Racquet suggestions

jhick

Professional
#1
Hi, I currently play with an old Head liquidmetal radical OS but as I get older (turn 45 this year) and starting to realize I could use some more pop on my strokes. I just demoed a Pro Staff 97 and while I really liked it for topspin ground strokes and serves & overheads, I didn't like it that much on volleys or slices. I have never played with a small head so that adjustment might be part of the reason why. Any suggestions on raquets to demo? I don't like light racquets so looking for something with more heft.
 

jhick

Professional
#2
FYI...I'm a 4.5 level player (mostly doubles), who hits an aggressive generally flat ball, big lefty serve, and look to come into net often.
 
#3
...smaller heads should be better for serves and volleys, but worse for pop. There are a lot of other factors that affect the playing characteristics of the racquet. I'd suggest trying some more racquets in the 100" range.
 

mhkeuns

Hall of Fame
#4
I think a racket like the Pure Drive will make playing a lot easier if you don’t mind somewhat of a thick beam. I’ve heard good things about the Tecnifibre TFlash 300 PS and Volkl series 8 300.

If you lean towards more control than all-around playability, I would recommend the Prince Textreme Tour 100P, Prince Phantom Pro 100 or 100P and the Head Speed Pro.
 

jhick

Professional
#5
...smaller heads should be better for serves and volleys, but worse for pop. There are a lot of other factors that affect the playing characteristics of the racquet. I'd suggest trying some more racquets in the 100" range.
I don't mind a little smaller head but it needs to be stabile on volleys. The pro staff was not good on anything that a little off center.
 

TagUrIt

Professional
#10
I play with the Wilson Ultra 100 CV. I was ready to make the move to a more advanced racquet. It’s a nice transition to make from an oversized. It’s got a nice weight, but not too overbearing. I’ve certainly notice the difference in my game, hitting forehands is almost effortless now. Also the graphics are pretty cool and it comes in three different color schemes. :)
 

jhick

Professional
#11
I play with the Wilson Ultra 100 CV. I was ready to make the move to a more advanced racquet. It’s a nice transition to make from an oversized. It’s got a nice weight, but not too overbearing. I’ve certainly notice the difference in my game, hitting forehands is almost effortless now. Also the graphics are pretty cool and it comes in three different color schemes. :)
I always thought that racquet was pretty lightweight. 11.1 lbs strung so I guess it's not that light. However, normally I don't care for head light racquets and I see that's 7 pts HL. I'm probably looking for more of a balanced weight.
 

time_fly

Professional
#12
I always thought that racquet was pretty lightweight. 11.1 lbs strung so I guess it's not that light. However, normally I don't care for head light racquets and I see that's 7 pts HL. I'm probably looking for more of a balanced weight.
As the weight goes up, the balance becomes more head light to compensate. It's hard to find anything near even balance at, say, 11.5 and above. You can use the racquet finder to find your preferred specs. I took a quick look at racquets similar to the MicroGEL Radical OS but with smaller heads, and the Volkl V1 Pro and Yonex VCORE Pro 100 were two that jumped out at me. The usual Babolat Pure Drive and Wilson Ultra and Burns were on the list as well, but those have much thicker, stiffer beams.
 
#13
I don't mind a little smaller head but it needs to be stabile on volleys. The pro staff was not good on anything that a little off center.
The TT100P volleys amd serves like a dream. But I think any flexible frame with a dense string pattern would give you that.
 

jhick

Professional
#14
I tried out a demo of the Head Graphene Touch Radical MP and like it quite a bit (except for the small grip on the demo I tried). It I'm wondering if I'd like it even better with a little added weight which makes the Radical Tour seem intriguing. The other option is adding some lead tape for some added weight.
 
#15
@jhick
head gt360 speed pro
wilson blade sw104
wilson ultra tour
several yonex models (too many actually), depends on 1hbh or 2hbh..
or

wait for the wilson clash, coming next month, worth a try

good hunting
 

jhick

Professional
#16
@jhick
head gt360 speed pro
wilson blade sw104
wilson ultra tour
several yonex models (too many actually), depends on 1hbh or 2hbh..
or

wait for the wilson clash, coming next month, worth a try

good hunting
I could demo some of those, but leaning towards Head racquets at this point. I thought I heard the clash has a low swingweight, which won't work well for me.
 
#18
Demo the Textreme Warrior. It has an open string pattern and has great pop. Great for serves, and very stable on volleys. The textreme material is very arm friendly. 11.2 ounces strung (I added lead on mine) and it's on sale right now for 129.99 on TW.
 
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