Back into tennis after 20 years. Racket advice. Currently PD Swirly. Video inside!

Falko83

New User
Hey guys,

Just got back into playing after 20+ years (played from 9-16). Still rocking the Babolat Pure Drive Swirly.

Returned in November, and well, as a gearhead, can't stop looking at racquets. Also, sometimes I'm getting some wrist pain after playing. I know, I'm 50lbs overweight, so that doesn't help - and that also means I'm taking it easy on returning, never having more than 2 sessions per week. Obviously having a hard time moving from side to side, in need of some oxygen every 5 minutes, but I'm slowly improving my conditioning.

The racquet that caught my attention is the Yonex VCore 95. Would that fit "my" game? Are there better alternatives?

Videos below.

Current stick: Babolat Pure Drive Swirly
String: Yonex Poly Tour Pro
Tension: 48lbs


 

nba.nfl.man

Rookie
I wouldn’t go with the vcore 95. I would stick with a 100 inch frame. My recommendation would be the ezone 100 just because it is a little more friendly than the vcore. Nice videos by the way
 
Move your feet more, hit with less arm more torso turn, finish your stroke more, and bend knees more. Otherwise, good job. I assume you are hitting most balls in?

Try the 2020 green VCP 97 or the 2020 or 2021 Ezone 98. Use these as you get back into playing shape.
 

Falko83

New User
Thank for the advice guys!

Move your feet more, hit with less arm more torso turn, finish your stroke more, and bend knees more.

Oh, I'm trying. The 50-extra pounds aren't making it easy, I _know_ that some things are far from ideal, but my body still can't do what I want to do. Or... I can, but for 2 minutes. Working on improving and getting to a better level in 6 months or so. But yes, 90% of the balls are going in, deep.
 

Lorenn

Hall of Fame
Returned in November, and well, as a gearhead, can't stop looking at racquets. Also, sometimes I'm getting some wrist pain after playing. I know, I'm 50lbs overweight, so that doesn't help - and that also means I'm taking it easy on returning, never having more than 2 sessions per week. Obviously having a hard time moving from side to side, in need of some oxygen every 5 minutes, but I'm slowly improving my conditioning.

Coming back after twenty years can be rough because your body will have strong muscle memory of how you use to play and try to reach said level. SO try and work from the ground up and give your body time to learn the it's new normal. String choices are difficult maybe a something like Head Velocity of Techifibre Triax as a hedge. I would aim for at least three months before pushing yourself. Just try to learn a lower gear.

Just make sure you are breathing well and give yourself time. Your body will adapt...
 
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slipgrip93

Professional
Your strokes look good. Assuming you're aiming to get back into shape with the tennis(?), maybe you don't really need to change racquets yet until you're back into optimal form (which should be entirely possible given you don't seem that old), and then seeking a better personal competitive edge with a particular newer racquet.
 
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Falko83

New User
Assuming you're aiming to get back into shape with the tennis(?)

It's part of the plan, yes. Also going to the gym and slowly making better decisions regarding food. Let's see how things develop!

And while yes, maybe there is no need to splurge on racquets right now, that desire to try something different is constant. When I was a junior (90's), we basically didn't really care about gear. I started playing with a Pro Staff (Sampras), and later on got the Babolat. Never really thought about the impact gear could have on the game, so I just hit with whatever I had. Maybe that is the point... If not hurting/injured, play with what you have, as the best player will basically win most matches with any equipment they have.

I am a little cautious about the materials holding up for 20+ years, but hell... The balls are going inside, so hold the anxiety for another couple of months.
 

Lorenn

Hall of Fame
I am a little cautious about the materials holding up for 20+ years, but hell... The balls are going inside, so hold the anxiety for another couple of months.

Basically right now your game may develop in unexpected ways as you relearn the game. SO waiting gives you time to figure out what you might like or how your current racquet suits or doesn't suit your game. My suggestion is be kind to yourself for 90 days or so...then try an figure out where to go from there. Changing racquets can be difficult on the joints so I would likely put it off unless you want to get something with extra flex. Prince Textreme Tour, Gravity line, Speed Line, Radical...the problem is you seem to be looking at your end game racquet versus what might help you today. My suggestion is ramp up slowly and just give yourself 90 days to slowly work into it to prevent injury.

Just keep playing, try to stay injury free. Don't let yourself get too competitive until you break yourself back into the game. My suggestion is don't rush the process.
 

n8dawg6

Legend
your groundstrokes and footwork are fine. i would stick with the PD unless you just WANT a new racquet ……. in which case youve definitely come to the right place. we can put you in anything from a vcore 95 to a rad MP to a 2019 pure aero to a PT 2.0 to a dunlop SX and EVERYTHING in between!
 

Falko83

New User
Basically right now your game may develop in unexpected ways as you relearn the game. SO waiting gives you time to figure out what you might like or how your current racquet suits or doesn't suit your game. My suggestion is be kind to yourself for 90 days or so...then try an figure out where to go from there. Changing racquets can be difficult on the joints so I would likely put it off unless you want to get something with extra flex. Prince Textreme Tour, Gravity line, Speed Line, Radical...the problem is you seem to be looking at your end game racquet versus what might help you today. My suggestion is ramp up slowly and just give yourself 90 days to slowly work into it to prevent injury.

Just keep playing, try to stay injury free. Don't let yourself get too competitive until you break yourself back into the game. My suggestion is don't rush the process.

It has been ~90 days since I have returned. Already lost ~13lbs, and have been playing once or twice per week, at most. I'm taking it slow, exactly to avoid injuries, and to relearn the game inside this body. The part of the Vcore95 that caught my attention is that it supposedly is a "neutral" racquet, but it has a low stiffness rating (64RA. The PD Swirly is a 69). Paired with the Poly Tour Pro (which is a soft poly), it could make things easier on the arm/joints.

your groundstrokes and footwork are fine. i would stick with the PD unless you just WANT a new racquet ……. in which case youve definitely come to the right place. we can put you in anything from a vcore 95 to a rad MP to a 2019 pure aero to a PT 2.0 to a dunlop SX and EVERYTHING in between!

Thanks! And well... Want. I want it, but maybe it would be better to hold on for a couple more months to see where I'm at. Just entered my club rankings, and will have to play 12 matches from Feb 1st until May 15. Perhaps that may be a good "deadline" to realize what I'm exactly looking for.
 
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