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corners
11-16-2012, 03:42 PM
What was the single best racquet switch you ever made, and why?

Usually on these boards people are making what appear to be horizontal moves - going from one frame that suits their game quite well to another that is a little more powerful, a little more comfortable or has a little better feel. But have you ever switched to a new racquet that immediately made an impact on how well you play and how often you win?


Please name the frame you switched from and the great frame you switched to, and what is/was so great about it.



(And, if you've since moved on, please tell us what you next switched to and what the hell you were thinking by moving away from a racquet that you played so well with!)

LeeD
11-16-2012, 04:05 PM
I switch rackets every 2.5 years about, just for fun. Why not? I can afford it, it's fun, and it keeps tennis interesting.
Has any made my tennis any better? Nope.
Got my MicrogelRadOS today. Swings between my 200's and 500 Dunlop, about what I'm looking towards. Rain today, tomorrow, and maybe Sunday.

rafafan20
11-16-2012, 04:26 PM
When I was a competitive junior I switched from the Head Ti Fire to the Prince Precision Response -- It completely revolutionized my game.

In the current day switching from a bab apd+ to my current tfibre has made my backhand much more deadly (easier to control)

McLovin
11-16-2012, 05:52 PM
The best switch I ever made was a little over 5 years ago when I went from my Babolat Pure Control + 'Swirly' to the Fischer M-Comp 95.

What was the immediate impact it had on my game? Well, anyone who's ever hit with that frame knows it is one of the least powerful frames out there. It allowed me to 'swing away' on most of my ground strokes, and gave me confidence to stay in ralleys, as opposed to forcing the issue, knowing it was just a matter of time before I made an error.

Why did I move away from it? Because Fischer sold their racquet company to Pacific, and they took too long to release the follow-up (the X Feel Pro 95). After 3 years, my frames were pretty beat up, I couldn't find grommets, nor could I find replacement pallets.

Now I'm using the Pacific X Force Pro and loving it, but the M-Comp 95 was the frame that introduced me to lower powered frames, and that's why it was the 'best switch ever'...

roundiesee
11-16-2012, 06:38 PM
From Dunlop AG 200 to BLX PS 90; whilst I could hit well with the Dunlop, I could not control the ball during matches for some reason. I ended up losing a lot of close matches. After switching to the Wilson, my control was a lot better, and I started winning again, :)

Say Chi Sin Lo
11-16-2012, 06:41 PM
When I was a competitive junior I switched from the Head Ti Fire to the Prince Precision Response -- It completely revolutionized my game.

In the current day switching from a bab apd+ to my current tfibre has made my backhand much more deadly (easier to control)

The red and silver titanium version? Very nice!

The best switch was when I stopped using junior frames and went into the big boys 27inch frames.

watungga
11-16-2012, 06:42 PM
My best switch is from Pro Kennex Copper Ace to

Wilson BLX ProStaff 95

This is the racquet I picked this year and my last my play was 1998.

Drew24
11-16-2012, 06:43 PM
From Babolat E-Sense Lite, to Head YouTek Speed MP, and now to Head YouTek Extreme MP. The Babolat helped me learn the basic strokes and serves, the Speed made me learn how to give more depth on the ball and the Extreme is perhaps the best switch of all since it truly gives me much more topspin and power with the stiffness. I feel like I'm starting to win more matches easier and less tired due to the sub 11oz weight with the Extreme. :D

db10s
11-16-2012, 06:45 PM
Prince Rebel 98 to Dunlop Hotmelt 200G....... I picked it up and I could just hit sweet spin with deadly control while still hitting the ball deep and hit the line 9 times out of 10 on my DTL FH. I switched to my Bio because of a sponsorship package that I couldn't refuse, and I've set it up to be almost exactly the same.

diggies
11-16-2012, 07:01 PM
I was using the Babolat Pure Drive and ... well, I moved to the Kneissl Red Star, 2007 model. I love it. It reminds me of my old junior days when I played with a wooden Rossignol with graphite layers. - It is a longer racquet, and man, I can hit the ball wherever I want, my serve is pinpoint accurate, the feel is amazing. I love this stick. Everybody wonders what I am doing with a Kneissl cause no one else plays with it around here, but it is a laser gun, and it helped me move from 3.5 to 4.5 no problem.

travlerajm
11-16-2012, 07:15 PM
Age 17: Switched from POG mid to Profile 2.7 OS.

The Profile seemed to feel like cheating. Thundering overheads, a wall at net. More dominating serve. It didn't fix my crappy fh, but it really suited the serve and volley style that I'd developed to compensate fro my lack of a fh. True story: I had only been playing competitively for about 18 months, and had never beaten a seeded player in a junior champs tourney, just trying to catch up to the kids who'd been playing 10 years longer than me. My first match with the Profile demo from the pro shop, and I took out the #2 seed in the biggest PNW junior tourney of the year (a 15-year-old who would be the top-ranked kid in 18's in the section 2 years later). I simply overpowered him with huge serves that kicked high to the backhand, and followed in behind with pounding volleys.

