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fufuqifuqishahah
Mar 20th, 2007, 09:36 AM
hey peeps!

i'm going to try buying a tennis racquet online. what do you recommend i should do // what website to go look for some good rackets?

how can i protect myself from buying a racket that isn't so great? what rackets do you think are the bad rackets?

thanks

andrew

lecciones
Mar 20th, 2007, 09:44 AM
try the demo-ing option if your in the states, which according to your flag you are. Also, read up on the player reviews and comments at tenniswarehouse. I bought a Yonex rdx500 recently and im playing really really well with it! :) Very solid racquet :) But you have to have strong muscles because it is heavier than most.

AH85
Mar 20th, 2007, 09:50 AM
go to a pro shop or so, and check them out there, then go online and pick one. it's really no good just picking a racket because so and so uses this one or someone recomends you use that one. you really have to go and get a feel of the grip and how it feels when you swing it, when you hit with it and how heavy it feels. once you've made your choice, go online and buy it

fufuqifuqishahah
Mar 20th, 2007, 09:58 AM
go to a pro shop or so, and check them out there, then go online and pick one. it's really no good just picking a racket because so and so uses this one or someone recomends you use that one. you really have to go and get a feel of the grip and how it feels when you swing it, when you hit with it and how heavy it feels. once you've made your choice, go online and buy it

can i just go off specs? i dont like going off to shops.




i did this thing online and it told me this was what it recommends for me
Racquet Specs:

Material: graphite (may include other materials such as titanium)
Weight (strung): at least 11 ounces
Balance: head-light or even
Stiffness: medium stiff to very stiff
String Pattern: 14 or 16 mains
Head Size: 90-110 square inches
Length: between 27 and 28.5 inches



My two biggest things are that it isn't too heavy (even though i have strong arms) and that the headsize and length are NOT oversize.

What does stiffness mean? I'm like an intermediate player (3.5ish ntrp) w/ few tennis friends...

fufuqifuqishahah
Mar 20th, 2007, 09:59 AM
try the demo-ing option if your in the states, which according to your flag you are. Also, read up on the player reviews and comments at tenniswarehouse. I bought a Yonex rdx500 recently and im playing really really well with it! :) Very solid racquet :) But you have to have strong muscles because it is heavier than most.

thanks for the input!!

do you know of any other dependable sites where I can get a racket? thanks
-andrew

Polikarpov
Mar 20th, 2007, 10:06 AM
I suggest you go to this website:

http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/

You just need to register. People there are very knowledgeable about tennis racquets. I'm sure they will be able to help you!

AH85
Mar 20th, 2007, 10:08 AM
can i just go off specs? i dont like going off to shops.




i did this thing online and it told me this was what it recommends for me
Racquet Specs:

Material: graphite (may include other materials such as titanium)
Weight (strung): at least 11 ounces
Balance: head-light or even
Stiffness: medium stiff to very stiff
String Pattern: 14 or 16 mains
Head Size: 90-110 square inches
Length: between 27 and 28.5 inches



My two biggest things are that it isn't too heavy (even though i have strong arms) and that the headsize and length are NOT oversize.

What does stiffness mean? I'm like an intermediate player (3.5ish ntrp) w/ few tennis friends...


stiffness is the racket's resistance to bending or deforming upon impact with the ball. deformation absorbs energy that is not returned to the ball, so greater stiffness increases power.

you can go by specs, but i've always prefered trying it out, and getting a feel of other ones, but that's just me, i've been playing it for so long i've become so fussy :lol:

AH85
Mar 20th, 2007, 10:12 AM
tennisboom.com and tennisexpress.com are both very good sites, the later probably being my favourite

miffedmax
Mar 20th, 2007, 01:17 PM
For years, I just bought whatever Prince was in my price range. A little over a year ago, I decided to get serious about tennis again and for the first time, I actually went out and playtested a bunch of rackets.

It makes a huge difference. I worked with a friend who's also a tennis instructor, and he made a bunch of recommendations based on the specs. Now, as far as picking off specs, all the rackets he recommended I test were, on paper, more or less identical. (Every racket manufacturer is going to make rackets geared at players from beginners to pros--and the specs for a 3.5 or 4.0 player racket are going to be pretty similar whether its a Wilson, Yonex, Babolat or whatever).

When I actually played with the rackets, the differences were huge. The older you get, too, the more you want a racket that really fits your swing style and protects that elbow and wrist.

I ended up going with the Prince Shark Turbo. Of course, two months later TOB had to go and switch to the O3 Shark. If I'd just waited, I could have saved $100.

Seriously, though, if there's any way you can play test a racket, do it.

