When you’re reviewing as many racquets as I do your head and arms go a bit crazy after all. Which racquet is your “home” racquet? What racquet do you bring into a tournament?
With all the testing going on at the moment it’s hard to now. Right now, I’m playing around with the Prince Phantom Pro 100P, the Babolat Pure Drive Tour Plus, the Angell K7 Red (review coming shortly) with various amounts of lead tape, the HEAD Liquidmetal Radical Tour and also a capped HEAD Graphene Radical Pro that I’ve borrowed from a friend.
Specs are basically all over the place with these racquets and so is my game. I usually adapt my technique to the kind of racquet I’m using, a lighter, more modern frame, I grip it more eastern and try to ramp up the spin and racquet head speed (as well as I can, it’s not my natural game style) and with the heavier player frames I try to meet the ball further in front and hit flatter with a slower swing. This is the way I grew up playing tennis.
But right now I’m not sure whether I should use a modern frame that is around 330 grams strung or a classic players’ frame with 350+ grams strung. The dilemma is probably something a lot of players are facing these days. The power and spin of a modern frame is very alluring, but on volleys and for aggressive, killer tennis, the player frame is hard to beat. But it doesn’t give you a lot of free power when you’re defending and requires more preparation on each shot, which is what you need in the modern baseline game these days.
For many players, this decision might be easy, but with every other review I start to question my choices. Right now, I’m kind of deciding whether I should try to make the Angell K7 Red my main racquet or stick with the HEAD Liquidmetal Radical Tour that I’ve been using for a while. It’s definitely not an easy choice. Besides that I also have upcoming reviews of the Tecnifibre PS 300 which is a stiff, modern racquet and the Srixon Dunlop CX 2.0 Tour, which is a players’ frame that needs some lead tape in the hoop.
Maybe one of those two racquets will be the perfect blend in a frame that I’m looking for? It’s an impossible quest we racquetholics are on, but it’s also incredibly fun. In the end, however, it might not be the most suitable strategy for improving your tennis game.
My plan right now is to keep grooving and testing strings with the Angell K7 Red, give the Prince Phantom Pro 100P another chance, check back with the LM Radical Tour if it’s still as sweet as it was a month ago, and I’m also extremely curious about upcoming play-tests.
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Where are you in your racquet journey right now? Any frame/spec that I need to try? Please comment below!
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