Category Archives: Good News!
After all these years of the old “RQ” it is time for a new look!
Please ket us know if you like the new look!
My good friends Tim Strawn and Grant Morgan are going to be at the Wilson stringing “stage” during the US Open! Tim and Grant will be answering questions about what “really” goes on in the stringing room at a major event. Ron Rocchi, of Wilson, is the Director of Stringing and Team Leader of this event. Ron is normally too busy to answer questions but Tim and Grant are there for you.
I believe this is the first time spectators will be able to ask questions in this kind of setting. So, if you are at the US Open this year be sure to find these guys. I am sure their times will be posted somewhere. Take advantage of this opportunity.
Ask Grant about the time he… huh, well, maybe not!
I am very happy to see players of every age returning to, or buying for the first time, racquets that have some weight! Weight is your friend! Any racquet can be “customized” to suit the needs of the player, of course.
But what do you do if you already own a Head Radical Pro? You simply add the Head Players Cap System to your current Radical Pro. This can be done the next time the racquet needs stringing and can be removed at the next stringing if wanted.
This is a “side by side” look at the Cap System Radical and the standard Radical. You will need to like the color “orange”.
The Cap System can be added to many past Radical Pro racquets. The Cap System does not fit the Radical MP, unfortunately.
The image below shows the racquets and the specifications of each one. You can see the difference between the two. It is obvious that the major difference will be weight and swing weight. The numbers between the two racquets are the data for the Radical Pro with the Cap System.
“Hey, John. Two of the racquets at XXXXXX for you to restring. Let’s eliminate polyester for a little while and give my elbow a rest.”
This request is becoming much more frequent but what makes this one a little unusual is that it is already a hybrid format! A nice multifilament in the main strings and polyester in the cross strings. However, the player says he “needs to give it a rest”!
You know by now Racquet Quest does not promote polyester based string for most players. We believe, however, there are only bad applications, not necessarily bad strings, and will suggest the string we agree is a good application! If this includes polyester, we will go with it!
The statement above is typical of many players that simply need a rest from polyester and may never go back. Never going back is difficult for some players because they simply like the massive strokes required to play the ball deep!
Whatever you do make sure the string suits the application! That includes the player, the racquet, and injury prevention.
While I was writing this, a client came in, and we were discussing the constant push by coaches to switch players to polyester, probably what they are using! Coaches, please, some parents do not want their players using polyester! Fortunately, my clients, typically, do not change based on what a coach may say but others may not be so lucky.
Congratulations to Jack for his Finalist finish in the Junkanoo Bowl in Nassau!
Jack has been playing ITF events and was a qualifier for this tournament. Not only did he qualify, Jack went on the finals where he put in a great three (3) set effort against Harrison Gold, 6-7,6-2,5-7!
Well done, Jack! Congratulations
Our good friend Brittany Tagliareni went to Washington recently and proceeded to win the Championship! Brittany travels to play tennis and has worked her way to one of the top players in the world and has represented the USA at some events.
This seems to be a semi-annual event but that’s OK!
This event is a little different though!
Every bag regardless of size is only $60.00! This is extraordinary but I need the room.
Most bags are Head or Wilson, some are 6 racquet bags some are 12 racquet bags. It makes no difference!
Walk in with three (3) 20’s and walk out with a bag worth twice that much!
Hurry because this event is for in-stock bags only and the supply while taking up a lot of room, is limited!
This picture is not representative of all the bags. Call for a quick update on available bags!
Congratulations to Rich Zarda, Ph.D., for being granted a patent on a new and unique tennis racquet!
Rich is a master of simulation and FEM, so the racquet is based on solid science which is confirmed by on court and laboratory data. The premise is a racquet that can be “tuned” to allow the ball and string to move as one and return “spin” energy to the ball. This eliminates the need to hit so hard each time and can contribute to less pain and injury.
This was no easy journey, however, and assistance was required and received from Ron and his incredible team of “doers”!
This first discussion was in May 2013! After that came many iterations of testing equipment, high-speed photography, (and projectiles), and on-court testing!
Congratulations to Rich and Brett on this accomplishment that required immense persistence! I am glad I was able to help in the effort!
By the way, yours will come without the “tie wraps”!
Briefly, Pointy is a program that allows shoppers to enter a barcode, or Google product search online, to see if that product is available locally.
As a long time user of Square as the POS in the shop, we engaged with Pointy as a service through Square so our clients can quickly see what we have in stock. A link to our Pointy shop is below so you can take a look around and let me know what it needs to be a valuable resource for you.
Every product you see on the page was input by Racquet Quest so it is in stock at the time the shop was opened, however, the images are supplied by the software so some may not be exactly updated packaging.
If you have any questions or would like to hear about any “special offers” please call or text!
Head is introducing two (2) new racquets to the MXG Series, and this is an excellent thing in my opinion! It is not that we need a bunch of new racquets, but this signals a commitment to the MXG concept.
In case you don’t know, the MXG Series racquets incorporate a “string suspension system” (my words) into the throat of the racquet. The most notable of this system is the bright silver paint. However, the most important functions are the increase in main string length across the entire throat area and torsional stability that contributes to control of this 115 square inch racquet. We now have ten (10) main strings that are the same length in the throat. These 15.0 inch long main strings do contribute to “power”.
The Head MXG 7 has a slightly “fanned” pattern for the 16 x 18 string format and a built-in vibration damper in the throat. The MXG 7 will accept the Head Tennis Sensor.
The Head MXG 7 is a 115 +/- square inch head with a variable beam (28, 29, 26mm) that puts it in the “game improvement” category. You will see all the specifications below. If you are considering a new racquet and prefer power,”. this is a “must see.” Head has always done a good job in the game improvement category, and this adds a new dimension to the series.
The MXG 7 demo is here so call to reserve your spot!
The MXG 7 is available for pre-order and will be available May 11.
|Racquet Model||Head MXG 7|
|String||Head Velocity MLT 17|
|Machine Used||True Tension Pro|
|Racquet Flex, RDC||67|
|Racquet Flex, FlexFour||50|
|Head Area, cm2||756.7|
|Head Area, Sq. Inch||118.8|
|Number of Main Strings||16|
|Number of Cross Strings||18|
|Main String Grid||8.56|
|Cross String Grid||11.31|
|Density (% of head filled with string)||.793|
|Average Cross String Space||.622|
|Average Main String Space||.519|
|Dynamic Tension, Kp, ERT||32|
|Dynamic Tension, Lbs/in||178.98|
|First Moment, Nm||.830|
|Torsional Stability||18 (the difference between polar moment and swing weight. Higher is better)|
|Swing Weight, Kg/cm2||322|
|Swing Weight, Ounces||11.36|
|Swing Weight Calculated||386.1|
|Power, Calculated||2631.7 (compare to 1996.9 for the MXG 1)|
|Head Points||-6.77 (negative = head heavy. See % below)|
|Head Weight, %||53.1%|
|Center of Percussion||20.6|
|Dwell Time, ms||9.70|