What’s The Right Racquet?

volklUsually, 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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9 thoughts on “What’s The Right Racquet?

  1. George

    I’ve always felt it’s better to go towards more control in the frame and tweak your string setup to get the extra pop or control as needed.

    Strings make such a difference and with all the new polys, co-polys, Super multis (Babolat Origin) and the infinite hybrid combos out there I would go control on the stick and adjust your string setup.

    Michel. Good thinking. Thanks. George

  2. George…I think the thiner beam rackets are better for controlling spin and power should not be a problem for you particularly at the lower tension.
    Larry. So if I read you right, you say go for the power. Thanks. Geo.

  3. I go along with Rick Flack in saying you can never have too much power. The more power you have, the less hard and fast you can swing, thus giving you more control. The “con” portion is that the stiffest rackets are always the most expensive. Asics is the best buy in the stiff racket market because it’s $50 or more, less expensive than the major brand names.
    Fred. That would lead me to #1. Thanks. Geo.

  4. George, in all my almost 70 years of playing it was never the racket! I have seen Philipousis serve with a Maxly wooden racket and he was about 5 miles slower than with his “high tech” racket. Ask Emmo, he will tell you that if you can play tennis you can play with any racket. Some of my friends and I play since almost 15 years with the KUEBLER Big Point 25, which is awsome and if we miss a shot it is not the racket! Rolf
    Rolf. Thanks. Geo

  5. George–Great that you are asking for advice. But too much advice is as bad as none. Some basic thoughts: 1. a better racquet can make a difference–in some cases a big difference; 2. since you hit the ball with the strings–strings and string tension–complete the equation; 3. I like the bigger heads because it makes taking the ball out of the air easier, the half-volley and volley easier; since E=MVsquared weight is important–head weight especially; grip size should not be overlooked; sometimes a smaller grip promotes racquet head speed; finally, demo whatever racquet you choose with a couple different tensions.
    joe – good advice. tks! george

  6. Go on YouTube and check out the Wilson Steam racquet, open pattern gives the most topspin in the game. I love my 105S. Also check video on Gamma Glide strings, least friction crosses leads to most added topspin of any string. Been using them for 6 months they last forever. Pricey though.

    Paul. Coincidentally, my local pro recommended the same strings! Thanks. Geo.

  7. I join the first commentator’s thoughts. Control is utmost. Play with the strings’ tension and type for power adjustment. Does not matter how much power you produce or how easily you produce the power if you cannot keep the ball in court. Also the feel of the racquet in regard to flex and grip shape is important. Volkl’s have a unique feel depending on the thickness of the frame. The thicker the frame, the stiffer it is. If you like the feel of your current Volkl then look for similar RA rating. Some people find it hard to go from a rectangular grip shape to a more rounded one. Volkl grip shape is different than most. Pro Kennex has racquet feel and grip shape closest to Volkl. So give them a try.
    Tom, thanks for the advice. See you in one week? Geo

  8. No this is an even year so will be working in Montana and Colorado Senate campaigns trying to get GOP back in control of the Senate. Sorry to miss Rod Laver. Go Wankers!

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