November 30, 2009

Holiday Tennis Gift Pick: Babolat AeroPro Drive Cortex

41XckT+IzIL._AA280_.jpgBabolat AeroPro Drive (Cortex) Tennis Racquet - 1391
The Babolat AeroPro Drive now adds the Cortex vibration filter to the number 1 selling Drive technology and the aerodynamic design of the AeroPro series. For this second generation, Babolat maintains the same specifications found in the AeroPro Drive, now with Cortex for enhanced feel. Advanced players will enjoy easy topspin and slice. The large sweetspot yields forgiving power for moderate to fast swings. The choice of Rafael Nadal!

* Racquet SpecificationsHeadsize: 100 sq. in.
* Length: 27.00 in.
* Weight (strung): 11.60 oz.
* Stiffness (Babolat RDC): 68
* Balance: 13.25 in. Head Light
* Cross Section: 23mm Head/26mm Throat
* Swingweight: 335 kg*sq. cm
* String Pattern: 16x19
* Grip: Syntec


See our Holiday Tennis Gift Guide for more great gift giving ideas.

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November 29, 2009

Holiday Tennis Gift Picks: Wilson K Six.Two

41l3jQajsOL._AA280_.jpgWilson [K] Six.Two Tennis Racquet
What's the difference between winning and losing? Wilson boils it down to one word: [k]ontrol. The Wilson [K] Six.Two remains one of the most versatile choices in the [K] Factor line, making it a terrific all-around racquet for players of any skill level. The [K] Six.Two is made using [k]arophite black nanotechnology, a proprietary next-generation structure that results in better feel and a stronger, more stable performance. As a result, it's easier than ever for players to shape their shots and hit the corners with accuracy. And control is a crucial tool, as players who had the fewest unforced errors have won a combined 74 percent of the most recent Grand Slam tournaments.

The racquet also boasts Wilson's Double Hole technology, with an increased diameter for the grommet holes. This allows the stringbed to flex more when impacted by the ball, resulting in a smoother feel and added power. Other details include a slightly more versatile 25 mm beam and a lightweight head. A favorite of players everywhere, the [K] Six.Two helps you [k]ontrol your opponent and take your game to the next level.

Specifications:

* Si: 5/6 (medium or fast)
* Head size: 100 square inches
* Length: 27 inches
* Weight: 10.0 ounces (unstrung), 10.6 ounces (strung)
* Balance: 5 points HL (unstrung), 2 points HL (strung)
* Grip size: 4 to 4-5/8
* Cross section: 25.0 mm
* Rec. string: [K] Gut
* Rec. grip: [K]ontrol
* Stringing recommendations: 16 x 19 pattern, 53- to 63-pound tension

Check out our full Tennis Gift Guide for all sorts of holiday ideas.

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November 28, 2009

Holiday Tennis Gift Picks: Bjorn Borg Stretch Black Tennis Ball Trunk

Bjorn Borg Fun Stretch Black Tennis Balls Trunk - Black
We haven't done a lot of men's underpants posts, but we're big Bjorn Borg fans, and hey, these are a pretty fun gift idea.

Combining innovative Swedish design and craftsmanship, this trunk sports a hip and happening design that will wow everyone who is lucky enough to catch a glimpse. This boxer-brief has an all-over print of black tennis balls against a white background. The front features a comfortable contour pouch for a snug fit. The beautiful waistband highlights the 'Bjorn Borg' logo in a semi-embossed print. Proclaim your fun and exuberant personality to everyone with this eye-catching boxer-brief! Specifications: Made of 95% cotton and 5% elastane. The sides measure approximately 9" from the top of the waistband to the bottom hem. The double-lined front pouch has a centre seam and a seam on each side. The back has full coverage with a seam on each side.

Check out our Holiday Tennis Gift Guide for more gifting ideas.

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November 27, 2009

Holiday Tennis Gift Picks: Wilson Hyper Hammer

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Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3 Tennis Racquet
One of Wilson's most popular "tweener" racquets, the oversized Hyper Hammer 5.3 combines both control and power, making it ideal for beginners looking to step up their game or intermediate players who want a little extra control. The Hyper Hammer 5.3 is known for its forgiving feel, with a Hyper Carbon construction that delivers increased torsional stability. As a result, the racquet is extremely stable from the baseline and exceptionally responsive at the net.

Specifications:
* Head size: 110 square inches
* Length: 27.5 inches
* Weight: 9 ounces (unstrung)
* String tension: 53 to 63 pounds
* String pattern: 16 x 20
* Beam width: 28 mm/25 mm, dual taper beam
* Composition: 15 percent Hyper Carbon/85 percent graphite
* Power level: Medium
* Swing speed: Moderate fast
* Grip: Cushion-Aire Conform

Check out What's All The Racquet's Holiday Tennis Gift Guide for more gift ideas.

