ProKennex Heritage Type C93 Redondo Mid Racquets Customer feedback

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Comments: Simply an exceptional frame. This has tons of feel, tons of control and access to power if you know how to produce your shots. Serves are absolutely great; great for my one-handed backhand, great for forehands, exceptional for volleys and approach/control shots. String this puppy with gut; it has an enormously solid feel. Five stars. The only downsides here are two: first, some might feel awkward about using a racquet that doesn't say Wilson or Prince (a brand that buys endorsements), so PK may seem like the cheap sister. Second, the paint job on the frame is odd; there is a unique, rubbery finish which detracts from the product and serves no purpose. I think Dunlop tried something like this once. It's a design failure, but the most modest one that a person can imagine.
From: Max, 5/16

Comments: I had been waiting to demo this racquet for almost a year and finally got the chance to recently. I was really looking forward to playing with it, but unfortunately it did not live up to my expectations. First, when I received it from TW, the entire frame, from the top of the grip and surrounding the entire head, was covered in awful remnants of some adhesive. It literally covered the frame and was horrible to touch. I tried cleaning it off but didn't want to put in all that effort to scrub the frame clean. Aside from this, the racquet's performance on court was promising but not exceptional. I enjoy a traditional players frame, and this is one of them, but the one huge drawback was an extreme lack of power, likely due to the sluggish flexiness. I couldn't generate any sort of penetrating speed on any ground stroke or serve. I'm a young and athletic guy, but somehow my shots had hardly any pace at all, leaving it almost impossible for me to hit ground stroke win ners. Don't get me wrong, the touch, feel, and comfort were fantastic as expected. Nonetheless, I simply could not rely on this racquet to wins sets let alone points. In the end, just not the racquet for me.
From: Jeremy, 2/16

Comments: Extremely accurate racquet. Tremendous touch and feel. One thing I've noticed is that I hit the ball harder than it feels. If you demo, rely on feedback from your hitting partners, because you will not feel the power. You also have a lot of access to spin, but you must create it. As for the arm friendly comments. This is not as arm friendly as many of the "arm friendly" racquets. It is much better than most racquets though. You can simply add a worm dampener, and it becomes very arm friendly while still providing good feedback.
From: Anonymous, 2/16

Comments: Those who enjoy classic racquets, this is one of them. Thank you TW and ProKennex for offering these racquets. The true definition of a control racquet.
From: Anon, 8/15

Comments: After tennis elbow I bought the 93" and the 98". I use the 98 for slow surfaces and the 93 for fast surfaces like carpet or astroturf. Both racquets are wonderful but the 93 is sublime. The 93 enables an ultra-flat and low trajectory penetration -- immense plow through. Also the 93 enables you to serve anywhere in the box -- fingertip control.
From: Clive, 10/14

Comments: I love this racquet. Been playing with it for about a year now. Great balance between control and power. When I need to, I can take a half-swing, or flick the wrist, and still put the ball into play with some authority. Excellent mobility on serves, and very little vibration from the frame. Super comfortable to play with. I would consider it an all-court racquet.
From: Colin, 5/14

Comments: New set up for the Redondo produced even better results. I thought I would share my set up with you. 10 grams of lead near the top of the handle and 4 grams at 12 o'clock with Volkl cyclone 18g. More power and feel than before.
From: Marty, 1/14

Comments: I had thought about purchasing a more 'modern' racquet. After demoing several, I came to the conclusion that nothing is like the Redondo Mid. It hits such a nice heavy ball and a low skidding backhand slice. At net this thing is amazing. I am sticking with it and even just bought two more to store, just in case Pro Kennex stops producing them.
From: Peter, 12/13

Comments: My son refuses to play with anything else, he has good taste. Coaches try to push free Babolats on him all day, he refuses. I'm buying him a second one.
From: Anon, 8/13

Comments: I feel compelled to leave a feedback on this precious racquet. I am a 5.5 all court player and used this with Volkl Cyclone at 40lbs. I have been searching for a mid racquet that does not give me a sore wrist or elbow and this is it. The first day trying this racquet I felt a little lack of plow through and stability at the net compared to the Head Prestige Mid and the Wilson 6.0 K 90. I really loved the 10 points head light for extra spin and maneuverability and the plow through of the Wilson K 90, so I decided to add 14 grams to the throat of my Redondo type C to match the specs of my ex-favorite racquet and today I played a round robin with 4.5 and 5.0s and my shots were heavy and jumping through the court. One of my opponents told me he felt like my shots were coming from a canon. Best of all, I played with a full bed of polyester for 3 days now and so far, no pain on my wrist. This racquet is really flexible and I can feel it bend at the throat, so much feel. Thank you Pro Kennex and the Tennis Warehouse community for your knowledgeable reviews.
From: Martin, 7/13

Comments: There is one flaw that ProKennex should fix before I buy any more of their racquets and that's the grip length. They are making these short grips like it's still the 1980's. I guess they don't realize that most players use a two handed backhand.
From: Andrew, 3/13

Comments: I've been using the Redondo Mid on and off for about 4 years now and have been playing with it exclusively lately. Love the comfort and feel of this racquet. I get plenty of pace with my fast swing and the racquet has a great balance for a one handed backhand. I've gotten two other friends hooked on this frame. The only thing is that the graphics aren't as flashy as the newer racquets so a lot of people think it's a really old racquet. Little did they know you can still buy this gem!
From: Christine, 2/13

Comments: This racquet is absolutely amazing. I have been playing with every iteration of the Prestige since the Liquidmetal. I decided to try this one out after a chronic bout of tennis elbow even after dropping tension and being unable to play with a multi. The specs of this frame are right up my alley. The prestige is by no means a stiff frame, but this thing is SOFT. I love it. I am still able to play with full poly strung @ 62lbs with no pain. One thing to mention though, I have purchased three of these and to my delight they have all weighed around 12.7- 12.8 strung weight so I would assume the spec listed is for an unstrung frame. This was great for me so no customization was necessary.
From: Corey, 7/12
String type and tension: Tourna Big Hitter Blue Rough 16 @ 62 lbs

