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lildev0426
02-13-2005, 11:30 AM
What do you see the most of? Name the school if you can.

I will start with Tulane, LSU and SE LA. Mostly pure drives, liquid metal prestige's, few sharks, hps6.1's, a few yonex, a couple lm radical's, an nxt mid and diablo mp and mids from what i have seen. when i was playing it was mostly ps classic 6.1's, prestige classics, pt280's and some hammers - mostly the white and black one.

clay_court_specialist
02-13-2005, 11:49 AM
On my D2 team, we have the following:

2 Wilson ROK's (both baseliners)
2 Prince Diablo MP's (both baseliners)
1 Dunlop 200g (myself, a counterpuncher)
1 Head Ti. Radical (all-court player)
1 Wilson HH 6.3 (counterbalanced to be head light; all court player)
1 Volkl Tour 10 V-Engine (baseliner)
1 Prince Thunder 820 (baseliner/all-court player)


We have a pretty good diversity on our team

LafayetteHitter
02-13-2005, 08:18 PM
Here at UL in Lafayette they use mainly Pure drives and a few players use the LM Radical. Lildevil where do you hit at in BR? What level player are you?

Scott

Michael Ludwig
02-13-2005, 08:33 PM
University of Florida:

1) Hamid Mirzadeh - Babolat PureControl+
2) Chris Brandi - Babolat PureDrive
3) Vladimir Obradovic - LM Prestige MP paintjob
4) Stefan Tell - Babolat PureControl
5) Nestor Briceno - Prince Graphite OS
6) Greg Ouellette - Head iPrestige MP (soon to get new LM Prestige cosmetics)
7) Ryan Sherry - Babolat PureDrive+
8) Jordan Dolberg - Babolat PureDrive
9) Janne Holmia - Head iPrestige MP

AndrewD
02-14-2005, 12:44 AM
Just out of curiousity guys, are most of the names mentioned home grown American players or internationals? I was wondering if there might be some bias to one racquet or brand over others based on where the player comes from.

PurePrestige
02-14-2005, 03:40 AM
Most common I see is either:

Liquidmetal Prestige Mid
Intelligence Prestige Mid
Wilson Tour 90
Wilson Hyper Pro Staff 6.1
Babolat Pure Control

goober
02-14-2005, 03:42 AM
Just out of curiousity guys, are most of the names mentioned home grown American players or internationals? I was wondering if there might be some bias to one racquet or brand over others based on where the player comes from.


On the D1 level, there are many international players. I don't have any hard numbers but it seems that 40-50% of the players are international on many D1 rosters. College coaches are under a lot of pressure to win so a university which can't get top American talent will usually go the international route.

grayg35
02-14-2005, 02:20 PM
On my D2 team there are:
Babolat Pure Control Plus, Babolat Pure Control, Babolat Pure Drive, Donnay Rusedski Pro, Head Liquidmetal Radical OS, Head Ti.Radical OS, Head i.Prestige MP, Wilson nSix-one 95, Prince More Control

lildev0426
02-14-2005, 03:19 PM
Here at UL in Lafayette they use mainly Pure drives and a few players use the LM Radical. Lildevil where do you hit at in BR? What level player are you?

Scott

Scott,
I hit all over BR. Highland, YMCA Plaza (Lamar), Teammate's subdivision. I played 4.5 3&4 years ago, moved away, took 3 years off, came back broke my left wrist, had surgery 1 week back into it and now i am playing on a 4.0 team. Do you guys have a 4.5 league? I do not believe we have one here anymore due to all the 4.5's moving down with the new rating system. Did you play on the state Lafayette team 3 or 4 years ago? What level do you play and do you play singles or dubs?

lildev0426
02-14-2005, 03:19 PM
by the way guys thanks and keep them coming. i think it is interesting personally.

david aames
02-14-2005, 04:40 PM
Actually I think I'd be more interesting to look at the juniors. I'd bet on an overwhelming share of Babolats there.

by the way guys thanks and keep them coming. i think it is interesting personally.

Power Game
02-14-2005, 05:39 PM
Here is my college team:
Wilson hyper pro staff 5.0 95
Babolat Pure control
Head Ti. Fire 102
Prince DB800
Volkl Cat 10
Head LM prestige mid

Matt H.
02-14-2005, 05:40 PM
Florida State is practically ALL Babolat.

Our #1 switched from the Pure Drive to a new Tecnifibre though.

The rest of the team consists of about 6 Pure Controls, and 1 Pure Drive.


hey Michael...were you here for the UF/FSU match last weekend?

USCfan
02-14-2005, 05:55 PM
Here is my college team:
Wilson hyper pro staff 5.0 95
Babolat Pure control
Head Ti. Fire 102
Prince DB800
Volkl Cat 10
Head LM prestige mid

Who uses the Cat 10?

