Raquet Suggestions Please

Luiska277

New User
I play with a Pro Staff of the 90´s (95 sq. in) and I like the precision and power I have with it, but I´m feeling it too rigid and my arm is suffering a lil bit. I have tested the pure drive (100 sq. in) and I missed the sweet spot and couldn´t impact the ball properly (strong and accurate) as I do with my old racket. I´m not sure if it´s because of the size (100 sq. in).
Can you suggest me a racket? I like to play aggressive from the back line.
 

tonylg

Legend
Your arm was suffering, so you tried a Pure Drive?

The Prince Phantom range, or if you want more power and less control the Wilson Clash line are very comfortable. Almost anything is more comfortable than a Pure Drive.

Given you like it, have you tried different strings and tension in the Pro Staff?
 

Luiska277

New User
Your arm was suffering, so you tried a Pure Drive?

The Prince Phantom range, or if you want more power and less control the Wilson Clash line are very comfortable. Almost anything is more comfortable than a Pure Drive.

Given you like it, have you tried different strings and tension in the Pro Staff?
Thanks!
 

Luiska277

New User
Try the Head G360 Speed Pro or new Gravity. Packs a punch. Or try some of the Prince Textreme Tour racquets.
Thanks. Do you think the head size affects the sweet spot when I hit the ball? I had problems to get the sweet spot when I try a larger head of racket (>95 sq. In.)
 

Luiska277

New User
Thanks. Do you think the head size affects the sweet spot when I hit the ball? I had problems to get the sweet spot when I try a larger head of racket? (>95 sq. In.)
 
If you would like to maintain the control but just add more comfort and you’re used to the 95 sq in head, try the Dunlop CX 200 Tour or the Yonex VCore 95! If you want more control go Dunlop, a little more power go Yonex
 

cd3768

Rookie
Maybe you're just not used to the extra space so you hit it outside of the sweet spot? Idk, hopefully a racquet expert can help you eith that
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
I play with a Pro Staff of the 90´s (95 sq. in) and I like the precision and power I have with it, but I´m feeling it too rigid and my arm is suffering a lil bit. I have tested the pure drive (100 sq. in) and I missed the sweet spot and couldn´t impact the ball properly (strong and accurate) as I do with my old racket. I´m not sure if it´s because of the size (100 sq. in).
Can you suggest me a racket? I like to play aggressive from the back line.
why not just use the Prostaff 95 current model. it is one of the best rackets out there
 
A really old one! Pro Staff 7.5. I think Steffi Graff used it.
Nice!
Also, when you said you're feeling it too rigid, do you mean it's stiff? Or you hold the racquet too tight/muslce it? If it's the latter you could try to loosen up your swings. I find that helps even with stiff racquets (to a degree).

Switching out the strings is an option too.

~thatguy
 

1HBHfanatic

Legend
the 97 and 98 inch racquets are very easy to transition into from a 95
not many 100+ racquets feel good on my 1hbh, they fight-me on the topspin shot, but 97s and/or 98s work just fine for me
wilson.ps.97 is solid, I find the wil.ps.rf97 a bit heavy and more demanding that it appears..
new v7 Wilson blade 98 is one im liking this week
the yonex.vcore line have several weight in the 97", which are very easy on the 1hbh
the head.radicals are 98", both the mp and pro, both weights are solid

to narrow your search, i would consider the string pattern you wanna go with, 16/19, 18/20, 16/20, etc
anyway, these are ones i have tried,
good hunting..
 

Luiska277

New User
Nice!
Also, when you said you're feeling it too rigid, do you mean it's stiff? Or you hold the racquet too tight/muslce it? If it's the latter you could try to loosen up your swings. I find that helps even with stiff racquets (to a degree).

Switching out the strings is an option too.

~thatguy
My elbow hurts a little bit the day after...I am feeling it stiff...Can you recommend me something related to the strings? Actually I’m not an expert in this theme. I appreciate your help!!
 

