Best Oversize Racquet For A One Handed Backhand?

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by ktowntennis, Feb 25, 2004.

  1. ktowntennis

    ktowntennis New User

    Feb 18, 2004
    My experience has been that sometimes the additional hitting space of an oversize frame can be to much when trying to flatten out or come over a one-handed backhand. I am looking for suggestions as to which oversize frames are best for one-handed backhands, if such a thing exists. I currently use a Head iRadical MP.
  2. Kirko

    Kirko Hall of Fame

    Feb 18, 2004
    I don't know abt. that . I hv. seen alot of fine players who hv.used Prince oversizes POG, Prince Pro & the Mag 110 with one handers . I hv. aone handed bck.hand. think its better now .
  3. bertrevert

    bertrevert Hall of Fame

    Feb 22, 2004
    Syd, Oz

    I am finding the dunlop 300g quite darn good.

    Like a swinging voter I used the Bab PD+ for a while. It's thick beam was ruinous for one-handed bh and for (second) serve.

    You'll want to look at a racquet with thin beam and oversize 98 or 100in.

    Thin beam means less bh errors I found and quicker head speed - better for my (second) serve and bh.

  4. louis netman

    louis netman Hall of Fame

    Feb 20, 2004

    do you remember gabby sabatini's topspin backhand? that was a POG OS! she also served and volleyed successfully with'll need strength and stamina to weild that big head around with one hand in time. your choice is probably a good one cause the POG OS and radical OS are both smaller than your typical 110 square inch monsters. i tried the POG OS and loved the luxurious feel, but I'm also a one-hander and couldn't really gel with it on the BH side...
  5. hughfree

    hughfree New User

    Feb 26, 2004
    I have used the POG OS on and off for years and have not encountered problems with my one hander (topspin or drive). The biggest issue is making a commitment to OS and sticking with it long enough to make the necessary adjustments. I would agree that beam width is more of an issue on topspin strokes.
  6. @wright

    @wright Hall of Fame

    Feb 19, 2004
    C10 pro oversize would have to be up there with the best. Few racquets feel more "right" on a one handed take back than the old C10.
  7. Anonymous

    Anonymous Professional

    Jan 21, 2004
    For what it's worth I have experimented a lot with racket head size for my single handed backhand and here is the story of my evolution.

    I started out with the Wilson 6.4 power holes OS, stayed with it for a couple of years but never really got my backhand going with it. The advantage was that I could hit a godd topspin backhand on a short high ball, always had trouble on deep balls or hard flat. The biggest problem was what's called the "trampoline effect" -in short the bigger head size combined with low string tension creates a very bouncy sling shot like hit as opposed to a crisp hit from a high tension stringing and a stiff frame. The problem with the trampoline effect is the lack of control when trying to hit flat or when returning a hard hit, such as a flat serve. As I moved from 3.5 to 4.0 my opponants were able to hit harder and I didn't have enough time to hit a looping tospin backhand on every shot. The 6.4 was a disaster when I tried to hit flat with a shortened swing, the trampoline effect just sprayed the ball all over the place. Besides that the slice backhand tends to sit up as well.

    With these issues starting to become a factor I started demoing rackets during which I discovered the Dunlop MW 200G 95" and immediately fell in love with it. It was great for the backhand, I could hit the loopy top spins as well as flat when the situation required, the slice was also starting to stay low. The only thing I lost was a bit of bite on the topspin. With the 6.4 OS the topspin was an offensive weapon, with the 200G it became more of a rally stroke, but the consistency across various backhand strokes was great.

    Well as things would have it, I started discovering that there were other parts of my game which started suffering because of the racket (mainly the semi-western forehand) so the demo process started again. Being aware of what the trampoline effect could do to my BH I was staying away from OS rackets and started looking into heads in the 98-102 range, hoping that this would provide a good compromise between the various strokes. This is when I discovered the Volkl C-10 pro. The feel is very similar to the 200G, but there are distinct advantages. The head size is slightly bigger, which combined with a more open string pattern brought back the zip in my topspin BH. But the trampoline effect was absent so I could still hit flat when needed. The slice was equally good. I think the C10 provides the best compromise between the three main BH shots; topspin, flat and slice. So I have been using the C-10 for the last 3+ years, I have demoed several other rackets (usually following a loss in a high stakes match) during this period, but keep coming back to the C10.

    Coincedentally during this period I tested the Prokennex 5-G OS. It only came in 28" length and had a tremendous swing wt. so I cut off 1" from it's handle. This standard length PK 5G is probably the best OS for backhands among the rackets I have tested, and I have demoed between 20-30 in the last 3-4 yrs. If I had to go to an OS this would be my first choice. The reason, I think, the PK 5G doesn't have the trampoline effect is it's stiffness combined with the kinetic mass. I have demoed the POG OS as well, a good racket in itself, but the PK-5G standard length kicks it's ass in every aspect. Have not tried the C-10pro OS, about which I have heard good things, but that too is extended length which usually spells disaster for single handed BH.

    A long term observation I have noticed about my game is that in general since switching to midplus head my BH technique has improved quite a bit, I think the heavy weight of my racket (I add about 5+5 grams to the frame and handle) also plays a part. But gradually over a period of time I have automatically gotten into a habbit of early preparation, which does wonders for you SH BH as it depends highly on timing.

    I would suggest you try something in the midplus range with a weight over 11.5oz. Unfortunately the demo from a pro shop or TWH is usually limited to a week max. but you need to stay with you racket for 15-20 sessions to give your muscles enough practice/memory to start adjusting to the differences in swing weight. Once you get you timing right on a heavy racket with midplus head you wouldn't think OS any more.

    Just my 2C
  8. Stinkdyr

    Stinkdyr Professional

    Feb 20, 2004
    I've been using the Prince TT Warrior and passing the chumps in my local B league at will. Feels solid, ball goes where I expect it to. I string up Poly or Fortin Gear at 61 lbs for control. I sometimes even hit short on purpose to get the chumps into I can pass em.

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