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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-26-2012, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone know Tennis racquets well?

I just bought a high end tennis racquet. Is the one Roger Federer uses except not in 90 sq in but 100. Pro Staff six one 100. The thing is freaking awesome if youre into control and fast swing. Prior to this I tried Nadal's racquet which felt like nothing special at all.

I also bought the new Wilson Juice 100 but might not keep it too long. Too much power and effort to swing it.
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Re: Anyone know Tennis racquets well?

I'm a 4.5-5.0, so yeah, I know tennis. Glad to hear you're happy with your 100. However, a box beamed Pro Staff that is 100 sq in. will always be awkward to me. Haha, it represents everything a Pro Staff isn't traditionally.

I use the original BLX Six One 90, I have 4 of those. All of them are matched in specs, a must for Wilson frames. They notorious for having terrible quality control, with one frame spec'd differently than another. From afar, it looks like a lollipop.

I like my racquets heavy. I've leaded it up to 370g, 8pts headlight, swingweight at 355.

http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Wils...ON-61TBLX.html



I was at a tournament at Fremont a few months ago, and the shop there had a demo of the new Pro Staff Six One 90 BLX. The shop owner was nice enough to let me demo the frame asked for my thoughts on the new 90. It plays slightly crisper than the BLX90. But honestly, if both racquets are painted with the same color, I wouldn't be able to notice the difference. Not enough for me to switch.

Oh and just so you know, Roger Federer doesn't use the Pro Staff Six.One 90 BLX, nor did he use my BLX Six.One Tour 90 racquet. They were both paintjobs over the K-Factor Six.One Tour 90.

No pros will switch racquets as soon as they become available to the public. Tennis players, as with athletes in any sports, are very particular with their equipment. I'd have to be overwhelmingly convinced to make any changes. That goes for strings, grip, string tension.
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Re: Anyone know Tennis racquets well?

I'm totally new to this tennis so all the headlight and swingweight talk is new to me. All I know Is I want to swing it like Federer who I think has the best looking tennis game to ever grace the world. I really dont think there will be another Federer again.

What do you think of Yonex racquet. That square head looks pretty cool.
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Re: Anyone know Tennis racquets well?

I will tell you that every manufacturer will feel and swing differently in your hands. I grew up playing with a Head Prestige Mid in one variation or another. In the past 10 years, first 5 years with the Head i.Prestige Mid, latter 5 years with the Prestige Classic 600. Then I switched to the Wilson BLX90.

Although the spec of a Prestige Mid and a Pro Staff 90 are very similar (nearly identical), they SWING drastically different. It took me several months to get used to the BLX90. Head frames are typically more oval shaped, whereas Wilson frames are closer to a perfect circle. Both are box beamed frames, but Wilson's box beams are typically boxier. If you play long enough, minute changes from one racquet will become BIG changes to you. Having said that, I can only imagine Yonex frames swing a bit weird. However, Yonex has quite a few classic/sought after frames among enthusiasts.

As far as playing like Roger Federer, my advice is to NOT copy him. Not because he's bad to model after (far from it! He's as close to perfect as anyone can get), and I'm not saying one can't duplicate him, but you need to do what is the MOST natural to you. Roger Federer plays the way he plays because it's natural to him, and it just so happen to look so graceful and effortless. He has what I call "easy power". Impeccable timing, GREAT footwork, and he may not look it, he's strong enough, especially at the core. A tennis player's power comes from the core and legs. The arm is really just there to direct that power.

I'm telling you, if you play/swing away from your comfort zone and all you're trying to do is to put on a show, trying to duplicate someone else, your game won't go far. I have drawn comparisons with my strokes to that of Roger Federer's (video if you'd like to see). I'm flattered, but this is the way I was taught and it's just natural to me. I couldn't copy Roger Federer, I started and developed these strokes before he was ever on TV. While I have similar looking strokes, his result is 1000000000000x better! So I am flattered by the comparisons I am able to draw.

And I agree with you, another "Roger Federer" is not likely to come by anytime soon. I'm dying to have the opportunity to watch him live before he retires.

http://s7.photobucket.com/albums/y28...htrallying.mp4

As far as the racquet terminology I threw up, I apologize for not explaining earlier.
Balance - Headlight = more mass in the handle, so the head is light
Headheavy = more mass in the head, so the head is heavy
Even balance = mass equally distributed

Swingweight (SW) - It's a measure of how heavy the racquet feels during a swing. I don't know the unit of measurement, but basically the higher the number, the heavier it swings. Note that a light but head heavy frame may have a higher SW than a heavy but head light racquet. Get it?

Glad to answer any more questions you may have .
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