View Full Version : Such thing as a flexy/nonstiff tweener racquet?
02-28-2006, 10:09 AM
I was wondering because from my browsing of this board, it seems like 68 is considered stiff... my current racquet (PK 15g light) has a stiffness of 68, and looking at the racquets I have bookmarked for demoing later, both are also 68.
Although upon looking at my bookmarks again, the lm radical mp has a stiffness of 64. Does that feel a lot flexier than a 68?
I want to try a racquet that is flexier (without going into the 11.5oz+ racquets), any recommendations? The flex ratings don't mean much to me cause I haven't tried out many racquets.
edit- oh yeah, headlight too.
02-28-2006, 10:33 AM
11.5oz or less....65 flex or less....at least 5 points HL....
Dunlop 200G XL and M-fill 200 Plus
Fischer Pro #1 FT and impact FT
Technifibre Tfight 315
Volkl Tour 9 V-engine
Wilson NPRo Surge X and ProStaff Tour 95
Yonex MP Tour 1 XF and MP Tour 5
Lots more are real close to those specs. The Head LM Rad is 4 pts HL.
02-28-2006, 10:57 AM
Dunlop 300g OS, flex is about 58. Yonex RDS 003, flex is around 65. I think the 03 white is around 65, I'm going to try it out in a few days.
02-28-2006, 11:10 AM
Vokl V8 Cat
Fischer Pro Tour - light, head light, low swingweight, low powered, and very flexy.
The Head i.Radical is in the same range, but is a bit stiffer, has more power, and is only 2pts head light.
There might be a few others as well. Try the TW racket finder!
Vokl V8 Cat
Good one, I forgot about this stick. The Cat system definitely has a unique feel though. You'll probably love it or hate it.
The MP Tour 5 has gotten some good feedback on this board, and it sounds like it might fit.
Fischer Pro Tour, Volkl Tour 6. And yes, my poor shoulder can tell the difference between a 68 stiffness and a 65 stiffness, just from serving for a set.
02-28-2006, 02:28 PM
For head light rackets, stiffness 65 or less, mass 330 grams or less:
lm rad mp, lm rad os, lm instinct, mp tour-5, fxp rad mp, shark mp, fischer pro tour, shark lb, storm team, pro one ft, m-fil 300, cat v1 mp/os...also o3 white, o3 hybrid shark, bb 10
...or so says the relative racket finder.
02-28-2006, 03:56 PM
Okay thanks for the recs guys. I'll go read about them and maybe add some to my to demo list.
edit- upon looking at all these racquets, I realized that all of a sudden I am swamped with choices. Do you guys have ones you really liked? I added the fischer pro tour to my list based on you guys' recs. I'll try the cat too to see if I love it or hate it =D
As for my game style, I don't really have one yet. I want to go up to net more often, but my volleying isn't very good yet. My serve is just starting to come along (quite a surprise!). My groundstrokes are okay. I just hope I'm not doomed to be a counterpuncher because of my shortness >_<
02-28-2006, 04:56 PM
When you get under 11 oz in weight combined with a flex under 64, you typically get a racquet that lacks power. Think Dunlop 300G. Everyone that loves it seems to add a ton of lead to it. Without the lead it just has no backbone. Typically if you take weight away, you have to add stiffness to get power, hence all the lightweight, ultra stiff tweeners and granny sticks.
However, every once in a while a mfg. pulls off a low weight, flexy stick that packs a punch. The Yonex Nanospeed RQ-7 is one of them. 10.9 oz, 63 flex. Similar specs to the 300G. Should play like a noodle, but instead plays very solid and packs a good punch combined with pinpoint control. Definitely should be on your list.
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