Best 11.5 0z racket

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  1. ruud5

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    Most important criteria:

    -comfort (armfriendly)
    -control
    -power

    -returns
    -groundstrokes
    -services
     
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  2. MikeHitsHard93

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    Pro open with lead
     
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  3. srvnvly

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    The new Dunlop Biomimetic F 3.0 Tour is at least worth a demo; good power, easy to maneuver.
     
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  4. 2ndServe

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    kennex 7g?
     
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  5. pshulam

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    Great Comfort and control but low power:
    Wilson BLX Pro Staff Six.One 95
    Dunlop Biomimetic 200 Lite
    Prince Ozone Tour MP
     
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    gamma g310 and t7
    honorable mention goes to head microgel radical pro. all 11.4-11.7 range pretty much
     
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  7. VeeSe

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    How about the Head Youtek IG Radical Pro
     
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  8. Power Player

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    Sounds like a nice stick. Dunlops are just great.

    I love the blade 98 which is in this range, and i also would suggest the tecnifibre 305, a very underrated stick.
     
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  9. danotje

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    +1 here...7G has really upped my control
     
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  11. ruud5

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    Looks very good but how armfriendly is it? (comfort 80...)
     
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  12. ruud5

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    Heavy swingweight...
     
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  13. VeeSe

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    Yes, however, it meets a lot of your criteria:
    -Great serving racquet
    -very arm friendly
    -a lot of power
    -great groundstrokes

    It doesn't have bad control either, but if you are saying you can't swing it (which is understandable), then I would pass on it.
     
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  14. ruud5

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    - I want comfort and power (high racketspeed with old body...).
    - Huge sweetspot (level 4).
    - Small beam (kick).
     
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  15. ruud5

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    Only the swingweight is a little to much...
     
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  16. Hi I'm Ray

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    Comfort, power, control, in that order: V1 MP

    Comfort and control, less power: Radical MP, Dunlop 300 series (the older verions, haven't tried the new version)

    They all need lead tape for your target of 11.5oz
     
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  17. Blitzball

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    I agree, the F 3.0 Tour is an all-around solid stick at approximately 11.5oz strung. It could use some lead in the hoop for more push, but that's just personal preference as the stock is perfectly fine.
     
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  18. kc571

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    F3 Tour or Donnay XDual Gold worth a look. Both are good sticks.
     
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  19. cknobman

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    Or you could just get the tour version?

    The one in my sig us my current favorite followed by the Dunlop biomimetic 200 lite.
     
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  20. SJSA

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    Try Donnay Pro One 18x20.
    It is close to the racket you want.
     
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  21. ruud5

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    What about the Rebel 98?
     
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  22. mikeler

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    The Exo3 Tour is not powerful but it meets all your other needs. You can fix the power issue by using a multifilament or gut at lower tensions.
     
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    Or you can opt for the Prince Warrior 100 which is a tick up in the power department
     
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  24. MikeHitsHard93

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    Hey Mikeler,

    How would you compare the exo3 tour to the exo3 graphite 100? Unless you haven't played the graphite before. How does it perform from the baseline in terms of consistency and diversity?

    Thanks.

    Mike
     
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  25. smirker

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    Kennex Ki5. Comfort (PK renowned for it) Power, medium. Control, not as much as an 18x20 but more than 16x19. 11.5oz strung = perfect compromise racquet in many ways for me coming from the PD2012 which was good in two of the above areas but not the other!
     
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  26. mikeler

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    Never hit with it, sorry.
     
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  27. tennismonkey

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    i'd try: exo3 tour, rebel 98, becker london and donnay gold.
     
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  28. jonnyboi09

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    I recommend the Exo3 Tour, the BLX Blade, and the Rdis 200. If you go with the Exo3 Tour, I'd recommend the port grommet for enhanced sweetspot and comfort.
     
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  29. MikeHitsHard93

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    That's ok! I've been thinking I would love my exo3 if it was more headlight and flexible. Tour might be perfect
     
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  30. ruud5

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    What about the Rebel 98?
     
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  31. ruud5

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    thnks,
    But what effect does it have on the control?
     
