k90 vs. k95

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  1. babolat15

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    my two final choices. break it down. THIS ONE IS VERY IMPORTANT
     
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  2. fujitsu77

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    I didn't like the 95, felt like a board, so much power, great for serves though

    The 90 on the other hand is a good racquet, lots of power, control, touch
     
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  3. leonardtay

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    The 2 racquets feel quite different, coming from the APDs you might take better to the K95s. Touch and control, I think the K90 is better. The K95s are more powerful but easier on the player... same old story. Test em out.
     
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  4. Agent Orynge

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    I'm at a loss to comprehend why the decision is in our hands...
     
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  5. Noveson

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    This looks like another case of a player having a bad day, then deciding they needed less power, and wanted super control. Obviously the racquet Federer uses must have insane control right:rolleyes:
     
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  6. JackSkellington

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    way to make assumptions...
     
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  7. Noveson

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    It's hard not to, seeing he is going from a 100 inch 11 oz racquet to a 90 inch 12.5 oz racquet. Not to mention he is jumping right to this racquet without demoing, which I'm assuming he hasn't because he's asking for help from board members.
     
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  8. vndesu

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    k95
    was very stiff but good on control power and spin

    k90
    not so stiff to me
    very stable and a good all around racket.


    have you tried demoing? it would also help by telling us like info such as play style etc
     
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  9. Pusher

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    If those are your final two choices then I don't think you have narrowed it down very much. As others have said those two frames are very different even though the specs may look somewhat similar.

    Plus you would have to change your user name.
     
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  10. Big Fed

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    I use ncode 95 and i extremly dislike the kfactor 95. Its to head heavy only good on serves. But the k90 is great.
     
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  11. babolat15

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    i have demoed many players frames. including both of these rackets. im definetley not basing my desicion on what yall say, i just wanted some feedback. noveson this is a porblem whenever anyone asks for simple advice you have to be negative about it. c'mon man atleast try to be helpful for once
     
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  12. babolat15

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    ive actualy demoed both for a month, fyi
     
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  13. PackardDell

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    would not go for the k90. Why? Did you ever see one playing it who is not on TV.
     
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  14. Agent Orynge

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    God forbid I repeat myself, but since you've already demoed them for a month...

    Why is the decision ours? With that much experience you can make up your own mind.
     
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  15. theone

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    The K90 is probably better, but you need to be serious about playing to play well with it.
     
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  16. bluescreen

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    i love the k90, but coming from an apd, its a rather big departure from your previous frame. im assuming u demoed these, so if u were comfortable with the amount of power the k95 gave, i'd go with that.
     
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  17. JohnP

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    Be sure you demo both string patterns of the K95 before you make a decision. The 18x20 is awesome.
     
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  18. theone

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    I agree I used the 18 mains version of the hyper carbon 6.1 and its a class racket.
     
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  19. Lendl

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    I made a very similar change going to a K90 from an APDC+ and felt the K90 was much better than the K95. All personal preference. Demo both side by side for a few days and go with what works best after that period.
     
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  20. Vision84

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    Flip a coin.

    That's basically what you are asking us to do. It's like comparing apples and oranges and asking us which is better.

    The K90 is probably a more demanding racket than the K95 though from what I hear. Changing to that would probably be a greater change than to the K95 due to the headsize.
     
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  21. [d]ragon

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    i didnt like the k95 at all. it just didnt seem to hav the control i was looking for and the feel wasnt that great. the k90 was alot better
     
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  22. BounceHitBounceHit

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    These two frames are worlds apart. I know you've demo'd them, but can you tell us how you chose these two over others? That might help us help you. CC
     
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  23. babolat15

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    to be honest, i demoed both just because of the popularity f the racket. i was like heck if everyone is using them there must be something good. so i tried them
     
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  24. sabi

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    so many variables can come into play when comparing the pros/cons of these racquets. If you can play with the one you have, don't leave it. If you have a western grip I definitely would not leave the APD, not for the k90. Not enough surface on the strings for whippy strokes, or there are way better suited sticks. If you hit more continental then the k90 may feel pretty darn good. I've played with both the K90 and K95 (18x20). The K90 gives me more power for a similar swing than the K95. Better control, better at redirecting a ball, but depth control too. But finding the sweet spot is harder and gets harder the longer you go in a match. And while the k90 may have these advantages, the k95 is a great stick and would be as good as anything you could play with it, if it were a good fit for you. Personally, I think the k95 demands more strength and more fluid strokes. The racquet needs you to have good footwork to put yourself in position to make a clean stroke. The k90 is much better at bailing you out from bad position, think Federer squash shot. The k95 rewards that footwork however with a more playable frame and that's less demanding than the k90.

    If you're looking for something else have you tried the Microgel Extreme Pro? Might be much closer to your APD than either the K95 or the K90.
     
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  25. Ultra2HolyGrail

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    I put almost all other player racquets above wilson nowdays.. Hypercarbon-karophite-whatever is only good for lighter pure drive type racquets imo..Using it in thin beam racquets just defeats the purpose and takes all the feel away plus you get a stiff not arm friendly racquet.
     
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  26. sabi

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    You think the k90 feels stiff? I've never heard that one.

    It's a feel thing for any racquet and the k95 is a stiffer racquet, but I think it has very good feel and I use Kirschbaum string in mine.

    I suggested a Head though as I think the Microgels have a nice feel to them. The MG Radical is good stick. Feels stiff in terms of being stable, but plays soft on the arm. The MG Radical Pro was a too stiff at first, but I'm sure that can be adjusted with strings.

    You can always find a good set up to play with from any company. Just people have preferences, which is understandable.
     
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  27. tennis_hand

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    well, i agree. :)
     
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  28. sabi

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    so you're saying I should not have wasted my time responding. :-(
     
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    k90-heavy, 95-liked the angles
     
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  30. CAM178

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    Sounds to me like babolat15 is just frustrated, and looking for some help. He knows the decision is his, but he's probably sick of comparing them in his head. He should know both of these racquets very well at this point. Good luck, bab.
     
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  31. Casco

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    I agree. I've owned both versions. The 18x20 is all I use now.
     
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  32. ananda

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    if you have demoed them for a whole month and still neither feels like the right choice ....

    Why not try the PS 6.0 95" -- seriously.
     
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  33. southpaw

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    Karophite is a marketing term, not an actual technology. Hypercarbon is just Wilson's name for ultra high modulus (stiffer) graphite, and from what I can tell, there is no hypercarbon in the k90. It's an 80/20 graphite kevlar mix like the older Wilson racquets.
     
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  34. need2bfit

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    I liked the K90 better than the K95 but it's so much heavier than the APDC. They have a much different feel. The K90 is lot more flexible compared to the APDC which gives it great control. I still play with the K90 but, interestingly, I'm transitioning to the APDC. I'm sure that anyone who has had experience playing with both rackets will agree that the APDC is way more forgiving compared to the K90. That's probably why we don't see many pros playing with it. I still enjoy it even if it is a beast. Good luck.
     
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