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GrandPixel
08-07-2011, 07:54 PM
I am looking for a racquet for myself and one for a friend. I would like for them to be from the same line. I am an advanced intermediate player, and my friend is beginning intermediate but wants a racquet to grow into.

One question: Generally speaking, should a typical racquet for a man of normal strength be somewhat heavier than a typical racquet for a woman of normal strength. For instance, men should be around 11-12 oz and women 10-11 oz. I know balance and swing weight are factors also. Not much is said about this, but it would make sense. Any input on this?

I have done some racquet research and so far have a handful of options. I would really like some unbiased input from some experienced players who have hit with various racquets and can give me anything to help me decide. My selections based on spec:

Babolat Aero Storm Cortex
98 sq. in. / 27 in. / 11.1 oz / 4 HL / 325 swing / 65 stiff / 21/19 beam / low power / fast swing / 16/20 strings / 50-62 lbs
Babolat Aero Storm Tour Cortex
98 sq. in. / 27 in. / 12.1 oz / 6 HL / 340 swing / 66 stiff / 21/19 beam / low power / fast swing / 16/20 strings / 52-62 lbs

Babolat Pure Storm GT
98 sq. in. / 27 in. / 11.0 oz / 1 HL / 327 swing / 63 stiff / 21 beam / low power / fast swing / 16/20 strings / 55-65 lbs
Babolat Pure Storm Tour GT
98 sq. in. / 27 in. / 12.1 oz / 6 HL / 333 swing / 64 stiff / 21 beam / low power / fast swing / 16/20 strings / 50-62 lbs

Dunlop Aerogel 4D 300
98 sq. in. / 27 in. / 10.9 oz / 3 HL / 320 swing / 60 stiff / 21 beam / low-med power / fast swing / 16/19 strings / 55-65 lbs
Dunlop Aerogel 4D 300 Tour
98 sq. in. / 27 in. / 11.3 oz / 5 HL / 318 swing / 63 stiff / 20 beam / low-med power / fast swing / 18/20 strings / 55-65 lbs

Dunlop Aerogel 4D 500
100 sq. in. / 27 in. / 10.2 oz / 1.2 HL / 300 swing / 66 stiff / 23/25/23 beam / low-med power / fast swing / 16/18 strings / 55-65 lbs
Dunlop Aerogel 4D 500 Tour
100 sq. in. / 27 in. / 11.3 oz / 2 HL / 325 swing / 71 stiff / 23/25/23 beam / low-med power / fast swing / 16/18 strings / 55-65 lbs

Head Youtek Speed Elite
100 sq. in. / 27 in. / 10.7 oz / 2 HL / 315 swing / 65 stiff / 22 beam / low-med power / med-fast swing / 16/19 strings / 52-62 lbs
Head Youtek Speed 16x19
98 sq. in. / 27.2 in. / 11.8 oz / 7.8 HL / 322 swing / 63 stiff / 20 beam / low power / fast swing / 16/19 strings / 52-62 lbs

Wilson K Factor KSurge
100 sq. in. / 27 in. / 10.3 oz / 1 HL / 301 swing / 68 stiff / 23/25/22 beam / med power / med-fast swing / 16/19 strings / 53-63 lbs
Wilson K Factor KBlade 98
98 sq. in. / 27 in. / 11.1 oz / 3 HL / 325 swing / 67 stiff / 20 beam / low power / fast swing / 18/20 strings / 50-60 lbs

Not all of these are available for demo, for instance the Aero Storm racquets. I think there is a place to demo locally but I'd like to order from Tennis Express. Also if you noticed I am looking at sale racquets and are likely not 2011 models.

whomad15
08-07-2011, 10:14 PM
I'd like to order from Tennis Warehouse

Fixed

many babolats can kill your arm if you have poor technique.
Honestly Volkl/Yonex/PK make some of the friendliest frames out there.

PandaKing
08-07-2011, 10:41 PM
If you dont order from tennis warehouse. Than some may have a problem. But, Volkl PB10. Much better than most $150+ rackets I've used.

GrandPixel
08-07-2011, 10:56 PM
I don't know where I got Tennis Express. I meant Tennis Warehouse of course. The PB10 midplus and light for my friend may be an option.

tennis-kid
08-08-2011, 01:18 AM
Fixed

many babolats can kill your arm if you have poor technique.
Honestly Volkl/Yonex/PK make some of the friendliest frames out there.

I agree. Volkl/PK kinetic/ Prince are the most arm friendly so far. I am not sure about Yonex though. I had one before and it was not so arm friendly. It maybe was improved nowadays.

vndesu
08-08-2011, 01:35 AM
if u want a deal on the 4d 300s shoot me a email

hunter121
08-08-2011, 02:00 AM
Thanks guys.
http://www.primeaffiliate.com/track/images/10.jpg

GrandPixel
08-13-2011, 10:48 AM
Any other input on this? I have seen pb10 spoken a lot in the forums. I'd love to hear some more opinions.

ATP100
08-13-2011, 11:04 AM
Best bet, demo a lot of racquet's.
Also, use the heaviest you can handle, a lot easier on the arm.

Try this site: http://racquetresearch.com/

PandaKing
08-13-2011, 12:07 PM
Personally, when I bought my head flexpoint when it was whopping 200 X_X! (what a mess) it had amazing feel etc. But, too heavy to swing like a bullet. Grabbed the PB10 without demoing. At first it seemed like their was almost no feel. Until you continue playing and aiming for the sweet spot. Its like heaven ;) you feel it and watch as your opponent crumbles. Feels like this racket should be priced higher but isn't. Or you can train to hit a smaller frame like the PS 6.0 85 coming out !!!! :D

The Djoker
08-13-2011, 12:39 PM
Personally, when I bought my head flexpoint when it was whopping 200 X_X! (what a mess) it had amazing feel etc. But, too heavy to swing like a bullet. Grabbed the PB10 without demoing. At first it seemed like their was almost no feel. Until you continue playing and aiming for the sweet spot. Its like heaven ;) you feel it and watch as your opponent crumbles. Feels like this racket should be priced higher but isn't. Or you can train to hit a smaller frame like the PS 6.0 85 coming out !!!! :D

And by "coming out", don't you mean "that already came out, sold out, and went away"?:shock:

PandaKing
08-13-2011, 06:03 PM
It was abused like a little kids panda doll. Still got it with ALU Power 16L/Head (something) but has a ton of chips and such :P Great racket, but I wasn't up to the level and had some problems with it.