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Head YOUTEK IG Speed MP 315 (16x19) Tennis Racquet Review

May 14th, 2011 by Graham Theriault

filed in Tennis Product Reviews, Tennis Racquet Reviews

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: - This racquet is flat-out gorgeous in my opinion.  Head kept this racquet classy yet flashy and the clear bumper is an awesome touch.  The beam is relatively thin (20mm) and the racquet felt quick and whippy.  The weight felt in the standard MP range of around 11.5 oz realm and it seemed very maneuverable. 

GROUNDSTROKES: - This racquet was not very forgiving. You had to pin point your impact upon hitting with the IG Speed MP.  At 100 sq inches, it's sweet spot seemed small for me but when I did, man did this thing hit some sweet shots.  Lots of topspin and…

 

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Babolat Aero Pro Drive Tennis Racquet Review

May 14th, 2011 by Greg C

filed in Tennis Product Reviews, Tennis Racquet Reviews

I had the opportunity to play test the new Babolat Aero Pro Drive racquet, a racquet Babolat describes as an “expert” player racquet.  Although a bit anxious about being described an “expert”, I decided to give it a go—and the personnel at “Do It Tennis” were very encouraging! The Aero Pro Drive is a relatively light-weight racquet—at 10.6 oz—and is balanced to generate racquet-head speed (7 pts. head-light).  It's 100 sq. inch headsize is the same as my regular racquet, but, interestingly, looks a bit smaller.  It might just be the aerodynamic shape of the hoop (& throat) that makes it appear different.  Or maybe it's the very cool Yellow/Black/White graphics! When I first held the Aero Pro Drive it felt as if it were heavier than 10.6 oz.—I even checked the label to verify it's weight.  But after a few strokes I realized how…

 

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Prince EXO3 Tour 100 Tennis Racquet Review

May 13th, 2011 by Marc Pinckney

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Prince EXO3 Tour 100

In law school professors often rebut and deflect  particularly vague or off track comments by students, with the comment ‘that is a distinction without a difference’. When I first hit with this frame that was an initial thought, especially since I had recently hit with and reviewed the same racquet model in the 18 main\20 crosses configuration. But as I played with this racquet for a longer period of time, and listened to the comments of my students and other people who hit with it, I realized that the 16 main\18 cross configuration was really a huge difference in this instance. This model is…

 

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Double-Handed Backhand Swing

May 10th, 2011 by Matt Copland

filed in Tennis How To, How To Hit A Backhand

Matt Copland takes us through the technique of how to hit a double handed backhand.

 

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Tennis Forehand Stroke

May 10th, 2011 by Matt Copland

filed in Tennis How To, How To Hit A Forehand

Matt Copland takes us through the fundamentals of a tennis forehand stroke.

 

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Dunlop Biomimetic 300 Tour Tennis Racquet Review

May 6th, 2011 by Matt Copland

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My first experience with this racquet was playing a competitive set. It is a little lighter than the racquet I am accustomed to playing with at 11.3 oz. The head size is 97in2, right in my comfort zone. I like racquets in the mid plus range because they still allow you to maintain control over the ball even with off-center hits. When I started out I felt I had control over the ball right away, but as soon as I wanted to do a little extra with the ball there was…

 

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Head Youtek Radical OS Tennis Racquet Review

April 22nd, 2011 by Greg C

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I got my hands on the new HEAD YouTek Radical Oversize (107”) racquet the other day from “Do It Tennis” in Oceanside, CA. This racquet immediately felt comfortable to hold (I used to play only with HEAD racquets and their unique handle shape—a bit more rectangular—was like shaking hands with an old friend!).

During warm-up I noticed how quickly I could swing this head-light racquet—and it felt very good. And, at 10.4 oz. it's weight is just about perfect for me…

 

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Babolat Pure Storm LTD GT Tennis Racquet Review

April 21st, 2011 by Graham Theriault

filed in Tennis Product Reviews, Tennis Racquet Reviews

This is a beautiful player’s frame. Right away I noticed the thin 19 mm beam, egg-shaped small head size (95 sq inches), supple leather grip and overall appealing paint job. It felt somewhat heavy yet swinging it felt quick and responsive.

Upon hitting with the Pure Storm Ltd, I noticed the precision it displayed on forehand shots. Easy access to spin yet could really perform flat shots without a hiccup. The maneuverability of this racquet shined on the backhand as well. It weighs in at 11.9 oz and has a relatively quick swing weight (rated at 305) and is rated at 12 pts head-light which gives the neck of the frame a real meaty feel to it. This racquet had exceptional plow-through characteristics and although the stiffness is rated low (59) the stability of the GT Ltd was awesome…

 

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Prince EXO3 White Tennis Racquet Review

February 16th, 2011 by Marc Pinckney

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I have to say up front that I was predisposed to not like this racquet. I was sponsored by Prince for a while a few years back, and not only did I not like the racquets that much, I found the roundish shape of the handles to be problematic. So the first thing I noticed when I picked this racquet up to hit with it, was the nice squarish traditional type panels on the grip and the textured grip material which made the handle very easy to grip and very comfortable to play with. Then I started playing min-tennis with a junior player to warm them up for their lesson and we were having longer rallies than usual right away, largely because I could spin the ball with a softer spin and a higher loop with this racquet right away. The kid I was hitting with has a spin based game already and before long we were hitting from corner to corner, land the ball in the middle of the service box and trying to out-spin the other person with severe spin and angle. It was really fun and I think that is the thing I like best about this frame. It is just a fun racquet to hit with.

 

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