New Bolt Rackets?

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  1. tennismonkey

    tennismonkey Semi-Pro

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    Racquet Specs (98)
    Headsize: 98sqin
    Length: 27in
    Width: 22mm
    Weight (strung/unstrung): 11.1oz/10.6oz
    Balance (strung): 13.0in / 4pts HL
    Swing Weight (strung): 320kg-cm2
    Frame Stiffness: 60RA

    Racquet Specs (98T)
    Headsize: 98sqin
    Length: 27in
    Width: 22mm
    Weight (strung/unstrung): 12.0oz/11.5oz
    Balance (strung): 12.2in / 10pts HL
    Swing Weight (strung): 325kg-cm2
    Frame Stiffness: 65RA
     
  2. DUO

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    Just got my racket back from the stringer, but I can't test it yet due to inclement weather. Hopefully I can hit tomorrow. :)
     
  3. CLL

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    I've been selected for the third wave :D

    Can't wait for it to arrive...

    I should string it with the strings TW is giving out for play testing :p
     
  4. DUO

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    which one did you get selected for, 98 or 98t? For my 98 I had it strung with the poly that came with the racquet.
     
  5. CLL

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    The email didn't specify and said that I should check the buttcap when I receive it.
     
  6. tennisjon

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    I just received an email stating that I have been selected to demo. They will be sending one of the two frames and two sets of string (one poly and one multi). There will be directions on how to string the racquets. They want you to try it out on 2-3 separate occasions and give feedback. They say you can share the racquets with your friends and get their feedback as well. I am looking forward to trying it.
     
  7. tennismonkey

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    yups. i was selected this morning too. same email. haven't seen any reviews from anyone yet though.
     
  8. anhuynh16

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    I can't believe I didn't get selected for 3rd wave, ahh I just found out I can demo them at local store and TW soon!!!!
     
  9. DUO

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    I would assumed that there would be someone from the first wave to review it, but I guess that they only submitted on the black racquet website only.
     
  10. ucr_tennis90

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    i just got my racket, looks pretty good except a few paint chips. grommets and bumpers look a little cheap, but not too bad. i had to order some shrink sleeves as they sent me a 4 3/8, but that's not really a problem for me. i'm going to try to get this thing to get as close to the specs of my aerostorm as possible. i'll string it up later tonight and take some pics.
     
  11. TennisMaverick

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    Did they send these sticks to you, yours to keep?
     
  12. CLL

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    Yours to keep forever and ever :)
     
  13. DUO

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    which version did you get to test? they also sent me a 3/8 also, which Aero Storm do you have? I have the old red and white AS, which is like identical to the 98
     
  14. ucr_tennis90

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    I got the 98T, it's heavier than the aerostorm but i haven't modified mine at all so im basically just going for the correct balance. I have the aerostorm cortex (the red and white one). It'll probably end up way heavier with the shrink wraps and stuff but I think it'll be fine.

    Also, anyone have any idea what the strings they sent with the racket are? I kinda want to use them, but at the same time I want to use my usual setup on my initial test because I already know that I like them and I don't want to taint the test because I don't like their strings.
     
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  15. DUO

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    My original string set up is just a full bed of poly, (rpm). So for the sake of testing I just went to the poly that came with the racquet, I haven't hit with it yet.
     
  16. ucr_tennis90

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    i decided to just string mine with full rpm blast 17 @ 60lbs (my usual setup for my aerostorm. i'll give the mystery poly and multi a chance next time i need to restring.

    now i'm just waiting on my shrink wraps to come and i'll give it a test. should be ready friday afternoon for my first hit.
     
  17. MNsilver

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    BOLT is all set up to send you a demo to try so playtest and see for yourself. It's funny to hear all of the "authorities" discussing a racquet they've never tried. The BOLT is the first truly incredible piece of engineering, not marketing, that's been introduced to the market in two decades.
     
  18. vsbabolat

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    It seems like the zipstrip on the Bolt racquets is a copy of the catapult system that are on some of the Volkl racquets.
    http://vb-tennis.com/cms/front_content.php?idcat=44
     
  19. MNsilver

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    In fact if the "Corporations" that sell tennis racquets were doing as much R and D as they are market research, we'd have far better racquets to play with. BOLT is a great example of an R and D based company.
     
  20. db10s

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    I hit with a bolt racket.... Mixed feelings. It doesn't have a crisp feel. But more like dead poly without the arm danger. Although I can bomb serves with it, that isn't everything.
     
  21. MNsilver

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    You just have to string it up tighter to shorten the ball release time. Then you'd feel the pop. Pretty cool to use poly without fear of injury, right!?
     
  22. MNsilver

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    The Catapult is a thing-a-majig. String the Catapult up past 58 lbs and it's not moving. The Zipstrip is a full blown suspension system. Almost the entire string-bed gives and flexes with ball impact uniformly. Essentially everything is improved...more dwell time/better control, almost no vibration, impact shock is practically eliminated, effortless power. Get a demo and see for yourself.
     
  23. Rock Strongo

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    This is NOT a paid testimony.
     
  24. SFrazeur

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  25. Larrysümmers

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    he said it felt like dead poly.
     
  26. db10s

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    Yeah


    Dead poly = not so appealing
     
  27. MNsilver

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    Pretty cool image, I guess that means you tried a BOLT. What did you think?
     
  28. DevilDog

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    I think BOLT needs to list the stiffness and SW of each racquet on their website. With the specs listed the way they are on the website, it looks like you are catering to a group of people that don't know or understand what kind of racquet they want or need.
     
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  29. SFrazeur

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