I used the Profile for 10 years - even won prize money in singles once due to my giant serve. Eventually moved next to Prostaff 4.7 (similar huge head, but longer and a little flexier). I noticed that the 4.7 demo let me 'shape' my shots better than the Profile. Played another 10 years with the 4.7 (and reached a very high level 9 years ago, winning prize money in both men's doubles and mixed doubles, even though my forehand still sucked).

I've gone through a lot of frames since then, but strangely, I'm now back the 4.7, except that I play it almost 3 ounces heavier than I did 10 years ago. Now my forehand is finally much better than before due to the lead in the right places, and my volleys are better than before, also due to the added lead. Unfortunatey, I don't have enough to time to practice my serve like I used to. So my rusty serve keeps me stuck as a double-faulting 4.5 with 5.0 rest of game who can dominate 8.0 mixed.

Ramon
11-16-2012, 08:21 PM
Babolat APDGT to Pro Kennex Ki 5x.

Went from an over-powered, arm-wrecking frame that forced me to play tentatively to a more control-oriented, arm-friendly frame that lets me swing away with no worries.

GrandSlam45
11-16-2012, 08:41 PM
I recently switched from the Pure Drive 2012 to the Pro Kennex Ki5 315. Wow... a world of difference. Whereas the PD's caused me major tennis elbow problems, the PK Ki5 allows me to play pain free with equal power and control.

It took some trial and error to dial in the Ki5, but once I did, it's been a dream come true.

Fuji
11-16-2012, 08:41 PM
Away from my PSC6.1. That thing caused me a world of hurt on my shoulder. It's just too bad that it played so darn nice.

-Fuji

TonyB
11-16-2012, 08:47 PM
Age 17: Switched from POG mid to Profile 2.7 OS.

The Profile seemed to feel like cheating. Thundering overheads, a wall at net. More dominating serve. It didn't fix my crappy fh, but it really suited the serve and volley style that I'd developed to compensate fro my lack of a fh. True story: I had only been playing competitively for about 18 months, and had never beaten a seeded player in a junior champs tourney, just trying to catch up to the kids who'd been playing 10 years longer than me. My first match with the Profile demo from the pro shop, and I took out the #2 seed in the biggest PNW junior tourney of the year (a 15-year-old who would be the top-ranked kid in 18's in the section 2 years later). I simply overpowered him with huge serves that kicked high to the backhand, and followed in behind with pounding volleys.

I used the Profile for 10 years - even won prize money in singles once due to my giant serve. Eventually moved next to Prostaff 4.7 (similar huge head, but longer and a little flexier). I noticed that the 4.7 demo let me 'shape' my shots better than the Profile. Played another 10 years with the 4.7 (and reached a very high level 9 years ago, winning prize money in both men's doubles and mixed doubles, even though my forehand still sucked).

I've gone through a lot of frames since then, but strangely, I'm now back the 4.7, except that I play it almost 3 ounces heavier than I did 10 years ago. Now my forehand is finally much better than before due to the lead in the right places, and my volleys are better than before, also due to the added lead. Unfortunatey, I don't have enough to time to practice my serve like I used to. So my rusty serve keeps me stuck as a double-faulting 4.5 with 5.0 rest of game who can dominate 8.0 mixed.


Honestly, that's an amazing story. Truly. But.... I have to admit that I had the impression from your posts and your technical knowledge that you were a much better player. I can honestly say that I'm a solid 4.5 player with just about ANY frame out there, easily able to dominate the 8.0 and 9.0 men's game. I don't feel that that's a particular accomplishment, really, since I can't win open level tournaments. But 4.5 men's, 9.0 mixed? No problem. I don't feel the need to expound upon my technical expertise or 19-ounce frames.

Solid technical volleys with classic frames will get you far in tennis. Easily 4.5 or higher. It really doesn't matter what frame you use. At this level, I've used a K90, a Donnay X-Dark Red, a Yonex Tour 89 and even an old Yonex R-22. It honestly doesn't matter.

If you're a good player, you can play with just about any frame as long as you're not on tour. I'm kicking butt at the 4.5 level singles/doubles with the Yonex Tour 89, but I honestly don't consider that a major victory. My advice is to play with what you're comfortable with, it doesn't matter what frame.

parasailing
11-16-2012, 09:27 PM
I went from a Wilson KPS 88 to Babolat Pure Storm Tour GT and haven't looked back. KPS 88 while a wonderful racquet was too demanding to hit the sweet spot consistently and the occasional shank, would hurt my wrist.

