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William's Racquets

Does anyone else think Venus and Serena's racquet choices are strange. They both play with light, oversized, head heavy racquets with tons of power. This is the racquet usually favoured by seniors and doubles specialists.

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As long as it's working for them, I don't think it's strange at all.

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I play with the FlexPoint 4, which is quite a racquet similar to Venus'. They feel that they can still control the ball with their muscles and they can afford to hit off-center shots at times. The only problem I have with these racquets if that when the going gets tight in matches, they lose confidence in their swings because they have no idea how the ball is going to react off their swings. If you hit through the ball with those raquets and have good technique, the ball will stay it. I don't have their racquet-head speed, but my FlexPoint 4 has helped me a ton on my serve speed and my groundstroke speed. With my Head LM Instinct, I could hit at hard, but it wasn't that easy. I sometimes train with my Instinct to keep my racquet head speed up on my FlexPoint 4.
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Has anyone played with venus' old one the H4 i was considering buying it
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I heard that the brand that represents the players custumly make the racquet for the player, and they paint the racquet to promote that kind. Can anyone else confirm?
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I heard that the brand that represents the players custumly make the racquet for the player, and they paint the racquet to promote that kind. Can anyone else confirm?
Yes companies do paint-jobs, but if you look at their racquets, they are still head heavy. There is a noticible difference in head size between the sister's racquets and the other top women. I'm sure that their personal racquets are tweaked to better suite them, but they are stil bigger than most pros' racquets.
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Has anyone played with venus' old one the H4 i was considering buying it
I had the H4. It's very light and whippy but has lots of Pop on groundstrokes and serves. I liked it at the net, even though I am a baseliner.

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I had the H4. It's very light and whippy but has lots of Pop on groundstrokes and serves. I liked it at the net, even though I am a baseliner.
so u recommend?
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You will find that both of their rackets will be heavily customized. Laced with lead tape among other things. Serena used to use a Hyper Hammer 6.3 (which means the Hyper Hammer 6.2 and the H4 were just paint jobs) all the way from 1999 till she started using the 'n3'. They might look like the models which they say they use but they have heaps of mods done to them to suit the players needs.

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You will find that both of their rackets will be heavily customized. Laced with lead tape among other things. Serena used to use a Hyper Hammer 6.3 (which means the Hyper Hammer 6.2 and the H4 were just paint jobs) all the way from 1999 till she started using the 'n3'. They might look like the models which they say they use but they have heaps of mods done to them to suit the players needs.
I spoke to a person from Wilson and asked them how Serena could be using what seems to be a racket for up-and-coming Juniors, or people that are just learning the game. What the Wilson representative said was that there are no modifications to their rackets, except for the fact that they use the best strings around and that they apply lead tape.

I've always thought that with professionals, their technique and talent can make them win with any rackets. I think a racket is just a form of comfort for some of these players. Other than that, they can probably win with any old racket.

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so u recommend?
Depends on you and your game style.

I'd recommend it more based on the following factors....

- Takes Shorter, Abbreviated Swings (you don't hit the ball very hard yourself)
- You are beginner to intermediate
- Perhaps Female (although not necessarily, I'm male and I liked it)
- Play Doubles A lot


I'd recommend it less based on the following factors.....
- Take Big Swings, big takebacks and full follow-throughs (you can generate your own power)
- You are intermediate to advanced
- Perhaps Male
- Play Hard Hitting Singles


These are not hard and fast. Venus played this racquet and she fits more into the bottom category. And I don't buy the whole paint job theory. Sure they're customized with weight and special strings, but ultimately, it's an oversized racquet and Wilson has a whole line of racquets that the William's sisters could be using and would not need a 'paint job'.

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