Needed a change, any recommendation greatly appreciated.

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  1. huntnplay

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    Hi guys, I have been using the Prince Exo3 Rebel 98 since 2010. I am just 3.5 player. This is my only racquet in the bag, and was looking for a change, a new racquet. I seem to have no power with this one, i have good form, and swing, yet, it doesn't come anywhere close to the baseline. So, looking for a good recommendation on racquet that will give me more power, and less arm hurting. Thanks guys.
     
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  2. SFrazeur

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    Lack of power and arm hurting. . .First that comes to mind is a problem with technique. Not what you were looking for I know. The racquet is either too much for you or it is technique. Considering the normal age demographic that posts I doubt the racquet is too much for you.

    Your form may be correct but it still may be executed badly. You are possibly trying too hard to hit pace. Prepare correctly with a ready hop / split step when the opponent hits, turn your shoulders 90 degrees from the net; the drop of the swing goes into the hit contentiously. Finish with your right shoulder (if right handed) towards to opposing court and below chin. Ensure that your grip is lose many players grip too tightly.

    -SF
     
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  3. kazamzaa

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    Your problems are are easily solved with right string setup. That is if power and comfort are what you're looking. Just string it with full bed of Babolat VS at 2-4 pounds above recommended mid tension printed on the racquet.
     
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  4. kazamzaa

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    The advice you were given about the technique are correct. But the "easy fix" is just to get it strung with natural gut. By the fact that you did not mention what string you are using I assume you just have dead strings. Many rec players don't know that strings die after 5-20 hours of hitting. Unless you use natural gut you must string it regularly even if they look fine.
     
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  5. ian2

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    Natural gut is not the only option but I agree 100% that the right string setup would do more for OP than changing the racket.
     
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    You are right. I thought it would be better to recommend a string right away because probably the next question would be a recommendation on that. And if the op is not a string breaker, gut is the most cost effective choice. Because it gets better and better as it ages. And the op doesn't have to worry about when to re-string.
    Let me go further with my advice.
    Buy this http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Babolat_Tonic_Natural_Gut_16_String/descpageACBAB-BTGUT16.html
    Get it strung at 57 lbs without pre-stretch. And at a local tennis club.
    You can not use natural gut in rainy days, so you might need a spare racket with factory strings (nylon).
     
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  7. huntnplay

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    You might be right. Thanks for the tip. I do hold the racquet very tightly
     
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  8. huntnplay

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    I use a technifibre xone biphase16, I used to have a tension of 57, and dropped it to 53 hoping to get more power, and that is when the arm hurting began.
     
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  9. kazamzaa

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    Where exactly does it hurt?
     
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  10. huntnplay

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    Upper arm.
     
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  11. kazamzaa

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    Closer to the elbow or the shoulder? What hit causes most pain? Serve, forehand or one handed backhand?
     
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  12. huntnplay

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    I would say closer to the shoulder, dont feel like its lower arm. I feel like its most forehand. After, a few games, my arm hurts and its throbbing. Also, i feel my racquet is not very rigid, and I sometimes try to block shots with a stretched one hand backhand, and it doesn't work usually falls in my own court. The pain usually follows such shots.
     
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  13. hersito

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    If you are using multifilament and it hurts at that tension it's technique and you shuld probably see a doctor. Multifilment at 53 shouldn't bring arm pain.
     
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  14. hersito

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    Anyway if you want to try another raquet try the head Radical Microgel MP. That should give you more power and its cheap to try, 80$.
     
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  15. fuzz nation

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    It sounds like there's a lot going on here that might need more than a gear change to sort out. Not saying that you can't have a blast with the TW demo program - keep notes if you do. New strings can really bring a racquet to life, but when we get a sampling of different frames with their own combinations of weight, balance, flex, etc., we can start to narrow down what's better or worse for us.

    If you haven't had a lesson in a little while, that could help you to get a handle on things. I teach, but I only do stringing - I don't sell racquets. If you get out for a lesson, I'd recommend asking your pro for a review of things (your technique and your gear) without a sales pitch in case he/she does sell certain lines of frames (unless you feel like trying out what they have to offer). With that understanding, I think you'd be more likely to get a good looking over.

    You're using some rather nice strings right now. I'm not sure why the tension drop would aggravate your arm, but that Biphase is not among the stiffer, more harsh options out there. If you try some other racquets, I'd say test drive something just a little heavier and more stable than your Rebel - no more than maybe a half ounce of extra heft. The heavier racquet may do a little more work for you, but your stroke mechanics need to be working in your favor, too.
     
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  16. huntnplay

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    Got it. Thanks guys for the help
     
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    ^^^^^^^

    this makes no sense. The Rebel is a very soft racquet. Better get a Pro to look at your technique. You are probably hitting the ball late, off-center a lot or hitting a 1 handed backhand with a bent elbow.
     
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  18. TennisCJC

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    Likely could be technique - take a lesson with a pro and see if they can point out some things that may help. Learn to hit the ball with leg lift, shoulder and hip coil/uncoil and let the these core body elements pull the arm and racket thru the swing and the follow-thru.

    If you want a good 3.5 level comfortable racket get a Volkl V1 Mid+ Classic. The O10 V1, or PB V1 would be good too. String it with a decent multifiliment that holds tension like TF NRG2 16G. Or, string it with 16G natural gut for more $$$. String it at 56 lbs initially. The V1 is good from beginner all the way to advanced.
     
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  19. TennisCJC

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    Or, it could be overuse. You don't say much about how many hours you play or fitness level but even with good technique and good equipment; you can develop overuse injuries if you over do it. If you have chronic pain in your arm, take anti-inflamatories and take time off. Ice it after playing.
     
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  20. Xonemains

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    Get yourself to a teaching pro with your stick in hand ASAP.

    He/she will tell and show you what's going wrong in 2 mins.

    They usually give you a free first lesson.

    You are probably just arming the ball with a heavy stick, that's all.
     
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  21. ian2

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    hey Hunt, on a second look, I agree with the last few posters. Rebel 98 is one of the softest frames you can find, and you are using a soft multi string at a reasonably low tension. It's highly unlikely that equipment is the problem.

    You are saying two things: arm hurting, and lack of power in your shots. They are completely separate and unrelated issues I think. Arm throbbing and hurting after a few games is not good... I'd suggest you see a doctor ASAP, and lay off of playing for now. Once that is resolved, see a good pro to address the other things you mentioned.
     
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  22. huntnplay

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    thanks folks, I will check with my local pro. See if they can pinpoint the problem with my technique.
     
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