September 10, 2008
Dunlop Aerogel 300 Tennis Racquet
The Dunlop Aerogel 300 is ideal for advanced players seeking exceptional touch from a lighter weight, control oriented racquet. The Next progression of the best selling 300G. The new Dunlop Aerogel 300 has a large sweetspot and stable feel ideal for the aggressive all court player. A 16x19 open string pattern allows for easy topspin and smooth slices.
Ideally suited for players with aggressive, long strokes. Recommended for the 4.5-6.0 NTRP level players.
Aerogel Technology: Aerogel is the world's lightest solid and has a strength of up to 4,000 its own weight. The three-dimensional nanometer-sized molecular network delivers an unmatched strength to weight ratio for enhanced stiffness and increased power. Combined with M-Fil (multi-filament) technology across the hitting zone to 'soften' ball impact, Aerogel frames deliver the perfect balance between power and control.
M-Fil (Multi Filiament) Technology: Carbon, S-Fibre and Magnesium are combined into the hitting zone of the racquet head to enhance the touch and feel of the racquet where and when you need it most = at the moment of ball contact.
Check out the Dunlop Aerogel 300 Tennis Racquet
August 29, 2008
Babolat, a leading manufacturer of tennis products, announces the introduction of a new range of high performance tennis racquets-the XS line-featuring Babolat's new Xtra Sweetspot technology.
To meet the needs of intermediate players, Babolat engineered the new XS line of lightweight and maneuverable racquets for optimal playability. The Babolat XS 102 and Babolat XS 105 are enhanced with Babolat's Xtra Sweetspot technology featuring an exclusive grommet design that significantly increases the sweet spot while providing a dampening affect and a longer contact time between the ball and string.
Continue reading: "First Look - Babolat's New XS Racquets"
June 30, 2008
Q. Are big rackets better for power tennis players?
A: Mid-size and mid-plus rackets allow the player to take the fullest, most aggressive swings and hit the ball hardest. Larger, oversize rackets lend more power and, for the more advanced "power" player, prevent a full swing. These large, powerful frames send the ball flying deeper into the opponent's side of the court and run the risk of hitting the ball beyond the baseline.
Do It Tennis
June 25, 2008
We've thought Vantage might be on to something with their prebuilt racquets (they typically make custom racquets. Just recently, they've launched a new line of three red racquets for summertime. Each frame comes complete with a team holdall and just incase - a Vantage umbrella.
VT112 - Perfect for advanced players that generate their own power, the VT112 provides the ultimate in control and maneuverability. A 90" head size is complimented by almost 12oz weight and traditional headlight balance.
VT221 - A midplus "tweener" racquet ideally suited to good players still seeking some power and spin assistance. The VT221 is the 2nd of our 95" frames, the spin generating 16x19 string pattern is complimented by over 11oz weight and traditional headlight balance.
VT321 - The ultimate compromise between power and control. maneuverability and comfort is maintained by the slim beam width, whilst the 100" headsize delivers a consistently powerful and heavy ball. Open 16x19 string pattern allows great spin generation.
Check out Vantage Tennis' new red prebuilt tennis racquets.
June 20, 2008
Designed for novice players, this titanium-alloy tennis racquet has Volcanic Frame technology for power and stability and a Cushion Pro Grip for comfort. The racquet weighs 10.7 ounces and measures 27.5 inches long, with an oversized 110-square-inch head and factory stringing. The grip is 4.25 inches in diameter.
At Wilson Impact Tennis Racquet
June 18, 2008
Q. If I am a power swinger, should I be adding lead tape to the racket head?
A: Lead tape can add weight to the head of the racquet and thereby re-balance the racquet to suit the needs of the player. The added weight can give the racket more power to drive through the ball on each shot.
Do It Tennis
June 11, 2008
Q. What are the racket measurements to know when comparing tennis rackets?
A: Here are some important technical specifications to consider when racket shopping:
Balance: The midpoint along the racket as measured from butt to head is used as the starting point to measure balance. If the racket is evenly balanced, its weight will be evenly distributed on either side of the midpoint, so that if you hold the racket parallel to the floor between your thumb and forefinger at this point, the racket will hang evenly. If the racket is head heavy, more weight is at the head end and the racket will have more swing weight. If the racket is head light, more weight will be at the butt-end and it will have less swing weight. Head heaviness or lightness is measured in points.
Beam Width: Think of it as the thickness of the racket. Look at the racket from the side - its width is the beam width. A thick beam width means stiffness and more power. A thinner beam width means flexibility and less power.
Composition: The materials that the racket is made of defines the racket's composition. Graphite, titanium, ceramics, aluminum and fiberglass are the principle materials used in modern-day racket construction.
