TOP 5 Platform Frames

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  1. maxpotapov

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    Here is my compilation of the best* currently available platform** racquets:

    1. Head MicroGEL Radical MP
    2. Tecnifibre T-Fight 315 Ltd
    3. Wilson Blade Team 104
    4. Head IG Prestige MP
    5. Babolat Pure Storm Team GT

    What would be your choice and why?
    Is there other options to consider?


    *According to user reviews and forum discussions
    **Perfectly fit for customization, close to pro stock
     
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  2. Ess

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    Yonex VCORE 97 (310)

    Light and flawless. A no excuses racquet that does it all and can be customized for days.
     
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  3. The Meat

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    1. Any Dunlop racquet
    2. Any Wilson 18x20 11.5oz racquet
    3. Almost every Head racquet except instinct, because that's for little babby's.
    4. And imo any Six One Tour racquet if heavy racquets don't effect you at all.
     
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    Well, let's focus on alternatives that can actually challenge those TOP 5.
    Yonex VCore 97 is a good one, I would consider it a Prestige MP alternative.
    As much as I like Dunlop racquets, I do not see them widely used as a customization platform. 300T, maybe?
     
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    Specifically for Head, the new Graphene Speed MP (current stick of choice) is perfect for customization; I would also add the Wilson BLX Tour 2012, and the Babolat Pure Storm GT racquets.
     
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    The radical MP has to win this!
     
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    Graphene Speed MP would be a dark horse in this race, not enough feedback from modders.
    Besides, 320 SW is a bit too much for a platform frame. IG Prestige MP would probably be more flexible choice.

    Pure Storm GT Team is better suited for customization, spec wise. It is more flexible, less swingweight, same beam width version of Pure Storm GT.
     
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    Head Graphene Instinct Rev
    Head Graphene Speed Rev

    Check the specs
     
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    Specs are nice for a tweener. But frames have totally different design compared to most popular "player's" racquets. And I'm trying to pinpoint best retail alternatives to pro stock frames, which is not just about how much weight you can add without breaking your arm.

    Of all lightweight tweeners with nice flex and big sweet spot, Wilson Blade Team/104 is probably the best platform (especially if you consider how its design proved successful on WTA tour).
     
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    Dunlop aerogel 4d 300 tour. From the dunlop pro mold
     
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  12. Tropikal_Knights

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    Head Prestige mid in all its incarnations
    Donnay Platinum mid......
     
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    That's what I thought, but it's not available anymore. Looking forward to new "classic" version...
     
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    I'm using retail Prestige Mid myself, but I would not call it a platform frame: it's too heavy for that.

    Donnay racquets with built-in customization system is a brilliant idea!
    But some Tungsten tape and Blu-Tack work just as well ;)
     
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    The prestige mid is not a platform racquet in any way.
     
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  16. SFrazeur

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    When I think of platform racquets I think of mid weight 11.0 oz (+/- 0.5 oz) frames with low 300-310 swing weight and that are headlight.

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    Not just that, but they should also respond well to modifications. For example, Pure Storm Ltd GT would be a nice frame to modify for greater swingweight. But after all attempts people still feel like they sacrifice some performance, especially on serve. Same situation with EXO3 Tours.

    Some racquets are better left unaltered, or with a minor touch of weight here and there (just for a placebo effect).
     
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    Yes, The Tec 315 is better for me at a lower swingweight. I have a more classic setup with it - 12oz but SW is ~318-320.
     
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  19. vsbabolat

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    Bio 300 Tour is also very good.
     
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    How well a racquet responds to modification is very subjective.

    Placebo effect is rather big. I have seen some people on here write about leading up racquets that are already relatively high swing weight for their 3.0/3.5 selves to be using and state that the racuqets are unstable without modding. I'm just thinking to myself: Damn fool.

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  21. MikeHitsHard93

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    I would be willing to bet that you would like the prestige mp
     
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    Hi guys, I am new to this forum. Can somebody recommend a good raquet for me? I am only a 3.0 player, wanting to improve. Currently playing with a prince rebel 98 2010 version. I cant seem to get any power on my shots with this raquet.
     
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  23. MikeHitsHard93

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    What string are you using?
     
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    Most certainly, but it's not available either :)
     
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    Does the Becker London qualify, or is the head on that stick just too small for any serious consideration?
     
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  26. vsbabolat

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    How about the new Bio F300 Tour Classic?
     
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    Something to look forward to.
    It's already being offered in official Dunlop online store
     
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  28. maxpotapov

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    You mean London Tour? I'm about to order it, must be fun to experiment with given the price and Prestige-like design.
     
