Best 25" Racket

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  1. frugal

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    Hello,

    which is the better 25" length racket?

    Can you please recommend model and brand for a 8 years girl.

    Thank you!

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  3. frugal

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    For an advanced young player :)

    I think that the best option in quality is to cut a new hightech 27" racket.

    Please advice.
     
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    For an kids aluminum racquet the Hello Kitty 25" is solid. A bit heavier than the Wilson or Head racquets from big box stores. It also includes a bumper guard whereas most kid's aluminum these days frames do not. Babolat

    If she is only going to be playing once a week a $20-$30 frame will do fine for at least a year. Unless you strung yourself they are not worth the cost of being restrung, nor are they intended to be restrung.

    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Babolat_Nadal_Junior_25/descpageRCBAB-BNJ25E.html

    If playing multiple times a week there is the Babolat Pure Drive Junior 25 for $70. While still aluminum it is better constructed and has more twist stability. has a bumper guard as well.

    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Babolat_Pure_Drive_Junior_25_Racquet_4/descpageRCBAB-BJR25.html

    Either way, I recommend one with a bumper guard. Most cheap aluminum kids racquets ($15) these days have no protection for the strings at the tip from scraping on the ground from normal play.
     
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  5. SFrazeur

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    You posted that while I was composing my post. In that case the Babolat Pure Drive Junior 25 is a great option for a child who players seriously on the 60' court and who does some 78' full court play. If you are looking for a longer racquet to cut down I would suggest looking at 26" racquets. There are stable quality racquets for about $100. 26" might be short enough.
     
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    :) BB recommend by you is better for 25"

    For 26" which one would you cut ? And how can we get a 00 diameter of the GRIP?

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  7. scotus

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    Babolat Aero Pro Drive 25 is on sale right now. Check out the TW Happy Hour page.
     
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    For 26" length which PRO racket would you cut ?

    How can we get a 4.0 diameter of the GRIP on a adult racket after cutting it to 26"?


    Thank you.
     
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  9. scotus

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    There are some adult racquets that come in grip size 0 (4 inches). For example, I have a Prince EXO3 Warrior that is Size 0. So you can look around for that.
     
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    Hello!

    I was thinking to cut in the future, next year maybe, one 27" TOP racket to 26"...

    The price of NADAL's racket is $200 and the junior version is $50. I can't understand why. Must be made with poor materials...


    Cheers
     
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  12. scotus

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    Junior racquets are usually made of inferior material and workmanship.

    If you want to buy an adult racquet and cut it down, you definitely want to choose a very head-light racquet.

    Also, since you will be chopping it off anyway (which voids warranty), I recommend that you buy used racquets.
     
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    Few full size racquets will come in grip size 0, more luck with 26" range.

    There's some nice graphite 26" racquets, what brands does your local proshop stock?
     
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    I can buy online, I think on woman racket from the TOP 10 WTA should b OK.

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    it has to be lighter and 4.0

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    Please advice.
     
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  16. Tamiya

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    personally if you haven't got experience in racquet modding
    suggest you don't go buying a 27" stick and expect it to play
    just as sweet after shortening... You'll usually wreck the balance.

    Best visit your local proshop to have your child properly fitted.

    Some lines like Head & a few others use foam pallets that can be
    swapped to adjust grip size but afaik smallest is #1... have not seen #O.
     
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  17. BlueB

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    At 8 yr old, she's more likely to need a 24" long frame. Unless she's really tall/strong...
    Anyways, TW has some good deals on junior Prince racquets. Some are graphite. Jr Rebel 26 is $40, Pink 25 $45.
     
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  18. 7zero

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    I was asking same question in different thread couple of months ago. My girl is 8,5 yrs old, I bought pure drive 25 in pink ( you know, girl..) And her game improved visibly, she is very happy with this stick. Some people even recommended me 26 size, but I am happy with 25 for her - it just fits. I added one thin overgrip only. She is 135 cm tall.
     
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  20. frugal

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    hi,

    which one it is?

    When will you change for 26"?

    tks
     
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  22. scotus

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    1. Take the grip off.

    2. Take the buttcap off. You'll need a micro flat screwdriver to remove the staples.

    3. Take a saw to the handle. Careful, graphite dust is not kind to your skin.

    4. Replace buttcap. You'll either need a power staple gun with 18/20 gauge staples, or use silicone to seal it.

    5. Regrip.

    Done.
     
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  23. frugal

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    Is it possible to reduce grip diameter or it is hollow?

