my vantage review....

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by Prostaffer, Feb 26, 2006.

  1. Prostaffer

    Prostaffer Semi-Pro

    Sep 13, 2004
    unique code 232205 head 95 length 27.25 pattern 18x20 stiffness 70ra 310gm 320 mm.

    so first off...i used the birthday code, got it for $167 and i started serving with it after teaching the stiffness was what i expected. unlike most extended racquets the stick felt like a one piece stick and not bending at the neck. great solid feel on the serve. i'm 6'1 but i like extended racquets. i have a one handed backhand, semi-western forehand.

    then i grabbed the ball machine...forehands were on the mark. at first i was in love. balls where i went, then my old age (23) set in. i felt myself getting tired. i usually add 9 grams of lead tape to my usual racquets. i thought this wouldn't happen. i really need to hit the gym lol. the 27.25 length didn't hurt my backhand at all and every swing felt solid and never felt like the head was getting ahead of my swing. racquet is white btw...very slick looking.

    with the grip i chose the default. even though i have always preferred wilson grips and hated head grips i love the default grip on the vantage. very nice, and similiar to wilson but with some length on the stringbed side of the grip. volleys were accurate, yet you must concentrate. it was like volleying with a surge when you do get a nice snap in your wrist and proper concentration. unlike the surge...if you stab at the's not going to pop off. it will hit the racquet and die. not going to carve alot of volleys here however it does allow for some better angles.

    extras extras...for 167 you can buy a regular racquet. i don't know why for that price more people don't try this company. i opted for the full-protection bag which is not a regular racquet bag or a backpack (which are both options) the full protection is basically a giant soft bag that protects your racuqet inside a multi racquet bag. very soft and nice much like the bag that comes with oakley sunglasses. stick came wrapped and nicely packaged. my name is on the inside of the throat. i had not known this was an option. if they let you pick what goes on the stick that would be even sweeter. it's not a graphic on the stick but rather a sticker on the inside with a rundown of your specs.

    overall, the stick plays like what i was looking for. i didn't feel like it really changed my game, but more like enhanced the game that i already i have. it's how i expected to play. too many racquets improve one part of my game and forsake the rest. basically what i'm saying is if your the type that pays retail for should give this a try. really nothing to lose. i'm particularly happy.

    btw. my particular setup is great for flat hitters. my forehand has a bit too much spin i think for this stick. my backhand is fantastic with it though. serves have become more effortless and have more kick, perhaps cuz of the new length and better angles. of all the sticks i had this thing...

    serves like... head prestige xl with more speed

    backhand like... ncode sixone 18x20

    forehand like... wilson rok 98/head liquidmetal prestige

    volley like... wilson rok 93

    looks and feels like no other. this is my stick, for me. very snobbish i know. i don't care. i feel like a player who has met the girl he might marry. perhaps all the chasing is over...but oh well. i'll be happy ;)
  2. Cavaleer

    Cavaleer Semi-Pro

    Mar 31, 2005
    Excellent review. What racquets did you use before and how did they compare?

    Many thanks,

  3. WChiang

    WChiang Rookie

    Dec 26, 2005
    Great review and feedback on your frame. I agree that Vantage needs to be checked out more when searching for a new racquet. I hope to demo a Vantage soon as they have been very helpful in responding to my questions. Best of luck!
  4. Prostaffer

    Prostaffer Semi-Pro

    Sep 13, 2004
    racquet history....

    wow was all i can say to, for their customer service as well. they can customize swingweights to be identical...both the owner of vantage and bob patterson their us rep was great in their response on everything.

    my racquet history....

    old agassi radical
    wilson 5.3 powerholes those were my high school racquets

    in college i used
    an old gamma, and fischer racquet
    wilson 7.6 with rollers
    then my junior i started getting the hookup for wilson. after my
    head prestige xl
    i went to....
    wilson pro staff 6.0
    wilson zone 7.1
    wilson rok (played with that for a long long time)
    wilson rok 98
    babolat pure drive (i was in college i was allowed to experiment)

    then out of high school i have had a bevy of racquets
    ncode n6 (highly slept on racquet)
    ncode 95
    ncode 90
    ncode 95 18x20 (my current racquet)
    vantage 27.25 16x19 pattern with 100" frame. 2 i bought from a poster on this board. those are for sale btw ;)
    liquidmetal prestige
    ncode surge (great great stick)

    and of course i've demoed countless others.

    thanks for the kind words guys.
  5. BreakPoint

    BreakPoint Bionic Poster

    Feb 18, 2004
    I think you mean "then out of college", unless of course, you decided to return to high school after graduating from college? ;) LOL

    BTW, that's a lot of racquets! I think you officially qualify as a "racquet junkie"! :D I'm glad to hear that you like the Vantage, though. I hope you've finally found your "true love". I know I like mine as well.

    Good luck with them. And the next time you get the itch to try another racquet......handcuff yourself to your Vantage! :mrgreen: LOL
  6. BreakPoint

    BreakPoint Bionic Poster

    Feb 18, 2004
    Ah haa...... I see they've finally implemented my suggestion! That's great!! I suggested to Paul a long time ago that they should put a sticker with the customer's name on it on the inside of the throat to make the customer feel even more special that this is a truly unique racquet that had been custom made especially for him. I thought that would add value to the uniqueness of the frame and to prove that it was indeed custom made according to the cutomer's exact specifications.

    Anyway, I hope having your name on it made the racquet feel even more "customized" and/or "special" to you. :D BTW, does it just have your name printed on it or does it say something like "Custom Made for .........."?
  7. Prostaffer

    Prostaffer Semi-Pro

    Sep 13, 2004
    it says...

    it says...custom built by vantage usa for so and so #1.

    now the only thing cooler would be if you could cuztomize a saying on it or say the graphics. i love the white look though, don't get me wrong.

    then when it's wrapped it has your unique code and name on the handle in a piece of paper. makes you feel like a pro i guess. first time i've paid this much for a racquet. i'm always selling and reselling racquets...all those sticks...geez i think i spent $500 tops. just from selling, reselling...making a few bucks, sometimes not. i am a racquet junkie. i'm always curious. even know i wonder about those new wilson sticks... of course i'm not counting all the money i spent on strings and stringjobs...but i deem those necessities.

    but now i just wnat to try. i know in my matches it's vantage time.

    breakpoint...i'm sure i read it, but what are your specs?
  8. AbLincoln

    AbLincoln New User

    Nov 15, 2005
    I would love to find 3 or those for my OS Pogs. I always worry about scratches becuase I haul 2 or 3 sticks at a time. If someone knows of a source for soft side bags, let me know.

    I'm glad Prostaffer found a stick he likes soo well.
  9. BreakPoint

    BreakPoint Bionic Poster

    Feb 18, 2004
    My Vantage's unique code is 1111 13 (90 sq. in., 27", 16x18, 12.5oz., 9 pts. HL strung), black with Wilson handle shape (4 1/2), and leather grip.
  10. BLiND

    BLiND Hall of Fame

    Apr 18, 2004
    Manchester, UK
    Nice review, good to hear your pleased with the sticks, lovin' mine.

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