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Crocodile
06-06-2004, 05:41 AM
I was wondering which racquet would be best for an advanced player with regard to shoulder safety. Style of player: A player who uses the serve as a major weapon.

The racquets are:
1.Volkl C10, 2. Volkl Tour 10mp 3. Volkl V.E. 10 Tour Mid,
4. Cat 10 5. Kennex 5G 6. Yonex RD 50 7 Wilson 7.1 P.S
8. Cat V10 9. Core 6 10. LM Rad Midsize 11. Estusa PBP

I've not included the POG oversize due to lack of availability here in OZ

Thankyou

Gaines Hillix
06-06-2004, 07:34 AM
Crocodile, you might want to take a look at this website:

www.racquetresearch.com

Not everyone agrees with the conclusions he makes, but it is a good starting point regarding the physical characteristics of the frames. There are other factors, such as frame stiffness and the type of grip and strings one uses on the frame.

Steve H.
06-06-2004, 11:18 AM
All of the frames you listed are head-light, fairly substantial, and not too stiff, so none of them are arm-killers. It's kind of hard to choose among them for shoulder safety on serving, becuase there will be something of a tradeoff. A high-swingweight frame like the Core1 #6 will pull your shoulder with its inertia, but produces less shock than one with lower swingweight. A frame that is very head-light, flexible, and low swingweight like the Ti-50 or the Zone 7.1 will play the softest, but also delivers the least power so you may try to swing harder to get enough pace compared to, say, the LM Radical, which is considered a good server's frame.

A good compromise might be the 5g -- low shock and medium swingweight, and the kinetic mass will give you a little extra power. Fine racquet.

Regarding RacquetResearch, rather than just looking at the rankings, it may help to read Wilmot's criteria for evaluating a racquet. Remember that he doesn't include stiffness at all in his rankings, but you can read about how he comes to his conclusions and make your own comparisons.