Switching to a lighter frame?

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  1. ac3111

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    I started playing tennis 5 years ago -practicing 3-5 times per week. My first racquet was a Prince ozone 104 headsize. after a couple of months I switched to a K95, experimented with lighter frames but I ended up playing with K90 and PS 6.0 85. Whenever I tried to pick a lighter frame it felt like it was not like a proper racquet, it felt fake, cheap, like a plastic board. I love the feel of those thin boxy beamed racquets, I love the feel of their mass behind my shots. The last couple of years I did not have time to play often. a couple months ago I started playing again (4-5 times a week).

    The problem is that even during my peak time in tennis I could not utilize a racquet like the K90 or the PS 6.0 85. They were like F1 cars that I could not drive them full throttle because I lacked the power and probably the skill. Now although I still play with them my level of play drops significantly after a set. The speed of my serve goes down massively.

    I hit mainly flat forehands (very moderate spin) and one hand backhands. I like to come to the net but don't serve& volley. My serve is weak and I don't break strings in any case. The truth is that I can't take advantage of the full potential of my racquets. So I'm thinking to switch to a lighter frame.

    I want it to be thin beam for sure and headlight...but more forgiving and easier to swing and maintain a good level of play.
    I am considering 2 sticks. First the Wilson Pro Staff 95 BLX (16x19) and the Prince Tour Diablo MidPlus (16x18 ) .

    If the switch does not satisfy me I will go back to the K90 and the PS 6.0 85 and never look back again.

    Please share your thoughts with me. I'd like to hear your recommendations.

    PS: my current set up is a K90 (VS touch mains/Luxilon supersense monotec crosses @ 48lbs) and PS 6.0 85 (Gosen OG sheep micro @ 44lbs).
     
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  3. cork_screw

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    Hey there's no shame in going to a light oversize frame. There's a lot of racquet snobs that all talk about tiny heavy midsize. But the oversizes do a lot for one's game. I am using an oversize and I'm winning just as much if not somewhat more with this than my midplus. Go with what works, and don't worry about your equipment, just focus on strategy.
     
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    What're you using, corkscrew?
     
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    If you feel that you would be better off with lighter, bigger frames, don't be afraid to make the switch. Play with what plays best for you. I'm not much of a racquet buff but I would suggest the Dunlop 300/3.0 line? Much more forgiving than what you have played with before in the past with still a decent amount of control.

    But the best bet would be to demo, go out, and hit with what you want to try.
     
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    My 2 cents is that if you are looking at the Diablo, you might want to look at the Prince Original Graphite Mid. Its 3 grams lighter and it has a 14/18 pattern which is more opened and well I thing you might like a bit more spin on the shots you hit with spin.

    Though the POG is a bit more expensive.
     
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    Thank you for your input all of you. I was considering the Diablo Midplus because it is not expensive, has 19mm beam and is headlight enough. and is cheap... I am not living in US so I can't demo...
    I played with the Wilson Pro Staff 95 BLX strung @60lbs. It felt less control than my current low strung setup but I could swing it for a couple hours without getting tired so much.

    When you go 30grams lower I think you must alter your stroke mechanics. It's a whole new process.
    Anyway we will see.
    thanks again.
     
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    I recommend you to pick wilson six.one 95.
    I used to use wilson ps 90 but I had some trouble like you.
    I came down in weight little bit. PS90 to six.one.95.
    I like it. I could generate Almost same execution from 95.
     
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    I have 2 Wilson K95 18x20. But since I started playing with K90 and the PS 6.0 85 the K95 feels like a board of plastic.
     
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    It will be interesting. I have a racket that I use pretty often that is more than an ounce heavier than my other rackets. I don't find myself altering anything. Its a bit slower to swing but nothing that makes me consciously do anything differently. When I switch the lighter rackets are just a bit easier to swing.
     
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    I was in the same situation as you some time ago
    and ended up picking the Pro Staff 95. have customized it
    to bring up some power and similar feel to the 90.
    What I've done to my 95 frames, I have two:
    Both came on spec from factory, 313 grs unstrung.
    First I replaced the stock grip with a Wilson leather grip and
    added a pro overgrip, that added 7 grs total to the handle.
    Then added 8 grs of lead tape at 12 o'clock under the bumper.
    Strung both rackets with VS Touch natural gut on mains and
    Luxilon 4G on the crosses (22.5 - 21 kg string tension), added
    power pads to the throat area and some string savers as Fed pattern,
    this adds 18 grs total.
    So the final specs after customizing, 346 gr strung, 32.2 6 pt HL
    and 332-335 swingweight.
    This set up works wonders for me, similar feeling to the 90
    but easyer to manouver and not as demanding as the 90.
    You have the plus of the 95 headsize, more forgiving on misshits
    Deffinetely worth a try,
    Cheers !!
     
