Need help going from a players stick to something more powerful

sportmac

Hall of Fame
Try the new prince 100P, it's more or less successor to the tour 100 18*20, with A LOT MORE POWER.
2nd that. I was playing with the Tour 100 16 x 18 and was looking for more power but the 100P was too much for me to handle. I ended up with the 100T leaded up to 11.5 which gives me a little more zip than the Tour 100 but not as much as the 100P.
 

Readers

Professional
2nd that. I was playing with the Tour 100 16 x 18 and was looking for more power but the 100P was too much for me to handle. I ended up with the 100T leaded up to 11.5 which gives me a little more zip than the Tour 100 but not as much as the 100P.
Exact same experience。
 

phanker

Semi-Pro
You likely need an open pattern stringbed strung with a stiff poly and an update of your classic stroke also. That's what has worked for me but elbow beware.
I just came back to the game 5 years ago after a 20+ years hiatus. My weapon of choice was a PS85 with syngut back then. It didn't quite work for me this go round along with my classic stroke, 1HBH also.

Fast forward 5 yrs, I'm now playing the Yonex Ai100 with a hybrid of stiff poly mains / soft poly crosses. Best of all, it's super elbow friendly.
I've adapted my FH to a semi western grip also recently. I now get a ton of spin on both sides which is allowing me to apply a lot more pace but still keep the ball in.
I've tried many including the PA and PD which I loved too but no where near as elbow friendly as the Ai100 so far.
 
You likely need an open pattern stringbed strung with a stiff poly and an update of your classic stroke also. That's what has worked for me but elbow beware.
I just came back to the game 5 years ago after a 20+ years hiatus. My weapon of choice was a PS85 with syngut back then. It didn't quite work for me this go round along with my classic stroke, 1HBH also.

Fast forward 5 yrs, I'm now playing the Yonex Ai100 with a hybrid of stiff poly mains / soft poly crosses. Best of all, it's super elbow friendly.
I've adapted my FH to a semi western grip also recently. I now get a ton of spin on both sides which is allowing me to apply a lot more pace but still keep the ball in.
I've tried many including the PA and PD which I loved too but no where near as elbow friendly as the Ai100 so far.
Yeah I reworked my forehand when I came back to the sport 9 years ago... from Eastern to Semi Western. I use the same grip for my One Handed Backhand. Going to lower tension poly strings in an open pattern also helped a ton. Ive found stiff racquets are a farce. I play better with sub 60 RA frames. The string and grip change updated my game.
 

sma1001

Hall of Fame
I also just put a demo order in for a Yonex Tour G 310. That seems great on paper with a little lead added to it. Does t anyone have any experience with it?
Yes. It's a nice frame but it is low powered so you may find it's not so far off your existing sticks in that respect. Leading is an option for sure, and if you are used to using lead then it could work for you. However, you may get more immediate bang for your buck with other choices.

PS: If by chance you like the PS97 as the best of the bunch then there is another stick out there that is similar but improves on pretty much all aspects of the PS97 - the Angell TC97. Tricky thing is getting hold of a demo.
 

pfrischmann

Professional
Yeah, not surprised. Like I said a more polarized stick can get you the benefits of more power/stability at a lower weight. So IMHO get rid of the 10 and 2 and at the top of the handle and just put some at 12pm. See what happens. And you can try smaller gauges. My 18x20s really liked mosquitobite crosses strung about 10lbs lower than the mains.

Its a guess on my part but a good one I think that one of the reasons those opponents are having an easy time is that their rackets are polarized.

But it really sounds like you are looking for a new stick so for power I thought the burn 95fst was a powerful stick. A 6.1 95 18x20 is a fairly powerful stick at least for me it was.

