Finding a crisper, more spin friendly racquet...

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As I look at the racquets in my closet, I find that they are all very similar. In fact, they are so similar that I can switch between them without really losing a beat. Here's what I have, in order of most frequently played:

Dunlop 4D100
Boris Becker London Tour
Dunlop M-Fil 200
Prince NXG Mid

I do play with quite a bit of spin, but there are moments when I'd like a little more for free, as I play at high altitude and the margin for error is much lower than at sea level. I'd also like a little more free power.

As an experiment, I purchased a pair of Dunlop Bio 200 Plus racquets last summer, and have been experimenting with that stick. I find the feel to be distant compared to my standard sticks, and don't really ever get the sensation that I've just crushed one when playing with it. It is also sluggish feeling - because of the higher twistweight? I'm not sure. Any way you slice it, I find them unremarkable. They were cheap, so no skin off my nose there, and I do find them more forgiving.

What I'm hoping to find is a stick that has a more immediate feel like those in my stable of racquets, but with a little more pop and some more free spin. I think that means increased stiffness. I don't think it has to be a bigger racquet, as at the 4.5 level even great players aren't likely to overpower me; only sand-baggers do that. ;-)

Any ideas? I've been batting around the idea of a Pro Staff 90, a Blade 98, the new Babolat Control Tour, the Slazenger Pro-Braided, and possibly one of the newer, stiffer Volkl Organix line. Hopefully, someone will chime in...

...I know that this quest for the holy grail is idiotic and unlikely to improve any aspect of my game, but I want to experiment.
 

RSPioli

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Blade 98 16x19 for sure! Extremely crisp and a lot of spin. Mine is strung with Solinco Outlast 1.15mm @50 lbs.
 

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I see a lot of midplus >98 in your signature. Did you migrate from smaller headed racquets < 95? If so, how will the Blade 16x19 compare in feel and control?

Those are the two biggest factors for me.
 

spinovic

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6.1 95 16x18

I think that one is worth a look and the previous model is relatively cheap with the same specs. Just a thought.
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
Prince NXG Mid
Ahh, the ol' Gummy Bear on a stick!!!

That NXG was one of my happiest finds when I started looking for softer alternatives to my old 6.1 Classics. I eventually landed on the Volkl C10 for a number of years, but I know I still have one or two of these old Prince frames buried in my pile of stuff. Wouldn't mind one bit if they decided to bring this racquet back for a while, but it's probably a little too old-school to make much sense on the business end of things.

So last year I wasn't even shopping for racquets, but I sort of inherited a new Organix 10 325g. Since I was curious to see what a newer "10 series" Volkl could do, I strung it up and tried it out. In stock layout with string and an overgrip, this frame was only 11.8 oz. That was much more lean than my 12.5 oz. C10's with leaded handles for more HL balance. First impression: yuck!

Kept scratching the itch though, and did some lead tuning to get a little more stability and HL balance going on. Long story short (okay, less long), I got that soft racquet feel/performance I've grown to prefer (it wasn't there before tuning), but the mildly more crisp personality of this O10 just outshined my C10's in every department, especially spin. While my C10's were always no more than acceptable in terms of spin potential, the O10 has been fantastic (I string with either 16 or 17 ga. syn. gut in the mid 50's).

So I have to include the background story whenever I recommend this racquet. In its stock setup, it can seem like a bit of a dud, especially to anybody who likes their gear with a soft 'n hefty old-school personality. This racquet won me over (I have four of them now), but it only came alive for me after I leaded it up to around 12.4 oz.
 
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Thanks fuzz nation. I tend to like my sticks around the 12oz range and have noticed that you tend to favor racquets similar to mine. Perhaps I'll have to give the Organix 10 a spin after all...
 

mawashi

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As I look at the racquets in my closet, I find that they are all very similar. In fact, they are so similar that I can switch between them without really losing a beat. Here's what I have, in order of most frequently played:

Dunlop 4D100
Boris Becker London Tour
Dunlop M-Fil 200
Prince NXG Mid

I do play with quite a bit of spin, but there are moments when I'd like a little more for free, as I play at high altitude and the margin for error is much lower than at sea level. I'd also like a little more free power.

As an experiment, I purchased a pair of Dunlop Bio 200 Plus racquets last summer, and have been experimenting with that stick. I find the feel to be distant compared to my standard sticks, and don't really ever get the sensation that I've just crushed one when playing with it. It is also sluggish feeling - because of the higher twistweight? I'm not sure. Any way you slice it, I find them unremarkable. They were cheap, so no skin off my nose there, and I do find them more forgiving.

What I'm hoping to find is a stick that has a more immediate feel like those in my stable of racquets, but with a little more pop and some more free spin. I think that means increased stiffness. I don't think it has to be a bigger racquet, as at the 4.5 level even great players aren't likely to overpower me; only sand-baggers do that. ;-)

Any ideas? I've been batting around the idea of a Pro Staff 90, a Blade 98, the new Babolat Control Tour, the Slazenger Pro-Braided, and possibly one of the newer, stiffer Volkl Organix line. Hopefully, someone will chime in...

...I know that this quest for the holy grail is idiotic and unlikely to improve any aspect of my game, but I want to experiment.
I'm a bit similar as I don't like sticks with a high swing weight or anything with a low balance point as it will feel sluggish. As a vantage user for years, I prefer the feel of something classic, plush but gives me the precision and enough punch to handle heavy shots.

There are a couple of sticks that come to mind as they combine a bit of old school feel but with modern punch.

1. Bab Pure strike 18x20. Unlike the prestige mp or Blade tour, this is a rather powerful stick, when modded up to the specs of a tour it has power according to TW close to that of the PD Roddick.

I tried the Strike tour and liked it a lot but at 330 sw, 6pts, there's not a lot of room mod if I get a off specs sticks. On the plus side, it has great stability, great control, very good feel and very good spin for an 18x20. I rather get the standard and mod to my preferences.

2. Yonex Vcore 97 (310), it's a great stick overall, spin, power, feel, great quality. One stick I'll be happy to own and move to. Very solid but a bit stiff for me.

I have yet to try the Vcore Tour G (310) or the bab pure control/tour but on paper both look like great sticks too.

I prefer slightly softer sticks so I'll rather have the Strike 18x20 or Yonex VCORE Tour G (310).
 

RetroSpin

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I sense someone who really wants to try an APD or PDR but is looking for support.

Ignore the naysayers on TT. Go fo it and find out what you've been missing.
 

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I don't know. I have hit, briefly, with a PD, but found it a rocket-launcher. I must admit to being tempted to the dark side of the APD or PDR, however. ;-)
 

aussierocks

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Gotta try the Tecnifibre 300 or 315, both rackets are very spin responsive. The t flash 300 was awarded the best spin racket by the English tennis magazine.
 

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Well, that makes three votes for the Pro Staff 95S. Why lead at 12 o'clock? I was thinking that one would work with a leather grip and a couple layers of head tape. Just curious.
 

RetroSpin

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I don't know. I have hit, briefly, with a PD, but found it a rocket-launcher. I must admit to being tempted to the dark side of the APD or PDR, however. ;-)
I knew it.

You're used to heavy players' frames. A regular PD is more of a chic stick. Get a PDR or APD, string it with Blast at 45-50 and start hitting some winners.
 
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