best 27.5 racket current or old model

McLovin

Legend
Like @tennis347 said...depends on what you are looking for. Currently I'm using the VCORE 98 +, but my all-time favorites were the Pure Control Swirly + and the Hyper ProStaff 6.1 Stretch.
 

tennis347

Rookie
Like @tennis347 said...depends on what you are looking for. Currently I'm using the VCORE 98 +, but my all-time favorites were the Pure Control Swirly + and the Hyper ProStaff 6.1 Stretch.
Years ago it was easier to pick a racquet as there were not as many choices. I don’t like most of the modern racquets as they are too stiff! Arm friendliness is the most important aspect! There is no such holy grail racquet!
 

tribesmen

Professional
Better than the 7g?
I've heard a lot of good words for 7g, but I personally didn't hit with it. Ki Q+ 5x is my first ProKennex. Love it. Very arm friendly, very maneuverable althoug SW around 340, sweet spot is huge, super stable, the only racket that reminds me to RF97 regarding stability and plow through, but it is easy to play RF97. I always have them in my bag. The other extended racket I tried was Pure Aero Plus, but it is like a toy compared to PK 5X.
 

mhkeuns

Hall of Fame
Along with Pure Aero+, my vote goes to the Pure Drive +. I only notice the length in positive ways, such as extra power, spin & reach. It doesn’t suffer from any maneuverability or control issues. I like the feel as well.
 

2ndServe

Professional
Dr 98 plus I had, imo it was almost 27.75, even the regular one measure 27.25 for me. 27.75 was making it sluggish.
 

bleno567

Semi-Pro
Add the Dunlop Srixon 200+ to the list of current models.

Best of all time? -- Swirlie Pure Control and i.prestige xl -- both frames I've used in past lives -- deserve mention.

I remember liking the Yonex MP Tour-5, RD TI 50/70 long ages ago. The LM Instinct tour XL too.
 

Sardines

Professional
It would do better to say what you want in terms of specs, etc, instead of getting recommendations of 15-20 racquets which you can't possibly test all seriously. My personal specs are 350+ swing weight, 7+ HL, twistweight around 14, <25mm thickness, and all under 345g modded, vs my previous 365+g RF97A, while giving me a bit more juice and margin when I need it.
Only way to do that was with the 27.5" racquets. I spent 2 months trying the Yonex DR/EZ/SV98+, Ki Q+5x Pro (2017), Pure Aero Plus when I first started looking for a lighter RF97A replacement, with the specs I wanted. I settled on the SV98+, which was replaced by the noticeably different VC98+. Gave up on Wilsons with previous experience of finding 4 racquets of similar specs was horrendous. Yonex were within 3g in weight and 2kg swingweight and balance was negligibly 1-3mm different. Of course, the VC series apparently has an issue with bubbling paint, so be aware Yonex isn't perfect.
This year, I tried the Srixon 200+, Ki Q+5X Pro (2019) as possible replacements in 2020. None were horrible, so I'd recommend all I've tested, depending on what you want.
What's the best 27.5 racket I can try?
 

jklos

Professional
It would do better to say what you want in terms of specs, etc, instead of getting recommendations of 15-20 racquets which you can't possibly test all seriously. My personal specs are 350+ swing weight, 7+ HL, twistweight around 14, <25mm thickness, and all under 345g modded, vs my previous 365+g RF97A, while giving me a bit more juice and margin when I need it.
Only way to do that was with the 27.5" racquets. I spent 2 months trying the Yonex DR/EZ/SV98+, Ki Q+5x Pro (2017), Pure Aero Plus when I first started looking for a lighter RF97A replacement, with the specs I wanted. I settled on the SV98+, which was replaced by the noticeably different VC98+. Gave up on Wilsons with previous experience of finding 4 racquets of similar specs was horrendous. Yonex were within 3g in weight and 2kg swingweight and balance was negligibly 1-3mm different. Of course, the VC series apparently has an issue with bubbling paint, so be aware Yonex isn't perfect.
This year, I tried the Srixon 200+, Ki Q+5X Pro (2019) as possible replacements in 2020. None were horrible, so I'd recommend all I've tested, depending on what you want.
How did you like the Pro Kennex?
 

tennis347

Rookie
What a sweetspot!
It’s definitely a good frame but the swing weight is hefty at 340. You need to be able to generate the racquet head speed and handle maneuvering with this hefty racquet! The PK 7G is a bit more manageable with a 330 swing weight. You can always add some lead if you need more heft! The newer PK KI will have a bit more power but plays a bit stiffer. I would recommend taking the PK KI and the 7G for a demo. Just my two cents!
 

Ronaldo

Talk Tennis Guru
It’s definitely a good frame but the swing weight is hefty at 340. You need to be able to generate the racquet head speed and handle maneuvering with this hefty racquet! The PK 7G is a bit more manageable with a 330 swing weight. You can always add some lead if you need more heft! The newer PK KI will have a bit more power but plays a bit stiffer. I would recommend taking the PK KI and the 7G for a demo. Just my two cents!
Have a few 90s Longbodies that only Thor would consider. Cap America couldn't handle these sticks
 

Sardines

Professional
How did you like the Pro Kennex?
The micro-bearing's sound are annoying, but feels very plush and comfortable if the stroke has back and forward movement. It did feel different for me when reflexing volleys with no forward motion, like blocks etc. The stiffness does help. Good spin and plenty of power, but the sweet spot is a bit erratic, going from powerful to too powerful. Basically, it's a plush, comfortable racquet with good feel, high stability and powerful. Maneuverability is typical of a high twist weight, headlight racquet. I didn't measure it, but I think the twist weight is in the 14.5 range. I typically like around 14. The 2019 version didn't change too much I don't think. I didn't gel with it or like it a lot during the test. But the specs are there and it's very comfortable for those with arm problems.

Easier to swing than the RF?
I'd say it is. It's lighter for sure overall while the headlight balance similar to a stock RF97A.
 

tennis347

Rookie
Have a few 90s Longbodies that only Thor would consider. Cap America couldn't handle these sticks
I played with the the Pro Staff 6.1 stretch 95 back in the 90’s. It was a great racquet and I it weighted up with lead. The racquet weighed in the 13 ounce area and would imagine the swing weight was 350-360 range! I am now in my early 50’s and can’t handle such a hefty stick. A high 11 ounce frame with around a 330 swing weight is enough for me to handle.
 

Bobble

Semi-Pro
Have played with most of the extended sticks out there in the last decade or so...my favorites were

Pure Drive Plus 2012
Pure Aero Plus 2016
Pure control 95 Plus
Yonex ezone dr 98 plus
Yonex vcore 98 plus
Pure Aero Plus 2019 plus

Overall, if I were a bit stronger, I’d say the vcore 98+ is just about the best you can buy...but the newer aero plus with lead in the throat is much more solid than the traditional babolat feel imho
 
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