Surge of more “ambitious” oversize racquets?

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  1. DaveInBradenton

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    You and ForTheLoveOfTheGame should be fast friends, unless of course you use an OS racket and play "Pusher Fest Style tennis".

    Topic: I think the Williams girls have done rather well with 100+ rackets.

    I own two old tech Head MicroGel Radical OS frames and with full natural gut strung at 52 they are a good combination of control and power. Easy on the arm too.

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  2. nickarnold2000

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    I'm in agreement with the other posters who mentioned the influence of poly strings on the OS tweeners(although the biggest that I've used is 100").
    I come from a players racket background(PS 85, Yonex RDS 001 90) but with a poly in the mains, some added lead to get the weight up to @ 340g (5-7 HL), I'm a happy camper. Also IMO, you need a semi western or more extreme grip and serious racket head speed to keep the ball in the court.
     
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    Clearly, you've never seen Timbo play...
     
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    Errr..... You're quoting my signature, which is a quote from another user, not me. I don't take any responsibility for such points of view ;-)

    In fact I'm currently using a POG OS and I try to play an all-court game. However, I play mostly doubles. Even though I've played all sorts of frames, ranging from the PB10 Mid to the Radical OS and about everything in between, I am genuinely interested in "ambitious" oversize racquets, especially now the claycourt season is about to start here.

    So please let's skip the personal attacks and get back to discussing the topic of this thread.
     
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  5. tvizz

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    I think this trend is all about poly, graphite rackets are stagnant for 20 years, poly comes along, and now things are starting to change again.

    I also think that the 99s and 105s rackets are extensions of this trend.
     
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    This thread has inspired me to go for the 100sqin flavour of the Angell racquets. I've been playing with the 95s for a few years now and I'm hoping a slightly bigger headsize will just make life a little easier.
     
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  9. rlau

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    The only difference is a slight extension towards the throat of the racquet, giving it a tad more power (longer mains strings) and more spin (more open pattern). Other than that they are pretty much the same in my experience. On both the 95 and the 100 the hoop is about just as wide, so it's hardly more forgiving.
     
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  11. Tennisspieler

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    Looks like the new Gamma RZR 105 is a nice addition to the "ambitious oversize racquet“ department.

    With its 105 sq. inch head size and 27.25 inch length, it continues the growing list of racquets which go beyond the specs of the popular 100 sq. inch racquet faction. As far as the wide beam, stiff frame design and open string pattern are concerned, the Gamma RZR 105 also perfectly fits the bill of the “tweener plus” concept, which puts it close to the new Volkl Organix 7 line as opposed to the more traditionally shaped Wilson Blade 104, Donnay Pro One OS EXT or Prince EXO3 Rebel 105.

    TW playtesters seemed to really enjoy hitting with this stick, and obviously they were all fairly surprised how much they liked it:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmyTsUCmtE8

    I found it particularly interesting that Chris mentioned that he “hasn’t had that kind of put-away power since he tested the Pure Drive Roddick”. We all know that the power potential of a racquet is largely attributed to its weight, however the PDR comes in at 11.9 oz, whereas the Gamma RZR 105 is a very light offering at only 10.5 oz. That amounts to a remarkable difference of almost 40 grams, which is a lot in terms of racquet weight. It makes me wonder how the Gamma would perform with some added weight like a leather grip and some lead at the hoop.

    I like the cosmetics of Gamma racquets, and the RZR 105 is no exception. The paint job looks sharp, modern, dynamic, and does a good job making the frame appear smaller than it actually is. IMHO, many 100 sq. inch racquets look bulkier than this one.
     
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  12. JackB1

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    Sounds intriguing...I may have to check this one out. It's funny how everyone is always so "surprised" when they like an oversized frame! Why does everyone expect a few more square inches to make such a dramatic difference??? BTW, I am loving my Blade 104 and also have a Radical OS on it's way to check out. Those are two very "playerish" o/s racquets IMO.

    Edit: just watched the review and checked the specs and I am VERY interested in trying this out out! Like that the sw is a healthy 322. And its just 1 pt HL, which mean I can add some weight to the handle to get it to around 4 pts HL without adding much swingweight. Some playtesters mentioned it was "crisp/firm", but it's listed at 67 stiffness, so it shouldn't be too bad, but I will just have to test it out and see. Sounds pretty powerful, which has me a little worried that this might be a "poly only" racquet, with the power and open pattern. I LOVE that I can use NXT Tour in my Blade 104 and it still has tons of control. Still...it's worth checking out.
     
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  13. Timbo's hopeless slice

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    Jack, is it the RA that prevents you trying the Volkl 7s? Or maybe teh grip?

    Anyway, I agree it is pretty funny when people are so shocked that an OS frame can actually play well..

    Still loving 'The Beast'. though
     
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  14. JackB1

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    4 things actually. The stiffness, the extra length, the awful paint job (sorry) and the Volkl grip shape. Mostly the stiffness of though.
    I mean 74 is a scary high number :)
     
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