New Racquet for a player coming back from retirement

joule

New User
Unfortunately I can not use tennis warehouse demo service due to my location, so ANY recommendation is greatly appreciated !

I used to play A LOT of tennis when I was in high school, now I'm 30 and playing again around 3 times a week. I'm banging my old Hammer 6.2 midplus, but I feel its time to retire my old racquets.

My playstyle: All rounder, I play with topspin and precision, I used to win games by having very few unforced errors. I love drop-shots and going to the net to close points. I would say my rating is between 5 and 6 from watching youtube videos. I'm 6 feet tall and 70 kg, not a super buffed player but lots of acceleration to generate power, I could use some help from the racquet I believe.

Current progress towards choosing the new racquet:
Looking for power without sacrificing too much control, thinking about getting the Babolat pure strike 16x19, afraid of about the infamous stiffness and elbow problems associated, but I have never experienced pain with my old racquets. Also considering the Blade 98 v7 18x20 (surprisingly there are no 16x19 available in my country).

Help needed:

Thank you for your comments and help!
 

Lorenn

Semi-Pro
Thank you for your comments and help!
If it was me I would wait for the Head Radical 360+...but Of course I used the Radical series for quite sometime. Other options to look at...

Head Speed MP
Prince Textreme Tour 290/310

If you do pick up the Babolat just be slightly careful with strings.
 

joule

New User
Thank you Lorenn. I will check out the candidates you mention, for the 360+ it feels like a long wait because Im very excited about buying a new racquet :)

What do you mean about being careful with the strings on the Babolat PS ?
 

WCB

New User
I purchased the PS 16/19 this summer and am really enjoying it. I have never had a history with TE and haven't had any issue. My second choice was the blade 16/19. I think the difference between the two is that the PS seemed to have more and power/pop vs. the Blade. The Blade had a nice solid feel and is more comfortable.
 

socallefty

Hall of Fame
The Pure Strike Tour has similar maneuverability and SW to the 16x19, but is more stable and more comfortable. It’s vibration frequency of 139 is less by 8 points than the 16x19. If you are playing high-level players and you are concerned about comfort, pick the more stable PS Tour.
 

es-335

New User
I made this same comment for someone who was looking for a more comfortable Pure Strike - the Prince Textreme Tour 100 (310).
From TW's review
Jason - "For players that love spin, like me, the Textreme Tour (310) is a definite upgrade over the previous Textreme Tour 100P, which was already a great racquet. Comparing it to a racquet outside of Prince, it plays a lot like the Babolat Pure Strike 16x19, with arguably better feel."
I demoed both the Prince and the Pure Strike 98 (Project One 7) at the same time last year, and I hit equally well with both - but the Prince was definitely a lot more comfortable.
 

Lorenn

Semi-Pro
What do you mean about being careful with the strings on the Babolat PS ?
You voiced concern over potential issues with the PS. If you want to be doubly safe just use friendly strings. If it was me I would get the Prince Textreme Tour 310...Assuming it is an option...
 

socallefty

Hall of Fame
I made this same comment for someone who was looking for a more comfortable Pure Strike - the Prince Textreme Tour 100 (310).
From TW's review


I demoed both the Prince and the Pure Strike 98 (Project One 7) at the same time last year, and I hit equally well with both - but the Prince was definitely a lot more comfortable.
I demo’d the Project One Seven Gen 2 Strikes when they came out and didn‘t buy them because they felt too stiff and uncomfortable to string with poly. The Gen 3 mutes a lot more vibrations and feels much better - the Pure Strike Tour Gen 3 in particular is comfortable and I string it with poly or poly hybrids and play daily.
 

junbun

New User
Unfortunately I can not use tennis warehouse demo service due to my location, so ANY recommendation is greatly appreciated !

I used to play A LOT of tennis when I was in high school, now I'm 30 and playing again around 3 times a week. I'm banging my old Hammer 6.2 midplus, but I feel its time to retire my old racquets.

My playstyle: All rounder, I play with topspin and precision, I used to win games by having very few unforced errors. I love drop-shots and going to the net to close points. I would say my rating is between 5 and 6 from watching youtube videos. I'm 6 feet tall and 70 kg, not a super buffed player but lots of acceleration to generate power, I could use some help from the racquet I believe.

Current progress towards choosing the new racquet: Looking for power without sacrificing too much control, thinking about getting the Babolat pure strike 16x19, afraid of about the infamous stiffness and elbow problems associated, but I have never experienced pain with my old racquets. Also considering the Blade 98 v7 18x20 (surprisingly there are no 16x19 available in my country).

Help needed:

Thank you for your comments and help!
If your current racquet is doing fine for you, you will probably be 95% disappointed from a blind buy IMO.

Firstly racquet tech hasn't really changed that much in the last 20 years besides strings.
Secondly, your racquet specs are very different from what most people are playing

The hammer 6.2 mp is very light, 15HH and 360+SW. Not many current racquets fall into this category

If you want to try something new and different Pure strike is a good choice, I wouldn't worry about arm issues as the Hammer 6.2 seems much worse than the Pure strike.

But i think you should figure out a way to demo some racquets , either rent it from the shop or ask the people you play with if you can try theirs first.
I'm not sure what to recommend you, by level between 5-6 is that UTR or what system?
 

joule

New User
If your current racquet is doing fine for you, you will probably be 95% disappointed from a blind buy IMO.

Firstly racquet tech hasn't really changed that much in the last 20 years besides strings.
Secondly, your racquet specs are very different from what most people are playing

The hammer 6.2 mp is very light, 15HH and 360+SW. Not many current racquets fall into this category

If you want to try something new and different Pure strike is a good choice, I wouldn't worry about arm issues as the Hammer 6.2 seems much worse than the Pure strike.

But i think you should figure out a way to demo some racquets , either rent it from the shop or ask the people you play with if you can try theirs first.
I'm not sure what to recommend you, by level between 5-6 is that UTR or what system?
Thank you, About my playing level/rating I was going by some youtube videos but I went back to check and my peak tennis is around 5.0 USTA (not 6.0). Yes, I want something different, I played with that hammer since I was 12 years old and I feel I am playing with a handicap. I did try out a Pure Aero Plus from a friend for about 5 minutes, I felt so much power and I liked it, did not play enough time for more meaningful insights though. Demoing racquets seems like something that requires practice and I just don't have the time or racquets to do so.

I looked into the Prince Textreme Tour 100 (310) and it looks great, a little skeptical about the head size since I am used to 95 sq i, the most unfortunate finding is that there is no Prince distributor in my country so it would be troublesome to buy it...

Big thank you to everyone, I feel much more confident to make a decision even though it will be risky.
 

joule

New User
Precision all courter? Have you considered Pro Staff?
I am afraid that maybe I would not have the strength/stamina/power to get advantage from it and I think I can be precise with a racquet that helps me a bit more with the power. Thats my reasoning so far, thanks for the advice!
 
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