Hi Shroud.
I have a question about this. I took a standard APD..coming from a PS-97 and started to weight it up to help stability and plow through. I started with 3 grams as 12 and 3 in the cap to counter. I found it really, clunky and slow. I was late on everything, like really late and moved it down to 2 and 10 in like 15 minutes. I get the idea of the weighted tip helping you come through your shot but it just felt slow..Did I just not give it enough time?
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
I grew up playing with the ProStaff 85 and switched to the PS 6.1 95 in early 90s when it was introduced. Stuck with that for 10 years or so and I haven't been able to find anything I like. I always had elbow ppissues with my pro staff 6.1 but I figured it was because at my level,at the time, everyone was crushing the ball and it was something I was used to hearing from everyone... Polys weren't popular yet.

I've got classic strokes with a one handed backhand, I'm really looking for something that will give me effortless power with comfort. I like the new Pure Aero Tour and I did demo it, however I'm worried about long term arm health. Not sure what's out there with power and control without having to buy Fed's stick.
This history of yours mirrors mine rather closely - my first graphite frame was the Donnay Pro Cynetic 1, which was a bit of a PS 85 clone. Then I moved into the 6.1 Classics for several years and these were phenomenal for my serve & volley game. When it came time to build a stronger baseline game and become a more competent all-courter though, I found the fit I needed (much better baseline control) with softer alternatives, including the Volkl C10.

I also hit a one-handed backhand and I've generally always preferred the stability of a heavy, head-light racquet that's both easy to maneuver and stable through the ball. I've owned some lighter options including the LM Radical mp, but these just haven't worked out for me. Even the "lighter" Volkl O10 325g's I also keep in my bag have some lead on their hoops and handles to help them stand up to the ball when the pace picks up.

The curiosity bug has bitten me and I just ordered a PS 97 - should have it on Monday. The demo I tried last week had a soft poly hybrid with multi in the crosses and although I've been comfortable and plenty happy with my usual syn. gut setups in my Volkls in recent years, I'll probably try a low-tension hybrid in this Wilson. The demo was actually quite nice - decent feel and rather good control. Because it's a mildly lighter rig than my heaviest C10's though, I was over-swinging with the demo a little too much to try to generate the pace I wanted. Not unexpected and I'll probably try a little tuning with the PS 97 at some point.

I should note though that in recent years when working out with stronger high school sluggers and college players (I'm a h.s. coach), I've been overpowered by these young killers when using my lighter frames. On more than one occasion, I've needed to pull out a heavier C10 to trade bullets with more authority instead of being pushed around too much. While some among the younger generation can take very fast swipes at the ball to really crank on it, I can't. If I do, it stresses my shoulder too much. When I need more horsepower, I get it with my heavier frames. The good news is that my C10's have a little weight added to their handles and they maneuver much better that way. Just offering this experience in case you want to look in more than one direction to get some more beef on the ball.
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
Hi Shroud.
I have a question about this. I took a standard APD..coming from a PS-97 and started to weight it up to help stability and plow through. I started with 3 grams as 12 and 3 in the cap to counter. I found it really, clunky and slow. I was late on everything, like really late and moved it down to 2 and 10 in like 15 minutes. I get the idea of the weighted tip helping you come through your shot but it just felt slow..Did I just not give it enough time?
That certainly can happen though at 3g that seems a little surprising but yeah there is a time when you need to put more weight at the 7" mark if it feels sluggish. If you add weight there you should get to a point where it feels right.

Said another way, I had a plastidip experiment go WAY wrong and the racket was so sluggish. I made it playable by adding 25g to the butt cap....
 

wsk429

Semi-Pro
Thanks guys/gals for all the advice! To answer Shroud's comments- I've leaded my Tour 18x20s up to almost 13oz. They had good plow through, however they still lacked the put away-from-the-baseline power of a Pure Drive Tour/Roddick, Pure Aero type of stick. Plus, the additional lead made the sticks too heavy which actually started to tickle my elbow even with a multi (Technifibre NRG 18G) at 46 lbs. I'm going to put a demo order in for the Pure Drive Tour, Aero Pure Tour, Yonex Tour G 330 and maybe the PS 97 (non Fed version). Hopefully, I'll be able to find some pop with comfort. I'm not worried about control.

