Come back after 20 years! What Racket?

Ogdensnut

New User
Hi everyone,
I've decided to make a comeback and restart tennis after a break of 20 years. I finished playing in my early 20s due to the onset of spinal arthritis. Prior to that I had played to a decent standard (County Junior Player) and played with Fischer Vacuum Pro 90s. Can anyone suggest something similar from the modern line of rackets. I have seen the Prince Phantoms 93p and 100p and these look like my kind of thing but can't play test them. I don't envisage playing a lot of singles- i was a doubles specialist back in the day anyway. If anyone has any suggestions or can comment on the Prince's that would be great.
Many thanks!!
Charlie
 

McLovin

Legend
That depends. Are you mostly baseline or serve & volley (I know you said doubles, but I know a lot of people who play doubles from the back)? Are you looking for something w/ similar specs to your Fischers or something more 'modern'?

If looking to stay in the mid-range, the Yonex VCORE 95 and the new Prestige Mid are two of the more popular frames around here.

If looking to go a little bigger, the new Head Extreme Tour is an excellent feeling frame.

Pacific bought out Fischer a little over 10 years ago, and they were churning out some of Fischer's old molds. The X Tour 97 is the Vacuum Pro Classic 98, and the X Force Pro No 1 252 is the old VT Pro 98 mold. However, if you're in the US, you'll likely only find those through the 'bay.

Also be aware that string technology has changed a crap-ton since you last played. Back in the early 2000s, it was mostly Kevlar/gut or some synthetic/multi. Now there are literally hundreds of polys (shaped, smooth, twisted, roughed, soft, high powered, low powered, etc), as well as many variations of multis (some that play like polys). You can go broke trying all the different combinations...
 

Ogdensnut

New User
That depends. Are you mostly baseline or serve & volley (I know you said doubles, but I know a lot of people who play doubles from the back)? Are you looking for something w/ similar specs to your Fischers or something more 'modern'?

If looking to stay in the mid-range, the Yonex VCORE 95 and the new Prestige Mid are two of the more popular frames around here.

If looking to go a little bigger, the new Head Extreme Tour is an excellent feeling frame.

Pacific bought out Fischer a little over 10 years ago, and they were churning out some of Fischer's old molds. The X Tour 97 is the Vacuum Pro Classic 98, and the X Force Pro No 1 252 is the old VT Pro 98 mold. However, if you're in the US, you'll likely only find those through the 'bay.

Also be aware that string technology has changed a crap-ton since you last played. Back in the early 2000s, it was mostly Kevlar/gut or some synthetic/multi. Now there are literally hundreds of polys (shaped, smooth, twisted, roughed, soft, high powered, low powered, etc), as well as many variations of multis (some that play like polys). You can go broke trying all the different combinations...
Thanks for your reply! Yes, the options available now are truly overwhelming. I remember very few players customising rackets like they do now. I am a serve and volleyer for doubles definitely and would like something similar in terms of feel and control to my fishers. However a larger head size might be of benefit. I have even seen Pro Kennex making a comeback- I remember them the first time around lol.
 

BumElbow

Rookie
I suggest you view the TW racquet reviews and, if possible, use TW's demo program to help you out. After 20 years, you are going to be rusty. When I took an extended break from tennis, it took me a while to work my way back to using an advanced player frame. I have a Prince Phantom 100 frame. It is very comfortable. I like to play from the baseline with it. For doubles play, something stiffer would punch up your serve and would volley better. So here is my suggestion, try to stick with the same family of frames because as your game gradually returns you may want something heavier and with more control. Resume playing with a Head Graphene 360+ Gravity or Speed MP and when your advanced game comes back, upgrade to a Head Graphene 360+ Gravity or Speed Pro. That way, you will have similar frames and the progression from rusty to advanced will be managed by a progression of similarly playing frames in the same racquet "family."
 

Ogdensnut

New User
I suggest you view the TW racquet reviews and, if possible, use TW's demo program to help you out. After 20 years, you are going to be rusty. When I took an extended break from tennis, it took me a while to work my way back to using an advanced player frame. I have a Prince Phantom 100 frame. It is very comfortable. I like to play from the baseline with it. For doubles play, something stiffer would punch up your serve and would volley better. So here is my suggestion, try to stick with the same family of frames because as your game gradually returns you may want something heavier and with more control. Resume playing with a Head Graphene 360+ Gravity or Speed MP and when your advanced game comes back, upgrade to a Head Graphene 360+ Gravity or Speed Pro. That way, you will have similar frames and the progression from rusty to advanced will be managed by a progression of similarly playing frames in the same racquet "family."
Thanks. Yes, that would make perfect sense. :)
 

AggieJason

Rookie
Give the Pure Drive 107 and the Ezone 105 demo spins if you're interested in going with something a little larger.
 

