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Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year & All Other Happiness!

To all of our friends wherever you are and whatever you celebrate we send our wishes for all kinds of happiness for this season and the year to come!

Racquet Quest, LLC World Headquarters

2018 has been filled with great people and friends which add up to the best year ever!

Thank You!

John

Brittany Tagliareni…a Winner!

In all the years I have been involved in tennis racquets I have worked with players of all levels, from top-ranked to no ranking at all!  The one thing that remains constant is that every player received the same attention to a goal.

Typically that goal is to win!

As I reflect on the high points of this journey there are a few players that really stand out. One of those players is Brittany Tagliareni.

  • Brittany is one of the best tennis players in the world.
  • Brittany has won many awards and accolades from the tennis community and press.
  • Brittany is Autistic.

Here is the deal. Every day I talk to players about the most minuscule of performance specifications…one (1) gram here, one gram there, one (1) pound here, and so on.

Brittany is different.

Brittany is very busy and wants to get to her next function whether it is taking care of dogs or tennis!  She really doens’t want to talk to me about tennis racquets!

So, to really understand what needs to be done her mother, Catherine, communicates for Brittany.

Brittany plays with a Yonex SV100 racquet strung with Ashaway Monogut ZX at 46 pounds.

She travels with three (3) matched racquets. This is where it gets interesting and one of the reasons I wanted to write this post.

Brittany needed some extra encouragement to hold the racquet with the proper grip (she is left-handed) to generate the amount of spin her coach wanted her to have. Just telling Brittany how to hold the racquet was not consistently working so we re-shaped the grip to offer some tactile “encouragement”.

The grip has been changed to have different “feelings” for each bevel of the grip shape. So one side is exaggerated for a certain length on the grip and other sides were accentuated shape wise.

The grip re-shaping had to be done in a laminated way because it works, is expedient, and minimizes costs associated with major grip modifications.

Now when Brittany holds the racquet she can feel exactly where it needs to be.

Brittany goes to Washington, and beyond!

See what Brittany has accomplished.

Brittany is incredibly busy so it is difficult to keep up with all of her travels.  Most recently she was in Dubai!

Yonex VCore Series…Red…Hot!

The new Yonex VCore Series is Red and Hot!

 Yonex has incorporated several of their best ideas into this VCore model series.  Some may be easy to overlook but still yeild some performance enhncements, like the “straight hole” design which may allow more string movement and increased dwell time, like the “trench design” that tucks the grommet barrels into a trench to reduce drag, like “areo fin” placement to reduce drag, like “Namd” graphite that flex’s to increase dwell time and spin potential!

Wow!  That is a lot of stuff to consider.  The good thing is that you don’t need to think much about these things!  Instead, go out and hit with one of the four (4) models, 100×280 gram, 100×300 gram, 98×285 gram, and 98×305 gram, and decide for yourself!

All of the racquets look the same so you will need to look for the “100 or 98” on the shaft and then look for the weight on the hoop right above the throat.  There you will find the weight, balance, and length.

Most of the Yonex Performance racquets are made in Japan but this series includes the “Game” model that is made in China but adheres to the Yonex quality standards as far as I can tell.  The “Game” is a lighter version (270 gram) of the same “look” and incorporates most of the design features of the other models.

The data that follows is for the Yonex VCore 100, 300 gram version.  The other versions will follow!

ManufacturerYonex
Racquet ModelYonex VCore 100 - 300
Reference Tension52
String
Yonex Rexis 130
Machine UsedTrue Tension Pro
Static
APPS, RDC55.0
ASPS, FlexFour62.0
Racquet Flex, RDC65
Racquet Flex, FlexFour52.5
Weight, Grams318
Weight, Ounces11.22
Balance, mm328
Balance, Inch12.91
Length, Cm68.5
Length, Inch26.986
Head Width9.69
Head Length12.83
Head Area, cm2645.8
Head Area, Sq. Inch100.7
Number of Main Strings16
Number of Cross Strings19
Ratio Cross/Mains.636
Main String Grid7.10
Cross String Grid9.75
Density (% of head filled with string).729
Average Cross String Space.526 (the larger the number the more string movement)
Average Main String Space.445 (the larger the number the more string movement)
Dynamic
Dynamic Tension, Kp, ERT35
Dynamic Tension, Lbs/in195.76
First Moment, Nm.805 (sometimes referred to as PIck-Up Weight)
Polar Moment331 (rotation around the center axis)
Torsional Stability17 (the difference between polar moment and swing weight. Higher is better)
Swing Weight, Kg/cm2314
Swing Weight, Ounces11.08
Swing Weight Calculated342 (mdd, from the butt cap)
Power, RDC48
Control, RDC53
Manueverability, RDC77
Power, Calculated 1992.3
Head Points4.75 (negative number is head heavy)
Head Weight, %47.9%
Center of Percussion21.0
Dwell Time, ms8.58 (no swing speed)
Effective Stiffness29.8
K, Lb/In176.28
Recoil Weight151.00
Twist Weight223.48

Keep it Up!

I am talking about our String Frequency Calculator tool.  As of right now, as far as I know, WordPress does not support “interactive” spreadsheets, so our calculator is far, far, away running on One Drive!

Each time you enter user information it goes to the “cloud” and the calculation is made, then returned to racqeutquest.com, and you.  It seems like a long way around but for now, that is what we have.

Here is how you can help.  One Drive puts the application to “sleep” if the spreadsheet is not “active” for a short period.  Then it has to be “jump started” which causes the blank display you may see.  The fix is to keep it active!  So every five (5) minutes or so do a calculation!

We think the information is fun and meaningful so please continue to use the Stringing Frequency Calculator!

