Most comfortable racquet line out there?

axlrose

Professional
Calling for experts,

Besides old/discontinued lines, which one is the most comfortable line currently?

I've tried ProStaff 97, it's actually softer vs listed specs.

Switched to Textreme, it's actually stiffer vs specs, even stiffer than PS97.

Considering Head Extreme/Yonex Ezone ...

Please help.
 

Zlatni

Rookie
Are you looking for comfortable feel, or injury prevention?
For instance, most current pro kennel racquets are fairly crisp feeling, but majority agrees that they are fairly easy in the body
Volkl V1 however have a more comfortable feel for me - still very arm friendly
I haven’t played Now ezones, but I have a DR 98, and it is very comfortable.
Youtek IG Extreme pro 2.0 was very comfortable despite its specs, due to grommet design - I don’t believe that the new models have the same grommets


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1990's Graphite

Hall of Fame
Some of the Donnays have 55-57ra pentacore, tri-core, e.t.c Not sure how comfortable / true to spec they are though...
As mentioned by loosegroove Volkl / p.kennex are popular lines also
 

bigserving

Hall of Fame
Have not tried them all but traditionally, the lines of Dunlop frames have always been very good with shock absorption and overall arm comfort. Even with racquets string at above average or high tensions, they do well at absorbing shock.
 

axlrose

Professional
Have not tried them all but traditionally, the lines of Dunlop frames have always been very good with shock absorption and overall arm comfort. Even with racquets string at above average or high tensions, they do well at absorbing shock.
I've tried Biomimetic 300 and it's not so comfortable.
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
If you're going to be trying some demos, I'd say keep notes on whatever you sample, including string info.

Feel is a very subjective issue, so whatever you prefer may be different from what might be considered as more inherently arm-friendly in general. Even if a certain racquet model has earned a very arm-friendly reputation, that's not helpful if you can't use that racquet. Even a softy will be rather harsh for you if you rack up lots of mishits with it.

The comfort and arm-friendliness of any racquet will also be substantially affected by the string type and tension. The Babolat Pure Drive is considered to be rather stiff and not especially arm-friendly, but it can become a MUCH more cozy player if strung with natural gut. Installing a full bed of stiff poly at rather snug tension can make any racquet substantially harder on the arm regardless of its flex rating or shock reducing technology. If you want comfort in any racquet, be mindful of its string layout.

Depending on what you have in your Bio 300, consider dropping tension of trying a softer string type. If you're strung with poly, a bed of basic syn. gut at moderate tension might make a solid difference for you. Multifiber is generally even softer, but I don't use that string type too much. I get decent comfort with less expensive synthetic gut and I like its performance, but multis usually soften at a steady rate for me and become unplayable before they break.

Weight and inherent stability can also contribute to a racquet's "comfort level", so that's something else to consider with your Dunlop. If you want it to play a little more "solid", you could add just a few grams to the hoop using lead tape to see what that gives you. If you don't like it, just peel it off. If you demo other gear, don't be afraid to try something a bit heavier that might do a better job of "winning the collision" with the ball. As long as you can handle the extra heft okay, it might seem quite comfortable for you. The truth is in the demos!!
 

Imago

Hall of Fame
If we have to consider a whole line this no doubt is the Angell line. Prince White/Warrior line is also comfortable with no exclusion. Blade line of Wilson too. And of course the Kinetic line of PK.
 

badmice2

Semi-Pro
That's relative...a lot of dependency on strings you use and tension. You can do enough mods to a racket with string and tension to get a "comfortable" feel (i.e. gut, multi).

If you're talking about flex of a racket as a gauge of comfort, you should do a search or start a different thread. There are lots of opinions on that topic....
 

mhkeuns

Hall of Fame
If Textreme (* was it Tour 95 or 100P?) felt too stiff, you might want to consider stringing it with gut/poly hybrid. It felt crisp due to Textreme’s feel but also provide very soft feel at the same time. If you want complete mutedness, Wilson Blade 98 Countervail is a great choice.
 

mctennis

Hall of Fame
Volkl brand. Just a decision as to what head size you are looking for. The V1 is always a nice start. I like the C10's for more of a players frame with a smaller head size than the V1. The V1 is a great overall choice.
 

Dartagnan64

Legend
Prince Phantom is easily the most plush racket I’ve played with. And I’ve demo’d PK’s, Blades, DR 98’s and Textreme Tours.
 

toby55555

Hall of Fame
Calling for experts,

Besides old/discontinued lines, which one is the most comfortable line currently?

I've tried ProStaff 97, it's actually softer vs listed specs.

Switched to Textreme, it's actually stiffer vs specs, even stiffer than PS97.

Considering Head Extreme/Yonex Ezone ...

