Best racquet switch you ever made?

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by corners, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. corners

    corners Legend

    Jul 31, 2008
    What was the single best racquet switch you ever made, and why?

    Usually on these boards people are making what appear to be horizontal moves - going from one frame that suits their game quite well to another that is a little more powerful, a little more comfortable or has a little better feel. But have you ever switched to a new racquet that immediately made an impact on how well you play and how often you win?

    Please name the frame you switched from and the great frame you switched to, and what is/was so great about it.

    (And, if you've since moved on, please tell us what you next switched to and what the hell you were thinking by moving away from a racquet that you played so well with!)
  2. LeeD

    LeeD Bionic Poster

    Dec 28, 2008
    East side of San Francisco Bay
    I switch rackets every 2.5 years about, just for fun. Why not? I can afford it, it's fun, and it keeps tennis interesting.
    Has any made my tennis any better? Nope.
    Got my MicrogelRadOS today. Swings between my 200's and 500 Dunlop, about what I'm looking towards. Rain today, tomorrow, and maybe Sunday.
  3. rafafan20

    rafafan20 Professional

    Jan 28, 2012
    When I was a competitive junior I switched from the Head Ti Fire to the Prince Precision Response -- It completely revolutionized my game.

    In the current day switching from a bab apd+ to my current tfibre has made my backhand much more deadly (easier to control)
  4. McLovin

    McLovin Hall of Fame

    Jun 2, 2007
    The best switch I ever made was a little over 5 years ago when I went from my Babolat Pure Control + 'Swirly' to the Fischer M-Comp 95.

    What was the immediate impact it had on my game? Well, anyone who's ever hit with that frame knows it is one of the least powerful frames out there. It allowed me to 'swing away' on most of my ground strokes, and gave me confidence to stay in ralleys, as opposed to forcing the issue, knowing it was just a matter of time before I made an error.

    Why did I move away from it? Because Fischer sold their racquet company to Pacific, and they took too long to release the follow-up (the X Feel Pro 95). After 3 years, my frames were pretty beat up, I couldn't find grommets, nor could I find replacement pallets.

    Now I'm using the Pacific X Force Pro and loving it, but the M-Comp 95 was the frame that introduced me to lower powered frames, and that's why it was the 'best switch ever'...
  5. roundiesee

    roundiesee Hall of Fame

    Feb 20, 2004
    From Dunlop AG 200 to BLX PS 90; whilst I could hit well with the Dunlop, I could not control the ball during matches for some reason. I ended up losing a lot of close matches. After switching to the Wilson, my control was a lot better, and I started winning again, :)
  6. Say Chi Sin Lo

    Say Chi Sin Lo G.O.A.T.

    Aug 30, 2005
    The red and silver titanium version? Very nice!

    The best switch was when I stopped using junior frames and went into the big boys 27inch frames.
  7. watungga

    watungga Professional

    Nov 7, 2011
    My best switch is from Pro Kennex Copper Ace to

    Wilson BLX ProStaff 95

    This is the racquet I picked this year and my last my play was 1998.
  8. Drew24

    Drew24 New User

    Jun 6, 2011
    From Babolat E-Sense Lite, to Head YouTek Speed MP, and now to Head YouTek Extreme MP. The Babolat helped me learn the basic strokes and serves, the Speed made me learn how to give more depth on the ball and the Extreme is perhaps the best switch of all since it truly gives me much more topspin and power with the stiffness. I feel like I'm starting to win more matches easier and less tired due to the sub 11oz weight with the Extreme. :D
  9. db10s

    db10s Hall of Fame

    May 14, 2012
    S. FL/Maine
    Prince Rebel 98 to Dunlop Hotmelt 200G....... I picked it up and I could just hit sweet spin with deadly control while still hitting the ball deep and hit the line 9 times out of 10 on my DTL FH. I switched to my Bio because of a sponsorship package that I couldn't refuse, and I've set it up to be almost exactly the same.
  10. diggies

    diggies New User

    Nov 14, 2012
    I was using the Babolat Pure Drive and ... well, I moved to the Kneissl Red Star, 2007 model. I love it. It reminds me of my old junior days when I played with a wooden Rossignol with graphite layers. - It is a longer racquet, and man, I can hit the ball wherever I want, my serve is pinpoint accurate, the feel is amazing. I love this stick. Everybody wonders what I am doing with a Kneissl cause no one else plays with it around here, but it is a laser gun, and it helped me move from 3.5 to 4.5 no problem.
  11. travlerajm

    travlerajm Legend

    Mar 14, 2006
    Age 17: Switched from POG mid to Profile 2.7 OS.