By the way, has anyone played with the Prince Response 97... looks like it might be up my alley. How's the power? It looks stable, but possibly too dead feeling. Any thoughts?

On a side note- I really appreciate all the feedback. It's nice to talk to people who have the same mindset and want to help each other out, especially in light of the crazy crap that's going on throughout our country right now. Keep the comments coming!
You ain't plowin' nothin' if you can't swing that almost 13oz club.
 

Sander001

Hall of Fame
Little bit of background... I'm a former div 1 player, now in my 40s. I'm currently using Prince Tour 100 18x20s which I love however I've been getting blown off the court lately from other 5-5.5 guys who are using tweener sticks- PUre Drive Tours/Rodicks, Pure Aero Tours, Yonex ezones, etc.

I've tinkered with gut, multi's, etc but it's not the power boost I need from that stick. I've had elbow issues in the past so that's always in the back of my mind but I need something with power and willing to try anything to better compete. What's out there that will let me not get blown off the court. I don't want to go past 12.2oz. Can I use a pure aero tour or a pure drive tour or something similar comfortably without blowing my elbow or shoulder out? I'm just looking for a power players stick. My strokes are smooth like Granville's...
Thanks guys!
The Head Extreme Pro's are Aero clones but with more flexibility. I've always thought they were hugely underrated. They've been around for years so you can probably find some for cheap.
 

Stretchy Man

Professional
If you liked the Prince, why not try a Tour 98 or a Tour 100 Pro? Both have more power than the Tour 100, very arm friendly, and selling now for very little.
 
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Little bit of background... I'm a former div 1 player, now in my 40s. I'm currently using Prince Tour 100 18x20s which I love however I've been getting blown off the court lately from other 5-5.5 guys who are using tweener sticks- PUre Drive Tours/Rodicks, Pure Aero Tours, Yonex ezones, etc.

I've tinkered with gut, multi's, etc but it's not the power boost I need from that stick. I've had elbow issues in the past so that's always in the back of my mind but I need something with power and willing to try anything to better compete. What's out there that will let me not get blown off the court. I don't want to go past 12.2oz. Can I use a pure aero tour or a pure drive tour or something similar comfortably without blowing my elbow or shoulder out? I'm just looking for a power players stick. My strokes are smooth like Granville's...
Thanks guys!
I'm a 5.0-5.5 player and own the PAT and the Yonex Tour G 330. Both are comfortable and have given me no arm issues. If you like to workout off court and play a few times a week the Tour G 330 will allow you to hit a heavier ball and counter the spin people are getting from the babolat tweeners. If you are more of the type that only likes to play tennis (with no off court work outs), then the PAT will allow you to play your best game. The only thing you lose is the ability to flatten the ball out. You can still play a very high level and if you face someone with a Tour G or RF 97 who isn't in great shape, you'll have an advantage if you can keep the ball in play and use the angles (a decisive advantage over 3 sets). Both are great racquets and I can play with either one. It depends on how confident I am in my fitness before a match. BTW, the PAT will be probably be better for doubles since it's lighter and less demanding. The Tour G 310 is also another option.
 

speedysteve

Legend
I'd love to try a PAT. Not sure my arm could take it though. RA 69.
Could be interesting pop wise with full bed nat gut
 

gino

Hall of Fame
Little bit of background... I'm a former div 1 player, now in my 40s. I'm currently using Prince Tour 100 18x20s which I love however I've been getting blown off the court lately from other 5-5.5 guys who are using tweener sticks- PUre Drive Tours/Rodicks, Pure Aero Tours, Yonex ezones, etc.

