Racquet Technologies

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by WhereIsMacMac, Jun 27, 2013.

  1. WhereIsMacMac

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    I've been looking at the "Technologies" (i.e. Active Cortex, Graphene, BLX, etc.) of different racquets in TW

    Which of these actually works? And which are just marketing gimmicks?
     
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  2. BlueB

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    Prince ports work, love them or hate them, but they are real deal.
     
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  3. WhereIsMacMac

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    yes. just curious what's the difference between the EXO3 and the O3? have played with the older O3 racquets but not with the newer EXO3's.
     
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  4. Tamiya

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    squarer portholes not oval
     
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  5. LeeD

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    They all work.
    None are better than the old stuff, just newer, shinier, in better condition.
    Lots of 5.5+ level players using the old technology rackets, over 15 years anyways.
     
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  6. cluckcluck

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    Cortex is a joke. Biggest marketing gimmick in tennis. Does nothing to "absorb vibrations".
     
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  7. spinovic

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    I think the S-Tech grommet technology that HEAD uses in the Extreme Pro 2.0 works. That racquet has a 69 stiffness rating but does not feel that way when you hit with it.
     
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  8. LeeD

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    They all work.
    Just lots of us are not sensitive to the minute changes.
     
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  9. mrmike

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    What effect do the ports have on your shots? Just wondering, never hit with one of these.
     
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  10. LeeD

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    Prince guys can answer better.
    Brief hit, strings feel longer, feel is more muted and springy, like using a bigger head size.
     
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  11. MikeHitsHard93

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    LeeD gets it for the most part. I learned tennis on an o3 racket and used an exo3 for quite a while too. o3 ports offer a larger sweet spot than normal grommets. There is more string movement because there are no grommets to restrict it. However, I find that this leads to a bit of a springy stringbed. The exo3 is a more controlled form of o3 grommets. They feel almost "dead" but offer more power due to the larger sweet spot. Comfort is also better for the most part, than normal grommets. You really have to try one to see what I'm talking about.

    Oh, and o3 rackets are string eaters. Exo3 rackets aren't.
     
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    One of the biggest serves I've faced in the past 3 years was from a 3.5 level middle easterner (a dentist), who was 6'2" tall, thin and fit, worked out all the time, and could hit his first serves about equal to the two ex Div1 singles guys I've played. Only I play this guy a lot more often, since he's part of the RoseGarden 4.0 crowd.
    He slingshots his serves, which is the way the racket feels in my brief hit.
    ON, his first top/slice goes maybe 120's, bounces upper chest (I"m 5'11"), and is kinda hard to pick up on, since the other 4.0's are serving, compared to him, mid to low 80's.
    OFF, he hits the baseline, or farther, or bottom of the net. That's why he's a 3.5.
     
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  13. anubis

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    None of them work. The best racquets are still the classic racquets: Pro Staff, Prestige. Still made with basic things like graphite. The biggest things that can affect performance are still the basic things such as swing weight, static weight and balance. these things apply to all frames, regardless of their techno-mumbo-jumbo.
     
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  14. souledge

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    +1 to the Extreme Pro 2.0 grommets......makes the frame more comfortable.
     
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    Bigger sweet spot for given head size, more comfort, less ping, more spin.
    Now, this last thing might be placebo, due to the changed sound, but racquet feels like going quicker though the air when serving.
     
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  16. WhereIsMacMac

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    I think I saw a post here quite sometime about a Pure Storm GT? Stripped to the graphite? Supposed to be braided in a certain pattern but apparently not.
     
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  17. WhereIsMacMac

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    I think amplifeel works. But not necessarily to my liking
     
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    My face reaction to dunlop aeroskin

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