Comments: This is my racquet of choice. It has helped me to become a much better tennis player, in that nothing with it comes for free. The PK Redondo is one of those "good form will be rewarded" type of sticks. The racquet is excellent for those who like to serve and volley, hit flat eastern-forehands and use a lot of backhand slice. There is decent pop if you string it at low tension with a monofilament string. I am unsure how a topspin centric baseliner would fare with it, but for someone with a more classic style nothing compares.
From: Pete. 3/12
String type and tension: Volkl Power Fiber 17g at 55lbs
NTRP Rating: 3.5-4.0

Comments: I've looked for the perfect racquet for some time now. Recently I've played with the Head MicroGEL Prestige Mid. This was a great racquet for me but I always felt that there was something missing. I first played with the Redondo after breaking the strings of my racquet and grabbing a friend's. I instantly liked this racquet. It had the control that I like but with an improved feel for the ball. I never really understood what this meant until I started playing with the Redondo. I also noticed that I wasn't losing my grip as I did with the Prestige. The more rectangular grip design allowed me to go from forehand to backhand and back easily. This definitively allowed me to improve my game and hit cleaner. Overall I think this racquet is great and well suited for fast long swings. Great control and feel. Great serving racquet but the volleys could be challenging due to the small sweet spot and small head size. It definitively has a "classic" old school feel but I know some of us enjoy this. This racquet improved my game as I am hitting more consistent and solid but is not magic wand. You still have to move and have great technique. I am happy I found the Redondo.
From: Luis, 11/11
String type and tension: Wilson Champion's Choice, 62 lbs
NTRP Rating: 4.5

Comments: So far I've played about 11 hours with these things with a few different string combos. I've also loaned these racquets to young players learning the game. This racquet is not just for experienced, quality players or people with elbow problems. Tennis is a game where the racquet is meant to be swung and where technique and footwork matter 10x more than the racquet. Realistically what I'd like to say about how the racquet plays for 5.0+ players has already been said here. It gives you exactly what your timing and technique deserves. Result: more confidence in your swing, and the tighter string pattern definitely gives you a straight trade-off of more control for less power.
From: Alex, 10/11
String type and tension: Babolat Tonic+ at 62 lbs
NTRP Rating: 5.5

Comments: When I first read the specifications of this racquet on this website (12.1 oz weight, 10 points head- light, and most importantly the 56 stiffness/flexibility rating), I knew that this was the best racquet offered for a player who truly studies the game of tennis. After finally purchasing two of these racquets (the midsize) I was proven right. You can find other racquets that weigh 12 ounces and have a head-light balance, but you will be hard-pressed to find one that is so flexible (56) and is still in production and easy to find. This racquet should remain available for a long time as I wish to purchase more in the coming months. There is no marketing gimmick with this racquet. If you know tennis and you look at the specification numbers (weight, flexibility, etc.) you do not even have to play with this racquet to understand it is perfect. I am once again playing tennis after a hiatus just so I can hit with this racquet.
From: N. 7/11
String type and tension: Luxilon Big Banger ALU 16L
NTRP Rating: 4.0

Comments: This is just a really good racquet! If you have good technique and good footwork it will put the ball where you want it to be :) I love the feel I get when I hit the ball it's pure pleasure! So just stop looking for the ultimate racquet this is it... well.. for me that is ;) But give it a try!
From: Olav. 07/11
String type and tension:main: Ashaway Kevlar 18@53 Cross: Gosen OG Micro 17@ 57
Headsize: 93"
NTRP Rating: 4.0

Comments: It is a pleasure to play with this racquet. The balance, soft flex make the trick. I never played with anything better than this. Very comfortable and predictable. The control, feel, placement are amazing. My angle shots drive my opponents crazy. Be careful, this racquet can cause addiction to tennis. Once you try it you would not want anything else. Pro Kennex have great racquets, but very few people know about that. If you are one of them you are lucky.
From: Jacob. 6/11
String type and tension: Tecnifibre NRG2 17, Luxilon Ace 18
NTRP Rating: 4.0

Comments: This is the 3rd year I'm playing with the MP version. I have only good things to say about this racquet. Bought it at first due to arm problems but it turned out to be great love story so far! It feels great in the hand just swinging it. The precision is unmatched by anything I have tried so far and it gives me a satisfying sound every time I hit the sweetspot. Where I live only the older players have heard of the brand but everybody who tries it agrees that it is a great frame. The Redondo has cured my obsession to try more and more racquets. Now I'm just enjoying the game and if someone offers me to try his racquet I just say 'No, thanks!'
From: Martin. 5/11
String type and tension: Polyester @ 26 kg
NTRP Rating: 4.0

Comments: I just finished play testing this frame. What a wonderful surprise. Great feel. Great plow through. Nice maneuverable swing weight. Great balance. This just has to be one of the top 5 back-to-basics player frames ever produced. This is not a frame that's going to add mph to your game. Also, the sweet spot isn't huge. It's a racquet that encourages good technique with great feel, accuracy, plow through, and balance. No gimmicks. No false positives. Just results. Perhaps the best value on the market for player's frames. I'm going to stick with my Yonex ti 80 for now because it's so funky and it's working for me right now. But if I could only own one more racquet for the rest of my life, this frame is on that short list.
From: Pete. 5/11

