Coming back to tennis after 10+ years can I ask for some recommendations!

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DeathStrike

Guest
Hello this is my first post !

I'm approaching 50 but physically probably a bit younger as I looked after myself. My old racquet was a Babolat VS NCT Tour (lighter weight stick that I bought so I could customise with lead weight to get to a perfect weight which probably ended just over 300g), head light strung with Babolat XCel Premium @ 60lbs. I found with this combination could really generate nice power and control with super accurate serves hitting lines and go for the lines on groundstrokes.

Essentially I would like something probably Babolat again that will play well with that kinda tension and will offer me power and accuracy. I prefer to (try!) and end points sooner rather than later, moving people around the court to create space so not really gonna grind from the baseline. I come into the net on occasion as well. I once tried the Roddick Pure Drive Plus which I really liked after borrowing someone elses but turns they had some kind of factory defect one which was way lighter than the specs so when I bought it was too heavy. Anyone know if the modern plus is lighter than that Roddick version?

I'm thinking Aero / Pure Drive / Pure Strike but open to all suggestions!

Thanks in advance
 

Sphairistike

New User
i think that tennis warehouse europe have some pure strike teams for sale at 89 euros. that racket has a weight of 285 grams i believe. but i don't know where in the world you are
 

Steady Eddy

Legend
Just be aware that you won't pick up where you left off. Play a bit more conservatively than you used to. As the rust comes off you game and your strokes come back, then increase your aggressiveness.
 
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DeathStrike

Guest
i think that tennis warehouse europe have some pure strike teams for sale at 89 euros. that racket has a weight of 285 grams i believe. but i don't know where in the world you are

That is a really good price will check it out! The Strike is more control / lower power than the Pure Drive isn't it ?
 
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DeathStrike

Guest
Just be aware that you won't pick up where you left off. Play a bit more conservatively than you used to. As the rust comes off you game and your strokes come back, then increase your aggressiveness.

:D:D:D I actually came back last week swinging hard and played a few days in a row, and now I'm having a week off as my arm and shoulder are in pain... the wild mishits clearly didn't help :(
 

emhtennis

Professional
The Strike still has plenty of power. Be careful coming back too fast. As you've already experienced, a big spike in playing time will quickly add up into overuse injuries.

I'm experiencing this myself.

Babolat frames are also not going to do you any favors in this department. I would definitely keep track of your hours on court and slowly add an hour each week, something like that.

Anyways, as far as frame recommendations go, if you want something pretty light, but also powerful with decent control you may want to give Wilson's new Clash a try.

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DeathStrike

Guest
The Strike still has plenty of power. Be careful coming back too fast. As you've already experienced, a big spike in playing time will quickly add up into overuse injuries.

I'm experiencing this myself.

Babolat frames are also not going to do you any favors in this department. I would definitely keep track of your hours on court and slowly add an hour each week, something like that.

Anyways, as far as frame recommendations go, if you want something pretty light, but also powerful with decent control you may want to give Wilson's new Clash a try.

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I have been considering this, looks pretty cool however I am reading it's not that powerful on serves. I need a bit of help as I'm 5-8" :mad:

I was kinda hoping in the years Babolat would have invented something super arm friendly but clearly not
 

emhtennis

Professional
Sometimes power is relative. You can manipulate a lot with string and tension choice.

If you want to go full-power, Wilson's Ultra line is their direct Pure Aero / Pure Drive competitor.

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DeathStrike

Guest
Sometimes power is relative. You can manipulate a lot with string and tension choice.

If you want to go full-power, Wilson's Ultra line is their direct Pure Aero / Pure Drive competitor.

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Hmmm good point there thanks!
 
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