Racquet to stiff???

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by sk_in_ga, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. sk_in_ga

    sk_in_ga New User

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    Hey everyone - I am trying to decide on a new racquet but want to hear from all of the knowledge on these boards first. I am a 3.5-4.0 player who plays mostly from the baseline with a fairly flat stroke. I recently purchased a Youtek IG Extreme OS and it feels very stiff and boardy to me. I have it strung with Wilson Duo Tour and just do not like the feel.

    So, is it not the frame but the strings and I should try new strings? Suggestions?

    Is the frame known for being stiff feeling and I bought the wrong one? Again, suggestions?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!
     
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  2. Fuji

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    If I'm thinking of the right stick, the flex is somewhere around 70, so yeah, it's going to be a stiff frame!

    What I would do is try some natural gut or very soft multi at a low tension, (lowest Rec tension as a starting point), just go from there. If it is still feeling too stiff, then hate to say it, but your racket is too stiff for you!

    -Fuji
     
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  3. sk_in_ga

    sk_in_ga New User

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    That is what I was afraid of. I was thinking of maybe trying out the Head Microgel Radical OS which has a much lower flex rating. I am guessing that would help a bunch, no?
     
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  4. rich s

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    I've been experimenting with the same racquet.... the reason why I like it is its stiffness.....

    Try multi's at mid to low tensions..... also, if you use a vibration dampener push it down so that it is closer to the frame than to the last cross..... I know it sounds nuts but I've been tuning the feel of this frame by sliding the dampener up and down until I get a feel that I like.....
     
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  5. Fuji

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    The MicroGel Radical has a very soft feel, and it's very arm friendly I find! The low flex rating, in that racket especially is very good. :)

    Rich, I do the same thing btw. I move my hair ties up and down on the strings until I find the "sweet spot" of the dampener!

    -Fuji
     
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  6. goran_ace

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    If you're a 3.5-4.0 player with flat strokes I wonder why you went with the extreme series and a poly hybrid string. Yes, it is a stiffer frame, and poly will only make it feel stiffer and isn't going to do anything for you unless you already hit with a lot of spin. If you've already bought those rackets, don't worry about switching to a new frame just yet, first play around with softer strings (get away from poly - think synthetic gut and multi's)
     
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  7. thug the bunny

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    I dunno, but my buddy has a Microgel Rad MP, and he has poly (black code?) on it, and it feels like a board to me. But then I am coming from some pretty soft player's sticks (Bab PSL and PK Redondo). I like TF X1 BP, NXT tour, and Gamma Pro - they are all soft, spinny, and have good pop (although NXT frays pretty quickly).
     
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    based on your style of play and hitting fairly flat balls would also look at the Rad MP 18X19 string pattern excellent for control and it has a lower stiffness rating low 60's I believe. With that said, I played with the MG extreme and though it was rated higher in stiffness to me it didn't play that stiff. Try a softer Multi 16 gauge at mid tension and see what that plays like.
     
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