    Thanks
     
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  24. scotus

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    Most racquets have PU foam over graphite hairpin. These can be sanded or planed although it can be tricky to do it right.

    Some racquets have exchangeable pallets over a graphite hairpin. These can be replaced for a different grip size if you can locate parts on the buy/sell forum here.

    Some racquets have hollow graphite handles with no pallets or foam over them.
     
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  25. frugal

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    Hello,

    I think I will quit from trying to do that by myself...

    ... and buy a 26" junior racket from MARKET

    :-?:confused::-|:oops:
     
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  26. Babolat Official

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    I can't speak for the other brands, but our top of the line junior frames are simply shorter versions of the adult frames (in basic terms, the transition to an adult frame is then only length and minimum weight change). Yes, this makes the frame more expensive than other jr models....but they aren't aluminum and feature all the technology/feel of our adult frames. We also sell the "cheaper" models if price is a concern. And so does everyone else.

    Shoot me an email dbecker@babolat.com and I can go into more detail if you want.
     
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  27. BlueB

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    That's funny... But anyways, you are already on right track.
     
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    Most of the big companies top junior racquets are not if inferior quality to a 27" racquet. The reason they are so much cheaper is because a parent isn't going to pay $200 for a racquet that can only be used for a year by a kid who isn't even sure if they like tennis. It's also getting them into their brand so when the child is ready for an adult racquet, the full size racquet has already sold it self because the child is already used to the feel of it. For example the Babolat jr. Aero pro is literally a lighter aero pro made an inch shorter, no other difference. Same thing with the wilson juice 26.
     
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  29. frugal

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    Your answers are clear to me. Thank you.

    Babolat in Juniors is my favorite and as Mr.Becker said quality is really the same.

    It was strange and still is a bit, this price difference. Market is not working well...
     
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    Au contraire, market is working totally well..! :)

    Big ppl who are willing to spend $270-350 per new frame
    are spending it on themselves to boost their own egos.
    Some buy every new model yearly, some may skip 2nd or 3rd gens
    if they have 3-5 in their bag. Some buy used.

    Little ppl who need mummy & daddy to buy their frame will get
    either $30 aluminium job (new entrants) or $100 graphite minors
    (Kiddie comp players etc) and may buy new 1 every yr; seeing how
    some kids trash their gear there's usually zero secondhand worth :)

    Whichever size of racquet, cost of labour & materials to manufacture
    is pennies to the pound in relation to the retail price.
     
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  31. frugal

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    Hello ALL,

    still difficult to accept that is only FASHION and MARKETING that makes such high prices for new rackets!?

    :confused:

    I will probably buy a 26" Junior racket in the future, without any additional bricolage work...

    :|
     
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    haha when you can find counterfeit racquets like fake LV & Prada handbags, better believe it!

    Unfortunately unlike a fake handbag which can at least still hold your
    lipstick and phone pretty adequately, fake racquets are a total unknown
    performance wise... most are just "painted" to look like real :(
     
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  33. Bdarb

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    I teach a junior 11 year old boy, he's quite small. He just got that prince o3 that you have a picture of in grip size 0 in 26 in. It's a really sweet little racquet. I hit with it and its surprising. It feels legit, certainly for him. It was substantially cheaper than a normal one but it felt good to me.

    This also came from the tw used section, maybe look there.
     
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  34. Tamiya

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    yeah I've got a pink 26" Prince(ss?) in Sharapova livery & O ports.

    Can't believe how serious a frame it is, compared to alloy kiddy sticks.
     
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    They're so fun, especially with the other balls on the small court, you can take full cuts at the ball. So fun.
     
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  36. frugal

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    Hi,

    can you post images?

    Tks
     
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    Will after lesson this week.
     
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    Hi,

    can you post image and tell me more about strings and tension?

    Thank you!

    MERRY CHRISTMAS
     
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    Bdarb

    please
     
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  40. Jster

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    I will also recommed the pure drive jr 25 pink

    Reason 1
    graphite composition

    Reason 1a)
    hence better feel.less vibration on the arm.

    Reason 1b)
    Graphite is stronger than aluminium. So the racquet should stay in shape if your little princess decides to crack the ground out of anger after missing her shots unintentionally


    And you can joy well looking for a 27 inches racket when she hit 11-12 (puberty stage) Kids GROW freaking fast. 26 inches racquet don't usually last long for kids.
     
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  41. frugal

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    Hello Jster, thank you for your quick answer!

    I agree with your choice.

    Any new model will be released in 2014?

    What about the strings and tension that it brings from factory?

    Cheers
     
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