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E. Blackadder
Aug 5th, 2003, 05:53 PM
What's your racquet brand and are you satisfied with it? (sorry if posted before)


I have had a Wilson Hyper Hammer before, and wasn't very satisfied with it, gave me a flat and hard serve but it didn't give me the control on my slice backhand that I wanted (I use that a lot these days), then switched to Head, which were perfectly for me as a baseliner, enough power and control, but the volleys didn't came out good, they nearly always went long. I'm trying the Babolat Pure Drive now with 26 kg. I feel they give me a lot of control and power on my groundies, but I had to change my serve and give it more slice on this racquet to keep it in. :confused:

DA FOREHAND
Aug 5th, 2003, 05:55 PM
Yonex Rd-70 Power Long Pro (95)
Hingis called it an extension of her hand
Great spin, control and you generate your own power.

TennisHack
Aug 5th, 2003, 05:56 PM
I use the Volkl Tour 8 (strung at 55 lbs). I like it very much, it gives me the control I need and it is very comfortable, not too heavy or too light.

My serve is the worst part of my game, so I can't help you there :o I have to use a slice anyway to keep the ball in because I generate a lot of racquethead speed naturally.

villa
Aug 5th, 2003, 05:58 PM
Using the wilson hammer 4.3 (venus's racket)..
find that sometimes my shots can land way out of the baseline beucause its so powerfull but when i time the ball really well the power i generate is letal- overall i'm very happy with it- wouldn't mind getting something with a bit more controll but first i should correct the flaw's in the technical side of my game...

Berlin_Calling
Aug 5th, 2003, 06:00 PM
I play with a Babolat Pure Drive at 65-66 pounds (30 kg).

DA FOREHAND
Aug 5th, 2003, 06:07 PM
Using the wilson hammer 4.3 (venus's racket)..
find that sometimes my shots can land way out of the baseline beucause its so powerfull but when i time the ball really well the power i generate is letal- overall i'm very happy with it- wouldn't mind getting something with a bit more controll but first i should correct the flaw's in the technical side of my game...


Maybe you should toy around w/your string tension first low tension =more power higher tension =more control

kim&lleyton
Aug 5th, 2003, 06:32 PM
I'm the only one with a Dunlop Racket:sad:

DA FOREHAND
Aug 5th, 2003, 06:36 PM
I have an old Dunlop 200G (85) for when I feel i'm really playing bad.

Mateo Mathieu
Aug 5th, 2003, 06:42 PM
I using Head i.Speed and I satisfied with it because I'm comfortable with it. Forehand is my best shot and backhand is just OK. My volley are pretty not bad. So, I'm very good at Doubles.

gourownway
Aug 5th, 2003, 07:01 PM
I use a Prince More Response oversize head. It's strunge between 62 and 65. The oversize has a nice sweet spot and it helps out my backhand and serve. It is a bit stiff on volleys, but I'm comfortable with it.

DA FOREHAND
Aug 5th, 2003, 07:05 PM
I hate those oversized snowshoe point and click racquets. Only women and old men should use them.

gourownway
Aug 5th, 2003, 07:12 PM
I hate those oversized snowshoe point and click racquets. Only women and old men should use them.


To each their own. I haven't been playing long and it is the best suited to help me with my game right now. It's not like I went into a store pointed at that one and said, "Oh that one with the big head looks pretty." I tried out over 12 different ones with my tennis instructor. I did well with others, but that's the one that helped my over all game.

By the way I am a woman....so does that mean I have your blessing in using the oversize?

Daniel
Aug 5th, 2003, 07:14 PM
wilson 6.1 classic

Mike
Aug 5th, 2003, 07:19 PM
Yonex MP-2i (same as Kournikova's)

DA FOREHAND
Aug 5th, 2003, 07:19 PM
To each their own. I haven't been playing long and it is the best suited to help me with my game right now. It's not like I went into a store pointed at that one and said, "Oh that one with the big head looks pretty." I tried out over 12 different ones with my tennis instructor. I did well with others, but that's the one that helped my over all game.

By the way I am a woman....so does that mean I have your blessing in using the oversize?