    The Profile seemed to feel like cheating. Thundering overheads, a wall at net. More dominating serve. It didn't fix my crappy fh, but it really suited the serve and volley style that I'd developed to compensate fro my lack of a fh. True story: I had only been playing competitively for about 18 months, and had never beaten a seeded player in a junior champs tourney, just trying to catch up to the kids who'd been playing 10 years longer than me. My first match with the Profile demo from the pro shop, and I took out the #2 seed in the biggest PNW junior tourney of the year (a 15-year-old who would be the top-ranked kid in 18's in the section 2 years later). I simply overpowered him with huge serves that kicked high to the backhand, and followed in behind with pounding volleys.

    I used the Profile for 10 years - even won prize money in singles once due to my giant serve. Eventually moved next to Prostaff 4.7 (similar huge head, but longer and a little flexier). I noticed that the 4.7 demo let me 'shape' my shots better than the Profile. Played another 10 years with the 4.7 (and reached a very high level 9 years ago, winning prize money in both men's doubles and mixed doubles, even though my forehand still sucked).

    I've gone through a lot of frames since then, but strangely, I'm now back the 4.7, except that I play it almost 3 ounces heavier than I did 10 years ago. Now my forehand is finally much better than before due to the lead in the right places, and my volleys are better than before, also due to the added lead. Unfortunatey, I don't have enough to time to practice my serve like I used to. So my rusty serve keeps me stuck as a double-faulting 4.5 with 5.0 rest of game who can dominate 8.0 mixed.
  12. Ramon

    Ramon Hall of Fame

    Sep 4, 2011
    Babolat APDGT to Pro Kennex Ki 5x.

    Went from an over-powered, arm-wrecking frame that forced me to play tentatively to a more control-oriented, arm-friendly frame that lets me swing away with no worries.
  13. GrandSlam45

    GrandSlam45 Rookie

    Sep 12, 2012
    I recently switched from the Pure Drive 2012 to the Pro Kennex Ki5 315. Wow... a world of difference. Whereas the PD's caused me major tennis elbow problems, the PK Ki5 allows me to play pain free with equal power and control.

    It took some trial and error to dial in the Ki5, but once I did, it's been a dream come true.
  14. Fuji

    Fuji Legend

    Aug 30, 2010
    Away from my PSC6.1. That thing caused me a world of hurt on my shoulder. It's just too bad that it played so darn nice.

  15. TonyB

    TonyB Hall of Fame

    Sep 6, 2006

    Honestly, that's an amazing story. Truly. But.... I have to admit that I had the impression from your posts and your technical knowledge that you were a much better player. I can honestly say that I'm a solid 4.5 player with just about ANY frame out there, easily able to dominate the 8.0 and 9.0 men's game. I don't feel that that's a particular accomplishment, really, since I can't win open level tournaments. But 4.5 men's, 9.0 mixed? No problem. I don't feel the need to expound upon my technical expertise or 19-ounce frames.

    Solid technical volleys with classic frames will get you far in tennis. Easily 4.5 or higher. It really doesn't matter what frame you use. At this level, I've used a K90, a Donnay X-Dark Red, a Yonex Tour 89 and even an old Yonex R-22. It honestly doesn't matter.

    If you're a good player, you can play with just about any frame as long as you're not on tour. I'm kicking butt at the 4.5 level singles/doubles with the Yonex Tour 89, but I honestly don't consider that a major victory. My advice is to play with what you're comfortable with, it doesn't matter what frame.
  16. parasailing

    parasailing Hall of Fame

    Jul 19, 2009
    I went from a Wilson KPS 88 to Babolat Pure Storm Tour GT and haven't looked back. KPS 88 while a wonderful racquet was too demanding to hit the sweet spot consistently and the occasional shank, would hurt my wrist.

    Now 30 racquet demos later, I am still using the PSTGT though I try new racquets all the time. It offers the perfect blend of power, control, and spin while being arm friendly.
  17. travlerajm

    travlerajm Legend

    Mar 14, 2006
    You obviously didn't get my joke poking fun at my current lack of court time compared to when I was winning prize money and reaching finals in open tourneys - maybe you need to have played a lot of USTA mixed league to get it?

