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kerplunker
08-17-2006, 09:27 PM
:mrgreen: I NEED YOUR EXPERT ADVICE:mrgreen:

Well after posting threads and research for the past few days I am pretty search I have come to a list...My racket now is too powerful, too light, and the head is a tad too big. So i am trying to step it up...

Now my game has recently improved. My serves which I use as my strength are upwards of 85 to 95 mph. My groundstrokes are very heavy topspin, and my volleys are rarely a miss. I would rate my game as a 4.0(ish). I am 15 yr old High School Player (serious in to the game wanting to improve). 5'9" 130Lbs

Now right now I am using a Head LM Heat and have been over a year. Its a great racket and I have about 4g's in the head and about 10g's in the handle. After working out for a while at the gym the racket is just too light. The power is not bad but its strung with Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power at 58lbs with String Savers in there. The spin i create is pretty good since I use a Semi-western grip on groudstrokes.

Now what I need is fairly simple for you guys to help. I need a new weapon of choice. I have tried the PD and I didnt like it except on serves. I like a more traditional type of racket. The racket I need would fall under these criterias:


1. Great For Spin
2. Has decent power but not too much
3. Great Control
4. Not Too Heavy (10.5oz to 11.9oz)
5. 95 to 100sq in head
6. Can be leaded (room for lead in wieght area)
7. STRONG SERVES
8. A more oval Shaped head not a circular shape nor a square shape (yonex)
9. Not flexy (ie flexpoint prestige), Decent stiffness but not too stiff
10. Nice feel and feels light
11. Low Swingwieght


I have got a list of rackets that I would like Narrowed down to four and they are:


1. Dunlop M-Fil 300*
2. Dunlop M-Fil 200 2006*
3. Head LM Radical*
4. Tecnifibre 320 (16x19)*
5. Prince Hybrid Tour
6. Fischer Pro Number One Light (98sq)
7. Prince Tour Diablo XP
8. Wilson n6.1 16x18 (95sq)
9. Wilson nTour Two (95sq)
10. Babolat Pure Storm
11. Babolat PD Roddick
12. Wilson NPS
13. Babolat PD Cortex
14. Wilson nPro Open
15. Head Instinct Tour XL

*=Considering the Most

- I also would like to add that I would perfer the cheaper rackets, because I dont have much money too spend*** ($$$'s low, some of you might get what I am saying)

P.S. I Spent A While Making This Thread, I Hope You like the Neatness and Organization and Easy to readness

anirut
08-17-2006, 10:53 PM
And you said "Traditional" ...

I'd suggest the Dunlop line. Period. They're not expensive either.

BigServer1
08-17-2006, 11:08 PM
Yeah. I would go with the dunlop MFil 200. That's a great racquet at 99 bucks, hell, it's a great racquet at most price points. 12.1 strung is a tad above your desire, but you should be ok. I actually found nice spin production with it as well, even though it's an 18x20.

newnuse
08-17-2006, 11:13 PM
Kaput... err Kerplunker

From your list... I would do

1. Dunlop: either the 200 or 300, don't do both... I demo'ed both and recall they were kinda similar... okay rackets but didn't like the too soft feel as I recall

2. Definitely do the Wilson N6.1 95"... 12.2 oz but weight shouldn't be an issue for you (can't comment on the other 2 wilsons, never hit w/those)

3. One of the prince you mentioned. The hybrid tour sounds interesting. If it's anything like the O3 Tour MP... it will produce tons of spin

4. Bablot?? not a big fan of them.. hate the feel... but they are popular and supposedly generate much spin.... watch out for tennis elbow though... traditional feel??? don't think so


I have the Head LM Radical Tour.. the heavier euro version I think. It's not great for spin BTW.

TheSneakerologist
08-18-2006, 12:33 AM
lol damn dude hella detailed. Why not just go with whatever YOU feel is right and not what others think.

Nar57981
08-18-2006, 09:06 AM
The tecnifibre is going to be 16x20 :P

Supernatural_Serve
08-18-2006, 09:20 AM
#3 fits all those requirements and I've used it for years. Its also approx. $79 strung from TW.

See if you agree:

1. Great For Spin Check

2. Has decent power but not too much Check minus

3. Great Control - Double Check!

4. Not Too Heavy (10.5oz to 11.9oz) Check!

5. 95 to 100sq in head Check

6. Can be leaded (room for lead in wieght area) Check

7. STRONG SERVES Double Check!

8. A more oval Shaped head not a circular shape nor a square shape (yonex) Check

9. Not flexy (ie flexpoint prestige), Decent stiffness but not too stiff Check

10. Nice feel and feels light Double Check!!

11. Low Swingwieght Check

Nar57981
08-18-2006, 09:23 AM
Yeah i've been playing with the LM Radical for a while.
Its a great raquet but i'm ready to move on after 3 years :)

kerplunker
08-18-2006, 09:27 AM
Wow thanks for the response so far guys. Does anyone know about the Dunlop M-Fil 200+ 2006 vs. the M-Fil 200?

str33t
08-18-2006, 09:27 AM
i comepletely agree with Supernatural Serve's post. I use an lm radical and i have some lead on it too so its not that bad. great for serves, not over-powered, great touch and control, tons of spin.

tennisplaya444
08-18-2006, 09:36 AM
dunlop m-fil 300 for sure, and only 99 bucks =}}}

kerplunker
08-18-2006, 09:42 AM
lol damn dude hella detailed. Why not just go with whatever YOU feel is right and not what others think.
I need the help of others to be able to find what IS right for me...

kerplunker
08-18-2006, 09:47 AM
dunlop m-fil 300 for sure, and only 99 bucks =}}}
I am kinda worried about it being to powerful and balls flying away on ground strokes...

