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User currently offlineWaterpolodan From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1649 posts, RR: 5
Posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1325 times:

I'm becoming a bit of a tennis regular these days as a good friend of mine who played tennis in college just moved into town and she's desperate for someone to play with, so I've been going to the court with her 3-4 times a week and I've improved my game dramatically playing with someone of her caliber. However, I've always borrowed one of her racquets and now I've decided it's time to get my own to replace my crappy 10 year old wilson hammer. I went to the store today and I took a demo babolat pure storm tour home, played with it today for a couple hours and it feels great. I'll probably end up getting this racquet, but I was curious if anyone had any advice about other racquets to try in the same realm of control/power, and also if anyone thinks it's a good idea to buy a racquet off of ebay. I've found the same racquet there for about $130 while I'd be paying $180 or so for it in the store...

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User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 3003 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1306 times:

On the buying of ebay- Sure, just check the seller's feedback. 98% and up is fine. You might get it cheaper if you get it used. Used does not always mean scratched and beat up, If it looks like new, you might as well. And always remember to calculate the shipping cost- it might out way the money saved by buying it on the internet.

As of the racket, I am not familiar with the Babolat, so I can't recommend other rackets. But I might as well say the Vokli rackets are very good, though sometimes expensive.



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User currently offlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3342 posts, RR: 45
Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1301 times:

Prince O3 Speedport White. Awesome racket, I play with it. Sweet spot is huge!

It is pricey, though.

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User currently offlineVikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10239 posts, RR: 26
Reply 3, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1298 times:
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Quoting Waterpolodan (Thread starter):
10 year old wilson hammer

Amusingly enough, that's exactly the racket I use - a Wilson Hammer 5.0 (though I think mine is 12 or so years old...).



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User currently offlineL410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5738 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1280 times:



Quoting Waterpolodan (Thread starter):
now I've decided it's time to get my own to replace my crappy 10 year old wilson hammer

"crappy racquet" might be in fact just old strings

Quoting Waterpolodan (Thread starter):
I'll probably end up getting this racquet, but I was curious if anyone had any advice about other racquets to try in the same realm of control/power

Tennis racquests are one of those commodities where buying over the internet might be really tricky and couple tens of dollars saved may end up not being not worth it in the long run. Relying on small "old school" specialized shops with tens of test racquests and staff who know what they are talking about because they play tennis themselves is worth paying the extra money, imho. If you want to save money look for models from previous season.
My recommendation would be to not make your decision based on trying just one recquet because you need some sort of comparison first to make any judgment.
Another thing is to realistically assess your skills and expectations as well as whether or not there is a room for any significant improvement of your play.
I'd try at least 5-7 different ones from different brands also on different skill levels because you might find out that what you thought was the best for you is in fact too good for you. My experience: When I was shopping for a racquest and plazing with the test ones I first thought Volkl DNX 9 is the best, but then I tried the slightly less powerful DNX 8 and only then realized I'd kill my elbow in a month playing the DNX 9 which was simply too good for me and I lacked the skills and strength to use it effectively. DNX V1 felt "weird".


User currently offlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7651 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1279 times:



Quoting Waterpolodan (Thread starter):
I've decided it's time to get my own to replace my crappy 10 year old wilson hammer.

A Wilson hammer is very good, Pete used it as does Federer, I bet you have never had it restrung, it will perform like new once you replace the strings. If you are playing a lot you should get a restring every year.


User currently offlinePellegrine From France, joined Mar 2007, 2472 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1270 times:

For some reason the Babolat Pure Drive always felt great to me from the minute I picked one up, although I am not an expert. The balance is above anything I've put in my hand, and I prefer a smaller racquet (645 cm2), as opposed to these oversized things you see so many people with. All else felt foreign. Haven't tried the Pure Storm, but if it feels right!


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User currently offlineL410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5738 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1254 times:



Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 5):
A Wilson hammer is very good

You do realize that "Wilson Hammer" is a moreless generic identification as there were countless models made under that name for all types of players from beginners to pros?

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 5):
Pete used it as does Federer

... and Sebastian Loeb drives a Citroen C4.
I don't think their choices of equipment are in any way relevant to us mortals. At least to those of us who are not victims of advertising campaigns...


User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8218 posts, RR: 26
Reply 8, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1254 times:

Play and swear by Yonex - they've never done me wrong. I play with a midsize because big sweet spots are a little too generous for someone who uses a heavy Western grip on their forehand like me. I've just always liked the squarish look of the racket head as well.


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User currently offlineVikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10239 posts, RR: 26
Reply 9, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1228 times:
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Quoting L410Turbolet (Reply 7):
I don't think their choices of equipment are in any way relevant to us mortals. At least to those of us who are not victims of advertising campaigns...

Very true. Chances are none of us would even be able to hit a ball at the tensions at which the pros string their rackets.

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 5):

A Wilson hammer is very good, Pete used it as does Federer, I bet you have never had it restrung, it will perform like new once you replace the strings. If you are playing a lot you should get a restring every year.

If you're playing a lot (at least once a week), I'd get it restrung more often than that - probably every 3 to 4 months or so (for me, I'd break a string before then). Otherwise the strings won't be anywhere near their original tension by the time you get it restrung.



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User currently offlineWaterpolodan From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1649 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1217 times:

Thanks for the advice, guys. As for my old hammer... I know some hammers are very good racquets, it's just that the one I've had for all these years was bought to be a beginner's racquet so no matter how many times I restring it, it's still just not what I'm looking for, the head is too large and I don't like the weight balance of the thing. I'm going back to the store on tuesday to return my 2 demos, as you guys are saying I definitely will pick out a couple more to try on the court before I make my final decision, we'll see how it goes.

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