    Back to the topic: I don't think my serve (the most important shot for winning matches in singles ) would have developed into such a big weapon in my 20's I had if I hadn't switched from the POG mid to the Profile OS in high school. But on the other hand, the Profile probably stunted the development of my ground game. I never really developed my forehand enough to hang with top players from the baseline until I switched away from the big ultra-stiff club in my late 20s. And finally, I never truly became a top-notch volleyer until I learned to play with heavier racquets again in my mid 30s. There is no question that the racquet you play with shapes your game.
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2012
  18. goran_ace

    goran_ace Hall of Fame

    Jun 24, 2009
    At Large
    Wilson HPS 5.0 (95) to Head MG Extreme Pro (100).
  19. danotje

    danotje Rookie

    Oct 7, 2012
    Nearly the same for me, except I used the previous models in both cases--APD OG to the PK 7G. The 7 helped my arm heal and gave me much more control and stability. I miss some things about the APD, but I like being on the court, especially with the 7. :)
  20. USS Tang

    USS Tang Rookie

    Dec 29, 2011
    Prince grommets to Prince O-ports.
  21. marlinspike

    marlinspike New User

    Apr 8, 2012
    Hampton, VA
    Switching to a Donnay Pro One made a HUGE improvement for me. Before that I used a Slazenger Pro Braid (original production), with a lot of weight added in both ends, and I never found a racquet that suited me better until I played with the Donnay, boy was it better. Even before I got recalibrated to the racquet, my game improved. That said, whenever my brother visits I play a set with his Dunlop 200g Revelation PRO and it feels like cheating.
  22. ollinger

    ollinger Legend

    Nov 24, 2004
    New Jersey
    From Wilson Advantage (wood, 65 sq. in.) to Prince Graphite (graphite, 110 sq. in.), 1984
  23. luishcorreia

    luishcorreia Professional

    Jun 9, 2006
    Lisbon - Portugal
    From babolat pure drive to vantage 100sqin, 310g unstrung, 6pts HL, 63 RA.
  24. smirker

    smirker Hall of Fame

    Sep 15, 2007
    Cambridge UK
    Would you mind going into more detail on what you did to adjust or if you added lead etc to the Ki5? Just made the same switch and struggling to adjust to the ki5
  25. TripleB

    TripleB Hall of Fame

    Sep 2, 2004
    North Carolina
    Rossignol F-200 to Head Radical Oversize.

    When I made the switch I started trying to immitate Agassi...up until that point I had never hit with topspin: flat forehand and slice backhand is all I had until I made that switch.

  26. lynnbart

    lynnbart Rookie

    Mar 27, 2011
    I switched from a Head Youtek Radical MP to a Babolat Pure Drive Roddick.

    It immediately gave me back some punch on the serve and groundstrokes. The flexible Radical was hard for me to find a string that I was comfortable with and actually gave me some arm pain.

    The PDR is very solid and has helped my aging game....
  27. TheLambsheadrep

    TheLambsheadrep Professional

    Jul 14, 2007
    Would have to be my LM Radical MP to Twin Tube Radical Tour OS. It was when I was in high school - I had a Ti Radical OS before the LM, and while the LM felt nice, I couldn't generate the same amount of topspin and it really messed with my technique trying to compensate for that. With the Rad Tours, I was back to my OS roots and they were even better and solid feeling, a true classic. They are still my main sticks today (even though I have expanded my collection outside of Head racquets, something I didn't think I would ever do haha)
  28. InspectorRacquet

    InspectorRacquet Semi-Pro

    Jul 27, 2011
    The best switch I ever made was when I was still a very green beginner.

    I was progressing very quickly, and began playing opponents who hit harder. I had 110 sq. inch Prince that was all of 9 ounces. That racquet was so light, it twisted in my hands after a ROS no matter how tightly I held it. I got a 100 sq. inch Head that was an ounce and a half heavier, and my game stopped going into its slump and immediately came out of it.

