View Full Version : Power vs. Control

08-24-2005, 01:38 PM
What racquet do you prefer? Is power better for serving? Is Control better for longer strokes? Don't most of the pros use a control racquet? What racquet is good with both?

08-24-2005, 01:42 PM
There's no lopsiding between the pros. Pros are able to control the power. Moya uses a PD with very loose tension. And I'm sure most other pros use racquets with low tension.

08-24-2005, 03:12 PM
I'm more for a control racquet, but my nCode 6.1 18x20 provides a decent amount of power too.

08-24-2005, 05:22 PM
i prestige 100% control

08-24-2005, 05:43 PM
I have a fairly fast swing and require a racquet which is control oriented, however, my racquet of choice (i Prestige mid) provides great control but can also provide the power when needed. I string with a synthetic gut about 54-56lbs. It's what I like about the i Prestige mid ... Preciseness ..... output is equal to input! Been playing with this racquet now over three years ... still haven't found any better!

08-24-2005, 06:36 PM
i just switched form head prestige classic mid to babolat aeropro control plus. Babolat seems to give both excellent control and nice controllable power.

08-24-2005, 06:55 PM
ive been playing with an aeropro control for a few months now, and its an awesome racket. if u have the strenght and the swing to use it, its got awesome control (partly because of the tons of spin) and awesome power that is harnessed well when you know how to use it.

08-25-2005, 04:05 AM
i'm using a RDX300. for me personally, it's a great balance between power and control. at first, it was strung at about 57 lbs and everything seemed to fly off the racquet. it almost felt too powerful. but now i keep the tension around 60 to 62 lbs. this offers me the control and spin that i want, but it's still very easy to generate power.

08-25-2005, 05:16 AM
I use the n6.1 95, which I would classify as a control racket based on the headsize, weight, and balance (pretty much all of its specs), but it also has more power than similar frames. I think I would like it a bit more with slightly less power, but it really works well for serves and putaway shots. I find it amusing: when I was a freshman in HS 4 years ago, I looked at the Babolat lines labeled Pure Drive, Pure Power, and Pure Control. I never understood why anyone would want the Pure Control. Pure Power -- sure, you can hit harder, which means more winners. Pure Drive -- ok, it gives you plenty of power but still not out of control. But the Pure Control didn't make sense -- why would anyone want a racket with "no power"?? I now find myself looking at the most control oriented rackets out there...very heavy, small heads, and flexible. My, how things change!

08-25-2005, 10:00 AM
Both power and control, O3 Tour

Now leaded, I need to change my signature...

08-25-2005, 10:05 AM
Switched to a Dunlop HM 200G from a Head Ti racket for more control. But I haven't found much of a drop-off in power.

08-25-2005, 12:25 PM
Power in control.
--JCF, gay flexpoint ninja commercial.

Prince O3 Tour

08-25-2005, 05:06 PM
TennsDog, I agree with you because I wanted the largest, lightest, and most powerful raquet on the market, until....
reality set in. I am in the process of going from a LM4 to your racquet Wilson NCode Six-One 95 16x18. While I did want a control based racquet I am surprised yet extremely happy of the power as well as spin that I am able to generate.

08-25-2005, 05:39 PM
nCode 6.1 95 (16x18) handles both pretty well...

08-25-2005, 08:20 PM
I was using the babolat pure drive for the last couple of years. I consider it a balance between power and control. However, about 3 months ago I switched to the wilson ncode 6.1 90. This is much more of a control racket and I love it. I feel like I can really take a swack at the ball. I've got a couple of them and I broke strings on both of them yesterday and had to play with the babolat. It was fun to have the power back, but I really felt like I had to hold back on my swing.

Go for control!