Suitable racquet for short and fat guys

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  1. 997turbo

    997turbo New User

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    Hi I am a shorty 5' 7" and flabby 175 lbs and a 2.0 to 2.5 novice.

    I have tried the Babolat APD, Head Prestige, and a few of the other "player" racquets and they don't seem to work for me.

    Ok so I suck at tennis :) But I love watching the game and wish that I can just play a half-decent game.

    I just need a racquet I can hit some decent shots with, while keeping the ball in as well as clearing the net.

    A friend recommended a + length racquet and he said it would be good for short guys to swing with, as the extended length increased court coverage. I may be fat but not that strong, so I am wary of the increased strength needed to swing a longer racquet (physics).

    What would be some good racquet choices? For both normal 27" and extended 27.5"-28"?

    Thanks in advance!
     
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  2. 997turbo

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    I was just thinking: maybe a junior's or women's racquets would be suitable for me? I am easy, anything goes. What kind would you recommend?
     
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  3. mawashi

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    I'll say this, I've been beaten flat by guys using granny sticks.

    Fat, old guys who just punch every shot back deep and hard and guess what they use... Head Titanium Ti.S6

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  4. Crisp

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    I hate these racquets. I string so many of them and I always think... This is not a tennis racquet. I say 100" or below is a tennis racquet any bigger and it's a whole different sport.
     
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  5. Timbo's hopeless slice

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    Is there an American equivalent for 'wanker'?

    Agassi and Chang must have been playing 'a whole different sport' when they used their OS frames on the tour...

    Don't listen to pretentious idiots, by all means try some game improvement frames like the head. Use anything you like that works, there are no rules..
     
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  6. Crisp

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    I'm actually an Aussie. So I catch your drift. Haha
     
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  7. v-verb

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    I've seen a couple of these being used at my club. They seem decent - super light, 3/4 inch longer than standard, wide string spacing.

    TW is selling these very cheap http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Head_Titanium_TiS6_Strung/descpageRCHEAD-TIS6.html only $79.95.

    You can see in my sig I sometimes use an old ProStaff Chicago 125 model. It's a ton of fun to play with although it's fairly heavy and standard length.
     
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  8. GaryB

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    I think a Prince LS Red might work for you. It's a little oversized, quite powerful and a little extended also. Easy to swing and a good game-improvement frame. Much better than the Head Ti6 previously recommended IMO
     
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  9. skydog

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    The racquet does not care what size or shape is grabbing the handle. Find a racquet that is comfortable in your hands and go find some group or individual lessons/drills.

    If you do not already have a racquet to go practice with and need to buy one, I would suggest something like the Head MicroGEL Radical OS FOR $90 on TW. Lighter than a players racquet but not too light, large head size for forgiveness, and a racquet that you can grow your game into without becoming obsolete as you improve.
     
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  10. jorel

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    6.0 85 to get u into shape ;)
     
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  11. Timbo's hopeless slice

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    Well, likewise, and no offence meant!

    There's a bloke at my club who is top five in world 80s, has switched from his much loved old Fischers to an ASICS, I don't know the model but it's the really big gold one!

    He hits just fine with them...
     
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  12. Irvin

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    How short or over weight you are should not matter.
     
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  13. mctennis

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    I agree with Timbo above here. I would also recommend trying a Gamma Big Bubba.
    Keep us updated as to what you finally end up using.
    Others with the same issue can always use this information.
    Good luck and enjoy the sport.
     
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  14. TennisCJC

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    Get a Volkl V1 Classic or V1 Organix and be done with it. Comfortable, 102" head, reasonably light, reasonably powerful, reasonably good control, and reasonable weight. If you can find an older powerbridge V1, they will be really cheap and they are good too. This racket is good from beginner to expert.

    Then learn to play. Fat guys can play. I saw a local guy called big Gus playing and he was about 6'5" 325lbs. He could hammer a serve and had great technique as long as he didn't have to move much.

