Which ProKennex Racquet do you prefer? Why?

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Which ProKennex Racquet do you prefer?

  1. Ki 5

    22.2%
  2. Ki 5x

    5.6%
  3. Ki 15 PSE

    7.4%
  4. Pro 7G

    20.4%
  5. Pro 5G

    13.0%
  6. QTour

    24.1%
  7. Ki 5 PSE

    7.4%
  1. canadad

    canadad Semi-Pro

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    Which ProKennex Racquet do you prefer? Why?
    I have been playing great with the Ki 5 and of course I suffer from racquetholism so I can't just be content until I have tried more. For those of you that have used ProKennex, which do you prefer and why?
     
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  2. athleticstennis

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    The Q5 is coming soon, so you might wait for it. I love the Ki5 PSE but is a bit too heavy. If you can handle that, then you are fine.
     
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  3. Ramon

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    Hmm...as of right now it's 2 votes for Ki 5x and 1 for QTour. I'm surprised the 7G isn't lighting up the scoreboard! Maybe it's just a matter of time before they all log in. LOL
     
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  4. Ramon

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    I've been looking at the Q5 also, but some things about it have me puzzled, like the increased stiffness and beam width, which is the opposite of how I would go.

    I'm also curious as to why PK heralded the Kinetic technology as a breakthrough, but in the Q series they only have 4 kinetic chambers. The older Kinetic models have several kinetic chambers around the head and inside the handle. It makes me wonder... Is it because having only 4 works better or is it a cost savings decision?
     
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  5. JGads

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    7G and the Black Ace Mids for me. Just very special frames.
     
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  6. athleticstennis

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    Im looking forward to the slightly increased stiffness and beam width.
     
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  7. NLBwell

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    The original Black Ace.
     
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  8. courtking

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    the original 90 Black Ace.. it's a great player racket.. easy on the arm with lots of plow thru behind it.. strung it with vsgut main and alu power cross.. it plays better than any today wilson line up 6.1 tour 90..
     
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  9. commish00

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    Black Ace 98 - non 2012 version. Also love the Heritage 98C Rod Laver
     
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  10. Mister drool

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    what?! no redondos in that line up?
    my favorite is the redondo mid.
    I have had in the past a copper plus 90, which was amazing.
    exact same frame as a ktour90, pretty much the same plow plaw pliuw, but a super soft feel, mine broke one time that i let it fall from my hand out of a first serve...

    also have a copper ace just for show, its so low powered its ridiculous, might as well play with a table tennis racquet
     
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  11. Ramon

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    Looks like the top contenders so far are the QTour and 7G. Not much of a surprise.

    A bigger surprise is how many write-in votes we have for older racquets. Reminds me of one of my favorite older racquets from the past...the Silver Ace. At the time, that was my favorite racquet. It was a graphite/fiberglass composite, similar to the original Black Ace but softer, more comfortable, and it was under $100. I was so upset when my last one broke and I couldn't get a replacement for it!
     
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  12. anirut

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    Black Ace Original
    Copper Ace
    Pro Ace (this one puts the PC600 to shame, seriously)
    Black Ace Micro
    The Heritage Mold (Type C 93, Redondo 93, Black Ace 93)

    And now looking forward to the new BA on the horizon ...
     
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  13. commish00

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    And now looking forward to the new BA on the horizon ...[/QUOTE]

    Seems like everytime they do an update to those heritage frames they make the racquet worse. I did not like the 2012 version of the Black Ace. It seems to have lost alot with the addition of the carbon fibre bands. Hope the newer versions are back to the old 100 percent graphite formula with maybe a snazzier paint job.
     
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  14. anirut

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    This is funny. TW has removed the description of the new BA from PK page. As far as I can remember the specs mentioned before removal, it seems to be 328g strung, 316 SW, 6pts HL, 60 stiff, SpiralTech fibers.

    The specs look promising for easy mods. Just slap in leather grip plus overgrip and the weight would be around 340g and 8-10 pts HL. The SW may increase a bit to about 320-ish or a bit less. This would seem like a stiffer, popier Redondo.
     
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  15. craniopath

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    Anirut, did you have a chance to play with the lower swing weight BA93 with spiral tech carbon? Can you compare it with the previous one?
     
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  16. danotje

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    Said this a lot already, but it is hard to beat the 7/5Gs. TW's review is spot on. I can't point to one area it is best at because it is great at everything. Have yet to find a racquet I like better.

    For a more vintage selection, I still carry my Silver Ace ceramic 110 from high school to the courts. Phenomenal feeling racquet on ground strokes. 100% graphite with a foam filled core and low RA. At over 12 oz, though, it gets heavy when RHS is paramount (like the serve).
     
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  17. Steve Huff

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    Have to admit, I'm looking out for the new q5. May be in my future.
     
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  18. rlau

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    Sorry for side-tracking this thread, but is the Redondo 98 Midplus foam filled?
     
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  19. anirut

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    Sorry, no.
     
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  20. anirut

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    No. (10 chars)
     
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  21. Boredsurfer

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    Laver Type C!!

    Put me down for the Laver Type C too - what a magic frame. Seriously nice stick - surprising pop for a soft frame - must be the Kevlar in the lay-up.

    I also own a Redondo 98, a Ki5 PSE and a 5G and honestly this stick has the best attributes of all 3 rolled into one.

    Having said that, I'm down to only one left and may shop around for a new frame because I worry about finding replacements....

    Surprisingly, I have never hit with a Black Ace - dying too though.
     
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  22. Squidward

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    Personally I have the BA98 and the Redondo MP. No matter what I try, I always seem to go back to these.

    Your mileage may vary...
     
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  23. Gee

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    Black Ace 98 is my favourite PK. I also really like the Redondo MP but that one is just too soft to my taste.
     
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  24. gregor.b

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    I just picked up a 'new ex demo' Ki 5 never used for $100. Hopefully, it can be the saviour for my arm and wrist.

    Previously, I did love the Davis Pro.
     
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  25. Boredsurfer

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    I string my Redondo @ 52 - I only wish it had more pop and a rounder grip :)!! I would also like to try (I know they don't make them) a Redondo/Laver/Black Ace in a 16 x 19 just for kicks.

    To me that's what a "Laver Type C" is - a more powerful, crisper Redondo. However, it's a little sluggish for me on serves by the 3rd set.
     
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  26. rlau

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    What's in the handle? Silicone? Or is it hollow?
     
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  27. Gee

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    Pk Redondo MP has silicone into the handle.
     
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  28. anirut

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    The two Redondo 93's that I own are hollow, and neither is my BA93 (pre 2012). One of our board member's newer BA93 (bought in Thailand, 2012) has a bit of silicone in the handle.

    I don't know about the R-MP though.
     
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  29. Gee

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    I know they do because I owned 2 MPs. See picture.

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  30. anirut

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    Thanks, Gee.
     
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  31. retrograde

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    I voted for the 7g. For me, it's a good combination of control, stability, and comfort. Just love the way it volleys.

    I've also done short demo's of the 5g, Ki5 315, Qtour 315, Qtour, and Ki5x (though not at the same time, some years apart). I can understand why so many like the Ki5 315 - it has many nice aspects, especially considering the lighter static weight.

    I noticed in yesterday's Seppi vs. Cilic AO match that Andreas appears to be using a Qtour down under.
     
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  32. GrandSlam45

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    The Ki5 315 has not only healed my arm, but completely improved my game. I can't imagine a better racquet for now, but I haven't tried the others.
     
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