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lexluthor
11-24-2012, 09:52 AM
I'm looking for help selecting a new racquet.

I'm a 44 year old male. I'm probably 3.5+ player. I play lefthanded and have a strong 2 hand backhand and mediocre forehand. I hadn't played frequently and seriously for a long time, but I've been playing about once a week for the past 6 months. I do play a good amount of doubles. I have an all around game mixing in some power shots with some spin and I do like to use quite a few finesse shots.

Currently I play with an 18 year old Prince DB26 Mid Plus.
http://web.archive.org/web/19980115032714/www.tenniswarehouse.com/PPics/DB26.html

I'd think I'd like to stay in the mid plus range. Other than that, not really sure what racquets, in particular, I should be looking at.

Would like to keep the pricing on the lower end (sub $100 range preferably).

Any suggestions on some racquets I should be looking at/trying?

Thanks in advance.

robbo1970
11-24-2012, 10:22 AM
Are you able to demo some rackets?

If you like the spec of the Prince racket, maybe consider demoing the Dunlop Bio Max 200G.

lexluthor
11-24-2012, 10:24 AM
I might be able to demo some. I'd at least like to narrow it down to a few good selections before.

I'm not really beholden to it being similar to my current racquet. That was purchased so long ago, it doesn't necessarily fit my current game.

Volley123
11-24-2012, 10:39 AM
I have a similar background. I am 45, came back to the game after almost 20 years and play mostly doubles once week and my old Prince Graphite MP too heavy. I picked up a couple of Volkl PB V 1 mid plus racquets and am very happy. This model has been discontinued but if you can find any they are in the sub $100 range.

lexluthor
11-24-2012, 11:22 AM
The Volkl Power Bridge V1 looks like it's got some decent specs, but they don't look too easy to find unless I went the used route.

Thanks so far. Keep the suggestions coming.

lexluthor
11-24-2012, 11:29 AM
The Volkl Power Bridge V1 looks like it's got some decent specs, but they don't look too easy to find unless I went the used route.

Thanks so far. Keep the suggestions coming.

Actually, I see it somewhere for $79.95. Am I allowed to post the link to confirm it's the same item you are talking about?

Fyrepower
11-24-2012, 11:31 AM
i would suggest any of the Yonex E-Zone racquets as they are very forgiving while retaining good playability.

Volley123
11-24-2012, 12:54 PM
Actually, I see it somewhere for $79.95. Am I allowed to post the link to confirm it's the same item you are talking about?

Its probably the same one, black and gold, 102 sq inches, 10.6 oz. I have them strung with a full bed of multi's, NXT 16 on one and NTG 2 on the other. For that price buy 2 because they will sell out. I bought my second one used.

lexluthor
11-24-2012, 12:58 PM
The description I saw was not right. When I dug, it clearly was the OS one for that price. I did see the Volkl for $99 somewhere else.

Yonex looks interesting too.

Any more suggestions?

Volley123
11-24-2012, 01:04 PM
I meant NRG 2 for the string bed. BTW I demoed many $200 sticks and then bought these blind, figured I can't go wrong. After the strings settled, boy was I glad I didn't spend all that extra coin. They have a good pop with great feel. Don't buy into the gimmicky technologies, even if you buy something the discontinued stuff from a couple of years ago will be half the price for essentially the same performance.

lexluthor
11-24-2012, 02:16 PM
I meant that the seller that I saw had an error in the description. They would have sent me the OS version, I bet.

Anyhow, wondering if 68 stiffness might be a bit on the stiff side for me?

Otherwise, I did find it somewhere else for $100, but they have $100 GCs for $80, so it would net at $80 for me.

Tempted, but might be too stiff?

Volley123
11-24-2012, 02:28 PM
Volkl's are known to be arm friendly. That was my primary consideration due to shoulder issues. A soft multi at midrange or natural gut will also help. As I stated I demoed quite a few sticks. Try demoing the Volkl Organix line they are readily available at any local pro shop. The PB plays similar but at half the cost. Good luck

lexluthor
11-24-2012, 03:07 PM
I might just get the Volkl. I've never had shoulder or elbow issues. Other than potential health issues, why may I not want a 68 stiffness over say 64.

lexluthor
11-24-2012, 03:26 PM
Been emailing the store. The person feels it's a great choice for my game. Will give it a shot for $80.

makinao
11-24-2012, 04:20 PM
What is it that you want that your DB26 doesn't deliver?

Volley123
11-24-2012, 04:20 PM
Ok let us know how you make out. Like I said string choice is just as crucial, give it a couple of weeks for strings to settle in

lexluthor
11-24-2012, 04:31 PM
I think I need more power than my current racquet delivers.

Any suggestions on stings other than whatever the free stings it comes with

Volley123
11-24-2012, 05:47 PM
Polys provide more control and spin, multi's more pop and comfort as a general rule. After that it depends on your game. I am happy with the two I mentioned