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Mdubb23
08-02-2011, 04:12 PM
Out of curiosity, what's the best serving racquet you've ever used, and why?

Maroon_Tenniskid
08-02-2011, 04:59 PM
Out of curiosity, what's the best serving racquet you've ever used, and why?

I liked the PDGT a lot when I was using it, TONS of spin and power, just a lack of control at times. I was demoing for a bit and I liked the K Blade 98 because I could whip it through the air very well, but it was just too light for me to use and I didn't feel like using lead. I think a lot of it just depends on the player, because I can serve way better now with the IG Speed 16x19 with a leather grip and a hybrid string job than I ever could with the PDGT because I have gotten more acquainted with the racket and my timing has become better with it.

I asked my coach what the difference in pro serves and mere mortal serves were and he said that a majority of it was just timing, and the rest was the fact that they have a little more strength. I mean how often do you see a pro that can't serve in the 115's at least and they all use different rackets. I think serves are more about the player than the racket.

Nonetheless, I shall throw out a wicked suggestion PDRGT+ with a full job of Barb Wire at about 45lbs would give an opponent a nasty kick serve I bet.

TaihtDuhShaat
08-02-2011, 05:32 PM
For me Head and Wilson racquets always served the most consistently in stock form. I could never groove my motion with Babolats. They strike me as needing a more compact motion on the serve. I'm curious to try a Prince.

BobFL
08-02-2011, 05:35 PM
PD swirly/team with some lead :) Serving is effortless and like my friend says: 'That racquet should be illegal' ;)

Doubles
08-02-2011, 05:37 PM
The Radical MP feels great for me, even better than the PD. For me, it was easy to flatten out first serves, and hit spinny seconds...

quest01
08-02-2011, 05:41 PM
I would say the APDGT would probably be my best serving racquet. I hit my serves with more spin and don't double fault nearly as much as with other racquets.

Cup8489
08-02-2011, 05:47 PM
prestige pro. accurate spin, pace, and heaviness.

TheOneHander
08-02-2011, 05:49 PM
PDRGT+ and APDGT+ were fantastic. They served absolute bombs with heavy spin, and I could change up my locations with ease. I did think the APDGT+ had a little bit less pop, but the PDRGT+ absolutely killed the ball.

The KPS88 hits a heavy ball off the serve too, but that's the thing-it's heavy!

Ben Hadd
08-02-2011, 06:11 PM
Gotta be PDGT. I hit winner second serves with that racquet.

vsbabolat
08-02-2011, 06:21 PM
Out of curiosity, what's the best serving racquet you've ever used, and why?

Most important thing is weight, balance, and swing weight. Dunlop Max200G Head Prestige Pro 600/Classic 600. Hitting a heavy serve is what's important.

Fed Kennedy
08-02-2011, 06:58 PM
Prestige mid for pace/accuracy.
PD for spin/consistency.

HiroProtagonist
08-02-2011, 07:23 PM
:shock:Wow....

I am really surprised not seeing any PS85's on the list so far....

LOL However it's not my favorite either, my moded iPrestige mp's are my favorite, because they are so HL I can really get some exquisite RHS in combination with the 370gs I get some serious weight behind the ball. My slice out wide on the deuce side is ridiculous.

grimmbomb21
08-02-2011, 07:27 PM
Hit with a PT10(PC 600) the other day. Nothing comes close.:)

Fuji
08-02-2011, 07:31 PM
PSC6.1 is a great serving stick, but I think what takes the cake is the PDRGT. If my arm could take it, without a doubt I would be using it simply because of how much power it has on serve. It's ridiculous for just straight up power and ace potential.

Any racket can serve well, but some are just built for the serve!

-Fuji

Zakquis
08-02-2011, 07:46 PM
The highest level of consistency and pace for me comes from the Prince NXG Graphite Tour Mid. However, my kicker is non-existent with the NXG, and I get unbelievable spin for both my slice and kicker with my Wilson NPS 95 and Hammer 6.4 (modified to just under 11oz and 1pt HL).

