HEAD for Flat Hitter and Arm Friendly

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  1. naldop

    naldop New User

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    Hello,

    After so many ways searching for another Yonex Vcore 95D in my country, I given up my search and have to go with what the market in here is offering me.

    Throughout my tennis experience, I am only bound to 2 brands, Yonex and Head, with Yonex is very difficult to find here, I don't have any choice but to look for Head.

    I am 1hbh and fh with predominately flat hitter, I don't have any problem with topspin and slicing but rarely using it. I just use it if necessary. My game is mostly groundstroke and volley as last resort. My serve is flat and between 1st and 2nd serve don't make much different in speed, which is average.
    I am 34 years old right now, which is why I am hoping that this next racquet can hold for the next 5 years, which I cannot predict how well my arm can react but to be safe, having arm friendly racquet is not a bad idea.

    With my style, which Head racquet that do guys suggest?
    Thanks.
    Cheers. :)
     
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  2. adista4

    adista4 Semi-Pro

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    your playing style is the almost the same as mine, except for the serve. I am also a flat hitter and am most comfortable at the baseline. I would suggest a Radical, I like the OS more, but that's up to you if you go MP or OS.
     
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  3. naldop

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    Thanks for the advice,
    I forget to mention that my strategy is mostly counter-attack, so having good control racquet is important to suprise my opponent. I don't have any problem with power/swing. In regards to your advice, I am not sure that OS will give me the controller.

    For the MP, I just look at the review and will read more about it but I always have assumption that below 305 gr. (unstrung) racquet will give me problem against heavy hitter and serve return, am I right?

    Cheers. :)
     
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  4. El Zed

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    I'm sure others will chime in, but it appears that you are requesting the qualities of the prestige...
     
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  5. vsbabolat

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    Check out the HEAD IG Prestige MP and the HEAD IG Prestige Pro.
     
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  6. naldop

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    I have been reading IGPP and it looks like a very stiff racquet, isn't it?
    I think it will go down to IG Radical Pro, IG Prestige MP, or IG Prestige Pro. What are the people's experience for those two in regards to what I am looking for?
    Cheers. :)
     
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  7. Long Face

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    The new Head IG Prestige MP is not arm friendly to me. Every time I use it, I feel some pain in my elbow right away.

    If I switch back to my old Wilson Pro Staffs, the pain is gone. The old Pro Staff 6.0 95 is heavier than the Prestige MP, but seems to be more gentle to my arm.
     
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  8. goosala

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    If I play the Prestige Pro i stock form it is too light and my elbow feels it. If I add lead tape the it becomes the perfect feeling frame and gives me a lot more pop than the 90 versions of the Pro Staff line. The feel is awesome and the control from the open pattern is great. Just remember to use some spin but that comes easily with this frame.
     
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  9. PhotoBlue

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    Prestige mp or radical mp
     
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  10. alidisperanza

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    Give the Youtek Radical Pro a shot-- I find it very similar to my 95Ds
     
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  11. naldop

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    Short and very convincing statement for me :)
    Thanks for the advice I will give it a try. Hopefully it will work for me.
     
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  12. xtreme tennis

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    Maybe it s just me, but my microgel prestige MP (tgk 238.1), feels very stiff, maybe the 18x20 pattern,umm don t know!:???:
     
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  13. shaneno

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    Head a good choice for you. Especially head prestige mid or mid plus.
    if it head prestige pro i'd say an EH! because u like that more of a flater hitting so the 18X20 be better :).

    Good luck!
     
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  14. naldop

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    You confuse me again. :(
    But I am not sure that prestige mid will be a good idea because of the small headsize, it could be too much demanding for me.
    For the MP, again, back to the previous question about prestige series in general, will it be too stiff for most people?
    Cheers. :)
     
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  15. shaneno

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    Head a good choice for you. Especially head prestige mid or mid plus.
    if it head prestige pro i'd say an EH! because u like that more of a flater hitting so the 18X20 be better :).

    Good luck!
     
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  16. alidisperanza

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    Haha, I'm sorry, I was busy when I wrote that. I play with both frames on a regular basis. It so happens that the balance and weight are very similar for the sticks that I have. The major difference that I can find is that the Head frame *feels* a bit more head heavy, has a touch more access to spin, and a bit more pop. The yonex frame seems to be a little bit more toned down or control oriented. When I play doubles, I've noticed I've been reaching for the YT more while in singles, I'm liking the stability and consistency of the 95D. I feel the big guns are bigger with the YT but the risk is also higher. I also seem to be able to hit a ohbh much better with the Yonex.

    What I like very much about both frames is the stability and spin. I can consistently get the ball to do what I want to do and they both accent my serve very well. I am able to hit a 120mph+ flat serve with either but it seems that the bread and butter is the kick serve. Both frames allow me to place the ball where I need them and come in to finish the points
     
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  17. KitinovR

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    Prestige doesn't look arm friendly .
    I have been using for 4 years Microgel Radical MP and I am still amazed how good racquet it is , at least for my game.
     
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  18. soyelmocano

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    Might not be the easiest to find, but I would say a PT280 or 630. They feel soft and a little heavier. The extra heft will transfer more energy back to the ball instead of to your arm.
     
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  19. naldop

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    Thanks for all the suggestion.
    I decided to pick Head IG Radical Pro (see my signature :)).
    Just came back home after hitting & playing for 3 hours and so far so good, still need time to adjust though but I agree that it is quite close to what I feel with 95D. But Radical Pro can do better in topspin compare to 95D, a plus thing for me.
     
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  20. alidisperanza

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    Yup, I'd agree, my only complaint with the IG version was that the sweet spot was a little bit low. I hit a bit higher in the string bed and it felt a little uncomfortable; otherwise, I liked the new edition very much.
     
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  21. naldop

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    Hi Alidi,

    It is true, if you hit near string bed it becomes uncomfortable, but most racquet will do the same except Yonex, probably because of the isometric shape that cause that. But overall, I feel the sweetspot either the same or maybe slightly bigger than 95D.
    One thing that I notice between 95D and Radical Pro is that RadPro is very easy to generate power and no need to push your swing, the power is there already and if I don't force my swing, the power is enough for my ball to land deep in the court.
    With 95D, I have to force my swing everytime I want to get the same depth.
    It will take some adjustment but is a good thing :)
    I will do better review once I hit for another 6 hours.
     
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  22. Scar1358

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    Microgel radical mp :) it's a great racquet and it is quite cheap right now.
     
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