    I never used a "player's racquet" because they've always been too heavy for me. I only used what worked, and that happened to be the most random Head racquet practically built for me.
  29. makinao

    makinao Rookie

    Jan 13, 2009
    Prince Precision 690 Longbody 95 to Slazenger ProBraided Xtreme 100 - From boring to perfect. This Slaz had countless virtues, and never needed any modification. I enjoyed them for seven years, and was heartbroken when one of them broke because they were already long out of production and irreplaceable.
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2012
  30. tennytive

    tennytive Professional

    Aug 28, 2009
    Wilson woodie, can't remember the model.
    Wilson T 2000
    Head AA Comp 2
    Puma Boris Becker Super
    Prince Pro 110
    Prince Precision Graphite
    Prince Original Graphite 90, LB, Oversize.
    Sometimes hit with a Jack Kramer Autograph just for fun.

    Best moves were from the T2000 to the AA Comp, and the POGs.

    I wouldn't mind demoing the Prestige line, but I can't see myself giving up on the POGs anytime soon.
  31. paul_tennis

    paul_tennis Rookie

    Jan 27, 2010
    KPS88 to BLX90, KPS88 was too heavy for my shoulder during serve. BLX90 feels just right to my arm.
  32. BruceD

    BruceD Rookie

    Oct 21, 2012
    Las Vegas, baby!
    Going from a strangley shaped Pro-Kennex Composite Dominator, to a Pro- Kennex Composite Destiny, allowed my game to progress rapidly, when I was in my late 20's, because of a much better balanced and consistant head size, of 95", if I remember correctly. That frame mold design was later sold to Babolat, to make their first racquets and looks a lot like the Are-Pro does today!
    I wish I still had that one!
    But the racquet that make the BIGGEST change of all, was a Wilson K-Factor Bold, that I bought last May, that brought me back into the game, after over 20 years away from participating in it!
    For $35 on the bay, it felt like it was made for me, when I first tired hitting a tennis ball again.
  33. matchmaker

    matchmaker Hall of Fame

    Aug 16, 2007
    The best racquet switch I've ever made was switching to a thirty year old midsize frame. At the time I had been testing a lot of midplus frames such as the Donney Pro One International, the PK Redondo Midplus, the Volkl C10 Pro, even tested the POGOS briefly. Those were all good racquets, but I still felt something was lacking in my game. My teaching pro had taught me "the modern game" when I was growing up on European clay court: high topspin balls with typical windshield wiper motion. I had a good kick serve, a great backhand (my opponents always gave me compliments about it) and a good rally forehand but it was not really a game-winning shot.

    One day a friend of mine brings an old Wilson frame. For fun I started hitting with it. I was a bit puzzled as my first balls all sailed out. I thought: "Weren't these old frames supposed to be really underpowered?" I still felt though that the racquet did grip the ball and that I could get it in with some minor changes in my swingpath.

    I played a match with it and oh.... my forehand was like a hammer. It was deep, heavy, penetrating. I could hit FH winners at will, something I hadn't been able to do before. And the serve... This racquet was hitting bombs.

    It was a Wilson Reflex mid. Later I discovered the stats on it: 85 sq. inch., 370 gr., 355 SW, 51 flex. My serve, FH and volleys have never been so good as with this frame. Had I known it specs, I might have never tried it. I would thus really recommend people to try something out of their comfort zone, it might just work.
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2012
  34. Hi I'm Ray

    Hi I'm Ray Hall of Fame

    Feb 26, 2010
    At first from OS to heavy/low powered frames, then after several years switching to tweeners.
  35. LeeD

    LeeD Bionic Poster

    Dec 28, 2008
    East side of San Francisco Bay
    Just switched to MicroGelOS from Dunlop500's and 200's, before that, LMRadMid.
    Well, I'm almost blind, so OS is great.
    Moderate weight, smooth swing, soft and cushy, lots of power, certainly no power loss from previous rackets.
    Confidence is what I've seemed to gain.
  36. v-verb

    v-verb Hall of Fame

    Nov 9, 2012
    Great story! I'm switching from my longbody Ripstcks and Babolat Pure Drive GT to some POGs (mid and OS). Hoping they put some feel back into my game - fingers crossed!
  37. Timbo's hopeless slice

    Timbo's hopeless slice Hall of Fame

    Feb 8, 2011
    from Yonex V-Core 95Ds to Volkl PB-9

    I found the Yonex a cannon to serve with but just too powerful in regular play.

    the Volkls are my personal holy grail, reflected by an improvement in my w/l and a 100 place rise in my national open ranking. (from crap to average)

    goes to show, not many people seem to like 'em, but they work for me.
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2012
  38. NLBwell

    NLBwell Legend

    Jun 18, 2004
    I don't think any racket has made a significant positive advantage to my game. I grew up with wood rackets, so maybe that makes me pretty insensitive to differences in rackets.
    I've found many that I don't play with well (light widebodies, Arthur Ashe Comp), but none that seem to make a large positive difference. A wood racket, a POG, modern 100sqin rackets, longbodies, or my current Prestige Pros only seem to make a small difference.
  39. downdaline

    downdaline Professional

    Jul 12, 2007
    For me, the biggest switch was from my old KPS88 to the Prince TT Warrior.