Now 30 racquet demos later, I am still using the PSTGT though I try new racquets all the time. It offers the perfect blend of power, control, and spin while being arm friendly.

travlerajm
11-16-2012, 10:26 PM
Honestly, that's an amazing story. Truly. But.... I have to admit that I had the impression from your posts and your technical knowledge that you were a much better player. I can honestly say that I'm a solid 4.5 player with just about ANY frame out there, easily able to dominate the 8.0 and 9.0 men's game. I don't feel that that's a particular accomplishment, really, since I can't win open level tournaments. But 4.5 men's, 9.0 mixed? No problem. I don't feel the need to expound upon my technical expertise or 19-ounce frames.

Solid technical volleys with classic frames will get you far in tennis. Easily 4.5 or higher. It really doesn't matter what frame you use. At this level, I've used a K90, a Donnay X-Dark Red, a Yonex Tour 89 and even an old Yonex R-22. It honestly doesn't matter.

If you're a good player, you can play with just about any frame as long as you're not on tour. I'm kicking butt at the 4.5 level singles/doubles with the Yonex Tour 89, but I honestly don't consider that a major victory. My advice is to play with what you're comfortable with, it doesn't matter what frame.

You obviously didn't get my joke poking fun at my current lack of court time compared to when I was winning prize money and reaching finals in open tourneys - maybe you need to have played a lot of USTA mixed league to get it?

Back to the topic: I don't think my serve (the most important shot for winning matches in singles ) would have developed into such a big weapon in my 20's I had if I hadn't switched from the POG mid to the Profile OS in high school. But on the other hand, the Profile probably stunted the development of my ground game. I never really developed my forehand enough to hang with top players from the baseline until I switched away from the big ultra-stiff club in my late 20s. And finally, I never truly became a top-notch volleyer until I learned to play with heavier racquets again in my mid 30s. There is no question that the racquet you play with shapes your game.

goran_ace
11-16-2012, 11:30 PM
Wilson HPS 5.0 (95) to Head MG Extreme Pro (100).

danotje
11-17-2012, 04:35 AM
Babolat APDGT to Pro Kennex Ki 5x.

Went from an over-powered, arm-wrecking frame that forced me to play tentatively to a more control-oriented, arm-friendly frame that lets me swing away with no worries.

Nearly the same for me, except I used the previous models in both cases--APD OG to the PK 7G. The 7 helped my arm heal and gave me much more control and stability. I miss some things about the APD, but I like being on the court, especially with the 7. :)

USS Tang
11-17-2012, 04:40 AM
Prince grommets to Prince O-ports.

marlinspike
11-17-2012, 07:28 AM
Switching to a Donnay Pro One made a HUGE improvement for me. Before that I used a Slazenger Pro Braid (original production), with a lot of weight added in both ends, and I never found a racquet that suited me better until I played with the Donnay, boy was it better. Even before I got recalibrated to the racquet, my game improved. That said, whenever my brother visits I play a set with his Dunlop 200g Revelation PRO and it feels like cheating.

ollinger
11-17-2012, 08:02 AM
From Wilson Advantage (wood, 65 sq. in.) to Prince Graphite (graphite, 110 sq. in.), 1984

luishcorreia
11-17-2012, 08:46 AM
From babolat pure drive to vantage 100sqin, 310g unstrung, 6pts HL, 63 RA.

smirker
11-17-2012, 09:21 AM
I recently switched from the Pure Drive 2012 to the Pro Kennex Ki5 315. Wow... a world of difference. Whereas the PD's caused me major tennis elbow problems, the PK Ki5 allows me to play pain free with equal power and control.

It took some trial and error to dial in the Ki5, but once I did, it's been a dream come true.

Would you mind going into more detail on what you did to adjust or if you added lead etc to the Ki5? Just made the same switch and struggling to adjust to the ki5

TripleB
11-17-2012, 11:34 AM
Rossignol F-200 to Head Radical Oversize.

When I made the switch I started trying to immitate Agassi...up until that point I had never hit with topspin: flat forehand and slice backhand is all I had until I made that switch.

TripleB

lynnbart
11-17-2012, 12:25 PM
I switched from a Head Youtek Radical MP to a Babolat Pure Drive Roddick.

It immediately gave me back some punch on the serve and groundstrokes. The flexible Radical was hard for me to find a string that I was comfortable with and actually gave me some arm pain.

The PDR is very solid and has helped my aging game....

