Anything play like a WIlson Hammer 4.0???

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  1. storypeddler

    storypeddler Semi-Pro

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    I have used the oversize model of the Wilson 4.0 Hammer for years and have searched in vain for any new racquet that plays like it. I have bought and sold a number of racquets over the last 10 years trying to find a "new" replacement, but nothing comes close to feeling like it. I've collected about 12-14 of these, so I am not hurting for something to play with, but it still intrigues me. Can anyone point me toward any more recent racquet that DOES closely resemble the Hammer 4.0 in playability and feel?
     
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  2. esgee48

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    These racquets are somewhat similar:

    Prince O3 Blue
    Dunlop AeroGel 8Hundred and 1000
    PK Ionic Ki20 and Ki30
    Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3 Stretch OS

    None of them are an exact match to your Hammer 4.0 OS, but they're close. Just demo them.
     
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  3. PBODY99

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    If you are referring to the Gold frame from the early 1990's, then except for the long gone H4 from Wilson, nothing plays like the Pro Staff Hammer 4.0 110.
    I used the O3 Blue, and the power level is close, but the feel is entirely different.
     
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  4. meowmix

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    Have you tried the n4?  Never played with either of those rackets myself, but the n4 was the direct descendent of the h4.
     
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  5. storypeddler

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    Yep, tried the N4---not the same feel at all. Everything today is much lighter and plays differently regardless of what manufacturers say about stiffness.
     
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    I think it's cute that we're using 'Hammer 4.0' and 'feel' in the same sentence. :) At least it's not a 2.7 ;) .
     
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    The Hammers and Profiles had a unique solid feel with their stiffness and power in combination with their light weight. I've played with probably played/owned 25 different iterations over the years. It will be difficult to replicate their feel.

    Here's some that may be worth your time to take out for a demo (IMO):

    Babolat:
    • Pure Drive 107 GT
    • Drive Z 105
    • Overdrive 105
    • Overdrive 110
    Prince:
    • EXO3 Silver
    • EXO3 Blue
    • EXO3 Red
    • O3 Silver
    • O3 Blue
    • O3 Red
    and if you want to stay in the Wilson family:
    • Blx Pro Open
    • Blx Pro Lite
    • Blx Surge
    • Blx Pro Team Fx

    *Many of these may need lead tape and maybe a leather grip to add needed weight*

    Happy demoing, cheers!
     
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  8. elamarrj

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    I own a hammer 4.0 95 and nothing else i have owned has quite the same feel
     
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  9. JG4tennis

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    Wilson racket plays like a Hammer 4.0

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    After my Hammer 2.7 broke and my wrist and elbow was almost destroyed from it, I bought and still use the Wislon Prostaff 4.7 EB 115sq that replaced the head heavy Hammer series. Best power, line volley and serve racket ever. I wish I had another so I could have two string setups. Demo'd some Prince rackets, bought Wilson N-Code only because I saw a lot of local doubles players using it. Then I discovered it was 3.0 -3.5 player racket, they are 3.5 - 4.0 players. It was light and good for doubles, but lost power and serve, gave it away! I got an excellent deal on a Babolat XS 102 which is nice but not as good as my old Prostaff but much much better than that Wislon N-Code. I'm preferrably a singles player. I guess I should have purchased the Babolat Aerodrive GT to keep power on the serve and high speed volleys to prevent the opponet from having time to run over and get a good return. It sounds like I should have spent more and got the GT. PS never had a sore wrist nor tennis elbow since I got off the Wislon Hammer 2.7.
     
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  10. storypeddler

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    That has been my experience as well.
     
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    Yes it is---and it lacks the power of the Hammer and feels a lot different.
     
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  12. storypeddler

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    LOL. Despite what you might think, I get great feel from the 4.0 Hammer. I string it at the bottom of the tension range and I have great control using it---you just have to play long enough to grow accustomed to how the racquet plays.
     
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  13. JG4tennis

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    The list of rackets you provided is great.
    I just started trying the Babolat series, the first one being the XS102 "Extra sweetspot" and like it better that than that light N-Code Wilson. The only problem was that huge wide frame on the that you can easily catch on a spin return. Good control, balance and volley power for doubles
    Discovered it was manufactured in 2010 and as a discontinued model sells for $69 to $119.
    However I went back to my old Wison Prostaff EB 4.7. to get that extra power on the serve and volley that you need when playing singles.

    I'd like to try the Overdrive 105 next. I'll have to check to see if it has that extra wide frame that sticks up off the strings.
    If Babolat makes a power racket with typical frame that won't break, I'd be interested.
     
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