Which racquet brand is your favorite and least favorite, and why?

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  1. Brett

    Brett Semi-Pro

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    Favorite: Pro Kennex

    Least Favorite: Fischer

    This should be interesting, also explain why on both!
     
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  2. vndesu

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    you tell us explain but you dont explain your reasons... nice
     
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  3. sonicboi21

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    Favorite- Babolat. I think they make really good aero's. i really like the spin they generate.
    Least favorite- has to be dunlop. i just dont like the feel of the multi fill. feels too hollow
     
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  4. tzinc

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    Babolat is my favourite don't have any I don't like...
     
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  5. vkartikv

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    1. Dunlop: Every single 200g series has been impressive (both the 90 and 95 sq.in. dense pattern versions)
    2. Wilson: Second only to dunlop, reason being that their quality control is terrible and they haven't made a replacement for the 6.0 95

    Least favourite(s)
    1. Babolat: Too stiff, too light, too painful
    2. Yonex: There is something about the way they flex that make for awful feel
    3. Prince: What are these holes doing in my racquet????
     
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  6. Tempest344

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    Head- I really Like their Radicals esp LM Radical MP
    they always have a good solid feeling

    Dislike
    Slazenger- too light, feel hollow, every one I have ever tried has given me a sore arm afterwards
     
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  7. mdjenders

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    Favorite: Prince - I love the POG and the grip shape. The rest of their lineup is kind of suspect, but the POG is #1 for me. As soon as Prince stops making the POG and the lineup is literally completely full of holes, this will be in the dislike category.

    Dislike: Volkl - I dont like the lack of feel in their frames because of the handle dampening. Also, Wilson - shoddy QC.
     
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  8. crawl4

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    wilson: Love the closer strings

    HATTEEEE
    BABOLAT..i havent had enough demoing but the 3 i have demoed have been garbage..no power
     
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  9. ClubHoUno

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    Wilson - classic 18 X 20 95 SQ" frames for control
    Head - powerful yet controllable and nice paint jobs
    Vantage - custom made rackets are pretty nice to bag

    Least favorites:

    I really can't think of any.....play what ever works for you
     
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  10. DC Tennis Fan

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    Favorite : Vantage - there is nothing like having a customized frame. The build and quality control are excellent.

    Least favorite: Gamma. Any company that produces a racquet called "Big Bubba" can't be taken seriously. :)
     
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  11. 1012007

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    WTF did you play with. Did yours have cracks in the frame?
     
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  12. Doc Hollidae

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    Favorite: Head. Great rackets. The Radical and Prestige Line are great sticks and they make dense string patterns. Other companies only have a few if any dense string patterns.

    Least Favorite: Babolat. The Pure Drive changed tennis and made it a lot easier for a lot of players.
     
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  13. kanjii

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    Fav: Head and Babolat- both powerful and good feeling racquets.

    Hate: Kneissl- well, when I had the Lendl, it was light, stiff, and tennis elbow city.
     
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  14. tenniscore

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    Favorite: Prince or Head - hands down. In the last couple years Prince has stepped it up huge ... they are like the upstart brand now and i agree with Doc Hollidae..Head Radical and Prestige are sweet sticks too.

    Least Fav: Babolat - the honeymoon is over...hype is gone - people are starting to discover that the rackets may look cool, but that's it!

    Wilson - FLUFF!!!

    Kfactor??? Please someone explain what that is - all they do is re-paint racquets, over and over -we are suckers for it - only Fed jock-sniffers play Wilson!
     
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  15. TennisProdigy

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    Favorite Yonex - makes quality frames from JAPAN not china.

    Least favorite - Wilson, should stop spending all their money sponsoring players and make some decent frames.
     
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  16. Pro Staff Pete

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    Favorite: Wilson --> loving the control of the Pro Staff series + quality

    Least favorite: Technifibre - sluggish, large and uncomfortable
     
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  17. nickb

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    Fav: Wilson..always has been

    Least fav: Head...never liked any of the frames...hate the grip shape.
     