TenFanLA
08-02-2011, 07:52 PM
Youtek Extreme Pro > PDRGT as GSROAT (GServingRacketOAT.) End of thread.

Anton
08-02-2011, 08:08 PM
Out of curiosity, what's the best serving racquet you've ever used, and why?

Leathered and leaded APDGT - precision guided bombs over Baghdad.

prjacobs
08-02-2011, 08:22 PM
I get a lot of free points with my dunlop 4D 500 tour. For me, it was a much better fit than the PDR.

Jaewonnie
08-02-2011, 08:27 PM
Prestige mids.

0d1n
08-03-2011, 02:36 AM
A leathered and leaded up dunlop aerogel 200 16x19 for me. It was probably due to finding just the "right setup" for serves. That thing was "booming".
A leaded up Dunlop Maxply McEnroe was very close...as is my current Vantage, as was the Youtek Prestige Pro.
Also...I was hitting bombs with the i Prestige Mid. I used that one only for "giggles" though...and didn't try too many kick serves with it so I can't really say it was as good (overall...in match type serving) as the modded Aerogel...which I used more and tried all sorts of serves with.

Meaghan
08-03-2011, 02:58 AM
kps 88 with gut and poly cross and pt600 with its superb feel.

richsox
08-03-2011, 06:02 AM
Pure Drive Team Plus - no racket I've ever, ever felt roars like this beast on serving - what a classic gem - hands down serving bombs and ace's on demand (the serving racket Steve McQueen would have used!)

HiroProtagonist
08-03-2011, 12:32 PM
Pure Drive Team Plus - no racket I've ever, ever felt roars like this beast on serving - what a classic gem - hands down serving bombs and ace's on demand (the serving racket Steve McQueen would have used!)

Steve McQueen wouldn't be caught dead using any "team" racquet.

For some reason I see him with a blacked out Rossignol.

The Big Kahuna
08-03-2011, 01:06 PM
+1 for the Head YT Prestige Pro.

big bang
08-03-2011, 01:12 PM
PSC, TGK 238.5, PC600, PB10 mid and POG.

CycloneSh0t
08-03-2011, 07:53 PM
I liked the PDGT a lot when I was using it, TONS of spin and power, just a lack of control at times. I was demoing for a bit and I liked the K Blade 98 because I could whip it through the air very well, but it was just too light for me to use and I didn't feel like using lead. I think a lot of it just depends on the player, because I can serve way better now with the IG Speed 16x19 with a leather grip and a hybrid string job than I ever could with the PDGT because I have gotten more acquainted with the racket and my timing has become better with it.

I asked my coach what the difference in pro serves and mere mortal serves were and he said that a majority of it was just timing, and the rest was the fact that they have a little more strength. I mean how often do you see a pro that can't serve in the 115's at least and they all use different rackets. I think serves are more about the player than the racket.

Nonetheless, I shall throw out a wicked suggestion PDRGT+ with a full job of Barb Wire at about 45lbs would give an opponent a nasty kick serve I bet.


Aww i hate that you said that now =p i just used up half of my barb wire on my pdr cortex

macrocool
08-03-2011, 08:03 PM
PDGT and Dunlop 4D 300 T

JGads
08-03-2011, 08:46 PM
I've demoed a million, and the most exploding ball I've ever hit with on serve was with the Donnay Platinum 99. Really, really impressive on that end of things. Liked the Plat 94 for the rest of play, but the 99 serves were on a different level.

vndesu
08-03-2011, 10:54 PM
ive used a lot of rackets and so far im liking the vo2 320, good pop spin and power.

