Looking for some racquet/string advice!

HPTennis

New User
Hi everyone, bit of background first:

Currently I play with a Yonex Ezone DR 100, weighs in at 341g with an overgrip with some blu-tak in the handle & a Head Graphene Radical Pro, weighs in at 342g. Both are strung with Luxilon ALU Power @ 52/53lbs.

I find that both are quite stiff, underpowered and unforgiving. Would it be a good idea to try a multi-filament rather than a poly, for a softer feel?

Really, I'm in the market for a new racket, but not sure where to turn, any advice would be greatly appreciated. Something that has easier access to power, is head light, 98-100 square inch headsize and 290 - 310g unstrung. Also with good build quality, my Yonex is fantastic in that area, and Head aren't too bad either. Had some bad QC problems with Wilsons recently so try to steer clear of them.

Cheers.
 

El_Yotamo

Hall of Fame
You have some well-defined specs. Why not give racquetfinder a try to get a feel for what you're looking for? Should help make a somewhat narrowed down list which you can demo from etc.

About strings, keep in mind you'll get more power and feel from a multi but you'll give up control and spin. I'd suggest giving a multi/poly hybrid a try, stringing the multi in the mid 50s and the poly in between the mid 40s and low 50s.
 

HPTennis

New User
Okay thanks, not quite sure how if works, it's only bringing up 2 rackets in my spec range...

The two different strings is a good idea, I'll give that a go :)
 

scf

Semi-Pro
You use stiff string at high tension. I would try to lower tension first and/or would try some other softer poly. You don't have to go multi route at this stage.
 

scf

Semi-Pro
Is there a softer poly you would recommend?
Yonex Poly Tour Pro, Tecnifibre Black Code 4S, Isospeed Black Fire (my current string). You can also try thinner gauge than you currently use. It will be less durable and die faster but will also be softer.
 

CopolyX

Hall of Fame
with the weight, it should not be powered .where did you pull the weight...
also the DR 100 has a pretty big swing spot.
sure a softer stringbed will open the sweet spot even more.
my quick assumption and please do not take it personally....
Is your swing is short and flat.

If you have a full swing, specifically topspin...you should have no problem generating power ..even with a less powerful frames (even around 320 grams) ...
 

HPTennis

New User
with the weight, it should not be powered .where did you pull the weight...
also the DR 100 has a pretty big swing spot.
sure a softer stringbed will open the sweet spot even more.
my quick assumption and please do not take it personally....
Is your swing is short and flat.

If you have a full swing, specifically topspin...you should have no problem generating power ..even with a less powerful frames (even around 320 grams) ...
What do you mean by pull the weight?

Maybe my swing is short? I could try loading it up more? I'm a fairly decent player (played for 15+ years) but have never really had lessons...
 

warney

Rookie
Currently I play with a Yonex Ezone DR 100, weighs in at 341g with an overgrip with some blu-tak in the handle
With full poly DR100 strung should be around 322g stock. So minus overgrip looks like you have about 13-15 grams of blue-tak in handle. That one can cause feeling of low power at the top of the frame. You can put some lead at 12 (start with 2g and go as much as 6 g). It should fix power issue but will increase swingweight. You definitely need different strings if you feel racquet is too stiff.

If you decide to change racquets, then definitely try DR100+. Extended length has lot of pop (I have it currently on demo) despite of me putting 8g in handle.
 

HPTennis

New User
With full poly DR100 strung should be around 322g stock. So minus overgrip looks like you have about 13-15 grams of blue-tak in handle. That one can cause feeling of low power at the top of the frame. You can put some lead at 12 (start with 2g and go as much as 6 g). It should fix power issue but will increase swingweight. You definitely need different strings if you feel racquet is too stiff.

If you decide to change racquets, then definitely try DR100+. Extended length has lot of pop (I have it currently on demo) despite of me putting 8g in handle.
Hmm I've got two overgrips on because the Yonex handle size came up weird, I think I've only got 5/6g blu-tak in the handle.

I can take that out though and start adding some weight at 12? Yeah I'll definitely go with a softer poly/maybe even a multi when I next restring.

