Racquet Recommendations?

OMGIMACAR

New User
Hi, I'm looking for a new racquet cause my old one is worn out and has minimal control or power. I'm about 3.5-4.0 NTRP, 5'6 and i'm 13. I like to hit hard and I tried n6.1 tour, but the head size is too small for me. Any suggestions?

Thanks
 

lucknowrocks

New User
MP-Tour 1 is a solid racquet. I hear the Yonex RDX 500 mp is pretty good as well. If you're trying out soon try the Babolat PD. Just demo around man
 

Bottle Rocket

Hall of Fame
Babolat Pure Storm 98!

Definitely demo the Pure Storm. If you really like to smack the ball, but need great control and spin, the Pure Storm is a great choice. It's lighter than the nSix-One and has a bigger head.

One other thing, at least for me, all my mis-hits usually go in (I feel sort of dumb for saying that, but I've wanted to mention that for a while). Not only that, if you hit the ball on the edge of the strings (top of the hoop for example) the ball still flies with control and usually goes where you wanted it. There are no dead spots.

Do a search for Babolat Pure Storm and you will find a ton of information and a bunch of reviews.

You most important thing is to pick a bunch of rackets and DEMO them. Try them in games, not just practices. Ask your partners how you're playing with them, too.
 

ragnaROK

Professional
try the n6.1 in the 95 head size, its a good racket that appeals to wide ranges of playing styles as long as you have the skills for it. try a racket in the 95-98 head size range, jumping from an oversize to a 90 is setting yourself up for failure.
 

Pr0DiGy

Rookie
You should also check out the head flexpoint radicals, and maybe the instinct. The prestige is good, but it might be too similar to the tour 90. Im using the 90, and i think its a great racket
 
You have to give the pure drive roddick standard a try. I was hooked when I demoed it. It's a decent racket that has, IMO, a perfect headsize, 100.
 

emcee

Semi-Pro
He didn't ASK for an arm-friendly racquet, Mr. "Legend"! Is this how you get your 10,000 posts?

Anywhoo, Pure Storm sounds like it might be good for you. Also, I'd demo the AeroPro Drive and my stick: Head Flexpoint Radical Tour.
 
Bottle Rocket said:
Babolat Pure Storm 98!

Definitely demo the Pure Storm. If you really like to smack the ball, but need great control and spin, the Pure Storm is a great choice. It's lighter than the nSix-One and has a bigger head.

One other thing, at least for me, all my mis-hits usually go in (I feel sort of dumb for saying that, but I've wanted to mention that for a while). Not only that, if you hit the ball on the edge of the strings (top of the hoop for example) the ball still flies with control and usually goes where you wanted it. There are no dead spots.

Do a search for Babolat Pure Storm and you will find a ton of information and a bunch of reviews.

You most important thing is to pick a bunch of rackets and DEMO them. Try them in games, not just practices. Ask your partners how you're playing with them, too.

+1 on the Storm. i would try the nBlade Wilson... it is a great racquet.
 
emcee said:
He didn't ASK for an arm-friendly racquet, Mr. "Legend"! Is this how you get your 10,000 posts?

Anywhoo, Pure Storm sounds like it might be good for you. Also, I'd demo the AeroPro Drive and my stick: Head Flexpoint Radical Tour.

LMAOROTF... Flexy Tour is good also.
 

anirut

Legend
Don't under estimate the importance of arm-friendly rackets. There's no point being able to kill your opponents for a couple of years only to end up with a dead arm that'll stop you from playing your best forever.

Listen to the wise, my friends.

Edit: BTW, my son is also 13 and 5'6" and he plays my Redondo 93. May be you could try the 98 (which is actually a 95) for better forgiveness. If you are fast, have good techniques and preparation, you may find the Redondo an enjoyable play.
 

Amone

Hall of Fame
anirut said:
Don't under estimate the importance of arm-friendly rackets. There's no point being able to kill your opponents for a couple of years only to end up with a dead arm that'll stop you from playing your best forever.

Listen to the wise, my friends.
Yeah, I'd have to suggest not trying to mess with Marius.. he's a smart cookie, and he can usually back his stuff up. (I quoted your post, anirut, because I wanted to express my agreement.)

