5 Best Modern Player’s Tennis Racquets (Andy’s Picks)

 

Roger Federer has switched to a more modern-style player's frame that's more forgiving and easier to use.

Roger Federer has switched to a more modern-style player’s frame that’s more forgiving and easier to use.

Roger Federer‘s new prototype racquet is a perfect example of how the MODERN PLAYER’S FRAME is becoming more and more popular in the game of tennis. He’s shed his traditional midsize Pro Staff for a more powerful and forgiving 98 square inch frame.

Modern player’s frames possess a slightly larger head size and a crisper, livelier response, similar to the more modern “‘tweener” frames like the Babolat AeroPro or Pure Drive.  At the same time, they retain the classic precision and feel of a more traditional-style racquet like the Wilson Six.One or Pro Staff. They are ideal for the intermediate to advanced player that appreciates the classic touch and feel but just wants something a little more forgiving in order to help keep up with the modern game.

Here are my 5 current favorites:

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Last minute holiday gift ideas for the tennis player in your life!

Screen shot 2013-12-17 at 11.19.03 AMWe are down to single digit shopping days left until Christmas, and if you’re like me you’ve still got some friends and family left on your list to shop for. Here are some great last minute gift ideas for your tennis-loving loved ones:

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Looking for a new racquet? The Babolat AeroPro Drive GT is an excellent, all-around performing racquet that could be used by virtually any level and style of player. The former racquet of choice for world #1 Rafael Nadal, this 2010 version offers a crisp, lively feel, perfect for the modern game.

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Tennis Warehouse Holiday Gift Guide for the Ladies!

It’s that time of year, the Holidays are just around the corner! Whether you have started your shopping already and just need one more special item for that lovely tennis lady in your life, or if you haven’t even begun — I’m here to help you out! So read on and click here to check out a few of our favorite things for the ladies this year in Tennis Warehouse’s Ladies Gift Guide!

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New tennis racquets from Dunlop

Check out the new offerings from Dunlop this month! Dunlop has paid attention to detail with this new lineup of racquets. It added identifiable design elements on the racquets with fun textures and bright colors. Adding a color update to a best seller and introducing two new updates, Dunlop has 3 new frames to close out 2013 with and will have even more to look forward to in 2014.

Dunlop S6.0 Lite Pink

Dominika Cibulkova’s racquet of choice gets a fun cosmetic update this year with a splash of bright pink! A best seller from Dunlop, the S 6.0 Lite Pink is a maneuverable racquet has just undergone a cosmetic update only, so the same characteristics (like the fact that it is packed full of comfort and power) that make this a favorite among players remains the same. And don’t worry, for those of you thwhot are happy with the original paint job, that is not going away and will still be available as well. At 105 square inches and 10.1 ounces strung, this racquet packs a solid, stable punch from all areas of the court. Players who like playing with the Pure Drive 107, Steam 105 or EXO3 Red will find this to be a similar racquet that they will enjoy. Continue reading

First Look (Sneak Peek!) — Babolat Pure Strike!

It’s no secret around here that my favorite racquet brand is Babolat (I’ve been playing with some form of the Babolat Pure Drive since 2001). So when we got the new Pure Strikes in, I couldn’t contain my eagerness (to say the least) to get one of the new Babolat Pure Strikes in my hand and on the court! The racquets sat patiently behind me for a week, unstrung…taunting me with its bright pops of flourescent red and black matte paint…until finally, they were strung up and ready to go!

babolat pure strike

Where Babolat already has the power game dialed in with their Pure Drive Series, and then the spin-monster with the AeroPro Drive family of racquets – the name of the game is crisp control with the new line of Pure Strikes.

Check out our initial specs:

Babolat Pure Strike:                                                  Babolat Pure Strike Tour:  
Pattern: 18×20                                                              Pattern: 18×20
Length: 27″                                                                   Length: 27″
Balance: 5HL                                                               Balance: 6HL
Strung Weight: 11.4 oz                                                 Strung Weight: 12
Flex: 66                                                                         Flex: 65
Swingweight: 324                                                        Swingweight: 330

New Technology!