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    Demo as many as you can find, but also demo different or recommended strings. No way someone can say, "Oh, 'X' is the best", it might be for most, but not for you. Tennis is SO INDIVIDUAL, a racquet I LOVE you might hate.

    So best to not listen to any of us as far as recommendations, find out for yourself, demo a bunch from this website.
     
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  33. mikeler

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    Comfort and spin are the hallmarks of the 16 x 18 version of the Exo3 Tour. I think it also has great control but the power level is so low that I feel even powerful multis need to be strung in the low to mid 50s. You would probably have to have poly at 40 or below to get decent power.
     
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  34. ruud5

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    I tried some:

    - Dunlop tour pro
    - Dunlop aerogel 4 D 500
    - Snauwaert Ellipse touch H
    - Prokennex Q tour (now playing with it)
    - Boris Becker Delta Core London (now playing with it)

    Different rackets. I like the Q tour but is to heavy for me. Racket speed to low with service and return (attack second). This also counts for the Snauwaert. The Aerogel 4 D 500 to stiff. I like also the London but this one have less control. Mostly I play with Klip legend (TE).

    Now I know what I want but it is difficult to find. I get good tips on this forum to go trough. And I know that it never shall be perfect:( But I always shall searching:)
     
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  35. Roforot

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    Hi. If you look you will see a big thread about the Wilson steam99s. It may be an early luvfest, but it sounds like it will fit all your requirements. Perhaps it is the best...

    I use a pure drive roddick. It is supposed to be a stiff frame but I am doing well with it. I expected and got some boost in power and serves but I'm really pleased with how well I'm hitting touch shots. I'm hitting droppers for winners. Lob returns in doubles are finding the corner. My returns in general have improved. Anyway it's out of favor now that Andy has retired but if your arm tolerates it I'd give it a try.
     
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  36. ruud5

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    I hit the balls about 1 inch above the middle of the racket..
     
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  37. mikeler

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    If you have TE like me, the best racket is the Exo3 Tour. Read the review here on TTW and on the TW comments section. My TE is finally fading since I bought this racket.
     
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  38. royfrombigd

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    BLX Blade 98 and lord knows I've tried them all in this range.
     
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  39. ruud5

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    What about comfort? Tenniselbow
     
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    tecnifibre 320 vo2. loving it.
     
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    If you are suffering with TE then your priority should be comfort. PK are the only manufacturer to have scientifically proven tech to help reduce TE symptoms so I would advise trying some of their other offerings if the Q Tour is too heavy. Q5 295/315. Ki5 315 and 295 variant if you are in Europe?
     
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  42. ruud5

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    You are right

    - first priority is comfort
    - second is power to hit less hard and still have balspeed
    - third is control

    The London is ok for me except the less control (maybe also because I use the Klip Legend (22 kg)

    I shall also try the Ki5 (315 if I can handle it or the 295 if not)
     
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  43. ruud5

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    How to string the Ki5?
     
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  44. royfrombigd

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    I used to suffer from TE and haven't had a lick of problems with BLX Blade 98. Now, I do use all gut or soft multi set ups. Hope that helps.
     
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  45. ruud5

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    What about the Q tour 295?
     
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  46. Marcus2137

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    I have a pretty tough elbow, but I had one racket that really started making it ache after hitting. I stopped using the racket, but the pain continued even after switching back the the Prestige that I had had been using before without any issue.

    Then, I picked up a Donnay (X-Red 94+), and from the first time I hit with it, there was no ache at all. I've never had the pain return since then, even when I go back to the Prestige. I think the Donnay helped me play and heal at the same time.

    The Donnay is still the most cushioned (not most flexible though, it's different) racket I've used, even more than my Head Prostocks. Right now I have it strung with Gut/Poly at 50#main/46#crosses. It's amazingly soft and has more power than any power racket I've owned or tried (Babolat, Head Extreme, etc). I can play very casually with it and still find great depth and speed.
     
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  47. JackB1

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    So why are you selling it then?
     
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  48. srvnvly

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    Because I'd like a little more power. It doesn't change my opinion that its a good racquet, tho.
     
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  49. MikeHitsHard93

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    String lower..
     
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    Slazenger pro braided
     
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