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  18. Pro Staff Pete

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    What's up with the grip shape? I never really had a closer look at Head rackets.
     
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  19. soggyramen

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    Fav. Prince: Unlike other the O3 holes don't bother my game at all.

    Least Fav. Dunlop: Only one i've liked is the Aerogel 100...ever
     
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  20. PackardDell

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    Fischer: good QC

    Head: they lie to consumers about the headsize
     
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  21. Pro Staff Pete

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    You don't break your strings more often due to the fact there are these holes instead of tubes? I always wondered..
     
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  22. P8ntballa

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    FAV: Yonex Great QC, not alot of power, good spin, great feel, and forgiveness

    HATE: Babolat, other then the PC and PS, they are TWEENERS no player frames too much power and way too stiff gave me tennis elbow
     
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  23. drakulie

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    Least favorite would be Volkl. However, they are out of business, so I will have to find another least favorite brand. :)

    Favorite: Wilson.
     
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  24. bad_call

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    Least fave: whatever drakulie is currently using.

    Most fave: whatever drakulie dislikes the most.

    j/k :razz: haven't tried too many brands so no strong opinion here.
     
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  25. meowmix

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    They're a lot more square, and the grip sizes feel a lot smaller than indicated.
     
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  26. meowmix

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    Head does not lie. It's simply a different way of measuring. Anyways, what does it matter whether a racket is labeled 98 or 95? Can you tell a difference?

    If it makes you feel any better, Gamma labels a 98 frame a midsize. Does that make it play any worse?
     
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  27. logansc

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    Favorite: Dunlop, overall I just love the 200 and 300 series.

    Least Fav: Head, can't stand that rectangular grip.
     
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  28. eric892

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    Favourite : Babolat
     
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  29. hewittfan3

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    Favorite: Yonex- amazing control, spin, and forgiveness

    Least Favorite: Babolat: Ive played with a few and I just dont get it...for some reason I just can hit with these
     
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  30. jybear

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    Favorite: Head (prestige and redical lines); Prince? (POG only)

    Least: Babolat.
     
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  31. Litmstr10

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    Is the "out of business" regarding Volkl a joke, or are you referring to the eventual Becker takeover?

    I played with the "new" C10 Pro today. I plan to buy a few more. It is a great racquet (for me anyway).
     
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  32. Kirko

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    fav. pro kennex : for a co. going out of business their quality is remarkable & they make a real player's racket (5G PSE) with a good leather grip. they also make the redondo another player's racket. all their rackets are well thought out for the segemnt they target, no one is left out. least fav. is wilson a shadow of what they were at one time.
     
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  33. anirut

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    As a brand consultant, I have no racket brand that I neither like most nor hate most. I only have "preferences".

    But, yeah, I do prefer some brand(s) that I won't run into too many "cousins" on the court -- provided the racket quality is good, the pricing is right and it allows me to play well.

    So, as of now, it's PK that I prefer.
     
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  34. crawl4

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    i had a go with the aero storm cortex and a 2 old version's a few years back i forget but the aero storm i found total crap.
     
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  35. herosol

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    favorite: wilson

    least favorite: prince, tecnifibre, dunlop

    Why?

    Prince i mean yay for more racket head speed, and stuff, but the stringbed is just completely muted i dont even know where the hell i hit the ball.
    The other frames are pretty bleh, although POG's are nice

    Tecnifibre i don't get how they are in the mid plus range but have no power like a firkkin 85 in head. They are so heavy, and so hard to swing, and whats worse, the grip is sooooo short

    Dunlop plainly ive never played well with them, not served well, hit well, and feel is too tinny.
     
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  36. Salsa_Lover

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    favorite : Wilson all the way
    less favorite : Yonex

    why Yonex, I guess it is a good racket but I perceive it as a girl's only racket.
     
