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A lot of players are anxious for new tennis racquets this time of year and have, maybe, asked for one as a gift. A great idea, of course.
However, be sure the gift giver, or yourself, gets real! There are some real bargains out there, but the bargains may not get you what you expect. This can happen to any brand and the more popular the racquet, the more likely there are to be fakes!
This is an image of a fake Wilson Blade 98 compared to a real Wilson Blade 98.
I am showing this image because without seeing this detail the fake racquet graphics will look nearly identical to the real Wilson racquet.
One of the best ways to confirm a fake or real racquet is to “bend” it, that is to check the stiffness of the racquet. In almost every case the fake will be quite a bit more flexible. For example, this fake racquet has a stiffness of RDC 41 whereas the real racquet has a stiffness of RDC 63. If your racquet technician does not have a device for checking stiffness the next best thing is to look at the “insides.” A qualified racquet technician will know what the insides of the real racquet look like.
Another sign of fakery is the grip pallet. Most performance racquets will have a foam pallet molded over the graphite shaft or a two-piece pallet that is attached to the racquet shaft.
Fake racquets may very likely have a continuous graphite pallet. You can quickly look under the first couple of inches of the grip and see if it is foam or graphite.
Clamshell grip pallet
If you are requesting a new tennis racquet be sure you get it from a local business, if possible, or an otherwise reputable source.
If you have any questions at all, please call your local dealer or us (407.491.4755) to be sure you “GET REAL.”
With a zillion or more places to buy tennis racquets, why would Racquet Quest, LLC want to to do it?
Simple. Racquet Quest, LLC offers a level of racquet preparation that just can’t be matched by an online or big box seller of the same equipment!
Racquet Quest, LLC sells only a few brands of high-quality tennis racquets, so it is reasonable to look online for the racquet we do not carry. We can assist you in making the right decision wherever you decide to buy.
But, please take your new racquet to a local, and hopefully qualified racquet technician for stringing!
“But, dude, what about the free stringing I am getting online?” The value of “free” is not very high, so please consider the following post I made a long time ago:
So, the answer to the question is “we sell tennis racquets, so you get the very best performance from that racquet from the very beginning!”
We take tennis racquets very seriously, and we suspect that you do too so get it right!
I spend hours each day dealing with tennis racquets, strings, machines and questions of all sorts!
By doing this I am learning what is important to tennis players but it should not require a one-on-one discussion to learn this, in my opinion.
So, what is important to you? Here is what I am discovering.
Comfort. It goes without saying that you don’t want to play tennis if you are hurting! Players are requesting racquets that are more arm friendly. But wait, the racquet really holds the string which has a huge impact on comfort. So should we begin with string? I think so!
String. Every string I have has undergone a comprehensive testing procedure to determine elongation which in turn is converted to Power Potential. The higher the elongation the higher the power potential and the less stiff the string bed will feel when the ball is hit hard, all other settings being equal. If you have a stiff racquet it is important to select a string and tension that will mitigate the racquet stiffness to some extent. Every racquet we do has the “effective stiffness” calculated which is the combined stiffness of the racquet and string bed. Once we have the preferred effective stiffness for a customer we can achieve that even if a new racquet is added to the mix.
Durability. We try to associate the cost of racquet stringing to “cost per hour” of play time. What is your threshold? $1.00 per hour or $10.00 per hour? When considering durability do not confuse “performance” with “durability”! There are several strings that may not fail for several months however the performance is gone in a few hours. This is typical of polyester based strings. So, even if the string is still intact the performance is way gone!
Cost. The cost of tennis racquets is increasing, sometimes justified, sometimes not but are rising none the less. If cost is your “driver” some navigation around the market is important, however, we do not suggest you buy the “cheapest” thing you can find without a thorough understanding of what you are getting. We can assist you in evaluating racquets from any source.
We are down to the last five (5) Volkl player’s racquets that can be built to your specifications!
Each of these racquets will cut to length, up to 28 inches, a 3 or 4 grip pallet, Custom yellow butt cap with RQ Racquet Technology insert, a Volkl DNX grip, or an additional charge Volkl black or tan leather grip, finished with a white or black grip band.
Overall weight and swing weight will be to your specifications and will be permanent unless otherwise specified.
These are beautiful retro “player’s” racquets and do not incorporate the Volkl “Sensor” grip insert technology but do have the vibration damping layer on the shaft.
Each racquet made to your length and finished is $200.00, unstrung.
For these five (5) remaining racquets only, select Volkl V-Icon natural gut for $50.00!
Please let us know if you have other stringing requests.
The remaining racquets are:
Volkl PB 8 315 gram 100 Sq. In. 16 x 18 One (1) Remaining
Volkl PB 9 310 gram 98 Sq. In. 16 x 19 One (1) Remaining
Volkl PB 10 325 gram 98 Sq. In. 18 x 20 Two (2) Remaining
Volkl PB 10 295 gram 98 Sq. In. 18 x 20 One (1) Remaining
These are “thin beam” racquets that offer a true player feel, comfort, and control.
