Looking for a new racket

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by alegare, Mar 15, 2013.

  1. alegare

    alegare New User

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    I'm looking for a new racket. Currently I'm using a PDR but it's too stiff for my arm. I want a racket that is 11.5-13 ounces, that is NOT stiff, and that's powerful. And with a 16x18-16x20 pattern. Any suggestions?
     
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  2. Anton

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    Grapine Speed Pro is worth it try - it blends classic players racket qualities with modern ones and it doesn't feel nearly as stiff and PD.

    I know you are asking for a 16x20, but at 100" this racket still plays with a lot of spin.
     
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  3. Fednyc2012

    Fednyc2012 New User

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    The new Wilson blade 98 is nice a lot more arm friendly than the pdr
     
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  4. Anton

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    Also, Head IG Radical Pro is soft yet has some good power.
     
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  5. fuzz nation

    fuzz nation Legend

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    A pal of mine is a very strong hitter - played a couple of years of college tennis. Big strokes including a one-handed backhand and he has used the PDR's from both the Cortex and GT generations.

    He came down with serious tennis elbow after switching into some poly hybrids in those frames and had to quit the game while he recovered. Aside from his therapy and exercises, he made a string change to natural gut instead of ditching his racquets. To my amazement, he has seen absolutely no new symptoms despite his sticking with what many of us would label a not-so-arm-friendly racquet. Just wanted to mention that consideration in case you want to avoid a racquet search.

    I play with some older Volkl C10's from the yellow & black generation. I figure those older frames are at least ten or twelve years old - I bought them 2nd hand off the classifieds here. I also hit a one-handed backhand, but I've never seen any elbow trouble with these Volkls, even when I'm playing a heavy schedule. The C10 is a little bit peculiar, but the little extra flex in its hoop probably boosts the arm-friendly nature of this model. The other Volkl "10 series" models may also be worth a look.

    I also like to tune most of my racquets so that they have enough head-light balance to feel comfortably maneuverable. Since you're looking at options with a little heft on board, you may want to keep the aspect of comfortable balance in mind. With the "right" balance, I think that a heavier racquet can also be rather easy to handle.
     
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  6. Mateo

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    Hi Anton,
    Could you give your opinion on power level and sweet spot of speed pro. Is it demanding like prestige mp in that way?, I had trouble when saving the point with prestige mp it didn’t save me any point, and on late shots, balls wore landing short.
    thanks
     
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  7. Anton

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    No way,

    Unlike prestige, G Speed Pro is very easy to play with and actually has good power. You can short-punch defensively and get a good pace and depth on the ball. But it's also easy to get big head speeds on full smooth strokes to put a lot of spin on the ball to keep it in the lines.

    NOTE, I do have some extra weight on my Speed Pro and never played it stock.
     
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  8. marosmith

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    The radical is much more in line with what you described than the speed.
     
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  9. spinovic

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    Extreme Pro 2.0

    It is powerful, good for spin, weighs 11.8 ounces and doesn't feel/play as stiff as its rating.

    BLX 6.1 95 16x18 would work as well. It weighs a little over 12 ounces, good power and spin. When I demoed originally, my decision came down to those two racquets. I ultimately chose the Extreme Pro 2.0. No regrets. Love it.

    There should be quite a few racquets that would work though.
     
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  10. darklore009

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    I'd say the extreme pro. Plays similar, but doesn't bother the arm. The donnay formula 100 is another, but it might need some weight.
     
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  11. cjmower

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    I have to agree with people saying the Speed Pro or the Extreme 2.0. I also played with the Radical Pro and its a good racquet as well, but for me I had trouble with the weight distribution. With heavier racquets I prefer head light balances, but obviously everybody is different. I havent had the chance to play with a hybrid in the Speed Pro but I imagine it would be awesome. As for spin production I find I could get just as much out of the 18X20 pattern as I can with most open patterns so that was nice as well.
     
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