Your Racquet Disappointments?

galain

Hall of Fame
You know sometimes the marketing machinery sneaks up on you and before you know it you find yourself thinking 'Yeah - I wanna try that myself' - or you just happen to be in a tyre kicking frame of mind and looking to take a few new models out for spin?

And sometimes you have high expectations based on what you've heard and read - and these get dashed pretty quickly when you hit your first few balls. At least for me - stringing aside, I have a pretty good idea right off the bat whether I have any interest in the way a racquet feels or not.

I thought I'd ask what your disapointments have been. The ones where, after picking the beast up, swinging it around in the store and going 'Yeah - this looks promising..' you get it to the court and it just doesn't do it for you.

My lows -
Babolat Pure Storm Tour - felt great at pickup, had no feel at all when I got it to court.

Head LM Prestige MidPlus - read it could be a fine substitute for the 630. Found it a peculiar combination of high swingweight and 'tinnyness'. Not tinny in an insubstantial way, but it felt like there parts of the middle of the frame missing or something.

My surprises -
The PK Kinetic series. I hit a 5G and 15G. Big heads, felt light and stiff on pickup. Played brilliantly and felt terrific.

Anyone care to share?
 

njjohan

Rookie
Prince Hybrid Shark MP: ridiculously powerful and no feel for something with specs so similar to the old PD+.
 

bluetrain4

G.O.A.T.
Prince Ozone Pro Tour.

The specs looked absolutely perfect for me. Racquet looked great. I had no issues with the Oports, as I had really enjoyed hitting with the Speedport Black, Speedport Tour, and O3 Tour (though I never purchased any of them), and thought they were all quality frames.

It was a mismatch from the start. I tried it a couple of times, each time thinking I'd come around. I don't know what it was. It was just that intangible "feel" component which is personal to everyone. The frame felt horrible, sluggish. I didn't like the response I got from it at all.

I was really surprised. But, I'm sure it would work for other people. I'm not questioning the quality of the frame at all. It just didn't work for me.
 

N23

Semi-Pro
Disappointment- Head LM Radical MP. After a few generations of Head marketing this racquet and playing the Ti Radical I felt this would be a great stick to have around. And at $40 off the forums here it can't be that bad. Well, after restringing and trying different patterns, I still can't get used to it and have almost given up. Ugh... Yonex RDX500MP- just got one so the jury is still out but compared to the other Yonex's in the lineup, this is a high effort stick that takes it's toll. Good feel and decent ball pocketing, but the effort and I mean effort to swing this thing isn't what I thought it would be.


Happy's- Yonex MP Tour 1 98- Didn't expect anything from the stick. It seemed unloved at the time as the Muscle Power grommets seemed a gimmick. After restring it played very nice and crisp. Lighter than my Super RD Tour 95's and RD7 as well as the RDX500MP. Not a bad find for me. Wilson Pro Staff Tour 95- I know it's very unloved by the TW Testers but it does have that crisp feel and if strung correctly and low without being too low, it does play VERY well.
 
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1) Yonexes. For whatever reason, they are just too power starved. Their top players and even tweeners share the problem! The tweeners are often worse, with a headlight balance and low weight and thus no pop. I just don't get this company's philosophy! This despite wide open string patterns!
(Their one great tweener effort, the VCon 17, was deleted! SRQ 33 may be a replacement,)

2) Volkl non-player line is curiously weak too. These lack everything. I don't get it! C10 Pro is their only winner.
 

bertrevert

Hall of Fame
^^^ Yonexes for me too. I'd never tried any of them and just spun the wheel o' fortune and tried the RDS 001 MP and MID, and didn't get anywhere with either. Serve with MP was a non-event, and the MID was fantastic but I lost some crucial matches with it and dumped it in disgust and went back to old faithfuls.

If you're disappointed it's often best to lick wounds, go back to old faithfuls, and bide time till another sexy racquet turns yer head!
 

JLyon

Hall of Fame
M-Fil 200 Extended and M-Fil 200 18x20
Just never got a good feel from either racket, very stiff feel, dumped in no time flat and went back to my Diablo XPs after my 200g XL got worn out.
 

