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Comments: I am a super senior player at the 4.0 level. I just purchased a Gamma RZR Bubba 137. Love it with
From: Sheila, 4/16
Comments: Great for serving! Great for volleying! Other stuff, well not so much...
From: Ace, 3/16
Comments: I'm 40 years old and a former college player. I currently play 5.0 and 100 percent doubles these
no singles. My style: I (attempt to) serve big with accuracy, 2-handed backhand, eastern-semiwestern forehand. I switched
Bubba 137 about a year ago. I've never been seriously tempted to switch back to a standard-sized frame. However, there
advantages and disadvantages to the Bubba.
1. Doubles serve returns against tough servers is easier with the Bubba. Getting older, not as quick to make small
with the feet, maybe the eyes aren't tracking the ball quite as well, all contribute to a lower percentage of returns made.
Bubba, without a doubt, I make a higher percentage of returns. That was the #1 advantage that drew me to the Bubba.
(Surprisingly, I do not find that returns fly on me. No problem dipping returns to approaching server's feet).
2. Feel. You might not expect it, but the Bubba has great feel -- arguably better than a regular racquet. The ball stays on
strings a long time. You can feel the frame flex when you hit the ball. I use a lot of drop shots and short angle volleys. I
hit many half-volleys because I serve volley on first and second serves. This frame works very well for me with those kinds
3. Length -- the extra 2 inches of length sometimes comes in handy when stretching for shots you can barely reach.
4. Fun -- I like playing with this frame.
(Before discussing the more challenging aspects of the Bubba, I'll make the point that for me the overall Pros outweigh the
Swingweight/maneuverability: I put one of my frames on our customization machine. Strung with 2 overgrips, I measured
weight 300 g, swingweight 396 g. Yeah, not a typo, 396 g swingweight. That's just shy of 14 ounces measured
the Bubba plays heavy, even though it's total weight is relatively low. This has affected me in a few ways. First, it's taken
while to get my serve working with the Bubba due to difficulty generating racquet speed during the 'snap'. A heaving,
serve is fairly easy to hit, but getting action on kick serves and snapping heavy spin on 2nd serves is harder. I've been
it, and the rhythm/tempo of my motion has adapted so that I'm satisfied with the racquet speed I'm getting. It took a few
of work, though. Second, I've found that after a couple sets or a practice session my shoulders and arms would get
doubt this is due to the high swingweight. I think I've actually gotten stronger from using this frame and I'm no longer
experiencing the shoulder and arm breakdowns in 3rd sets. Third, it's taken a while to figure out how to snap forehand put-
aways. Simply put, it's harder to generate racquet speed, leading to some errors, most notably on second shots after
serve return. Without a doubt, I'm improving at this with the Bubba over time. I've been forced to shorten my backswing
commit to snapping through. Also, with a lot of practice and a little bit of off-court shoulder strengthening, I've gained
to help accelerate the head through groundstrokes.
On a final note: while getting acclimated to the Bubba, I tried choking up on the grip to perhaps lessen the experience of
swingweight. I've learned that despite the 29 inch length, I play best when holding the racquet as I normally would -- at the
bottom of the grip, with the pinky near the bottom of the buttcap.
I've played around with different stringing configurations. I'm currently using a 16g poly in the mains at 55 lbs and a 16g
crosses at 59 lbs.
From: Noah, 3/15
Comments: I checked reviews on other sites and saw the positive feedback. As a user of the Pro Staff 85 for
years and the Gamma Cyclone (no longer in production) I decided to give the Bubba a shot. I am a 4.0 player and have had
results so far with the Bubba. I had the racquet strung with the recommended factory strings at 54 lbs. i crushed my
almost acing at will. But my groundstrokes were hit and miss. It provided crazy pop that I really diddn't need and left me
the "feel" that my old reliable pro staff gave me. Short balls were an adventure as I usually load up and crush them but I felt
racquet was not capable of providing enough spin to keep the ball in. The bottom line is this -- if you are looking for raw
this is your racquet. The caveat being you will sacrifice control.
From: James, 12/14
Comments: Love the racquet. Power off the charts. I string at 45 lbs, if you were to string at a much lower
the ball will just sail. String at 40 lbs or more and you get good control. The racquet feels great. With Volkl V-Torque 17
get fantastic spin and feel. I've tried many other large racquets and pretty much didn't like them at all. Somehow, this
plays like a much smaller racquet, but with the benefits of a large racquet. Only con for me is that it is not quite as
at the net as a smaller racquet. But only a smidgen off. So it's just a terrific racquet. Dramatically more powerful then
else. Terrific feel, spin and control. Very easy on the arm. Maybe we should keep it a secret?
From: Anon, 2/14
Comments: This is an outstanding racquet. Very powerful but the thin beam also makes control for a decent
very possible. It takes a little while to get used to the longer length, but despite the extra 2 inches (versus standard) it is
surprisingly maneuverable. The swingweight is very high so this may not ideal for some but the flex rating of 64 makes its
really nice. Comfort levels on my sensitive elbow also seem fine which I suspect is due to the huge sweetspot. Overall, it's
racquet for those with good technique who can control the power. If your a senior moving towards larger heads and looking
easy power then this racquet is certainly worth looking at.
From: John, 12/13
Comments: You have to build up your bicep strength to avoid tennis elbow with this racquet. The first few
were tough, but I got through it, love it, but I need to have mine restrung.
From: Paul, 6/13
Comments: Terrific racquet! Control, power and comfort. Do not let the size put you off. Great for older players
with good stokes and timing.
From: Bill, 5/13
Comments: I do not write reviews but this racquet is too good not to share. I demoed this racquet along with 3
the top racquets on the market. I only demoed it because I could not think of a 4th I wanted to demo. After hitting all of
demos this racquet was the clear winner. I have now played with it for a few months and I can say that I keep getting
better with it. My serves are easier to get in and more powerful. My two handed backhand is more powerful and I almost
hit frame shots anymore. This racquet is not just for slow swingers. I am a long swinging aggressive net player and it
Do not let the size of this racquet scare you off. It is easy to handle and your partners will quit making fun of you as soon
realize you just went up a half level.
From: Thad, 4/13
Comments: This racquet has all the control of smaller OS rackets with more movement on the ball. I strung the
racquet with a good hex poly string and I found the sweet spot covers the bottom of the racquet. The racquet was strung
From: George, 4/13
Comments: This racquet is like the city of Los Angeles. It seems defectively big, but it has a heart for those
it. This latest version of the Bubba proves that you don't have to sacrifice control when shopping for comfort and power.
keeping the king alive Gamma.
From: Brian, 11/12
String type: Tourna Big Hitter Black 7 16g
Comments: This racquet is the freakin' bomb! I smack forehands so hard with this, it's like a Roddick racquet
10 gallons of steroids. 10/10, and I would use it again.
From: John, 9/12
String type and tension: Luxilon Big Banger ALU Power @ 54 lbs