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Wilson Federer Adult Strung , is one of my best.. i have just saw some review HERE tennisracketpro.com
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Babolat Pure Drive
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Iím going for the 18x20 Pure Strikes. I hit plenty hard so the Pure Drives are just a bit too much. Iím getting lazy in my shot mechanics with it. I canít wait to see how my game evolves. I hit with my 2014 Pure Strikes last year and it was more up my alley. I just need an updated version and better strings! I donít break strings enough for Pro Hurricane or RPM Blast only in my setup
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Been using the standard Pure Drive for years, but lately I've been demoing some others. I'm really liking the Pure Strike 16x19 and the Head Radical Pro. I also really liked a Wilson Ultra I tried out which was 97sqin and I think 305 grams.

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Iím going for the 18x20 Pure Strikes. I hit plenty hard so the Pure Drives are just a bit too much. Iím getting lazy in my shot mechanics with it. I canít wait to see how my game evolves. I hit with my 2014 Pure Strikes last year and it was more up my alley. I just need an updated version and better strings! I donít break strings enough for Pro Hurricane or RPM Blast only in my setup
Okay, so I had a chance to get on the court now with my Pure Strike 18x20.

The first thing I noticed was that the racket feels incredible. Buttery smooth and I could feel the ball pocket pretty nicely. I'm using Pro Hurricane/Xcel Hybrid in them strung at 52 lbs. The result is pretty soft but still durable and responsive. I almost feel like I don't need the vibration dampener (but I will still use it).

The biggest adjustment, like I said, was my shot mechanics. I tended to slap at the ball at times in the last two years and hit very close faced...almost down. I found myself in the first 20 minutes hitting into the net a lot. Once I adjusted and hit fuller, aimed higher over the net, and swung through the ball, I received plenty of control. In fact, I didn't hit the ball out or wide the whole time. All of my errors were in the net. Towards the end, I was maintaining a 2-3 ft. clearance over the net and hitting with decent depth.

On my forehand, I think it's going to give me that point and shoot feeling the more I play with it. I love it for that stroke but it's particularly effective on my backhand. It's always been the more consistent yet flatter shot, and this gave it a really nice accuracy in where I hit it and helped me absorb a ton of pace from my Mom (who was hitting bombs a la Kvitova off the ground and we were playing indoor).

On serve, I appreciated the accuracy. The thing I'd been missing from my serve the last two years had been control and direction. A lot of times with the more open patterns, I got more pace and a smidge more spin, but with the 18x20 I had more direction and found that I could hit very decent, deeper kick serves. I felt more confident in swinging out with it, which is crazy.

The volleys I hit had a video-game like point and shoot feel. I could direct any volley I wanted anywhere. Drop volleys were magical. My touch shots were also pretty nice.

Overall, this is definitely a racket that, if you really work on YOUR actual game and swing very well, it will reward you with amazing accuracy and the right amount of spin and depth. I'm immensely happy with this. The last time I had a racket that felt this nice was the Head Liquidmetal Radical (18x20) and the Wilson H Tour 95 (16x20 string pattern). Hmmm...I should have known the 18x20 was the pattern that I preferred.
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I've been playing with the Prince O3 Red since 2008 I believe.. I've had so many.. because my game is similiar to Bartoli (stroke mechanics etc) I thought I needed her racquets. It's my favorite. I should probably upgrade.
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Re: What tennis racquet do you use?

I've had a lot of racquet changes over the years, I just feel like I'm never satisfied.

I constantly switch between Wilson and Head, historically hated Babolat rackets but from the new range I've only tried the Aero (which I also hate), but the Drive and Strike seem like much better racquets and ones that could suit me, especially the Strike.

I played for a long time with the Head Instinct MP from 2013-16 (the 2011 model that Sharapova and Berdych used until late 2014) and then the 2016 Head Extreme, think Gasquet and Kuznetsova among others used that one. Both racquets suited me as back then I was more of a grinder and defensive player, but I'm 19 next week and have developed a much more aggressive playstyle over the years.

Cue my move last spring to the Federer 340g Autograph, which was a huge mistake I have never served better but the total lack of maneuverability made my ground-stroke consistency a total nightmare. I then did a lot of testing over the winter and days ago I moved to the Wilson Ultra 100 Countervail. The Tour version was buttery and lush but my technique is still not where I want it to be, and to use such a buttery, control oriented racquet requires good feel and especially good technique. It's coming, but I just panic too much in pressure situations and my arm speed goes to sh*t.

I liked the Blade but thought it was a little too flimsy - I was looking for something maneuverable but stable, with a good amount of control but also a fair bit of ploughthrough. The Burn was a mess and I found the new Head range to be the same as it always was - functional but somewhat hollow and devoid of feel. The Ultra is very much an all around racquet, there isn't much it does that is head and shoulders above anything else but doesn't have many weak points either - some I spoke to didn't like it much on serve but I haven't had any issues yet, and my volleys are really stable.

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I just got the djoker Head speed pro black and white racquet. I also just started using Luxilon strings. I love it so far..seem to get even more topspin than before and i had alot. my kickserve pulls down into court harder now. maybe this racquet is balanced better for my swing or maybe its the magic in the graphene? lol im an improving 4.0 player so its nice to see some benefits from a racquet change!
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Yesterday this came in the mail. With Luxilon Element @ Mid Tension. Serves felt GREAT. And today I get to use it in a live match.

I'm feeling good about it.

Still playing with this puppy, the only difference is I have the Lux Element down to 52 lbs.


Took out the Wilson Clash for a test drive, but the timing of it all was awful so I hated it. I'll need to wait until outdoor tennis weather starts up here and take it out again.

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i dont know why but i can';t seem to adjust as fast to racquets as i could last time.
and i find the newer models or series always a tad different.
Right now i'm still on the head prestige classics and i find them more than enough.
The new series feel like they're hollow inside or whatnot.


Anyone facing the same thing?

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