Category Archives: Custom Racquets
Our Questron in Action!
As you know, Racquet Quest is a data-driven business, and data requires numbers. To generate those numbers, we have designed and built several devices.
One device is the Questron!
The Questron is used to test every string we receive, and the data is compiled to understand where that particular string fits.
So, instead of talking about it we have included a short video!
Thank you for watching our Questron in Action! If you have a question, or a particular string of interest, please let us know. We may have already taken the data! On GASP.network there are many graphs of previous tests. GASP.network is a membership ($40.00 one time) site.
Are Last Years Racquets Worth…Less?
It happens every year.
You know, introducing “new and Improved” tennis racquet(s)! Not one, but many!
How much better can they be? Make no mistake, new materials are always available, and those can be beneficial to the properties of a tennis racquet; however, in my opinion, and history, most of those properties will not be a significant “positive” to the player, and in some cases may be less than “desirable”.
So are last year’s racquets worthless? Absolutely not!
To make room at retail for the new racquets, last year’s models are substantially reduced. Sometimes to an unreasonably low price for the product! This is “good news” for manufacturers and online giants but not necessarily for your local tennis specialty shop. So what, you say!
This is “what”
From what we see at the World Headquarters of Racquet Quest, the online and other non-tennis specific outlets’ preparation of the racquet(s) may be sub-standard, and in fact, sometimes the racquets are not the desired model (another story for another time). We don’t believe this is intentional, but it does create issues for the purchaser and maybe the seller.
The business model of Racquet Quest has always been to provide the very best preparation for every tennis racquet! We recognize that players want the best possible deal on everything purchased. However, we keep a supply of outstanding tennis racquets that are best sellers of last year, and maybe two years ago! These racquets will not be relegated to the scrap heap, nor will they be “given away”! They are valuable!
Of course, our “full custom” racquets are always available for those demanding the very best and are willing to invest what it takes to get there! It may be less than you think, and it may be a racquet that is not a “current” model.
All we ask is that you take the time to confirm what you intend to get and that you consider using your local tennis specialty shop for preparation!
Head Boom Team 2022…BOOM!
It is here, and I bet you heard another big BOOM recently!
The Head Boom Team 2022 has arrived and is ready for you to try! The Boom Team is a valuable addition to the Head lineup.
For years players have been asking for a 102 square inch racquet that has the “player” characteristics they wanted.
Player characteristics can mean different things to different players, but here is what the Head Boom Team 2022 has:
A fairly thin beam
A thin head cross-section
A modified box beam shaft cross-section
This racquet continues with Graphene and fresh Auxetic material that has been popular in the Boom Pro and Boom MP!
All specifications are in the chart below but suffice to say; this is a significant step in the right direction!
Looking at the inside of the shaft, you will notice the transitional shape from a thin box beam into a slightly thicker trapezoidal beam.
The head shape also continues with the broader upper section like the Boom Pro and Boom MP. Most “aggressive” shots are hitting the string bed in this area, so giving it more energy makes sense!
The density of the string in that area should contribute to good string life.
The first thing you notice upon pickup (first moment) is the weight distribution. While this is still a “headlight” model (see the specs below), the weight is toward the tip of the racquet.
We have had great results with the Boom Pro and Boom MP in both “retail” and full custom racquets, so, If you are considering a racquet upgrade, this one should be on your list!
|Racquet Model||Head Boom Team 2022|
|Reference Tension||55 lbs - 24.9 kg|
|String||Head Reflex MLT 17|
|Machine Used||True Tension Professional|
|Racquet Flex, RDC||61 - After stringing|
|Racquet Flex, FlexFour||45.0|
|Racquet - In Plane Stiffness||389.6 lbs/Inch|
|Head Area, cm2||659.7|
|Head Area, Sq. Inch||102.3|
|Number of Main Strings||16|
|Number of Cross Strings||19|
|Main String Grid||7.80|
|Cross String Grid||10.80|
|Density (% of head filled with string)||.845|
|Average Cross String Space||.568|
|Average Main String Space||.500
|Dynamic Tension, Kp, ERT||33|
|Dynamic Tension, Lbs/in||184.57|
|First Moment, Nm||.786|
|Swing Weight, Kg/cm2||305|
|Swing Weight, Ounces||10.76|
|Swing Weight Calculated||340.7|
|Head Weight, %||49.1%|
|Center of Percussion||20.8|
|Dwell Time, ms||9.18|
|Efective Stiffness - lbs||26.9|
New Head Racquet Names
There is a need for clear descriptions of tennis racquets so you, and we can make good buying decisions.
Head has applied this to the Prestige 2021 Series and it is a little confusing, maybe. So here is the information as we know it right now and according to the racquets in stock is correct:
You can see the entire Prestige 2021 Line-Up including additional data here
…then there was this big BOOM!
The big BOOM you heard was the arrival of the new Head Boom MP and Boom Pro racquets at the World Headquarters!
This is very exciting news for those that have been waiting!
The wait is over!
For those that pre-ordered, your racquet will be prepared for you quickly. For those that have not yet tried the new Boom series…what are you waiting for?
We also offer Full Custom Boom MP and Boom Pro racquets that are built for you including longer length if desired.
Either way, we think you will be hearing more big Booms very soon!