Mini review: Mantis pro 295

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  1. TfReAk

    TfReAk Rookie

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    Maybe it's because Mantis is a new brand, but you don't hear much about their rackets. When I saw the specs of the Mantis Pro 295 it caught my attention. I play with a Head MG RAD mp (with leathergrip and 2gr lead @ 3&9).

    Yesterday I (finally) got to hit with the Mantis pro 295. I played a doubles match with some friends. Here's what I thought of it:

    Forehand: From the first hit I noticed that there was a lot of power. I was a bit off with my timing, probably due to the SW. With my RAD I had to swing much faster to get good depth, while with the Pro 295 it was very easy. I only played for about an hour so I really want to get another hit with it.

    Backhand: I have a one hander and hitting it with the Pro 295 was really great. I could execute all the shots that I want...topspin, flat and slice were really great. And again the power helped a lot.

    Serve: GREAT! Spin and slice were very easy to create and serving flat bombs down the T weren't a problem.

    Volley: I really like being at the net and the Pro 295 has a lot of put away power. I think my radical is more precise, but has definitly less power behind it to put some volleys away. Didn't got the chance to hit some touch volleys so I hope I get another hit soon.

    Stablity: One of the aspects that really suprised me was the solid feeling of the Pro 295. Blocking a return was much easier than with my radical. It gave me more depth. Also didn't feel any jarring of the racket and, despite it's stiffness rating, it was very comfortable.

    Overall: I was very suprised by the Pro 295. It has the thin beamed frame of a radical with a bit of juice of a pure drive. Much more stable/solid and comfortable than its specs. It's definitly one of the best rackets I played with. I don't know if I make the switch, because I only played with it for an hour (and don't have a moneytree in my backyard).
     
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  2. TfReAk

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    Someone else got a hit with this racket?
     
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  3. TeamHumphrey

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    I am still playing with a Mantis Pro 295

    I got a hold of one shortly after Anton started his thread regarding this frame. Due to arm issues, I switched from stiffer, heavier racquets to the Mantis Pro 295 -- and I still view it as an interim frame for me. However, it will be harder to beat it out than I first thought.

    As Anton pointed out, the launch angle is greater than one might expect, even coming from other 16x19 frames. I have adjusted my forehand a bit in order to keep the ball in play, and it is now freakishly spinny -- as are my serves. Due to my ailing arm, I haven't tried to adjust all of my serves to the racquet -- flat serves, for example, are something that I have simply avoided for 3 months. But power is there and spin is easily accessible for me.

    I should also mention that I am playing with a gut/poly hybrid, and have been playing mostly doubles. I have added weight throughout the frame (butt, handle, 9, 12, 3). Also, I have to admit to being an 40ish guy returning to the game with classic strokes trying to switch to modern strokes at a 3.5 ntrp level of competition.

    Feel at the net, and really everywhere, is very nice and stability has not been an issue at all. Of course I am reaping the benefits of the lower weight and swing weight at net and on returns. The racquet does require some changes to technique when dealing with harder hitters -- conservative/defensive strokes will get pushed around, but staying aggressive can minimize the issue.

    The Mantis Pro 295 begs me to be aggressive, take monster swings tempered by topspin, use the quickness and spin to take the ball inside the baseline and create difficult angles. This is the reason why it is an interim frame for me -- I cannot maintain ridiculous spin and still have an approximation of pinpoint accuracy. It's also a good bit of work when the frame demands you hit hard all the time.

    However, I have an Angell TC95 that couldn't beat it out with low or high tension multifilaments (waiting to be restrung with a lower tension poly hybrid), and I demoed the Blade 93, Yonex 89T, and a couple Donnays -- I am not sure what it will take to usurp the Mantis Pro 295's place in my bag. The feel is very very nice.
     
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  4. SCRAP IRON

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    This is a great frame. I don't currently see it for sale anymore at TW which could be a problem because I am using it in tournament play. I am a 4.5 player that had been using Wilson rackets for many years. I took a chance and bought this Mantis racket and added a leather grip and some lead weight at the top and I have been getting great feedback. It is now playing like a slightly lighter version of the BLX 6.1 95. I think that this frame is as good as it gets for all around play for older players with developed strokes. And of course it is ideal for customization.
     
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  5. Zachol82

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    Yes, I've recently bought this exact frame from another website, because TW is out of stock...

    Anyhow, this frame plays NOTHING like its specs! It definitely is maneuverable due to being extremely headlight and having a low swing-weight. However, everything else doesn't fit with the specs at all.

    I expected this frame to be less stable but it is amazingly stable and provides very crisp shots with deadly depth and spin.

