I don't hear about the k90 that much anymore =/

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by DjordjeRosic, Jul 1, 2009.

  1. DjordjeRosic

    DjordjeRosic Rookie

    Feb 2, 2009
    Recently, as I've been looking at this section to see what useful opinions and info I could collect about the K90, i haven't been able to find anything, has this racket lost its popularity/people tired of it/ or was it never that interesting of a frame to begin with?

    Well so thats why I've decided to start this in hopes of gathering some pros/cons on this stick. I personally have demoed this stick twice, but both times the racket never had its original leather grip on, but was rather replaced with some synthetic one, so my question is does the leather grip cause a dramatic weight shift in headlight balance, or create a more solid feel....(also overall opinions on the stick are much appreciated)

    Thanks for looking!

  2. theZig

    theZig Rookie

    Feb 9, 2009
    The talk has died because the conclusion has been reached; it's a great racket that does everything well, so provided you can wield it. That is basically the only thing you can say about it. So long as you're good/strong enough to use it, it will perform well on ANY shot.
  3. VGP

    VGP Legend

    Oct 6, 2005
    Location: Location
    yooz da sertch funk shun
  4. DjordjeRosic

    DjordjeRosic Rookie

    Feb 2, 2009
    I laughed really hard at that, eh :).
    But the second question regarding the leather grip, a quick answer would suffice, after that this thread shall die =D

  5. corners

    corners Legend

    Jul 31, 2008
    Sure, removing the leather grip is going to change the balance and static weight some; how much depends on what you replace it with. But we're talking a change of 10 grams and 2 balance points - so it's not like it's a totally different frame without leather.

    It feels better in my hand with leather + overgrip, but I play it with just one overgrip over the bare pallet. I don't like the feel as much like this but I needed a smaller grip than Wilson offers.

    Previous poster is correct: consensus of this board is that the stick is superb, providing you can wield it. I'm pretty short and not getting any younger so I switched from US to Asian K90. Of course I lost the fabulous stability and plowthrough of the US version, but if you can't swing it fast enough the extra weight isn't helping anyway. If you're in that boat then the AK90 is an option. Same great ball feel, which can't be beat - but then I grew up playing a Pro Staff, so I'm biased.

    If you think you can handle the weight and swingweight definitely do some more demo, or get hold of a used one for cheap and give her a go.
  6. lightning.lu10

    lightning.lu10 New User

    Apr 6, 2009
    The leather grip hurt my hand because it was rock hard.
  7. adams_1

    adams_1 Semi-Pro

    Oct 18, 2007
    Girly man!

    I kid, I kid. Leather is an acquired taste, it would seem.
  8. markwillplay

    markwillplay Hall of Fame

    Jul 7, 2007
    I played it for a short time and my game was not good enough. I played great at times and missed too many shots against people who were really hitting hard and as good or better than I was. Sweetspot just too small for me and when I was a little late, it absolutely punished me. If I played someone who did not hit hard and was below my levl, I looked like a king....played a tournament against other strong 4.0's and it showed me that I am not consistant enough with my technique to use it. At 39 I ain't getting any younger and it was just too demanding. Switched to the 002 tourn and my game immediately went up a lever...no kidding. Spo;lit sets with a STRONG 4.5 player yesterday and I know I could have never done that with the k90. But if you have the game for it, it will do what you tell it to in spaids.

    I had a 5.0 college coach hit with mine and when he said "man I would have to be really on all the time to play with this stick" it really rang true.

    I don't think you can really tell about a stick until you play competition that is just slightly above your level. People that push you to play your best...that is when you can really see if you can handle a stick or not. that is not to say you can't get better or adjust with time, but for me the k90 was too far away.
  9. Dgpsx7

    Dgpsx7 Professional

    May 1, 2009
    True, true. The K90 is sick.
  10. projoe

    projoe New User

    May 15, 2009
    is it similar play wise to the ps88?
  11. vndesu

    vndesu Hall of Fame

    Jul 18, 2007
    the kps88 and k90 are different.
    kps is heavier and is a lot more demanding compared to the k90.
    but other than that both are still solid sticks and i love them both.
  12. jasonbourne

    jasonbourne Professional

    Aug 2, 2005
    debajo del sol
    Similar in you can produce similar shots, but also different where you can add more shot variety to your game with PS88.
    The PS88 is heftier than the USK90 with improved balance and feel IMO. These improvements allowed me to increase the variety of shots I can produce.
  13. klementine

    klementine Hall of Fame

    Apr 29, 2008
    Agreed and absolutely the truth--- if your footwork is not quick and light or you are off that day and just not feeling it, the k90 will not help you. It's not the weight, but the sweetspot... Still the most forgiving 90sq.in. out there. And yes tournament play is not recommended, unless you can relax and really dictate points.

    On the other hand, it does force you to not become lazy and anticipate shots. I'm absolutely in love with it for it's offensive and defensive capabilities. Tennis is more of a mental game anyway.

    Tried once to replace the leather with wilson tru-grip and it was horrible-- it lost all feel and off-balance. Not that it become head heavier-- which it did, but the weight distribution was just off.
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2009
  14. coloskier

    coloskier Legend

    Jul 24, 2007
    No, not at all. The KPS88 is much heavier, with more plowthrough. The K90 is much more nimble at the net, but once your arm gets used to the KPS88 (which can take up to 6 months), you'll never put it down. The K90 has more touch, and the KPS88 has much more power and control.

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