Strange Situation - Can't Serve With Pacific Pro X-Feel 95

lstewart

Semi-Pro
Very strange situation.... I'm a high end 4.5 male senior player, still hitting the ball hard, played college tennis, former top 25 national senior ranking, etc. I've been playing the Pacific X-Feel Pro 95 for about 2.5 years. Groundstrokes are probably better than they have ever been... I absolutely swing as hard as a can and crush the ball. Volleys are steady and get the job done. Problem is I can no longer serve with the frame. Most of what I play now in tournaments or league tennis is doubles, and for the last year my serve has gotten more and more shaky with the Pacific frame. I really struggle to get in a second serve trying to come in behind it, have no confidence, and find myself double faulting under pressure. I've become somewhat of a basket case, try to avoid serving as much as possible, etc, while absolutely crushing groundstrokes with the frame. I'm using 4 inches of lead tape at 9 and 3, 4 stripes. It is a racket issue... I can take out other frames and not have a problem. Played yesterday with a Prince Classic 100 Graphite and no problem with the serve. The Pacific seems to have too much pop / too high a launch angle for my motion. I've tried everything, higher toss, lower toss, more spin, less spin, get rid of the old standard loop in my service motion, you name it. I've decided I have to change rackets so I can avoid being a double faulting machine, but I hate to give up the great groundies I have with the Pacific 95. Anyone else ever run into this issue? It is very frustrating! The wrist and elbow are very touchy, so I can't play with most of the stiff frames on the market today.
 

Anton

Legend
The Pacific seems to have too much pop / too high a launch angle for my motion. I've tried everything, higher toss, lower toss, more spin, less spin, get rid of the old standard loop in my service motion, you name it.
You say that your serve has deteriorated, that tells me that you are the problem, not the racket. Racket was the same throughout, right?

I know you tried some things, but without seeing your serve it's hard to make further suggestions.

In my experience serving inconsistency comes from not being able to control the ball with spin. Blindly I can suggest working on coming out more on the left side of the head with hand motion, which will generally force more spin. More torso arch, more shoulder take back, letting the serving arm fold more freely all contribute to be able to do that.
 

lstewart

Semi-Pro
Thanks Anton. I agree the issue is related to spin, and maybe power/ launch angle. I think the serve was always a little sketchy with the frame, but over time the loss of confidence has created a bigger problem. When you don't think you can get the ball in, you are probably not going to. It is a very racket specific problem though. I can go out with any other frames I have laying around the house and the serve is fine. Clearly it is something with the frame, launch angle, string, tension, weighting, something, that just does not work for me. Not really looking for serving tips, as I have tried everything. Just wondering if anyone else has run into the problem of struggling with the serve with a frame they played well otherwise, or even had that issue with the Pacific 95.
 

Anton

Legend
Thanks Anton. I agree the issue is related to spin, and maybe power/ launch angle. I think the serve was always a little sketchy with the frame, but over time the loss of confidence has created a bigger problem. When you don't think you can get the ball in, you are probably not going to. It is a very racket specific problem though. I can go out with any other frames I have laying around the house and the serve is fine. Clearly it is something with the frame, launch angle, string, tension, weighting, something, that just does not work for me. Not really looking for serving tips, as I have tried everything. Just wondering if anyone else has run into the problem of struggling with the serve with a frame they played well otherwise, or even had that issue with the Pacific 95.

I personally have been able to find a way to serve respectably with any frame, racket differences here bother me least.


Are you serving with other frames in actual matches under some pressure? Because it could be mentally different situation and not directly comparable.

I've always been a hard server with a lot of winners but double faults and mentally I had to learn to not let those double faults phase my mood and rest of the game - I'd take note of course and try to make adjustments to reduce them, but I accept them as a normal without getting negative and usually double fault less and less as the match goes on.

Here is a video that really helps mentally :) :

 
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lstewart

Semi-Pro
Yes Anton, I've generally had your attitude as well. An occasional double fault going for a good serve happens, and you just move on. I think there is some issue here with the racket set-up I have that makes it more difficult for me to hit my normal serve in the court, which leads to the lack of confidence. I played yesterday with a Prince Classic Pro 100, served and volleyed every first and second serve, and had one double. So there is absolutely something set-up related on the Pacific frame. Maybe the same thing that makes me hit groundies so well is coming into play on the serve... more plow through or something. I've decided to try playing with other frames and see if the problem takes care of itself. I've never had this issue. I hit better with some rackets than others, but never had one I struggled to serve with before.
 