Granted. ;)

faboozadoo15
Aug 5th, 2003, 07:24 PM
yonex ultimum ti 2000 (same as monica) nifty thing.... it's frame is completely broken from my plane ride back home, but i found a demo for sale... sooo it's all good.

yonex is winning? thought i was minority in my choice...

henryj2001
Aug 5th, 2003, 07:35 PM
Babolat Pure Drive +

i_like_tennis
Aug 5th, 2003, 07:48 PM
i think i wanna switch to babolat now that
i need to change the strings,
i would probably switch raquet altogether....:)
and pure drive seems to be the way to go anyways:D

controlfreak
Aug 5th, 2003, 07:49 PM
Brand: Head.
Model: Ti.Carbon 5000 (I think it's an out-of-date model although I got it recently)
Satisfaction: not really, but that's probably due to my game which is in a transitional period. There's nothing wrong with it, but I never play as well as I did with my ancient Wilson Rakattak kids racquet before it disintegrated on me. That stick was so light, I could do anything with it - although it was a bit on the short side! But buying a new kids racquet at my age seemed a bit embarrassing so I went with the large but light Head. I'm sure I need to string it at a higher tension though because after every point my string pattern looks like a spaghetti junction.

DA FOREHAND
Aug 5th, 2003, 07:49 PM
Why?

TartarVicario
Aug 5th, 2003, 08:05 PM
Babolat because Svetlana,Kim,Andy and Calos use it. ;)

Nikki
Aug 5th, 2003, 09:28 PM
Wilson & Head

gourownway
Aug 5th, 2003, 09:34 PM
Granted. ;)


So noted. :kiss:

GoDominique
Aug 5th, 2003, 09:35 PM
If I only knew ... my current racket is from a supermarket. :o It's a no-name product but definitely from one of the big brands - not sure which one though. :o

villa
Aug 5th, 2003, 09:39 PM
Maybe you should toy around w/your string tension first low tension =more power higher tension =more control

Thanks for the tip da forehand- :) i have this horrible habbit of just buying new rackets when the strings break or racket gets slightly used...i've already got 3 hyper hammers :rolleyes: :o
i'll have to have a word with my new tennis instructor 2moro...

Hewitt225
Aug 5th, 2003, 10:10 PM
Maybe you should toy around w/your string tension first low tension =more power higher tension =more control


actually low tension doesn't really mean higher power...it means the balls travels farther...not harder.

AjdeNate!
Aug 5th, 2003, 10:19 PM
Yonex Super RQ 500. Monica's racket from a few frames ago. I like it - but I prefer the Yonex RQ-380 above all. That's the racket I started with and Monica won most of her Slams with. The best racket ever produced.

I use Wilson Synthetic Gut 17g strings at 65lbs.

Great groundstrokes, with power and control - I hit big a lot, but that's just me trying to be like Monica. ;)

Whatzup
Aug 5th, 2003, 10:23 PM
I play with a Wilson Hyper Hammer 6.2, almost the same as Serena... I gives me a hard serve and a good control in the rally's. This racket gives me ennough power to play the ball deep, but if you will play you're shots with slice it is difficult but it's a good racket! :D

faboozadoo15
Aug 5th, 2003, 10:27 PM
i string all my racquets at 65, too, seles. i dont have any vintage monica though, only the recent... i love it though.

AjdeNate!
Aug 5th, 2003, 10:41 PM
I used to buy whatever racket Monica played with at the time... but I haven't played for ages and there's no need to buy a new racket to not play. :)

joegerardi
Aug 5th, 2003, 10:55 PM
Babolat Pure Drives strung with Wilson NXT Tour at 52 pounds...

...still my my ProStaff 6.0 85's, though.

..Joe

selesfan87
Aug 5th, 2003, 11:08 PM
Wilson H-T

Barrie_Dude
Aug 5th, 2003, 11:11 PM
I actually use a Fischer. Am I the only one?http://www.fischer-tennis.com/en/tennis/frequency_tuning/images/ft_1.jpg

Berlin_Calling
Aug 6th, 2003, 01:19 AM
Babolat Pure Drives strung with Wilson NXT Tour at 52 pounds...

