New Racket For A Returning Player Please Help

jason999

New User
Hello,

I played tennis from 1989-1993. I was a pretty good high school player. My favorite racket was a Prince CTS Approach 110.

Ive decided to play again and Im amazed at the different types of rackets that are available!! I may demo before I buy but I dont really even know what 3 rackts to start with!

In the old days my game had:
-A Powerful flat serve
-long stroke on a powerful topspin forehand mixed w/ few heavy backspin gorehands
-Backhands were two handed topspin w/slightly shorter stroke than forehandand or one hand backspin. I liked to mix it up.
-I hit very hard at baseline in my later years. Footwork was strong and I usually got racket back early & set up well for shots. Net play was ok but I wasnt super eager to go there.

My friend had a Wilson Profile racket wide body and I HATED it because of vibration. It was like a bell!

I honestly dont even know if I need a power or control racket, at this point. Ive hit a few times and I think (hope)I will come back fairly fast. I still hit an occasional excellent shot but consistancy isnt good if I try to play hard.

Im 6'2 190lbs.

Someone recommended The Prince EXO3 Warrior 100. Thoughts?

I played Prince in the past but Im open to anything.

I want to stay away from any racket that vibrates. Ive always hated that feeling in a racket.

Please let me know what racket you may recommend.

Thanks!!!!,
Jason
 

sunof tennis

Professional
Definitely demo.
I would try 3 fairly different racquets.
For example I would suggest the Pure Drive or Aero Pro Drive as one of your choices. Those are the classic modern, fairly stiff baseline crunching racquets.
On the other extreme, you might want to try the Head Radical MP or OS. These are control oriented, flexible racquets.
The Prince you suggesteed probably is somewhere in the middle and might be a good third choice.
Once you determine which end of the spectrum of racquets you like, we can make more specific suggestions.
Good luck and welcome back to tennis
 

jason999

New User
Definitely demo.
I would try 3 fairly different racquets.
For example I would suggest the Pure Drive or Aero Pro Drive as one of your choices. Those are the classic modern, fairly stiff baseline crunching racquets.
On the other extreme, you might want to try the Head Radical MP or OS. These are control oriented, flexible racquets.
The Prince you suggesteed probably is somewhere in the middle and might be a good third choice.
Once you determine which end of the spectrum of racquets you like, we can make more specific suggestions.
Good luck and welcome back to tennis

Thanks. Its amazing how much I played tennis and how little I knew about rackets. In the old days, I went to a shop. The worker recommended the CTS Approach. I hit with one on their ball machine and liked it so I bought it. I dont think I even demoed another racket and I never looked at another racket for the years that I played. It seems like everyone I knew played with an oversized head, so I never thought to try a smaller head.

Im looking forward to playing a 110 or 105 racket next to a 98 Sq In.

Ill read up on your suggestions and add them to the list.

Who else has thoughts on rackets to try!!??
 

Head Youtek

Rookie
Like he said before take some sticks like the APD or PD compare them to something like a Head Youtek IG Radical MP or Pro both have a 98 Sq inch head. And last find something like the BLX Blade Team and give them all a test and dont just demo once do it a few times and make sure you get whats right for you. Best regards.

HY
 

anbtucson

New User
I came back to tennis a few years ago and experienced similar confusion when choosing a racquet. Strings are another story altogether. I played as a junior and in high school from '86 to '92 and then took 27 years off aside from the occasional hit. I played with various early graphite racquets from ProKennex, Dunlop and Slazenger.

Coming back, I picked up an Aero Pro Drive and used that for about a year and a half. That helped give me the power and forgiveness while I redeveloped my strokes and got in better physical shape. I loved that racquet when hitting my topspin forehand. I eventually moved to an Prince EXO3 Tour (16 x 18) as I began to feel that the APD was lacking in control off my backhand (and weaker side) and I wanted some additional weight and "plow through" on that side, but still wanted to maintain the spin potential.

My issue now with the Tour is that is is so flexible and I feel my balls just fly off the racquet. I have been demoing some more control oriented (meaning lower power) racquets, my favorites so far being the Prince Rebel (95 and 98), Head IG Prestige Midplus and Radical Midplus.
 

sunof tennis

Professional
Thanks. Its amazing how much I played tennis and how little I knew about rackets. In the old days, I went to a shop. The worker recommended the CTS Approach. I hit with one on their ball machine and liked it so I bought it. I dont think I even demoed another racket and I never looked at another racket for the years that I played. It seems like everyone I knew played with an oversized head, so I never thought to try a smaller head.

Im looking forward to playing a 110 or 105 racket next to a 98 Sq In.

