RAcquets for an aging Serve and Volleyer?

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  1. max

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    What frames would make sense for an aging serve and volleyer?

    Used to bark at about a 5.0 rating; now given it all, about a solid 4.0.
     
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  2. Midguytenis

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    Something easier to maneuver at the net the gives you good power and control and makes your 2nd serves easier for you, problem closed pattern racquets.

    Yonex VCore 98D, Wilson Blade, Head Radical and a couple other ones, I am really impressed with Yonex racquets, so I'd look into that one as well.
     
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  3. Midguytenis

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    I meant probably, but I don't know how to edit it.
     
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  4. realplayer

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    something around 350 grams and an open pattern cause you need the power. BLX six-one 16 x 18 should be perfect and swingweight should not be much higher than 330.
     
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  5. max

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    OK; I'm using a frame at 349 grams.

    I mostly want to find something that serves fantastically! My serve's about my only weapon at this point.
     
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  6. MikeHitsHard93

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    Prestige mp serves great and many people claim that the pro version does as well. I would look into those two. The mid is quite demanding.
     
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    You might want to try something lighter and add some lead till you get it stable enough but can really snap through on the serve. That can be particularly helpful for us, ahem, older guys in the third set :)
     
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  8. MikeHitsHard93

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    Prestige mp plays super light due to low sw, but it has sweet stability and impecable feel for the ball on touch shots, volleys, and reaction shots. Great serve and volley stick
     
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  9. vegasgt3

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    ProKennex Ki 5. Put a little lead tape on it and it serves really well.
     
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    interesting on the prestige, I tend to prefer a higher SW with a lower static weight now but I used to play with a prestige classic and loved it so maybe the midplus would work well.
     
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  11. royfrombigd

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    You gotta try the new Blades since you're okay with a higher swing weight, but lower static weight. That's what make the Blade 98s so unique. They are sub 11.5 oz, but have the plow of a stick over 12 oz.
     
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    If you have the $ to spend, you're a perfect candidate for the Bosworth Tour 96. It's a fantastic racquet for S&V, it has lots of pop, and you can have it built to your specs. BTW it's the best volleying racquet I've ever used, bar none.
     
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    I recently switched from a Volkl Organix 10 to a six one 95 (16x18) just on the strength of the serve. I find it the best serving racquet I've ever used. Tons of power and plenty bite as well but most of all nicely balanced so it feels pretty effortless. I liked the Volkl but it sucked on serve and overheads (or at least I sucked using it). So I guess I'm just echoing realplayer in essence. I'm a 41 yo 4.0 player by the way, 5'11'' and about 200lbs though I'd be 185 if I was slightly better condition. New Year's resolution here I come.
     
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  14. canadad

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    Where and how much? I'd love to have a little more juice on serve.

    To answer the OP question:
    The rackets I served and volleyed with the best most recently were the Ki5, Boris Becker London Tour and the Dunlop Bio 400 Tour. The Ki5 is my racquet of choice, the London Tour for some reason was my go to doubles stick for a while and the Dunlop Bio 400 Tour is crazy maneuverable due to how little weight there is in the upper hoop.
     
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  15. v-verb

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    $400 for a customized, made in the USA racquet? Pretty good value IMO
     
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    I'm sorry to hear you feel this way. However it's tough to give you good recommendations with so little info.

    How old are you? Do you have conditioning or mobility issues? What's dropped off in your game? What do you want your racket to do?

    One friend I play with is in his early 60s, and although he prefers the Blade, he still plays his best with a k6.1 95. However, he has conditioning issues . . . that would probably be solved if he went to the gym a few times a week.

    If you have time to set up and swing on all your shots, going to a slightly lighter racket might help. But such a racket would play worse on full stretch and stab shots, as well as low volleys. Similarly, adding weight or lowering tension might help give you more pop, especially on volleys and at full stretch. But if you have any physical or conditioning issues, you might struggle with it.
     
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    I'm slower moving now; turning 50. Not playing as much on a regular basis, thus my ability to handle a heavier frame, and moving it well, is impeded. I"m not sure I can always GET to the ball in time to (a) set up properly to (b) crank the shot.
     
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    I would give something in the range of the Blade 93 a try. It's a super solid racquet that is maneuverable and plows through the ball.
     
