Next Round Of Collectable DUNLOP IDAPT

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  1. rodracquet

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    Dunlop are gearing up for their new range called IDAPT which brings customisable together from a number of previous odd ball designs.
    So this new range you can change the head (thereby weight, string tension) length by insert modules (thereby swing speed and balance) http://youtu.be/Kkmawx1enE0
     
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    Im really looking forward to seeing these racket designs.
    I think many players would would really enjoy making changes during the match when the conditions or opponent are not allowing the best results. Also for many of the poly stings that lose tension this may also be a nice offset from the early pop loss. I don't expect to see them on the ATP any time soon.
     
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    I don't suppose it is by sheer coincidence that a 1994 Jeanrot patent for a conceptually similar design just happens to have expired this year?

    The iDAPT goes further than the Jenro in terms of component modularity, but the core feature is the removable/replaceable head/grip, with a piece of elastomer in the joint to dampen vibrations - exactly the same as on the Jenro. However, unlike the Jenro, which was designed to be taken apart by the end-user, it looks like the iDAPT is not meant to be user-customizable, as the "proprietary" key/wrench for disassembling and reassembling the frame is only supplied to the authorized service shops. I'm guessing this is meant to create a post-sale revenue stream for the dealers, but I wonder how realistic it is to expect a customer to actually go back to the shop to replace the head or grip, unless the latter can be done extremely cheaply; in which case there would be no money to be made anyway. Wouldn't it make more sense to sell the key to the users to entice them to buy more modules to experiment with at their own leisure? A collapsible frame that cannot be taken apart by the user just seems to eliminate the most obvious benefit of the design.

    I also find it ironic that in Jeanrot's patent, he specifically singled out Dunlop's injection-molded frames as having inadequate vibration dampening qualities, which his invention was ostensibly designed to provide in abundance, yet here is Dunlop marketing something that quite resembles that invention, when Jeanrot can no longer benefit from the relevant IP. Then again, by now he probably doesn't care anymore one way or the other...

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    Nice catch on the expiration of the 1994 Jeanrot patent and this iDAPT product. If the "proprietary" key/wrench is not given to the buyer then I think Dunlops offering has no chance. Maybe Donnay can produce it for the player ;)
     
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