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The Dark Knight
10-10-2012, 08:36 PM
Poll coming

Just curious what the most popular.....

My bet is Wilson and Babolat and then Head.


I wonder though of Babolat the relative new kid on the block has overtaken the juggernaught Wilson?

maxpower103
10-10-2012, 08:48 PM
Prince ozone tour

The Dark Knight
10-10-2012, 09:00 PM
Something else surprisingly takes the early lead.

The Dark Knight
10-10-2012, 09:13 PM
Will Babolat overtake Wilson ? Any bets?

ChicagoJack
10-10-2012, 09:17 PM
I haven't seen any recent data, but Babolat has been gobbling up market share pretty quickly. In 2010 Babolat racquets had risen to 34.3 percent of the total market share in pro specialty stores, measured in dollars, for the quarter ending in June, according to the Tennis Industry Association. I suspect they've gained even more ground since then.

- Jack

The Dark Knight
10-10-2012, 09:29 PM
Hi Dark Knight -

I haven't seen any recent data, but Babolat has been gobbling up market share pretty quickly. In 2010 Babolat rackets had risen to 34.3 percent of the total market share in pro specialty stores, measured in dollars, for the quarter ending in June, according to the Tennis Industry Association. I suspect they've gained even more ground since then.

- Jack

Wow...amazing!

They do make great sticks....it's relatively new compared to Wilson .

I think Babolat sticks came out in the 90's.....Wilson has probably been around for a hundred years.....

It's really amazing.

The Dark Knight
10-11-2012, 12:25 AM
Head is in the lead.

I once read that the head ti s-6 is the most popular racquet ever made.

Yes I'm shamelessly bumping.

anirut
10-11-2012, 02:27 AM
Mainly PK and Pacific.

SoBad
10-11-2012, 02:38 AM
I'm the only TF...:cry:

imonfire
10-11-2012, 04:24 AM
Votes have been pretty widely spread so far, I expected Bab/Wilson/Head to have a bigger lead over the others.

The Dark Knight
10-11-2012, 05:19 AM
Wilson as expected has taken the lead.

Chotobaka
10-11-2012, 05:28 AM
Mainly PK and Pacific.

Ditto. :-)

Tony II
10-11-2012, 05:31 AM
Come on Volkl fans ....

dr325i
10-11-2012, 06:17 AM
How do you get 1200 posts in 6 months???!!!

Keep starting the same thread 10 times!

THis thread existed at least 3 times so far.

OP, get a life!

The Dark Knight
10-11-2012, 07:53 AM
How do you get 1200 posts in 6 months???!!!

Keep starting the same thread 10 times!

THis thread existed at least 3 times so far.

OP, get a life!

Appreciate the bump

And it's because I'm that good

The Dark Knight
10-11-2012, 09:11 AM
Wow!!! Shocker ....Yonex in the lead???

Rozroz
10-11-2012, 09:22 AM
huh! Yonex...
who would have thought..

mjnchen
10-11-2012, 09:35 AM
I am a big Volkl fan. One of the reasons is that I am more used to the grip shape by Head and Volkl. And I prefer the feel of Volkl's sticks to Head's. I will probably try Head Prestige later though I don't quite like the 18*20 string pattern.

The Dark Knight
10-11-2012, 01:26 PM
More yonex users than babolat ?????

Rozroz
10-11-2012, 01:29 PM
so- wilson is the slow winner..

acura9927
10-11-2012, 01:56 PM
Dunlop has twice the quality of Wilson and Babolat. I'll never play with anything but Dunlop.

pkshooter
10-11-2012, 04:44 PM
solinco
10chars

chopstic
10-11-2012, 04:49 PM
Dunlop has twice the quality of Wilson and Babolat. I'll never play with anything but Dunlop.

What if Dunlop goes out of business.. Are you never going to buy a new racquet again???

The Dark Knight
10-11-2012, 06:42 PM
solinco
10chars

People are loving that solinco company and their strings.

I heard its similar to the donnay pro one ?

acura9927
10-11-2012, 06:56 PM
What if Dunlop goes out of business.. Are you never going to buy a new racquet again???

