Discussion in 'Racquets' started by Barnes68, Aug 31, 2009.
What's the best racquet out there for volleying?
I thought the K 95 was a great volleying racquet. It had a great combination of maneuverability and heft that enabled me to hit any volley I wanted. Also, the serve was pretty great too, so it's a really good serve and volley racquet.
Seriously - there is no such thing although racquets like the 6.1 series and volkl tour 10 series seem to perform better than the rest. You really need to have sound fundamentals at net to begin with.
APD is much better than most would think
although technique is probably the best solution for better volleys, something headlight and heavy will work too
something headlight and heavy like my leaded extremes..
Retail i would say K95 18x20
I say k90. I don't even use it and I find that its the best for serves and volleys.
Anything that's around 12ounces or more and has an RA of around 65-70.
I agree with vkartikv, if you can volley you can do it with a broom. The racket is not really going to make much of a difference unless you are having problems finding the racket face, in which case... you will need as large a racket face as you can handle.
Stay away from light head heavy frames. If you play against a heavy hitter they are unstable and sluggish around the net. They will take your volleys down at least 1/2 a level. Go with something with some heft to it and head light.
No question technique is hugely important. However, some sticks volley particularly well. Years ago, many people here reported that the Pro Kennex Type S was a very nice volleying racquet. I bought one on sale and, sure enough, it was exactly that (and a very good all round performer as well). Weighted it up to 341 grams and 7 pts HL.
The S still ranks as one of the best volleyers I've ever hit with -- crisp, excellent feel on impact.
If you can find one, the Prince Mono is the fastest, most natural feeling thing I've ever moved up at net.
With a little weight in the handle the Volkl Cat 8 VE is the about the best volleying raquet I have played.
I keep both the ProStaff 6.1 Classic and Volkl C10 in my bag because they both have that combo of heft and head-light balance that gives me lots of performance up at the net. Another frame that I've found to be sharp for volleying is the Yonex RDS 002 Tour. Just my experience.
APDC is by far the best ever made.
PS85 hands down, and kps88. The 88 is an effen wall to volley with.
Dunlop 300G was an absolute beast and pleasure to hit volleys with.
POG Mid, I prestige mid, microgel pretige mid, head classic.
Also, many of the radicals are very,very good frames to volley with, even though they are mostly known for baseline bashing.
For me, the best thing is a very large wall
anything that stays stable. I second what many have said about head light frames, as they usually have more weight but are also plenty maneuverable.
from personal experience I'd say the n95. Its behemoth beam (mine is close to 23 mm - huge for a players' frame) just absorbs the weight of the ball and delivers a crisp response to wherever I want the ball to go. Combine that with a headsize that's not very demanding, and I'm gonna try and get to the net on every point.
The [K] prostaff 88 is perfect for volleys because you can just stick out the racquet, angle it a bit, and the ball goes wherever you want it. it feels like an extension of your arm.
The K6.1 tour 90 is also a solid option, but not as good as the Kstaff 88.
I also really enjoy volleying with two other racquets. The Microgel prestige Midplus, the big headsize and dense string pattern feels great. (especially with VS gut) and also the dunlop 4D 200. Essentially the same racquet, but a more solid feel and lighter weight (at least to me)
APDC, i agree...
I also agree with the other posters that having good technique is DEFINITELY a must. don't buy a new racquet just to improve your volley skills, just start coming to net all the time during your next match, come in off everything, serves, returns, weak groundstrokes, slices, just come in, come in, come in.
You'll learn how best to volley during certain situations and you'll get alot of practice. you may lose the match, but the experience you'll gain will be worth an entire tournaments worth of wins.
couldn't agree more, I totally forgot to mention technique in my post.
also try doubles, that helps a bunch too!
Something I need to do....
RDiS 100 mid
microgel prestige mid, pro staff classic 6.1, prince precision response ti
well some of it depends on how strong you are and how quick you are
for me, i prefer playing with a somewhat lighter frame like the 4D 300g at net, which is crisp, lightning quick and has good touch and pop when you need it
others prefer a heavier frame which is benefits from greater stability and in many cases better touch as well
im not a weak guy by any means, and i still dont like the heavier frames at net. for me its a liability during a quick exchange
Speed pro is also a great racquet for volleying.
Slazenger Pro X-1 is the best stick for volleying, it has incredible feel at net.
What about best volleying racket that is Extended in length ? Which is best in this category ?
I agree with Drak's post. To add, try the Yonex player frames. They are really nice.
RDX 500 mid
RDS 001 mid
RQIS 1 Tour
RDS 001 2008 mid
RDIS 100 mid
Tecnifibre TFight 335 is a very solid volleying racquet with its heft and 10pts headlight.
I think it depends on the player. If I'm playing with a heavier racquet, >12oz, then I'm not spending much time at the net because I just can't move them quickly enough. Drop down to around 11.5oz and you get to my sweet spot for volleying - at least 6 pts head light, even at that weight is a must. Once you get to <11oz, I'm done volleying because the stability isn't there.
YMMV. I think the heaviest racquet you can get into position is the one that's best for volleying. It is perhaps telling that the best volleying racquets are also the best for returning serve.
K Prostaff Kramer racket (whatever the correct name is)
Microgel Prestige MID
Dunlop Aerogel 400
The Wilison PS85.
is Aerogel 400 a good racket ? i don't think they sell it in the US ?
LOL at everyone who said APD. :twisted:
the roddick racket
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