Choosing a racket for 13 yo beginner

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  1. MikeHitsHard93

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    Agree with this 100%
     
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    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/orderusedproduct.html?pcode=PO3HH

    I would definitely have her go for this racket. Easy to use from beginner up to whatever skill level. I knew a couple girls at my old highschool on jv who used this racket and i've also seen several open level players hit with it too. I have hit with it i found it gives great spin, really arm friendly, plus its fairly light weight. :)
     
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  3. rmccarty

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    :shock: You mean you've been leading me on all this time? :lol: Just kidding. I saw your profile. You're way better than me. As is probably every other TW forum member.
     
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  4. rmccarty

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    Thank you Muppet! I'm giving your suggestion of demoing strong consideration. I was mostly considering the Hyper Hammer 5.3 b/c she really liked it. But, after reading more reviews and reading your advise, I think there are much better rackets for her.
     
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  5. rmccarty

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    Thank you grolson! I'll check it out. And, thank you for telling me why you think the racket would be a good choice. When I started this thread, posters made several suggestions of rackets they thought would be good choices. I made the mistake of not asking why to each suggestion.
     
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  6. Muppet

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    I suggested the O3 Original Red because of its reputation as a good novice frame. But the O3 Hybrid Hornet is very similar with a few differences. The Hornet has O ports on the top and bottom of the hoop, where the Red has them at top, bottom, left and right. The Hornet Midplus is a 100" hoop, where the Red is a 105". The Hornet is a little stiffer. The Red is a little more muted. The beam of the Red is slightly thicker than the Hornet. They are almost the same weight, but the Red is a little more head light. The Hornet would probably feel marginally more like the Hammer than the Red, but I'd recommend demoing both Princes.

    I'd like to mention that while my playing skills are on the lower end of the scale, I've been playing tennis since 1985, while holding a BA in Physics since 1997.
     
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  7. MikeHitsHard93

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    Haha thank you very much. I wish I knew what I look like when I play so I can compare it to the other guys. I'm only a 3.5 though.
     
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  8. rmccarty

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    Thank you Muppet! Now that's what I'm looking for. I appreciate your explanation. I think several people have provided good recommendations but most did not defend their suggestions - some did, however. For the most part, I don't know if they were recommending the racket they currently use or the racket their daughters
    use(d) as young teens, etc.

    I have a Prince Graphite Comp OS and a Pro Kennex Ace Mid (both listed in the for sale section) and she prefers the Prince b/c of the its size. But it's way too heavy for her. She does not like anything about the Pro Kennex Ace or other mid size rackets. We'll take a look at the O3 Orig Red.
     
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    I'm looking at several light rackets; less than 9.3 oz strung (according to specs listed on TW). A small number of people did recommend light rackets. More people have recommended to stay away from light rackets or the rackets they recommended are not light. But what are light rackets for if not for first time players (and seniors wanting/needing to reduce the weight)?

    When you have a 12 yo who has played a whopping 3 times with a child's racket weighing 6.9 oz strung and who is still trying to return balls while facing you, you have to wonder if that kid is ready for most - not all - of the rackets recommended. Yes, she will turn 13 in 2 months and yes, she is 5 ft tall - making her as tall as some adults. But is she really ready to go from a 6.9 oz to a racket weighing more than 10 oz when strung? She does not like the rackets weighing more 9.3 oz.

    If I purchase a light weight racket and in a few months, she needs it be to a little heavier, can't I add some tape or a couple of weights on the head?

    Thanks everyone for continuing to add to this conversation! I'm very much trying to understand this, especially if there is some science supporting it. :)
     
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  10. MikeHitsHard93

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  12. tennistree

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    how about wilson six-one team?

     
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  13. rmccarty

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    I will take a look but I think I passed on that one b/c of it's weight.
     
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