Aretium

Hall of Fame
Too much pop for serve? There is no such thing. Hit it shorter in the service box...

Go out for 15/20 mins and just hit second serves. Try a more eastern grip? Get under the toss for more spin, don't hit the ball at the top of the toss for second serves. Try different things and stick with what works.

Also, everyone has dips in form.
 
You say that your serve has deteriorated, that tells me that you are the problem, not the racket. Racket was the same throughout, right?

I know you tried some things, but without seeing your serve it's hard to make further suggestions.

In my experience serving inconsistency comes from not being able to control the ball with spin. Blindly I can suggest working on coming out more on the left side of the head with hand motion, which will generally force more spin. More torso arch, more shoulder take back, letting the serving arm fold more freely all contribute to be able to do that.
This... your spin production seems to be down and it is a very spinny, super nimble stick. If anything I found that my second serves were sitting up because of too much spin production with it... it was very hard to double fault with so something is going on.... perhaps an injury even?


It is the lowest powered mp ive ever hit with but perhaps you put too much lead on the head to compensate for the low power... mine is 9 pts hl and unless I put a lot of effort into my second serves they just weren't as effective. its easy to put them in just having a super strong second became more difficult. this put pressure on me to always jump and really put some mustard on the second serve. used thee xpf95 for 3.5 years.

This year i switched to the much more powerful angell TC 95 and although I have to worry about hitting long now it is much easier to serve with stick.... not as accurate nothing is, but it's much easier to serve with a lot of pace with it
 
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lstewart

Semi-Pro
Yes, BACKHAND, I also wonder if the frame has too much lead in the hoop. I've used this set-up for a couple of years. The frame is rated very low power, but I actually hit harder with it on groundstrokes than I do trying something else with a larger head. I assume that is a combination of having great frame ball control, and the amount of weight behind the shot. I have them at 12.2 ounces, but I don't know the balance point or swingweight. I have always used a poly main, synthetic cross set-up, generally at 54 mains / 56 crosses. I get all the spin I need on my groundstrokes, but when I try to hit normal second serves, I have a really tough time keeping them inside the service line. he more spin I try to hit, I seem to launch the ball at a higher angle, and deeper.... I might try taking all the lead out of the head and see if that helps. Anyway, I've played through 6 plus months of 4.5 18 and over, 40 and over, and 9.0 seniors with the struggles, so I am ready to move on to some other frame. As I said, I've changed just about everything I can with my serve and the problem is still chronic. Very frustrating.... and once you lose confidence, it is a struggle. Much like a golfer having the yippes over chips and putts.....
 

Anton

Legend
I have always used a poly main, synthetic cross set-up, generally at 54 mains / 56 crosses.
That s a really bad string setup for spin.

Did you ever try natural gut mains with poly cross? Comfortable, good spin, great touch, lasts too.
 

lstewart

Semi-Pro
Anton, I think I've tried natural gut crosses on this frame, but not in the mains. Generally I've not been a big fan of natural gut in modern frames, as it generally is too lively for my taste. Played it a lot in the old days in small head rackets, especially wood. Of course it was free back then!!!!! The good old days of high rankings and free equipment / strings....
 
You say that your serve has deteriorated, that tells me that you are the problem, not the racket. Racket was the same throughout, right?

I know you tried some things, but without seeing your serve it's hard to make further suggestions.

In my experience serving inconsistency comes from not being able to control the ball with spin. Blindly I can suggest working on coming out more on the left side of the head with hand motion, which will generally force more spin. More torso arch, more shoulder take back, letting the serving arm fold more freely all contribute to be able to do that.
Yes, BACKHAND, I also wonder if the frame has too much lead in the hoop. I've used this set-up for a couple of years. The frame is rated very low power, but I actually hit harder with it on groundstrokes than I do trying something else with a larger head. I assume that is a combination of having great frame ball control, and the amount of weight behind the shot. I have them at 12.2 ounces, but I don't know the balance point or swingweight. I have always used a poly main, synthetic cross set-up, generally at 54 mains / 56 crosses. I get all the spin I need on my groundstrokes, but when I try to hit normal second serves, I have a really tough time keeping them inside the service line. he more spin I try to hit, I seem to launch the ball at a higher angle, and deeper.... I might try taking all the lead out of the head and see if that helps. Anyway, I've played through 6 plus months of 4.5 18 and over, 40 and over, and 9.0 seniors with the struggles, so I am ready to move on to some other frame. As I said, I've changed just about everything I can with my serve and the problem is still chronic. Very frustrating.... and once you lose confidence, it is a struggle. Much like a golfer having the yippes over chips and putts.....
Yeah thast hard... and I know what you mean... My XPF95 is at 12.78oz (sold my spare XPF and I still have a 13 oz Fischer magnetic comp 95 which is just an earlier version). That 13oz MC95 hit some HUUUUGE 1st serves when I put a fair amount of lead at the tip but secomds were a chore. Honestly Ive played much better and won so much more with the Angell TC95. Totally different frame but here's a log of my experience: http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/index.php?threads/angell-tc95-16x19-flexy-shakedown.553138/

