Best racquet switch you ever made?

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  1. retrograde

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    That was an awesome stick (metallic tan color, super wide beam, 12+ ozs, early 90s? if I recall). A friend had one that was lighter and more headlight than most. I tried to buy it from him to no avail.
     
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  2. BlueB

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    After 25 years absence, switch from wood to graphite - great!
    Then switch from cheapish Wilson to POG - good. Tennis elbow decreased.
    Then switch to O3 White - even better. Tennis elbow gone, serve improved a lot.
     
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  3. hcb0804

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    Head Microgel Radical MP to Wilson BLX Pro Staff Six.One 100.
    Lighter weight, more power, better spin, better feel, better serve.
     
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  4. quest01

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    The best switch I ever made was about 6 years ago when I went from a flex point radical to a babolat aero pro drive. My game started to improve dramatically. I've been an aeropro user ever since. I think another big reason is when I changed to a full poly.
     
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  5. GoSurfBoy

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    Wasn't any frame. It was switching to from 16 to 18 mains that has made a huuuuuge difference.
     
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  6. FoldingChair

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    Microgel Extreme (non pro) to Dunlop 4D 300 tour. I actually regret selling my 300's now that i look back but they were easier on my arm, loads more control, a lot less power, and I think they looked better than the MGExtreme.
     
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  7. BruceD

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    What string setup do you use on your Fischer? I have one and use a no-name string that came with it from a seller on the Bay, 40lbs on the mains, 42lbs cross. Mine is the 330 gm 98" No.1 and it WILL be the racquet for me, once Ibeef up a bit, so i can use all that weight! I've added 10 grmas to the butt cap, also to make it a little MORE head-light and easier to swing.
     
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  8. Ronaldo

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    Wilson Ultra mid to Yonex R-22. So much more feel and snap.
     
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  9. Murrayalmagrofan

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    Wilson K6.1 95 18x20 to the Slazenger Pro Braided 95. My game improved significantly over a relatively short 5-6 month period.

    My latest switch from the Slaz to the Tecnifibre TFight 325 has the potential to be an even better switch for my game...but it's still too early to tell.
     
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  10. robbo1970

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    Similar story to you.

    Switching from my Exo93 (lovely racket though) to alternating between a 305g Bio 300 and 305g Prince 100sq. Realising how much easier and more consistent I could play with the lighter rackets and how I was slightly kidding myself that I could play well with the heavier racket.
     
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  11. donnayblack99

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    Switching from a Boris Becker DC London Tour to a POG 107. Night and day...
     
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  12. gplracer

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    Babolat Pure drive back to my Wilson 6.1. The Babolat killed my elbow. The only racket in my life to do that.
     
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  13. augustobt

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    Wilson Titanium XL to Head Youtek Radical MP...
     
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  14. RNEast

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    Wow, I had a similar switch. I went from a Wilson T-5000 to a Dunlop Maxply McEnroe. It was a nice difference in control. Broke my heart the day I accidentally cracked the frame on the Dunlop.
     
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  15. dadozen

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    PSC6.1 to Dunlop Revelation Classic Pro. I finally managed to swicth from a 2HBH to a 1HBH and make it more agressive, suiting my play style better.

    Besides that, switching from the 4D100 to a BM200( that I later switched to the YT Prestige and then the IG Prestiges ) also made a huge difference.

    I played all my childhood and my teenage days with MP racquets, and when I went for the mid frames, I had to drastically change my game and my grips, which in the end made me play a lot worse. So coming back to MP frames made me able to return to my regular play style.
     
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  16. BruceD

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    I'm sure someone has the shorts, but they HAVE been washed by now...if that makes a difference..!
     
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  17. tistrapukcipeht

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    Yonex RDX 300 to Yonex EZONE Xi 100.
     
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  18. seekay

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    My story is the same as this, but it was a Pure Storm Tour.
     
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  19. goosala

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    I switched from the Head Prestige Pro to the Dunlop Aerogel 4D 100. The control and feel are back and I don't overhit anymore. The Prestige Pro is a great frame but the larger 98 head was too powerful for my flat strokes. I added 18 grams of the Babolat lead tape (the whole roll) and it rocks now.
     
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  20. BruceD

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    Where did you add the lead? Head?

    I'm curious as to where and why you added the lead, too?
    I like "head -light racquets now, so I add weight to the butt-caps on most of the ones I play with now and pass on to new students of the game. i think that setup is easier to swing, even though it adds weight, that is almost always needed in racquet's now.
     
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  21. lim

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    K95 to sting mid with lead.
    Plow, stability, control, maneuverability all in one.
     
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  22. LeeD

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    Funny how we can switch from racket A to racket B, love it, while somene else switcheds from our racket B to racket A, and love it every bit as much.
    Personal preference and experience counts, doesn't it.
     
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  23. MikeHitsHard93

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    I don't remember if I asked you this, but what kind of racket feels best for YOU?
     
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  24. LeeD

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    A cross between my Aero500's and my MicroGelOS.
    Something 62 stiffness, 11 oz strung weight, SW around 315, softer head than LMRadMids, the size around 103squares.
     