Luiska277

New User
the 97 and 98 inch racquets are very easy to transition into from a 95
not many 100+ racquets feel good on my 1hbh, they fight-me on the topspin shot, but 97s and/or 98s work just fine for me
wilson.ps.97 is solid, I find the wil.ps.rf97 a bit heavy and more demanding that it appears..
new v7 Wilson blade 98 is one im liking this week
the yonex.vcore line have several weight in the 97", which are very easy on the 1hbh
the head.radicals are 98", both the mp and pro, both weights are solid

to narrow your search, i would consider the string pattern you wanna go with, 16/19, 18/20, 16/20, etc
anyway, these are ones i have tried,
good hunting..
Great advise! Thanks a lot!
 
My elbow hurts a little bit the day after...I am feeling it stiff...Can you recommend me something related to the strings? Actually I’m not an expert in this theme. I appreciate your help!!
Sure thing!
I'd suggest a soft multi or even natural gut.
Natural gut is pricey but it does everything the best multis do but better, and lasts longer (both in durability and holding tension). It's still surprisingly comfy even at high tensions too, so you won't lose too much control.

Strings will die eventually, although premium nat gut might be an exception.
If you feel the string isn't as lively or lost it's feel, don't hesitate to cut it out. Especially if you decide to put poly in. 2-3 weeks and most of them are dead and unpleasant.

That being said, avoid polyester/co-poly strings. "Soft polys" are still rather firm. I would avoid a full bed if you have arm issues.
Hybrid it with a soft string in the cross, or nat gut in the mains (my setup) might work nicely though.

Hope this helps

On that note, you know what strings or even how old your strings are?

~thatguy
 

Luiska277

New User
Sure thing!
I'd suggest a soft multi or even natural gut.
Natural gut is pricey but it does everything the best multis do but better, and lasts longer (both in durability and holding tension). It's still surprisingly comfy even at high tensions too, so you won't lose too much control.

Strings will die eventually, although premium nat gut might be an exception.
If you feel the string isn't as lively or lost it's feel, don't hesitate to cut it out. Especially if you decide to put poly in. 2-3 weeks and most of them are dead and unpleasant.

That being said, avoid polyester/co-poly strings. "Soft polys" are still rather firm. I would avoid a full bed if you have arm issues.
Hybrid it with a soft string in the cross, or nat gut in the mains (my setup) might work nicely though.

Hope this helps

On that note, you know what strings or even how old your strings are?

~thatguy
I was using Polyester strings and I have just changed it for a soft multi. I hope it helps too! I will also try with natural gut! Thanks a lot for your advise! :)
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
I play with a Pro Staff of the 90´s (95 sq. in) and I like the precision and power I have with it, but I´m feeling it too rigid and my arm is suffering a lil bit. I have tested the pure drive (100 sq. in) and I missed the sweet spot and couldn´t impact the ball properly (strong and accurate) as I do with my old racket. I´m not sure if it´s because of the size (100 sq. in).
Can you suggest me a racket? I like to play aggressive from the back line.
Excellent advice above from our pal @thatguyoverthere440

Stiff racquets can often be surprisingly comfortable players when strung with soft strings. Natural gut has worked miracles for some players in the past who can't get along with anything else. It retains its resilience and performance right up until it breaks, but it's more expensive than anything else.

On the other hand, a soft racquet with an especially arm-friendly reputation can become much more harsh when paired with a stiff string like a full bed of poly, even if it's tensioned rather low.

***Just spotted your new post. Good to see that you're trying a multifiber. It's also great that you're up for sampling a set of natural gut. I've been stringing at home for perhaps fifteen years and I've never tried that string myself so far. Its relatively high cost has probably steered me toward less expensive options that are kind to my arm.***

If you're not used to the weight and balance of a different racquet, it might be difficult to consistently find the sweet-spot while you're using it, even if the head size is a little bit larger than your regular frame. I used an older 95" ProStaff for several years - not the same model as yours - and not many racquets today are very similar to those older ones.