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).
Head continues to upgrade the Extreme Series racquets and that is a good thing, I believe!
The latest version has a slightly different head shape that is not quite as “round” as previous versions. The frame geometry is more contemporary with angles instead of smoothness. The string pattern, while still 16 x 19 has a little more open and the graphics are HUGE!
This version comes in two (2) models; the MP and Lite. The MP weighs in at 316 grams (11.15 oz), and the Lite comes in at an easy to use 279 grams (9.84 oz). Obviously, the Lite has some customization capabilities.
The MP is slightly stiffer at 61 than the Lite at 56. Not a big difference but it will be noticeable. The swing weight of the MP is a robust 331 while the Lite is easy to swing at 298.
Both models are 100 square inch head size and look exactly the same. These racquets are a perfect fit for good players wanting to become more aggressive. The “open” pattern will bring the ball down into the court (if you are swinging/hitting correctly) making it easy to go for shots that might otherwise go long.
To go with the new versions, there are two bags and a backpack.
A new shipment of the extraordinary Wilson Blade 104 Serena Wiliams Autograph racquets has arrived! If you missed the last batch now is your chance!
This is the real deal!
104 Square inch head with Power Hole Technology.
Countervail material for a more forgiving feel.
28 inches long for easy power.
18 x 19 String Pattern for enhanced control.
For a supreme combination ask for Luxilon Natural Gut string in either 16 (130) or 17 (125) gauge.
I have been working on these new models for a few days and will post more data as it is available but right now here a few points about this fascinating racquet concept.
The two (2) models are Speed Adaptive and Instinct Adaptive. The racquets are both new versions of the current models with slightly newer graphics, that are, in my opinion very cool! The Instinct has new graphics which will appeal to more players.
First, the Adaptive Tuning can create thirty-two (32) possible combinations, including increasing the overall length of the racquet.
The racquets are shipped in the lightest (285 gram), 16×19, 27.0-inch length format, and swing weight 287.
The Adaptive Tuning Kit is required and costs $29.00. In the “kit” you will find a “heavy” butt cap insert, three (3) sets of grommet inserts to add weight and change string pattern, and three (3) sleeves that go onto the shaft to create length.
The length modification can be made quickly by the player, if necessary, however, the other modifications require the racquet to be unstrung.
These modifications should be left to your racquet technician.
Below is a spreadsheet representing the various combinations as they are applied. This does not include all the options because the 16×16 grommet set did not participate in this session.
This was done at Racquet Quest, LLC and represents actual data, not calculated characteristics.
There seems to be some confusion about which Wilson Blade racquets with”Countervail” are available now, 11/1/2016.
The Blade 98 head size versions, with Countervail, are available now. The Blade 104 head size 27.5 long version without Countervail is available now but the 28.0 long version with Countervail will be shipping 1/1/2017.
Hit with the new Head Graphene Touch Speed racquets…all three (3) of them! So, what did you think?
I think the marketing tagline, “Less shock…More Wow!” is true. I think the “feel” of each of the models is now rivaling one of the all-time great “feeling” racquets! (contact me if you want to know what racquet that is)
In addition to Graphene XT Head has added Kraibon material that effectively stops high-frequency vibration before it gets to your hand! While these high-frequency vibrations don’t do any harm, they do contribute to the “hollow” feeling that some players object to. This new composite is called Graphene Touch, and it is solid!
All of these models are 100 sq. in (645 sq. cm ). The Pro and MP are both 22mm beam with the “S” having a reasonable 25mm beam. The Pro, as you would expect, has an 18×20 string pattern, the MP has a 16×19 pattern as does the “S” model.
The “Pro” weighs in at 328g (11.57 oz), the “MP” at 315g (11.11 oz), and the “S” is a comfortable 298g (10.51 oz). Both the “Pro” and “MP” have a stiffness index of 48, and the “S” is an easy 41 as tested on the FlexFour device. The RDC stiffness numbers are “Pro” 64, “MP” 61, and the “S” 64.
I did not measure the grip pallets, but the “S” does feel slightly more “round” than the other two. This shape, if confirmed, may appeal to more players than the “flatter” Head grip style.
Hitting with the “Pro” confirms that it is the “performance” model. However, it feels easy to use on all strokes especially the serve! The “MP” is easier to use, overall, with a slightly more “supple” string bed that evens out my mis-hits. The “S” is probably the most user-friendly of all the models but with enough “stick” to satisfy any player style.
The white and black graphic is more pleasing to me than the previous Speed graphics. A little red adds a contemporary note. Does anyone know what the splash of red on the shaft represents? If you do and are the first to let me know, there is a special offer for you.
These models will be shipping the last week of September.