Need advice from Pro Kennex gurus

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by xolair, Jun 14, 2012.

  1. xolair

    xolair New User

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    Weight and other specs

    Looks as if I will need to go buy a scale for the 300-400g weight range. It will be fun playing with the racquet until I get the specs right. Then i will move on to the Ki 5 and Q Tour and get them right. :)

    If I add weight to improve power, is there any need to restring the racquet now to a lower string tension? It's a brand spanking new string job and the only local stringer charges $30 for multifilament.
     
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  2. Ramon

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    No need to restring unless you really think the tension is causing you problems. In fact, you should test the racquet with the same string setup before and after adding weights.

    $30 is pretty standard for multi. That's one reason I string my own racquets. Mikeler's thread on the Strings forum is a good source for multifilament reviews. Some of the cheaper ones, like Prince Premier Attack ($9.50 at TW), should be available for less than that. In my area, you can expect to pay about $15 over TW's prices.
     
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  3. ced

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    Don't worry, Max, just keep at it regularly ..... the drop-off will be so slow (if you can avoid injury) that you won't notice it for years.

    I'm 77, play every week day and my new racquet of choice is the PK Qtour ... the weight (12.2 oz) is no bother as it swings as if it weighs in the low 11's.

    I find that skill levels don't diminish as fast as stamina ... as you age you will play fewer sets and stay on the courts for less time.

    By the way we (my playing partners and I) are always looking for the mid-40 year-olds that want to show us "geezers" how it is done !
     
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  4. levy1

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    I am 64 and could not weld that slug on any tennis court without dragging it! Maybe when I get older!
     
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  5. ced

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    Qtour

    Every day that I play with it, the more I become convinced that the Qtour could be the best racquet that I have played with .... certainly recently ..... the Kneissl Black Star and Yonex RD Ti 80 are the only racquets that come close !
     
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  6. coolblue123

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    did the Ki15PSE felt top heavy or bottom heavy? I have a Q15 (300) and I really like the racquet. But I did modified it by adding 20g of weight to the handle. It's now 12.25 oz. I felt the extra length at first playing stock. But after adding weight on the handle, it plows and has great control.

    Since I don't want to pay $30 for shipping from Europe, I was thinking about the Ki15 or Ki15PSE. I considered getting a US Q15 but specs to the beam width is very different than the 300. Seems like the Ki15 looks closer.

    Any advice welcome. thanks.
     
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  7. ruud5

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    Now playing 1 year with the Q tour.
    Excellent but a little difficult to swing after 1,5 hour...
    Espescially with serving en return (attack)
    I am 61 years..
    maybe that the Q tour 295 is a better option.
    Somebody experience with the 295?
     
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  8. DaveInBradenton

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    Choosing a racket, strings, and tension is very much personal preference, but it's good to gather information and get opinions. That's just a starting point; the racket demoing process will narrow it down for you. So many choices!

    I just wanted to put in a plug for my 7G. I'm 69 years old and not particularly strong, but the 11.7 strung weight and 1/2" extended length have not been a problem. I use low tension, 17 gauge natural gut, and full swings. The 7G has a big sweet spot and plenty of power. The 7G is a soft impact racket, very suited for me after having tennis elbow and still some minor shoulder issues.

    I know the 7G is dated technology, but it works so well for me that I have not been motivated to try anything else.

    Have fun,
    Dave
     
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  9. Steve Huff

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    Go with the Ki 15PSE. If you could handle the Babolats, you can handle the PSE.
     
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  10. coolblue123

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    Heard comments about being hefty. I was wondering if it is because it felt polarized? I got my NYC leaded up to 12.4 oz's probably do the same with the Ki15.
    I have a Q15 (300) now, I have a full bed of Silverstring up to 60lb's and it still felt like I was playing with multi. I bet the Ki15 will feel even better since the stiffness is only at 64.
     
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  11. coolblue123

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    just got a used k15 pse. stock strung was 11.75 oz.

    added 2 overwraps and lead on the handle to 12.4oz.

    will go out on a test drive morrow am. will report out. feels pretty nice swinging so far.
     
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  12. Chotobaka

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    I am feeling like I am in good company here -- I'll turn 60 next month. After and hour or so my Pro No 1 SL/X Force Pro's start moving slower so I simply switch to lighter Pro No 1 Ul/ X Force racquets for the duration. The switch is really transparent and gives my game a second wind.
     
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  13. coolblue123

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    Had a mini outing with the Ki15 PSE. Most of what I will mention here is compared to the Q15 (300) which i absolutely enjoy.

    Ki15 setup (WC Black5Edge 17g mid tension full bed leaded on the handle with 2 overwraps to 12.4 oz). Also even though both sticks are 105's, the Ki15 looks alittle more rounder. The Q15 has WC Silverstring 17g strung at mid tension as well.
    Groundies:
    Swings more heavy than the leaded 12.2 oz Q15 with very similar setup. But it's a very solid racquet. It felt alittle more stable than the Q15. I didn't like hitting my 2HBH as much as the Q15. I guess the extra .25 inch on the Q15 gave me alittle more leverage. The Ki15 has more control than the Q15 but the Q15 gives slightly more spin.
    Volleys:
    With both racquet, it has as much feel as with stone hands. but the Ki15 felt alittle more manuverable (even though it has very similar beam width) I wonder could the extra .25 inch on the Q15 be slowing the racquet down? But standard punch volleys are very effective. Talk about a great dub's stick. I thought the Ki15 has slightly more feel.
    Serves:
    Have yet to serve with the Ki15 but the Q15 has some nasty kick serves. Rocket flat serves!
    Comfort:
    Hitting with both sticks was as comfortable as pillow fighting and I have full bed polys strung in the 50's on both sticks. But if I had to split hair, I would pick Q15 because I love how fast it swings w/o sacrifacing comfort.
    Sweetspot:
    I thought the Q15 has a very slightly bigger sweetspot. But no jarring on mishits on both racquets. I've shanked a couple on top of the Ki15's. No twisting and landed on the other side with more control than what I thought it would have.
    Overall Feel:
    Q15 felt more hollow. Ki15 felt more solid.
    Final Thoughts:
    Pick the Ki15 PSE if you enjoy the classic racquet feel. Q15 has more of a modern feel. Both racquets are excellent sticks for a PDR alternatives. if I had to change one thing on the Ki15 is that I wish the handle was alittle longer. PJ quality was alittle better on the Ki15. But it's not better by much.
    If you like to hit through the ball, Ki15 PSE is probably more suited for you. If you brush and have a faster stroke, try the Q15. Also, I was so happy that the Ki15 has a full bumper guard vs the Q15 only has it from 11 to 1 oclock position.
     
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  14. Mister drool

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    and there is also a Qtour 295gr 16x19 string pattern available, where you guys aware of that? It must be a fine frame that one!
     
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  15. Chotobaka

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    The 57 RA sounds good to me, although I didn't find the Ki Q5 295 with its 66 RA to feel stiff at all. Still, that added flex should enhance feel.
     
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