Usually, I am quick to dispense tennis advice; but today I am looking for some. It is time to buy new tennis racquets (mine are three years old); and while everyone has a favorite “brand,” I am more interested in type of racquet for my type of game…
Power vs. Control
I view my tennis style as an “aggressive baseliner” who is looking to now transition into an “all court player” by following more of my heavy, topspin forehands into the net. (Yes, Hank Irvine, I will follow your advice).
My tennis club carries Volkl racquets, which I have been happily playing with for many years. They now have a new Organix line, with a 1, 2, and 3 power rating. So, for my style (current and future), should I go for the most powerful (#1); or will that provide too much power, and I should go with the most control (#3) and provide my own power? Or compromise at #2?
As an added factor, when I experimented with string tension, I lowered mine to just 35 lbs. but found I really could not control the ball well enough. So I am now back up to 47 lbs and using a topspin-adding poly string (Gamma Zo Verve) in the mains and a softer, multi-filament in the crosses.
So, what does anyone think… get as much power as possible or provide my own?
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