waterpolodan
Posts: 1605
Joined: Sun Feb 13, 2005 3:46 pm

Tennis Racquets?

Mon Aug 31, 2009 2:45 am

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...
 
Braniff747SP
Posts: 2565
Joined: Sun Oct 26, 2008 4:56 am

RE: Tennis Racquets?

Mon Aug 31, 2009 4:32 am

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.
The 747 will always be the TRUE queen of the skies!
 
Longhornmaniac
Posts: 2960
Joined: Wed Jun 15, 2005 2:33 pm

RE: Tennis Racquets?

Mon Aug 31, 2009 4:43 am

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

It is pricey, though.

Cheers,
Cameron
Cheers,
Cameron
 
vikkyvik
Posts: 11765
Joined: Thu Jul 31, 2003 1:58 pm

RE: Tennis Racquets?

Mon Aug 31, 2009 4:56 am



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...).
I'm watching Jeopardy. The category is worst Madonna songs. "This one from 1987 is terrible".
 
L410Turbolet
Posts: 5423
Joined: Wed May 05, 2004 9:12 am

RE: Tennis Racquets?

Mon Aug 31, 2009 7:43 am



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".
 
Kiwirob
Posts: 9869
Joined: Mon Jun 13, 2005 2:16 pm

RE: Tennis Racquets?

Mon Aug 31, 2009 7:54 am



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.
 
Pellegrine
Posts: 1766
Joined: Thu Mar 29, 2007 10:19 am

RE: Tennis Racquets?

Mon Aug 31, 2009 8:15 am

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!
oh boy!!!
 
L410Turbolet
Posts: 5423
Joined: Wed May 05, 2004 9:12 am

RE: Tennis Racquets?

Mon Aug 31, 2009 11:37 am



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 avatar
Aaron747
Posts: 8529
Joined: Thu Aug 07, 2003 2:07 am

RE: Tennis Racquets?

Mon Aug 31, 2009 11:37 am

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.
If you need someone to blame / throw a rock in the air / you'll hit someone guilty
 
vikkyvik
Posts: 11765
Joined: Thu Jul 31, 2003 1:58 pm

RE: Tennis Racquets?

Mon Aug 31, 2009 4:54 pm



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.
I'm watching Jeopardy. The category is worst Madonna songs. "This one from 1987 is terrible".
 
waterpolodan
Posts: 1605
Joined: Sun Feb 13, 2005 3:46 pm

RE: Tennis Racquets?

Mon Aug 31, 2009 6:26 pm

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.

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: L410Turbolet and 20 guests