View Full Version : Help me choose please!
08-25-2009, 10:13 PM
Hey guys, i just wanted some input before i buy the wrong sticks.
i've been playing with Head LM Radical MP. i tried to love it, but i just can't D:
so, here are my two choices.
1. Dunlop AG100
2. Head MG Prestige Mid.
basically, im looking for a racquet that would hit like a K90 without giving me a dead arm for the next couple of days.
i usually stay on the baseline, as im not that much of a good vollier.
topspin forehand with flat 2-handed backhands.
enough of me babbling; im always open for other suggestions.
08-25-2009, 10:57 PM
why not lead/CAP your LM Rads? a lot of forum members have, and they love it. and what don't you like about it?
08-25-2009, 10:59 PM
the ag100 is nowhere close to the K90. if you're looking for something similar to the k90, but softer, then definitely try the prestige mid. some other soft racquets you might want to try are the black ace and redondo. the becker 11 mid is also another good candidate. I highly suggest demoing before you buy a racquet. it'll save you a lot of money.
08-25-2009, 11:07 PM
The ncode 90 seems more comfortable to me
08-25-2009, 11:10 PM
id say the n90 but the swingweight is too heavy if you couldnt handle the k90 original weight.
perhaps a asian k90?
08-25-2009, 11:25 PM
what is asian k90?
08-25-2009, 11:54 PM
it's just like the K90, but the specs are a bit lower. I think it weights around 11-12 oz don't remember the exact number. sorry
08-25-2009, 11:57 PM
its jsut a lighter k90
k90 = 12 oz+
ak90 = 11oz+
08-26-2009, 12:22 AM
i think the kbt is your best bet
08-26-2009, 12:49 AM
All these rackets are too difficult to hit with from the baseline, better off with a mid plus racket:
Pure Drive (7/10)
Pure Storm (8/10)
Ozone (pro) tour (9/10)
Custom Radical (8.5/10)
Prestige Pro/MP (7/10)
Fischer M Pro 98 (8.5/10)
RDiS 100 (9/10)
There's loads more, these are some Ive tried and my rating. They will give you more consistency and spin than the AG and KBT.
08-26-2009, 09:12 AM
OP: Are you looking for something that performs better than the LM Radical or something that's maybe lighter than the K90... or both? Hard to tell just what you're after here.
I had a pair of those LM Rad's a couple of years back and couldn't lead them up to where they felt right for me. Plus, I always felt like I needed to use too dramatic of a swing to get good spin on my strokes. A good alternative to that frame could be the Fischer M Pro or the Dunlop 300's, but you're talking about heavier mids, too.
If you're sort of fixated on those mids, it wouldn't hurt to try them - that's definitely the only way to find a decent fit for you. Others you might want to read more on include the mids from Yonex, Volkl, and Boris Becker.
Great point from Meaghan - if you want to hit from the baseline, there are a lot of racquets in the 95-100 sq. inch range that can be a lot more forgiving than the K90. You may find a perfect match in something that's only a couple of tenths of an ounce lighter than the K that delivers nice feel and lets you swing away all afternoon.
08-26-2009, 10:58 AM
thanks for the help/suggestions.
i thought that the LM was a big dissappointment for me. although i had bought them dirt cheap, it juts felt like a HUGE waste of money on my part.
some of you were kinda confused at what kind of stick i was looking for... i was hoping i could find a baseline racquet that would play like the k90 without giving me so much strain on my arm..
the LM Radical was giving me some elbow strain, which i already had problems to begin with from snowboard injuries.
although the k90 was so much heavier, it didn't give me any elbow strain! i guess i'll demo them first, but i just wantd to see if i can stray away from the MPs and try the mids for a while because i heard prestige MPs and Pros were just absolutely horrible.
and because i'm a student with no job, it seems like paying $20 to demo a racquet and the fear of not liking it is making me stay away from demo-ing. stupid, i know. but i can barely pay for gas of my car =[
i'm still open for suggestions.
08-26-2009, 11:16 AM
Accordingly to your play style, I'm assuming that the MGPM would suit it better than the AG100s. If you were more like a S&V player, or at least an all around player, then the AG100 would have better chances.
I know one person that was struggling to find his game with the AG100, but he easily found what he was looking for with the MGPMs. He's mostly a baseliner, and he plays eastern FH. The extra weight helped him adding pace to the ball, which he wasn't able to do with the AG100s.
08-27-2009, 08:30 AM
Since we're both in the poorhouse these days, I'll just greet you this a.m. with, "Howdy neighbor!" I feel your pain in terms of wanting to try lots of gear that's out of reach, at least for now. I do have a little bit of a theory on that K 90 since you sound like you had a good experience with it.
If you only used that frame once or twice and it gave you a tired arm with no elbow discomfort, you may be able to get more used to playing with it as you evolve your strokes and make more energy with your legs and your core muscles. I took a leap of faith with some really heavy mids a couple of years ago to help train my strokes into better shape. They gave me that tired arm until I developed a better progression in my strokes from the legs up. I don't recommend this for everyone (there is such a thing as too heavy), but I don't think it's a completely perilous thing to take up with a racquet that has some more weight if you honestly think you can learn to use it and have fun with it. It just requires some dedication.
It might be a reasonable course just because your elbow agreed with that K pretty well. If you don't want to go quite as hefty as the "Fed stick", there are the other ProStaffs in the 6.1/Six-One line that may work well and you might even score an older model with a nice low price tag. I get a lot of comfort these days with my Volkl C10's which have a bit more flex than my old 6.1 Classics. These are up in that 12+ oz. weight range, but their head-light balance of around 10 points makes them easy to handle for me. I found more confidence at the baseline with these frames as soon as I got them, too.
Other hefty frames that seem to have some comfort built in include the TW edition of the Donnay Pro One along with the 10 series from Volkl and the 11 series from Boris Becker. Prince has an interesting array of racquets and something like their Ozone Tour or heavier Ozone Pro Tour could be a plush hitter for a baseliner. I know that they're not cheap, but these are some good examples. Oh yeah - the Yonex RQiS 1 Tour was an odd surprise. I think it weighs in at a little under 12 oz., but it has a great combination of crisp and cozy feel. Quite comfortable for a not-so-heavy racquet.
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