Racquet for a topspin/baseline junkie?

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  1. hxnguyen05

    hxnguyen05 New User

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    So I really like my racquet (mid plus Hyper Hammer 5.3), but I feel like I should probably be moving on after using it for the last 13 years. I saw another thread recently regarding a replacement for this specific racquet (crazy!), but I thought some specifics about my game would help the recommendations. Sorry in advance if this sort of topic is redundant...

    Some basic facts -

    1. I have a USTA membership and play in 4.0 leagues and tournaments.

    2. I like to use lots of topspin. I primarily hit from the baseline, though I'm trying to get better at approaching the net.

    3. For some reason, I'm partial to head sizes of 95 square inches. Admittedly, I could probably use a bigger head, since I do frame shots on occasion...but I do like the 95 size.

    4. I've been using my brother's Babolat Aero Pro Team racquet. It feels alright, but I like my Hyper Hammer more. The Aero Pro Team seems...heavier? It could also just be a mental thing...me preferring the racquet I've been using for the last 13 years. I've been told that I should get something in the Aero Pro series because I hit so much top spin...if I've been using the Aero Pro Team, is it worth it to try something else out in the same series?

    I'm planning on demo'ing a few, I just need some ideas on what to go with. Hopefully, I can find the right racquet within four attempts, so I'll only have to pay shipping once. :)

    Thanks in advance if anyone can help!
     
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  3. hxnguyen05

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    The description sounds good for my style, and the reviews seem pretty favorable. The 97 size isn't a big deal, I think I should be able to adjust to it if the rest fits. I will probably add this one to my list of potential demos. Thanks, vandre!

    Anybody else have any suggestions?
     
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  4. RogueFLIP

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    I was using your same exact racket until 2010 when I felt like I outgrew the Hammer. I also use a lot of topspin and am mostly on the baseline but like coming to net.

    Demo'd a lot of rackets but felt the Babolat Aeropro Drive really felt "right".

    Might want to give it a demo.

    There's plenty of threads on strings in that section to add to the topspin. Mine's in my signature. I didn't demo a lot of string, as where I bought my racket recommended RPMs. Tried em, loved it, haven't looked back since.

    Good luck with your search and have fun with it!
     
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  5. hxnguyen05

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    Yeah, the AeroPro Drive, I think, is the one that people have told me to get based on my topspin. Stupid me, I think I was messing that one up with the one my brother has (AeroPro Team). If there's a big difference between the two, I'll definitely add the Drive to my demo list. Thanks, Rogue!
     
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  6. spinovic

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    Admittedly, there are many racquets I haven't played, but the two best pure baseline racquets I have are 1) HEAD Extreme Pro 2.0 and 2) Tecnifibre TFight 320 VO2 Max

    Not sure what, if any, requirements you have regarding weight, balance, stiffness, etc., but I'd highly recommend demoing both if possible, but at least one of them.

    The Extreme is 100 in head and it has a unique shape (some people don't like).

    The TFight is 95 in, so you might like it better. But, I really would suggest trying both if you can.
     
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  7. hxnguyen05

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    Thanks for the recommendations, spinovic. The Extreme seems pretty nice, despite the different shape. To be honest, I really have no idea what weight I prefer...anything that resembles the weight of my Hyper Carbon, I suppose. I'm having a surprisingly hard time finding the weight listed on the racquet, though...
     
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  8. fuzz nation

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    I think it's worth your time to figure out both the weight and balance of your racquet so that you have an idea of what you're used to right now. In my experience, the weight of any racquet by itself doesn't tell enough about the frame. Combining that number with the balance of the racquet will give you a much better picture of how it will behave for you compared with other gear.

    It's easy enough to measure your frame's balance on the edge of a table or counter top and as for the weight, it should be easy enough to get that checked at a post office, etc. It could easily be the case that your Wilson has more head-light balance (or less head-heavy balance) than the Aero Pro you've tried. That could make it feel less heavy or sluggish regardless of how much it weighs when it's sitting still.

