Mid-sized racket for 16yo?

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  1. TheFieryFurnace2012

    TheFieryFurnace2012 New User

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    Hey!
    I'm almost 17 and have been playing tennis for 4 years now (3 years in competition), for the last 2 years I have used the head speed mp 16/19 but now I am looking for a new racket. Next week I am supposed to be getting the new blade 98 18/20 but looking at the 93 version it just looks like a better racket for a player like me who wants the most control possible. Problem is I have never used a racket under 100 sq. inch and over 325 grams.
    Any suggestions?
    Thanks, appreciate it.
     
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  2. MikeHitsHard93

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    Demo it before you make any purchase. That's my advice.
     
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  3. dyldore

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    If you can, demo them and see which one you like more. You can speculate all you want but it comes down to which one feels better when you actually use it.
     
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  4. MikeHitsHard93

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    Yup it makes a big difference coming from 100 to 93 when your reaching for shots or hitting volleys
     
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  5. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    I'd recommend you to try other frames as well if you want "the most control possible":

    Dunlop 100g series (whatever the current model is)
    Head Prestige Mid (whatever the current model is)
    Wilson Pro Staff 6.0 85
    Wilson Pro Staff 6.1 90 BLX
    Volkl Power Bridge 10 Mid

    Don't worry about the weight of these frames. They should be like feather to you, or you can easily build up the strength to handle these frames.
     
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  6. TheFieryFurnace2012

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    Thanks, that's why 98 seems like the better option and then I can gradually move on down from there. 7 sq. inch seems like too big a jump. Anyone here used the new blade 98? Looks like a much better upgrade from the speed mp, anyone else used it?
     
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  7. TheFieryFurnace2012

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    Thanks Sin Lo, although I was pretty vague with the description. I am all about control but little power/spin doesn't hurt eh? Looking around the blade 98 seems like a really good all round racket, also it's wilson..they're pretty good right?
     
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  8. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Well, just because it's a Wilson, doesn't mean it's a great frame. As a matter of fact, there isn't a single "great" frame out there. There are however, frames that are "more suitable" for so and so player. So it's up to you to see which frames will work with you.

    If you hit the sweetspot consistently on a small demanding frame like the Prestige Mid (actually a ~89sq in frame) and the Pro Staff, there's plenty of power!
     
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  9. db10s

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    Use a 95. Any of the Dunlop 200s.

    Or if you are set on a true mid, the Dunlop 100
     
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  10. TheFieryFurnace2012

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    Don't get me wrong, I am not looking for the perfect racket (like it exists) but the 98 will be a pretty big improvement from a speed mp
     
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  11. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Try it out, but I encourage you to try out some of the true midsize frames too. You might like them.

    I made the switch to a midsize (i.Prestige Mid) when I was 17 and have never looked back. :)

    Within a 2 year span from 15-17yrs old, I went from a Prince Precision Response Ti. -> Dunlop Hotmelt 200g -> i.Prestige Mid.

    All 12oz+, I just enjoyed the smaller headsize more and more.
     
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  12. TheFieryFurnace2012

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    Awesome, thanks man. Will demo both next week!
     
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  13. xAceofSpadesx

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    I like my Head Prestige Youtek MP, but to each his own. I've always liked Heads over Wilsons and Babolats.

    Word of advice: Try to demo as many variants as possible. Rackets play can play very differently depending on string, tension, and even grips. If you have a coach, he could probably assist you in demo-ing a wide variety of rackets.
     
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  14. TheFieryFurnace2012

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    Yeah i've played with a few prestiges, only for a knock, I liked them but the strings were dead so I couldn't judge it properly. I hate babolats, never work for me, and have used head rackets for years..just looking for something better haha
     
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  15. quest01

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    Yeah the Wilson blade 93 is a great racquet to try out. This is personally the racquet I use and it has a ton of control, probably the most control oriented racquet I've ever used. The blx 90 in my opinion had more power in comparison. You should definitely demo the 93, also the Darth Vader paint job is awesome.
     
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  16. max

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    I think you should toss in a few midsized ones, too, to demo.

    I mean, honestly, if you can put the frame on the ball at 100 inches, the difference is just not worth talking about. . . or exaggerating. You can do it.
     
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    . . . isn't "The Fiery Furnace" one of those Lemony Snicket books?
     
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  18. Gee

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    Going from a 100 sq inch frame to a midsize is a huge step in my opinion.

    Simply rallying with a midsize frame is a whole other story than playing a match. You need to hit very cleanly with a midsize and that is much more difficult during a match. So it is important to demo racquets during matches as well.