Ill read up on your suggestions and add them to the list.

Who else has thoughts on rackets to try!!??

By the way, the CTS Approach was a good racquet back in the day. The Radicals will probably have more of that old school feel to them.
 

Turbo-87

G.O.A.T.
I played in high school from 1988-1990. I didn't pick up a racquet until early 2012. I started out with a Price O3 Shark Hybrid, which was a 110 head size. It worked ok, but it was a little too powerful for me. My 4.5 rated friend suggested I string it with 17ga at 63 pounds and it changed the racquet for the better. I played it from March to June and went on to a Babolat Pure Drive using Prince Attack 17 ga at 62 pounds. I really like the racquet a lot so I suggest a try of the Pure Drive!
 

jason999

New User
Thanks for the posts! It sounds like there are a few people in my same boat.

I have noticed a few differences in tennis, like when people call their racket a "stick". I think I'll make a post in a more appropriate thread. Id love for anyone who has returned to the game after a long lay off to look at it/post.

Back to the rackets....

I have a few demos coming.

Volkl Organix V1 MP Mid+
Volkl Power Bridge 5 Mid+
Boris Becker Delta Core London Demo Mid+
Prince EXO3 Blue 110 OS

Im not sure these were good selections, but this thread was slow to start and I wanted to try something! Ive heard about Volkl comfort so I wanted to see that. I really hate to feel vibration. I also wanted to compare a smaller head to larger.

I wanted to try a warrior 100 and rebel 98, but both were out. I also wanted to get a Head racket but I had no idea where to start at the time. I expect I'll add those in on my next demo order.

Im also gonna read on/try a Babolat Pure Drive.

Any other thoughts??

Thanks again to those that have tried to help out!!
 

lstewart

Semi-Pro
I play the Becker London and it is pretty close to a player's frame others had suggested you try on the "control" end of the spectrum. I think the other demos you ordered are going to be more powerful "tweener" type rackets. I would also suggest you try one or two of the Pure Drive / Aero Pro Drive models to see what you think about them. Good luck!
 

jason999

New User
I play the Becker London and it is pretty close to a player's frame others had suggested you try on the "control" end of the spectrum. I think the other demos you ordered are going to be more powerful "tweener" type rackets. I would also suggest you try one or two of the Pure Drive / Aero Pro Drive models to see what you think about them. Good luck!


Thanks. I was thinking that I would try 2 tweeners (volkl), the control racket (becker) , and ones hould be larger and slightly more powerful racket (Blue).


By the way, I started a thread on my return to tennis after being an early 90's era player here:
http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?p=6668199#post6668199

Maybe some of you other guys that took many years off will look at it.

I really appreciate all insight on racket selection so far!!

Jason
 

Agent Orynge

Professional
It's really hard to make a good recommendation for somebody who doesn't know what their own tastes are. I'll tell you what I'd tell anybody in this situation: buy something simple and cheap, hit it until you understand how every characteristic is affecting your game (regardless of how you may feel about the racquet as a whole), and THEN demo, using what you learned to pick racquets that have what you want.
 

jason999

New User
It's really hard to make a good recommendation for somebody who doesn't know what their own tastes are. I'll tell you what I'd tell anybody in this situation: buy something simple and cheap, hit it until you understand how every characteristic is affecting your game (regardless of how you may feel about the racquet as a whole), and THEN demo, using what you learned to pick racquets that have what you want.

Well, I was a sound player in the day. I just knew nothing about racquets. Heck I just learned how to properly spell the word. Everyone I knew had an oversized so I bought the same.

I didnt know what the rating system was, so I looked it up. I would conservatively say that I was a 4.0 or better. I won a lot as a high school player.

Based on the past few weeks, I feel like I can regain some skills pretty quickly, but I may be wrong.

My wife misplaced my beloved Prince Approaches so I bought an older, inexpensive, used prince that I don't care for. Im just looking for a racquet that I will enjoy playing with. Shopping for it is part of the fun.
 

Agent Orynge

Professional
Shopping is fun, but I think that's all some people do on this board. Obsess about racquets and you'll never be happy.

I recommend you start here, and don't concern yourself with finding the 'holy grail' on your first try.
 
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Agent Orynge

Professional
Read their descriptions and buy what sounds good. Something will call to you. That doesn't guarantee it will be a perfect fit, but it's a place to start learning - and let's be honest, that's where you are right now.
 

jason999

New User
Read their descriptions and buy what sounds good. Something will call to you. That doesn't guarantee it will be a perfect fit, but it's a place to start learning - and let's be honest, that's where you are right now.