Gotta say the the XPF95 is such an accurate beast... get that thing moving and you can swing out all day... I know what you mean about it. Thing Ive found with the Angell is I play smoother now. I hit bigger too despitye having a slightly lighter frame.
 

Anton

Legend
Anton, I think I've tried natural gut crosses on this frame, but not in the mains. Generally I've not been a big fan of natural gut in modern frames, as it generally is too lively for my taste. Played it a lot in the old days in small head rackets, especially wood. Of course it was free back then!!!!! The good old days of high rankings and free equipment / strings....
I highly recommend you try this setup, there is very good reason why so many of the top pros use it. Unlike full natural gut hybrid with poly cross has great control properties.

I use KLIP legend from TW and it's been really great consistency natural gut at very reasonable price.
 

lstewart

Semi-Pro
Thanks BACKHAND, good advice. I had seen your post on the Angell 95, and the specs look like something I would like. A little reluctant to pay the premium price without ever having hit one, as that almost never works for me. But those frames do look like something I would play well with.
 
Thanks BACKHAND, good advice. I had seen your post on the Angell 95, and the specs look like something I would like. A little reluctant to pay the premium price without ever having hit one, as that almost never works for me. But those frames do look like something I would play well with.
Yeah I know... I could have got one 6 years ago, maybe I didnt wast my time with the other frames BUT honestly this is a better frame for me ... you can get demos of the TC97 in the USA now and many of us can help you find someone who is near you with a frame to try out.


There arent that many options for players frames today
 
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PMChambers

Hall of Fame
I had similar issue, I play with Redondo 98 but damage butt before final resently so used a X feel 95. It's got too much power on serve or not enough spin at the top of the frame. Either way it serves big but has small margin of errors. I served long a lot with it, found a kicker launched up too much so had to reduce the brush from the back of the ball more to over the ball. This gives great serves but has smaller room for error. The other thing I did was use more slice. It's a good serving racquet but need to have faith and aim in smaller window, I fixed my R98 and got another one in case.
 

Crocodile

Legend
For serving, maybe back off on the lead tape in the head and instead put the extra weight in the handle and try that, it can't hurt to try this.
 

lstewart

Semi-Pro
Thanks for all the good feedback. I was playing some very tough doubles yesterday. I pulled all the lead tape off the hoop of the Pacific 95 and it did make a difference in the spin generation of my serve. There was a marked improvement in my serve, although everything else felt a little worse. I had never actually played the Pacific 95 without the lead tape at 9 and 3, so did not realize it was that much of a factor in trying to keep the serve in play. I guess it was adding too much power and making the frame not produce enough spin on the serve.
 

robbo1970

Hall of Fame
I had a strange situation my self with the PCG100. Every shot was fine, except for servicing.

I can serve just fine with any other racquet I have, but with that one I just could not get it working. It was literally like I had never served before in my life.

It caused me to ditch the racquet and go back to the ones that work best for me on every shot. It was very strange because I never usually have any issue with any type of shot, I just happen to prefer certain racquets over others. But the PCG100 was just not the one for me. It was a strange experience.
 

lstewart

Semi-Pro
Yes robbo, I completely understand. I actually had picked up a couple of the Prince Classic Graphite 100's, and that's what I had tried for a couple of days to get away from my serving problems with the Pacific 95. I served better with the Prince, but was not as sharp with my groundstrokes. I think I need to get away from adding lead tape to racket heads and just get used to frames stock. I seem to be creating some of my own problems......
 

