looking for racquet suggestions

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by GrandPixel, Aug 7, 2011.

  1. GrandPixel

    GrandPixel New User

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    I am looking for a racquet for myself and one for a friend. I would like for them to be from the same line. I am an advanced intermediate player, and my friend is beginning intermediate but wants a racquet to grow into.

    One question: Generally speaking, should a typical racquet for a man of normal strength be somewhat heavier than a typical racquet for a woman of normal strength. For instance, men should be around 11-12 oz and women 10-11 oz. I know balance and swing weight are factors also. Not much is said about this, but it would make sense. Any input on this?

    I have done some racquet research and so far have a handful of options. I would really like some unbiased input from some experienced players who have hit with various racquets and can give me anything to help me decide. My selections based on spec:

    Babolat Aero Storm Cortex
    98 sq. in. / 27 in. / 11.1 oz / 4 HL / 325 swing / 65 stiff / 21/19 beam / low power / fast swing / 16/20 strings / 50-62 lbs
    Babolat Aero Storm Tour Cortex
    98 sq. in. / 27 in. / 12.1 oz / 6 HL / 340 swing / 66 stiff / 21/19 beam / low power / fast swing / 16/20 strings / 52-62 lbs

    Babolat Pure Storm GT
    98 sq. in. / 27 in. / 11.0 oz / 1 HL / 327 swing / 63 stiff / 21 beam / low power / fast swing / 16/20 strings / 55-65 lbs
    Babolat Pure Storm Tour GT
    98 sq. in. / 27 in. / 12.1 oz / 6 HL / 333 swing / 64 stiff / 21 beam / low power / fast swing / 16/20 strings / 50-62 lbs

    Dunlop Aerogel 4D 300
    98 sq. in. / 27 in. / 10.9 oz / 3 HL / 320 swing / 60 stiff / 21 beam / low-med power / fast swing / 16/19 strings / 55-65 lbs
    Dunlop Aerogel 4D 300 Tour
    98 sq. in. / 27 in. / 11.3 oz / 5 HL / 318 swing / 63 stiff / 20 beam / low-med power / fast swing / 18/20 strings / 55-65 lbs

    Dunlop Aerogel 4D 500
    100 sq. in. / 27 in. / 10.2 oz / 1.2 HL / 300 swing / 66 stiff / 23/25/23 beam / low-med power / fast swing / 16/18 strings / 55-65 lbs
    Dunlop Aerogel 4D 500 Tour
    100 sq. in. / 27 in. / 11.3 oz / 2 HL / 325 swing / 71 stiff / 23/25/23 beam / low-med power / fast swing / 16/18 strings / 55-65 lbs

    Head Youtek Speed Elite
    100 sq. in. / 27 in. / 10.7 oz / 2 HL / 315 swing / 65 stiff / 22 beam / low-med power / med-fast swing / 16/19 strings / 52-62 lbs
    Head Youtek Speed 16x19
    98 sq. in. / 27.2 in. / 11.8 oz / 7.8 HL / 322 swing / 63 stiff / 20 beam / low power / fast swing / 16/19 strings / 52-62 lbs

    Wilson K Factor KSurge
    100 sq. in. / 27 in. / 10.3 oz / 1 HL / 301 swing / 68 stiff / 23/25/22 beam / med power / med-fast swing / 16/19 strings / 53-63 lbs
    Wilson K Factor KBlade 98
    98 sq. in. / 27 in. / 11.1 oz / 3 HL / 325 swing / 67 stiff / 20 beam / low power / fast swing / 18/20 strings / 50-60 lbs

    Not all of these are available for demo, for instance the Aero Storm racquets. I think there is a place to demo locally but I'd like to order from **************. Also if you noticed I am looking at sale racquets and are likely not 2011 models.
     
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  2. whomad15

    whomad15 Semi-Pro

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    many babolats can kill your arm if you have poor technique.
    Honestly Volkl/Yonex/PK make some of the friendliest frames out there.
     
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  3. PandaKing

    PandaKing New User

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    If you dont order from tennis warehouse. Than some may have a problem. But, Volkl PB10. Much better than most $150+ rackets I've used.
     
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  4. GrandPixel

    GrandPixel New User

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    I don't know where I got **************. I meant Tennis Warehouse of course. The PB10 midplus and light for my friend may be an option.
     
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  5. tennis-kid

    tennis-kid Rookie

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    I agree. Volkl/PK kinetic/ Prince are the most arm friendly so far. I am not sure about Yonex though. I had one before and it was not so arm friendly. It maybe was improved nowadays.
     
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  6. vndesu

    vndesu Hall of Fame

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    if u want a deal on the 4d 300s shoot me a email
     
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  7. hunter121

    hunter121 Banned

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    Thanks guys.
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  8. GrandPixel

    GrandPixel New User

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    Any other input on this? I have seen pb10 spoken a lot in the forums. I'd love to hear some more opinions.
     
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  9. ATP100

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    Best bet, demo a lot of racquet's.
    Also, use the heaviest you can handle, a lot easier on the arm.

    Try this site: http://racquetresearch.com/
     
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  10. PandaKing

    PandaKing New User

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    Personally, when I bought my head flexpoint when it was whopping 200 X_X! (what a mess) it had amazing feel etc. But, too heavy to swing like a bullet. Grabbed the PB10 without demoing. At first it seemed like their was almost no feel. Until you continue playing and aiming for the sweet spot. Its like heaven ;) you feel it and watch as your opponent crumbles. Feels like this racket should be priced higher but isn't. Or you can train to hit a smaller frame like the PS 6.0 85 coming out !!!! :D
     
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  11. The Djoker

    The Djoker Semi-Pro

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    And by "coming out", don't you mean "that already came out, sold out, and went away"?:shock:
     
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  12. PandaKing

    PandaKing New User

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    It was abused like a little kids panda doll. Still got it with ALU Power 16L/Head (something) but has a ton of chips and such :p Great racket, but I wasn't up to the level and had some problems with it.
     
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