Thanks to all of you that saved the World Headquarters of Racquet Quest from being over-run by bags! There are still a few really good bag opportunities, however!
In addition to bags, I have a few new racquets, of earlier models, that need a place to play! One Prestige (middle) is the 25th Anniversary Edition! The Prestige next to it is the “S” version which makes it suitable for nearly any player style. The Radical (far left) is the Graphene Radical “S”. The Instinct is the Graphene “S”, and the Speed (far right) is the Graphene Speed “S”, 16×19 string pattern.
These racquets are new.
As you know, Racquet Quest is serious about stringing, so the string selection is up to you, and of course, we will help you make a selection that will enhance your performance. Stringing is not included in the ridiculously low racquet prices.
We have, from time to time, a few new racquets of the last years model (cosmetic) that need to be in the hands of players, not hanging on the wall!
2013 will soon be history and what a history it has been! The passing year has been one of learning, teaching, wanting, and receiving!
2013 was a busy year for Racquet Quest, LLC and there is more coming for 2014! If you are a client I send you a special thank you! If you are not a client I invite you to search this site for something that may interst you. Racquet Quest, LLC is a technology center and is ready to help in your tennis success.
The new “review” section will be opened shortly where you will find racquet and string reviews.
What ever you do in tennis this coming year please let us help you make the most of your activities!
Happy New Year!
Recently I had the terrific opportunity to visit the Wilson Sporting Goods Innovation Center in Chicago! This is a tennis racquet “lovers” dream!
In the very open design area there are several engineers working on new designs, modifications, ideas, and stringing. There are three (3) Wilson Baiardo stringing machines at the far end looking over the engineering work stations.
Having designed and manufactured tennis racquets a few years ago I was particularly impressed with Wilson’s ability to take an idea to “prototype” in less than two (2) days! In fact Wilson can “print” a racquet so the participants can see and feel a real racquet and judge the shape and general appearance before going on to a full prototype!
The CAD software used by Wilson is incredibly fast and comprehensive so it is easy to “see” every angle and surface of the proposed design. So, if you don’t like that “bulge” just remove it! Dave does this! Engineers Bill, Ron, Scott and Bobby feed ideas to Dave and he turns these ideas into wonderful images! Ron is able to stand near Dave and virtually “design” a tennis racquet! Taking his ideas throughout Dave to the final design is impressive.
If a playable prototype is necessary one can be produced right here! The fibers are combined and cut on “electronic” tables, wrapped, put into a mold and sent through the molding process!
Also at this facility is the “Pro Room”, which, as the name would imply, is the room dedicated to the professional players that are playing with Wilson racquets. In this room hangs hundreds of racquets in various states. Some are complete, some are waiting for some “work”. This is quite an impressive room!
As one walks through the 32,000 square foot facility you come across a full size tennis court which is not unusual but the electronics hanging out here may not be found anywhere else. Commercials can be made here as well as racquet testing.
If you ever have a change to visit this facility take the opportunity. I could go back many ties and still not get enough!
Thank you Wilson for the visit!
I just returned from the 7th Annual IART Symposium held at Saddlebrook Resort near Tampa. This was the best symposium yet with more attendees and more and better sessions presented by really qualified presenters.
I have presented a few sessions from Understanding String to a four (4) hour Customization session at every symposium since the beginning. Each year the attendees are more engaged and are accomplishing more. This is a good thing!
This year we had attendees from Brazil, Taiwan, Great Britain, France, Spain, Australia, and of course all over the United States. These attendees are “racquet technicians” but I want to encourage all tennis/racquet enthusiasts to consider attending next year. I want the consumer to become engaged in what we do and this symposium is a great opportunity to do that.
At the symposium I had the opportunity to see the new Prince racquets and I think you will be happy to know that some of the most popular models are coming back! The Graphite, DB, and player styles are back!
I want to thank all the vendors that participated this year. The vendor exposure this years was huge and really appreciated by the attendees, and especially me!
If you have any questions about the symposium please let me know.