    I tell this from my own experience and I started with during the wooden era so I know how a 65 sq inch wooden frame plays. I think I wouldn't be able to play at the same level as with a 95" headsize. I was also intrigued by the feel of the Head Prestige Mid and I tried to switch several times but every time I noticed that it was just too small for my game. My slice serves and backhand were not as penetrating as with a 95" headsize. Volleys are a bit easier as well because of the more forgiveness of a MP.

    So I would recommend the OP to switch to a smaller MP (95-98 inch headsize) first. When you feel that is still too big then you might take the step to a midsize. However don't make the mistake to listen to your ego that says something like to you: You should use a midsize then you're a great player!. Look at the ATP players. Most of them don't use a midsize but a headsize between 95-100" because they are able to play their best game with these ones. The racquet must complement your game!
     
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  19. sundaypunch

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    I think this is good advice. You will have an easier transition to a mid if you hit somewhat flatter. If you are playing a topspin based game from the baseline you will notice the lack of forgiveness more.

    You can demo 4-racquets from TW for $20. If you can play at least a set or two with each you should have a good idea how they will work for you. If you try the Blade 98 and 93, you can also throw in a couple of 95's. A Prestige MP and Babolat Pure Storm LTD would be good choices.
     
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  20. TheFieryFurnace2012

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    Yeah I really want to try the 93 now but I live in the UK and there is only one shop around (under 5 miles) that lets you demo rackets. They won't have the 93 in for a while but they have the 98 in next week which I will demo straight away. Will inform all with results.
    Thanks!
     
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  22. TheFieryFurnace2012

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    Wow, what a great review! Can't see me playing with a 89 sq. in anytime soon though
     
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  23. baba123

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    I used to have the speed 16/19 (hated it) god it was so just horrible
    Now I'm playing with the blade 98 (or just started to) trust me it is a great improvement on the speed seriously try the blade 98 with the strings you like and it will be amazing, just for the record I'm roughly the same age as you
     
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  24. matchmaker

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    Play what you like best. I believe mid vs. MP is only a part of the equation. Stiffness, swingweight, balance are probably more important. Just like MP's, mids differ a lot among each other. Some have quite a lot of power, like the K90, some are rather anemic like the Redondo mid. Some are good flat hitters like certain prestiges, some are quite spinny like the PB10 mid.
     
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  25. MikeHitsHard93

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    Ugh I'm gonna have to own a mid in my lifetime lol. They're just so cool
     
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  26. Gee

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    That's why I own a Head Prestige Classic that I use as a practice frame. I really enjoy that sensational and solid feel from a mid. However I prefer a bigger head size during matches. I just don't want give myself an extra handicap while my opponent uses often a more forgiving frame. I tried several times to play matches with a mid but I simply win more with a MP like Chris Edwards also commented during his Head IG Prestige Mid/MP review. So I 'll stick with a leaded up Head IG Prestige MP.
     
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  27. MikeHitsHard93

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    I have yet to hit a prestige mid...I want to find a super cheap one. And a prostaff 6.0 95
     
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  28. TheFieryFurnace2012

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    Thanks Baba, great to hear from someone who has owned both rackets. Never owned a 18/20 racket, or a wilson so it should be interesting anyway. Thanks for the input people!
     
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  29. Harry_Wild

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    Try all my rackets! I love the Head Youtek IG Mid! My current racket too!
     
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    Head (any) prestige Mid
    Prince Diablo mid
    Prince (any) Graphite mid
    Wilson blade 93
    Wilson PS90
     
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  31. TheFieryFurnace2012

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    Yeah i'm going to try the wilson blx pro staff 6.1 90 & the 95 as well as the new blades (93 + 98 18/20) already tried some of the prestige mids but not enough yet. Also going to demo the new head speeds
     
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  32. robbo1970

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    I know I am biased, but give the Dunlops a go as well. You might like the Bio300 like me. Great for control but light enough to manouvre easily.
     
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  33. max

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    About 10 years ago I had a Wilson PS 6.0/85. BEST-EVER frame for serving that I've ever used, and also for cranking forehands from the baseline. Just great.

    But inside, psychologically, I felt I was somehow, someway, undergunned since the other guys usually had larger frames. THIS PICTURE had no congruence with reality: it was just a quirky image in my head that I had this disadvantage from a slightly smaller head size. The reality was that the smaller head size had nothing to do with my playing---heck, my first frame was wood. I don't see 85 as small at all.

    Those mids are great for serving. In fact, this year I'm going to a 93.
     
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  34. max

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    Hey, OP, at age 16 I was using a Head Professional, with a 65-square inch head strung at 68 lbs. with gut.

    You know, those old aluminum "red Heads."
     
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