Discussion in 'Racquets' started by JackB1, Nov 1, 2013.
Not really. They swing different, they feel different, they play different.
Thats the whole point of the thread...its about racquets you want to try but haven't yet. I wanted to update my initial list if that's ok with you. :shock:
Hitting through post
I'm just saying that eventually you can hit a point where you've spent so much time demoing everything under the sun that nothing's really "natural" to use anymore... so it might be in your best interest to pick a frame you can live with and use that.
Why do you choose me to counsel? There are dozens of guys on this board who switch racquets every week and you dont say a word to them. Why does everyone feel the need to advise ME? FWIW I do stick with one frame for competition and just try others for fun. I am satisfied with the Speed and have no problem using that.
Dont the TW playtesters demo everything under the sun? How does anything feel "natural" to them? They seem to be able to distinguish one racquet from the next just fine. Your comments really dont make sense to me. There are many frames that I pick up and immediately feel comfortable and "natural"with.
- pure drive roddick with a full co-poly/poly at low tension
- wilson blades
I already made the switch. Fantastic racquet.
People probably are advising you frequently because of the frequency of you changing your go-to frame and proclaiming it "the one." You claimed to be satisfied with the 104, then the organix v1 then the new graphene radical mp now the speed... all of this since September. If you were still using the same frame 4 months later and just wanted to hit a racquet for fun, that would be a different scenario, which is what many of the playtesters are doing.
By "natural" I meant a frame that you can become very accustomed to, which will let you play at your best. Obviously for 99% of tennis players there will be multiple frames on the market that would work very well for them. The key is finding one and then using it for a while, so that you can become very accustomed to it (there's a reason why pros are often so reluctant to switch.)
Can we feel the same subtle differences a pro could? Probably not. I have my own doubts about how sensitive they are to frame weights or string tensions. The racquet's not that huge of a part of the game anyway, but players can do themselves a favor by finding something that works and sticking with it, rather than having one more thing to constantly worry about/adjust to.
I'd like to try the racket of someone like Tilden or Vines to see what it would be like to hit with the old-time wooden sticks.
Just because I like a certain frame at a certain time doesn't mean I am "proclaiming anything the one". If you know me you know my "one" can last from 2 weeks to 6 months. I WAS satisfied with the Blade 104 and then the V1 MP. The Rad MP I admit was too quick a switch because I played so well with it when demoing, but I will learn from it. All these racquets are similar specs and power levels, so I am not switching from a 110" 10 oz. racquet to a Prestige mid or something like that. I know my preferred specs and I stay within them. I am not trying every racquet under the sun. Believe me, I know what I'm doing. I am not going out there trying to win matches with something that feels foreign in my hands. I agree with you that a consistent and familiar feeling racquet is very important.
Add to my list: Yonex Vcore 89
With so much talk on the new Princes, I would like to try all the ESPs: 98, 100 and Warrior, but mostly the 100 and Warrior. They should be great for my clay game when next summer comes around.
For now, I spend most of my time reading the TE threads .
So says you - you arm the ball. They are Wilson's entries in the Players' racquet area, so the comparison to the Prestige Mid is valid:
Head size: 85WPS85; 89.5PM
Stiffness: 62WPS85; 63PM
Stroke style: full
Swing speed: fast
Whether anyone would jump from one to the other would be up to the test - thus the title 'like to try'.
I arm the ball? Okay. Whatever you say.
I've only just played with the Prestige Mids in one form or another for a decade. What do I know about Prestiges.
Would definitely recommend the Blackburne DS (Double Strung). Been playing them for a couple of years now and still love it!! Just picked up another one on sale for $149
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