Tiffani and Siobhan: KiQ5 295 and V1?

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  1. TripleB

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    Tiffani/Siobhan:

    Last November I had Microfracture Knee surgery due to damaged cartilage in my left knee. It turns out there was a lot more damage to my knee than the surgeon originally thought and because of that he has advised me to find another source of exercise (he suggested cycling) and stay off the courts permanently. He said that if I worked to build up my leg muscles I might could play again, doubles only, and at 50% or so. Tough 'pill to swallow' by a singles player who has never gone less than 100% on the courts for the last 40 years.

    Luckily I'm still able to be out on the courts playing against my favorite opponent - my 6 year old son.

    So I'm wanting to find a racquet that will allow me to feed him balls (and hit with him) as long as he wants to stay out there each day.

    I'm looking for a lighter racquet than I'm used to (which is 11.4 to 12.4 ounces) that gives me medium power, is incredibly easy on the arm, and offers some spin in case I find my way back to playing doubles again some day.

    I noticed that you have played with and/or liked a couple racquets I'm looking at:
    - Pro Kennex Ki Q5 295
    - Volkl V1 ( Classic )

    I'm also considering:
    - Donnay X-P Dual Black Lite 102
    - Donnay X-P Dual Black 102

    I'd love to hear your feedback on any of the above racquets as well as other racquets you may feel might work well for my needs.

    Thank you for your time!!!

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    @TripleB,

    Sorry to hear about your problems -- I had doctors tell me once I wouldn't be able to play again either (and look at me now!), but it is really tough to hear that. Just take it day by day and stay strong! -- And trust me, as much as it sucks to hear you may be relegated to doubles for a while, I definitely gained some good skills with serve, volley and placement from the same thing before I could play singles again.

    I have spent a lot of time playing with the Volkl V1 MP, rather than the Classic but they have similar specs (the classic is a tiny bit heavier with a higher swingweight). I really like the Volkl frames. They offer good power and nice access to spin, like you're looking for, and they are really comfortable. I was really impressed with these frames from this brand, more so than I expected.

    Out of the two Donnays, I would suggest the regular over the light. Unless you're used to playing with Head Heavy racquets, I think you'll prefer the balance and slightly heavier specs of the regular. They'll help you put a little bit of extra weight behind the ball, while maintaining the control you will need when hitting with your favorite little player!

    I haven't hit with the Pro Kennex but looking at the specs you've done a good job picking racquets with similar specs :) I also really like (and I know Tiffani does too) the Donnay Formula 100. Really comfortable racquet with great access to power and easy to whip around and create some great spin. It's also really comfortable too.

    Let me know if you have any more questions or wish to discuss it a bit more! Do you have one you are leaning more towards right now?

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    Siobhan,

    I appreciate you telling me your story and your encouragement. It means a lot knowing you heard the same thing and now you are such an incredible tennis player....really gives me hope that I'll be back out there someday!!!

    I'm always looking for that heavy spin and with mobility possibly a problem in the future, the ability to hit with more pop (with less effort) is definitely a big plus.

    Excellent point on the Donnay Black Lite. I'm used to playing with 11.4 to 12.4 ounce racquets that are 4 to 10 points headlight so the headheaviness of the Black Lite would probably be a bit awkward.

    I read the great reviews and feedback the Donnay 100 received. The only reason I wasn't taking a closer look at it was the weight. I've been using a Dunlop AG 4D 300 that is 11.4 ounces after stringing, headtape, rubberband, and an overgrip to feed balls to my son. I'm hoping to move to something a bit lighter than that. Since the Dunlop is usually around 10.9 ounces strung, I'm trying to look for a racquet that same weight or hopefully less.

    To be honest, I think I'm going to end up demoing several different racquets to see which one might work best while hitting with my 6 year old.

    The four I'm looking at possibly trying out are:
    - Volkl Organix V1
    - Pro Kennex Kinetic KIQ5 295
    - Dunlop Biomimetic M5.0

    As for the 4th one I'm not really sure. Leaning towards the XP Dual Black 102 (10.9 oz version ) or the Wilson BLX Surge 100. Anyone there tried both of these?

    Again, I greatly appreciate your feedback, encouragement, and help!!!

    Have a wonderful rest of the week!!!

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    @TripleB,

    You're welcome, like I said just keep at it. Believing in yourself despite what doctors have told you is a powerful tool for recovery.