Comments: Coming to this racquet from Babolat Pure Storm Tour GT and love it! Took me about 10 minutes to recalibrate to this stick and decide to replace my pst. Much better control on groundstrokes. Great for volleys, feels a lot lighter than the pst but is as stable and feels very comfortable. I found I could produce better spin than with the pst (probably due to faster head speed). A little less power on serves but again control and placement were easier to achieve. Not as whippy as you'd think by the RA rating. Love it, recommend it.
From: Yarek, Toronto, Canada, 03/11
String type and tension: Gamma 17 gauge TNT 2 @ 60 lb
NTRP Rating: 3.0

Comments: After a long hard search and countless demos, I finally found a replacement for my Head Prestige Tours, which were (literally) starting to fall apart after 12 years. I wanted something with a little more power than the Prestige Mid without sacrificing any of the control and the Redondo 98 gave me both of those things. The Redondo is even smoother with less vibration and my sore shoulder is gradually improving. I demoed the Yonex Ultimum 80 and Volkl Power Bridge 10 but they were both just a little too "substantial" for me, while the Avery M3 Control was too headlight. The Redondo strikes a great balance between head light maneuverability and stability/plow through. Slices aren't quite as natural for me with the Redondo as some other racquets but I'm still working on that. I have a fast whippy forehand and while the racquet is still fairly low powered it really lets me take a good cut at the ball without sending it sailing long. It's also been nothing but stable at the net in doubles for volleys. I think the Redondo might just be my racquet for the next 12 years.
From: Chris, 03/11
String type and tension: ISOSpeed Professional Classic 17 @ 59lbs
NTRP Rating: 4.0+

Comments: Great stick; perfectly balanced, weighted, and you get plow through with deadly control. So soft but yet so stable. Serves are kickin' like a mule. Very maneuverable considering it's mass. Elbow loves the softer flex. I'm hittin' lines at will. Really am so disappointed I didn't discover the Redondo a lot earlier. My game has improved immensely. I was good before now I'm phenomenal thanks to the PK mid. Have 2 in the bag will be ordering more. I hit incredibly hard, and flat as a pancake. Plus 2 handed both sides. Man I love this stick. Hitting partners are frowning lately. Please don't stop production PK. Redondo 4 life. Careful they're 100% graphite. Handle with care.
From: Darrell, Toronto, Ont, Canada, 02/11
String type and tension: Gut mains Yonex poly tour 125x's50lbs
NTRP Rating: 5.0

Comments: This is a fantastic racquet no doubt about it. But after switching between this and the Yonex RDX 500 mid for the last few years and finding the perfect string and tension for both, I have reached the conclusion the Yonex is a better racquet. I hope the Pro Kennex stays around for many more years and the Yonex is brought back soon.
From: Anon, 11/10

Comments: I have been playing with the mid+ for over 2 years now. I had started playing serious tennis with Babolat's first Pure Control, until I decided I could not deal with its 12.6+ ounces anymore. I played with many different racquets until coming back home with the Redondo this time. What a frame it is! I hit a very hard, flat shot and I never wish I had a different stick in my hand. Also, its great feel helped me gain confidence at the net. I decided to give the mid a try a few weeks ago, and I have not touched the mid+ since then as it seems to fit my hard hitting game better. The mid and mid+ are both frames that any serious player should consider.
From: Alexis, Salt Lake City, UT, USA, 11/10
Headsize: 98 & 93
NTRP Rating: 4.0

Comments: Quite a few midsize rackets "floating" around, but after testing quite a few and actually buying into what other companies had to offer; I bought the Redondo Type C 93. This frame at 90 sq.inches actually has power, an element lacking in the other variants of this size frame. I increased the grip size to 4 3/4 and I am getting the maximum out of this racket. Just a terrific racket!
From: Kirko, Wildwood, MO, USA, 09/10
String type and tension: Luxilon Adrenaline 16 gauge 53 lbs.

Comments: Used to play w/K90, but made the switch over w/the Type C 93, and totally fell in love with it! It has better control upon impact, and able to generate even faster swing speed. Decided to give the 98 a shot, granted it's much smaller than a standard 98 sq" frame, it has a nice large sweet spot! The direction of the ball is even better than the Babolat Aero Storm Tour I had previously playtested. The touch is super soft, excellent for drop volleys, drop shots, and slice. PK needs to continue to produce frames such as this.
From: Jack, MD, USA, 07/10
String type and tension: Titan gut main @ 60, SPPSS cross @ 58-9
Headsize: 93 & 98

Comments: I used this frame a few years ago with much success but got lured away in pursuit of a more powerful frame. 2 years later and after shoulder surgery, this frame is back in my bag and I like it more now than I did years ago. Strung up with VS gut this racquet is well balanced and extremely comfortable. It still isn't a rocket launcher by any means, but with good mechanics and footwork, power is ample enough and the control is better than just about anything I have tried. The 98" provides plenty of spin, control and comfort. I love the sound when the ball comes off the string bed.
From: Basil J, Wakefield, MA, USA. 6/10
String type and tension: Babolat VS gut 60#
NTRP Rating: 4.0

Comments: The MP- haven't used it enough to give a full review but the comfort is nice. Serve returns are fantastic. I have a friend who can serve 120 mph and out of 20+ demos I've used it is the best at blocking them back. It has a solid and soft feel at the same time.
From: ade. 5/10

Comments: Perfect frame for me. Despite the control oriented specs, excellent plow through due to the mass, excellent stability on return and volleys (due to the same mass), along with perfect comfort, handling and precision. I like the 98 pattern which can give more spin than the 95 of my Aerogel200. But still very nice for little spinning with eastern forehand, like I use to do.
From: Glou, France 02/10
String type and tension: Estoril Control (mono 1.25) 47/48lbs
Headsize: 98
NTRP Rating: 4th serie in France (poor)

