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November 29, 2010

Cyber Monday Tennis Equipment Deals

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Dunlop Sports OS Aerogel 4D 700 Tennis Racquet
Designed for tournament/advanced players with a long powerful swing, the Dunlop mid-size Aerogel 4D 700 delivers exceptional touch and feel whether you're hitting ground strokes, volleys, or lobs. The 100-percent graphite racquet combines Dunlop's Aerogel and 4D Braided technologies. Aerogel racquets incorporate the world's lightest solid into the racquet design, with a strength of up to 4,000 times its own weight.

This three-dimensional nanometer-sized molecular network produces an unmatched strength-to-weight ratio, creating enhanced stiffness and increased power with every stroke. Dunlap then added Multi-Filament (M-FIL) materials across the hitting zone to soften the ball impact, generating a frame that expertly balances power and control. Finally, the company employed 4D Braided technology at strategic locations to improve the stability of the racquet and further boost the touch. The technology consists of four-directional braided material at 5 and 7 o'clock on the racquet frame, where it minimizes frame torsion and increase control, and at 3 and 9 o'clock, to increase stability and enhance the feel. The ultimate control-oriented racquet, the Aerogel 4D 700 will help you take your game to new heights.

Technical Information:

* Length: 27.25 inches
* Head size: 108 square inches
* Strung weight: 9.7 ounces
* Unstrung weight: 9.17 ounces
* Stiffness/RA: 70
* Balance: 350mm
* Beam width: 25/28/25.5mm
* String pattern: 16 x 19
* String tension: 55 to 65 pounds

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Klip K-boom Reel
Advanced Co-Polymer technology. Providing outstanding durability and tension hold, compined with excellent response time off the racquet, second only to natural gut.

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November 26, 2010

Black Friday Ping Pong Gift - The iPong

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iPong Table Tennis Training Buddy
Sweet mamma we want one of these.
iPong is a portable table tennis practice machine that plays with you all day long. From casual to a blistering ball-feed that will give you a world-class workout. Adjust the iPong to give you underspin, topspin or heavy topspin balls and blast away. No more waiting for a practice partner. More like a live opponent rather than a 'playback feature,' iPong can continuously shoot more than 100 balls before reloading. It assembles in minutes.

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November 26, 2010

Black Friday Deals on Tennis Equipment

41aq4ygRj7L._AA300_.jpgBecker 11 325g Tennis Racquet
The Boris Becker racquets are made by Volkl, so the quality is definitely there. Its got flexible frame construction and control properties. The increased use of hightensile DNX (in the racquet head clasps and on the handle sleeve) will knock your socks off. "That's just the right blend for modern hard playing styles."

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Dunlop Sports MS Aerogel 4D 500 Tennis Racquet
The Aerogel 4D 500 junior tennis racquet offers the same great and look and feel as Dunlop's full-size racquets but in a compact, lightweight frame. The racquet is outfitted with Dunlop's O-beam aluminum construction, a durable yet maneuverable material that's perfect for the beginning player. Just choose a length--the racquet comes in 19-, 21-, 23-, 25-, and 27-inch sizes--and hit the courts in confidence. The Aerogel 4D 500 junior racquet is designed for players of all ages, from 3 to adult.

More Ideas in our Holiday Tennis Gift Guide

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October 8, 2010

2010 What's All The Racquet Holiday Gift Guide

THE GIFT FOR THE WESTERN FOREHAND IN YOUR LIFE

514wvvLPpTL._AA300_.jpgBabolat 2010 Aeropro Drive Tennis Racquet
Nadal wouldn't choose a racquet that didn't allow for heavy top spin, so if you know someone who puts some action on the ball, this is a good gift idea. The Aero Modular Technology minimizes drag through the air and increases hitting power. And the Cortex System filters and dampens the vibrations that interfere with feel.



THE GIFT FOR THE ADVANCED PLAYER IN YOUR LIFE

Thumbnail image for 41gwoAlfMlL._AA300_.jpgWilson K Factor KSix-One Tennis Racquet
This racket is designed for increased racket head speed. Couple that with solid control, great stability and nice feel and you have a great choice for advanced players. It has the Karophite Black material in K Factor racquets is used to make the KSix-One 95 a stiffer, more stable racquet. By making a denser string pattern the racquet will play with more control since, on impact with the ball, the strings will not flex as much.