TheLambsheadrep
11-17-2012, 01:26 PM
Would have to be my LM Radical MP to Twin Tube Radical Tour OS. It was when I was in high school - I had a Ti Radical OS before the LM, and while the LM felt nice, I couldn't generate the same amount of topspin and it really messed with my technique trying to compensate for that. With the Rad Tours, I was back to my OS roots and they were even better and solid feeling, a true classic. They are still my main sticks today (even though I have expanded my collection outside of Head racquets, something I didn't think I would ever do haha)

InspectorRacquet
11-17-2012, 01:45 PM
The best switch I ever made was when I was still a very green beginner.

I was progressing very quickly, and began playing opponents who hit harder. I had 110 sq. inch Prince that was all of 9 ounces. That racquet was so light, it twisted in my hands after a ROS no matter how tightly I held it. I got a 100 sq. inch Head that was an ounce and a half heavier, and my game stopped going into its slump and immediately came out of it.

I never used a "player's racquet" because they've always been too heavy for me. I only used what worked, and that happened to be the most random Head racquet practically built for me.

makinao
11-17-2012, 02:22 PM
Prince Precision 690 Longbody 95 to Slazenger ProBraided Xtreme 100 - From boring to perfect. This Slaz had countless virtues, and never needed any modification. I enjoyed them for seven years, and was heartbroken when one of them broke because they were already long out of production and irreplaceable.

tennytive
11-18-2012, 06:34 AM
Wilson woodie, can't remember the model.
Wilson T 2000
Head AA Comp 2
Puma Boris Becker Super
Prince Pro 110
Prince Precision Graphite
Prince Original Graphite 90, LB, Oversize.
Sometimes hit with a Jack Kramer Autograph just for fun.

Best moves were from the T2000 to the AA Comp, and the POGs.

I wouldn't mind demoing the Prestige line, but I can't see myself giving up on the POGs anytime soon.

paul_tennis
11-18-2012, 06:53 AM
KPS88 to BLX90, KPS88 was too heavy for my shoulder during serve. BLX90 feels just right to my arm.

BruceD
11-18-2012, 06:56 AM
Going from a strangley shaped Pro-Kennex Composite Dominator, to a Pro- Kennex Composite Destiny, allowed my game to progress rapidly, when I was in my late 20's, because of a much better balanced and consistant head size, of 95", if I remember correctly. That frame mold design was later sold to Babolat, to make their first racquets and looks a lot like the Are-Pro does today!
I wish I still had that one!
But the racquet that make the BIGGEST change of all, was a Wilson K-Factor Bold, that I bought last May, that brought me back into the game, after over 20 years away from participating in it!
For $35 on the bay, it felt like it was made for me, when I first tired hitting a tennis ball again.

matchmaker
11-18-2012, 07:18 AM
The best racquet switch I've ever made was switching to a thirty year old midsize frame. At the time I had been testing a lot of midplus frames such as the Donney Pro One International, the PK Redondo Midplus, the Volkl C10 Pro, even tested the POGOS briefly. Those were all good racquets, but I still felt something was lacking in my game. My teaching pro had taught me "the modern game" when I was growing up on European clay court: high topspin balls with typical windshield wiper motion. I had a good kick serve, a great backhand (my opponents always gave me compliments about it) and a good rally forehand but it was not really a game-winning shot.

One day a friend of mine brings an old Wilson frame. For fun I started hitting with it. I was a bit puzzled as my first balls all sailed out. I thought: "Weren't these old frames supposed to be really underpowered?" I still felt though that the racquet did grip the ball and that I could get it in with some minor changes in my swingpath.

I played a match with it and oh.... my forehand was like a hammer. It was deep, heavy, penetrating. I could hit FH winners at will, something I hadn't been able to do before. And the serve... This racquet was hitting bombs.

It was a Wilson Reflex mid. Later I discovered the stats on it: 85 sq. inch., 370 gr., 355 SW, 51 flex. My serve, FH and volleys have never been so good as with this frame. Had I known it specs, I might have never tried it. I would thus really recommend people to try something out of their comfort zone, it might just work.

Hi I'm Ray
11-18-2012, 07:53 AM
At first from OS to heavy/low powered frames, then after several years switching to tweeners.

LeeD
11-18-2012, 02:48 PM
Just switched to MicroGelOS from Dunlop500's and 200's, before that, LMRadMid.
Well, I'm almost blind, so OS is great.
Moderate weight, smooth swing, soft and cushy, lots of power, certainly no power loss from previous rackets.
Confidence is what I've seemed to gain.

v-verb
11-18-2012, 04:39 PM
The best racquet switch I've ever made was switching to a thirty year old midsize frame. At the time I had been testing a lot of midplus frames such as the Donney Pro One International, the PK Redondo Midplus, the Volkl C10 Pro, even tested the POGOS briefly. Those were all good racquets, but I still felt something was lacking in my game. My teaching pro had taught me "the modern game" when I was growing up on European clay court: high topspin balls with typical windshield wiper motion. I had a good kick serve, a great backhand (my opponents always gave me compliments about it) and a good rally forehand but it was not really a game-winning shot.

