Category Archives: Customization!
Customization. What it can do for you!
Yes, I mean it!
Keep reading to see why I suggest you “play like a girl.”
About a year ago, a little girl, Meera, about 12 years old, came into the World Headquarters to demo a few racquets. She was committed to getting better and wanted a racquet that would help her.
After a few demos, she selected the Head Graphene Touch Radical Pro. During the discussion of how we were going to set up these new racquets, I mentioned the Head Pro Cap System that is compatible with this model.
If you are not familiar with the “cap” system, it is the plastic parts that fit over the head of the racquet to protect the string. All racquets have a grommet set, but the “cap” system encloses the string as it is installed therefore is more substantial than the standard grommet set. The racquet on the left has the “cap” system.
She purchased two (2) Head Graphene Touch Radical Pro, one with and one without the cap system.
So, other than doing a great job of protecting string it also provides additional inertia, or momentum, that blasts the racquet through the incoming tennis ball!
This momentum creates stability, and a stable racquet will be more powerful and controllable!
But wait, what about all that additional weight? That is the question we hear anytime we suggest adding weight to a racquet.
Weight is your friend! Every player is different so matching the racquet to the physical capabilities is critical!
It was so much of a friend to Meera that she quickly came in to have the second Head Graphene Touch Radical Pro fitted with the “cap” system and both racquets fitted with a Head Leather grip! The leather grip adds about 10 grams to the rear end of the racquet.
So, what are the specifications of this racquet that is being used successfully by a 12-year-old girl?
Take a look at these then tell me you can’t use a “heavier” racquet:
Weight: 360 grams (12.7 ounces)
SwingWeight: 344 Kg/cm² (12.1 ounces)
Points Head Light: 8.03…yes, still very much headlight!
Torsional Stability: 22…very good!
Recoil Weight: 176.9
Twist Weight: 246.9
*Ereca End Weight: 153.0
*Ereca Tip Weight: 207.0
*Ereca is a French company that designs and manufactures racquet diagnostic equipment.
Do yourself a favor and Play Lkie a Girl!
There is more to this story so keep checking back, and, if you have questions please click on “Ask John” above or respond to this post and I will try to answer them.
It is raining today and it felt like a good time to talk about “string bed stiffness”…so let’s go!
This quick video will make a plea to you tennis players to demand more from your racquet technician so you are getting the most from your equipment.
Thank you for watching!
Is this instance we are talking about racquet weight. Not the few pounds we put on yesterday, Thanksgiving Day!
In the early 1990’s we made a tennis racquet which weighed slightly over 7 ounces. Awesome, some said! This racquet traveled along with the standard weight racquets in the line and was available for anyone to hit with.
“Hit” in this case is a misnomer because the mass of the racquet was not enough to get the ball over the net in most cases! Instead of a “hit” it was like a light “shove”!
With out a doubt the weight of a racquet must be “usable”. Take a look at these brief warm-up videos to see weight in action then we will find out how much these racquets weigh and the swing weight…
This is a Wilson Blade 98 18×20 pattern. Racquet weight is 329 grams (11.61 Oz.) with a swing weight of 332 kg/cm^2.
Next let’s take a look at a different player…
This is a Head Radical with the Pro Cap System creating a racquet that weighs 340 grams (11.99 ounces) with a swing weight of 349 kg/cm^2.
It is obvious that both payers are swinging the racquet with gusto and it should be obvious that the racquets are stable on impact and this stability is necessary for power and control.
So the next time your oppponent asks if you have “gained weight” it will because the ball is coming at them with more “heaviness”! And you can repsond “yes!” with a smile on your face! Just like Robert, Sophie, and Aleks!
Having one celebrity in the shop is quite rare but two…that is amazing!
The World Headquarters was visited by Bill and Aleks (aka GBS)! What is also amazing is that they came in separate cars so they did have a choice! If you are in the area stop by. You may see a celabrity! Probably not but you will see the latest racquets!
In all the years I have been involved in tennis racquets I have worked with players of all levels, from top-ranked to no ranking at all! The one thing that remains constant is that every player received the same attention to a goal.
Typically that goal is to win!
As I reflect on the high points of this journey there are a few players that really stand out. One of those players is Brittany Tagliareni.
- Brittany is one of the best tennis players in the world.
- Brittany has won many awards and accolades from the tennis community and press.
- Brittany is Autistic.
Here is the deal. Every day I talk to players about the most minuscule of performance specifications…one (1) gram here, one gram there, one (1) pound here, and so on.
Brittany is different.
Brittany is very busy and wants to get to her next function whether it is taking care of dogs or tennis! She really doens’t want to talk to me about tennis racquets!
So, to really understand what needs to be done her mother, Catherine, communicates for Brittany.
Brittany plays with a Yonex SV100 racquet strung with Ashaway Monogut ZX at 46 pounds.
She travels with three (3) matched racquets. This is where it gets interesting and one of the reasons I wanted to write this post.
Brittany needed some extra encouragement to hold the racquet with the proper grip (she is left-handed) to generate the amount of spin her coach wanted her to have. Just telling Brittany how to hold the racquet was not consistently working so we re-shaped the grip to offer some tactile “encouragement”.
The grip has been changed to have different “feelings” for each bevel of the grip shape. So one side is exaggerated for a certain length on the grip and other sides were accentuated shape wise.
The grip re-shaping had to be done in a laminated way because it works, is expedient, and minimizes costs associated with major grip modifications.
Now when Brittany holds the racquet she can feel exactly where it needs to be.
Brittany is incredibly busy so it is difficult to keep up with all of her travels. Most recently she was in Dubai!