Guess the player by his racquet

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by antontd, Apr 21, 2005.

  1. antontd

    antontd Semi-Pro

    Sep 11, 2004
    here are mine:

    Pure Drive - Baseline basher; powerful and inaccurate serve.
    Any Volkl - Over 40 man; good strokes and volleys; lack of powerful serves
    PS 6.0 85 - Sampras wannabe or Old school player; All-courter
  2. nViATi

    nViATi Hall of Fame

    Mar 6, 2005
    well my friend is a doubles player and uses babolat pure drive. he is a good volleyer though and uses 2 hand backhand volley.. so you can't really classify people well by racquets.
  3. SaritaUTHorns

    SaritaUTHorns New User

    Apr 12, 2005
    I agree with nViATi. You can't classify a player by their racquet that accurately. Sure, some racquets are suited for S&V and some are better for baseliners, but to say things like "Pure Drive-powerful and inaccurate serve" isn't always correct. I know plenty of people with accurate serves who use pure drives.
  4. antontd

    antontd Semi-Pro

    Sep 11, 2004
    yeah, yeah, it's a game, people. There are obviously exceptions. I'll put it this way: What would you imagine about the player if you know his racquet only?
  5. efice32

    efice32 Semi-Pro

    Apr 6, 2005
    ok, even though I agree that you can't classify a player by his racket, I'll play along:

    Babolat AeroPro Drive: Nadal wannabe/heavy topspin baseliner
  6. Redflea

    Redflea Hall of Fame

    Aug 30, 2004
    I'll bite...all done in fun of course.

    PS 6.0 85: Traditionalist/masochist. Still drives old BMW 2002 in spite of it being 80% car, 20% rust and requiring weekly service, wears desert boots, believes the only good Dylan was pre-electric Dylan.

    Pure Drive: Sheep. Likes Top 40 radio, follows all poll (political & consumer) results closely for trends to follow, watches "Entertainment Tonight" for daily news update.

    Any Volkl: Europhyle. Imagines self winning Wimbledon or French Open, disdains "That showy American tournament w/all the planes," drinks Evian or Perrier bottled water, still uses the term "French Fries."

    :) Fun! (Lucky for me Yonex wasn't included.)
  7. antontd

    antontd Semi-Pro

    Sep 11, 2004
    Any racquet IS included. nice imagination, man :)
  8. ffrpg

    ffrpg Professional

    Apr 11, 2004
    I have yet to see a decent person down here who plays with the Pure Drive.

    Pure Drive - Roddick wannabe. Trys to hit winners off of everything. Also attempts to hit aces on every serve. Typically has a two handed backhand.
  9. raftermania

    raftermania Banned

    Oct 27, 2004
    Gamma Big Bubba

    Player has long, fast strokes with amazing control on all shots. Laser-like accuracy when hitting passing shots. Usually a serve and volley player who loves to employ angle instead of power.
  10. Mies

    Mies Rookie

    Nov 29, 2004
    I'm 26 years old (as of today :) .....) and play with a Volkl tour 10 MP gen II.
    I have one of the fastest serves on the club, if not the fastest. So your generalization doesn't really hold :) ........ Then again, I'm the only male playing with a Volkl in my 650 ppl club guess I'm the exception

  11. BreakPoint

    BreakPoint Bionic Poster

    Feb 18, 2004
    Hmmm...I'm very surprised. I would have guessed that Volkl, being a European brand, was more popular in Europe. Is this a wrong assumption?

    What are the most popular racquet brands in your country?
  12. spinbalz

    spinbalz Hall of Fame

    Feb 11, 2004
    For Redflea,

    - Yonex : Handled by a girl :lol:
  13. louis netman

    louis netman Hall of Fame

    Feb 20, 2004
    Antontd, generally speaking, you make accurate assumptions. There will always be exceptions. For example, women with tattoos have been known to generally be more promiscuous than non-tatoo bearing women. Then, one
    research-ignorant woman will try to refute this basic generality by stating that she's a virgin and has a tatoo on her right breast....
    BTW, I play with Volkls, but really desire playing with my old Precision Response Tis. However, they hurt my previously injured, over 40 arm......
  14. ferrari_827

    ferrari_827 Professional

    Oct 4, 2004
    Babolat Pure Drive: follow the herd type mentality, middle of the road

