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    Quote Originally Posted by CoolDoo6
    The Karakal SL70 is definitely not light in the normal sense. It feels a lot heavier than my Ti-10's. If you are looking for a fast swinging racket, SL70 is not it.
    That's because it is very head-heavy. The racket balance is much more important than the racket weight. The SL-70, although somewhat maneuverable due to its weight, is much more cumbersome than a heavier, evenly balanced racket.

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    Choose one of theese that are a great choice for beginners. Cause theese are the only ones I can choose from buying on the net in Sweden.

    Babolat
    Babolat Booster Max
    Babolat Booster Ti

    Forza
    Forza Titanium 6
    Forza Kevlar 5
    Forza Aisa Amour 10 000

    Carlton
    Carlton Powerblade Carbon TT
    Carlton Powerblade Titanium
    Carlton Powerblade
    Carlton Powerblade C-700

    Prince
    Prince More +87
    Prince Graphite Drive

    Wilson
    Wilson V14 Quad

    Yonex
    Yonex Armortec 150
    Yonex Muscle Power 29
    Yonex Muscle Power 23
    Yonex Muscle Power 21
    Yonex Isometric 75 MFLT
    Yonex Isometric 65 LT
    Yonex Isometric 23 VF

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    Muscle power 21 is a flexible heavy 2U racket. This should give you good power. If you don't get enough power from the factory string, try restring to a lower tension, starting from 15LBs using cheaper Yonex BG65 or BG63. Once you know your ideal tension, retring to the expensive Ashaway MicroLegend XL to the same tension. Instantly you will become a super beginner who will overpower all other beginners in your vicinity.

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    So the whole point of this is for him to show off??

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    Given the choice, I would drop all 3 ISO rackets since you can afford something a little better. I could be the minority but I have never craved for power, even though a little extra power occasionally is nice to have, but having great control and technique make the whole game much more enjoyable. Smashing everything in sight is just no fun and taxing phyically as you have grown older. I know I know, many of you guys are still young.

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    MP88 is a great beginner's racquet. light weight, large sweet spot, very forgiving, good defense. MP66 is probably the same too. I started off with MP23 thinking it was a beginner's racquet but it was not easy to use.

    Bottom line. There are pricier beginner racquets and there are cheaper beginner racquets. Check your budget and choose

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    carbonex 8000 series (cab 8200 light, 8400 light, 8600 light)
    basically the same racquet.
    an oval, flexible, even balanced 3U racquet.

    give it a try and you'll see why a few of my beginner friends think its good to learn with.
    being cheap just makes it all that much better.
    it'll save you a few bucks so you can go use that to get it restrung with bg65. maybe 20lbs would be a good place to start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chickenpoodle
    carbonex 8000 series (cab 8200 light, 8400 light, 8600 light)
    basically the same racquet.
    an oval, flexible, even balanced 3U racquet.
    While 8200/8600 are 3U, 8400 is 2U. I have mine (8200/8600) restringed at 22lbs BG-85 and they can handle it pretty well so far.

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    oh, thanks for pointing that out and correcting me!

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    The thing is that I don't play very serious, I don't think I ever will buy new strings. I'll just be playing with my friends. Just for fun, still I want a quality racquet.

    What about Carlton Powerblade Carbon TT?

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    Quote Originally Posted by birgit
    What about Carlton Powerblade Carbon TT?
    I always thought that Carbon TT was quite a stiff shaft racuets (correct me if I am wrong) - which will make it unsuitable for beginners. Maybe Carlton Powerblade Light or Superlight is a better choice.

    I always held Prince racquets in high regards. They are durable and have a large sweetspot, one which is bigger than any other brand. This will the game more enjoyable from the outset, as you stuggle less with trying to hit within the sweetspot area. The "Prince More +87" would be quite sufficient.

    (Edit: but the More +87 is not exactly ultralight. This is the problem you will face, as all beginner/low spec racquets will tend to be heavier in nature, as durability is the main concern)
    Last edited by jcl49; 05-15-2006 at 12:12 PM.

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    The More +87 are in the most expensive section for me. A little bit to much money for just playing when I'm bored. Haven't Prince got any cheapier alternative that still are good?

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    Quote Originally Posted by birgit
    Choose one of theese that are a great choice for beginners. Cause theese are the only ones I can choose from buying on the net in Sweden.
    Where did you find all these rackets online in Sweden? I'm looking to buy a new racket in Sweden as well. I can't find a damn thing. Is there any international site that delivers to Sweden?

    To anyone who knows:
    I got a Prince Graphite Drive for my birthday, but I find almost nothing in this forum about Prince rackets. No good at all?
    I've found a Wilson Hyper Hammer 85 on sale for about $55 in Sweden (was $95). Is that a good racket? For comparison, the Prince Graphite Drive costs about $68 here in Sweden.

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