15/Love Tennis Lessons Vol. VII: The Tennis Court Samurai

November 10, 2011
by Justin

A wise man once told me that a skilled samurai is only as good as his sword. The same could be said about tennis players and their rackets. With the season right around the corner, it is time to start thinking about updating your equipment. If your equipment happens to be a weakness in your tennis game, ScoutMe has got you covered. Volume seven of 15/Love Tennis Lessons is here to save the day, with some tennis lessons to help you dominate the tennis courts. If you aren’t caught up with all of the prior tennis lesson articles, here’s what you missed: In volume one we touched on lateral quickness, while in volume two, the tennis lesson was all about increasing shoulder strength. The third tennis lesson installment was brought to you by Estrada Fitness, as trainer Jason Estrada highlighted his cutting-edge, core strength workouts. Volume four was about the backhand so naturally the next tennis lesson was the forehand. Six was all about improving your serve, and this week’s tennis lesson is all about the new tennis rackets for the 2012 season.

Prince O3 Speedport Red (Intermediate Racket)

The Prince 03 Speedport Red is an intermediate tennis racket, which usually puts it into the category for the less powerful tennis players. In turn, with less power you get more control than a beginner racket and more power and less control than an advanced (or “player”) racket. This racket features customizable string dampeners that make it fitting for various playing styles on any tennis court’s playing surface. This isn’t the lightest racket at 10.5-ounces, but this racket will keep you satisfied until you are ready to take it to the “player” level. Overall the best thing about this racket is that it is easily adjustable and works for most players on any tennis court.

Head Flexpoint Radical Oversize

The Head Flexpoint Radical Oversize is an advanced tennis racket that is used by my favorite tennis player ever, Andre Agassi. If you want a lot of control with good power this racket is perfect for you. The technology of the Flexpoint increases the amount of time the ball will be in contact with the racket, so high-level serves and returns are possible. This oversized racket is better for heavier topspin shots than flat shots and at 11.3 ounces, you’ll to be pretty strong to swing this axe. The best thing about this racket is the power and control along with the ability to add devastating speed on any tennis court. The cons are that this racket is pretty heavy, and can take some time to get used to. You’ll also forfeit power for more control unfortunately.

Until the next time, I rest my case. Check back next week for another tennis lesson; this tennis lesson will be a Shoe Science edition so you know I can’t wait to do some research. This is 15/Love and this Yorick Hempstead, signing off.


Yorick Hempstead is an ex-college athlete who is a sports blogger for ScoutMe. He is always talking sports on twitter @HempsteadHuddle.

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