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rohit1986xyz 03-13-2013 01:55 PM

Need help in choosing 2013 control racket
 
I am in second minds regarding the 2013 models from head, wilson and babolat.

Blade 98 18x20
Head graphene speed pro
Babolat Aero Pro Drive 2013.

My requirement is a control racket with decent amount of spin (more the better) but it shouldn't be too low powered. I have playtested all the above three rackets with synthetic gut (they don't provide any other gut :( ) and only liked the blade 98. Head and babolat were too low powered (probably due to the strings?). Please give your suggestions or share your experiences with any of the above 3 rackets, particularly with Head and babolat versions. Please also tell me which strings and tension did you use.

Any other rackets you might suggest that I should demo before purchasing one?

Thanks.

LeeD 03-13-2013 02:27 PM

Makes no difference.
All moderate rackets at moderate weights, moderate stiffness. You pick the colors.

Korso 03-13-2013 02:29 PM

I have been using the blade 98 18x20 for a couple of months now and I have no complaints. Great control, decent spin, and power when you want it. Groundies, volleys, and serves no worries. Solid for a light racket and a less demanding than a 12oz players racket.
Be aware of the quality control if you order one. The one I ordered came in at 6 points head light. Lead tape at 3 and 9 took care of that problem. I prefer my rackets at that weight to be around 2 points head light.

cluckcluck 03-13-2013 02:33 PM

I would cut the Babolat out of there. Open string pattern and rather stiff will be powerful but lacking control.

Andyroo10567 03-13-2013 02:42 PM

If you liked the blade, try the Prestige MP from Head.

db10s 03-13-2013 02:45 PM

Dunlop M3.0....

PhotoBlue 03-13-2013 03:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by db10s (Post 7271216)
Dunlop M3.0....

You hate Dunlop, don't you. ;)

rohit1986xyz 03-13-2013 03:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cluckcluck (Post 7271191)
I would cut the Babolat out of there. Open string pattern and rather stiff will be powerful but lacking control.

Any opinion about Head speed pro vs Blade 98.

sundaypunch 03-13-2013 04:38 PM

I'm a fan of the Aeropro but have never seen considered as a control racquet.

cluckcluck 03-14-2013 09:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rohit1986xyz (Post 7271402)
Any opinion about Head speed pro vs Blade 98.

The head is a bit more arm friendly and maneuverable than the head. The head takes some getting used to with trajectory, it's pretty low compared to the Wilson.

tmc5005 03-17-2013 05:04 PM

I would strongly suggest trying these racquets

Wilson Prostaff Six.One BLX
HEAD-Youtek-IG-Prestige-MP
Babolat New Pure Storm LTD GT

db10s 03-17-2013 05:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PhotoBlue (Post 7271250)
You hate Dunlop, don't you. ;)

I don't mind a Prestige or Aerostorm.

Philipp Kohlscheriber #1 03-18-2013 08:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tmc5005 (Post 7284691)
I would strongly suggest trying these racquets

Wilson Prostaff Six.One BLX
HEAD-Youtek-IG-Prestige-MP
Babolat New Pure Storm LTD GT

these racquets are the best racquets ever, especially the blx pro staff 95.

UCSF2012 03-18-2013 08:27 PM

Speed Pro, Speed Pro, Speed Pro!!!!!

UCSF2012 03-18-2013 08:35 PM

Speed Pro with gut/poly gives more than ample spin. Blade 98 with gut/poly...semi-spin. Even with Solinco Tour Bite, the Blade 98 doesn't get as much spin as the Speed Pro w/ gut/poly. If you want truly insane spin, 6.1 95 16x18 with gut/poly.

mcnota 03-19-2013 03:54 AM

why buy a new racket, buy an older model

rohit1986xyz 03-20-2013 09:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by UCSF2012 (Post 7287538)
Speed Pro with gut/poly gives more than ample spin. Blade 98 with gut/poly...semi-spin. Even with Solinco Tour Bite, the Blade 98 doesn't get as much spin as the Speed Pro w/ gut/poly. If you want truly insane spin, 6.1 95 16x18 with gut/poly.

I demo'ed graphene speed pro. I didnt get much spin from the racket and actually I had difficulty controlling my shots. The demo rackets had synthetic gut on them and they dont change the strings. Anyone had a similar experience with synthetic gut? Did the racket feel change upon changing the gut to something else (poly/natural?)

anubis 03-21-2013 06:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rohit1986xyz (Post 7271122)
I am in second minds regarding the 2013 models from head, wilson and babolat.

Blade 98 18x20
Head graphene speed pro
Babolat Aero Pro Drive 2013.

My requirement is a control racket with decent amount of spin (more the better) but it shouldn't be too low powered. I have playtested all the above three rackets with synthetic gut (they don't provide any other gut :( ) and only liked the blade 98. Head and babolat were too low powered (probably due to the strings?). Please give your suggestions or share your experiences with any of the above 3 rackets, particularly with Head and babolat versions. Please also tell me which strings and tension did you use.

Any other rackets you might suggest that I should demo before purchasing one?

Thanks.

"Control" is a relative term. i wish I learned this years ago instead of trying out dozens of radically different racquets, such as what you have listed above.

If you are a flat hitter, who doesn't use a modern stance, who hits through the ball, then for "control" you want a dense string pattern with a high static weight to plow through the ball.

If you use the modern technique (open stance, swinging low to high, semi-western grip, lots of topspin) then "control" to you is a different animal from the above example. For you, control is massive amounts of spin, that's what keeps your ball in play. For that, you need something that you can maneuver well, something you can swing very fast. Something with an open string pattern.

hersito 03-21-2013 07:34 AM

They are very different racquets, and I would't call the Aero a control racquet and don't know how you got more power from the blade that the other 2, specially the aero. That said if you liked the Blade the most why go with another. Buy it and put a good multi at around 54 to 56 and you have an awesome racquet, either way the 3 of theme are great raquets.

Aero +++spin +++power
Speed +++spin ++power
Blade ++spin ++power.

rohit1986xyz 03-22-2013 03:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by anubis (Post 7292874)
"Control" is a relative term. i wish I learned this years ago instead of trying out dozens of radically different racquets, such as what you have listed above.

If you are a flat hitter, who doesn't use a modern stance, who hits through the ball, then for "control" you want a dense string pattern with a high static weight to plow through the ball.

If you use the modern technique (open stance, swinging low to high, semi-western grip, lots of topspin) then "control" to you is a different animal from the above example. For you, control is massive amounts of spin, that's what keeps your ball in play. For that, you need something that you can maneuver well, something you can swing very fast. Something with an open string pattern.

Thanks Anubis for the insight. I actually hit both styles depending on the opponent. People have told me both the things on different occasions that -- I had a lot of spin making it difficult to hit -- and on different occasions, my shots were flatter but faster. I am currently playing with Wilson Untra Superlite Titanium (they dont make those anymore) with 11.1oz strung weight and 1pt HH and 16x20 pattern. I wanted to purchase a more pro model (so to speak).


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