PT280 Fan

Semi-Pro
Unless you're going to be training most every day I would dissuade you from getting something as small as a 93" head size. And if you use a one handed backhand, I wouldn't get anything bigger than a 98. And if you have full classic style strokes and have played at a 3.5 or better, I would recommend a player's frame or at least a tweener -11.2 oz and up. After that it's all style and nuance as all the major manufacturers make eminently playable frames.
 

socallefty

Hall of Fame
You likely want a heavy/stable, thin-beam, flexible racquet that reminds you of your old Fischer racquet, but with a larger 95-98 sq inch head-size that is great at the net. Look no further than the Yonex VCore Pro97 HD. It’s one of the few racquets still being made with specs similar to the Fischer.

Next you will get into deciding which strings to use it with and that’s going to take a while for you to figure out. Your choices will depend on how soon you break strings. Most players who played at a high level previously end up with poly at low tensions below 50 lbs or some hybrid of gut/poly or multi/poly or soft poly/stiffer poly.
 

Frankc

Professional
Next you will get into deciding which strings to use it with and that’s going to take a while for you to figure out. Your choices will depend on how soon you break strings. Most players who played at a high level previously end up with poly at low tensions below 50 lbs or some hybrid of gut/poly or multi/poly or soft poly/stiffer poly.
Or full bed natural gut - especially fine in the smaller frames for previously high level players - especially if the Fischer feel was your liking... especially the 90 Mid.
If you can, borrow a Pacific XTour Pro 97 - an easy transition from a Fischer 90 with more power and some modern attributes (but not too much modern feel, translation tinny harshness)and a great 16X20 pattern for gut...
 

1HBHfanatic

Legend
-my 2cents
-yonex vcore pro 97 is a very comperable swinging racquet
-head.prestige.pro/mid are solid options for 4.0 players
-head.radical mp/pro are solid playing racquets as well, for high 3.5s and up
-if you are a 4.5 or better the wil.ps.rf.97 is a very solid option
-if you are a high 3.5-4, the wil.ps.97 is a good racquet
-for a better arm comfort racket, wil.clash.98
-if you are more of a slicer, than a fast/solid stick like the wilson.blades are ideal
 

mctennis

Legend
If you are just looking at Prince. Try the Prince TExtreme Tour 100 (310) 16X18.
Or the Volkl V1 Classic if you are playing mostly double for fun. It is a great all around racquet.
 

zipplock

Hall of Fame
Thanks to everyone who posted with their suggestions. Just seen the Head Pro Tour 2.0 . Probably a bit early to be going down that route but I’m getting that tennis OCD again lol.
95in head is plenty big. If the racquets look good to you, go for it!!!
 

Lorenn

Rookie
Thanks to everyone who posted with their suggestions. Just seen the Head Pro Tour 2.0 . Probably a bit early to be going down that route but I’m getting that tennis OCD again lol.
Just start slow, your body will have muscle memory of how you played in the past. Try to resist the urge to play too hard for the first month or so. Doubles is rough...I just switched to the Gravity Pro from old Radicals. Coming back doubles the Speed MP 360+.and Extreme 360+ Series come to mind. Normally I would pick a Radical, but they didn't update them last time around and 360+>360. Prince does have a few racquets which I would surely use as well. Problem here is it really depends on who you are playing what racquet would be best.

Head Speed 360+ MP seems a good place to start, the feel is a little different than most head racquets to me, but it plays well. Tons of good advice on Yonex, Prince and Wilson
 

dgoran

Hall of Fame
I agree Pro tour 2.0...Nothing has changed in 20 years...
They do have these tweeners now that make it easier to play if your level is not there but in general, there is nothing revolutionary since the 2000's...
 

Ogdensnut

New User
Has anyone played with the Prince phantom 93/100p and the Pro Tour 2.0? I’on paper either should be ok with the PT2 being a bit stiffer. I did play with the original PT but it was many years ago and can’t remember what it was like.
 

Slowtwitcher

Hall of Fame
I've recently returned to tennis after not playing for 25 years. I went a route a bit different from you.