A TENNIS GIFT THAT EVERYONE CAN ENJOY

411borpCvLL._SL500_AA300_.jpgLobster Sports Elite 3 Battery Ball Machine
Our favorite of all the ball machines, mostly because of its durability and value for the money. This machine can give great workouts to anyone from novices to advanced players. It has triple oscillation and 2-line feature with variable depth. Put another way...it shoots up to 50 degree lobs to practice your overhead, speeds of up to 80 miles per hour to challenge your ability to react with thinking, and heavy top and back spin choices to perfect your ability to return whatever comes your way.

TO KEEP YOUR TENNIS PLAYER WARMED UP


Viva Vitas Hoodie

viva vitas hoodie.pngLightweight Hooded Sweatshirt for Men, 50% cotton, 50% polyesteR. Vitas Gerulaitis was known for winning the men's singles title at one of the 2 Australian Open tournaments held in 1977. He also won the men's doubles title at Wimbledon in 1975 and was a singles semi-finalist at Wimbledon in both 1977 and 1978. In 1977, he lost a long Wimbledon semi-final to Björn Borg 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 3-6, 8-6. Gerulaitis was known for his exceptionally quick hands at the net and for his outstanding court coverage. With his dash of long blond hair he was a precursor, in style at least, to Andre Agassi. Vitas was taken from us much too soon, we miss you Vitas!

TENNIS T-SHIRT GIFT FOR GUYS

Viva Arthur Tshirt
viva arthur red.pngWimbledon, US Open, and Australian Open champion, and a champion in life as well. Arthur was taken from us much too soon. Slim-fitting jersey t-shirt for men, 100% cotton, Brand: American Apparel






TENNIS T-SHIRT GIFT FOR GALS

Martina Navratilova Charcoal T
martina pink.pngMartina Navratilova is a former World No. 1 and as Billie Jean King said, "She's the greatest singles, doubles and mixed doubles player who's ever lived." Navratilova won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, 31 Grand Slam women's doubles titles (an all-time record), and 10 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. Slim-fitting Soft Jersey Tee, 100% cotton, Brand: American Apparel. BONUS: 50% OF ALL AFTER TAX PROFIT FROM THE SALES OF THESE TSHIRTS WILL BE DONATED TO BREAST CANCER RESEARCH @ SUSAN B. KOMEN FOR THE CURE (KOMEN.ORG)

WHAT TO GET THE NEWBORN TENNIS PLAYER


"What Would Mac Do?" Baby Onesie

2010-11-08_0815.pngIf you're a baby, the answer is clear...you cry, scream and yell. With his success on the court, and his legendary personality, this is perfect for your aspiring tennis players. The envelope neck and three snap leg closure allow for easy dressing. The fabric is made from 100% cotton baby rib knit, 30 single combed ring-spun. And its garment washed so its super soft...unlike McEnroe's personality...

If you aspire for a more collected personality for your baby, there's also a "What Would Borg Do?" Onesie as well.

STOCKING STUFFER - TENNIS BALLS

41nq27NWUVL._SL500_AA300_.jpgPenn ATP Tennis Balls

Penn ATP Regular Duty Tennis Balls are the Number 1 choice of ATP Players. It's the official ball of the ATP, is used in 10 of the top 14 tournaments worldwide, has a long-wearing woven felt covering with high-elastic seams that reduce cracking and a technical grade hevea rubber core for precise bounce. Smart Optik Felt for greater visibility


STOCKING STUFFER - TENNIS STRING

51AAN6Fx9NL._SL500_AA300_.jpgBabolat Pro Hurricane Tennis String

Arguably the best string on the market. The Babolat Pro Hurricane's exceptional flexibility and resistance comes from the new material Xtrem Futur Polymer (XFP). It can stay at the initial tension for months and provide the same feeling and power it did when strung. The flexibility makes it shock absorption pretty special. Your tennis playing gift recipient will thank you.

STOCKING STUFFER - TENNIS GRIPS

51cIt0qSBDL._SL500_AA300_.jpgWhat can we say, they're overgrips. You wrap them around your tennis grip to fight moisture and help you hold on better. Pretty self-explanatory. But here are two great options for the stocking.

