Replacement for Wilson Hammer 6?

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by lew750, Feb 20, 2014.

  1. lew750

    lew750 Rookie

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    I started playing more recently. I have 2 Wilson Hammer 6 rackets that I have been playing with for 10 years. I'm not sure it's the right racket for my game, but I've been playing with it so long that it seems like an extension of my arm. I'm thinking about getting something new because I'm not sure how much longer they will last. I have 2 questions:

    What would be a modern equivalent to the Hammer 6?

    I am in my 60s, have a decent spin serve, hit a fairly flat ball, go for depth and placement rather than pace, and live at the net. I switched from my beloved Pro Tour 280 when I started playing more doubles to improve my net game. I almost never play singles anymore. The last time I played USTA I was a strong 4.0 player. Any suggestions on what direction to go if I decided to try a different style racket?
     
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  2. Lukhas

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    We're talking about this racquet right?
    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Reviews/H6/H6Review.html

    I tried to search for a similar racquet with RacquetFinder.com. The closest result is Yonex VCORE Xi Team Plus.
    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpage-YXTP98.html

    Unlike the Hammer6, the VCore Team Plus features a more important weight, but a HeadLight Balance and less inertia; which should make it easier to use but give a bit less power. It's still about 10.5oz strung, which is a fairly light weight for a racquet. The flexibility is similar. It's 1/4in longer which is a small margin here but can be felt on court. The racquet is about 3inĀ² bigger too.

    It is hard to find something like the Wilson Hammer racquets because they had a really Head Heavy Balance and a really light static weight.
     
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  3. logrock

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    Like yourself I'm in my sixties and am playing mostly dubs at the 4.0 level. I suggest Head's Youtek IG Speed Elite, TW has them on sale now. I've never hit my volley's & overheads any better. Although the frame specs are light it hits a heavy ball, solid & stable but not so stiff or harsh. I have added some weight to the handle changing the balance from 2 to about 6 points headlight, (my preference). Prior to the Elits's I played with the Radicals from the Ti's to LM's for years. Just a great double stick.
     
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  4. lew750

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    Thanks, I'll try to find a demo. I tried a couple tonight - Babolat Drive Max and Wilson Juice. The Juice seemed a good fit at the baseline but not at the net. The Babolat was too light. Wish I could find some new - old stock Wilson Hammer 6s.
     
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  5. logrock

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    Tw 's demo program is great, can get 4 sticks at a time and only have to pay for shipping.
     
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  6. lew750

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    Update: One of my rackets started making a metalic-sounding ping on shots hit near the tip (the grommets are pretty worn) so I started Googling replacement grommets. One of the results was a new H6 on ****. Never been used, oversize, right grip size; I got it for the price of a couple of sets of string. I'll retire the "pinger" and keep the other as a spare. Looks like I'm set for the next 10 years.
     
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