You're top 98s?

sansaephanh

Professional
I've been looking for a racket a tad more powerful and forgiving then my Prince Rebel 95s. As much as I enjoy the classic player feel, My game I play isn't satisfactory to where I want to be. Granted I do need to get back into tennis shape, but I'd like to know what the legendary 98's and highly recommended MP's are.

I've really been wanting to try the old [K] Blade and I've been trying to get my hands on a rebel 98.

The YT Prestige MP looks promising and I'd like to have a PD in the bag for testing's sake.

I'm a 4.0 baseliner looking towards becoming an all courter. I relatively flat ground strokes and base my game off my variety of serves and ground strokes while still being able to pound the ball decently when I need to. It may not always go in, but sometimes you just gotta hit it right?

I'm looking for the stick that can help me do it all. I'm currently open to string pattern, but will shy away from really stiff playing rackets. But i hit with a PDR just fine, so don't be afraid to suggest a stiff one if you feeel its worth it

All in all I'm just wondering what you guys would recommend.
 
Last edited:

Doubles

Legend
The MG Radical is nice if you want a flexy control stick with some feel. The IG Prestige Pro is amazing if you want spin and power.
 

Dgdavid

Professional
You are going to get every 98 mentioned in here!

I'll add:

IG Prestige MP (nearer a 98 though)
Yonex vcore 98
Prince Rebel 98
 

Fed Kennedy

Legend
Stiff head heavy feel, blade 98
Stiff but lighter vcore 98
Plush and head light rdis200 pure storm tour
Classic feel c10 and becker legend

Head mps are more like 95s
 

dlesser13

Rookie
Just made the switch from MG radical to babolat pure storm. Never looking back. The pure storm gives me that extra pop and feel and I can swing out and not be afraid of where the ball is going to land. It is also more maneuverable and solid than the radical IMO.
 

Shasha

Rookie
Head YOUTEK IG Prestige Pro
Völkl C10 Pro
Völkl Organix 10
ProKennex Heritage Type C Redondo MP (18x20)
Pacific X Force Pro (16x20)
Yonex VCORE Tour 97 (16x20)
Yonex VCORE 98
 

Cesare

Semi-Pro
Volkl Tour 10 generation 1
Volkl Tour 10 generation 2
Pro Kennex Back Ace 98
Fischer Pro n 1 320 grams
Boris Becker Delta Core London
Slazenger Tour 320
 

mawashi

Hall of Fame
I've been looking for a racket a tad more powerful and forgiving then my Prince Rebel 95s. As much as I enjoy the classic player feel, My game I play isn't satisfactory to where I want to be. Granted I do need to get back into tennis shape, but I'd like to know what the legendary 98's and highly recommended MP's are.

I've really been wanting to try the old [K] Blade and I've been trying to get my hands on a rebel 98.

The YT Prestige MP looks promising and I'd like to have a PD in the bag for testing's sake.

I'm a 4.0 baseliner looking towards becoming an all courter. I relatively flat ground strokes and base my game off my variety of serves and ground strokes while still being able to pound the ball decently when I need to. It may not always go in, but sometimes you just gotta hit it right?

I'm looking for the stick that can help me do it all. I'm currently open to string pattern, but will shy away from really stiff playing rackets. But i hit with a PDR just fine, so don't be afraid to suggest a stiff one if you feeel its worth it

All in all I'm just wondering what you guys would recommend.
A move from 95 to 98 isn't going to feel like much. As you mention, you hit with a PDR just fine so why not just stick to the PD or PDR, improve your game enough and then decide what feels better for you?
 

pkshooter

Semi-Pro
Solinco pro 10

Extremely fun at the baseline and great at net. I used to shy away from the net, but this rackets stability has really helped. The 20 mm beam and box beam help to provide a classic feel, and great control. This stick comes in three weights and an extended version. A new version is coming out with an open pattern.
 

sansaephanh

Professional
All really great selections. I can't believe im going to spend tomorrow staring at the specs of all these rackets and how I think they will act with their respective brand. lol.

I really appreciate it guys.
 

sansaephanh

Professional
pure storm line of frames....
Tried a a few with exception of the LTD's and found them semi enjoyable. The sweet spot was there, but they were surprisingly low powered. The strings didn't help.

