Why did you choose your racquet?

TagUrIt

Professional
This thread isn't about slamming other racquets or others for their choices. With so many different types of racquets on the market, I'm curious to know what influenced you to buy it? Was it brand loyalty, favorite player, suits your game, etc?

For me I was looking for a more advanced racquet, I was already a fan of Wilson racquets so it made sense to start there. I did some research and came across the Wilson Ultra line. Initially I started with a 105CV, but I felt I needed more powerful racquet 100CV. I tried the 100CV and I've never felt more confident on the courts. Really happy with this racquet, so much that I have 4 of them. I would like to get the camo version also, but the lighter weight is holding me back on that one. (yes I know you can add weight to a racquet) ;)

Full disclosure the marketing for this racquet also got me. I liked it so much that I added a piece of sport's tape to the throat of my racquet and wrote the word "UNSTOPPABLE" on it.

 

movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
A Dutch Pro received the wrong order of 15 racquets from Head and had Stein put them up for sale. I bought two of them because they were customized and matched though I was a bit concerned about the weight. I later bought two more of the set. I think that VSBabolat did a review of the frames sometime in there which helped to convince me too but I'm not 100% of the timing. This was back around 2011 or 2012. They've been great racquets and I could see myself using them for the next decade.
 

1HBHfanatic

Hall of Fame
I needed something easier to play with after almost 10yrs
I demoed a bunch of rakets, but found the one I switched to after 6 months of demos
the weight, the control, the spin and power all fit, even the stringing made it easier, from a 18/20 to a 16/20.. I do like a bunch of the new stuff, but my rakets just feel right everytime....
Ohh and also I got a great deal,, sometimes that just a Signn that it was meant to be.Haa
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
My handle which I refuse to play without adds 40g to any racquet. I also like a stiff racquet. So that makes it pretty hard to find anything but a light tweener or granny stick and add bunches of lead to it.

My current stick is the Wilson Blx Two. Stock its 8.6 oz or 243g, 16pts HH which is crucial if you are adding 40g to the handle and has an RA of 70. I have had it weighted over 400g IIRC and now its currently 341g. so I added about 80grams to it (20g roughly for the strings.)

Its something I can play with. There are 2 things I would change though. Its a 110" and well I think I would do better with a 100" because its insanely powerful and I must string it super tight. 2nd its not stiff enough. wish it was 75ra.

Or said another way, I got it because the market doesnt make a 250g 100" with a 75ra....
 

Chadalina

Hall of Fame
I went from stock ncode 6.1's (16*18) to black ones that weighed 13.4oz. Then found the ultra like you. But i use the ultra xp 100s. 12.2oz with my setup, hammer balanced. 16*15 as well, i used to hate that pattern with the steam and princes because they felt like a wet noodle, no backbone. Mine have carbon fibre, very firm, like the old profile.

Racket is one big sweet spot with control. Its just a little bit light on flat serve's (no resistance so its like a slap), everything else is better and much easier. Its a lazy racket (does power for me), but really like since i have great control with its stiffness.
 

Big Bagel

Professional
I was using the RF97, but was intrigued by Stan the Man's racquet, so I got one to try out. I stuck with the RF97 until I took a month or so off of tennis when I moved, then my RF97 with added weight and full poly was a little much for me when I stepped back on the court, so I switched to the Duel G with a gut/poly hybrid. As I got to playing more I added some weight, gave it a leather grip, and got it how I love it now as my go-to stick... but then I got chosen for the Dunlop CX 200 Tour 18x20 playtest, and went through a thorough review of that, and I'm not entirely sure which stick will be my go-to now, but I'm leaning towards the Dunlop.
 

Kevo

Legend
Feel is my primary concern. Control is next. My modern frame is Pure Control 95. Does well in both departments. My goto right now though is an old school Rossignol frame that has fiberglass in it. Sweet flex and good control. The feel of the old fiberglass frames is the best for me. Wish I would have discovered it sooner and picked up a better stock of them over the years I spent all that money on more modern frames.
 