I've tinkered with gut, multi's, etc but it's not the power boost I need from that stick. I've had elbow issues in the past so that's always in the back of my mind but I need something with power and willing to try anything to better compete. What's out there that will let me not get blown off the court. I don't want to go past 12.2oz. Can I use a pure aero tour or a pure drive tour or something similar comfortably without blowing my elbow or shoulder out? I'm just looking for a power players stick. My strokes are smooth like Granville's...
Thanks guys!
Try the Babolat Pure Aero VS. Don't read into the name. Entirely different mould than the PAT or PA. Very thin and has great feel. I would definitely recommend it if you've had elbow problems but still want some pop @donnayblack99
 
Little bit of background... I'm a former div 1 player, now in my 40s. I'm currently using Prince Tour 100 18x20s which I love however I've been getting blown off the court lately from other 5-5.5 guys who are using tweener sticks- PUre Drive Tours/Rodicks, Pure Aero Tours, Yonex ezones, etc.

I've tinkered with gut, multi's, etc but it's not the power boost I need from that stick. I've had elbow issues in the past so that's always in the back of my mind but I need something with power and willing to try anything to better compete. What's out there that will let me not get blown off the court. I don't want to go past 12.2oz. Can I use a pure aero tour or a pure drive tour or something similar comfortably without blowing my elbow or shoulder out? I'm just looking for a power players stick. My strokes are smooth like Granville's...
Thanks guys!
If you really want a change and you want something different than try this virtually unknown company called Vortex.

If I were you I would with try the tour 95 or the tour 100 or possibly the ES 100.....in that order .

Check them out here :

http://store.vortextennis.com
 

donnayblack99

Semi-Pro
After demoing literally 10 different sticks over the past 2-3 weeks, I've finally found my new love(s). The search is over. Let me introduce my new HEAD Graphene Radical Pro's (2014 version). Creamy smooth when strung low with a multi at 48 lbs and crisp and lively when strung with a thin poly around 53 lbs. Power on reserve, soft when you need that touch yet firm and aggressive when you need to stand up to pace or put that sitter away!

I've had to alter the grip (to square it up a little more) and love the semi-head light balance.
 
After demoing literally 10 different sticks over the past 2-3 weeks, I've finally found my new love(s). The search is over. Let me introduce my new HEAD Graphene Radical Pro's (2014 version). Creamy smooth when strung low with a multi at 48 lbs and crisp and lively when strung with a thin poly around 53 lbs. Power on reserve, soft when you need that touch yet firm and aggressive when you need to stand up to pace or put that sitter away!

I've had to alter the grip (to square it up a little more) and love the semi-head light balance.
I can see the future ....in exactly 5 weeks you will have your doubts about the stick.

The reason ? Your poly & multi will play completely dofferently but you will blame it on the stick .

You heard it here first !
 

mhkeuns

Hall of Fame
After demoing literally 10 different sticks over the past 2-3 weeks, I've finally found my new love(s). The search is over. Let me introduce my new HEAD Graphene Radical Pro's (2014 version). Creamy smooth when strung low with a multi at 48 lbs and crisp and lively when strung with a thin poly around 53 lbs. Power on reserve, soft when you need that touch yet firm and aggressive when you need to stand up to pace or put that sitter away!

I've had to alter the grip (to square it up a little more) and love the semi-head light balance.
Really curious about that frame. My initial bad experiences with the Graphene Prestige and the Extreme Pro had me shy away from the Graphene Radical Pro. My second go with the Graphene Prestige MP was so good that I am looking into the GRP. I am thinking it's somewhere in between the Prestige MP and the Extreme Pro lots of power and good control.

Which frames did you demo, btw?
 

n8dawg6

Legend
After demoing literally 10 different sticks over the past 2-3 weeks, I've finally found my new love(s). The search is over. Let me introduce my new HEAD Graphene Radical Pro's (2014 version). Creamy smooth when strung low with a multi at 48 lbs and crisp and lively when strung with a thin poly around 53 lbs. Power on reserve, soft when you need that touch yet firm and aggressive when you need to stand up to pace or put that sitter away!

I've had to alter the grip (to square it up a little more) and love the semi-head light balance.
rad pros are ... would be ... my favorite if they hadnt really done a number on my arm. theyve got plenty of power, but touch when needed. weight is just right. string spacing is right. i use 17 g soft poly (like sonic pro or hawk touch) at 52 lbs. the XT rad pro is a great stick as well.
 

donnayblack99

Semi-Pro
Really curious about that frame. My initial bad experiences with the Graphene Prestige and the Extreme Pro had me shy away from the Graphene Radical Pro. My second go with the Graphene Prestige MP was so good that I am looking into the GRP. I am thinking it's somewhere in between the Prestige MP and the Extreme Pro lots of power and good control.