Rusty669
08-03-2011, 11:20 PM
For me at the moment it is the Wilson AK90. Easier to swing, quick through the air, very precise, and due to its thin beam makes kick serves a bit easier for me!:-)

Laver777
08-03-2011, 11:35 PM
yonex rdx 500 mid..... good pace and lots of kick

msalamon
08-04-2011, 05:49 AM
I've demoed a million, and the most exploding ball I've ever hit with on serve was with the Donnay Platinum 99. Really, really impressive on that end of things. Liked the Plat 94 for the rest of play, but the 99 serves were on a different level.

gotta second that --Plat 99 is nice for serves--hit 2 aces in a match this morning--and I never hit aces! I hit serves that opponents cant get back-but at least they can touch them--the Plat 99 serves with a lot of heat-so I'm serving untouchables now.
My only beef with the racket is it still feels a little heavy and seems to vibrate on off center hits- but not serves.

Roadway
08-04-2011, 06:48 AM
Head Graphite Edge TXE. It brings superb accuracy for me.

Rogael Naderer
08-04-2011, 08:25 AM
A leathered and leaded up dunlop aerogel 200 16x19 for me. It was probably due to finding just the "right setup" for serves. That thing was "booming".
A leaded up Dunlop Maxply McEnroe was very close...as is my current Vantage, as was the Youtek Prestige Pro.
Also...I was hitting bombs with the i Prestige Mid. I used that one only for "giggles" though...and didn't try too many kick serves with it so I can't really say it was as good (overall...in match type serving) as the modded Aerogel...which I used more and tried all sorts of serves with.

Funnily my leathered and leaded 4D 200 16 x 19s are giving me the best serves I've ever had, what were your final specs and lead positions? String setup?

I'm currently at 350grams and 320mm balance (7 pts HL I think) with lead at 12 and counterweighting in the butt.

All other strokes (esp. slice BH) feel solid too.

Chace
08-04-2011, 08:46 AM
POG mid....

Hewex
08-04-2011, 11:07 AM
Steve McQueen wouldn't be caught dead using any "team" racquet.

For some reason I see him with a blacked out Rossignol.


That's great!....:lol:


The Dunlop 4D100....plenty of pop, accurate and good spin.

Justin-JP
08-04-2011, 11:31 AM
I've been playing with quite a few sticks over the last 18 months or so, and including:

APDGT
APDGT+
PB10 Mid
BB London
Head Radical Pro
Head Prestige Classic 600
Head Prestige YT Pro
Wilson 6.1 Tour
Wilson K 6.1 95 (16x18)
Wilson PS 85
Yonex RDIS Mid

All were strung with BB ACE 18 with Gosen OG Micro 17 in the crosses.

Out of the above, I've found the Head Prestige YT Pro to the best with the Wilson K 95 being a close second. The babs are pretty good too, if your arm can take it in the long run (just too light and stiff imo).

6-2/6-4/6-0
08-04-2011, 11:40 AM
Steve McQueen wouldn't be caught dead using any "team" racquet.

For some reason I see him with a blacked out Rossignol.

Damn right.





Personally I like serving with a heavy, flexible racket with 17g gut strings. The Dunlop Max200g/300i, the Rossi F200, even an old Dunlop Maxply or Wilson Kramer Pro Staff. The flexible frame lets you hold the ball on the strings so long with good gut that you can kick it like a mule, but the weight of the stick and elasticity of gut give you great pop on a flat serve.

I've tried newer Volkls, newer Wilsons, and newer Heads, but the stiffness seems to be more than feels right to me and I can't move the ball around or spin it as well as with the softer racket. Sure, a stiffer frame may give you more raw speed on the ball, but without the placement or spin which - to me - makes your serve less of a consistent weapon.

Look at old videos of guys playing with woods - they'd get some killer angles with the flexible rackets. Returners would be hitting from 8+ feet wide of the alley on some of them...

CDestroyer
08-04-2011, 11:51 AM
Gotta be PDGT. I hit winner second serves with that racquet.

Those are called aces.:smile:

Justin-JP
08-04-2011, 12:02 PM
Those are called aces.:smile:

Well, he could meant a forced error due to the serve, not necessarily an ace.

