Brand new Pro Kennex Q15 (300g) - first impressions
I just playtested the brand new Pro Kennex Q15 (300 gr). This is a very nice stick!
When I first noticed the racquet on TW, the specs immediately caught my attention. The large 105 sq. inch head size and the open 16/19 string pattern promised a very generous sweetspot and an easy access to spin. The wide 25 mm beam and the stiffness of the frame (RA 72) were likely to provide plenty of power and also precision. Given the remarkable reputation of Pro Kennex for making arm-friendly sticks, I expected the stiffness not be such an issue like on other modern rackets with comparable specs. Moreover, the 10.6 oz / 300 g stock weight (unstrung ) and the 9 pts. headlight balance (unstrung) seemed like a healty combination of plow through and maneuverability, leaving enough space for lead tape customization. I also liked that the Pro Kennex Q15 has a 27.5 inch extended length, as the added leverage usually further expands a racquet’s power and spin potential.
I finally decided to take this new frame out for a demo. My first impressions after a 3 hours playtest:
The racquet delivers considerable amounts of power and spin from all areas of the court. No matter if I hit groundstrokes, serves or volleys, the Pro Kennex Q15 300 offered some very nice pop and heavy spin. It felt amazingly forgiving, big sweet spot, even solid on off-center hits. Despite the extended length, maneuverability was not an issue. I felt very connected to the stick, and I liked the crisp response. Stiffness wasn’t a problem, the racquet felt more flexible than the high 72 RA rating may suggest.
My opponent said I was hitting solid penetrating shots with the Pro Kennex with spin that was causing him some serious trouble. Now I am considering putting some lead tape on the racquet to see how it‘s performing with an increased swingweight. However, in stock form the racquet already delivers some heft you can work with.
Overall I had a very good first hitting session with the Pro Kennex Q15 300. Power, spin, control, accuracy, forgiveness, arm-friendlyness on a tweener’s stick, seems as though the guys from Pro Kennex have found a very fine balance.
After this first demo I would recommend everyone looking for a new tweener racquet to consider playtesting this frame, even if this brand is tipically not on your list. Just make sure you get the 300 gram version, not the lighter 280 gram model. The racquet may appeal to those playing/considering a Babolat PD /APD, Head Youtek IG Extreme Pro 2.0., Wilson Juice/Steam, Yonex Ezone XI, etc. or any similar “modern” racquet. It has all the common characteristics of those frames, however with a nice feel and probably less TE issues than other stiff frames.
On a side note, I very much liked the cosmetics of the Pro Kennex Q15. The black colour matches very well with the blue and silver. That’s actually the “cool” colour scheme I was hoping for on other frames. I don’t know why all these white/yellow/orange/red paint jobs have became so popular among racquet designers in recent years. But hey, that’s only my personal opinion.
Here is a link to the frame:
Here is a quick update to my review of the new ProKennex Ki Q 15 (300g):
I checked the data of the racquet on the TW learning center / racquet university home page:
So far TW has only tested the lighter 9.9 oz / 280 gram (unstrung) version of the ProKennex Ki Q 15. However, the numbers you get if you search for the racquet (biefly called “ProKennex Q15” on TW) are very impressive. The frame has one of the largest sweetspots and a truly remarkable power level. Imagine that this will even further increase by a notable degree if the 10.6 oz / 300 g model was tested. And guess what happens if you put some lead on that one.
I made a comparison on TW University between the ProKennex Q15 and one of the presumably most powerful racquets on the market, the notorious and ubiquitous Babolat Pure Drive Roddick GT Plus (2012). Guess what? The ProKennex has an even bigger sweet spot, and is only close behind the PDR+ in terms of power. That surprised me, given that the PDR+ is by far the heavier frame - there is a weight difference of 1.23 oz. / 35 grams between the two sticks! I assume that the heavier 300 g version of Pro Kennex Ki Q15 will come very close to the Babolat powerwise, or even surpass it if you costumize it to the 11.11 oz. / 315 gram (unstrung) weight level of the PD Roddick version.
These are the results of the comparison on TWU:
1.: “Compare Racquet Power Levels”
2.: “Power and Sweet Zone Tool”
3.: “Power Zone Comparison”
=> If these links don’t work, just compare the frames yourself on TWU.
:-| "(biefly called “ProKennex Q15” on TW)" = briefly called
I have only just discovered the "5" racquets and am curious about the heavier 15 racquets. Thanks for the nice review.
got a chance to hit with this euro model, brought it from a tt member here.
i mod'ed it up to 12.2 oz with majority of lead at handle and .4 oz at 12/6 with two over wrap and used duct tape to cover 12/6. strung with silver string mid tension. (came with stick)
really enjoyed this play test.
was pounding groundies with heavy topspin. I couldn't really hit that flat because it is a more powerful racquet. as long as I hit with topspin, ball was landing in. very maneuverable for bigger width stick. stick moved relatively easily at the net. was able to hit various serves, deadliest are kick serves. comfort was incredible! I felt no vibration even with a full bed of silverstring. can't believe this stick is rated with an RA of 72. Sweetspot was rather large as well, at times when I thought I shank the ball (ahem, not that I do that often...) ball was still rather predictable and very comfortable.
hard to slice with this thicker stick.
hard to generate good touch shots.
Didn't care about the paint quality as well. Maybe i just think all glossy PJ's can have it's paint scratch faster.
Bumper Guard is weak, only covered from 11ish to 1ish. Come on PK, if you expect ppl to pay $200 for a stick, give them more bumper protection.
Not sure if this is a direct competitor to a PDR but I can see alot of similar attributes. (extended length, power, serving stick, and powerful groundies) but i thought the PDR felt like it had more swingweight (comparing it stocked). But I can say PK's main USP (unique selling proposition) of comfy sticks lives on and delivers a stick for the folks who are looking for a tweener in mind.
cb when can i demo this :)
I am going to try to play dubs with this. we will see how it goes.
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