008, 04:09 PM
yeah you guys are right, but today i was playing a doubles match, and a guy there had one, to be honest hes not a very good player, and jumped to this racquet because of federer using it, im not really a federer fan but im a huge sampras fan, and i held the racquet, and its not really heavier than my donnays but the headsize bothered me it just makes me feel like the racquet looks small like its a kids racquet or something, becuase of the small headsize, but it did feel good in my hand like a buttery classic feel, but the donnay feels the same way but with a larger headsize, and the thing i like about the donnay is that it is not like other oversize, it really lacks power, so i am probably gonna keep the donnays and stay with what i have been playing with for years, and take some more lessons, cause i am 26 years old and lately i have been losing matches to guys that dont have no strokes,no volley,no good form, they just slice the ball everytime, and i cant win,but i lose and i dont know why....

Anyone who beats you is a better player than you are. The sum total of what they can do on the court is more than yours, or else you'd win. That's why it's called "Better Player", not "Better Server", "Better Volleyer", etc.

Il Mostro
06-12-2008, 04:39 PM
[QUOTE ... i cant really do that with these older guys, im not saying they suck , its just that they have to play smart...[/QUOTE]

Playing smart *is* good form. You are learning the hard way and looking for an easy way out with a new stick. Hope you figure it out...

shark35
06-12-2008, 04:58 PM
Try demoing one... It's that simple...

KRFLegal
06-12-2008, 04:59 PM
If your OS lacks power then isn't it a problem to swing fast with your OS and actually hit the ball in the direction you expect ??

The big difference I noticed moving down in headsize is that the ball is more likely to go in the direction I expected (i.e. easier to hit down the line, angles, etc.) ... most of the people I see with OS racquets have short strokes with not much racquet head velocity...I lot of pushing, slices, lobs, etc. from them...

LafayetteHitter
06-12-2008, 05:26 PM
It's always funny reading posts about guys with "good strokes" and "loopy forehands" getting frustrated against pushers. Actually these "old" guys are probably laughing at you more than you laugh at them. These guys probably have sound anticipation and can run you around until you hit it out. It's like playing against a wall, sooner or later you will make an error. These errors allow them to beat you and allow them to be a better player. I notice at league matches that these young guys that have the "Blake" concept of hitting it huge on all shots end up only being frustrated.

BullDogTennis
06-12-2008, 05:34 PM
when you say rackets dont change you game i might have to disagree a bit ( in my case)

i use to be a big "baseline basher" when i played with a radical. and when i changed to the kblade tour i kinda changed my game into a server and volleyer, i dunno why maybe because the kblade feels so dang good at the net i can get enough of the feeling. i can still sit on the baseline and "bash" if need be, but serve and volleying is fun!

ok maybe i just realized a new style was this much fun and i just happened to have changed rackets, but dont bust my bubble!!!

i like to think the racquet did it to me :)

hoodjem
06-12-2008, 06:00 PM
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