Racquet For a 15yr Old 3.0-3.5
i'm 15yrs old, and 5'8 tall, and I'm thinking of getting either the new blade 98(18x20) or the new aeropro drive in the next couple of weeks, and wanted to know which one you guys would recommend. I'm looking for more stability, plow through, control, and just a general improvement over my 9.9oz, 1pt HL beginners racquet (which is way too light).
I have a eastern/semi western grip on my forehand and have a one handed backhand, and I also come to net quite often. I use backhand slice quite alot as well. I would rate myself at around 3.0-3.5. I love the cosmetic of the blade 98, but would happily buy the aeropro if you guys suggest it.
I want the racquet to last me around 2 years as well, so I want a racquet that will be usable as I develop.
With that said, I would probably suggest the AeroPro Drive over the Blade for you. I think the APD is a great racquet for the junior player developing their modern game. It's very easy to swing, forgiving, and provides lots of power and spin without sacrificing control. The Blade is a great racquet too, but I'd give the slight edge to the APD.
Again, I think best option is to demo both and see which one feels best for you. Those are two good options and you can't go wrong with either. However, if that isn't possible, I'd go with the APD.
Thanks Andy :) I took three racquets out for a demo: the old blade and aeropro, and the Head radical pro :) I felt the Radical Pro was awesome! It had the power of the aeropro, but the stability of the blade and even better feel :) I've ordered one and am getting it strung up with Babolat XCel power at mid tension :)
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