Thats how this thread came to be. 66 descriptions on the sale page alone! Im gonna look at a few that people have recommended in this thread.

You have to admit there's a lot of information to absorb.

Im looking forward to the demos. Tennis players just dont know how lucky they are.

I sure would like to be able to mail order demo 4 motorcycles, 4 bicycles, 4 banjos or 4 guitars for $20!
 

jason999

New User
do you still have your old CTS? i play with one once in a while and theres nothing like it IMO.

Is it the approach that you have?


For some reason I cant find my old racquets. I feel like my wife may be involved. I was at a used sporting goods store and saw a CTS Synergy for $20. I read that it was similar, so I bought it. It just feels different though. The strings may be part of the reason. I have no idea what the tension is on the new racquet.

What other racquets do you prefer?

Thanks
 
same scenario

Hi Jason interesting post for me.
Same scenario for me. Played to a high level at school, reached the finals of the nationals here at under 16 level then women booze and all other things tempting took their toll. In truth I guess if im honest I knew I wasnt going to make it to the next level as some of my peers did so rather than face failure I packed it in. 1982 was my last competetive year! Nothing but a maxply back then. I came back to the game in 92 and played for 2 years using a prince db cts. Played to reasonable standard. Very hit and miss though, good day bad day, very little consistency. that was 20 years ago.
6 months ago I dug out this racket and said id give it another go. Hence my interest in your plight im really just wondering how are you getting on with your return to the game? How long do you expect it will take for stroke precision to return? I play currently with a head prestige youtek mp which I really love though at times I wonder is it the right racket for me. It is not a forgiving racket but the rewards for good and proper technique come through and make me work harder on my game. I play four times a week for maybe 2 hours. Im not up to tournament level yet and need a lot of work on my fitness, i run the roads here also in an effort to get fit. My aim is really to return to competetive veteran competitions next year. Over 45!! Though secretly i harbour ambitions of being the dark horse in some open competitions. (dream on)
How are you finding it on the fitness side?
Do you see an improvement in your game?
and have you set urself a time schedule?
Wish you the very best of luck on your return to the game. My main objective failing all t he above objectives is to stick with it and not give up this time regardless of achievements or losses. To enjoy is key.
Good luck and enjoy.


I played tennis from 1989-1993. I was a pretty good high school player. My favorite racket was a Prince CTS Approach 110.

Ive decided to play again and Im amazed at the different types of rackets that are available!! I may demo before I buy but I dont really even know what 3 rackts to start with!

In the old days my game had:
-A Powerful flat serve
-long stroke on a powerful topspin forehand mixed w/ few heavy backspin gorehands
-Backhands were two handed topspin w/slightly shorter stroke than forehandand or one hand backspin. I liked to mix it up.
-I hit very hard at baseline in my later years. Footwork was strong and I usually got racket back early & set up well for shots. Net play was ok but I wasnt super eager to go there.

My friend had a Wilson Profile racket wide body and I HATED it because of vibration. It was like a bell!

I honestly dont even know if I need a power or control racket, at this point. Ive hit a few times and I think (hope)I will come back fairly fast. I still hit an occasional excellent shot but consistancy isnt good if I try to play hard.

Im 6'2 190lbs.

Someone recommended The Prince EXO3 Warrior 100. Thoughts?

I played Prince in the past but Im open to anything.

I want to stay away from any racket that vibrates. Ive always hated that feeling in a racket.

Please let me know what racket you may recommend.

Thanks!!!!,
Jason[/QUOTE]
 

jason999

New User
I knew there had to be a lot of us out there! It would be awesome to meet somebody like you in my my area. We moved from a city of 180,000 to a suburb area. Its at least 40 minutes to get to courts where there are a lot of people playing. Its hard for me to commit several hours on a trip to the court, because of our 2 year old. So Im having trouble finding partners. Sometimes, I find myself at the high school court, alone, hitting serves. Ive considered buying a ball machine to take, but Ive met a few people there so hopefully Ill find a good partner soon.

I talked to a former colleague in our subdivision that played in high school. We are planning to start playing soon. For now I play with my niece that joined her high school team last year, my wife, and I go serve or bang balls around. I haven't even found a decent wall around here.

Like you, I started a come back some years ago, but mine was shorter lived. I played mostly with a friend that I rode single track (dirt bikes) with. Parts of my game came back up to speed (to some degree)quickly and we became very mismatched, so he lost interest quickly. We're good frineds, but we were pretty competitve on motorcycles so he didnt like getting blasted with big forehands. At that time I played with my old Approach raquet and loved it! Why did you stop the second time around?