TennisHound

Legend
Thanks Anton. I agree the issue is related to spin, and maybe power/ launch angle. I think the serve was always a little sketchy with the frame, but over time the loss of confidence has created a bigger problem. When you don't think you can get the ball in, you are probably not going to. It is a very racket specific problem though. I can go out with any other frames I have laying around the house and the serve is fine. Clearly it is something with the frame, launch angle, string, tension, weighting, something, that just does not work for me. Not really looking for serving tips, as I have tried everything. Just wondering if anyone else has run into the problem of struggling with the serve with a frame they played well otherwise, or even had that issue with the Pacific 95.
Just try a different racquet for awhile.
 

smalahove

Hall of Fame
It is the lowest powered mp ive ever hit with but perhaps you put too much lead on the head to compensate for the low power... mine is 9 pts hl and unless I put a lot of effort into my second serves they just weren't as effective. its easy to put them in just having a super strong second became more difficult. this put pressure on me to always jump and really put some mustard on the second serve. used thee xpf95 for 3.5 years.
This pretty much sums up my experience as well. Loved the feel, hated the lack of power and plow. Added quite a bit of lead (@12), and just as with my TT95s, you def get more plow as a result of higher SW (and higher RW when counterbalancing), but it did come at a price, as it became less manoeuvrable with minimal added "free" (that elusive term) power. Every point in a competitive 4.5 rally had to be earned the hard way.

In my game, I try to execute the second serve with the same amount of mental assertiveness as the first serve, but execute a higher percentage shot. Most of my double faults are caused by a lack of "athleticness" as I either become too timid in my movements or too wild, if that makes sense. The XFP95 was merciless at revealing those flaws :)
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
Thanks for all the good feedback. I was playing some very tough doubles yesterday. I pulled all the lead tape off the hoop of the Pacific 95 and it did make a difference in the spin generation of my serve. There was a marked improvement in my serve, although everything else felt a little worse. I had never actually played the Pacific 95 without the lead tape at 9 and 3, so did not realize it was that much of a factor in trying to keep the serve in play. I guess it was adding too much power and making the frame not produce enough spin on the serve.
A few years ago I picked up a pair of LM Radical mp's after having a lot of fun with one of them in a couple of demo sessions. Although I was used to heavier racquets like the 6.1 Classics, I wanted to noodle with something different. In this case, the Radical was a lighter alternative with more flex, but also significantly less head-light in balance.

While I knew that the drop in heft would affect my impressions of stability and plow-through, the most unsettling change happened with my serve. Because of the Radical's different swing behavior, I had to use a different contact point to land my serves with that racquet. Just like you, the ball sailed on me until I started tossing the ball several inches further out ahead of me where the racquet could turn over. The difference was substantial. On top of that, even when I did contact the ball more out in front of me, I couldn't get anything close to the spin I could churn out with some other frames.

You may have just a little more weight added to your hoop than you need, but that's entirely up to you. When the feel and performance we get with any setup is good enough to be a confidence booster, there's not much arguing with that I suppose. But since you didn't mention any counterbalancing - adding weight to your handle - I'm willing to bet a nickel that you've lost the HL balance you need to produce a good serve with that racquet. Even adjusting your contact point may do little to help.

If you can compare the balance of your Pacific with that PCG 100, that ought to help with this piece of the mystery.
 

Minion

Hall of Fame
Lol, I had the same with the Blade 98 18x20. Everything was perfect, better than ever, groundies, volleys etc.. but for the life of me, I couldn't serve well with it. It was ok, but well below what I could serve with any other racquet. Such a pity, because in every other department it was hand down the best stick. I'm not one to change my strokes /mechanics just to suit a racquet;)
 

robbo1970

Hall of Fame
It is the weirdest feeling when all other strokes work just fine with a racquet, but one particular stroke just doesn't work.

I actually had to pause for a moment to check I was actually using my right hand. It literally felt like I could have been swinging with my wrong hand.

To this day I am still totally confused as to how I hit this stumbling block. I don't know if it was a weight or balance issue, or what. All I know is that it just didn't work.
 

lstewart

Semi-Pro
Thanks guys, good advice and comments. When I got the Pacific 95's, an old workout buddy was their national rep. He told me he was playing them, and he added lead at 9 and 3. So I added the lead before ever hitting them, and have played them set up this way all along. I place a wrap of tournagrip, a dampener, and then added 4 strips of 4 inch lead tape at 9 and 3. I've now taken all the lead off the frame. Serve is better, everything else is worse. Of course the frame is now more head light, so getting more spin on the serve. The frame now does not feel particularly solid on volleys, or when really trying to jump on groundstrokes. I guess the change in how the frame plays improved the problem area, while creating other issues. Clearly adding some weight back to the head, and maybe more to the grip might help, but I'm pretty frustrated trying to deal with it. I can probably adjust some to the more headlight balance with the groundstrokes, although the volleys feeling so much worse probably won't improve much. Arg...... I assume every little bit of lead I add back to the head will slowly make the serve more inconsistent, while bringing back the better feel on the strokes.
 
