This is hopefully more interesting than the normal “what should my first bat be” question.
I want to buy a surprise gift for a friend who wants to get somewhat serious about TT. She is an accomplished and competitive tennis player and so understands many fundamentals including footwork. With a very cheap TT premade bat she can backhand chop with a good amount of skill for being a beginner.
I want to help her lean, first, topspin for her forehand, then a flick BH, then a nice ball-lifting-against-backspin
, topspin BH.
Yet, naturally, I want her to advance her BH defensive chop.
I’ve read 24 of the 27 pages of the discussion of what to avoid and hopefully remember most of it, and I’m intrigued by the seeming change in theory regarding rubber thickness, with 2.0 and Max being more often considered appropriate for beginners. The new ball also seems to have potential to alter suggested rubbers, though I suspect to such a small extent for beginners that it’s irrelevant.
I was thinking of ordering from Cole an Air Matrix bat with Illumina 1.7 in 35 for BH, and Illumina 1.7 in 41 for FH. Unfortunately, he is out of red 1.7. I really don’t want to put the same rubber on both sides, preferring to go softer on BH. I could just jump both sides to 1.9 and go 35 on BH and 41 on FH, and given the aforementioned thread and the increasing acceptance of thicker rubbers, perhaps that is the way to go. Further, I’m thinking the increased thickness (from 1.7 to 1.9) may give ever-so-slightly greater facility to learn a good ball-sinking-into-rubber
I could also do an entirely different BH rubber, and perhaps there is something better for advancing her BH chop AND learning the various topspins for her BH.
One more issue, and this is sort of a funny personal one. I’d previously suggested to her husband to use Cole to buy a nice bat for himself (he is also an accomplished competitive tennis player and a superlative athlete). But he bought a cheap premade from someplace… So, I sort of what this bat for his wife to be such a significant help to her game that he
My first choice is to source from Cole, but my greater goal is to get what will work best for her.