It seems like all the racquet brands are telling me that spin is in. It’s time to add our newest racquet brand to the list. One Strings has a couple of racquets called Spin Deeper, and they feature a 14×19 string pattern.
Because I tend to hit flatter, I haven’t quite found my spin racquet companion, but that hasn’t stopped me from trying all sorts. I’ve been testing the Spin Deeper 300, although it is offered in a heavier 315g version as well. As with most spiny racquets, this one took my flat strokes and I a bit of an adjustment period, but I’m glad I stuck out the hour or so of misfires.
I am certainly spinning the ball deeper as the racquet name suggests, and I’m really enjoying the easy response of this one. The 14×19 string pattern isn’t as wide open as Wilson Spin Effect racquets so the spin hasn’t been quite as extreme, but it’s more than enough for me. What I’m noticing more than spin from the string pattern, however, is its responsiveness. The ball just flies off the stringbed. That’s helped me to hit a deeper shot with more spin and pace when pushed back deep off the baseline.
A recent surprise for me, and one of my favorite playtests of the past year, has been the Yonex EZONE Ai 98. The update to the popular Xi 98 and Ana Ivanovic‘s new racquet of choice for 2014 features a re-designed Isometric head shape to help increase swing speed, as well as a new dampening system that helps make the racquet feel plush and comfortable.
This racquet offers an outstanding blend of every attribute you’d look for in a racquet. It has a crisp, lively feel that allows for easy access to power and spin, while still providing the precision needed to give you the confidence to go for your shots and aim them close to the lines. It’s fast through the air and easy to swing, but it’s also solid and stable. Most importantly (to me at least), the feel is crisp yet RESPONSIVE, and I felt completely connected to each shot. I felt like I could hit any shot in my repertoire and know exactly where it was going to go each and every time.
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It’s about time to say goodbye to 2013, and this means it’s time for our Tennis Warehouse playtesters to weigh in with some of their favorites from the past year. First up, we asked some of our testers to pick their favorite racquets released this past year. Drum roll, please ….
It was the year of spin for our playtesters. Three playtesters chose Spin Effect racquets — those with wide open string patterns — from Wilson.
Wilson Six.One 95S
The Wilson Six.One 95S is the only racquet this year to get multiple votes. Both Jason and Chris love this one, and Chris has made the switch!
Jason: “More control than my current Steam 99S but still offers tons of spin!”
Chris: “I love this racquet! I get great spin with it and more control than most other spin racquets thanks to the 18 main strings. It offers a nice crisp feel and I can go from defense to offense with it with one swing.”