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November 23, 2009

What's All The Racquet's Holiday Tennis Gift Guide

2009 has been an incredible year for tennis, much like 2008 and 2007 before. But beyond the amazing pros in the game today, there has also been a lot of great tennis equipment this year. With Wilson's K line and the Head YouTek, the racquets alone will give you plenty of gift ideas for yourself or the tennis player in your life.

Tennis Racquets

51O4qI0ZCiL._AA280_.jpgHead YouTek Radical Pro Tennis Racquet & 3 Pack Bag
The Head YouTek Radical Pro is used by Andy Murray, and for good reason. The stick makes use of new Head technologies such as d3o and DuPont Teflon grommets in a player-oriented package. It has a 100 square inch head, moderately thin 21.5mm beam, leather grip and 11.7 oz. strung weight add up to a control and feel oriented stick for more advanced players. A more open 16x19 string pattern than Head typically has offered in its players frames makes the YouTek Radical Pro more spin friendly for topspin players. Head introduces d3o technology in the Head Speed Pro, and is a "smart" material in that it behaves differently under varying dynamic loading or impact. Integrated in the frame lay-up and positioned in the shaft area (where the racquet flexes the most), d3o seeks to help players maximize performance on all shots. High speed impacts lock d3o together within nanoseconds at the molecular level, stiffening the frame to provide maximum power. Conversely, on slower speed impacts, the d3o molecules absorb the impact providing softer touch for better feel. The YouTek Radical Pro also uses a DuPont Teflon grommet system that reduces friction. Less friction means maintaining more of the strings energy, and a resulting slight increase in power.

This is on sale for $189 and comes with a racquet bag - Great Deal!

51-EPNtS4uL._AA280_.jpgWilson K 6.1 Tour 90 Tennis Racquet & 3 Pack Bag Bundle
The latest racquet used by Roger Federer, the Wilson KSixOne Tour 90 picks up where the Wilson nCode nSixOne Tour 90 left off. Wilson introduces the use of K Factor technology and continues to feature classic feel in the same tradition as the previous-generation nSixOne Tour 90, Hyper Pro Staff Tour 90 and Pro Staff Kevlar 85. 17mm flat beam and 90 square inch headsize provide the ultimate in feel and control for those players advanced enough to wield Federer's racquet of choice.

$159 + a 3-racquet bag, can't go wrong with that deal.

Apparel

41WrVxt5PcL._AA280_.jpgPolo Ralph Lauren Long Sleeve Solid Full Zip
While we can't guarantee you'll look as good as this handsome chap, we can tell you this is a really sweet tennis jacket. Its classic-fitting and comes in in cotton and microfiber performance jersey.

41cNXkLr7JL._AA280_.jpgRalph Lauren US Open Tennis Women Sweatshirt Sweater
While its not officialy US Open time, it doesn't mean that the Ralph Lauren US Open Tennis Women Sweater Sweatshirt isn't a great buy at $99 (usually retails at over $200). A great cut and look, made of 97% cotton, 1% elastane, 2% other fibers.

Stocking Stuffers (Pun Intended)

41G+Jt3adJL._AA280_.jpgadidas Formotion Tennis Cushion Crew Sock 2-Pack
The adidas Formotion crew sock is the ideal sock for the serious tennis player with anatomically-shaped left/right footbed to enhance natural movement of the foot. This sock has a fully cushioned footbed for impact absorbtion, a bandage compression channel which stabilizes and supports the ankle and arch. Anti-microbial technology decreases both athlete's foot and odor and Climalite® construction wicks moisture.

Thumbnail image for 31tkX6hG+BL._SL500_AA280_.jpgK-Bell Tennis Tennis Diva Sock
These socks are 80% cotton, 15% nylon and 5% Spandex, but who really cares about that, they're a lot of fun for the tennis diva in your life.

More Tennis Stocking Stuffers

61moKmkhdnL._SL500_AA280_.jpgUnique Mesh Pack of 12 Tennis Balls
This is a bag of 12 pressureless balls that never go dead. We've bought and used these, they are telling the truth. They're ideal for practice and throwing machines. The bounce is true and always the same. Made with real felt.

Thumbnail image for 515WTvCqKLL._SL500_AA280_.jpgUnique Restore Tennis Ball Pressurizer
The Restore tennis ball pressurizer maintains balls at their original pressure of 14psi, stopping natural leakage that occurs through rubber during storage in unpressurized cans. Restore will also re-pressurize balls for extended play.

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