Good question, I would buy Yonex and get accustomed to the weird head.

hersito
10-11-2012, 09:15 PM
Playing for last 2 months with a Head MG Radical MP, played for half a year and still own both a Babolat APDGT roland garros 2011 and another half year with a Wilson BLX Pro Team FX. Wanted to buy a wilson blx Blade 98 but all my friends have that stick, really liked it but wanted to have something different, tried a few sticks and I liked the Radical, practically the same specs as the blade 98, expecting to try the blade 98 2013 and if I like it it might be my next stick.

atlfalcons12
10-11-2012, 09:30 PM
Racquets I use most in order:
Dunlop Bio 300Tour
Yonex Vcore 98D
Wilson Pro Staff Tour 6.6
Tecnifibre 305 Vo2 max

roller~
10-12-2012, 01:53 AM
wilson, the Best for me.

roller~
10-12-2012, 01:53 AM
wilson, the Best for me.

The Dark Knight
10-12-2012, 05:20 AM
Racquets I use most in order:
Dunlop Bio 300Tour
Yonex Vcore 98D
Wilson Pro Staff Tour 6.6
Tecnifibre 305 Vo2 max

Hey great idea....my top 5:

Vortex Tour 100

Donnay Pro One 16x19

Babolat APD

Dunlop Maxply McEnroe

Wilson Kblade

.

freeez
10-12-2012, 05:57 AM
Tfight 320 great racquet. ton of power, great control, ridiculous spin, superfast swing... has it all.
fortune within my misfortune(wrist injury) forced me to start with pb10 295 amazing control, good spin, very little power, feels great.

ced
10-12-2012, 06:43 AM
PRO KENNEX Qtour

ricki
10-12-2012, 06:44 AM
yonex surprised me

The Dark Knight
10-12-2012, 07:16 AM
yonex surprised me

More like shocking .Yonex actually tied with Dunlop ???

Yonex does make amazing sneakers though !

veloduffer
10-12-2012, 08:41 AM
I like for their plowthrough, so I lean toward heavier racquets. I am currently switching from the Wilson BLX Six One 95 to the lighter (albeit still considered heavy by others) Head Youtek Extreme Pro 2.0. I still like the Wilson but I feel my swing speed is a tad faster with the Head.

My prior racquet had been Wilson Pro Staff Classics.

Power Player
10-12-2012, 09:08 AM
Yonex makes great sticks though and has a strong worldwide presence. Not a huge surprise. I'd rate them #4 right now in sale if I had to guess since Prince has fallen off.

Ashanti
10-12-2012, 11:03 AM
Wilson blx blade team

pingu
10-12-2012, 11:20 AM
Currently Head MG Pres Pro.

man_untd11
10-13-2012, 06:02 AM
Wilson Pro Staff 95 BLX right now. Haven't really used anything but Wilson

The Dark Knight
10-14-2012, 01:27 PM
Bump


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Dharmaboy
10-14-2012, 01:30 PM
Yonex Vcore 98d and backup is 95D.

NJ1
10-14-2012, 01:48 PM
Yonex E-Zone 100 (x2)

BMWprestigem3
10-14-2012, 02:33 PM
Just picked up a Head Prestige Youtek IG Pro. Going to pick up another one later this week.

Graphiteking
10-15-2012, 04:45 AM
Juice 100/ Head Prestige Pro(youtek)

luishcorreia
10-15-2012, 01:36 PM
Vantagetennis racquets

Roger Wawrinka
10-15-2012, 02:04 PM
I'm the only TF...:cry:


I voted TF, I know, Tecnifibre gets no love, hahaha:) It is a shame though, Tecnifibre makes such quality racquets, I'd go as far to say that they are the best quality made racquets, oh well.

The Dark Knight
10-15-2012, 03:07 PM
Head beat out Wilson ....Murray and Joker prove endorsements are what it's all about!

RMadeira
10-15-2012, 03:11 PM
Just changed to a Head Microgel Extreme Pro.