One day a friend of mine brings an old Wilson frame. For fun I started hitting with it. I was a bit puzzled as my first balls all sailed out. I thought: "Weren't these old frames supposed to be really underpowered?" I still felt though that the racquet did grip the ball and that I could get it in with some minor changes in my swingpath.

I played a match with it and oh.... my forehand was like a hammer. It was deep, heavy, penetrating. I could hit FH winners at will, something I hadn't been able to do before. And the serve... This racquet was hitting bombs.

It was a Wilson Reflex mid. Later I discovered the stats on it: 85 sq. inch., 370 gr., 355 SW, 51 flex. My serve, FH and volleys have never been so good as with this frame. Had I known it specs, I might have never tried it. I would thus really recommend people to try something out of their comfort zone, it might just work.

Great story! I'm switching from my longbody Ripstcks and Babolat Pure Drive GT to some POGs (mid and OS). Hoping they put some feel back into my game - fingers crossed!

Timbo's hopeless slice
11-18-2012, 05:00 PM
from Yonex V-Core 95Ds to Volkl PB-9

I found the Yonex a cannon to serve with but just too powerful in regular play.

the Volkls are my personal holy grail, reflected by an improvement in my w/l and a 100 place rise in my national open ranking. (from crap to average)

goes to show, not many people seem to like 'em, but they work for me.

NLBwell
11-18-2012, 05:42 PM
I don't think any racket has made a significant positive advantage to my game. I grew up with wood rackets, so maybe that makes me pretty insensitive to differences in rackets.
I've found many that I don't play with well (light widebodies, Arthur Ashe Comp), but none that seem to make a large positive difference. A wood racket, a POG, modern 100sqin rackets, longbodies, or my current Prestige Pros only seem to make a small difference.

downdaline
11-18-2012, 07:11 PM
For me, the biggest switch was from my old KPS88 to the Prince TT Warrior.

The racquet was so different from other frames that I used before - utterly low powered. Gave me huge confidence to go for shots.

This was the racquet that turned me from a recreational highrisk attacking player to a consistent competitive player.

mjnchen
11-18-2012, 08:27 PM
from Yonex V-Core 95Ds to Volkl PB-9

I found the Yonex a cannon to serve with but just too powerful in regular play.

the Volkls are my personal holy grail, reflected by an improvement in my w/l and a 100 place rise in my national open ranking. (from crap to average)

goes to show, not many people seem to like 'em, but they work for me.
Did you customize your PB 9? Now I am switching from PB 9 to PB 10 mid. I like PB 10 mid better due to my personal preference.

djdannyj25
11-18-2012, 11:18 PM
wilson blx 6.1 95 to an apdgt weighted up to 13.5 oz.

went from a great all-court racquet to something that fit my power and spin oriented game better. both are great racquets, but nothing beats the apd the plush feel, power, and spin of apd with lots of lead!

acura9927
11-18-2012, 11:37 PM
Going from 95 sq in head to 100. Lowering the SW to under 310 and 11.5 ounces max.
Basically going from Dunlop Bio 200 to all the racquets in my sig.

Timbo's hopeless slice
11-19-2012, 02:21 PM
Did you customize your PB 9? Now I am switching from PB 9 to PB 10 mid. I like PB 10 mid better due to my personal preference.

no, work fine for me the way they are. I find I am just a bit late under pressure with a PB Mid, although I really like the frames.

It was lineball between the two, but I play better under pressure with the 9s.

sunof tennis
11-19-2012, 03:38 PM
From Wilson Advantage (wood, 65 sq. in.) to Prince Graphite (graphite, 110 sq. in.), 1984

I loved the Wilson Advantage but I too went for a more powerful racquet.

BoomstickTPH
11-19-2012, 08:25 PM
PDR(worst mistake ever) to Head Monster(uncontrollable) to head youtek ig speed(best switch ever) I EVOLVED!!!!

eyedropper
11-19-2012, 11:12 PM
Prince Precision 690 Longbody 95 to Slazenger ProBraided Xtreme 100 - From boring to perfect. This Slaz had countless virtues, and never needed any modification. I enjoyed them for seven years, and was heartbroken when one of them broke because they were already long out of production and irreplaceable.