TommyGun
02-14-2005, 11:27 PM
What you will all see, as a former college coach speaking here, is players using frames that they can get good packages with. Bab has one of the best, followed by Head (4 frame minimum is costly), then Volkl, then the rest. Prince has a program but it is limited, and Wilson only gives preferred pricing to the kids.

So it doesn't surprise me that there are a ton of Heads and Babs on the college circuit.

coachtom

Serve-And-Volley
02-15-2005, 04:56 AM
I see a lot of college players using the Pure Drive and Pure Control racquet, I have seen pictures of the Stanford tennis team and serveral of them use Pure Drives, and as I see on this post there are serveral college players using the Babolats.

Michael Ludwig
02-15-2005, 06:41 AM
Andrew, out of those mentioned, only two are international players.

Matt, no, I did not travel to FSU on the 6th, rather stayed in Gainesville.

While some companies do offer good "packages" to college teams, for the most part, the bigger budget schools could probably care less so long as their players are happy.

Marius_Hancu
02-15-2005, 11:58 AM
Florida State is practically ALL Babolat.

Our #1 switched from the Pure Drive to a new Tecnifibre though.

The rest of the team consists of about 6 Pure Controls, and 1 Pure Drive.

Guys, in terms of tennis elbow, you seem to have made the worst possible racket choice, as shown by very many threads at this site. And probably worsened it by, I presume, choosing to play with Luxilons.

Hopefully this is not too late for you,
so you might want to read the posting by Ted in:
Has anyone tried shock wave therapy for tennis elbow?
http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=41122
He got TE from a Pure Drive, had to go to surgery and other nasty things.

Not something you would want to wish your enemy, thus ... forget about Babolats, if you want to play tennis for many years to come. Use heavier and less rigid rackets.

And don't think only about elbows, think about the wrists too. And Kim Clijsters and her story.

Also, check this article by specialists of the French Federation:
http://www.stms.nl/june2001/artikel23.htm
and see the conclusions at the end.

And don't tell me you're young and can withstand the shocks better. I know personally one of the top 5 juniors in the WORLD and she had to give up on PDs as a result of this two years ago. At least her and her coach made the good choice and now she's able to play at the top.

No endorsement money is worth losing one's perfect health.

Alley Cat
02-15-2005, 03:11 PM
Checked in w/my local D2 college:

2- LM Prestige mids
1- Bab Pure Drive MP
1- Bab Pure Control
1- Wilson Surge
1- Wilson HPS 6.1 95
1- Volkl Tour 10 mid VE
1- Wilson Tour 90

Power Game
02-15-2005, 04:06 PM
What you will all see, as a former college coach speaking here, is players using frames that they can get good packages with. Bab has one of the best, followed by Head (4 frame minimum is costly), then Volkl, then the rest. Prince has a program but it is limited, and Wilson only gives preferred pricing to the kids.

So it doesn't surprise me that there are a ton of Heads and Babs on the college circuit.

coachtom

I know, it sucks sometimes...

Lindsay
02-16-2005, 02:06 PM
I play D1(girls) and all teams I come across are 60% Pure Drives....just like me.

hummer23
02-16-2005, 03:12 PM
i live near princeton universtiy, and i saw a few players hitting with a coach. one guy had a tour 90, the coach had a prince thunderstick. dont know about the others.

Power Game
02-16-2005, 06:21 PM
I play D1(girls) and all teams I come across are 60% Pure Drives....just like me.

I noticed that Babolats (mostly drives) are more popular with the girls than the guys. Not to say that the guys aren't loaded with babolats though.

Matt H.
02-16-2005, 07:31 PM
Guys, in terms of tennis elbow, you seem to have made the worst possible racket choice, as shown by very many threads at this site. And probably worsened it by, I presume, choosing to play with Luxilons.

Hopefully this is not too late for you,
so you might want to read the posting by Ted in:
Has anyone tried shock wave therapy for tennis elbow?
http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=41122
He got TE from a Pure Drive, had to go to surgery and other nasty things.

Not something you would want to wish your enemy, thus ... forget about Babolats, if you want to play tennis for many years to come. Use heavier and less rigid rackets.

And don't think only about elbows, think about the wrists too. And Kim Clijsters and her story.

Also, check this article by specialists of the French Federation:
http://www.stms.nl/june2001/artikel23.htm
and see the conclusions at the end.

And don't tell me you're young and can withstand the shocks better. I know personally one of the top 5 juniors in the WORLD and she had to give up on PDs as a result of this two years ago. At least her and her coach made the good choice and now she's able to play at the top.

No endorsement money is worth losing one's perfect health.


Pure Controls weigh over 12 ounces. Between lead tape and/or adding leather grips. I'm sure most of them are at least 12.3 ounces.