(I don't know about where you live, but there are pro shops at several public courts in my hometown--for like a $5 fee you can playtest rackets from most of the big American manufacturers. Most clubs will let members playtest rackets, too, from what I understand).

lecciones
Mar 20th, 2007, 01:34 PM
this is a good place to look for racquets and read about comments and stuff:
http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/

But, try the demo option its the most important because you can actually borrow the racquet for like a week. :)

I averaged the two best racquets out there the Wilson pro tour racquet and the Yonex pro tour racquet (rdx 500) wilson came ontop but by a fraction, so being almost the same according to the testers marks I just went with what I thought had better technology, so I chose the Japanese brand :)

Anyway wilson has a new k factor line but they havent given marks for it yet from last time i checked, plus they are expensive but maybe they are better than the other two racquets i checked out (Yonex RDX 500 & Wilson nSix-One 95 nCode Racquets)

Brooklyn90
Mar 20th, 2007, 01:53 PM
Something Wilson :bounce: Maybe their new line that Roger and Serena use.

miffedmax
Mar 20th, 2007, 01:54 PM
this is a good place to look for racquets and read about comments and stuff:
http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/

But, try the demo option its the most important because you can actually borrow the racquet for like a week. :)

I averaged the two best racquets out there the Wilson pro tour racquet and the Yonex pro tour racquet (rdx 500) wilson came ontop but by a fraction, so being almost the same according to the testers marks I just went with what I thought had better technology, so I chose the Japanese brand :)

Anyway wilson has a new k factor line but they havent given marks for it yet from last time i checked, plus they are expensive but maybe they are better than the other two racquets i checked out (Yonex RDX 500 & Wilson nSix-One 95 nCode Racquets)

See? This is why you have to playtest. I tried a couple of the Wilson n-Codes (sorry, I can't remember which ones) and I couldn't hit the broad side of a barn door with either one of them. For me, the order was Prince, Head, Wilson and there was one other stick in the bunch I can't even remember it was so awful.

lecciones
Mar 20th, 2007, 02:28 PM
Lol I live in the Philippines and we have no playtest so their comments are the best shot i have, I don't go to clubs much and ask around to try their racquets :P In any case I have got a racquet that suits me just fine :P I feel very solid playing with it and I'm very happy with what I bought! :)

fufuqifuqishahah
Mar 20th, 2007, 06:24 PM
stiffness is the racket's resistance to bending or deforming upon impact with the ball. deformation absorbs energy that is not returned to the ball, so greater stiffness increases power.

you can go by specs, but i've always prefered trying it out, and getting a feel of other ones, but that's just me, i've been playing it for so long i've become so fussy :lol:

i haven't stuck with one kind of racket so i don't really mind switching it up. i kind of want something with more control -- i don't really care about power -- i can whack the mf**er out of the ball quite good.

fufuqifuqishahah
Mar 20th, 2007, 06:26 PM
For years, I just bought whatever Prince was in my price range. A little over a year ago, I decided to get serious about tennis again and for the first time, I actually went out and playtested a bunch of rackets.

It makes a huge difference. I worked with a friend who's also a tennis instructor, and he made a bunch of recommendations based on the specs. Now, as far as picking off specs, all the rackets he recommended I test were, on paper, more or less identical. (Every racket manufacturer is going to make rackets geared at players from beginners to pros--and the specs for a 3.5 or 4.0 player racket are going to be pretty similar whether its a Wilson, Yonex, Babolat or whatever).

When I actually played with the rackets, the differences were huge. The older you get, too, the more you want a racket that really fits your swing style and protects that elbow and wrist.

I ended up going with the Prince Shark Turbo. Of course, two months later TOB had to go and switch to the O3 Shark. If I'd just waited, I could have saved $100.

Seriously, though, if there's any way you can play test a racket, do it.

(I don't know about where you live, but there are pro shops at several public courts in my hometown--for like a $5 fee you can playtest rackets from most of the big American manufacturers. Most clubs will let members playtest rackets, too, from what I understand).

i live in los angeles and i know there are a bunch of places i can go to but i don't have a car at the moment so its somewha difficult. and i dont belong to one of those kinds of clubs.

how do you playtest rackets from a big American manufacturer???

thanks!

fufuqifuqishahah
Mar 20th, 2007, 06:46 PM
Something Wilson :bounce: Maybe their new line that Roger and Serena use.

several years ago i got the hyperhammer because at the store i tried it and i liked it and i liked the name and i liked wilson. when i 1st started playing it would make this cool metallic "cling"-ing sound everytime i hit the ball which i thought was awesome because i really felt like i was using a hammer and hitting it against a piece of metal or something, like a blacksmith. but after a while, it felt way too heavy and it kind of grained on my elbow. sure i was able to power bulldoze my friends but that got kind of retarded lol. i tried some lighter rackets, and i prefered those.

anyways... my budget is like maximum $150, and i'll only go that far if it's something really good.

right now... here is my demo list... if i do demo-ing.

in the cheaper price ranges... i'm looking at the following
head liquidmetal radical...
head classic tour

more expensive
wilson prostaff 6.0
wilson npro surge x

i still have to look at other brands though.