Comments: I had my heart set on buying a Head Youtek Speed Pro until I demoed this frame. It's like butter! The ball feels so good coming off the strings. I unloaded on forehands like never before. It took me a little while to warm up on my backhand side but I made the adjustments. Good technique is key with this racket. I am debating on whether to try a 98 square inch but don't know yet. Give it try! You won't be disappointed
From: Robert C Orlando, FL USA 02/10
String type and tension: Wilson NXT
Headsize:93 Sq. Inches
NTRP Rating:4.0

Comments: Lots more pop than using my PK5G but a bit head heavier so it's slower. I reviewed this before and didn't like it as much as my PK5G but what really changed it was switching the grip to a hi-tech gel grip so it doesn't feel like hitting w/a 2x4 (the leather grip that comes with it will dry up and feel rock hard, so I have no clue why ProKennex still makes them that way except for the retro looks).
From: Ken, Boston, MA USA 02/10
String type and tension: BDE Perf Gut 17L 60lbs
Headsize: 98
NTRP Rating: 3.5

Comments: Well, this is a third review that I am adding for this frame, but I think I have to!! :) I have been playing with this stick for several years now and it is just great! The best thing your joints (shoulder/elbow/wrist) could ask for! I felt so good with it that I tried full poly on it! Of course, I was still cautious and chose the softest one I could find and for over a year now I am playing with RAB Monoflex 16 only!! It transformed this stick for really good one to an excellent!! Originally I had it strung at 61, but it ended up a bit too stiff. The last iteration was at 58 lb and it is a match made in heaven!! The comfort is still there and I have no issue with it whatsoever! The one thing that is extraordinary now is a spin!! I would have never guessed that 18x20 90 sqin frame could produce this kind of spin, but I can create more action on the ball with Redondo now then I am able with the K90 with some hybrid string setup (one of them poly as well). The extra weight that I have at 3 & 9 (6 grams total) with combination of this string created a monster of this frame!! Heavily recommended for lifting of your game if you like to take a big swing on every ball out there!! This time all of your effort is highly compensated with extraordinary performance!!
From: Fedja, Reading, US 01/10
String type and tension: RAB Monoflex 16 at 58 lb
Headsize: 93
NTRP Rating: 4.0

Comments: Awesome Stick - If you are a true 4.5 obtaining power with this stick is no problem. Feel is soft, arm comfort excellent and control insane. As in some of the other reviews, I also think the flex is a tad higher than 56, more like 58/59. What I really like about this stick is its swing weight - it swings around 320 and still provides excellent plow through the ball. I demo'd Fed's stick and a Babolat Pure Storm LTD GT as well. The LTD GT lacked plow through and I would end up hitting all my shots short. However, it did have feel comparable to the Tfight 320 (Verdasco's racquet). Fed's stick was to stiff, too heavy - and like most Wilson racquets - very unpredictable. Try one - hit with it for at least 5 sessions - then try and go back to your old racquet :-)!!
From: Gk, FL, USA, 01/10
String type and tension: Main - Tecnifibre Red Code 16 - 55 lbs Cross - Tecnifibre Multi-Feel 16 - 60 lbs
Headsize: 93 Redondo C
NTRP Rating: 4.5

Comments: AWESOME Stick! I can't believe more 4.5+ players are not using this. First strung at 60 and it was too tight for me. Cut them out and replaced with a hybrid at 56 and my game is rockin'.
From: Alan, Memphis, TN 01/10
String type and tension: Kirschbaum Touch Turbo/Wilson NXT 56lbs
Headsize: 98
NTRP Rating: 5.0

Comments: Great racquet! Took my game to the next level with exceptional control and spin on ground strokes, neat placement on volleys and works well for flat, slice and kick serves. Had to try out a few string combination and once that's settled for your game then you rediscover the love for the game. Needs good shot preparation as lazy footwork or swing hitches will be punished.
From: Shri, San Francisco CA 11/09
String type and tension: Babolat Pro Hurricane 17, Gamma Live Wire 17, 57 lbs
Headsize: 93
NTRP Rating: 3.5

Comments: Well I agree with everyone else. I demoed this stick along with the new Volkl PW 10 mid. I tried the Volkl for about 10 minutes, dropped it in my bag and picked this up. This stick is a true players stick. You don't get any free shots that come easy. You get what you put in and that's it. That being said, I found good control and nice stability and comfort. This stick is not forgiving in any manner so if you are not a clean ball striker you will be in trouble really quick. Shots will land way short. Nice racquet if you have the stroke for it.
From: Beorn, Motown, CA, USA. 10/09
String type and tension: MSV focus hex, 58/56
Headsize: 90
NTRP Rating: 4.5

Comments: I have been using the original 5G since college 8 yrs ago, but they all crack in the frame, so been looking for replacements. Tennis elbow originally got me to PK, but this is the first racket I've tried that I liked that didn't have the sand in it. The control is insane, well hit shots feel so soft and perfect, and for some reason my serve was pretty hard and good spin, though I wouldn't have expected it. However, no power at all, definitely leaving the ball short unless I hit it perfectly. I felt like I was having to crush every ball, and after an hour of rallying with it, my forearm was tired for the first time in my tennis career. It felt so good though to just give everything on each shot and not feel like you have to hold back because you picked up grandma's sledgehammer by accident. Good spin for a dense stringbed. I had a lot of trouble with backhand slice though, I guess I'm used to more power and more bite from the more open stringbed on my 5G's. This thing feels softer, less vibration than my 5g's, and no kinetic technology. And I use 2 gamma gel worms in my rackets, had that "twang." Love the feel of hitting a good ball with this one. This racket feels much lighter than its stated weight. I've narrowed down my search to this, the Ki5 PSE, or black ace (haven't demoed the BA yet but it has similar weight to my current 5g).
From: anon. 10/09