Similar to Makinao my best move ever was switching away from the Prince Precision 690 , a 28" racquet. The Fischer Revolution was quite a bit shorter altough still extended and allowed me to maneuver more quickly for doubles volleying.

kalic
11-20-2012, 12:10 AM
From O3 tour to bumblebee 630 (and that was my general switch from modern to classic). Everything in my game became better especially joy when I hit the ball :)

chippy17
11-20-2012, 01:39 AM
up until a year ago was playing with PS6.0 95s, with syn gut in, that I had been playing with since they were new

but had to find something to change to due to arm and shoulder issues, the stiffness of the PSs was starting to hurt

found almost by chance:

the PK Redondo 98, wow what a difference, lost a bit of grunt but can play as long as i want with no issues and even with full poly they are a joy to play with

sunof tennis
11-20-2012, 03:34 PM
Best racquet change was from a Wilson T3000 to a Jack Kramer Autograph. Actually had to learn to play tennis with the later. Still have one laying around. Need to get it strung up-just for fun.

I Heart Thomas Muster
11-20-2012, 04:47 PM
Best switch I made was from the first Kneissl Toms Reach Machine to the 2003 Fischer Pro No. 1. The first Toms Machine was great but the Reach Machine was an unwieldy beast. By the time I got around to chopping an inch off I was over it.

The Fischers were a dream to play with. They didn't have the zero tolerance but the covers had a sticker with the specs written on it so I found three as close as possible. They were comfortable (even with TNT at 67 lbs) spin machines that were maneuverable and still had nice plow through. I stuck with them as long as I could then went to the Tecnifibre 315 V02 Max (same mold) but they never captured the feel of the Fischers. Personally I think it was the ceramics that made them feel so sweet.

The only racquet that evokes as much devotion from me is the Head Pro Tour 280.

retrograde
11-20-2012, 06:35 PM
Age 17: Switched from POG mid to Profile 2.7 OS.
That was an awesome stick (metallic tan color, super wide beam, 12+ ozs, early 90s? if I recall). A friend had one that was lighter and more headlight than most. I tried to buy it from him to no avail.

BlueB
11-20-2012, 06:44 PM
After 25 years absence, switch from wood to graphite - great!
Then switch from cheapish Wilson to POG - good. Tennis elbow decreased.
Then switch to O3 White - even better. Tennis elbow gone, serve improved a lot.

hcb0804
11-22-2012, 12:20 AM
Head Microgel Radical MP to Wilson BLX Pro Staff Six.One 100.
Lighter weight, more power, better spin, better feel, better serve.

quest01
11-22-2012, 04:53 AM
The best switch I ever made was about 6 years ago when I went from a flex point radical to a babolat aero pro drive. My game started to improve dramatically. I've been an aeropro user ever since. I think another big reason is when I changed to a full poly.

GoSurfBoy
11-22-2012, 11:48 AM
Wasn't any frame. It was switching to from 16 to 18 mains that has made a huuuuuge difference.

FoldingChair
11-22-2012, 12:40 PM
Microgel Extreme (non pro) to Dunlop 4D 300 tour. I actually regret selling my 300's now that i look back but they were easier on my arm, loads more control, a lot less power, and I think they looked better than the MGExtreme.

BruceD
11-22-2012, 05:23 PM
Microgel Extreme (non pro) to Dunlop 4D 300 tour. I actually regret selling my 300's now that i look back but they were easier on my arm, loads more control, a lot less power, and I think they looked better than the MGExtreme.

What string setup do you use on your Fischer? I have one and use a no-name string that came with it from a seller on the Bay, 40lbs on the mains, 42lbs cross. Mine is the 330 gm 98" No.1 and it WILL be the racquet for me, once Ibeef up a bit, so i can use all that weight! I've added 10 grmas to the butt cap, also to make it a little MORE head-light and easier to swing.

Ronaldo
11-22-2012, 05:35 PM
Wilson Ultra mid to Yonex R-22. So much more feel and snap.

Murrayalmagrofan
11-22-2012, 07:31 PM
Wilson K6.1 95 18x20 to the Slazenger Pro Braided 95. My game improved significantly over a relatively short 5-6 month period.

My latest switch from the Slaz to the Tecnifibre TFight 325 has the potential to be an even better switch for my game...but it's still too early to tell.

robbo1970
11-23-2012, 01:36 AM
Going from 95 sq in head to 100. Lowering the SW to under 310 and 11.5 ounces max.
Basically going from Dunlop Bio 200 to all the racquets in my sig.

Similar story to you.

Switching from my Exo93 (lovely racket though) to alternating between a 305g Bio 300 and 305g Prince 100sq. Realising how much easier and more consistent I could play with the lighter rackets and how I was slightly kidding myself that I could play well with the heavier racket.

donnayblack99
11-23-2012, 07:15 AM
Switching from a Boris Becker DC London Tour to a POG 107. Night and day...

gplracer
11-23-2012, 07:20 AM
Babolat Pure drive back to my Wilson 6.1. The Babolat killed my elbow. The only racket in my life to do that.

augustobt
11-23-2012, 07:22 AM
Wilson Titanium XL to Head Youtek Radical MP...