...still my my ProStaff 6.0 85's, though.

..Joe

omg 52 lbs? :eek:. How do you manage to keep the ball from going over the fence? :o

F-R-E-A-K
Aug 6th, 2003, 01:33 AM
I have use Babolat Pure Drive + and my tension is 56LBS, i use luxilon bigger banger strings.

I dont really like these raquest as they fracture way to easily where prince doesnt!

joegerardi
Aug 6th, 2003, 01:52 AM
omg 52 lbs? :eek:. How do you manage to keep the ball from going over the fence? :o

Topspin, angles, and touch. See my post- I graduated to these from the ProStaff 6.0 85. With that, the first thing you gotta learn is control, else the racquet simply won't work.

..Joe

CoryAnnAvants#1
Aug 6th, 2003, 02:43 AM
I play with the Yonex MP-5I. I tried playing with the MP-2I (kournikova's racket), but I couldn't keep a ball in the court with it at my normal tension. I had to up the tension from 56 to 62 AND use a vibrasorb. I decided it wasn't worth it and this racket is great. If you play along the lines of someone like Natasha Zvereva or Martina Hingis, it will definitely work for your game.

My mixed doubles partner uses the Wilson Surge and that racket is awesome as well BTW.

Gowza
Aug 6th, 2003, 02:53 AM
what do you think about heads i.x6. i'm using a babolat but thinking of changing to head and i demoed this racquet. i know it's powerful but my serve and groundies and touch shots are great with it, however the guy in the tennis shop says it is a social racquet and you'll never improve you tennis with it. he also said the frames that are square don't have much feel (which may be why he is saying you can't improve your tennis with it). i'd really appreciate anyones thoughts.

bis2806
Aug 6th, 2003, 02:56 AM
I'm using Babolat Pure Drive Plus and it's great.... before i was using hyper hammer 5.2... now i'm planning to buy one of the H hammer rackets but can't decide if i should take H4(Venus') or Serena's H6...

joegerardi
Aug 6th, 2003, 03:04 AM
what do you think about heads i.x6. i'm using a babolat but thinking of changing to head and i demoed this racquet. i know it's powerful but my serve and groundies and touch shots are great with it, however the guy in the tennis shop says it is a social racquet and you'll never improve you tennis with it. he also said the frames that are square don't have much feel (which may be why he is saying you can't improve your tennis with it). i'd really appreciate anyones thoughts.

I have to agree with the guy at the tennis shop. It's a snowshoe. As you improve, and your swing gets faster, you'll find yourself having more and more trouble not launching the ball onto the next court. Also, it's light weight will make it almost impossible to volley with.

Try the i.Tour. It's a "tweener" stick, with enough power to satisfy, and still fairly light. It' also a great racquet for customizing: adding lead to the hoop or throat when the time comes makes it more of a player's bat, and you still are familiar with it. The Wilson ProStaff Surge is another to look at- it's a direct ripoff of the Bab Pure Drive, but it's a little lighter, and has a lighter swingweight, so you might find it more to your liking.

Of course, you can always string your Bab down to 50 pounds and really get the full effect of the woofer grommets, creating max power...

..Joe

Gowza
Aug 6th, 2003, 03:29 AM
i'm actually using the babolat pure power (not the zylon it's an old version). i tried the pure and didn't like it much.

Hingiswinsthis
Aug 6th, 2003, 03:32 AM
Yonex Super RQ TI 350

Grice
Aug 6th, 2003, 04:11 AM
Fischer GDS Take off 1210 (supposedly the lightest racket in the world at 198g??)
It doesn't give me much control even though my racket is strung at 63. Can't execute slices and drop shots as well as my previous racket Wilson Titanium 3.2