Which frames did you demo, btw?
To answer your question, I demo'd the following:

Wilson PS 97 (I really wanted to love this frame but it felt like a 2x4, dead stringed and clunky)
Yonex ezone DR 98 (nice feel and pop but felt too clunky for a OHBH)
Head Graphene XT Prestige Pro (love the feel and power, but way too head heavy- too much weight in the head and not enough in the throat)
Head Graphene XT Radical Pro (great feel, solid, but slightly too head heavy also)
Head Graphene Radical Pro (JUST PERFECT- this iteration had more weight in the handle and throat and less in the hoop... felt GREAT)
Pure Aero Tour (hollow, tinny, and uncontrollable power)
Pure Control Tour (great control and power, just not enough feel for me, felt dead)
Pure Control (soft, plush, smooth... no power, wet noodle)
Pure Drive Tour (see Pure Control Tour)
Wilson Blade 98 18x20 (too head heavy... weird balance but comfortable)
Prince Textreme 95 (comfortable but lack of feel and power)

I thought the Radical Pro was a great blend of power and control and combined all the best qualities of all these frames. I liked that the feel of the racquet changed based on the string setup. I used the Radical Pro with a full bed of Cyclone 18g, Volkl Multi and Prince Syn Gut 17g. I liked all three setups and each really changed the feel of the racquet. I string all my sticks between 45-48 lbs., so the comfort was always there. The Cyclone gave me great control and spin, the multi gave me power and the syngut gave me a blend of power and control due to its increase in firmness over the multi.

If you string it low and have a soft grip (non leather), there won't be any arm issues. Remember, I'm coming from an ultra soft Prince Tour 100, so any increased stiffness would have been noticeable right off the bat either during or after my hitting sessions. I'm not loving the grip shape, but that can be altered easily. The stick itself if just magic, at least for me.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
There are a million frames out there that can do what you need, but if you can handle old school frames at 13 oz, you may just want to drop to 12.5ounces and pump your SW up. At the end of the day, the real power comes from the swing weight.

If you found the pure aero tour uncontrollable, you may prefer 98 size frames. I recently started playing with my Yonex Vcore xi98 again just because it was sitting in my closet and I was bored. I really love the frame, but I leaded it up to 355, as it is too light stock. It sounds like you may prefer a player's tweener, which is what this essentially is. It's like a Blade with better balance. They can be found brand new for under $70, so i bought a few more. I just love the frame and keep revisiting it over the years. I can stand in and bang with the big hitting APD wielders with no problem. But I also have a pretty good grasp of racquet customization, so that really helps.

I also used a Head Extreme Pro and I think it may be too unwieldy for you since you use a 1 hander and mentioned similar frames that were a little too sluggish on that wing.

If something doesn't jive with the Radical, the Yonex is a similar frame that I actually prefer over the Rads.
 

ultradr

Legend
After demoing literally 10 different sticks over the past 2-3 weeks, I've finally found my new love(s). The search is over. Let me introduce my new HEAD Graphene Radical Pro's (2014 version). Creamy smooth when strung low with a multi at 48 lbs and crisp and lively when strung with a thin poly around 53 lbs. Power on reserve, soft when you need that touch yet firm and aggressive when you need to stand up to pace or put that sitter away!

I've had to alter the grip (to square it up a little more) and love the semi-head light balance.
stiffness of 68 can be creamy smooth?
 

beepee1972

Rookie
I am in the middle of the same process. Coming from Prince Tour 100 16x18 (also leaded up later on), then switching to Volkl PB10 (98 head, 18x20, 325 gr). Am now in the middle of testing and there are 2 sticks left: either the Yonex DR98 or de DR 100 will be my racket of choice. Two weeks of testing to go... then I will make my choice.
While I still like the plowthrough and comfort of my Volkls (fullbed syngut string), I also notice the ease and added power of using the two test racquets, especially when I am forced to run and defend. Add to that the 16x19 pattern and copoly strings to control the free power... and I am kind of getting the hang of it....
 