Please help.
Pro Kennex technology works for me. I’d like to compare the Prince Phantom mentioned above.
 

mctennis

Hall of Fame
If Textreme (* was it Tour 95 or 100P?) felt too stiff, you might want to consider stringing it with gut/poly hybrid. It felt crisp due to Textreme’s feel but also provide very soft feel at the same time. If you want complete mutedness, Wilson Blade 98 Countervail is a great choice.
I tried Textreme was gut/poly and still did not think it worked for me. No feel and comfort when I played with it. Blade 98 mhewww. Same thing, okay but not "WOW" when I played with it.
 

GS

Professional
I tried Textreme was gut/poly and still did not think it worked for me. No feel and comfort when I played with it. Blade 98 mhewww. Same thing, okay but not "WOW" when I played with it.
Try a Prince Graphite 100 sometime, Mike. It's known for being arm and shoulder friendly, with plenty of feel.
I've been hooked on them for 8 years now, with a full multi setup.
 

mctennis

Hall of Fame
Try a Prince Graphite 100 sometime, Mike. It's known for being arm and shoulder friendly, with plenty of feel.
I've been hooked on them for 8 years now, with a full multi setup.
Sounds like a new one to try out. Thanks for the tip.
In fact my club pro mentioned that one a long while back as his favorite racquet to use. Then he switched over to Wilson now since Prince had gone bye-bye. Is that the Prince Classic Graphite 100 you are talking about? If not which one specifically?
 

GS

Professional
Yep, the Prince Classic Graphite 100. Both the 27" and the Longbody felt great to me. I cut my Longbodies down to 27.5".
 

mctennis

Hall of Fame
Yep, the Prince Classic Graphite 100. Both the 27" and the Longbody felt great to me. I cut my Longbodies down to 27.5".
Okay, I was just making sure what to look for. TY for the great advice. I like your idea of cutting them down to 27.5. I've down that with a few others with very good success.
 

GS

Professional
Yep, 27.5" is a great length to use. Everytime I try someone's 27" racquet, it feels short to me.
 

mctennis

Hall of Fame
Yep, 27.5" is a great length to use. Everytime I try someone's 27" racquet, it feels short to me.
I know. I used a Kneissl 27.5" length one for many years. When I went back to the regular length one it felt like a Jr racquet.
 

EdMcMush

Professional
the Dunlop Srixon 18 20 tour is super comfertable. I use a Kevlar Hybrid in there at 57 pounds. and i feel almost nothing
 

PigPen

Semi-Pro
If we have to consider a whole line this no doubt is the Angell line. Prince White/Warrior line is also comfortable with no exclusion. Blade line of Wilson too. And of course the Kinetic line of PK.
Ditto for Angell
 

MarcusInKensington

Hall of Fame
People will say I’m crazy, but my Babolat Pure Aero Tour bats are the most comfortable I have ever used. Of course, it may be that I’m using gut mains, but nevertheless, I have had zero issues with my shoulder, elbow or wrist, which is unusual for me.
 

Moonarse

Semi-Pro
People will say I’m crazy, but my Babolat Pure Aero Tour bats are the most comfortable I have ever used. Of course, it may be that I’m using gut mains, but nevertheless, I have had zero issues with my shoulder, elbow or wrist, which is unusual for me.
Had more trouble with pain in the shoulder and elbow while playing with the PT57 than with my PA.

I think that the open string pattern + high enough SwingWeight + Not exagerated StaticWeight end up beeing better to te arm and body than the RA ratings.
 

SharonC

New User
Try a Prince Graphite 100 sometime, Mike. It's known for being arm and shoulder friendly, with plenty of feel.
I've been hooked on them for 8 years now, with a full multi setup.
I recently switched from Pro Staff 97 to POG 100 and it is really comfortable. I can play more hours without feeling sore on my wrist and forearm and more often during the week. But I feel that my stroke and serve are less powerful and my backhand slice is not as good as when I was using PS97...still need time to adjust to this racket and improve my stroke.

Anyone out there has played with Pro Staff 97, POG 100, Pro Staff 97CV and Phantom Pro 100? Would love to hear your experience / comparison.
 

weelie

Semi-Pro
Had more trouble with pain in the shoulder and elbow while playing with the PT57 than with my PA.

I think that the open string pattern + high enough SwingWeight + Not exagerated StaticWeight end up beeing better to te arm and body than the RA ratings.
For me, I went with low RA and low SW and high static weight, for comfort. I feel high SW hurts my elbow.

As a kid, I loved Chang and Agassi. I wish the POG 100 LB was available, I would love to test it. Even the 27" would be interesting, but would like to test it before buying, so haven't bought one online.
 

li0scc0

Hall of Fame
Anything without poly or Kevlar.
Once that is excluded, Prince EXO3 racquets like the EXO3 Graphite 93, 100, Tour, or Rebel
 

li0scc0

Hall of Fame
Kevlar for string may be bad, but Kevlar in racquet is almost always good for arm comfort.
Agree, I meant as string. In a racquet, Kevlar and fiberglass, quite good. I have some Kneissl Aero racquets with Kevlar that are buttery!
 
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