View Full Version : New trend in racquet design?

04-23-2005, 04:06 AM
It seems like some of the upcoming and recently popular racquets are being built w/ more flex (rating <= 60)

Yonex 500rdx
the Head Flexi series
Technifiber 325

Compared to the last few years, only racquet I can think of w/ flex was mptour 5. In the Flexi-tour review, I think Don even says the racquet has the soft feel of the prestige while being less demanding. It sounds like this
trend may be the way of the future and should also be one that's healthy for elbows and joints!

04-23-2005, 04:13 AM
should also be one that's healthy for elbows and joints!

Yes, indeed.

04-23-2005, 05:46 AM
Yes, but why are they changing the racquets to be more flexible?

mary fierce
04-23-2005, 06:19 AM
For the same reason they originally made them stiffer and lighter -- age. The large section of the tennis playing population that came of age in the 70s and 80s started getting older and turned to the more powerful and agile stiff-and-light sticks a few years ago to juice up their games. Industry literature now reports those same players are finding the sticks too uncomfortable, so flex is even being seen in lighter sticks now as well (note the new Yonex RQ nanosticks, with weights in the 10+ range and flex reported as 63).