RNEast
11-23-2012, 08:14 AM
Best racquet change was from a Wilson T3000 to a Jack Kramer Autograph. Actually had to learn to play tennis with the later. Still have one laying around. Need to get it strung up-just for fun.

Wow, I had a similar switch. I went from a Wilson T-5000 to a Dunlop Maxply McEnroe. It was a nice difference in control. Broke my heart the day I accidentally cracked the frame on the Dunlop.

dadozen
11-23-2012, 08:32 AM
PSC6.1 to Dunlop Revelation Classic Pro. I finally managed to swicth from a 2HBH to a 1HBH and make it more agressive, suiting my play style better.

Besides that, switching from the 4D100 to a BM200( that I later switched to the YT Prestige and then the IG Prestiges ) also made a huge difference.

I played all my childhood and my teenage days with MP racquets, and when I went for the mid frames, I had to drastically change my game and my grips, which in the end made me play a lot worse. So coming back to MP frames made me able to return to my regular play style.

BruceD
11-24-2012, 06:23 PM
Wilson Titanium XL to Head Youtek Radical MP...
I'm sure someone has the shorts, but they HAVE been washed by now...if that makes a difference..!

tistrapukcipeht
11-25-2012, 07:06 AM
Yonex RDX 300 to Yonex EZONE Xi 100.

seekay
11-25-2012, 08:52 AM
Babolat Pure drive back to my Wilson 6.1. The Babolat killed my elbow. The only racket in my life to do that.

My story is the same as this, but it was a Pure Storm Tour.

goosala
11-25-2012, 07:05 PM
I switched from the Head Prestige Pro to the Dunlop Aerogel 4D 100. The control and feel are back and I don't overhit anymore. The Prestige Pro is a great frame but the larger 98 head was too powerful for my flat strokes. I added 18 grams of the Babolat lead tape (the whole roll) and it rocks now.

BruceD
11-26-2012, 08:07 PM
I switched from the Head Prestige Pro to the Dunlop Aerogel 4D 100. The control and feel are back and I don't overhit anymore. The Prestige Pro is a great frame but the larger 98 head was too powerful for my flat strokes. I added 18 grams of the Babolat lead tape (the whole roll) and it rocks now.

I'm curious as to where and why you added the lead, too?
I like "head -light racquets now, so I add weight to the butt-caps on most of the ones I play with now and pass on to new students of the game. i think that setup is easier to swing, even though it adds weight, that is almost always needed in racquet's now.

lim
11-30-2012, 03:29 PM
K95 to sting mid with lead.
Plow, stability, control, maneuverability all in one.

LeeD
11-30-2012, 03:43 PM
Funny how we can switch from racket A to racket B, love it, while somene else switcheds from our racket B to racket A, and love it every bit as much.
Personal preference and experience counts, doesn't it.

MikeHitsHard93
11-30-2012, 03:53 PM
Funny how we can switch from racket A to racket B, love it, while somene else switcheds from our racket B to racket A, and love it every bit as much.
Personal preference and experience counts, doesn't it.

I don't remember if I asked you this, but what kind of racket feels best for YOU?

LeeD
11-30-2012, 03:57 PM
A cross between my Aero500's and my MicroGelOS.
Something 62 stiffness, 11 oz strung weight, SW around 315, softer head than LMRadMids, the size around 103squares.

BruceD
11-30-2012, 08:16 PM
Today I finally got around to stringing up a Prince O3 speedport black, a 100" mid-plus racquet that needed the speedport grommets and was unstrung when I bought it on the Bay, for around $25, shipped if i remember correctly.
I had it strung up with a hybrid of Pro's Pro Vendetta mains and Gamma synthetic gut on the crosses @ 54lbs mains X 58lbs cross's as recommended by my stringer, Michael.
It felt SO good, plenty of punch and control, with NO vibration, even without a dampener! It fit's perfectly between the Fischer M-Pro no.1 and my Babolat Y105, with Power for the Fischer, heaviest at 375 gm strung low, @ 43LBS mains X 40lbs crosses and lightness and maneuverability of the Babolat strung with BBO 47lbs mains X 45lbs crosses, weighing in at about 305gm, after my customizing.
The Prince weighs 305 unstrung and without any customizing and is 8 points head light, only 2 points less than my others, after stringing!
Now my former, original favorite racquet, a '10 Wilson K-Factor Bold, strung with factory Wilson syn-gut, @ 58lbs. that helped bring my game back from the grave, sits un-used.
Maybe a new string job may pumps a little life back into it and give me more options, or be one of the racquets that I give to the kids in my neighborhood, that I am helping get into the game by providing racquets to use and eventually keep, if they fall in love with the game.
I've given away 41 racquets now, to kids and teen along with a few parents, for free, bought on the Bay for pennies on the dollar, or donated by generous seller that like what I'm doing and want to help out.
Not all of them have turned into prodigies that i continue training, but I know that one they have a taste of the game, later on they might just start playing again, later on in life.

corners
12-02-2012, 09:13 AM
A cross between my Aero500's and my MicroGelOS.
Something 62 stiffness, 11 oz strung weight, SW around 315, softer head than LMRadMids, the size around 103squares.

