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Best Tennis Strings

Since you’re here, you must be in need of some advice on the best tennis strings, am I right? Just like choosing a tennis racquet, picking the right tennis strings for you is an important decision as well. Not only can the right strings help you to improve as well as advance to the next level, it should also fit with your playstyle and needs so that you can play as comfortably as you can out on the courts. There are tons of tennis strings and different brands out there however so you might have a hard time deciding. But with this guide, you’ll be a tennis string expert in no time. Here are tips on choosing the best tennis strings for you!

How to Choose the Best Tennis Strings

Factors to Consider

Price

Best Tennis Strings - Reel vs IndividualThe price of tennis strings will normally vary anywhere from $5 to $15 while natural gut will average around $25 to $55 for an individual set of strings. The price usually depends on the material and the gauge which decides the feel or durability. The higher the cost of the strings, the better the performance is while reducing the chances of tennis elbow.

Also, when buying strings, there are 3 different types you can buy: individual sets (40ft), 330ft reels, and 660ft reels. The individual sets can only string one tennis racquet with the amount of string you get while 330ft reels can string up to 8 racquets (40ft x 8=320ft). Last but not least, the 660ft reel allows you to string up to 16 racquets (40ft x 16=640ft)! If you’re going to be needing new strings often and prefer a specific type of string, then buying reels will be cheaper in the long term. The only strings that don’t come in reels are natural gut and some multi-filaments.

Durability

How long do you want your strings to last? The longer strings lasts, the more you’ll be able to play. You’ll also be able to save more money this way by investing in a long-lasting pair of strings. However, important to note is that the more you play, the more tension will drop over time resulting in a different feel which might mess up your game. Therefore, playing with a durable set of strings means you should re-check the tension of your strings every so often.

Elasticity

Elasticity refers to how flexible your strings are, the more flexible, the more power it will be able to produce. The higher the elasticity, the more a string will be able to deform and spring back to its original position, also providing for a softer feel. Elasticity is an important factor to consider when choosing the best tennis strings, especially if you value feel or power.

Tension

Different strings have different tensions that you can adjust it to. The lower the tension, the more power you’ll have although the strings will snap faster. On the opposite end, the higher the tension, the more control you’ll have but it will strain your elbows more, leading to a higher chance of tennis elbow.

Tension Type
Tension in lbs.More:Less:
Low
<50 lbs.
  • Power
  • Shock
  • Durability
  • Comfort
  • Feel
  • Control
  • Stability
In-Between
50-60 lbs.————————————
High
>60 lbs.
  • Control
  • Stability
  • Power
  • Shock
  • Durability
  • Comfort
  • Feel

Playability / Feel

This is one of the biggest factors to think about. Some strings will be able to give you more topspin while others will give you more power. Also, some strings will put less strain on your elbow with a softer feel. The best tennis strings for you should fit with what you want you strings to feel like, so choose accordingly.

String Gauge

String gauge refers to the thickness of the string. How it works is that the thinner the string, the more playability improves; for example, you get more spin out of the ball. The thicker the string, the more durable it is. In tennis, the string gauge ranges from 15 being the thickest to 19 being the thinnest. Then there is something called half gauges, which is represented by the number and a L (15L or 17L). These half gauge are between the numbers; for example, 15L is thinner than 15 but thicker than 16. Confusing right? Sorry, but I didn’t make this lame string system. Here is a chart to make it a bit easier for you to visualize:

String GaugeThickness  
151.41-1.49mm171.20-1.24mm
15L1.34-1.40mm17L1.16-1.20mm
161.26-1.33mm181.10-1.16mm
16L1.22-12.6mm191.00-1.10mm

Different Types of Strings

Natural Gut: The only string made out of natural product from animal intestines, more specifically, a cow’s intestines. You probably could have guessed that since they are called natural gut. When twisted into tennis strings, they give a feel like no other and will protect your elbow from getting hurt. You can also string them with high tension for more control. Natural gut is the oldest type of string that remains in tennis today and is regarded by many as the best tennis strings. However, they are also the most expensive strings available, and will cost you a pretty penny every time you need to have your racquet re-strung. That’s probably why they aren’t recommended for players who snap their strings regularly.Synthetic Gut: Refers to any type of string that isn’t natural gut. Often made of nylon or polyester in a single filament although other materials can also be added for durability and feel. Synthetic gut is the cheapest type of string to manufacture and is generally the least expensive to purchase, making it the best tennis strings for budget players. This type of string aims to imitate the feel of real natural gut without costing as much, although recently multi-filaments do a better job of this. But don’t be fooled, even though these strings are cheap they have great durability and playability.
Polyester: Very stiff with durable material. These strings are frequently used for people who snap their strings a lot. The string supports people with heavy topspin which made it the most popular type of string in the pro tour.Nylon: The most popular string material for amateur players due to its low cost and elasticity offered by multi-filament strings. The strings are coated with wear-resistance because the outer filaments tend to snap first as you play with them.
Hybrids: Not really a string but more of a combination of 2 different strings on one racquet. You have 2 different types of string: 1 of them is the strings going vertically, which is called the main. The other is the strings going horizontally, which is called the cross. The main is usually the most durable string like Polyester or Kevlar. The reason for this is because you pop the main strings faster if you hit topspin. The cross is the opposite, it’s mostly based on comfort. You can still pop the cross with topspin but it will take much longer than having them on the main. When stringing, 20ft of each string will be required.Kevlar: Stiffest string and extremely hard to break. These strings are one of the best tennis strings that can hold its tension but it is also the most dangerous string as it can lead to the development of tennis elbow due to its stiffness. Kevlar is often strung with another type of string as it helps to combine the qualities of both strings (Hybrid), such as Kevlar with nylon to balance out the harsh feel. Another strategy to increase comfort and improve rebound efficiency is to string Kevlar at low tension.

best tennis strings - types of tennis strings

String Construction

Monofilaments: As you can guess, monofilaments are strings made of a single solid filament. Often made of polyester or kevlar, this type of string construction is one of the most durable although also one of the stiffest. For the most part, monofilaments are usually found in hybrid sets of strings, and recommended for chronic string breakers.
Multifilament: Also known as “multis”, these are strings that have more than one filament. These strings are known for having many filaments of nylon but can have other material too such as Kevlar. This type of string offers more elasticity than single filament but lacks the durability of other strings. Unlike natural gut, these strings can’t be strung with high tension.
  • Solid core/outer wrap: There are string options that have a solid core and either one outer wrap or multiple outer wraps. Popular nylon string construction, retains tension well with a crisp feel
  • Textured: An extra filament is added for a raised ridge on the surface, allowing for a little extra grip on the ball for better spin
  • Composites: Combination of different materials meshed together

Best Tennis Strings Comparison Chart

String NameTypeConstructionGaugeAvailable in?PricingRating on Amazon (?/5)
Prince Synthetic Gut with Duraflex
Synthetic gutSingle core with outer wraps16Set
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4
Babolat RPM Blast
Co-polyesterMonofilament16 / 17 / 18Set/Reel
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4.6
Solinco Tour Bite
PolyesterMonofilament16 / 16L / 17 / 18 / 19Set/Reel
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4.8
Wilson Champions Choice Duo
Hybrid / Natural gut + Luxilon ALU Power RoughNatural + textured monofilament16 + 16LSet
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4.8
Luxilon ALU Power Spin 127
Co-polyesterTextured monofilament16Set
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4.3
Wilson NXT Power
Synthetic gutMultifilament16 / 17 / 18Set
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4.4
Head Synthetic Gut PPS
Synthetic gutSingle core with outer wraps16 / 17Set
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Head Rip Control
Synthetic gutTextured multifilament16 / 17 / 18Set
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4.2
Babolat RPM Blast + VSHybrid / Natural gut + co-polyesterNatural + monofilament16 + 17Set
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4.9
Wilson NXT Control
Co-polyesterMultifilament16Set
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4.7

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Best Tennis Ball Machine

Seeing as you’ve landed on this page, you must be looking for advice on the best tennis ball machine, right? Well, tennis ball machines are not cheap, so it’s important that you do the proper research on them as ball machines come in all kinds of variations, some that may or may not fit your needs. The best tennis ball machine will be one that fits your budget and play level, has the ball capacity you need, and has all the features you’ll need to fling a ball cross court. To help ease the hardships of finding a tennis ball machine, we’ve thrown together this article to refine the choosing process for you. So let’s get started, here is how to choose the best tennis ball machine for you!

