Despite the (low) weight way too difficult?

This season I am playing with this racket, see specs below. My motivation to pick it up is because it is spec-wise close to my beloved Head Radical Liquidmetal MP and it is a great looking high quality frame, in fact it is the best looking frame I have ever seen.

Despite its low weight I find it a rather difficult racket. I find it even more difficult than my Radical. Despite the open string pattern there is no easy access to spin as well. Even when hitting for free I am struggling a bit with it now and then. I already tried poly's and synth gut.

So what do we think? Is this indeed a difficult racket?

brand
: Fischer
model: M Comp 95
weight: 295 gram / 10.4 oz
headsize: 613 cm2 / 95 sq in
balance: 325 mm
beam: flat beam 20.4 mm
length: 27.0 in
string pattern: 16 x 19 (8 mains trough the bridge)
tension: 20 - 30 kg / 45 - 65 lb
 

CopolyX

Hall of Fame
no clue, never used it. specs seem good other than the weight which you flagged.
seems like a good candidate for customizing, some weight it the right areas could make it a contender.
but that is it your hands...
 

Crocodile

Legend
I think it needs more wright for sure. A leather grip and some half lead at 9 and 3. I've used the Pacific X Feel pro 95 and the X Force Pro 98 snd both frames benefited greatly with some extra weight in the head. The 95 in particularly is one of the more demanding racquets to use for its head size category but the feel is superb.
 

ONgame

Semi-Pro
I don't understand this racquet, seems to be super low powered and control oriented but also very light, can't imagine it being any stable or forgiving at all.

Good customizing candidate indeed, this thing needs to beef up 20 grams at least.
 
Some miscommunication here. I don't want to lead up this racket in any way. Rackets in this weight category (285 gram - 300 gram) are supposed to be easy, not? However this one is not easy at all it seems. Why is that?
 

SpinToWin

Talk Tennis Guru
Some miscommunication here. I don't want to lead up this racket in any way. Rackets in this weight category (285 gram - 300 gram) are supposed to be easy, not? However this one is not easy at all it seems. Why is that?
I take issue with the statement "supposed to be easy".

We can pick very different frames in this weight range which perform on polar opposites even.
 

ONgame

Semi-Pro
Some miscommunication here. I don't want to lead up this racket in any way. Rackets in this weight category (285 gram - 300 gram) are supposed to be easy, not? However this one is not easy at all it seems. Why is that?
easy to swing - yes
easy to use (effectiveness) - debatable
 

CopolyX

Hall of Fame
true tennis is not "easy"....
good form is hard work and not "easy"
finding the right frame ( and string setup) for your game is not "easy"
winning is not "easy"
sure if you what to just play tennis, you can make it "easy"
If you want to develop and be a tennis player, that path is not "easy"

"Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one” - B.L.

 
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I take issue with the statement "supposed to be easy".
I see, I follow the following rule of thumb: the heavier the racket, the more difficult to use (and the opposite, lighter rackets are easier). I thought there is common consensus about this rule of thumb.
 

SpinToWin

Talk Tennis Guru
I see, I follow the following rule of thumb: the heavier the racket, the more difficult to use (and the opposite, lighter rackets are easier). I thought there is common consensus about this rule of thumb.
No not really. A PS 85 at 250g would be super hard to use.

Ease of use also has to do with level of play (and personal preference I must add). Higher level players may find it easier to play with heavier racquets, while light racquets may require too much work to get something on the ball.
 
The design may make the frame unforgiving, low powered, not spin friendly, etc. at that weight. Some frames perform better when they have a sufficiently high weight.
True, in fact this is the light version of the heavier version which weights 330 gram unstrung. Everything else is equal, except for the weight.
 
To give some new input to this thread, the racquet has a swingstyle index of 8.2, which is very high, especially for a stick given a weight of 295 gram. Based on swingstyle index it is probably as difficult as a prestige. No wonder it gave me the feeling being a difficult racquet.

To compare with another Fischer frame, the M Pro No1 98 (320 gram) has an index of 6.6.
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
I had a Fischer M Comp 95 a few years ago and don't remember it being anywhere near 10.4 oz., even unstrung. Almost positive that mine was closer to 12 oz. than 11 oz.

