Category Archives: Grips
Many of our readers know Jack Anthrop, but I will tell you a little about him just in case you don’t.
We started working for Jack about six (6) years ago, at which time he switched to Ashaway MonoGut ZX. Since that time, Jack has progressed at a stunning rate, now with a UTR of 13.26!
Jack is using the Head PT113B Speed custom racquet and now a new fiber made by Victrex, a UK company that specializes in PEEK materials for high-performance applications which is the Ashaway MonoGut ZX and ZX Pro material.
But, the big news is Jack is headed to Paris, the one in France, to play in the French Open Juniors! Jack and his partner, Max McKennon from California, are in the main draw doubles!
Jack has a great chance to be in the main draw singles as well.
Congratulations to Jack and Max on this great accomplishment!
Butt caps are the things at the end of your racquet that creates a flared area that fits your hand to add control to your shots.
The butt cap is usually a tight fit to the grip pallet, but manufacturers drive heavy duty staples through the butt cap into the foam grip pallet to make sure it is secure.
Over time, especially with players who hold the racquet at the very end, the butt cap may become loose.
But, why is my butt cap loose? This picture shows why it is loose!
The pallet has broken due to the stress of the staples and player gripping way, way low on the pallet.
Loose butt caps are not uncommon and can be repaired with success if given the time! Time is required because the repair will involve the use of two-part epoxy. This mixture needs to cure for several hours to be sure it will last.
The alternative, and one we use when we can, is to replace the entire grip pallet.
When we do this, we use only epoxy to secure the butt cap—no staples in most cases.
So the next time your butt cap feels loose, don’t panic. A repair can be made in most cases.
We want to have a discussion of “Full Custom Racquets” and this to be the best we can do at the moment!
Click on Full Custom Racquet to see the short video, and thank you for watching!
We believe this is an exciting step forward in specialized tennis racquets and preparation.
We are anxious to hear your thoughts on this move to better racquets for everyone…especially you!
Head is, I believe, going to expose and promote the Extreme Series to a greater extent than before.
Why do I think that? Because I am holding in my very own hands a Head Extreme Tour! This 98 square inch racquet continues the Graphene 360+ technology which has become popular in the last several releases of Head Racquets!
The new Extreme series will be shipping in July so we can’t show many pictures except the all-black version I am holding.
The other Extreme models will be:
Extreme MP – 100 square inch head size, 300 gram
Extreme S – 105 square inch head size, 275 gram
Extreme Lite – 105 square inch head, 265 gram
Extreme PWR – 115 square inch head, 230 gram
Extreme Jr – 100 square inch head, 240 gram
All of this series continues the “extreme” optic yellow colorway but it is now complemented by a really nice grey upper shaft and hoop! The optic yellow grip may be over the top but that is easily changed.
The Extreme Tour is fitted with a TK82S grip pallet for a comfortable rounder feeling.
Take a look at the specs here:
|Racquet Model||Head Extreme Tour|
|Reference Tension||55 lbs - 24.9 kg|
|String||Victrex PEEK fiber Experimental 7718|
|Machine Used||True Tension Professional|
|Racquet Flex, RDC||62 - After stringing|
|Racquet Flex, FlexFour||40|
|Head Area, cm2||625.1|
|Head Area, Sq. Inch||96.9|
|Beam Width, mm, Shaft, Center, Tip||22, 23, 21|
|In Plane Stiffness, Pounds/In||359.5 Lbs/In.|
|In Plane Stiffness, Kg/cm||163.0 Kg/cm|
|Number of Main Strings||16|
|Number of Cross Strings||19|
|Main String Grid||7.12|
|Cross String Grid||9.63|
|Density (% of head filled with string)||.708
|Average Cross String Space||.507|
|Average Main String Space||.445|
|Dynamic Tension, Kp, ERT||35|
|Dynamic Tension, Lbs/in||195.76|
|First Moment, Nm||.794|
|Swing Weight, Kg/cm2||306
|Swing Weight, Ounces||10.79|
|Swing Weight Calculated||333.9
|Head Points||6.30 (negative = head heavy)|
|Head Weight, %||47.1%|
|Center of Percussion||20.8|
|Dwell Time, ms, No Swing||8.62|
|Effective Stiffness - lbs||28.3|
|K, Lb/In (SBS) RDC||166.67|
|9 O'Clock Position||96.6|
|3 O'Clock Position||98.3|
|Butt Cap Position||126.3|
2019 came and went in a blur! In a few days it will 2020 and with it will come some exciting new tennis stuff, for sure!
I am not so good at predicting things but I do it anyway! Here are a few predictions I will make for 2020:
- Tennis racquets will become more expensive, but only slightly.
- On-line sales of tennis racquets will increase. See this previous post.
- Customer satisfaction with on-line sales will decrease.
- Small specialty tennis shops will be the source of information, then #2, and then #3.
- Players will stick with a racquet longer, making customizations as needed.
- String and stringing will become a more important component of a racquet purchase. See below!
- Tennis related injuries will continue to be a problem for the sport going forward.
Thank you for thinking about the “long term” for all tennis players!
There are no bad strings just bad applications!
The right equipment is crucial to the long term enjoyment, and winning, of tennis!
The local representatives I deal with are committed to our “well being” even though some may feel like they are facing “extinction”!
An excellent example of what we are talking about just walked in! Two (2) new racquets so poorly strung it is shocking!
The customer is having serious arm issues with an excellent racquet, with a terrible string setup! But the string setup is probably considered by many to be the ultimate combination, that is RPM Blast in the main and VS Touch in the cross! That combination is coming out in a few minutes! No more polyester!
The quality of the stringing is what is so wrong! Had you or I received this racquet, we would have returned it at once! Why? Because it exemplifies the attitude of so many stringers that is “who cares”!
Happy New Year!