A bit of this and a bit of that

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  1. Dags

    Dags Professional

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    At the moment, I have two different models of racquet in my bag. On the one hand is the TGK 238.1 - slightly heavier than the retail Head Prestige MP, but not indistinguishable from it. On the other is the Prince EXO3 Tour 16x18.

    The TGK shines in my hand against someone who hits a decent, but not too heavy ball. If I'm bossing play, the precision is outstanding. The problem comes when I face someone who hits the ball harder and heavier: if I'm hurried and use anything that's a less-than-full swing, there is no assistance whatsoever. It's almost as if the racquet thinks 'Well, if you're not going to bother trying, then neither am I'.

    That's where the EXO3 Tour comes in. A great scrambling racquet, and if I get to it, that ball is likely to be going back. Where it falls down though is when I'm trying to dominate: I can hit a better forehand with it than the TGK, but my 1-handed backhand fails to sing and I can't hit a flat first serve for toffee.

    What I'd like is the love child of these two. And that's the good love child that gives me the best of both, not the ugly mistake that hides in the attic.

    Serves: TGK
    Forehand: EXO3 Tour
    Backhand: TGK
    Volleys: EXO3 Tour
    General liveliness and assistance when defending: EXO3 Tour

    Any suggestions on what sits between these two?
     
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  2. tball

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    That's a good description of a situation.

    The situation sounds familiar... I am afraid those species do not breed.
    After having tried quite a few racquets, I realized, you can have a great many compromizes between those extremes, but they will forever remain just that -- compromizes. You will never find a racquet which is both a heavy hitter and a scrambler. Either the shots will be not that heavy, or the scrambling will be labourious.

    I just play with different racquets depending on situation. Luckily, most people on my level play either one style or another, and never mix.

    However, for a very few rare players who mix (and make me hopeless), the solution I developed is this: I us an extended length racquet (current favourites are Volkl C10 Xtended and Kneissl Red Star). When I need a strong shot, I hold it at the buttcap. When I am scrambling, I move up on a grip (making the racquet shorter and much more maneuverable). When in ready position, choked up high is my default. I only need a few strong shots per point -- when the ball and timing are coming my way. Then I have time to move the hand down, and hit it with everything I've got.

    -- Nick
     
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  3. NLBwell

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    That's way too many things for me to think about while playing tennis.
     
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  4. tball

    tball Semi-Pro

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    What happens if you take your TGK and remove the weights (the lead and the silicone) ?
     
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  5. Dags

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    I actually have stripped one down. Without the silicone, it's a shadow of itself - it feels really hollow, with some nasty vibrations. The one I'm currently playing with is probably slightly lighter than retail; it's coming in at 332g, but that's with a leather grip.

    Bat speed itself isn't the problem - if I get a swing in, it's all good. The place where I'm struggling is half-blocking balls when I'm being run. The Prince is so lively that I can get away with this and send the ball deep enough to give me a chance to recover; with the TGK it's either landing short or in the net, and I'm in a whole host of trouble.

    Tonight though, I was playing with someone who hits a 'nice' ball right into my strike zone, and boy did it feel good! Tomorrow may be another story... I'll have a go with a shorter grip, because if I can find a way to stay in the rally then this is an incredibly fun racquet to play with.
     
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