    I just don't know what is up with this frame. It definitely is now my favorite and I have hit with probably more than 20 different frames within the last 5 years, and by "hitting" I mean I have taken them all into tournament play.

    TW Please restock as I am definitely going to buy more just in case it goes out of production!
     
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  6. luishcorreia

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    I had a mantis pro 295 that I sold to Juha in the classifieds section.

    Great racquet. A bit light, but an excellent platform racquet fir adding weight. I had a leather grip and weight on the handle and a bit at 3 and 9 . Total was 340g strung.

    Excellent feel.., but I think I had to do too much effort to make the ball go. Probably due to low swing weight. Great cosmetic and great quality of build.
     
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  7. RollTrackTake

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    This racquet is very intriguing. Anyone know how to get ahold of a demo or looking to sell a used one? The specs look similar to the Pro Kennex Q tour 295. That one did not win me over. Anymore thoughts, comparisons, viewpoints about this Mantis offering?
     
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  8. counterpuncher

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    Drop me a line, as I have an almost new one in L3, that I have moved on from. Pallets are close enough that they are interchangeable with Head. However shipping would be more, given that I'm in Australia : )
     
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  9. brittboy23

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    Try G & G in Atlanta they carry the full line shud be able to assist you in your quest for a 295 Pro demo.
     
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  10. RollTrackTake

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    Thx. Will look into that.
     
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  11. RollTrackTake

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    Hit with the Mantis 295 today. I had it strung with Black5Edge at 48 lbs. i like the balance of the racquet in stock form a lot. Good, almost great feel when striking the ball. Crisp but comfortable. Great cosmetic. It shined for me on serves. Really carved through the air easily. Right off the bat I was on with my slice & kick serves. Not much later and I could hit my flat serve with pace & relative consistency. Somewhat surprisingly I found that there was too much power on groundstrokes. Balls were flying a couple inches long regularly. I was testing out the Blade 98 S and the Wilson Six One team at the same time and didn't have the same issues with those racquets. I assume I should up the tension on the strings to address this. What strings & tensions have others tried?
     
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  12. JackB1

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    Very intrigued by this racquet. If anyone has one to sell or knows where I can pick one up, let me know. Wonder why TW doesn't carry this one?
     
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  13. RollTrackTake

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    It seems TW USA is not stocking Mantis racquets. The only place I found that stocks them in the US is a shop just north of duluth google search if need be
     
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  14. JackB1

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    Thanks. They are in Suwanee which is kinda far for me, but I could just order online?

    Could you post some more of your impressions? What other racquets is it similat to? Also, please let me know if u decide to sell :) Is yours 3/8?
     
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  15. JackB1

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    How about some more detailed impressions Roll.....
     
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  16. luishcorreia

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    I really found this racquet low powered. Low swing weight, thin beam, and head light balance...
     
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  17. Snaab

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    "luishcorreia - I really found this racquet low powered. Low swing weight, thin beam, and head light balance...""
    That is exactly my concern, not sure about all these "good power" comments - I have yet to find a light racket with a low swing weight, especially thin-beamed to have decent power. Still I am intrigued by this racket (like a moth drawn to a flame) and live near Duluth, GA, so I may try and demo it.
     
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  18. RollTrackTake

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    I find it powerful for a racquet of its specs. String set up has a lot to do with it.
     
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  19. JackB1

    JackB1 G.O.A.T.

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    So Roll....what was it ultimately about this racquet that made you move on?
    What were it's weaknesses? Would you consider this a "light, player's racquet"?
     
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  20. RollTrackTake

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    I have not been able to sell it so I'm still playing with it. Not much separates it from other racquets in its spec range. What stood out on the good side was the feel. Feels really solid on contact. It's not flexy/buttery smooth a la the 315 LTD. It feels a bit more stiff than the BB London as well. But in no way did it feel uncomfortable stiff. The downside, contrary to the views of several other posters, I sprayed more balls long with it than any other racquet in my bag. I only tried 2 different string setups so I'll try some more if it doesn't sell. Maybe I'll find the magic. Yes, I do think its a light players racquet more than an out & out tweener. I still feel like a 3.5 player could effectively use this racquet. Especially if you have an all-court game that emphasizes variety. If you want to hit mostly from the baseline with effortless power and depth there are a lot of better options. I tried the Steam 105 S on a business trip last weekend and was blown away by the spin. I hated the thick beam but I am still going to demo it alongside the 99 S and hopefully the Prince Tour ESP & Warrior ESP within a month. I have a strong feeling one of those 4 will be what I use for the next few years.....hopefully! Rumors of a few more Wilson S models are intriguing...
     
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