When I stopped, I was playing with Donnay Pro One OS. So I went out on e-b-a-y/TW Classifieds and bought a few POGOS (I know it's not the same racquet as the Donnay, just similar and a good starting point).

Not that I got my strokes (sorta) back playing with the POGOS, I'm starting to explore a bit. First with 93P 18x20, which is a racquet with a very "classic" feel. Also recently I've been playing with Gravity Pro, which is a modern racquet but with more of a classic feel.

For me personally, it was very helpful to get my bearings with something that I had "muscle memory" with. Now with exploring a bit, I think I really want to go the 18x20 way, my strokes already have a lot of spin and the 18x20 give me more control (and more durable string jobs!).
 

Yamin

Rookie
Kind of hard to give recommendation without knowing your play style. 20 years is a significant amount of time. I just returned after 10. People and the market have gravitated towards larger heads and lighter weight. Are you unable to demo anything or just Prince?

If I had to recommend rackets to try based on all the demos I blew threw this year (20+) trying to get back in the game, (most were under 64 RA) my top picks for must try would be:

Blade v7 98 18x20
Blade v7 104
Clash 98 or 100 - (Don't bother with these if you play flat)
Prince Phantom 100p
 

Ogdensnut

New User
Kind of hard to give recommendation without knowing your play style. 20 years is a significant amount of time. I just returned after 10. People and the market have gravitated towards larger heads and lighter weight. Are you unable to demo anything or just Prince?

If I had to recommend rackets to try based on all the demos I blew threw this year (20+) trying to get back in the game, (most were under 64 RA) my top picks for must try would be:

Blade v7 98 18x20
Blade v7 104
Clash 98 or 100 - (Don't bother with these if you play flat)
Prince Phantom 100p
Thanks. I was looking for something around 61 RA as that’s what I used before. I don’t hit flat but don’t use tons of spin- I use it selectively. Play mostly doubles, so serve and volley important. I think the Phantom 100p should tick a few boxes. I’ve never been a real power player, preferring to rely on accuracy and touch. Did you try any of the Prestige’s or Pro Tour 2.0?
 

socallefty

Hall of Fame
If you put your old Fischer racquet specs into the TW racquet finder, the only current racquet that comes close is the Yonex VCore Pro97 HD. I loved it when I demo’d it as it has a nice traditional feel and it is great at the net. I would definitely suggest adding it to your initial demo list.
 

Yamin

Rookie
Thanks. I was looking for something around 61 RA as that’s what I used before. I don’t hit flat but don’t use tons of spin- I use it selectively. Play mostly doubles, so serve and volley important. I think the Phantom 100p should tick a few boxes. I’ve never been a real power player, preferring to rely on accuracy and touch. Did you try any of the Prestige’s or Pro Tour 2.0?
I didn't try the pro tour. I'm coming off a surgery and needed something softer. You can find people's opinions on it in a megathread somewhere here. I think overall people had said it's a solid racket but were disappointed that it didn't feel like the original.

I tried the prestige MP and mid. The mid was nice for how long I could tolerate it (demo came with pretty stiff poly) and if you have no arm issues it's a good racket but the small headsize wasn't helping me. The MP was okay. The blade 18x20 was significantly better. The Yonex VCore Pro97 HD is also thrown in when comparing these (blade and prestige mp) and is considered to have more of a traditional feel. Lower flex than the two as well.

I'd skip the clashes I mentioned trying based on your play style.
 

Ogdensnut

New User
I didn't try the pro tour. I'm coming off a surgery and needed something softer. You can find people's opinions on it in a megathread somewhere here. I think overall people had said it's a solid racket but were disappointed that it didn't feel like the original.

I tried the prestige MP and mid. The mid was nice for how long I could tolerate it (demo came with pretty stiff poly) and if you have no arm issues it's a good racket but the small headsize wasn't helping me. The MP was okay. The blade 18x20 was significantly better. The Yonex VCore Pro97 HD is also thrown in when comparing these (blade and prestige mp) and is considered to have more of a traditional feel. Lower flex than the two as well.

I'd skip the clashes I mentioned trying based on your play style.
Cheers! As much as I like to think I can still cut the mustard a 90 inch head might be pushing it, especially as I’m not getting any younger and getting back into the game with arthritis (the reason I packed in 20 yrs ago). I think the phantom is worth a punt but will try and demo the Yonex.
 

