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getsby
01-23-2012, 06:02 PM
I am crazy guy, who changes racquets often. But to be honest, I'm tired of this constant search for the ideal stick :(
I tried almost all brands, different models, but I still can not find excellent specs for me :-| I now have on the scope is not very familiar to me brand, Tecnifibre. only experience with them-TF SpeedFlex 315 (2011). Very harsh stick, loss of maneuverability, not for me.
Now my main stick Wilson K 6.1 18x20. Very good racquet, but not very suitable for my feeble hands. I read the reviews on TW, and many compare this stick with VO2 Max series, 320 and 325. Specs K 6.1 closer to 325 more than 320, but I was apprehensive some things in 325, especially stiffness and swingweight. They are very similar unsympathetic for me SpeedFlex 315 . But maybe I'm wrong, and these sticks have little in common.
Below I'll list the best and worst racquets for me, which may help to advise me to make the right choice.

the best

-Wilson 6.1, n-code and k-factor version, 18x20
-Head FP Radical Tour
-Yonex RDS 001 MP
-Yonex RQiS 2 Tour ( clay only, on fast courts, I had some problems with it, especially at the serve return)
-Head MG Extreme Pro
-Wilson BLX Pro Open (with 15 grams lead tape)
-Head Youtek Speed MP 18x20

the worst

-Prince O3 White MP (lack control, more head heavy than specs IMO)
-Babolat GT Pure Storm Ltd 2009 (unrealistically small sweet spot is smaller than a tennis ball )
-Yonex RQiS Tour XL 95 (very open string pattern+thick beam-the worst combination for me)
-Head LM Radical OS (I prefer a stiffer stick)
-Donnay Pro One International 95
-Dunlop 200, M-Fil and Aerogel

As you can see from my list, I have no clear preference for the string pattern.
The style of my game-SW forhand, 1HBH, 4.0 ntrp, baseliner, prefers long rallies, but now I'm trying to play a more active, more risky strokes to win :)

Hopefully, such a large amount of information about me to help with the right advice

Thanks to everyone who responds to this topic :)
Also added a poll, if the "other" in the topic name, what would you advise?

Power Player
01-23-2012, 06:54 PM
Why not try the 16x18 blx? Its really great.

If not, 320 all the way, i had a 325 too and it was not as comfy or magical.

getsby
01-23-2012, 07:18 PM
I tried (briefly), blx 16x18, and did not notice differences from to k-6.1. with both sticks, I do not have time to threaten from the heavy weight, especially against hard-hitters

freeez
01-24-2012, 04:44 AM
The 320 is stable, it swings quickly giving great spin and is surprisingly powerful. give it a try. It is string sensative.

Nastase
01-24-2012, 07:37 AM
I like them both and could play with either happily...but I play with the 320 right now. Pretty happy with it. The 325 swings a little bit heavier so the mass and the dense pattern make it a really solid stick. It plays stiffer than the 320. Very solid in every way. I feel its slightly more demanding than the 320..but if I played everyday the 325 would be my stick. 320 is a little easier to play with IMO, swings easier, ok power, very good spin and high control. I am 47 years old 5.5 and have flirted with lighter racquets....they just dont appeal to me....so the 320 kind of fits the bill as something that has some weight (11.9) but feels easy to get around. Technifibre makes a nice stick.

getsby
01-24-2012, 10:25 AM
TF` grip shape (VO2Max series) closer to the Wilson or the Head?

Hidious
01-24-2012, 11:41 AM
Head. 10 char

getsby
01-24-2012, 12:59 PM
Head. 10 char

It`s very bad :( many people compared with Wilson`s head shape, which I loved..

PED
01-24-2012, 01:31 PM
It`s very bad :( many people compared with Wilson`s head shape, which I loved..

I've had numerous Head's and use the 320 now. I think the shape is much more like the rounder Wilson grip then the rectangular Head shape.

