Demo advice for a lady...

bossass

Rookie
Just wanted to post my GF's racket history and see if anyone had any suggestions for demos.

1. She began with some overstock.com Prince I got here. Huge head, light, felt like a trampoline (yes I tried it).
2. She eventually picked up my PD+ one day, loved it. She used it for a long while and hit well with it, but complained of the weight. She felt it was too heavy for her to really whip around and I do think that factor was holding her back from learning shots like slice backhand/forehand.
3. I got her a Pure Drive + Zylon, or something like that. Same dimens as PD+, but really light. She likes it ok, but finds she can't get much power off the string bed (still need to try stringing it looser). We did put a bit of lead tape at 9 and 3, that helped a bit.
***Note: She improved greatly over this evolution. She's probably only a 2.5 or 3.0, but she can rally with me when I'm (4.5) hitting the ball really hard, as long as I hit it right back to her.
****Note: She picked up my Pro Tour 280 a couple weeks ago and absolutely loved the "feel" of it, but quickly noted it was much too heavy for her.

Is there a mythical racket that is light and still has decent feel? Anyone have any demo suggestions?
 

shell

Professional
If she is willing to demo, have her try the Volkl V1 or maybe some of the Pro Kennex (Kinetic or Ionic - although I've not played with the Ionic) lines. They have some heft and some power, but also keep a soft muted feel. If that is what she was liking about your pro tour then maybe those, or something along the same lines, would be a nice compromise. And her game could grow into those racquests.
 

Slaz

Rookie
The correct answer is : Yonex RQiS 2 Tour.

Same length as her PD+, less weight, very friendly and enough power !
 

bossass

Rookie
^Thanks. I should point out her current racket is about 9.6oz strung (Babolat Drive Z-Lite). I has NRG2 at about 53lbs.

I'm thinking she could handle a slightly heavier racket, as long as it was more head light so it felt as/more manueverable.
 

bossass

Rookie
Any more suggestions before I put the demo order in? I'm def. thinking of getting the Yonex RQS 2 or RQS 11 for her to try.
 

coolblue123

Hall of Fame
Is2 is a nice racquet. Just be sure to lower the tension on the string. I think you should also try the Prince 03 Blue's as well. It is very comfortable and plenty of power as well.
 
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pfchang

Professional
I'd have to say the wilson line has the most amount of feel for rackets.

i've used the kblade 98 before and i have to say it is like the best possible all around stick.

everything for some reason is good for an advancing player. spin production is surprising for a 18x20, control is defly there and power is for sure (shows true colors on serves)

but it is an 11.1 oz, a little lighter than the PD+ and also a lower swingweight as well. she should definetly try this one first.

aside from that, the extreme (non-pro) is also similar as well, but lower SW and more HL
 

Il Mostro

Banned
The KZen Team has turned out to be a great racquet for my wife. Fairly light but gets good power due to the balance (and I guess the additional .25" length), amazing spin and good control.
 

mawashi

Hall of Fame
I would say that from personal experience that the Yonex RDS003 is a great racket to demo. Light, huge sweet spot, good spin, great for serves. Heck even Tiffany from TW likes it and it is a really easy racket to pick up. Give it a try as it really help a few of my lady friends.

mawashi
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