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Racquet & Tournament Management

Management is not just for adults!  Juniors that play tournaments need to have some management skills!  During this coronavirus slow down it is a good time to learn some of these management skills.

We see many different management slip-ups such as no racquets for the tournament tomorrow!  All racquets have broken string and are at the bottom of a bag nobody wants to stick their hand into!

Juniors Management Tip #1:

Every Monday takes every racquet out of the bag.  If one or more are broken leave them out of the bag.

Juniors Management Tip #2

To get some idea of how much longer the string may last simply try to move the 5th or 6th cross string by pulling up toward the top of the racquet. If you can not pull the cross string up it is time for stringing.  If you are able to pull a cross string up pay attention to the “snap” it makes as you push it back into location.  A serious “snap” indicates a deep notch.

Monofilament strings typically fail by notching which makes it difficult to move the cross strings.  If your string is a multi-filament and looks like the picture on the left it is time to string!

Abrasion Fail Visual Test

Notching Visual Fail Test

What if neither of these conditions exists?

Every racquet in your bag should have a tag indicating when the racquet was last strung and if it has been more than one month it is time to string, period!

Just for fun you can go to our SFC function and get a good ideas as to how many times per year yu need to have your racquet strung.

I Get It! Maybe… or Maybe Not!

When we do a racquet review we try to deal with numbers!  Static and dynamic numbers to be precise.  We do this so each racquet can be referred to by properties and not just by subjective comments.  Make no mistake, subjective comments are good and can be used in fact to generate numbers!

Here is an explanation of the numbers and what they can mean to you.

It is well known that 5 players will have 5, or more, different “comments”, so having numbers provide a database, or history, of what works for what player style.  With that information, a new client can be playing with their “perfect” racquet is a very short time instead of trying a zillion different models.

This is important because players may not be using the best racquet for them because they rely on assumptions instead of numbers!  The very worst assumption is “I need a light racquet because I am just getting back in the game”.  The second worst assumption is “I need a big head with a big sweet spot because I am not very good”.  The third worst assumption is “I don’t need very good string because I am not very good”.

Bogus assumptions, every one of them!

As we look over our client data some things are clear and should become performance metrics;

  1. Total weight should be not less than 10.5 ounces (300 grams).
  2. Swing weight should not be less than 10.5 ounces (300 grams).
  3. Torsional stability should not be less than 15 units (typically grams).

With these metrics, you are off to a great start with a new racquet, or if you are beginning a new racquet search these numbers will be helpful.

 

 

 

 

 

Head Graphene 360+ Speed MP Lite

The Head Graphene 360+ Speed MP Lite may be the perfect racquet for a player looking for a thin(er) beam, 100 square inch head size, slightly lighter than most MP racquets!

As you will see in the specifications this racquet is about 28 grams (1 ounce) lighter than the MP model, and, just a little more flexible, or better said, less stiff!

Forty-nine point nine percent (49.9%) of the total weight resides toward the head of this racquet, so if you think in terms of “points” it is 0.16 points head light.

Some customization will make this a racquet that you can stay with for a long time. As your skills advance, so can the racquet!

Head Graphene 360+ Speed MP Lite

As I am working on this post I realize how much trouble it is to switch between racquet reviews for comparison so I am including a link to the Head Graphene 360+ Speed Series Comparison.

 

 

ManufacturerHead
Racquet ModelHead Graphene 360+ Speed MP Lite
Reference Tension56 lbs - 25.4 kg
String
Victrex PEEK fiber Experimental 7718
Machine UsedTrue Tension Professional
Static
ASPS, RDC51
ASPS, FlexFour62
Racquet Flex, RDC60 - After stringing
Racquet Flex, FlexFour49
Weight, Grams293
Weight, Ounces10.34
Balance, mm342
Balance, Inch13.46
Length, Cm68.5
Length, Inch26.97
Head Width9.68
Head Length13.06
Head Area, cm2640.8
Head Area, Sq. Inch99.3
Beam Width, mm, Shaft, Center, Tip23, 23, 23
In Plane Stiffness, Pounds/In307.3 Lbs/In.
In Plane Stiffness, Kg/cm 139.4 Kg/cm
Number of Main Strings16
Number of Cross Strings19
Ratio Cross/Mains.624
Main String Grid7.30
Cross String Grid10.62
Density (% of head filled with string).780
Average Cross String Space.559
Average Main String Space.456
Dynamic
Dynamic Tension, Kp, ERT35
Dynamic Tension, Lbs/in195.76
First Moment, Nm.782
Polar Moment323
Torsional Stability15
Swing Weight, Kg/cm2308
Swing Weight, Ounces10.86
Swing Weight Calculated342.7
Power, RDC46
Control, RDC57
Manueverability, RDC81
Power, Calculated 1835.6
Head Points0.16 (negative = head heavy)
Head Weight, %49.9%
Center of Percussion21.0
Dwell Time, ms, No Swing8.91
Efective Stiffness - lbs27.6
K, Lb/In (SBS) RDC163.46
Recoil Weight138.67
Twist Weight205.8
End Weight 105.8
Tip Weight 186.5
9 O'Clock95.1
3 O'Clock94.5
Butt Cap103.0

Head Graphene 360+ Speed S

I think we all know what “Pro and MP” mean but what about “S”?  I am not sure, so we are going to call it “Special”!

