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ruud5
11-03-2012, 06:29 AM
Most important criteria:

-comfort (armfriendly)
-control
-power

-returns
-groundstrokes
-services

MikeHitsHard93
11-03-2012, 06:38 AM
Pro open with lead

srvnvly
11-03-2012, 06:52 AM
The new Dunlop Biomimetic F 3.0 Tour is at least worth a demo; good power, easy to maneuver.

2ndServe
11-03-2012, 07:06 AM
kennex 7g?

pshulam
11-03-2012, 07:57 AM
Great Comfort and control but low power:
Wilson BLX Pro Staff Six.One 95
Dunlop Biomimetic 200 Lite
Prince Ozone Tour MP

jersey34tennis
11-03-2012, 08:06 AM
gamma g310 and t7
honorable mention goes to head microgel radical pro. all 11.4-11.7 range pretty much

VeeSe
11-03-2012, 08:14 AM
How about the Head Youtek IG Radical Pro

Power Player
11-03-2012, 08:37 AM
The new Dunlop Biomimetic F 3.0 Tour is at least worth a demo; god power, easy to maneuver.

Sounds like a nice stick. Dunlops are just great.

I love the blade 98 which is in this range, and i also would suggest the tecnifibre 305, a very underrated stick.

danotje
11-03-2012, 09:43 AM
kennex 7g?

+1 here...7G has really upped my control

yemenmocha
11-03-2012, 10:57 AM
http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/ProKennex_Ionic_Ki_5_315/descpageRCPK-KI5N12.html

ruud5
11-03-2012, 03:45 PM
The new Dunlop Biomimetic F 3.0 Tour is at least worth a demo; good power, easy to maneuver.

Looks very good but how armfriendly is it? (comfort 80...)

ruud5
11-03-2012, 03:47 PM
How about the Head Youtek IG Radical Pro

Heavy swingweight...

VeeSe
11-03-2012, 03:52 PM
Heavy swingweight...

Yes, however, it meets a lot of your criteria:
-Great serving racquet
-very arm friendly
-a lot of power
-great groundstrokes

It doesn't have bad control either, but if you are saying you can't swing it (which is understandable), then I would pass on it.

ruud5
11-03-2012, 03:55 PM
- I want comfort and power (high racketspeed with old body...).
- Huge sweetspot (level 4).
- Small beam (kick).

ruud5
11-03-2012, 03:57 PM
Yes, however, it meets a lot of your criteria:
-Great serving racquet
-very arm friendly
-a lot of power
-great groundstrokes

It doesn't have bad control either, but if you are saying you can't swing it (which is understandable), then I would pass on it.

Only the swingweight is a little to much...

Hi I'm Ray
11-03-2012, 04:23 PM
Comfort, power, control, in that order: V1 MP

Comfort and control, less power: Radical MP, Dunlop 300 series (the older verions, haven't tried the new version)

They all need lead tape for your target of 11.5oz

Blitzball
11-03-2012, 07:21 PM
The new Dunlop Biomimetic F 3.0 Tour is at least worth a demo; good power, easy to maneuver.

I agree, the F 3.0 Tour is an all-around solid stick at approximately 11.5oz strung. It could use some lead in the hoop for more push, but that's just personal preference as the stock is perfectly fine.

kc571
11-03-2012, 08:03 PM
F3 Tour or Donnay XDual Gold worth a look. Both are good sticks.

cknobman
11-04-2012, 04:47 AM
Pro open with lead

Or you could just get the tour version?

The one in my sig us my current favorite followed by the Dunlop biomimetic 200 lite.

SJSA
11-04-2012, 08:20 PM
Most important criteria:

-comfort (armfriendly)
-control
-power

-returns
-groundstrokes
-services

Try Donnay Pro One 18x20.
It is close to the racket you want.

ruud5
11-05-2012, 02:30 AM
What about the Rebel 98?

mikeler
11-05-2012, 04:24 AM
- I want comfort and power (high racketspeed with old body...).
- Huge sweetspot (level 4).
- Small beam (kick).

The Exo3 Tour is not powerful but it meets all your other needs. You can fix the power issue by using a multifilament or gut at lower tensions.

Rabbit
11-05-2012, 05:04 AM
The Exo3 Tour is not powerful but it meets all your other needs. You can fix the power issue by using a multifilament or gut at lower tensions.

Or you can opt for the Prince Warrior 100 which is a tick up in the power department

MikeHitsHard93
11-05-2012, 05:28 AM
The Exo3 Tour is not powerful but it meets all your other needs. You can fix the power issue by using a multifilament or gut at lower tensions.

