Any racket recommendations?

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  1. Tennissssssss

    Tennissssssss New User

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    Hi I am currently using O3 hybrid shark MP 4 3/8

    strung with BB Ace/Gosen Polylon 17.

    WELL I am playing decent with my racket,

    but I want to improve my game really bad.

    So any racket recommendation? I love to be all round player.

    I am 6 feet and 160 lbs who is trying to get into

    highschool varsity team this year.
     
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  2. L4RZ

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    You will need to give us some more information.
    Do you like the weight, cause it's quite light. It's also a bit longer than a ordinary racquet.

    If I were you, I would pick a racquet that's a bit less powered, not like the wilson 6.0 85 but something like a Prince O3 Hybrid Tour. It might be a bit heavy if you're used to a 10oz though. (Pure Drive or the cheap donnay pro one could also be a good alternatives, if the donnay isnt to demanding?)

    Why not try your friends racquets and see if you could find the right weight and size. Then you could demo similar racquets and hopefully find one that suits you.

    /L4RZ
     
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  3. Tennissssssss

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    even tho i am really comfy with my racket,

    i dont think the weight is a big problem to me.

    yeah ive considered o3 tour too. and wanted to hear some other options.

    i just played with my friend's lm prestige mp today,

    and it felt pretty good. I think I played better.
     
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  4. <3Tennis

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    What do you think is lacking from you O3 Shark?
     
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  5. Tennissssssss

    Tennissssssss New User

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    um hard to tell.... cuz i just wanted to improve my game.

    not what i am lacking.. kinda immature..

    well also the other problem is that i started to have wrist problem

    with my o3 shark. so i used my friend's apdc, and it still hurt.

    however, when i tried his lm prestige, it did not hurt at all!!!

    so i think there is something going on with my racket..
     
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  6. <3Tennis

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    Well this could either occur (im no expert on this subject this is just what i think) be because the lm prestige is 63 stiffness compared to 65 of the shark and 67 of the apdc. Perhaps stiffness of the racket has affected you, or your technique needs a bit of fine-tuning.

    I would suggest demoing some rackets that are much more flexible. i.e rackets with < 65 stiffness rating.

    This is just my opinion.
     
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  7. Strawberry

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    Try the Dunlop Aerogel Series. Also, I would recomment the Yonex RDS 002 for you're game play. Demo a few from your local Tennis store or TW before you buy one though, maker sure you are comfortable with it.
     
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  8. Jonny S&V

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    Well if you liked the LM Prestige, then look into similar racquets (such as the Dunlop M-fil 200 or like series).
     
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  9. Tennissssssss

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    i didnt know just 1 or 2 stiffness could make that difference.

    thanx for the aerogel advice. i'll try that.

    would rds001 not fit me? why did you recommend rds002?

    btw im about 2.5 or 3.0 player.
     
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  10. L4RZ

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    The RDS001 is very lowpowered and has a very small headsize thus very demanding for a 2.5 or 3.0 (it's also quite stiff).

    If you have wristproblems you shouldn't use a full poly job (even if they're soft polys), try a hybrid with a syntgut or multi and if you liked the LM Prestige, you could also try the Head Flexpoint Radical Oversize which is a bit lighter.
     
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  11. Tennissssssss

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    really? i never thought about using OS.

    im just not a fan of it. what do you mean by multi?

    and since im not free of stringing jobs, i really need to make a good choice.

    i can't just string it and cut it.

    so any recommendation about string?

    i thought BB ACE was pretty soft string. that's what my coach told me.

    before using hybrid BB ACE / GoSEN Polylon 17,

    I used full Polylon 17(thou the tension was really low cuz i had it for long time).
     
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  12. L4RZ

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    The oversized version is actually smaller than your current racquet :razz:.
    Im just worried that a racquet with a smaller headsize, say 93 sq would have a negative effect on your game.

    Perhaps a racquet with a 98sq (Midplus) like Wilson nBlade MP is better?

    Multifilament strings (stringforum.net)
    "To bring synthetic strings' playability more into line with natural gut, many microfibers (which can be of many different materials) are twisted together to a string, which is wrapped with a resisant cover."

    This results in that multifilament strings has somewhat better comfort, power and control than ordinary synthetics (there are exceptions of course), but a bit more pricey.

    So if you use a hybrid with a poly (Big Ace) in the mains and a multi(ie Yonex 850 soft, TF NRG2 etc) in the crosses, the stringjob would be cheap, durable and soft.
     
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  13. Tennissssssss

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    yeah changing from o3 to other rackets take some time.

    o3 had way bigger sweetspot. so is there any other recommedation?

    if i have to choose head, what would you recommend?

    lm,flexpoint,mg(cant really afford this)? radical, prestige?
     
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  14. Gmedlo

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    I would recommend not switching racquets. What you have is fine, and at your level your game will be better if you just stick with one racquet.
     
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  15. racquet_jedi

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    Actually, he said that he uses an 03 Hybrid Shark MP, not the OS which is listed on TW...
     
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  16. Tennissssssss

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    yeah i use mp.
     
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    Take more lessons. Do more drills. Improve your fitness.
     
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  18. Cup8489

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    agreed. for the level you're at, none of the player racquets will bring anything to the table other than control and heft, which you'll most likely struggle with midway through a match. i suggest you try using a softer cross string, instead of just the full poly stringbed, because it will help with the wrist pain, and practice your strokes. good mechanics will help you more than any racquet can. i used to use the hybrid shark, and i know that it's a decent racquet. but you have to know how to swing correctly..

    but getting a new racquet won't help with all these problems, except make your shots more controlled. and i dont think you said that was a problem..?
     
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  19. Tennissssssss

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    i never said control is not my problem.

    one guy worried that o3 is a light racket so i might have problem

    with other heavier rackets.

    then i said weight is not my problem.^^

    yeah i'll take you guys advice and try to improve my skills.

    i've only been playing for little more than an year.
     
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  20. TsongaBonga

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    Look, please listen to my advice.... I am a racquet specialist. I know what I'm on about! Please try the MG or LM (but not Flexpoint) Radicals. I know that this racquet will improve your game....It's maneuverable, arm friendly, flexy and has medium power and great control. Try using Wilson NXT 17g string in the crosses and Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour 17g in the mains, both at either 57lbs or 58lbs.
    Hope I could help
    TB
     
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  21. Tennissssssss

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    just little curious. why not flexpoint?

    and is prestige ok instead of radical?

    and u recommend MidPlus right?
     
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  22. JacKKyKung

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    Try learning by yourself at learning center of TW.com. I think you can get anything you want to know in a few hours.

    Supportive knowledge for all objective.
    ~Only one you can trust is yourself~
     
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