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willburz
01-31-2006, 04:12 PM
Hello, I am looking to buy a new racquet and have no idea what type to get. I am a 3.0 and am hoping some people could give me suggestions.

gonzalocatalino
01-31-2006, 04:17 PM
tell us a little more about you (current racquet, style of play...)

willburz
01-31-2006, 04:47 PM
I currently play with a Prince Bandit (I know it's not that good). I use a 2 handed backhand and semi western forehand.

erik-the-red
01-31-2006, 06:09 PM
Demo a few heavier racquets in the twelve ounce range.

matchpoint54
01-31-2006, 06:14 PM
I'd suggest something headlight and armfriendly like an 03 Tour, POG or RDX 500

str33t
01-31-2006, 06:16 PM
!! head liquidmetal radical midplus !! precision and power

Bottle Rocket
01-31-2006, 06:56 PM
Demo a Wilson Ntour 105. I think that is a great place to start.

Do you hit fairly flat or with a lot of spin?

Donnie Darko
01-31-2006, 07:33 PM
Demo a Wilson Ntour 105.


Nice recommendation, Dignan.

ChipNCharge
02-01-2006, 05:34 AM
I currently play with a Prince Bandit (I know it's not that good).

The Bandit is a good racquet. It's light and stiff but if it's not causing you any arm pain, I would suggest you just stick with it. The Bandit has been a very popular racquet for Prince for many years. Beginners up through 5.0's have used it successfully.

What is it that makes you think you need a new racquet?

lioneldude
02-01-2006, 05:44 AM
Babolat AeroPro Drive! Its good if you like to hit with spin.

Marius_Hancu
02-01-2006, 07:04 AM
FWIW
check my posting here:

Best arm friendly racquets?
http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=77937

netman
02-01-2006, 12:33 PM
The Bandit is a good racquet. It's light and stiff but if it's not causing you any arm pain, I would suggest you just stick with it. The Bandit has been a very popular racquet for Prince for many years. Beginners up through 5.0's have used it successfully.

Have to agree with ChipnCharge. The Bandit is good racquet, probably one of the best of the light tweeners. Has a lot of room for customization. If you think its too light, add 1/2 or 3/4 oz of lead to the handle and some at 3 and 9. This gives it the ability to handle heavier balls without compromising the play characteristics too much.

-k-

tennisnj
02-01-2006, 01:56 PM
Another agreement here about the Bandit. ChipnCharge & Netman are correct about the Bandit. I played with it for years at a high level until I switched over to Volkl.

Just b/c you don't see a pro using or sponsoring it, doesn't mean its not a good racquet, or the right racquet for you.

theazneyes
02-01-2006, 07:05 PM
I know plenty of old aged men who've customized the OS bandit. Great "skeleton" racquet to experiment and to weight up.

But it would do you good to up the weight of your racquet, maybe not all the way to 12 oz because going from the bandit's weight to 12 is a big change.

If you're out to demo racquets, try out the LM Radical or the Ncode 6.1. Two basic player racquets that tend to please the majority of players out there.

bcaz
02-01-2006, 09:06 PM
It's been recommended many times before but I'll recommend it again. The Volkl V1 series is a great all-purpose racquet that does everything pretty well in a relatively light, stable, arm-friendly package. You can fiddle with strings, tension, weight, grips, to your heart's desire. It's perfectly okay for a 3.0 and it's a racquet that you can grow with while it grows on you.

Marius_Hancu
02-02-2006, 04:18 AM
Yonex NS RQ 7 might be interesting

Pancho
02-02-2006, 09:59 AM
Demo a few heavier racquets in the twelve ounce range.


12 ounce is way too heavy for someone in the 3.0 level. Especially if he doesn't generate power, he needs something a little lighter.

I know of a senior 3.0 player using Wilson NCode3 - the same light one that Serena Williams uses.

Pancho
02-02-2006, 10:01 AM
Also, I think lighter racquets like Yonex RQ7, Yonex RDX 300 or Volk V1 would be better for a 3.0 player.

b-dizzle
02-02-2006, 11:48 AM
You sound just like my friend: 2-handed backhand, semi western forehand, about a 3.0, uses a bandit. He dislikes his Bandit, his complaint being it feels too light and he can't generate enough power with it. I was demoing a few rackets the other day and he tried the LM Radical MP: liked it, except he had trouble adjusting to the midplus size of it. If the thing you don't like about your bandit is the weight/balance, I would say try the LM Radical in both sizes. If its something else that bothers you, let us know what it is.

mr.fitch
02-02-2006, 03:57 PM
Can't go wrong with a Prince DB Shark or one of the Babolat Z rackets. Good power, but has some room for swing growth. I'd suggest a midplus.