similar racket to pro staff classic 6.1?

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  1. ninja_Rush

    ninja_Rush New User

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    Been playing with pro staff classic 6.1 for over 15 years now.
    Feeling the pain in my tennis elbow.
    Any recommendations for rackets similar to pro staff classic 6.1?
    I tried the K factor 6.1 16/18 for a few hours and didnt like it because I felt it bent too much. I want something similar to pro staff classic 6.1 but maybe a few grams lighter? I havent tried any other rackets yet.
     
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  2. Al1978

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    You have a number of different options if you're looking for a "player's racquet" that's not quite as stiff or heavy as your Wilson 6.1. The Dunlop 200, Head Prestige, Babolat Pure Storm or Volkl 10 series might be worth trying.
     
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  3. sargeinaz

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    All good suggestions. Demoing them will allow you to pick one. My personal suggestion would be the volkl organix 10 midplus and Id also try the yonex vcore 95D for something a little lighter, but still firm like a Wilson (it will be way more comfortable than a PSC 6.1 too)
     
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  4. corners

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    The K95 is considered the stiffest of the last three or four versions of the 6.1 95 series, so if you thought that one was too flexible I don't think you're going to be happier with the BLX or the 2012 BLX versions.

    The recent trend has been to make player's racquets more flexible than the Classic (which had a stiffness of 72). Nowadays, the only frames made above 70 stiffness tend to be the tweeners. If you really need that rigid feel, you might want to look at the Babolot Pure Drive Roddicks (several generations, you can probably get the older ones for cheap) and Head's Extreme Pro (the newest IG generation is very stiff - 76.). Both would require some added weight in the handle to get to the headlight balance you probably like coming from the Classic (which was 10HL), but that's a pretty easy fix. Actually, you'd probably need to add about an ounce, which might make these frames good candidates for simply filling the handles with silicone.
     
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  5. fuzz nation

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    Some of us around the boards here have formed a sort of unofficial support group for fellow players in search of a meaningful tennis life beyond their old 6.1 Classics. It would seem that there's no simple way to fill that void, but there are some decent options around if you're looking for a softer racquet that will run easier on the elbow.

    I never had any problems with tennis elbow despite having used those frames myself for well over a decade, but I also needed more control with my gear as I built more solid ground strokes, including a one-handed backhand. I got that control along with plenty of elbow comfort from the Volkl C10 Pro 98.

    This frame has a somewhat unique personality and isn't necessarily the best alternative to the 6.1 Classic, but the Volkl 10 series models are certainly worth a look. I added some lead tape to the handles of my C10's to get the same head-light balance I've enjoyed for a long time with my Wilsons. That gives me more familiar handling around the net, but the flex in the Volkl also lets me control my full rips from the baseline with much less effort. Some frames with a lot of flex can seem relatively lifeless, but the C10 has enough zip to make me happy.

    The recent Dunlop 200 Tour models could be worth a look, but I've noticed that those frames don't have as much head-light balance as the 6.1 Classics or the C10's. I'd expect one of those Dunlops to feel a bit more sluggish in stock form, especially for a 6.1 Classic user who likes to go to the net. Yonex has a couple frames that could work, including the RD Ti-80. Since I mentioned Volkl, I should also give a nod to Boris Becker. Any racquet with significantly more flex will probably have a bit less inherent pop than the 6.1 Classic, but that can allow for a less rigid string layout without sacrificing control.
     
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  6. sunof tennis

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    I agree with the above suggestions and would add the Melbourne.
    Also the Head Prestige line (at least the mid and the MP) are classic racquets but are softer and easier on the arm.
    If you are willing to lead up the new PS95BLX, it is softer than the old Pro Staff but at least it is a box beam.
     
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  7. HiroProtagonist

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    Donnay Gold 94 - Produces like a Prostaff but feels like an Exo3 Tour.
     
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  8. ninja_Rush

    ninja_Rush New User

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    wow, thanks for the suggestions guys. still undecided;/
    Cant demo them because I am not living in the US

    I did try the head Liquidmetal radical MP and oversized for a few weeks and really liked them. Since Im not as active anymore and just play for fun nowadays, I'm thinking of investing in 2 head Liquidmetal radical oversized or maybe getting 2 of djokovic's rackets just because its djokovic's racket. Am I out of my mind?
     
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  9. Hidious

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    Worst possible feel.
     
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  10. Hidious

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    Yes you are out of your mind, read some threads about Djokovic's frame, it's not a Speed.
     
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