Cruzer

Professional
Unimpressed - It wasn't so much marketing but the hype on these boards about the POG. There are so many rave comments about this stick I bought one and for me it did absolutely nothing for me. There wasn't anything about this stick I liked. I sold it real quick and someone got a great deal.

Pleasant Surprise - I found the PS 6.1 Stretch to be much better than I expected and I still play with it periodically. It has been a real gem for me.
 

uabucks

Rookie
Biggest disappointments by far---
these are not flexy rackets!!:

fischer mcomp 95
Babolat aerostorm
head microgel radical mp

pleasant surprise:
yonex rds001 mp
yonex rqis 1

these rock:
volkl dnx 10 mp
volkl gen 1
PK core 1 #6

currently enjoying a hit w/ speedport tour

Anxiously awaiting pure storm LTD.
 
My lows -
Babolat Pure Storm Tour - felt great at pickup, had no feel at all when I got it to court.
I totally agree......the weight of the racquet felt right in my hands. The frame itself is very aesthetically pleasing but i too was very dissapointed with the feel........i also felt that the hoop was exceptionally unstable and unforgiving.
 

basil J

Hall of Fame
RDS 001 MP- I was so looking forward to using this frame. It was way too stiff and under powered.
Kblade 93" Tour_ Yuk. Liked nothing about it at all.
Mfil 200- poor sucessor to the 200GMW and 200HM.
 
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galain

Hall of Fame
Happy's- Yonex MP Tour 1 98- Didn't expect anything from the stick. It seemed unloved at the time as the Muscle Power grommets seemed a gimmick. After restring it played very nice and crisp. Lighter than my Super RD Tour 95's and RD7 as well as the RDX500MP. Not a bad find for me.
Ditto this - was very pleasantly surprised with the MP Tour 1 when I really just grabbed it because I was out of town and needed a stick to play with. Could have happily taken her home.
 

jazar

Professional
disappointments:

tecnifibre tfight 320 - pretty similar specs to my prestige. i really wanted to like it, but i hate it from the first ball i hit

wilson n61 tour - hit with it against a rebound net and it was great. hit with it full court and i couldnt hit a forehand cleanly at all

head microgel extreme - felt like it had no control at all

pleasant surprises:

babolat aero storm - this is the only babolat so far i have ever liked

yonex rqis tour 2 - best 100sq inch racket around

head microgel extreme team - loved this despite the head size and weight
 

dreydey

Semi-Pro
head microgel radical OS, at first i loved it then it felt too light, and starte making my arm hurt a little, so i switched to the donnay pro one OS
 

rooski

Professional
I'll play along...

Disappointments:

LM Prestige MP (dead upper hoop)
Fischer M-Speed Pro #1 (strange racket, very stiff hoop, flexy shaft)
Prince Ozone Pro Tour (dull)
SP White Pro (dull)

Suprises:

nBlade 98
kBlade 98
 

[K]aotic

Semi-Pro
i really wanted to like the prince o3 white because i thought it had a nice paintjob, but when i tried it, there was no feel or control. its too bad.
 
Searching for my holy grail, I demoed the Volkl dnx 10 mid and the Prince tour diablo mid. I really thought the volkl would be my best racquet, but I demoed the Diablo just in case because Id heard great things about it as well.

The volkl would have been an alright racquet had it not been so hyped up here. It had decent feel, but also had major flaws for me. It wasn't stable enough, especially for a mid, too much power which sent my balls flying out, plus I knew that if I kept it, it would eventually become too light for me.

The diablo mid, on the other hand was a surprise. It did everything perfect. It was perfectly stable, great amount of power, and all of my shots worked better than ever b4. Im about a 4.5.

Another dissapointment was the RQIS Tour 1. PPl say that it has verry low power, but a ton of my shots were litterally going over the fence.
 
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LanEvo

Hall of Fame
boris becker mid - has a weird feelin to it not for my style

all head racquets - they make great racquets its just their grip shapes are bad
 

nn

Hall of Fame
I totally agree......the weight of the racquet felt right in my hands. The frame itself is very aesthetically pleasing but i too was very dissapointed with the feel........i also felt that the hoop was exceptionally unstable and unforgiving.
I felt same agree
 

Mad iX

Semi-Pro
Pure Storm Tour for me as well. Considering I liked the original Pure Storm and Pure Control. I guess I'm just over the Babolat thing. I really dislike their Woofer tech now.

