How did you choose your racket?

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by Bencia, Jan 12, 2008.

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How did you you end up with your racket?

  1. I chose it after demoing it from a club

    23.3%
  2. I chose it after a friend let me demo it

    13.7%
  3. I chose it after getting caught up in the hype from advertising

    9.6%
  4. I bought it because it was on sale and looked good

    12.3%
  5. I bought it for a reason not listed

    41.1%
  1. Bencia

    Bencia Rookie

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    I was just wondering how you guys ended up choosing the rakets you use.
     
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  2. vndesu

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    i demo it and then if i like it i get it.
    go to g o l f s m i t h or demo off of tw.
     
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  3. LanEvo

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    i just buy racquets and use them, idk why, but every racquet i ahve bought i have liked, like i just got an M-Fil 300 and PK 5g and they exceptionally work well and make my game better
     
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  4. Agent Orynge

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    I look for specs I know I like. Then I look for price...
     
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  5. YonexDude

    YonexDude Rookie

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    demo'ed off of TW
     
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  6. MEAC_ALLAMERICAN

    MEAC_ALLAMERICAN Legend

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    Ditto!!

    Why isn't TW an option on the poll?:confused:
     
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  7. adams_1

    adams_1 Semi-Pro

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    I wanted to demo a Flexpoint Radical Tour, as there were a few going cheap, but there was no demo stick. So, I tried the nblade and loved it.
     
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  8. westside

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    My mate let me borrow his PD for the weekend. Loved it...bought it. :)
     
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  9. jazar

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    mine's a funny story. i used to use the i.radical and i had a pair of them, but then i cracked one of the frames. i sent it back to head and they sent me a free racket, but apparantly they didnt have any i.radicals left, so they sent me an i .prestige mp, leaving me with one radical and one prestige. soon after that i won another prestige in a competition and since i had two of them, started using it as my main racket and now i would not change it for the world
     
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  10. downdaline

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    I knew what i wanted.

    I wanted a racquet that was as headlight as possible. Low swingweight so that i could customize it later. Open string pattern for easier spin generation and better feel. Wanted something old school and unforgiving so that it would make me play better.

    ProStaff 6.0 95.
     
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  11. roller~

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    There is my own boundary in specs.
    Check it out and give it a go.
    If it's good to me, I go with it.

    BUT.. it is so difficult for me to end up.
     
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  12. goober

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    Look at fairly specific specs and read reviews. That narrowed my search considerably. Demo those racquets from local pro shop and just stuck with one model for last 3 years.
     
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  13. Lotto

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    The tennis guy in the shop handed me like 10 different racquets that he expected me to hold but I said I will only play with Wilson because I've used Wilson since I was 7 and I am now 15. He gave me the K Six One Team and the K Six One Lite(is it that?) and I said I prefered the Team so I got that and it's ok. I've lost abit of my power and I'm finding it hard adjusting to the smaller headsize but I'm getting there. Might have a look at the K-Blade seen as I was used to the 98 inch Headsize.
     
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  14. Sixpointone

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    I made a list of racquets that fit the general Specs of what I was looking for.

    I hit with them and narrowed my list down.

    I Demoed more in depth from there and was down to two choices.

    From there I Hit with them for about 2 more Months, for 3 Months total, and decided which was the one for me.
     
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  15. Automatix

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    After 5 years of testing and improving my technique I found out that I play best with frames with 18x20 string pattern, about 90-95 sq. inch headsize, at least 325 grams weight unstrung, constant beam below 20mm, stiffness below 63, preferably 60, swingweight 325-350, balance 7-10HL...

    So now it's much easier when looking for something new... but thx to this I settled down with my i.Prestige Mid XLs :)
     
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  16. WBF

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    I look for a few racquets within the range of specifications I find optimal, and demo them starting with the cheapest.

    Last time I tried this, they only had two inexpensive demos, so I also tried the n6.1 95 18x20, which was a bit more expensive... and of course that was the one I loved :p
     
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  17. drakulie

    drakulie Talk Tennis Guru

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    currently hitting with the i prestige mid. I bought it to add to my collection. Since taking it out for a hit, I have been playing with it fairly exclusively.
     
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  18. anirut

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    Just buy it on specs only. No Demo here.
     
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  19. JMS

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    demo from local shop
     
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  20. herosol

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    Purely aesthetics LOL :D

    JK. Not purely aesthetics, but I have a hard time buying rackets that look disgusting. (Fischers :[)

    For me Spec-Wise I would have to say:

    90-100 Sq. In- The range is large, but i've found many frames I could play within this range

    11.5-12.5 oz- Nice stability within this range, although 12.5 is a bit heavy at times

    A beam width of atleast under 21

    Not too Flexxy like a nFury or nBlade, but not too stiff like a Babolat PDR

    I prefer open string patterns, just to add the extra spin. Although I believe I could play well with 18x20's if the headsize is atleast above 95, in order to get some more pop then a 90 sq in. 18x20 like the kBlade Tour or the Prestige line.

    :D

    but beauty is always a deciding factor :D
     
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  21. PackardDell

    PackardDell Semi-Pro

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    after demoing dozens of sticks I decided to stop and ended up with a common used player frame: LM Prestige MP
     
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  22. JKN666

    JKN666 Rookie

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    the racquet chose me...

    nah it was on sale so i demoed then bought.
     
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  23. quest01

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    I buy a racket depending on the specs such as weight and head size. I generally will demo a racket first from TW then decide what racket I want to buy. The specs that I prefer are rackets similar to the PDR, Speedport Black and Extreme Pro. These rackets have very similar specs and I feel these specs improve my game or at least keep my game at a high level.
     
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  24. Zhou

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    My friend let me demo the Pure Drive both the regular and cortex. I liked them both but didn't want to have the same racket as him so I got the APDC. Plus I was hitting the balls a little out and wanted a little more control.
     
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  25. Pro_Tour_630

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    I just pick the cheapest one:)
     
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  26. TnTBigman

    TnTBigman Professional

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    Its a combination of online reviews (mostly TW and tTW), then some demos. And if I'm lovin it...I buy.
    Hype doesn't play a huge role- except for the pc600. Glad I got caught :D.
     
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  27. tomuchskillz

    tomuchskillz Rookie

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    my friend had one i played with it n liked the feel a lot, but mine is completely different from his feel even though there the same raquets
     
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  28. Bencia

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    I got caught up in the O3 hype and am so glad I did. The O3 red is a beast!
     
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  29. iplaybetter

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    the specs look good and i live close enough to a large competitors store to go demo it
     
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