HEADfamilydynasty
08-04-2011, 04:34 PM
My Dunlop Revelation Tour Pro lets me hit BOMBS up the middle or out wide at my leisure. I'm averaging 20 ace per match.
I LOVE IT!! As well as the youtek speed pro it lets me hit with a variety of serves plus its serves with just as much pace with more spin.

Fednal7497
08-04-2011, 09:22 PM
I've been playing with quite a few sticks over the last 18 months or so, and including:

APDGT
APDGT+
PB10 Mid
BB London
Head Radical Pro
Head Prestige Classic 600
Head Prestige YT Pro
Wilson 6.1 Tour
Wilson K 6.1 95 (16x18)
Wilson PS 85
Yonex RDIS Mid

All were strung with BB ACE 18 with Gosen OG Micro 17 in the crosses.

Out of the above, I've found the Head Prestige YT Pro to the best with the Wilson K 95 being a close second. The babs are pretty good too, if your arm can take it in the long run (just too light and stiff imo).

yup i was trying head youtek prestige pro, babolat apdgt, prince exo3 black, n ur right serving with head is complete different exp u can never replicate with other racquets i used but ground strokes r very much cool with babolat, i don't know if there's any other racquet which serves like prestige pro n plays like apdgt, i mean both in 1 racquet, finding a perfect racquet is so hard

Fedace
08-04-2011, 09:51 PM
Head Youtek IG instinct and S version too.

0d1n
08-04-2011, 11:14 PM
Funnily my leathered and leaded 4D 200 16 x 19s are giving me the best serves I've ever had, what were your final specs and lead positions? String setup?

I'm currently at 350grams and 320mm balance (7 pts HL I think) with lead at 12 and counterweighting in the butt.

All other strokes (esp. slice BH) feel solid too.


I had a Babolat leather grip + wilson pro overgrip in the handle and a few grams in the head at 10-ish and 2-ish.
Final spec was somewhere around 343-345 grams (depending on strings used and overgrips) and balance was similar to yours 6-7 points hl.
My racquet was the "original" aerogel though...not the 4D version. That one had more blue on it than the white-ish 4D :).
Gave them to a friend/playing partner, and he uses them with just a leather grip added...no lead in the head.

Migelowsky
08-04-2011, 11:42 PM
I use the Dunlop Aerogel 4D 200, but
I bought a Völkl PB 8 315 just for curiosity and
it´s great for serving. People compare it to the
Babolat PD with Völkl feel.

Squidward
08-05-2011, 12:15 AM
PDGT Anniversary for me. Most consistant with spin and power. I have about a dozen sticks I rotate thru. My hitting partner is always telling me "Just play with the red racquet"

t-swede
08-05-2011, 02:55 AM
hands down head instinct tour xl !!

TheTopSpin
08-05-2011, 03:05 AM
its not aeropro drive gt

NLBwell
08-05-2011, 03:37 AM
Biggest serves I ever hit were with some 9oz Yonex stick I demoed. They were slamming up into the top of the curtain at the indoor courts after hitting in the service box. Everybody at the courts stopped to watch because of the noise. I actually bounced one over the curtain.
The chances of hitting a groundstroke into the court in a rally were pretty small, though.
That being said, though, of rackets that are actually usable I hit the hardest first serves with my old Black Aces, using the 14oz (can get better spin with some others that are a bit lighter). When I demoed the Pure Drive, I couldn't get much on my serve. Just felt like the lack of mass didn't allow me to get all there was out of my serve.

richsox
08-05-2011, 04:32 AM
PDGT Anniversary for me. Most consistant with spin and power. I have about a dozen sticks I rotate thru. My hitting partner is always telling me "Just play with the red racquet"

I know it's teh same stick as the standard Blue one, but did you happen to find it different than the blue one PD GT??

I ask this, as I have seen posts where people claim a difference. For me, I can;t get my head around a Pure Drive being anything other than Blue.......

