Hi, I am going to get new raquets but duno what I should get. I currently use prince o3 tours, but feel I do not get enough power out of them. I am currently rated 8.2 in british ratings, ranked 6 in my county junior. I am looking for a raquet which has more feel than the o3 tour, more power. Do not mind the brand. Any recommendations?
In trying not to sound ridiculous by advertising my item I think you should take a look at the Tecnifibre Tfight 320 series because these match right within your player level (4.0 ntrp, 8.1 LTA) and you can progress with them, here's the link http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/TecnifibreRacquets.html
I also have one for sale lol http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...MESE:IT&ih=009
Personally I think the ones mentioned above are in the 11oz category and are too light, if you progess highter in the ratings they will get pushed around by players who hit harder and heavier balls. I know this from experience. To get away from this you could add lead tape to them, but its a lot of messing and alters the rackets characteristics. I recommend the TFight 320 series because firstly they come out at about 12oz strung which is a very good weight, secondly the swingweight is quite low at around 309-315, couple that with a headlight balance and they are very manouverable. They also have a higher power level than you would expect, but more importantly you can generate a 'heavy' ball because of the mass; it would hurt much more if you got hit by a ball from a 12oz+ racket than a 11oz racket. If you take a look at the feedback you will see people have rated it from a variety of skill levels, from 3.5 NTRP to 5.0 which is about 4.2 in LTA terms, so it has a broad following. Also I should mention it has a forgiving 97 sq inch head.
Another little fact about the Tfight series is they actually share the same mold as the rackets used by james blake, tommy hass and berdych. Source: http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showt...ht=james+blake
I wouldnt recommend something like the nblade because it has a high swingweight in a light package, so it feels 'bulky'. Also it is very expensive and people have complained about it cracking in the throat.
Just me 2 cents