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!<blocparty>!
Apr 1st, 2007, 08:33 PM
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. :help:

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. :tape: Please share your thoughts/advice with me, if you have any. Thanks. :D

Viktymise
Apr 1st, 2007, 08:35 PM
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 :o i break strings so easily :lol: but i would go for the 03 white if i had the choice ;)

cellophane
Apr 1st, 2007, 08:37 PM
I haven't changed my racket since 1998. :lol: My brother-in-law's racket is from the early '90s as well. :tape:

Demska
Apr 1st, 2007, 08:45 PM
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.

!<blocparty>!
Apr 1st, 2007, 08:57 PM
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). :shrug:

Demska
Apr 1st, 2007, 09:04 PM
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). :shrug:

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 :inlove: 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. :lol: Coinsidence?

IMPOSSIBLE
Apr 1st, 2007, 09:10 PM
Im having similar Forehand issues at the moment

!<blocparty>!
Apr 1st, 2007, 09:10 PM
Davydenko uses the Prince 03 atm. :lol: Coinsidence?

^ Really? :eek: Sounds like I made some good choices then. :angel: I probably didn't know he played with that because a slightly bigger star seems to be endorcing it pretty well. ;)

Demska
Apr 1st, 2007, 09:12 PM
^ Really? :eek: Sounds like I made some good choices then. :angel: 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.

!<blocparty>!
Apr 1st, 2007, 09:13 PM
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?

Viktymise
Apr 1st, 2007, 09:14 PM
Are you definatley only gonna go for one of these 2

!<blocparty>!
Apr 1st, 2007, 09:34 PM
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.

Demska
Apr 1st, 2007, 09:46 PM
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.

Viktymise
Apr 1st, 2007, 09:55 PM
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 :p 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 :shrug: im not really that kind of player :lol:

jdyshrky
Apr 1st, 2007, 10:34 PM
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.

radwanska
Apr 1st, 2007, 11:02 PM
http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/

Go here

radwanska
Apr 1st, 2007, 11:09 PM
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 :inlove: 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. :lol: Coinsidence?

Myskina dosnt use the flexpoint heat she uses the Head Micro Gel

http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpage.html?PCODE=HMGX

Its proberlly only a Paint job anyway of her old Liquidmetal instinct XL.

Pros racquets are SOOOOO different to the Stock models you can buy in the shop,Its most likely that the specs are MUCH different on myskinas racquet to what you pick up in the shop.

Pengwin
Apr 1st, 2007, 11:20 PM
Where do you get racquet demos in the UK?

schorsch
Apr 1st, 2007, 11:30 PM
The Prince o3 White is such a cool racket. Buy it! :D Of course it always depends on how you play and how it suits you. But well, I loved this one from the first moment I used it.

Benchwarmer1
Apr 2nd, 2007, 12:50 AM
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.

well, that's easily solved, you can string it with a multifiliment string at a low tension, or a hybrid combo at a low tension giving you the power you want

VeeReeDavJCap81
Apr 2nd, 2007, 12:53 AM
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.

I have the same racquet, and I can get a lot of pop on the serve but my grounstrokes aren't as consistent as I'd like them to be. But I paid $153.00 (on sale from $189.00 i believe) so i'm keeping it for a WHILE.

esquímaux
Apr 2nd, 2007, 08:39 AM
Well I'm going to go off on a tangent (as usual :p) and suggest the Dunlop M Fil 300 racquet Momo used last year. The frame is very maneuverable puts considerable pop on the ball w/o sacrificing placement. Maybe it is just the strings that I have in the racquet atm, but each stroke feels smooth as butter :drool:.....large sweetspot?? The spin that it puts on serves is SICK :tape: and will definitely catch opponents off guard if you can kick it out wide :drool: I also have the 03 racquet Davydenko has and I'm about ready throw it off a cliff :lol: Again, it may be just the strings/tension placed in it, but every shot feels like I'm wielding a gigantic 2x4 with ZERO feel. Because there's no feel, I get slappy happy trying to "feel" the ball during matches :tape::tape: I know I look like a m3$$ playing with the Prince 03 :p

Viktymise
Apr 2nd, 2007, 10:48 AM
If i was to suggest a racquet id pick the Wilson nSix-One 95 nCode, it kinda has a bit of everything i think. Control, balance, power, easy to use spin. Takes a while to get the feel of it but once you do i found it very solid on pretty much everything, the Prince 03 i think has quiet a big head which can be troublesome. It can be trickier on serves i thought

jazar
Apr 2nd, 2007, 10:59 AM
whatever you do, dont get the prince racket. i have demoed prince rackets before and they seriously suck. i was offered prince sponsorship but i turned it down, cos they are so rubbish. the head racket is much better, i wouldnt swap my head racket for any other

Mina Vagante
Apr 2nd, 2007, 12:22 PM
whatever you do, dont get the prince racket. i have demoed prince rackets before and they seriously suck. i was offered prince sponsorship but i turned it down, cos they are so rubbish. the head racket is much better, i wouldnt swap my head racket for any other

what head racquet dya use?

!<blocparty>!
Apr 2nd, 2007, 06:11 PM
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.

I don't think playing will sort it out - I played twice a week for maybe 5 months last year and nothing really improved. I have about 100 balls. :p Coaching sounds like the best option at the minute.

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

Go here

Thanks for the link. Some very useful stuff on there.

Where do you get racquet demos in the UK?

www.pwp.com

well, that's easily solved, you can string it with a multifiliment string at a low tension, or a hybrid combo at a low tension giving you the power you want

Hmmm, perhaps. I really don't know much about different strings and tensions etc.