A move from 95 to 98 isn't going to feel like much. As you mention, you hit with a PDR just fine so why not just stick to the PD or PDR, improve your game enough and then decide what feels better for you?
Because I don't know If i'll be able to play long durations with the PDR yet. I'm searching around my friends to see if I can borrow one.

Stiff head heavy feel, blade 98
Stiff but lighter vcore 98
Plush and head light rdis200 pure storm tour
Classic feel c10 and becker legend

Head mps are more like 95s
Great info. How would you rate the power on these rackets? I going to say I have a medium stroke when under pressure and a semi long when not.
 

Xonemains

Semi-Pro
you want a true 98, not 95 like the prestige/pro one, abit flexy with power, comfortable, an open 18 x 20 string pattern and one that has great feel?

here you are buddy, you cannot go wrong with this one.

Pro kennex Black Ace 98.

you can thank me later.
 

JGads

Legend
you want a true 98, not 95 like the prestige/pro one, abit flexy with power, comfortable, an open 18 x 20 string pattern and one that has great feel?

here you are buddy, you cannot go wrong with this one.

Pro kennex Black Ace 98.

you can thank me later.
Very true. But.. it swings heftier than the frames OP seems to be into. But, yes, an outstanding frame.
 

sansaephanh

Professional
lol, yeah you're right, but im sure he can handle a 330's ish swingweight. :)

he just needs to set up earlier
^ Very true. My fitness level has been increasing recently, but I'd still like a racket that has more pop then my Rebel. I just plain don't feel like i'm rewarded properly with how hard i try sometimes. On serves, I can place them all over the place, but my penetrating serve needs that little more pop. I'm thinking of trying a open string pattern as well, but I'm going to be going into the demo process once I pay off a few of my bills.
 

jason586

Rookie
I was looking for something similar to you trying the i.prestige MP (98 ), NCode 6.1 (95), MG Prestige MP (98 ), Donnay Platinum (99). I wanted slightly less weight but still the power/feel/control and nothing with a tinny feel.
I found the answer in a Vantage 95. The serves are awesome with this stick, and if you can find a used one in specs you like - they can be bought at pretty low prices.
 
Last edited:

TennisCJC

Legend
Try the new volkl organix 10 325 or 295 with lead. Rock solid - my opinion, they are slightly at the top of the class. Volkl's have a reputation as an oldster's racket but they are outstanding. I demo-ed quite a few 95-98 inch rackets and volkl's are excellent. The quality of the frame just feels good - nice solid thump, no vibration, excellent control and enough power to work with.
 

KoaUka

Rookie
No love for the Aerostorm Tour? 11.9 oz strung, 16x20, about 7pts HL strung. Seems like a good fit.
 

sansaephanh

Professional
I was looking for something similar to you trying the i.prestige MP (98 ), NCode 6.1 (95), MG Prestige MP (98 ), Donnay Platinum (99). I wanted slightly less weight but still the power/feel/control and nothing with a tinny feel.
I found the answer in a Vantage 95. The serves are awesome with this stick, and if you can find a used one in specs you like - they can be bought at pretty low prices.
Yeah, I've heard nothing but near legendary things about the VT22 model. Which is apparently the vantage 95. If i can find one for super cheap, I'm all over it.

How was the Donnay? I really enjoyed the Blue 99, but I only demod it and I heard they don't make anymore grommets for the original X series. Which is stupid considering how young they are, but I really wanted to try the dual X series because of the "more power" advertisements people were talking about. But the price range is pretty high up there.

Try the new volkl organix 10 325 or 295 with lead. Rock solid - my opinion, they are slightly at the top of the class. Volkl's have a reputation as an oldster's racket but they are outstanding. I demo-ed quite a few 95-98 inch rackets and volkl's are excellent. The quality of the frame just feels good - nice solid thump, no vibration, excellent control and enough power to work with.
I liked the Volkl, but couldn't find any for the price i wanted. I really am looking for something to fall in love with again though. The organix was something I really wanted to try, but never got around to demoing them because I thought finding a GOAT string job will cure all woes. It does... for about 2-4 hours lol.