Ogdensnut

New User
If you put your old Fischer racquet specs into the TW racquet finder, the only current racquet that comes close is the Yonex VCore Pro97 HD. I loved it when I demo’d it as it has a nice traditional feel and it is great at the net. I would definitely suggest adding it to your initial demo list.
Thanks! Will see if I can demo it.
 

dgoran

Hall of Fame
Thanks. I was looking for something around 61 RA as that’s what I used before. I don’t hit flat but don’t use tons of spin- I use it selectively. Play mostly doubles, so serve and volley important. I think the Phantom 100p should tick a few boxes. I’ve never been a real power player, preferring to rely on accuracy and touch. Did you try any of the Prestige’s or Pro Tour 2.0?
You cannot go wrong with pro tour 2.0
 

PrinceYonex

New User
Has anyone played with the Prince phantom 93/100p and the Pro Tour 2.0? I’on paper either should be ok with the PT2 being a bit stiffer. I did play with the original PT but it was many years ago and can’t remember what it was like.
I have both the 93p and the PT2. While both have dense 18/20 string patterns and relatively small heads, they actually feel fairly different to me. The 93p is softer and you notice the head flex. It is also significantly more head light. The PT2.0 is crisper, with incredible stability, and has much easier access to power. Both are excellent racquets, with great control and feel, but I prefer the Pro Tour. A gem of a racquet.
 
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fundrazer

Legend
Thanks! Will see if I can demo it.
I'll echo the 97HD post as well as the Pro Tour 2.0 recommendations. I don't think you could go wrong with either.

Head has some other interesting options too. They've stepped up their game big time in the past year or so. Other option I might throw in the ring is the Wilson Ultra Pro series, but those would require modification. 18x20 might be a good fit, and the new 16x19 has people curious too (like me :) )
 

Frankc

Professional
As a Fischer fan myself, I can tell you that if your standard is the Vacuum mid 90, then you really enjoyed a great time then. I, too, have three 90s - superb control and feel...
If you do get to demo the modern frames, do prepare yourself for the "new standard" - a tinny and hollow sense of feel - this is imo, but many others have chimed in on this. Many of us who grew up hitting through the ball have a different feel for the ball as opposed to a good feel today. Just be prepared...
If it helps, search out many of the threads on this Board and listen up - great insights here, and you will find those voices that help you on your way... As I mentioned above, the softest strings will add some sense of feel to the new frames.
 

Ogdensnut

New User
Th
As a Fischer fan myself, I can tell you that if your standard is the Vacuum mid 90, then you really enjoyed a great time then. I, too, have three 90s - superb control and feel...
If you do get to demo the modern frames, do prepare yourself for the "new standard" - a tinny and hollow sense of feel - this is imo, but many others have chimed in on this. Many of us who grew up hitting through the ball have a different feel for the ball as opposed to a good feel today. Just be prepared...
If it helps, search out many of the threads on this Board and listen up - great insights here, and you will find those voices that help you on your way... As I mentioned above, the softest strings will add some sense of feel to the new frames.
Thanks for the reply! Do you still play with the Fischer’s or something more ‘modern’? Is there anything remotely similar these days that you’ve played with? Cheers- Oli
 

AceyMan

Rookie
bump for the

Blade 104 v7

I'm mid 50s and this is the class of frame I'm looking at as I start to put down my 360 gm 95 in² sticks (Prestige/Radical MPs, etc.).

I've a couple of plus+ frames I like so this appeals to me. Old school stiffness: RA60.

/Acey

There's a fan thread still active in the Racquets topic forums, lots of tech-talk on it there. It's a nice bit of kit.
[edit: link added to referenced TT thread]
 
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Bobs tennis

Semi-Pro
Been using a Prince Synergy CTS Extended which I picked up on the bay. Not really head heavy but is very stiff in the head due to diameter of the head at the tip. Love that feel. Its really different compared to todays frames.
 

Frankc

Professional
I’ve never been a real power player, preferring to rely on accuracy and touch. Did you try any of the Prestige’s or Pro Tour 2.0?
Best of luck, enjoy the game... I noticed that you mentioned two concepts that are vanishing from the dialogue of the game, "accuracy and touch"... I would add "feel."
Your Vac 90 had all that in spades. But again, that Austrian frame was made a unique process by a top EU Skiing and Aerospace Company by Austrian engineers with very tight standards. Sorry, but that isn't done that way nowadays. Yes, I still have one Vac 90 in my bag. Great for serving practice and a great hit... But, many, many years have passed and that always changes things. So, the question remains - what racquet will be enjoyable and effective today for my neutral gripped, more linear game that relies on variety, accuracy and "feel?"