How to Choose the Best Tennis Ball Machine

Factors to Consider

Price

The price of a tennis ball machine can vary anywhere from $500 to more than $5000 (like this bad boy). More expensive machines will naturally have more features although budget machines are often more portable.

Portable-vs-tower - Best Tennis Ball MachineDimensions

How large does your tennis ball machine have to be? Are you into more portable ones or large towers? Take into consideration where you are going to store your tennis ball machine as well.

Ball Capacity

How many balls would you like your machine to carry at once? Most ball machines carry anywhere from 50 to 300 balls. Will this machine mostly be used by yourself or will a large group of players be using simultaneously?

Weight

This might not seem like something you’d care about that much but don’t be fooled! While lighter machines can be re-positioned like a breeze, heavier machines will be harder to move around.

Power Type

Most tennis ball machines come in two categories: AC power or battery operated. Battery operated machines are often smaller, easier to move around, but may lack advanced features such as a large ball capacity, oscillation, etc. AC powered machines often come will a ton of features although you will need to have a power source to plug your machine into.

Oscillation

Oscillation - Best Tennis Ball MachineCan you guess what oscillation is? It basically refers to a tennis ball machine’s ability to feed balls in more than one direction. Types of oscillation include random and programmable, where the former feeds balls in an unpredictable pattern while the latter allows you to choose how the balls will be fed and some allow you to choose the number of shots programmed.

Elevation

Elevation refers to how low or high the machine can feed balls. This is important if you want a more dynamic feed. You’ll also want to consider if it feeds lobs or not if that’s what you’re after too.

Feed Rate

How fast can the machine feed balls? The faster the feed rate, the more you’ll improve at reacting to incoming balls as well as being able to hit more shots in a set amount of time. A faster feed rate can also allow you to serve more players at once, say, a group of players using the same machine.

Propulsion

Propulsion refers to how the ball is fed. There are two types of propulsion: spinning wheel propulsion where two spinning wheels feed the ball, or air pressure propulsion where the ball is fed through a tube using air pressure. The type of propulsion is important for two things, top speed and allowing for spins. These are very important factors to consider when choosing the best tennis ball machine.

Top Speed

How fast can the machine feed a ball? Usually you won’t need the top MPH to be the absolute highest, although you may never know when you might want to feed a baseball as well. Only joking, but many intermediate/advanced players will want to practice hitting balls with pace.

Topspin and Backspin

Tennis is anything but a static sport. The most common way of stepping the game up is by adding spin to your shots, as well as learning how to return them. Thus, there are tennis ball machines that can feed both topspin and backspin shots.

Best Tennis Ball Machine – Battery Powered

Manufacturer
Lobster Sports
Lobster Sports
Lobster Sports
Playmate
Wilson
Model
Elite Liberty
Elite 2
Elite Grand V
Volley Portable
1031-DEFAULT-m
Standard
2486-DEFAULT-m
Dimensions
24" x 16" x 19"
24" x 16" x 19"
24" x 16" x 19"
25" x 19" x 21"
22" x 14" x 20"
Ball Capacity
150
150
150
200
110
Weight (lbs.)
35
42
44
62 (w/ battery)
38
Battery Life
2-4 hours
4-8 hours
4-8 hours
4-6 hours
3-4 hours
Oscillation
Random horiz.
Random horiz.
Random vert.
Random horiz.
Random vert.
Fully random horizontal & vertical
Random
1 line
2 line
Random
Random horiz.
2 line
Elevation
Yes, 0-50°
Yes, 0-60°
Yes, 0-50°
Yes
Yes
Topspin/Backspin?
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Feed Rate (seconds)
2-10
2-10
2-9, random
1-10
1.5-10
Range of Speed (MPH)
20-70
20-80
35-80
Up to 75
10-70
Key Features- Extremely portable and lightweight
- One of the more affordable tennis ball machines
- Triple oscillation to feed either short or deep shots- Pre-loaded and customizable drills
- Random oscillation for a simulation of match play
- Heavy duty aircraft aluminum
- Removable battery for convenient charging
- Very portable and compact
- Other models include remote / 2 line function
Warranty
2 Years
2 Years
2 Years
2 Years
1 Year
Price
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Rating
4-Stars-Small
4.5-Stars-Small
5-Stars-Small
4.5-Stars-Small
4.25-Stars-Small

Best Tennis Ball Machine – AC Powered

Manufacturer
Sports Tutor
Sports Tutor
Sports Tutor
Lobster Sports
Playmate
Model
Tennis Tutor Plus

551-DEFAULT-m
Shotmaker

880-DEFAULT-m
Tennis Tower

594-DEFAULT-m
Phenom II Club Series
34089-DEFAULT-m
Smash

825-DEFAULT-m
Dimensions
19.5" x 20" x 20"
31" x 21.5" x 38.5"
23" x 22" x 44"
32" x 25" x 50"
35" x 21" x 38"
Ball Capacity
150
300
225
250
300
Weight (lbs.)
46
90
60
99
115
Power Type
Battery or AC
120 Watt AC only
100 Watt AC only
AC only
AC only
Oscillation
Random horiz.
Random vert.
2 line
Fully random
Programmable oscillation

Random horiz.
Random vert.
Random horiz.
Random vert.
2 line
Fully random
Random horiz.
Random vert.
Programmable
Elevation
Yes, 10 settings
Yes
Yes
Yes, 0-50°
Yes
Topspin/backspin?
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Feed Rate (seconds)
1.5-10
1-10
1.5-8
2-9
1-60
Range of Speed (MPH)
10-85
10-95
10-85
35-85
Up to 80
Key Features- Player mode to simulate real play
- Multiple models to meet your needs
- High impact plastic and aluminum
- Multiple models to meet your needs
- Great for home court use
- Multiple models to meet your needs
- Pre-loaded and customizable drills
- 18 shot locations
- Electronic direction to 7 lines
- Aircraft aluminum construction
Warranty
3 Years
3 Years
1 Year
2 Years
3 Years
Price
Check-Price-Sml
Check-Price-Sml
Check-Price-Sml
Check-Price-Sml
Check-Price-Sml
Rating
4.75-Stars-Small
4-Stars-Small
4.25-Stars-Small
5-Stars-Small
4.75-Stars-Small

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Prince O3 Review [All models] http://protennistips.net/prince-o3-review-all-models/ Fri, 04 Sep 2015 20:17:17 +0000 http://protennistips.net/?p=1608 Caution: this post won’t be like the typical tennis racquet reviews you’d normally see on our site. Instead, we are going to do a Prince O3 review on all the models there are (5 to be precise). There is the Prince O3 Blue LS, Prince O3 White LS, Prince O3 Silver LS, Prince O3 Pink LS, and the Prince O3 Red LS. Although all of these versions utilize the same technology, the biggest differences lie in [...]

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Prince O3 Review - Racquet SeriesCaution: this post won’t be like the typical tennis racquet reviews you’d normally see on our site. Instead, we are going to do a Prince O3 review on all the models there are (5 to be precise). There is the Prince O3 Blue LS, Prince O3 White LS, Prince O3 Silver LS, Prince O3 Pink LS, and the Prince O3 Red LS. Although all of these versions utilize the same technology, the biggest differences lie in the varying specifications which are tailored to specific types of players.