    PS6.0, POG: Traditionalist, conservative, stubborn, set in ways

    Fischer, Volkl: Middle-aged, European sensibilities, not as conservative as the 6.0/POG users, but conservative neverthe less

    Head Prestige Classic/IPrestige Mid: Energetic, likes life in the fast lane, achiever

    RDX500, Prince Diablo: On the wild side, free-spirited, hedonistic

    ProKennex: Nonconformist, independent,
  15. raftermania

    raftermania Banned

    Oct 27, 2004
    Happy Birthday!
  16. jediknightdan

    jediknightdan New User

    Sep 8, 2004
    me doubles partner uses a PS 6.0 85 he is a All-courter and he kills me every day
  17. thejackal

    thejackal Hall of Fame

    Oct 17, 2004
    Montreal, Canada
    North American player using a HPS 6.0: me ;)
  18. nw tennis

    nw tennis New User

    Jul 14, 2004
    My observations

    Babolat PD +:
    Overhitting, hard-hitting teenage boy with double-fisted backhand - probably also wears Reebok clothing, but pondering how he will convince his parents to buy him new Lacoste clothing line.

    Any 90 square-inch or smaller frame that weighs more than 12 oz, but mainly referring to the nCode nSix-One Tour 90:
    Either a serious college-level player or a 3.5-4.0 NTRP-rated guy convinced he can succeed with this advanced frame; knows he probably would play better with a tweener, but wouldn't be caught dead on the public courts with one; has to be able to tell all his friends and those on these message boards that he uses a "players" stick.

    Any frame priced over $200: Upper-class man or woman, always wears matching shirt and shorts or skirt, drives a Denali or Escalade, has taken up tennis only in the last 1-4 years, lacks proper mechanics, only knows how to slice a backhand. Oh, and buys a new $200 frame every year.

    Any Yonex:
    Either a die-hard Hewitt fan, a European clay-courter, a woman or the writer of this post.
  19. 16

    16 Rookie

    Feb 18, 2004
    The PD thing is kind of funny. While there are exceptions most of the ppl i have met using them meet your guys descriptions. My description would be: inconsistent, tries to kill the ball, no touch, wears a trucker hat. Now that i think about it, most of the people i know using them are heavier set guys and women.
  20. Redflea

    Redflea Hall of Fame

    Aug 30, 2004
    Yonex: Pink-cheeked die-hard Hewitt fan or fossilized die-hard Navratilova fan, believes square racquet head goes nicely with their own square head.*

    *That last part was added by my wife...geez, it hoits when your own family turns against you...see if I ever let her borrow my mid again! :)
  21. POGO

    POGO Hall of Fame

    Feb 10, 2005
    POG/PS 6.0=
    Old school, players usually all court players, serve and volley, very traditional players.

    Baseliners, heavy topspins as choice of groundstokes, big bashers wild and rebelious players, they younger players mostly.

    Head Radicals/Prestige=
    No nonsense players, these players are varied in their playing style and don't conform to anyone. The badboys/badgirls of the bunch.

    Sophisticated players, traditional like the POG/PS6.0 players, but a little more classy. All court players and serve and volley players.

    The unsung heros, underdogs and players are fiesty. Varied style of players, from baseliner to serve and volley. Racquet has the most character of all, and easily identifiable of the bunch due to its headshape. Yonex has the best looking women in thier side like being in the playboy mansion ;)
  22. Noveson

    Noveson Hall of Fame

    Feb 27, 2006
    Wow played with the Pd and loved the spin....You guys have almost talked me out of it. Is there anywhere else I can get that spin.

    Any red wilson: Federer wannabe
  23. superstition

    superstition Hall of Fame

    Sep 20, 2006
    Less than 75 square inches: Someone who almost never plays tennis and got a racquet at a garage sale, or old folks who play the rare wood tournaments. Kids whose parents gave them hand-me-downs.

    75 square inches: Likes angles and control so much that he will sacrifice the ability to volley back hard shots and return hard serves with spin. Is either very dedicated to improving his game, or wants to show off.

    85-90 square inches: Likes angles and guile over brute strength, and usually prefers the small head to pin-point serves. May be too fanciful with strokes and makes errors along with impressive shots.

    Midplus thin beam: Less flair than the small-head players, unless the person uses a one-handed backhand, and then it is pretty but unreliable or weak. Solid groundstrokes that favor topspin.

    Midplus normal beam: A solid game with even less flair, but more power. A big serve, if the person is young. Favors topspin almost exclusively.

