Head i.S4 MP Good for a newbie?

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by denyed, Aug 14, 2006.

  1. denyed

    denyed Guest

    I just purchased the i.S4 and it feels great. I purchased it strung for $70 bucks. Is this a good racquet for a beginner? I have played with it once and completely noticed an improvement in my game. The ball would go where I wanted it to. So back to my question, is the racquet a good racquet for a beginner? Thanks!!

  2. Steve H.

    Steve H. Semi-Pro

    Feb 25, 2004
    If you like it then sure, why not?

    Actually there were two sizes of the i.S4. The 102 midplus is a good all-around frame, on the light side, good for beginners but people can play with it at a high level too. The pro at our club is a solid 4.5 with a crafty placement and drop-shot game, and he uses it to devastating effect.

    The oversize version of the i.S4 is extremely light and also quite head-heavy. A frame like that can be OK for senior players and beginners who don't hit the ball very hard, but f you are at all serious about improving it will probably hold you back before long because you won't be able to take a full swing and keep the ball in the court. A light, head-heavy racquet can also be dangerous in terms of tennis elbow and other arm and wrist injuries.

    So figure out which version you have -- if it's the midplus you should be OK for a while; if the oversize watch out for elbow twinges or control problems, and maybe think about getting something else at some point.

    have fun!
  3. denyed

    denyed Guest

    Thanks for the reply Steve.
    I have the mid plus and I find it has very nice control and crafty placement, as you put it. I think I will enjoy it, but I was thinking the same thing as you mentioned. It's a good racquet to start with but if/when I get serious, I may need to upgrade. Thanks again Steve.


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