Aerogel 4D 300: Soft or Stiff?

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  1. TimothyO

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    The specs on the 4D 300 show a flex of 60 but a few customer comments indicate it plays stiffer than that or with a metallic ping.

    We're interested in this frame for my son and have a chance to pick one up for him this morning cheap ($40).

    Does this frame play soft? stiff?

    How does it compare to the 300 Tour, softer?

    Thx in advance.
     
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  2. Hi I'm Ray

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    Yes it does have a metallic ping, though not as bad as the 4D 500 & 500 Tour.

    It also does feel a lot firmer/stiffer than 60, but is not at all harsh.
     
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  3. LeeD

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    Plays medium, and depending on strings.
    If you're coming from a 500, it's very soft.
    If you're coming from a 200, it's kinda stiff and tinny feeling.
    The tinny feeling goes away as soon as you really hit the ball. Then it's solid.
    More strings on T's need softer stringjobs to get similar feel.
     
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    After 5 minutes of playing with it, my arms were stiff and sore... :eek:
     
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  5. LeeD

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    Coming off 2 years of 500's, the 300 feels soft, smooth, good ball pocketing, lightheaded (mine is a Bio300T).
    My bud's 4D300 non tour feels almost like my MicroGel.
    String tension and kind makes a big difference in a light, neutral playing racket.
     
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    It was a low-tension co-poly Mr.Lee....

    Overall, I don't even like the Aerogel series anyways...
     
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    My 200's strung at 54 feel much softer than my Bio300T at 50.
    My Aero500's at 50 lbs feel like a board compared to the 300.
    My bud's non tour feels much softer than my Bio.
    Maybe you like soft rackets, while Roddick and Nadal like stiffer rackets?
     
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    Yeah, Boris Becker!

    Maybe... but playing with those will come back and bite them on the rump one day..
     
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    Plays medium, and depending on strings.
    It is true.
     
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    Thanks all for the replies.

    My son really enjoys my modded PSGTs and stripped down 200 Tours.

    He played last year with the Wilson BLX Surge and this winter tried the 300 Tour but found it boardy.

    He can easily handle my PSGTs and 200 Tour on ground strokes (stripped down 200 Tour with a lighter replacement grip and head guard removed) but their weight and SW are still a bit much for his still developing serve motion. So I was thinking the 300 might be a good option as they're dirt cheap at a local shop ($40-50) and seem to have a reputation for precision. A 300 with some lead tape might be perfect for him.

    Another option is to give him one of my PSGTs and reduce the weight but when he tried them previously with less lead he didn't like them as much.

    He tends to hit flat with great pace and loves precision. He's hitting more with top spin but not great big loopy shots like his brother. Instead his stay low and fast. His other great love is extreme slice off either side, especially when drop-shotting me! :)
     
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  11. makinao

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    I had a couple of 4d 300s for a year. They are medium stiff, slightly head light, and very comfortable. I was just coming off having my arm destroyed by Pure Drive + Cortex's, and these kept me going while I was healing. I know a couple of ex-varsity kids grew up on the 300 series, and use them up to now. So I'd say its a good, safe choice for a boy.
     
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