The move that worked for me when I switched to more current frames from my Wilsons was a couple of the softer and heavier models from Volkl. I have their C10, older Organix 10 (325g version), and also their more recent V-Sense 10 325g. All of these have 98" heads and have been very good for me in different roles - teaching, coaching high school teams, and playing on my own. I've been fine with the 98" frames, but this seems to be the upper limit in terms of my own preference.

I also get enough comfort from my racquets when I string them with synthetic gut. This string type can offer moderate softness and I generally like the "crisp" feel and control I get with it compared with what I usually find in a multifiber. I blew up my arm with a serious case of tennis elbow after trying a full bed of poly about two years ago, so I'm also avoiding harsh strings as a rule.

Multifiber can be great, but whenever I try a set, it tends to soften and degrade too quickly for me to be useful for more than a few outings. Syn. gut seems to retain a little more backbone for me as I use it and I usually can play my syn. gut up until it snaps. If the softness of multifiber is too soft for you, a syn. gut at moderate tension could be an alternative that is also rather easy on your arm. But for now, I think you're making the smartest first move by switching to substantially softer string.
 

Luiska277

New User
Excellent advice above from our pal @thatguyoverthere440

Stiff racquets can often be surprisingly comfortable players when strung with soft strings. Natural gut has worked miracles for some players in the past who can't get along with anything else. It retains its resilience and performance right up until it breaks, but it's more expensive than anything else.

On the other hand, a soft racquet with an especially arm-friendly reputation can become much more harsh when paired with a stiff string like a full bed of poly, even if it's tensioned rather low.

***Just spotted your new post. Good to see that you're trying a multifiber. It's also great that you're up for sampling a set of natural gut. I've been stringing at home for perhaps fifteen years and I've never tried that string myself so far. Its relatively high cost has probably steered me toward less expensive options that are kind to my arm.***

If you're not used to the weight and balance of a different racquet, it might be difficult to consistently find the sweet-spot while you're using it, even if the head size is a little bit larger than your regular frame. I used an older 95" ProStaff for several years - not the same model as yours - and not many racquets today are very similar to those older ones.

The move that worked for me when I switched to more current frames from my Wilsons was a couple of the softer and heavier models from Volkl. I have their C10, older Organix 10 (325g version), and also their more recent V-Sense 10 325g. All of these have 98" heads and have been very good for me in different roles - teaching, coaching high school teams, and playing on my own. I've been fine with the 98" frames, but this seems to be the upper limit in terms of my own preference.

I also get enough comfort from my racquets when I string them with synthetic gut. This string type can offer moderate softness and I generally like the "crisp" feel and control I get with it compared with what I usually find in a multifiber. I blew up my arm with a serious case of tennis elbow after trying a full bed of poly about two years ago, so I'm also avoiding harsh strings as a rule.

Multifiber can be great, but whenever I try a set, it tends to soften and degrade too quickly for me to be useful for more than a few outings. Syn. gut seems to retain a little more backbone for me as I use it and I usually can play my syn. gut up until it snaps. If the softness of multifiber is too soft for you, a syn. gut at moderate tension could be an alternative that is also rather easy on your arm. But for now, I think you're making the smartest first move by switching to substantially softer string.
Thanks for sharing your knowledge, I really appreciate to learn about your experience. How was it at the beginning when you changed to a 98’’ racket? Did you hit the ball with the frame at the beginning or was it necessary for you to adapt your grip?
 
***Just spotted your new post. Good to see that you're trying a multifiber. It's also great that you're up for sampling a set of natural gut. I've been stringing at home for perhaps fifteen years and I've never tried that string myself so far. Its relatively high cost has probably steered me toward less expensive options that are kind to my arm.***
Thanks for the kind words!
Natural gut is something I feel everyone (or at least the soft string players) should experience at least once.
It's soft, yet crisp and a ton of feel, if that makes any sense :unsure:. There's really nothing like it.