If you are interested in the Prince O3 then you might want to read through our Prince O3 review to find out which model is best for you. There is the Silver which is best for beginners/recreational players, the Blue, Red and Pink that intermediate players will enjoy improving with, and the White which is suited for advanced players who prefer control and feel. But before we continue with our Prince O3 review, there’s one necessary question you should be asking yourself first: what type of player are you?

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Prince O3 Review [All models]

Features & Specifications

  • O3 technology adds O Ports all around the racquet’s frame
  • Feel at impact is dampened and very easy on the arms
  • Tungsten Triple Threat in three critical racquet locations–10 o’ clock, 2 o’ clock, and bottom of the handle–helps to improve stability while enlarging the sweet spot
  • All Prince O3 racquets sport a 16×19 string pattern for spin and power
  • All Prince O3 racquets made of GraphitExtreme/Copper/Titanium/Carbon/Tungsten
  • Comes wrapped with DuraPro+ grip and a Prince vibration dampener
  • Comes pre-strung (recommended string tension of 53-63 lbs, O3 Blue 55-65 lbs, O3 Silver 57-67 lbs)
Model:Headsize:Length:Weight / Balance Point:Swing Weight:Frame Stiffness:Recommended for:

Prince O3 Silver LS

Prince O3 Review - Prince O3 Silver LS

+ 118 sq.in

+ 761 sq.cm

+ 27.75 in

+ 70.5 cm

+ 9.6 oz

+ 271 g

+ 2 pts head heavy

292 74Beginners / Recreational

Prince O3 Blue LS

Prince O3 Review - Prince O3 Blue LS

+ 110 sq.in

+ 709.68 sq.cm

+ 27.5 in

+ 69.85 cm

+ 10.1 oz

+ 296.33 g

+ 4 pts head light

28565Intermediate

Prince O3 Pink LS

Prince O3 Review - Prince O3 Pink LS

+ 105 sq.in

+ 677.42 sq.cm

+ 27 in

+ 68.58 cm

+ 10 oz

+ 294.84 g

+ 1 pt head heavy

28270Intermediate

Prince O3 Red LS

Prince O3 Review - Prince O3 Red LS

+ 105 sq.in

+ 677.42 sq.cm

+ 27.25 in

+ 69.33 cm

+ 10.3 oz

+ 292 g

+ 5 pts head light

28570Intermediate

Prince O3 White LS

Prince O3 Review - Prince O3 White LS

+ 100 sq.in

+ 645.16 sq.cm

+ 27 in

+ 68.56 cm

+ 11.2 oz

+ 317.51 g

+ 6 pts head light

29066Advanced
  • O3 Technology

Prince O3 Review - O PortsPrince’s O3 technology refers to the giant O Ports you can find around the racquet’s frame, just take a look at one yourself, they are very hard to miss. While traditional tennis racquets use smaller pin-holes for strings that require you to hit your shots in the center to reap all the benefits of the sweet spot, O3 technology is designed specifically to enlarge the sweet spot by 54% to create a Sweet Zone. This Sweet Zone allows players of all levels to hit their best shots more often, with speed and control a constant factor. That means you are no longer restricted to hitting your shots in only one place anymore (the very center), O3 technology allows you to hit consistent shots from more places around the string bed, no matter if you are just a beginner, on the intermediate level, or an advanced player.

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Prince O3 Review - Sweet Zone Technology

O3 technology also creates a more maneuverable and aerodynamic frame, since the giant O Ports provide total string freedom for a livelier response across the entire string bed. O Ports act as ‘wind tunnels’ capable of reducing aerodynamic drag, which allows for 24% faster swings for the aggressive player. This makes it extra beneficial as most of the Prince O3 racquets also sport a light weight (except for the Prince O3 White LS), which only adds to your potential for powerful shots. These racquets are also very easy on the arms as the feel at impact is dampened by the unique properties of the O Ports, giving you a very natural feel. It’s no surprise that Prince centered around O3 technology as its main feature.

  • Tungsten Triple Threat Technology

All Prince O3 racquets also make use of Tungsten Triple Threat technology, which are special weights made by combining tungsten with a triple braid of woven titanium, copper, and carbon together and placing them in three critical locations on the racquet’s frame. These weights can be found at the 10 o’ clock position, 2 o’ clock position, and at the bottom of the handle which help to expand the sweet spot even further while reducing shock to the arm by increasing stability.

Prince O3 Review - Tungsten Triple Threat TechnologyPrince O3 Comparison Chart

Prince O3 Silver LSPrince O3 Blue LSPrince O3 Pink LSPrince O3 Red LSPrince O3 White LS

Prince O3 Review - Prince O3 Silver LS

Prince O3 Review - Prince O3 Blue LS

Prince O3 Review - Prince O3 Pink LS

Prince O3 Review - Prince O3 Red LS

Prince O3 Review - Prince O3 White LS

Pros:

  • Extended length (27.75 in.) and extra large head for max power and reach
  • Perfect for beginners and recreational players who need extra power
  • Extra light weight and largest sweet spot of the Prince O3 racquets
  • Prince Power Level of 1500

Pros:

  • Perfect for improving players who have good power
  • 110 in head still allows for power although control and spin potential is improved
  • Moderate swings produce precision shots with depth
  • Prince Power Level of 1300

Pros:

  • Suited for intermediate players looking to improve or advanced players looking for a lighter option
  • Great feel in a powerful, slightly head heavy frame
  • Offers more control and precision than the Blue or Silver
  • Prince Power Level of 1100

Pros:

  • Best for improving players or advanced players looking for a lighter option
  • Slightly extended length (27.25 in.) for extra reach
  • Fast and fluid at the baseline
  • Maneuverable at net
  • Prince Power Level of 1200

Pros:

  • Smaller head for control and precision
  • Aggressive all courters will enjoy this one
  • Allows for plow through
  • Suited for advanced players
  • Amazing comfort, added pop, and spin friendly
  • Solid at net due to its high mobility
  • Prince Power Level of 1000

Cons:

  • Easy to start relying on it to generate your power

Cons:

  • A tweener racquet that neither focuses on power or control

Cons:

  • 1 pt head heavy with a 105 sq.in head makes the Prince O3 Red LS a more viable intermediate racquet

Cons:

  • Less control than the Prince O3 White LS

Cons:

  • Less power than the other Prince O3 racquets because of its smaller head

Recommended:

  • Slow to moderate swing speed
  • Compact to medium strokes
  • 2.0 to 4.0 players

Recommended:

  •  Slow to moderate swing speed
  • Compact to medium strokes
  • 2.5 to 4.0 players

Recommended:

  •  Moderate to full strokes
  • Medium to fast swing speed
  • 3.5+ NTRP players

Recommended:

  • Moderate to full strokes
  • Medium to fast swing speed
  • 3.5+ NTRP players

Recommended:

  •  Players with fast and full strokes
  • 3.5+ NTRP players

Final Thoughts

Prince O3 Review - Racquet SeriesI think that wraps up our Prince O3 review, don’t you think? All in all, the Prince O3 series lives up to the brand’s reputation of high quality racquets. O3 technology makes for an exciting addition compared to your typical graphite racquet, with its unique dampened feel and amazing comfort. Plus, when’s the last time you said no to a larger sweet spot? That’s right, you probably can’t recall. O3 technology is amazing in that it allows you to hit more of your best shots on a consistent basis, which only helps you to improve and grow more confident on the court. What’s also great is that there is a racquet here for all types of players, whether you are just beginning, on the intermediate level, or an advanced player looking for an advanced racquet. You can even look at the Prince O3 racquets like the belts used in martial arts. You can start off with the Silver, advance to the Blue, Pink, and Red as you improve, and finally get a hold of the coveted Prince O3 White LS to show that you are a master of the game. Actually, we don’t recommend it, just get out there and have fun!

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Prince EXO3 Hornet 100 Review http://protennistips.net/prince-exo3-hornet-100-review/ Wed, 02 Sep 2015 04:46:11 +0000 http://protennistips.net/?p=1606 Compared to the other racquets on the market, Prince introduced a new, unique design with larger grommet holes all around the outer frame with the Prince EXO3 Hornet 100. With all the racquets that Prince has made, the Prince EXO3 Hornet 100 appealed to us the most because of this. If you take a close look at its frame, you might notice the larger grommet holes lined at the top of the racquet. This is [...]

