Need racquet advice please

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by Sundan, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. Sundan

    Sundan Rookie

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    Hi,i have been looking at quite a few models recently because im not 100% satisfied with my current Yonex Vcore 100s. It plays ok,it has decent control and power,but its abit stiff,i have developed a sore elbow recently,perhaps not all thanks to the Vcore,but i should get a softer racquet until it gets better.
    The problem is however that my only store that offers demos,dont have any of the models im interested in,so i probably will have to take a chance and buy 1 from others inputs,in worst case ill just resell it if it doesnt fit me.

    Models i have been reading up on ;

    Wilson Blx Blade 93,the new blacked out one
    Wilson Ps 6.1 90
    Head IG Prestige MP,or any of the similar models
    Volkl C10 Pro
    Babolat PSGT Ltd (Is the -09 and -11 the same,just different pj ?)
    Donnay Pro One 97 18x20

    I really would like some inputs on these models,both likes and dislikes.
    And i suppose i have to comment my playstyle, i play onehanded backhand and i atleast try to always do full,fast swings, i dont know what my grip is called,but i try to use the grip u get when you pick up the racquet from the floor,or atleast close to that.
    I think i would be rated 3.5-4.0 if using the US chart.
    Im male,38 years, 186cm and 95 kg (6,1/209).

    Thanks in advance for any inputs !

    (Sorry for bad grammar and spelling,but im from Sweden)
     
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  2. IA-SteveB

    IA-SteveB Professional

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    I can only comment on this one. I am a solid 3.5 player with pretty raw talent. I have never taken a lesson and have just relied on athletic ability to be where I am. I used this racquet but what I didn't like about it was that it required a lot of effort to get the ball back over with pace and this hurt me with a one handed backhand or when I had to make a shot on the run from either side. I just couldn't get enough ooomph on the ball to do much with it unless it was a solid groundstroke. I am a very strong guy for my size, so this was a little disappointing to me. I wanted a racquet that I could swing hard with and not launch them as much but this racquet was just too much for me to use. I went with the Pure Drive 2012 instead and haven't looked back.
     
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  3. LeeD

    LeeD Bionic Poster

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    I dont' know...
    If you're at least average sized, power should not be a problem, with any racket. Power might be a problem when you compare yourself with with a 6'5" athelete, but that isn't the racket choice problem here.
    Lots of 5' 10" player's use a soft, 65 or softer stick, usually mid sized, some mid+'s. Plenty of power, if you have some technique.
    A powerful racket might stunt the development of your strokes, possibly taking away your kinetic chain, because it hit's too easily.
     
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  4. hersito

    hersito Rookie

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    Which strings do you use? a switch in strigns and tension can change a racquet a lot, if you are using polys try using multis and if you are using multis try lowering the tension, if that doesnt help change racquet.
     
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  5. Sundan

    Sundan Rookie

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    I have tried the Babolat 2012,and 2011,it plays about the same as my Vcore 100s,not a bad racquet at all but i want to try a softer one,and perhaps a little less powered,but again the power issue i guess is adjustable with strings,but i do want a slightly less base stiffness to start with,even if that also could be slightly changed by string choice.
     
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  6. fuzz nation

    fuzz nation Legend

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    Careful - the "power level" can be affected by the strings, but if you want a racquet that's relatively easy on your arm, it's important to stay away from very high tensions, but even more important to stay away from harsh strings. Poly and ultra-durable kevlar both have very low resilience and can accelerate arm irritation even with frames that have an arm-friendly reputation.

    I also hit a one-handed backhand and I get into big trouble if my racquet is too light. The one-hander seems to depend on some extra inertia in the racquet along with proper swing timing to really propel the ball, at least in my experience. Your Yonex is what I'd consider to be rather light, but if you are also interested in some comfort, you may want at least some moderate flex - your frame is also borderline stiff. Even if you try some significantly softer alternatives, you may find that your racquets have more potential for power when they are heavier, yet easy enough to manage for a full outing.

    While I really love the Volkl C10, I also believe that this racquet is rather peculiar. Some love it, but others certainly don't. Volkl also offers the Organix 10 in both a lighter and heavier version and that line seems to have more mass appeal. I don't know what might help you the most, but I think that Volkl has some very good options in terms of racquets with a little heft and a lot of comfort. By the way, I string my C10s with 16 ga. syn. gut, sometimes up to 63 lbs., and they've been supremely comfortable for me.
     
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