BTW, what do you think of it? :)

mctennis
10-15-2012, 05:04 PM
Volkl C10 Pro Tour and Volkl PB 10 Mid. As a back up I use the Kneissl Tom's Machine ( green version).

pshulam
10-15-2012, 05:25 PM
Most to least:
Head i.prestige mid
Head Pour Tour 280
Head Microgel Radical MP

pkshooter
10-15-2012, 05:58 PM
People are loving that solinco company and their strings.

I heard its similar to the donnay pro one ?
Sorry just ordered Dunlop... Long story short, i needed to have matching rackets, and dunlop was on sale

Cesare
10-15-2012, 06:05 PM
4 months now with the Volkl V10 catapult

gamerx52986
10-15-2012, 07:59 PM
I have 3 of the TW reissue Slazenger Pro Braideds and then 4 of the previous model Wilson BLX Pro Open. If I am having an off day then I use the Wilsons since they are a little lighter and have a larger headsize. Though I have been playing quite well with the Slazengers so the Wilsons have just been sitting in my bag.

1972murat
10-15-2012, 08:27 PM
After using the Pro Staff 6.0 85 for 20 years, just switched to the new PS BLX 90...Not getting any younger, you know...

SantiagoMVC
10-16-2012, 03:16 PM
It's sad to see how Prince has fallen in the last years, right now it's in the seventh place

SoBad
10-16-2012, 06:52 PM
I voted TF, I know, Tecnifibre gets no love, hahaha:) It is a shame though, Tecnifibre makes such quality racquets, I'd go as far to say that they are the best quality made racquets, oh well.

Thanks, it's sad how TF is underrated, but not as sad as Grishun not being able to afford shaving razors:lol:

awhalan
10-17-2012, 02:36 AM
Yonex VCore89

kazamzaa
10-17-2012, 05:17 AM
Yonex makes great sticks though and has a strong worldwide presence. Not a huge surprise. I'd rate them #4 right now in sale if I had to guess since Prince has fallen off.

After playing and playtesting many rackets I've settled to rdis100mp. I bought the rdis200 too, but never got used to it. It was far more difficult to control the shots with it even with similar gut/poly setup.
If you've played with both an still prefer the rdis200 I'm very surprised.

The Dark Knight
10-28-2012, 02:03 AM
Yonex VCore89

I thought Wilson and Babolat would be close.

Head has actually beaten out Wilson.

The thing about Head racquets is that their advertisements don't seem as prominent as Babolat and Wilson....and yet they are the most popular racquet.

I've only played with one Head racquet in my life and that was the Kmart Head TI-6.....I must say it was a fun a racquet and the best beginners racquet that I have ever tried.

royroy85
10-28-2012, 06:48 AM
After playing and playtesting many rackets I've settled to rdis100mp. I bought the rdis200 too, but never got used to it. It was far more difficult to control the shots with it even with similar gut/poly setup.
If you've played with both an still prefer the rdis200 I'm very surprised.

The only reason I chose the 200 over the 100 is the comfort of the former. The 100 I agree has more control and less power but it is jarring on the arm after a long game..and this ain't made easier by the fact that I use full poly with a relatively stiff feel..cyclone 17g. The 200 takes a long while to get used to but worth it in the long haul..have leaded them at 12 with 2g...great spin and ploughthrough...

The Dark Knight
11-01-2012, 09:11 AM
The only reason I chose the 200 over the 100 is the comfort of the former. The 100 I agree has more control and less power but it is jarring on the arm after a long game..and this ain't made easier by the fact that I use full poly with a relatively stiff feel..cyclone 17g. The 200 takes a long while to get used to but worth it in the long haul..have leaded them at 12 with 2g...great spin and ploughthrough...

Judging from the poll results im going to have to give Yonex a try.

wilfreb
11-01-2012, 09:22 AM
Dunlop Bio 500 tour

DoloTennis
11-01-2012, 10:43 AM
Currently using some old Babolat Pure Control Zylons weighted up to about 11.5 and I love them.

