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Old 05-12-2010, 11:29 PM   #1
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Hi,
I've started playing tennis like 2 weeks ago with my neighbour who's only as good as i am
I have to buy my 1st tennis racket which i am excited about but obviously need help from the experts.
I've done some reading regarding the weight, head size, length, flexibility, material of different racket and do understand the basics but i do not have experience.

My budget is $60 for my 1st racket, hopefully that should last me 2years.
I am looking to buy graphite racket, weight around 10oz, head size 105-110sq.in. lenght i guess 27inch.
I am playing for leisure and to keep fit, but i am competitive and want to improve as much as possible. I am athletic and a fast learner, am 5'6" tall, 29yrs. old and 135lbs. My grip is between 4-5/8 and 4-6/8.

Following are the rackets i have shortlisted but any advice in any direction is appreciated.

http://www.sportsauthority.com/famil...=TRUE&view=all

http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Head...AD-TIS5CZ.html

http://www.sportsauthority.com/product/index.jsp?productId=1282915&cp=3053442.4018782.401 7350&f=PRTagBestUses/TSA/Casual+athlete&fr=StorePrice/TSA/00005000/00010000&lmdn=How+I+Use+It&fbc=1&fbx=0&s=A-StorePrice-TSA&fbn=PRTagBestUses|Casual+athlete&parentPage=fa mily

Also what type of balls should i be buying for practice, something that not very expensive and would last sometime. I usually play 3 days a week, 45 mins-1 hr. a day.



Thanks for the help guys
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Old 05-13-2010, 02:56 AM   #2
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Use the head TI from tennis warehouse its the best bang for your buck
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Use the head TI from tennis warehouse its the best bang for your buck
Thanks lot for the help. I will go with Head then.

Also can you tell me what type of tennis balls should i get.
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My fav. are Penn championship, then the Dunlop Grand Pix, and then Wilson. If you plan on using them over and over you may want to purchase pressurless practice balls instead seeing as how they dont lose their bounce as quickly.
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My fav. are Penn championship, then the Dunlop Grand Pix, and then Wilson. If you plan on using them over and over you may want to purchase pressurless practice balls instead seeing as how they dont lose their bounce as quickly.
Thanks again, i didnt know about pressureless balls and googled it after you told, so i will go with pressureless.

Also one last thing i wanted to ask, i came across this the TI S6 which is $65
http://www.midwestsports.com/head-ti...uet/p/1101031/

So my question is should i pay extra $10 for Ti S6 over S5??

sorry i keep asking you stuff but do you think that Head liquid metal Radical would be a good choice for $5 extra bucks???
http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Head...AD-LMRADO.html

thanks.

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I bought my younger brother the liquidmetal Radical MP a while ago and I have hit with and it seems to be a very good frame. The great thing about the Radical Oversize is that you can use it weather you are just starting all the way through intermediate level. Personally I would go with the Radical. Tennis warehouse is also my choice for an online racket dealer, and I buy all my dunlop rackets from them. The prices are amazing and shipping is always timely.
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I bought my younger brother the liquidmetal Radical MP a while ago and I have hit with and it seems to be a very good frame. The great thing about the Radical Oversize is that you can use it weather you are just starting all the way through intermediate level. Personally I would go with the Radical. Tennis warehouse is also my choice for an online racket dealer, and I buy all my dunlop rackets from them. The prices are amazing and shipping is always timely.
I went with your advice and ordered Radical Oversize from tennis warehouse.
The shipping was really fast, i ordered Tuesday evening and got it on Thursday, i qualified for 2 days shipping.
The racket feels really good, looks really good and light, gonna go check it out on the court tomorrow.

Hopefully i will be using it for a few years

Thanks for the advice and all the help.

P.S. i have one question, It has a "logo dampener" with the racket in a separate envelope, is that something like a shock absorbent, does it make a difference using it??

thanks again.
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