View Full Version : npro surge user seeking suggestions for new racquet

03-18-2009, 02:39 PM
I've had the npro surge for 2 years and now I'm looking for something closer to a player's racquet. When I was shopping for the npro, I almost ended up with the PD standard, but I settled for the npro surge because it felt more maneuverable, and more importantly, the npro didn't have the vibration dampening "cortex" technology. As you might have guessed, I don't use vibration dampeners.

Npro surge specs:

HS: 100 sq"
strungweight: 11oz
swingweight: 320
balance: 4pts HL
stiffness: 66
tension: (50-60) strung at 58 with NXT tour 17
stringing pattern: 16 x 19

Personal specs:

I'm 5' 8" and 145lbs. I'm 28 and I've easily played tennis, on and off, for 15 yrs.

Description of my game:

I would rate myself as a 4.0 player. I like playing a full court game, although I find myself more comfortable at the baseline when the singles competition gets tough because I lack a dependable approach shot.

I have long strokes that produce a decent amount of topspin. Using the npro, I can create decent power, but I generally don't swing at full speed so I can maintain more control and consistency. For the forehand, I use a semi-western grip most of the time. Controlling spin and depth on the forehand is not a problem. I have a 1HBH that's not quite as strong as the forehand, but it's more directionally consistent. Also, I am very comfortable hitting backhand slice dropshots.

What I'm looking for:

I know I'm probably not ready to make a full transition into something like a pro staff 6.1, but I definitely want something that's more head light, with a smaller head size.

I am generally not a fan of the muted or dampened feel that so many players seem to prefer.

What I've demoed so far:

Wilson Kpro tour: I thought I would like this racquet based on the specs I saw on the website. The balance felt decent in hand, but the racquet had too much flex and it seemed very unstable during groundstrokes. My backhand strokes all fell short. It worked okay for serves and volleys. 40 minutes into the demo, I gave up.

Prince diablo midsize: I didn't think I would like this because prince racquets usually have that muted feeling I was talking about. This still has that feeling, somewhat, but the balance is perfect and it produces a surprising amount of power for a MS. I had a sore shoulder during my demo so my testing was limited, but this is my current favorite to be my next racquet.

Sorry for the long read, but when ppl ask for suggestions on this forum, it's always followed by the question "what type of game do you have?". Hope this answers everything so I can get some good responses.

03-18-2009, 07:11 PM
So what didn't you like about your old racket?

I was in the same situation as you, debating between those two rackets, except I went for the PD..I'm not sure why, I shouldn't have. From a PD, I went to demo a KBlade Tour (even though others said not to try it), and it was amazing, I had the same problems you had, I could take a full stroke without worrying, and the control I had was amazing.

I would try a KBlade Tour(bought this one), AeroStorm(idk, it was good, but something just didn't seem right), ksix-one 95 16x18(I didn't get this one cuz it was too stiff for me, and I had arm problems then, and a bit too heavy), Dunlop AeroGel 200(you might not like it, for me it was love it then hate it thing), rqis 1 tour(the only bad thing was that it majorly lacked power).

03-18-2009, 07:48 PM
Thanks for the recommendations. There's nothing wrong with my npro surge, but I just want to move onto something more headlight and maneuverable. Basically, I'd like a stick that would assist or promote a faster swing without giving up too much pop or spin.

I thought the kblade had appealing specs but the tight string pattern and customer opinions about low power sort of put me off. Having held the kblade tour at the store, I loved the balance. I'll take your word and try it - as soon as my arm heals.

You say you "shouldn't have" bought the PD, but I'm curious why you hold that opinion, now.

03-19-2009, 12:22 PM
Is that it? When anybody else asks for a racquet recommendation without providing any information they get at least 4 or 5 replies.

03-19-2009, 07:46 PM
try one of the kblades like maybe the 98 or 93... but wait for your arm to heal... i think youll like one of them but maybe not...