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  12. jelle v

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    I'm not familiar with playing with these kind of rackets, but the logical thing to do, as mentioned above, would be to try the Pro Staff 95..

    Head Size:95 sq. in. / 612.9 sq. cm.
    Length: 27in / 68.58cm
    Strung Weight: 11.5oz / 326.02g
    Balance: 7 pts HL
    Swingweight: 306
    Stiffness: 62
    Beam Width: 18mm / 18mm / 18mm /
    Composition: Basalt
    Power Level: Low
    Stroke Style: Full
    Swing Speed: Fast
    String Pattern:
    16 Mains / 19 Crosses
    String Tension: 50-60 pounds

    It's thirty grams lighter and maybe the only drawback, is the much lower swingweight. That may be solvable with adding a little lead tape in the hoop.

    There may be other rackets that come closer to your ideal specs directly from the factory, but if you like the feeling of the box beam so much, it will be hard to find something with similar feel.
     
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    Why not PS 100? It's even lighter.
     
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    I haven't looked up the specs, but doesn't that have a thicker beam?
     
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    Yes, 19/22/21

    To me, Federer's and Grisho's racket are too flexible. They literally bend in your hand.
     
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  16. ac3111

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    Well one of the frames I have been playing after K95 and before K90 and PS 6.0 85 was the Pro Staff 6.0 95...

    I will give a go again to my K95 and the PS 6.0 95. after a 2 year break from tennis it's like starting over.
    I have hit today with the K95. It's a beast racquet. You get the depth, you have bigger sweetspot, you have the power but my backhand slice and generally my shots do not knife the ball not the way I do it with the smaller headsize racqs. The PS 6.0 85 and the K90 are killing machines.

    I think even the K95 and the PS 6.0 95 are above my league.

    I may try to record my hitting sessions with all these racquets and post them here to hear your comments. Thanks again.
     
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  17. MikeHitsHard93

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    That would be sweet if you posted a vid!
     
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    I would like to see a vid too!
     
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    Ι'm working on it. I have to find a way so that the camera focus on me and not showing the other person I'm playing with. If I place the camera on one side then you can see me hitting but not where the ball lands. I will figure it out soon. I will include serves and a hitting session. Racquets that will be used will be Wilson K95 18x20, Wilson PS 6.0 95, Wilson K90 and Wilson PS 6.0 85.
     
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    I played with all wilson racquets you mentioned and I also like the heavy ones. I recommend that you try Wilson Pro Staff 95 BLX (16x19), and the new pro staffs 95 that are composed also by kevlar and would not present suach a different behaviour compared to your other racquets.
     
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    I played with 12.5 oz rackets for years, but after turning 62, decided it was not to my advantage after 90 minutes on court and dropped my SW down to 320 and my racket weight to around the same.
    Now I can play 7 sets of doubles or 4 sets of singles, and still hit my maximum shots.
    At my level, around 4.0, nobody can hit a ball that overpowers my racket anyways.
     
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    Wilson Pro Staff 95 BLX (16x19) is one of the two I intend to go for. But first it will be the video...
     
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    Wilson's always feel like bricks to me, or made of dead wood.
     
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    To each his own..

    What do you play with?
     
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    Demo the 6.1 95 Spin effect. You might find the new technology will allow you to attempt offensive shots that you never could before. If not, you go back to the old familiar frame.
     
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  26. guitarplayer

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    Lee makes his own racquets. Top Secret...government issued...a part of the Afforadble Health Care Tennis Program.
     
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  27. LeeD

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    Yeah, they're called 200's, 300's, and 500's, with some thought to weight control and 5/8 grip sizes.
     
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    I played today against a much younger opponent, 19 years old. I am 33. This was the second time playing against him.
    The first time (which was a week ago) I used the PS 6.0 85 (Gosen OG SM 16 @ 45lbs).
    Second time I used the K 95 (18 x 20) strung with Weisscanon Explosiv 16g @ 53lbs.

    I lost both times but my game was totally different between the 2 times we played. With the PS 6.0 85 I could not hit big but I was able to pull some return winners rallye and play spectacular points. We were exchanging lots of balls.

    The second time playing with the K95 I cant remember having a rallye over 9-10 balls. My serve was better I earned more points from there but my returns were awful. Ball was sailing very long. My backhand chip was hitting the frame.