And i seriously doubt Babolat created the first frame to be on the stiff side of the scale.

pstour90
02-17-2005, 06:39 PM
not quite 12...i think 11.8, but still should be heavy and stable enough...i think he was referring more to the PD's though

Stuck
02-18-2005, 08:21 PM
I work for a university with a tennis team and I say Bab Pure Drive

mark_1981
02-20-2005, 12:38 PM
tommy gun
head definatly make the best package deal by far for college guys, 4 rackets and a bag grips 12 sets of string bags tshirts all for just 380$
wilson, babolat, volkl try to compete but you only get 3 rackets some string a bag and a few grips and tshirts. Any college player can get any of these deals

PrestigeClassic
02-20-2005, 01:36 PM
That's a great deal, especially if you can get gut as the string.

tennsplayer
02-21-2005, 03:03 PM
does anyone know where to get college stencils?

cdog04
02-24-2005, 02:41 PM
My D2 team consists of
Yonex rdx 500
Babolat Pure Drive
Wilson Prostaff Classic Stretch
2 wilson Hyper Prostaff 6.1 Tours
Wilson H Tour
Wilson nCode 6.1 95 Team

Dunlop offers a really good deal, 4 racquets, bag, grips, 10 sets of string, shirts, stencils, and some hats for $320, i havent heard of a better deal, if u can let me know, cause all the other deals, u have to do sponsorship stuff w/ like always have the logo on the strings, and support the company through your local club, so ya

schaefferm46
02-24-2005, 05:48 PM
Do you have to be in D-1 to get these types of deals? my sister plays at occidental and shes looking for a new racket and a deal like this would be great

Kirko
02-24-2005, 06:13 PM
was at my alma mater wash. out U. in St. louis . All sports have been Div. III since 1947. The racket of choice is the wilson surge both old edition & new .

joeman957
02-24-2005, 07:21 PM
Babolat Pure Drive and Control, Head LiquidMetals, Wilson H Tour, and Prince NXG.

tennis_prodigy
03-03-2005, 12:26 PM
rrrsdfsdf sdf

tennis_prodigy
03-03-2005, 12:26 PM
We won DIII national championship last year, and here's what we've done it with:

1 -Pure Drive+ (shitload of lead tape at 3 and 9)
2- Prince triple trheat graphite
3- Dunlop 300g
4- Pure Control +
5- Pure Drive +
6- Head I.Prestige mid.

Pistol Pete
03-03-2005, 01:54 PM
tennis prodigy what school is that and do you play for them?
what racket do you use?

tennis_prodigy
03-03-2005, 11:14 PM
Middlebury College. We beat Williams in the final last year 4-3 and Im pretty sure we're gonna make it this year because the team got so much better. Im not top 6 on the team any more ( i went aborad last semester so I pretty much stopped practicing) but just for the record I'm using PD+ just like our no. 1.

nimxnooj
03-09-2005, 12:09 AM
i kno u guys are talkin about college level, but i figured i might add my high school level player's rackets juss to compare wat we use to the collegiate players.

Singles:
1.) ncode 6.1 95
2.) Bab. Pure Control
3.) Bab. Pure Drive
4.) Liquidmetal Prestige MP

Doubles:
1.) dunlop 300 & PD
2.) is.12 and ix.somethin (these guys have huge head sizes, but they make a really strong dubs team)
3.) PD & i.radical

Yondan
03-10-2005, 06:44 PM
I'll throw in my high school rackets as well

Singles
1)Pro Tour 280, customized to about 427 grams, head heavy 2 cm.(Or around there)
2)ProKennex Core #6, lazy player but can hit hard
3)Liquidmetal Radical MP, big spin, good serve
4)Liquidmetal Prestige Mid, big strokes and serve

Doubles
1)Volkl Tour 10 and Tour 9, both consistent players with mostly spins
2)Liquidmetal Prestige Mid and Ti Radical MP, big hitters, prestige player is serve volleyer
3)Pure Drive, inconsistent, mostly topspin
I myself anmchallenging singles at the moment currently with a LM Prestige Mid weighing about 375 grams

PrestigeClassic
03-11-2005, 08:46 PM
I'll throw in my high school rackets as well

Singles
1)Pro Tour 280, customized to about 427 grams, head heavy 2 cm.(Or around there)


What's this, Area 51 High?

Yondan
03-12-2005, 01:02 PM
What's this, Area 51 High?
Actually its Carlsbad High School in Southern California and the person that uses the racket is our number one singles player. His brother also plays with a Pro Tour 280, but his weighs 400 grams with a similar balance. He would be our number two player but he's out this year. I have tried to play with his racket but to no avail, it feels like it's going to take my arm off when i serve and the preparation needed for groundstrokes is ridiculous, but he can do it and he does it very well.