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Pssst…want to try something?

If you read our recent post about “How to Demo a Racquet,” you may be incentivized to do it!

So while you are at it try one of our performance racquets setup with MonoGut ZX or ZX Pro (thinner) to get the maximum performance from the racquet.

Ashaway MonoGut ZX and ZX Pro have been one of our most popular strings for well over five (5) years!

Top players have been using it, but now the word is spreading that is not just for “the good player” but for everyone! We are very sensitive to injuries and injury prevention, so that is why we recommend MonoGut ZX to almost all players. The durability and feel of this string are unique, and, MonoGut ZX and ZX Pro is a monofilament but is PEEK and no polyester.

As with any string, some will not want to change, but if you are looking for a new racquet, why not demo a racquet setup with MonoGut ZX or ZX Pro?

MonoGut ZX & ZX Pro

Ashaway MonoGut ZX and ZX Pro come in Black and Natural and 16 (1.27mm) and 17 (1.24mm) gauge.

How to Demo a Racquet

We have what seems to be a zillion demo racquets, and there is a player for each of them, I suppose.

One of the biggest complaints against “demoing” is precisely that…too many to choose from!

This is what we recommend;

  • Start the convesation with yourself before you need to make a decision.  Allow a month before the “season” starts if you can,and start the conversation with us early on.
  • What do you want that your current racquet is not providing.
  • What is your budget.  If you are a junior what is your “sponsors” budget.
    • With these three questions you are well on the way to a painless “demoing” expreience!

Here is what we would like to have to speed up the process:

  • Bring your current racquet in “play ready condition” with you to the primary discussion.
  • Tell us what has changed physically since you selected the current racquet.
    • Injuries, including tennis elbow, shoulder and wrist issues, or a long layoff, etc.
  • What do you want the new racquet to do that the current racquet is not?
    • Power, or “POP”, Control, Comfort, Grip Size, String Issues, etc.
  • Do you have a brand preference?
  • If we can make your current racquet better will you not demo other racquets?
    • It is possible that the current racquet can be better than it is so demo it as well after some customization.
    • Tell us if this is of interest or “I want a new racquet…period!

With this information we can make the demoing process much more fun,consise, and ultimatley rewarding, and in a much shorter time period.

Our demo process is free however we believe the racquet should be “setup” just as it will be used which may require stringing and a litttle customization and there will be a charge for that if you agree.

Our huge database of racquet specifications allow a quick look at the characteristics you prefer.

We think you wil be surprised at how much fun the demo process can be!

 

 

 

Head Graphene 360 + Gravity S

Here is where it gets interesting!  This racquet, the Gravity S, is a realtivley thin beam 104 square inch racquet!

It has been a while since Head has presented this head size in a player oriented racquet!  This 296 gram (10.44 ounce) racquet fills a serious need, in my opinion, for a “players” 104!  The 24mm beam allows the stiffness to reflect the new “Spiral Tech” fiber placement.

Model Comparison

I believe this racquet will appeal to serious adults seeking a comfortable racquet  (RDC 56 strung) that can elevate their game.

This racquet has plenty of “cutomization” potential which makes it great choice for quickly advancing players.

Stop by and feel this combination for yourself, and take the demo for a real test on the court!

 

 

ManufacturerHead
Racquet ModelHead Graphene 360 + Gravity S
Reference Tension55 lbs - 24.9 kg
String
Head Velocity MLT Black
Machine UsedTrue Tension Professional
Static
ASPS, RDC56
ASPS, FlexFour64.0
Racquet Flex, RDC55 - After stringing
Racquet Flex, FlexFour45
Racquet - In Plane Stiffness304.6 lbs/Inch
Weight, Grams296.0
Weight, Ounces10.44

Balance, mm329
Balance, Inch12.95
Length, Cm68.6
Length, Inch27.008
Head Width10.15
Head Length13.19
Head Area, cm2678.4
Head Area, Sq. Inch105.2
Number of Main Strings16
Number of Cross Strings20
Ratio Cross/Mains.616
Main String Grid7.25
Cross String Grid9.87
Density (% of head filled with string).680
Average Cross String Space.495
Average Main String Space.453
Dynamic
Dynamic Tension, Kp, ERT37
Dynamic Tension, Lbs/in206.9
First Moment, Nm.752
Polar Moment306
Torsional Stability14
Swing Weight, Kg/cm2292
Swing Weight, Ounces10.30
Swing Weight Calculated320.4
Power, RDC35
Control, RDC68
Manueverability, RDC92
Power, Calculated 1705.7
Head Points4.41
Head Weight, %48.0%
Center of Percussion20.9
Dwell Time, ms8.50
Efective Stiffness - lbs27.7
K, Lb/In179.4
Recoil Weight138.9
Twist Weight227.0
End Weight 117.8
Tip Weight 180.8
9 O'Clock91.3
3 O'Clock91.2
Butt Cap114.8

 

Head Graphene 360 + Gravity MP Lite

The Gravity MP Lite as you would expect is lighter than the MP by about a ½ ounce with a corresponding reduction in swing weight.  This can be easily remedied by increasing the swing weight while not effecting the ovefrall weight very much.

