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Turn the Head Radical Pro Into a Beast!

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.

Turn the Head Radical into a Beast!

Brittany Goes to Washington!

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.

Congratulations, Brittany!

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?

Head Visit

The World Headquarters of Racquet Quest was pleased to have Erika and Federic from Head visit recently. Erika is with Head in Phoenix and Frederic is from the Headquarters in Kennelbach, Austria.

Team Head player, Jack Anthrop was on hand to provide a players perspective.

Jack Anthrop

“Champion”

The purpose of the visit was to discuss a “grassroots” program that can effectively address, and contribute to the growth of tennis worldwide.

I was commenting on racquets and string selections, of course, when it dawned on me that Head has done an extraordinary job in designing racquets that have vast player appeal! A prime example is the Adaptive Series, introduced about a year ago, consisting of a “Speed” and  “Instinct” model.

Head Adaptive Length Extenders

This series can go from a lightweight standard length racquet to a more substantial, longer racquet in a few minutes! Plus this series can be either a 16 x 19 or a 16x 16 string pattern!

This concept is valid, and one that allows players to maximise the performance of the racquet. And the implementation is easy. Some changes can be made at courtside!

So, while I believe more can be done to get players into the correct racquet, the Head Adaptive Series is very close to being perfect!

New! Head Adaptive Tuning Models!

I have been working on these new models for a few days and will post more data as it is available but right now here a few points about this fascinating racquet concept.

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The two (2) models are Speed Adaptive and Instinct Adaptive.  The racquets are both new versions of the current models with slightly newer graphics, that are, in my opinion very cool!  The Instinct has new graphics which will appeal to more players.

First, the Adaptive Tuning can create thirty-two (32) possible combinations, including increasing the overall length of the racquet.

The racquets are shipped in the lightest (285 gram), 16×19, 27.0-inch length format, and swing weight 287.

The Adaptive Tuning Kit is required and costs $29.00.   In the “kit” you will find a “heavy” butt cap insert, three (3) sets of grommet inserts to add weight and change string pattern, and three (3) sleeves that go onto the shaft to create length.

The length modification can be made quickly by the player, if necessary, however, the other modifications require the racquet to be unstrung.

These modifications should be left to your racquet technician.

Head Adaptive Length Extenders

Head Adaptive Length Extenders

Below is a spreadsheet representing the various combinations as they are applied.  This does not include all the options because the 16×16 grommet set did not participate in this session.

This was done at Racquet Quest, LLC and represents actual data, not calculated characteristics.

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Interactive Discussion

Racquet Quest, LLC, with the help of Dr. Rich Zarda and myself, invite you to meet us at the World Headquarter’s of Racquet Quest, LLC on Thursday, October 20th at 7:00 PM for an open discussion on tennis racquets, and, strings technologies. We expect to finish no later than 9:00 PM.

This first discussion is open to the first twenty (20) that respond, and, are attending. If this discussion is worthwhile, we plan on supporting larger groups in the future.

Racquet Quest, LLC is located at 3490 US 17-92, Casselberry, FL 32707, directly across from the Home Depot. You can find directions at www.racquetquest.com.

Racquet Quest, LLC World Headquarter's

Racquet Quest, LLC World Headquarter’s

This is a “discussion” not a “sales” meeting, so your questions are solicited. If you want to send your question to me, johngugel@tennisrocks.net before the meeting date, please do so.

We will answer any prior questions at the discussion so everyone in attendance will hear the same answer.

Light refreshments will be served.

We look forward to seeing you here!  Please RSVP with a phone number and/or email address.  Time and space is limited.

Thank you for your interest…

Why Offer Racquets?

My answer is simple! To give you the very best performance you can get from your racquet dollar!

You are probably thinking “aren’t I getting that now from my online purchase?”

Probably not! I see a lot of racquets from online sources and what I see convinced me that you need to have another option!  The issues I see are typically poor string selection and really poor string installation.  String and stringing are very important, and you deserve better! We  offer racquets, in a limited sort of way, so you are getting what you expect!

How do I select what brands I will offer? Well, I review almost every racquet made either before or right after they are introduced and this review yields a great deal of information that is not normally known to the online consumer.

The Head Selection!

The Head Selection!

Wilson!

