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#3
Head and me just gel. Every frame I've used from them going back to Microgel has been money.

Dunlop also used to blow me away with their solid, connected feedback. But it seems they too have fallen victim to the lure of sales and wacky paint jobs.
 
#4
Wilson, not because their racquets are the best, nor their QC, but I think they listen carefully to their customers and give them what they ask for (eg PSC 25a, ps85 reissue, RF97 all black, a low powered "Head" mold...and I bet they will add twaron soon and offer pallets system)
So then why aren't they listening to their customers begging for QC improvement?
 

mhkeuns

Hall of Fame
#5
There is no such thing, but I am going through Wilson & Head rackets phase right now. It was Babolat and Prince before that. I guess I change my mind whenever something new is introduced. Love the Countervail and Touch for now.
 
#11
Wilson, not because their racquets are the best, nor their QC, but I think they listen carefully to their customers and give them what they ask for (eg PSC 25a, ps85 reissue, RF97 all black, a low powered "Head" mold...and I bet they will add twaron soon and offer pallets system)
Is Twaron being marketed as new? It was first used in racquets thirty years ago.
 
#15
I like Prince because of the great feel and flex. The new Textreme frames are really nice looking. Colors and lines are well balanced. They just need to have a bit more exposure and a new homepage.
 
#27
I think Prince makes the racquets people should use. Babolat makes the racquets people do use.

I voted Prince because they’ve been at the forefront of technology changes that matter. Not ones that are just hype. OS frames, graphite frames, O ports, Textreme.
 

EdMcMush

Professional
#28
Hmm, Yonex just seems to the most "professional" feeling ones i used and seems to be the best. BUT as a guy who is 4.0 when i played everyday, My babolat aero storm gives me the user friendly stiffness so i can hit power and spin relatively easy
 
#31
It's to bad that puma changed to Boris Becker and Boris Becker (As a company) died.
Becker, upon cancelation of his endorsement with Puma due to non-payment, did negotiate purchase of the mold for his frame. I believe to this day he still owns it. While playing, he never left the mold and from what I've read he had Head produce them for him (in Austria) at a flat rate. He also had them produced by ESTUSA, or their designee. While it was nonfunctional, Becker insisted that the adjustment screw be in the butt cap for his frames as well.

Becker, as the story goes, said the only frame he'd consider moving to was the Volkl C10. When the Q10 came out, he (again reportedly) liked it so much he invested in the company. All would have been peachy had he not insisted on his name branding frames.

Puma never changed to Boris Becker. Boris Becker was part of Völkl.
And Becker's ego almost killed Volkl for everyone.

I like Volkl and Pacific because of their feel and arm comfort. I used to like Dunlop and hope they are on the way back with the srixon frames.
I'm on board with you 100%. Volkl & Pacific are uber arm friendly. I also enjoyed playing with Dunflop some years ago. :)
 
#33
Currently I like a lot of different offerings from different companies, but my favorite as far back as I can remember has been Prince. Grew up using them, and no matter what I'm currently using, I always still seem to feel like a Prince player at heart!
 

Alex78

Hall of Fame
#36
Let's see... It used to be Head by a country mile! - Sadly, no more, not since the advent of Graphene...
These days, I can't help but applaud Wilson for actually seeming to listen to what their fan base wants. That's more important to me than quality control :D
 
#37
Lots of votes for Babolat on the Poll but no one posting to justify, brag about, praise or even say bad things about other brands.

I've been feeling that this is a thing of Babolat users. They simply like babolat and dont feel any urge to change or experiment. And they normally play better than you with all your lead placement and recoil weight studies without even knowing that there are any rackets that weight different than 300g.

Mostly faithful babolat users (and great tennis players) I met I ask if they would change to yonex or head or wilson and they'll be like "yeah they look great but nah." Therefore Point for babolat on how they made such comfortable costumers (comfort is such a funny word when talking about babolat, isn't it?) about having the best equipment in tennis.
 

Bartelby

Talk Tennis Guru
#38
Head is up and down.

Wilson and Babolat are not great on qc.

Yonex is very reliable.

Prince, Volkl, and Dunlop are unreliable due to ownership and management changes, although this is now stabilising.
 
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every7

Hall of Fame
#39
Best company now in terms of pure racquet quality would be either Babolat, Prince or Yonex.

In the 1990s it would have been either Dunlop, Yonex, Wilson or Head.
 

CopolyX

Hall of Fame
#40
Lots of votes for Babolat on the Poll but no one posting to justify, brag about, praise or even say bad things about other brands.

I've been feeling that this is a thing of Babolat users. They simply like babolat and dont feel any urge to change or experiment. And they normally play better than you with all your lead placement and recoil weight studies without even knowing that there are any rackets that weight different than 300g.

Mostly faithful babolat users (and great tennis players) I met I ask if they would change to yonex or head or wilson and they'll be like "yeah they look great but nah." Therefore Point for babolat on how they made such comfortable costumers (comfort is such a funny word when talking about babolat, isn't it?) about having the best equipment in tennis.
Ask them if they would change if Yonex, Head, or Wilson gave them a nice sponsorship/endorsement $$$?
As you have to point out on babolat, how about about babolat's marketing power...nah...nothing to do with that draw & following...
 
#43
Historically Wilson has had the best career of any racquet manufacturer. The number of Grand Slam winners and great champions that either began their career with or flourished in their career with Wilson frames is unrivaled. Usage of their frames at the highest levels have spanned decades.

T3000, Jack Kramer Autograph and Pro Staff's, PS85, PS90 (all iterations), H22, H19, RF97, etc.

Best QC is probably Yonex or Angell.
 
#48
Houston, we have delusional.
Where I live (Brazil), there is nothing but clay courts. Yeah, I'm not talking about the old farts with 4 overgrips and two dampeners on a Pure Drive Cortex. Most of the juniors I know that went to USA college to play tennis play Babolat. The open level in my state is dominated by Babs too. Just look at the brazilians on tour. Rogerinho and Melo with APDs, it dominated the courts around here. Some years ago all you could find on court here were APDs, PDs and Radicals... Now Yonex got its share with the DRs.

Again, And I'm not a huge Babolat fan anyway, I was always fond of yonex, but I have to give it to them in terms of loyalty of their users.
 

heninfan99

Talk Tennis Guru
#49
Yonex and Babolat are tied for #1 tbh

Wilson has got some great sticks but the qc sucks and they tend to ruin a good line.
Head and Prince are good.
 
#50
Wilson, not because their racquets are the best, nor their QC, but I think they listen carefully to their customers and give them what they ask for (eg PSC 25a, ps85 reissue, RF97 all black, a low powered "Head" mold...and I bet they will add twaron soon and offer pallets system)
Nah...Wilson is just lazy and wanting to milk more money out of us without doing much. You make them sound too noble.
 
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