Furi Racquets?

PBODY99

Legend
I have a 1st generation ARMA frame, wt. 305 grams with 12.2" balance.
The frame has their Energy Return Tech, a reinforced layup & bump out, think Prince triple threat, at ten and two to increase ball speed on high string bed hit.
This frame has a linear response and a great deal of comfort. Less power than O3 Beast 98 more power than my Prince 100T
I have not hit with the version 2 yet.
 

Beach

Rookie
Is this Furi frame softer than the 100T as well? Is that the 100T Textreme you refer to? Do you know the swingweight of the Furi? Overall impressions of this frame. I have to admit I am very intrigued by their website. Does the 101 size seem reasonable when hitting?
 

PBODY99

Legend
@Beach
The Version 1 actually feels that it damps down vibration more, with a bit more depth of shot than my Prince 100T Textreme.
I don't notice an one mm difference in head size.
The Version 2 is worth a demo if you are looking for something that has a non-hollow feel with medium power
 

Beach

Rookie
Thanks PBODY99, My racquet of choice the past few years has been the 100T Textreme. I like it and have played well with it, but there are times when something just a bit softer (especially as I get older lol) and with a tick more depth of shot would be welcome. I have two Furi demo's coming. A lite and a heavy version. Looking forward to giving them a go.
 

Beach

Rookie
Just an update to my Furi experience since I seem to have some free time during our tennis quarantine. Ordered two demo's, the Arma Lite and Arma Pro and upon the first hit with each frame, I knew I had found racquets that would work for my game. They are both arm friendly and feel soft when hit. The lite is just about the weight and balance of my go to frame, the Prince 100T Textreme (I have been using for almost 5 years) and the Pro is an ounce heavier. I hit extremely well (for me, anyway lol) with both. Kept them for a week and played numerous singles and doubles (never lost using them) and then decided to make the switch to Furi, official. Ordered four of the Arma lite, 2 for me and 2 for my girlfriend and two matching Furi bags. When they came a short time later, I realized just how aesthetically pleasing these frames and bags are to the eye. The Arma Lite is a high gloss black with a few small neon yellow accents and the bags are a spot on match. These bags are stand up or can lie flat and are very similar to the Nike Stand up bags of a few years ago. Strung the frames up and got to hit for about a week,(by the way, still haven't lost yet, using them) until the Pandemic hit and courts and clubs all closed. Looking forward to getting back out there with my Furi's. To me, it seems the power is almost spot on to the Textreme 100T but seems to just slow slightly and spin itself in at the very last second and that really confuses my opponent who thinks the ball is going long. Serves are certainly close to the same power but seem to be easier to hit the spot aimed for than my go to racquet. My backhand has never been so good as with this frame. Normally I slice my backhand but with this frame I can routinely hit a topspin backhand down the line, something I struggled with mightily before. Overall, I don't think I have lost any power but gained a degree of steadiness that I sometime lacked. Unfortunately, like everyone else, the Corona Virus has put a temporary stop to my Furi experience, but I can certainly recommend them to anyone looking for something just a little different. My background is: I am currently rated a 4.0, 63 year old male, In 2016 ranked as high as #6 Mid-Atlantic 18 and over men's 4.0.
 

Beach

Rookie
Thanks Rabbit, They perform as nice as they look. Can't wait for courts to open up and to hit with them again.
 

