What is your Holy Grail racket? (for you and why?)

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  1. BillyIdol

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    My Holy Grail racket is the Pro Staff 6.0 95. When I get going with this racket on my forehand, it is deadly! They need to include a paintbrush with this racket because I am painting the lines with this puppy! The touch shots are simply amazing with this racket! I feel that this racket is incredibly manuverable, especially on returns! I can generate a lot of racket head speed with this racket! I feel like Federer with this racket! The angles that you can hit with this racket are just insane! I feel a lot of "pocketing" with this racket especially on the forehand! This racket serves very well also. What is funny about this racket is that it is heavy, but swings feels very light and manuverable! Strange, I know! You won't need to hold back on any shots anymore! I find it hard to hit a ball out of the court! I pulled out my HPS 6.1 to play with it, and then I went back to the 6.0 95, and I instantly realized that it was more manuverable and more controlled! Just perfect! Every once and awhile a racket comes along that is just perfect for you, and the PS 6.0 95 is that racket for me! My little secret is the string too! Here is the secret: use NXT Tour 17 strung at 58lbs! I call my PS 6.0 95 "Black Magic"!

    John

    Who's next?
     
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  2. timmyboy

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    Right now, it's the pro-staff tour 90 because it is my first pro racquet. i can't wait to try out my yonex rdx though.
     
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  3. thejackal

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    HPS 6.1. Doesn't feel as sweet as the 6.0 95 but a lot more stable and really lets me rip forehands and serves.
     
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  4. yvp

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    Would u count a Babolat Pure Control Zylon???
    Have yet to play with a better racquet.
     
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  5. federer_nadal

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    YVP, no one can count out your holy grail , there is no rules to a holy grail. Lets say mine is n61 tour which may be my holy grail (i am yet to find out because i havent tried enough racquets) and say jacks could be a hyper hammer 2.3 which is a tweener. No one can count it out because it is YOUR holy grail.
     
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  6. andfor

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    My Holy Grail is what ever I am not using today. Often when I demo a new stick I fall in love. Currently I use the RDX 500, which is a fine stick. The latest demo that has me smitten is the Babolat Aero Pro Drive, standard or plus both played very well for me.

    I would save a lot of money if I would not demo!
     
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  7. HeavyBall

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    Head Classic Mid.
     
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  8. basil J

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    Dunlop 200G MW. Smooth & Sweet! String it at 64# with 17' gauge gut. You can really hit out with this baby! I have used probably 5 different sticks over the last 5 years and I always use the 200G MW as a reference. Wilson HPS 6.1, Prince TT Graphite, Yonex, Wilson Prostaff Tour 95 and Ncode 6.1 & I finally stopped looking and settled on staying with the Dunlop. Just a solid well made racquet!! No bells, no whistle :D s, just winners....
     
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  9. joe sch

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    dunlop max 200g . No explanation required !
     
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  10. nViATi

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    lm prestige mp :)
     
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  11. mvoltrona

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    Right now, I'm using the FP Radical Mid+, and I love it. But I'd have to say that my holy grail is the Ti.Radical. I've never been more consistent. I've never owned one, but when all my frames were broken and I didn't have a stick to play with, I used my friends Ti for a long time, and it rocked. When it came time to finally get a new stick, I got the FP, and (like I said), it's great, but I'm now bidding on the Ti on ****.
     
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  12. theace21

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    Prince Original Graphite - I demo others, but something about this racket just keeps me coming back...It has stood the test of time. Good spin, easy to string, solid everywhere. only negatives is the weight. After I demo something else, you really notice the heft of this racket. If you can swing it, easy on the arm...
     
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  13. Rapmaster

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    Head Ti. Fire

    I don't use them any more, but I loved them back in the day.
     
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  14. Mr wontong 007

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    definitely the prestige line
    either the intelligence or the LM
     
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  15. AngeloDS

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    I used a Wilson nSix-One 95, and it was like I was holding a magical racquet in my hand. It felt like it was a gift given from god. I was blasting forehands like there was no other, the swing-weight was PERFECT. I was able to adjust and get ridiculous amount of top-spin and speed without sacraficing accuracy. The serves weren't the greatest or fastest, but they were so precise and just had the right amount of kick with the least amount of effort.
     
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  16. A D

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    I'm banking mine will be this abzorber 98 once i receive it back from the shop. I had it strung with pro hurricane 16s at 64lbs(i'm expecting to lose a couple of lbs of tension after a few hours).
    I picked it up at sport chek for only $50.00CAD and can't wait to try it out.
     