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  37. Rookie

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    Fav: HEAD
    Least: Prince
     
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  38. 0d1n

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    Fischer - Great feedback/feel, good quality control, they make rackets for the all court player

    Dislike:
    Wilson - because they have bad quality control
    which is THE thing I hate the most about ALL tennis companies. I just HATE it when I buy 3 or 4 of the "same" model and they play like completely different rackets.
     
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  39. astra

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    Fischer - IMO the most balanced racquets in terms of playing properties for all-court players.

    Least fav:
    None. It depends on a particular racquet.
     
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  40. HeadPrestige

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    Favorite: Wilson... (i use one and love it)

    Least Favorite: Babolat: Woofer makes every babolat unplayable to me. Take out woofer and the PST would be a great racket.
     
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  41. P8ntballa

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    BS BS BS BS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Tons of guys hit with yonex and on the pro tour theres Nalbandian and Hewitt... The only reason people (in or out of tennis) know more about the girls using there frames is because the women they hire are HOTTTTT! IE: Ana Ivanovic (The HOTTEST of em all)
     
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  42. jjordache

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    I haven't hit with many frames myself, but here it goes:

    Fav: Head. I also like Yonex for some reason, although I never owned any Yonex racquet.

    Least favorite (can't really say hate...) : Wilson because it's over-hyped and makes candy-stick pjs lately...
    Ah, I also don't care much for Prince's O-holes... just don't like the idea.

    The irony is that now I play with a Wilson and I started with a Prince (no holes in that one though) :)
     
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  43. hewittfan3

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    Not only is there Hewitt and Nalbandian but there is Ancic and Joachim Johansson,Monaco, and Srichiphan
     
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  44. saram

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    Fave: Prince and Dunlop--solid mid 95" sticks.

    Hate: Babolate PD's...too much power and pain.
     
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  45. AmericanTemplar

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    Favorite: Yonex-tons of control, can place on a dime.

    Least favorite: Babolat-light, hollow feel.
     
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  46. Hatari!

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    Prince, until recently. Diablo, Original Graphite were wonderful racquets. O3 stinks. Great racquet speed, but too much power and no feel.

    Head has replaced Prince in my heart. The Microgel Extreme creates wicked spin.

    Hated
    Wilson: Their quality control sucks. I once bought 2 nblades, and they might as well have been 2 different racquets.

    Fischer: More unstable than the I-35W Mississippi River bridge.
     
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  47. quest01

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    I would say my favorite for right now would be Babolat because of the easier access to spin and power compared to other racket brands.

    I don't have a least favorite.
     
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  48. gonzalocatalino

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    The best: Volkls...i just cant play with another brand.

    The worst: Babolats, horrible stiff and hollow feel.

    Anyway, i think every brand (besides babolat :p) have some great racquets...
     
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  49. AceofBase

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    Favorite: Prince, just feel good and also come in different size and length making it a good choice to start off learning. First racket i ever bough was the Prince More Precision OS and that racket what made me how i play and what i am today.

    Least favorite: Wilson, too plastic and feel weird like it too soft or lite or something.
     
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  50. slice bh compliment

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    1] Volkl
    2] Dunlop/Slazenger
    3] Babolat (best strings and shoes EVER)
    4] Fischer
    5] Tecnifibre
    6] Yonex
    Other....indifferent
    7] HEAD
    8] Wilson (best overgrips ever)
    9] Prince
    THE worst] Nike if they ever bought someone and branded frames.

    But of course...there are some ****e Volkls and some good Wilsons and Princes.
    There are some babolats I would not even consider.
    There are two great HEADs.

    I wouldn't mind trying a Vantage stick with specs like a Volkl c11 or a Dunlop aerogel 150 if there were such things. Or that new Babolat Pure Storm 95. Or if they made an AeroStorm Tour Limited with a flex of 62 and a 95 headsize.
     
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