Most used racquet players over 4.5?

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  1. BERDI4

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    Which do you think is the most used racquet in players whose level is over 4.5?
     
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  2. JediMindTrick

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    K90... Just kidding!
     
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  3. jelle v

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    Well here in The Netherlands at that level I see a lot of n95/k95 and the Prestige MidPlus...
     
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  4. dunno

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    k90, so many of the good college players I see are using them.
     
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    I'm going to guess that at least 50% are mids.... And at least 65% are players frames and not tweeners.
     
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  6. JediMindTrick

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    50% mids? Is this for real? How come there are so few mids on the tour then?
     
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  7. SmAsH999

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    where I play I see a lot of 95 or so heads. A lot of EXO3 rebels, k95s, I personlly use a kblade tour.
     
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    from what i see i see alot of k95s or near the 95 range.
    the number one in our area uses a tfight 320 and so do i.

    sometimes isee alot of pd too
     
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  9. BERDI4

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    There are many who use "tweeners" like PD and MG Extreme.
     
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  10. saram

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    I'm talking about 95" and under. And, the players I see above 4.5 are mostly collegiate players and that is somewhat the norm.
     
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  11. bad_call

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    what area of the country is this?
     
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  12. EikelBeiter

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    Where do you live in The Netherlands? Where i live in the South it's mostly Prestiges, AG200/300, Radicals, Pure Drives. Of course you see some k95's and n95's but not a whole bunch.

    If i would have to name one racket, i think it would be the Prestige MP
     
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    Not sure where he's from but I'm in Maryland, just went to Hilton Head, SC and 99 percent of the decent-good players are using 90-95 in. rackets.
     
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  14. bad_call

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    what racquets are those? i have a hard time identifying cause recent models that span the head size range have similar paint jobs.
     
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    Well probably the most common racket I saw people using was the Kfactor K90 or k95. Then sometimes people with the Microgel Prestige mid, Kblade(whichever one i don't know), Dunlop Aerogel 100/200. and once in a while someone using a Puredrive or Aeropro drive which were the biggest rackets I saw people using.

    But yeah, you are right lots of times they have similar paintjobs making it hard to tell. But looking at the way they are hitting, and estimating the size of the head usually works.
     
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  16. bad_call

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    you got better eyesight than me. :lol:
     
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    Yeah I do have good eyesight lol, from a mile away I'll tell you what brand of shoelaces they have.
     
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    In MY area there are a lot of Wilson K95's and Head Liquidmetal Radical MP's used by the good guys. There are also a lot of older frames that I don't recognize.
     
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  19. jelle v

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    I live in Rotterdam, near the Erasmus University and I play tennis i that region. Now that you mention it, the Pure Drive I see a lot of them too at that level.

    The Radicals I see a lot too, but so much at the 4.5 American, which is about C1/B2 or 5/4 I think, from what I can tell from YouTube.

    Where do you live? :)
     
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  21. a-naik.1

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    I see a lot of the K90s or the N90s at that level.
     
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  22. Federer4life

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    Rdx 500.....ftw
     
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  23. bad_call

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    now is that a self rated 5.0 or above or ntrp 5.0 or above ? btw - the ntrp rating after 4.5 is 5.0.
     
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    lots of PD's and i tend to see lots of prestiges
     
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    I play with a group of 24+ guys, most of whom are at the 4.5 or higher level. Most use heavier, flexy mids and mid pluses. In no particular order they use Yonex RDS 001 mid, Yonex RDS 001 MP, Yonex Ti-80, K95 (2 guys), K Blade, POG (4 different guys), Head Radical (two guys), Head prestige mid (2 guys), Wilson PS 60 95, Wilson PS 6.1 95, KPS 88, Head Extreme, unknown Technifibre, unknown Prince with O ports. Haven't specifically noted the rest, but Babolat seems to be conspicuously absent amongst this crew.
     
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    I live in Maastricht, near the Maastricht University :) 4.5 American is a 5 here, or the old C1, according to this scheme: http://www.itftennis.com/shared/medialibrary/pdf/original/IO_3274_original.PDF
     
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    In my area the overwhelming majority of advanced players are using Head MP's (Radical MP and Prestige MP. The Radical is more common, but the Prestige is also present in numbers along with the Instinct).
    I also see Babolats (mostly young juniors), some older dunlops (over 40 yo good players) from the Revelation / mw series + some 300 series, and some Fischer Pro no 1 series.
    Very few Wilson (6.1 series) and Prince rackets among the advanced players. I see plenty of the "k-mart" type Wilsons in the hands of beginners though...
    No TF and very few Volkl's.
     
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  28. origmarm

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    It's very like the above around me also with the exception of the Wilsons, I see quite a few of those, maybe 10% of players.

    Cheers, Orig
     
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    Wilson K 95
     
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    I found at the Highschool level babolat dominated, but at the collegiate level Wilson dominates.

    For some teams it might be what the school can get at a discount if they are D1. My brother's school could get head gear, and adidas apparel. Other teams I saw got Wilson gear and nike apparel.
     
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    I see mostly older sticks, PSC 6.1, HPS 6.1, POG, Tour 90's (not the K), Prestige's, ect.
     
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  32. BERDI4

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    The radical MP is very light for an advanced player. Unless they customize it.
     
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    around here in dallas, n90's and k90's.
     
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    On my 4.5 team: Babolat Pure Drive, Wilson K Pro Open, Wilson Hammer 6.3, Prince More something (blue/white one), Prince Ozone Tour, Wilson K 6.1 (2 guys), Yonex RQis 2, Prince Graphite II OS, Wilson NPro Open, Head Ti Radical OS, Volkl DNX V1, Volkl BB 10, and one guy who has a Sledge Hammer 2.8 OS that is strung at about 18 pounds.
     
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  35. ChipNCharge

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    My indoor winter league consists of 4.0 and 4.5 players. The 4.5's use:

    Head LM 8 (2 of them)
    Head Ti.Radical OS
    Pure Drive
    Turbo Shark LB
    Wilson Torch OS
    Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3 OS (2 of them)
    Head Ti6 OS

    I think they all play these stock as well.
     
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  36. DjordjeRosic

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    The team im on mainly uses Babolat PDC, while me and another fellow use aeropros, and the last guy uses a K 6.1 tour, very Bab heavy team we have.
     
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  37. BorisBeckerFan

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    K90s and Prestiges. That's what I see a lot of. Not that there aren't other
    frames getting there fair share of users.
     
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  38. 0d1n

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    If pro players can play with weight similar to that one (females) and a bit higher than that one (males) I really think it can be OK for a sh1tload of recreational players (even advanced ones).
    The LM Radical (stock) is in the hands of A LOT of good players around.
     
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