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Michael Moss
03-02-2004, 06:52 AM
Anyone care to compare these 2 sticks on how they play? I currently use a Yonex RD-7 and am possibly looking for a change

Koz
03-02-2004, 02:18 PM
They play very similarly. Many people who were C10 fans switched to the Tour 10 MP when they first came out. anywhere from 40-60% probably went back to the C10. As far as the playing aspect, both play pretty similar, the only differences being (IMO) is that the Tour 10 tends to hit a slightly heavier ball. Control is equal, and Power is very close, but the Tour 10 has a tad more. The C10 has kept many of it's loyal fans due to the difference in feel. The tour 10 is still very flexy, and retains much of the Volkl feel, but the flexier upper hoop in the C10 (some like it, some don't) accounts for the flexier feel of the C10. Also, it's more head light than the Tour 10, and is noticeably more manuverable IMO, however the Tour 10 is in no way hard to swing/manuver. I personally switched to the Tour 10 because of the added heft/stability I felt. However, if someone replaced my Tour 10 MP's with C10 MP's, I'm sure I could play all out with them within an hour or two of "reaquaintence" hitting time.

Rabbit
03-02-2004, 02:56 PM
Very good comparison.

The only thing I could add is that the Tour 10 fixes some of the deficiencies that the C10 had. First, because the C10 is so flexy, it's also subject to breakage, especially in the hands of younger players who tend to let their frames fly a bit more than us older guys. (When you get older, you learn to not blame the racket, it's better than you are.) The other glaring weakness in the C10 is the bumper guard. It barely covers the top portion of the head. The Tour 10 has a great bumper guard, one that covers the entire head.

In short, if you like one of them, you'll like the other. They play really close to each other and I would probably give the Tour 10 the edge in control and the C10 the edge in power. The C10 weighs a bit more than the Tour 10, the Tour 10 feels heavier because it's weighted more evenly.

Koz
03-05-2004, 02:46 PM
Rabbit, are you using the Tour 10? I'm using the MP, but the last few days I've had the urge to start swinging a C10 again *shrug*. They're both so good, it's tough to stick with just one :-D

Rabbit
03-05-2004, 03:42 PM
Well, I would've been still using the Tour 10 MP, but I sold them to someone on these boards. Last year, I decided to play with wood rackets again, and did for about 6 months. Then, as quick as the impulse came, it left. I have 6 or so C10s and picked them back up. I have been playing with them ever since, and quite frankly, don't see any reason to try anything else.

When the V10 MP hits the market, I'll probably change my mind. But until then, I'm back playing with the bumblebees.

@wright
03-05-2004, 04:16 PM
I was always surprised at how much power the C10 had. I would hit the ball with so much more pace than expected sometimes, I couldn't help but wonder where it came from, considering the C10 is so thin and flexible. Great racquet, can't beat the paintjob.

bcaz
03-05-2004, 05:02 PM
I agree with most of the comments. I tested the C-10 against the two Tour 10s last year and wound up buying a C-10 for my bag. I like almost everything about it better than the T10 MP. The C-10 has plenty of power for a player's frame, produces tons of spin, handles very well at the net, is nicely balanced, and has lots of flex and a unique feel. It plays well at stock weight. I would give the Tour 10 the edge on serves, and it may have a little more punch off the ground. It is lighter, but I don't like the balance and agree that it feels heavier than the C-10.

BC

JB
03-05-2004, 11:15 PM
I am playing with the Tour 10 MP right now after playing with both the Quantum Tour 10 and the C10 Pro. The two main differences I notice between the Tour 10 MP and C10:

1. Tour 10 MP much more solid in the upper hoop

2. C10 plays lighter and feels more manuverable (prob due to it's being more head light)

Michael Musok
03-07-2004, 08:41 AM
JB - Sounds as though you and I have gone through the same progression of racquets. I went from the Q10 Tour to the C10 Pro back to the Q10 Tour back to the C10 Pro to the Tour 10 Mid Plus back to the C10 Pro and now (for at least 6 months now) back to the Tour 10 Mid Plus. I'm starting to think that the Tour 10 Mid Plus is my racquet but can't bring myself to sell my C10 Pro's or Q10 Tour which I still keep in my bag. I'm sure that there is a cure for all of this but I just haven't found it yet. Maybe it will be one of those new V-engine jobs.

JB
03-07-2004, 09:25 AM
Michael - I also played with the C10 Pro Tour - great racquet but demanding.

I think the C10 Pro and Tour 10 MP feel very similar. The Quantum played very different - much lighter. If we were smart we'd pick one racquet and stick with it. It would prob be easier on our game and definitely on the wallet! That being said - I'd still like to try the V-Engine!

yromashin
09-03-2008, 05:14 PM
Hello,

I have read this forum with great interest. I would appreciate any advice with choosing a racket. I am sure that C10 is a great racket. However, a few members indicated that this racket is not for beginners. I am not a beginner, however, I am not sure what level I am at. I have never had my tennis skills tested. I have been looking for a good racket for a few years, have demoed a number of Wilson, Head, Dunlop, Yonex, and Babolat rackets. My last experience was very discouraging, for the strings were not good enough to feel the rackets (Dunlop Aerogel 300 was one of them).