Yonex RDX500 - It was the 2nd Yonex I'd tried. I'd used the SRD Tour for a long time and nothing they've had since then has come close.

Surprise: KBlade Tour. Nothing suits me better at this point in time.
 

fortunecookiesjc

Professional
sorry to say but Redondo mid has been a dissapointment... though im gonna keep going at it but out of surprises i really like the k95.... which was a huge surprise to me. Didnt think i would like it at all but it played rediculously perfect for me and so did the technifibre tfight 335 18x20. I really like both
 

PED

Legend
It's ironic that most people that dislike the storm tour seem to love the Yonex. I'm the opposite. I love my PST but don't really care for the Yonex feel ;)

Great thread BTW
 

anirut

Legend
Disappointments:
AG100
KBT

Surprises:
K90
MG Prestige Mid (and PK BlackAce 93 -- they're so very similar)
 

itsstephenyo

Semi-Pro
Disappointments:
KBlade Tour and 98
Babolat APDC
All Yonex I've tried

Happy's:
Babolat Pure Storm (I actually considered buying myself a set of these)
Microgel Radical and Radical Pro
NBlade 98
Slazenger NX one? I think? A friend of mine had one. Blue/white frame.
 

Gellin

Rookie
Disappointments:

Babolat AeroStorm
Head Microgel Extreme MP & PRO

Surprises:

KBlade Tour
RDS 001 Mid
 

1099593

New User
i was disappointed with the yonex rds001.

i played with a friend's racket for a couple of hours with synthetic gut on them. It felt like the best thing there was, better than my pure drive roddick +. I was so excited about them that i got 2. after a couple of months of use, they felt like crap. only if the pdr+ wasnt so expensive(first one was a gift from china), or if the pure drive team was still here, then i wouldnt have went and switched to yonex.

:(:(:(
 

Toxicmilk

Professional
Disappointments:
Pure Storm Tour :[
Pure Drive
Diablo Tour

Suprises:

PDR (considering I didn't like the PD) PDR became my main racquet for quite awhile

RDS 003= <3
 

goosala

Hall of Fame
I'm going to commit heresy and say all of the Prestige Mids except for the Classic ones: maroon colored. The iPrestige, LiquidMetal, Flexpoint, and Microgel have no feel.
 

vndesu

Hall of Fame
disappointment : babolat pdr.
suprise: k90 and rds002 tour

i had used a pd for 2 years b4 my switch but i never got the hang with the pdr.

the k90 at first killed my arm but as of now its my main stick.
the rds002 is the same
a heavy frame for a 98 sq in and its perfect.
just wish that the transaction between the headsizes didnt screw me over haha
 

JW10S

Hall of Fame
If you buy a racquet based on the notion that it will all by itself make you a better player you will always, always, be disappointed. No racquet will all by itself suddenly enable you to hit a shot, like a return of serve, that you couldn't hit before.
 

bertrevert

Hall of Fame
If you buy a racquet based on the notion that it will all by itself make you a better player you will always, always, be disappointed. No racquet will all by itself suddenly enable you to hit a shot, like a return of serve, that you couldn't hit before.
No, this is a thread about racquets that didn't measure up to what you ALREADY know you can do, that is they disappointed you BECAUSE you already know what you are capable of.

So, in my case, over the years I have hit what must now be tens of thousands of serves. I know my serve. The disappointment of the RDS 001 MP was that it did not satisfy me in this department.

How is this thinking that the racquet would make my serve better?

This is a thread about bitter disappointment, soul-searching at 3am in the "lonely-racquets" section of newspapers, and the heartache of thinking about what might have been... so what's your story?
 

Deuce

Banned
One pleasant surprise I recall was in 1996 when I hit with the Pro Staff 6.0 85 for the first time.
I was coming off a couple of years of not playing much, and had to replace my Mag Pro 90s due to the fact that they were becoming more square than round... So I gathered a bunch of demos - close to 10 - and brought them to the courts.
Among the bunch, the Pro Staff 6.0 85 and Pro Tour 280 stood out.
I was very surprised with how much better the PS 85 felt as compared to the POG Mid.