Comments: I just demoed this racket and bought 2 immediately. This bad boy will replace my Wilson k-Blade Tour. The k-Blade was a slick stick with loads of power but control does not compare to the Redondo TC93. You need to be bit more patience to unload with a K-Blade Tour and select the strokes appropriately or the racket's power will override ball placement. However, with the Redondo TC93 you can literally "fire at will" and place all shots within a hula-hoop (I'm dating myself). Fast incoming groundies/serves do not distort this racket head as it's stable and absorbs power and returns the energy right back to your opponent if you have a full swing. What a classic feeling this stick has!!! The last time I felt a racket this good was in the 80's with the Dunlop Max 200G. You aren't going to overpower your opponent with the Redondo, that's what the k-Blade Tour is for. However, you will be rewarded in the second and third set when you've worn your opponent down from chasing the ball wide from each side. This racket is all about serious placement. It's all about ball feel-on-contact. You'll beat your opponent with ball placement as they chase it down and you either re-direct it behind them or run them out wide. Flat serves are attenuated as expected, slice serves accelerate rotational spin out wide....unless your opponent also has a full swing they'll have trouble with the ball as it's coming in heavy. Volleys are a bit muted compared to the k-Blade but feels so good as the head-light racket maneuvers easily for put-always. Too bad this racket is discontinued, oh how I wish I found this racket when it was first available.
From: Roderick, Cleveland, Ohio 09/09
String type and tension: Luxilon Big Banger Original 16G
Headsize: 93
NTRP Rating: 3.5

Comments: Awesome Racquet! Nothing else compares to this frame. I'm playing with the 98 and will never play anything else. Thank you TW reviewers for talking me into giving this racquet a demo!
From: Travis, Portland, OR 09/09
String type and tension: Kirschbaum ProLine 2 @ 62lb
Headsize: 98
NTRP Rating: 4.5

Comments: Overall this is a great stick. As said by another, it does feel stiffer than the listed flex rating. Swingweight was a little low for my liking as the 10pt head light balance felt foreign, but it didn't seem to affect my game in a negative way. I like the 18x20 string pattern, and I was hitting serves with more power than normal.
From: John, New Jersey 08/09
NTRP Rating: 6.0

Comments: I've played with many classic frames during my day (been playing competitively for 26 years), and this is a truly great frame. All of the great feedback is great for a reason--this racquet delivers the goods. It swings incredibly easy despite the weight (mine stock with Yonex Super Grap is 351g), allowing for fine control over the head movement, and this makes up for the tight string pattern. I can get more spin with this than the head-heavier, open patterns as a result. Also, control is simply off the charts. I can hit dimes all day with these things. Comfort is great w/PSGO17 at 55, and power is more than sufficient. To me, it plays somewhat stiffer than the flex rating suggests, but it does not feel wobbly, raw, or harsh at all. Simply the finest frame I've ever hit with.
From: Grayson, Charlottesville, VA. 3/09
String type and tension: Prince SGO17 55lb
NTRP Rating: 4.5

Comments: The Redondo mid is great. The sweet spot is quite easy to find and I love the "crack" sound it makes when hitting the ball. I find it very maneuverable especially for my one handed backhand!
From: A fan, US. 3/09

Comments: Very good feel. amazing stability and the right mass on the head. I was able to hit heavy balls, but... It feels very heavy. Especially on service and where you need to move the head fast. I wasn't able to get the right head speed. It doesn't feel 10 points HL. No way. I would like to have this feeling with a little less heaviness. (I play with a Yonex RDS001 MP)
From: Nikos, Greece. 2/09
String type and tension: Pacific multi @ 24 Kg
NTRP Rating: 3.5

Comments: This is the best racket for me. Before it I played the POG Mid for many years. Although I still love the POG Mid, I have now switched to the Redondo: it is the epitome of a true player's stick, the certain benchmark by which all others are measured. In my view it is perfect in every way. Thank you PK -- I feel as though you made a custom racket just for me.
From: Mat, DC. 2/09
String type and tension: Luxilon BB Orig, 48
NTRP Rating: 5.5

Comments: I am a longtime Mid user (some MP experience too) and this is addition to my comment down below. Lately I tried K90 and liked it a lot. The power was off the chart and ability to hit a winner from almost any regular position is amazing. But, it is a bit stiff and with stiffer strings, it will take a toll on your body/joints. One thing left for me is to try low end of recommended tension, since lot of people praised it with that setup. One way or another, due to the pain in my shoulder I went back to my Redondo Mid after a month or so. Compared to the K90 it lacks that heft and power you get with Wilson. So, few strips of lead at 3 and 9 to total of 4 grams did a wonder to this racquet!! 6 grams worked even better, but my wrist didn't seem to like it. With this extra weight, balance is still pretty good (8-9 points HL) and it weights 12.4 oz. But, your all of your strokes got extra power without any loss of control. All of the sudden, serving with this stick is a blast! It doesn't match K90 power wise, but it is close and you get more control to pick your spots! Both forehands and backhands improved a lot and my opponents are saying that balls are now a bit heavier too with more action on the ball! Overall, a great improvement to already excellent stick!
From: Fedja, Reading, MA, USA. 2/09
String type and tension: GAMMA TNT2 63 and/or 64 lb (63lb is good to go from the first hit and last about 4 weeks. 64 takes about one set to settled in and then it is good much longer than 63 lb one)
NTRP Rating: 4

Comments: I'm not going to say that it's the best racquet out there, (a racquet is different for everybody) but for those who appreciate a quality racquet with feel, touch, excellent dampening. Overall in my view this is the most perfectly balanced racquet I've ever felt, will definitely love this racquet and not consider ever playing with anything else. Period. This racquet has rejuvenated my arm, has given me the confidence in my serve that has been lost for years because of all the totally bogus racquet technology that just vomits all over us tennis players, and has restored my faith in the game. Rock on Pro Kennex!
From: rob, las vegas. 2/09
String type and tension: Gamma infinity hybrid. 57lb
NTRP Rating: 4.0

