What's the most popular racquet in your region/area?

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  1. Strawberry

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    I was browsing the "Your Picture" thread and they brought up a discussion about what racquets were most popular in their area and I thought this would be an interesting topic to discuss. In Southern California, I mostly see a lot of Princes, and Wilsons. What about you guys?
     
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  2. ChocolatePie

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    Oh I've seen an even amount of everything...from Wilson to Babolat to Head to Volkl to Technifibre to Prince....I haven't seen any Kneissl or Avery though.
     
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  3. JMS

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    see a lot of prince and head around here
     
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  4. jmverdugo

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    LOL this is funny, it was me with Jo11y the ones talking about the popularity of some rackets brands, well as i said before on the other thread, here among the young people Prince and Technifibre are the most popular, you may see some babs but not that much. You can see some Wilson and Head but most of then are tweeners i only know one why with a ncode 95. I have never ever seen a PS nor a Prestige, i mean around here of course.
     
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  5. Commando Tennis Shorts

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    a lot of prince and pro kennex here in tucson
     
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  6. soggyramen

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    lmao the babolat PD is the most popular girls racquet with head racquets in 2nd.

    for the guys the wilson npro is pretty popular while the babolat PD/APD/PC/PST are becoming darn popular as well
     
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  7. me is bored

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    almost everybody here has a kfactor. then other assorted wilsons, then babolats are tied with head.

    here= Texas
     
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  8. hjminard

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    All sorts of Head and Wilson racquets around here ... with a few Prince mixed in (mostly women). Babolats are relatively rare (no local dealers). Anything else is pretty much nonexistent from what I've seen, with the exception of the occasional Dunlop or (older) ProKennex.
     
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  9. Azrael

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    It seems to me like everyone in my area plays Babolat and Prince.
    They didn't even know what a Dunlop was.
     
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  10. Jack & Coke

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    Around these parts.. most popular by far = Wilson (in particular the K90)
     
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    in my country, WILSON dominates the market..... BABOLAT and PRINCE is comming up... the rest of it , such as HEAD, YONEX, VOLKL gets the tiny market shares..... DUNLOP only has the old models arround.... haven't seen anyone using TECHNIFIBRE and FISCHER......
     
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  12. drakulie

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    I would say Wilson is the most popular followed by Head/Babolat and Prince.

    Volkl is the least popular. :)
     
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  13. sargeinaz

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    I would say Head is the most popular that I see around scottsdale.
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  14. tbini87

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    Babolat seems to be the favorite where i play. mostly pure drives but just about everything else also.
     
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  15. crazy8tiger

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    I'm in southern california too; I've seen a lot of Wilsons and Babolats around my area.
     
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  16. pianotennis

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    Few years ago Wilson and Head were everywhere, now Barbolat rules, especially PD.
     
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  17. gerikoh

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    wilson rules!!! then comes head
     
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  18. Quattro

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    A little bit of everything around here but speaking of what people have me string: lots of ProStaffs, Tecnifibres (yay!), O3's, and a various mix of Head FP's and LM's, and Babolats of any ilk.

    I'll also add one that rarely gets screen credits, but has a huge following in the Seniors market (I live in a very popular area for winter birds from Florida)....Weed!
     
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  19. Duzza

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    I see a lot of:

    Flexpoint Prestige
    nCode 95
    Babolat Pure Drive
    nBlade 98
    Volkl DNX 9
    RDS 001
    RDS 002
    O3 Tour
     
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  20. Breakaz54z

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    By far I'm seeing a lot of Wilsons. I would say more than 50% of those Wilsons are K 90/95. The next I see a lot of are Head rackets. Followed closely by Prince. Btw, I saw someone playing with PS and got really excited.. maybe it's just the buzz about the racket from here. It's not a racket I can handle yet :p
     
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  21. Infl8edEg0

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    Babolats in So Cal
     
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  22. Strawberry

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    Yeah, I would have said Bab's in SoCal, except I was at the court last night, and it seemed every group that came, at least one person was using Prince.
     
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  23. Gmedlo

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    In my area, it's mainly Wilson, Babolat, and Prince. There are a few heads, but no one plays with yonex, tecnifibre, fischer, dunlop, ProKennex, Volkl, or donnay at all. The last time I saw someone with a dunlop was a kid from San Fransisco that had mfil 200s, but he wasn't from my area so he doesn't count.

    People play with whatever their pro shop recommends usually, and we have a few wilson/babolat reps that work at pro shops around here, so biased advice is handed out cordially.
     
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  24. Roy

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    Wilson by far !
     
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  25. P-Town Tennis

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    I see a lot of ncodes. The rest are other Wilson racquets and Prince racquets.
     
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  26. for girls: pure drives
    guys: aeropro drives
     
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  27. A.T.S.

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    Wilson. 99 percent. Alot of Federer fans where i live. I and maybe another three people break the chain. I use a Head Dominion 660 now(feels like a players racquet, but Im not really sure. I like it though.). For all you people who know me on this forum I had to switch from the PDT because of elbow and wrist problems.
     
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  28. KFwinds

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    Chicago suburbs here. At my club the Prince O3 racquets are probably the most popular; several people I know play with tours and hybrid tours, as well as the Hybrid Hornet and Spectrum (the best singles player on my USTA team plays with a Spectrum).

    Wilsons are also popular. Usually various versions of ProStaffs, Surges, and the nBlade. There are also several Dunlop users at my club, mostly 300 series but a couple of guys play with 200's. Distant 4th is probably Babolat (although almost ALL of the juniors I see use either a Babolat or an nBlade), and the occasional Head Radical user. I actually know only one guy who uses a FXP Prestige MP, and he's not that great a player.
     
