Cry for help / racquet advice

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by jedi clampett, Jun 17, 2014.

  1. jedi clampett

    jedi clampett New User

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    Can anyone recommend a racquet to replace my APDgt. Love the pop this racquet provides, but at long last it is killing my arm. I'm 49yo now, and tennis elbow has taken it's toll. I have always played with stiff racquets, and that is what I like. Demo'd today a V1 classic, and Wilson steam 99s. The
    V1 just did not have enough pop, and the Wilson was ok, but would bankrupt me in strings (I'm a wristy heavy topspin hitter: 4.0-4.5). I would love to find a racquet that has similar feel & stiffness to the APDgt, but would be more arm friendly. Any suggestions ?
     
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  2. jedi clampett

    jedi clampett New User

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    Sorry, the Wilson demo was Juice 99S, not Steam 99s.
    Also, please keep racquet recommendations in the same weight range as the APDgt (11-11.3 oz strung)
     
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  3. TobyTopspin

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    The Steam 99s might not be a bad suggestion. It's similar but seems softer because of the open pattern. I didn't really notice much difference in spin. I also used the APDGT and grew tired of the lack of feel. I went to the Pure Strike 16x19. It like a softer APD with better feel. Always demo though.
     
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  4. SpinToWin

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    hmmmm... Get a Volkl stick, they are very comfortable even when they are stiff. The Volkl Organix 9 would be perfect IMO.
     
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  5. JackB1

    JackB1 G.O.A.T.

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    The Volkl Organix 8-300 is Volkl's equivalent to the APD. Much softer on your arm. The V1 MP is another good one.
     
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  6. anubis

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    I too switched from the APD. But I went to the Tecnifibre TFight 315 Ltd and the Head Pro Tour 630. You could also try the IG Prestige Pro or MP. Both great frames.

    Also, the Wilson Blade 98.

    I play with full poly (Luxilon 4G) and i have no arm pain at all. Flexy racquets are the way to go to get you healed up.
     
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  7. JackB1

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    ^^^^^^^^

    The guy wants power and said the V1 Classic didn't have enough pop. These are all control racquets with lowish power.
     
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  8. ProRadTour

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    The Head IG Extreme Pro 2 should provide you with similar feel but more comfort.
     
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  9. tmc5005

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    I would seriously try to get away from stiff racquets and try to get used to the feel of some flexible frames. There are no stiff arm friendly frames.
    My top 10 arm friendly frames are:

    Dunlop Biomimetic Max 200G
    HEAD YT Graphene Prestige Pro
    PACIFIC X Feel Pro 95
    Prince EXO3 Rebel (95)
    Prince Tour 98 ESP
    Pro Kennex Kinetic KI5 315
    Technifibre 2013 Tflight 315 16M LTD
    Volkl Power Bridge-10 Mid (93)
    Volkl Organix 10 325G
    Wilson Prostaff Six.One BLX (95)

    maybe you can start to like one of those after you get used to them
     
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  10. jedi clampett

    jedi clampett New User

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    Appreciate the responses. "there are no stiff arm friendly frames" are words I did not want to hear. Hoping some frames are at least friendlier than the APDgt. I will check out the Organix & Head frames mentioned above. I simply hate feeling a frame flex. I do not like the feeling of a ball lingering on the racquet. I want it to take off like a rocket. Thats just me. I was told that the APDgt is especially hard on the arm because it is hollow. Is this true ? Do most frames have something inside to help dampen vibration ?
     
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  11. cocarrot

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    Donnay Formula 100 is very similar to APD in terms of playability but way more comfortable and has much much better feel. Worth demoing for sure!
     
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  12. TennisCJC

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    Try a Volkl V1 Pro.

    Good stock and even better with a little lead on the head and weight handle to get to your desired balance.
     
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  13. SOY78

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    Try a Gamma RZR 98, it was very easy for me to convert from the original APD to the Gamma. Also you can try the Prince EXO3 Tour 16x18. The Prince does take a little to get used to because of the port feel. But once you get used to it, it can be a very comfortable and APD-like racquet.
     
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  14. MikeHitsHard93

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    I used to get tennis elbow all the time. Did I change frames? Nope. Did I change strings? Nope.

    What I did do, is I started setting up earlier for the shot, tried to hit as cleanly as possible, and used my arm/wrist less.
     
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  15. mrtrinh

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    +1. The donnay pro 1 has a lot of pop as well and if you're looking for a similar head size they also offer it in a 102.
     
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