Comments: The feel of this racquet is exceptional. I used to play with a Babolat before, but I gave it up. Redondo plays and feels so much better. It completely changed my game, moving it up to the next level.
From: Rafael, Japan. 2/09
String type and tension: Luxilon Alu Rough, 54lbs

Comments:I ordered the mid, but was sent the mid plus by mistake. I demoed it, and it's a very good racquet for those who grew up playing wood or the fiberglass racquets of the 70s and 80s era. My favorite racquets that I played with were the Jack Kramer Autograph. I later switched to the Rossignol Stratos and then graduated to a Yamaha YFG30. I loved those three the best for feel, power, comfort, and control. The Redondo, in my opinion, is so similar to those that even though I was sent the plus by mistake, the racquet felt right at home in my hand. Excellent! Until now, I played with the Dunlop 300g that was close to wood in its feel, but I think the hollow handle and the 4 points h.l balance threw my elbow and shoulder for a spin. The Redondo is pure comfort even on miss-hits.
From: Anon. 12/08

Comments: I have been playing FP prestige mids. I wanted a racquet with similar playability but less stiffness. Good baseline form rewarded with this racquet. Serves like an iPrestige mid - which I love. I'm having difficulty with slice backhand but still adjusting. I am going to give this racquet a try for a few months - thumbs up for now.
From: Ken, San Diego, CA, US. 10/08
String type and tension: Tecnifibre 17, 62 lbs.
NTRP Rating: 5

Comments: An instant classic!!! The next best thing compared to my pc600 and pt600... I was more than happy to buy a pair. The 10 points headlight balance just screams "customize me," which I did with lead at 10 and 2. The paint job on the other hand is not the best around (the smooth velvety maroon matte finish is very nice touch out of the norm but the white paint combination painted over it easily chips) but I really didn't care much (who does???), it's how the racket performs that matters most anyways. I'm planning to buy another pair soon and make it as my mains.
From: doggie, NY. 9/08
String type and tension: Tecnifibre X-one Biphase 17 red @ 56 lbs.
Headsize: 93
NTRP Rating: 5.0

Comments: The Prince TT Hornet that I used to play with was a tad larger and heavier than I would have liked. The Redondo mid+ is the perfect solution. Excels in maneuverability and feel. Requires reasonable swing to generate power. Topspin shots were deeper than before and slices were faster. Some lead tape at 2 and 10 (clock) positions might help with off- centered shots. Did not need a vibration dampener. Drop shots with this racquet will stun your opponents. Volleys are fine, as are serves. Improved my (rather weak) backhand a lot. Resembles the Tecnifibre TFight 325 in several ways, only not as heavy. Leather grip was not very tacky and I did not like the feel of an overgrip on this racquet. Keep a towel handy, if you have sweaty palms like me. The bevels are felt well, maybe too well. Got a blister in my palm just below my middle finger from 5 hours of play.
From: Karthik, USA. 7/08
String type and tension: Tecnifibre X-1 Biphase Red #60
Headsize: 98
NTRP Rating: 3.5

Comments: The Redondo Mid Plus is an undiscovered gem, the perfect racket. There's nothing else to say about it. I don't know why everybody isn't playing with one.
From: Steve, New York, NY. 6/08
String type and tension: Babolat Fineplay
Headsize: Mid Plus
NTRP Rating: 3.5

Comments: 93" MID size is the BEST racket you can get. My bad tennis elbow problems were gone after only one month with this racket. After 2 months, I moved up a level in play and am stringing at max-68lb and hitting forehands like I'm 20 years old again (43 now). It hits all serves, baseline shots and volleys -- everything -- better than any other racket. If you are a serious player, you are a total fool not to try this racket. SIDENOTE: The heavy Wilson racket Federer uses is great for control if you are powerful enough to serve with it. The old Yonex mid RDS 001 is an awesome racket, but the 'new' 001 is a piece of junk like almost all of the new racket models from all the companies. PROKENNEX would outsell everyone if they came out with some new variations of the Redondo C mid - like a little lighter one, etc.
From: Thomas, Anaheim, CA. 5/08
String type and tension: Gamma Livewire XP 17 - 68lb
Headsize: 93"
NTRP Rating: 4.5

Comments: After playing with close to a hundred different rackets I can say confidently none feel as right as this one for me. I do have about 4 grams of lead on 2 and 10. I'm 5'11", 165lbs, I hit hard, long strokes with eastern to semi- western grip and this frame lets me hit confident flat shots and doesn't make me work hard for loopy angles. Serves are very dependable and violent. Volleys very solidly as well, like a wall. The comfort and the feedback are unmatched - the frame is rated very flexy but "pops" like mid-flex. The only downside I've ever noticed is the racket mass is felt on the one handed backhand-slice take back.
From: Anton, NYC, USA, 04/08
String type and tension: Rab Monoflex 61 lbs
Headsize: 93
NTRP Rating: 4.5

Comments: I play with the midplus version, and it is so comfortable and has great feel. It has a good amount of power if you consistently hit with the right swing speed/mechanics. The spin potential is very good for an 18x20 string pattern. I'm planning to try out the mid version since I've been reading so many enthusiastic reviews. Too bad, no one I play with has heard of this brand. I wish more people know about how fantastic this racquet is!
From: Christine, Cupertino, CA. 2/08
String tension: 58
Headsize: 98
NTRP Rating: 3.5-4.0

Comments: This racquet is exceptional, and no other one has the feel that this one has! I've tried many many others but keep coming back to the Redondo 98" (haven't tried the 93" yet). It's great to be able to play competitive tennis and have a lot of fun feeling this baby hit the ball with 100% control! A must try!
From: Victor, Chino Hills, CA, USA. 2/08
String type and tension: Natural gut 17" 58 lbs.(mains) Luxilon ALU Rough (crosses) 56 lbs.
Headsize: 98"
NTRP Rating: 4.5