Do It Tennis
Continue reading: "Tennis Equipment Q & A - What racket measurements matter?"
June 9, 2008
Prince just released their French Open-themed newsletter. It has quite a few interesting tidbits about the pros they sponsor, and some sharp photos of them. They weren't able to tout the champ in either men's (Babolat) or women's (Yonex), but hidden in the newsletter was one nugget that caught my eye. Prince will be allowing customers to build their own O3 racquet online. When? Not sure, they naturally want us to frequent princesports.com to find out. When I know you'll know.
BTW, WhatsAllTheRacquet will be review some Prince Aerotech apparel in the upcoming days, so stay tuned.
June 7, 2008
Tennis Offer Alert - If you buy a Prince racquet, like the Prince O3 White, Prince O3 Speedport White, Tour, OZone Tour or OZone Pro Tour, you'll get a $25 gift certificate.
Check out all the Prince sticks here.
June 4, 2008
Q. Is a lightweight racquet a good idea?
A: Tennis elbow is a big concern when you discuss lightweight rackets. Light, stiff and head-heavy racquets are bad for tennis elbow, so you should steer clear of them. A heavy racket with a light head is best for avoiding tennis elbow while maximizing performance. A light racket with a heavy head gives the opposite effect. Sum it up this way:
Heavy racket, light head = GOOD
Light racket, heavy head = BAD
Here is another way to look at it. In a car accident between a heavy SUV and a small compact car, who comes out better? The heavy SUV, right? The little car gets crushed. Think of the collision between racket and ball the same way. A heavy racket (i.e., the heavy SUV) will survive the impact better than a light racket (i.e. the compact car).
Here are three downsides to a really light racket. First, you have to swing it harder and faster to generate the velocity needed to counteract the oncoming momentum of the ball. These violent strokes are harder to control. Second, when you have to reach for the ball you are out of position to wind up and take a full swing. The result is a weak shot when you use a really light racket. Third, going back to the SUV and compact car illustration, a light, fast racquet will slow down on impact and transfer stress to the arm rather than power through the ball and carry the load, as do heavier rackets.
Do It Tennis
May 25, 2008
We'll let Tennis Served Fresh decide whether Karl Lagerfeld is trying to kill us with his carbon fiber racquet. All we know is that Chanel has no business making tennis racquets.
May 7, 2008
Q. What is the history of wooden tennis rackets?
A: Early racquets date back to the 14th and 15th centuries and were used in games that resembled squash more than modern-day tennis. The heads of these racquets were more oval in shape and smaller than today's racquets, and the handles were very long. The game of tennis as we know it today and its equipment got started in the late 19th century in London, England. In 1874, Major Walter C. Wingfield patented the rules and equipment for a tennis game played outdoors on grass lawns. From 1874 to 1967, tennis rackets were made of wood and did not change very much in design, though their construction improved dramatically.
Rather than craft a tennis racket out of large pieces of wood, lamination allowed racket makers to glue layers of wood together. The wood tennis rackets of the period were heavy (many weighed in at an impressive 14 ounces), lacked maneuverability (thanks to their weight and balance) and were low in power (the head size was only 65 sq. inches).
Then came the T2000 from Wilson in 1967 and everything changed. Starting with aluminum and then switching over to today's composites of graphite, carbon fiber and titanium, rackets have never been the same. In 1976 Prince came out with the Prince Classic, distinguished for its light weight, oversized head, bigger sweet spot, higher power and general playability, especially for beginners and intermediates. This essentially marked the end of the age of wooden rackets, as aluminum and high-tech composites took over the industry as the materials of choice. But hold on to those old wooden tennis racquets you have lying around the attic, they may be worth some money as an antique.
Courtesy of Do It Tennis
April 30, 2008
Q. What's the best type of tennis racket equipment for a beginning, intermediate and advanced adult player?
A: The two primary measurements of tennis rackets are power and control. These are the yin and yang of tennis racket design. The perfect balance of power and control for one player will be totally wrong for another. As a general rule, however, you can say that beginning players have smaller, more hesitant swings that do not generate lots of power. Beginners rely on the racket to generate this power for them and therefore need a racket that has a high power rating.
Conversely, you can say that advanced players have bigger, more aggressive swings that generate lots of head speed and power. They don't need a racket with a high power rating since they are doing this work themselves. What the advanced player needs is a racket that gives them more control over their shots.
Another basic tenet of racket design is that bigger racket heads give more power, and smaller heads give less power. Power is affected by many other design elements as well, but you can use this basic principle to start your search for the perfect racket.
Courtesy of Do It Tennis
April 22, 2008