BigM

Rookie
I am in the middle of the same process. Coming from Prince Tour 100 16x18 (also leaded up later on), then switching to Volkl PB10 (98 head, 18x20, 325 gr). Am now in the middle of testing and there are 2 sticks left: either the Yonex DR98 or de DR 100 will be my racket of choice. Two weeks of testing to go... then I will make my choice.
While I still like the plowthrough and comfort of my Volkls (fullbed syngut string), I also notice the ease and added power of using the two test racquets, especially when I am forced to run and defend. Add to that the 16x19 pattern and copoly strings to control the free power... and I am kind of getting the hang of it....
Did you find the dr98 had more power than the Tour 100? I really loved the dr98 but will have to try the dr100 as it sounds like an amazing frame. I'm finding it really difficult to swap to a racket that has more power from a classic players frame. The power is nice but I miss the stability and feel.
 

beepee1972

Rookie
Did you find the dr98 had more power than the Tour 100?
Oh yes. I always found the Tour 100's hard work, even harder then my current Volkl's. With the DR98 everything is easier, let alone the DR 100. Question is... can I control the DR 100 enough without having to alter my strokes? And will it give me the comfort that I need, because the 98 does feel more comfortable.
 

phanker

Semi-Pro
I tame the power on my Ai100s with some low power poly. Works really well as you tend to have to string them at a lower tension. The end result is a very large and uniform sweetspot with decent control.
Yonex Poly Tour Spin is good start.
 

beepee1972

Rookie
Played again with both today on clay versus a real clay player, and the difference in power between the 98 and 100 became even more clear.... I am leaning more to the 100 every time ......
 

speedysteve

Legend
Thing is, if you go from a tour racquet to something more powerful, how do you keep the ball in still? Or are you backing off a full swing?
Do you rehash your game to hit with more topspin? Assuming we don't have the skill to flat murder the ball like Delpo...
 

beepee1972

Rookie
for me... it will be a no for both the DR98 and DR100.... sticking with my Volkl's. But still on the lookout, while enjoying my trusty rackets
 

hoodjem

G.O.A.T.
Little bit of background... I'm a former div 1 player, now in my 40s. I'm currently using Prince Tour 100 18x20s which I love however I've been getting blown off the court lately from other 5-5.5 guys who are using tweener sticks- PUre Drive Tours/Rodicks, Pure Aero Tours, Yonex ezones, etc.

I've tinkered with gut, multi's, etc but it's not the power boost I need from that stick. I've had elbow issues in the past so that's always in the back of my mind but I need something with power and willing to try anything to better compete. What's out there that will let me not get blown off the court. I don't want to go past 12.2oz. Can I use a pure aero tour or a pure drive tour or something similar comfortably without blowing my elbow or shoulder out? I'm just looking for a power players stick. My strokes are smooth like Granville's...
Thanks guys!
Because you say you love the Prince Tour 100, how about a similar racquet but not 18 x 20? I have found that 18 x 20 string-beds give good control but reduce power and spin.

16 x19?
Or 16 x 18?

For your elbow use a hybrid string job with soft crosses.
 
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Big_Dangerous

Talk Tennis Guru
I'm getting blown off the court due to power not tactics. The balls are getting past me quicker on serves and basic ground stroke rallies. I can't generate the power on serve or on ground strokes that I use to be able to when I was younger.
Well maybe make tactical adjustments instead? Like backup to return the serve, or come forward and take the ball early to cut off then angle and prevent the kick from getting too high out of your strike zone? Maybe you aren't in as good of shape as you were before, you could try working to improve your fitness a bit more, which would in turn help you get these ball that are getting past you. Might also help you considerably to generate more power on your shots too.