brooksgbanks

New User
My local stringer (owns his own tennis shop and strings as pro events around the east coast as well) got a few of these from the company to try out. Got both the Lite and the Pro versions. He was quite impressed with the Pro (although it's still too light for his own use as a competition racquet). So much so that he asked me to hit with it. It was strung with the Furi Poly it came with (probably at mid-50's tension, not my personal choice, as I play gut/poly hybrid normally, and would never string full poly above 52, usually high 40's). But, I decided to hit with it during a team practice last night, regardless of how it played, just to be able to give my honest opinion to my guy (wound up playing 5 sets of doubles). I was, quite unexpectedly, blown away by this racquet. Yonex had been my racquet of choice all through high school and college play (except for a very short dalliance with a Yamaha Secret 04) and was what I went back too when I picked tennis back up again 20 years ago (didn't play for a bit more than a decade after I graduated college and had kids). Played exclusively Yonex until maybe 3 years ago (through soo many iterations from the MP-5 to RDX-500 to RDS-001 to XE, AI, DR, 1st gen Ezone, VCP 310 and 330) before switching to Bab Pure Strike One7. Those eventually gave me elbow and wrist pain so I moved on to Vantage Bastcores (great racquets, and super arm friendly).

First off, the poly (round soft poly) was amazingly comfortable and generated a good deal of spin (I'm a heavy topspin forehand and either flatish thbh or defensive slice ohbh). Some of that is certainly the open string-bed (16x19) and the 101 inch head. The poly is definitely one I'll need to keep in mind as a cross in the gut/poly hybrids, if tension maintenance is good.

But, the racquet was the star of the show. Now, strung with the Furi poly, it weighed in at 319.4 grams, and as it was #3 grip, I added two overgrips to be in line with what I prefer in grip size, and to get it up into the mid 330s, I also added 3 grams of lead at 12. That's lighter than I normally play (usually 348-350) and I was expecting to lose something on the stability. However, it was every bit as stable as my heavier sticks. Volleys were easy, and the racquet never got pushed around at net. Serves were (as @Beach also said) very easy to locate with confidence (whether it was flat, slice, or kickers), and with a surprising amount of pop on the flat serves. But, the true standout shots were from the baseline. Forehands were effortless to control, from deep cross-court to hard angle winners to "money in the middle" passes to inside out hard angle drives. The racquet responded equally well whether I was trying to hit through my opponents with pace or add height and drive them well behind the baseline or ramp up the topspin to drop the ball as they approached the net. On the backhand side, my normally defensive ohbh slice was actually a weapon, being able to drive hard low slices back deep cross court with enough pace to keep the net guy out of the point. So much so that I only hit like 2 or 3 thbhs the entire evening.

And, best of all, even with full-bed poly, and playing 5 sets, neither my elbow or wrist are giving me event a twinge.

In short, in my experience, the Fury Arma Pro (I was playing with the v2 version) is a great racquet. Stable, soft, and solid, with a good deal of easy to access power and excellent control.
 

lgbalfa

Professional
My local stringer (owns his own tennis shop and strings as pro events around the east coast as well) got a few of these from the company to try out. Got both the Lite and the Pro versions. He was quite impressed with the Pro (although it's still too light for his own use as a competition racquet). So much so that he asked me to hit with it. It was strung with the Furi Poly it came with (probably at mid-50's tension, not my personal choice, as I play gut/poly hybrid normally, and would never string full poly above 52, usually high 40's). But, I decided to hit with it during a team practice last night, regardless of how it played, just to be able to give my honest opinion to my guy (wound up playing 5 sets of doubles). I was, quite unexpectedly, blown away by this racquet. Yonex had been my racquet of choice all through high school and college play (except for a very short dalliance with a Yamaha Secret 04) and was what I went back too when I picked tennis back up again 20 years ago (didn't play for a bit more than a decade after I graduated college and had kids). Played exclusively Yonex until maybe 3 years ago (through soo many iterations from the MP-5 to RDX-500 to RDS-001 to XE, AI, DR, 1st gen Ezone, VCP 310 and 330) before switching to Bab Pure Strike One7. Those eventually gave me elbow and wrist pain so I moved on to Vantage Bastcores (great racquets, and super arm friendly).

First off, the poly (round soft poly) was amazingly comfortable and generated a good deal of spin (I'm a heavy topspin forehand and either flatish thbh or defensive slice ohbh). Some of that is certainly the open string-bed (16x19) and the 101 inch head. The poly is definitely one I'll need to keep in mind as a cross in the gut/poly hybrids, if tension maintenance is good.

