Chris: Racquets similar to PB10 Mid

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  1. burrowthebird

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    Are there any ones that plays and feels exactly or close to the Volkl stick, but in a larger head size? Anything from 95-100 sq in. Was looking at the Head's Extreme Pro 2.0 or Yonex VCore 330/310. Thoughts please?
     
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    Just wanna add that I love the feel and how it plays, but would like more forgiveness. The 93in punishes me somtimes. I've never shanked it but off center his are quite unstable I feel. Besides existing ones, maybe racquets that are due for release soon like the Babolats?

    Or would you suggest certain customizations for the PB10 Mid to fix my problem? I have long and quite fast strokes, moderate topspin. Strung with Razor Code 17 Carbon at 55lbs.
     
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    You could try first adding weight to the 3&9 positions of the hoop. Counter with the total amount added to the head by adding that same total to the handle to retain the balance. This makes a good starting point as it is easy to do, is most cost effective and will keep you in a racquet you otherwise already like.

    The Organix 10 Mid is worth a hit. It offers more power for me and is more forgiving in that regard. Out of the two, it is the more solid feeling stick and it felt like I was getting better plow through with it. However, it is still a mid and I found it not to swing quite as fast as the PB10 Mid.

    Midplus offerings I would look to first would include the Organix 10 325 Midplus, Head Youtek IG Prestige Pro, the new Six.One 95S, 16x18 and 18x20, Prince Graphite 100 and Response 97 and also the Yonex VCORE 97 310.

    The VCORE 97 310, Graphite 100 and Six.One 95S might require some weight to be added, but all are great sticks in stock form and only get better for me with some extra weight.

    Hope that helps.
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    Chris, TW
     
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    Thanks for the input Chris. I will definitely try leading it up first. But how much lead would you recommend? And when I look at the 3 and 9, the beams are so small. How would you place the strips so that it does not look too "ugly"? :/
     
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    How much is going to depend on feel. A good way to dial it in is to adhere the lead tape to the frame with duct tape or something similar so you can move it around and still keep the adhesive backing in tact. Start with a couple of inches on both sides of the stringbed at 3 & 9 (so four strips total) and then counter with 8 inches of lead at the handle. Adjust as necessary until you find the right feel. Take your time, have fun and enjoy the process.

    If you find the right feel, you can then look to do a cleaner, more permanent application. You can hide the tape best by removing the grommets and putting the lead tape on the frame under the grommet strip. You will obviously need to make holes in the lead for the grommets to go through, but it is easy to push the lead through with an awl to create a hole for the grommets.

    Chris, TW
     
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    Cool appreciate the input so far. However, I'm a baseliner mostly, and only come to net when I pull my opponent wide out with a nice serve or forehand. I've read that baseliners shouldn't have a racquet that is too head-light (PB10 is 10.4pts), is that true? If yes, I was thinking of 5gm each at 3 and 9 without counterbalancing and go from there. Roughly what would my balance become? 6pts HL or so?
     
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    The balance is going to come down to personal feel and how the racquet feels right in your hand. If you have a light racquet with e head light balance then, yes, you would have to work harder to get depth from the baseline. However, you are already starting with a decent amount of heft so it should not be an issue.

    Go in with an open mind and go with what feels best, not necessarily what you think should be right.

    Chris, TW
     
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    Thanks for the input Chris, I do appreciate the time taken and effort. Just to update, I've added 2gm each to the 3&9, and 0.5gm or so at 12 (basically used the whole pack). Just holding it already feels like something that is 5 or 6 points HL, huge difference for just 4.5gm of weight in the hoop.

    Serves are A LOT better, and my forehand feels a lot more solid on contact. I will buy another pack of lead and continue to tweak it. I was using your method - black vinyl tape to hold the leads on the outer beam for now. Will try to counterbalance in the handle and see how that feels for me. However, I am only worried of weighting the racquet too much. So far I experienced no fatigue after 2hrs of high intensity rallying, racquet currently weighs 352.5gm.
     
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