Just my .02, as equipment can help, but I feel like if you've been using that stick for 10+ years, a new racquet isn't all the sudden going to turn you into a guy who can now compete hard with these 5.5 players
 

macattack

Professional
The fact that the OP is no longer in his teens/early twenties might have something to do with him getting blasted off the court...I think. Dude, he's in his 40's! What do you expect? LOL
Lets not generalize. I'm 34 and I've blasted more than a few guys in their early 20s off the court. They may be faster than me, but I can still generate more power.
 

PhxRacket

Professional
Played again with both today on clay versus a real clay player, and the difference in power between the 98 and 100 became even more clear.... I am leaning more to the 100 every time ......
Just pulled the trigger on a matched pair of 100s that were customized by Paul at TW. As an aside, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS SERVICE unless you can do it yourself. My 100s are smokin'. Big power, comfortable, controllable. Like a PAT, minus the piles of unforced errors.
 

macattack

Professional
34 is not old.
I agree! Haha.

What I'm saying is, 34 is a lot closer to 40 when it comes to physical health/ailments than it is to early 20s. I can finally feel my body breaking down in some ways. There is much longer recovery time after a hard match. I'm not nearly as fast as I used to be. In my early 20s I never felt any pain from tennis. Now I have an ice pack and some aspercreme ready at home after a hard day on the courts.
 

speedysteve

Legend
I agree! Haha.

What I'm saying is, 34 is a lot closer to 40 when it comes to physical health/ailments than it is to early 20s. I can finally feel my body breaking down in some ways. There is much longer recovery time after a hard match. I'm not nearly as fast as I used to be. In my early 20s I never felt any pain from tennis. Now I have an ice pack and some aspercreme ready at home after a hard day on the courts.
Yeah age is a bummer! Comes to all of us...
Kinda wrong if you can just buy more and more powerful racquets to maintain... Bionic arm next :)

Both would come with comprises though I guess :)
 

wsk429

Semi-Pro
Yeah age is a bummer! Comes to all of us...
Kinda wrong if you can just buy more and more powerful racquets to maintain... Bionic arm next :)

Both would come with comprises though I guess :)
I recently had a chance to hit with a light and head heavy stick. Initially, I thought I could just play my game but now with balls landing deeper because of the inherent power. WRONG.
These HH sticks had no feel and I had to generate more spin just to keep the balls from sailing to the fence. I can see on a good day there would be tens of winners with this type of sticks. However, on a bad day, your match can also be over real quick too.
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
Little bit of background... I'm a former div 1 player, now in my 40s. I'm currently using Prince Tour 100 18x20s which I love however I've been getting blown off the court lately from other 5-5.5 guys who are using tweener sticks- PUre Drive Tours/Rodicks, Pure Aero Tours, Yonex ezones, etc.

I've tinkered with gut, multi's, etc but it's not the power boost I need from that stick. I've had elbow issues in the past so that's always in the back of my mind but I need something with power and willing to try anything to better compete. What's out there that will let me not get blown off the court. I don't want to go past 12.2oz. Can I use a pure aero tour or a pure drive tour or something similar comfortably without blowing my elbow or shoulder out? I'm just looking for a power players stick. My strokes are smooth like Granville's...
Thanks guys!
That begs the question, just what is a player's racket? When I think of a player's racket I think flexible, heavy (>12 oz,) head light, mid plus (>100 si,) and more on the order of a control racket. I'm no where near a 5.5 player but I do know some of those specs you do not want to give up. Right off the back going to a stiffer racket is good but not too stiff. Heavy is good for your arm but again not too heavy 12.2 oz is a good limit IMO. Head light again is a good thing it maintains a lower swingweight with a 12 oz racket that enables you to swing fast producing more spin, a faster ball return, and it is very maneuverable. The stiffer a racket is the more shock your arm have to handle so don't go too high. Do I have a racket in mind? Yes I do the Tecnifibre 315 DC which has just been released, it is under 12 oz which leaves some room for you to modify to what you like.
 
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