    Try to avoid getting hung up on any specific brand or model. The only racquets that are "right for you" are the ones that you can produce your shots with out there on the courts.
     
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  9. rlau

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    Looking at the topic title, the obvious recommendation for me would be the Wilson Steam 99S. Great frame! In terms of performance, it's like an APD on steroids.
     
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  10. Fintft

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    The best there is the Wilson Six.One 95 BLX Amplifeel.
     
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  11. Fintft

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    Meh, too light, too powerfull, too whacky, not enough control.

    You get almost similar power out of a Wilson 6.1 95 BLX or a Baboloat AeroStorm Tour, or even a Head IG Speed MP 315 and the latest version of Graphene (if you want to go lighter, same weight as the APD). BUT much more control.

    Having said all of that we do own an APD in the family for a 25 year old now, that I've talked into switching to Head IG Speed MP 315, resulting in better shots, although he can also play with the Wilson 6.1. 95.
     
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  12. JackB1

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    baseliner topspin sticks:

    Steam 99s
    IG Extreme MP
    IG Radical Pro
    Bab APD
    Yonex 100S
    Donnay Formula 100
    Wilson Juice 100
     
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  13. hxnguyen05

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    Awesome. Thanks for all the feedback everyone! I think for now, I've got a pretty good list to choose from - the help has been very much appreciated.

    fuzz nation - thanks for the tips. I'll be sure to take the weight and balance into account before ordering some demos.
     
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  14. prjacobs

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    The Hyper Hammer 5.3 is very different from most frames today in that it's light weight and head heavy.
    Some good suggestions above. Jack's tried more sticks than most humans on the forum :) and mentions a great bunch to look at. The APD is Nadal's stick and made for a heavy topspin baseliner. The above mentioned Wilson 6.1 95 is much heavier than your Hyper Hammer ( it's 12.2 ounces) and in my opinion, has too much weight to generate that windshield wiper swing path for an extreme topspin ball. The 16 X 18 version is also way overrated as a control stick - balls fly off that frame. The 18 X 20 is much more accurate but those tight patterns are generally more for flat hitters. If you're in a position to demo from TW, definitely do it. You can get 4 racquets for a week for $20 and they provide you with a label to mail the frames back. There is absolutely no substitute for taking your time and seeing what works best with your game. Have fun :) .
    Also.... listen to fuzz nation. He's always insightful and informative.
     
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  15. hrstrat57

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    If you are not afraid to go OS I might add any generation Head Radical oversize frames to the demo list.

    Not my cup of tea hanging on the baseline but I have a pair of matched Head ti Radical OS 107's ready to go in the closet for when I retire from attacking tennis (could be sooner rather than later ha ha ) but the top that is easily accessible is impressive. I bumped the swingweight up just a bit with 4" of lead at 3/9 and leather grips. Very versatile all court racquets that do most everything well....

    I haven't hit any of the other sticks mentioned so that's all I got sorry. Pretty much anything you try is going to be dramatically different than the Hammer 5.3 so prepare to endure a lot of demos....
     
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  16. hxnguyen05

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    You guys are awesome, thanks a lot for all the suggestions and tips! I can tell I've got a lot of testing out to do, but if nothing else, it'll be fun to try all these new sticks after having used the same one for the last 10+ years. :)
     
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  17. KFwinds

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    Prince Exo3 Tour Team (or the regular tour 16x18, although I found that one too flexible)
     
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  18. tmc5005

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    I would recommend Prince EXO3 Tour (100) 16 x 18 it has great reviews for control and spin and is the racquet that David Ferrer is using
     
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  19. spinovic

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    I agree - the 6.1 95 16x18 can be unpredictable with its power.

    Again, I would recommend the TFight 320 VO2 Max - it is lighter than the 6.1 95 with excellent power and a more consistent response.
     
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    How about the Volkl Organix 7 310?
     
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