Help! Need new Racquet!

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  1. Barnes68

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    I primarily play with a Head LM 4. Looking for a racquet with similar specs that will help me rise to the next level in my league. I'm a all court player with a NTRP of 3.0.

    Any suggestions?
     
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  2. Steve Huff

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    I doubt a racket with similar specs will help you rise to the next level. What I would do is start adding weight to your rackets, then maybe tighter strings, or more control oriented strings. After you get comfortable with the increased weight, then start looking at frames with a similar wt to your weighted up LM 4.
     
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  3. Barnes68

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    Thanks for your suggestions.
     
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  4. Barnes68

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    Anyone else have any ideas?
     
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  5. floydcouncil

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    Wilson Pro Staff 85 will force you to dial in your footwork, force you to hit text book swings, dial in your net game and serve like Sampras.

    If you keep reading some threads about the PS85, You'll be a 5.0 in 9 months with a midsize frame.
     
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  6. microphage

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    But first your shots will be shanking all over because your form isn't good enough to hit with a PS 85 and they'll demote you down to a 2.0.

    :twisted:
     
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  7. Tennisisthebest

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    I played with the LM four in my very early junior stages. That racquet is an amazing tweener frame, yet it had its limits. I have continued on to the babolat APDGT, which is also a good racquet in my opinion, but I am starting to notice the 'tinny' feeling on my shots. I would recommend the Head prestige pro, mp, or S if you can handle those, as many adult players I know love that racquet. It may be a drastic change, but you will eventually get used to it. If anything, it would suit you best to go down to a pro shop or demo racquets from TW. Look at the specs of your liquidmetal, and if you liked that racquet, find something less powerful and heavier, with "proportional" specs. Definitely wouldn't recommend the PS85, however. Dynamite stick, but it'll make you struggle a little too much with your game.
     
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  8. loosegroove

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    I wouldn't recommend weighting up an LM 4. Stock it already has a pretty high swing weight (it's actually head heavy), despite its low static weight. I think adding weight, even to the handle, might make it too cumbersome. I actually like the LM 4, nice easy power and good access to spin. Maybe not the most control oriented racket, but I think it's a very solid hit and a relatively easy racket to play with. What about the frame don't you like? That woud be helpful in offering recommendations.
     
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  9. Barnes68

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    At times I feel that the LM4 doesn't have enough power for me. I'm not a big swinger and rely a lot on the racquet for power.
     
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  10. ArliHawk

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    Head Instinct might be a good replacement.
     
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  11. loosegroove

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    If the Head LM4 doesn't have enough power for you, certainly none of the other rackets people mentioned earlier in the thread will. The LM4 is already a powerful racket. You'd be taking a step backward if you moved to an even lighter and "more powerful racket". Plus most of the lighter, supposedly more powerful rackets really don't offer more power since they don't have enough mass. I think the LM4 is a great balance of very accessible power that can still be harnessed as you improve. What it really comes down to, is you probably need to focus more on your tennis game, and not your equipment, and then the power will come.
     
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  12. lcalamar

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    Get into a good demo program, one where you can keep two rackets out on demo simultaneously. Play the two against each other and keep the one you like best, return the one you don't like as much and get a new demo, comparing them and keeping the one you like best and so on.

    Be patient, you may not initially like a racket - but you need to play with it for a bit and adjust to it...

    I highly recommend trying brands that aren't Head/Wilson/Babolat... highly recommend some of Yonex and Volkl rackets - especially their 'tweener' rackets...

    Stay away from 'player' rackets if you are a 3.0...

    Also - at the 3.0 level - a racket isn't going to help you make the leap up... doesn't matter what racket you are using unless you are consistently hitting your serves, forehands, backhands.

    If you just have a lousy racket - then demo the 100sq in tweeners... and you'll at least have something you can work with to develop your stroke...
     
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  13. Barnes68

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    This is a good idea, that I haven't considered. Thanks!
     
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  14. Barnes68

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    I'm about to demo the Volkl Organix 7. Read that it was a good tweener racquet.
     
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  15. lcalamar

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    I play with the Organix 8 - and I am very pleased with it.

    The Organix 7 has a slightly larger headsize so a bigger sweetspot and more power. The X8 will have a little more control, little less power.

    With the Volkl's - the larger the number (e.g.: X7, X8, X9, X10...), the more of a player's racquet. Which means smaller headsize (usually), maybe heavier, less power, more control

    So start with the X7, highly recommend the X8 and try moving around the spectrum.

    ... that said, you should demo the top tweaners... Head Youtek IG, Babolat AeroPro, Dunlop Biometric 600, Wilson Steam 100 BLX, I used to use the Prince Ex03 RED but found the X8 has much more control and feel, but it is a good racquet...

    However, I am very very happy with my X8 - wouldn't trade it for anything. I tried all the above and none of them worked for me as well as the X8 (The X7 wasn't available for me to try at that time).

    keep in mind this is 100% subjective and varies from player to player...

    ... and THEN, you can start messing around with strings!
     
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  16. RollTrackTake

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    The Pacific X Force Comp. I demoed this a few weeks back and liked it a lot. it was strung with Pacific X-Force Poly. I think it may have been even better with a synthetic gut in there. I found the 105 sq inch head is very forgiving. Medium power output so you don't have to swing for the fences to hit a good ball. The price is pretty good right now at TW. TW recommends it for players at the 4.0 level and above but IMHO if you're looking to improve your game as you say you can grow with this racquet. Other than that you could go with the Prince EXO 3 Warrior. It's got a lot of power, a huge sweet spot and its reasonably light. The Head Instinct mentioned above also sounds like a good choice. if you can demo a bunch! Good luck.
     
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  17. BeGreat

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    You have come to the right place.
    Here, you can raise your level of play in humid weather by adjusting your string tension by .375lb. You can increase spin by 37.5% by simply using a X strings across and Y strings as mains. You can increase your power potential by 24% by putting lead tape at 3 and 9 on your racket, instantly.

    If you want to get better, try playing more, playing with people who are better.
     
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  18. hersito

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    You should get plenty of power with a LM, easiest thing to do is to drop 10-20% of tension and you have a new racquet with more power.
     
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  19. Barnes68

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    I'll give this a try too.
     
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