Wilson Pro Overgrip Tennis Racquet Grip

Unique Tourna Extra Long Original Dry Feel Tennis Grips

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December 16, 2009

Holiday Tennis Gift Picks: Prince Premier LT Tennis String

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Prince Premier LT Tennis String Set
Prince Premier LT Tennis String utilizes advanced linear technology. The microfibers are aligned in parallel to pocket/cup the ball providing exceptional comfort, power and playability. 40'. Natural. 16g-7J803-000 and 17g07J804-000.

You can also get it in a reel HERE.

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December 11, 2009

Holiday Tennis Gift Picks: Prince Twisted String

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Prince Twisted String
This unique multi-colored poly provides a softer feel and a cool look! It provides the most in endurance control and shock absorption.

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December 10, 2009

Holiday Tennis Gift Picks: Prince T22 Tennis Shoe

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Prince Men's T22 Tennis Shoe
The T22 offers improved ventilation while still providing durability and support. TPU forefoot straps proved a custom glove-like fit while stabilizing the forefoot. A RASH toe cap provides added abrasion protection for toe diggers. PU sockliner provides added cushioning and long lasting support. PRC1000 outsole with six-month guarantee provides exceptional durability and traction on multiple surfaces.

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December 9, 2009

Holiday Tennis Gift Picks: Prince EXO3 Products

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Prince EXO3 Ignite Tennis Racquet
The Prince EX 03 Ignite Midsize (95 square inch headsize) Tennis Racquet is designed with more weight for extra stability and an open string pattern for more spin and feel. Featuring EX 03 Energy Channel and Energy Bridge technologies, with its heavier weight the racquet is ideal for aggressive play.

The Energy Bridge is the revolutionary idea behind EX 03. It is an exo-skeletal structure that suspends the string bed from the frame, increasing virtual head size for up to an 83 percent larger sweet spot. In addition, frame vibration is reduced by up to 50 percent. The Energy Channel enhances the dynamic effects of the Energy Bridge. This sculpted groove within the frame, provides added stability, boosts ball control, and increases spin by up to 25 percent. The Prince EX03 Ignite Midsize 95 Racquet measures 27 inches long with a 95 square inch headsize. The racquet has a 22-millimeter straight-beam cross section, an 11.8-inch balance, and weighs 11.8 ounces unstrung. The string pattern is 16 mains by 18 crosses and the swing weight is 310. The racquet is composed of 100 percent graphite and is equipped with a comfortable ResiPro grip.

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Prince EXO3 Graphite MP 100 Tennis Racquet
The Prince '09 EXO³ Graphite 100 Tennis Racquet combines amazing playability for a new school racquet with old school attitude. Power Level-775. Head Size-100"². Weight (unstrung)-11.1oz/315g. Balance-13.0"/33.0cm, 4pts Head Light. Swing Weight-300. Length-27". Cross Section-19mm. String Pattern-16x18. String-Recoil. Grip-Calfskin Leather. Grip Sizes-1(4-1/8"), 2(4-1/4"), 3(4-3/8"), 4(4-1/2"), 5(4-5/8").

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Prince EXO3 Silver 118 Tennis Racquet
The lightest and most powerful offering in the new Prince EXO3 racquet line. The EXO3 Silver 118 with Prince's patented Energy BridgeTM, is designed to maximize energy return back into the ball, for the ultimate in power and comfort. The Prince EXO³ Silver also features EXO³ technology for increased energy return, more ball spin and pinpoint accuracy. Energy Channel provides up to a 25% increase on spin and up to 26% more control. Ideal for players with short, compact strokes. Recommended for the 2.0+ NTRP level players. EXO³: EXO³ technology transfers up to 26% more energy back into the ball at the moment of impact, resulting in more spin, pinpoint accuracy and extraordinary comfort and feel. Energy Channel: Enhancing the dynamic effects of the Energy Bridge, is the patented Energy Channel, a sculpted groove within the frame that provides added stability, boosts ball control and increases spin by up to 25%. Energy Bridge: The Energy Bridge is the revolutionary idea behind EXO3. It is an exo-skeletal structure that suspends the string bed from the frame, increasing virtual head size for up to an 83% larger sweet spot. In addition, frame vibration is reduced by up to 50%.

