Which brands of tennis racquets do you DISLIKE

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by rafafan20, Dec 8, 2012.

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Brands

  1. Wilson

    24 vote(s)
    12.8%
  2. Prince

    34 vote(s)
    18.2%
  3. Head

    9 vote(s)
    4.8%
  4. Babolat

    73 vote(s)
    39.0%
  5. Dunlop

    11 vote(s)
    5.9%
  6. Yonex

    6 vote(s)
    3.2%
  7. Volkl

    7 vote(s)
    3.7%
  8. Donnay

    11 vote(s)
    5.9%
  9. Tecnifibre

    4 vote(s)
    2.1%
  10. Other

    8 vote(s)
    4.3%
  1. rafafan20

    rafafan20 Professional

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    I'm just curious, I've never liked Wilson racquets. Even the ones with my specs I have never liked. I'm wondering if anyone else has aversions to certain brands of racquet, and if so, which?
     
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  2. db10s

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    I can only pick one? :(
     
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  3. PhotoBlue

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    Prince. A lot of their racquets are cheap feeling and not solid at all.
     
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  4. rafafan20

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    Realized I should have made it multiple selection after created, but I guess just choose 1 you would never buy. As Prince currently stands I'd never buy a racquet although I loved their old racquets.
     
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  5. Fyrepower

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    ^^ ditto. i have never found a prince racquet I liked.
     
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  6. rafafan20

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    I thought Babolat would crush the competition, we'll see.
     
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  7. slowfox

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    One of my regular hitting partners always accuses me of hating the "popular" brands. Guess which one I voted for...
     
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  8. rafafan20

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    Why the dislike of Donnay? Never used or even played against someone using one.
     
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  9. 3fees

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    any racquet that hinders me hitting winners.

    :mrgreen:
     
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  10. ArliHawk

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    Babolat is going to win this in a landslide, and I am a Babolat user.
     
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  11. cluckcluck

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    Prince and Babolat.

    Though I lean more towards disliking the Babs. They're inconsistent, two of the same models with same string and tension will play completely different from another.

    I don't like Prince because they feel like they're going to bust when you hit with any power.
     
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  12. baseline_monster

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    What I hate is the fact that the bigger the brand, the worse the quality of the frames are. Head and Wilson quality control is a joke. I had my old extremes weighted and matched, when they weighed them, there was over a 10g difference in the rackets! I worked in a top UK racket store for 4 years, Wilson and Head were the most common rackets that were returned. Luckily my 6.1 95s were 1g apart lol.
     
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  13. acura9927

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    Free courts hogs tend to play with Babolats.
    The nicest players are Yonex and Dunlops users
     
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  14. r5d3

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    Until about 7 months ago, I would have said Babolat. Never swung one I liked, until the new Pure Drive, which I now play with. So, with them being out, it's probably Wilson (haven't played with one since the late 90's) and Prince (have never owned one).
     
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  15. Hi I'm Ray

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    Babs is going to win for sure based purely on the number of Roger fans/Nadal haters.

    I don't dislike any brand as every brand that I've tried offers something I can play with and like.
     
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  16. Marcus2137

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    I voted but wish I could choose a couple.

    I have a hard time finding Wilsons that feel good to me, but I like some of the Pro Staffs a lot. But overall, I'm not a Wilson fan.

    I also wish I could choose Babolat. Haven't ever used a Babolat I enjoyed. The PD 2012 isn't bad but still wouldn't be my choice.

    I agree with many about a lot of Prince. I like some of the older ones (which I have), but don't like the feel of the newer ones.

    Besides those, I think there are many good choices today and it's hard to go wrong with most of these brands.
     
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  17. TripleB

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    I voted for Prince mainly because they went to the 'holes' in their racquets instead of normal grommets. As an ex-stringer I would find it a pain in the rear to have to use a special tool to string a racquet.

    TripleB
     
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  18. Roddickulous

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    It's probably more your crap technique when hitting a tennis ball... ;D
     
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  19. MikeHitsHard93

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    This is precisely why I have strayed away from prince. I'm going to start stringing soon and I don't want to have to worry about the ports. I also don't like how they whistle.
     
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  20. GS

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    I'm only hooked on Prince because I'm lucky I own 6 POG Longbodies (the best of all worlds---a POG with a 100 sq in head). If I didn't, I'd probably go with the EX03 White. But yep, otherwise, these recent Prince sticks are pretty dumb.
    I like Head racquets alittle, but not their rectangular grip shape.
    Babolat? Only their discontinued Pure Control, not the current Pure Storms.
     
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  21. rafafan20

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    Do people actually dislike Babolat as a racquet or as a brand?

    i.e. do you find the racquets unplayable for your game or do you just dislike the hype machine and the fact that they are everywhere (and more accessible to lower level players)
     
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  22. Rock Strongo

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    None. I'm crap with them all!;)
     
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  23. Xonemains

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    I hate Babs the most!!!

    Surely, they know many people gets sore using their stick, and they keep bumping up the stiffness rating! Active cortex?? Please
     
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  24. rafafan20

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    ditto :cry:
     
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  25. wolfinsignia

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    i really hate the babolat for the hollow feeling racquets, except for the storm since it doesn't really have it. but the racquet itself works well for me. but i can't play with a babolat, it irritates me after each stroke and i tried to get used to it, but in the end couldn't. though im really looking forward to demoing any new ones to see how i like it without being bias toward the feel.
     
