Stiffer hoop versus flexy hoop

Taita87

Rookie
I finally realized what does it mean... And how this works playing these 2 type of racquets.
Some time ago I posted a thread asking you of similar frames in regard of low launch angle compared to a sv95.

I usually played only with moderately soft frames (sv95, pro tour 630, q+ tour pro and 300, dr98, tc95 and 97, donnay pro one gt, textreme tour 95 and 100p, I. Prestige and I. Radical), both in 16-19 and 18x20 and realized how I hit way flatter with an sv95 compared even with 18x20 prestiges.
I remember 2 years ago I played for 5 minutes with a friend ultra 100 and returned him the frame saying it only hits flat (that was the flattest racquet I ever tried), finding only days ago that it was 74ra.

I finally understood that the'problem" with my strokes is the flexibility of the hoop. I tend to hit in the upper hoop and with these flexy racquets my shots are loopier.
Every time I pick the sv95 or the tc95 18x20 I now understand what a flexy hoop means. If I want to go really flat with these racquets, I go really flat.. that's the stiffer hoop...

I got te problems 1 year ago, it's a pity a can't go up in ra trying new racquets with stiffer hoop
 

tennis347

Professional
I like a racquet flexy hoop as it will be a lot more forgiving and I tend hit more balls there. In addition, I have shoulder issue and stiffer hoop causes pain.

Right now I am playing with the new Wilson Blade 98 16 x 19 v7 stock which is very arm friendly and pockets the ball well.

I just bought 2 used Angell K7 Red which are extremely plush. I wanted to experience an Angell frame since I grew up playing with the Head Prestige Classic. It has the same shape and buttery feel which I love!!

My next favorite racquet is the Volkl C10 Pro from 2006-2007. Very flexible hoop and super buttery with awesome playability!!
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
I finally realized what does it mean... And how this works playing these 2 type of racquets.
Some time ago I posted a thread asking you of similar frames in regard of low launch angle compared to a sv95.

I usually played only with moderately soft frames (sv95, pro tour 630, q+ tour pro and 300, dr98, tc95 and 97, donnay pro one gt, textreme tour 95 and 100p, I. Prestige and I. Radical), both in 16-19 and 18x20 and realized how I hit way flatter with an sv95 compared even with 18x20 prestiges.
I remember 2 years ago I played for 5 minutes with a friend ultra 100 and returned him the frame saying it only hits flat (that was the flattest racquet I ever tried), finding only days ago that it was 74ra.

I finally understood that the'problem" with my strokes is the flexibility of the hoop. I tend to hit in the upper hoop and with these flexy racquets my shots are loopier.
Every time I pick the sv95 or the tc95 18x20 I now understand what a flexy hoop means. If I want to go really flat with these racquets, I go really flat.. that's the stiffer hoop...

I got te problems 1 year ago, it's a pity a can't go up in ra trying new racquets with stiffer hoop
If you're trying to keep your arm healthy, stay away from stiffer strings - polys and poly hybrids - in any racquet you sample or keep in your bag. An especially soft frame will lose a great deal of its arm-friendliness when strung with poly, but a rather stiff racquet can be extremely comfortable strung with natural gut or even a multifiber. As long as the racquet is a comfortable weight and balance for you, soft strings should make a substantial difference.
 

Tennissee

Rookie
I just bought 2 used Angell K7 Red which are extremely plush. I wanted to experience an Angell frame since I grew up playing with the Head Prestige Classic. It has the same shape and buttery feel which I love!!

My next favorite racquet is the Volkl C10 Pro from 2006-2007. Very flexible hoop and super buttery with awesome playability!!
Have you ever tried Prokennex 5G or variant? Those felt to me the most plush of all.
 

tennis347

Professional
Have you ever tried Prokennex 5G or variant? Those felt to me the most plush of all.
Yes, I played with 5G and 7G for a while. I found that both frames were very comfortable but had a dull feel. The sweet spot in both is too small and the stability wasn’t too good. They also didn’t take lead tape well. I would not say that they are plush.

I would say the Angell 7K Red is too plush for my taste. I would say that the new Blade 98 16 x 19 v7 is on the plush side with some nice flex.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
Yes, I played with 5G and 7G for a while. I found that both frames were very comfortable but had a dull feel. The sweet spot in both is too small and the stability wasn’t too good. They also didn’t take lead tape well. I would not say that they are plush.

I would say the Angell 7K Red is too plush for my taste. I would say that the new Blade 98 16 x 19 v7 is on the plush side with some nice flex.
Agreed.
 
The original 5g was very flexible in the upper hoop---almost dead. They stiffened it up and, in my opinion, it played a lot better. The original was "plush" to me. But, the stiffer one was easy on the arm, and didn't have the dead feeling in the upper hoop.
 

tennis347

Professional
The original 5g was very flexible in the upper hoop---almost dead. They stiffened it up and, in my opinion, it played a lot better. The original was "plush" to me. But, the stiffer one was easy on the arm, and didn't have the dead feeling in the upper hoop.
I found the newer 5G racquets to have dead feeling in the upper hoop and was very low powered. The new Blade line has very flexible feel in the upper hoop. I made the change from the 7G to the new Blade 98 16 x 19 a month and really enjoy the old school feel. The real benefit is that you string the Blade at a low tension and still maintain good control as there is tremendous ball pocketing. Wilson has really made their mark with the new Blade line! One of best modern racquets that I have played with in the last number of years in IMO.
 
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