That said, if you or anyone here decides to try it make sure you give it a light prestretch (since it does lose some tension initially before settling into it's playing characteristics) before stringing and avoid playing in rain. Gut doesn't like rain/extreme humidity.

~thatguy
 

Roland G

Hall of Fame
I play with a Pro Staff of the 90´s (95 sq. in) and I like the precision and power I have with it, but I´m feeling it too rigid and my arm is suffering a lil bit. I have tested the pure drive (100 sq. in) and I missed the sweet spot and couldn´t impact the ball properly (strong and accurate) as I do with my old racket. I´m not sure if it´s because of the size (100 sq. in).
Can you suggest me a racket? I like to play aggressive from the back line.
There are countless racquets that might work for you and I'm sure you've had many great recommendations here already but one that springs to mind is the Yonex V Core Pro 97 - thin-ish beam, comfortable and not too much of a jump in headsize from your 95"? Worth a try maybe
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
Thanks for sharing your knowledge, I really appreciate to learn about your experience. How was it at the beginning when you changed to a 98’’ racket? Did you hit the ball with the frame at the beginning or was it necessary for you to adapt your grip?
My switch from the 6.1 Classic to the C10 was rather easy. The weights and balances of the two racquets were close enough that their swing behavior and maneuverability were about the same. Come to think of it, I really didn't feel much of a need to adapt to the different grip profile either.

The similar weight and balance made it rather easy to find the sweet-spot with the new racquet, but the mildly larger 98" hoop seemed to give me just a little more inherent liveliness than the 95" Wilson with the same string setup. My volleys and serves seemed to have just a little more zip off the racquet face compared with both the 6.1 Classics as well as a couple of other mids (90"-92") that I've kept in my collection.

It didn't occur to me that I needed to adapt my grip in terms of going to a stronger grip position it that's what you're asking there. My forehand grip ranges from a strong eastern to semi-western depending on what sort of ball I'm trying to hit. I'll also go to a continental grip if I need to slice my forehand or hit a sort of squash shot.

My different Volkl models have their own personalities. Despite having the same 98" heads, similar heft, and similar balance, my C10's naturally generate a boatload of power for me while my O10's (tuned with lead tape) are easily more spin-happy without quite the same top end explosive power. This is likely the result of their individual designs; layups, flex profiles, etc.

So when I play with the C10's, I need to swing a little more deliberately to spin the ball with my strokes or else I can sail it too often. When playing with my spin-factory O10's, I need to swing a little more through the ball so that my shots aren't too short and loopy. As it turns out, I actually prefer the O10's when I'm playing doubles - I seem to get much more touch and feel with these, especially around the net.

I've found that I'm more prone to framing the ball when playing with something that has an unfamiliar balance and weight. One of the old mids I sometimes use for workouts is the 92" Prince NXG mid, which has a very narrow beam width - maybe 18mm. Despite that relatively small head size, this racquet feels to me as though the entire head is sweet spot. It's gummy-bear soft and flexy, nicely stable through the ball, and has a little less of that inherent pop from the string bed with its smaller hoop. Quite a revelation when I found these several years ago. Very easy to catch the ball in the heart of the string bed and lots of control with my full swings, but just less of that "free power" that I enjoy with a 98" frame.
 

blablavla

G.O.A.T.
I have not tested it yet because I have only found the version of 97 sq. in. :(
but that is still closer to your 90 sq in? isn't it? at least when compared to Pure Drive.

1. What means that your arm is suffering?
If it suffers because the old racket is too stiff, then Babolats are probably not for you. They are one of the stiffest rackets out there.
If it suffers because the racket is too heavy, then it's a different story.

2. Once you move to bigger size rackets, the sweet spot in general will be bigger, or am I mistaken and the sweet spot is bigger with smaller head size?
You might need a bit of time to adjust to a new racket, as a jump from 90 to 100 is a big one, at least in my opinion.
Alternatively you could consider something in between, like 93, 95 sq in
 
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