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Amirsan
03-01-2006, 08:08 PM
Hey,

I am a junior, age 16, and I'm about to start playing on the high school team. I have never bought a racket before though. For the past year I have been using demo rackets and the club I go to, but one thing I notice among all the rackets I use (mostly Prince) is that they are a little bit heavy and uncomfortable to maintain a fast swing and potentially develop topspin. Not to mention I am not a large built, I would say I am more skinny, around 110 lbs, so it probably makes sense that I get a lighter racket no?

So I was reading the string terms, and it seems that lighter rackets tend to be head heavy. It also mentioned in there the Wilson Hammer rackets. I have to say that I am interested in them, but there are many, and I am having trouble knowing which would be a better pick (not to mention I dont have much money to waste for demo-ing, also, not too many hammer rackets are available for demo anyways).

Which racket do you guys believe is a better pick? Btw, at my age, should I even attempt looking at the "Junior" rackets? Should I add, my budget is perferable under $130... if we can find a racket under $100 that would be great.

EDIT: If the cost to demo is under $20 I can consider doing so.

heycal
03-01-2006, 10:43 PM
There are others who know way more about rackets than me and hopefully they will recommend some for you, but I can tell that I developed tennis elbow using a Hammer and that many people think Hammers and head-heavy rackets in general are bad for your arm. Head-light is generally considered better for your health, and much cooler too -- most of the best players and pros use head-light rackets! There are many lightweight rackets out there that are head-light, so maybe you should use the "racquet finder" on the Tennis Warehouse website to come up with some affordable selections for you (And no, I don't think you should buy a "junior" size one.)

Edit: I just did a quick check on the raquet finder for you and there at least 20 head-light rackets that weigh less than 11 oz., have reasonable headsizes between 100" and 110", and cost under 130 bucks. So pick the one that you think has the coolest paint job and and go have fun.

AngeloDS
03-01-2006, 10:48 PM
Try out various racquets to see what you personally like.

-> http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageRCDUNLOP-D300.html
-> http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageRCHEAD-TIS6.html
-> http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageRCPRINCE-TTB.html
-> http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageRCHEAD-HC.html

Those are some good racquets (that are inexpensive) to start out with that are fairly light and won't be too difficult to swing or shouldn't be that difficult. A lot of people use the Head Ti. S6 because it's rather light and such.

A girl on the college tennis team uses a Ti S6 (She's the state champion), another girl who was runner up uses the Dunlop D300 I believe. Both racquets are pretty good. I started out with a Head Ti S6, and moved up to different racquets as I got better and progressed.

Although, I did hit with her Dunlop D300 and it was pretty good.

Go Tennis
03-02-2006, 02:16 AM
I'm shure the Radical FlexPoint MP is perfect for you. String with Kirschbaum Competition 1.25 or SPPP 1.23 at 58lbs and go for it.

Amirsan
03-02-2006, 02:30 AM
I should add that I have been using the Prince Beast for the past couple of weeks. Its one of the better rackets that I have used however I do think it still feels a bit heavy on my wrist.

http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageRCPRINCE-PBST.html

I believe I have been using the Oversize, I think.

Thanks for the replies!

Mugatu
03-02-2006, 02:47 AM
a fair few people seem to like the prince O3 red. very light and reasonably powerful.

Jay27
03-02-2006, 03:21 AM
I think the Dunlop 300G is an excellent racket. It is lightweight, versatile, and has good whip. I enjoy hitting with it because of the control and good topspin I can create. Be careful, however, as the head is only 98, which means a little less power and much more control. However, if you want a little bigger head, then try the Dunlop M-Fil 500. Each are under the price range you specified, and the Dunlop 300G is only $79. Here are the links to those rackets:

http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageRCDUNLOP-D300G.html

http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageRCDUNLOP-D500.html

Make sure to read the reviews on these rackets, as they will tell you other people's experiences. Good luck!

Marius_Hancu
03-02-2006, 03:54 AM
be VERY careful with the light racquets

FWIW
check my posting here:

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

Semaj
03-02-2006, 07:38 AM
Babolat pure Z lite - My first real expensive racket, and worth every cent.

