Racquet for my dad

horizon

New User
I promised my dad a new racquet for his birthday. I had bought his last one, too, a Wilson which as far as I remember was some lighter variation of a Del Potro model (I can't remember the model now).

He's a sprightly 70 and plays a classic style, flattish shots, medium-size swing, definitely not a heavy / topspin ball but he has some finesse (used to be quite a good pingpong player, too). These days he plays mostly doubles.

He never had tennis elbow but did have a shoulder problem a while ago.

I'm thinking of something that would add some power to his shots without robbing him of control. Any ideas?

I was thinking a ProKennex Ki5 (or whatever the current model is), purely because I know they're the most likely to avoid any new injury.

We live in Europe so we may not be able to test obscure US racquets. We got lots of Wilsons, Heads and Babolats in the shops around us, or I could order from Tennis Warehouse Europe, which would increase the choice.
 

yonex

New User
For arm injuries, the Yonex DR 98 (NOT the new Ezone 98), is great. It has classic touch and control, while combining modern power. It is a very soft, plush, and relatively powerful racquet. As for arm injuries, do not order a babolat, as it is not good for arms. I don't have much experience with head racquets, but according to what I have read, the racquets (particularly the speed Pro) become brassy feeling outside the sweet spot. For your dad's game, I would also recommend a Prince racquet (they sell them on TW Europe), particularly the Textreme tour 95 or Textreme tour 100p. Both are fantastic, flexible, surgical sticks, great for doubles, however, it is not a very "powered" racquet, so it may not be the best fit for your dad.

The new Wilson Blade is also a great choice, however, it may require some customization to unlock its full potential. Countervail is supposed to reduce arm fatigue and injuries, but IMO it's just marketing BS. It is slightly stiffer than the yonex, but has more power. I feel like the yonex provides slightly better touch and feel, but this comes at the cost of a little bit of power (for the yonex).

tl;dr: For arm pain, and need some power without losing control, get the DR 98. You could also possibly give the DR 98+ (extended length version - it is 27.5" instead of 27" [a 1.3 cm difference]), which provides even more power but is less spin oriented yet retains the same control and arm friendliness of the standard DR 98. However, I do not see it being sold on TW Europe.

A great way to save money is to buy the lime green version of the DR, which is functionally identical to the blue paintjob. However, the lime green one is cheaper, because it was introduced earlier (but i think the blue looks MUUUCHHH better).
 

yonex

New User
Sidenote: I may be slightly biased, as is given by my username, however, honestly, I truly think the DR is the best fit.
 

ShahofTennis

Professional
My girlfriends father used his gorgeous daughter as leverage in getting me to pick him up a duo of Ultra CV 100's on employee discount. He loves the frames, but I didn't appreciate him potentially sabotaging my sex life.

Definitely try the Textreme 100T.

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mhkeuns

Hall of Fame
I recommend the Head Touch Speed Pro, especially if he has classic strokes. The new one feels so much nicer than the previous versions. It’s a fantastic frame that does everything well. Really easy to maneuver as well.
 

Imago

Hall of Fame
Raquet Welch for your dad's birthday ;)

Blade CV 104 Autograph
 
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Hunter Rice

New User
For arm injuries, the Yonex DR 98 (NOT the new Ezone 98), is great. It has classic touch and control, while combining modern power. It is a very soft, plush, and relatively powerful racquet. As for arm injuries, do not order a babolat, as it is not good for arms. I don't have much experience with head racquets, but according to what I have read, the racquets (particularly the speed Pro) become brassy feeling outside the sweet spot. For your dad's game, I would also recommend a Prince racquet (they sell them on TW Europe), particularly the Textreme tour 95 or Textreme tour 100p. Both are fantastic, flexible, surgical sticks, great for doubles, however, it is not a very "powered" racquet, so it may not be the best fit for your dad.

The new Wilson Blade is also a great choice, however, it may require some customization to unlock its full potential. Countervail is supposed to reduce arm fatigue and injuries, but IMO it's just marketing BS. It is slightly stiffer than the yonex, but has more power. I feel like the yonex provides slightly better touch and feel, but this comes at the cost of a little bit of power (for the yonex).

tl;dr: For arm pain, and need some power without losing control, get the DR 98. You could also possibly give the DR 98+ (extended length version - it is 27.5" instead of 27" [a 1.3 cm difference]), which provides even more power but is less spin oriented yet retains the same control and arm friendliness of the standard DR 98. However, I do not see it being sold on TW Europe.

A great way to save money is to buy the lime green version of the DR, which is functionally identical to the blue paintjob. However, the lime green one is cheaper, because it was introduced earlier (but i think the blue looks MUUUCHHH better).
I've used this racquet for about a year,and love it. Two of my friends tried it and they got one for themselves. I would highly recommend it.
 

Dartagnan64

Legend
Old guys lose visual acuity so OS frames are strongly recommended. With less full strokes and more doubles play, a heavy players frame is going to lead to a lot of missed volleys.

So I’d move him into a classic old guy stick like Prince Premiere 120 or Head Titanium TiS6 or Wilson nCode 115.
 

whorng

Rookie
Can his wrist/arm handle 11.5 oz racquets?
Most older folks go lighter because of those issues.
A DR 98+ will be heavy to swing with that 330+ swing weight.
Go with an oversize head, 11 oz strung or lower weight, and comfortable strings.
The characteristics above will help with doubles too.
 

graycrait

Hall of Fame
Old guys lose visual acuity so OS frames are strongly recommended.
I agree the visual acuity comment, which makes playing daytime outdoors so much more enjoyable than at night under the lights and even indoors. I'm a "sprightly" nearly 63 yr old, with visual acuity issues. I can't find that "perfect" OS frame when compared to my Prince 16x18 100s. I've had and tried to get some OS rackets to adapt to me or I to them, but haven't found that sweet spot where the OS almost plays like a 98 or 100". Even 107" isn't "much" OS. With my eyesight I would like to find an OS (112" or larger) that almost plays like a 98 or 100, one that isn't a "bunters" racket.

If OP's dad has "alright" visual acuity I think and have found that Prince Textreme Warrior 100 makes a comfortable everyday racket.
 

yonex

New User
Oh Yikes! I thought it said 60 years old. Yeah, the dr 98+ would not be a good choice, as it would be pretty hard to swing. As for Visual Acuity, I cannot speak for that - I still have 56 years to go till that age.
 

Bill W

Rookie
Is it necessary to hand it to him untested?

By that I mean, if it were me, and someone was buying me a racquet as a gift (and I didn't already have a preference), I would greatly appreciate it if they first got me four demos from TW and let me choose the one I like from that lot.

Just a thought...
 

atatu

Hall of Fame
I wouldn't worry that much about the weight, I used to play with a 70 plus guy who was swinging a Prince Woodie, so there's that...having said that how about the Blade 104 ?
 

moon shot

Hall of Fame
I didn't see any of my previous posts earlier but no, I've never had shoulder issues.
Ok, misremembered that as a reason for modifying your racquet more headlight.

If that had been the case I thought you might have insight into the OP’s quest. Sorry for the disturbance.
 

movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
Ok, misremembered that as a reason for modifying your racquet more headlight.

If that had been the case I thought you might have insight into the OP’s quest. Sorry for the disturbance.
It must have been a very long time ago as I've used polarized setups since at least 2011.
 
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