Hey Mikeler,

How would you compare the exo3 tour to the exo3 graphite 100? Unless you haven't played the graphite before. How does it perform from the baseline in terms of consistency and diversity?

Thanks.

Mike

smirker
11-05-2012, 05:39 AM
Kennex Ki5. Comfort (PK renowned for it) Power, medium. Control, not as much as an 18x20 but more than 16x19. 11.5oz strung = perfect compromise racquet in many ways for me coming from the PD2012 which was good in two of the above areas but not the other!

mikeler
11-05-2012, 05:58 AM
Hey Mikeler,

How would you compare the exo3 tour to the exo3 graphite 100? Unless you haven't played the graphite before. How does it perform from the baseline in terms of consistency and diversity?

Thanks.

Mike

Never hit with it, sorry.

tennismonkey
11-05-2012, 06:04 AM
i'd try: exo3 tour, rebel 98, becker london and donnay gold.

jonnyboi09
11-05-2012, 06:18 AM
I recommend the Exo3 Tour, the BLX Blade, and the Rdis 200. If you go with the Exo3 Tour, I'd recommend the port grommet for enhanced sweetspot and comfort.

MikeHitsHard93
11-05-2012, 06:34 AM
Never hit with it, sorry.

That's ok! I've been thinking I would love my exo3 if it was more headlight and flexible. Tour might be perfect

ruud5
11-05-2012, 06:36 AM
i'd try: exo3 tour, rebel 98, becker london and donnay gold.

What about the Rebel 98?

ruud5
11-05-2012, 12:07 PM
The Exo3 Tour is not powerful but it meets all your other needs. You can fix the power issue by using a multifilament or gut at lower tensions.

thnks,
But what effect does it have on the control?

Mick3391
11-05-2012, 12:13 PM
Most important criteria:

-comfort (armfriendly)
-control
-power

-returns
-groundstrokes
-services

Demo as many as you can find, but also demo different or recommended strings. No way someone can say, "Oh, 'X' is the best", it might be for most, but not for you. Tennis is SO INDIVIDUAL, a racquet I LOVE you might hate.

So best to not listen to any of us as far as recommendations, find out for yourself, demo a bunch from this website.

mikeler
11-05-2012, 12:20 PM
thnks,
But what effect does it have on the control?

Comfort and spin are the hallmarks of the 16 x 18 version of the Exo3 Tour. I think it also has great control but the power level is so low that I feel even powerful multis need to be strung in the low to mid 50s. You would probably have to have poly at 40 or below to get decent power.

ruud5
11-05-2012, 12:36 PM
Demo as many as you can find, but also demo different or recommended strings. No way someone can say, "Oh, 'X' is the best", it might be for most, but not for you. Tennis is SO INDIVIDUAL, a racquet I LOVE you might hate.

So best to not listen to any of us as far as recommendations, find out for yourself, demo a bunch from this website.

I tried some:

- Dunlop tour pro
- Dunlop aerogel 4 D 500
- Snauwaert Ellipse touch H
- Prokennex Q tour (now playing with it)
- Boris Becker Delta Core London (now playing with it)

Different rackets. I like the Q tour but is to heavy for me. Racket speed to low with service and return (attack second). This also counts for the Snauwaert. The Aerogel 4 D 500 to stiff. I like also the London but this one have less control. Mostly I play with Klip legend (TE).

Now I know what I want but it is difficult to find. I get good tips on this forum to go trough. And I know that it never shall be perfect:( But I always shall searching:)

Roforot
11-05-2012, 12:39 PM
Hi. If you look you will see a big thread about the Wilson steam99s. It may be an early luvfest, but it sounds like it will fit all your requirements. Perhaps it is the best...

I use a pure drive roddick. It is supposed to be a stiff frame but I am doing well with it. I expected and got some boost in power and serves but I'm really pleased with how well I'm hitting touch shots. I'm hitting droppers for winners. Lob returns in doubles are finding the corner. My returns in general have improved. Anyway it's out of favor now that Andy has retired but if your arm tolerates it I'd give it a try.

ruud5
11-05-2012, 12:40 PM
I hit the balls about 1 inch above the middle of the racket..

mikeler
11-05-2012, 01:23 PM
I tried some:

- Dunlop tour pro
- Dunlop aerogel 4 D 500
- Snauwaert Ellipse touch H
- Prokennex Q tour (now playing with it)
- Boris Becker Delta Core London (now playing with it)

Different rackets. I like the Q tour but is to heavy for me. Racket speed to low with service and return (attack second). This also counts for the Snauwaert. The Aerogel 4 D 500 to stiff. I like also the London but this one have less control. Mostly I play with Klip legend (TE).

