There aren't many professional reviews of beginner tennis rackets, probably because novices either quit the game or wind up upgrading to an intermediate racket when they no longer need as much help getting the ball over the net. We found the only professional review of the Head Liquidmetal 8 at Tennis-Warehouse.com. Helpful user reviews can be found at Amazon.com and SportsAuthority.com.
The Head Liquidmetal 8 tennis racket receives solid ratings from tennis professionals and amateurs who say it offers more power than an intermediate racket and more control than a "game-improvement" beginner racket. At 9.3 ounces, the Liquidmetal is fairly lightweight, and the liquid metal inside various points of the head's frame adds power. Many users say their game improved with this racket, although detractors are dissatisfied with its power or control. The Head Liquidmetal 8 is suitable for players with USTA ratings of 2.0 to 4.5. If you want more power but want to stay in the same general price range, reviewers point to the discontinued but still widely available Wilson N1 (*est. $100). If you're looking for more control, the Prince O3 Speedport Red (*est. $220) gets good reviews, but costs more than twice as much.
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1. Tennis Warehouse
This retailer's reviews are balanced and critical. Numerical ratings are based on hands-on use by several staffers, and there are also highly informed customer comments. The Head Liquidmetal 8 is described as a good game-improvement racket (levels 2.0 to 4.5) for players with light or medium swings.
Review: Head Liquidmetal 8 Racquets, Staff and contributors to Tennis Warehouse.com, 2004
At this writing there were just a handful of customer reviews of the Head Liquidmetal 8. Specific praise here mostly concerns "feel" and a noticeable improvement in the players' games.
Review: Head Liquidmetal 8 Tennis Racquet Reviews, Contributors to Amazon.com
3. Sports Authority
Only a few customers post reviews here; the lone complainer says the Head Liquidmetal 8 tennis racket broke after a month and its strings break frequently. Other owners praise the Liquidmetal's combination of power and accuracy.
Review: Head Liquidmetal 8 Pre-Strung Racquet, Contributors to SportsAuthority.com