A few words - this forum has so much to offer. Another, is to be careful about modern reviews. Those are mostly for players who did not play for years with a more linear game and a Vac 90. I have no plan to change my grips and my love of variety and accuracy. Find the TW voices that speak your language, and then listen.

I found (this is just imo) that the modern frames were all very similar to each other - the key differences being weight and string pattern... Sorry, they all feel stiff and light. I did find that one can add more feel with a denser string pattern and modern soft strings. I play the best gut that I can find. Remember, our frames years ago were so different. I am not an engineer, but it seems evident to me that the production process and materials of today are very different. Not better or worse, just different. The modern RA is not the same feel as a vintage heavier frame of the same RA. That matters if you love the game.

For me, I listened to forum members and two reviews. One modern Pacific frame was said to "call out for gut" and a TW Review said that the "sweet spot was small and hard to find and even variable in power."( Small sweet spots come with control frames and I grew up using different places in a variable sweet spot for varied shots. We all did.) Then another reviewer spoke of that frames "accuracy" and "a slight instability that lead to precise control." He, as a fine reviewer, found that refreshing in today's frames. Then I knew, since I use thin natural gut that we were really talking a control and feel frame here - and it is, in spades. Others would hate it as not powerful enough - or the head needs stiffening for their poly.
So, enjoy your trek - obviously you have and enjoy the skills. My bag always includes two vintage frames - both Austrian. My playing racquet that best fits me with the passing of many years is still produced by a smallish German company - Pacific. I like Pacific frames - the Fischer designs are there, especially that lovely 16X20 Fischer (yes same as VAC 90) that is perfect for thin gut. The gut lasts forever with my flatish game. Pacific is a smallish, innovative company that sorta goes its own way - I hear very popular in the EU. And yes, a less than 12 oz frame that will hit every neutral gripped shot in the book - it is called feel and accuracy and touch and power.
 
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amadextor

Rookie
Yonex RQIS 1 tour with little led on 10,2
Prince POG Michael Chang 107
Heavier Volks frames
Head Prestige Classic

No new frames, tried a few, I like older frames, probably graphite is better.55 yo male, playing regularly, had a t.e. problem with Babolat frames.
 

Ogdensnut

New User
Best of luck, enjoy the game... I noticed that you mentioned two concepts that are vanishing from the dialogue of the game, "accuracy and touch"... I would add "feel."
Your Vac 90 had all that in spades. But again, that Austrian frame was made a unique process by a top EU Skiing and Aerospace Company by Austrian engineers with very tight standards. Sorry, but that isn't done that way nowadays. Yes, I still have one Vac 90 in my bag. Great for serving practice and a great hit... But, many, many years have passed and that always changes things. So, the question remains - what racquet will be enjoyable and effective today for my neutral gripped, more linear game that relies on variety, accuracy and "feel?"

A few words - this forum has so much to offer. Another, is to be careful about modern reviews. Those are mostly for players who did not play for years with a more linear game and a Vac 90. I have no plan to change my grips and my love of variety and accuracy. Find the TW voices that speak your language, and then listen.

I found (this is just imo) that the modern frames were all very similar to each other - the key differences being weight and string pattern... Sorry, they all feel stiff and light. I did find that one can add more feel with a denser string pattern and modern soft strings. I play the best gut that I can find. Remember, our frames years ago were so different. I am not an engineer, but it seems evident to me that the production process and materials of today are very different. Not better or worse, just different. The modern RA is not the same feel as a vintage heavier frame of the same RA. That matters if you love the game.

For me, I listened to forum members and two reviews. One modern Pacific frame was said to "call out for gut" and a TW Review said that the "sweet spot was small and hard to find and even variable in power."( Small sweet spots come with control frames and I grew up using different places in a variable sweet spot for varied shots. We all did.) Then another reviewer spoke of that frames "accuracy" and "a slight instability that lead to precise control." He, as a fine reviewer, found that refreshing in today's frames. Then I knew, since I use thin natural gut that we were really talking a control and feel frame here - and it is, in spades. Others would hate it as not powerful enough - or the head needs stiffening for their poly.
So, enjoy your trek - obviously you have and enjoy the skills. My bag always includes two vintage frames - both Austrian. My playing racquet that best fits me with the passing of many years is still produced by a smallish German company - Pacific. I like Pacific frames - the Fischer designs are there, especially that lovely 16X20 Fischer (yes same as VAC 90) that is perfect for thin gut. The gut lasts forever with my flatish game. Pacific is a smallish, innovative company that sorta goes its own way - I hear very popular in the EU. And yes, a less than 12 oz frame that will hit every neutral gripped shot in the book - it is called feel and accuracy and touch and power.
I’d seen the Pacific version of the Vac90 but wasn’t sure if it was an exact copy or just in appearance. I’ve also seen a mention for the Volkl Powerbridge Mid- the specs look very similar to the Vac90 but with a 93” head. Looks interesting.
 

