Hi, I'm an beginner - intermediate player looking to buy a new racket. I mostly play doubles (occasional singles), and I like controlled drops, drives, net play, and of course some smashing.
Thoughts on the artery tec ti 99 4U? Would it be too stiff? Enough power? I'm currently using a low end wilson (too head heavy for me - its hurting my wrists). Open to suggestions.... Budget around US $100-150. Light (4U), stiff (or mid-flex), even balance (maybe head light?).
If you have to deal with wrist injuries, wait til they are gone. Then do some 1-2 months regulary 4 times the week 5-10min some simple wristtraining, for example swinging your racquet at high pace back and forth, starting slowly.
This is probably also caused if your racquet is stiffer than you are used to. Be sure to have proper technique and after little wrist training (swinging the raqcuet at shoulder height will train your shoulder as well) you wont have problems.
Then you go and buy whatever you like. To be honest i know some pretty good players playing with some 60$ racquets. Try some out, buy one, focus on proper stringing and technique.
Thanks for the tip. I don't think its an injury; I played today and there was a little pain in the beginning but it went away.
Currently I'm playing with wilson air hammer stretch 90, which is medium-flexible. Do you think it will be hard to adjust to the victor artery tec, which is super stiff?
I have an artery tec ti99 in 4U and that is my most trustworthy racket.
If you are looking for a stiff and even balance racket, then I would definitely recommend this.
It may be getting a little old now, but I still prefer this racket to just about any racket I have ever tried.
It is lacking a little bit in the power department compared to the z-force or other super head heavy rackets, but it swings much more quickly and smashes can still provide quite a punch provided that you have good form.
Thanks bobbinbette. Thats good to know. Just wondering... which strings are you using? tension? I just ordered my racket (woohoo!) with BG 80 at 21 lbs. I'm thinking of calling them and increasing it to maybe 24 lbs.
First of all use the tension you are used to. Then add ~1lbs more each time it is restrung til you cant handle it, then go one step back. Your feeling will change over time anyway.
Some may point out that stiffer racquets and certain strings need a specific lowest tension to play out their design/full potential. But youll have to be able to handle it of course. Graduate step by step.
My last stringing was a few months ago with bg 65 at 23lbs. That felt fine. I'll be getting my new racket strung with bg 80 at 24 lbs next week. But I've heard bg 80 feels much tighter than bg 65, so this might be a bigger jump than I'm expecting. Plus bg 65 probably lost some tension over the past few months. I think I will be fine though. Hopefully I can adjust to the new tension AND new racket.