Originally Posted by JGads
Is the 5G the same frame as the 7G, but just with a shorter handle? Someone said that about the Ki series, that you're playing with the same head it's just a difference in handle length that gives you the extra half inch.
I've always wondered about the 5G as well, given my love of the 7G, but can't demo and so many people have said the 5G just doesn't have the same oomph of the 7G. Tried the Ki5 once and didn't care for it vs. the 7G.
I think the Ki 5x is the Ki 5 with a longer handle. I've tried them both. I haven't tried the 5G or the 7G, but I would suspect the same thing. I thought it was odd at first that the Ki 5x seemed to have a grip made for a two-hander while the Ki 5 didn't. Duh? It's just there to give it extra length!
I know that many people think the 7G is more powerful and more stable than the 5G. I think the same can be said for the Ki 5x versus the Ki 5 because I notice that difference as well. I think all of that is explained by the extra length.
I think we all understand how longer length equates to more power (greater leverage). It's a little harder to understand the greater stability. I think it's kind of like how a car is made more stable just by increasing the wheelbase. A bump in the road will affect the car less because the angle of deflection is less. The same thing works with a tennis racquet. A ball going at a certain speed will cause the head of both racquets to deflect the same distance, but the angle of deflection over the length of the racquet will be less with the longer racquet, and that's what you feel in your hand.
I'm sure the physics PhD's, like Stoneage, can probably explain that better than I can.