Lorenn

Rookie
For me, I listened to forum members and two reviews. One modern Pacific frame was said to "call out for gut" and a TW Review said that the "sweet spot was small and hard to find and even variable in power."( Small sweet spots come with control frames and I grew up using different places in a variable sweet spot for varied shots. We all did.) Then another reviewer spoke of that frames "accuracy" and "a slight instability that lead to precise control." He, as a fine reviewer, found that refreshing in today's frames. Then I knew, since I use thin natural gut that we were really talking a control and feel frame here - and it is, in spades. Others would hate it as not powerful enough - or the head needs stiffening for their poly.
So, enjoy your trek - obviously you have and enjoy the skills. My bag always includes two vintage frames - both Austrian. My playing racquet that best fits me with the passing of many years is still produced by a smallish German company - Pacific. I like Pacific frames - the Fischer designs are there, especially that lovely 16X20 Fischer (yes same as VAC 90) that is perfect for thin gut. The gut lasts forever with my flatish game. Pacific is a smallish, innovative company that sorta goes its own way - I hear very popular in the EU. And yes, a less than 12 oz frame that will hit every neutral gripped shot in the book - it is called feel and accuracy and touch and power.
Lovely post...Making me Nostalgic! Amazing how much the game has changed, yet how much it stays the same...how it ebbs and flows. One handed backhand almost gone, then back again.
 

Ogdensnut

New User
Yonex RQIS 1 tour with little led on 10,2
Prince POG Michael Chang 107
Heavier Volks frames
Head Prestige Classic

No new frames, tried a few, I like older frames, probably graphite is better.55 yo male, playing regularly, had a t.e. problem with Babolat frames.
Yeah I’ve heard TE is more common prob due to modern frames. My brother has changed rackets a few times because of it- currently on a Volkl which is a bit more arm friendly. As mentioned above the Volkl PB10mid looks really interesting - very similar on paper to what I’ve used before.
 

Ogdensnut

New User
Lovely post...Making me Nostalgic! Amazing how much the game has changed, yet how much it stays the same...how it ebbs and flows. One handed backhand almost gone, then back again.
I know! I can’t believe how Tennis ‘whites’ don’t seem to exist. Current play attire looks a total free for all. Some of it I like, some of it looks more like what I’d have worn for training, not match play. Showing my age lol
 

Frankc

Professional
I’d seen the Pacific version of the Vac90 but wasn’t sure if it was an exact copy or just in appearance. I’ve also seen a mention for the Volkl Powerbridge Mid- the specs look very similar to the Vac90 but with a 93” head. Looks interesting.
My 2 cents, the Pacific Vac 90 is reported as stiffer than the Fischer - would be too much frame for me now, as many,many years have passed. I enjoy my VAC 90 Fischers now, but just for hitting or fun mixed. The Volkl PB looks better - just for me a hair heavy now (but that might not be so) and, more importantly, that stringbed is promoted (and is) pretty open - I need the softest thin strings for feel in any modern frame... A Volkl at 11.6-.8 ( leaves room for overgrip and dampener) and a closed 16X20 or better makes sense to my preferences... just 2 cents, no more or less...
 

joohan

Hall of Fame
If you don't want to stay with Fischer mold, Volkl PB10 Mid is a very good option. Plays bigger than its headsize. Pacific has that "252" Vacuum Mid mold out in their 98 sq. inch racquets so that would be my first choice in your place. I've been playing with Vacuum Pro 90, albeit not as my primary frame, for the last 4 years and also play with that same mold in 98 sq inch, tapered beam frames - VT98Pro, Vacuum Pro Classic. They have the same familiar feel but tapered beam makes them more "modern" and they take polyester strings very well, too. Also Angell TC90 is a nice option, slightly more forgiving than Vacuum 90.
 
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