Help me cut down this demo list

AHJS

Professional
I'm going to a local store to take out some demos. The most you can take out is three, so from the following list, which racket should I cut? I'm coming from the Blade 93 using some Solinco poly. Aggressive all courter.
Burn FST 95
Prestige Pro
Duel G 330
RF97
 
I would say the Head

I want to try the Duel G

I have both RF97 and Burn Fst 95

FST is much gamer right now really like the feel and weight

There really is nothing better than the RF97 but it's a double edged sword. If all I did were like workouts it would be awesome but you get in a singles match and it's a beast to wield correctly
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
If you can do two different demo sessions, I'd say try two for a long outing, then try the other two sometime later on.

If you just try three, I'd bet that the two Wilsons may at least offer you the most familiar grip shape. Then that leaves the Prestige Pro and the Yonex 330. Tough call - both look like they have potential, but I haven't tried either one. I'd expect the Yonex to play "bigger" than any others in the group, just because of my experience with their frames. Coming from a Blade 93, that could make the G 330 the most different, but it may also have the most authority around the baseline. Tough call, indeed...

Also sort of resent the heavy price tag on the new Burn FST. Almost want to recommend trying the older Burn 95 instead. If you sample the RF 97, keep in mind that this racquet could handle better if it's tuned to a slightly more head-light balance than stock. I've hit with this racquet a few times in recent weeks and it doesn't handle as well as my Volkls, which have leaded handles. Definitely a little room for improvement in an already solid frame.

...and that Prestige Pro is just a handsome rig...
 

SpinToWin

Talk Tennis Guru
The FST 95 feels like a worm dampener is across the whole stringbed, very muted. If that is a deal breaker for you try the others.
 

TupeloDanger

Professional
Eliminate the Head with prejudice. Send them the message that we don't want any more pale imitations of the players' racquets we know they already make. Let 'em see you spend your dollars elsewhere. Send the message that it doesn't maximize the shareholders' returns if they ignore the needs of the most rabid fans they have.
 

AHJS

Professional
Definitely should have left out the Burn... That thing is crazy stiff, yet super muted. Never found my groove with that thing.
 

Crocodile

Legend
Even though you can only take 3, why don't you do just that, then take them back and grab another 3, I think you should try as many frames as you can as it is only then that you can be fully certain that you have a better idea of what you will like.
 

wsk429

Semi-Pro
I'm going to a local store to take out some demos. The most you can take out is three, so from the following list, which racket should I cut? I'm coming from the Blade 93 using some Solinco poly. Aggressive all courter.
Burn FST 95
Prestige Pro
Duel G 330
RF97
Your fitness level should also be considered. I've played many people that classify themselves as extremely aggressive just to find out they got nothing left after first four games in a best out 3 sets.
 

Fintft

Legend
R97A felt worse to me when I've demoed it than the latest BLX 6.1 95 which has better shock absorption and a larger sweet spot/zone due to parallel drilling.
 

AHJS

Professional
Burn FST 95- weird, weird feeling stick. Muted but stiff. The redeeming quality was the spin, but all in all the feel was too bad and I couldn't get used to it.
Prestige MP- Nice control, feel, touch, and maneuverability. Downsides were that I thought it had a small sweetspot, I didn't serve well with it, and it flexed a little too much for me at times. Also not a fan of the grip shape, but this was a nice stick all in all with some small downsides.
RF97- Sweet plowthrough, nice feel, huge sweetspot, rock solid. Super nice stick. Literally the only downside was it was probably just plain too heavy. I had trouble getting it around and getting good RHS or returning fast hit balls when I didn't have much reaction time.
Any recommendations? I will try to demo the Duel G 330 soon.
 

Anton

Legend
Burn FST 95- weird, weird feeling stick. Muted but stiff. The redeeming quality was the spin, but all in all the feel was too bad and I couldn't get used to it.
Prestige MP- Nice control, feel, touch, and maneuverability. Downsides were that I thought it had a small sweetspot, I didn't serve well with it, and it flexed a little too much for me at times. Also not a fan of the grip shape, but this was a nice stick all in all with some small downsides.
RF97- Sweet plowthrough, nice feel, huge sweetspot, rock solid. Super nice stick. Literally the only downside was it was probably just plain too heavy. I had trouble getting it around and getting good RHS or returning fast hit balls when I didn't have much reaction time.
Any recommendations? I will try to demo the Duel G 330 soon.
Blade 98 18x20 is pretty nice, needs a bit of weight maybe though.

...But nothing like RF97 with a bit softer grip (stock leather is brick) some nice natural gut mains and poly cross. The natural gut really lets you place and control the ball at will with RF97, all you have to do is put the racket on it.

As far as RHS you need to figure out relaxed wrist hinge forehand timing with RF. With that you can really relax and let that mass and open pattern boss the pace and spin onto the ball as you manipulate your opponent around the court and put away easy volleys once he is out of position.