When I use to play, I had a friend that was always ready to play. We learned together and were fairly even matched. We were constantly competitve and that made the game fun! My wife is showing some interest. She took a college tennis class a few years ago and she can hit fair for a beginner. At this point, I would be happy to hit with her, more often. There's no competition, but it's nice for us to do something together and I like just being on the court.

I have had the same thought as you, on why I quit. I sort of felt like the competition of tennis was at an end for me after high school. We had a few tournaments here, that I had played in, but it wasn't the same as being on the team. In the beginning I gave no thought to why I played. Later, I guess I hoped that I could be a great player and move up in competition.

This is just my 3rd week since I picked up a racquet again. I plan to work my way in slowly and make it part of my life again. I can serve harder than I expected already. I also feel like foot work and speed are really strong.

As for fitness, in some ways Im a lot stronger than I was when I use to play. I've lifted weights at least 4 days a week for years. I have pretty much ran since high school, but I tend to run shorter distances (1-4 miles). Dirt bike riding is also very physical. I did that for years but quit about 2 years ago, when my little boy was born. I also cut back to minimal running about 2 years ago and started riding the bicycle more. Its more interesting, easy on the joints, and I can take my little boy! I ran a mile in just under 6 minutes in high school. Last year I ran 1.5 miles in just over 10:20 so I guess Ive slowed down some, but Im 190 lbs vs 155 at 6'2.

In high school, I boxed, played tennis, rode motorcycles and road bikes (bicycles). I have no desire to box again and Ive sold all of my motorcycles at wife's request. Biking and tennis are the types of sports that I want my little boy involved it. I would love to play some competitive matches, but in the end I guess I just want to be able to play tennis with my son. He sits on my lap while I play banjo and guitar.

If your running and playing tennis, just make sure you don't overdo it! Both can be hard on the joints and getting injured will stop you dead in your tracks in any sport. It's always good to look at long term gains, when youre a little older and smarter!


It's really awesome to hear about someone else coming back! Thanks!!

BTW, I got my demo racquets yesterday and I plan to hit some today!

Hi Jason interesting post for me.
Same scenario for me. Played to a high level at school, reached the finals of the nationals here at under 16 level then women booze and all other things tempting took their toll. In truth I guess if im honest I knew I wasnt going to make it to the next level as some of my peers did so rather than face failure I packed it in. 1982 was my last competetive year! Nothing but a maxply back then. I came back to the game in 92 and played for 2 years using a prince db cts. Played to reasonable standard. Very hit and miss though, good day bad day, very little consistency. that was 20 years ago.
6 months ago I dug out this racket and said id give it another go. Hence my interest in your plight im really just wondering how are you getting on with your return to the game? How long do you expect it will take for stroke precision to return? I play currently with a head prestige youtek mp which I really love though at times I wonder is it the right racket for me. It is not a forgiving racket but the rewards for good and proper technique come through and make me work harder on my game. I play four times a week for maybe 2 hours. Im not up to tournament level yet and need a lot of work on my fitness, i run the roads here also in an effort to get fit. My aim is really to return to competetive veteran competitions next year. Over 45!! Though secretly i harbour ambitions of being the dark horse in some open competitions. (dream on)
How are you finding it on the fitness side?
Do you see an improvement in your game?
and have you set urself a time schedule?
Wish you the very best of luck on your return to the game. My main objective failing all t he above objectives is to stick with it and not give up this time regardless of achievements or losses. To enjoy is key.
Good luck and enjoy.
 
I knew there had to be a lot of us out there! It would be awesome to meet somebody like you in my my area. We moved from a city of 180,000 to a suburb area. Its at least 40 minutes to get to courts where there are a lot of people playing. Its hard for me to commit several hours on a trip to the court, because of our 2 year old. So Im having trouble finding partners. Sometimes, I find myself at the high school court, alone, hitting serves. Ive considered buying a ball machine to take, but Ive met a few people there so hopefully Ill find a good partner soon.

I talked to a former colleague in our subdivision that played in high school. We are planning to start playing soon. For now I play with my niece that joined her high school team last year, my wife, and I go serve or bang balls around. I haven't even found a decent wall around here.

Like you, I started a come back some years ago, but mine was shorter lived. I played mostly with a friend that I rode single track (dirt bikes) with. Parts of my game came back up to speed (to some degree)quickly and we became very mismatched, so he lost interest quickly. We're good frineds, but we were pretty competitve on motorcycles so he didnt like getting blasted with big forehands. At that time I played with my old Approach raquet and loved it! Why did you stop the second time around?

