5 Best Modern Player’s Tennis Racquets (Andy’s Picks)

chjtennis

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5 Best Modern Player’s Tennis Racquets (Andy’s Picks)


Roger Federer‘s new prototype racquet is a perfect example of how the MODERN PLAYER’S FRAME is becoming more and more popular in the game of tennis. He’s shed his traditional midsize Pro Staff for a more powerful and forgiving 98 square inch frame.

Modern player’s frames possess a slightly larger head size and a crisper, livelier response, similar to the more modern “‘tweener” frames like the Babolat AeroPro or Pure Drive. At the same time, they retain the classic precision and feel of a more traditional-style racquet like the Wilson Six.One or Pro Staff. They are ideal for the intermediate to advanced player that appreciates the classic touch and feel but just wants something a little more forgiving in order to help keep up with the modern game.

Here are my 5 current favorites:


http://blog.tennis-warehouse.com/racquets/5-best-modern-players-racquets-andys-picks/
 
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I would definitely add the Donnay Pro One 97 (16x19) to that list. To me, this racquet offers the perfect blend of classic and modern virtues. It's rock solid, super stable, very precise and has that plush responsive feel without lacking a certain firmness. At the same time, it offers lots of spin and an almost unmatched power level (see TW University data). On top, it's good looking and very arm-friendly. Try to find that blend of quailties in one racquet and few other sticks will be on the list. Just my two cents.
 

chjtennis

G.O.A.T.
I would definitely add the Donnay Pro One 97 (16x19) to that list. To me, this racquet offers the perfect blend of classic and modern virtues. It's rock solid, super stable, very precise and has that plush responsive feel without lacking a certain firmness. At the same time, it offers lots of spin and an almost unmatched power level (see TW University data). On top, it's good looking and very arm-friendly. Try to find that blend of quailties in one racquet and few other sticks will be on the list. Just my two cents.
http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Donnay_Pro_One_97_16x19/descpageRCDONNAY-DPRO1.html



Thanks, man. Haven't tried the racquet before. Looks like a stable and flexible stick. I like the shiny black cosmetic as well. What other racquets do you normally use?
 

TennisCJC

Legend
I have 3 v1 pros and they are very good frames. I was surprised to find it on the list because Volkl is not a staple on the pro tour, college or juniors. But, v1 pro is sweet.
 

movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
I like the ones with RA 63 - I suspect that the others would be too stiff for me. The classic frames do go up to 66 or 67 but I'm a lot safer on arm health closer to 60. I suppose that you could add the IG Prestige MP in there unless you consider it too small (by 2 sq inches). The Prestige does not have the pop that some of the other frames have.

I thought that the Ai was for Anna.
 

Fintft

Legend
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6.1 95 BLX should be there and I don't understand how Babolat Pure Control Tour can replace Babolat Aerostorm tour, when the later was so much heavier (similar to 6.1 95)?
 

chjtennis

G.O.A.T.
6.1 95 BLX should be there and I don't understand how Babolat Pure Control Tour can replace Babolat Aerostorm tour, when the later was so much heavier (similar to 6.1 95)?
This list is Andy's picks, so I guess personal preference dictated the selection.:wink:
 

mrc

Rookie
C10 Pro 2012 is awesome...heavy but fast through the air and far more forgiving than Blade.
 

The Big Kahuna

Hall of Fame
Solely based on the Tennis Warehouse own reviews I would've thought the Head Extreme Pro 2.0 would have also been on this list.
 

yangster007

Professional
It's funny, I've been using midsize for about 9 years (briefly switched to Dunlop 300 Tour for 1 year). Out of the 5 on the list, I've tried Blade 18x20, Graphene Speed Pro, and used Pure Control Tour for about 10 mins. I don't like any of them because they don't have the plow through of a traditional midsize racquet. And because of the lack of plow through, I'll have to hit a lot harder every shot to keep the balls deep and can't get away with blocking balls occasionally. And when I add weight to the 98 headsize racquets I lose maneuverability, I guess modern players' frames just aren't for me.
 

