racquet rank by comfort

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  1. ae11

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    I have been experimenting with different racquets recently. I have had some wrist shoulder problems so the racquet stiffness and comfort are high on my list when choosing a new stick.

    Here's the racquets I currently play with:

    1. Boris Becker London Tour
    2. Babolat Pure Storm Ltd GT (2009)
    3. Wilson Pro Staff 6.0 85 (BLX, TW reissue)
    4. Volkl C10 Pro (2008)

    How would you rank these racquets based on comfort only? And the chance of bringing old injuries back?

    I also have Ti.Radical Mids and a Radical LE OS and a Radical Zebra OS, but I already know those racquets are pretty comfortable.

    Also what kind of string setups people recommend for each racquet?
     
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  2. Fuji

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    Hey there,

    I've hit with all of those frames actually haha. For starters, if you want to make any frame worlds more comfortable, string with a premium multi, or natural gut. Gut is the best option for sheer comfort, but it is pricey and rather prone to the elements.

    From most to least comfortable for myself:

    1) C10 Pro - That stick flexes really well, but still has some pop off the stringbed to stop any extra "work" from you that you don't really need. It flexes in the upper hoop, which many people like for elbow problems.
    2) Pure Storm LTD - I used this stick for a long time, and it's my favourite stick ever, but it's not really "injury friendly." It never once bothered my elbow, even with full poly strung tight, but my shoulder ever since it's been injured hasn't really been the best. For myself, it doesn't provide enough help off the serve, and I have to really over work my shoulder to get respectable pace. So there is always the issue of it coming back due to a lack of power. Nothing wrong with the frame injury wise, but it's what I have to do to compensate to compete.
    3/4) Both frames are mids, so I don't really like playing with them in competition. The London Tour IMO is way more comfortable due to it's low flex, and it didn't bother any of my injuries. The PS85 (reissue) was just a little too jarring off centre when I had golf elbow, but it's still a nice frame that didn't bug my shoulder too much.

    Cheers!

    -Fuji
     
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  3. Steve Huff

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    Heavy-->good for elbow, bad for shoulder
    Light-->better for shoulder, bad for elbow
    Look at what weight your shoulder can realistically handle, then go from there. I use a ki 5. I wt them to 11.7oz. I like a little heavier, but my shoulder won't take it any more. I go as heavy as my shoulder will tolerate.
     
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  4. Relinquis

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    are you guys hurting your shoulders on serve?

    get your technique checked. worth it. wieght matters, but bad technique will hurt you at almost any realistic weight.
     
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  5. Steve Huff

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    Agree too, with Relinquis. You have to stay relaxed, hit the ball at a natural swing spot above your head. Low tosses force you to "push" the ball, which is really bad for your shoulder. But, if you've had shoulder injuries, such as rotator cuff tears, weight can still be a problem.
     
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  6. Fuji

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    My injury comes from badminton, in which I over extended my rotator cuff from a stupid whiff. It hasn't been the same since sadly. :(

    It makes it really limiting on what weight I can use comfortably anymore. About 12.5oz is my max, with a SW around 350.

    -Fuji
     
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  7. Relinquis

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    sorry to hear that. hopefully with enough physio it becomes manageable.

    have you thought serving with the other arm?
     
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  8. Fuji

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    Haha hopefully! It's getting waaaay better, but I'm still a bit cautious about it.

    I've tried, but I don't have the patience to relearn my serve lefty. That being said, my serve is still effective, just not as big. I'm only hitting my "heaters" at about 90MPH on a good day now. My spin serves have gotten a lot work that they other wise wouldn't have which is a blessing in disguise. My double fault ratio has gone from about 5-6 a set, to maybe 1 if I'm having a bad day.

    Equivalent exchange, right?

    -Fuji
     
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  10. ae11

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    I should have noted I had weighted up all the racquets except for the PS 85 (heavy enough already, added overgrip, dampener, and head tape), the C10 Pro (just got it).

    Boris Becker London Tour 12.9oz 366gr
    Babolat Pure Storm Ltd 12.8oz 364gr
    Wilson Pro Staff 6.0 85 13.1oz 371gr
    Volkl C10 Pro 12.3oz 348gr
    Head Ti.Radical 12.0oz 341gr (more with dampener)

    As Steve Huff noted now I feel it more in my shoulder (more of a soreness than an injury) than my wrist and elbows.

    The racquets don't have the same strings either (nat gut/poly hybrids on BB London Tour and PS 85, full poly on Pure Sotrm Ltd, multifilament on C10 Pro) so it's been not really possible for me to compare the sticks to each other comfort wise.
     
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