When I use to play, I had a friend that was always ready to play. We learned together and were fairly even matched. We were constantly competitve and that made the game fun! My wife is showing some interest. She took a college tennis class a few years ago and she can hit fair for a beginner. At this point, I would be happy to hit with her, more often. There's no competition, but it's nice for us to do something together and I like just being on the court.

I have had the same thought as you, on why I quit. I sort of felt like the competition of tennis was at an end for me after high school. We had a few tournaments here, that I had played in, but it wasn't the same as being on the team. In the beginning I gave no thought to why I played. Later, I guess I hoped that I could be a great player and move up in competition.

This is just my 3rd week since I picked up a racquet again. I plan to work my way in slowly and make it part of my life again. I can serve harder than I expected already. I also feel like foot work and speed are really strong.

As for fitness, in some ways Im a lot stronger than I was when I use to play. I've lifted weights at least 4 days a week for years. I have pretty much ran since high school, but I tend to run shorter distances (1-4 miles). Dirt bike riding is also very physical. I did that for years but quit about 2 years ago, when my little boy was born. I also cut back to minimal running about 2 years ago and started riding the bicycle more. Its more interesting, easy on the joints, and I can take my little boy! I ran a mile in just under 6 minutes in high school. Last year I ran 1.5 miles in just over 10:20 so I guess Ive slowed down some, but Im 190 lbs vs 155 at 6'2.

In high school, I boxed, played tennis, rode motorcycles and road bikes (bicycles). I have no desire to box again and Ive sold all of my motorcycles at wife's request. Biking and tennis are the types of sports that I want my little boy involved it. I would love to play some competitive matches, but in the end I guess I just want to be able to play tennis with my son. He sits on my lap while I play banjo and guitar.

If your running and playing tennis, just make sure you don't overdo it! Both can be hard on the joints and getting injured will stop you dead in your tracks in any sport. It's always good to look at long term gains, when youre a little older and smarter!


It's really awesome to hear about someone else coming back! Thanks!!

BTW, I got my demo racquets yesterday and I plan to hit some today!
Hello Jason,
Yes i imagine there are quite a few of us.
I take your point ont he road running being tough on the joints. In fact at the moment got a thigh sprain. Picked it up taking off too quick ont he tennis court. Its been weird coming back. From not being able to run initially to building up body strength etc etc. I remember int he beginnning my back and ankles would ache. that cleared up and then I used to get severe pains in my arms when hitting solid. Strange the progressions as im sure you are well familiar with. It seems the better my game gets the more I extend my body the more I ask of it. I guess the pains are my body telling me to take it easy. Which I will.
Like you the tennis club is not near me. i have to travel 20 miles tot he club. They have synthetic courts there which are lovely to play on especially for the older clientelle like me:(
The reason I packed it in on my first comeback aged 26 was( and ull really enjoy this) I made the final of the club championships doubles, my partner was in his 50s and we were pitched against two young guys. I guess I should explain first I would be known as somewhat tempramental on court.( after all we did grow up with mcenroe) The opposition played to this. While i served to one the other would skip across the service line with his feet in an effort to upset me. This went on for 3 or 4 of my service games. then I noticed in a change of tactics the non receiving player was very close to the net as I served and also still shiffling his feet across the service line. SOOO I decided enough of this, threw up a first serve and bang! Right on the nose. It was the first time in my memory I have seen blood drawn on court. We won but I was mad I guess at what I had done and it was noted by the smalll crowd present to watch the game. played once or twice in the few weeks after that but that was basically the reason I packed it in. CAaused quite a locker rooom stir as im sure you can imagine. Bit of a aught now looking back on it but its not forgotten in there. I get reminded jokingly of it every now and again. Anyway thats basically the reason I stopped. Might seem petty but nonetheless it affected me and my relations with members in the club. lol By the way those two guys are still playing and keeping a very close eye on my progress!!!(im coming boys im coming!!)
Six months back now I got a few good hitting partners and sure am getting better all the time. I play hard maybe at times expect too much. In my minds eye there isnt a shot i cant make, but the reality can be somewhat different. Getting better is sufficient for me. It has to be. Wont be packing it in this time no matter what!!
Big on the motorcycles myself got a bmw r1200gsa which i use to get through traffic and get to the club. Packed in the booze years ago and the body is in good shape though i must confess to being a smoker. A habit I hope to kick very shortly.
Good luck with ur son. Sounds like you got it sorted there. Well done.
on a good note I looked up the results over the over 45 national veteran championships here a few weeks ago and noticed the winner was a guy who played shools tennis with me though I imagine this guy has been playing all along it gives me hope for the future.
Take care out there.
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