S&V racquet for "moderate" level

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  1. dieumyr

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    Hi folks !

    I am playing tennis in 6 years now but i'm just beginning tournaments this year.
    I've always played with "tweeners" racquet like LM4 or no-brand racquet.
    Now, i want a great pro racquet.
    I've a great service and i love to make S&V. Even though i cannot, i always try to go to the net as fast as possible, thanks to a spin most of the time. So i want a racquet suitable, the best possible.
    So i wonder if you can help me....
    Thanks guys !
     
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  2. goosala

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    Here are my recommendations:
    1.Wilson Ncode 95 Six One
    2.Wilson Ncode Tour 90
    3.Volkl DNX 10 Mid 93
    4.Prince Graphite Midplus
    5.Yonex RDS001 98 or 90

    Yonex frames feel like butter on volleys.
     
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  3. dieumyr

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    Thanks a lot but all the frames you propose really seem hard to manoeuvre for a "moderate" level, aren't they?
    I was thinking about stuffs life Tecni T-Flash of so, what do you think?
    Of course i will demo but i first want your advise if you're pleased
     
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  4. superstition

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    Dunlop McEnroe with 17 gauge VS team gut.
     
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  5. thejackal

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    Something with a 100in head, since it's much harder to volley with a midplus or midsize for intermediate players.
     
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  6. dieumyr

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    What about the newly released t-flash 310 ? or the t-fight 295 ?
     
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  7. Askmeo88

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    Yonex RD Ti-80 with gut or a good multi. Not a very demanding racquet if you buy one with a smaller gripsize.
     
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  8. jdeloach

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    The RDS001 MP (98) is not hard to maneuver at all, I think you ought to give it a demo.
     
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    Prince TT Warrior MP
     
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  10. cghipp

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    This is a very good recommendation, and it has the advantage of being inexpensive.
     
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  11. TonyB

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    Find something semi-light (11.5-12.5 oz.), low swingweight (320 or lower), moderate headsize (95-100), and somewhat firm (stiffness 63 or higher) and you'll be ok.

    I can't imagine there is a "serve & volley" racquet out there. Anything can be made to work, quite honestly. But if you're talking about consistently doing THAT much work (S&V is a ton of work) without getting tired in a long match, then you should try to look for a racquet that shares similar characteristics to the ones that I indicated.

    Of course, if you're Pete Sampras, you can make just about anything work, lightweight or not. But since you said you're at the "moderate" (intermediate) level, then try sticking with a frame that's lighter than 12.5 oz., more probably even less than 12 oz. Even though you may not FEEL like you're getting tired, the act of hitting precise volleys is more demanding than you might realize and even very minor flaws in your timing are enough to ruin your netgame.
     
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  12. drakulie

    drakulie Talk Tennis Guru

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    Good choices, but I would recommend taking out the Volkl, and replacing it with a PS85.
     
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  13. AJK1

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    Wilson Npro Open, awesome S & V stick, just ask the Bryan Bros.
     
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  14. Pushmaster

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    I think the PS 6.0 85 would be too damanding for someone on your level, the PS 6.0 95 might be more realistic.
     
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  15. drakulie

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    double post!!!!!
     
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  16. drakulie

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    OK. I'll settle for that as long as the Volkl is out of the picture. I'll even throw in the dunlop 300 g.
     
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  17. Pushmaster

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    Drak,

    The PS85 is a great S&V stick, for that matter a great stick period. Plan on switching back to it myself because I havn't found anything that compares to it in terms of feel and control. But for a guy who is just getting his feet wet in tournament play I'd say returning 100+ mph serves with a PS85 might be asking a bit much. That's the main reason why I suggest the PS 6.0 95 as an alternative.
     
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  18. drakulie

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    I agreed with you. I even mentioned the 300 g which is lighter, and a great volley stick.
     
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  19. dieumyr

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    Ok thanks, i will demo:
    N pro open
    Prince TT warrior
    and finally, Dunlop 300g

    If possible RDS001 but i'am afraid about it, it seem very tough for me...
     
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  20. joeyscl

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    been playing for 6 years and still an "intermediate" player?
     
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    Prince TT Warrior MP
    Dunlop MFil-200 plus (2006)
    Volkl t10 MP Gen II
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    Andrew what's the latest on the POG's? I'm kinda hoping I can rid them before Chrissy.
     
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