    If you learn to play, you will not be fat any longer as you will become PHAT once you start beating people.
     
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    ALOT easier to hammer a serve if you're 6' 5".
     
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  17. myke232

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    At that level, I don't think the racquet really matters all that much.

    Practice against a wall. Hit 200 forehands and 200 backhands everyday for a week and you will improve a lot...
     
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  18. flaspur

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    I agree on the Volkl recommendation but I'd suggest a Volkl Organix 4 instead. Used this for over 6 years (when it was known as the Catapult 4) learning the game during my slightly more plump days before losing weight.

    It's a great beginners stick and you'll be able to develop your game for a while with it without becoming frustrated. Has great feel, pop and easy on the arm for 10.1oz. At 105 sq. in it's perfect for what you need and a nice looking weapon!

    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Volkl_Super_G_4/descpageRCVOLKL-VO4SG.html
     
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  20. LeeD

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    Problem with the Volkl is that you can get THREE Prince 03Reds and THREE pair of tennis shoes, one each for each of your girlfriends, for about the same price!!! :shock::shock::shock:
    Look at the specs, it's almost the same racket, TIMES THREE and with 3 pairs of women's shoes to boot.
     
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  21. Crisp

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    I could just never bring myself to use such a large headed frame. To me it just isn't tennis. Mind you, you did make a point with agassi and Chang I guess I'm talking about the wide beam power produces that give huge power and no control. I annoys me to see people shorten their strokes to adapt to this sort of racquet. I guess that means in about 20 years time I will be the breakpoint of these threads as I will be harping on about the good old days of sub 100 frames! Haha.
     
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  22. Muppet

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    You mentioned that you need a racquet that won't hit long and that won't hit into the net. It sounds to me like you need a control racquet. Hitting into the net is caused by picking your head up too soon. You want to keep your eyes trained on the ball through contact. If you are finding that you need more power, that is easy to fix with lower tension or a string change. The sale racquet page on TW is very useful. If you click on a racquet, you will navigate to a product page that offers a synopsis and a tab to get the racquet's specs, including power, swing speed, etc.
     
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  23. skraggle

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    Well said. I will only add that hitting long is often caused by not finishing your stroke.
     
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  24. skraggle

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    One of the best guys at a local club uses that racquet, and he is supposed to be a solid 5.0.
     
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    That hideous thing is a killer trust me, I have one lying around from a friend who never pick it up and I dare not use it.

    Playing against that guy was a nightmare. I blast one to his feet, he blocks it back hard and deep to the opposite corner, I rush over to hit it down the line only to have him dink it over to the other side, I see him coming over to the net so I blast one straight at him, bad move, sticks the damn thing in front of him and blocks a winning shot back.

    That ugly thing eats any hard ball and throws it back harder. Dinks balls all over the place and just an anorexic swing to shoot a hard ball. Super irritating stick.
     
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  26. Magic of tennis

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    That's what I thought.

    As long as you have strength to wield a racquet you can use it. It doesn't matter how tall/short you are or how thin or fat you are. It doesn't matter how expensive the racquet is or how cheap it is. My friend uses the cheapest racquet. I use a expensive one yet he is much better player than me.
    If you are worry about tennis elbow or injury, then it is different story.
     
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  27. 485129

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    Just get the previous previous version ie Organix 4. That will be on sale. Perfect beginners racket.

    [​IMG]
     
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  28. AllDownTheLine

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    I'd recommend the Organic 1. It has a center bar down the center of the throat which let's you wedge a snack in to the small space created on both sides.
    I've found that it can hold two egg Mcmuffins or 4 donut sticks.
     
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  29. Muppet

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    As far as racquet weight is concerned, how good your wind is impacts how heavy the racquet feels more than how short or fat you are. If your cardiovascular system can get oxygen to the muscles in your extremeties, you will have an easier time carrying a heavier racquet around the court longer into a match. If you don't have good wind, your legs won't be able to get you to the ball anyway.
     
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