Don't know much about Prokennex...what should I expect?

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  1. Babolatbarry

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    Demoing the new Ionic Ki 5 315...
    Anything anyone can let me know about this racquet/what to expect prior to the demo?
     
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  2. levy1

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    Its a unusual racket. I was not blown away with it, just seemed to do everything well. I kept using it and changing strings and tension and now I own three. Not a powerful racket to me, pinpoint control with strokes, volleys and serves. Absolutely no vibration. Excellent plow through and spin for me.
     
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  3. El Diablo

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    This is the fourth or fifth paintjob for the Ki 5 315, a racquet that's been around forever as the KI 5 (and has always been a 315). All the old feedback from the other paintjobs still applies.
     
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  4. Tommyj

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    I can't demo here in Canada so I just picked up a couple of these because I was looking for a really arm friendly racquet with something just below a player's spec. I too am not blown away. The racquet does not seem particularly exciting in any one area of performance, although it does what it is supposed to. The one thing I'm not happy about is that the 2 frames I got have about a 3 pt difference in balance. So I had to head weight one and butt weight the other to get them close, and now I'm stuck with a couple of racquets which weigh 12.1 oz including overgrip. I was really hoping to top out at 11.9. At the current weight I may as well stick with my PB 10 Mid which is only 5g heavier and a whole lot more racquet.
     
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  5. Babolatbarry

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    Thanks guys!
     
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  6. Tommyj

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    I'll be curious to hear your thoughts once you've demoed it. I honestly haven't given it a fair chance yet. I usually like a racquet that has a dampened, solid feel to it, yet still has a bit of pop at contact. My PB 10 Mid has that pop but I can't seem to find it with the Ki 5. Mine are strung with PPA at 58.
     
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    I'm wondering, for those who know, just how different the Ki5 is from the 5G?

    Is there much difference?
     
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    Go down 5lbs - that might help..
     
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    You really should try the Redondo MP if you are looking for a PK racquet with a dampened solid feel.
     
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  11. Tommyj

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    Thats in the same weight range as my PB 10 Mid. I was looking for something slightly lighter and I didn't want an 18x20. Had I been looking for that, I probably would have gone for the Q Tour.
     
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  12. Ramon

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    I reviewed the Ki 5 a while back:

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=413091

    It's actually not as "plush" as some of the other racquets that are known to be arm-friendly. It feels more like a racquet made to play good tennis rather than a racquet made to protect your arm. It has more pop than most racquets of comparable specs and the spin is good because of the low swingweight. The Ki 5x and Ki 5 PSE feel substantially heavier and are much tougher to generate racquet head speed and spin. I thought that it could use more weight in the head for added stability.
     
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    My sentiments as well.
     
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    I demoed one yesterday and found it to be way powerful. May be the strings in the demo. I just had to keep brushing the ball or it would turn into a rocket launcher.

    But it's nice and soft and easy to play. I'm pondering about getting one to be used for those "sociable tennis moments", when my usual heavy sticks would be too tiring to use with those keeping-the-power-in-check strokes.
     
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    KI5 is a stick that has a damp feel, that does everything reasonably well but does not have a "WoW" factor that some people look for. Power level is low, but with the right string set up, you can get pretty good juice. I have gone back to this frame full time due to nagging shoulder issues. I was using a 200 tour for most of the last year and I am getting pretty much everything I was from the 200 tour from the KI5-except I find that the 200 tour is better at the net and has more pop, but not much better and not much more.
    I have used all sorts of string set ups, weight variations and have found the best set up for me to be:
    Add 3/10 of an oz to the handle bringing the frame up to 12.1 oz 7-9pts HL. (17" of 1/2" lead tape on the handle) In stock, it is just too light for me.
    I use a becker hybrid-16L gut M at 62#.poly cross@ 56# for Practice. I find it easier on the arm with good control. Great for serving.
    Match stick-I use 17G tourn BHB poly at 56#M/tourna mulit C17G at 56#. This reels in the power a bit but really amps up my control and I get a tad more dipping spin.
    I hit a 1HBH and in stock weight, I find that I get ahead of my shots alot. A little heavier and I get better plow.
    I don't blow anyone off the court, but my control and spin is excellent. It is an excellent all court stick and although it has a weird feel to it, mainly due to it's technology, I like it pretty well right now. It comapres well against a redondo MP and both are worth a side by side demo. good luck.
     
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  16. Babolatbarry

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    The demos should arrive either tomorrow or the next day. I'll post on here how I felt about it
     
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  17. levy1

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    Something seems to wrong there. ProKennex is known to be spot on. I have 4 from TW and all are the same. I would return one and ask for the racket to be specked.
     
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    You can tame any racket with strings and tension. I wish it had a little more power, Currently at 50/46 Natural gut mains and poly crosses for the clay
     
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  19. Tommyj

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    I would have returned both, but since I'm in Canada I would have to pay shipping and also can't recover the taxes I paid to clear customs. The racquets are dead on when it comes to weight, but not even close when it comes to balance. I've checked several times and the difference is 3 points.
     
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  20. Tommyj

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    Just curious if you've had a chance to hit the Ki5 and if so, what you think. I had a lesson last Friday and used mine. The pro gave me some things to work on with my serve, got me messed up initially and I hit a bunch of serves way to close to the frame of the racquet. Shoulder was so sore the next day I could barely lift my arm, and I had no prior shoulder issues. I thought this was supposed to be the Cadillac of comfort racquets.
     
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  21. Babolatbarry

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    Well I demoed the new siz one 16x16, ID prestige Pro, The prokennex, and Yonex VCORE Tour 97 and the Prokennex seems so bulky compared to the rest of them, it felt springy compared to the others. I didn't really like it. Too low powered for my taste. Only good area for me was the serve. And yeah I felt like I had to swing way too hard so my arm felt a lil bit of pain but nothing I couldn't handle.
     
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  22. Tommyj

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    I've never felt like I had to work as hard as I did with the Ki 5. Your choice of the word bulky pretty well sums it up. It was strange, because I've spent the last year playing with a PB 10 Mid which has heavier static and SW than the Ki 5 and about the same balance. I never felt tired or sore with the PB, even after playing 2+ hours. I called TW today and am returning my Ki 5s under the trade in program. A rather costly experiment. Unfortunately can't demo here in Canada.
     
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  23. Babolatbarry

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    Trade in program? Tell me more
     
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  24. Tommyj

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    I believe its fairly new. You call TW and tell them what you have and what condition the racquet is in. They give you an estimate for the trade in value which is then confirmed when they have received and inspected the racquet. You are then given a TW credit for the trade in amount to use against future purchases. You may be able to get more by selling the racquet yourself, but its a quick, no hassle way of clearing out stuff you don't want any more.
     
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  25. Babolatbarry

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    Oh wow that's great!
     
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