Need suggestions for demo – player’s racquets

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by, Oct 24, 2007.

  1. New User

    Mar 26, 2006
    I am 25, I play 4-5 times a week, mostly on clay. I am an aggressive baseliner with double handed backhand , I play with a lot of spin, almost too much on the forehand side, I have a pretty good kick serve, decent flat serve, I move to the net mostly only to finish off points but I enjoy volleying a lot in doubles.
    My previous rackets were Head FXP Radical Tours, I really liked the big sweetspot, comfort and ball pocketing, they were fantastic from the baseline, good pop, stability a control during heavy hitting, the swingweight felt just about right on the groundstrokes. On the other hand I had hard time serving, I couldn’t get the pace or the kick I was able to create with other racquets, so I couldn’t start the points confidently enough on my serve and create an early advantage. Another downside – SPPP 1.28 lasted about 3.5 hours on clay.
    In the last weeks I playtested:
    nSixOne 95 16x18 – fantastic serves, but overall felt too stiff ( I couldn’t believe it was 65RA ) and I felt like the sweetspot was more towards the lower part of the head, also it swung a bit heavy for me, I definitely felt like I needed a bit lighter swinging racquet
    Head Extreme Pro – I couldn’t find my shots with this stick, I did not like the weight distribution and balance and it was very stiff, my elbow started to hurt
    Fischer M Speed Pro 1 SL – very low swingweight, felt like in the 310-315 range, IMO not stable enough, I also wished for more power ( it WAS strung very low )
    Head LM Prestige MP – Loved the swingweight on this one, nice plush feel, good power and control combo, I wish it had an open string pattern, I could get the spin, but I missed the bite of a racquet with an open string pattern
    Prince O3 tour MP – great sweetspot and comfort, fantastic spin, but overall a bit light, more power would be great, especially on flat serves…
    That leads me to the conclusion that I need a racket which swings similar to FXP Radical Tour or LM Prestige MP, so somewhere around 325 SW with similar static weight (I don’t like too much lead on my racquets), open string pattern, good power – I play with lots of spin and need extra power to keep my shots long, great spin capability, decent sweetspot for clay (and exdendingmore towards upper hoop would be perfect ) and the racquet should not feel very stiff…Any experience and suggestions are welcome.
  2. Glorious

    Glorious New User

    Sep 11, 2007
    Give the k6.1 tour 90 a shot.

  3. keithchircop

    keithchircop Professional

    Apr 16, 2007
    Malta, Europe
    Pro Kennex Ki 5
    Head Size: 100 sq. in. / 645 sq. cm.
    Length: 27 inches / 69 cm
    Strung Weight: 11.8oz / 335g
    Balance: 7pts Head Light
    Swingweight: 325
    Stiffness: 61
    Beam Width: 22mm Straight Beam
    String Pattern: 16 Mains / 20 Crosses

    Demo it.
  4. TRiBaL

    TRiBaL Rookie

    Sep 15, 2007
    WOW your just like me. I am in same spot you are in. I thought about demoing all those rackets you said and I feel same way you do about elbow sores from heavy sw stiffness, and im also looking for all court racket. I thought theksixone 95 was great racket but ya it hurt my arm. So if nsixone 95 was heavy and stiff then ya your not gonna like ksixone95 lol. Ya man I was thinking of buying these rackets.

    MG prestige

    LM prestige

    FXP prestige

    MG radical pro


    Now I am almost the same as you.

    I like swing weights around 220 - 330, stiffness around 60 - 65, 11.6 oz - 12 oz weight rackets. so ya basiclly everything middle wise.

    I'm thinking of going with the LM prestige tho most of all. Do you find it to be better then flexpoint by comfort wise. I probably could Adjust to the 18x20 pattern.
  5. TRiBaL

    TRiBaL Rookie

    Sep 15, 2007
    And also I have demo alot rackets, but I didnt like aerogel 300, maybe 200 would be cool. But ya that blow ass, also I found Head, Prince to have best comfort i felt in all brands of rackets i try out of bab prince head wilson dunlop.

    Wilson makes good comfort rackets that are for the baseliners it seems. I didn't like the feel of their all court rackets.
  6. TRiBaL

    TRiBaL Rookie

    Sep 15, 2007
    Since your a clay court player if I were you. I would go for the Pure Storm Tour. Give that a shot big time!
  7. fuzz nation

    fuzz nation G.O.A.T.

    Oct 20, 2006
    Sounds like the Prince O3 Hybrid Tour would offer the improvements over the O3 Tour mp that you tried. I also think of that frame (the Hybrid Tour) as a lean version of my old Prostaff 6.1's, so you might like it over the Wilson demos, too.

    In terms of swingweight and stiffness, you might also like the Volkl C10 Pro as an alternative to the n6.1 95. It's quite nice for strokes and serves, but I think it gives up just a little authority around the net in comparison to the Wilson, since the Volkl has a little softer hoop.

    I completely agree with your take on the Fischer and I'm just starting some experiments with some 3 and 9 o'clock lead on the hoop to steady it up. No road tests yet, but I'm optimistic.
  8. HeadPrestige

    HeadPrestige Professional

    Nov 9, 2006
    I would look at the Yonex RDS 001 MP or Mid, pure storm tour, flexpoint prestige MP, or wilson ps 6.0 95
  9. soggyramen

    soggyramen Professional

    Mar 23, 2007
    wtf how does being a clay court player make a difference...that makes no sense...
  10. jaZZirat

    jaZZirat New User

    Jun 5, 2005
    Tfight 335
  11. TRiBaL

    TRiBaL Rookie

    Sep 15, 2007
    Why must you always acting stubborn? The reason people say babs are for clay court players because of string patterns.

    Use common sense you will know why its good racket for clay court players. You need to generate alot spin on clay courts. Have you ever play on a clay court before?

    Now if you have problem with my opinon, I don't know what to say but that my advice and thats what I expierence when playing on clay.
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2007

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