JackB1's 11oz Racquet Corner

mike841

Rookie
my point was that power isn't really needed or even that important at the 4.0 level to win.
Power is needed at every level of the game, even at 4.0. Why do you think these guys are playing with 100sq" wide beam power type racquets? Take 50% of the power away from one of the players below and that will be the player that loses.


 
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BillKid

Professional
Power is needed at every level of the game, even at 4.0. Why do you think these guys are playing with 100sq" wide beam power type racquets? Take 50% of the power away from one of the players below and that will be the player that loses.


Power is much less important than consistancy
In my experience, if you can play consistant on both sides with a little bit of depth and topspin, you will be rapudly higher than 4.0. No need to hit winners or very powerful shots. Passed the 4.5-5.0 level, playing this way might not be enough unless you are very good at it, or spanish, or both.
 

BillKid

Professional
Yeah, that's called be a pusher....
You don't have to be a pusher. Being a pusher is not a good thing.
Most often pushers focus on avoiding unforced errors at all cost, which precludes technical improvement in many of them.
A good player will focus on consistantly hitting with proper technique and achieving a high % of success at any shot. That does not mean he cannot develop an offensive game. Percentage tennis is the core of the game (you may want to read https://www.nytimes.com/1974/06/09/archives/about-percentage-tennis.html).
Not only priorizing consistancy over power is more rewarding but it also helps to improve in the long run.
Whatever your playstyle (serve-volley, baseliner), it is better to hit at 90% rather than 120% and missing a lot.
That said, it is true that if your goal is to be a 4.0 player, it may be easier to achieve it by developing a pusher rather than a SV playstyle. Sad but true. Of course, it is sad also to see the 4.0 level as the ultimate goal in tennis.
 
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mike841

Rookie
You don't have to be a pusher. Being a pusher is not a good thing.
Most often pushers focus on avoiding unforced errors at all cost, which precludes technical improvement in many of them.
A good player will focus on consistantly hitting with proper technique and achieving a high % of success at any shot. That does not mean he cannot develop an offensive game. Percentage tennis is the core of the game (you may want to read https://www.nytimes.com/1974/06/09/archives/about-percentage-tennis.html).
Not only priorizing consistancy over power is more rewarding but it also helps to improve in the long run.
Whatever your playstyle (serve-volley, baseliner), it is better to hit at 90% rather than 120% and missing a lot.
That said, it is true that if your goal is to be a 4.0 player, it may be easier to achieve it by developing a pusher rather than a SV playstyle. Sad but true. Of course, it is sad also to see the 4.0 level as the ultimate goal in tennis.
Jeez. Practically anyone half decent can reach 4.0. You don't need any special style or technique.
 

JackB1

G.O.A.T.
Hey gang, I’m back at it and thought I would resurrect this thread. What’s everyone’s favorite 11oz tweener these days? I’ve been away from tennis for about 3 years and miss all my favorites from the past. Been using the Graphene XT Speed MP and Instinct MP and like them both. They are VERY similar. Missing my old Yonex Ezone AI98 and Organix V1 Pro. Also the Textreme 100P. Also can’t believe how expensive some frames are nowadays.
 
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tlm

G.O.A.T.
I would suggest trying the new Yonex Vcore 98 Light. I demoed a bunch of different Yonex rackets and settled on this model. It’s actually a touch under 11 ounces but I added a little lead and now they both weigh 11 ounces strung and 6 points head light. These are very nice rackets great feel, spin and control.
 

tlm

G.O.A.T.
I’m digging the Clash 100(but now it’s weighted up to 11.75oz). The Prince TT100 290g is also pretty good.
I was using the Clash 100 Light for the last year and it is a nice racket, its a very flexible and comfortable frame.
 

SVP

Semi-Pro
Hey gang, I’m back at it and thought I would resurrect this thread. What’s everyone’s favorite 11oz tweeter these days? I’ve been away from tennis for about 3 years and miss all my favorites from the past. Been using the Graphene XT Speed MP and Instinct MP and like them both. They are VERY similar. Missing my old Yonex Ezone AI98 and Organix V1 Pro. Also the Textreme 100P. Also can’t believe how expensive some frames are nowadays.
Glad to see you and your positivity back.
 

A_Instead

Legend
Jack.. there is a bunch of good ones nowadays.. yonex ezone 100, vcore 100
Head 360+ speed , radical, extreme
Wilson Clash 100,
Pure Aero
 

A_Instead

Legend
The VCore 98 is very nice..if you wanna explore 305 grams.. try it and the Pure strike 98 gen 3...
Email me for detailed info..
 

bertrevert

Hall of Fame
The current Head Speed 360+ MP has become more head heavy to increase SW.

So it is 318g strung which is over the magic 11oz (312g). But not by much.

Think the upside of this is additional plushness. Downside might be slower responsiveness.

(I play prev version which was lighter SW.)
 

JackB1

G.O.A.T.
Found a Head Graphene XT Radical MP for $99 at a local shop today and decided to grab it. Should be a good fit for my game. We'll see. Gotta get it strung up first.
 

JackB1

G.O.A.T.
The new Dunlop CX400 Tour is worth a demo
Specs look good, but I've been gravitating lately toward more closed pattern racquets that allow me to hit a flatter ball without it flying out. I wish Dunlop made a more modern version of the old Aerogel 4D 300 Tour (before the biomemetic)
with the 18x20 pattern. That was a fabulous racquet!
 

etd

Rookie
The 16X19 string pattern is pretty tight on the CX400 Tour. This racquet actually works well for flat shots.

I liked the CX400 Tour more than the CX200.
 

etd

Rookie
don’t they also make a 18x20 cx400?
In the Dunlop CX line, the only 18X20 is the CX 200 Tour with the Leather Grip which is the Kevin Anderson endorsed racquet.

The rest of the CX line (200 models and 400 models) is 16X19.
 
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JackB1

G.O.A.T.
So last night I got to try out the Speed Pro 360+ model and the gravity pro. Really liked the speed pro. Swing weight is nice without being too much for me and the 18x20 pattern it’s great for keeping slices low. Got surprisingly good pop on my serve and had enough power overall.

About the Gravity Pro... didn’t like it as much. Didn’t have enough power for me but I can see it for someone who likes an extreme control frame. Also the feel was a bit strange, like a vague disconnected feel. Also not crazy about the round hoop shape.
 
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