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Ben Shelton is another young tennis talent from the USA. He is a part of a promising generation having players like Korda, Tiafoe, Wolf, Paul, Nakashima, and many others compete in the biggest tournaments.
Ben is following the path of his father Bryan Shelton, a former tennis player with a successful career.
He is already a Top 100 player and could rank even higher after a brilliant Australian Open in 2023.
On the court, he has a powerful and effective serve as well as a good net game. He also is consistent from the baseline with his left-handed forehand and double-handed backhand.
Ben Shelton plays with the Yonex VCORE Pro 97 HD racquet.
Shelton Racquet Specs
Ben plays with the VCORE Pro 97 HD also used by Hubert Hurkacz. It is heavy in stock form and offers feel and control.
With 97 sq. in. in the head size and a string pattern of 18×20, the VCORE Pro 97 HD is perfect for big hitters looking for control, feel, and accuracy.
When strung, this racquet can weigh up to 12.5oz / 355gr, which is heavy even for pro standards.
However, this racquet focuses mainly on feel and control. It wouldn’t be recommended for beginners but rather for established players who can generate their own pace. Something similar to a Wilson Blade or a Head Gravity.
These are the standard specs of Shelton’s racquets as there is no confirmed info about eventual customizations.
|Head size||97 in²|
|Length||27 in / 68.58 cm|
|Unstrung weight||11.9 oz / 337 g|
We can see that the flex and Swingweight are both low making this racquet probably softer and more maneuverable.
Shelton Racquet Strings
Ben strings his racquet with the Yonex Polytour Fire 1.20 at 52 lbs.
Soft and responsive, this underrated string provides great power and spin. It features silicone infused filament (SIF) technology, which is injected silicone oil with a pentagonal structure that adds more snapback and spin to the shots.
Can You Buy Shelton’s Setup?
You can find the exact racquet that he uses on some websites. But Yonex has replaced it with a newer model called the VCORE Pro 97H, which is the heavier version and plays similarly.
The strings are available in all tennis stores.
Here are links that you can use to see the price.
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