Demo Stick recommendations.

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  1. KHen

    KHen New User

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    Hello I'm looking to demo some racquets and was wondering if I could get some recommendations.

    25 y.o. 3.5/4.0 baseliner. I'm looking for an arm friendly stick, I have a bad shoulder and I think my current racquet is to stiff (Prince Airstick). Was looking at some of the Dunlops, aerogel 4d 200 and bio 200 in particular.
    Was also looking for more of a control racquet. What do you guys think?
     
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  2. TheBoom

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    If you can handle the weight the 200 's are great! If he weight is too much or you want to custimize to your spec the 300 tour is the way to go
     
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  3. KHen

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    Thank you Boom. Which 200's 4d or bio or demo them both? I think I could handle the weight of them, not sure though. It seems like my current prince airstick has a weight of 10.2 oz and I don't think it's to heavy. It is very stiff and it hurts my arm though.
     
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  4. TheBoom

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    I would say take both the biomimetic and 4d out as well as the bio 300 tour in case you don't like the weight
     
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  5. KHen

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    So you would agree that these are pretty arm friendly racquets compared to what I'm using right now?
     
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  6. TheBoom

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    Most definately they are high 50- low 60's and with black widowthey are exceptionaly arm friendly with poly results
     
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  7. prjacobs

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    The biomemetic 300 tour was called harsh by at least one of the TW reviewers. I'd look at the volkls, the beckers, and the prince frames. All soft on the arm. Good luck.
     
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    Black widow is a soft string and it is harsh without a dampener but with my babolat cosmetic dampener it feels almost like a radical
     
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    I recently demoed the Biomimetic 200 Plus and came away pretty dissapointed, for what that's worth.
     
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  10. BRIANWILSON38

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    I agree with this completely. My personal opinion is the bio 300 tour is the nicest feeling of the new biomimetics and that is based on my demoing of the 300, 300 tour, 200 plus, 200 lite, and 200
     
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  11. TheBoom

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    It wasn't too bad but it was extremely hard to dial in my strokes where i tried the 300 tour and the rdis 100 at the same time and it came very quickly. But i hit insanely heavy backhands with the 200 plus
     
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    Very arm friendly! Demoed the 200 bio a while ago, really comfy stick as well as the 300 tour.
     
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    Yea, the 200 plus had nothing in particular to take away from. Nothing special. 200 and 300 tour by far were my favorites.
     
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  14. LeeD

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    OP going from 10.2 to highest 11's low 12's, would require almost a complete restructuring of his game.
    I went the other way, from Dunlop200's to 500's, which don't require any changes, as getting older does all the changes required.
    Hard to get younger, swing faster, longer, and strike the ball dead center.
     
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  15. KHen

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    Thanks everyone. I was also maybe considering trying the boris becker delta london, but wasn't sure. I will demo the 300 tour and either bio 200 or 4d 200, haven't decided on which i'd like to choose.
     
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  16. TheBoom

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    they shouldn't be drastically different (200's) good luck!!!!
     
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  17. mctennis

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    I think look at another brand like Volkl if you have shoulder problems.
     
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  18. BRIANWILSON38

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    agreed. volkl is very forgiving and easy on the shoulder and the elbow.

    Boom, you make a very good point, the dialing in of the shots with the 300 tour and the rdis 100 came very quickly. However, i felt of the 200s the lite was the best, but that is prolly just our differing games
     
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  19. un6a

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    Mentioned dunlop sticks are good, but change to dunlop 200 from your current stick seems pretty big. Dunlop 200 is much heavier with smaller headsize (100 vs 95).
    There are some comfy sticks around that should play more similary to your current racquet as BB DC London or prince EXO3 tour.
    If you really want to try dunlop 200, go with new bio 200 it plays lighter than older 4d 200.
     
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  20. TheBoom

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    I've never tried the 200 lite i was referring to the 200 plus
     
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    seems to me, especially with shoulder issues + looking for a control frame that the new Donnay line could be calling your name.

    The new dual core line is being promoted as significantly reducing racquet related injury. Whether this is true remains to be seen.

    What I can say is that these racquets are incredibly user friendly for player sticks, most of them are easy on the shoulder. Enough pop, great feel and touch, and a large sweetspot make these sticks very fun to play with. With the variety of weights / patterns available there should be one in the line attractive to you.

    give them a look!
     
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  22. KHen

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    Thanks again for all the recommendations. Looks like I got a few I should try. I'll look at vokyl and donnay to see if any of the specs line up to what I am looking for, but your right maybe the Bio and 4d 200's would be to big of a jump weight wise to what I am using now. The 300tour looks okay though, only 1 oz heavier and 2 less sq inches head size.
     
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  23. KHen

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    Does the bio 200 really have a 57 stiffness? That seems rather low when compared to the 4d200.
     
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  24. BRIANWILSON38

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    I know, I was just expressing my opinion cuz I have tried them both. Sorry for the confusion
     
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