Rock Strongo
08-05-2011, 09:28 AM
Best realistic racquet is probably the PDGT which basically is a terrorist rocket launcher and nothing else. Out of the ones I own it's probably an old Tretorn woodie, maybe 11,5-12 ounces. It hits very quiet bombs. It literally makes no noise but they come down with scary speed. If I'd only learn how to hit second serves with it I would've won matches purely on serving alone.

Power Player
08-05-2011, 10:08 AM
Donnay Platinum 99, Pure Drive and Prestige Mid.

UWBTennis
08-05-2011, 06:46 PM
In my opinion:


Head Pure Storm Tour GT

Head Youtek Extreme Pro

Babolat Pure Drive Roddick


In my experience, generally heavier racket can give you more power on your serve. I also hear that plus length racket can give you better serves but I always experience some kind of timing issue with plus length racket.

Cesare
08-05-2011, 07:00 PM
1) Wilson Pro Staff 85" St. Vincent
2) Volkl C10 Comp Mid 93"
3) Fischer Pro Number 1 FT 98"
4) Boris Becker 11 Mid 93"
5) Head Prestige Classic 600 89,5"
6) Dunlop Max 200 g Muscleweave 95"
7) Head Prestige Intelligence Midplus 95"
8 ) Estusa Provantech Pb Midsize
9) Prince Diablo Mid 93"
10) Donnay Pro One International Supermid 95"

getsby
08-06-2011, 10:22 AM
1) Head Extreme Pro MG
2) Wilson K-Six-One 95 (18x20)
3) Volkl PB 315
4) Yonex RQiS 2 Tour

HiroProtagonist
08-06-2011, 03:18 PM
1) Head Extreme Pro MG
2) Wilson K-Six-One 95 (18x20)
3) Volkl PB 315
4) Yonex RQiS 2 Tour

Ya it is a great serving racquet, but that's not all!

It slices, dices, and makes julian fries out of your shoulder:)

Maroon_Tenniskid
08-06-2011, 03:26 PM
Ya it is a great serving racquet, but that's not all!

It slices, dices, and makes julian fries out of your shoulder

I learned how to serve bombs with that racket and it was pretty awesome!! I still use it every once in a while and it's still got the amazingness

NYCtennis1
08-06-2011, 08:49 PM
K six one x was amazing on my first serve when I used it, the ball went through court like no other for me. My last match with it I was serving lights out and started questioning why I was switching. Then a second serve kicker sat up and I forgot about my moment of indecion:grin:

asifallasleep
08-06-2011, 09:22 PM
kps 88 with gut and poly cross and pt600 with its superb feel.

ps88, there is no better serving racquet, it's a canon. loose arm, let the brick of a frame do all the work.

getsby
08-07-2011, 08:49 AM
Ya it is a great serving racquet, but that's not all!

It slices, dices, and makes julian fries out of your shoulder:)
possible. I just almost never had arm problems. exception-babolat, pure drive and aero pro drive

TheBoom
08-07-2011, 02:23 PM
I love the biomimetic 300 tour it goes the air extreemely well and feels great on contact. I also enjoyed k6.1 tour, exo3 ignite and exo3 tour 18x20 (tons of pop with the exo3 tour btw!!!!!!!)

iceman_dl6
08-07-2011, 02:31 PM
Yonex vcore 100s. It's so good that I have made body serves that actually hit their body non intentionally (i apologized each time of course!).

Smasher08
08-07-2011, 02:49 PM
PS 6.0 85

Serves bombs with ridiculous control.

nadalex
08-07-2011, 02:54 PM
a leathered leaded up dunlop aerogel 4d 300 tour with black mamba gear twisted at #47. Lead at 12-- 8 grams

getsby
08-08-2011, 12:10 PM
Yonex vcore 100s. It's so good that I have made body serves that actually hit their body non intentionally (i apologized each time of course!).

just played with the V-Core 98D. by applying the worst-feeling, all the rest have not yet understood, it is necessary to adapt :|