Need advice from TW racquet guru's.
Hi, I have a peculiar problem. I have played with many racquets over the last 2 years, and each have their pros and cons. But one problem continues to bug me in the ongoing search for that elusive perfect racquet. All the racquets below are strung with Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour. I have tested many more, but these are the current ones in my bag. My problem is this:
I play with my Head Youtek Prestige MP (non IG) - the most aswsome racquet ever, this racquet was made by the tennis gods. But, while it is perfect for my groundstrokes, returns, slices, volleys - I cannot serve with this racquet to save my life. Im lucky if i get a serve in over 50mph.
I play with my Dunlop Bio Max 200G - in my opinion a very close match to the racquet above - awsome in all aspects, but the same problem with the serve (slightly less i'd say, but still a problem), I can maybe get 70mph while almost dislocating my back and shoulder.
I play with my Head Youtek IG Prestige S - very nice racquet. Feels like 50% Radical - 50% Prestige. With this racquet I can serve properly, BUT, the rest of my game suffers - groundstrokes are a bit hard to control, so are volleys, returns lack depth, no plow-through.
So now i'm really wondering about the weight / swingweight, and what might solve my problem:confused: It seems i like a fairly light racquet for my serves, and a heavy racquet for everything else. I have tried to adapt my groundstrokes and the rest of my game for a lighter racquet but i just can't - i need that heavy plow-through. I also remember a while ago playing with a Youtek Radical MP (non IG), and it almost seemed to even things out a bit for my game. I tried the new IG Radical MP but hated it. Might the IG Radical Pro suit my game?
I can hear people say: "just server harder". I wish i could, but i had a shoulder operation in January, and i fear my shoulder will never be the same again - so i cant, even if i wanted to:cry:
On a side note, i have some old racquets, one Pro Kennex Composite Destiny, weighing in at close to 360 grams. Again with this racquet everything is great, but i dont even try and serve with it - i'd have to go and pick up my arm from the other side of the court:-?
What about a similar weight/balance but going with an open string pattern to add some pace and zip? Livelier racquets that immediately come to mind would include the Donnay Pro One 16x19, Blade 98 16x19, Mantis 305 and if you want to take power a step further, the AeroPro Drive.
Hope that helps,
i´m no racquet guru by any stretch of imagination but a friend of mine has had a shoulder operation as well and he play with pro kennex kinetic now.
really helps his shoulder.
Thanks for the replies. I will look into the racquets both of you mentioned:)
i would also suggest trying some more powerful racquets and possibly order a roll of lead tape too to try adding more weight to them.
yonex makes an interesting range of racquets... even there more powerful racquets tend to feel more head light and lower swing weight than their competitors. try a Yonex vcore 98 or maybe even vcore 95D?
as TW racquet guru Chris mentioned, try a babolat pure drive or clone (head instinct, wilson pro open, etc) unmodded and see how it goes. if too whippy and powerful, and add 10grams to the tip of the racquet. try serving with that... if still no good, try counterbalancing on the handle too.
if those racquets are just too powerful or still don't help with your serve, i also find the head IG Speed to be an interesting frame. has the thin beam of a prestige, swings through the air amazingly quick, and has a mix of control and power. i also recommend trying lead on this racquet. it has such a low swingweight that you can really add a lot and still be able to swing it. adding some lead in the hoop and throat will definitely give it more plow if needed.
there are a million things to try, which is fortunate or agonizing depending on your point of view. if lighter but thin beamed doesn't work... you could try larger head and lighter but very flexy like the Blade 104 or Radical OS.
of course, taking some tennis lessons for some review of your technique might be the best thing to see what they could suggest for your serve with the racquet you like best on other shots... or practice your michael chang underhand serve! they can be deadly with the right spin!
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