If I become affiliated with a particular manufacturer Id just go ahead and switch to something similar (six one 95/speed/prestige tour/tour 100/300 tour ext...) I'd try to stick to the 16 mains

The Dark Knight
04-06-2013, 10:48 AM
Shocking .....head is the most popular.

I did not expect that .

MikeHitsHard93
04-06-2013, 11:05 AM
Shocking .....head is the most popular.

I did not expect that .

I expected either head or babolat to come out on top. I see head rackets everywhere. Wilson, I feel, is slowly slipping away due to paint jobs, quality control, and lack of popularity in the young crowd.

The Dark Knight
04-06-2013, 11:24 AM
I expected either head or babolat to come out on top. I see head rackets everywhere. Wilson, I feel, is slowly slipping away due to paint jobs, quality control, and lack of popularity in the young crowd.

Well I think it also proves that endorsements work and that people use racquets that's the #1 player uses.

With the rise of djokivic and Murray Head takes the lead and I don't think it's a coincidence.

In Feds hey day I bet Wilson was the winner .

MikeHitsHard93
04-06-2013, 11:54 AM
Well I think it also proves that endorsements work and that people use racquets that's the #1 player uses.

With the rise of djokivic and Murray Head takes the lead and I don't think it's a coincidence.

In Feds hey day I bet Wilson was the winner .

I bet you're right! I'm sure lots of kids bought a six one 95 k factor because they thought it was Feds stick

Rock Strongo
04-06-2013, 12:24 PM
I use whatever suits me fancy on that day. Today I used a T-2000!

NLBwell
04-06-2013, 02:34 PM
Also use Kennex as well as my Head rackets.

ArliHawk
04-06-2013, 04:31 PM
Volkl. 2 Organix V1 MP.

Blade0324
04-08-2013, 11:28 PM
Natural tennis freestyle. Link included for those that don't know what it is.

http://naturaltennis.com/buy/

The Dark Knight
04-09-2013, 07:35 AM
Natural tennis freestyle. Link included for those that don't know what it is.

http://naturaltennis.com/buy/

Bought it, tried it ....cannot get used to it.....but makes a great conversation piece :-)

eidolonshinobi
04-09-2013, 07:38 AM
I would have thought Babolat would be on top or just closer to the top.

I am happily surprised that Yonex has a decent crowd here on the forums.

ced
04-09-2013, 07:43 AM
PRO KENNEX Qtour

Have since moved to the : VOLKL ORGANIX 7 (295)

Cesare
04-09-2013, 07:46 AM
Just acquired a beautiful NOS Yonex Rd 7 UL 315 grams. that's probably the best feeling racquet i ever used in my life. i would like to stay with it for 1 year, testing different sets-up( i know it is a very string-sesintive frame).

Sander001
04-09-2013, 08:22 AM
Surprising results:
-Yonex is nearly as popular as Babolot
-Volkl is more popular than Prince

spinovic
04-09-2013, 08:25 AM
Head Extreme Pro 2.0 for me.

I prefer Head in general thus far, but I could play with any of the brands I've tried so far - Wilson, Donnay, Yonex. The Yonex was probably my least favorite.

Lukhas
04-09-2013, 08:32 AM
I was about to say Wilson, since I was planning to get two Blade 98 BLX. Now I'm not sure, given the fact many people here who focuses more on their sticks than their games (take it with a grain of salt) say they have consistency issues... Who to believe?

The Isomotion31
04-09-2013, 09:01 AM
When I first started playing I used Head. Then was put on to the Wilson Hammer 6.2 stretch in High school. I have been using Wilson ever since. (currently six.one 100)

RetroSpin
04-09-2013, 09:32 AM
I guess i am finding the poll results a little surprising. Babolat is basically tied with Yonex and Dunlop. Prince is lagging.

It's interesting to compare the marketing of these brands. Prince has relied too much on dubious technical "advances" in my judgment. They once had the image of quality. Now I'm not sure what they're selling. They've gone after niches, but you have to be pretty knowledgeable to appreciate the distinctions. Other than the 100Tour control racquet, others have more appealing options, even within those niches.

