Heritage Type C vs Type R

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  1. batcrj

    batcrj New User

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    I'm currently playing with the Type C 98 and really like the flex and feel but may be interested in trying the Type R because of the weight and string pattern (Type C 18x20 and Type R 16x20). I like to play a net game and the C seems pretty sluggish at net (swing weight 332). Has anyone hit with both? Is the feel of the R close to the C? Is the R easier to move? Is the R as solid as the C? One other question. Can someone tell me how these compare to the Volkl C10. Thanks for the help.
     
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  2. Kevin T

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    Batcrj,

    I own and have hit with both for close to a year. They are both nice on the serve. I tend to prefer a 90-95 head for serving but the Type R can hit a flat bomb. I believe the Type C is better for the kick serve. The Type R shines on volleys and is much easier to volley with compared to the Type C. As for groundstrokes, the Type C is money. Just aim and shoot. If you provide the power, it's a great stick. The Type R is nice from the baseline but it can be hard to tame the power. I have found that going up over 60# worked for me (I tend to prefer 55-59#). The Type C is a pretty stable frame. The Type R is a little less stable but just a tad. I do find that trading groundies with really hard hitters can lead to stability issues but I just added a touch of lead at 3 and 9 and fixed that problem. Can't go wrong with either frame.
     
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  3. Kevin T

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    Forgot a couple of things. IMHO, both racquets swing pretty much the same with the Type C being a tad more sluggish. The Type R will feel a little more "hollow" or "tinny" than the Type C. As for comparisons to the C10, I never warmed to the C10. Like the Fischer Vac Pro 90, it just felt like a wet noodle to me. The feel is excellent but I actually felt like I was whipping the racquet which wasn't for me. By the way, I'm a 5.0 serve and volleyer.
     
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  4. batcrj

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    Kevin

    Thanks for the info. I really like to s/v as well so I'm thinking the Type R my be a better frame for me. Thanks again.
     
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    Kevin T

    Very interesting.

    Based on specs (esp headlight-edness) I'd've said C is better in volleying than R .... but then Sampras was seemingly using something which was 32.3-5cm balance from the butt after his lead was applied.
     
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  6. Kevin T

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    Marius,

    The Type R's swingweight is really nice and that round 100in frame puts really nice stick on volleys. It's a pretty effortless volleyer, especially in doubles. IMHO, it's a slightly flawed but still excellent racquet. For me, if the Type R were about 340g with a 18-20mm beam instead of the 22mm beam, it would be perfect. The flex is fantastic but it still feels slightly hollow due to the lighter weight.
     
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  7. K. Wilson Moose

    K. Wilson Moose Semi-Pro

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    Kevin is correct. It is a great all court frame, but it does have a hollow feel, which probably is attributable to the lighter weight.
     
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  8. cbegap

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    This is slightly off topic but may help. It looks to me like the type R is a 5g without the Kenetic system and rated as more flexy. They both have 22mm beams, both are 100sq in, both 16x20. Now the 5g is "rated" as being more stiff, so you would have to see what you think about that (I haven't ever hit with a Type R, so I can't say). I personally think that the kenetic must be doing something right because I get a serious thump sound when I hit the ball versus the more tinny ping sound I got with my i.Rad OS. Just a little lead a 3 & 9 can also make tinny racquets sound and plow through the ball a lot better.
     
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  9. bcaz

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    I've demoed the Type R and the Type C. They're totally different. The Type C is sweet, an excellent S&V stick similar to the Prestige Classic, but heavier. Superb volleys, nice serve, great directional control, but it's a club, a real beast. The Type R is light, yes, but it's not tinny or hollow; in fact, it's got some kind of foam injected in it. It has great touch and hellacious spin, but not as much power as some in its peer group. Even without kinetics, the flex and the foam make it one of the most comfortable racquets made today.
     
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