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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.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words!

In this particular instance, a few words are required to make the picture make more sense.

Thanks to Australian stringer Ashley Nugent, for asking, is the picture in the post “Is Your Racquet Healthy” accurate in terms of failure?

It is highly unlikely that a main and cross string will break at the same time in the same location.

The image was taken a couple of years ago and had to do with “elongation” not the failure and, I grabbed it to show what I mean by “obvious” in the subject post.

I am pretty sure the cross string in the picture was “cut” to illustrate the difference in elongation not string failure.

Thank you, Ashley!

Is Your Racquet Healthy?

I started thinking about this as I made my way to a routine doctor’s appointment last week. Here is the scenario I formed while waiting:

The doctor has been seeing all sorts of patients already today and I suspect the first glance at each one elicited some sort of reaction, quielty probably, like this; “Good Greif, that guy is fat! Bad trousers, terrible shoes, nice shirt, whats with the hair, dude?” etc, etc.

So what do you think happens when a racquet shows up for a checkup?

“Good grief, that is an old racquet, who would ever buy one of those, this person is too good for that racquet,” etc, etc.

As humans we can communicate how we feel to the doctor but your racquet can not, so it has other ways to tell you if it is healthy or not. Here are a few signs of an unhealthy racquet:

  1. Grommet set, and specifically the protective head bumper is worn out. If this is not fixed quicky the racquet will die!

    Worn Out Bumper Guard

  2.  Grommet set individual barrels are broken or missing. If this is not fixed the strings will die!
  3.  Overgrip is disgustingly dirty requiring exam gloves to remove it! Doctors use exam gloves too and you know what that means!
  4. Under grip is essentially rendered to powder, requiring exam gloves to remove it.
That is a real image!  It is obvious that a new overgrip is needed.

Obvious!

What is not so obvious sometimes is that strings need to be replaced.  Even before they break!  What!

Yes, strings loose tension over time and in some case rather quickly!  By knowing what the original string bed stiffness was we can determine how much “stiffness” has been lost.  For most players a degradation of 20% is maximum.

Depending on the string material a loss of 8 to 9% overnight is not uncommon…so that leaves 11 to 12% for playing.

Take a look at our String Frequency Calculator to get a better idea of stringing frequency required to keep your racquet really working for you.

To keep you playing at your best you need to keep your racquet at it’s best!

 

 

 

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
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