Ultimate racquet of choice - tournament players and/or coaches

galapagos

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I switched from TC95 16x19 to Phantom 100x 18x20.
No regrets as I gained in directional control and touch/feel. In stock form it played too whippy and it also had a bit of lack of plow through but I fixed that with some lead at 12. The extra foregiveness of the bigger sweetspot is also a nice benefit that helps with my defending game.
The Phantom 97p also seems a very underrated frame that I would consider to demo if you prefer a smaller increase in head size.
So I would definitely recommend to add one of the Phantoms to your demo program.
from TW review:
"The Prince Phantom 100X 18x20 reminds me of the Head Graphene 360+ Gravity Pro, but with a slightly lower powered feel. The Gravity Pro provides easier put-away power, and I could tell that this Phantom 100X 18x20 feels more flexible on contact."

less power??? Gravity Pro is a master-control racquet already . Even less power and I will be playing those tournament matches 2h longer haha

I am thinking: Phantom 100G or 100P with 16x18. that could be interesting. many legendary prince players used this pattern. something is working
 

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from TW review:
"The Prince Phantom 100X 18x20 reminds me of the Head Graphene 360+ Gravity Pro, but with a slightly lower powered feel. The Gravity Pro provides easier put-away power, and I could tell that this Phantom 100X 18x20 feels more flexible on contact."

less power??? Gravity Pro is a master-control racquet already . Even less power and I will be playing those tournament matches 2h longer haha

I am thinking: Phantom 100G or 100P with 16x18. that could be interesting. many legendary prince players used this pattern. something is working
Yeah, the PP100x 18x20 in stock form is not really a power serving stick like the TC95 16m (that I miss sometimes). I also want to finish points earlier at my age ;-)
That's why I am also considering another racquet with a bit more inherent power and forgiveness.
For instance the Head Prestige MPL customized to my desired specs seems like a good candidate but I'm not sure if that'll improve my game enough compared to my PP100X. Do you have some other suggestions?
 
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galapagos

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Yeah, the PP100x 18x20 in stock form is not really a power serving stick like the TC95 16m (that I miss sometimes). I also want to finish points earlier at my age ;-)
That's why I am also considering another racquet with a bit more inherent power and forgiveness.
For instance the Head Prestige MPL customized to my desired specs seems like a good candidate but I'm not sure if that'll improve my game enough compared to my PP100X. Do you have some other suggestions?
i think prestige MP-L is nice but not exactly for those "classic players" coming from Prestige Pro 18x20 or Angell TC95. It's a very interesting frame and in stock form its stable so you only have to play with lead at the top to increase power (it's a must) and then adjust balance to your preference. but the feel is a bit muted. towards vcore line...

i am looking at the yonex vcore tour as something "easier". As an ex speed pro user it is always on my short list and I found a lot of similarities between the 360+ version and my tc95 16x19 from the past. Wasnt a big fan of the auxetic 1.0 so let's see the 2.0 and direction.

maybe percept 100d? it is more 'solid' in feel than prestige mp-l. 100d is closer to angell family i just didnt enjoy the more responsive jump that was occasionally surprising.
 
First blood, first win! :) what a tournament (at least for me hahhaa)

Put dunlop cx200 tour 16 x 19 tour 2024 in tournament. I just put a smidgen of lead at 12 (around 1g) & overgrip. It had 16 gauge dunlop strings at 54lbs in.I think it will suit ur style & give u that extra pop. It's best racket i've tried. I think it will give u a smidgen more in every department compared to the tecnifibre rackets . It's a control racket but u can add the power & spin needed when u want 2. It's extremely stable . It's better than previous cx200 tours. From what u say u want from racket in vid i feel it's what ur looking for.
 

galapagos

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Put dunlop cx200 tour 16 x 19 tour 2024 in tournament. I just put a smidgen of lead at 12 (around 1g) & overgrip. It had 16 gauge dunlop strings at 54lbs in.I think it will suit ur style & give u that extra pop. It's best racket i've tried. I think it will give u a smidgen more in every department compared to the tecnifibre rackets . It's a control racket but u can add the power & spin needed when u want 2. It's extremely stable . It's better than previous cx200 tours. From what u say u want from racket in vid i feel it's what ur looking for.
i am working on it ! :)
 

galapagos

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Head prestige mp l review :) love the feel and how stable it is in stock form but i want something a bit more „focused”

 

galapagos

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Nice review!
Maybe the Prestige Pro 16x19 is what you're looking for!
Maybe! Or Maybe prestige tour. Its slightly bothering me that at the moment prestige pro 16x19 is only available through selected shops. And the only available online review is actually a negative review :p

I know so many great coaches with prestige racquet (with head contract in general) and they dont have the access either. A bit weird. If you dont want to sell, dont sell right?
 
it is getting there. I am from Europe and from what I heard every official rep must make a decision if they want to carry vcore tour and how many they want to buy. I convinced mine that vcore tour will be hotter than ezone tour in 2024 ! :p

I just looked on TWE and it seems like they just got it into stock :) Just when I did want to stop buying frames

I you had to choose for an aggressive baseliner, lefty spin FH but also flattening out shots - would you rather go for Pure Aero 98 or the VCT?
Currently I am somewhere between the PAVS and Blade 16x19
 

galapagos

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I just looked on TWE and it seems like they just got it into stock :) Just when I did want to stop buying frames

I you had to choose for an aggressive baseliner, lefty spin FH but also flattening out shots - would you rather go for Pure Aero 98 or the VCT?
Currently I am somewhere between the PAVS and Blade 16x19
imo VCT will be better at flattening shots. it is also softer
 

galapagos

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Another tournament for me. All the matches in the group with the vcore tour. Quite happy with that one although i must say that testing new gear during tournaments is the most efficient testing. Even sparing matches doesnt give you enough info.

Today semis! I will bring vcore tour and tfifght 305 :)

Dan
 

galapagos

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Another tournament for me. All the matches in the group with the vcore tour. Quite happy with that one although i must say that testing new gear during tournaments is the most efficient testing. Even sparing matches doesnt give you enough info.

Today semis! I will bring vcore tour and tfifght 305 :)

Dan
My tournament status update. I lost in the semis vs Speed Pro :) the guy later lost in the finals vs Radical MP :)
I started my match with a Vcore Tour and then after the first set I switched to tfight 305. I couldnt play my game that day but tfight 305 allowed me to lower unforced errors. I wanted to play the mindgames and i had a small window at 5:2 but somehow the guy managed to come back and close the match. Good tournament for me as i am switching too much and too often (strings included) but it also shows that my racquet selection is heading into good direction :) staying positive
 
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