Best serve-and-volley racket

aj_m2009

Professional
What is the best serve-and-volley racket in you guys' opinion(nothing smaller than 93 sq. in. please. But if you must post a racket smaller than that go ahead.)? Thanks in advance.
 

Cobra Tennis

Professional
College tennis player, serve and volley 70% in singles 100% doubles and the Fischer Pro No. One is my weapon. It does everything, and great.
 

jpsigchi

New User
I'm an ex-college player, ex-ranked junior, and presently still playing men's open tournaments with the USTA. I'm been a serve and vollyerer my entire tennis lifetime. As a junior I played with the Prince CTS approach midplus and while I was in college I was playing with the Wilson PS 6.1 95. But just over the past 6 months, i've been playing with the Wilson Ncode nsix-one 95. If i had to compare the 3, my favorite has to be the Prince CTS approach midplus. I wish they were still available. :-(
 

HeavyBall

Rookie
HPS 6.1, without question. One of the best serving rackets there is. Heavy + Headlight = great stability at net. Suffers a little in the comfort dept at the net due to stiffness, but if you're blowing people off the court, who needs to hit a drop-half volley?
 

Coda

Semi-Pro
the best is the PS 6.0 85 and then comes the 95 version and in no particular order the Tour 90, Tour 95, n6.1 90/95, HPS 6.1 95, Slazenger X1
 

Jet Rink

Semi-Pro
NsixoneTour 90. Love this racquet. Heavy-ish, manueverable, solid at net.

You know though - an interesting derail to this thread would/could be "What are the best characteristics of an S/V stick," vs. another "Best S/V racquet" and all those variations. This way readers would sort of see the man behind the curtain and then be able to compare qualities of racquets. My .02.

Qualities I like are: Heavy, headlight, solid feel, decent flex (this is always the missing ingredient for me though), smaller head size.

Jet
 

aj_m2009

Professional
No derailments please, lets just stick to the question above. But you can add your answers to Jet's question as long as you answer the above question. But again, please no derailments. And thanks for the answers so far you guys, I will try to give them all a try.
 

Coda

Semi-Pro
qualities to a S&V frame: heavy, HL, not overly stiff, open racket face, smaller than 100 sq in frame
 

andfor

Legend
I S&V exclusivly in doubles and 50/50 in singles and use the RDX 500 MP. For me it works well from the baseline, net and serving. Good all-around sitck. No complaints.
 

need2paint

Rookie
i would guess softer strings for more touch, but tension varies by player. sampras used high tension; mcenroe used low.
 

andfor

Legend
I use a low tension soft multi. May have something to do with my lack of good form and it gives me some extra pop on all my shots. It also relieves my tennis elbow that flaired up due to using polys for about 8 months.
 

louis netman

Hall of Fame
Prince Precision Response Ti, Precision Response 660, Slaz X-1, Wilson PS 6.0 85 & 95, Wilson 6.1 95. The Wilson PS 6.1 will kill your arm, however...

characteristics: hefty, headlight, open patterned...
 

Exile

Professional
I honestly think it would depend on your level of power that you'd like.

For the weaker players I'd say the Htour

For the stronger players I'd say the PS 6.0 85/tour 90
LM/i.Prestige Mid

Never believed to go to a MP for a racket. Call me stupid/crazy/old fashioned but I think the traditional style(mid) is still the way to go when looking at a stick in general.

I use the tour 90 using Head Rip control strung at 70 lbs.
 

aj_m2009

Professional
louis netman said:
Prince Precision Response Ti, Precision Response 660, Slaz X-1, Wilson PS 6.0 85 & 95, Wilson 6.1 95. The Wilson PS 6.1 will kill your arm, however...

characteristics: hefty, headlight, open patterned...
How does the 6.1 kill your arm? Is it because it is really stiff or what? If it is than I would just put a rubberband or a vibe. damp. on it.

And are the PS Rok and the TT Warrior good S&V rackets?
 

volleyman

Semi-Pro
I play a lot of serve-and-volley, although I'm just a lowly 4.0, and of the racquets I've tried, I like the Slazenger X-1 and PK Core1 #10 the best.