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  17. ffrpg

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    The Wilson 6.0 PS 85 is my so called "Holy Grail." It's very predictable and I am able to do exactly what I want to do with this racquet. It's very stable and groundstrokes feel amazing. What more could anyone else want in a racquet?
     
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  18. antontd

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    If could do that I would make Roger look like an amateur.
     
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  19. markdinh

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    I second that. I'm using a Wilson nCode Tour 90, but my favorite racquet was the Ti Fire Tour Edition. I wanted to find something a little heavier and softer (for more confort and pace), but with an open string pattern. None of the newer Heads fit the bill, so I switched to the nCode. I like my nCode, but not quite as confidently as with the Ti Fire (but more comfortable...less wrist pain).

     
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  20. snoflewis

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    wilson prostaff tour 95....light and maneuverable for a player's racket...and plus...it's yellow on the inside
     
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  21. BreakPoint

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    Welcome to the club, Billy Idol! The PS 6.0 95 is about as close as I've come to finding my holy grail. If Wilson ever releases the PS 6.0 90 to the public, perhaps that might be a bit better, but for now the PS 6.0 95 is about as good as it gets for me. I agree with all of your points above, except that the killer shot for me with this racquet is my one-handed backhand rather than my forehand. I tend to get a bit wristy on the forehand with it, so sometimes I can't flatten it out as much I want to. Great for topspin and slice though. On the backhand, I can drive it flat with incredible pace or hit biting slices to any depth or hit devastating topspin passing shots. Serving is also pinpoint with pace or spin or both. Oh, and what can I say about volleys? Lots of touch and control and can hit them deep or short. Makes me feel like Johnny Mac! ;)

    BTW, when you hit one of your killer forehand winners with this racquet, do you let out a "Rebel Yell"? :D
     
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  22. BreakPoint

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    Was that the Ti.Fire Tour Edition? If so, that was my previous holy grail until I got tennis elbow with it. Now it's the PS 6.0 95.
     
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  23. billyboybeacon

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    volkl C10 pro... addictive feel...I need to hit w/ the 6.0 95
     
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  24. wtennis206

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    Babolat AeroPro Drive leaded up.
     
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  25. Flatspin

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    Head i-Prestige mid! The Yonex RDX 500 mid is very nice also!!
     
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  26. Lakoste

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    Mine is the Wilson Ceramic Sting SC Mid, it kinda reminds me of the PS 6.0 85 (my backup ), since its the same size head and the frame looks almost identical but its white, i think its a lot more stable too.
     
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  27. TommyGun

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    Dunlop Maxply...only kidding, although it is as close to the grail as you can truly get.

    Vantage, mainly because I now have a flexy, 95 sq. 18X20 at extended length...makes me serve like Roddick and return like Lendl ( or was that get served by Roddick and return Ike Lentil).
     
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  28. GOOOOOGA

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    babolat aeropro control standard! love it, 98 sq in, 12.5ish oz w/ lead tape. the Control frames are always in the shadows of the Drives from babolat.
     
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  29. goober

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    Wilson Torch OS

    :) j/k


    Actually I haven't found my holy grail yet. I like the Wilson Surge a lot until I got tennis elbow :(

    Now I am using the yonex Mp tour 5- it alright but definitely no grail.
     
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  30. D-man

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    Dunlop 200g MW 90". Excellent racket for my style & I am extraordinarily picky. I like it because its swing, weight, power, and touch feel just exactly right. :) I try all the frames that everyone raves about but finally realized that no one racket is going to fit everyone's style.
     
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  31. BreakPoint

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    Agreed, the Maxply Fort was my holy grail for over 10 years. Until I finally switched to graphite. Of course, I chose the Max 200G.
     
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  32. bee

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    Currently I prefer my Prestige LM MP with considerable lead tape added along the handle and a bit on the throat and head. Without the lead tape it feels too light and flimsy, but with it I prefer it over the Head Classic mid or midplus. Very flexible and easy on the arm, esp. with the VS gut 17 and string savers. Very nice!
     
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  33. westside

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    i use a Wilson nSix-one 95 and it is awesome. I'm always consistant and hit alot of good shots more often. I can hit alot of topspin on my shots and can generate alot of power.
     
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  34. wildmoose31

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    Wilson 6.1 Classic, wow this is all I ever wanted in a racquet
     
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  35. Z-Man

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    POG LB, Baby! Doesn't everyone wish they had an extra inch?
     
