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Comments: Love this racquet. I own a Rebel 98, and this new-name-same-racquet plays identically, and has
a more durable finish as a bonus (the Rebel 98 finish chips like no racquet I've ever owned, but didn't affect play). I got it
to give me two in the bag and let me make the Rebel 98 a backup. I strung it with 17g Weiss Cannon Silverstring at 55 lbs.
I like the setup better than the Rebel 98 with Head Sonic Pro strings, though honestly I can't say if that is actually due to
the string or simply that it is fresh. Both strings are softer polys, and I expected similar results -- which I'm getting --
though reviews say the Silverstring holds tension especially well. We'll see. I'm in my mid 50's, 3.5-4.0 level, 6'4" and play
with a big serve and a mix of heavy topspin and hard flat shots to change pace and go for winners. The Tour 98 is
supremely comfortable and has mid-low power so I can swing the heck out of it, generate spin and still keep the ball in. I
originally tried the Rebel 98 (again, idential weight, balance, size, shape, swingweight, power-level, etc as this newer Tour
98) with multifilament strings because I was working through a wrist issue at the time. Do not string this racquet with
multis. Sure, it was comfortable, but too comfortable -- soft and aloof. I couldn't keep the ball in. I found myself dialing
back power, losing spin, changing my game to accommodate the racquet (strings, actually). Not happy. Head Sonic Pro
poly strings transformed the racquet, was 90% as comfortable as the multi, and delivered what this racquet is designed to
do. It's a mid-pack weighted racquet, but it has no trouble dealing with power. I find it plenty stable. Spin with the poly
string is awesome, arching however you want and kicking hard. I considered trying the open-pattern 16x16 version of the
racquet, but honestly, I think it would crossover and exchange too much control for not much gain in spin. I love the
racquet. My arm, muscles and tendons love the racquet. Wonderful all-around gamer with no weaknesses. But string it
with a poly to see what it is capable of.
From: Mark, 8/15