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Tennis racket advice please!

I've just recieved the Head Flexipoint OS and the Prince O3 Tour White for demo and I don't really know which one I should get:

Well, I should start off with saying my game has hit a low point over the past 12 months. It's pretty weird because one day I just stopped being able to hit forehands like I used to. Everything seemed awkward and I was just missing horribly with it for months on end. I stopped my coaching class at the end of 2004 (well, he quit), and everything was fine throughout 2005 really but after the long winter break over 05/06 maybe everything just went.

I got these new rackets today hoping everything would be OK and I'd remember how to hit forehnads again but it was just the same. I'm going to get couple of coaching sessions now if I can and see what happens there.

So yeah, rackets........ the Prince was good, I liked it a lot. It gave me a lot of feel with my drop shots, volleys, slices and my serve was pretty good. The Head was similar to my old iRadical in that it was excellent for control but lacked that bit of extra power I need on my serve.

I've been playing with the Babolat Aero Pro drive for over a year now and really started to hate it during various stages last year.

Do you think it would be a good idea to stick with one of them, or could I get them both and start using the Head for doubles and/or if I start spraying balls in singles, to give me a bit more control. Does anyone else play regularly with two different rackets?

God, that is one messed up pile of crap. Please share your thoughts/advice with me, if you have any. Thanks.

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Id say go for the Prince 03 white. I got it a while ago and it seems to offer a nice mix of power and control on everything. Of course the string on mine is broke i break strings so easily but i would go for the 03 white if i had the choice

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I haven't changed my racket since 1998. My brother-in-law's racket is from the early '90s as well.




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I've been using the Babolat Pure Drive Roddick since June 2006 and my game has really improved, but i've been playing alot more and many more tournaments.

I'd choose the Prince if I were you, they tend to be a great all round racket.
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I've been using the Babolat Pure Drive Roddick since June 2006 and my game has really improved, but i've been playing alot more and many more tournaments.

I'd choose the Prince if I were you, they tend to be a great all round racket.
The guy from PWP actually suggested the Roddick one - but I wanted to stay as far away from Babolat as possible. I don't know if it makes any difference or not but none of the top players with Babolat's have games like me. What does Davydenko have? I play a lot like him and Myskina (who always used Head).

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The guy from PWP actually suggested the Roddick one - but I wanted to stay as far away from Babolat as possible. I don't know if it makes any difference or not but none of the top players with Babolat's have games like me. What does Davydenko have? I play a lot like him and Myskina (who always used Head).
Yeah, I'm quite a power player and rely on my forehand and backhand alot from the baseline, so it's a good racket for me.

Myskina My favourite player of all time. yeah, she used Head Flexpoint Instict during 2004-2006 now she changed to Head Flexpoint heat which is the green/yellow racket. She's a good baseline player relying on her backhand alot and angles ect.

Davydenko uses the Prince 03 atm. Coinsidence?
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Davydenko uses the Prince 03 atm. Coinsidence?
^ Really? Sounds like I made some good choices then. I probably didn't know he played with that because a slightly bigger star seems to be endorcing it pretty well.

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^ Really? Sounds like I made some good choices then. I probably didn't know he played with that because a slightly bigger star seems to be endorcing it pretty well.
Niether did I. I just checked his profile on the ATP website.
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Im having similar Forehand issues at the moment


I really couldn't understand how certain players just totally lose confidence in one shot until this started happening to me. It sucks. Do you have any coaching?

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Are you definatley only gonna go for one of these 2

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Are you definatley only gonna go for one of these 2
No that's what I was asking. I might get them both, but was wondering if that would be a good idea or not.

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No that's what I was asking. I might get them both, but was wondering if that would be a good idea or not.
Noo, don't do that. Stick to one racket.
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No that's what I was asking. I might get them both, but was wondering if that would be a good idea or not.
Well id say the 03 is better all round and looks pretty too so if i had a choice it would be that one. The other racket i thought was a bit tougher to play with, when you have my sort of game but maybe it would be different with your's since you said you play a bit like Myskina im not really that kind of player

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I doubt the racket is the problem with your forehand. I think you just need to get as much play in as possible and if you feel coaching could improve things then go for that. Your confidence sounds low. Go spend the money you were gonna spend on a racket on a huge bucket of balls and hit. Oh, and move your feet.

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