Heavier, smaller head size for a 3.5 player? Also hi, i'm new!

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by BlakeAF, Feb 3, 2012.

  1. BlakeAF

    BlakeAF New User

    Feb 3, 2012
    Long read and intro, tldr at bottom.

    So I haven't been playing toooo long, but I am athletic and I got bit bad by the bug and at times have been playing 25-30 hours a week. I went from never touching a racket to playing on a C5 mixed doubles team at line 5 to playing mens doubles, mixed doubles, and singles flex leagues almost non stop year round.

    Since my entry into singles a month or so after I started I won city finals at 2.5, then won all matches at 3.0- and got excluded from playoffs and bumped to 3.0 and still haven't lost a match of singles. I will be at 3.5 this season and I am not sure where I will level off, but a couple of my hitting partners and brother in law are 4.0 ish players and I am able to hit well with them.

    Anyway when I entered singles I demo'd about 15 rackets to pick one other than what my step mom bought me for XMas that got everything started (KFactor pro team fx) and I ended up just loving the feel and how I played with the Wilson Pro Open BLX. It seems great for my level, and I know it is highly reviewed, but I recently cracked the pro team fx and I need a backup racket or an alternate racket.

    So I started demo'ing again. Tried most of the 100 in frames that I had tried before to see if anything changed, tried the Juice 100 blx, Head Prestige/radical/speed, new Pure Drive, and all of them felt inferior to my Pro Open for my style I guess. I stayed away from more advanced rackets because everyone has told me too, I haven't played long enough, etc. So I was thinking I would just get another Pro Open, but I kind of wanted something different for different situations. I play on a B mixed team now and while I feel very solid at singles I get pushed around a bit at the net by powerful ground strokes with the Pro Open.


    So I am a 3.5 ish player that uses Pro Open BLX which I enjoy, but I feel that I get pushed around in doubles by strong male players, and I feel that it might have just a bit too much power. The power may also be because my local pro/coach guy makes me (at knife point) use a full bed of low tension poly (45 lbs). I have demo'd most of the 100 in 'tweeners', but none felt as good as the Pro Open for me maybe because of previous use. My only backup racket cracked so I was thinking of just getting another pro open.

    I finally decided to try the Juice Pro 96 in head, heavier racket, and it was like it just clicked. I feel so much more solid at the net, and with my 2 hand backhand, overheads, and all around really it just feels great. Especially volleys, strong serve returns, and overheads. Also taking lobs out of the air with a forehand feels so natural and solid compared to the other rackets I have tried. The only downside I felt at all was that forehand topspin was a tiny bit less forgiving on mishits.

    The only thing holding me back from buying it is my level, and seeing recommendations that it is a 4.5+ racket on this site. Why is it bad for me to use a racket like this? What should keep me away from it? I understand some player frames, thin frame control sticks, etc. aren't for me and I feel it when I demo, but this feels like a more solid version of what I am already comfortable with.
  2. Teski

    Teski Rookie

    Aug 22, 2011
    It's not bad at all for you to use that racket at 3.5. The guidelines here and on company sites are merely guideline. I'm a 3.5 player and always use sticks that are recommended for 4.0 or 4.5 and up. I'm about to purchase a Pure Drive Roddick because I demoed it and absolutely loved it. Talking to my local store, they said a number of 3.5 customers use the PDR because they like the stability and plow through you get with a solid smooth full swing.

    If you demoed the Juice Pro and loved it, then get it! Don't let the general guidelines steer you away.

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