A little confused on racquet I ended up with

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by IA-SteveB, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. IA-SteveB

    IA-SteveB Professional

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    I have been playing tennis again for 9 months after a twenty year layoff. I am currently a 3.5 player just trying to develop more of a game.

    In May of 2012, I bought a Prince 03 Hybrid Shark and played ok with it. I launched a lot of balls so I had it restrung with 17ga @ 63 pounds, which seemed to help a bit.

    In July, I got the Babolat bug and bought a 2012 Pure Drive and had it strung tight again, which killed the racquet for me. I had it restrung in Sept with Xcel French open 17ga @ 56 pounds and it really woke the stick up but I was launching a lot of balls again since I am a flat hitter with imperfect form.

    I tried a 2009 Babolat Pure Storm GT LTD last month strung at 58 pounds Technifibre XCode 17ga. I just wanted to try a low power racquet. I liked the racquet because I could take full swings and still keep it in play, but my volleys were dead (I tend to block rather than swing) and serves were lacking pace. Plus, forget about a backhand on the run. I did like the racquet but I thought it was too much for me. My baseline game did improve quite a bit.

    I have played the last few weeks with a Prince Hornet MidPlus with stock 16ga Prince strings from the factory. Now, my game has really heightened and I am able to take good swings, although not like with the Pure Storm. I am hitting a lot fewer balls long and my net game has improved dramatically with fewer framers and just good solid shots. I am just not sure what to attribute this to. The Hornet is the lightest of the selection I have used and I have used varying strings on the others. Of the four racquets I have tried, this one seems to work the best for me and I am just not sure why. :) I am a strong guy who prefers a heavier racquet, but maybe light is better for my game?
     
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  2. LeeD

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    Your skills are improving, but while improving, you go thru UPS and DOWNS.
    On the Downs, you hate whatever racket you're using.
    You're on a UP right now, which will soon turn into a Down, and you'll look to switch again.
    All those Babs are stiff and powerful.
     
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  3. sunof tennis

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    LeeD. may be right, it could be you were just on an up cycle. However, a few years back I played with the Hornet MP. Fairly easy racquet to use. Classic tweener. More powerful than the Pure Storm, but won't play as stiff as the Pure Drive. At anything under a 4.5 level, the racquet should work for you, unless you end up truly liking the feel of players racquets.
     
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  4. davedomart

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    The Pure Storm LTD is definitely not stiff and powerful! It's one of the most low-powered racquets I've tried. Plus it's buttery soft.
     
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  5. LeeD

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    StormLTD rated at 59, plays a little stiffer.
    I used one maybe 3 weeks ago for about 1/2 of hitting. My Aero500's are rated around 68, and both of us figured if the Dunlop was correct, the Bab was closer to 64 to 66, as it wasn't all that much softer. Bab plays stiffer than my Mfil and Aero 200's, which are rated around 62.
    Strings were 52 on my racket, 54 on his, as we switched back and forth hitting groundies to each other.
     
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