racquet change

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by tennisfanireland94, May 18, 2011.

  1. tennisfanireland94

    tennisfanireland94 Rookie

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    i am currently using a Head Youtek Speed Lite, but am thinking of changing. I've used this racquet for nearly two years (I'm 17 years old) and feel like i need something heavier and more solid. I have researched for weeks and basically narrowed it down to two choices:

    Head Youtek Radical MP

    Pros: 312g, heavier than Speed Lite but not too much of a jump, very control based, feels a lot like Speed Lite

    Cons: Lack of power, may not be much difference in play compared to Speed Lite

    Babolat AeroPro Drive GT (rafa's racquet)

    Pros: good mix of power and control, more power than Radical MP, probably more stable than MP as well

    Cons: 320g may be too much of a step up from Speed Lite, racquet may be too advanced for my abilities

    Any opinions would be greatly appreciated. If it helps at all, i play a mostly attacking baseline game, hit hard and flat a lot of the time, and only come to net when i'm sure i've got a floater (not the greatest volleyer)
     
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  2. dozu

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    for hitting flat balls, the prestiges maybe better than the radicals, due to prestiges have higher flex rating (stiffer frame, flatter, harder ball).

    8 grams jump is nothing.

    I would even suggest you go straight to the heaviest racket you can swing for 2 hours without tiring.
     
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  3. Dave M

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    Why not take your racquet to a tech amd get them to add some weight and balance to be a bit more radical ish and change the strings so you can have an extended test to see what the changes do for you.
     
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  4. sunof tennis

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    I would chose the Radical over the Babolot. The Radical has more flex and therefore less likely to cause arm problems. The Radical is also a great racquet to customize with additional weight as your game improves.
     
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  5. tennisfanireland94

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    I would, but the problem is my racquet is extremely worn, chipped and rattles profusely when you hit the ball off the frame. Therefore, I think buying a new racquet is a better idea than spending money on adjustments to a racquet I doubt has much more left in it anyway.
    Thanks for advice though, Sorry i shouldve made racquet condition clear in first post
     
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  6. TheOneHander

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    The APDGT would be an easier transition. If you fear it may not be for your level, you probably don't need to be looking at Radicals or Prestiges-they're very low powered. The APDGT (yes, we know Nadal uses a paintjob of it) is more user friendly and is a racquet you can grow with. This might also be the time to get two or even three racquets to prolong their life as well.

    Enjoy hitting!
     
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  7. tennisfanireland94

    tennisfanireland94 Rookie

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    Thanks for advice, haven't made a decision yet but leaning towards the APDGT
     
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  8. TheOneHander

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    Of course! I believe you'll enjoy it in the long run. It's customizable, easy to grow with, and it's a fun stick to play with. The power and spin are out of this world, and it's very easy to get along with.
     
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  9. tennisfanireland94

    tennisfanireland94 Rookie

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    thanks, 275g to 320g isn't too much of a jump in weight though is it?
     
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