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PRINCE EXO3 Red 105 Tennis Racquet
The Prince EXO3 Red 105 Tennis Racquet is a racquet designed to redirect energy where it matters most. The Prince EXO3 Red 105 Tennis Racquet combines power and control in a new revolutionary way - without compromise. The EXO3 Red 105, an upgrade of the previous Prince Speedport Red model, is a great match for players looking for extra feel and more spin in an easy to maneuver frame. The racquet features Prince`s new EXO3 Energy Bridge, increasing the frames sweetspot by 83% and reducing vibration by 50%! The racquet also features Prince`s EXO3 Energy Channel, which increases ball control and spin by 25%. The racquet is great for players with moderate to full strokes. This Prince EXO3 Red 105 Tennis Racquet, in particular, is a very fun frame to hit with. The Prince EXO3 Red 105 Tennis Racquet has a 105 square inch head and open 16x19 string pattern that are very accomodating to all parts of your game. If you like to stick around the baseline, you`ll find the spin-friendliness of the racquet will help you hit heavy balls with plenty of pop. Have a serve and volley game? The big serves from the frame make it easy to come to the net and put away almost any shot.

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Prince EXO³ Collection 6 Pack Racquet Bag
The Prince® EXO³ collection is a premium bag line designed to match the new EXO³ performance line of racquets. Stylish features, such as accent piping and molded rubber logo plugs, meet organizational and performance features such as elongated shoulder straps with AirFlo™ padding.

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December 4, 2009

Holiday Tennis Gift Picks: Babolat '09 Pure Drive GT

31LL9yr7JhL._AA280_.jpgBabolat '09 Pure Drive GT Tennis Racquet
GT Technology is a hybrid material that combines braided carbon fibers and tungsten filaments, which can be found throughout the entire Babolat Pure Drive GT racquet. This strengthens the frame to reduce torque and provides additional energy recovery for more power. Head size: 100 sq. in., Weight: 10.6 oz., Length: 27 in., Balance point: 7 pts. HL, Composition: Graphite/Tungsten, Stiffness: 72 ra, Grip: Syntec.

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December 2, 2009

Holiday Tennis Gift Picks: Head Liquimetal 8

41twF8J9yJL._AA280_.jpgHead Liquidmetal 8 Tennis Racquet
The game of tennis is changing, and one of Head's key goals is to create specific technologies that ideally fit players' varied needs. That's why the company developed Liquidmetal technology, a revolutionary new material that produces a unique blend of power and control. The unique Liquidmetal atomic structure is 2-1/2 times stronger than titanium and delivers 29 percent more power. That means faster serves, better returns, and superior volleys. The secret to Liquidmetal's performance is its liquid atomic structure, which does not deform on impact. This allows Liquidmetal racquets to efficiently utilize the pure energy of each ball impact rather than losing it during the swing. Head takes full advantage of Liquidmetal by applying it to four strategic areas of the Liquidmetal 8's head, letting you power through the ball with confidence.

The Liquidmetal 8 racquet also employs several other Head technologies. The racquet's Total Sweetspot Construction (TSC), for example, offers an innovative corrugated structure that increases the torsional stability in the racquet head. This corrugation extends the sweet spot through the entire head, resulting in superior control. Now you'll feel like you've hit the sweet spot with every shot. The racquet also includes Head's NoShox dampening system, which consists of a unique memory foam integrated into the racquet handle. The NoShox system significantly reduces racquet vibrations by more than 27 percent compared to conventional racquets, so even the most powerful game will be easy on the arm. Finally, the Liquidmetal 8 includes an integrated string dampener that's fixed onto the grommets. The string dampener reduces string vibration even more, encouraging a more comfortable swing while creating the perfect sound and feel when you hit the ball.

The most powerful offering in the Liquidmetal line, the Liquidmetal 8 is geared toward the beginning to intermediate-level player with a slow to moderate swing. The racquet is particularly appropriate for players who need an extra-forgiving sweet spot and a lighter weight.

Specifications:

* Head size: 112 square inches
* Length: 27.33 inches
* Weight: 10.1 ounces
* Stiffness: 66
* Balance: 13.98 inches, head heavy
* Cross section: 28mm/26mm tapered beam
* Swing weight: 312 kg/sq cm
* String pattern: 16 x 19
* Grip: Head HydroSorb

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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


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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.

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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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