Need some suggestions

Forehand Forever

Professional
I have gotten clearance to play after not playing for almost 2 months because of a shoulder injury. I'm thinking it's time to switch racquets after using the PD with cortex for a little over a year and battling shoulder problems.

I hit for the first time for almost 2 months tonight and I hit with a few different racquets. I used the Speedport Black, PC, and KSix-One 95. I'd really like some possible demo suggestions.

I'm 16, mostly baseliner but love to come to net, big forehand, big serve backhand was off but this was the first time I played in a while and I didn't expect to be the same I was during my HS tennis season. I'm mostly looking for the 95-100 sq.in. frames and I could probably handle 11.3-12 oz racquets. I enjoy the power of my PD with cortex. The Speedport black didn't feel good at all probably because of the strings, PC has over a year old strings in it lol, and KSix-One was alright but my shoulder was a little sore so I couldn't really get a good test with it.

Thanks.
 

soggyramen

Professional
I have gotten clearance to play after not playing for almost 2 months because of a shoulder injury. I'm thinking it's time to switch racquets after using the PD with cortex for a little over a year and battling shoulder problems.

I hit for the first time for almost 2 months tonight and I hit with a few different racquets. I used the Speedport Black, PC, and KSix-One 95. I'd really like some possible demo suggestions.

I'm 16, mostly baseliner but love to come to net, big forehand, big serve backhand was off but this was the first time I played in a while and I didn't expect to be the same I was during my HS tennis season. I'm mostly looking for the 95-100 sq.in. frames and I could probably handle 11.3-12 oz racquets. I enjoy the power of my PD with cortex. The Speedport black didn't feel good at all probably because of the strings, PC has over a year old strings in it lol, and KSix-One was alright but my shoulder was a little sore so I couldn't really get a good test with it.

Thanks.
i suggest you try these racquets

Speedport Tour (try the port inserts first i liked those better over my brother's string holes plus it'll feel more comfortable like cortex)
O3 White (it didn't feel as stiff as stated)
RDS 003 (probably the best out of the bunch)

the speedport tour has a little more control than the RDS 003 but the RDS is more up your alley in the weight department. both are good for serves and groundstrokes but volleys go to the tour though both are racquets that you need to prepare early with.
 

anirut

Legend
To save your shoulder, give the Redondo MP a demo, if you feel the 18x20 pattern wouldn't hurt your playing style.
 

samster

Hall of Fame
If you have a big serve, big forehand, you shouldn't have trouble generating pace with the Redondo.

I can't see any of the rackets you listed (PC, K95, Speedport Black) be considered safe for your shoulder based on stiffness alone.
 

iradical18

Professional
I would also suggest the Flexpoint/Microgel Radical, good players racquets without the stiffness. If they come too light stock then you can always lead them up to your liking. I also agree with what samster said about the Redondo, it's hefty so you'll certainly get the plow through effect you're probably looking for.
 

pow

Hall of Fame
When I first started using the Redondo, my shoulder was sore for the first week, muscle fatigue sore not injury sore, but I got used to it. This single fact alone makes me hesitant to recommend even the Redondo to you because you are coming from a lighter frame.
 

racquet_jedi

Professional
I tried the M-Fil 16x19...Too underpowered for me, I had to really get a full fast swing to get good pace and depth on it, my forehand was hit better than my backhand with it but my two-hander is my better shot. Nice feel and control though. But hey, you're 3 years older than I am. You'd most likely be a better fit for it.
 

TonyB

Hall of Fame
When I started playing again 4 months after my shoulder injury, I switched to the Fischer M-Speed (98 head size) because it was slightly lighter than my previous racquet and was reported to be arm-friendly. Although I no longer play with it, I can wholeheartedly recommend it to you, as it is very likely that you will be able to play with it without pain or risking another injury.

The M-Speed cuts through the air like a knife -- I've never swung any other racquet that had such an easy time cutting through the air like that. While it dampens vibrations and swings lightly, there is still enough mass behind it to allow for solid groundstrokes without being overpowered by your opponent.

I would still be playing with it now except that I found a racquet that suits my game better. But the Fischer is a fine racquet and worthy of a demo.
 

TonyB

Hall of Fame
I've played with it for about 30 min, and liked it pretty well. Seemed arm friendly to me. It was too light for my taste though.


340 grams (just about 12 oz.) strung. Doesn't seem all that light to me.

Anyway, when you're recovering from a shoulder injury, you just don't want to swing around extra weight if you don't have to.
 

Forehand Forever

Professional
I appreciate all the suggestions, but I want some feedback on the Mfil 200 16x19 considering I may get it for Christmas and just sell it if it's not working out.
 

Ross K

Legend
I appreciate all the suggestions, but I want some feedback on the Mfil 200 16x19 considering I may get it for Christmas and just sell it if it's not working out.
If you're talking about the older mfil 200 (12 oz plus, 337 swing weight, stiffness of 61), the one they're selling all over the world at a knock-down price, TBH, I strongly recommend you avoid it like the plague! Actually, I've posted before on this uniquely awful rod. It's sluggish, underpowered, and above all tinny, metallic, and harsh feeling.

Right off the top of my head, although I have no experience of it personally, the mfil 300 used to have a lot of respect around these boards...
 

Forehand Forever

Professional
I've got the 300 and I think it's garbage (yeah come get me 300ers). But I was talking about the one thats on TW for $69 the one in the liquidation section.
 

theone

Banned
Take a look at the yonex RDS 003 or RDX 300.. pretty much the same racket. These have huge sweetspots so they're very arm/shoulder/elbow friendly!
 

Forehand Forever

Professional
Those Yonex's are pretty light though I think.

What about the Prince Diablo Tour Midplus, I've got one in my garage I'm gonna try out tonight probably for a little bit. Does anybody know if it's safe enough to use considering my arms a little sore.

Need some input on it.
 

Bundey

Professional
340 grams (just about 12 oz.) strung. Doesn't seem all that light to me.

Anyway, when you're recovering from a shoulder injury, you just don't want to swing around extra weight if you don't have to.
I meant swingweight.
 

racquet_jedi

Professional
If you don't know about Dunlop's grip shape, it has a lot of bevel feel, imo, I personally felt that it was a little unstable(I prefer rounded grip shapes with some of a bevel feel, but not too much)...Oh yeah, it comes prestrung btw.
 

Forehand Forever

Professional
Yeah, I knew it came prestrung. I was planning on getting rid of that. I hated my M-Fil 300 so you think I'm gonna hate that racquet?
 
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