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  26. thecrusher956

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    ^^What was irritating you?
     
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  27. RadicalMPfan

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    Babalot by far makes the worst racquets. If a hollow feeling toy, that has "effortless" power fits your game, I feel sorry for you. Pure storm is OK.

    I never had elbow problems until I became a victim of marketing and bought a pure drive.

    On a positive note, I love that Babalot doesn't PJ racquets for their players (as far as I know).
     
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  28. babyhagrid

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    Nadal's ADPGT is a pj, check Fabfed's thread for pics
     
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  29. slowfox

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    LOL.. nice perspective. I gotta admit there's some truth to it. :)
     
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  30. westpac690

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    Babolat by a mile. I've hit with about 8 different racquets from the Aero, Pure Drive, and Pure Storm lines and I just don't get it. I had a short affair with a Pure Drive because of the serve, but the lack of feel for the ball and ball placement(control) made me look elsewhere.
     
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  31. db10s

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    I would have to agree...
     
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  32. TennisCJC

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    Not a fan of Bab AP or PD - hit like clubs with little feel or control.
     
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  33. Mick

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    I like racquets that the big name players endorse. The other ones, I don't dislike but I don't buy them.
     
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  34. cknobman

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    Babolat.

    Their racquets feel hollow and stiff.
    Their strings have no feel.
    Their shoes are uncomfortable as heck.
     
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  35. djdannyj25

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    head racquets have the most awkward feel to me (even though i know they're supposed to feel great), always been a wilson guy myself
     
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  36. Coach Chad

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    I love my Prince EXO Tour 100...great feel...Babolat always felt stiff; every model.
     
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  37. hcb0804

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    Funny, I always had a dislike for Wilsons, then I tried the BLX Pro Staff Six.one 100. Never liked any Wilson, but I freakin LOVE the Pro Staff Six.one 100. I really do not like Prince, so that was my vote.
     
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  38. HEADfamilydynasty

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    I bear no ill will toward Babolat, but their rackets all feel like **** to me except the new Pure Drive. I can play quite well with them but they do anything better that merits switching over to them from my sticks. Also prince is similar with regards to the O-Ports. They're not bad but its an acquired feel i have no patience to learn to like:lol:.
     
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  39. rst

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    i have a racket that says donnay x-yellow on it. if prince happened to make it and painted donnay on it just for the h@#$ if it i dont care.

    its thin and light and my favorite racket.
     
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  40. rst

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    i could car less about the hype machine that you people claim exists...if it does.

    i look for specs and then demo..thats all i can go by. babolat has som erackets similar to a donnay x-yellow that i currently have and hit with. 10-ish ounces and near even balance at 100 squin.

    the babolats i have held (lites) had a good feel to them.
     
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  41. MikeHitsHard93

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    Roddick is actually using a pure drive team
     
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  42. rst

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    wilson???? has so mnay rackets so different from each other that i cant imagine that there would be a general disdain for wilson rackets.

    bold blx is vastly different than some of the k types?????

    one thing i have noticed about wilson labled rackets is the grip butt seems much wider on them than other brand labled rackets...too wide for my preference.
     
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  43. Rock Strongo

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    And Rafa is using an APD original. Can't think of anyone else though...
     
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  44. Alchemy-Z

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    I was a Huge WILSON fan....then over the past decade each year I have watched the quality control go down.

    I finally started looking other places because I got sick of buying 3 sticks that were the same model...but played like 3 different sticks.

    right now I have Babolat (but only 2 so hardly a big enough test sample to know for sure) but they match perfectly and i like how they play.

    have a few dunlops/heads as well but nothing has sparked for me on those brands either.


    I recently tried the BAB pure storm 98 (i think) and really liked it
     
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  45. mxmx

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    I hate wilson as a brand and love Prince as a brand. Unfortunately, the company philosophy or brand recognition that made me like Prince from the beginning, has not filtered down enough in their more modern rackets. Prince has moved too far away from their traditions it seems. I recently bought wilson rackets, even though I almost despise wilson as a "brand"

    Wilson and Prince aside, from what is available in my country, I probably dislike Babolat the most...

    The same can be said for nike. I kinda hate nike and always preferred adidas, as a brand. But due to actual specs on shoes especially, I am again forced to buy shoes from a company I rather dislike :(
     
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  46. getsby

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    Dunlop, good ball bad racquet
     
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  47. sansaephanh

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    I can't say i despise any racket brand. Considering the amount of variation and feel they've been able to pull off, I'd say every single brand made at least a few extremely acceptable sticks.
     
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  48. superdave3

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    I have to agree regarding Prince. Although Wilson racquets do seem to vary too much in weight (poor quality control), I could always play well with them, but Prince racquets just seem to have no controllable power, except the EXO3, which is so underpowered you have to use lead tape to get it to perform well. The older Prince racquets were so much better.
     
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  49. MikeHitsHard93

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    Which EXO3??.... Every new racket prince makes has that tech...
     
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  50. superdave3

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    I tried the EXO3 18x20. It felt nice and easy to swing, but shots fell short and the racquet was unstable until I leaded it up at 3 and 9. The Prine EX03 White was better but kept hitting long. I played with the older Synergy racquets and Rebel and thought they were great. Just my $.02 worth. I currently use a 6.1PSC, but like a lot of others, I have TE off and on using it.
     
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