Most stupid racquet ''technology''

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  1. I Heart Thomas Muster

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    When I worked at a tennis shop I asked the Head rep about that (this was during the "titanium" racquet era) and he said that basically the titanium fairy flew by and sprinkled some titanium dust on the racquets.
     
  2. nocturn11

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    BTW, for anyone wondering about the Smart Grip: it's terrible. I don't know why it came with my old racket (XS 109--huge head and way too light), but it drove me crazy every single day. Why? Because if you change your grip (as I did--eastern to semi-western), it will stay that way. Forever.

    I tried ignoring it, by getting a thinner grip, by getting a thicker grip, by going back to eastern forehand (though the coach quashed that fairly quickly). In the end, I just took it off. And I'm so glad I did.

    So, yeah. Smart Grip = not so smart idea. And definitely "stupid racquet 'technology'".
     
  3. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    What's a smart grip?
     
  4. nyc

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    THIS
     
  5. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    That doesn't count as "stupid racquet technology", because it's not part of racquet and can be removed if needed.

    In other words, no one told you to put it on.
     
  6. db10s

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    But it came with the frame.
     
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  8. Clive Walker

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    Not sure that this is in line with the spirit of the rest of the thread but I saw someone with one of these the other day

    [​IMG]

    Apparently he had had a few to many glasses of wine and ended up buying it at a charity auction, and decided he may as well use it for a bit

    It seems that surely if it worked, it would have caught on some time ago.
     
  9. db10s

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    I wouldn't string one of those for $100.
     
  11. Clive Walker

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    Yes, not an undertaking I'd fancy as a stringing job.

    It's another of those sticks that I'd probably spend £30 on if I saw one in a charity shop, just to see what I thought (that dodgy double handed one is another)
     
  12. db10s

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    I don't think I would spend 30 quid on one.
     
  13. badmice1

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    Prince Vortex
     
  14. yonexRx32

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    What specifically about prince vortex?
     
  15. pkshooter

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    How WOULD you do the crosses.
     
  16. Readers

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    Volkl Optispot.
     
  17. yonexRx32

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    I would do them carefully. Stringers charge double for these rackets (twice the work) and there is a method to it but it is done and I heard (good) tennis players say positive things about them.
     
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    I think you hit it with "OPTISPOT"
     
  19. Tamiya

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    there's probably Ti in its white paint... as is in the shell of M&Ms!!! ;)
     
  20. RiggensAuroraHO

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    Seriously? They won an ID award for that year.
     
  21. RiggensAuroraHO

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    No, you're supposed to hit the ball without looking at the OptiSpot.

    You play with an X7, right? Play with a black X7 and then a regular X7 and see if your mishits aren't reduced with the regular X7. That will tell you if the OptiSpot works or not.
     
  22. RiggensAuroraHO

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    You can feel it when you swing hard vs when you swing soft.
     
  23. RiggensAuroraHO

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    The tech on the X5 applies a tremendous amount of spin to the ball.
     
  24. lcalamar

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    I have the Volkl X8 - w/ OptiSpot....

    Love the racket - but OptiSpot is useless...

    Doesn't bother me and I don't believe I paid anything xtra for it... but useless.
     
  25. tennis legend 2

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    i dont understand the volkl v1 classic having but cap technology. what was the use of that?
     
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    i do like the v1 classic though its a cool racket i got it at a garage sale a while back for a couple dollars just never understood what the butcap did and am curious
     
  27. RiggensAuroraHO

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    See Comment#121
     
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    Wilson (K)arophite and Basalt crystal meth ********e.

    What.

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    Fak.
     
  29. Timbo's hopeless slice

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    I don't suffer too much from mishits anyway..

    However, HUGE Volkl fan though I am, I stand by my assertion that 'Optispot' is the most useless racquet technology of all time.

    (still a nod to the mighty "FlexPoint", but at least that sort of made sense, albeit limited sense with a remarkably abbreviated shelf life!)
     
  30. spinovic

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    I know the d3o is legit, but can't say whether there's enough in the racquets to make a difference. Don't know about the Youtek IG tech, but I do know that I've really liked the feel of all the Youtek IG racquets that I have tried (XPro 2.0, Prestige Mid and Pro, and Radical Pro). Loved them all. Thought they felt and played great.

    Best tech - how about the simple, but unique idea by Donnay to offer easy racquet customization? Not groundbreaking by any means since customization can be accomplished with lead tape, etc. But, it does make it very easy and simple to play around with some different setups and then reverse the process if you don't like. I think this was a great idea. I wish more racquet companies would do something similar.
     
  31. lcalamar

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    Yeah - I did see comment #121.

    As someone who has two X8s - and so does my wife... the OptiSpot is useless. It adds no value whatsoever to my play or my ability to keep my eye on the ball or hit the ball cleanly...
     
  32. Povl Carstensen

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    I think it was just some rubbery material that weighed and dampened a little.
     
  33. chunlimeyers

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    I think it is more of the idiotic names for simple things.. Microgel.. its just injected silicone. And, we know silicone works to add weight and dampen some shock. I personally love the "microgel" because the racket doesn't feel hollow, as their is silicone in there, so the feel of the racket is much better than the newer hollow, stiffer radicals.

    I can clearly see some marketing moron try to find a fancy name to call 'lead tape'. Which we (i would hope) all agree is one of the greatest "technologies" in tuning our rackets.

    I would like to think if they just leveled with us, we would buy the racket anyhow. But a lot like to think this or that new technology , not simple weight/balance/stiffness/headsize of a racket makes the real difference in how a racket plays.
     
  34. RiggensAuroraHO

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    I would argue that if you played with a black X8 and monitored how many times you mishit, versus how many times that you mishit with the OptiSpot cosmetics, that you will find that you mishit less with the OptiSpot. I have performed that exercise with the X7, X8, and all three X10s. I mishit more with the all-black sticks. For the designated time which I hit, I mishit on average, four times with the black sticks, and one time with the sticks having the regular cosmetics. I had a tennis pro recording the mishits as I played with each stick. That difference could easily be the difference in winning or losing a game.
     
  35. RiggensAuroraHO

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    I would argue that if you played with a black X8 and monitored how many times you mishit, versus how many times that you mishit with the OptiSpot cosmetics, that you will find that you mishit less with the OptiSpot. I have performed that exercise, in a bet, with the X7, X8, and all three X10s. I mishit more with the all-black sticks. For the designated time which I hit, I mishit on average, four times with the black sticks, and one time with the sticks having the regular cosmetics. I had a tennis pro recording the mishits as I played with each stick. That difference could easily be the difference in winning or losing a game.
     
  36. McLovin

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    First, it had staggered grommets:
    [​IMG]

    Second, it was supposedly made out of this space-age material that adjusted to your swing. If you swung hard, it would stiffen, if you swung slow, it would soften.

    I found an add from Sports Authority from 1993:

    It says "space age construction provides ability to adjust to every shot". Even if it did do that, who would want it to? Wouldn't you want your frame to play the same, and be predictable?
     
  37. Povl Carstensen

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    Or to be the other way around: Making it able to get depth with a flick, and the ball staying in when you hit out. Like what you call a limiter or compressor in music.
     

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