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  25. BruceD

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    Too Many Choices Now!

    Today I finally got around to stringing up a Prince O3 speedport black, a 100" mid-plus racquet that needed the speedport grommets and was unstrung when I bought it on the Bay, for around $25, shipped if i remember correctly.
    I had it strung up with a hybrid of Pro's Pro Vendetta mains and Gamma synthetic gut on the crosses @ 54lbs mains X 58lbs cross's as recommended by my stringer, Michael.
    It felt SO good, plenty of punch and control, with NO vibration, even without a dampener! It fit's perfectly between the Fischer M-Pro no.1 and my Babolat Y105, with Power for the Fischer, heaviest at 375 gm strung low, @ 43LBS mains X 40lbs crosses and lightness and maneuverability of the Babolat strung with BBO 47lbs mains X 45lbs crosses, weighing in at about 305gm, after my customizing.
    The Prince weighs 305 unstrung and without any customizing and is 8 points head light, only 2 points less than my others, after stringing!
    Now my former, original favorite racquet, a '10 Wilson K-Factor Bold, strung with factory Wilson syn-gut, @ 58lbs. that helped bring my game back from the grave, sits un-used.
    Maybe a new string job may pumps a little life back into it and give me more options, or be one of the racquets that I give to the kids in my neighborhood, that I am helping get into the game by providing racquets to use and eventually keep, if they fall in love with the game.
    I've given away 41 racquets now, to kids and teen along with a few parents, for free, bought on the Bay for pennies on the dollar, or donated by generous seller that like what I'm doing and want to help out.
    Not all of them have turned into prodigies that i continue training, but I know that one they have a taste of the game, later on they might just start playing again, later on in life.
     
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  26. corners

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    The donnay x-p dual black might fit
     
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  27. louis netman

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    Wilson Jack Kramer Pro Staff (wood) to Head Graphite Edge.
     
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  28. abhimawa

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    I was hooked when demoed the Head Prestige 600 but didn't want to switch. This year I just did from the long-serving Estusa Power Beam Pros to Head Youtek IG Prestige MP. The feeling is unique. Like playing with wooden racquet but with minimum mishit and more power. Pinpoint control, too. A legend, indeed.
     
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  29. domosborn

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    Wilson K 6.2 to a 6.1 90
     
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  30. Roddick85

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    Head YouTek MP (18/20) to Wilson BLX 90. Best switch I ever made, I hesitated for so long because I thought the smaller frame would be detrimental to my game, boy was I wrong. I never hit better shots than now and my 1 handed backhand feels a lot better. I also like the extra weight. Always thought my YouTek MP was too light and didn't provide much feel. I had a Wilson frame when I first started playing tennis, switched to Head for the last 7 years and now back to Wilson and I think I'll stay with this frame for many years.
     
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  31. Rattler

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    Strangly enough I just switched from a Head MG MP to a Wilson ProStaff 6.1 Team...and what a profound change, power was never a problem for me, but the control this stick offers me is sick. Power when I want it, my serve seems to be harder than ever, and touch. Why didn't I switch two years ago!?
     
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  32. _skunk_

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    From wood (Bancrof professional) to the Rossignol F200 in 1983.
     
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  33. JRstriker12

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    Babolat PDR to Head Microgel Prestige Pro - get similar level of spin, with more control.
     
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  34. Boricua

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    Babolat to Yonex back to Babolat and back to Yonex. :) Yonex much more solid and arm friendly.
     
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  35. buffalobill3

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    B.B. London to Dunlop 4D 3oo Tour, much more control and feel with the Dunlop.
     
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  36. lstewart

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    Best switch as far as improved results. Almost 20 years ago, was playing state and sectional open 35's, and was using various oversize widebody frames of the time. Not keeping the ball in play. Had a Wilson Kramer Pro Staff 85 I had picked up several years earlier in a K-Mart when it was being discontinued. Was a variation of the Sampras frame. No power, great control. Could swing as hard as I could on every shot and not miss. Started winning everything, and had great success for the next year or so with it. Still have the frame. Evenutally that strategy stopped working because the game just got too fast with all the power others brought with the new technology and poly strings.
     
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  37. mxmx

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    wooden slazenger > alluminium racket > prince graphite racket

    More recent times: Prince Triple Threat TT > Prince 03 Blue (one of the best rackets I've ever had)

    Worst or rather most "demanding" buy: Prince EXO3 Tour 100
    Great racket > but overly terrible on serve

    Hope my switch from the tour to the Wilson BLX Surge 2011, will be a good move.
     
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  38. mxmx

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    I'm hoping for the same...modern(risky), to more conservative(reliable)...
     
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  39. mxmx

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    Hehe...Washington....i always envied the Rossignol rackets...
     
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  40. rst

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    donnay x-yellow? to several dunlops? back to donnay x-yellow?

    the donnay x-yellow is very thin and light. i string it at 52 lbs with cheap syngut and multi (mains and crosses) and as the strings quickly loosen up they give comfortable hitting with good defense and ok offense.
     
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