I have the same racquet, and I can get a lot of pop on the serve but my grounstrokes aren't as consistent as I'd like them to be. But I paid $153.00 (on sale from $189.00 i believe) so i'm keeping it for a WHILE.

£77?! That's really cheap. The RRP here is UK£ 129.99 / 254.988384 U.S $. :rolleyes:

Well I'm going to go off on a tangent (as usual :p) and suggest the Dunlop M Fil 300 racquet Momo used last year. The frame is very maneuverable puts considerable pop on the ball w/o sacrificing placement. Maybe it is just the strings that I have in the racquet atm, but each stroke feels smooth as butter :drool:.....large sweetspot?? The spin that it puts on serves is SICK :tape: and will definitely catch opponents off guard if you can kick it out wide :drool: I also have the 03 racquet Davydenko has and I'm about ready throw it off a cliff :lol: Again, it may be just the strings/tension placed in it, but every shot feels like I'm wielding a gigantic 2x4 with ZERO feel. Because there's no feel, I get slappy happy trying to "feel" the ball during matches :tape::tape: I know I look like a m3$$ playing with the Prince 03 :p

:haha: Hi babe. :p

That one is actually available for £49.99, which is less than half the price of the two I have right now. :eek: I dunno tho... Dunlops? :unsure::scratch:

*DEAD* @ slappy happy. :haha::tape::haha: If you think you look like a totally m3$$ you should come and see me. I'm retard happy ATM. :weirdo: I think the Prince has a lot of feel.

If i was to suggest a racquet id pick the Wilson nSix-One 95 nCode, it kinda has a bit of everything i think. Control, balance, power, easy to use spin. Takes a while to get the feel of it but once you do i found it very solid on pretty much everything, the Prince 03 i think has quiet a big head which can be troublesome. It can be trickier on serves i thought

Meh. There's too much damn choice. I wish there was somewhere near me I could go and hit with like 20 different ones. I like big heads.

whatever you do, dont get the prince racket. i have demoed prince rackets before and they seriously suck. i was offered prince sponsorship but i turned it down, cos they are so rubbish. the head racket is much better, i wouldnt swap my head racket for any other

:lol: How do you know the Head is better if you've never tried the Prince, though. Not all Prince rackets will be the same.

Craigy
Apr 2nd, 2007, 06:15 PM
I dunno, but one racket isn't gonna dramatically change your forehand :p The coaching lessons will help though.

Viktymise
Apr 2nd, 2007, 06:27 PM
I don't think playing will sort it out - I played twice a week for maybe 5 months last year and nothing really improved. I have about 100 balls. :p Coaching sounds like the best option at the minute.



Thanks for the link. Some very useful stuff on there.



www.pwp.com



Hmmm, perhaps. I really don't know much about different strings and tensions etc.



£77?! That's really cheap. The RRP here is UK£ 129.99 / 254.988384 U.S $. :rolleyes:



:haha: Hi babe. :p

That one is actually available for £49.99, which is less than half the price of the two I have right now. :eek: I dunno tho... Dunlops? :unsure::scratch:

*DEAD* @ slappy happy. :haha::tape::haha: If you think you look like a totally m3$$ you should come and see me. I'm retard happy ATM. :weirdo: I think the Prince has a lot of feel.



Meh. There's too much damn choice. I wish there was somewhere near me I could go and hit with like 20 different ones. I like big heads.



:lol: How do you know the Head is better if you've never tried the Prince, though. Not all Prince rackets will be the same.

Big heads are tough to control but they offer easy power no doubt :p

Pengwin
Apr 2nd, 2007, 08:01 PM
I dunno, but one racket isn't gonna dramatically change your forehand :p The coaching lessons will help though.

:worship:

IMO, this is the only advice in this thread worth following. You need to build up your foundations and technique before worrying about playing with the right racquet.

jazar
Apr 2nd, 2007, 08:08 PM
:lol: How do you know the Head is better if you've never tried the Prince, though. Not all Prince rackets will be the same.

i said in my post i have demoed prince rackets. when i had the sponsorship offer i used them for a week and absolutely hated them-the look, the weight, the feel. it was crap

what head racquet dya use?

i use the i.prestige. now incredibly rare, but probably one of the best rackets ever made.

miffedmax
Apr 2nd, 2007, 09:42 PM
And I tried Heads and couldn't hit the broadside of a barn door or generate any power. So I picked a Prince, which allowed me to generate plenty of power without straining my aging elbow.

Yes, nothing will help your game more than good instruction. But even at my level (3.0) choosing the right racket for your game can make a difference.

The only sure way is to demo a few. If you're serious about playing, it's the only way to go.

esquímaux
Apr 3rd, 2007, 03:17 PM
Hi babe. :p

That one is actually available for £49.99, which is less than half the price of the two I have right now. :eek: I dunno tho... Dunlops? :unsure::scratch:

*DEAD* @ slappy happy. :haha::tape::haha: If you think you look like a totally m3$$ you should come and see me. I'm retard happy ATM. :weirdo: I think the Prince has a lot of feel.Yeah, well I guess it's the strings that I have in my Prince racquet then :tape: Which string/tension do you suggest? :D By the way, don't tempt me babe, you might a hear a knock on your door late on night :hehehe: I'll be sure to bring a couple extra "Head" racquets too so you can show me your "stroke" technique :hehehe::lick::devil:

Willam
Apr 3rd, 2007, 03:24 PM
I used to play with the Pure Drive since 2006 in october i needed more control so i began to play with prince 03 tour and affter i gain control im buying tomorrow anothe pure drive :) and ill stay with it.. i have to say to you that i have played with both racquets and if i have to choose... thinking in your kind of game ill go with the Flexpoint HEAD