Category Archives: Racquets – New
New racquet introductions
Every once in a while Racquet Quest decides to do a little house cleaning and that means opening boxes that have not been open for a long time!
And surprise! We find a lot of really interesting and exciting tennis racquets! Most of these have been on the Racquet Museum site but now it is time for them to find a new place to hang out!
Most of these racquets are new! Many have been strung for evaluation purposes but have not been played with! All of the racquets will be fitted with a new grip. All the racquets will come with the string that is now in the racquet, unless new stringing is requested. All racquets are sold “as is”. Most of them are new, but the string may be several years old. There will not be any “junk” offered, just good racquets!
|Racquet Brand||Model||Head Size||Grip Size||String||Condition||Price|
|Weed||125 Tour EXT||125||3||Weed Synthetic Gut||New||50.00|
|Weed||135 Open Tour||135||3||ALU Power Rough||New||50.00|
|Weed||125 X-One 25||125||3||Weed Synthetic Gut||New||50.00|
|Prince||Tour 100 18x20||100||3||None||New||150.00|
|Prince||EXO Warrior 100||100||2||Prince Premier Attack||New||150.00|
|Prince||EXO Red 105||105||3||Prince Premier LT||New||125.00
|Prince||EXO Blue||110||3||Prince Premier LT||New||125.00|
|Prince||EXO Rebel Team 98||98||3||Prince Premier/Beast Hybrid||New||150.00|
|Prince||EXO Rebel 98||98||3||Prince Premier/Beast Hybrid||New||200.00|
|Prince||EXO Rebel 95||95||3||Prince Beast||New||200.00|
|Head||Speed LTD Edition XT||100||4||None||New||100.00|
|Head||Instinct MP XT||100||2||None||New||100.00
|Head||Graphene Instinct PWR||115||3||PPS 17||New||150.00|
|Head||Graphene Touch Radical PWR||110||3||FXP 16||New||150.00|
|Dunlop||AeroGel Smoke||100||5||Silk 17||New||100.00|
|Dunlop||M-Fil 3 Hundred||98||5||None||New||150.00|
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|
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;
- Total weight should be not less than 10.5 ounces (300 grams).
- Swing weight should not be less than 10.5 ounces (300 grams).
- 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.