Thinner racquet

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  1. mitoman

    mitoman New User

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    Been playing with Wilson Juice BLX 108 for a year or maybe more. It's time to move on. My Wilson is just not heavy enough for net play and doesn't give me enough control for drop shots. Otherwise it's ok.

    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Wils...LSON-J108.html

    Also been playing with Wilson Pro Open 100 BLX, but this one is ok just for half an hour. Then I get to tired.

    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Wils...LSON-WPOB.html

    Yesterday I found out this guy - Prince Ozone Tour MP 16X18. This one is 310g heavy, but swinghweight is only 295g. It also have a smaller head.

    http://www.squashgear.com/proztomptera.html

    What do you think? How will that affect my game? My net-game?

    Should I mention, I'm a heavy baseline spinner, but would like to come to net more often.
     
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  2. AHJS

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    Babolat Aeropro Drive sounds like what you need
     
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  3. Silent

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    Never played with it but I would expect it to be particularly low-powered.
     
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  4. jonestim

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    Those are unstrung specs. 295 is the unstrung swingweight, which will be about 325 strung. 310g is the unstrung weight which will be about 325g strung.
     
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  5. mitoman

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    OK, I see now this Prince is pretty head-heavy. Can you find me head-light racquet weight around 300g with ~100sq. in. head?

    Why do you suggest me Babolat AeroPro Drive which is much simillar to Pro Open?
     
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  6. esgee48

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    before buying a new racquet, you have several choices:
    1. Buy used
    2. Add lead tape in small amount (1 gram)
    3. Lower/increase tension to achieve needs
    4. Change string
     
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  7. GoDawgs2011

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    As a current user of the Prince Ozone Tour MP, I have to say that its probably not a good choice for you but not because its head-heavy. In fact, its significantly more headlight, but with its heavier weight (11.7 oz strung), thin-beam, and low stiffness, it doesn't provide nearly much power as the 108 that you are used to and considering the Pro Open wore you out after 30 mins, the Ozone will wear you out quicker than that.

    I agree that based upon your experience with the Pro Open, the AeroPro is likely to be a bit much for you as well.

    Perhaps something like a Babolat Pure Drive Light (10.3 oz, 3 pts headlight, and 100 sq. in head) or a Yonex Ezone Ai Lite (10.2 oz, 2 pts headlight, and 100 sq. in head) would work.

    Best of luck.
     
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  8. mitoman

    mitoman New User

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    But these two are lighter as the one I got now - Wilson Juice BLX 108?

    I need a heavier racquet but not to heavy (Pro Open). What about Wilson Juice BLX 100. It's 25g heavier, but have the same swingweight?

    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Wilson_Juice_100/descpageRCWILSON-J10014.html
     
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  11. mhkeuns

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    Can't go wrong with the Pure Drive or the Aeropro Drive. They are both light enough, have pop & power and spin potential. They are popular because those frames are very easy to just pick and play well almost from the first stroke.
    The frame I would like for you to try is the Donnay Formula 100 if the above two don't interest you. The Formula 100 feels crisp, yet not so stiff like the Babolats. Or, the Ezone AI 100 or if you can handle it, the AI 98 is a superb stick.
     
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  12. Muppet

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    If you're swinging the Pro Open with your arm and shoulder, I can see how it would wear you out. If you supply your power from your legs and by coiling your upper body and watching the ball over your shoulder, you will be able to handle a much heavier racquet. Like a whole ounce heavier. And your shots wil be a whole lot more accurate and powerful. I recommend lessons, then maybe your instructor can recommend some racquets to try out.
     
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