The donnay x-p dual black might fit

louis netman
12-02-2012, 07:20 PM
Wilson Jack Kramer Pro Staff (wood) to Head Graphite Edge.

abhimawa
12-04-2012, 09:43 AM
I was hooked when demoed the Head Prestige 600 but didn't want to switch. This year I just did from the long-serving Estusa Power Beam Pros to Head Youtek IG Prestige MP. The feeling is unique. Like playing with wooden racquet but with minimum mishit and more power. Pinpoint control, too. A legend, indeed.

domosborn
12-04-2012, 09:47 AM
Wilson K 6.2 to a 6.1 90

Roddick85
12-04-2012, 03:19 PM
Head YouTek MP (18/20) to Wilson BLX 90. Best switch I ever made, I hesitated for so long because I thought the smaller frame would be detrimental to my game, boy was I wrong. I never hit better shots than now and my 1 handed backhand feels a lot better. I also like the extra weight. Always thought my YouTek MP was too light and didn't provide much feel. I had a Wilson frame when I first started playing tennis, switched to Head for the last 7 years and now back to Wilson and I think I'll stay with this frame for many years.

Rattler
12-05-2012, 02:14 PM
Head YouTek MP (18/20) to Wilson BLX 90. Best switch I ever made, I hesitated for so long because I thought the smaller frame would be detrimental to my game, boy was I wrong. I never hit better shots than now and my 1 handed backhand feels a lot better. I also like the extra weight. Always thought my YouTek MP was too light and didn't provide much feel. I had a Wilson frame when I first started playing tennis, switched to Head for the last 7 years and now back to Wilson and I think I'll stay with this frame for many years.

Strangly enough I just switched from a Head MG MP to a Wilson ProStaff 6.1 Team...and what a profound change, power was never a problem for me, but the control this stick offers me is sick. Power when I want it, my serve seems to be harder than ever, and touch. Why didn't I switch two years ago!?

_skunk_
12-06-2012, 11:55 AM
From wood (Bancrof professional) to the Rossignol F200 in 1983.

JRstriker12
12-06-2012, 12:00 PM
Babolat PDR to Head Microgel Prestige Pro - get similar level of spin, with more control.

Boricua
12-06-2012, 12:09 PM
Babolat to Yonex back to Babolat and back to Yonex. :) Yonex much more solid and arm friendly.

buffalobill3
12-06-2012, 10:40 PM
B.B. London to Dunlop 4D 3oo Tour, much more control and feel with the Dunlop.

lstewart
12-07-2012, 06:22 AM
Best switch as far as improved results. Almost 20 years ago, was playing state and sectional open 35's, and was using various oversize widebody frames of the time. Not keeping the ball in play. Had a Wilson Kramer Pro Staff 85 I had picked up several years earlier in a K-Mart when it was being discontinued. Was a variation of the Sampras frame. No power, great control. Could swing as hard as I could on every shot and not miss. Started winning everything, and had great success for the next year or so with it. Still have the frame. Evenutally that strategy stopped working because the game just got too fast with all the power others brought with the new technology and poly strings.

mxmx
12-07-2012, 06:44 AM
wooden slazenger > alluminium racket > prince graphite racket

More recent times: Prince Triple Threat TT > Prince 03 Blue (one of the best rackets I've ever had)

Worst or rather most "demanding" buy: Prince EXO3 Tour 100
Great racket > but overly terrible on serve

Hope my switch from the tour to the Wilson BLX Surge 2011, will be a good move.

mxmx
12-07-2012, 06:49 AM
From O3 tour to bumblebee 630 (and that was my general switch from modern to classic). Everything in my game became better especially joy when I hit the ball :)

I'm hoping for the same...modern(risky), to more conservative(reliable)...

mxmx
12-07-2012, 06:50 AM
From wood (Bancrof professional) to the Rossignol F200 in 1983.

Hehe...Washington....i always envied the Rossignol rackets...

rst
12-10-2012, 09:11 PM
donnay x-yellow? to several dunlops? back to donnay x-yellow?

the donnay x-yellow is very thin and light. i string it at 52 lbs with cheap syngut and multi (mains and crosses) and as the strings quickly loosen up they give comfortable hitting with good defense and ok offense.