Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by btexas, Feb 29, 2004.
Are Kennex racquets not good at all ?
Pro Player endorsement is a marketing strategy. PK doesn't have much money and they cannot afford to pay out the $ to have pros use their paint jobs.
PK makes great rackets, though, so give them a look.
There was a time when Pro Kennex manufactured most graphite rackets for other companies. They make good rackets.
Wasn't Pro Kennex just bought out by another company? I plan on demoing four of the racquets in the PK line. Loved the feel of the 5G last year, but the PSE line and the Core 1 Number 6 seem like racquets designed with players in mind. Racquet endorsements and popularity is all about the money.
They probably do make a lot of the racquets, wilson or prince probably just pay them to paint them for market.
If you liked the 5G, the 7G is awesome! I demoed it, and whomped on my partners. Technifibre NRG 2 16 is a winner, very durable, easy on the arm and hits hard.
I seem to remember PK having some trouble with the tours accepting the Kinetic racquet line as legal equipment. This was probably resolved soon after, but I never heard any solution. It had something to do with the material that allowed the shifting mass (pardon my ignorance loyal PK users) in the original Kinetic line
there are a bunch of guys using ProKennex who are coming up right now in the challengers and futures. most of they are using PK racquets and wearing PK clothes. it is good that PK is getting behind these up and coming Americans.
ProKennex used to manufacture a lot of racquets for other companies in their Asian plant. I do not know if they still do so but I am sure they still do. Like the Babolat Pure Drive, its awful similar to that grey/silver racquet PK had a couple years ago, i think it was the Type C or Type S or something like that...
Doubt you've heard of her, but Selima Sfar of Tunis is playing with one of the Core #2x frame. It's the red twenty something, strung with Luxilon. Tauziat's protegee. Beautiful game and quite a nice person too.
Read that the Pure Drive was originally a PK racquet/mold bought by Babolat.
If that's really true, I'm sure PK execs feel like putting a gun to their heads for selling the goose that lays the golden eggs. :roll:
I had one of the PK's that later became the PD. It was called the Ceramic Destiny 265 (or something to that effect). Pretty nice racquet, actually.
lol,i played a Kennex Destiny too.......but i dont know if that is true with babo: )(
Not really. The Pure Drive wouldn't be the Pure Drive without Babolat's distribution channels and marketing expertise. The annals of tennis is littered with hundreds of fine frames that just never caught on for whatever reason. Just look at the Pro Stock line from Spalding. You'd think with all the players racquets enthusiasts on this site that Spalding would have found a buyer or two for them. Not so.
Eric Nunez plays with Pro Kennex
Can you name any of these players?
well the highest ranked player using pk would be andreas seppi of course. besides that, there's daniel yoo, pablo pires de almeida, ryan redondo(sd native who the type c redondo was named after)
was just going to mention him until i saw your post. think he plays with the type c (not redondo)
he plays with a 28 inch heritage type c
IIRC PK made rackets for Prince & Wimbledon back in the 80's
I also agree that even if PK did have the Pure Drive mold there is no sign they would have had the same success. They didn't have Roddick, Moya, & Clisters using the frame.
Nope, sorry guys, Seppi plays with a Prestige with a type c paintjob
yeah, we got him in the other thread.
Shame they jump ship once they start playing slam qualies and attend rival equipment mfg's free take away all you can hold sessions.
Are you trying to set the record for "most threads over 2 years old revived in one day"? Jesus christ you've revived more than a few of them today, including one that was over 5 years old. What gives, dude?
At one stage I recall Pro Kennex claiming to be the largest manufacturer of tennis racquets in the world.
They just weren't into marketing..
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