Racquets that you wanted to love but hated .

mhkeuns

Hall of Fame
Pure Aero - It’s ok to rally but too wild to play in matches.
RF 97 - Too heavy. Too stiff. Only great for a set for me.
PS 90 - Meh compared to the 85, or St. Vincent
Classic Response 97 - Boring & gutless
All Blade 98 - Like it in the beginning but its balance throws off my game.
Yonex 95D & RDX 500MP - Just meh...
POG OS - Nothing special
 

vndesu

Hall of Fame
Head youtek speed pro. I love the way it feels in hand but hitting with it I could never get the feel for it.
 

bcart1991

Professional
Pro Staff Tour 90 (the black/yellow one from the '90s).

I probably had it strung a bit tight. Funny, since I love my 6.0 95 and nCode 90.
 

glenWs

Rookie
Babolat Pure Strike P17. Love the looks, design but could not deal with the balance and mushy feel. Also, the Head YouTek IG Radical Pro. Too sluggish and lacks feel. Looks great, tho.
 

Dartagnan64

Legend
Can't say I've ever owned a quality racket that I hated. Some I like for different things than the others. But what I've realized in my late age is that comfort is still the most important factor and if it hurts my arm its immediately in the junk bin.

So Babolat Pure Drives and Aeros - gone
Extended length rackets - gone
Light frames - gone

Give me 12 oz, HL, 60 RA and a multi string bed and I'm good.
 

victa

New User
im sure many can attest to this problem in racket purchasing . Wether it be a pro you wanted to emulate or just the plain aesthetics of it made you buy it . Sometimes even with out demoing . My best friend and D 1 college playing mate went from playing unreal tennis his first two years to losing every match his 3rd year and eventually quitting tennis for years due to this .
At that time we weren’t as tight as we had been and have become again later in adult life . We went to different university’s in 2 different states .
As the years flew by when we got together we always played tennis together as this was our bond that brought us together in the first place .
Many years after we graduated he took on a masters program at the university of Texas and I went for a tennis internship at John Newcombe tennis ranch in new braunfels ... we were only about 45 minutes away and it was great as neither one of us knew anybody in our new environments so we saw each other frequently on the weekends .our time was spent playing tennis in the late mornings and drinking beer late into the evenings and occasionally bar hopping in Austin Tx.
On one of our tennis weekends he opened up to me what made him quit tennis for all those years .. he reached into his bag and pulled out one of the coolest looking rackets I’d ever seen in my life . And sadly said “ this is the reason I quit “..
We had in the past spoken about this burn out period for him but never in any depth .. he told me that he had never played worst tennis in his life and contributing in later on in his life to this ONE MODEL. He had several as one does when playing top drawer tennis and they were all well used and beat up.
He told me he could not understand what happened it was one day playing at a 6.0 level and the next day unable to string more than 2 points together in a row..
Footwork? Timing ? Stress from school ? A bad break up perhaps? He didn’t know...
But again after many years the dots were connected to this racquet .
He handed it over to me and said “ tell me what you think ?”
I said to myself . Well first off it’s the coolest looking paint job I’d seen then .. the shape screamed Euro -the head gaurd recessed into the frame and the holes were slats . So cool .. plus .. we both were suckers for anything that seemed elusive and out of the American norm ..
the beam was thin . It was a midsize and the pattern was normal .. ie no weird gimmicks such as rollers , weird grommets, too open it too micro closed . Normal 18x 20 16x 19 stuff ..
so I told him dude it can’t be that bad. I mean cmon ‘ look
At it ! She’s glorious . And the balance was perfect for a serve and volleyer. Which we both always agreed upon that any frame that was dubbed” serve and volley stick “ always played better from the baseline .. due to the fact that we both hated more even balance frames which the “ experts “ say is better for baseline play..
In any event it was time for a on court demo of this euro sword from another planet .
From the first hit to the last it was for me the worst playing stick I’d ever played with . I too, could not get more than 2 or 3 shots going in a row . If I swung hard it would go at the fence and the exact same swing on the next it would go in the bottom of the net . The only shot I could comfortably hit was an awkward half volley . Kid you not .. volleys felt odd serves had no kick and ground strokes were impossible . It was like living in bizzaro world . I thought this is all in my head . I gave it back to him and said I’m just off today . I’ll try it later.. and I did from that weekend to the next year when we would hit I’d try it again .. not evertime but a lot .
Still the same poor results . Flash forward a few years ago . This frame was super hot again on the used market and here on TT boards . Folks were talking about how wonderful it was . And we could not believe it . So we tried them again and the same poor results followed .
I have no idea how Michale stich, Jakob hlasek , I think McEnroe for awhile and many others on tour played such a high level with this .
FISCHER VACUUM PRO midsize 90.
The Babolat Pure Drive Cortex - The worst feeling racquet I've ever demoed. For some reason I always seems to have the opposite opinion from most people...not intentionally.
 