But, the racquet was the star of the show. Now, strung with the Furi poly, it weighed in at 319.4 grams, and as it was #3 grip, I added two overgrips to be in line with what I prefer in grip size, and to get it up into the mid 330s, I also added 3 grams of lead at 12. That's lighter than I normally play (usually 348-350) and I was expecting to lose something on the stability. However, it was every bit as stable as my heavier sticks. Volleys were easy, and the racquet never got pushed around at net. Serves were (as @Beach also said) very easy to locate with confidence (whether it was flat, slice, or kickers), and with a surprising amount of pop on the flat serves. But, the true standout shots were from the baseline. Forehands were effortless to control, from deep cross-court to hard angle winners to "money in the middle" passes to inside out hard angle drives. The racquet responded equally well whether I was trying to hit through my opponents with pace or add height and drive them well behind the baseline or ramp up the topspin to drop the ball as they approached the net. On the backhand side, my normally defensive ohbh slice was actually a weapon, being able to drive hard low slices back deep cross court with enough pace to keep the net guy out of the point. So much so that I only hit like 2 or 3 thbhs the entire evening.

And, best of all, even with full-bed poly, and playing 5 sets, neither my elbow or wrist are giving me event a twinge.

In short, in my experience, the Fury Arma Pro (I was playing with the v2 version) is a great racquet. Stable, soft, and solid, with a good deal of easy to access power and excellent control.
What tennis shop?

Nassau Tennis Club?
 

MayorGorman

New User
I hate to be the Debbie downer here; but I thought these racquets were below average at best. I do agree the racquets are soft but they felt almost too flexy with not much behind the ball. Off center hits felt worse than any racquet that is that low on RA and that large of a head size. The product looked good and felt like a genuine racquet; but for 200 dollars as the going rate and a non big market product it should offer more. Kudos to Furi for trying to get into the tough barrier that is the racquet business. But my opinion as a USPTA Pro and USRSA stringer; if you’re looking for soft racquets that play well stick with the Gravity, Clash, Phantom, CX 200 lines of racquets you’ll end up with a better stick!
 
Just jumping on to say that I'm in day one of demoing the Fury ARM Pro V2. These are the impressions of a 3.5 NTRP player, not a pro like @MayorGorman, but for what it's worth, I'll be sharing here. A few rallies from my morning hit brought that soft response others have mentioned. However, there is also something else that feels different about the frame, just can't quite put my finger on it yet. Will hopefully find the words to describe it after the weekend. For now, it came through the air naturally, but I'm not sure it balanced the softness and/or feel with enough power. But I normally play with a rather stiff racquet, so the contrast might be throwing me off. I will be trying more next-gen forehand swings with this racquet, to see how it delivers in maximizing that style of stroke. (I swing a semi-western modern forehand, but perhaps not making contact as high in the hoop as intended by this racquet.)
 

brooksgbanks

New User
I have one that I keep in my tennis bag. Much like every racquet I buy, I weighted it up with leather grip, some putty in the buttcap, and 3 g lead at 12. I love it on the forehand (my stronger wing) and serve, as both strokes have great pace and directional control. My only issue with the racquet is my backhand (both one-hand slice and two-hand flat). For some reason, I just can't seem to gel with that wing. But, on the forehand side, I can hit a better ball with better pinpoint control than any other racquet in my bag (FX500, Prince Ripstick, Ezone 100, Diadem Nova FS 100). Across all of the racquets in my bag, I'd play the Furi ahead of all of them but the Ripstick in a match I felt like I had to win.
 

Crocodile

Legend
Has anyone else hit with Furi racquets ? From what I have read so far in this thread many are commenting on how comfortable they play. What’s the quality like on them ?
 
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Deleted member 780178

Guest
brand sounds like the name given to a certain type of enthusiast for animal characters...

jokes aside, never tried one but PJ looks cool at least
 
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