looking for soft racket.

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  1. dozu

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    I am looking for something very soft and very low power as comfort is priority number 1. I like low power as I usually juice up the racket with lots of lead.

    among the current models, the Dunlop MW200g seems to be among the least stiff... but I just got one and it is still not comfortable enough for me, and it has too much power. it's stiff index is 59, and there are a couple of other brands around 58 and 57, but the Dunlops usually have the best handle technology.

    I have never played with the Yonex RD7 and R-22, which have stiffness around 52-54, I'd assume they are soft enough, but I am not sure if they are stable and comfortable enough, considering I hit a lot with kids using modern stiff rackets and balls come at me like rockets. I do have a Yamaha ceramic100, which I suspect the stiffness is probably in the low 50's, but the technology from so far back usually can't compete with modern rackets, the sweet spot is quite small considering the 100 sq in face, and the upper hoop is really dead... (kind of similar problem with the Volkl C10 pro, which I tried and hated.)

    Any suggestions? basically I am looking for something with stiffness in the low 50's, with some kind of handle technology (such as the dunlop ISIS) so that the shock wave doesn't reach my arm, and with enough frame stability and sweetness so I can still compete with modern rackets. 4.5-5.0 level all court counter puncher always looking to move forward and win point at the net.

    the Volkl Tour10 Mid comes to mind...... any other suggestions?
     
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  2. Craig Sheppard

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    dozu,

    I'd take a look at the Fischer Pro Tour Extreme FT if I were you. I used it for about a year or so. It's one of the most dampened, comfortable racquets I've ever used. It's also like beating on the ball with a wet noodle as far as power goes. It's stiffness is stated as 58 and I'd believe it. You can pick them up on **** used pretty cheaply, or demo one from TW. It's a 95 head w/ a small sweetspot though. Great baseline stick, pretty good for flat serves. 16x18 pattern does well on spin, although the 27.4" length makes kick serves and quick volleying a bit awkward IMO. As long as you don't live at the net that shouldn't be a big issue. Give it a drive and see.
     
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  3. Gaines Hillix

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    See if you can still find an Estusa Power Beam Pro. The Head Classic 600(all red) is another one that is very flexible.
     
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  4. louis netman

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    Like you said, T10 mid (Gen 1) is EXTREMELY sweet, or try T10 MP Gen II (RDC 60), low power and EXTREMELY comfortable. The PK type "R" and "C" in 93" and 98" (RDC low 50s) are also nice and comfy...There are not many newer frames below 60 RDC...
     
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  5. LafayetteHitter

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    So far for me the softer feeling racquets have been the Tour 10 Gen 2 and the Estusa Power Beam Braided. The C10 pro was a little too flexy but it plays nicely as well. For a little larger head the Catapult V1 Midplus is hard to beat for comfort in that size racquet. I am currently hitting with the Vantage racquet with a 63 flex and have been very pleased with my arms comfort with it, I had not idea I would like the Vantage this much. I actually ordered one of their package deals this week. I would say first off try the Gen 2 Tour 10.
     
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  6. dozu

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    thx for the suggestions.... comfort/flexi is a very subjective matter... Lafayette hitter recommended the Estusa and the C10... I tried both and those are actually too stiff for me, go figure!

    I am bidding for an R-22 on ****... and will keep my eyes open for the PK's. and the T10 mid. the problem with the T10 mid is that it's stock weight is only 12oz, and anything below 13oz is too light for me... and I can't see anyway I can put on 1 oz of lead and still have the racket with the balance I want, and enough control to keep the ball in the court, with 58lb string tension.
     
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  7. Revman

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    The mid '90s Dunlop Revelation series comes to mind: the Select Pro (Gold), Classic Pro (Blue), or Tour Pro (Maroon). The Classic Pro is the most arm friendly but it's also the lightest and has no power at all. The other two, however, are superb racquets and both can be found regularly on ****.
     
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  8. goober

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    You can try the Yonex MP tour 5. It what I am currently using for my tennis elbow. It is very low powered to me. Flex of 59. I am probably going to switch tho. I want something elbow friendly with more power :)
     
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  9. bcaz

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    The Pro Kennex Heritage Type R may be the softest racquet on the market today. Check it out.
     
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  10. Here are some specs. from left to right, flex is the last set of numbers.

    Power Rating_weight gm/swingweight gm _headsize_flex

    lower number = less stiff

    1730_335/314_102_54 Head Satellite Tour, out of production
    1762_348/321_98_56 Volkl C-10 Pro
    1739_319/306_98_58 Volkl Catapault 10
    1570_326/291_93_58 Head i Prestige mid (late release),out of production
    1811_312/307_100_59 Fischer Pro Tour
    1877_344/342_93_59 Volkl C-10 Pro Tour, out of production
    1822_344/322_93_59 Head Classic Mid, out of production
    1740_336/308_93_60 Volkl Tour 10 VE Mid
    1908_342/318_100_60 Head Flexpoint Radical Tour
    1903_324/312_100_61 Prince O3 tour

    Just for grins...
    947_334/348_85_32 Head Arthur Ashe Comp III

    If these are too stiff for you, try wood. Maybe one of those Donnay's with the slots drilled just above the handle. :)
     
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  11. just saw post 9's good suggestion, heres specs.

    1764_328/315_100_56 Pro Kennex Type R
     
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  12. flatpick

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    I agree with bcaz. I have a PK Heritage type R strung with gut at 52 lbs. It's like hitting the ball with a pillow. The entire racquet face is one big sweet spot. This is a control frame, but the weight of the racquet together with the gut at low tension, add some power.

    Good luck!
     
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  13. goober

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    Where are these specs from? Some of them appear to differ significantly than TW specs. The C 10 pro has a a TW spec of 63 flex while yours listed is 56. This appears to be a significant varation to me.
     
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  14. Reply to post 13/Goober

    The United States Racquet Stringers Association (USRSA)
    www.racquettech.com

    There is a searchable spec database of all most all racquets dating back to 1995 available to members. I don't string, I joined because the its the most complete source I could find on racquet and string technology. If you find a better one let me know.

    Best Regards.
    Monk
     
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  15. Return_Ace

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    You know I'm not surprised that balls come at you like rockets, especially if you hit the kids with ur rackets..............................:) :) :)

    Anyway I'd reccomend a Yonex Ti-80, I've found them to be very soft.................ok nvm, the site says it has a stiffness of 64...............................whats the difference between stiffness and Flex Rating anyway??? so like a racket with a stiffness of 64 means, it has a flex of.....................???
     
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  16. goober

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    Stiffness and Flex ratings are the same as far as I know. A 64 rating is a medium flex racquet which is what I doubt he is looking for. He is looking for a sub 60 flex. I never paid attention to flex ratings until I got tennis elbow. Now I won't consider a racquet with a flex rating over 61.
     
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  17. lude popper

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    tour 10 G2 is the answer
     
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