Racquet choice dilemma

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by Ztalin, Nov 25, 2006.

  1. Ztalin

    Ztalin Guest

    I'm demoed countless racquets over the past couple weeks (n6.1, pd, apd, rds 001, pd roddick, instinct, nblade, O3 tour, and many more).

    I can't really decide on the apd and pd. I liked the apd overall, but the one thing that I liked better about the pd was that it seemed a bit more forgiving, and a bit more solid. Could this be fixed with a bit of lead? It actually felt a bit tinny... (the apd) and wasn't forgiving on off centre hits. Other than that, I liked it better than the pure drive. Can't decide which to get.
  2. Steve Huff

    Steve Huff Legend

    Feb 11, 2004
    Which would you win more with? That is the question (if you play competitively). The other option is to keep demoing.
  3. Ztalin

    Ztalin Guest

    Don't play in a league. But I do play in club competitions. I'm not really sure which one I'd win more with. I did notice that I served a lot better with the aeropro, since I use a lot of spin on my serves (which is a big factor, I guess). I just wish that the aeropro felt more solid. Solid sure if a few grams of lead would fix that or not.
  4. paulfreda

    paulfreda Hall of Fame

    Oct 3, 2004
    Bangkok, Thailand
    You should trust you observations and feelings.

    What did you like about the apd ? You said you did not like the tinny feel.
    That is telling you something.
    But adding lead could change this so you have some experimenting to do.
    The pd and apd are stiff frames and not for everyone.

    Why did you drop consideration of the others because many of those frames are well regarded; nCode6195, O3Tour, nBlade, etc.

    Finding the right racquet is not easy especially if you are new to the game
    Keep trying and one day you will hit with a frame that feels like magic and you will be home.
    Good luck
  5. Richie Rich

    Richie Rich Legend

    Feb 24, 2004
    some lead at 3/9 and countered in the handle will make the apd feel really solid and get you up to a good weight. when you add the lead you'll probably notice you can hit a heavier ball. i'd take the apd over the pd if only because it is a little softer.
  6. Ztalin

    Ztalin Guest

    See, I like light racquets though. I find the weight of the apd and pd fine. I don't like anything over 11.5 oz. I think around 11.2 oz is perfect (like the pure drive and instinct).

    ncode was too heavy, O3 tour was just horrible IMO, nblade was unforgiving and lacked feel, etc.

    Does anyone know how the flexpoint instinct compares to the liquidmetal, in terms of spin? I really liked that racquet. Just want more spin than the liquidmetal instinct.
  7. bertrevert

    bertrevert Hall of Fame

    Feb 22, 2004
    Syd, Oz
    It is a manufacturer's claim that the flexpoint system gives moer cupping of the ball, more feel, more flex and more spin. You decide on that for yourself. Having been a long-term LM Rad user I did notice more feel and flex with the flexpoint Rads. Whether that was the holes and their claims about them, or just different setup and racquet materials, or other factors, I cannot confirm for you.

    Babs are great racquets, what's not to like? I would think that the Babs would always give you more spin than the LM Instinct.

    You must relate all these characteristics and your intuition about them to how you play your game. Are you a young baseliner with a western grip and lots of spin? Go the APD. When you start to say any of these racquets are too heavy then you need to err on the side of caution and get what you can carry and succeed with.
  8. Borat

    Borat Professional

    Nov 25, 2006
    Try the Fischer M. Speed Pro. No. 1, great stick, fits what you are looking for
  9. WhiteSox05CA

    WhiteSox05CA Hall of Fame

    Sep 23, 2006
    Are you planning on customizing the frame? I liked both models, but since I want something a little heavier than each of their stock specs, I would personally get the PD and lead it. Lead would definately give the APD a more sturdy, stable, and solid feel on all hits-off-center or on-target. Leading the head would also enlarge the sweetspot. The question is, do you want to handle the higher swingweight and decreased maneuverability?

    If you thought the nCode was too heavy than leading it might not be what your looking for.
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2011
  10. AJK1

    AJK1 Hall of Fame

    Apr 21, 2005
    Don't get either, you will always be unhappy. Keep demoing till you find something that doesn't have so many compromises.

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