Arm friendly 27.5" OS?? Is it possible??

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  1. cruise30166

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    Hey out there, I'm over 40+ and play with a 2 hbh at about the 4.5 level. I'm currently using a TT Warrior OS and it's a little too powerful and not so arm friendly as I'd like.

    I'm looking for a softer, more control oriented racket, and I'm able to generate a moderate/fast swing speed so I don't need a power racket.

    This is what I want:
    27.5" length
    oversize head (100 - 110)
    low flex (60-63)
    very arm friendly!!

    Trying to get all this seems almost impossible to find? Is Prokennex Kinetic 7G the one for me maybe??

    I haven't bought a new racket in 4 years and my old stuff is crumbling.... help.... suggestions???? I've been out of the new racket loop for awhile now.... thanks!!
     
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  2. kv581

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    Prince NXG Tour OS may be the answer.
     
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  3. cruise30166

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    Yes, thanks, I've looked at the specs on that racket and it all seems good but the flex rating is 64 and that seems a bit too high for me? Not sure though, so I'll try to get a demo from someone and try it. Thanks. Please more suggestions!!!!
     
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  4. JediMindTrick

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    How about Dunlop 300G OS?
     
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  5. JediMindTrick

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    There is also the new O3 Tour OS coming.
     
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  6. cruise30166

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    I've heard some good and bad about the Dunlop 300G OS. I heard that it's kind of light and maybe not so arm friendly as one might expect?? I might need to add a lot of tape to it to make it heavier to make it swing more like a "players" racket and I'm not sure if that would do it??? Anyone have some experience with this one??
     
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  7. ollinger

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    I've been using the Wilson Hyper Prostaff 6.1 OS and think it might be perfect for you. 106 sq.in., 27.5 long, 12.2 ounces but about 10 points HL so it comes around easily, 62 flex, enough power, more control than the NXG OS (which I've also used.). TW did a review of it around 2002 (you can access it via the Wayback Machine website). I've got one in perfect condition for sale (length and weight have become a bit much for my aging 1HBH - try me at wasabe666@aol.com) and there's a dealer in NY who still has a bunch brand new.
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  8. cruise30166

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    I'll have to look into that Wilson Hyper Prostaff OS. Don't know much about it but it sounds real interesting. More please!!! Thanks....
     
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  9. bamboo

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    Dunlop Adrenalin Rush 108 - sometimes available on TW classifieds or the auction site.
     
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  10. Safina

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    find a 28" Prince Original Graphite Longbody on the classifieds and cut it down to 27.5" ... it is EXACTLY what you are looking for... many others have cut this racquet down too, and it is a sweet playing frame.

    my confidence level in this racquet for your purposes is extremely high. do a search for prince graphite longbody.. or on TW playtests of the racquet. good luck!
     
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  11. cruise30166

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    Dunlop Adrenaline Rush 108 - couldn't find any specs or info on it

    Prince Original Graphite Longbody - WOW!! Love the specs on it. Thanks.

    Please more suggestions!!!! Thanks...
     
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  13. matchpoint54

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    I second you getting the POG longbody and cutting it down. My friend did it and he plays great with it compared to his old racquet.
     
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  14. cruise30166

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    I've already used the racket finder for specs. What I'm really looking for here is suggestions based on personal use that fits what I'm looking for - sort of I'm asking for testimonials that might fit my specs. Thanks. Keep the suggestions coming!!!
     
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  15. cruise30166

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    Need some feedback on a Head Liquidmetal Instinct XL??
    Maybe this would fit??
    Anybody have experience with this racket??
     
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  16. Ripper

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    Bingo. Exactly the one I was going to mention. 27.5 length, flexible frame, thin beam.
     
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  17. fireearth

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    the 27.5 POG XL is good, I used it for years, but I found that the head is a bit too light, serving is not that accurate; NXG OS is good, donot feel stiff and arm friendly;I am also testing the O3 OS, that is not a control racket to me, too much power, I strung 60,62, will string higher next time...
     
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  18. fireearth

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    the 27.5 POG XL is good, I used it for years, but I found that the head is a bit too light, serving is not that accurate; NXG OS is good, donot feel stiff and arm friendly;I am also testing the O3 OS, that is not a control racket to me, too much power, I strung 60,62, will string higher next time...
     
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  19. Ripper

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    Wao. Where did you get it from? Please give us a more detailed review :)
     
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  20. cruise30166

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    It seems like if we're looking at the more current rackets (and we're not going to add 25g of tape, or, cut the racket) then it's coming down to the Prince Graphite NXG OS and the new Prince O3 Tour OS???

    Does anybody have experience with the following ?????
    Head Liquidmetal Instinct Tour XL
    Yonex NSRQ 7 (110)
    Technifibre T Fig HT 325 (98)
    Volkl Catapult V1 OS
    Babolat Pure Control MP+ Team (100)
    Yonex MP Tour 5 (98)

    Let me know..... Thanks!!!
     
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  21. panic

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    Yonex MP Tour 5. It is certainly arm friendly!
     
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  22. vxb

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    Yonex NSRQ 7 was very arm friendly for me.
     
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  23. atatu

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    I used the LM Instinct XL for a couple of months. I found it a little heavy and my arm got tired in long matches (BTW I'm 43, a 4.5 player). I switched to the Dunlop 300g OS which I think it a very nice frame, but you may find it a bit light. I added lead tape and a leather grip. I also used a Volkl Quantum V1 OS, which is similar to the Catapult and found it way too powerful. I have recently purchased a Volkl BB 10 and I'm really enjoying this frame, but I want to demo the 03 Tour OS also.
     
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  24. Brent Pederson

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    the mp tour 5 from yonex is measured at 98, but plays like a 100, and otherwise, is exactly what you're looking for, spec-wise. Old school feel, flexi and comfy, great bite on the ball too.
     
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  25. SteveI

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    Hi,

    C10 O/S... perfect match. Gamma DF-8.0.. if can find either

    Regards,
    Steve
     
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  26. matchpoint54

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    I tried out the V1 OS and didnt' like it. This was not a control racquet to me. All my shots went out and I had to put on a tremendous amount of spin to keep it in. I couldn't control my serves either. Volleying with the racquet was OK to me but the rest was mediocre.
     
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  27. cruise30166

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    Hey, thanks for all the great responses!! Very helpful.

    I think I'm going to narrow it down to:
    Yonex MP Tour 5 (98)
    Yonex NSRQ 7 MP (100)
    Prince Tour NXG Graphite OS (107)

    They all have 27.5" length and seem to be great sticks with control, as well as having low flex, and arm friendly specs.

    Any more experience with these out there???? Thanks again.
     
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  28. str33t

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    wilson hyper hammer 4.0 ? arm friendly, kind of light tho
     
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  29. Buzzlightyear

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    You may try the Prince Shark Longbody MP. It perfectly meet your criteria: 27.5" long, 100 head size, 63 flex.

    My wife currently use the Shark (Standard length). I think it's one of the most comfortable intermediate-level frame out there. I used them when my elbow was complaining in the last couple of months. With those large grommets at 3 and 9 o'clock, the stringbed is very comfortable. Overall, it's a very sweet frame, through may be a bit too powerful for some people.

    But I believe the string has more to do with the arm-friendliness of your whole setup. Use multi if you have elbow problem even through it means frequent re-stringing. (I'm using Wilson Sensation now which can last for 6 hours) Stay alway from Poly, I deeply regret that I've tried Poly-hybrid.
     
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