I love the most random frame - Pro Kennex Kinetic Pro 7g

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  1. crazyups

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    Thanks, but I'm not looking for a standard version of the 7g, I was looking for a standard length racquet with the crushing power of my leaded 7g and that would be the PDR.
     
  2. canadad

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    The PK Ki5 is one of the best racquets I have ever tried. I highly regret getting rid of mine. I switched back and forth between that and the 7G for a while, with no issue. I only got rid of it because I thought I should just pick one and stay with it. In hindsight for me, the Ki5 is every bit as good and it should still be in my bag.
     
  3. crazyups

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    Good to know in case I get tennis elbow with the PDR. It is significantly more powerful than the 5g in the power comparisons.
     
  4. max

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    Getting over TE, I've got a new 7G to string up. But my arm's not quite at the right stage yet. But I'm dying to give her a go.
     
  5. crazyups

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    Well, I played one match with my pro 7g cut down to 27.25". Still has the sublime feel and is more maneuverable. Power about the same because I added a bit more weight(12 ounces with a 7 point head light balance). I will try this setup more now, that quarter inch less makes playing easier.
    From reading about the 5g and 7g it seems that the 5g is not just a shortened 7g, people are saying that the 5g is more flexible and PK website says that 5g and ki5 is 65 stiff and 7g is 70 stiff(unstrung I would think). So whoever wants a standard length closest to 7g feel should try cutting half an inch off of the 7g. I did not like the kiq5.
     
  6. DaveInBradenton

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    Update again after a few more sessions. Intrigued if you'll continue to prefer it to what was.
     
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    I have a Ki 5 TW demo coming in late this week, early next week, along with 3 other racquets. Am looking for some arm friendly alternatives and wanted to try something other than Prince, Head, Wilson, etc... I'd be interested to hear what your impressions of the Ki 5 were, and why you regret giving it away. Thanks.
     
  9. smirker

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    Have had one in my bag for a couple of years for when my elbow flares up. Good,solid racquet that has no obvious weaknesses. If no particular stand out features either. Of my main racquet but still have it just in case.
     
  10. crazyups

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    I will but I have to get in shape again to wield it properly. I was inactive for 3 weeks due to being busy. Any kind of extended length requires better footwork.
     
  11. crazyups

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    Ya but I always wondered if those differences are on account of the extended length only.
     
  12. crazyups

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    Well I didn't use my 27.25" pro 7g, but I did use my 27.125" ki q5. What I had done was added the quarter inch that I took off the 7g and used it to lengthen my kiq5 which was an eighth of an inch shorter than 27. This improved somehow the feel of the q5 and I played pretty well with it. I even choked up slightly on the q5 while serving which gave me better maneuverability/results on my serve(I'm 6'4"). I don't understand how a quarter or even an eighth of an inch affects me so much but it does. I like the extra power/reach of slightly extended, but dislike my serve with it.
    It is really hard for me to give up on a 100 square inch racquet with a 16x20 string pattern. That is so unique because I get power with control. Blx blade 98 continues to be awesome and fairly similar to these kennexes. I will continue to use these 3 racquets but my PDR will probably not be used that much. I don't expect anyone to do these crazy mods but thought some might be interested.
     
  13. mmille24

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    I've been demo'ing a lot of racquets lately. Yonex DR98, Blade 18x20, Textreme Tour 95, Prince Tour 100, Babolat PST, Babolat PDT, & Babolat PCT. Demo'd a 7G and really loved it. I think my journey has finally come to an end.

    How is everyone stringing it? Hybrid? What tension? Thanks so much!
     
  14. kevin

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    7g is so comfortable that I can do full poly. I am stringing RPM17 full poly at 43lbs.
     
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    I've started toying with the new (new to USA at least) KI5 320. Ive only hit it twice and starting to figure it out.
    Nice frame.
     
  16. beltsman

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    I absolutely LOVE the 7G! Such an underrated frame. And the extra length I really don't notice at all. But I can pound FHs with it.
     
  17. mmille24

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    What do you string with? Has anyone tried a full bed of Head Hawk Touch or another soft poly?
     
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    No, I have it at ~50 with full bed of Forten syn gut. I don't mess with polys anymore, sorry.
     
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    Fwiw, I strung the KI5 320 with 16g cheap gut mains/Red Devil 1.19 cross.

    Same headisize and pattern as the 7g, but normal length.

    62/57.5 I strung it tighter than normal to seat the new grommets.

    So likely more like 60/56. It plays firm but very nice. I'll likely decrease tension next time
    but I'm used to a softer and less powerful racket.
     
  20. mikeler

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    Try my hybrid first before anything else. B5E and Thunder Blast are both medium stiffness in their categories. Full poly might be too stiff in a 16x20 but some of the new softer polys may work as a full bed.
     
  21. scotus

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    If I still had the 7G, I would definitely try a full bed of Isospeed Black Fire.

    The string is very low powered yet one of the slickest. At a very low tension, this might provide plenty of comfort in addition to performance.

    I loved the 7G but it was too powerful for me. Back then I was using gut-poly at 70/60 lbs; never knew to try extremely low tension full poly.
     
  22. mmille24

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    Yep. Will do. My demo had a full bed of multi (whatever TW supplies). I liked it but it popped after a hour of hitting and 3 games into a set. I usually don't break strings.
     
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    I use ProLine II @ 54/57 and never had a problem.
     
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    I live in an area where I one sells Pro Kennex. A guy had a ki 5x last night and after league play I hit some with it. Soft and comfortable but still with good power. Can any compare to the new ki 5 320 or the older version ki 5 315..
     
  25. beltsman

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    Felt disconnected from my Ai 98 and couldn't get dialed in, so I swapped back to my 7G. It is really nice. Very powerful, almost too much really. But gives me control to all areas of the court - my FH is banging. Serve is too powerful to be honest. Might have to restring it. But it's super comfortable and I can rip forehands. BH slice is...meh...but that's probably an issue of practice.

    The static weight/SW of the 7G is just really nice for my FH. It's a more natural swing for me than the Ai 98.

    So, I've sidelined my Ai 98 and will roll with the 7G for now.
     

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