Help find a new racquet for me.

ethankrafft

New User
I'm 19 and can generate my own spin and a good amount of power on all of my shots. I'm a UTR 7. I've been trying out the blade v7, but found that it feels too soft for me. It's almost like the power that I generate gets absorbed into the racquet. One of my biggest weapons is my serve. I need help looking for a racquet that can really accentuate my shots. I have hit with the vcore 98 2021 and found it to be too stiff and slightly uncomfortable after feeling a good amount of wrist soreness and ache. I have tried the 2023 vcore 98 as well and found it to be too powerful, but maybe it was just the strings from the tennis warehouse demo I ordered being loose in tension. I tried the vcore 95 2021 a while ago and really liked it. I foudn good comfort in it and good spin, power, and felt nice on my serve too. Part of me feels like I should demo the 2023 vcore 95. I feel like I should try a racquet that feels a little crisper than the blade v7. I used to use the radical pro 2021 for a while and didn't like the 2023 version of the radical because it felt like a board in my opinion. I have tried the blade v8 in both patterns, but they were too light and I didn't really enjoy them overall either.
 

Fintft

G.O.A.T.
Shift 300/315 and Blade Pro v8 16x19. The former is stiffer and spinnier and around 325sw(Shift 300 with weight added to the hoop), while the latter has even more power ( and feel) at around 335sw. Both 330-332g strung and with overgrip, dampener and tape head guard.
 
Agree with @Fintft that those are good options. I demoed a ton of racquets over the last year and play at a similar level as you do, and I landed on the Shift 315. People are loving the vcore 2023 95, so you should try that (considered to be much better that the 2021 version), and if you've used the radical pro, maybe try the Radical MP 2023 since it's generally a great all around stick (I almost switched to that one). A racquet that is almost just like it but with easier access to spin and slightly more power would be the Extreme Tour.
 

jimmy8

Legend
If you like vcore 95, demo a head prestige tour auxetic 95. Incredible precision and control and plow through. It has 16x19 so you have good power and spin and feel.
 

ethankrafft

New User
Shift 300/315 and Blade Pro v8 16x19. The former is stiffer and spinnier and around 325sw(Shift 300 with weight added to the hoop), while the latter has even more power ( and feel) at around 335sw. Both 330-332g strung and with overgrip, dampener and tape head guard.
how does the blade pro play?
 

Fintft

G.O.A.T.
how does the blade pro play?
You may want to read its thread. Easy to swing once you start it. I love it ( especially against pushers and in doubles) but I now prefer Shift 300 for BL rallies and serving + at the net of course. Not to mention my 1HBH.

The BP is great against weaker players that don't hit hard, but if you are rushed the Shift 300 it's easier to swing and has almost the same power, plus it's spinny. I've loaned to a club champion ( NTRP 5.0, or almost) and he loved swinging it( the Shift). That was for a week.
I've also loaned to a strong 4.5 for 30min, but he didn't manage to adjust his swings( from the heavy RF97A) and wasn't taking advantage of the whippines( as I think I do).
 
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ethankrafft

New User
If you like vcore 95, demo a head prestige tour auxetic 95. Incredible precision and control and plow through. It has 16x19 so you have good power and spin and feel.
Have you used the 2023 vcore 95? would you say that it is more powerful than th epretige?
 

tomkowy

Rookie
Looks like You’re looking for a jack of all trades - a racquet that does most things well. Demo:
Yonex VCore 95 - you liked it so why not?
Yonex EZone 98 - not as stiff as previous version, helps on serve, does everything well

You’ve already tested most of the frames you may like so just try these and pick one :) Blade was too soft, Radical too boardy, Babolat are out because of stiffness - only Ezone left as an option in my opinion.

I wouldn’t try Blade Pro - it’s much heavier to swing than the racquets you have tested. I would not recommend it to anyone apart a pro player
 

ethankrafft

New User
I'm currently using the vcore 97 pro 310 2021, but find my shots lacking some depth and spin. I can generate a lot of spin on my own, but this racquet seems to be taking some of that away. Overall, I'm really liking the racquet. Any recommendations?
 
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