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Prince EXO3 Hornet 100 ReviewCompared to the other racquets on the market, Prince introduced a new, unique design with larger grommet holes all around the outer frame with the Prince EXO3 Hornet 100. With all the racquets that Prince has made, the Prince EXO3 Hornet 100 appealed to us the most because of this. If you take a close look at its frame, you might notice the larger grommet holes lined at the top of the racquet. This is no mistake; Prince designed these larger grommets holes as part of their EXO3 technology to improve players’ performance. In addition to this new technology, there are also a ton of other great features that the Prince EXO3 Hornet 100 sports, such as being a midplus racquet at 100 sq.in and being very light. Care to find out what they are? Then read our Prince EXO3 Hornet 100 review for all the details!

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Prince EXO3 Hornet 100 Review

Features & Specifications

  • EXO3 technology allows for a larger and more consistent hitting area
  • 100 square inch head for great control and precision
  • Light weight means more arm-friendly and a faster swing speed
  • Thicker tapered beam to dampen vibration
  • Recommended tension range of 53 to 63 lbs.
String Pattern:Headsize:Weight / Balance Point:Swing Weight:Frame Stiffness:Composition:
 16×19
  • 100 sq.in
  • 645 sq.cm
  • 10.3 oz
  • 292g
  • 3 points head heavy
31066Graphite
  • EXO3 Technology

Prince EXO3 Hornet 100 Review - EXO3 Grommet HolesThe EXO3 technology is a big part of the Prince EXO3 Hornet 100’s design, which you can see is applied to the top of the string bed. What EXO3 technology does is make use of the larger grommet holes and string suspension inserts to create a superior hitting area when compared to conventional racquets with the same headsize. With this technology, strings are completely free from restrictive, response-strangling grommets that are used in most other tennis racquets, allowing the strings in the Prince EXO3 Hornet 100 to respond more freely while sending more useful feedback your way. There is also another benefit these larger holes provide, which is improved aerodynamics for faster racquet head speed that allows for more power, spin, and lightning-quick reaction.

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EXO3 technology also gives you a larger hitting area so that even shots that are hit off-center or at full stretch still feels like you are hitting in the sweet spot, which only helps to build confidence in your shots. Although it can take some time getting used to at first because of its unique feel at impact, once you’ve played with it enough, you are sure to take a liking to its amazing comfort.

Prince EXO3 Hornet 100 Review - EXO3 technology

  • Light, Fast, and Maneuverable

While gripping the Prince EXO3 Hornet 100 you might notice its light weight, which is kind of hard to miss. Coming in at only 10.3 ounces strung, this racket is surprisingly light even though it’s designed as an intermediate to advanced player’s racquet. This is largely thanks to the EXO3 technology that grants a faster swing and improved aerodynamics. It’s also easy on the arms just like any Prince racquet with EXO3. So if you are willing to trade a little power for extra mobility, the Prince EXO3 racquet might be suited for you.

Pros:Cons:
  • Light and very maneuverable
  • Has a larger sweet spot compared to other racquets
  • Recommended for beginners and intermediate players
  •  Not recommended for advanced players who prefer a heavier head light racquet
  • Tougher to plow through shots with

Final Thoughts

Prince EXO3 Hornet 100 ReviewAfter taking a closer look at this racquet in our Prince EXO3 Hornet 100 review, it’s time to wrap up our thoughts. We believe this racquet is best for beginning to intermediate players who are looking to improve their tennis game. The smaller head size is a great start for growing your skills, but there are just enough features packed in this racquet that can still help to build up your confidence. Namely, EXO3 technology and the lighter weight. EXO3 technology helps to enlarge the sweet spot while also allowing for improved aerodynamics and maximizing comfort in your swings. The light weight is also perfect for helping players get around the court faster, especially when a little extra reach is needed. Although it can be a little lacking in the power it’s able to produce, it counters that weakness nicely with the faster swing speed and spin potential it’s capable of. All in all, the Prince EXO3 Hornet 100 is an excellent choice for anyone who’s looking to improve their game, and the fact that it’s easy on the arms doesn’t hurt either.

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Prince Tour 100 Review http://protennistips.net/prince-tour-100-review/ Sat, 29 Aug 2015 10:02:59 +0000 http://protennistips.net/?p=1610 Following the success of the Prince EXO3 Tour, the Tour 100 was introduced as an updated version, featuring Prince’s trademark EXO3 technology. We took it for a little test drive and were happy to find that this racquet has a good amount of power, spin potential, control, and above all else, a high level of comfort. Although the Tour 100 comes in both an 18×20 and 16×18 option, we leaned more toward the 16×18 frame [...]

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Prince Tour 100 ReviewFollowing the success of the Prince EXO3 Tour, the Tour 100 was introduced as an updated version, featuring Prince’s trademark EXO3 technology. We took it for a little test drive and were happy to find that this racquet has a good amount of power, spin potential, control, and above all else, a high level of comfort. Although the Tour 100 comes in both an 18×20 and 16×18 option, we leaned more toward the 16×18 frame because of its increased power and spin potential. Now, while looking at this very cute racquet, you might notice the larger grommet holes covering the racquet’s frame. This, my good friend, is no accident. Prince refers to these larger grommet holes as its EXO3 technology, which has quite a few benefits that sparked our interest. If you’re wondering what they are, keep reading our Prince Tour 100 review to find out more.

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Prince Tour 100 Review

Features & Specifications

  • EXO3 technology allows for a more consistent hitting area
  • 100 square inch head for a high level of control and precision
  • Soft and comfortable feel makes it one of the most arm-friendly player’s racquet
  • 16×18 string pattern allows for maximum spin potential
  • Recommended tension range of 53 to 63 lbs. (optimum 58 lbs.)
String Pattern:Headsize:Weight / Balance Point:Swing Weight:Frame Stiffness:Composition:
16×18
  •  100 sq.in
  • 645 sq.cm
  • 11.5 oz
  • 326.02g
  • 7 points head light
32556 Graphite
  • EXO3 Technology

Prince Tour 100 Review - EXO3 Grommet HolesA big part of the Prince Tour 100’s design is its use of EXO3 technology, which is immediately apparent when you take a quick glance at its frame. This unique racquet design makes use of larger grommet holes and string suspension inserts to create a superior hitting area when compared to conventional racquets with the same headsize. With this design, strings are completely free from restrictive, response-strangling grommets that are used in most other tennis racquets, allowing the strings in the Prince Tour 100 to respond more freely while sending more useful feedback your way. And with these larger grommet holes comes the benefit of improved aerodynamics for faster racquet head speed that allows for more power, spin, and lightning-quick reaction.

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Also, a larger hitting area makes it so that even shots that are hit off-center or at full stretch still feels like you are hitting in the sweet spot, and you already know what a remarkable feeling that is. Prince claims EXO3 creates a 54% bigger sweet spot for top-of-the-line performance, so whether hitting solid service returns, crisp volleys, or running forehand shots, the Prince Tour 100 delivers. In our opinion, this racquet is perfect for intermediate to advanced players who enjoy playing at the baseline, utilizing spin and control as a part of their strategy. Also, you’ll want to make sure you have full and fast strokes in order to get the most out of this racquet.

Prince Tour 100 Review - EXO3 Technology

  • Easy on the Arms

The Prince Tour 100 is designed with EXO3 ports all around the racquet, which not only allows for a larger sweet spot but also gives the racquet an incredibly soft and comfortable feel on impact. And since the frame also comes with a high degree of flexibility, these factors come together to form a unique racquet that is extremely easy on the arms (quite possibly one of the best-feeling racquets on the market) without sacrificing performance on the court.