IMPOSSIBLE
Mar 20th, 2007, 07:01 PM
Very Happy with My Babolat Pure Drive (Cortext System) :) , although it may not suit you.

Mina Vagante
Mar 20th, 2007, 07:05 PM
you've probably said this already but i cant be bovered to read all of the posts... whats your game like?

Sally Struthers
Mar 20th, 2007, 07:34 PM
stiffness is the racket's resistance to bending or deforming upon impact with the ball. deformation absorbs energy that is not returned to the ball, so greater stiffness increases power.


Let me preface this by saying I know nothing about tennis rackets. :o But it would seem to me that they're analogous to golf clubs. They're both levers after all in their simplest terms. The goal in both is to return the racket head/golf club head to the ball in a square position so the ball goes straight and where you intended it to go. When you swing either it's like cracking a whip. If you're swinging a wooden board (very stiff), it won't flex enough to give you that extra snap at the end unless you wing it very fast. And if you are swinging something way too flexible, it won't have any snap either and just flop around. If your club/racket is too stiff, the face is going to remain open and if it's too flexible, it'll close before impact, both of which will send the ball off target. So it's important to match your swing speed with the proper flex so you can get solid impact. Like I said I don't know anything about tennis rackets but I think they're similar to golf clubs. If that's true, stiffness doesn't necessarily translate to distance/power (power players inherently have higher swing speeds/racket head speed than non power players and have to use stiffer equipment). What is important is optimizing the stiffness to match you so that you can make proper contact with the ball.

fufuqifuqishahah
Mar 20th, 2007, 07:36 PM
you've probably said this already but i cant be bovered to read all of the posts... whats your game like?

i didnt really say explicitly what my game was like, but if I have to relate it to some female tennis players, i'd say anna chakvetadze, jelena jankovic, elena dementieva (minus the serve) -- effective, powerful first serve; boring second serve -- good solid defense/legs and court mobility -- a decent amount of shot variety though I don't know how to use it as effectively as someone like martina or angieszka -- when i set up for the ball i can have a tremendous amount of power, otherwise, it's nothing special -- i get good directional quality & spin on my ball though I have problems with my backhand slice and lobs -- volleys are competent, though i can have problems with control.


i'd like to improve my spins, and increase the efficacy of my dropshots. i'd also like to increase my volley competancy and my drab second serve (which is easily the weakest part of my game (as the most of what i have learned has just been from observation)). i feel fine powerwise so i don't need a power-concentrated racket -- i just need a lightweight, control-oriented racket.

Mina Vagante
Mar 20th, 2007, 07:38 PM
how light?

miffedmax
Mar 20th, 2007, 07:43 PM
I looked at both the head rackets on your list--the liquid metal tour was great for my volleys, but I couldn't generate any power with it. Given your description of your game, sounds like your on track.

I also wanted to quickly clarify from my earlier post--in MY neck of the woods (DFW) the public courts only have rackets from "American" companies--Prince, Head and Wilson. So if you want to see the latest Dunlop or Voekl or whatever, you're SOL.

fufuqifuqishahah
Mar 20th, 2007, 08:38 PM
I looked at both the head rackets on your list--the liquid metal tour was great for my volleys, but I couldn't generate any power with it. Given your description of your game, sounds like your on track.

I also wanted to quickly clarify from my earlier post--in MY neck of the woods (DFW) the public courts only have rackets from "American" companies--Prince, Head and Wilson. So if you want to see the latest Dunlop or Voekl or whatever, you're SOL.

u sound like u live in a pretty tennis-oriented nice area because i've never seen public courts having a staff to let people demo rackets other than the cleaning staff :P
where do you live?

and what do you think about Voekl rackets? i think it'd be cool if i got one so then i could be like cool... i mean kool. :P

fufuqifuqishahah
Mar 20th, 2007, 08:43 PM
how light?

i want it pretty light... but it doesn't have to be super light.

in terms of numbers, i'm not really sure though.

lol that didn't soound very descriptive

fufuqifuqishahah
Mar 20th, 2007, 08:44 PM
I looked at both the head rackets on your list--the liquid metal tour was great for my volleys, but I couldn't generate any power with it. Given your description of your game, sounds like your on track.

I also wanted to quickly clarify from my earlier post--in MY neck of the woods (DFW) the public courts only have rackets from "American" companies--Prince, Head and Wilson. So if you want to see the latest Dunlop or Voekl or whatever, you're SOL.

ooo i just got what dfw meant :P do u live in a nice area of it?