Unfortunately you can't get hold of the DR100+ in the UK :(

Thanks for your advice.
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
Hmm I've got two overgrips on because the Yonex handle size came up weird, I think I've only got 5/6g blu-tak in the handle.

I can take that out though and start adding some weight at 12? Yeah I'll definitely go with a softer poly/maybe even a multi when I next restring.

Unfortunately you can't get hold of the DR100+ in the UK :(

Thanks for your advice.
As a happy Volkl nerd, I'll suggest a look at their current crop. The V-Sense 10 Tour might have something to offer you, but I have two other models in my bag (the C10 and older Organix 10 325g). I've generally enjoyed my Volkls for the combo of performance and comfort they've given me and I'm also not a poly player at all. I get everything I want with synthetic gut including moderate softness. It's typically not as rock-hard as some poly options, but also doesn't turn too soft on me after a few sessions as I've seen with some multis.

If you try adding lead to your current racquets, I recommend trying it at 3/9 o'clock - a little can go a long way! When I did this tuning with my Organix 10's, their feel really came alive for me (I also placed some lead tape under my grips for my preferred head-light balance). Our pal Anton mentioned this potential effect on a racquet's feel in post #10.

One "soft" poly that a couple of my pals really enjoy is Luxilon Element. I haven't sampled this string in my own racquets, but based on what I've heard, this is absolutely a softer alternative to the earlier generations of polys that were pretty firm.
 

HPTennis

New User
As a happy Volkl nerd, I'll suggest a look at their current crop. The V-Sense 10 Tour might have something to offer you, but I have two other models in my bag (the C10 and older Organix 10 325g). I've generally enjoyed my Volkls for the combo of performance and comfort they've given me and I'm also not a poly player at all. I get everything I want with synthetic gut including moderate softness. It's typically not as rock-hard as some poly options, but also doesn't turn too soft on me after a few sessions as I've seen with some multis.

If you try adding lead to your current racquets, I recommend trying it at 3/9 o'clock - a little can go a long way! When I did this tuning with my Organix 10's, their feel really came alive for me (I also placed some lead tape under my grips for my preferred head-light balance). Our pal Anton mentioned this potential effect on a racquet's feel in post #10.

One "soft" poly that a couple of my pals really enjoy is Luxilon Element. I haven't sampled this string in my own racquets, but based on what I've heard, this is absolutely a softer alternative to the earlier generations of polys that were pretty firm.
Okay I can perhaps give synthetic gut a go, I've always been concerned with tension but sounds like you haven't had many problems.

I'll try adding lead too, I'm just a bit worried about the overall weight - would you suggest removing the blu-tak from the handle?

But before moving to the syn gut, I'll try that softer poly first!

Cheers.
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
Okay I can perhaps give synthetic gut a go, I've always been concerned with tension but sounds like you haven't had many problems.

I'll try adding lead too, I'm just a bit worried about the overall weight - would you suggest removing the blu-tak from the handle?

But before moving to the syn gut, I'll try that softer poly first!

Cheers.
I don't worry about extra weight at the handle as long as the balance of the racquet is right for me. If yours isn't too head-light, I guess you ought to be okay with the blu-tak where it is. I've found that I get the most familiar feel and maneuvering with any new racquet when the balance is right for me. Even if that frame is significantly lighter or heavier than my regular players, a comfortable balance will make it easy to handle well on the courts.

If you get the impression that your racquets are underpowered, you might get some help with a softer poly hybrid layout, but you also might not. I've used syn. gut for several years and only in recent history have I sampled a couple of different hybrids in my own racquets. The "soft" hybrid I described gave me some control in my most powerful frames (Volkl C10's) without making them feel rock-hard.

But that bump in control came from a mildly diminished response from the poly, not from a huge boost in spin potential. When I compared one frame strung with syn. gut to its twin strung with the poly hybrid, the syn. gut gave me a little easier power. The good news is that there's probably something here that will give you a nice balance of zip, feel, control, comfort, yaddah-yaddah.

Good luck with your quest!!
 
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