Not another "which racket" thread!! Run!

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by Boredsurfer, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. Boredsurfer

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    HA! I never thought I would start one of these threads, but if you can't beat 'em, join 'em :)

    Wouldn't you know as soon as I finally found my player's stick "grail" (Pro Kennex Laver Type C) I made the mistake of hitting with the new Head Extreme Pro 2.0 for 15 minutes - STOOOOOPID choice! What a stick!

    I was seriously impressed - I always assumed this category of racket was full of arm destroyers or had no control and so I avoided them for that reason. But man this racket was crisp but not harsh and had tons of power and spin, plus I could put the ball anywhere. It was a little vague on touch and volleys and lacked feel on drop shots but otherwise, what an eye-opener.

    So it got me to researching, and I have made a new demo list:

    1) Head Extreme Pro 2.0
    2) Donnay Formula 100
    3) Yonex xi 98/100
    4) PK Q5

    So has anyone hit with these who could give me some impressions? I know they all have the potential to be too powerful but I know I could mitigate some of that with string choice.

    How bout it gents? What are your thoughts on these?
     
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  2. Timbo's hopeless slice

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    look, you could check out the Volkl x-8 300 if you like..

    those are terrific, although the specs look like they ought to be horrid..

    (the 315 one is a bit of a beast, and I didn't like it as much.)
     
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  3. Hi I'm Ray

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    -Compared to other tweeners the 2.0 Pro was way softer in the sweetspot and much harsher outside of it. Great stick otherwise.
    -Formula 100 has good feel and comfort for a tweener.
    -Xi 100 (non v-core) felt a little head heavy, clunky.
    -Haven't tried the PK.

    The BLX Blade is near the top of my list for tweeners - players stick like solid feel and control, good power. This was the previous BLX Blade 98 btw, haven't tried the new ones yet.
     
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  4. DustinW

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    Check out the Tecnifibre TFlash 315 Speedflex.

    I'm with you... ever since playing with the Pure Drive Roddick, I can't go back to the more traditional player's sticks. I've tried to go back, but I just can't.
     
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  5. Boredsurfer

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    @ Dustin - I know - I tried to sell you my Redondo and Black Ace :)
     
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  6. DustinW

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    Haha. Yes you did... and we had a lengthy discussion about it too.
     
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  7. Boredsurfer

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    still keeping my Laver though - better than a QTour IMHO and still my players stick of choice....
     
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  8. NE1for10is?

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    Until your elbow, arm, wrist or shoulder starts hurting to the point where you can't pick it up anymore.
     
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  9. DustinW

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    Oh stop it. I wish I could go one day on these boards without hearing this. There are tons of kids, teens, recreational adults, and pros that play with Babolats, stiff rackets, and full poly... and they amazingly don't have arm pain.
     
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  10. ChicagoJack

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    Sure there are players who hit with stiff frames that don't experience pain. Those players are not mythical creatures of fiction. But neither are players like me, who have played tennis for 30+ years, and never ever experienced arm pain until picking up a stiff frame. I switched back to a softer frame and the pain went away. How would you explain that?
     
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  11. NE1for10is?

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    There are a lot of people on these boards here ignoring the pain they're experiencing too, and just not talking about it until the day they can't play anymore. It's funny to read the TW message boards and see how many people Try to come up with every possible explanation as to why their arm could be hurting except for the stiff racket and/or the stiff strings.

    I speak from experience. I never had any kind of arm pain whatsoever until I picked up my first PDR and now I'm rehabbing my elbow and I just bought a softer racquet to use when I recover. It's easy to ignore the pain for a while when you're getting so much easy power from the racquet and so much spin from the poly, but eventually most pay the price eventually.
     
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  12. DustinW

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    @ChicagoJack and NE1for10is?
    I'm not dismissing the fact that stiff rackets and strings can exacerbate arm issues... but there are other factors at play besides equipment.

    All I'm saying is to please allow us 'mythical creatures of fiction' to have discussions about playing with these frames without being told that it will hurt our arm. Of course everybody is entitled to their own opinion, but let me enjoy my PDR+ with full poly.

    NE1for10is?'s comment contributed nothing to the OP's question and has now derailed this thread.
     
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  13. Boredsurfer

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    Okay adding the BLX Open and speedflash to the list.....list is getting long - too long?:)
     
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  14. Boredsurfer

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    And now the new organix 7 and the PK Ki 15 PSE. And then that's it people!! No more racket demos for 2013 - sheesh! We are spoiled for choice.
     
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  15. edman9898

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    The BLX is a nice stick, but very powerful. I did hit some of the best serves I ever have with this stick. Could not tame the power enough on groundstrokes though.
     
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