Discussion in 'Racquets' started by TW Staff, Jul 20, 2011.
Full written and video review now available:
Just tweeted you guys back. Spencer's getting a lot better with his flow on camera, very natural dialogue in this one. Enjoyed the review, keep 'em comin'.
Edit: I liked that the conversation didn't seem so forced back and forth, very laid back.
This really is a great stick. I'm really surprised that it is not a best seller.
BB Melbourne Club:
bravo! thx for adding a video to your reviews. it's one thing to read the review but to hear the pros/cons is a plus
Thanks TW. I'm really enjoying the stick.
TM- is this racket "better" than the London Tour?
I think is different... 93" vs 98"...
They're very similar. The head size makes the difference. I think that most 93in2 users will find the Tour to be a little light, which basically allows one to customize. I assume that they would rather have people complain that a 93in2 is light, than too heavy. I added athletic tape only to the capped grommet with a leather grip, and replaced the dampener with two grams of lead on the bridge. That pumped the overall weight to only 346 grams. IMO, it now plays as close to the Classic Prestige as you can get. It is a true precision frame.
The Melbourne, IMO, is just outstanding for a 98in2. Nothing half-volleys or volleys better for a true player's stick. It is also crazy easy on the joints. All three of my coaches are using it, and they came from the London/PB 10 Mid/Legend.
Do you think the Melbourne is easier on the joints than the X10 325.
I realize they are completely different rackets but my elbow needs as much cushion as possible.
Thanks in advance.
That's really a hard one. If you mishit, which exasperates joint issues, go with the X10, for reasons that I mentioned in the X10 and X10 vs PB 10 Mid threads. Otherwise, flip a coin. You need to try them. The Melbouren is a traditional graphite frame with some nano carbon at 3/9. That is why the TW guys liked the maneuverability, even though it is heavier and 6 pts HL. The X10, is a new tennis racquet. You have to hit with it to get it. Read what I wrote on those two threads. They have other 6.5 player opinions as well.
Thanks TM; if it were not for the PS 85 re-issue, and the KPS 88, I would certainly be tempted to try these rackets; they are also very nice frames to look at!
It's interesting how history is viewed. In the '80's, when the PS 85 came out, Kneissl was the Babolat of the day, followed by Head, Prince, and Puma. Most felt that the Dunlop 200G was clubby and the PS 85 was hard with the sweet spot of a quarter. No one started using the stick until Sampras and Courier started winning, and Prince graphites really took of as well. But when it came out, '84 or '85, no one was giving-up their Head or Kneissl for the PS 85, and Wilson players still preferred their Stings!
Hmmnn, I was playing college tennis then and I don't remember seeing many Kneissls (but I wasn't on the east coast). Rossignol was the Babolat in my area, Prince was everywhere, Wilson (no stings), Head, Dunlop,
For what its worth, I've played them all and I'm sensitive to harshness of any kind. I would say the the Melbourne is the choice for comfort, but I hit the ball cleanly.
I'm talking about on the circuit, although, there were a tremendous amount of SoCal juniors using the Kneissl Aero. At the club level, Prince and Head ruled. Players' frames back then were small, and most club players couldn't use them. Few club players used Kneissl in the US except in ski country, along with Rossignol, but Kneissl, Volkl, Fischer, Rossignol, and Snawaert, were huge in the EU.
Thanks TM & Vega
I am playing with the X10 and appreciate it's uniqueness despite used to playing with old school feel rackets.
I do not mis hit much but continue to be bothered by GE so looking for something as soft as possible. The stiff feel is deceiving since as TM as alluded to, it transmit very little shock to the arm.
The new kneissls are also very good, and about as exclusive as you can get, and there is a new white star tour out as well. I've got all the pdfs of the ranges if anyone wants to see them. Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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