Anyone Hit With TF40, Vcore Pro 97D, Gravity Pro, and Prince TT 100P?

BHold81

Semi-Pro
I'm using the TF40 right now, and am very happy so far. I'm definitely a racquetholic, and these 18x20's have piqued my interest. I know I should just demo the other three, but strings make such a difference that I rarely get a good gauge on them when I demo. Just wanted to get some comparisons on the other three racquets up against the TF40.
 
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Booger

Hall of Fame
these 18x20's have peaked my interest.

They are all fine, except Head sucks don't give them your money. Also:

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puppybutts

Hall of Fame
I've tried all except the Prince, albeit not side by side or in the same month. I tried a TF40 305 demo from **************...it came with pretty worn multifilament string and my shots were bouncing everywhere. Could not get a feel of the racquet very well, but it felt like a low-powered, comfortable Pure Strike without being too muted. Nothing particularly bad or special to say, though for me it lacked put away power.

The Gravity Pro was a nice enough racquet, but personally I could not get used to its unique tear shape head shape, I couldn't get dialed in on my shots...if I were to pick that as my racquet, despite the 100 head size, I would need time to get used to it to stop mishitting. Feel at impact was perhaps similar to the TF40 with more forgiveness with the bigger head size, It had about the same or less power, but the bigger sweetspot disguised that somewhat. I realized most Head racquets to me have a bit of a plasticky feel to me too that I don't like, even though the Gravity overall felt like a nice and comfortable racquet. The Gravity Pro also felt the least like an 18x20 because of the bigger head size...it's nice if you are looking for something with forgiveness with a little more control, but it isn't quite as precise as the TF40 or 97D.

The Yonex 97D is probably my favorite of the bunch. It isn't a powerful racquet per se, but the mass swings quite nicely behind the ball for nice plow through. I would say it had the lowest launch angle of the 3 and felt the firmest of the 3 by a small margin while still being comfortable.

If you like to hit with plow through over spin, I recommend the 97D. If you want a more forgiving racquet, go with Gravity Pro. If you like to play with touch and feel, go with TF40. But of course that is my just my personal experience.
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edit: LOL they censor out competitors' names...understandable i guess but I wasn't exactly complimenting that store's demo program so TW's loss...
 

BHold81

Semi-Pro
Thanks for the info! I do hit with way more plow than spin. And I'm a big Yonex fan. I used to use the 97's when they were still 16x20. I'll definitely try out the 97D
 
Thanks for the info! I do hit with way more plow than spin. And I'm a big Yonex fan. I used to use the 97's when they were still 16x20. I'll definitely try out the 97D

I second that. I felt spin limited with the 97D, but it came through the ball hard and with lots of stability. At the end of the day I missed a lot long. It’s a beautiful frame too, feels solid in the hands.

The prestige MP and ProKennex 325 wouldn’t be bad to have on the list. Both are more maneuverable than the Yonex. The PK 325 is very muted, I really don’t like the feel, but have been playing good tennis with it- for me it’s spin friendly compared to the prestige or yonex.
 

BHold81

Semi-Pro
I second that. I felt spin limited with the 97D, but it came through the ball hard and with lots of stability. At the end of the day I missed a lot long. It’s a beautiful frame too, feels solid in the hands.

The prestige MP and ProKennex 325 wouldn’t be bad to have on the list. Both are more maneuverable than the Yonex. The PK 325 is very muted, I really don’t like the feel, but have been playing good tennis with it- for me it’s spin friendly compared to the prestige or yonex.
I did really like the 2019 PK 315. I had forgotten about those. Just assumed the 325 would be a bit too low powered. How do you string it?
 

BHold81

Semi-Pro
None of the 18x20 Wilson Blade‘s spark your interest? If you‘re looking at TF40/97D/GPro, you should also try a blade
I actually haven't liked the blades since the old black and silver ones from 2013. I hit with a friend's V7 Blade 98, and didn't like the feel. Granted it was a 16x19
 
I actually haven't liked the blades since the old black and silver ones from 2013. I hit with a friend's V7 Blade 98, and didn't like the feel. Granted it was a 16x19

Ahh fair enough. I wouldn’t judge the v7‘s on the 16x19, which I also hit with and hated. 18x20 was a completely different beast. Amazing racket. I preferred it much more than the options you have listed but yeah everyone is different!! I also liked the Gravity Pro but shared your thoughts in that it lacked the absolute precision of a 98 or 97 inch head.
 

BHold81

Semi-Pro
Ahh fair enough. I wouldn’t judge the v7‘s on the 16x19, which I also hit with and hated. 18x20 was a completely different beast. Amazing racket. I preferred it much more than the options you have listed but yeah everyone is different!! I also liked the Gravity Pro but shared your thoughts in that it lacked the absolute precision of a 98 or 97 inch head.
Maybe I'll give the new one a hit. That paintjob is quite nice. I just picked up one of the old black and silver 18x20 blades, and going to get it strung up.
 
Maybe I'll give the new one a hit. That paintjob is quite nice. I just picked up one of the old black and silver 18x20 blades, and going to get it strung up.

The V8 is also amazing, but it needs some lead to up the SW to ~330+. Once that’s done it really is sublime. Plays like a more comfortable 2013/2015 IMO.

Horrible in stock form because the SW is usually below 320 (thanks Wilson QC).
 

t_pac

Semi-Pro
I did really like the 2019 PK 315. I had forgotten about those. Just assumed the 325 would be a bit too low powered. How do you string it?

The 325 obv doesn't have as much free power as a stiffer, thicker beamed frame but if you've got good timing/mechanics it can absolutely crush the ball. Also benefits from excellent comfort and control. Not particularly string sensitive IME, plays well in a variety of setups.

Compared to the TF40 it has more comfort and plow, and the launch angle/spin potential is a little higher. I really liked the TF40 (I have three) but found after a while I was getting some arm issues (I have a history of TE).

The Gravity and the Prince will also both have a higher launch/spin than the TF as they have much more open string patterns (plus the head shape of the Gravity).
 
The V8 is also amazing, but it needs some lead to up the SW to ~330+. Once that’s done it really is sublime. Plays like a more comfortable 2013/2015 IMO.

Horrible in stock form because the SW is usually below 320 (thanks Wilson QC).

Agree with you there. I’ll take an overweight racket all day over an anemic one.
 

puppybutts

Hall of Fame
the new blade v8 is a nice racquet, but they lowered the swingweight and the launch angle got higher, so i wouldn't recommend in stock form since OP said he likes playing with plow through. v8 definitely a more spin-friendly 18x20 than most because it's easier to get the racquet around the ball.
 
I did really like the 2019 PK 315. I had forgotten about those. Just assumed the 325 would be a bit too low powered. How do you string it?
I have NRG2 mains and max power cross at 48/46. But that’s a constant pull stringer, it comes off racket tune around 53lbs.

I think your intuition that it’s low powered is right. It’s probably a tad lower than the 315. However it swings and plays easier/lighter. I think it could be leaded up to give you plow no problem. I noticed the 2021 versions of those frames all came in a few swing weight points higher. I think they could use that and then some.

Overall the 325, 18x20 let’s you play a modern topspin game and flatten out in the occasional approach. They’re kinda weird modern player frames.
 
the new blade v8 is a nice racquet, but they lowered the swingweight and the launch angle got higher, so i wouldn't recommend in stock form since OP said he likes playing with plow through. v8 definitely a more spin-friendly 18x20 than most because it's easier to get the racquet around the ball.
Thats why I said if OP wants to try it he/she should lead it up so that the SW gets to 330+. In stock form it is not a Blade at all
 
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