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Wilson Clash Tour

If you read the Wilson Clash 100 review there is not much to say about the Wilson Clash Tour in terms of graphics because it is exactly the same!

So we can go directly to the differences between the two models. The Tour does have the “word” tour on the racquet but little else in terms of racquet specifications and that is by design.

Wilson Clash Tour

Typically a racquet will have some little tiny descriptions such as weight, head size, string pattern, etc. but these racquets have none of that. Wilson, with this racquet, wants the player to make all the decisions based on “feel, control, and power” and not be influenced by descriptors. As you might expect this model is a little heavier overall and in swing weight thus the “Tour” designation.

Our Wilson Clash and Clash Tour demo racquets are strung with Luxilon Natural Gut as the main string and Wilson Sensation Plus as the cross string. This combination should maximize the performance of the racquet.

Before we get to the specifications of the Tour model there is another slightly unusual design feature. The grip pallet is not molded onto the frame but is formed by the carbon fiber. This manufacturing technique does not allow for easy (seriously not easy) grip size and shape customization so be certain you get the grip size you need.

Take a look at the following data to see if you think this new concept is worth a try. Based on the feedback we are getting I would say yes, definatley!

ManufacturerWilson
Racquet ModelClash Tour
Reference Tension58 lbs - 26.3 kg
String
Luxilon 125 Gut =M
Wilson Sensation Plus =X
Machine UsedTrue Tension Professional
Static
ASPS, RDC51
ASPS, FlexFour63
Racquet Flex, RDC47 - After stringing
Racquet Flex, FlexFour25
Racquet - In Plane Stiffness317 lbs/Inch
Weight, Grams328
Weight, Ounces11.57


Balance, mm318
Balance, Inch12.52
Length, Cm68.5
Length, Inch27.0
Head Width9.91
Head Length12.89
Head Area, cm2647.3
Head Area, Sq. Inch100.3
Number of Main Strings16
Number of Cross Strings19
Ratio Cross/Mains.647
Main String Grid7.68
Cross String Grid10.44
Density (% of head filled with string).799
Average Cross String Space.549
Average Main String Space.480
Dynamic
Dynamic Tension, Kp, ERT35
Dynamic Tension, Lbs/in195.76
First Moment, Nm.822
Polar Moment348
Torsional Stability15
Swing Weight, Kg/cm2329
Swing Weight, Ounces11.6
Swing Weight Calculated341.8
Power, RDC39
Control, RDC64
Manueverability, RDC65
Power, Calculated 1586.1
Head Points7.87
Head Weight, %46.4
Center of Percussion21.7
Dwell Time, ms8.91
Efective Stiffness - lbs24.5
K, Lb/In163.46
Recoil Weight174.7
Twist Weight247.8
End Weight 141.6
Tip Weight 195.0
9 O'Clock99.1
3 O'Clock96.9
Butt Cap140.2

Wilson Clash 100

Once in a while words “fit”! Clash fits this new Wilson racquet because it disrupts the trend of “everything stiff”. Luckily this trend is dying and Wilson has, in my view, done a masterful job of expediting that demise with this concept.

Wilson Clash 100

Not only does this racquet look good it just feels good in the hand. It is light, maybe too light, but the brain detects something different about this racquet. We all know racquets are all about “the brain”!

In this review you may notice the addition of a couple of specifications. One is “Racquet – In Plane Stiffness”. This is the racquets resistance to”squeezing the sides together. The higher the number the more resistant (stiffer) the racquet is. Another addition to the review is the three (3) weights taken at the sides of the head and at the very bottom (butt cap) of the racquet. This very helpful when matching or customizing a racquet. so I thought we would include it.

Before this racquet is strung it has a noticeable “softness” which is expected given the 52 stiffness (Wilson is not using the defacto device, RDC, for their stiffness rating). However, after stringing, the racquet takes on a different “feel”. It is like the string is pulling all the material components together! I intend to hit with this racquet tomorrow so as right now I have no idea how it will feel.

To get the maximum from this racquet our demo is strung with Luxilon Natural Gut, 125 and the new Wilson Sensation Plus multi-filament with a “wear” wrap. This should be a great setup, so if you want to hit with the latest technology this is it!

For each racquet we do an “Accuracy Index”. This tells us how accurately the ball will come off the string bed when hit at different locations on the string bed. This racquet has an index of 97, which is very good, in the areas of the string bed that show the most failure (breakage). The overall string bed index of 94 is quite good and tells us that the string bed should produce as much accuracy as the players skill allows!

Take look at the following specifications to see if you agree with the player evaluations you may have read.

ManufacturerWilson
Racquet ModelClash 100
Reference Tension58 lbs - 26.3 kg
String
Luxilon 125 Gut =M
Wilson Sensation Plus =X
Machine UsedTrue Tension Professional
Static
ASPS, RDC56
ASPS, FlexFour61.5
Racquet Flex, RDC51 - After stringing
Racquet Flex, FlexFour27
Racquet - In Plane Stiffness317 lbs/Inch
Weight, Grams309
Weight, Ounces10.90
Balance, mm322
Balance, Inch12.68
Length, Cm68.5
Length, Inch27.0
Head Width9.92
Head Length12.85
Head Area, cm2646.0
Head Area, Sq. Inch100.1
Number of Main Strings16
Number of Cross Strings19
Ratio Cross/Mains.650
Main String Grid7.50
Cross String Grid10.37
Density (% of head filled with string).779
Average Cross String Space.547
Average Main String Space.469
Dynamic
Dynamic Tension, Kp, ERT37
Dynamic Tension, Lbs/in206.94
First Moment, Nm.764
Polar Moment321
Torsional Stability15
Swing Weight, Kg/cm2306
Swing Weight, Ounces10.79
Swing Weight Calculated320.4
Power, RDC34
Control, RDC70
Manueverability, RDC83
Power, Calculated 1562.7
Head Points6.46
Head Weight, %47.0%
Center of Percussion21.5
Dwell Time, ms8.50
Efective Stiffness - lbs26.7
K, Lb/In179.49
Recoil Weight155.9
Twist Weight227.1
End Weight 126.8
Tip Weight 181.9
9 O'Clock94.0
3 O'Clock93.9
Butt Cap119.9