The Speed S is indeed special and probably one of the best all-around racquets for 2020!  You will see by the specs why this may be the case but a couple of things stand out.  A 100 square inch head size.  A uniform 16×19 string pattern and 25mm beam producing the stiffness of RDC 64!

The overall weight and swing weight are just right for most advancing players and can be modified when the need arises!  This is really a “players” racquet in disguise!

Head Graphene 360+ Speed S

While I was doing this post I realized how difficult it is to switch between racquet reviews to see a comparison so here is a link to the Head Graphene 360+ Speed Series Comparison.

 

ManufacturerHead
Racquet ModelHead Graphene 360+ Speed S
Reference Tension56 lbs - 25.4 kg
String
Victrex PEEK fiber Experimental 7718
Machine UsedTrue Tension Professional
Static
ASPS, RDC54
ASPS, FlexFour67.5
Racquet Flex, RDC64 - After stringing
Racquet Flex, FlexFour40
Weight, Grams302
Weight, Ounces10.44
Balance, mm328
Balance, Inch12.91
Length, Cm68.5
Length, Inch26.97
Head Width9.68
Head Length13.06
Head Area, cm2641.2
Head Area, Sq. Inch99.3
Beam Width, mm, Shaft, Center, Tip25, 25, 25
In Plane Stiffness, Pounds/In425.2 Lbs/In.
In Plane Stiffness, Kg/cm 192.8 Kg/cm
Number of Main Strings16
Number of Cross Strings19
Ratio Cross/Mains.624
Main String Grid7.35
Cross String Grid9.40
Density (% of head filled with string).749
Average Cross String Space.539
Average Main String Space.453
Dynamic
Dynamic Tension, Kp, ERT37
Dynamic Tension, Lbs/in206.94
First Moment, Nm.764
Polar Moment312
Torsional Stability16
Swing Weight, Kg/cm2296
Swing Weight, Ounces10.44
Swing Weight Calculated324.9
Power, RDC45
Control, RDC57
Manueverability, RDC89
Power, Calculated 1880.4
Head Points4.57 (negative = head heavy
Head Weight, %47.9%
Center of Percussion20.9
Dwell Time, ms, No Swing8.66
Efective Stiffness - lbs29.3
K, Lb/In (SBS) RDC173.08
Recoil Weight141.20
Twist Weight211.83
End Weight 119.7
Tip Weight 182.9
9 O'Clock94.2
3 O'Clock94.2
Butt Cap113.0

Head Graphene 360+ Speed Mid Plus

The new(est) model of the very popular Graphene 360+ Speed series racquet is available NOW, so get up to “speed” by taking a look at the specifications for a strung racquet and the series comparison data.

The major difference between this and the previous version is the “flipping” of the colors! What was black is now white and what was white is now black! I believe not very much else was changed and for good reason! The racquet is a very, very good racquet so why make a bunch of changes? I don’t think Head made a bunch of changes!

Here is an overview of all the new Speed models. This is unstrung data, however, you can add 16 to the overall weight for string and 30 to the swing weight number to approximate the strung data.

ManufacturerHead
Racquet ModelHead Graphene 360+ Speed Mid Plus
Reference Tension56 lbs - 25.4 kg
String
Victrex PEEK fiber Experimental 7718
Machine UsedTrue Tension Professional
Static
ASPS, RDC52
ASPS, FlexFour63.5
Racquet Flex, RDC61 - After stringing
Racquet Flex, FlexFour51
Weight, Grams322
Weight, Ounces11.36
Balance, mm332
Balance, Inch13.07
Length, Cm68.5
Length, Inch26.97
Head Width9.67
Head Length13.06
Head Area, cm2639.9
Head Area, Sq. Inch99.2
Beam Width, mm, Shaft, Center, Tip20, 20, 20
In Plane Stiffness, Pounds/In329.6 Lbs/In.
In Plane Stiffness, Kg/cm 149.5 Kg/cm
Number of Main Strings16
Number of Cross Strings19
Ratio Cross/Mains.623
Main String Grid7.44
Cross String Grid10.62
Density (% of head filled with string).797
Average Cross String Space.559
Average Main String Space.465
Dynamic
Dynamic Tension, Kp, ERT34
Dynamic Tension, Lbs/in190.16
First Moment, Nm.828
Polar Moment345
Torsional Stability21
Swing Weight, Kg/cm2324
Swing Weight, Ounces11.43
Swing Weight Calculated354.9
Power, RDC48
Control, RDC53
Manueverability, RDC71
Power, Calculated 1960.1
Head Points3.31 (negative = head heavy
Head Weight, %48.5%
Center of Percussion21.0
Dwell Time, ms, No Swing8.82
Efective Stiffness - lbs28.1
K, Lb/In (SBS) RDC166.67
Recoil Weight153.07
Twist Weight225.5
End Weight 125.1
Tip Weight 197.1
9 O'Clock97.4
3 O'Clock96.9
Butt Cap126.7