Comments: This racquet was a bit too heavy and required a longer swing than I feel I could play for 3 sets or more. This is definitely for a stronger, younger player than this mid-50s player.
From: Bob, Englewood, FL, USA. 1/08
Headsize: 98

Comments: The feel is simply fantastic. Amazing control. But this isn't a "pusher's" racquet. I play an all-court game, and I serve consistently above 165km/h, and I love it. Be warned, this is a player's racquet: miss the sweetspot and you'll hit a weak shot, but if you can keep the ball in the sweetspot, it's sweet as sugar and the control gives you clinical accuracy. (PS: I modified with a couple of lead weights to increase head weight.)
From: Pete, Ottawa, ON, Canada. 1/08
String type and tension: Tecnifibre X-One BiPhase 16, 58 lbs
Headsize: 93
NTRP Rating: 5.0

Comments: WOW! This is the stick that changed my game the best way possible! I am using long and fast swings and this is what this racquet is meant for! Precision is unmatched and you can place the ball at will at any spot on the court with your full swing without taking anything back!! The best part of it is the feel one has when doing one-handed backhand! This is just perfection! I tried MP as well, but lack of this feel on the backhand side brought me back to the Mid. At the beginning I was having problems with the spin generation (especially on the second serve), but after few weeks of sticking with it I found the way to overcome that too. Basically, it has a normal amount of spin for a small size and tight string pattern! The good and bad part is the extra flex that stick has. From my aching wrist and shoulder this is the best I can do for them aside of not playing at all! If you have any type of arm/shoulder/elbow/wrist injury this is a stick for you. The bad part is that you can't just blast the balls for the final winner and typically it takes an extra shot with the fast-legged opponent. But considering the precision that you get with the stick it is easy to do!
From: Fedja, Arlington, MA, USA, 11/07
String type and tension: GAMMA TNT2 17 at 64 lb
Headsize: 93
NTRP Rating: 4.0

Comments: This racket is ridiculously stable on serves, borrowed my friend's racket...and every single serve went 2-3 feet from the net on the left service line. Just insane, every time I served, the receiver would have to run to the side to return it leaving the entire court open. A little hard to return balls as it is a heavy racket, but overall, I like.
From: Anon, 10/07

Comments: This racquet feels great and is very solid. Hits groundstrokes and volleys like a dream, but you need to give your serve a little extra oomph if you like the insane power of today's sticks. I have been playing for 15 years with the pro tour 280's {I have 12 of them} and this is a nice change. Not too drastic. I would recommend the Redondo 93, only because I haven't tried the mid plus. I absolutely love the weight, thinking racquets were not made like this anymore.
From: Jake, Oroville, CA, USA, 09/07
String type and tension: Gamma 16, 64 lbs
Headsize: 93
NTRP Rating: 4.0

Comments: Like many of the readers/players, I often demo and purchase different racquets, trying to find that perfect frame. Funny thing is, most of the time I don't even complete a hitting session with the new stick before taking "ole faithful" out of the bag. It's that good - a pure players' racquet. No ridiculous and questionable technologies - just pure graphite, string, and trophies.
From: Rich, New York, NY, USA. 1/07
String type and tension: Luxilon Big Banger Ace @ 57lbs.
Headsize: Midplus
NTRP Rating: 5.5

Comments:Be sure to try it out. I've played with wood to early graphite (a la Max 200g), to recent models, and this racquet was not stable enough for me, particularly in the upper hoop. May be good for those suffering from tennis elbow, but as always, try before you buy...
From: Lee, NY, NY, USA, 01/07
String type and tension: Tecnifibre X-one Biphase, 58lbs
Headsize: 98
NTRP Rating: 5

Comments:Definitely get this racquet, that's all you can say to summarize it. I often switch between my RDS OO1 mp and Wilson pro staff tour 90. This is the racquet I keep coming back to. It has the best feel of any racquet I have ever tried. Yet awesome control and adequate power. Don't be afraid of not getting topspin with the 18x20 pattern, it is more spin friendly than my other 2 racquets mentioned above. Definitely at least demo this racquet. One side note: whenever I use this racquet with an over grip, I lose some of the great feel I love from this frame, so demo it with just its stock leather first. You will not be disappointed.
From: Anon, Canada, 12/06
String type and tension: Topspin Cyberflash low 50's
Headsize: 98
NTRP Rating: 4.5

Comments:Having had nearly 15 years away from playing tennis due to health problems, I came back to a sport with radically different equipment than what I had in my early teens. Racquets these days are all about power, power, power and actually assist poor technique, not to mention they're made of lightweight materials designed to accommodate player's weaknesses -and rip off your shoulder if you actually know what you are doing. I wanted a racquet that did what I told it to do, good or bad. The Redondo is such a racquet. It is a pure joy to hit with. I don't have nearly as much pace as with my last racket but what do I care? This racket is the real me and I wouldn't have it any other way.
From: Nitin, Charleston, SC, USA, 12/06
String type and tension: Prince Syn Gut3 17, 60lbs
Headsize: 93
NTRP Rating: 3.0

Comments: If you are a serious player then definitely try demoing this frame. Its flex and feel are unmatched. The midsize head is great at keeping the ball in play. Try stringing it low because that will give you more feel and flex. This frame is testament that old school frames still exist for people who want to wail on the ball.
From: Tuan, Houston, TX, USA. 12/06
String type and tension: Gamma Syn Gut 18 @ 56 lbs
Headsize: Midsize 93
NTRP Rating: 4.0

Comments: This racquet was great. I demoed a lot of racquets and this one was by far the best. The Prince Diablo mid made my arm hurt after a few sets but wasn't from the weight. The RDS 001 mid was great but lacked something one the serve. This racquet had everything to have a great serve and volley game.
From: Jason, Houston, Texas, USA. 12/06
String type and tension: Babolat VS Gut @ 75 lbs
Headsize: 93
NTRP Rating: 5.0

