All steamed up... need flex

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  1. Relinquis

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    Need new stick recommendations.

    I've been playing with a Wilson Steam 100 for the past few months (66 RA stiffness rating)... i think my elbow/forearm has had enough*.

    I had some tennis elbow/bursitis in the beginning (was just coming back to tennis). Rested for a bit until it was gone. i was good for a while and recently have had more soreness with regular playing/training, but no inflammation.

    I want to get a less stiff stick but it doesn't seem that many manufactures make those anymore. I've started leading it up as well as I'm back to my fast swing speed and court movement.

    Any stick recommendations?

    Wouldn't mind a mid size racquet. Actually might prefer something less than 100 sq inch**, but stiffness is my biggest issue.

    A lot of the new dunlops are stiffer than the sticks they replace. thoughts?


    * I use multis and restring when they break.
    ** My other stick is a 93" prince, leaded up.
     
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  2. MikeHitsHard93

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    What balance do you want? String pattern?
     
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  3. Relinquis

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    The more headlight the better, at least 5pts headlight with a 320 sw minimum. I don't mind adding weight with lead.

    the steam is a 16 X 20 string pattern. wouldn't want anything more open than that. wouldn't mind more closed.
     
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  4. redbirdone

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    Dunlop Bio 200.

    Stiffness = 57
    SW = 322
    Pattern = 18x20
    Size = 95in
    Price = $99
     
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  5. LeeD

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    I've been looking at DunlopBio2+'s, 99, 11.5 oz, SW's of just under 320.
    F3Tours also, close to same specs, a hair stiffer.
    My Bio3T plays softer than it's "64" rating. I use 50 lbs tension.
    I find, MORE strings is more cushy, smoother, less "twang", and no diff in spin and power, if tension is modified lighter than less strings.
     
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  6. WILSONKGUT

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    I strong recommend prince rebel 98. 16 x 20 string pattern and 57 RA. Absolutely no arm issue.
     
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  7. max

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    Ahh. . . the Wilson "feel"! :)
     
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  8. spinovic

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    Looks like there are quite a few good options to me.

    Babolat Pure Storm Ltd ($79.99) and Pure Storm Ltd GT ($179) - 18x20, low stiffness rating, HL balance, near 12 oz

    Prestige MP - 18x20, 95 in, 6 pts HL, 310 SW, 62 stiffness

    If you want to go really low in the flex, Prince offers a few.

    EXO3 Tour 100 18x20 - Stiffness 52
    Rebel 95 - 18x20, Stiffness 56
    Rebel 98 - 16x20, Stiffness 58

    Someone mentioned the Dunlop Biomimetic 200 line.

    The Donnay X-Dual Platinum 99 has a stiffness of 61 with an 18x20 pattern. It also a rare breed of 'tweener size with a really thin beam.

    The Pacific XForce Pro 18x20 has a 98 in head with a flex of 60.

    ProKennex has a few that meet your requirement. The Redondo MP has a flex of 57.

    Also, Tecnifibre TFight 315 Ltd 18 Main would work.

    I think there are plenty of options for you...research them a little, read the TW reviews and feedback and info on TT, narrow down your list and demo a few. I think you'll find something you like.
     
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  9. Relinquis

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    thanks guys. this is much appreciated.
     
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  10. fuzz nation

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    I guess I'll throw in my favorites these days; I'm using several generations of the Volkl C10 - I have old ones and newer ones. It's a 98" racquet, but plays rather lean and it also has some flex in its hoop. That seems to make it play even softer than its flex rating of 63. As long as you understand that it can be a little "tip dead", it's no big deal.

    No matter how much I'm playing, teaching, etc., these frames just don't give my arm any discomfort. I like mine strung with a snug bed of syn. gut (61-63 lbs.), hit a one-handed backhand, and go to the net a lot. Very string-sensitive, so if you sample one and it feels crummy, consider whether the strings are to blame.
     
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  11. spinovic

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    Forgot to mention Volkl...they're known for being soft and arm-friendly, right?

    In any case, I think there are many racquets for you to choose from. Surely one of them will satisfy. I was mainly looking at racquets in the low 60s or below in stiffness. The truth is though, stiffness doesn't always tell the story. My racquet is rated at 69, but I love the way it plays and feels.
     
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  12. PKfan1

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    Pk redondo and Pure Storm ltd. are my faves. I hit with the new rebel 95 and really liked that as well.
     
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