    I figured out that I defended way better using the PS 6.0 85, despite the smaller headsize. And this is because I was using the pace of my opponent to guide the ball. The PS 6.0 85 has amazing control. Another thing I like about the PS 6.0 85 and the K90 is the slice and the backhand chip. Believe it or not I think I hit flatter when using the PS 6.0 85 or the K90 compared to the K95.

    Anyway, I think I should go back to the beginning. Go to a lighter frame, pick a few private tennis lessons and work out a bit.

    PS: I recorded the warm up today but again my opponent is visible. Tomorrow though I will hit the court and try record my service motion which is a bit inconsistent, not fluent and not that much effortless as it should be.
     
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    You can't draw any conclusions from two playing days using different rackets against the same player.
    Maybe you can, after 5 playing days.
    Feel is feel, and for most players, smaller equates to "better" feel.
    As one old fart said to me, you hit better with smaller rackets, you PLAY better with bigger. He plays with a 100, which he considers BIG.
     
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  30. Timbo's hopeless slice

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    I can only say I have switched to a quite light (11.4oz) Donnay F100 and played two 5.5+ players th eother nigh without fram eissues..

    I think I am a believer..
     
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    You may play better with the bigger racquet because I guess you make less mistakes and among recreational players usually the one who makes the less mistakes wins...so maybe that's why the smaller head hits better but on a course of a match or a point it's more difficult to win using it.

    In any case I feel I need to go back to basics, pick a lighter frame a bit bigger and take a few lessons to refine my game.
     
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    The whys are often debated, but the overall results seem to be the same.
    Nobody said a 135 racket is better, nor is a 107, or 104.
     
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    I don't know what to think of this - ps 6.0 85, k90, and k95 probably all are heavy with swing weight around 330-338 range. High swing weight makes sense for better defense as you say above and for slices which are not high RHS shots.

    If you want to go lighter, the PS 6.1 95 is good but it needs weight in the head as its 306 stock swing weight is too low.

    Also, Dunlop f3.0 and m3.0 are good rackets in the 11-11.5 oz range with decent swing weights. I just bought 2 volkl v1 pros and these are sweet too. I tweaked mine to 330g, 4HL, and 330-333 swing weight.

    Any of these 4: ps 6.1 95, Dunlop f3.0 or m3.0, or volkl v1 pro would be worth a demo - all are very solid lighter frames.
     
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    Exactly, the high swingweights of the rackets that he tried will be killing if you want to experience a easier hit, that's why i proposed the PS 6.1 95 too, with the suggestion of adding weight to get a little higher swingweight.
     
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    I like your way of thinking.
     
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  38. Fintft

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    I agree.

    Why would the OP try the lighter Pro Staff 95, instead of the BLX 95?
     
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    At the moment I am playing with my old Wilson K95 18x20.
     
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    Six.One Team/95L. It's almost evenly balanced so you can weigh it up however you want to the weight you want. Solid racquet.
     
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  41. Fintft

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    Ok then here are some gradual suggestions:

    - 6.1 95 BLX Amplifeel 2012, it's about 14-16g lower swing weight then your K95. (BTW, I prefer the 16X18, but could be b/c I use full bed natural gut).

    - Or the new 6.1 95 2014
    - 6.1 95s
    - PS 95
    - Head IG MP Speed 315 or the current model Joker is using if you really want to go low in weight.
     
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    What is your thoughts on the battle between Wilson Pro Staff 95 BLX and Donnay Pro One 97 (18x20)...
    Which of the two has more power?
     
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    My bet would be on the Donnay even without hitting with it. The Prostaff 95 is really underpowered. I find it even less powerful than its 90in² counterpart.
     
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    TW University agrees with you...
    The only thing is they are hard to find in Europe.
    Is Donnay QC better than wilson?
     
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    From what i saw, yes.

    KR
     
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  46. Lukhas

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    Doesn't TW-Europe ship to Greece?
     
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    As far as I know they have only L3 for the time being. And they are more expensive than a Wilson Six One 95...
     
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    Sorry to jump in here, but I think what you are saying is vogue...the racket should supply some power.

    I have the hardest time understanding that. I do everything I can to minimize power in favor of control. Is it just a personal thing?
     
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  49. Lukhas

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    Depends of the player. Not everybody is built the same or has the same capacity to hit hard. For example, look at A. Radwanska. Does it really surprises you that she plays with a Pure Drive?
    Well, leather grip and lead tape.
     
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  50. Fintft

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    Same goes for many club players (me included- although I want some control as well).
     
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