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Carlton Vapour Trail Elite suitable for (older) relative novice?
January 27, 2017
5:45 pm
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I’ve just started playing again after 20 years, but was never a regular player. I’ve been using my old Yonex B-450 Low Torsion steel shaft racket, and have noticed that it is much heavier than my opponent’s racket (a Yonex Voltric Cronus), so I was thinking of buying something lighter myself, as I find his racket much easier to play with. I’m 56 years old, not particularly fit and not physically that strong. I’d like to get more speed in my shots (ideally without too much extra effort!).

I’ve looking at the Yonex Voltric Cronus, but also noticed that I can get a Carlton Vapour Trail Elite for more-or-less the same price. The Carlton seems to be targeted at more experienced players, so I was wondering whether it would be suitable for an inexperienced (and older) player like me? Alternatively, what would be a better choice in that price bracket? (£40-50)

February 23, 2017
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I have been in a similar situation, restarting play after a 20yr break, having played regularly in my (relative) youth. I restarted playing using my old racquets but after a while realised that modern technology had advanced after 20yr and decided to investigate and research the new options for myself.

My conclusions for what it is worth (and I class myself as no more than a modest club player level), is that:-

1/ It makes a difference whether you get a “head heavy”, “head light” or “evenly balanced” racquet. Most if not all old racquets from 20yr ago will be classed as “head heavy” today. I did notice a marked difference in hitting agility when switching from my old head heavy racquet to a new generation head light racquet, especially in doubles play.

2/ Secondly, try out and take advantage of the ‘new’ flexible shafts and also ‘isometric’ racquet head shape (“larger sweet spot”) to help an aging body to still deliver shots of adequate power from those awkward positions! I also found some of my old racquets’ string tension to be too high for adequate feel — I used to play a faster game — so you may want to bear this in mind.

I think these are the major considerations and any racquet chosen along these lines regardless of brand will probably suit. Plus of course watching some coaching videos to remind yourself of what you knew once upon a time!


February 23, 2017
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This is very good advice.

Pick a few rackets up and have a swing if you can. Depending where you live, there may be a place to demo rackets which makes life a lot easier.

It’s best to select a racket that feels good to you, irrespective on who’s using it.

I’ve written so many racket reviews and yet they are only a guide. There are so many bargains on the market at the moment so take your time .

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