Pros:Cons:
  • Very flexible and powerful frame for baseliners; rewards fast strokes
  • Perfect for intermediate and advanced players with long and full swings
  • Lots of control and potential for spin
  • Extremely friendly on the arm with its EXO3 technology for a soft feel
  • EXO3 technology also helps create a larger sweet spot, which is beneficial for this 100 sq.in frame
  • 100 sq.in head means you’ll have to be consistent with your shots
  • The soft feel on impact can be a little awkward at first, especially if you are used to more traditional racquets

Final Thoughts

Prince Tour 100 ReviewSo now that we’ve gone through our Prince Tour 100 review–pointing out its strengths and weaknesses as best as we can–it’s time to wrap up our thoughts. Our conclusion: the Prince Tour 100 wasn’t built with all players in mind, it’s geared more toward intermediate and advanced players who know how to swing a racquet and could benefit from a new frame with an incredibly unique feel. Although the head size is only 100 sq.in, that shouldn’t be a problem if you have experience placing your shots (and the bigger sweet spot EXO3 technology grants doesn’t hurt either). And as long as your swings are long and fast, you’ll be able to plow through your shots with ease. Not only does it allow for precision and spin, but your arms are sure to thank you as well since EXO3 technology helps to dampen out those harsh vibrations.

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Dunlop Hotmelt 300G Review http://protennistips.net/dunlop-hotmelt-300g-review/ Fri, 28 Aug 2015 07:21:46 +0000 http://protennistips.net/?p=1637 Today we are bringing you the Dunlop Hotmelt 300G review, which is one of Dunlop’s more popular racquets and with good reason. The Dunlop Hotmelt 300G is an extremely versatile racquet that focuses on feel, comfort, and control (with the use of Hotmelt technology), which is perfect for a more advanced player who is confident in their ability. If you are more aligned toward power and spin, the 500 series might fare you better, while [...]

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Dunlop Hotmelt 300G ReviewToday we are bringing you the Dunlop Hotmelt 300G review, which is one of Dunlop’s more popular racquets and with good reason. The Dunlop Hotmelt 300G is an extremely versatile racquet that focuses on feel, comfort, and control (with the use of Hotmelt technology), which is perfect for a more advanced player who is confident in their ability. If you are more aligned toward power and spin, the 500 series might fare you better, while the 400 series combines the best of both worlds for intermediate players. Whatever you decide to choose, we’d like to help in that decision. That’s why we’ll be going over all the pro and cons of this racquet in our full Dunlop Hotmelt 300G review, so continue if you’d like to learn more and see if this racquet is the right fit for you.

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Dunlop Hotmelt 300G Review

Features & Specifications

  • Control oriented with great feel
  • A thicker throat bridge to increase power and stability
  • A smaller, 98 sq.in head for advanced players who desire precision
  • Pre-strung with Dunlop S-Gut 16 tennis string (recommended 55-65 lbs.)
String Pattern:Headsize:Weight / Balance Point:Swing Weight:Frame Stiffness:Composition:
 16×19
  • 98 sq.in
  • 632 sq.cm
  •  10.8 oz
  • 306 g
  • 3 pts head light
39765Braided Graphite/Elastomer/Kevlar Yoke
  • Comfort Never Felt So Good

Dunlop Hotmelt 300G Review - Hotmelt TechnologyDunlop’s 300 series is specially designed for control and feel, and the Hotmelt 300G improves on this even further with its special frame construction. The 300G’s bridge is made with a sturdy elastomer/Kevlar combination; elastomer is a special polymer which has both viscosity and elasticity and when combined with the high tensile strength of Kevlar, creates a racquet that provides extra stability for players with long and fast swings. Coupled with that is Dunlop’s Hotmelt technology, which is a revolutionary manufacturing process where a layer of molten graphite skin covers the entire racquet frame, making it incredibly strong, durable, and responsive. According to Dunlop this helps to create a more uniform graphite coating, enhancing natural power, producing greater shot accuracy, giving a more consistent touch and feel, and allowing for 30% more power when compared to standard graphite racquets.

>> Learn more about the Dunlop Hotmelt 300G’s specs here <<

  • Control Without the Bulk

Although the Dunlop Hotmelt 300G is a control and feel oriented racquet (which is typically associated with more weight), we were surprised to find out that the racquet only comes in at 10.7 ounces strung, which effectively puts it in the medium weight category. Compared to heavier racquets that often weigh more than 12 ounces unstrung, this is a huge advantage for players who want a little extra maneuverability in their arsenal. Typically, heavier racquets come at a cost, mobility is lost in favor of control, but both qualities are prevalent in the Dunlop Hotmelt 300G as long as your swings are long and fast. That’s why we recommend this racquet for intermediate or advanced players who consistently have explosive shots. The 16×19 string pattern also allows for increased spin for those who favor precision shots and hard-to-predict serves, and it is remarkably responsive while at net. With this racquet, Dunlop made it clear that you can have a player’s racquet without the burden of bulk.

Pros:Cons:
 
  • Focuses on feel, comfort, control, and manueverability
  • Perfect for players with fast and long swings for lots of power and spin
  • Stiffer and stronger than most standard carbon graphite racquets
  • Less weight than heavier control-oriented racquets for added mobility
  • Improved yoke for added stability and power to your shots
  • Requires consistent shots in center for maximum power
  • Smaller head size makes it harder for beginning players to get used to
  • Some may argue that it’s too light for a player’s racquet

Final Thoughts

Dunlop Hotmelt 300G ReviewIf control and feel are what you desire, look no further than the Dunlop Hotmelt 300G. Its stronger and more stable yoke, reduction in bulk, and Hotmelt technology makes it a top choice for any intermediate to advanced player who knows what they are doing. Crisp feel, clean shots, and lightning fast are the only things that come to mind. If that sounds like a match for you, our only advice is to get it while you can, since the word on the street is that Dunlop is looking to discontinue it in favor of newer models.

>> Find the Dunlop Hotmelt 300G on Amazon here <<

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Wilson K Factor KZero Review http://protennistips.net/wilson-k-factor-kzero-review/ Wed, 03 Jun 2015 21:09:49 +0000 http://protennistips.net/?p=1207 Hi folks! We are back with another; this time, it will be a complete Wilson K Factor KZero review to find out the differences of this racquet compared to others on the market. Word on the street is that the K Factor KZero is one of the lightest racquets offered by Wilson, with a design inspired by Roger Federer that has some serious power packed within its frame. Best suited for recreational players who don’t [...]

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Wilson K Factor KZero ReviewHi folks! We are back with another; this time, it will be a complete Wilson K Factor KZero review to find out the differences of this racquet compared to others on the market. Word on the street is that the K Factor KZero is one of the lightest racquets offered by Wilson, with a design inspired by Roger Federer that has some serious power packed within its frame. Best suited for recreational players who don’t want to spend so much energy on the court, the thing that stuck out to us the most when looking at its specifications is the fact that it only weighs 9 ounces strung and that it comes equipped with a 118 sq.in head. This racquet also features three advanced technologies that begin with a K: [K]ompact Center, [K]ontour Yoke, and [K]arophite technology. Is this a marketing ploy by Wilson to sound edgy? We had to do a deeper analysis to find out whether all of these things actually help to create a better racquet. So, without further ado, here is our Wilson K Factor KZero review.