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 Pro 100

Yonex has done a brilliant job of updating the performance series with the new VCore, however, there is a Yonex series that has been around for a while and needs to be considered when thinking about a performance racquet, and that is the VCore Pro 100!

Yonex V-Core Pro

The VCore Pro 100 is the Yonex “legacy” performance racquet, much like the Head Prestige is for Head. The VCore Pro 100 is slightly stiffer than the 97 version which may contribute to a little more power.  The weight of 300 grams offers a more maneuverable racquet for all court players.

The thin beam and flex fits the bill for those looking for a traditional feeling racquet but with technical materials and components.  As with all the Yonex performance raquets this one is made in Japan and the consistency is top notch!  This is important when choosing a racquet.

If you are considering a performance racquet you need to demo this one!

Weight:                  316 (strung)

Swing Weight:    312 (strung)

Head Size:            100 square inch

Flex:                       63 (RDC) (strung)

Length:                  27.0 Inches

Beam:                    21mm

Pattern:                 16 x 19

Head Graphene 360 Extreme

If you can’t get by Racquet Quest to take a look at this exciting new racquet just take a look at this video!

The specifications will be posted here as soon as possible, but in the meantime…

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

You Have Been Waiting for These!

You may not know it but you have been waiting for these!

Head continues with thier anniversary edition parade!  It seems twenty-five years is a good time to re-introduce the racquet(s) that made history then!

Head Radical 107

Head Radical 98 Limited Edition

The Head Radical 107 OS is a remake of the Andre Agassi racquet that is true to the characteristics of the era!   Great weight, perfect flex, workable swingweight, a 18×19 string pattern, a 107 square inch head, and minimal graphics!  This may be the purest example of a remake I have ever seen.  It even comes with the rubber band vibration dampers Andre used!

The Head Radical 98 MP is the newer racquet geometry and 98 head size.   The graphics reach back twenty-five years for the colors but the design is definately contemporary.  Plus, this racquet accepts the  Head Pro Player Cap System grommet set.  Yes, that means you can turn this Radical into a “beast” just like the previous versions!

I will be posting all the specifications of both of these as soon as possible but they are in the shop so please come by and take a look, and feel, for yourself.  These are limited edition racquets.

Head Graphene 360 Speed Pro

Head has introduced their new Speed Series, and it is here, yes, I men here, with some significant changes!

The most obvious and dramatic is the move toward a minimalist “look.”  The graphics consist of black and white!  Gone are the days of multi-colored Speed racquets.

As with many Head racquets, the graphics mimic the “SkiTip” angle as seen with the logo and white paint headed in the same angle.

Less obvious but no less important is the “360” designation that has replaced the “Touch” designation that was on the last series.

Players of the Speed series don’t want muted, as suggested by “Touch” they want feedback!

And, “360” suggests the use of Graphene in more areas of the racquet.

This image is the Graphene 360 Speed Pro, a highly maneuverable, flexible, (57RDC) racquet with an 18×20 string pattern.  This may be the ticket for juniors that can’t handle a heavier, stiffer racquet but need the dense string pattern to mitigate string breakage. I would not recommend any stiff string in this racquet, however.

I am a little surprised by the low swing weight (306kg/cm2) but this can be increased as necessary.

ManufacturerHead
Racquet ModelGraphene 360 Speed Pro
Reference Tension55
String
Head Velocity MLT 16
Machine UsedTrue Tension Professional
Static
APPS, RDC56
ASPS, FlexFour59.5
Racquet Flex, RDC57
Racquet Flex, FlexFour46
Weight, Grams323
Weight, Ounces11.39
Balance, mm323
Balance, Inch12.72
Length, Cm68.5
Length, Inch27.0
Head Width9.75
Head Length13.12
Head Area, cm2648.4
Head Area, Sq. Inch100.5
Number of Main Strings18
Number of Cross Strings20
Ratio Cross/Mains.669
Main String Grid7.70
Cross String Grid10.25
Density (% of head filled with string).784
Average Cross String Space.525
Average Main String Space.417
Dynamic
Dynamic Tension, Kp, ERT37
Dynamic Tension, Lbs/in206.94
First Moment, Nm.802
Polar Moment321
Torsional Stability15
Swing Weight, Kg/cm2306
Swing Weight, Ounces10.79
Swing Weight Calculated337
Power, RDC39
Control, RDC63
Manueverability, RDC83
Power, Calculated 1753.0
Head Points6.14
Head Weight, %47.2
Center of Percussion20.7
Dwell Time, ms8.50
Efective Stiffness28.2
K, Lb/In179.49
Recoil Weight147.6
Twist Weight229.75

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!

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