Advice on Racquet Changing

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  1. dhdriver

    dhdriver Rookie

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    So I've been playing with a pair of Head Youtek Prestige Mids for the last year or so. I love the racquets but I felt like my game has dropped a lot. I am unable to play as well as I used to.

    Quick description of myself: 4.0 baseliner. Lefty with a full western forehand and two handed backhand. I hit a heavy forehand and a pretty flat backhand.

    I've been looking at some racquets to try out and potentially buy:
    Yonex Vcore 97 Tour (330g)
    Yonex Vcore 97 Tour (310g)
    Yonex Vcore 89 Tour
    Dunlop Biomimetic F 3.0 Tour

    I guess I am somewhat looking for a racquet with some more pop as well as spin. I guess the Prestige mids have become a little too demanding for me (with it's dense string pattern and all).

    So I was hoping to get some help from you guys. You're all awesome! Thanks!
     
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  2. vandre

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    tell me about your serve...to you like to aim for specific spots or do you just kind of use it to get the point started?
     
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  3. dhdriver

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    Hmm generally I prefer to aim for specific spots (depends on my opponents). I tend to go for more of slice and kick serves to potentially make my opponents give me a weak return if they don't hit it that well (if that makes sense).
     
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  4. vandre

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    hmm, i see....

    ...i personally found i had better placement on my serve after bumping down to a 95 in from a 100 in but for you to go down in headsize, you'd have to get one of lendl's sticks from the 80s! lol! anyway, the yonex sticks you've mentioned seem to have easy access to spin so the should make the kicker and maybe even the slice nastier. if you play with heavy hitters frequently which you probably do at that level, i'd go with the heavier version of the vcore 97 for better plowthrough. also, if your doubles is important to you, the 97 might be the way to go as opposed to the 89.

    i've never used dunlop sticks (so maybe some else may speak up) and i haven't used the yonex sticks you've listed (my sticks are the rqis 1 tour rqis xl tour) but i can tell you that yonex racquets generally make it easy for you to put spin on the ball. also, i'm a righty with a 2hbh and there is plenty of room on the yonex handle for 2 hands. i can tell you that sometimes it may take a little while to get used to the headshape, but the payoff is nice.

    not a whole lot of specific info, but hope it helps anyway!
     
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  5. SELFMADESOUL

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    The Yonex are good racquets but none of those have that Prestige feel - I'd say first try some of the midplus offerings in the line (Prestige Midplus, Pro) especially the Pro which would give you more pop and spin in a more forgiving frame size while still having that great Prestige feel.
     
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  6. zumzool

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    The yonexs are good racquets. also check out the Volkl PB10 mid and the new Organix 10 mid.
     
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  7. hyperion99

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    You could try the Head prestige pro 16/19.
    I have tried it it has more power the the mid and mid plus.
    But I'm not much of a fan of the 16/19 pattern.

    If you are after a racket that has more power but has about the same control as the prestige mid I would recommend the Blade 98.
    I like the newer model better than the older model because for me it feels softer on the hit.

    Hope this helps!
     
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  8. dhdriver

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    Hey SELFMADESOUL! I've tried them and didn't really like them as much as the mid. I am not necessarily switching to racquets that have the same feel. I wanted to like them but couldn't =/

    Also I want to go back to rounder grips too. I don't have the resources or money to switch the rectangular grips to rounder ones.
     
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  9. dhdriver

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    Thanks Vandre! I demoed the 89t before and liked it but it felt like it swung too fast so I thought the 97t may be better. I'll demo it in the near future!
     
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  10. dhdriver

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    Thanks Hyperion! I have tried the blade series before (except the new Darth Vader ones) but I never really liked the balance. I am typically someone that plays with stock racquets. I tried the new 93 blade and liked it but I ran into similar problems as the Prestige Mids.
     
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  11. hyperion99

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    I tried the prestige mid before.
    I liked it but the mid plus was better in terms of a bigger sweet spot.
    Although for me I didn't see that much of a difference on the power.

    Another question.
    What is the problem you see with prestige mid?
    Is it the power or is it something else?

    There are ways to customize the racket in order to get more maneuverability,power,and sweet spot etc.
     
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  12. mirceam

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    Yonex Vcore 97 Tour (310g) or Vcore Xi 98
     
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  13. dhdriver

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    Ahh I am very terrible at customizing. I tried it before and it didn't work out so well for me.

    I really like the prestige mid but I think the dense string bed and the lack of power has caught up to me. Also for some reason it felt more demanding to swing than before. Maybe I've gotten weaker =/.
     
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  14. dhdriver

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    Hmm Micrceam.... I've tried the vcore 98 before but it felt a bit light even though I liked it. Hows the Vcore Xi 98 compared to the regular vcore 98?
     
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  15. hyperion99

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    Well then,if you like the feel of the prestige then you should demo the prestige pro for more power.
     
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  16. dhdriver

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    I have demoed the prestige pro (Youtek and the IG versions). They were nice and all but I didn't like the way they hit. Somewhat hard to explain. I also want to move away from the rectangular grips as well. I don't have the resources to switch them.
     
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