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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.
It is no surprise that a tennis racquet, or even two, will not compete against the weight of a car
After a tough match it is easy to forget where you put your racquets, so, I suggest the first thing you do is put them in your giant bag that can not be missed!
The other thing to be careful of is the carbon fiber that is now exposed! If this gets into your skin it is not a pleasant experience!
The best thing to do is go directly to the dump and toss them in! Don’t mess with them!
It is easy for me to post pictures of racquets being made ready for shipment to tournament players. However, there is a lot more work before these can be tagged, bagged and packed!
Paperwork is what I am talking about! I have included some of the paperwork in this image, so you get some idea of what is involved. Not many people like paperwork but for this work it is essential!
Every racquet we do has the same “paperwork”, but local customers normally don’t need racquets customized and shipped overnight! Out of town customers, your racquets are typically prepared as close to the “use by” date as possible. So these racquets were strung and tweaked this morning and shipped (via overnight) this afternoon. Most of the customization can be accomplished before stringing but final adjustments, if required, are the last thing on the list.
The “paper work” on the right is data from the ERECA Balance System, and this information is taken at each step in the customization, and at a “play ready” status. While I still rely on swing weight as the primary dynamic property I use the ERECA system for very precise static balance, total weight, and a quickly calculated swing weight.
The other “paper” is my standard Racquet Record software data that contains over forty (40) pieces of data that are a permanent record in the customer file.
It sounds like a lot of paperwork, but it is necessary to assure consistency and organization. Every racquet gets the same treatment.
So, the next time you see pictures remember there is a lot more to it than stringing, bagging, and shipping.
My answer is simple! To give you the very best performance you can get from your racquet dollar!
You are probably thinking “aren’t I getting that now from my online purchase?”
Probably not! I see a lot of racquets from online sources and what I see convinced me that you need to have another option! The issues I see are typically poor string selection and really poor string installation. String and stringing are very important, and you deserve better! We offer racquets, in a limited sort of way, so you are getting what you expect!
How do I select what brands I will offer? Well, I review almost every racquet made either before or right after they are introduced and this review yields a great deal of information that is not normally known to the online consumer.
That is why you will see Head and Wilson racquets when you visit the World Headquarters of Racquet Quest. This selection does not mean other brands are not worthy of your consideration, and we are pleased to discuss all brands and offer them when appropriate.
Our racquet prices are attractive and the special service we offer adds to the value of your purchase.
Even if you just have a racquet question, we will be very pleased to help!
Thanks to all of you that saved the World Headquarters of Racquet Quest from being over-run by bags! There are still a few really good bag opportunities, however!
In addition to bags, I have a few new racquets, of earlier models, that need a place to play! One Prestige (middle) is the 25th Anniversary Edition! The Prestige next to it is the “S” version which makes it suitable for nearly any player style. The Radical (far left) is the Graphene Radical “S”. The Instinct is the Graphene “S”, and the Speed (far right) is the Graphene Speed “S”, 16×19 string pattern.
These racquets are new.
As you know, Racquet Quest is serious about stringing, so the string selection is up to you, and of course, we will help you make a selection that will enhance your performance. Stringing is not included in the ridiculously low racquet prices.