Meet Jennifer

Jennifer walked into the World Headquarters of Racquet Quest the other day and asked to have her racquets strung.  Nothing unusual about that, of course.

I looked a the racquets in her hand and thought to myself…” Well, where are they?”

In her hands were two (2) Head You Tek IG Prestige Mid racquets!  If you don’t remember these, they are the pinnacle of the Head Performace series racquets.  The head size is 93 square inches; the weight is 350 grams (12.35 ounces), with a swing weight of 309 kg/cm2 (10.9 ounces), and a racquet flex of 64 RDC units.

This is a great racquet for sure, but I don’t see many anymore in the good condition as these are.  One needed a grommet set, but that was all.

The reason I mention this is to reassure tennis players that they are capable of using racquets they normally scoff at including a comment “I am not good enough to use that!”   A lot depends on what you want to do with the racquet.  In Jennifer’s case, she wants to get to the net as quickly as possible, and the nice recoil weight of 146.1 makes this a good racquet at the net!  The low swing weight enhances the “mobility” of the racquet which also means this is not a particularly “powerful” racquet.

The new Head Graphene Touch Prestige Mid is still 93 square inches but now has a 16×19 string pattern.

If you are interested in hitting with a Head Graphene Touch Prestige Mid, our demo is strung with Babolat VS Touch natural gut which represents the purest combination I can think of!

Thank you, Jennifer, for giving me an example of what tennis players are capable of!

 

What is Pointy?

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.

Just click here and browse the store!

If you have any questions or would like to hear about any “special offers” please call or text!

This is Important!

I was just going through some older posts and came across this “E” Book post and believe it is more relevant now that when I originally posted it!

Take a look because this is important!

What is Soft…er?

Our Standard Stringing Process

After seeing “After the String is Strung” some of you wanted to see a “While the String is Being Strung” video.  I have several videos of the stringing process but I use them for my own review and to see if there is anything that can be done better.

So, the video(s) will not be “professional” videos and are intended for fun and maybe some understanding of what we do.

Grab a coffee, or something, and enjoy 24 minutes of stringing fun!

What is “Best Overall Performance”?

In our “Recommended Stringing Frequency” calculator we state that this frequency is to get the best possible performance from your racquet.   But, what exactly is “best performance”?

To establish this we need to take you, the player, out of the picture for a moment and concentrate on the racquet and string setup.  the reason is simple:  no two players strike the ball the same way.

We start with “Swing Weight” which is the most important dynamic property of a racquet.  So a higher swing weight will contribute to power and stability, thus performance.

Overall weight is important because you need to be able to get the racquet to the court and out of your bag!  Heavier racquets contribute to energy, stability, and comfort.

Effective Stiffness is important because it represents the stiffness of the string bed (SBS) and the racquet stiffness (xxRA, or something like that).  This number represents the impact each time you strike the ball.  The higher the number, the stiffer, of course.

Of the four (4) things mentioned above we can control the string bed stiffness with ease.  One of the easiest methods is to string your racquet regularly to maintain the effectiveness of the elongation of the string being used.  Elongation relates to energy return in a string and while strings will stay resilient for a long time a well-worn string takes a while to return energy to the ball.

You, the player, of course, determine performance so when using the SFR you can enter a high UTR or Style rating or a low UTR or style rating if maximum performance is not required.

MonoGut ZX +ZX Pro…let’s talk about it.

If you have been around Racquet Quest for a while, you know we talk a lot about Ashaway MonoGut ZX and ZX Pro, with ZX Pro being the 17 gauge version. During this post when I use MonoGut ZX it will include the ZX Pro Version, to save pixels!

A few questions need to be answered before we begin:

1. Do you get paid to talk about Ashaway MonoGut ZX?………. No
2. Do you get Ashaway MonoGut ZX free?………. No
3. Do get to spend the summer at a lavish resort in Ashaway R.I. ………. No
4. Why do you do it, then?

The short answer is MonoGut ZX works in so many applications that it is impossible not to talk about it whenever talking about tennis racquet string, arm issues, durability, and performance!

The first thing we need to know about MonoGut ZX is that is not polyester. It is Polyetheretherketone, or PEEK, for short. MonoGut ZX can look exactly like many common polyester strings due to the monofilament format. Monofilament means it is one strand of material and is typically very smooth and shiny.

The appearance is where the similarities end. Without going into a lot of detail, the stiffness of the base material dictates the stiffness of the string, especially in monofilament formats. Every string we get is tested for “stiffness” and entered into our database. This stiffness is converted to Power Potential using proprietary software. Power Potential is easy to understand…the higher the number, the more powerful the string is.

To get to the meat of this topic, we need to know the relative values of these materials.

MonoGut ZX has a power potential of 14.62
Babolat RPM Blast has a power potential of 4.29
LaserFibre Silverline 2 has a power potential of 4.59
Luxilon ALU Power has a power potential of 4.42
Luxilon ALU Power Soft has a power potential of 5.72

There are hundreds of polyester based string, but this gives you some idea as to where they stack up vis-a-vis MonoGut ZX.

Why does this matter? Strings with very low elongation (power potential) get stiffer the harder the ball is hit! So what? So, if you have low power potential, you need to swing harder to get the ball to go as far as it needs to go especially if you are trying to hit with huge topspin.

MonoGut ZX is suited to many playing styles, racquets, and string patterns. That is why so many really good players are currently using it and winning with it.  That is why it is important that we continue to talk about MonoGut ZX!

Maybe it is time to try MonoGut ZX yourself.

Ashaway MonoGut ZX Black

Ashaway MonoGut ZX Pro Natural

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