    The racquet was so different from other frames that I used before - utterly low powered. Gave me huge confidence to go for shots.

    This was the racquet that turned me from a recreational highrisk attacking player to a consistent competitive player.
  40. mjnchen

    mjnchen New User

    Oct 11, 2012
    Did you customize your PB 9? Now I am switching from PB 9 to PB 10 mid. I like PB 10 mid better due to my personal preference.
  41. djdannyj25

    djdannyj25 New User

    Dec 30, 2011
    wilson blx 6.1 95 to an apdgt weighted up to 13.5 oz.

    went from a great all-court racquet to something that fit my power and spin oriented game better. both are great racquets, but nothing beats the apd the plush feel, power, and spin of apd with lots of lead!
  42. acura9927

    acura9927 Semi-Pro

    Feb 20, 2012
    Albuquerque, NM
    Going from 95 sq in head to 100. Lowering the SW to under 310 and 11.5 ounces max.
    Basically going from Dunlop Bio 200 to all the racquets in my sig.
  43. Timbo's hopeless slice

    Timbo's hopeless slice Hall of Fame

    Feb 8, 2011
    no, work fine for me the way they are. I find I am just a bit late under pressure with a PB Mid, although I really like the frames.

    It was lineball between the two, but I play better under pressure with the 9s.
  44. sunof tennis

    sunof tennis Professional

    Dec 21, 2010
    I loved the Wilson Advantage but I too went for a more powerful racquet.
  45. BoomstickTPH

    BoomstickTPH New User

    Sep 7, 2012
    PDR(worst mistake ever) to Head Monster(uncontrollable) to head youtek ig speed(best switch ever) I EVOLVED!!!!
  46. eyedropper

    eyedropper New User

    Jan 4, 2005
    Prince Precision 690 to Fischer Revolution 98 +1.5cm

    Similar to Makinao my best move ever was switching away from the Prince Precision 690 , a 28" racquet. The Fischer Revolution was quite a bit shorter altough still extended and allowed me to maneuver more quickly for doubles volleying.
  47. kalic

    kalic Professional

    Dec 4, 2006
    Clay, behind the baseline
    From O3 tour to bumblebee 630 (and that was my general switch from modern to classic). Everything in my game became better especially joy when I hit the ball :)
  48. chippy17

    chippy17 Semi-Pro

    Mar 10, 2011
    up until a year ago was playing with PS6.0 95s, with syn gut in, that I had been playing with since they were new

    but had to find something to change to due to arm and shoulder issues, the stiffness of the PSs was starting to hurt

    found almost by chance:

    the PK Redondo 98, wow what a difference, lost a bit of grunt but can play as long as i want with no issues and even with full poly they are a joy to play with
  49. sunof tennis

    sunof tennis Professional

    Dec 21, 2010
    Best racquet change was from a Wilson T3000 to a Jack Kramer Autograph. Actually had to learn to play tennis with the later. Still have one laying around. Need to get it strung up-just for fun.
  50. I Heart Thomas Muster

    I Heart Thomas Muster Semi-Pro

    Jun 25, 2010
    Los Angeles
    Best switch I made was from the first Kneissl Toms Reach Machine to the 2003 Fischer Pro No. 1. The first Toms Machine was great but the Reach Machine was an unwieldy beast. By the time I got around to chopping an inch off I was over it.

    The Fischers were a dream to play with. They didn't have the zero tolerance but the covers had a sticker with the specs written on it so I found three as close as possible. They were comfortable (even with TNT at 67 lbs) spin machines that were maneuverable and still had nice plow through. I stuck with them as long as I could then went to the Tecnifibre 315 V02 Max (same mold) but they never captured the feel of the Fischers. Personally I think it was the ceramics that made them feel so sweet.

    The only racquet that evokes as much devotion from me is the Head Pro Tour 280.

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