    The X-P has a bigger head size and a good HL balance so I think that would be a nice choice too. Have you thought about any Babolat Frames? Maybe the AeroPro Drive (http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Babolat_AeroPro_Drive/descpageRCBAB-APD13.html -- the regular is 11.3grams which is around your normal weight range, and under your upper end of 12g). Babolat Pure Drive Lite is a bit lighter again (http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Babolat_Pure_Drive_Lite/descpageRCBAB-BPDL11.html). Both provide great spin and power, and are really popular frames simply due to them being great rackets. If you have a chance to demo one and haven't tried them before, they are always a good option too.

    Let us know how the demos go.

    Siobhan, TW
     
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    Thank you!

    I appreciate the input on the XP vs the Surge. Sound like the XP is best of those two.

    As far as the AeroPro and Pure Drive Babolat models go, I've tried the AeroPro Drive GT (twice), Pure Drive Roddick, and Pure Drive.

    I tried to really like the AP Drive GT but something about the stick never felt right. I see the newer version gets really high marks though!

    As far as the Pure Drive models I had a lot of success with the Roddick version but ultimately decided that I didn't want something that heavy at the time. I tried the standard Pure Drive and was never really able to find the groove with the racquet...especially on the backhand side (which is normally my goto shot).

    In this set of lighter demos I was considering both the AeroPro Team, AeroPro Team GT, and the Pure Drive Lite.

    What worries me is how they feel on the arm.

    I notice the newer AeroPro Drive didn't get such a high score (73) as far as comfort and I was afraid the AeroPro Team, being lighter and stiffer, might be even worse for my arm. The GT version of the AeroPro Team is a bit heavier and a little less stiff so I thought it might be a better option than the newer version.

    With the Pure Drive Lite (love the looks of the French Open version), again, wasn't sure how the 67 flex and 10.3 ounces might feel on my arm. Some customer reviews say it's a bit tough on their joints.

    Not sure if you can address as to whether anyone on the T-W staff has mentioned arm soreness after any of these racquets or not.

    If I had to go with 4 demos right now I'd have to say: #1) Volkl Organix V1, #2) Dunlop Biomimetic M5.0, #3) Pro Kennex KiQ5 295, and #4) either the XP Dual Black, the Pure Drive Lite FO edition, or possibly the AeroPro Team GT.

    Thanks again for taking the time to respond to my post and offer your outstanding advice. Your help is greatly appreciated!!!

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    TripleB, I will be hitting with the v1 today for the first time along with the x8 300, x7 310, and the x10 325. I'll let you know how I like the v1!
     
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    Ordered my demos last week, 3 have been 'allocated' and the 4th is supposed to be back to T-W tomorrow.

    I decided to go with the following:
    - Dunlop Biomimetic M5.0
    - Volkl Organix V1 Midplus
    - ProKennex Kinetic KiQ5 (295)
    - Babolat Pure Drive (threw this one in as a wild card...little heavier than I'm wanting but I demoed it in the past and liked a lot about it, unfortunately the demo then felt like it was strung around 40 so I decided to give it another shot)

    Thanks again for all your help. I'll let you know how they play when I get a chance to make it out to the court.

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    @TripleB, As far as the Babolat frames go, you kinda either love 'em or you hate 'em. And yes, we have playtesters with complaints of the stiffness, Britt for one doesn't like how it makes her arm feel - and to be honest, they are stiff rackets. I think a lot of it comes down to simple mechanics of people's arms, and whether or not you're used to playing with them or not.

    Let me know how they go.

    @MikeHitsHard93, hope the playtest went well for you!

    Siobhan, TW
     
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    Pure Drive definitely not for me.

    Here is a link to my initial impressions after trying out the four demos: http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=466809

    Thanks again for all your help and time...it is greatly appreciated! Enjoy your weekend!!!

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    Hey thanks Siobhan! The demo went awesome and I really loved all four of the frames, however I did get a case of tennis elbow and I'm currently looking at very arm friendly rackets.

    TripleB, these volkl rackets are truly awesome and have great feel to them. The v1 has really good comfort for such a light stiff frame. I think I got tennis elbow from the x8 though (couple with wear and tear at work).
     
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    Siobhan,

    Thank you again for all your help, input, and encouragement.

    I ended up ordering the Volkl Organix V1. It seemed to give me everything the KiQ5 295 did except in a lighter and more maneuverable package. Although I wasn't able to play any points, games, sets, etc. with it, I was still able to hit many groundstrokes (thanks goes to a buddy of mine who was patient with me and hit balls straight to me) and serves...plenty enough to tell me that this should be my next racquet. The more I played with this racquet the more I loved it.

    Again, I greatly appreciate you giving me your advice!!!

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    @TripleB,

    Good to hear! Always a good feeling when you find the perfect racquet for yourself. As much as it's good to read up online, there is nothing quite like hitting with a frame and feeling it for yourself.

    Always happy to help any time. Happy hitting!

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