If the 6.1 is too small, then I'd probably suggest one of the Babolats, a Volkl, or maybe a ProKennex. Wilson has a certain knack for only making true players racquets consistently well-- and then, only the 6.1, really, unless you jump back in time. Prince is far too spinny for my tastes, and I don't trust the O3 systems, and Head has a huge following of lovers, and a huge following of haters.

Babolat frames are not the most arm-friendly, but unless you have bad strokes you should be okay, and Volkls are mostly love it, a little hate it. ProKennex makes a few nice frames, but their shining trait is their undeniable ease on the elbow.

If you're looking for something like I seem to think, I might suggest (as someone else did earlier) the Pure Storm if you like your shots spinny, or the Pure Control (if you just want a larger sized players racquet). As far as Volkl goes, anything followed by the number 9 or greater would be reccomendable, and ProKennexs... I don't really know anything about PK except that they're arm friendly.
 

anirut

Legend
Thanks Amone for your agreement.

I have the dead-arm experience myself, a bad one, that stopped me from playing competitive tennis forever ... and that happened before my inter-school tournament when I was in my prime.

May be you could check the edit in my previous post.
 
anirut said:
Thanks Amone for your agreement.

I have the dead-arm experience myself, a bad one, that stopped me from playing competitive tennis forever ... and that happened before my inter-school tournament when I was in my prime.

May be you could check the edit in my previous post.
I have a third eye.

Nobody is "messin" with Marius. Who BTW is a tool... or a unit. :mrgreen: A troll with something to say about every post is still just a troll.

Why would one person using the same racquet get TE and not another?

Most arm problems develop from poor technique, mainly squeezing the racquet tightly. But also from not extending thru the shot or meeting the ball at a proper contact point. Watch the pros when they serve, it looks as though the racquet is just resting in their hand... IT IS.
 
Amone said:
Yeah, I'd have to suggest not trying to mess with Marius.. he's a smart cookie, and he can usually back his stuff up. (I quoted your post, anirut, because I wanted to express my agreement.)

If the 6.1 is too small, then I'd probably suggest one of the Babolats, a Volkl, or maybe a ProKennex. Wilson has a certain knack for only making true players racquets consistently well-- and then, only the 6.1, really, unless you jump back in time. Prince is far too spinny for my tastes, and I don't trust the O3 systems, and Head has a huge following of lovers, and a huge following of haters.

Babolat frames are not the most arm-friendly, but unless you have bad strokes you should be okay, and Volkls are mostly love it, a little hate it. ProKennex makes a few nice frames, but their shining trait is their undeniable ease on the elbow.

If you're looking for something like I seem to think, I might suggest (as someone else did earlier) the Pure Storm if you like your shots spinny, or the Pure Control (if you just want a larger sized players racquet). As far as Volkl goes, anything followed by the number 9 or greater would be reccomendable, and ProKennexs... I don't really know anything about PK except that they're arm friendly.
I'm trying to "get" you on spinny... what is spinny? A raquet ain't spinny, right? The spin potential is determined by the stroke which is determined by the player, right?

I can hit a groundie with a Pure Storm that you couldn't... well I'll stop right there. I can hit a flat, penetrating shot with the Storm. Also, the pure control is the same size head. (maybe even smaller 97 sq in, but if you placed them together you'll see there is no difference)
 

Amone

Hall of Fame
Matt_Williamson said:
I'm trying to "get" you on spinny... what is spinny? A raquet ain't spinny, right? The spin potential is determined by the stroke which is determined by the player, right?

I can hit a groundie with a Pure Storm that you couldn't... well I'll stop right there. I can hit a flat, penetrating shot with the Storm. Also, the pure control is the same size head. (maybe even smaller 97 sq in, but if you placed them together you'll see there is no difference)
You know what they say-- ain't ain't a word. Racquets do indeed have a lot to do with spin potential. The Pure Storm, with it's comparitively low flex, is a lot better for topspin than, say, a Pure Drive, even though I could obviously hit a topspin shot with both. I just advised the way I saw fit.

And you can trust me, the Pure Control is bigger headsize than 6.1 tour (90).
 
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