Lee-Waters' Boy
Aug 6th, 2003, 04:32 AM
yonex mp-5i...NOT the HS version

ive always used yonex and i love them :D

Venus Forever
Aug 6th, 2003, 04:35 AM
Wilson's Hyper Hammer 4.0 :D

Vincent
Aug 6th, 2003, 11:27 AM
Fischer GDS Take off 1210 (supposedly the lightest racket in the world at 198g??)
It doesn't give me much control even though my racket is strung at 63. Can't execute slices and drop shots as well as my previous racket Wilson Titanium 3.2
I have seen that racket and the racket head is huge and very very light, probably 2 times lighter than my Wilson ProStaff 6.1 (Jonas Bjorkman'sone)

azza
Aug 6th, 2003, 11:31 AM
I got a dunlop

gorecki
Aug 6th, 2003, 01:01 PM
Yonex RD-70 Pro Long [105]

How often do you guys break your strings?
i break mine after ~12-16 hours on the court.
i love 17g strings but i use 16g to save $

Dava
Aug 6th, 2003, 01:02 PM
I have a wilson one, but Im scared its going to break, so when I get a job, I will buy the new Yonex raquet.

Wojtek
Aug 6th, 2003, 01:11 PM
Using the wilson hammer 4.3 (venus's racket)..
find that sometimes my shots can land way out of the baseline beucause its so powerfull but when i time the ball really well the power i generate is letal- overall i'm very happy with it- wouldn't mind getting something with a bit more controll but first i should correct the flaw's in the technical side of my game...

The same here.
I'm hitting flat from both sides and sometimes ball land way out sof the baseline.

SM
Aug 6th, 2003, 04:21 PM
i primarily use a babolat pure control team std, and my secondary raquet is a pro staff hypercarbon 7.6, but i also have a prince triple threat scream which i use when i want a bit more oomph!

i love the bab :) due to the heavy weight and head-light balance. i string all at 60+ lbs.

Glenn
Aug 6th, 2003, 04:35 PM
Babolat

DA FOREHAND
Aug 6th, 2003, 06:48 PM
Yonex RD-70 Pro Long [105]

How often do you guys break your strings?
i break mine after ~12-16 hours on the court.
i love 17g strings but i use 16g to save $

try Prince Pro-Blend, or Forten Sweet Kevlar

Barrie_Dude
Aug 6th, 2003, 11:18 PM
Fischer GDS Take off 1210 (supposedly the lightest racket in the world at 198g??)
It doesn't give me much control even though my racket is strung at 63. Can't execute slices and drop shots as well as my previous racket Wilson Titanium 3.2This sounds weird, but try stringing it a bit tighter. Another 10 to 15 pds may do it. Make better use of the frame and your execution may improve,

Brαm
Jan 4th, 2004, 12:05 PM
Dunlop Typhoon!
http://www.oliviero.it/shop/grafica/tedunlop_thayp_det.jpg

Weird shape (long head!) but an OK racquet :) ;)

Stijn
Jan 4th, 2004, 12:12 PM
I got a Dunlop Impact Graphite Ti as a New Years present from my boyfriend :kiss: :yeah:
It's my first propper racket and I'm very happy with it :bounce:
Can't wait to play my first match with it :angel:

http://www.atelho.com/img/com/art400/A11080.jpg

bionic71
Jan 4th, 2004, 12:14 PM
Babolat Pure Power Xylon (57lbs)

Nice on serve and volleys.
Adequate power from the baseline.

matija-seles
Jan 4th, 2004, 12:20 PM
I use fairly customized Yonex MP 5i 110". My weight is 350 g strung and 36 cm balance with Technifibre 515 SPL (1.32) strung at 35 kg. It is nice playing racquet.

Freija
Jan 4th, 2004, 12:27 PM
I've got Babolat Pure Drive and a Hammer Pro, but I only use my Babolat!

Belgium = Best
Jan 4th, 2004, 12:28 PM
Wilson :)

:wavey:

esquímaux
Jan 4th, 2004, 12:55 PM
If I only knew ... my current racket is from a supermarket. :o It's a no-name product but definitely from one of the big brands - not sure which one though. :o

We're in the same boat! :bounce: I have a Wilson Sledgehammer 2.8 :eek: but broke the strings (again?) so now I'm just using a "whore racquet" from Wal-mart to tie me over until I find a more durable string and get my sledgehammer restrung. It's a Wilson Titanium Impact btw.

esquímaux
Jan 4th, 2004, 01:25 PM
pretty soon Babolat racquets are gonna evolve into rectangles :eek: