Need help deciding next racquet switch.

dantheman

Rookie
i'm a 3.5-4.0 baseline hitter. Flat first serve , kick second or slow flat second serve. eastern forehand flat,flat backhand, decent hands at the net . i'm currently using a pures torm 08 + and i wanna make the switch to a better racquet.


which one would you guys refer ?
wilson blx 95 18x20
wilson blx pro tour
babolat pure storm limited
head youtek radical midplus
prince exo3 rebel
wilson kblade tour

thanks guys :D
 

Cham6

New User
I'm also about to switch from a 2008 Pure Storm. I'm flat hitter, attacking style.
I'm going to demo a BLX Pro Tour and a BLX Pro Open the next three days.
 

sunof tennis

Professional
I have played with a few of the raquets you have listed.
The BLX 95, Radical and Blade Tour are all fine raquets.
It might be helpful however, if you could let us know what about
the Pure Storm you didn't like. That may point us towards one type of
racquet versus another. Of course, like has been said thousands of times,
there is no substitute for demoing if possible.
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
Honestly, most of the rackets listed might be too much for you. 12 oz and soft to medium demands a long fast stroke, not a flat hitter's thing.
I'd suggest you look at 2 year old Dunlop500Tours.
 

TheBoom

Hall of Fame
Honestly, most of the rackets listed might be too much for you. 12 oz and soft to medium demands a long fast stroke, not a flat hitter's thing.
I'd suggest you look at 2 year old Dunlop500Tours.

+ 2 maybe a biomimetic 300 tour or non tour
 

OldButGame

Hall of Fame
I would add that the PSL, while i love the stick, might not be the best for a baseline hitter unless heavily modded with lead.:-|
 

Cham6

New User
I've tested the Wilson BLX Pro Tour and BLX Pro Open today (and also tried my partner's Head Youtek Speed Pro).

This Youtek is simple way to heavy for me (12.3oz / 349g, 9 pts head light). Forehand and backhands are okay, but I had major difficulties with volley and serve.
The BLX Pro Open (11.1oz / 314.68g, 4 HL) offers no real improvement to my current Pure Storm 08 (10.9oz / 309g, 3 HL).
The BLX Pro Tour (11.6oz / 328.85g, 7 HL) however impressed me. The vibrations are really dampened (the feeling is better even on non-center hits vs the PS), I could handle the weight easily on groundstrokes, futhermore, my shots were faster. Accuracy was also fine (not that I had any problems with PS's accuracy). Serves were much faster. Maybe it's the different balance, but I felt the Pro Tour more maneuverable than the PS. The only negative thing I can mention is that it's a little bit harder to generate spin with this (vs the PS).

I'd say that the Wilson BLX Pro Tour is well worth a try for a 4.0 player. I will almost surely buy one.
 

Cham6

New User
One addition: as the head size of Pro Tour is smaller by 2 sq. in. vs PS, I hit a bit more frame.
 
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