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sk_in_ga
06-09-2011, 06:07 PM
Hey everyone - I am trying to decide on a new racquet but want to hear from all of the knowledge on these boards first. I am a 3.5-4.0 player who plays mostly from the baseline with a fairly flat stroke. I recently purchased a Youtek IG Extreme OS and it feels very stiff and boardy to me. I have it strung with Wilson Duo Tour and just do not like the feel.

So, is it not the frame but the strings and I should try new strings? Suggestions?

Is the frame known for being stiff feeling and I bought the wrong one? Again, suggestions?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

Fuji
06-09-2011, 06:29 PM
If I'm thinking of the right stick, the flex is somewhere around 70, so yeah, it's going to be a stiff frame!

What I would do is try some natural gut or very soft multi at a low tension, (lowest Rec tension as a starting point), just go from there. If it is still feeling too stiff, then hate to say it, but your racket is too stiff for you!

-Fuji

sk_in_ga
06-09-2011, 06:49 PM
That is what I was afraid of. I was thinking of maybe trying out the Head Microgel Radical OS which has a much lower flex rating. I am guessing that would help a bunch, no?

rich s
06-09-2011, 06:57 PM
Hey everyone - I am trying to decide on a new racquet but want to hear from all of the knowledge on these boards first. I am a 3.5-4.0 player who plays mostly from the baseline with a fairly flat stroke. I recently purchased a Youtek IG Extreme OS and it feels very stiff and boardy to me. I have it strung with Wilson Duo Tour and just do not like the feel.

So, is it not the frame but the strings and I should try new strings? Suggestions?

Is the frame known for being stiff feeling and I bought the wrong one? Again, suggestions?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

I've been experimenting with the same racquet.... the reason why I like it is its stiffness.....

Try multi's at mid to low tensions..... also, if you use a vibration dampener push it down so that it is closer to the frame than to the last cross..... I know it sounds nuts but I've been tuning the feel of this frame by sliding the dampener up and down until I get a feel that I like.....

Fuji
06-09-2011, 07:49 PM
That is what I was afraid of. I was thinking of maybe trying out the Head Microgel Radical OS which has a much lower flex rating. I am guessing that would help a bunch, no?

The MicroGel Radical has a very soft feel, and it's very arm friendly I find! The low flex rating, in that racket especially is very good. :)

Rich, I do the same thing btw. I move my hair ties up and down on the strings until I find the "sweet spot" of the dampener!

-Fuji

goran_ace
06-09-2011, 08:27 PM
If you're a 3.5-4.0 player with flat strokes I wonder why you went with the extreme series and a poly hybrid string. Yes, it is a stiffer frame, and poly will only make it feel stiffer and isn't going to do anything for you unless you already hit with a lot of spin. If you've already bought those rackets, don't worry about switching to a new frame just yet, first play around with softer strings (get away from poly - think synthetic gut and multi's)

thug the bunny
06-10-2011, 11:09 AM
I dunno, but my buddy has a Microgel Rad MP, and he has poly (black code?) on it, and it feels like a board to me. But then I am coming from some pretty soft player's sticks (Bab PSL and PK Redondo). I like TF X1 BP, NXT tour, and Gamma Pro - they are all soft, spinny, and have good pop (although NXT frays pretty quickly).

wao
06-10-2011, 11:19 AM
Hey everyone - I am trying to decide on a new racquet but want to hear from all of the knowledge on these boards first. I am a 3.5-4.0 player who plays mostly from the baseline with a fairly flat stroke. I recently purchased a Youtek IG Extreme OS and it feels very stiff and boardy to me. I have it strung with Wilson Duo Tour and just do not like the feel.

So, is it not the frame but the strings and I should try new strings? Suggestions?

Is the frame known for being stiff feeling and I bought the wrong one? Again, suggestions?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!based on your style of play and hitting fairly flat balls would also look at the Rad MP 18X19 string pattern excellent for control and it has a lower stiffness rating low 60's I believe. With that said, I played with the MG extreme and though it was rated higher in stiffness to me it didn't play that stiff. Try a softer Multi 16 gauge at mid tension and see what that plays like.