Category Archives: Customization!
Customization. What it can do for you!
Racquet Quest, LLC has for years been doing the extensive evaluation of racquets and string for the benefit of our client’s customization requirements.
Now we are making this evaluation “program” available to anyone that wants to dig deeper into the workings of the string in the racquet!
This is serious stuff and requires significant resources but it is worth it!
Please contact us of you would like to take advantage of our evaluation program!
Prince! What can you say about the brand that “normalized” over sized racquets!
So, instead of talking about “what was” we will talk about “what is!” And “what is” is exciting, I think! With so many really good tennis racquets to choose from why would you choose a Prince racquet? With this review we will explore the reasons you may want to consider it!
THE PRINCE PHANTOM 107G
If this racquet had a high gloss finish and some green lines instead of the current matt finish you could not tell it from the original Prince Graphite. In other, words it looks terrific.
The beam tapers slightly from about 17.5mm at the top of the grip up to about 21mm at the tip, but by just looking you would say it is a straight beam design. The proportions of the racquet are “classic” and the “torsion bar” in the throat contributes to that classic look.
And speaking of classic, the grip shape and the “torsion resistance system” at the 10 and 2 o’clock positions are classics!
So, take a look at the other specs of this racquet and if you like what you see come by at take it for a “demo”
|Racquet Model||Prince Phantom 107G|
|Reference Tension||58 lbs - 26.3 k2|
|Machine Used||True Tension Professional|
|Racquet Flex, RDC||61 - After stringing|
|Racquet Flex, FlexFour||51|
|Racquet - In Plane Stiffness||425.5 lbs/Inch|
|Head Area, cm2||688.4|
|Head Area, Sq. Inch||106.7|
|Number of Main Strings||16|
|Number of Cross Strings||19|
|Main String Grid||8.00|
|Cross String Grid||10.43|
|Density (% of head filled with string)||.783|
|Average Cross String Space||.550|
|Average Main String Space||.500|
|Dynamic Tension, Kp, ERT||33|
|Dynamic Tension, Lbs/in||184.57|
|First Moment, Nm||.830|
|Swing Weight, Kg/cm2||325|
|Swing Weight, Ounces||11.46|
|Swing Weight Calculated||349.6|
|Head Weight, %||47.2|
|Center of Percussion||21.1|
|Dwell Time, ms||9.00|
|Efective Stiffness - lbs||27.5|
Of course color matters! Brands have made history on color! Prince Green, Head Orange, Babolat Blue, for racquets but what about string?
Sure, again! Luxilon Silver, Babolat Black, Solinco Green, Victrex Putty…what? Which of these monofilament strings do not have any color pigment?
If you guessed the Victrex you would be correct. But why not? The natural color of the polymer is probably the very strongest a string can be, however, without color they would not be at all interesting or recognizable! The natural Victrex color is typically what we use when evaluating the string because it is visually different.
Victrex does make strings with black-pigment, but this post is about the difference pigmentation can make in a string. In a previous post some years go we determined that color had very little affect on string properties and this evaluation shows pretty much the same result in a different format.
You can see by this graph there is very little difference between the two Volkl V-Star strings. In fact it would be safe to say the strings are identical.
Grip size, in this case, does matter! However, for several years the largest grip size available has been a 4 ⅝, or just 5 for short.
This is simply the circumference of the finished grip forward of the butt cap. Of course the butt cap is of a size that will capture the butt of your hand for comfort and control.
But what happens if you need a grip size larger than 4 ⅝? In years gone by a shrink tube was applied to the current grip pallet and the size was increased accordingly. Typically only two (2) shrink tubes could be used and even then the grip facets became “rounded”.
Lucky for us, and you of course, we can now print grip pallets in any size required! The largest one so far is a 5 1/4 for a player in New York using a Babolat Pure Aero.
Each printed pallet is made specifically for a racquet, not just a “one size fits all” approach due to very subtle variations in size, especially the inner shaft.
In this case the pallets were longer to accommodate large hands so the length of the racquet was increased through the use of these pallets and a printed extender.
The printed pallet must fit securely and the best way to assure the fit is to have the racquet.