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  36. goober

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    No mine is too big I can't handle the size :p
     
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  37. BreakPoint

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    Size isn't everything. It's how and how often you use it that counts! :p
     
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  38. tedmeister

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    Not me. I find an extra quarter inch is all I need as far as enhancing performance is concerned :mrgreen: Any longer than that and my backhand loses a lot more than what I gain in the serve and forehand departments.
     
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  39. AndrewD

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    Prince Precision Mono (still). Guess that's the benchmark for me, for all racquets to come. Why? Simply because I've never hit with a racquet that was as mobile at net, was so effortless on half-volleys, offered such good predictable, dependable power on all shots, makes serving so easy and could provide such heavy, biting slice on approach shots.

    Ive got a feeling that Im never going to find anything to match it. Finally managed to trial a PS 6.0 95 and, sorry BP, but it's not even close. Nice racquet all right but, in the slice and net play departments, not a patch on the Mono.

    So, my Grail quest will be to find something as good, for me, as the Mono.
     
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  40. BillyIdol

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    Holy Grail

    Breakpoint,

    This is Billy Idol (actually John). And yes, I do let out a "Rebel Yell" on all forehand winners! Then I say, "More, more, more!" What's wrong with more? (Blockbuster/Rebel Yell commercial). Actually, the HPS 6.1 is a superb all around racket also, but you need to get used to the weight. I am sort of hesitant to try the Wilson Pro Staff Classic 6.1 because I have a feeling that this could be the ultimate Holy Grail. Every player that I have played that used the PSC 6.1 has hit the ball extremely well and extremely hard! This racket seems to deliver a heavy ball. Racket or player? Or both? Do the good players choose better rackets? Or do the rackets make the player better?

    I know that my confidence goe sky high when I use the PS 6.0 95! Other Holy Grail candidates include Slazenger X1, Yonex RDS MP and Mid, NCode 90, NCode 6.1, and Pro Staff Classic 6.1.

    John
     
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  41. Ryoma Kun

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    I use the slazenger probraided henman, good power, contorl, and feel. looks really good too, slap ona leather grip and 6 grams at 3 and 6 grams at 9 and your set.

    i also love using the wilson ps 6.0 85 when my arm gets sore, that thing is smooth when u string it at 53lbs.
     
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  42. kanjii

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    Adidas GTX Mid-T. Why? Kinda getting back to basics. Learning off an OS racquet, you feel like the technique isn't quite there...timing, footwork, and concentration. I've played with OS for the last 10+ years and miss the regular and mids alot. Back in high school days the best players played with OS. Give them a regular or mid and they weren't as competive...pretty weak actually...relied too much on racquet head size. Back to basic baby...back to basic.
     
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  43. The "Holy Grail Racquet" for me implies a quest. There was one Racquet that I searched for about 5 years and I finally found one on E-bay two summers ago. The Wilson Jack Kramer Midsize, this was one of the last woodies Wilson ever made, the head was about 25% larger than a stock Kramer, with a thin and visible strip of graphite laminated into the wood layers.

    Plays pretty sweet. And that's one quest that's been fulfilled. My wife has a shoe fetish. I guess I have a racquet fetish. She's got way more shoes than I have racquets. Maybe someday I'll even the score.
     
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  44. ncode

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    Head Prestige Classic Mid
     
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  45. foucapol

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    My holy grail is Morvius Classic Tour which is not yet sold in the U.S. and Europe.
    The spec. are 93sq." head, 12oz strung, 5pt HL, 22.5mm constant box beam with stability ring under the hoop. Just like more manueverable Max 200G with increased power.
     
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  46. sedwickdotcom

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    iprestige mid - great serving, forehand, volleying
     
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  47. ShooterMcMarco

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    chalk up another for the 6.0 95.
     
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  48. Gyoung

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    I've just discovered the ROK (now that it is discontinued). I love everything about this racquet. It has such a sweet feel. Why do the mfg. always discontinue the best playing racquets? I've tried 90% of todays player's racquets and this one should be a keeper.
     
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  49. kanjii

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    If it's in search.....my holy grail would be the Adidas GTX Pro-T. That has to be a classic one of a kind racquet. Egg shaped head and a monster of a weapon to the "CHOSEN ONE".
     
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  50. Match Point

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    Tour 90...It's the best...I do use the Ncode 90 from time to time. I still trust the baseball bat approach on Tour 90. Always looking forward to Match Point in my favor! :mrgreen:
     
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