    Midplus thick beam: Hits the ball hard, but has a mediocre two-handed backhand and tries to always use the forehand. Makes errors.

    Oversize thin beam: Older player who isn't all that great, but refuses to buy a new racquet, realizing that a new racquet probably won't change their game much for the better.

    Oversize thick beam: Female players who go to tennis shops and want the big, light, expensive, and powerful racquets the clerks always tell them to get. Oldies. Beginning male players who want the same thing and don't yet realize that such frames aren't much fun.

    Super-oversize: ..shudder... I actually know a very good player who uses the biggest Weed frame. Lol.

    (I'm just playing along. These generalizations are really not very accurate.)
  24. The Dampener

    The Dampener Professional

    Aug 18, 2006

    Do you belong to my club?

  25. maverick66

    maverick66 Hall of Fame

    Jun 27, 2006
    im actually on a mission to end the use of the pure drive. ive talked 3 kids out of it so far. i always tell them to get a less powerful racket and learn good technique. im sick of going to tournies and watching a match either be over in 30 min due to unforce errors or 2 smaller players go 3 hours because they just get there racket on it.
  26. drakulie

    drakulie Talk Tennis Guru

    May 3, 2004
    FT. Lauderdale, Florida
    Pure Drive- Old farts or young kids that are hoping they will be able to serve 200 mph.

    Volkls- Volks are horrible.

    PS 85: Me!
  27. newnuse

    newnuse Professional

    Apr 3, 2005
    Babalot = Young punks with bad elbows and many unforced errors, never heard of a slice

    Volkls = Grumpy old farts always telling people the way it is, fights with everybody on the courts, never admits to making a wrong call despite failing eyesight

    PS85" = the choosen ones with beautiful games, all court, good S&V'er, few and far between

    Head Users = Guys with deformed hands, mostly lepers... avoid shaking hands with them after the match

    Yonex = Yuppies, with textbook swings and bad results, always looking at themselves as the swing their brightly colored rackets

    PK = Serious players only, much game, been known to give away some games to avoid crushing their opponents too badly.... just nice and humble guys in general

    100"+, sub 11oz sticks = Guys with limp wrists, wacks at everything... I mean everything, no touch, usually have fatigue wrist syndrome after a long session, tends to like larger heads to make up for short comings
  28. anirut

    anirut Legend

    Feb 26, 2005
    Krungthep (Bangkok), Siam (Thailand)
    'nuse, thanks for the compliments ...
  29. 0d1n

    0d1n Hall of Fame

    Jul 8, 2006
    Cluj-Napoca, Romania
    I'm 26, I use a Volkl and my serve is one of my strenghts...but let's begin :)

    -PK only know a kid who uses one (old one) because his parents don't buy him another one
    -PD/any Babolat – either Rodick wannabee’s that think they can hit 150 MPH serves and 100 MPH groundstrokes…they hit the back fence 3 out of every 4 shots; OR people that heard from the "store owner" that Babolat is the racket to buy, it’s the best it plays by itself, you don't even have to hit the ball and it's a winner…etc
    -PS 85 - Think they are Pete but they are not
    -Fischer - usually good, no non-sense players that like an "old school" feel and have an "old school" game
    -Volkl's - old farts and myself :) (nah...usually die-hard tennis fans, pretty knowledgeable, hate Babolat’s because they CAN)
    -50 percent of Head and Wilson users – never heard of any other racket company, if it’s Wilson or Head it’s good even if it’s a 50 $ “supermarket” racket. If they see you with Volkl, Fischer or PK (even good expensive models) they ask, why the hell did you buy those things … go buy yourself a Wilson “dude”...who the hell ever heard of PK ;).
    -The other 50 percent are either Prestige die hard fans or Federer wannabee’s using the Tour 90 just for the f*uck of it and framing 30 percent of their shots and being late on another 50 percent of their shots. They hit one good serve and they use it as an excuse to continue to try and be Federer
    -Prince - usually oversize users, not much else to add
    -Yonex – chicks and men who like to “get in touch with their feminine side”
  30. Tennis Man

    Tennis Man Hall of Fame

    Aug 30, 2006
    Sunshine State
    Very funny

    to be continued:
    APD stock: "Vamos! Where else should I waste my money?"
    n6.1 90: "Swiss BDSM"
    PS 85: "American Cowboy"
    Head LM Prestige Mid: "Russian roulette"

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