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Sintherius
06-06-2011, 10:31 AM
My neighbor is currently looking for a new racket, one that preferrably has a thin beam (19mm or so) and isn't stiff (has feel) but no 90 sq in. frame size since he's starting to frame more often than not (he's 35 so he's looking for a larger headsize to help out with that) string pattern makes no difference.

Any rackets you might recommend he demo? I can think of:

Babolat Pure Storm Ltd.
Volkl Power Bridge 10 Mid
Prince EXO3 Tour

Any others I may be missing and what experiences you have with them?

Thanks in advance :)

Niou
06-06-2011, 10:35 AM
Ok, I have no experience and I may sound like a fanboy but from the specs I think you might want to look at the Donnay rackets, maybe there's something you/your neighbor is looking for.

Top Jimmy
06-06-2011, 10:38 AM
Dunlop 4D 200, my current stick. Thin beam, lower power, semi-hefty. Dampens vibrations so well that I don't need a vibration insert.

Played a K-Blade Tour before that, thing plays like a board compared to the Dunlop.

Played with a K-Factor Tour before those two, nice racket but too demanding for me at 37.

I haven't tried the new Dunlop Biomimtec's or whatever they are called, might be worth a try.

Sintherius
06-06-2011, 10:45 AM
Dunlop 4D 200, my current stick. Thin beam, lower power, semi-hefty. Dampens vibrations so well that I don't need a vibration insert.

Played a K-Blade Tour before that, thing plays like a board compared to the Dunlop.

Played with a K-Factor Tour before those two, nice racket but too demanding for me at 37.

I haven't tried the new Dunlop Biomimtec's or whatever they are called, might be worth a try.

He's currently switching from his Dunlop 4D 100 so not sure if he wants to try another Dunlop, but I'll see if he gives it a try!

nikkhasnis
06-06-2011, 10:47 AM
Donnay X-White 99 Racquet has gotten great reviews

Sintherius
06-06-2011, 10:50 AM
Donnay X-White 99 Racquet has gotten great reviews

Seems a little too light though...

Niou
06-06-2011, 10:51 AM
Donnay X-White 99 Racquet has gotten great reviews

That's what I was driving at..
Though from the huge Donnay-Thread I/we got to know that the X-White could cause problems to the arm ?!
Not sure if it's really the racket or just incorrect technique or bad strings or something like that..

nikkhasnis
06-06-2011, 10:54 AM
Seems a little too light though...
I prefer lighter racket as you can always lead them to your liking.

I play with a dunlop 4d 300 tour that's considered light, but it's got a great feel and swings real easy.

Top Jimmy
06-06-2011, 10:56 AM
I love Head rackets but the grip shape has always been the thing keeping me from using them. Heads as in everything prior to Youtek, never played with any youteks. The radicals and prestiges are always top notch rackets in my book.

Miami Tiburon
06-06-2011, 10:57 AM
That's what I was driving at..
Though from the huge Donnay-Thread I/we got to know that the X-White could cause problems to the arm ?!
Not sure if it's really the racket or just incorrect technique or bad strings or something like that..

Hard to believe Donnay racquets would cause arm issues the frames seem so
comfortable to me. Even the lightest ones

athleticstennis
06-06-2011, 11:22 AM
The white is not bad for the arm. As someone stated it has gotten great reviews. I just think that the gold and silver lite are better.

captainobvious
06-06-2011, 11:28 AM
Have him demo the new Head youtek IG Instinct S or MP. I'd also say the Prince EXO3 Tour Team based on the reviews. (i'll be demoing that next).

eleventeenth street
06-06-2011, 01:51 PM
why not try out the volkl powerbridge midplus and midplus light as well? they both have 19 mm beams.

alen_david
06-06-2011, 01:59 PM
I second that Donnay suggestion. Also, try the Prestiges - you won't be disappointed.

Tyrus
06-06-2011, 02:37 PM
Most of the board hates on this racket but the Head YT speed pro has an extremely thin beam (18mm).

It's also stiff as a board, but i find that delivers better feel than a flexier number feeling stick.

And on sale like a mofo at $89.

zapvor
06-06-2011, 05:06 PM
the volkls have thin beam. the instinct is actually a really good stick. it if was more head light it would be perfect

TheBoom
06-06-2011, 05:11 PM
He would probably like the 200's or the exo3 tour both great the psltd is very demanding perhaps the most of any stick so if you were to recommend that make sure he is VERY fit and can generate power

Sintherius
06-06-2011, 05:44 PM
He would probably like the 200's or the exo3 tour both great the psltd is very demanding perhaps the most of any stick so if you were to recommend that make sure he is VERY fit and can generate power

As I said... he was using the Dunlop 4D 100 already which is demanding as it is, he'll be fine :P

dgoran
06-06-2011, 05:54 PM
PB 10 Mid there is a reason its so popular...

Sintherius
06-07-2011, 09:24 AM
PB 10 Mid there is a reason its so popular...

Yeah I've heard... I'll definitely get him to try it out!

Outlined
06-07-2011, 09:35 AM
Head Speed (335 gram unstrung). Thin beam and still a sup 95 square inch headsize

Smasher08
06-07-2011, 09:56 AM
Try the Head Prestige MP or Youtek Speed Pro.

fba0861
06-07-2011, 11:20 AM
I use the Becker Legend. 20mm Beam?

I used to suffer from tennis elbow from using Head LM 4.5(fr. Big5). Switched to a Prince Graphite Pro Comp 110 (flexy).

The BB Legend is not as flexy as my Pro Comp. But I like the plow through and is comfortable on the arm. I find it a bit light though. Coming from an oversize I am shanking some shots here and there, but the control is excellent!

Picked it up used from the forums. Best purchase I ever made.

Sintherius
06-07-2011, 11:47 AM
Head Speed (335 gram unstrung). Thin beam and still a sup 95 square inch headsize

The Head Speed isn't 95 sq. inches.

dadozen
06-07-2011, 12:08 PM
I'm coming from a 4D100 as well and the BM200 fits my game perfectly. Nice weight, generous sweetspot, awesome flexiness and lots of control.

TennisCJC
06-07-2011, 07:18 PM
There's a boat load of good thin beam rackets.

1. volkl organix 10 (325 or 295)
2. Dunlop bio 200
3. dunlop bio 300 (a bit lite but you can customize to your specs)
4. volkl pb 10 mid+ (325 or 295)
5. BB london
6. BB melbourne
7. New Donnays - I demo-ed a couple and didn't care for them but others love them

I have demo-ed most of these but not all - some recommendation based on reviews by others. But, I went with a customized volkl organix 10 295 and it's great.

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