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    In all honesty, the gym is your best friend. Regular exercise is what you need most, especially the bike or treadmill. Since you're not getting enough conditioning from tennis, you'll have to shift gears and find three 45 min pockets of time each week in order to compensate.

    You can always try a slightly lighter racket and add lead at 10 & 2, but you'll probably notice something lacking in your volley game.

    What I've notice is that as we age, we lose conditioning increasingly faster when we're inactive. So the trick is to keep exercising frequently, even if it means doing different activities.
     
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  20. dje31

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    I know the feeling, nearing 48 myself. Love my Volkl Tour 10 Mids, and still do well with them, but the idea of a lighter player's stick has a lot of appeal.

    Throw the IG Prestige S into the mix. Never would have considered it, but Granville from TW claims to be using it. Tried it out and was pleasantly surprised. As close as you're going to find in an affordable, platform Prestige. If you've had the strokes in the past but need something a bit lighter, this just might be the ticket.

    Have my eye on the new Graphene Speed MP and Instinct MP as well, and will try them once demos are out, but so far, the Prestige S is at the top of my short list.
     
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  21. v-verb

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    I'm 54 and can hit as hard as I could in my 20's. I work out 3 times a week. I have slowed a step or 2 but still pretty fast.

    I had to stop playing extra long racquets as my wrist started hurting. I'm back to the racquets I used in the 80's - Prince Original Graphites (and 2 Borons which I could not afford when they were new at $500 apiece)

    And I love them. Wish I hadn't gone to the widebody racquets, as good as they may be for casual players.
     
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  22. pshulam

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    Spending 20-minutes on an exercise bike 3-4 times a week really make a big difference for me in terms of speed and endurance.
    I am back to Prince Spectrum Comp 90.
     
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    Thanks for the advice. I hadn't realized conditioning sagged so quickly. I'll put together a regimen for myself once the weather turns better. Currently doing squash.
     
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    Yonex R-22 (seriously!).
     
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    I used one of those as well in the 80's - will snag one when I see it for a good price and in good shape.
     
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    My best serving experience with a racquet is the prince tour diablo mid. Had pace, weight, plow through, 9pt HL balance. But it is on the heavier side of racquets. The pure drives serve really well but would suffer probably on the touch and finesse i rekon. The diablo mid volleys quite alright but the weight and headsize could make it unforgiving.
     
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    Just re-thought this.

    I'm hitting HARDER than I hit in my 20's - even using the same racquets. Why?

    * poly strings strung in the 40 lb range
    * relaxed wrist
    * using hip rotation for better torque - it's like getting FREE power!!

    In my 20's I just used muscle to hit my shots and I was hitting harder than most of the people in my club. I'm just hoping when I hit my 60's I can still hit with pace.

    So...it's possible to reach your 50s and not hit like a Grandpa - or Grandma:)
     
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    Very true, although are you doing any strength training? Just curious
     
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    I do hip, knee, arm and shoulder strengthening exercises also.
     
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    When you do these, is this with a weight machine of some kind?
     
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    This is good advice. I play with the IG Prestige Pro and do not think you would be disappointed doing so yourself. It is a heavy frame, but very head-light, so it handles well at net, plus the open string pattern will give you a bit more pop on your serve. Certainly worth a demo.
     
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    Babolat pure drive
     
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    Strengthening is good! I'm doing dips (which are killer when you go slow and over 10-20 a set), curls and shoulder presses with surgical rubber tubing and squats with body weight and tubing. It sounds sissy but works.

    Question: How do you guys build muscle after age 50? Or maybe that's a separate thread.
     
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    Head Prestige mid or mid+
    Dunlop Biomimetic 200 TOUR
    Prince Exo3 95
    Yonex Vcore 89 or 95
     
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    May want to try KProStaff88 - I feel your pain , now a days w/thousands of upcoming baseliners stacked against me I feel my serve is the only reliable weapon to get a point going my way & I really don't wanna chase around millions of balls to get points in my own game. Might Wanna add 6-12grams of Lead as well ( does wonders ). If it's too Heavy in stock form - might wanna cut off that plastic/grommets ( someone measured just that at like 10-12Grams ).

    Just My Opinion. :) Good Luck Mate, Have Fun.
     
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