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Wilson K Factor KZero Review

Features & Specifications

  • Very large head for an extra large sweet spot (118 sq. inches)
  • Lightest K Factor racquet (9.1 ounces strung)
  • Pre-strung with Wilson Synthetic Gut Extreme 16g at 60 lbs.
  • [K]ompact Center improves handling, maneuverability, and provides additional feel
  • [K]ontour Yoke is a new frame technology that enhances swiftness at key stress points on the racquet which improves torsional stability
  • [K]arophite Black is a new racquet structure that is created through a unique process at the nanoscopic level resulting in more feel and a stronger and more stable racquet
String Pattern:Headsize:Weight / Balance Point:Swing Weight:Frame Stiffness:Composition:
16×19
  • 118 sq.in
  • 761 sq.cm
  • 9.1 oz
  • 258 g
  •  4 pts head heavy
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  • Lightweight, Maneuverable, and Lots of Feel

Wilson K Factor KZero Review - TechnologyThe Wilson K Factor KZero is the lightest K Factor racquet in the Wilson line, weighing in at only 9.1 ounces strung. That’s extremely light on the weight spectrum, with anything below 10 ounces considered light. You won’t notice how much of a difference it makes until you get the court, however. Light racquets provide a number of advantages, including more maneuverability, faster swings, and less energy required. The only downsides to light racquets are less control and more shock, which is why we highly recommend using an excellent shock absorber when playing with light racquets to dampen excessive vibrations.

That being said, this racquet is 4 points head heavy, with more of the weight distributed in the head. The Wilson K Factor KZero, combined with its lightweight design, also features [K]ompact Center design which was inspired by Roger Federer. [K]ompact Center works by shortening the yoke, which is the triangular hole you can find at the throat of any racquet. The yoke on the Wilson K Factor KZero, when seen, is more equilateral than compared to most other racquets. This technology helps to improve maneuverability, stability, and feel.

  • Less Energy for Maximum Power

Any racquet with a head size over 105 sq.in is considered an oversize racquet, and since the Wilson K Factor KZero comes equipped with a 118 sq.in head, it’s pretty apparent that this racquet stresses the importance of power very highly. With such a large head size, this means that the sweet spot is enlarged greatly, which allows for forceful shots even if the ball doesn’t land in the center of the racquet. While improving on feel, this also means it takes less energy to generate power, which can be a godsend for recreational players who don’t want to tire themselves out easily on the court. This racquet can also benefit beginning players who need a little extra ‘oomph’ to get balls over the net, and the extra large sweet spot means that players can feel more confident in their shots as they improve.

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  • Extremely Durable While Improving Stability

To counterbalance the insane amounts of power of the Wilson K Factor KZero, there also needed to be some technology to help make it more durable. That’s why Wilson introduced [K]arophite Black and [K]ontour Yoke technology.

Firstly, the K Factor KZero is made with 100% [K]arophite Black, which is a remarkable material that improves the stability and the strength of the racquet. [K]arophite Black combines Carbon Black from the original nCode racquets with additional bonds of graphite and SiO2 molecules on the nanoscopic level that helps to create a dense and stronger racquet matrix. This material, while creating a stronger racquet, also helps to improve on feel and stability.

Coupled with a new frame design called [K]ontour Yoke, the Wilson K Factor KZero adds even more stability to the racquet. [K]ontour Yoke works by enhancing stiffness at key stress points in the frame, which improves torsional stability greatly.

Pros:Cons:
  • Larger head size means a larger sweet spot for lots of power
  • Extremely lightweight, moreso than most racquets on the market
  • Great feel while [K] Factor technology helps to improve stability and mobility
  • Best for beginning players who need extra power or recreational players who don’t want to waste lots of energy, short to medium swing recommended
  • Pre-strung with Wilson Synthetic Gut Extreme 16g at 60 lbs.
  • Lacks control
  • Considered a game improvement racquet; players can easily start to rely on the Wilson K Factor KZero to generate all the power for them
  • Lightweight and lots of power means more shock, a shock absorber is highly recommended

Final Thoughts

Wilson K Factor KZero ReviewThe Wilson K Factor KZero is a considerable beast on the court with a design that focuses on power and maneuverability. Super lightweight at only 9.1 ounces strung, this can benefit players who don’t want to swing a heavy racquet constantly while providing lots of mobility in hitting shots quickly. With an impressive 118 sq.in head, the Wilson K Factor KZero generates insane amounts of power while a larger than life sweet spot allows for forgiving shots that don’t land in the center. So this racquet can definitely help to improve a player’s game to get balls over the net and provide energy in your shots, although you shouldn’t rely on this racquet forever to generate all the power for you. But for recreational players who aren’t trying to compete, this racquet is perfect as you won’t waste lots of energy playing, but quick tip, use a decent shock absorber to reduce shock to your wrists, arms, and shoulders. The only thing it’s missing is control since this racquet generates so much power on its own, so it’s recommended for players with short to medium swings who won’t hit balls to the moon. And since it comes pre-strung, it will be ready for you to pick up and play immediately.

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Babolat AeroPro Drive Plus Review http://protennistips.net/babolat-aeropro-drive-plus-review/ Sat, 30 May 2015 22:57:14 +0000 http://protennistips.net/?p=1446 The Babolat AeroPro Drive Plus is very much the same as the regular AeroPro Drive, but with the added feature of an extended length. While the AeroPro Drive measures 27″ from top to bottom, the AeroPro Drive Plus comes in at 27.5″, and with this extended length comes extra maneuverability and reach which can be very valuable for some players. As you may already know, the AeroPro Drive is played with extensively by Rafael Nadal, [...]

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Babolat AeroPro Drive Plus ReviewThe Babolat AeroPro Drive Plus is very much the same as the regular AeroPro Drive, but with the added feature of an extended length. While the AeroPro Drive measures 27″ from top to bottom, the AeroPro Drive Plus comes in at 27.5″, and with this extended length comes extra maneuverability and reach which can be very valuable for some players. As you may already know, the AeroPro Drive is played with extensively by Rafael Nadal, one of the top tennis players in the world right now. But it’s not the fact that the AeroPro Drive is used by Nadal that makes it so great on the court, it’s the fact that it’s an extremely versatile racquet that has lots of power, control, and spin behind its calm exterior that makes it such a force to be reckoned with. In fact, the AeroPro Drive is famous for its spin potential, which is a very important element in Nadal’s playstyle. The only question is, however, does the extra length make the AeroPro Drive Plus better or worse than the original? We had to do a Babolat AeroPro Drive Plus review to find out, so keep reading if you’d like to learn more.

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Babolat AeroPro Drive Plus Review

Features & Specifications

  • A length of 27.5″ for extra reach and maneuverability
  • Aero Modular Technology for increased air penetration and faster swings
  • Woofer technology on grommets for increased ball contact time
  • Cortex Active technology reduces bad vibrations for more comfort
  • GT technology for a more rigid construction resulting in improved stability
  • Recommended string tension of 55-65 lbs. (55 is a good starting point)
String Pattern:Headsize:Weight / Balance Point:Swing Weight:Frame Stiffness:Composition:
16×19
  • 100 sq.in
  • 645 sq.cm
  • 11.3 oz
  • 320 g
  • 4 points head light
32770Graphite / Tungsten
  • Babolat AeroPro Drive Plus Review TechnologyExtended Length

The Babolat AeroPro Drive Plus measures an extra half an inch in length, which is the only added feature of the plus compared to the original. But is half an inch really such a big deal? For some players, yes, it can actually make a whole world of difference. With this extended length comes extra reach and maneuverability, which can be valuable for players with a shorter reach (or shorter arms really, but we’re not trying to be rude). This helps greatly for groundstrokes and gives a little extra pop for serves, and it plays remarkably well while at net.

The main problem we see with plus length racquets is oftentimes they feel a little unbalanced because of the extra weight in the head. After all, plus length racquets are variations of how the racquet was originally designed. But the Babolat AeroPro Drive Plus does not suffer from this setback, and in some ways, it’s actually improved by the extra length. It might be a fluke of our imagination, but it really does feel like the added length allows for extra power and spin.

  • Aero Modular Technology

What makes the Babolat AeroPro Drive so unique and possibly one of the fastest frames around is largely due to its advanced Aero Modular technology. This technology works similarly to how wings work, with an aerodynamic design of varying beam widths of 23mm, 24mm, and 26mm at the spots that have the most air resistance. By having differing beam widths in the throat, shaft, and head, the AeroPro Drive Plus is able to penetrate the air more quickly (by an estimated 15% increase), which results in faster swings. Also known as Aerobeam technology, this contributes not only to faster swings but also allows the player access to a wider range of angles and trajectories for their shots. And even though this racquet is extremely powerful and easy to swing, it doesn’t lack stability either, which is essential for comfort and feel.