This pretty much sums up my experience as well. Loved the feel, hated the lack of power and plow. Added quite a bit of lead (@12), and just as with my TT95s, you def get more plow as a result of higher SW (and higher RW when counterbalancing), but it did come at a price, as it became less manoeuvrable with minimal added "free" (that elusive term) power. Every point in a competitive 4.5 rally had to be earned the hard way.

In my game, I try to execute the second serve with the same amount of mental assertiveness as the first serve, but execute a higher percentage shot. Most of my double faults are caused by a lack of "athleticness" as I either become too timid in my movements or too wild, if that makes sense. The XFP95 was merciless at revealing those flaws :)
Yup same here... the xpf95 simply demanded a high level of excection... it actually made my second serve a lot better but as I turned 45 I knew realistically I had to change. At 45 you want some easy points... XPF95 forces you to strategize and execute perfectly... on days that I was less than 85% of my best (or my 1st serves dropped below 60%) I simply had a lot of work to do. As a returner though it was a beast... I was able to still win but only because Im a gifted returner. Eventually I realized I shouldnt be expecting myself to break every opponent 2-3 times a set. There are always tradeoffs and the TC95 is a very different stick but all the work I put in with the XPF95 has paid off. As a big, fit norseman I move like a cat but I dont always have to swing out on every shot the same way. I play smoother... better (I turn 46 soon and a second TC95 will be my present to myself) . I briefly considered the TT95 but its just a somewhat more powerful version of the XPF95. The TC95 is just a different kind of stick.. it serves huge. I DF more but my firsts are more potent, as are my seconds. Not quite as accurated an maneuverable as the XPF95 but nearly so with more spin and power. Different feel than the Fischer design but just as plush... with more flex.

Thanks guys, good advice and comments. When I got the Pacific 95's, an old workout buddy was their national rep. He told me he was playing them, and he added lead at 9 and 3. So I added the lead before ever hitting them, and have played them set up this way all along. I place a wrap of tournagrip, a dampener, and then added 4 strips of 4 inch lead tape at 9 and 3. I've now taken all the lead off the frame. Serve is better, everything else is worse. Of course the frame is now more head light, so getting more spin on the serve. The frame now does not feel particularly solid on volleys, or when really trying to jump on groundstrokes. I guess the change in how the frame plays improved the problem area, while creating other issues. Clearly adding some weight back to the head, and maybe more to the grip might help, but I'm pretty frustrated trying to deal with it. I can probably adjust some to the more headlight balance with the groundstrokes, although the volleys feeling so much worse probably won't improve much. Arg...... I assume every little bit of lead I add back to the head will slowly make the serve more inconsistent, while bringing back the better feel on the strokes.
I only have a tiny amount of lead at 3 and 9 on mine... most is in the handle plus a leather grip. The main thing I realized is it is a precision stick and takes a little stick off the spinnier serves (I use an american twist 90% of my seconds). Ultimately it just made my seconds sit up ocassionally and I got tired of it. I have a big serve but I feel like Im getting 5mph more with the TC95 and im getting more relaxed power... My biggest problem as a player is getting tight when I am ahead in a score... No I just relax and crush it. Done. I enjoy my leads now with the TC95. It lets me impose myself and get out of trouble if things dont go according to plan... With the xpf95 it was all about executing perfectly and hoping my opponents (some of whom are excellent players with gifted hands) didnt come up with something special. Now I can weather those moments when the plans change... Ive become a more flexible player and not expecting perfectuion at all times with myself. Its the player not the stick but sometimes you gotta know when the stick just asks you to be a player you cant always be.

Basically, I played with the xpf95 because I knew it was for a limited time and my last chance to do so. Im still reaping the benefits of using it.
 