  • Response Woofer: Babolat adds even more power with the addition of a new material called PEBAX which increases energy return
  • X-Sider: new frame shape which expands the sweetspot by 10% and creates a more forgiving response off-center
  • Stabilizer Technology: A sturdier frame construction adds more torsional stability, keeping the racquet more stable upon impact

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Sneak Peek: Prince ESP line of racquets!

This fall, Prince is introducing seven models with super open string patterns. Using its new Extreme String Pattern technology, or “ESP,” Prince is seizing on the trend toward spin-friendly string patterns. Claiming that this ESP technology will add 30% more spin to your game, Prince is helping players gain a higher net clearance for consistency and heavier shots to penetrate the court with these ESP racquets. The open pattern allows the strings to stretch farther before snapping back with great force and loading the ball with extra RPMs.

This ESP technology is coming to the Warrior, Premier and Tour family of racquets. When I asked Chris what his initial thoughts of the new ESP racquets were, he said, “I think the thing that sets them apart from other spin racquets is that EXO3 and ESP seem to amplify each other. The result is a very soft and forgiving stringbed that is also very lively. Obviously they are very spin-friendly, too, but they can also make even the stiffest poly feel pretty soft and lively.”
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Keeping Up With The Playtesters…

It is playtest season here at Tennis Warehouse! Which means we are furiously playtesting new racquets daily! Which brings about this week’s question for my fellow playtesters,

“If you can’t use your ‘go-to’ racquet of choice, what racquet will you use?”

Here’s how they answered…
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Age means nothing on the WTA

Today has been packed full of action at the BNP Paribas.  And within minutes of each other, the oldest and youngest ladies of the tournament walked off the court in winning fashion.

American Taylor Townsend, ranked 471 on the WTA and just 16 years old, made her Indian Wells debut today.  She opened up play on the main stadium by beating Lucie Hradecka 3-6, 7-6(1), 6-3.  While 42 year-old veteran, Kimiko Date-Krumm, ranked 75 on the WTA, had a battle of her own over on court 8, coming out with a win over Galina Voskoboeva 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.

As refreshing as it is to see the youth of American tennis show up to play Indian Wells this year, it is a nice surprise to see some of the more “mature” players continue to see success on the court.  Maybe it’s the fact that I’m inching closer and closer to a birthday of my own and when I step on the court I’m quick to realize I’m not 18 anymore!  I’m years from the golden days when I spent four hours playing and training a day, my footwork has slowed down by a step or two, I find myself reaching for ice packs and heat rub more often, my aches and pains are just daily reminders that I have spent my life as a tennis player but they certainly don’t hinder me from getting on the court.  However, the best part of getting older as a tennis player is becoming wiser.  If only I knew back then what I know now!

Pair the older, more experienced players with the new technology that our game continues to offer and age quickly becomes just a state of mind!  In today’s game, players have so many more choices on racquets, strings, even apparel and shoes that will help make them to be better, faster, and stronger.  And if that doesn’t continue to help them stay competitive, the new technology we are seeing in the training world off the court continues to help athletes work more effectively, spending less time putting stress on their joints.  And not to mention the mental capacity of the veteran tour players.  Can you imagine the matches Kimiko Date-Krumm had before Taylor Townsend was even walking?!  Experience is an advantage not to be overlooked.

So no more making excuses on the court about your age – tennis is a sport for life and age is just a number!

Play with heart (and enjoy the BNP),

Michelle

Tecnifibre ATP Tour Bags rundown

The Tecnifibre Pro ATP Tennis Bag Series is a new bag option from Tecnifibre offering four sizes of bags for any active player. The slick black cosmetics of these bags make them visually appealing, and the attention to detail that Tecnifibre used when making these ensures that they are durable and will stand up to any conditions. Made of Tarpaulin, the material is unbreakable, waterproof and has been designed to stand up to the heaviest of conditions that ATP Tour players face day in and day out.

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