Category Archives: Good News!
Whatever you celebrate this time of year I hope all of us can celebrate love and good health!
To our friends around the world, we extend best wishes for this holiday season!
The new Head Graphene Touch Radical series is here and the response has been exceptional!
The desire to damp out vibration is a big deal now and “Touch” does this to a significant degree but still retains the “feel” preferred by serious players.
The Radical MP replaces the Radical MPA with a straightaway players racquet of 98 inches, a 16×19 string pattern and a flex of 64!
Perfect for a combination of power and comfort.
The new Graphene Touch Radical series includes the immensely popular Radical Pro, Radical S, and the surprising Radical PWR!
The Radical Pro will accept the popular “Pro Player Cap System” but in the standard configuration weighs in at 326 grams (11.5 oz) with a flex of 66 contributing to the extra power.
Radical S is a beautiful 102 square inch racquet with a 16×19 pattern in a thin beam racquet that weighs in at 295 grams (10.4 oz) strung! Plenty of room for customization!
This is a surprising racquet and is suitable for many player styles!
Probably the most underrated model is the Radical PWR. Because we deal with “high performance” racquets, we sometimes overlook the “oversize” offerings that are quite good. This is one of those!
The Radical PWR is 110 square inches of goodness!
The string pattern can be either 16×19 or 14×19 for increased “spin” potential. The extra length (.30 in) adds helpful swing weight while keeping the overall weight at 282 grams (9.94 oz) strung.
The new Radical bag line-up is one of the best I have seen recently…
The new Head Graphene Touch Radical racquets are exceptional but if you are in the market for a performance racquet of last years “look” we have several that fit that category.
The Head Speed, Head Radical, Head Instinct, Wilson ProStaff, and Wilson Blade, plus some other surprises!
A few weeks ago the World Headquarters of Racquet Quest, LLC welcomed Adventus Films from Seattle here to record a short training video for Ashaway, the maker of Monogut ZX and Monogut ZX Pro tennis racquet string.
Brittany Tagliareni, Jack Anthrop, and Ed McNeil were on hand to assist with their view of Monogut ZX string. Ed was, unfortunately, cut as a time-saving measure. Next time Ed!
You can take a look at the video here, and if you have additional interest in Ashaway Monogut ZX or any of the other Ashaway strings, please let us know.
The past month has been a whirlwind of weather and other activity and I wanted to pass on some recent news.
The USRSA World Conference was held at USTA National Campus, however in the brand new USPTA National Headquarters! What a perfect building! Several session leaders from around the world presented terrific sessions on topics necessary for racquet technicians. I presented a session on “Customization.”
Being near the USTA Campus was perfect for grabbing a fabulous and quick lunch. Try the fresh pasta the next time you are there!
This month the World Headquarters welcomed Ron Rocchi, the Advanced Innovation Manager at Wilson, and Eric Ferrazzi, Stringing Machine and Tour Stringing Manager for Babolat, France. These guys are the pinnacle of the field, and I am always glad to have them here.
The new Babolat Racquet Station is in and being used and evaluated. This is one of the most significant “electronic” upgrades you can imagine!
Some new and essentially “secret” racquets are in and being reviewed. The non-secret ones will be in around the 8th of November!
We are pleased to report the World Headquarters of Racquet Quest is in good shape after Hurricane Irma passed through the area last night and this morning. In fact, the wind is still strong! A curfew is in effect today so Racquet Quest will not be open.
We hope everyone in the path of Hurricane Irma is safe today!
Do you think it is time for a new over grip and, maybe, even a replacement grip!
Most players know that over grips are a “temporary” method of controlling slipping and need to be replaced frequently!
Not this one!
I don’t even know how long this has been on the racquet but is obvious that it has been well used!
Every racquet we do gets a new over grip installed, so I know the cost is about a dollar. Not much considering the benefit.
How often do you replace yours?
It seems like Ashaway had this very racquet in mind when they developed their Dynamite Soft 18 string! This blue string is a perfect match to the blue accent color on the Ultra 100 CV and Ultra Tour!
And, the gauge, a very thin 18, is a perfect match to the very stiff frame (73 RDC, 70 FF stiffness).
I think the 18 gauge string may not be durable enough for hard hitters but this combination could be very good for many players.
You can be the judge of that, of course.
The string tension of 48 lbs (21.7 kg) combined with the racquet stiffness returns an effective stiffness of 30.3 which is a very comfortable number.
This stiff, 100 square inch racquet, should pack a powerful punch with a weight of 318 gr (11.2 oz) and swing weight of 318 kg/cm^ (11.2 oz).
All of my clients have more than one racquet. That is not unusual. They may have multiple racquets of different models. So what?
Getting it right is “so what”!
What questions should we be asking every time? Here is a brief client/technician conversation:
Technician: Hi, client! What’s up?
Client: I need this racquet strung, please.
Technician: Just like the “last one”?
Alternative question: What tension?
Client: Sure, just like the “last one”.
Alternative answer: Just like the “last one”.
So, what was the last one strung? Was it this racquet, or maybe a different racquet?
The question should be:
Technician: Like the “last one” or the “last time”?
- The “last one” may be the different racquet since it was strung a few days ago.
- The “last time” should be this racquet.
Technician: The same as this racquet? Which was strung at 50, or like the racquet I did last week at 53?
Client: Glad you asked! I want to use 53 for this racquet as well.
Technician: OK. I will text you when it is ready.
In the words of Lord Kelvin (May 1883) “When you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meager and unsatisfactory kind; it may be the beginning of knowledge, but you have scarcely, in your thoughts advanced to the stage of science.”
That is why every racquet we do has over fifty (50) numbers attached to the finished data. Most of these numbers will remain unknown to the client, but for us, it is imperative that we know them.