teachingprotx

Hall of Fame
4 others come to mind - prince graphite II oh my god that paint job glorious.. nope every ball went to the fence
Wilson ultra tour - so dam excited for this answer to my prayers nope -61 Ra? Feels more like 71 Ra to me..
Wilson 95 6.0 original - now being a state level junior with the 85 how in Christ earth can I go from not missing with the 85 to never hitting one decent ball with the 95. It was like a while other sport playing wit( this .. so weird man .
Same goes for the puma winner . Before I knew anything about rackets I played 15 years with either the Wilson 85 pro staff or the puma super .. when I found out that the winner was more flexible than the super I thought oh my god I found my frame for life .. nope .. too head heavy and by god if it was more flexible it wasn’t in the frame maybe in the bottom part of the handle. Felt so off kilter to me
 

teachingprotx

Hall of Fame
oh- one more the rossignil f 200 for a man that lives and dies for super noodles hated this due to the weight too much and the balance yuck!
 

teachingprotx

Hall of Fame
Pure Aero - It’s ok to rally but too wild to play in matches.
RF 97 - Too heavy. Too stiff. Only great for a set for me.
PS 90 - Meh compared to the 85, or St. Vincent
Classic Response 97 - Boring & gutless
All Blade 98 - Like it in the beginning but its balance throws off my game.
Yonex 95D & RDX 500MP - Just meh...
POG OS - Nothing special
“Too wild to play in matches “now that is a great way to put things . Agreed
 

time_fly

Hall of Fame
I have a new entry to the list: Head Graphene Touch Prestige Pro. I don't necessarily hate it but I'm disappointed. Everything I know about my "preferred specs" says I should love that racquet, but it just has the wrong combination of high launch angle and power. My routine shots land dangerously close to the baseline with it; a little bit off and they're all out.
 

Zoolander

Hall of Fame
The Babolat Pure Drive Cortex - The worst feeling racquet I've ever demoed. For some reason I always seems to have the opposite opinion from most people...not intentionally.
I concur. The pure drive cortex was a terrible racquet for me. Hated it with a passion.
 

stingstang

Semi-Pro
Hate is a strong word. But I was ready to love the new Yonex Vcore Pro 97 and instead I said "meh".
I tend to feel like that about compromise frames in general - for example the black/red Pure Strike and most Blades. In theory they should be a good compromise between a classic player stick and a modern tweener but in reality they usually do nothing for me and don't excel at anything. Bizarrely I tend to like proper old school frames like the Six One and the total opposite eg Extreme Pro and even Pure Drive Roddick - but not much inbetween.
 

joohan

Hall of Fame
I think after all the praise I’ve heaped on Angell I have to counter it with stating 18x20 TC95 here. I really, really wanted to like it and wanted it to be my ultimate racquetaholic answer but it wasn’t meant to be.

I played some extremely solid tennis with that stick and won majority of my competitive matches but I couldn’t gel with it and couldn’t figure out strokes that are essential for my very basic tennis experience. Now I play with a frame that’s way harder to operate but I like playing with it way better than with 18x20 TC95. Paradoxes of tennis, I suppose...
 

teachingprotx

Hall of Fame
This post really should be a whole other entry itself but ya know what’s weird is I love super noodles the more flex the better but I will say there was a time and a pLACE FOR 7 months that I thoroughly enjoyed a volkl DNX 8. To me it’s the most underrated frame out there . Especially for a freak flex monger such as me self. No mods no special strings I’ll be damned if that wasn’t an extension of my hand
 

teachingprotx

Hall of Fame
This post really should be a whole other entry itself but ya know what’s weird is I love super noodles the more flex the better but I will say there was a time and a pLACE FOR 7 months that I thoroughly enjoyed a volkl DNX 8. To me it’s the most underrated frame out there . Especially for a freak flex monger such as me self. No mods no special strings I’ll be damned if that wasn’t an extension of my hand
Hated the head shape too loved the Colorway though be said loved the colore
 

BaselinerEY

New User
Prince Textreme Tour 95. Seriously I really liked all the specs the racket had, 8 points HL, around 12 oz strung weight with a 60 stiffness but I never felt connected to it compared to my prestige pros.
I feel you. I demoed that stick and believed I found the holy grail. The one I bought never feel as solid or had as much plow through so I sold it.
 

tommyfr

Rookie
My Favorite player is Nadal, and I liked APD 2013 quite much, then however went back to Wilson PS. Anyways, one day i got the chance to buy, bit expensive but anyway, an almost new APD original. I played and played for a months or so, but didnt like it, finally sold it cheap.

Another one to mention is my Yonex Ultimum RD Ti 80,,have tried for years to like it, changed grip, strings, leadtape...but never playable.
 

jxs653

Semi-Pro
It's not exactly "I wanted to like but couldn't" experience, but I had high expectation with Yonex RD-7 only to give up on it shortly. It was very weird experience that I couldn't get any whipping feel with this racquet when serving. But it was many years ago and if I try it now maybe I will think differently.
 

rh310

Hall of Fame
Really wanted to love the Pure Strike 2017 16x19. Tore the crap out of my shoulder until I finally gave up.