Now I know what I want but it is difficult to find. I get good tips on this forum to go trough. And I know that it never shall be perfect:( But I always shall searching:)

If you have TE like me, the best racket is the Exo3 Tour. Read the review here on TTW and on the TW comments section. My TE is finally fading since I bought this racket.

royfrombigd
11-05-2012, 02:28 PM
Most important criteria:

-comfort (armfriendly)
-control
-power

-returns
-groundstrokes
-services

BLX Blade 98 and lord knows I've tried them all in this range.

ruud5
11-06-2012, 12:00 AM
BLX Blade 98 and lord knows I've tried them all in this range.

What about comfort? Tenniselbow

vndesu
11-06-2012, 12:47 AM
tecnifibre 320 vo2. loving it.

smirker
11-06-2012, 12:49 AM
What about comfort? Tenniselbow

If you are suffering with TE then your priority should be comfort. PK are the only manufacturer to have scientifically proven tech to help reduce TE symptoms so I would advise trying some of their other offerings if the Q Tour is too heavy. Q5 295/315. Ki5 315 and 295 variant if you are in Europe?

ruud5
11-06-2012, 05:21 AM
If you are suffering with TE then your priority should be comfort. PK are the only manufacturer to have scientifically proven tech to help reduce TE symptoms so I would advise trying some of their other offerings if the Q Tour is too heavy. Q5 295/315. Ki5 315 and 295 variant if you are in Europe?

You are right

- first priority is comfort
- second is power to hit less hard and still have balspeed
- third is control

The London is ok for me except the less control (maybe also because I use the Klip Legend (22 kg)

I shall also try the Ki5 (315 if I can handle it or the 295 if not)

ruud5
11-06-2012, 12:47 PM
How to string the Ki5?

royfrombigd
11-07-2012, 09:34 AM
What about comfort? Tenniselbow
I used to suffer from TE and haven't had a lick of problems with BLX Blade 98. Now, I do use all gut or soft multi set ups. Hope that helps.

ruud5
11-09-2012, 06:50 AM
What about the Q tour 295?

Marcus2137
11-09-2012, 11:04 PM
You are right

- first priority is comfort
- second is power to hit less hard and still have balspeed
- third is control

The London is ok for me except the less control (maybe also because I use the Klip Legend (22 kg)

I shall also try the Ki5 (315 if I can handle it or the 295 if not)

I have a pretty tough elbow, but I had one racket that really started making it ache after hitting. I stopped using the racket, but the pain continued even after switching back the the Prestige that I had had been using before without any issue.

Then, I picked up a Donnay (X-Red 94+), and from the first time I hit with it, there was no ache at all. I've never had the pain return since then, even when I go back to the Prestige. I think the Donnay helped me play and heal at the same time.

The Donnay is still the most cushioned (not most flexible though, it's different) racket I've used, even more than my Head Prostocks. Right now I have it strung with Gut/Poly at 50#main/46#crosses. It's amazingly soft and has more power than any power racket I've owned or tried (Babolat, Head Extreme, etc). I can play very casually with it and still find great depth and speed.

JackB1
11-10-2012, 02:44 PM
The new Dunlop Biomimetic F 3.0 Tour is at least worth a demo; good power, easy to maneuver.

So why are you selling it then?

srvnvly
11-10-2012, 04:43 PM
So why are you selling it then?

Because I'd like a little more power. It doesn't change my opinion that its a good racquet, tho.

MikeHitsHard93
11-10-2012, 05:02 PM
String lower..

crazyups
11-10-2012, 07:49 PM
Slazenger pro braided

DeShaun
11-11-2012, 12:24 AM
The K Blade Tour http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6YiMHI4NBg#t=7m52s

Once I have enough coin saved up, this racket will be mine!

lobman
11-14-2012, 10:56 AM
Most any Volkl leaded up to that weight.

JackB1
11-14-2012, 02:14 PM
Because I'd like a little more power. It doesn't change my opinion that its a good racquet, tho.

If you string it low tension with the multi or nat gut, it will have more power than you'll know what to do with.

MikeHitsHard93
11-14-2012, 02:31 PM
If you string it low tension with the multi or nat gut, it will have more power than you'll know what to do with.

Exactly my advice. But NOOOO they gotta change their whole racket! Smh

sunof tennis
11-14-2012, 02:41 PM
The K Blade Tour http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6YiMHI4NBg#t=7m52s

Once I have enough coin saved up, this racket will be mine!

Isn't a KBlade tour heavier than 11.5?