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Comments: I decided to take a chance and buy this racquet. My only regret is that they have discontinued this
model. How did everyone overlook this incredible racquet? I had been experiencing wrist problems this past summer and decided
that I needed to switch from my Wilson Kfactor Six.One 95 16x18 racquets and find a more flexible racquet. This led me to Prince
EX03 Tour 18x20. The Boris Becker Delta Core Melbourne is the perfect marriage between both of these racquets. The torsional
stability allows for great volleys. The dense pattern provides amazing control and the flexibility and larger head of this racquet
still allows you to access incredible spin. I've hit with 20 different racquets in the past three or four years and this is the best I've
seen for my game. I play 4.5 with a full western forehand and a 1hbh from which I play lots of slice. Please bring this racquet back
or make a 18x20 Organix.
From: Anon, 2/14
Comments: I like 95 to 98 square inch racquets that are 11 ounces and upward with a 20x18 string bed. I have
played quite a bit with the Wilson K95 18x20 (a true hall of fame racquet). Didn't like the BLX iterations available for replacement
(too mushy). Tried a whole bunch of racquets -- Yonex Vcore 89, Dunlop Bio 200 Tour, Dunlop 200 Light, Volkl C10 Pro, Volkl
X10, Babolat Pure Drive. Nothing which I really liked. Came across this one, and put 10grams of lead in the hoop to push up the
swingweight above the 340 range. It's perfect now. Near even balance, exceptionally fine responsiveness in the upper part of the
string bed. 1 handed backhand, both slice and topspin are heaven. Forehand slices are very aggressive. You'll never play a slice
more than 3 inches above the net (and you soon stop wondering why you did with other sticks). Volleys superb. Overheads call for
timing and concentration. Serves like a bomb, both flat and spin. Doesn't give me elbow troubles. If you can handle this racquet
decisevely, you get all kinds of performance out of it.
From: Andrew, 9/13
Comments: I bought two of these when they were on sale as a back-up for my two Volkl X10 325g. So far, it's been
a miscalculation on my part. The racquets play surprisingly different, in spite of the very near identical specs (weight, balance,
swingweight, twistweight, and stiffness all very close together) and strings. The X10's stringbed is a tiny bit more rounded, and
the frame material is of course Organix vs. DNX. The X10 is very solid, really like a Wilson K-Factor Six.One 18x20, which I played
before (at the cost of 30g more swing weight). It's a bit more forgiving, the sweet spot seems a bit larger, and it is a bit more
powerful. This Melbourne needs to be engaged more center wise, it is more demanding, and the feel of the shot is a bit more
dampened, but still crisp enough. The ball stays a tiny bit longer on the strings, and you seem to be able to press the ball a bit
more. It results in a sort of super precision which you have to work for, which is not there in the X10. I think I'll string the X10 3-4
kg higher than the Melbourne next time.
From: Anon, 9/12
Comments: I have been using lighter racquets the last few years due to getting a little older, such as the Dunlop
Aerogel 300, which I love, but it started giving me arm trouble. I went back to a racquet with more heft, in the Delta Core
Melbourne, and I love it. Not as much pop as I would have liked on my serve, but overall great control and stability. I strung it
with Dunlop Black Widow 16g at midrange. Next time I believe I would string it a bit tighter with a full poly. I will be buying
another for sure!
From: John, 9/12
String type: Dunlop Black Widow 16g
Comments: First of all, I have to say that I'm new to reviewing racquets. However, I rather enjoyed my first play
with the Melbourne. I have only played with the Head Ti6 and the Head Speed MP. I loved the weight and the balance of the
Melbourne better than either of my previous racquets. I like the denser string bed. It lets me hit away with less chance shots
flying on me. My serve is a problem, but I think it is due to the fact that I am still scared of just going for it. Overall, I think this
will be the best racquet so far. I can get the spin I want with the strings I have, so I am elated. I might try stringing it tighter next
From: Joe, 9/12
String type and tension: Wilson Spin Cycle 16g @ 55 lbs
Comments: This frame is a definite improvement over the Legend. Better HL
balance, torsionally solid, yet still flexible enough to provide the
comfort I need from a player's frame. Spin generation is superb and the
power level with a full string bed of gut is perfection. Excellent
control and a really well rounded frame for competitive play. My new
From: Basil, 8/12
String type and tension: Babolat VS Gut @ 62 lbs
Comments: This racquet is heavier and more powerful than the Legend, which it replaces. It is closer in spec to the
Becker 11 Mid-Plus than the Legend, very stable off the ground and at net, good punch on volleys
nice looking and generally well finished racket. I like the full cap grommet. I have only two criticisms... 1. it requires good
technique or big muscles to generate racket head speed on serve, and 2. the frame is stiffer than the Legend. It doesn't have the
same flexy feel, also not as arm-friendly. It's an underrated racquet though. I would say it gives more of the feel and plow-
through you get when hitting with a mid-sized racket but in a mid-plus package.
From: Andrew, 7/12
String type: Wilson K-Gut Pro mains / Babolat XCel 16 crosses
Comments: Power? Check. Control? Check. Maneuverable? Triple Check. The power with this stick resides in the
sweet spot, if you have a tendency to hit high in the hoop, this will feel very low powered but when you dial into the sweet spot,
the pace and bite you get on the ball are out of this world with the cupping action this racquet has. This is the single best
performing stick I have ever used as an all courter who plays a lot of doubles as well, from returns to serves, especially volley's.
This stick is amazingly stable and precise with a feel that I haven't seen in a racquet since the mid 90s Wilson graphites. For
someone that provides their own power, and loves to take aggressive cuts at the ball, this is worth a demo.
From: Sphinx780, 11/11
String type and tension: Still testing: Multis at 54/51
NTRP Rating: 4.5
Comments: The tight string pattern provides exceptional control on all shots. I don't know how such a dense string
bed can create the topspin that it does. It doesn't have easy power like an AeroPro Drive or Becker Pro, but does have awesome
plow through capacity for those with the strength and technique to use it. It feels like it has significant mass in the head, which
allows for good penetration on slices, though is still relatively maneuverable and cuts through the air nicely once you get it going.
I think this racquet is for the all-court player who puts a premium on control and has clean, efficient strokes.
From: BK, Toronto, Canada. 4/11
String type and tension: Volkl Cyclone 16 @ 53lbs
NTRP Rating: 4.5
Comments: This upgrade is more solid, better balanced, and has more plow through than the Legend. The stick
feels smaller than a 98 square inches as you drive the ball, but feels all of its size when applying spin. It still volleys and half-
volleys incredibly, and if you hit below center as you apply topspin, the frame's response is still very lively. Its dynamic and static
balance is good, with or
without the vibration dampener, but the plow through is better with it, and you lose nothing in racquet head speed. Also, the ball
cupping has been improved in this upgrade, so if you're looking for the traditional graphite feel, and the best of both worlds--a
combined 16 and 18 main string feel--then this is the way to go.
From: TennisMaverick, NYC, USA. 3/11
String type and tension: Volkl Gripper 65M/61.5C
NTRP Rating: 6.5