ONgame

Semi-Pro
dont feel like bothering with quality control - eliminated W B H P
left with Yonex and Angell
bought Angell that was in my spec range, liked it, then bought another.
 

TennisProdigy

Professional
My last previous racquet broke (babolat PST+). Went on tenniswarehouse, looked at “sale racquets,” picked out three of the heaviest ones, read reviews then bought it without demoing.

After hitting with my new yonex duel g 97 330 for a week I decided it was a fitting replacement so I went on **** and bought 3 more for $100 each, should be set for 4-5 years now.
 
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NicoMK

Semi-Pro
I have been playing tennis for about 30 years now. I've tried some sticks on and off because I thought I might like them (right or wrong...) but my two main rackets were because my idol as a teenager Mats Wilander used them. A Rossignol F200... played with it for about 10 years... loved it, then moved to a Fischer some 20 years ago... and have been using it since then :giggle:.

So yeah, Mats influenced my choice of racket (for good), for sure.
 

SpinControl

New User
Always wanted POGs. When I was in college, the widebody was all the rage, so I bought 2 Prince Approach's. They were nice enough and I played well with them.

Then came the long body. Got myself a Chang LB Graphite in the late 90s just to try it out. Terrible. Played like crap. Couldn't control the ball. The guy I was playing probably thought I was a beginner.

Started playing golf instead of tennis. Fast forward 18 years. Picked up 4 used POGs for $200 of e b a y. Love them. Also added 2 more Approach to my "collection" also...for even cheaper.

Amazing that the $150 I couldn't afford in the late 80s is STILL the price of the POGs.
 

Seth

Hall of Fame
Always wanted POGs. When I was in college, the widebody was all the rage, so I bought 2 Prince Approach's. They were nice enough and I played well with them.

Then came the long body. Got myself a Chang LB Graphite in the late 90s just to try it out. Terrible. Played like crap. Couldn't control the ball. The guy I was playing probably thought I was a beginner.

Started playing golf instead of tennis. Fast forward 18 years. Picked up 4 used POGs for $200 of e b a y. Love them. Also added 2 more Approach to my "collection" also...for even cheaper.

Amazing that the $150 I couldn't afford in the late 80s is STILL the price of the POGs.
POGs are GOAT
 
My two favorite racquets are the Phantom 100P and Pure Drive Tour. As well as I play with the pure drive, I can't play with it long. I love the feel and spin I get with the Prince. No matter how many racquets I try, they're still my top two, but the Phantom is just as good as it get for me. Color scheme is awesome too with my neon green string and overgrip
 

NickJ

Professional
Years & years of being a Pro Staff user, 6.0 95 before going to when they introduced the 95S (white & red one), but then an arm injury kept me from playing for months and my physio advised a more flexible frame & string set up, so switched to the Ezone DR98 and loved it! My arm feels much better now so just treated myself to a VCore Pro 330g! Weeell, it is Christmas . . . .
 

OldschoolKIaus

Hall of Fame
Yonex Duel G330.
Flex, soft, plush, control, FEEL. That's all I need.
I grow up with Prestige 600 and Pro Staff 90, G330 is very similar, a modern racquet but very oldschool-ish. I love it, bought four of them ^^
 
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Crocodile

Hall of Fame
I do quite a bit of testing but the racquets I like include all the 10 series Vollkl's, the Q series PK's the Dunlop 200 series and Pacific X Feel Pros. The main thing that attracts me to these racquets is the feel and comfort they have along the the considerable mass and low RA.
 

3loudboys

Semi-Pro
Always preferred heavier players frames and reached an age where simply couldn't gain enough racket head speed anymore. Sad but that's life.

Back in the day used to play the Head Radical Tour MP (Zeb) and then more recently the LM Rad customised to 340 strung or thereabouts. So went looking for a more middle weight frame and as a Head Loyalist plumped for the Graphene Rad Pro, 310 unstrung, polarised set up and good swingweight. Specs looked great but the only thing I gained from that experiment was golfers elbow and a frustrating amount of time out of the game missing a load of challenging team tennis. As a radical lover Head what are you thinking!

