Question to Chris regarding pro kennex Ki 5

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  1. borgpro

    borgpro Semi-Pro

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    Dear Chris,
    As a tester preferring more classic style rackets I would be pleased if I could ask you the following:
    Is there much difference between the Q5 version and the previous Ki 5 (the 315 grams version)? I could see the latter is more flexible. And does it play a little bit like a classic stick, like the wilson pro staff 6.0 95 for example?
    I have played many years, like classic rackets, but I have trouble finding a modern stick having quit serious elbow problems. This is why I look at Pro Kennex. The more flexible version seems better on paper (I can not test unfortunately). Ora will it be very powerfully, with multi since I can certainly not use poly.
    Finally, TW Europe lists the previous version Ki 5 (white and black) as having a stiffness of 67, is that perhaps a mistake since your and other sites list 61-62?
    Sorry, a lot of questions, but many thanks if you can help!
     
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  2. TW Staff

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    If you want the most arm-friendly, I highly recommend going with the Ionic Ki 5 315 as it has the softest flex and highest swingweight. You are going to get a plusher feel from the flex and the best stability from the plow through -- both of which will help protect your arm.

    That being said, all of these racquets are very forgiving. With the Classic 5G, I always found it a tad too lively, but that was back before I started hitting poly. I'm finding more control from the Q5 version we have been hitting recently, but I have been hitting that with a poly, so I'm not really comparing apples to apples, here.

    We are starting to test the Q5X right now and I'll try and throw a Q5 and Ki5 hit in there so I can better compare them.

    To tame the power, you can use a deader multi such as Xcel and Rip Control. NXT Control also offers great control, but has a firmer, crisper feel. A 15g natural gut main with a 16g Xcel cross would be another way to go and should allow for higher tensions without sacrificing comfort.

    I have not had a chance to look into the TWE specs, but I am confident ours are accurate.

    Hope that helps,
    Chris, TW
     
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  3. borgpro

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    Many thanks for your feedback!
     
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    Chris,

    Good to hear there will be a Q5X.

    Any idea if PK is coming out with a QTour 295g in X-tended length?
     
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    I've not heard of any plans yet.

    The Q5X obviously continues on from the Ki 5X and earlier 7G lines. Yesterday was my first outing with it and I really enjoyed it. I could hit a very heavy ball with that racquet thanks to its healthy swingweight (I hit two, one was at 346 and the other at 340 for swingweight measured on our RDC). Very solid feeling, great spin and comfortable yet crisp -- strung with a co-poly (Luxilon Savage Black).

    Chris, TW
     
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  6. Roberto_spin

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    As a PDR-fan, I am very Anxious on this racket... Haven't found anything on the net of this racket.

    When will it come out?
     
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    Chris, thank you once more for your advice. I purchased one (TW!) and it plays excellent. Having played for many years, and liking players frames in the past (PS85, 95, etc) this is a very nice modern racket with good feel, and arm friendly (at least the first hit)! Looking forward to play more extensive...

    Final question: how will it react on a leather grip? I feel it could have a little extra weight, and I like headlight frames, and the current synthetic grip feels a bit loose and cheap (whereas the racket quality seems very good overall). Therefore I consider switching to leather, or wilson pro hybrid, plus an overgip.
    Do you (or other readers) know if the racket responds well on this mod?
    Or will it become too headlight?
     
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  9. TW Staff

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    It should respond very well to a leather grip. You will get more feel and add some weight without hurting maneuverability.

    Chris, TW
     
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  10. MikeHitsHard93

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    Chris, I keep getting tennis elbow flare-ups and have mild wrist tendinitis, so I was wondering just how arm friendly these rackets are. I've never hit prokennex. How would you compare the ionic ki5 to the Q5 or even the Q5X? Thanks.
     
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  11. MikeHitsHard93

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    Any other play testers please feel free to comment as well!
     
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  12. TW Staff

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    They are very comfortable. I would avoid the X since the added length could potentially stress your arm more.

    Both are solid options in regards to comfortable player's racquets. I personally find more control with the Q5. The Ki feels livelier to me and I find myself stringing higher to add control -- not something you'd want to do with wrist/elbow issues.

    You should demo both to see if either feels right for you.

    Best of luck and best of health moving forward,
    Chris, TW
     
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  13. mikeler

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    I second Chris's recommendation to stick with standard length frames.
     
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  14. MikeHitsHard93

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    Thanks so much Chris. Would you opt for the Q315 or Q295? I'm trying to get away from a western forehand and I'm trying to drive the ball more. I was also looking at the QTours and the redondo. Once again, thanks so much.
     
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    The Q Tour offers some nice flex to it and some healthy swingweight to improve resistance to twisting when off center. The 18x20 string pattern is going to feel firmer, but enables you to string low with a soft string while still finding control. Xcel makes a good choice as it is fairly low powered for a multi.

    If it were me, I'd be staying with the heavier options since weight absorbs shock better.

    Chris, TW
     
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  16. MikeHitsHard93

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    Cool thanks. :)
     
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  17. Roberto_spin

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    Hi, Any idea when this review will be posted? I saw a ton of test of the Prince's, Babo's and Wilsons but I'm also very curious on this stick... There is really no info on the Internet, just your fantastic forum/website!!!!
     
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  18. TW Staff

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    Roberto_spin,

    We just shot the video portion of the racquet this week and it should be posted next week. The written will be about 2-3 weeks later.

    Brittany, TW
     
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  19. Roberto_spin

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    Just saw the video that is posted... Awesome i'm getting really excited about this racquet... is it really a Pure Drive Roddick + with a more comfy feel?

    Brittany didn't had that much spin with this racquet, was that due to the strings? I need SPIN for my game (from the racquet) and a heavy ball...
     
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  20. TW Staff

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    Roberto_spin,

    It might have been the strings for me. I struggled finding a string that I really enjoyed as I thought the frame was quite string sensitive. I ended up settling on a hybrid with a multi and a non-textured poly. I think if I used a full bed of poly or a textured poly in the hybrid I definitely would have got more spin. I also talked to the other playtesters and they said they were able to find enough access to spin. Additionally, our written review will be up in a 1-2 weeks for a more in depth look.

    Brittany, TW
     
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  21. Huzzah

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    Bump,

    Demoed the Q5 this week and am loving it. First ProKennix stick i've tried, but I may be making the switch. Tons of free power and a comfortable feel.
     
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