New to forum - racquet advice

akira989

New User
Great forum, alot of good advice here!

I'm a 3.0-3.5 player looking for a new racquet. Currently I am playing doubles mostly, but would also like to start playing singles as well. My baseline play isn't that strong since I've been playing doubles at the net, but I am planning to take lessons to improve my fundamentals. My current racquet is a Head TiS6 which I bought a few years ago without knowing anything about racquets, so it is too light and too much power.

I am looking for a good all around racquet that I can use at the baseline in singles, as well as at the net in doubles and grow into as I hopefully improve. I am demoing racquets through a local tennis shop, here are the ones I demoed or on my list:

Demoed:
Volkl DNX V1
Dunlop M-Fil 500
Babolat Pure Drive
Babolat AeroPro

Planning to Demo:
Volkl DNX V1 OS
Shark MP
Babolat Pure drive plus
Wilson nCode nTour 105

The Dunlop M-Fil 500 seemed like a good deal, it played well, only it seemed a bit light. I'm looking forward to trying the Volkl DNX OS (hopefully bigger sweetspot than MP) and the Shark.

Am I on the right track? Are there any on that list I should rule out because of my level/style of play, or others that I should try out?

I'm a bit overwhelmed with the choice of racquets out there as well as all the information (like reported elbow problems with the Babolats), so I would appreciate any advice..


Thanks!
 

Indiantwist

Semi-Pro
My personal Opinion.

If you never had Elbow issues b4, You can definitely try Babolat. I strongly believe that is a Perception than a reality.

In babolat i would recommend Pure Drive + (which i use) or Aero pro drive. Volkl DNX is another excellent racquet and i have my review on Tennis ware house demo area.

Regardless you should demo any raquets you choose to buy quite a few times b4 making a decison
 

texcoug

Rookie
I think, based on your level and depending on your ambition, you should do as follows:

(1) If you intend to take tennis seriously, playing 3-4 times/week, then go ahead with the heavier midplus lines you are looking at. Pick one you are comfortable with and go (easier said than done).

(2) If you intend to be a more casual tennis player, you may try a bigger, lighter frame. I use the 03 Red (3.5-4.0). If you are just starting, go cheap, though, and buy some old frames.

All that is nice, but I really just wanted to make my 100th post!!!! AHHHHHHHH.....no longer a "new user." I am a full-blown ROOKIE!!!
 

akira989

New User
Good points.. I also forgot to mention something, I have a 1 handed backhand. Do MP racquets work better than OS ones for that type of swing??
(I was planning on trying out the Volkl DNX V1 OS. However, I thought I saw something here about MP racquets being better for 1hbh so thought I'd ask)..

texcoug said:
I think, based on your level and depending on your ambition, you should do as follows:

(1) If you intend to take tennis seriously, playing 3-4 times/week, then go ahead with the heavier midplus lines you are looking at. Pick one you are comfortable with and go (easier said than done).

(2) If you intend to be a more casual tennis player, you may try a bigger, lighter frame. I use the 03 Red (3.5-4.0). If you are just starting, go cheap, though, and buy some old frames.

All that is nice, but I really just wanted to make my 100th post!!!! AHHHHHHHH.....no longer a "new user." I am a full-blown ROOKIE!!!
 

jonolau

Legend
Go have a look at the link that Marius provided, it will provide a good guide.

Reading your post again, you commented that you're not strong at the baseline and yet you find the TiS6 too powerful. Am I right to assume that your shots are consistently long? If this is true, it sounds like you need to work more on generating topspin to keep the ball in.

Best advice is, keep your current racquet first. Go work with a teaching professional to let him assess your current game, and let him advice you on a racquet choice. However, that being said, try your best to find an objective coach who isn't going to force only a particular brand into your hand.
 
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