Your Racquet Disappointments?
Need you ask?
 

____

Rookie
Disappointment:

Babolat Pure Storm tour:From the spec it should be good but the sweetspot is very low on the string bed,sluggish movement.

Dunlop AG 200:
Should not be counted as 200G line,very stiff , no feel.

According to this thread,it seems a PST stand out in a disappointment category.
 
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GPB

Professional
So far, I'm not too impressed with my Vantage. The upper hoop is dead as nails! I really haven't given it it's fair due yet, though.
 

ClubHoUno

Banned
So far, I'm not too impressed with my Vantage. The upper hoop is dead as nails! I really haven't given it it's fair due yet, though.
Unfortunately I felt the same way with the two Vantage rackets I bought. It may have been wrong specs for me, but I just didn't fancy the feel at all - big disappointment for me :-? :oops:

The surprise for me:

I disliked all the Babolats, I tested- but once I got the Pure Storm Tour in my hands, I felt like this racket was serious quality and I hit a really great one handed backhand with it. My serves were powerful and my forehand dominant - I bought two of these immediately after this test and I still love them :D
 

soggyramen

Professional
Biggest Disappointments:
Head Microgel Extreme (too much vibration...don't know why but nothing worked with it)
Babolat Aeropro Drive W/ Cortex (felt like i was hitting with a toy...hollow feel)
Yonex RDS 001 Mid (too stiff)

Biggest Surprise:
Head Microgel Extreme Pro (does everything well and doesn't feel stiff at all.)
Dunlop Aerogel 500 Tour (SO MUCH POWER!!! but i found it easy to control)
 

GS

Professional
I was a satisfied POG mid user years ago, but then I bought a Graphite II, thinking it would be an improvement---it wasn't---I couldn't deal with its thick beam and everything else.
A few years ago, I tried a friend's PS 6.0 95 for kicks, and loved it. The next day, I hated it. No sale.
Recently, I tried the Pure Storm, a stick with specs that are very close to my Prince NXG MPs. I loved it, but again, no sale, since I've bought 6 NXGs for cheap and don't need a similar racquet, which goes for $180....
 
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doctor dennis

Semi-Pro
My disappointments

Aeropro Drive Cortex - I couldn`t keep the ball in court for some reason.
Nblade 98 - It felt really dead and i couldn`t produce much spin (the strings were fresh as well)

My suprises

Pure Drive Cortex - I had excellent spin, control and power with this stick. This is what i thought the Aeropro would have been like. Nearly bought a couple of these.

N90 - I didn`t think i would be anywhere near good enough to use this stick properly. It had super control and the power was pretty good too which suprised me. I enjoyed playing with this racket.

Ronex RDS 003 - Again, I had excellent spin, control and power with this stick. It marginally beat the PDC for me because my 2HBH with this stick is now a weapon.
 
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SlapShot

Hall of Fame
Mine was the Babolat Pure Control Team. I had demoed the Pure Storm Tour, and really dug it. Found the PCT on clearance, bought two and strung one up. Didn't feel anything like the PST, despite similar specs.
 
Disappointing:
Head LM Prestige MP (are sold, hehehehe)

Putting a smile on my face:
Wilson Pro Staff Classic, it's a German Tank
Head Pro Tour 280/630, WOOOOOOOW
Head PC 600
Head iprestige mid/mp, so clean
Today's smile: Dunlop Aerogel 200 (Hopefully no Honeymoon effect)
 
im really shocked that anyone could dislike the liquid metal radical mp. for a 18 x 20 pattern with a 4 phl balance and 21 mm beam (i think?) the racket has a lot of pop but still retains a great level of control. it is also really spin friendly for its stats. had tons of feel on ball contact.

my personal dissapointments are....

