I play 3.5 and needed an upgrade. Tried a few frames and this was the best. The Pure Drive was just to board like. Friend recommended ALU Paower and it works well in the racquet. I get great top spin and works well at the net. Stability is nice too.
I tried this racquet out with both the 16x16 & 16x19 string patterns and all I can say is WOW. To have the ability to change string patterns, depending on what style of tennis you want to play is a game changer. Perfect combination of power and spin within this frame. I was able to create loads of topspin with the 16x16. Crisp, smooth feel with added stability with the newest Graphene technology. I had this racquet strung up with Luxilon ALU Power at 53 pounds.
I am a 4.0 singles player and have been using this racquet for 6 months now. I instantly felt an improvement in power and depth in all my shots. Also the racquet has great feel and touch and is very easy on the arm and shoulder. I prefer the 16/19 pattern overall but I did have a lot of fun with the spin produced while testing the 16/16. I had a bit of control issues with the 16/16 which I believe are workable but the deal breaker is that it goes through string about 4 times quicker so I decided to stay with the 16/19.
A wonderful raquet for recreational players. Less effort in each shot. Play with it, is easier and effortless.
I demoed this racquet, using both configurations, over the past week and was impressed with its versatility, performance and arm friendliness. I'm a 4.0 doubles player and had a chance to use it for match play as well as 2 practice sessions. While it is similar in size, weight, etc to my current Prince Black Speedport, there was a noticeable difference in the power and spin on all of my strokes. I preferred the 16x19 set up overall, the 16x16 (ASP) version was superior on the serve. Having the choice of set up is a nice problem to have. I found that the ASP was a little harder control consistency on my ground strokes and volley, but accessibility to spin was unlike anything I've ever hit before. The ball literally exploded off of the court. It may just take a little longer to adjust than I had, but it was fun to hit. The 16x19 was more traditional and took no time at all to become comfortable with it. It had ample spin potential and a feel that was a bit more solid. The volley is where the 16x19 out performed the ASP. Both racquets felt very stable on the return of serve. I liked that the handle geometry was a little more flared than my Prince. The Hydrasorb grip was an unexpected surprise. All in all, it's tough to find anything about this racquet that I didn't like.
Like flexibility to change string patterns. Solid. Got it right.
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