why your stick?

Mr. Blond

Professional
ok, so I understand there are some inherant things that make a quality racquet, but for some, it is entirely personal why they have chosen the racquet they use. I am curious about those personal reasons....why do you use the racquet you use?
 

Court_Jester

Hall of Fame
'Coz I like the colors! :p :mrgreen:

TE and shoulder pain be damned! If I'm going down with injuries, I might as well look good doing it. :mrgreen: Don Fernando once said "it's not how you feel, it's how you look."







Seriously, I like Volkl because it helps avoid TE. I have TE when I switched and I still do but it has become less bothersome now. As long as I limit my play intensity, I should be pain-free by summer.
 
i use a dunlop 200g because of its control oriented nature and i love the muscle weave on the raquet along with the kevlar/ hot melt stuff they make the frame out of....
 

lauren

New User
i use my racquet because its the right weight for myself.not too heavy, not too light.i also like the way i play with it, makes the ball travel further in the court.also i like the way it looks.hehe:cool:
 

mctennis

Legend
I use my Volkl C10 Pro Tours and Volkl C10 Comps because of the flex, control and feel I get with these two racquets. I've demoed 100+ racquets and found these are the best for me. I've had them professionally weighted and balanced at close to 14 oz and I love the way they play.
 
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snoflewis

Guest
prostaff tour 95 leaded...because that's the racket i feel most comfortable playing w/
 

Lakoste

Professional
my friend bought it and it was too diffficult for him, so I tried it out, loved it, and bought it off him. That was a long time ago too, still havn't found an equal.
 

Mr.Federer

Hall of Fame
Wilson nsix-one 95 because I needed more weight and a higher swingweight than what my previous one had to offer. It's also bringing my game to next step!
 

gurj_v

Rookie
My coach had a demo----> he said I should try it ----> I thought I would hate it -----> I loved it -----> dumped the RDX 500.
 

XFactorer

Hall of Fame
Yonex RDX 500... 'cause I demoed it and loved it. 'Cause it's flexy and control...controlly. 'Cause Nalbandian and Dementieva use it! 'Cause Yonex isn't used by most kids people in MY generation. Those kids and their babolats and wilsons. tsk tsk tsk
 

Andres

G.O.A.T.
I was looking for a naturally heavy racquet, and very Head Light, and the PS 6.1 was the best choice at the moment.

Bought it, and never regret it, and probably, I'll stick with it until the last of my days :)
 

kb1hxj

New User
i had demoed a lot of racquets. Mostly Babolats and heads. So I tried the Babolat Pure Drive Team and as soon as I started to hit with it i new that this was the racquet for me. Like you said there is something that that one racquet can do for you when someone else could hate it.
 

thejackal

Hall of Fame
lauren said:
i use my racquet because its the right weight for myself.not too heavy, not too light.i also like the way i play with it, makes the ball travel further in the court.also i like the way it looks.hehe:cool:
so you DO play tennis?
 

donnyz89

Hall of Fame
prince tour diablo because its got a good weight but it swings light so I dont have a problem swinging it. It also looks really sweet. And, out of the ones I demoed, that was the first one that I really enjoyed.
 

travlerajm

G.O.A.T.
I'm currently using the NXG OS with about 7g of lead along the length of the handle. The lead is necessary for control on the serve - makes it well-balanced for attacking hard agressive kick serves that dive sharply into the box.

The NXG OS is one of the few oversize frames with a beam of 20mm or thinner. The thin beam makes it great for hitting lots of topspin without having to use too much of a low-to-high swingpath. I like margin for error that an oversize head gives. And I find it really hard to play with a midsize in windy conditions.

The racquet is 27.5 in. long, which puts the sweet spot in a good place for a 107-sq-in. head.

Lastly, I like a stick that weighs about 12.5 oz. Anything less than that, and my volleys suffer when someone hits a 90mph passing shot at me. And the weight helps for blocking back hard serves. The racquet has a classic player's racquet head-light balance.

I'm looking into what I can do with an O3 Tour OS (it will need lots of lead). The O3 Tour OS has everything I look for except for the fact that it's underweight, and the stiffness profile is spinnier than the NXG since the throat is only 18mm.
 

Rory G

Rookie
Vantage 100" headsize, 63 flex, 9 pts. HL, 318 SW, 11.7 oz. strung w/overgrip and dampener, Wilson grip shape, 16 X 19 pattern and 27" length.

I have been playing the game for over 25 years and am a 4.5 level. This frame and setup is absolutely fantastic for me. Great spin capability, stability, power and control combination (and I have tried them all!!). Vantage QC and support is also great. I used to switch frames often......been using these matched Vantages for quite a while and won't be changing.:)
 

mislav

Semi-Pro
I had to look for a replacement for my stolen racquet. I've played with that one for a longer period of time, got used to it and never paid any attention to its specs. Once it got stolen I was left in the dark. Didn't even know much about what some of the specs meant.

Enter the TW board era. Suddenly I am demoing like crazy, comparing specs and frantically comparing the feel of every racquet to that former Holy Grail of mine - Head Comfort Pro.

And there it was: the closest I could get to it - Wilson n6.1 95" 18x20. Felt just right from the first moment I held it in my arms and that feeling never went away. Now, it is my new Holy Grail of racquets. :D
 

Lagger

New User
Because Yonex OWNZ JOO! & Japan rocks (And my post count is low)......

