MG Radical OS for a begginer

eman resu

Professional
is it a good choice? The 18x19 and relatively thin beam makes me a bit scared it might be too much.
how does a 18x19 play?
 

ace0001a

Semi-Pro
is it a good choice? The 18x19 and relatively thin beam makes me a bit scared it might be too much.
how does a 18x19 play?
I wouldn't consider it a bad choice as I think it's a good solid feeling racquet. The 18x19 pattern in an OS racquet is still fairly open and comparable to a 16x19 in a Midplus, so nothing to really be scared of. In my opinion a thin beam OS racquet is a good racquet to learn from that will allow you to develop good fundamental hitting techniques. You will still learn how to fully swing at the ball rather than using short cuts that a thick beam powerful racquet will make you lazy into doing.
 

Tar Heel Tennis

Professional
for a beginner, the focus should be on only a few issues:

1) grip size - is it appropriate for this player?

2) weight - can the player swing this racket comfortably and with sufficient pace?

3) if the questions to 1 & 2 are yes, then stop worrying about the racket.

at this point, the focus should be on finding a competent instructor for the player. once the player has learned the proper way to swing a tennis racket, and has demonstrated an ability to hit the ball consistently over the net, then s/he can start to worry about all the other mumbo-jumbo extraneous details that us 'nerds' on TT like to argue/discuss about various rackets.

the bottom line: for a beginner, the focus should be getting the player ONTO A TENNIS COURT, and get her/him swinging a reasonable racket that will give them a decent chance to enjoy the game.
 

goran_ace

Hall of Fame
for a beginner, the focus should be on only a few issues:

1) grip size - is it appropriate for this player?

2) weight - can the player swing this racket comfortably and with sufficient pace?

3) if the questions to 1 & 2 are yes, then stop worrying about the racket.

at this point, the focus should be on finding a competent instructor for the player. once the player has learned the proper way to swing a tennis racket, and has demonstrated an ability to hit the ball consistently over the net, then s/he can start to worry about all the other mumbo-jumbo extraneous details that us 'nerds' on TT like to argue/discuss about various rackets.

the bottom line: for a beginner, the focus should be getting the player ONTO A TENNIS COURT, and get her/him swinging a reasonable racket that will give them a decent chance to enjoy the game.
Agree 100%. Great post, tar_heel_tennis. That should be a standardized response to anyone asking about racket recommendations for a beginner.
 

ace0001a

Semi-Pro
oversize racquets are excellent beginner sticks !
Giving you the benefit of the doubt mate that you're simply being sarcastic there and not a smaller headsize snob, yes I agree with that. Though we've seen from top pros of the past like Andre Agassi, Michael Chang, Monica Seles and Gabriela Sabatini, that thin beamed OS racquets can be for pros as well. The reality is that you could be an advanced player with anything 107 square inches and below, especially if it's a thin beamed frame. These days, I see more of 112+ square inch thick beamed racquets marketed towards beginners and old people. If you ask me, a 100 square inch "MidPlus" medium thick beamed racquet (like a Babolat Pure Drive) plays very similar (and often more powerful) as 107 "Oversize" thin beamed frame.
 

freshtennis

Banned
Giving you the benefit of the doubt mate that you're simply being sarcastic there and not a smaller headsize snob, yes I agree with that. Though we've seen from top pros of the past like Andre Agassi, Michael Chang, Monica Seles and Gabriela Sabatini, that thin beamed OS racquets can be for pros as well. The reality is that you could be an advanced player with anything 107 square inches and below, especially if it's a thin beamed frame. These days, I see more of 112+ square inch thick beamed racquets marketed towards beginners and old people. If you ask me, a 100 square inch "MidPlus" medium thick beamed racquet (like a Babolat Pure Drive) plays very similar (and often more powerful) as 107 "Oversize" thin beamed frame.
i wasn't actually trying to be sarcastic there. i started with an OS.
 
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