As for what makes a good SV racquet, my criteria are maneuverability, control and stability, particularly on half-volleys.
 

louis netman

Hall of Fame
aj_m2009 said:
How does the 6.1 kill your arm? Is it because it is really stiff or what? If it is than I would just put a rubberband or a vibe. damp. on it.

And are the PS Rok and the TT Warrior good S&V rackets?
I think many can attest that the 6.1 is way stiff (RDC 72?). The vibe dampener is not a shock reducer. It merely eliminates the annoying "pinging" sound, that's all it does. The 93 Rok is great for a flat-ball hitter. The stock warrior is too light for me, but many like it cause it slices and volleys like the PRTi...I tried weighting the warrior to the prti specs, but it becomes way too powerful.
 

Steve F.

Professional
rubber bands, string patterns and the PSC 6.1

aj -
a rubber band or vibration damper doesn't reduce the stiffness of a frame, just the vibration of the strings. If you've got a small headed frame, a thick vibration stopper can make a huge impact, just stick one of those sampras washers on a Prestige Mid. But for the other frames, it gets rid of that annoying ping and that's it.

The 6.1 classic is very stiff - I played with it for years and used to get dead arm (biceps) from it, because all that shock has to go somewhere. The ncode six-one is similarly stiff but whatever they've done to it, the feel is much more muted now. Though I had to ice my arm, I prefer the feel of the PSC6.1.

There's a world of difference between 16x18 and 18x20, from string life (shorter life in more open pattern), to power (more in open), and spin (again, typically more in open). 18x20 gets the nod for control. Of course, ymmv and plenty here may disagree.

That said, technique is infinitely more important than what racquet you've got in your hand when SnVing, cause there's more than one way to rush the net, and you'll need them all as you play better and better players.
By definition, to snv, you need a strong serve. In my case, that means a stiffer frame with an open pattern so I can mix up my serve, and get plenty of kick, esp. on seconds.
You also need to volley well - and there's the rub. Flexy sticks usually volley better. But if the stick has feel, that helps a ton.
Best SnV racq for me: PSC 6.1
 

aj_m2009

Professional
This is a little off topic but oh well, I'll get back on later. I think a rubberband and vibration dampeners reduce shock on any racket(the ones I play with anyway). Last fall I was using a HH 6.2 OS and without a vibe. damp. I had arm problems like mad but once I put one back on my arm wouldn't hurt anymore.

Ok, back on topic. On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you guys rate the PS Rok, PS 6.1, PS Tour 95, and PS 6.0 MP?
 

AndrewD

Legend
Best serve/volley racquet I ever used would be a toss up between the Prince Magnesium Pro and the Prince Precision Mono. The Magnesium was a better all-around racquet but the Mono was unbelievably good to volley with, despite the fact it had less flex than Id like. Cant prove it but I feel that the closed throat has a lot to do with its playability on the serve, volley and slice approach shot.

Still, Id like to know what is the best serve/volley frame currently available.

Sorry to dissapoint the faithful but the POG OS definately isnt it, although it is a winner in other areas. So what do I replace those two old Prince frames with (and that isn't sub 90sq) ?
 

Rabbit

G.O.A.T.
I would think it would be whatever frame you served/volleyed best with.

My personal all-time fav is the Volkl C10 Pro, followed by the Wilson Jack Kramer ProStaff. You'd probably have more luck locating the C10 Pro (TW).
 

aj_m2009

Professional
Rabbit said:
I would think it would be whatever frame you served/volleyed best with.

My personal all-time fav is the Volkl C10 Pro, followed by the Wilson Jack Kramer ProStaff. You'd probably have more luck locating the C10 Pro (TW).
The thing is I don't S&V a lot but I am really considering going to pure S&V 'cause my ground game isn't exactly the best so I don't really know which racket is best to S&V with for me, that is why I asked. And isn't the Jack Kramer Prostaff a wood racket or is that a different Jack Kramer racket?
 

equinox

Hall of Fame
I'd choose Prestige Classic (great control but i've found quite demanding) or

ProStaff 6.0 95 (good solid all court racquet) or

Volkl C10Pro (excellent allround racquet, its noodley flexibility is an acquired taste, some players love this racquet. others don't)

for serve and volley play.

I'd string it with a decent natural gut between 57-64 lbs.
 
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