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bruno hau
03-27-2008, 12:53 PM
How can midplus or oversize rackets be lighter than the midsize version of the same racket (take Yonex RDS 001 or Prince Tour NXG Midsize vs Midplus)? You would think the midplus or oversize version would use more material and thus be heavier than the midsize version.

lukarf
03-27-2008, 12:58 PM
They use less stripes of fibre with MP or OS since they expect that players who use them want more power and maneuverability than a midsize racquet.

Bud
03-27-2008, 01:00 PM
How can midplus or oversize rackets be lighter than the midsize version of the same racket (take Yonex RDS 001 or Prince Tour NXG Midsize vs Midplus)? You would think the midplus or oversize version would use more material and thus be heavier than the midsize version.

Assuming the same materials...

I'm thinking...

Put more air in the OS frame and less material (graphite, carbon, aerogel, kevlar, fiberglass, etc.).

Or... weight the mid size (in addition to its native material) with some other material that is more dense (i.e. lead). That's also how they change the distribution of weight and flexiness (overall and in specific locations).

Bud
03-27-2008, 01:01 PM
They use less stripes of fibre with MP or OS since they expect that players who use them want more power and maneuverability than a midsize racquet.

That would make the OS racquets less stiff then, correct? The OS racquets are usually more stiff due to the fact they are lighter and inherently less stable. Wider beams... thinner walls?

Bud
03-27-2008, 01:04 PM
Assuming the same materials...

I'm thinking...

Put more air in the OS frame and less material (graphite, carbon, aerogel, kevlar, fiberglass, etc.).

Or... weight the mid size (in addition to its native material) with some other material that is more dense (i.e. lead). That's also how they change the distribution of weight and flexiness (overall and in specific locations).

For example, my Tecnifibre Tfights have a little "window" in the throat where you can se the different material that was used within the throat area. It's something called Texalium.

Does anyone have a clue what Texalium is? :oops:

Gmedlo
03-27-2008, 01:05 PM
OS racquets are usually more head heavy when compared to their similar model, perhaps they take some weight out of the handle.

NoBadMojo
03-27-2008, 01:19 PM
For example, my Tecnifibre Tfights have a little "window" in the throat where you can se the different material that was used within the throat area. It's something called Texalium.

Does anyone have a clue what Texalium is? :oops:

I think it is an aluminum derivative. that window on those racquets may only be a decal, much as the triple thread braided things are that Prince uses

Bud
03-27-2008, 01:36 PM
I think it is an aluminum derivative. that window on those racquets may only be a decal, much as the triple thread braided things are that Prince uses

Hmmm. I think it's an actual 'window' as the area in question is a depression (like a piece cut out) not a raised area... as if something was stuck on.

Bud
03-27-2008, 01:50 PM
For example, my Tecnifibre Tfights have a little "window" in the throat where you can se the different material that was used within the throat area. It's something called Texalium.

Does anyone have a clue what Texalium is? :oops:

Texalium is a very high quality fiberglass or glass fibre cloth (sheet, fabric, etc.) It can be coated with different materials for a variety of colors. The silver colored Texalium is usually coated with a very thin layer of aluminum. It's very durable and strong.