Feels like cheating when you really catch fire.
 
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West Coast Ace

G.O.A.T.
Any recommendations?
Take up bowling? :)

Based on your RF97 review, try the 97S. I actually played well with the RF97, then demo'd the 97S and liked it even more (still pull the RF97s out from time to time). The 97S is still very solid - but being slightly lighter allows for more RHS.

Good luck.
 

Dominic

Semi-Pro
that's a very nice list :
Burn FST 95 : Lowest Powered racket of the list - great control (very stiff...very dead (which i like)..has Solinco Tour Bite in this one...nice
Prestige Pro : I've always been a Head and Prestige Fan - I'm quite liking the Graphene XT a has a bit more modern feel..nice power, nice touch and feel
Duel G 330 : Heavier Stick, Plow Thru Supreme, I like the low stiffness of this one...
RF97 : I played with this racket for a few Years, got everything you dream of, just the weight can catch up with you.
hmmm..which one to drop..??..coming from the Blade 93 (18x20) i would almost be inclined to drop the RF97, as its a whole different weight class, and can take some getting used to..stiffer/heavier/way more power/not the easiest to move about
 

Moveforwardalways

Hall of Fame
I'm going to a local store to take out some demos. The most you can take out is three, so from the following list, which racket should I cut? I'm coming from the Blade 93 using some Solinco poly. Aggressive all courter.
Burn FST 95
Prestige Pro
Duel G 330
RF97
Do you play mostly doubles or singles? If doubles, there is no reason to not use a heavy racquet.
 

kingcheetah

Hall of Fame
You're coming from a 12 oz racquet, so it isn't like you're playing with twigs. See if you can get used to the RF97 over time-- for me it didn't take much time at all from a six one 95 in terms of the weight/sw. If you can get accustomed to it, there's nothing better for an aggressive all courter in my mind-- serves are money, the thing is incredibly stable, and it's easy to hit a good deep rally ball.
 

AHJS

Professional
You're coming from a 12 oz racquet, so it isn't like you're playing with twigs. See if you can get used to the RF97 over time-- for me it didn't take much time at all from a six one 95 in terms of the weight/sw. If you can get accustomed to it, there's nothing better for an aggressive all courter in my mind-- serves are money, the thing is incredibly stable, and it's easy to hit a good deep rally ball.
I also added weight to my Blade 93, so I'm used to a heavy stick. I hope I can, because I love the stick, I just don't know if I can wield it at 16yrs old haha
 

kingcheetah

Hall of Fame
I also added weight to my Blade 93, so I'm used to a heavy stick. I hope I can, because I love the stick, I just don't know if I can wield it at 16yrs old haha
True. You're almost certainly still growing height wise and I'd bet my house on it in terms of strength/muscle mass. It's a great racquet though, don't listen to a few people on here that may allege you're a "Fed wannabe" based solely on racquet preferences.
 

smalahove

Hall of Fame
It hits like a small club
Comfortable feel
Pretty bitchin' paintjob
Resembles op's current preferred headsize
One extremely important additional factor to me, is that it is the most customization friendly frame I've come accross (about 50 frames the last 2-3 years).

By that I mean that it handles added weight all over (butt cap, throat, diff positions on the hoop) extremely well. Other frames have often failed me, as weight has resulted in everything to harsh and tinny stringbeds, to overall sluggishness (w/o any benefits).
 

bageldog

Semi-Pro
I play both. Probably more singles, but both are very important.
I think you owe it to yourself to demo something from the pure aero family, just so you know what that extreme end of the tennis racket family tree is like. I always played heavy, headlight, flexible rackets, competitively in college, and was resistant to the whole stiffer lighter etc. found I couldn't keep up with people who in all honestly I felt like were inferior players to me, so switched to an ai98, which is sort of a transition between a standard players frame and the modern frames and made me more competitive. but now I use a pure aero (lite version for me with modification to similar to standard specs, but you get the idea), and my usual hitting partner who used to edges me out in close matches unless I was really on...just gets destroyed by me now, 6-0, 6-1, those sorts of scores. I prefer doubles, and surprisingly besides the huge returns and serves which you'd expect, it is better than the ai98 by far in chipping/slice shots, stability on volleys, and although has less touch, I'm getting used to and feel like it really isn't limiting me in any aspect of the game. the control isn't quite as good, the scores the don't lie.
 

bageldog

Semi-Pro
...but the scores don't lie... is what I meant. the Duel G 330, is also a really nice racket, would be my pick if I was playing something heavy, much more maneuverable and comfortable than rf97, but I found I can get similar shots (and even better on certain ones, e.g. serves) with the pure aero, and with much less effort.
 

bageldog

Semi-Pro
if you do try a PA, I'd recommend a babolat rvs dampener and a gamma worm to really soften the feel and take out the typical "modern" feel. my bab actually feels as soft as the ai98 did
 
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