Discussion in 'Racquets' started by Concealeddreamer, Aug 24, 2005.
What do you think is the best serving racquet ever while giving resonable control?
Prestige Classic 600 was pretty awesome at serving: Power, placement, spin. Just splendid.
A great serving racquet for just getting it into the box with awesome pace+spin was the TT Warrior Mid+. Too bad it wasn't for me on anything else though
Tour 90 Wapam!
PK 15g PSE -keeping the ball in court for the rest of the shots is the problem
I serve really well with the LM Prestige mp, good power, spin and bite off the court
PD+ or APD
nCode 6.1 95...kaboom!
Without a doubt, the nCode n6.1 95 is by far the best racket I have ever used to serve. I only had to hit 3 serves with it to figure that one out...
i.Prestige XL - The extra length was really helpful. If my returns didn't suffer so much I would have switched to it.
i'd say the best serving racquet is teh ncode 6-1 tour 90 as you can really feel where you are serving and you can place your ball very well and still have alot of power to hit an ace
TFight325 is pretty good from amongst recent rackets.
The Head Pretige Mid ....
LM Prestige Mid
LM Prestige MID
LM Prestige MID too
i second the 325.
Any variation of the Wilson PS 6.1 95 , but IMHO the Prince Thunderbolt wins but everything else suffers.
Personally, I've always served best with a PS 85. The nCode Tour 90 and Prestige Classic are not far behind. Virtually any hefty stick is going to be great on serve and whichever suits you best will be down to individual taste.
nCode 61 95 16x18. Amazing pop and spin. Very fun to serve with.
n6-1 95 16x18, HPS 6.1 is second IMO
Trisys 300 Mid
Have to agree.The LM Prestige Mid is the best racquet I've served with. And I've tried a large number.
nSixOne 95 16x18, you can hit relatively flat or not but the ball is always very heavy and has very *weird* rebound.
Spinny serves are incredible due to its plow through combined with open stringbed.
PS 6.0 85. Great feel, power, and placement on serves. There's a good reason why Sampras was one of the greatest servers in history.
I think Pro Staffs in general have a little edge, this because the throat is higher than normal racquets (very high with the 85) and thus raises the center of percussion and give an hard and stiffy punch.
wow so many Prestiges Mid and ProStaffs... but so few Babolats ??
If you have served with a Prestige Mid, the Bab's aren't even in the same league. But, they are so much better for persons of ordinary skill from everywhere else. Serving, even for an average player, is pretty amazing with a Prestige mid.
The Prince Ripstick is better for serves. Have both. But like you said, everything else suffers
Vcore tour F 310gr
If you have the ability, the Pure Drive Roddick Plus, at 27.5" and about 12 ounces, is a monster to serve with, especially with a lively poly or nylon string.
I served bombs with a 2013 APD+ with a little lead at 12. Pretty sure Sam Groth would agree with me.
Mind you , guys like Ivanisevic and Phillopoussissouiss might agree with you too.....
The RF Autograph is incredible if you can manage the weight. In the right hands it's a cannon. Great 2nd serve possibilities as well.
It's such an individual thing. Heavy frames are great, if you have the technique and strength over the course of a match. I'm in. 5.0 league and I consistently serve really well with my stock 2013 APD. It just takes no effort... Is it as "heavy" a ball as with my 12.2 ounce MGRadPro? Probably not. But it's working for me against players that are sometimes over 40 years younger ...
I should add that for me it's not about speed, although my speed is fine. It's about placement, spin, reading one's opponent.
LM Radical MP, with a little weight at 11-1, and some in the handle.
Right on, good for hammerin 1sts down, and getting alot of action on 2nds provided you can handle the weight. My personal fav for service are my TXT95's.
Don't get me wrong. I like APD+, PD+, and PDR+ as well. All are much easier to play with than Prestige mid or Blade 93 or Volkl O10 mid. All 3 of these mids just bomb serves in a way that the Bab's just don't and the Prestige is top of the heap for serving. I actually played some of my best tennis ever with PDR+ but arm wouldn't tolerate it in the long run.
What would be really scary is Groth's serve coming off a Prestige mid on a fast court from 2000-2005 or Wimby in the Becker era.
Now that was post was good for a laugh.
If you say so. I've tried all of them. PDR+ is a great serving racquet but it's no Prestige Mid.
Problem with Prestige mid is it's just not as good for most other things.
PDR+ is definitely in my top 5 serving racquets though. KPS88 is in that list too. I never hit with the Becker Special Edition 11, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was also fantastic.
And you somehow think you're the only one that's tried them? I'd go with my pog mid before your choices.
Most mids are really great for serving... Not forgiving enough for pretty much everything else. I guess well-rounded frame like the Prestige MP, Wilson Six One 95 or the AI/DR 98 comes to mind. Also, tweeners like the APD and the Pure Drives are good for serving.
Top serving frames that I have used:
1) Prestige mid
2) Dunlop Aerogel 4d 200 Tour
3) Wilson KPS 88 or Wilson Blade 93 or 6.1 95
4) Volkl Organix 10 mid (leather grip added)
5) Babolat PDR+
6) Babolat PD+
7) Babolat APD+
8) Prince Original Graphite Longbody 100
9) Babolat APD 2014 (customized)
10) Wilson Steam 96
Never hit with POG mid but I could see that being in the hunt.
Has a bit of a hot spot due to the open string pattern when you hit flat with it. Makes the stick great for both first and second serves. Some of the best kickers I have hit were with a POG mid 4 stripe at ~12.6 ounces.
POG mid is right up there. Nasty, nasty spin - I have never had my slice serve hook as much. Serving slice up the middle to the deuce court I would have opponents not even move and start to raise their finger for a wide serve, then have it drop just inside the line. It was just inconceivable to them that a ball could move that much to the side. Damn... that racquet has been out of my bag for a year and now I want to stick it in for a hit...
Of the more current racquets:
- POG LB
- Bab Pure Drive Tour Plus
- Bab APD+
- lastly, with no idea why - the Textreme Warrior 107. Normally it's smaller and heavier or extended racquets that work for me.
Which version of the Prestige Mid or all?
I need a serving stick in a bad way. Currently using the Blade 18x20. It's all my failing technique but I want to have more fun on my serve!
You add some lead to the top of most quality rackets and they will have great serving potential. Just in terms of pace on the first serve. Second serves depend a bit more on strings, tension and other variables.
PS 85 for me.
For flat bombs I quite liked the Head IG Extreme Pro. Only demoed one and didn't like it for groundies.
If the swing weight, twist weight, string pattern, weight, balance, and flex are all the same what difference does it make who painted the racket and the color of paint? QC is everything everything else is marketing.
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