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  29. CollegeBound

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    In my part of Australia the most popular brand, hands down, is Babolat. Second most popular would be a tie between Head and Wilson.

    Most popular racquet overall: Babolat Pure Drive
    Most popular racquet under 12oz: (1) PD, (2) Yonex RDS 001 MP, (3) APD
    Most popular 12oz+: Dunlop Mfil200 or Wilson nSix-One 95
    Most popular Mid: Head Prestige (mainly i.Prestige, LM and Flexpoint).
     
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  31. ShooterMcMarco

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    Pretty much anything babolat.
     
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  32. quest01

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    I would have to say Wilson and Head rackets are the most popular brands in my area. Every pro shop or sporting good store always has Head and Wilson rackets mainly.
     
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  33. JW10S

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    At the clubs and courts I practice at HEAD and Wilson are far and away the most popular brands. Babolat is a distant 3rd.
     
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    In Bangkok, I have seen a lot of Wilson nCode series since 2003. The second to that is Babolat Pure Drive.
     
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  35. Automatix

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    Wilson and Babolat (mostly PD)...
     
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  36. Pusher

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    I see mostly Babolat PD's among the 14 and under crowd. At around 15-16 the more serious players go with mostly Wilson N95's or K factors (K95, K90). Those that stay with Babolat usually end up with Pure Controls. The girls will stay with babolat a lot longer or make a change to Prince.
    Less serious juniors have frames their mom's bought-usually the new yellow babolats or Prince speedports.

    The adults can be seen with a wide variety and don't seem to be influenced as much by manufacturer marketing.
     
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    Babolat PD, Wilson nsix-one team/95, head radical and o3 tour
     
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  38. Ronny

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    I mostly see Head but see quite a lot of Babolats, Wilsons, Princes and Yonex. It's not totally one sided though.
     
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  39. 0d1n

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    Head is by far the most popular around here
    - Radical's (These are used by a wide range of players ... from teaching pros and very good players to pretty average/weak players ->some TI, I, LM, and FXP, with I and LM more popular)
    - then Prestige (usually very good middle aged/older players, teaching pros or top juniors 15-18 years old -> mostly FXP/LM with some I for the older good players)
    - then Instinct (used by good/very good juniors 12-16 years old and average/weaker adult players -> mostly LM...some FXP).

    Then there is Babolat
    - mostly junior models (which I don't know ... the z-whatever's I guess) used by kids up to 11-12 years old
    - then pure drives ... used by juniors 12-16 years old...some adults but not many
    - very few aero pro ... mostly juniors 12-16

    Then there is Wilson, Fischer and Dunlop ... pretty much the same numbers
    - wilson - mostly lighter "team" versions (bad adults), and tweeners (juniors) + some NBlades for average to good adults. Ncode is more popular than KFactor. Only saw ONE KSix one 90...weak adult player ;).
    - Fischer - all types of models used by all types of ages and levels (most good juniors that use Fischer use the MSpeed Pro 1, adults I've seen use the recreational or older models)
    - Dunlop - usually older (pre-m-fil), mostly MW, Revelation series models used by good middle aged guys. Some aerogels...but not many.

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    Very few Volkls and Prince (usually older models used by middle aged or older guys...and ME + a teaching pro for Volkl). No O3 series for Prince...never saw one in my life. Only saw Yonex twice (RD 7) and NO Technifibre, PK, Avery ...etc etc.
     
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  40. ShiroRm

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    Racquets:
    - among kids/teens, girls and above 50 men, mostly Babolats (with the related essential stuff (capris, vamos! etc.), incredibly, even among older men :)).
    - among the rest, mostly wilson 95s, Head Prestiges/Radicals; Dunlop and Prince (95-100) less; Volkl, PK and Yonex the rarest
     
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  41. inferno303

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    a lot of that head heavy crap, babolats and heaps of random hand-me-downs but enough pro-end sticks (mainly radicals +6.1's) going around in sydney
     
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  42. backcourt

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    From what I've seen around the Boston area definitely Pure Drives. Then Wilson and Prince. Alot of the club pros seem to have Prince conections and really push them.
     
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  43. goosala

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    The majority of decent players here in Houston like Bab frames. I see tons of Pure Drives being used by all levels of skill.
     
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  44. freelancer

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    LOTS of Wilson in Texas, but I also see a lot of Head and Babolot PDs.
     
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  45. keithchircop

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    Head by FAR.
     
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  46. smittysan89

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    Prince and Wilson easily, but TONS of O3 tours. And then a few HEAD racquets....
     
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  47. bluetrain4

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    I see pretty much everything except Vokyl and Yonex. There are a few Fishers and Dunlops, but not a lot. Prince, Wilson, Head, Babalot all in abundant numbers for the adults. Bablots and Wilsons top among juniors, with Prince coming in third. Not too many Heads among the juniors, but big with adults. Lots of Price O-port and light Head racquets among the doctor's wives crowd.

    A couple of the guys who used to play on the local college team and are now teaching pros just received Technifibre sponsorships, so I imagine that we'll see an increase coming.
     
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  48. brownyazn

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    i've noticed a lot of babolats wilsons and heads
     
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  49. madmanfool

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    Wilson and Babolat. Also some Princes. Few Head. Hardly any Dunlops, Fishers, Tecnifibre, Yonex,..
     
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  50. TripleB

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    Out of all the players I compete against on a regular basis, only two of them have the exact same racquet: Prince Thundercloud.

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