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tenn1svet 03-23-2013 02:23 AM

A solid, headlight racquet - suggestions?
Played tennis for 30yrs to a good club/team standard. Mainly doubles of the old-style serve and volley school.

I've had some arm issues in the past, so, looking for new racquets I'm after something that's arm-friendly, weighs about 300-320g and is definitely head light when strung (I've tried a couple that are advertised as headlight, then when they turn up.........

I have a new Volkl Organix 6 at the moment which is great. Strung and re-gripped it weighs 300g has great "pop", is easy to handle at the net but I think is head-heavy so on serves and overheads is causing me some pain.

Anyone have any alternative suggestions?


mikeespinmusic 03-23-2013 03:40 AM

A crude way to find out wether your racquet is Head light, Even, or Head heavy is to hold your frame sideways, put your finger in the corner of the throat and let it hang off it. If it tips towards the handle its headlight. If it tips towards the head, its head heavy. If it stays fairly balance, its even balanced.

300 -320 g pretty much puts it towards a stiffer frame and midplus head size. This is probably why you're arm issues are getting flared up.

You could try a putting a leather grip on it to make it more headlight.

Otherwise check out this link, this guy is worthing listening to. He's a great coach too.

AlpineCadet 03-25-2013 11:38 PM

The frame doesn't necessarily have to be HL to fit into your groove/game. Some frames with a "polarized" setup swing just as fast, but carry a much better punch.

I used to swear by HL frames, static weight this/that, but after a few years of TTW threads/lead tape experiments, I've come to the conclusion that a frame that plays "X" pts HL can play just the same, if not better, as a "0" pt HL frame that's been modified.

tenn1svet 03-26-2013 05:02 AM

Thanks for the responses guys. I think I was hoping for a straight "yes go for a X-brand Ace racket", but this is more insteresting!

Despite the many years play I've never customised (other than grips - where can I get a 6 grip these days?!) so apologies, the following are maybe novice queries.

To put in a bit more detail: my older (Head ix5) racquet was actually heavier than the Volkl (320g - two regrip sleeves trying to get the 6!) , but definitely head lighter, so it wasn't "pulling" on the arm as much, which I feel is the problem - is this what is referred to as "swingweight"?

So if I add weight to the grip, will that reduce the swingweight?

Mike - I'll check the video soon as, thanks.

Stardust 03-30-2013 04:45 AM

Look at Dunlop Biomimetic 400 Tour.
Great stick, game-ready.

ian2 08-16-2013 07:07 AM

Might be too late a response but I think Pro Kennex Q Tour 295 is a great option.

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