Though I have been playing for many years, I have not been lucky lately to find a suitable racket. I have a few older rackets. Some of them give me tennis elbow almost right away, some do not let me to control a ball, which flies too far.

I like hitting hard, fast and with full swing. I have a lot of muscles and can generate a lot of energy. That is why I need to control it. High tension has caused me tennis elbow (still hurts after 4 years). Loose strings let the ball fly too far.

I would certainly love to buy C10, but I am afraid that I might be not good enough for it. As some members said, one should have a very good technique, otherwise the racket will punish right away.

To my regret, here, in Ottawa, Canada, I am not able to demo this racket and a lot of other rackets.

From all racquets I have demoed by now, I like Babolat Pure Drive. It felt good right away. However, some people say that it is for serve and volley only.

I would greatly appreciate if someone advises me on C10 (or other good racquet I should get). I love tennis and am sure that with good racquet I could be back to my better game.

I am looking forward to hearing from you. Enjoy the game!
Roma

bad_call
09-03-2008, 05:26 PM
Roma - i don't always have the best technique however the C10 Pro 98 is working for me. i've been playing with a lower powered racquet (T10V 93) and am enjoying the ease and added power that the C10 offers. i did have to string the C10 at 58 lbs which is 3 lbs higher than what i string the T10V. however the C10 is so comfortable that the extra tension isn't noticeable.

if u have the muscle and like to swing hard then u will probably like the C10. when u feel the urge to really punish the ball repeatedly then i recommend the T10V. :mrgreen:

bagung
09-03-2008, 05:37 PM
found both racquets good...
c10 more flexible and tad more power...
t 10 gen 1, better control, and easier to swing.....

Koz
09-04-2008, 02:08 AM
If you liked the Pure Drive, I'd stick with it. It is NOT a serve and volley racquet at all, though it can be used as one. If you like hanging out at the baseline, then the PD could be an excellent racquet for you.

The C10 pro will feel a lot different than the Pure Drive. Maybe try to find a cheap used one if you'd like to try it out and can't demo, because they really are very different in terms of power, control, feel, flexibility, weight, stability, etc.

Ross K
09-04-2008, 03:26 AM
Hello,

I have read this forum with great interest. I would appreciate any advice with choosing a racket... I would certainly love to buy C10... I like Babolat Pure Drive... I would greatly appreciate if someone advises me on C10 (or other good racquet I should get).

PD=rocket launcher
C10 Pro=noodle
:)

yromashin
09-15-2008, 03:45 PM
Hello everyone,

Thank you for your feedback. I recently bought Babolat AeroPro because it was on sale. I am not sure if I made a right choice, but time will show. Here, in Canada we have a problem in finding good strings for they are ridiculously expensive. I am trying to buy them from USA on-line. Hopefully, I will get the strings and get my racquet strong before snow falls. However, I am not giving up on my search for a good racquet for my game. May be I will be able to find a good used C-10 to add to my bag.
Best wishes and enjoy the game,
Roma

yromashin
04-13-2011, 05:15 PM
Hello again,

Well, last season I purchased used C-10 (old, yellow) and had it strung with Alu Adrenaline at 53 Lb. To be honest, I expected everything better than with my Donnay Pro One International, which is also a heavy racquet (same 12 oz), but 95 head size. Though I was trying to get used to C-10, it just did not feel like a powerful racquet. Precision of my shots was bad and I had to play about 1 or more feet wider to hit the court. When I switched back to Donnay, everything came back - power, precision, hence, confidence. I wonder if string is to blame.
Could you please post your string preference? I do not to give up on this legend and want to try something to get closer to what you all say - greatest racquet.

Thank you,
Roma

TennisMaverick
04-13-2011, 06:02 PM
Hello again,

Well, last season I purchased used C-10 (old, yellow) and had it strung with Alu Adrenaline at 53 Lb. To be honest, I expected everything better than with my Donnay Pro One International, which is also a heavy racquet (same 12 oz), but 95 head size. Though I was trying to get used to C-10, it just did not feel like a powerful racquet. Precision of my shots was bad and I had to play about 1 or more feet wider to hit the court. When I switched back to Donnay, everything came back - power, precision, hence, confidence. I wonder if string is to blame.
Could you please post your string preference? I do not to give up on this legend and want to try something to get closer to what you all say - greatest racquet.

Thank you,
Roma

It's a soft, traditional graphite, feel stick, and is designed to caress the ball, not bludgeon it. It needs to be strung with gut, a soft multi, or a gut/multi hybrid, IMO. Also, it needs to be strung a few pounds looser on the crosses from the mains.