PMChambers

Hall of Fame
Nice sound selection, all pretty similar and decent semi-control racquets, can complain about them as nothing is overly specialised.
 

martini1

Hall of Fame
For some reason I am not very good with 18x20 sticks. Especially the Speed pro. I demo'd it and I could not do anything with that racket.
 

SpinToWin

Talk Tennis Guru
Does the IG Prestige Pro rank in as a modern player's racquet? If yes, it would definitely be up there on my list.
 

The Big Kahuna

Hall of Fame
Does the IG Prestige Pro rank in as a modern player's racquet? If yes, it would definitely be up there on my list.
I think the PRESTIGE is viewed as a "Classic Players" racquet. Perhaps Andy can tell us better what the criteria and difference is between "Classic" and "Modern". My impression is the amount of weight and spin they generate. Of course, some think that the Head IG Extreme Pro 2.0 is both a "Modern Players" and a "Tweeners" racquet - so is the Babolat Aero Pro apparently (both have the highest recorded playtest scores by TW Staff).

My question is has anyone hot with the Head IG Extreme Pro 2.0 and also hit with the Yonex EZONE Ai 98?

Has anyone hot with the Head IG Extreme Pro 2.0 and also hit with the Babolat Pure Control Tour?

Has anyone hot with the Head IG Extreme Pro 2.0 and also hit with the Volkl Organix V1 Pro?

Can you give me your personal impressions between the racquets? Compare and contrast. These three are all more OPEN string patterns of the five racquets Andy picked. They should be most similar. What makes them different from the IG EP 2.0?
 

SpinToWin

Talk Tennis Guru
I think the PRESTIGE is viewed as a "Classic Players" racquet. Perhaps Andy can tell us better what the criteria and difference is between "Classic" and "Modern". My impression is the amount of weight and spin they generate. Of course, some think that the Head IG Extreme Pro 2.0 is both a "Modern Players" and a "Tweeners" racquet - so is the Babolat Aero Pro apparently (both have the highest recorded playtest scores by TW Staff).
I'm not sure of the definition of a modern player's racquet being used here…

Andy, if you read this, could you give us your criteria for what you consider a modern player's racquet? It's a kinda vague term.
 

Kal-El 34

Hall of Fame
I'm not sure of the definition of a modern player's racquet being used here…

Andy, if you read this, could you give us your criteria for what you consider a modern player's racquet? It's a kinda vague term.
even if he spells it out, would either of us really be able to understand what a modern racket is?? :)

what the heck was the blast fest all about earlier from that guy geez
 

SpinToWin

Talk Tennis Guru
even if he spells it out, would either of us really be able to understand what a modern racket is?? :)

what the heck was the blast fest all about earlier from that guy geez
I know right? :lol: He almost took the crown from Fedace as greatest troll for me there.
 

Kal-El 34

Hall of Fame
I know right? :lol: He almost took the crown from Fedace as greatest troll for me there.
guy was blasting me via e-mail about a week ago when he inquired about my G prestige MP's and i told them i sold them and didn't prefer the frame

guess that' just like the worst thing ever... oh well :)
 

dr325i

G.O.A.T.
It is. These blogs are cool, but they are also sales tools. Which is why I don't see Donnay making the list, and the Tour G, which is 330 grams.
Definitely and very OBVIOUS with the second line saying "the choice of Ana or Novak..." or whoever when even they know that is not true...
Pure sales pitch...
 

ChicagoJack

Hall of Fame
I would definitely add the Donnay Pro One 97 (16x19) to that list. To me, this racquet offers the perfect blend of classic and modern virtues. It's rock solid, super stable, very precise and has that plush responsive feel without lacking a certain firmness. At the same time, it offers lots of spin and an almost unmatched power level (see TW University data). On top, it's good looking and very arm-friendly. Try to find that blend of quailties in one racquet and few other sticks will be on the list. Just my two cents.
http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Donnay_Pro_One_97_16x19/descpageRCDONNAY-DPRO1.html



Thanks, man. Haven't tried the racquet before. Looks like a stable and flexible stick. I like the shiny black cosmetic as well. What other racquets do you normally use?
Aaawww yeah.
 
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