(Rehab'ed shoulder is fine now. DR98.)
 

teachingprotx

Hall of Fame
My Favorite player is Nadal, and I liked APD 2013 quite much, then however went back to Wilson PS. Anyways, one day i got the chance to buy, bit expensive but anyway, an almost new APD original. I played and played for a months or so, but didnt like it, finally sold it cheap.

Another one to mention is my Yonex Ultimum RD Ti 80,,have tried for years to like it, changed grip, strings, leadtape...but never playable.
I too wanted to love the ti 80 - super good looker stick one of the all time greatest PJ
 

teachingprotx

Hall of Fame
Really really wanted to love the yonex Ti 70? Right ? Wasn’t that the krajek red stick
.. if so I loved the look of that frame but too stiff and NO SPIN NONE.. one of the few sticks I could hit rolling topspin and it still went dead flat seemingly
 

teachingprotx

Hall of Fame
Pure Aero - It’s ok to rally but too wild to play in matches.
RF 97 - Too heavy. Too stiff. Only great for a set for me.
PS 90 - Meh compared to the 85, or St. Vincent
Classic Response 97 - Boring & gutless
All Blade 98 - Like it in the beginning but its balance throws off my game.
Yonex 95D & RDX 500MP - Just meh...
POG OS - Nothing special
What about the prince response 90? There were a ton of top juniors where I grew up that played that frame I didn’t like it much
 

teachingprotx

Hall of Fame
The original Prostaff Tour 90. One of the coolest looking racquets ever but had the most awful feel, like seriously horrible. Even strung with full natural gut.
Yes the original played awful . I remember it well saw it for the first time at a wilson advisory meeting and almost lost my mind I was so excited and it looked great with white strings and the classic red W WITH A WHITE GRIP.. man wanted to love that . Couldn’t keep balls in the court and zero spin capabilities too
 

BHud

Hall of Fame
Babolat PureDrive/APD/Pure Aero...the power is intoxicating, but the lack of control and arm problems always reminds me why I end up selling them (although I seem to continue to buy a few every several years). o_O
 

el sergento

Hall of Fame
KPS 88: A novelty, disguised as a gimmick, packed inside a super heavy, head-heavy kevlar box made of Pete Sampras nostalgia worship. The second-most 'memberberry of all tennis rackets behind only the actually venerable PS 85.

Yonex VCORE Tour G 310g:
Like hitting with an unmaneuverable orange pillow stuffed with feathers and vibration dampners. Mushy and powerlsess.

MG Radical MP: I loved everything about this racket except that I couldn't hit a winner to save my life with it. I had my all-time worst W/L record with this thing.

MG Prestige Pro:
Maybe the worst racket ever made? 2 hits and I sold it.

Pure Storm: A Babolat with no power or spin-potential?? Yes please..... and I'll have a non-alcoholic beer with that while you're at it.
 

beltsman

Legend
Pure Aero - lots of fun to hit, but clumsy and not precise.
Textreme tour 100P - wanted it to be like the PCG100. But it felt underpowered, mushy, clumsy. Dunno, maybe bad strings.
Textreme tour 95 - same thing.
Textreme warrior 100 - couldn't hit my FH with it.

For some reason I never gelled with textreme. I think the Phantom might be the next in that list.
 

Bender

G.O.A.T.
Oh, this one is easy. Pure Aero and Pure Aero Tour. LOVED the design. LOVED the idea of wider spacing without reducing the number of crosses like Wilson Spin Effect.

Hated the feel (this coming from someone who didn't mind the APD GT feeling), and the high launch angle (I already like to place my groundstrokes deep, so my shots basically all went out with the PA / PAT).

Could never find a custom weight / balance that worked for me either.

Ended up getting a pair of Pure Strikes (16x19) and it's been my favourite Babolat frame. Hope the next generation doesn't change too much about it, otherwise I will have to stock up.
 

Bender

G.O.A.T.
Pure Aero - It’s ok to rally but too wild to play in matches.
RF 97 - Too heavy. Too stiff. Only great for a set for me.
PS 90 - Meh compared to the 85, or St. Vincent
Classic Response 97 - Boring & gutless
All Blade 98 - Like it in the beginning but its balance throws off my game.
Yonex 95D & RDX 500MP - Just meh...
POG OS - Nothing special
“Too wild to play in matches “now that is a great way to put things . Agreed
Babolat is probably the only tennis equipment company whose marketing is actually accurate:


Hated every pure drive after 12 minutes
Same here usually, but the newest one is actually quite nice IMO. Or maybe I'm more tolerant because I've been using a Strike for almost a year now.
 

teachingprotx

Hall of Fame
I loved the 95 bab pure control stick but it was just too heavy for me in the end .
I’d never noticed how weird and euro egg shaped the head was until I saw TW review of it. It’s quite noticeable on the front shot view of it . Very unique very old school design . But I never noticed it until I saw that image .
 
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