With Aero Modular technology granting faster swings, this makes the Babolat AeroPro Drive Plus a great racquet for aggressive, baseline play, where most of your time spent on the court is behind the baseline. Recommended for players with full and fast swings who aren’t afraid to plow through their shots to win points.

  • Woofer Technology

Woofer technology refers to the dynamic system situated in the grommets that helps players interact with their shots even further.

As you may know, a normal tennis racquet’s frame is static, with most grommets locked in a fixed position. This limits how much the strings can move, and only the strings that come into contact with the ball will actively interact with it. Most vanilla players won’t notice the difference, but for those who enjoy applying spin to their shots, Woofer technology is a godsend.

Woofer technology relies on a pulley and piston system located in the grommets that helps to extend the duration of the ball impact (roughly 25% longer ball contact). Instead of being stuck in place like in a normal racquet frame, the strings are free to move around and the whole surface area reacts on impact. This means that more strings work together when striking the ball which allows for added spin, a larger sweet spot size, an increase in trampoline effect (for more power), and absorption of more shock throughout the string bed.

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  • Cortex System and GT Technology

Then there’s the Cortex System technology, which is a unique handle design that helps to filter out excessive vibrations generated on ball impact while allowing for maximum ball feel. While the Cortex system eliminates high frequency “bad vibrations” that can disrupt a player’s performance, it leaves back lower frequency “useful vibrations” to improve on feel, so you are better able to place your shots where you want. Coupled with GT technology–a more rigid frame construction–this helps to provide improved stability, control, and comfort.

Pros:Cons:
  • An excellent racquet for aggressive baseliners
  • An extended length of half an inch for more reach and mobility
  • Faster swings and more spin while staying comfortable and control oriented
  • Recommended for intermediate to advanced players with long and fast swings
  • Played with by intermediate players and professionals alike
  • Extra length allows for more powerful groundstrokes and serves
  • Versatile enough for a variety of volleys and all-around court coverage
  • Not everyone likes the color yellow
  • The extra length might not be noticeable with tall players with a longer reach

Final Thoughts

Babolat AeroPro Drive Plus ReviewThe Babolat AeroPro Drive Plus can definitely help players with a shorter reach get to balls that would normally be out of their range. It also feels like there is more power and spin potential with the Plus compared to the original, which might or might not be true; we’ll have to call in our team of scientists to figure that out. But for taller players who already have good reach, the extra length of the Plus might not be enough to warrant a purchase of a racquet whose only added feature is additional length. But either way, the AeroPro Drive Plus plays very much the same as the regular AeroPro Drive, and this line of racquets has already been proven on the court by some of the best players in the world. The AeroPro Drive Plus has a good balance of power, spin, control, comfort, and mobility that makes it a very balanced racquet, and all the latest improvements in tennis technology is just icing on the cake.

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Babolat Pure Drive Review http://protennistips.net/babolat-pure-drive-review/ Fri, 29 May 2015 19:37:15 +0000 http://protennistips.net/?p=1306 Comparing the Babolat Pure Drive with its sister racquet, the Babolat AeroPro Drive, the two seem to have more similarities between each other than they do differences. If you put each racquet’s specifications side by side, you’ll notice that almost everything is the same except for the Pure Drive’s lower swing weight and a 3 point lighter head, which may help to accommodate to a larger variety of play styles. So really, if you’re asking [...]

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Babolat Pure Drive ReviewComparing the Babolat Pure Drive with its sister racquet, the Babolat AeroPro Drive, the two seem to have more similarities between each other than they do differences. If you put each racquet’s specifications side by side, you’ll notice that almost everything is the same except for the Pure Drive’s lower swing weight and a 3 point lighter head, which may help to accommodate to a larger variety of play styles. So really, if you’re asking which is the better Babolat racquet for you, it all boils down to personal preference in the end. Either way, the Pure Drive is one of the most popular racquets in the world right now and Babolat’s best selling racquet which is why we had to do a Babolat Pure Drive review for a full analysis. In fact, the Pure Drive was introduced in Babolat’s first line of tennis racquets in 1994, and carries on adding more improvements to it as tennis continues to evolve. And it’s no question that Babolat produces some of the best tennis racquets in the world right now, just ask any tennis enthusiast what their opinion is. So here is our Babolat Pure Drive review, where we’ll be covering what makes this racquet such a powerful weapon on the court.

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Babolat Pure Drive Review

Features & Specifications

  • FSI Technology for a higher sweet spot and more responsive contact zone
  • Woofer technology on grommets for increased contact time and control
  • Cortex Dampening System eliminates harsh vibrations for better feel
  • Elliptic Design for greater resistance to torque and flex with no added weight
  • EVO Beam with varying beam thickness for less torque and more responsiveness
  • GT Technology for improved stability at ball impact
  • Recommended string tension of 50-60 lbs.
String Pattern:Headsize:Weight / Balance Point:Swing Weight:Frame Stiffness:Composition:
16×19
  • 100 sq.in
  • 645 sq.cm
  • 11.2 oz
  • 317.5 g
  • 7 points head light
31772Graphite

Babolat Pure Drive Review - Technology

  • FSI and GT Technology

What differs from this version of the Pure Drive with previous versions is the inclusion of FSI technology. Collecting data from the 2012-2013 Babolat Pure Drive Play, Babolat found that the impact zone where most players hit was higher than the traditional center of the racquet. In response, FSI places the sweet spot higher in the frame for more power and comfort in the contact zone. A tighter string pattern also helps you to place shots more precisely. Coupled with GT technology–creates a more rigid construction–the Pure Drive allows for more power and control while retaining its stability.

  • Elliptic Design and EVO Beam

A noticeable difference between the Babolat Pure Drive and the AeroPro Drive is their unique designs. While the AeroPro relies on Aero Modular technology for a faster swing, the Pure Drive’s Elliptic Geometry and EVO Beam allows for a lower swing weight and less torque and flex on ball impact.

The Elliptic Design does not twist, bend, or add any extra weight to the racquet, which in turn provides greater resistance to torque and flex (a +20% improvement compared to traditional frames). This helps to create a stiffer frame that can provide both power and maneuverability, although keep in mind that a stiffer frame means that it isn’t as arm-friendly. Since more of the weight is distributed in the handle, this means that it may feel heavier which can take some time getting used to.

The EVO beam refers to the differing beam witdths of the Pure Drive. The beam width ranges from 23.5mm to 26mm to 23mm in the neck, head, and throat. This design helps to lower torque at ball impact for a better feel so you can place your shots more strategically.

These two features are, in my opinion, largely what contributes to the Pure Drive’s power output, which I would rate as exceptionally high. If comparing the Pure Drive with Babolat’s other racquets, you’ll probably notice that the Pure Drive provides much more power, which is excellent for players with fuller swings and robust serves. And don’t worry about groundstrokes, returns, or volleys either, the Pure Drive plays exceptionally well with any shot.

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  • Woofer Technology

The Woofer system was first launched in 1999 and introduced the first dynamic system able to make the frame and strings interactive when hitting. How it works is through a pulley and piston system where the strings are not fixed in a locked-up position like typical racquet frames. When strings are fixed in place, this allows for very limited movement since only the strings in the vicinity of where the ball strikes are able to respond.

On the other hand, with the Woofer technology present in the Babolat Pure Drive, everything changes. The pulley system makes it so that strings are free to move when coming into contact with the ball, resulting in the entire surface reacting. This allows for a larger sweet spot and a more even distribution of shock throughout the entire frame, reducing the harshness of vibrations. Babolat claims that the Woofer system increases the contact time between the ball and strings by 25%, which also allows for added spin (although not as noticeable as with the AeroPro Drive). Then you have the piston function, which gives the strings a springlike behavior where the entire surface is able to deform more on impact. This increases the trampoline effect that’s needed for extra power and maximum energy return.

