Deciding I don't like my current racquet

xtremerunnerars

Hall of Fame
I use an Aeropro Control, and I don't really think it's for me. I'm an intermediate 4.0 (65-70% wins at this level) and i think it might just be too advanced. On great shots i hit it does fine, but i find it a bit lacking.

I'm just starting to get serious about spin on my serves, and it's pretty difficult to get it with this racquet. Also, the serving power isn't quite there.

With groundstrokes i get plenty of spin, though not the power i want just yet. It's deep enough, but i really want punishing topspin. I really like coming to the net, and staying there. Occasionally i'll play points from the baseline, but my goal is to get to the net.

I was recommended the following racquets:
Flexpoint prestige team
N Six Two MP
Yonex Nanospeed RQ 7 MP
Prince Shark DB MP

From my own research though, i think i might like the Babolat VS NCT Tour, though.


Any thoughts on those racquets? I might demo some of them.
 

mctennis

Legend
Demo, demo, demo....no one knows your game style and playing abilities like you do. The racquet either compliments your style or hurts it.
 

300Gkid

Professional
i'd go for something in the players/tweeners category like

.Aeropro Drive
.Pure Storm
.DNX 9 (more toward players)
.M-fil 300
Yonex RDS 003 or 001 MP and others along those lines
.
 

xtremerunnerars

Hall of Fame
Thanks for the advice guys. I've recently accepted the fact that going for a winner every time is stupid, and now i'm going to have to realize i'm not quite good enough for a players' racquet. I'm going to demo them, but after i find out if i like my aeropro still. I plan to tape it...does anyone have any recommendations for locations?
 

DRtenniS1112

Semi-Pro
xtremerunnerars said:
Thanks for the advice guys. I've recently accepted the fact that going for a winner every time is stupid, and now i'm going to have to realize i'm not quite good enough for a players' racquet. I'm going to demo them, but after i find out if i like my aeropro still. I plan to tape it...does anyone have any recommendations for locations?
3 and 9 oclock and then some on the handle to even out the distribution, unless of course you want to change the balance, then you add it to the head or handle exclusively.
 

DANMAN

Professional
Adding lead to the APC is just going to place it farther out of your capabilities. The APC is more than stable enough as it is. If you need to add weight to a 12+ ounce racket with a 340 swingweight, you need to find something else.
 

xtremerunnerars

Hall of Fame
Oh, i thought maybe tape would make me like it. Thanks for the heads up though, now i don't have to look for that package of lead tape i bought a couple months ago.
 

coolblue123

Hall of Fame
xtremerunnerars, have you tried lowering the tension on your racquet? There's probably a reason why you got this racquet in the first place. So vary your tension and string type, perhaps it'll help out as well.
 

xtremerunnerars

Hall of Fame
I'm working with the string type right now, and technically tension, though the ashaway i'm trying has to be strung lower.


Also, i hadn't thought about this yet, but i'm really liking my ability to bend lower and take a ball just after the bounce...what racquets recommended in this thread will have an ability similar to the APC's at accomplishing this? Obviously oversize is not a good choice for that. Half volleys, transitioning and hitting behind my opponents is starting to really take off, so i'll need something that's like the APC in that respect, just a little more suited to my playing level.
 

emcee

Semi-Pro
He didn't ask for an arm friendly racquet. Way to go hawking your previous posts again for no reason. What do you get out of it?

I'd put the FXP Radical Team on that list. Also, I don't think lead is a bad idea. If you can handle extra weight, it will give you more power.
 
mctennis said:
Demo, demo, demo....no one knows your game style and playing abilities like you do. The racquet either compliments your style or hurts it.
yeah. that's the way to go. but i would have to include that demo takes more than a day. IMO on the second day is the time when a person really knows how the racquet feels.
 

xtremerunnerars

Hall of Fame
Yeah, it was that way with the other racquets as well. If i find the tape, i'll experiment....if not then i'll just demo the other ones.

You guys would agree that a prince tour diablo is out of my reach as well right? Just checking, as the tw description is kinda for me, but kinda not.
 
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