I tried physio and string changes but nothing had an impact until I used a Pro Kennex Q315X or think that was name of it. Great frame and cured my elbow but it ending up snapping in the hoop and I didnt even bounce it - questionable PK quality control. I couldn't get hold of any more of that model (the black one) and so tried the Prince Tour 100 18 x 20 and loved everything about it apart from a lightweight serve.

The final leg of this journey saw me arrive at the Price Textreme Tour 100P. Glorious frame and still using it 18 months on. It hits a heavy ball, good spin, surprising stability for its weight and great spin from an open 18 x 20. Not a twinge on the joints. Very much looking forward to the new Textreme Twaron O3 100 Tour with a 16 x 19 - Christmas is just around the corner and we all need to treat ourselves don't we.

Apologies for long post but as with all things of the heart the road is long and winding.
 

Anton

Legend
I was using the RF97, but was intrigued by Stan the Man's racquet, so I got one to try out. ...so I switched to the Duel G with a gut/poly hybrid.
Just FYI Stan never played with Duel G. He has been rocking older 95D for a long time.
 

Big Bagel

Professional
Just FYI Stan never played with Duel G. He has been rocking older 95D for a long time.
Yeah, I know that, and I knew that before I got it, but I liked the specs on it and I also wanted to try a Yonex to see if I noticed any significant difference with the head shape.
 

Anton

Legend
I've been on weighted up DR98 285g for a while now because its got a
right size head
consistent+crisp stringbed
controlled power
good spin
good feel/comfort
light enough for me to add weight in all the right places for stable big spin game
 

1HBHfanatic

Hall of Fame
Yonex Duel G330.
Flex, soft, plush, control, FEEL. That's all I need.
I grow up with Prestige 600 and Pro Staff 90, G330 is very similar, a modern racquet but very oldschool-ish. I love it, bought four of them ^^
have you tried the vcore "tour" g rakets,,?
i find they are a bit softer then the "dual" line
 

Ultra 2

Semi-Pro
Feel is my primary concern. Control is next. My modern frame is Pure Control 95. Does well in both departments. My goto right now though is an old school Rossignol frame that has fiberglass in it. Sweet flex and good control. The feel of the old fiberglass frames is the best for me. Wish I would have discovered it sooner and picked up a better stock of them over the years I spent all that money on more modern frames.
If this is the case, then get yourself a Max 200G/300i/400i or an Elektra Pro. You will fall in love with those.
 

3loudboys

Semi-Pro
I've been on weighted up DR98 285g for a while now because its got a
right size head
consistent+crisp stringbed
controlled power
good spin
good feel/comfort
light enough for me to add weight in all the right places for stable big spin game
Got one of those and might give it a try. What’s your preferred set up?


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Kevo

Legend
If this is the case, then get yourself a Max 200G/300i/400i or an Elektra Pro. You will fall in love with those.
I have been keeping an eye out for an old Dunlop like that. I'll probably pick it up if I find one for a good price somewhere, but I've picked up too many of these old frames recently. Probably need to sell off a handful and just stick with my favorite 6-10 frames. Trying to simplify my life a little. :)
 

1HBHfanatic

Hall of Fame
I tried Tour G330. Softness was pretty much the same for me, but it felt less manouverable (big no!)
i tried both the 310 and 330, decided on the 310 because of same issue you listed, maneuverability,, i added some lead, now its at my perfect weight, somewhere in the middle of the 2..
i like the tour series over the dual series,, dual series seemed stiffer to me, got one also
the pro series is now 16/19, im not liking that.. i switched to yonex for the 16/20 pattern..
im looking into the vcore sv95 now (16/20),, i hope to hit with it soon
 