Supernatural_Serve
08-18-2006, 10:49 AM
Yeah i've been playing with the LM Radical for a while.
Its a great raquet but i'm ready to move on after 3 years :)I demoed all the Head Radical/Prestige Flexpoints this past winter and found no reason to change.

I like some other racquets, but I can't give up the feel of the Head handle/grip. So, I stay with what I know and like.

Nar57981
08-18-2006, 11:10 AM
It might've been that there wasn't any overgrip/worm on it, but when i tried the Flexpoint Radical I couldn't get grooved with it ><
LM Radical is amazing though, also a good one is the LM Fire, if you want a little less weight

kerplunker
08-18-2006, 03:53 PM
I kinda am looking for something with more of a open string pattern for more spin rather than the 18x20 Radical

kerplunker
08-18-2006, 03:55 PM
I have a question as well. How much lead would i need to add to the M-fil 300 if i wanted it to be 11.3 oz and 5 PTS Head light (lead at 3 & 9 and in handle)

fielders_80
08-18-2006, 05:18 PM
Redflea's Mfil 300 is leaded to 11.5 oz i think, there is a separate thread on the Mfil 300, i think you can find the lead setup there. I play mine stock.

siber222000
08-18-2006, 05:30 PM
PD roddick all the way, screw radical if PD roddick is on the list =) wilson NPS isn't that bad either

kerplunker
08-19-2006, 02:04 PM
Anymore comments

ace of spades
08-19-2006, 02:56 PM
personally I found that the radical lacked in serves and I thought it had a very dense sp unlike the lm prestige mp.

well anyway i have been finding that the Pure Storm fits all your criteria prefectly.

my second choice would be the mfil 300.

rosenstar
08-19-2006, 03:49 PM
Babolat PD Roddick is sick! I love it. bought it a couple monthes ago, never been playing better.

Marcus or
08-21-2006, 04:36 PM
i play with a babolat coontest si,.... not the best racket for my level i know.

but personally im gettin a aeropro drive so you know how it is

maynardsson55
08-21-2006, 05:21 PM
The regular m-speed pro number one swings very easy to me. Doesn't feel like 12oz. at all. Easy on arm, but still pretty nice power and great spin. Have to swing at it a little though. Fits your criteria I think. I own 4.

squints
08-21-2006, 06:12 PM
i'd suggest the slazenger pro x-1. but then again i suggest it to everyone hahah. no but seriously it plays alot like a prostaff but is much more maneurverable. good all around round, amazing serve and volley stick. and its 12 oz but doesnt even feel like it. so it has enough heft to hit back the hard shots.

kerplunker
08-24-2006, 03:02 PM
I have a question! How are the serves on the n6.1 95 compared to the Pure Drive Roddick? I just dont want that damn elbow pain to come so I want to find a racket with AMAZING serves like the Pure Drive!

acetennisman
08-24-2006, 03:46 PM
I cannot hit the ball in the court with the lmr strung at 58 pounds wilson enduro. Im sorry its crappy. I hit super heavy, and the ball just sails. I dont have these problems with my n six one tour 90

nalbandian_fan
08-24-2006, 03:53 PM
i would say fischer pro one light

magilligan
08-24-2006, 04:01 PM
The Volkl DNX9 fits most of your categories, especially feel, static weight, and SW. It weigh's 11.5oz strung, has a 98 sqin head and has a SW of 314. Did I mention that it's the sweetest feeling stick that I've ever used? What you might not like about it, grip shape: very similar to head, so you should'nt have too much trouble there. Head shape: has a modified form of teh V-engine technology in the throat, it's a very shallow angle so it still looks very similat ro a "regular" racquet head if there is such a thing. Lead tape: I tried leading one of these up, and it completely killed the feel of the racquet. It was MUCH more dampened than before, this was especially noticable up at net. I'd highly reccomend trying this racquet, if you don't like it, you're down a demo fee, if you like it and decide to buy it, you'll have a stick that'll help you get to another level.

Redflea
08-24-2006, 07:38 PM
I am kinda worried about it being to powerful and balls flying away on ground strokes...

Nope. :) The M-Fil 300 is still a relatively low-powered racquet, with a great power/control balance. I just switched to it from an RDX 500 Mid, hit relatively flat, and haven't had any problems w/control w/the 300. Has been a great serving racquet for me.

It's lower weight (10.9) gives you room to play.

The 200 2006 is 11.4, standard length, and is also worth a look if you want to start at a higher static weight.

Also agree that the DNX 9 is worth a look, I'd take that over the LM, myself, but the DNX ain't cheap!