The 320 is great. It plays like a 12g lighter version of the BLX 6.1. Great spin and power and it works well with almost any string. The 31.8cm balance means it comes around fast :twisted:

You can get some nice angles on your groundies and you can place your serve almost anywhere because of how freely it swings.

getsby
01-24-2012, 01:53 PM
PED, I read your posts, I do not see any mention that you are now regularly playing with TF 320 VO2

PED
01-24-2012, 02:01 PM
PED, I read your posts, I do not see any mention that you are now regularly playing with TF 320 VO2

I basically post all my equipment views over in the racketholics thread now :)
Fed kennedy moved to the Tec 320 back in the fall and I liked his description and took the plunge. FedK described the 320 as a Prestige Pro with balls. That's a good description.

I made the swap from the Bab apdgt (leaded to 342g) back in October and haven't looked back. I wanted something I could play stock and not mess around with lead all the time.

I really like the BLX 6.1 but the weight is a bit much for me in longer matches. The Tec swings similarly with the same balance but in a lighter package. Mine are 342g strung with an og. I use tour bite 1.25mm at 54/52 and it's really nice.

neverstopplaying
01-24-2012, 02:03 PM
The 325 VO2 is an amazing racquet. As I've said before, not too popular here. It offers an ideal power level for my game. It's very precise with more power than a prestige MP, or Dunlop 200, with better access to spin than both. If I played less often, I would still use it. From memory, its somewhat similar to the Wilsons that you like.

I recently bought a 320 but only played once with it so far. On the next outing, my opponent tried it. We both hit powerful shots, great serves, but had problems with touch shots only. Maybe with different strings or a little time, this would resolve itself.

As you know the, the 400T is my current "волшебная палочка".

NeverGassed1212
01-24-2012, 02:06 PM
I am currently playing the BLX six one 95 18*20 and demoed both TF sticks you are looking at as well as the k six one 95 18*20. The 325 is solid of the ground and volleys but I really felt the weight on the serve. Both the k factor and blx felt much easier to serve with. The 320 I demoed did not feel very good by comparison even to the 325 and just never left the frame with as solid a feel. I eventually added some lead and that helped some but I still preferred the feeling of the 325. I would recommend you demo the 305 as well. You may need to add a little lead to make it a bit heavier but I thought it felt better than the 320 as well.

getsby
01-24-2012, 02:40 PM
2neverstopplaying, 3 weeks ago I ordered a Bio 400 Tour, and recently got this far. String-WC Black5Edge, 55lbs. This is complete garbage! I think you and I are very different expectations of the racket. 400 Tour gives good control (with lead tape, not in stock form), decent maneuverability, especially on the serve and overhead, but it behaves badly at a serve return and slice shots. I am totally disappointed and happy selling this stick.

2NeverGassed1212, demo not available in Russia. Actually, I had some experiments with lead tape-to anything good this did not result. now I'm looking for a racquet that fits me in stock form.

2PED, I'm surprised how you can compare BLX 6.1 and APDGT. This totally different sticks IMO, control versus power

PED
01-24-2012, 04:17 PM
2PED, I'm surprised how you can compare BLX 6.1 and APDGT. This totally different sticks IMO, control versus power

I agree, the apdgt plays nothing like the blx. The blx does have ALOT of power.



I was saying that the Tec 320 swings like a lighter blx, very similar balance at 31.8cm.

getsby
01-24-2012, 04:19 PM
strung balance?

PED
01-24-2012, 04:23 PM
Yes, strung with an og and full poly, balance is 31.8cm

neverstopplaying
01-24-2012, 05:21 PM
Im sorry to see the 400t didnt work out for you. If we were closer i could trade your 400 for a 320.

getsby
01-24-2012, 05:26 PM
If you viewed from the power map on TW, sweet spot of TF (320 and 325) is much less than 6.1. But many say the power level of 320 TF as decent or above. I had little experience with 95 head size, but the racquet I've tried ( Yonex Tour 1 XL 95, Babolat Pure Storm GT Ltd, Donnay Pro One Int, Dunlop 200) were extremely low powered

getsby
01-24-2012, 05:29 PM
Im sorry to see the 400t didnt work out for you. If we were closer i could trade your 400 for a 320.
Unfortunately, I'm not going in the near future in USA :)