No love for the Aerostorm Tour? 11.9 oz strung, 16x20, about 7pts HL strung. Seems like a good fit.

This is one I actually tried for a few sessions. It had a feeling of cutting through the air oddly and felt too hollow for what i usually like. A bit stiff too. It just felt like a toy that gave me great results and wrist problems lol.

Keep em coming guys!
 

pkshooter

Semi-Pro
Extremely fun at the baseline and great at net. I used to shy away from the net, but this rackets stability has really helped. The 20 mm beam and box beam help to provide a classic feel, and great control. This stick comes in three weights and an extended version. A new version is coming out with an open pattern.
Trust me it's a powerful control frame
 

TennisCJC

Legend
Demo a volkl organix 10 325 or volkl organix 10 295 with lead. Very solid feel, good power, control and spin. 16x19 pattern. Try it, you'll like it.
 

db10s

Hall of Fame
If you want something thats like a Prince Rebel 95, get a Rebel 98 (Its what I play with). You could try the Aero Storm (non- tour), personally I like the feel of it.
 

jason586

Rookie
Yeah, I've heard nothing but near legendary things about the VT22 model. Which is apparently the vantage 95. If i can find one for super cheap, I'm all over it.

How was the Donnay? I really enjoyed the Blue 99, but I only demod it and I heard they don't make anymore grommets for the original X series. Which is stupid considering how young they are, but I really wanted to try the dual X series because of the "more power" advertisements people were talking about. But the price range is pretty high up there.

The positives of the Donnay Platinum 99 are that it did have nice pop for an 18x20 control racquet and swung quick for its weight, plus I only paid 1/3 the normal price for a new one (auction site). It was just too unstable on off-center hits for me especially with hard hitters (very different versus the i.prestige MP and NCode 6.1 95) and the feel was not what I was looking for.
I was sure enough that it was not a keeper that I sold it pretty quickly, but I still have the NCode 6.1 95 and i.prestige MP.

The vantage is better than the Donnay in every category for me. Maybe if I tried the Donnay Pro One 97, it would have been a different story as I think it is probably more comparable to the Vantage 95. For the first time, I'm not even looking at other sticks since I got the Vantage but am only tweaking a bit trying lead a few places and plan on trying different string types & tensions.
 
Last edited:

goosala

Hall of Fame
The best 98 head size frame hands down is the Head Prestige IG Pro. Add some lead tape to the head and grip and you have yourself an excellent frame that does everything well.
 

Shasha

Rookie
I think that you're looking for a Prestige or a C10 Pro, both are excellent frames, you'll choose the correct stick if you choose one of those two rackets, in my opinion.
 

Chotobaka

Hall of Fame
I've really been wanting to try the old [K] Blade and I've been trying to get my hands on a rebel 98.
Yep, the KBlade 98 is a sweet racquet. I have two 98's in my collection -- IG Prestige MP and Type-C Redondo. Both feel more stable than the KBlade. The KBlade has a bit more power and is more nimble. All worthy sticks.
 

TheBoom

Hall of Fame
Dunlop 300 tour. I used the microgel radical mp before I used my 300 tour and the 300 tour feels like an improved mg radical mp. The 300 tour is stiffer but it is still pretty flexable if anything the feel is just better. In regards to hitting flat with a little lead tape this stick became a monster I could hit flat shots like no other. If you are looking for a good all court racket I reccomend the 300 tour
 
The best 98 sq.in. head size racquet is the Babolat Pure Control Team. It is a 16x20 string pattern with 11.3 oz unstrung. Very stable racquet with good power and control.

This one was after the Swirlies but before the Pure Storm line. Beautiful red/black/white color scheme. Very hard to find now but I have a nice little stash sitting around ;-)
 
Demo a volkl organix 10 325 or volkl organix 10 295 with lead. Very solid feel, good power, control and spin. 16x19 pattern. Try it, you'll like it.
I wasn't impressed with the Organix 10 295. It wasn't stable when returning heavy topspin balls. I added substantial amount of lead and couldn't get the same racquet speed as I could with the PSTGT. Nice paint job though.
 

ccmtennis

Rookie
I felt the new Blx blade is such a great improvement of the k blades and I think much closer in specs but more forgiving than your rebel 95.
 
Top