1 - prince tour nxg midplus (this is possibly the worst racket i ever had the misfortune of buying, there was no feel, power, control.. there was nothing... it was simply a disgusting racket that prince made many mistakes with during production)

2 - babolat pure drive 100 ( this was back in the day about 3 years ago whe n it was easily the most poular racket in clubs all over the uk, im sure everyone had one in the us too? anyway, after seeing everyone using it i decided to get one... the stick was far to stiff, really made my elbow hurt... had too much power, and when strung atr a high tension had a hollow feel due to the woofer thingy... some people may love it but for me it was a real let down)

3- wilson pro staff surge

4 - yonex mp tour mid

5 - technifibre tfight 320

6 - prince 03 tour

7 - HEAD MICROGEL INSTINCT !! ( ive used the liquid metal isntinct on and off since it was released. the flexipoint wasnto as good but was still a good stick but the MICROGEL played TOTALLY differently from the other rackets. it had a ton more power and a lot less control. it had awfull feedback and i really couldnt stand it... DO ANY OTHER PEOPLE USE THIS FRAME OUT THERE ?

ERM... what else did i hate ?

fischer gds rally
wilson hyper hammer 6.3
babolat pure control
wilson hammer tour
yonex v-con 17
slazenger x1
prince tt hornet
 

kalic

Professional
Disappointment: LM instinct- no topspin on groundstrokes.
Suprise: Djokovic's custom (pj) nBlade- there is definetly some kind of "woodoo" in that racquet. Specs are not what I like, but it is just amazing on every my stroke...
 
Disappointments:
K90 - I hit with it out of curiosity and absolutely couldn't stand it. Ordered a demo along with three other rackets and hit with it for maybe 10 minutes total before deciding I hated it.
Prince O3 Hybrid - The most ridiculously overpowered 95" racket I've ever seen. Looks good on paper, not a bad looking frame other than it's oddly long headshape, but without putting considerable effort into adding spin, the balls just flew long.
Head Radical - Not sure which model, this was about ten years ago, but the racket had a strange feeling on shots that just made it uncomfortable for me. I wish I could remember the exact model. I hit with a friend's Prestige midplus and it was alright, nothing to write home about but it didn't feel bad.

Pleasant surprises:
Fischer M Pro 1 - I won't lie, I demo'd it because I like the Fischer logo (from playing Legend of Zelda as a kid), and I was actually really impressed by it. I would have two of those in my signatures had it not been for my next pleasant surprise...
Babolat Pure Drive Roddick - I demo'd this racket because my mom wanted me to hit with it. I had never hit with a Babolat before and didn't know what to expect. What I got was lots of power without losing the control I'm used to. I've never liked my backhand as much as I do with this racket. I actually have the confidence to hit backhand winners both against an opponent at the baseline and as passing shots. Again, I'd never even thought of this racket and completely fell in love with it.
 

xsuper

New User
Disappointments:
All Yonnex that i've tried-can't get used to the weird headshape and thick beam. Don't like the way they frame either.
K/N90-After hitting with PS85, these feel like bad imitations.
Surprises:
PS85-I bought 2 of these w/o demo, and I loved them. Later they felt too demanding as I sucked back then. I stopped using them for a while. After 2 years, and still using 2 year old strings, I found them to offer much better control than my main racket K95 Team. Will never let them go..
PDR-Great forehands, too stiff for my arm.
 
Disappointment: LM instinct- no topspin on groundstrokes.
Suprise: Djokovic's custom (pj) nBlade- there is definetly some kind of "woodoo" in that racquet. Specs are not what I like, but it is just amazing on every my stroke...
for the 18 x 19 pattern i found the LM instinct incredibly spinfriendly. reviews have also shown it to be favourable for topspin strokes.
 

HoVa

Rookie
The yellow Babolat that Nadal uses.

For a stick thats so popular, it was ungodly stiff and unmanuevarable.

The rest of the babolats aren't that much better either.
 

babolat141

Rookie
Dissapointment-Head microgel radical pro thought i would love it I couldnt feel anything on groundstrokes and there was no pop on the serve

Suprised- Dunlop aerogel 300 great groundeis and great volleys
 
Pretty much all of the Prince racquets over the last few years. Why they feel that the 100 sq inch headsize is the way to go for MP is beyond me... And the 95s they decide to manufacture are just too soft. I still feel that the Graphite II is the best racquet they ever made...
 
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