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lstewart

Semi-Pro
Backhand, I can hardly remember being 46! I'm 58 now, and have the usual issues that someone playing tournament tennis for 40 plus years has. A couple of years ago when my son left to play college tennis, I decided to go back old school, small head, good control, low power, and not worry about bashing the ball. That's when I stumbled into the Pacific 95 frames. Amazingly, my groundstrokes are probably better now that they ever were. With the amount of lead I had in the Pacific frame, I could absolutely crush forehands. I'm a lefty, so the forehand has always been the weapon of choice. That said, the topspin backhand became a weapon as well. I've always lifted regularly and remained fit, so racket weight and being able to swing hard has never been an issue. Just the serve issue, which I've figured out must be due to too much weight in the racket head taking away the spin I need on the serve. I've got a couple of $50 Avery Power 95's on the way just for the heck of it. See if they make a difference. Unless I love them, I'll check out the TC95.
 
Backhand, I can hardly remember being 46! I'm 58 now, and have the usual issues that someone playing tournament tennis for 40 plus years has. A couple of years ago when my son left to play college tennis, I decided to go back old school, small head, good control, low power, and not worry about bashing the ball. That's when I stumbled into the Pacific 95 frames. Amazingly, my groundstrokes are probably better now that they ever were. With the amount of lead I had in the Pacific frame, I could absolutely crush forehands. I'm a lefty, so the forehand has always been the weapon of choice. That said, the topspin backhand became a weapon as well. I've always lifted regularly and remained fit, so racket weight and being able to swing hard has never been an issue. Just the serve issue, which I've figured out must be due to too much weight in the racket head taking away the spin I need on the serve. I've got a couple of $50 Avery Power 95's on the way just for the heck of it. See if they make a difference. Unless I love them, I'll check out the TC95.
Hope they work out... I find stick searches to be exciting and frustrating because I groove so much and want to remove the stick from the day to day equation of variables.

Yeah most hardly can believe Im 45... I look better than many 30 year olds... old highschool/college freinds hate me.

Cool yeah... the TC95 was kinda the look for the best stick to play 10+ years with. The XPF95 was great and I still have the mobility... I train but I just got stick of working that hard for seconds. Plus I have a rather big 1st serve so I wanted more free points by enhancing that. I play others with strong return games and they know my serve really well (as I do theirs) so I just wanted to enhance my weapons. My biggest weakness is playing boring tennis... if I just grind my opponents (Ive got very good movement) I just lose interest... I like being a shotmaker.

True I loved crushing forehands and backhands with the XPF95... Ive got weapons on both sides and it was great for swinging out but what Im digging now is my smoother game... where my opponent is taken off guard by a crushed shot because it doesnt look like I was trying much harder.

Not many flexy mp options with thinner beams out there
 

lstewart

Semi-Pro
I agree about flexy thin beam mp options being limited. I've got a very touchy wrist, and the elbow can flare up as well, so I just can't play with most of the modern stiff frames. I might hit well with them, but after a few workouts, the wrist is too sore. I spent a couple of years trying so many different rackets. Nothing worse than ordering a new frame you have not tried before, hitting about 2 minutes with it, and knowing it does not really fit your game. Of course you can change your game to fit a racket and adjust to it, but I want the frame to fit my game, so I can tell very quickly if I like something. I actually played a couple of years when working out with my junior son every day, with the older Head Radical Team, with it weighted to 12 ounces. It was a around 10 ounces stock, so I had so much weight added it was crazy. I liked the frame... it was flexible, but I would have chunks of lead tape flying off during matches! Anyway, the TC 95 sounds like the logical choice if I make a change. I've got rackets laying all over the house, but nothing I am too gung ho to go back to.
 
I agree about flexy thin beam mp options being limited. I've got a very touchy wrist, and the elbow can flare up as well, so I just can't play with most of the modern stiff frames. I might hit well with them, but after a few workouts, the wrist is too sore. I spent a couple of years trying so many different rackets. Nothing worse than ordering a new frame you have not tried before, hitting about 2 minutes with it, and knowing it does not really fit your game. Of course you can change your game to fit a racket and adjust to it, but I want the frame to fit my game, so I can tell very quickly if I like something. I actually played a couple of years when working out with my junior son every day, with the older Head Radical Team, with it weighted to 12 ounces. It was a around 10 ounces stock, so I had so much weight added it was crazy. I liked the frame... it was flexible, but I would have chunks of lead tape flying off during matches! Anyway, the TC 95 sounds like the logical choice if I make a change. I've got rackets laying all over the house, but nothing I am too gung ho to go back to.
There's always the Head Microgel radical from back when they used to make nice sticks! Still avail at TW! Thank you TW
 
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