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Discussion in 'Racquets' started by KenC, Sep 15, 2012.

  1. Ramon

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    I still have my 2 Ki 5x's. They are the same racquet as yours but with a longer handle. When I put the handle up to my ear and shake it, I hear a sound also. It's a deeper sound than what I hear in the head. To me it sounds like a salt shaker also, but it's a bigger salt shaker. It does not sound to me like a loose object.
     
  2. eelhc

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    I think I definitely have a loose object inside the throat/handle. It sounds like a plastic bead. Not the soft salt shaker sound. Once the object has fallen down, I can shake the handle and hear the salt shaker sound.
     
  3. canadad

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    I beg your pardon if this is a silly question, but is it different from the sound of the micro-bearings? There is a chamber containing the micro-lead bearings in the handle.
    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=463823

    I have had this happen before in other racquets without the Kinetic system, it was a small piece of drill flash. It got dislodged by taking the butt-cap off and tapping it out.

    Also, I have sent a few emails to PK and they do not return emails. To me that is unacceptable customer service.
     
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  4. eelhc

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    Definitely not the normal microbearings "salt shaker" sound. I can hear the salt shaker sound from the handle. This is another/different sound.
     
  5. eelhc

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    I called ProKennex after several unreturned eMails and left a message. They returned the call within a 1/2 day. We spoke a bit and the rattle is definitely not the micro-bearings or chards from drilling. I sent the racquet and they sent me a new one (took a little bit since none were in stock in the US at the moment)... so in the end ProKennex customer service came through. I would suggest calling ProKennex for anyone who needs service.

    That all said... I probably won't be keeping this frame. I've recently acquired 3 EXO3 Tour 100 18x16 frames and they are as arm friendly and I seem to hit them much better.
     
  6. GrandSlam45

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    The exact same thing happened to me. I owned 2 of them and one of them developed what was clearly a loose object inside the frame.

    It was about this time that I moved on to the Volkl C10 Pro, which is like a high end BMW compared to the PK's Honda.
     
  7. KenC

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    So, I have been using this frame for 2 years now. I've definitely improved my game and my elbow has never been happier. The interesting thing is now with this frame my elbow can even tolerate soft copoly strings. This summer I strung up a few racquets with PF Hexablade at 22kg and trained hard with a 5.5 everyday for a month and no TE! Now I am using Tour Bite Soft at 23kg and I have to say it is really comfortable.

    I see that the 2014 model has changed graphics again but was told the underlying racquet is still the same as the 2012 and 2013 racquets. Anyone notice any difference? I am thinking about picking up a few more racquets as I see myself playing the PK Ki5 315 for the long haul.
     
  8. smirker

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    Still have mine but popped a string a while back and haven't got around to re-stringing it. Twinge in my elbow recently from playing stiffer frames so the Ki5 may get some use again. Moved away from it due to lack of power on return and slightly sluggish feel at net.
     
  9. canadad

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    Annnnddddd....I'm back.
    I sold mY Ki 5 a year ago to because I was loving what the 7G's. Anyway, long story short, sold the 7G's to someone in need and started to use the APD's which I like very much. However, the predictable arm issues arose and I needed something to help. I was was lucky enough to buy back my original Ki 5 I sold in the first place.
    I was excited, it was like welcoming back an old friend. I can't say enough about this frame! Arm problems instantly went away and I am hitting the ball really well. I hadn't played with it for a year, but was dialled in right away. I can 't crack the same serves or hit with the same spin or power as I can with the APD, but precision and comfort are better.
    I am not sure whether this is a more permanent switch, (I still really like the APD)but I am sure playing confidently with it. I may have to pick up a second if I see a good deal. I am starting to get itchy enough to try the PSE and retry the 5x.
     
  10. Ramon

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    If you want more power, another one to try might be the Q5 or Q5X. Personally, I get enough power with my Ki 5x, so I'm not looking to switch.
     
  11. canadad

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    I've tried the Q5, wasn't for me. I thought it lacked the feel of the Ki5
     
  12. drak

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    So far I am really liking (as is my shoulder!) the Qtour 295, I am playing it stock with just an overgrip and a few grams extra at the butt cap area, weighs 315 grams strung. I find it very solid for that weight.

    Drak
     
  13. canadad

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    I've got the PSE coming. I thought I'd give it a shot, I like heavy racquets. I'll post my thoughts once I've tried it.
     
  14. skydog

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    Picked up a pair of Ki 5 PSE's this past week and I am loving my return to PK. Solid controllable power. I have been using POG OS and C10 Pros the past two years so the increased weight is hardly noticeable (with a brief period of Prestige S use, which was too light)

    First taste of PK was the original Copper Ace in the 80's, the Pro 5g in the early 2000's, and now into the PSE. After the first hit with the PSE, I am wondering why I ever left.

    So far, no mods, just head protection tape and some Super Grap.
     
  15. GrandSlam45

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    I just noticed TW lists the Ki5 as 11.8oz strung. Is this a typo? My Ki5 says 11.1oz unstrung on the racquet. Don't strings account for only .3 to .4 oz?
     
  16. canadad

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    I am not totally sure, but I believe that TW takes an average of racquets in stock and determines a number from there. Quality control would most definitely make for variations in weight.
     
  17. GrandSlam45

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    11.8 seems too high for this racquet, especially considering it's so low powered and lacks plow. I have other racquets in the 11.8 - 12oz range and the Ki5 feels very light in comparison.

    I would guess it's more in the 11.4 - 11.6 range.
     
  18. Don't Let It Bounce

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    Arise, O Thread, from thy mouldering grave, and shamble forth to terrorize the living....

    I just came across this 1995 NY Times article on the then-new PK Kinetic tech and thought the PK fans here might enjoy. There is mention of Kinetic being the first breakthrough since widebodies, and it strikes me as interesting that in this age of temporary "tech" that never saw the inside of an engineer's office ("Youtek! It's TECHNOLOGY! For YOU!"), Kinetic and widebodies have been around now for 20 years and 27 years, respectively, and are still chugging along.
     
  19. smirker

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    Tech that actually works. Shock horror. Still have my Ki5. It comes in use once in a while like a dependable eold friend who's always there when you need them most. Leather grip and a bit of lead at 12 is the best formula for this frame with a soft copoly. Stay loyal old friend, you will always have a place in my heart.
     

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