Comments: Not a lot to say that hasn't been said. I love this racquet. I've played with many racquets, including most of the Wilson Pro Staffs, woods all the way to the N codes. I also played with Prince, other Pro Kennex, and the newer version of the Prestige Classic 600. This racquet is a good notch or two better than any of these, in just about all aspects. Cheaper too. I played with both the 98 and the 93 and I must say the 93, for whatever reason is light years better than the 98. If you can find one surely give it a try.
From: Mark, Shingle Springs, CA, USA. 12/06
String type and tension: Klip Natural Gut @ 62 lbs
NTRP Rating: 4.0

Comments: I have taken it out several times and against different players. The best thing about it, for me, is that I can swing through the ball, hit out and if my form is good, the ball stays in. Control was excellent, and volleys were so solid and accurate that I sometimes enjoyed them even more than groundstrokes. The weak area for me was serving. I could hit gorgeous slice serves out wide to the deuce court and curving away down the "T" in the add court. On flat serves, however, I simply do not have the physical strength to hit more than average serves. Overall, my Head Pro Tour 280 (several) and Wilson Pro Staff 6.0 Original 95 are more versatile, and even I can hit smoking flat serves with them. But for pure, buttery feeling, this one is hard to beat. As the fellow below said, everyone should play this racquet at least once. Same for my racquets mentioned above, and also the Dunlop Muscle Weave 200G (gray one). All four of these are classics.
From: Jeffrey, Templeton, CA, USA. 12/06

Comments: A racquet that every player should try at least once. Nice, smooth feel you get in your forehand/backhand plays, rocks in the volley, serves are always pleasure with this stick. I love this.. and want to stay with this.
From: Arun, Tustin, CA, USA
String type and tension: Gamma Synthetic @ 62 lbs
Headsize: 98

Comments:Try it if feel is everything to you but otherwise this racquet has little to offer. Extremely flexible, extremely head-light heavier racquets strike a nostalgic cord for the middle aged but leave you in rough shape, with your opponent swooping in on a short ball, if you don't nail your own shot perfectly. Just too underpowered for most recreational players. Feels fine and swings easily, looks better than it plays. The Ki5 and Ki 15PSE are better suited to today's game.
From: Gene, Houston, TX, USA, 10/06
Headsize: 98
NTRP Rating: 4.5

Comments: I'm an oldschooler and have always loved 100% graphite. I have many other fine rackets too, including the Prestige 600. Anyway, I'm not going to go in long details now. I'm putting it simple here that "playing the Redondo is like enjoying a delicious steak with a fine wine." It's a racket you won't go wrong. The Redondo is now my one and only main stick.
From: Anirut, Bangkok, Thailand. 10/06
String type and tension: Gamma Synthetic 17 Wearguard
Headsize: MID

Comments: Hits like butter. Feels like a dream, nice and flexible. When the strings break I plan on stringing it at 75 lbs. The frame has a little too much power for me at 68 lbs. Bottom line, I was not disappointed with my order I will enjoy playing with this stick for years to come.
From: Roderick Seurattan, West Hartford, Connecticut, USA 06/06
Headsize: 600 Sq cm

Comments: I've bought & tried many rackets. The Redondo combines the old school feel (control) with updated maneuverability. This racket works for me for all shots and an all-court game. Great spin despite tight string pattern due to head-light balance and flex. String it low to bring out the flex and power. My search is over.
From: Anon, 06/06
String type and tension: ProKennex Competition Multifilament 17g, 50 lbs
Headsize: 93
NTRP Rating: 4.5

Comments: I've always been impressed with the quality of Pro Kennex rackets, and the new Redondo doesn't disappoint. The graphics are flawless, leather grip adds a nice touch. I was told that PK spent a lot of time discussing the spec's with tour players and the result is this masterpiece. After hitting a few balls I was impressed with the solid feel off the strings, no vibration at all just a solid thud. Volleys and serves are a pleasure with a tad more oomph than say the original Head Prestige, another great stick that the Redondo will be compared to without question. A quality no nonsense stick, thanks PK!!
From: Jeff, Orlando FL USA 05/06
String type and tension: Tecnifibre Multifeel 17 64 lbs.
Headsize: 98
NTRP Rating: 5.0

Comments: This is the best racket I have used since the Dunlop Max 200g. It is the most flexible racquet I have found in years. The racquet is extremely comfortable. The small head size is a welcome change from other racquets sold today and the sweet spot occupies a significant portion of the head. The racquet is powerful with wonderful bite on slice shots and good pop on serves. With its headlight balance, it volleys wonderfully.
From: Carl, Macon, GA 05/06
String type and tension: Gamma Power Play 18
Headsize: 93 square inches
NTRP Rating: 4.0

Comments: I played with the Core 1 #6 for 18 months and thought it the best racquet for an aggressive baseline player. When the Redondo became available I made an easy transition to a racquet that was more firm on volleys, better on groundstrokes and provided equal or better serve speed. After 4 months of play I have no arm/shoulder problems. Very nice racquet just like PK's other frames.
From: Leigh Cherveny, Wisconsin 05/06
String type and tension: Gamma tnt 18, 60# proportional stringing
Headsize: 98"
NTRP Rating: 4.0+

Comments: This racquet was a pleasure to play with. The balance, flex, and comfort in my hand was outstanding. The 93 sq. inch head and leather grip adds that classic feel to a "Players" racket. My college coach who is a family member got me hooked to it and I ordered a set.
From: Daniel, Chula Vista, CA, USA 02/06
String type and tension: Pacific Synergy 17 (main)/Pacific Gut 16 (cross) 52 lbs.
Headsize: 93 Sq. inches
NTRP Rating: 5.0

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