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MonkeyMan123
06-11-2008, 01:40 PM
http://www.********tennis.com/catalogue/c125/p470

What does SMU stand for? It seems like its customized for a pro or something.

insert top-serve without the dash in place of the stars

rabidcow
06-11-2008, 02:33 PM
specialmakeup

RedWeb
06-11-2008, 02:48 PM
Southern Methodist University.

Seriously, no clue.

nyc
06-11-2008, 03:15 PM
click on the smu link, there's the explanation:

SMU Racquets


"SMU" stands for Special Make Up.
These racquets are manufactured by the companies for their sponsored players.
These frames vary in their specification from the standard frames that are available on the market.
There are only limited stocks of each of these racquets.
Please click on the racquets to see their specs.

RedWeb
06-11-2008, 03:28 PM
Learn something new every day.

Now I don't feel like such an outsider.

http://failblog.files.wordpress.com/2008/05/85357_orig_77053310.jpg?w=400&h=264

Racketdesign
06-11-2008, 03:48 PM
Some of the larger brands will create a "SMU" for a certain customer, such as dicks or wallmart etc.

The reason being, these guys want something "unique" that wont be sold elsewhere, therefore giving them some exclusivity and price protection.

There can also be country specific SMU creations, such as the Dunlop Spirit racquets that were developed to fill a gap in the core range in the US market.

Typicaly these SMU creations will be a current model, repainted and renamed and sold at a specific price point.

AndrewD
06-11-2008, 05:11 PM
Racketdesign (Paul),

Off topic but curious to know if, before leaving D/S, you had anything to do with designing the Slazenger NX-One.

Racketdesign
06-11-2008, 05:31 PM
Hi Andrew,

Slightly vague answer but im actually not sure what the ended up with under the paint of the NX-One.

I left at the end of the pro x1 development and my hunch is that the frame tooling and construction hasnt changed. There is a chance they have switched suppliers so the feel of the racquet might be quite different, but I am afraid I havent got any personal experience of the NX series... I havent spent much time buying or testing any DS product since I left ;0)

meowmix
06-11-2008, 06:12 PM
Raquetdesign, no offense, but who in the world are you? Are you/were you a racket designer? Did you work for Slazenger or something? Sorry for my ignorance.

Racketdesign
06-11-2008, 06:16 PM
Hi, No offence taken. Yes, I worked for Dunlop Slazenger for a number of years as head of design and development.

jorel
06-13-2008, 01:01 PM
Hi, No offence taken. Yes, I worked for Dunlop Slazenger for a number of years as head of design and development.

And now runs Vantage....

meowmix
06-13-2008, 02:00 PM
You RUN Vantage? Holy...

jorel
06-16-2008, 05:17 AM
You RUN Vantage? Holy...

Yes he does... good customer service too

do a search for his name on these boards and u will find tons of info

rabidcow
06-16-2008, 11:07 AM
when will this red vantage frame be on the market? sorry for hijacking the thread :)

BreakPoint
06-16-2008, 12:17 PM
And now runs Vantage....

You RUN Vantage? Holy...
Not only does he run Vantage, he owns it. :)

LafayetteHitter
06-16-2008, 12:30 PM
Vantage customer service is top notch. I have four of the 90's and they are superb.

nickb
06-16-2008, 02:12 PM
when will this red vantage frame be on the market? sorry for hijacking the thread :)

Very soon....;)

1012007
06-16-2008, 02:14 PM
Fine:)

10 char

AndrewD
06-18-2008, 06:30 AM
Hi Andrew,

Slightly vague answer but im actually not sure what the ended up with under the paint of the NX-One.


Paul,

Thanks very much. It was just a stab in the dark and, remembering what you'd said about your past history, I did think the NX-One (97sq, 320g strung, Even-ish balance although they claim 4pts, 300 swingweight, 64 Flex rating but feels stiffer and 22mm beam width) might have been after your time. That's a pity as this is one of those situations where my results have been good with the racquet (love the way it performs on serve and at net) but my body (shoulder) absolutely hates it. More precisely, the combination of low static and swingweight allows the racquet to 'come through' too quickly on serve, the shoulder tendons become inflamed and, after one day's play, I'm out of commission for the rest of the week.

Unfortunately, given that I help run drills/coaching sessions at our tennis club, play 3 times a week and have a 15 tournament schedule for the year, I can't afford to be using something that puts me out of action like that.

Oh well, back to the drawing board.

Safin777
06-19-2008, 10:37 AM
Sorry to ask but what I have to type at the place of the ******