  • Cortex Dampening System
Last but not least is the Cortex Dampening System, which is included in the handle to reduce shock and vibrations. The Cortex System works by eliminating high frequency vibrations that could disrupt a player’s comfort while leaving behind useful lower frequency vibrations to provide a cleaner feel. But even with technology like the Cortex system and GT technology, this racquet will still take time getting used to, especially if you’ve never played with a significantly head light racquet. Although the handle provides a solid, consistent feel, the same can’t be said for the frame which feels much stiffer. But if you have fuller swings and are experienced with technical play, you won’t notice the difference as much over time. Players who are concerned with wrist, arm, and shoulder issues might exercise caution when using the Babolat Pure Drive.
Pros:Cons:
  • Designed to provide even more power with the use of FSI technology for a higher sweet spot
  • More control allows you to place shots exactly where you want
  • Very solid for a variety of strokes, especially groundstrokes, serves, and returns
  • Recommended for intermediate to advanced players with fast and full swings who prefer power and control
  • Frame feels stiffer when compared to the handle, probably due to the frame being 7 points head light
  • Stiffer racquet may be harder to play with for players who have wrist, arm, or shoulder issues

Final Thoughts

Babolat Pure Drive ReviewAll in all, the Babolat Pure Drive was designed for power and control, and Babolat hasn’t changed much in this racquet’s design since its inception. If you have no problem getting used to a stiffer racquet, you’ll be rewarded with exceptional precision and powerful strokes. If you aren’t used to playing with a stiffer racquet that’s oriented around control and plow through, you might want to try a ‘Tweener racquet first before you take the plunge on the Babolat Pure Drive, which can seem like a completely different beast to what you’re normally accustomed to. But again, there’s really no introduction needed for the Pure Drive. It was introduced as Babolat’s first line of tennis racquets back in 1994 and it’s still one the most popular racquets in the world to this day. But it’s a racquet designed for very serious players who want superior control over all aspects of their game, and the added FSI technology in their 2015 model helps remarkably on a player’s power potential.

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Babolat AeroPro Drive Review http://protennistips.net/babolat-aeropro-drive-review/ Thu, 28 May 2015 17:35:40 +0000 http://protennistips.net/?p=1305 Well known for being endorsed by one of the top pros in the game (Rafael Nadal), the Babolat AeroPro Drive is hailed as an extremely versatile racquet on the court. Established as a balanced racquet with healthy levels of power, control, and spin, we wanted to take a closer look at its true pros and cons. And of course, Babolat doesn’t need any introduction I’m sure, being that they’ve been famous for making tennis strings [...]

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Babolat AeroPro Drive ReviewWell known for being endorsed by one of the top pros in the game (Rafael Nadal), the Babolat AeroPro Drive is hailed as an extremely versatile racquet on the court. Established as a balanced racquet with healthy levels of power, control, and spin, we wanted to take a closer look at its true pros and cons. And of course, Babolat doesn’t need any introduction I’m sure, being that they’ve been famous for making tennis strings since 1875 and expanding into the racquet manufacturing business in 1994. Nowadays, it’s hard to talk about the best tennis racquets on the market without someone at some point mentioning Babolat racquets at least once. So what features does the Babolat AeroPro Drive have that sets it apart from the rest? We put it to the test, and we’ll break it all down for you right here in our Babolat AeroPro Drive review.

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Babolat AeroPro Drive Review

Features & Specifications

  • Aero Modular Technology for increased air penetration and faster swings
  • Woofer technology on grommets for increased contact time and control
  • Cortex Active technology reduces vibrations for more comfort
  • Recommended string tension of 55-65 lbs. (55 is a good starting point)
String Pattern:Headsize:Weight / Balance Point:Swing Weight:Frame Stiffness:Composition:
16×19
  • 100 sq.in
  • 645 sq.cm
  •  11.3 oz
  • 320 g
  • 4 points head light
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  • Babolat AeroPro Drive Review - TechnologyAero Modular Technology

The Aero Modular technology is largely what makes the Babolat AeroPro Drive one of the fastest frames around. This is due to a design that’s more aerodynamic by nature (think of how wings work), with varying beam widths of 23mm, 24mm, and 26mm at the throat, the shaft, and the head of the racquet. This design–aptly named the Aerobeam–helps to cut back on air resistance in just the right places, which means faster swings for the player due to the 15% increase in maximum air penetration while also maintaining excellent ball control. As you may know, larger headsizes (>105 sq.in) equate to more power, but even though the Babolat AeroPro Drive has an even 100 sq.in. head which is considered balanced, the Aero Modular technology allows for increased force without giving up on features in the stability department. Not only that, but the increased air penetration also helps to expand the range of angles and trajectories you are capable of delivering the ball.

With a faster swing available, this makes the Babolat AeroPro Drive an excellent choice for aggressive baseliners who enjoy plowing through their shots while in the backcourt, with an added bonus of directional influence. In fact, Nadal generally adopts an aggressive baseline approach, relying on heavy topspin groundstrokes, consistency, and agility to win most of his points. That’s probably why the AeroPro Drive was designed with him in mind.

  • Woofer Technology

Woofer technology refers to the dynamic system situated in the grommets that helps players interact with their shots even further. 

A typical tennis racquet’s frame is static, with most grommets locked in a fixed position and ergo, the strings stay in a fixed position as well. This means that when the strings come into contact with the ball, only some of the strings are actively moving when struck.

The Babolat AeroPro Drive, however, relies on a pulley and piston system located in the grommets that helps to extend the duration of the ball impact (roughly 25% longer ball contact). Instead of being stuck in place like in a normal racquet frame, the strings are free to move around and the whole surface area reacts on impact. This means that more strings work together when striking the ball which allows for added spin, a larger sweet spot size, an increase in trampoline effect (for more power), and absorption of more shock throughout the string bed. That’s why the AeroPro Drive is also famous for the amount of spin it can generate, which is a key aspect of Nadal’s playstyle.

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  • Cortex System Technology

Finally we come to the Cortex System technology, which is a unique handle design that helps to filter out excessive vibrations generated on ball impact while allowing for maximum ball feel. As you may know, each time you swing your racquet to hit a ball, thousands of vibrations are generated on ball impact that reduces stability and can cause lots of discomfort over time. The Cortex System effectively eliminates those higher frequency “bad vibrations” in order to improve comfort levels even while you’re generating lots of force behind your shots. This gives you added control over your game for a perfect and accurate hit every time.

Pros:Cons:
  • The perfect weapon for aggressive baseliners
  • Allows for faster swings, more spin, and improved mobility without sacrificing on control or comfort
  • Recommended for intermediate to advanced players with long and fast swings
  • Played with by intermediate players and professionals alike
  • Powerful groundstrokes and serves
  • Versatile enough for a variety of volleys and all-around court coverage
  •  Umm… well there’s the fact that it’s yellow. Some people aren’t really into yellow. But I guess spray paint can fix that

Final Thoughts

Babolat AeroPro Drive ReviewWhile the Babolat AeroPro Drive sports lots of innovative technology, the specifications of a racquet can often tell you a lot about what a racquet is like on the court. With a 16×19 string pattern, a 100 sq.in head size, a 11.3 ounce strung weight, a 4 point head light frame, a 327 swing weight, and a 70 flex rating, it’s pretty clear that the Babolat AeroPro Drive was designed to be a balanced racquet, exhibiting elements of power, control, spin, and maneuverability in an all-in-one package. The biggest differences in the AeroPro Drive versus other racquets, however, are the added technology that help to emphasize on its already inherent strengths. The Aero Modular technology helps to add more power to your shots, the Woofer technology helps to increase spin and feel, and the Cortex System helps to filter out any unwanted vibrations for improved control and more accurate shots. So, if you’re a player who prefers maximum ball speed, spin, and stability for all-court coverage, look no further than the well-balanced Babolat AeroPro Drive.

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