Some New Wilson’s

That is why you will see Head and Wilson racquets when you visit the World Headquarters of Racquet Quest. This selection does not mean other brands are not worthy of your consideration, and we are pleased to discuss all brands and offer them when appropriate.

Our racquet prices are attractive and the special service we offer adds to the value of your purchase.

Even if you just have a racquet question, we will be very pleased to help!

 

What is a “mis-hit”?

I posted recently the sad results of a mis-hit but I don’t think that term has been properly discussed. So, let’s talk about it now.

In the post I also mentioned the word “shank” and in fact, that may be more descriptive of what happens.

Mis-hits DSC02449or Shanking is the “hard” collision of the ball hitting the string and the racquet frame at nearly the same time. This impact causes huge shear loads, like a scissor, and is accompanied by an “impulse”. That means the load is applied over a very short time period, or, in other words, a sharp blow.

A reasonable question, then, is “why does it usually break around the top of the racquet?” The short answer is that the top of the racquet is moving faster than any other part of the racquet with great leverage , therefore, the load has no place to go except into the string. If, however, the mis-hit occurs around the side of the racquet it can “rotate” in your hand and mitigate the load. That is why we see very few failures around the side of the racquet.

I have found that most mis-hits happen with younger players that are very aggressive naturally and are, at the same time, experimenting with different strokes, serves, grips, and spin. All of these things can cause mis-hits and the string failure associated with them.

In most cases mis-hits can be eliminated, by the player, through concentration on impact location, such as trying to hit the center of the string bed, however, on occasion, seldom I hope, the concentration is not there or the desire to return a shot takes precedent over concentration!

Can This be True?

I don’t normally post about string failure in a positive way but today is special!

This is the date the racquet was strung…

Strung Date

Strung Date

Today is 3/24/2016!  The string is broken!  229 days!

Unbelievable Durability!

Unbelievable Durability!

In the interest of full disclosure this player has three (3) racquets and plays about 2-4 days a week (yes, I think he does have a job)!  So, even if you divide this number of days by 3 it is still 76 days.  Pretty good, I would say!

The string is Ashaway Monogut ZX Pro, Black, 17 gauge (1.22mm) strung at 55 pounds (24.95kg)

 

 

Pro-Stock Racquets…what does that even mean?

Racquet Quest is in the racquet technology business! What does that even mean?

It means we devote a great deal of our time to understanding racquets and what makes them ”tick”. Of course, it is fun and meaningful but sometimes not well understood.

Hardly a week goes by that I don’t have a request for “Pro Stock” racquets of some sort. But what does that mean?

To help sort out this question I reached out to one of the people in this industry that knows the answer! Jerry, I will call him, works for a major racquet manufacturer and is responsible for racquets for professional players. I asked him to comment on the following narrative. The responses are in red.

Pro Stock Racquets.  What does that even mean?

“Rackets which have been customized to players need.”

“Many people believe that pro players are using different construction, which is actually not true; a reason to think so is that these people have no idea about racket production.”

For years, it has been the position of manufacturers that the “retail” version of racquets did not work for the top world ranked player(s). So what to do?

“Players need different weight/balance/swing weight than regular players due to their fitness and technique.”

Many “pro” players prefer the model they started their career with but those racquets have long been replaced by newer, and mostly, better technology regarding materials. Of course, it is “possible” to use the older mold, (the mold is not the graphite tube), to re-create the preferred geometry and feel. I doubt that the materials I used in our racquets many years ago are still available.

“If players are used to their old/first racket as their extension of the arm/hand in many cases they don´t want to switch unless they feel they have to!”

Probably the most important consideration is the third paragraph. “Players need different weight/balance/swing weight than regular players due to their fitness and technique.” Why would I even think I can play with the “same” racquet as Roger, Novak, Andy, Rafa, and the rest of the top players! It is simply not possible.

Yesterday I finished an “evaluation” racquet for a pro player with a swing weight of 400 kg/cm2 with an “even” balance.  Is this a “pro stock” racquet, or just a racquet that has been radically customized?

I can, however, make my racquet the best it can be for ME! So, let’s go back to the top of the page,“Rackets which have been customized to players need.”

It doesn’t matter to me at what level you play but as racquet “technoligsts” we can help you be a better player.

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