Easy hitter? That would be no... at least for me. I strung my M Comp 95 a few different ways and no matter what I did, that racquet was just lifeless for me. My regular players are over 12.5 oz. after customizing and that's been my personal "normal" for a lot of years. I should note that these frames also balance at about 10 pts. HL, so their heft is relatively easy to maneuver.

Swing index, power ratings, yaddah-yaddah... I pretty much pay attention to the static weight, balance, and flex rating to predict whether I'll find a halfway decent fit with a certain racquet. This Fischer M Comp was truly an outlier for me.
 

stingstang

Professional
Some miscommunication here. I don't want to lead up this racket in any way. Rackets in this weight category (285 gram - 300 gram) are supposed to be easy, not? However this one is not easy at all it seems. Why is that?
Light = easy is a myth, sort of.

Weight gives power and stability. If you don't have the weight, the frame needs to compensate with something - thick beam, larger head size, stiffness. Think Pure Drive.

The spec on that Fischer gives you nothing so you're going to have to rip the ball to generate power. They probably designed it to be modded.
 
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beltsman

Legend
This season I am playing with this racket, see specs below. My motivation to pick it up is because it is spec-wise close to my beloved Head Radical Liquidmetal MP and it is a great looking high quality frame, in fact it is the best looking frame I have ever seen.

Despite its low weight I find it a rather difficult racket. I find it even more difficult than my Radical. Despite the open string pattern there is no easy access to spin as well. Even when hitting for free I am struggling a bit with it now and then. I already tried poly's and synth gut.

So what do we think? Is this indeed a difficult racket?

brand
: Fischer
model: M Comp 95
weight: 295 gram / 10.4 oz
headsize: 613 cm2 / 95 sq in
balance: 325 mm
beam: flat beam 20.4 mm
length: 27.0 in
string pattern: 16 x 19 (8 mains trough the bridge)
tension: 20 - 30 kg / 45 - 65 lb
Don't get a Liquidmetal, get a "real" frame.
 

Anton

Legend
This season I am playing with this racket, see specs below. My motivation to pick it up is because it is spec-wise close to my beloved Head Radical Liquidmetal MP and it is a great looking high quality frame, in fact it is the best looking frame I have ever seen.

Despite its low weight I find it a rather difficult racket. I find it even more difficult than my Radical. Despite the open string pattern there is no easy access to spin as well. Even when hitting for free I am struggling a bit with it now and then. I already tried poly's and synth gut.

So what do we think? Is this indeed a difficult racket?

brand
: Fischer
model: M Comp 95
weight: 295 gram / 10.4 oz
headsize: 613 cm2 / 95 sq in
balance: 325 mm
beam: flat beam 20.4 mm
length: 27.0 in
string pattern: 16 x 19 (8 mains trough the bridge)
tension: 20 - 30 kg / 45 - 65 lb

lower weight doesn't mean less difficult to use, it just means it's easier to arm and muscle around, which you don't want to get into a habit of doing....because in the end that is a whole lot more work than using proper technique.

M Comp 95 UL like LM Radical are normally gutless without some lead because they lack the swing weight and stability to plow the ball and put adequate pressure on the strings. LM radical at least has stiffer loop while Fishers usually had a lot of flex there.



If you don't want to hear any of that then just switch back to your beloved LM Radical and foregetaboutit.
 
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fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
@fuzz nation
there is the 295 gram version and the 330 gram version. I play with the 295 gram version. The swingstyle index of the 330 gram version is a whopping 9.3.
Hmm... I never saw any of those lighter versions of the M Comp, but if that model plays anywhere near as dead as the 330 and also has less inherent stability, I can't imagine that racquet being any fun at all.

Those indexes, ratings, power levels, etc. aren't too helpful I think. The issue of power and control among racquets is different for every player. One racquet may be a rocket launcher and seem as though it "has" a lot of power, while another may be on the more mellow side, but give somebody the freedom to swing big with lots of control. Although this control racquet doesn't "have a lot of power", it might enable this somebody to "play with a lot of power".
 
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