But really, shouldn't people choose rackets based on their ability, the courts they normally play on & what suites them? I think for the most part everyone is brand loyal for some reason or another and they buy accordingly.
 

vkartikv

Hall of Fame
The question should be 'why your sticks?' It seems like almost everyone here uses atleast 2 entirely different racquets. So why my prostaff 6.0s? - They are the best volleying racquets out there. Why my 6.1 classics - best all round frame. And why my diablo mid - really nice PJ - goes well with just about any overgrip.
 

AUGUSTA

New User
very personal reasons indeed. My father beat me with a Wilson so I couldn't use that. My wife left me for a Head salesman so that's out. My grand mother was affected by the **** party; rules out Volkl. My 10th grade English teacher was Mrs. Fisher and just the mention of the name Fisher gives me cold sweat.
Dunlop never hurt a soul.
 
After years with a wide-body I switched last year back to Dunlop HM200G because I needed more control than power and I always enjoyed using previous Dunlop models.

A few months ago I tried the Maxply McEnroe based on all the enthusiastic reports on this board.
 

MPC37

New User
I was using a wilson 4.3 hammer until freshman year, then I started to generate my own power and now I use prince tour diablos. The control is unbeleivable. I am in love.
 

geesechops

Semi-Pro
Because,

- it feels like an extention of my arm.
- lets me swing like a maniac without worry
- heavy balls feel like fly's
- doesn't feel like I'm generating a human fan, instead I cut through the air.
- big heads feel bulky
- 12+ oz for me please
- looks retro cool
- I don't feel like a sheep (i.e. Bab PD, nSix-One, prestige)
- string beds with pop are for weaklings, lets talk control
- BYOP, bring your own power...don't look for it in the bag

of course I'm talking about...thee... "WILSON PROSTAFF 6.0 85"

-Geese

psforlife!
 

p0w3r

Semi-Pro
I use my liquidmetal radical because:

1. it was cheap and on sale at the sports authority
2. i wanted a more control racket since i was using a i.s6 at the time
3. it was cheap and on sale at the sports authority
4. i liked how my friends i.radical felt so i thought it would be similar
5. it was cheap and on sale at the sports authority

so yea pretty much i bought it without trying it...at first i hated how it felt because it had too much flex. i'm more used to it now and i think its an okay racket but still dont really love it.:-|
 
NPro Surge, leaded up. Generates good pace on the serve, I can generate lots of top, suits my all-court game. Some people are turned off by the stiffness of this frame but I think it gives it a solid feel.

Now if Wilson would just change the the lime-green color.... :)
 
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Deleted member 6835

Guest
XFactorer said:
Yonex RDX 500... 'cause I demoed it and loved it. 'Cause it's flexy and control...controlly. 'Cause Nalbandian and Dementieva use it! 'Cause Yonex isn't used by most kids people in MY generation. Those kids and their babolats and wilsons. tsk tsk tsk
lol same here, thats why im dumping my head and getting a yonex rds 001 mp :D

no one has the magic yellow card either... man if i love the playing of this racket, ill work my a** off so i can get sponsored by yonex. just imagine all the supergraps and 001's... mmmmm :mrgreen:
 

dump_can

New User
I don't know about you guys and you babalat's, but I use a Arther Ashe Competition. Nothing has the feel of the AA. It's nice to be able see your racquet flexing when you hit the ball. The power on serves is amazing too.
 
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snoflewis

Guest
update: pair of mp tour-1 98" (soon to be accompanied by a pair of RDS001 90")

that's the racket that i like best so far and feel good playing w/
 

geesechops

Semi-Pro
dump_can said:
I don't know about you guys and you babalat's, but I use a Arther Ashe Competition. Nothing has the feel of the AA. It's nice to be able see your racquet flexing when you hit the ball. The power on serves is amazing too.
Your one of those unique rebels aren't you??
 

migjam

Professional
Went from the Head Prestige to the Babolat Pure Drive because as I am getting older, I felt that I was having to work too hard with the Prestige. It took a bit of getting used to the Pure Drive but I feel that my net game is more solid and my serve is harder and I'm not having to work as hard to generate power.
 

andreh

Professional
I learned tennis in the eighties playing with "generation one" graphite racquets. So the PS 6.0 85 feels just right for me.
 

Duzza

Legend
geesechops said:
Because,

- it feels like an extention of my arm.
- lets me swing like a maniac without worry
- heavy balls feel like fly's
- doesn't feel like I'm generating a human fan, instead I cut through the air.
- big heads feel bulky
- 12+ oz for me please
- looks retro cool
- I don't feel like a sheep (i.e. Bab PD, nSix-One, prestige)
- string beds with pop are for weaklings, lets talk control
- BYOP, bring your own power...don't look for it in the bag

of course I'm talking about...thee... "WILSON PROSTAFF 6.0 85"

-Geese

psforlife!
What do you mean you don't feel like a sheep? is the n six-one BAD compared to the Original?
 

mislav

Semi-Pro
dump_can said:
I don't know about you guys and you babalat's, but I use a Arther Ashe Competition. Nothing has the feel of the AA. It's nice to be able see your racquet flexing when you hit the ball. The power on serves is amazing too.
You're full of it, dump can.

But I guess, you know that. :mrgreen:
 

geesechops

Semi-Pro
Duzza said:
What do you mean you don't feel like a sheep? is the n six-one BAD compared to the Original?
I like having a racquet you can't buy in a store. When I play with my nsix-one I feel like a federer wanna be. But, I guess you could say that about my ProStaff and Sampras. whateva..
 
fischer because no one uses it around here, and it's challenging enough to play with so i'm always focused but never unable to hit.
 

bluescreen

Hall of Fame
n6.1 95 cuz it has the perfect balance of control, power, and that little something extra that makes my opponents go, "wtf was that." besides, it just looks awesome.
 
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