Fed Kennedy
01-24-2012, 10:07 PM
If you already have a wilson 18x20 i would get the 320. The grip shape is between wilson and head.
The 325 is a great full bodied players stick, very similar to a 6.1. The 320 is like a pure drive with much more control. Once you get dialed in to the huge spin of this frame you can hit brutal droppers and lobs.

getsby
01-24-2012, 10:41 PM
Pure Drive has 100s head size, TF 320 vo2-95s, how can they compare?

Fed Kennedy
01-24-2012, 11:17 PM
Pure Drive has 100s head size, TF 320 vo2-95s, how can they compare?

I know it sounds a little strange, but they both have gobs of power and spin. The tec has pure drive esque qualities but with a thinner beam. Overall I think the tec is a much bOetter stick than the pd, but they share that big open baseline ripping feel.

freeez
01-25-2012, 11:17 AM
if I may add without any of the stiffness of a pure drive. I feel it has a large sweetspot as compared to other raquets I have played with. I use bhbr17@62 and it is comfortable and very stable. Other poly on other sticks I could nit string above 55. I have also played with my daughters tfight295 leaded with same string @60 plays great but not as stable.

getsby
01-25-2012, 12:55 PM
if I may add without any of the stiffness of a pure drive. I feel it has a large sweetspot as compared to other raquets I have played with. I use bhbr17@62 and it is comfortable and very stable. Other poly on other sticks I could nit string above 55. I have also played with my daughters tfight295 leaded with same string @60 plays great but not as stable.

i not understand, its all about pure drive, or tecnifibre?

NeverGassed1212
01-25-2012, 04:37 PM
2NeverGassed1212, demo not available in Russia. Actually, I had some experiments with lead tape-to anything good this did not result. now I'm looking for a racquet that fits me in stock form.


I think the 325 is the better option between your 2 prospects then. If you are looking for something as solid as your wilson. I really preferred the feel of the 18x19 stringbed over the 16x19 on the technifibre's. I didn't like the pure drive either so I could be biased towards the closed string pattern. No demoing really sucks, trial and error with purchasing is not a cheap option. Good luck.

getsby
01-25-2012, 04:51 PM
2NeverGassed, thanks a lot for the wish!
Surprisingly, as soon as I opened this topic, 320 had an solid advantage, 5/2/. but now the 325 is slightly higher, 6/5. seems both good and close enough

Overheadsmash
01-25-2012, 05:20 PM
I love my 305. Very stable, and nice plow through. The 300 speedflex is nice too, and swings lighter.

getsby
01-25-2012, 05:37 PM
I love my 305. Very stable, and nice plow through. The 300 speedflex is nice too, and swings lighter.
can further compare these two sticks?
serve, serve return, maneuverability, comfort, power, spin?
head shape both sticks the same?

freeez
01-25-2012, 06:45 PM
i not understand, its all about pure drive, or tecnifibre?

I meant the 320 has power like the pure drive but none of its stiffness. I am presently playing with the 320. I find it very powerful that is why i string now@62, very comfortable, great spin capabilities and great control. I dont think I could go heavier than this. I also find the new grip very confortable. Xfeel or something like that.

getsby
01-25-2012, 07:00 PM
the old version, there are two undeniable advantages for me, price and PJ.

Double_Bagel
05-04-2013, 02:29 AM
I just got my 320 vo2 max strung with Cyber Flash 17 @ 55 and I feel I can hit anything on the court and its going to be a winner. Such a confidence inspiring stick.

tennis ratchet
05-04-2013, 05:04 AM
not much agreement here on your question.. i thought the 320 had a ton of power, but i tended to launch too many shots. i only played with it a few hours though.. i love the 325, monster ground strokes, stable, precise.. currently hitting with a leaded up 315 ltd and not sure which i like better. defnitely demo both, but for me, 325 al the way.