Discussion in 'Racquets' started by The Dark Knight, Oct 10, 2012.
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Head i.prestige mid
Head Pour Tour 280
Head Microgel Radical MP
Sorry just ordered Dunlop... Long story short, i needed to have matching rackets, and dunlop was on sale
4 months now with the Volkl V10 catapult
I have 3 of the TW reissue Slazenger Pro Braideds and then 4 of the previous model Wilson BLX Pro Open. If I am having an off day then I use the Wilsons since they are a little lighter and have a larger headsize. Though I have been playing quite well with the Slazengers so the Wilsons have just been sitting in my bag.
After using the Pro Staff 6.0 85 for 20 years, just switched to the new PS BLX 90...Not getting any younger, you know...
It's sad to see how Prince has fallen in the last years, right now it's in the seventh place
Thanks, it's sad how TF is underrated, but not as sad as Grishun not being able to afford shaving razors:lol:
After playing and playtesting many rackets I've settled to rdis100mp. I bought the rdis200 too, but never got used to it. It was far more difficult to control the shots with it even with similar gut/poly setup.
If you've played with both an still prefer the rdis200 I'm very surprised.
I thought Wilson and Babolat would be close.
Head has actually beaten out Wilson.
The thing about Head racquets is that their advertisements don't seem as prominent as Babolat and Wilson....and yet they are the most popular racquet.
I've only played with one Head racquet in my life and that was the Kmart Head TI-6.....I must say it was a fun a racquet and the best beginners racquet that I have ever tried.
The only reason I chose the 200 over the 100 is the comfort of the former. The 100 I agree has more control and less power but it is jarring on the arm after a long game..and this ain't made easier by the fact that I use full poly with a relatively stiff feel..cyclone 17g. The 200 takes a long while to get used to but worth it in the long haul..have leaded them at 12 with 2g...great spin and ploughthrough...
Judging from the poll results im going to have to give Yonex a try.
Dunlop Bio 500 tour
Currently using some old Babolat Pure Control Zylons weighted up to about 11.5 and I love them.
If I become affiliated with a particular manufacturer Id just go ahead and switch to something similar (six one 95/speed/prestige tour/tour 100/300 tour ext...) I'd try to stick to the 16 mains
Shocking .....head is the most popular.
I did not expect that .
I expected either head or babolat to come out on top. I see head rackets everywhere. Wilson, I feel, is slowly slipping away due to paint jobs, quality control, and lack of popularity in the young crowd.
Well I think it also proves that endorsements work and that people use racquets that's the #1 player uses.
With the rise of djokivic and Murray Head takes the lead and I don't think it's a coincidence.
In Feds hey day I bet Wilson was the winner .
I bet you're right! I'm sure lots of kids bought a six one 95 k factor because they thought it was Feds stick
I use whatever suits me fancy on that day. Today I used a T-2000!
Also use Kennex as well as my Head rackets.
Volkl. 2 Organix V1 MP.
Natural tennis freestyle. Link included for those that don't know what it is.
Bought it, tried it ....cannot get used to it.....but makes a great conversation piece
I would have thought Babolat would be on top or just closer to the top.
I am happily surprised that Yonex has a decent crowd here on the forums.
moved on .....
Have since moved to the : VOLKL ORGANIX 7 (295)
Just acquired a beautiful NOS Yonex Rd 7 UL 315 grams. that's probably the best feeling racquet i ever used in my life. i would like to stay with it for 1 year, testing different sets-up( i know it is a very string-sesintive frame).
-Yonex is nearly as popular as Babolot
-Volkl is more popular than Prince
Head Extreme Pro 2.0 for me.
I prefer Head in general thus far, but I could play with any of the brands I've tried so far - Wilson, Donnay, Yonex. The Yonex was probably my least favorite.
I was about to say Wilson, since I was planning to get two Blade 98 BLX. Now I'm not sure, given the fact many people here who focuses more on their sticks than their games (take it with a grain of salt) say they have consistency issues... Who to believe?
When I first started playing I used Head. Then was put on to the Wilson Hammer 6.2 stretch in High school. I have been using Wilson ever since. (currently six.one 100)
I guess i am finding the poll results a little surprising. Babolat is basically tied with Yonex and Dunlop. Prince is lagging.
It's interesting to compare the marketing of these brands. Prince has relied too much on dubious technical "advances" in my judgment. They once had the image of quality. Now I'm not sure what they're selling. They've gone after niches, but you have to be pretty knowledgeable to appreciate the distinctions. Other than the 100Tour control racquet, others have more appealing options, even within those niches.
Dunlop offers a quality product, but they suffer from trying to be all things to all people. They lack a signature product. At least their racquet designations are understandable. The higher the number, the more power. I don't like the fact they seem to totally redo their line every year. The Aerogel 4d 200 Tour became the Biometic 200 Tour and now is the F2 or something. Confusing and detracts from having a signature product.
Babolat has taken the exact opposite tack. They are all about signature products. Even casual fans can recognize "Rafa's racquet" or "Roddick's racquet." They change yearly, but the changes are largely cosmetic, just like Wilson does with its signature products. This translates into greater resale value. An APD is an APD, even though the color may be different.
Yonex is an interesting company to me. Everyone says their quality is unsurpassed, and I believe it. Their sticks are visually stunning. They have suffered a bit IMO from their greatest asset, their strong identification with the women's game. Probably as many WTA players use PD's as Yonex, but no one would call the PD a girl's racquet. Yonex's marketing is a combination of prince and Dunlop. They offer a number of niche, even quirky, products, and they change them so often it is hard to follow their line.
I largely agree with your sentiments. What the other companies needs that Babolat, Wilson, and Head have, is a main promoter of the brand. I know for Yonex it was Hewitt for a long time, but let's face it...he's aging and well past his prime. I'm glad they picked up Stan Wawrinka, but they're going to need a couple more big guns to hold up against the big boys.
Prince has Ferrer and the Bryan bros, I guess but that hasn't helped them keep afloat.
Dunlop has Verdasco and Almagro. They need one too.
I get that. It's not for everyone. Took me a bit to get used to volley's with it and a while longer to be able to hit 2hfh. I always used 2hbh so it was instant love on that side. Single hand FH no problem, I'm a right hander. I'm now working on a lefty FH.
Mantis 295 Pro. Great racquet. Didn't like Babolat racquets due to the excessive stiffness when not hitting the sweet spot.
Prince TT Warrior
Yonex Vcore 100S. Never thought that I'd enjoy any of their frames. I stand corrected!
youtek prestige pro as back up
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