Advice please

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by bcwalmsley, Nov 25, 2006.

  1. bcwalmsley

    bcwalmsley Guest

    I'm 59 and returning to playing after a 7 year flirtation with golf.
    I need a new racquet and to lose a few pounds.
    I'm was playing at an intermediate level, and used to really love my oversize Wilson Hammer.
    What should I be looking to buy today? And any real world stories about how to lose 10-15 lbs. (Yeah, yeah - eat less exercise more - I've started doing that).
    Thanks very much for any suggestions.
  2. jonolau

    jonolau Legend

    Nov 26, 2005
    Welcome back to the beautiful game!

    Transitioning from golf shouldn't be too much of a problem because the motions are quite complementary.

    If you want something that will give you both power and control, you can try the Dunlop M-Fil 300. It is also quite a comfortable racquet, and best of all, nothing beats the price. It's being sold at $79.95 by TW at the moment:

    But tennis is more strenuous on the body especially the legs. So, if you're carrying a bit more weight than normal, go easy and slowly as your knees and feet will feel more strain. You should also think about investing in a good pair of shoes that will help you cushion your legs and absorb the shocks.

    When I returned to tennis after a 4 year break, I was also packing the pounds. I bought cheap shoes and totally regretted it as the savings equated to more money spent at the doctor, physiotherapist and podiatrist. A good pair of shoes that I'm using now is the Nike Air Max Breathe 3, it's so good that I currently have 3 pairs:

    Play well.

  3. Voltron

    Voltron Hall of Fame

    Sep 18, 2006
    Pffft, like I'd know
    Great post!! Several other racquets you might want to look at are: LM Rad OS or MP, Yonex RDS or RDX MPs, or maybe the babolat PD(kidding, really though don't buy that carp).
  4. anirut

    anirut Legend

    Feb 26, 2005
    Krungthep (Bangkok), Siam (Thailand)
    Jon, great post!

    >> bcwalmsley:

    May I suggest the ProKennex's Kinetic/Ki line. This may help prevent arm problems for players of your age, esp after a long layoff.
  5. Tate74

    Tate74 New User

    Nov 22, 2006

    Why not stick to what you're used to and what you liked before....get a hammer. That's what I did, kinda, I played with pro staff 6.0 85's my junior and senior years of HS, took quite a few years off and just started playing again and went right back to my trusty 6.0 staffs again. I don't think it would feel the same after such a long break from the game with an unfamiliar racquet.

    Also on the weight loss, Two words for you COLON CLEANSE, you will lose a minimum of 10 pounds, most likley more at age 59. I know this sounds gross but in the last year I began eating organic foods, did an internal cleanse, colon cleanse and I feel like i'm 18 again, no fatigue, no stress, and more energy than I know what to do with. I'm 32, 6'3 183lbs have always been on the "high metabolism, slender side" and could never gain or lose weight no matter what. After I did a colon cleanse I lost 5 lbs. And most everyone has heard the story about John Wayne, had 44 lbs of fecal matter in his colon when he died.

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