what is the best 18x20 racket between 95-98 inches

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  1. realplayer

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    I'm looking for a new racket but cannot decide which one to get. I have to choose between a wilson blade, pure storm limited or dunlop 3.0 or maybe even a vantage/angell.
    The racket has to have a 18x20 string pattern and I like to play serve and volley. So who tried these rackets and which one should I get?
     
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  2. yonexRx32

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    Head Liquid Radical MP with a little weight added to it or PK Redondo C 98, in that order.
     
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  3. slowfox

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    PK Black Ace or Redondo
    Dunlop 4D 200

    One of my hitting partners uses the Blade. He loves it. I tried it but prefer a slightly more flexible stick.
     
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  4. McLovin

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    From your list, I'd go Dunlop 3.0 > Blade > PS Ltd.

    I haven't hit with the Dunlop, but have hit w/ the Blade & PS Ltd and didn't like either, so the Dunlop can't be that bad.

    However, I agree w/ yonexRx32 on the Radical MP. Very versatile stick. Another two to look at are the Pacific X Force Pro 18x20 and the Donnay Pro One 18x20.

    I use the X Force Pro 16x20 and love it. I assume the 18x20 has slightly more control. Form the reviews I've read, the Donnay is supposed to be a nice stick.
     
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  5. DownTheLineWith90

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    What is the meaning of "best?"
     
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  6. realplayer

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    a racket with a good plow through feel, nice sweetspot. good spin and maneuverability but control is the main thing.
     
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  7. PrincessAdam

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    Dunlop 3.0 all the way
     
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  8. mrmo1115

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    Blade and hopefully if the new Speed plays well, that one.
     
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  9. Brocolt

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    the new blade 98 all the way
     
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  10. KFwinds

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    I found the Donnay Pro One 18x20 to be the "best" of all the sticks mentioned so far. That said, I'm currently still a BLX Blade 98 user - also a great stick. The Donnay is just a bit softer, so may be switching soon.

    Also, FWIW, I used Head Radicals for a long time. I owned all of them, but liked the MG and the LM the most. I like the Blade and the Donnay much better though; more power and spin, larger sweetspots, same control.
     
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  11. Praetorian

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    I think the Donnay Pro One 18x20 is pretty sweet.
     
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  12. T.P3D0R

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    pink blade
     
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  13. v-verb

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    I just opened a package from Kal - 2 Donnay X-Series Platinums. Will hit tomorrow but they are really nice so far...
     
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  14. royfrombigd

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    Blade, Blade and did I forget to mention Blade?
     
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  15. UCSF2012

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    The point was that there's no best. We don't know how you play and how strong you are.

    The Prestige MP has a strong following. The Blade 98 is pure power, but it's not really a player's stick.
     
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  16. Seth

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    For a heavier option, any of the Wilson 6.1 95 18x20s. Otherwise, a Radical is very nice.
     
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  17. LanEvo

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    PS GT Ltd. ?
     
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  18. Backhanded Compliment

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    Depends on how much power you produce. If you produce a ton the Prestige MP is tough to beat because of the precision. Otherwise the Dunlop 3.0, Radical MP and Blade are fine go to's. The Dunlop Bio 200 is also a nice stick if you want something softer with a bit more power than the Prestige.
     
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  19. DownTheLineWith90

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    Are the regular BLX Blade and the Pink BLX Blade the same?
    Except the pj of course
     
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  20. mrmo1115

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    Yes the same ^
     
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  21. stronzzi70

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    BLX six one 95 18x20 2012....Ugly Pj but nice racquet.
     
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  22. NLBwell

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    From your list, I'd go with the Blade. I'd look at the Radical, too, maybe with some weight added. From your list, I assume you don't want a heavier racket like a 6.1 95 or a Dunlop 200. All choices are just personal preference, though; they are all good rackets..
     
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  23. TennisCJC

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    Fairly crisp:
    6.1 95 18x20
    blade 98
    Medium crisp:
    volkl o10 325 (or 295 customized)
    dunlop f3.0
    Soft:
    Head MG Rad
     
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  24. neverstopplaying

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    O10s are both 16x19. I assume you mean PB series.
     
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  25. thecrusher956

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    BLX Six.One 95
     
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  26. Irrelevant

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    Played with both the F3.0 and Blade today, definitely feel like blade works better on serve and volley whereas the F3.0 is better for a comfortable baseline rally. Blades slightly stiffer but if arm problems are no biggie for you, I say get the Blade.
     
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  27. jaydog23

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    I'd say go with Prince Exo3 Rebel 95. I think it's the best currently produced racquet out there. I also think it has enough weight behind it (swingweight 331) so that you can run up and hit a volley with the racquet bouncing all over the place.
     
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  28. SJSA

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    I want to suggest you demo the rackets first. Each racket has different feel even they have same spec. Dunlop F3.0 Tour is a great racket for service.
     
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  29. hersito

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    Blade 98 ($70 if bought pink) , Head MG Radical MP ($80), Volkl PB 10 MP (I don't know how it plays but for 75$ here would tyr it).
     
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  30. db10s

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    Dunlop 3.0....
     
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  31. realplayer

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    .......................
     
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  32. realplayer

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    No, i like the blx six-one and I probably go even heavier as I use leadtape and a leather grip. I just have more options with a somewhat lighter racket to change specs.
     
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  33. dgoran

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    Double post
     
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  34. dgoran

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    Currently available Lm radical mp you can play it stock or add weight accordingly
     
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  35. realplayer

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    I hate the gripshape of the LM Radical so that's why head is no option.
     
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  36. Kal-El 34

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    this one

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  37. spin-head

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    For me i'd say Head Pro Tour 630 is the best midplus racquet of all time :)
     
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  38. marosmith

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    PT57a or PT280
     
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  39. TennisCJC

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    Yes, sorry about that.
     
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  40. Disneos

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    head liquid radical mp or donnay pro one 18x20
     
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  41. Power Player

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    Dunlop 200, blade, 6.1, prestige mp, radical mp..the list goes on.

    For serve and volley, the pst lte may be the way to go if you are cool with low low power.
     
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