4.0 serve and volley, which racquet to demo?

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by vinouspleasure, Jan 28, 2006.

  1. vinouspleasure

    vinouspleasure Rookie

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    Hi,

    I have a 4.0 usta rating, play serve and volley. Current racquet is an i.radical OS. I hit semi-western forehand, topspin and slice backhand. I hit both flat and a big kick serve (straight ts and american twist). The kick serve is very important to me on the ad court (to a rightie) as I follow it in to net and often get an easy volley into the open court. At net, I need something maneuverable, lets me work with touch and lets me stick my volleys.

    I`m fairly happy with my current racquet. It can be a little tough to feather my volleys (easier with a mp). Control on groundstrokes is not precise but perhaps that just comes from only playing once or twice a week.

    I thought I`d look at a couple of the newer racquets as I`m two generations behind. On the other hand, my sense is that tennis racquets have evolved but there really haven`t been any revolutionary advances a la shaped skis.

    I was thinking about the flexpoint. All suggestions welcome. If you are going to make a suggestion, it would be good to know if you serve and volley and your strength.

    tia,
    jd
     
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  2. louis netman

    louis netman Hall of Fame

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    Flexy:C10 Pro,Gen II Stiffer: Slaz X1, Prince Warrior...
     
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  3. vinouspleasure

    vinouspleasure Rookie

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    >>Flexy:C10 Pro,Gen II Stiffer: Slaz X1, Prince Warrior...

    why those racquets? Are you a serve and volleyer? Have you played with those racquets?
     
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  4. iscottius

    iscottius Professional

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    Slazenger x-1 is a very nice S&V stick
     
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  5. vinouspleasure

    vinouspleasure Rookie

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    took a look at the reviews on the slazinger. It`s worth a try but the comparisons to my old pro-staff are a little discouraging. I played with that racquet for many years and it was great racquet when I was a 4.5 playing 4 or more times/week. Yes, great control and touch but a tiny sweet spot that requires a great deal of precision. As we had kids and I moved to 1-2 times/week, I started to have problems.

    The head i.radical was a revelation. Great off-center hits, less work on my groundstrokes, lots of spin opportunity and, if the racquet is put into (just) the right position, effortless stick on my volleys.
     
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  6. str33t

    str33t Professional

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    head liquidmetal radical or prestige. check out the reviews for them. nice stats.
     
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  7. KOtennis

    KOtennis Semi-Pro

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    i recommend Yonex Ti-80.

    i am a 4.5 player.
    also big on kick serves and slices.
    i play mostly doubles so i serve and volley a lot.

    the ti-80 is low powered, with lots of spin and control.
    maybe u will like it.
     
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  8. pdugas

    pdugas New User

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    Ncode six one 95 16x18. The best racquet that I have ever played with. My game stepped up to the next level after I started playing with this one. The top spin and controle that I discovered was unreal. The club is solid and crisp. I love it and I havn't found another racquet that feels like this racquet.
     
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  9. man-walking

    man-walking Semi-Pro

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    nSix-One 95 18x20
     
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