I have always liked wilson, and while I really liked the yonex vcore duel g 97 330g and the babolat pure aero plus, they were always so expensive, that I couldn't justify buying one. I stuck with wilson and tried out the blade 104, the pro staff 6.1 classic 95 16X18, and the burn fst 99s which I used for a while, until I found, "the one". For me, the Wilson Juice 100S weighted up with a leather grip, silicone in the handle and weight at 12 makes is perfect. Coming out to about 13.9oz and the tension at about 75lbs. the sweet spot is huge and I get massive spin and power. Everything is rockin!
 

jsm1373

Rookie
My current stick is several identical nCode Six.One 95 18x20s including a prostock and new old stock version (as collectibles not used). As for the "why": I grew up on the PS85 then 6.1 Classic in college (D3). Used the Tour 90 as an adult in liveball/social doubles for years until joining USTA leagues and being completely outgunned by kids half my age & twice the fitness wielding Babolats. Switched to the RF97 for a few years before going back to the 6.1 - for my $0.02, it is the perfect tweener - inbetween the PS85 and RF97 that is...

After deciding to go 6.1 18x20 of some flavor/style I studied the variations over the years. I did NOT want : parallel drilling, amplifeel, or a rounded Blade style buttcap. The nCode paintjob has always been a favorite so I started hoarding them lol (currently at 9).

Eventually I'll get old enough and have to pick something softer like an Ultra Tour 97, but plan on staying team 6.1 until my body/arm can't take it anymore. At this point in my tennis, would rather lose and hit a DelPo-ish forehand than win with an "all-around" stick 8-B
 

MajesticMoose

Hall of Fame
Currently pulled the trigger on a brand new (plastic wrapped grip and cardboard graphic insert inside the hoop) microgel prestige mid. I've always been a huge fan of the classic player frames. Came from 4 iterations of the prostaff 90 (fed frames), prince tour diablo then moved on to a babolat pure control 95, yonex duel g 330 and most recently a wilson six.one 95 reissue. Can't wait for my new weapon to get here. Going back a little old school.
 

FedLIKEnot

Professional
For me it was a natural progression. As I was getting better I didnt need the free power other racquets offered. What I did need however was a little more headlight for those on the run shots and help with spin. I found where I was inconsistent with the PF 97 using the 95s those balls that were out were now smacking close to the baseline. With that after dialing in the serve I found it gave me what I needed with some slight tweaks with a leather grip and a few ounces here and there. Now I am co dependent on the racquet so I am not going anywhere......

 

PBODY99

Legend
Purchased the Phantom 100 base on the looks.
Fine for fast ourts, but too big switch from my 110 O 3 Speedports Gold
Picked up a set of Beast O# 104s for the lattest Textreme & Tarwon.
 
I tried the demo route, but found that most of the shops around here string with poly and at higher tensions than I would normally use, so playtesting turned out to be a dead end for me.
Recently bought a Technifibre TFight 295 based on specs alone (stiffnes, overall weight, swing weight, beamwidth, string pattern and sweet zone) - and I wasn’t disappointed! Perhaps it comes down to knowing what you are looking for in a racquet.
 

Traffic

Hall of Fame
I wanted a good all-around racquet that was not too stiff. I thought I wanted a max spin setup. But that was just a crutch for not having decent strokes or consistency. Figured 100", 16x19, 11.3oz, 3ptHL, RA66 looked to be very middle of the road.
 

Big Ed

Rookie
cause I'm a Prince nerd personally and it didn't hurt to find out after my 28 yr tennis hiatus that they are THE racquet to use if you wanna keep te at bay. I've tried several Prince models and settled on the tt warrior 100 and tt warrior 107 strung at the moment with black color way Head velo. just got one of my tt warrior 107's strung with Volkl classic syn gut 16ga to see if it can compete with my fav Head Velo as the numbers from TW look very promising. we shall see. I kinda hope it does well so I can rock some color strings and stop being vader ha! BUT..........I will always keep one strung with black velo when I'm in the mood to raise the black flag and start slashing lol!
Big Ed
 
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