Racket journey + need recommendations

Ph4ntom

New User
Hi all,

In the past two years, I have really started playing more tennis, and really enjoying it. I've been addicted to new rackets and new strings, and I've recently hit a wall, and looking to switch to a new racket. I play recreationally, I'd say intermediate (my guess is 3.5, maybe 4.0 on a very good day...). One hand back hand is my favorite shot

My journey so far

pro staff 6.1 classic si 16x18 - used this for 10+ years, didnt know much about strings or anyhting ,but it was becoming too heavy and started getting tennis elbow.
TF40 305 - Decided to go modern, but it became too light for me, not enough plow. Sold
Phantom 93P 18x20 - Felt really good, used this one the longest, still have, but felt too whippy?
K7 Lime - heard too many good things, but gave to a sibling
Borrowed a friends pure strike 3rd gen 16 x 19 - loved everything about it, except for the stiffness. Returned back to him
Purchased 2 iprestige mids from a good friend - feel great on attacking, defensively its a bit tough. The feel of the racket is amazing and I would love to have a more modern 95-98 inch racket version of this
Prince Synergy 98 - I thought this would be it - straight middle of the pack tweener racket - 18 x 18, 98 inch, etc, but its just too much power for me! Erratic if I dont hit on the sweetspot, and I loved it during the honeymoon period but not as much as I would like. I really want to like it but I just cant gel with it...I feel like I am holding back because I'm afraid of hitting too hard and it flying out
Pro tour 280 - Got this for very cheap online (ty facebook marketplace) - it feels really nice, but demanding if I play >3 times a week...

I've mostly used poly strings, a mix of Alu power, hyperG, triax (not a huge fan), recently confidential.

Any racket recommendations? I think I would really like a 95 (98 ok too), 6+ points headlight, thin beam (20 mm?), any string pattern is fine (assumed 18x20 is what i need for the control, but surprised by the pure strike 16x19). Looking for control but maybe more forgiving than an iprestige mid in terms of defensive playing. Something that feels really good with the one hand backhand. I really want to feel confident in my shots. Thoughts on new vcore 95? Radical pro? Any other thoughts would be much appreciated.
 

SinneGOAT

Hall of Fame
Hi all,

In the past two years, I have really started playing more tennis, and really enjoying it. I've been addicted to new rackets and new strings, and I've recently hit a wall, and looking to switch to a new racket. I play recreationally, I'd say intermediate (my guess is 3.5, maybe 4.0 on a very good day...). One hand back hand is my favorite shot

My journey so far

pro staff 6.1 classic si 16x18 - used this for 10+ years, didnt know much about strings or anyhting ,but it was becoming too heavy and started getting tennis elbow.
TF40 305 - Decided to go modern, but it became too light for me, not enough plow. Sold
Phantom 93P 18x20 - Felt really good, used this one the longest, still have, but felt too whippy?
K7 Lime - heard too many good things, but gave to a sibling
Borrowed a friends pure strike 3rd gen 16 x 19 - loved everything about it, except for the stiffness. Returned back to him
Purchased 2 iprestige mids from a good friend - feel great on attacking, defensively its a bit tough. The feel of the racket is amazing and I would love to have a more modern 95-98 inch racket version of this
Prince Synergy 98 - I thought this would be it - straight middle of the pack tweener racket - 18 x 18, 98 inch, etc, but its just too much power for me! Erratic if I dont hit on the sweetspot, and I loved it during the honeymoon period but not as much as I would like. I really want to like it but I just cant gel with it...I feel like I am holding back because I'm afraid of hitting too hard and it flying out
Pro tour 280 - Got this for very cheap online (ty facebook marketplace) - it feels really nice, but demanding if I play >3 times a week...

I've mostly used poly strings, a mix of Alu power, hyperG, triax (not a huge fan), recently confidential.

Any racket recommendations? I think I would really like a 95 (98 ok too), 6+ points headlight, thin beam (20 mm?), any string pattern is fine (assumed 18x20 is what i need for the control, but surprised by the pure strike 16x19). Looking for control but maybe more forgiving than an iprestige mid in terms of defensive playing. Something that feels really good with the one hand backhand. I really want to feel confident in my shots. Thoughts on new vcore 95? Radical pro? Any other thoughts would be much appreciated.
I would give the latest 360+ prestige a look. It is a fantastic racquet and has what you want. Lower stiffness, more forgiveness than the iprestige mid, and in that thin beam. The 360+ prestige mid, mp, and pro are the top choices for what you want. Don’t go for the blade as the balance is too cumbersome and quality control can make it even worse.
 

socallefty

Legend
In the past two years, I have really started playing more tennis, and really enjoying it. I've been addicted to new rackets and new strings, and I've recently hit a wall, and looking to switch to a new racket. I play recreationally, I'd say intermediate (my guess is 3.5, maybe 4.0 on a very good day...). One hand back hand is my favorite shot
Sounds like you are an equipment junkie who is more interested in constantly changing racquets and strings than improving your game. So, what is the point of getting any recommendations as you will likely switch racquets in a few months after the next one anyway? Get thee some help to cure you of your addiction. Good players improved by taking lessons often and not by changing racquets and strings all the time.
 
If you want to improve and win more I recommend sticking with one racket. It is tempting and I love playing with multiple rackets but I know what I play best with and have many of them. I would just pick from what you have, whatever one is not too heavey and has the best feel. If I were you I would try playing the synergy with problend or ashway kevlar with mongut or syngut. This will lower the power, give you more dwell for control, and give you good spin. The string takes about 2 hours to break in but will last you a super long time and play good till they break.
 

romdj

Rookie
I'd definitely demo the RF97A, or the Pro Staff 97; in my mind they will remind you of the 6.1 you were used to and enjoyed, and you can also tinker with the stringing in order to ease it a little on your arm
 

Lorenn

Professional
I think he has been looking for a new racquet after getting injured with his previous racquet. All the hoping was because he hasn't found the right racquet yet. Hard to switch after 10 years. He is basically asking for what to switch to from a pro staff 6.1 classic si 16x18 that would be lighter and easier on his arm.

Only real hits we have is he liked two racquets. Pure Strike 3 and I prestige mid.

My suggestion would be to try racquets close to those two...Which for me ends up as 360+ versions of the Radical MP, Speed MP, Prince Textreme Tour and Prestige MP.
 
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Ph4ntom

New User
Thanks for the responses. I agree, I am hoping to find one I really gel with and stick with it. Gonna demo the 360+ prestige MP and see how it goes. Cheers
 

tennis347

Hall of Fame
Look at the Prince Phantom line. The 100 sq in versions have good feel, comfort and a nice balance of power and control. A 100 sq inch frame is more forgiving and easier to play with.
 
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