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snoflewis
04-12-2006, 09:12 PM
i noticed at a local shop that on the outside of the racket at 3 and 9, the bumperguard says something like "shock absorber" or something...is that some technology in the bumperguard to reduce vibration from the ball impact? or is that just to prevent scratches on the frame at those areas?

andfor
04-13-2006, 12:58 AM
I am pretty sure what you are referring to says "maximum control". That's a term they use for the fight series like the 325. The feel series say "maximum feel" and the flash series says "maximum power" all located at the 3 and 9.

uk_skippy
04-13-2006, 03:42 AM
andfor, snoflewis is right, the 2 side grommet pieces have 'shock absorber' imprinted on them. However having replace a couple of these [grommet] sets there doesnt seem to be anything special about them, nor do they have any special material attached.

regards

Paul

Richie Rich
04-13-2006, 05:47 AM
i have to replace the grommets on mine and not really looking forward to it - they have those flared grommets at certain places which look like a bugger to get in. guess i'll get out the hair dryer to try and soften them up first.

uk_skippy - any tips on this?

thejuice
04-13-2006, 07:33 AM
I don't know that there is some special technology but I think the bumper guards on the TF's look cool.

uk_skippy
04-13-2006, 08:00 AM
HiRichie

they're not too bad at fitting. The replacement grommets aren't flared so they fit like normal strips. If you do want to flare them, then you'd have to get the 'Flare-it' tool.

Regards

Paul

snoflewis
04-13-2006, 09:13 AM
alright...thanks guys, im in the middle of a trade for one, and probably going to pick another up at a local store. :)

oh yeah, btw, is there a difference (in terms of specs/cosmetics/etc) between the clear bumperguard version and the black bumperguard version?

thanks

Richie Rich
04-13-2006, 09:16 AM
HiRichie

they're not too bad at fitting. The replacement grommets aren't flared so they fit like normal strips. If you do want to flare them, then you'd have to get the 'Flare-it' tool.

Regards

Paul

ta. don't want to flare them, just want them to fit nice and easy so it's good to know the replacement grommets are easy to install.

uk_skippy
04-13-2006, 11:05 AM
oh yeah, btw, is there a difference (in terms of specs/cosmetics/etc) between the clear bumperguard version and the black bumperguard version?

thanks

Snoflewis, other than the grommet colour there isn't a difference in the cosmetics. The only other difference I've found between earlier and later TF rqts, and this goes for the TF315 too, is that the butt cap is slightly different. But again that's just minor cosmetics.

Regards

Paul

snoflewis
04-13-2006, 11:25 AM
^^^ thanks a lot

monologuist
04-13-2006, 02:37 PM
guys...just a couple of questions about this frame as it has very similar specs to my current frame of choice, the Yonex Ti-70 Long (98", 27.3", 12 oz., 11 pts. HL, 62 flex, 18x20), which is discontinued.

1.FOr anyone that has played both the 325 and the Ti-70, any comparisons would be welcome.
2.IS the 325 a full 27.5"? I know the TI-70 is actually about 27.3", despite the 27.5" spec.
3.What is the grip shape like compared to Wilson,Head,Yonex,etc.?
4.What is the power level like compared to some other common frames like Head Prestige MP, Volkl DNX10, Yonex Ti-80, Yonex MP Tour-5, Wilson N6.1 95, Yonex rdx-500, etc.?
5.How does the flex feel relative to the specs and to other frames?
6.How does the swingweight feel compared to its specs?
7.How maneuverable is it and how well does it cut through the air?
8.How is forgiveness of the sweetspot?
9.What is the feel most similar to?
10.How is the spin potential?
11.Does it need any lead tape or is it just fine stock?

snoflewis
04-13-2006, 03:30 PM
monologuist...i just picked one up at the store today and can answer questions 2 and 3. when i measured w/ a tape measure, it was more like 27.25" than 27.4". The grip shape is more like the head gripshape, it's rectangular. i have yet to string it up and go for a hit w/ it...so i look forward to doing that sometime in the following couple of days

Richie Rich
04-13-2006, 03:34 PM
from my experiences (yonex ti 70 long was over year ago so memory is shady. currently play with tf 325)

2) 27.4 inches long (just measured to make sure)
3) grip shape more like volkl/head but not as rectangular as those 2.
4) more power than lm prestige, yonex rdx 500 mp, but not as much as ncode 61 95
5) flex is firmer than the 59 on tw site. feels like low 60 (63-64 ish)
6) swingweight is about right. fairly hl and easy to get around
7) i have no issues getting the racquet into position or out of the way quickly. there are far more cumbersome racquets out there
8) fairly big sweetspot, imo. not too many "jarring" hits and i string it with poly.
9) feels most like an i.prestige MP XL but a little stiffer and touch more power
10) easy spin, at least for an 18x20. not the highest bounce on the kicker but no problems with slices or topspin
11) the tf325 is the first frame in a long time i haven't had to add weight to. i love it stock.

monologuist
04-13-2006, 05:09 PM
interesting that one person measured their 325 as 27.25" while the other is 27.4"...my TI-70's are around 27.25 to 27.3", despite 27.5" specs...I always thought it may have to do with the head deforming and becoming shorter after being strung...or maybe manufacturing tolerance?!...either way, I can definitely tell a difference between 27.25" and 27.5"....27.25" is ideal to me...27.5" feels a little too long.

Anybody else know how long their 325's are?

Richie Rich
04-13-2006, 07:53 PM
all my 4 measure the same 27.4 inches long.

snoflewis
04-13-2006, 08:42 PM
i measured once again to check, and it came out to 27.4

i even checked in cm and converted to in...yep 27.4

NY12345v
04-14-2006, 09:30 AM
The one that I have is also shorter than the 27.4" stated. It is more like 27.25". Weird.


VM

Richie Rich
04-15-2006, 11:54 AM
The one that I have is also shorter than the 27.4" stated. It is more like 27.25". Weird.


VM
your racquet may have been strung incorrectly causing the head to shorten or you may have bought a used one where the previous owner shortened the racquet. they should be 27.4 inches long.