Help with a new racquet

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by Kaznkul, Jul 10, 2018.

  1. Kaznkul

    Kaznkul New User

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    Hi guys. This is my first post. I’m wondering if anyone could help me in finding a new racquet? Just a bit of history. I’ve gotten back into playing consistently over the past year and half , 1 to 2 times a week recreational with the hope of playing a suitable comp when the time is right (got back into playing after a 7 year break). I’ve owned a few different racquets over the years but when I decided to start playing again I realised that I’d never owned a Wilson so I went and bought a 2017 pro staff 97. I’ve strung it up in rpm team and it’s a nice playing racquet but in saying that it still isn’t the right fit for my style. Slowly I’ve been getting comfortable with the way it plays and I’ve tried some customisation (different combinations of tungsten tape at 12 o’clock 2 and 10 and 3 and 9 and weight in handle to counter balance). My current setup is tape at 12, 3 and 9 (total 9 grams and 9 grams in handle as well as an overgrip) total weight is 357 grams. Originally I wanted to add tape to raise the sweet spot as I generally hit a bit higher in the hoop. The tape has helped a little but the heavier head causes me to hit late so I’m trying to compensate by swinging earlier and this is making my shots inconsistent. At least this setup has helped me work out that I prefer a more headlight balance but I like the stability the tape offers for when I’m not quite hitting the sweet spot. I also realised that a 315 to 330 gram racquet strung is a preferable weight for me as the heavier weight is tiring my arm out quicker. Here is a list of what I think I’m looking for in a new racquet,
    1. Bigger sweet spot
    2. Headlight balance
    3. More stability
    4. Lower powered ( I find I like to swing harder rather than trying to pull back with a more powerful racquet).
    5. Not too heavy overall weight and swing weight.

    Racquets I’ve been looking at,
    Babolat pure aero or team
    Babolat pure strike
    Yonex vcore sv 100
    Yonex ezone 100
    Head graphene speed touch 360 or mp

    If anyone owns or has played with these racquets that could give me an idea of the comparison to a ps97 as well as their experiences, that would be great, any info is much appreciated.
    sorry about the info overload. I wanted to give as much information as I thought necessary to help people understand. Cheers.



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  2. Big Bagel

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    If you are looking for lower powered, stay as far away from the Pure Aero as possible. The Pure Strike is the only Babolat that would be worth a look, but even that one is going to be higher powered than its counterparts in other brands.

    If you generally hit a little higher in the hoop, that instantly shouts Yonex to me. Their head shape helps extend the sweet spot up higher than most racquets. However, I would first recommend the VCore Pro 97 (310). It will play closest to the Pro Staff for a Yonex racquet. Getting the 310 rather than the 330 will allow room for customization, such as some lead at 3 and 9 for extra stability if needed. I would also look at the DR98 or DR100 from Yonex. Based on what you want, I would steer clear of the VCore SV series. Ezone wouldn't be bad, but I think the VCore Pro or DR might be better.

    I would also take a look at the Snauwaert Grinta 98 or 100. I've found they have very good sweet spots compared to most racquets.

    If you want a Head, some people are fans of the Speed but I am not one of them. I'd take a look at the Prestige MP first personally, maybe the Radical as well. Definitely stay away from the Extreme.
     
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  3. Kaznkul

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    Thanks for that. The reason I suggested the pure aero, more so the team is because of it’s lighter weight would equal less power? Also I’m still figuring out if it’s the lighter overall weight I prefer over headlight balance. I have tried my cousins blade 98 cv and the overall weight is lower than my ps97 but the balance is completely different and I noticed I can still whip the blade how I like. Demoing racquets is also something that I have to do but I just wanted to narrow my options as to not waste time. As for Yonex, the club where my son has lessons swears by them atm, so definitely will look into hopefully demoing a few of them as well. As for the head speed, TW just had their review on the new versions and they mentioned that the power of the 360 version was lower, more control orientated and the specs are similar to the ps97. Never hit with a head racquet so I guess I’ll try and get my hands on a demo once the become available, cheers.


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  4. mhkeuns

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    If I had to choose a well-arounded frame that has nice feel, power, control, as well as spin, it would be the Prince Textreme Tour 100P. I loved everything about the 2013 Aeropro Drive, except for not having the desired control of the player’s frames. The PTT100P seems to offer everything in a very user-friendly package. It also feels nice for a 100 sq. in. frame. I would also look into the Touch Speed Pro, which is a fanstastic control oriented frame that encourages you to go for the shots.
     
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    For Yonex frames, definitely demo the Vcore 97’s (*Duel G & the Pro), as well as the Ezone 98 (*& DR 98), not just the 100. Only 2-3 inches less but so much better in feel and control, imo.
     
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  6. time_fly

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    Based on your comments I second the Yonex VCORE Pro 97 310g suggestion. I’ve played it and it feels ultra stable and solid but easy to swing and is relatively low powered. If I owned one then I would add just a bit of weight in the hoop, which it sounds like you are comfortable doing.
     
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  7. Big Bagel

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    Look at the swing weight then with racquets. The swing weight is much more important than static weight in a racquet because it describes how it feels when you actually swing the racquet, and it takes into account length and balance of the racquet. I would then look at balance to see if it's head light, head heavy, or even balance. But first and foremost definitely look at swing weight.

    Also, if your club has Yonex racquets then I would absolutely try that out first (VCore Pro 310 and DR 98). Yonex are generally hit or miss with players; they either love them or hate them. If you generally hit them higher in the hoop, that's a good indication that you will be one of the former.
     
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    The club is sponsored by Wilson so I’ll have to ask if they have any Yonex racquets as demos. It’s a bit hard where I live to demo racquets as there are only a couple of clubs that demo their racquets out. I noticed that TW has a demo program online but that’s for the US. I live in Australia, has anyone used an online demo program here? I think tennis only does it where they can send you up to 4 racquets to demo for a week for $20 each. Has anyone had any experience with that?


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  10. DanS

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    Tennis Only & Tennis Warehouse are the same company so I would assume it should work the same!
     
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    Head Microgel Radical Pro if you can find one. Big sweetspot, low-powered. Easy on the arm.
     
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  12. Kaznkul

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    Ok so here’s an update. Played with the racquet with tape at 3 and 9 and added counter weight in handle. No good! Too much power and it felt too heavy. I had to shorten up everything, felt like mannarino. Took everything off. Went back to original with just overgrip and everything was better. So now I’ve understood.... I hope.... that even though I counter balanced the weight I added to the hoop I’m not liking the increased weight/ swing weight. So now I’ve got another question. If I like stability but not too heavy, wouldn’t a stiffer frame something like a pure drive, but lighter maybe the team, be worth a go? Or am I overthinking it here. Am I correct in thinking that even though the pure drive and others that are stiffer/ thicker beam in a lighter version have less power than their big brother version?


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  13. Big Bagel

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    Yes, but they still won't have touch. Try one of the racquets suggested, but go for the lightest version. Add just a little lead tape at 9 and 3, and then weight the handle to whatever static weight you want. The good thing about that is the more you weight the handle, the more headlight it will be so you won't effect swingweight too much. And if you start with a light racquet, you have a lot more room to add lead tape without going too light. Racquets that are too light, especially stiff light racquets, can be more harmful to the arm than a normal stiff racquet.
     
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  14. Kaznkul

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    Will do. Thanks for the info. I’ve played again and have reconfirmed what I felt was right and not just me trying too hard to work out the type of racquet I’d prefer. I’m ready to restring my racquet in a fortnight so I might even try a lower tension just to see what happens there. Half the fun is trying to find the right setup..... loving it!


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