Mr.Federer
03-02-2006, 08:18 AM
Go with the Prince triple threat bandit, it's light, helps you develop your game, allows a pretty good amount of topspin and it's inexpensive roght now. Seems to be the perfect fit for you.

heycal
03-02-2006, 08:23 AM
I should add that I have been using the Prince Beast for the past couple of weeks. Its one of the better rackets that I have used however I do think it still feels a bit heavy on my wrist.

http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageRCPRINCE-PBST.html

I believe I have been using the Oversize, I think.

Thanks for the replies!

Hey, wait a second -- That's like a 10 oz. racket and it's too heavy for you? There aren't many rackets that weigh much less than that, and if you're a healthy 16 year old who weighs 110 pounds you should be able to handle that weight. Maybe something else about the racket or your swing is causing the problem instead of the weight?

heycal
03-02-2006, 08:24 AM
a fair few people seem to like the prince O3 red. very light and reasonably powerful.

And right in your price range too...

Amirsan
03-02-2006, 12:07 PM
Hey, wait a second -- That's like a 10 oz. racket and it's too heavy for you? There aren't many rackets that weigh much less than that, and if you're a healthy 16 year old who weighs 110 pounds you should be able to handle that weight. Maybe something else about the racket or your swing is causing the problem instead of the weight?

Well I dont know really. I am not tall, I would say I am pretty skinny/small boned (its in my genes, my dad at my age was the same, and my grandfather). My advantage in my game is my speed though.

But I am really not sure to tell you the truth, it might be my swing, or it may be a different factor in the racket that makes its maneuverability harder, despite what it says about the weight. It could be my stroke though, because I know its not perfect, I only started to play seriously this summer.

So I am really not sure, and there has been alot of great posts by you guys with different suggestions, I am not sure where to start. :confused:

I'll check the Balbolat, Prince O3, and the dunlop though, and the triple threat bandit and see how the compare.

Amirsan
03-02-2006, 12:13 PM
a fair few people seem to like the prince O3 red. very light and reasonably powerful.

It's $213... am I right? That's not really in my price range :rolleyes: :mrgreen: . But maybe I'm looking at the wrong racket:

http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageRCPRINCE-PO3R.html

Amirsan
03-02-2006, 12:23 PM
Sorry for triple post, but here is my list of rackets so far, based on suggestions here and a Wilson racket I added (what do you think):

http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageRCWILSON-WPSBZ.html
http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageRCPRINCE-TTB.html (the thing I dont like about this one is that its pretty long in length, I'd rather have a compact build)
http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpage.html?PCODE=BSOFT
http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageRCDUNLOP-D300G.html
http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageRCDUNLOP-D500.html

heycal
03-02-2006, 02:18 PM
It's $213... am I right? That's not really in my price range :rolleyes: :mrgreen: . But maybe I'm looking at the wrong racket:

http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageRCPRINCE-PO3R.html

Yes, you are looking at the right racket. I was joking by saying it was in your price range; apparently the other poster wasn't paying attention to your request when he recommended it for you.

Mr.Federer
03-02-2006, 03:07 PM
Sorry for triple post, but here is my list of rackets so far, based on suggestions here and a Wilson racket I added (what do you think):

http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageRCWILSON-WPSBZ.html
http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageRCPRINCE-TTB.html (the thing I dont like about this one is that its pretty long in length, I'd rather have a compact build)
http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpage.html?PCODE=BSOFT
http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageRCDUNLOP-D300G.html
http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageRCDUNLOP-D500.html


The 300g is a very solid frame, but from the sounds of it, that racket seems to be way too heavy for you. As for the bandit, it's the same length as all of the other frames you mentionned, actually the M-Fil 500 is the longest at 27.25 inches.

Amirsan
03-02-2006, 04:09 PM
And what do you guys think of the Wilson racket?

Yes, you are looking at the right racket. I was joking by saying it was in your price range; apparently the other poster wasn't paying attention to your request when he recommended it for you.

:D lol

rj_md
03-02-2006, 08:36 PM
try the babolat aero strike, a lighter version of the APD. check it out. ;)

Amirsan
03-03-2006, 03:01 PM
Alright, well I think I might place an order to demo Dunlop M-Fil 5Hundred Mid+ (3/8), and the Dunlop 300G Demo OS (3/8).

What do you guys think?