Dunlop offers a quality product, but they suffer from trying to be all things to all people. They lack a signature product. At least their racquet designations are understandable. The higher the number, the more power. I don't like the fact they seem to totally redo their line every year. The Aerogel 4d 200 Tour became the Biometic 200 Tour and now is the F2 or something. Confusing and detracts from having a signature product.

Babolat has taken the exact opposite tack. They are all about signature products. Even casual fans can recognize "Rafa's racquet" or "Roddick's racquet." They change yearly, but the changes are largely cosmetic, just like Wilson does with its signature products. This translates into greater resale value. An APD is an APD, even though the color may be different.

Yonex is an interesting company to me. Everyone says their quality is unsurpassed, and I believe it. Their sticks are visually stunning. They have suffered a bit IMO from their greatest asset, their strong identification with the women's game. Probably as many WTA players use PD's as Yonex, but no one would call the PD a girl's racquet. Yonex's marketing is a combination of prince and Dunlop. They offer a number of niche, even quirky, products, and they change them so often it is hard to follow their line.

eidolonshinobi
04-09-2013, 10:01 AM
I guess i am finding the poll results a little surprising. Babolat is basically tied with Yonex and Dunlop. Prince is lagging.

It's interesting to compare the marketing of these brands. Prince has relied too much on dubious technical "advances" in my judgment. They once had the image of quality. Now I'm not sure what they're selling. They've gone after niches, but you have to be pretty knowledgeable to appreciate the distinctions. Other than the 100Tour control racquet, others have more appealing options, even within those niches.

Dunlop offers a quality product, but they suffer from trying to be all things to all people. They lack a signature product. At least their racquet designations are understandable. The higher the number, the more power. I don't like the fact they seem to totally redo their line every year. The Aerogel 4d 200 Tour became the Biometic 200 Tour and now is the F2 or something. Confusing and detracts from having a signature product.

Babolat has taken the exact opposite tack. They are all about signature products. Even casual fans can recognize "Rafa's racquet" or "Roddick's racquet." They change yearly, but the changes are largely cosmetic, just like Wilson does with its signature products. This translates into greater resale value. An APD is an APD, even though the color may be different.

Yonex is an interesting company to me. Everyone says their quality is unsurpassed, and I believe it. Their sticks are visually stunning. They have suffered a bit IMO from their greatest asset, their strong identification with the women's game. Probably as many WTA players use PD's as Yonex, but no one would call the PD a girl's racquet. Yonex's marketing is a combination of prince and Dunlop. They offer a number of niche, even quirky, products, and they change them so often it is hard to follow their line.

I largely agree with your sentiments. What the other companies needs that Babolat, Wilson, and Head have, is a main promoter of the brand. I know for Yonex it was Hewitt for a long time, but let's face it...he's aging and well past his prime. I'm glad they picked up Stan Wawrinka, but they're going to need a couple more big guns to hold up against the big boys.

Prince has Ferrer and the Bryan bros, I guess but that hasn't helped them keep afloat.

Dunlop has Verdasco and Almagro. They need one too.

Blade0324
04-09-2013, 02:35 PM
Bought it, tried it ....cannot get used to it.....but makes a great conversation piece :-)

I get that. It's not for everyone. Took me a bit to get used to volley's with it and a while longer to be able to hit 2hfh. I always used 2hbh so it was instant love on that side. Single hand FH no problem, I'm a right hander. I'm now working on a lefty FH.

Tilde of Destruction
04-09-2013, 02:58 PM
Mantis 295 Pro. Great racquet. Didn't like Babolat racquets due to the excessive stiffness when not hitting the sweet spot.

TahoeTennis
04-09-2013, 03:02 PM
Prince TT Warrior

wrainsberger
04-09-2013, 06:26 PM
Yonex Vcore 100S. Never thought that I'd enjoy any of their frames. I stand corrected! ;)

Absolute
04-09-2013, 07:04 PM
head tgk231.3
youtek prestige pro as back up