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  29. vsbabolat

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    I hope the Bio F300 Tour Classic crosses the pond.:)
     
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    Pacific X-Force?
     
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    i like the tecnifibre 315 limited. those are great platform racket that can be played around with
     
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    Wow, this looks like a pro stock version of AeroPro Drive! :)

    I would not be surprised if Nadal's actual racquet has a flex around 60, not 70. Nothing like that from Babolat retail Aero line.
     
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    1. Pacific XForce Lite
    2. Babolat Pure Storm Team
    3. Wilson BLX Pro Staff 100
    4. Head Youtek Mojo
    5. Prince Exo Tour Team

    I'm pretty sure many of ye are missing what the word "platform" implies in this focus.
     
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  34. maxpotapov

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    Again, it's not just about low static and swing weight.
    Mold should be close to pro stock as well.
     
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  35. SFrazeur

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    Why is that a criteria for platform racquets? Said racquets are just racquets that have lots of room for customization.

    -SF
     
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    There is a good reason why some racquet designs do not change for decades. Those are usually available as pro stocks. If we can not have the same layups and materials in retail, we can at least work with best in class molds.
     
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  37. SFrazeur

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    Prostock has more to do with the quality and simplicity of materials (good old graphite). The molds are basically the same and not really a factor. I think you are blending the idea of prostocks being platform racquets and retail racquets that are good platform racquets. This thread started pretaining to the later.

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  38. maxpotapov

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    Regardless of definition of "platform frame", TOP 5 is clearly about superiority ;)

    It is really hard to beat what MG Radical MP offers for the price, even though IG Radical Pro is reportedly closer to what Murray is using.

    Tecnifibre TFight 315 Ltd is now regarded as "poor man's pro stock", being close to what PT280/630 could offer. And there is hardly a better racquet design than PT280/630 in the history of tennis (by popularity on pro tour).

    There are raving reviews of Blade 104 and how easy it makes the game of tennis. Plenty of room for customization, to bring it up to Williams' level.

    IG Prestige MP - how old is that mold? Will Speed racquets ever be as popular among advanced players?

    Pure Storm Team - that's the only one I've found with "platform" specs in Babolat's high performance line (with classic design)
     
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    Dunlop Aerogel 4D 100.
    Becker London Tour (as someone ^ already mentioned).

    Been flirting with the idea of getting the 4D100 and some lead tape for experimenting. Figured the weight and SW are low enough to allow some room to play.
     
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  40. Tropikal_Knights

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    Sorry everyone I think I did not have a proper understanding of what a platform rac was.......my bad
     
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  41. cluckcluck

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    Good platform stick is the Mantis Tour 305. Perfect for customization (even comes with pallet system for handle customization).
     
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    You are missing Dunlop 300 series.

    Wilson blade team/104 is a true sleeper!!!!!
    Comfort and forgiveness at your own specs, from young age to pro.
    "my kids will be using his one"
     
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    I wouldn't apologize, TK. Clearly, there's not a consensus on what constitues the term "platform."

    A lot of folks, myself included, equate that to similar specs a hairpin comes in at, typically super light static weight, even-ish balance, allowing the user to tweak to their personal specs, adding weight where desired, changing balance as needed. Pallet pre-installed, obviously.
     
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  44. maxpotapov

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    How about Mantis 295 Pro?
     
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    "Classic" Dunlop 300T series is not currently available from TW, but I agree...

    About Blade 104, I tried K Blade Team before, it was so plush I could not believe it's a Wilson frame :) Now this is the only Wilson racquet I recommend to women and juniors. With Tungsten tape and Blu-Tack I might try it for myself, all black design kinda helps too :)
     
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    1- volkl organix 10 295gr
    2- head microgel radical mp
    3- dunlop 3d 300, and 300 tour
    4- mantis 295 pro
    5- bab pure storm
     
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    How about the Dunlop Bio 200 Lite?? Specwise it seems to be a perfect platform doesnt it? Been thinking for a while now to get some of those, whats your opinion on them as a customization tool?
    Isnt the 200 line the mold that Blake, Haas and co. were using anyway?
     
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    Blake uses the 300 tour mold. It is a 97 head size and the 200 is a 95.
     
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    Also a good one, though I like the 295 in stock form. It also comes with the Pallet system.
     
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  50. Tropikal_Knights

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    thanks so much .........I think I have a better understanding of it now........so I guess the Donnay Platinum 94 that comes with a customization kit with weights for the head and the pallet can be classified as a platform rac?
     
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