The MP LIte is a great example of a “customizable” racquet and deserves great consideration by any player seeking a performance racquet that will stay with them for a long time.

Model Comparison

The head size of 100 square inches is consistent with the Pro and MP models.

Head Graphene 360 + Gravity MP Lite

 

These are not the same racquet but the entire series uses the  two color graphics package with Lava on one side and Miami Green (my words) on the other.  Sort of a fun point!

Take a look at the specifications that follow.

ManufacturerHead
Racquet ModelHead Graphene 360 + Gravity MP Lite
Reference Tension55 lbs - 24.9 kg
String
Head Velocity MLT Black
Machine UsedTrue Tension Professional
Static
ASPS, RDC53
ASPS, FlexFour60.0
Racquet Flex, RDC59 - After stringing
Racquet Flex, FlexFour45
Racquet - In Plane Stiffness331.5 lbs/Inch
Weight, Grams292.0
Weight, Ounces10.3


Balance, mm333
Balance, Inch13.11
Length, Cm68.6
Length, Inch27.008
Head Width9.94
Head Length12.85
Head Area, cm2647.1
Head Area, Sq. Inch100.3
Number of Main Strings16
Number of Cross Strings20
Ratio Cross/Mains.619
Main String Grid7.70
Cross String Grid10.30
Density (% of head filled with string).791
Average Cross String Space.515
Average Main String Space.481
Dynamic
Dynamic Tension, Kp, ERT35
Dynamic Tension, Lbs/in195.7
First Moment, Nm.753
Polar Moment308
Torsional Stability14
Swing Weight, Kg/cm2294
Swing Weight, Ounces10.37
Swing Weight Calculated323.8
Power, RDC41
Control, RDC62
Manueverability, RDC91
Power, Calculated 1757.3
Head Points3.15
Head Weight, %48.5%
Center of Percussion20.9
Dwell Time, ms8.74
Efective Stiffness - lbs27.9
K, Lb/In169.8
Recoil Weight137.6
Twist Weight215.2
End Weight 114.4
Tip Weight 181.1
9 O'Clock88.8
3 O'Clock90.9
Butt Cap113.8

Head Graphene 360 + Gravity Lite

If you guessed the Lite is the lightest model in the Gravity series you are correct, but did you guess  it is also a 104 square inch head?  Two 104 models in the series!  I say “way to go”!

Model Comparison

Head Graphene 360 + Gravity Lite

The 16 x 20 string pattern remains but the spacing is slightly more “open” than the “S”.  The “Lite” is slightly stiffer than the “S” therefore a slightly higher power calculation you will see in the specifications.

The “Lite” can be the perfect racquet for those looking for a 10 ounce racquet, and whose game is “settled in” and are not looking to make a bunch of stroke/technique changes!

The “Lite” will come in the smallest grip size of any Gravity model which is important when fitting a smallish person with a performance racquet!

 

 

 

ManufacturerHead
Racquet ModelHead Graphene 360 + Gravity Lite
Reference Tension53 lbs - 24.9 kg
String
Head Velocity MLT Black
Machine UsedTrue Tension Professional
Static
ASPS, RDC53
ASPS, FlexFour63.5
Racquet Flex, RDC59 - After stringing
Racquet Flex, FlexFour48
Racquet - In Plane Stiffness301.3 lbs/Inch
Weight, Grams284
Weight, Ounces10.02

Balance, mm346
Balance, Inch13.62
Length, Cm68.6
Length, Inch27.008
Head Width10.15
Head Length13.13
Head Area, cm2675.2
Head Area, Sq. Inch104.7
Number of Main Strings16
Number of Cross Strings20
Ratio Cross/Mains.618
Main String Grid7.75
Cross String Grid10.50
Density (% of head filled with string).778
Average Cross String Space.525
Average Main String Space.484
Dynamic
Dynamic Tension, Kp, ERT35
Dynamic Tension, Lbs/in195.76
First Moment, Nm.769
Polar Moment315
Torsional Stability14
Swing Weight, Kg/cm2301
Swing Weight, Ounces10.62
Swing Weight Calculated340.0
Power, RDC42
Control, RDC61
Manueverability, RDC86
Power, Calculated 1877.2
Head Points-.94 (negative = head heavy)
Head Weight, %50.4%
Center of Percussion20.9
Dwell Time, ms8.74
Efective Stiffness - lbs27.9
K, Lb/In169.8
Recoil Weight131.6
Twist Weight217.6
End Weight 100.0
Tip Weight 186.5
9 O'Clock91.4
3 O'Clock92.4
Butt Cap101.6
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