Naming conventions for racquets

galain

Hall of Fame
If you had a racquet company, how would you approach naming your product range? Bearing in mind you'd need to keep finding new names for new products, would you go with traditional 'names' like Prince (Phantom, Beast, Rebel etc) or some numerical/letter designation like Dunlop's latest? Or a combination of the two?

I used to find Wilson easy enough to understand until they started producing their Six One series. Their racquets today are easy to understand.

I struggle a bit with Yonex's lettering system. if you'd asked me to tell you what a DR was from an EZone and a VCore, I'd struggle.

Technifibre I also find a little impenetrable with their model names. I do understand it's probably easier to go this route when thinking of updating a range though.

Just curious as to what others thoughts are on this.
 

Seth

Hall of Fame
I would go with the Dunlop method (100, 200, 300, etc) with each number representing a particular mold. Then I would add versions of the same mold. Designations could be given to indicate weight (Lite, Tour, etc), length (XL, Plus), and string patterns.

For a while, Dunlop was, IMO, the easiest to follow. It was pretty simple: [Insert technology] [Insert number]
 

ollinger

G.O.A.T.
A bit off topic but Cadillac has switched to a particularly bizarre naming convention. Their new CT-5 sedan comes, for example in a 550T designated/labelled model, the 550 representing the maximum engine torque in units of newton-meters.
 

DeeeFoo

Rookie
I like straightforward names, such as Sony's naming scheme with the Playstation. There are also some racquets that include the generation number in the name, like Wilson Blade v7.
 

d-quik

Professional
like omg I would like, totally, like, name them after, like, Instagram stars, like ohmygawd!!!! /s
 

Simplicius

Semi-Pro
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Ancient Greek names could be a good idea. They have be used on many products so far.
I think they don't have ever be used in tennis racquets.
I would like to play with an Achilles, Aristides, Diogenes, Hephaestus, Theseas, Uranus, etc. model.
 
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galain

Hall of Fame
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Ancient Greek names could be a good idea. They have be used on many products so far.
I think they don't have ever be used in tennis racquets.
I would like to play with an Achilles, Aristides, Diogenes, Hephaestus, Theseas, Uranus, etc. model.
I like it! Might have some cross cultural pronunciation problems but that's a cool idea.
 
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Deleted member 768841

Guest
I definitely want to get the year and number right. Judging off of the number the pro staff should be on (13) the racquet should have come out in 1996. And same with the blade, v7 meaning it’s had 6 releases since original, 2007. But the nblade is from 2006! Same with the aero, supposedly it is on its 7th version, but technically we should be on six.
 

McLovin

Legend
I don’t know about actual names, but I do prefer the ‘310’ or ‘330’ after the name to indicate it’s weight, as opposed ‘Team’ or ‘Pro’.
 

jonestim

Hall of Fame
Four lines named:

• Spin
• Power
• Control
* Versatile (the all around)

Then the head size, and then the unstrung weight. String pattern if needed.


eg:
Spin 100 : 300
Power 105 : 290
Versatile 98 : 310, Versatile 100 : 305
Control 95 : 320 (18x20) , Control 95 : 320 (16x19)
 

nochuola

Rookie
Four lines named:

• Spin
• Power
• Control
* Versatile (the all around)

Then the head size, and then the unstrung weight. String pattern if needed.


eg:
Spin 100 : 300
Power 105 : 290
Versatile 98 : 310, Versatile 100 : 305
Control 95 : 320 (18x20) , Control 95 : 320 (16x19)
I would like racquet companies to do basically this. I dont mind the racquet line name to be less direct and more creative, but I definitely want the weight amd head size in the name. String pattern, length if necessary. Also versions. I hate having to clarify if I mean the blue or green vcore pro. Just put gen, ver, or year in the name
 
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Simplicius

Semi-Pro
HEAD used to have the Elektra, Polaris, Atlantis, Genesis, and Ventoris.
Tnx vsb! Yes, just after my post I've found a Head Elektra, here on FS section! I've never heard of them!
I believe they've took that names from the Latin language, as Polaris and Ventoris have a Latin origin and only the three rest are Greek and Latin too.
 

Crocodile

Legend
Would like to see Pro Kennex go back to using the “Ace”, series more like they have with the black ace now in Europe.
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
Tnx vsb! Yes, just after my post I've found a Head Elektra, here on FS section! I've never heard of them!
I believe they've took that names from the Latin language, as Polaris and Ventoris have a Latin origin and only the three rest are Greek and Latin too.
The straight beam Elektra Pro is a great racquet!
 

galain

Hall of Fame
I thought colours were simple enough. New/former Donnay's original X-Red/Blue/Black etc were easy to remember, although they didn't really help me distinguish the qualities of one from the other. And then there was weirdness like the X Dark Red...I mean there's already an X-Red, you couldn't find the green paint tin?
 

Dartagnan64

G.O.A.T.
Should name rackets after playstyles they are best suited for:
Babolat Pusher 3.0 for the Pure Drive. Pusher 4.0 for the Pure Aero
Wilson All Court 5.0 for the Pro staff, Counter Puncher 4.5 for the Blade, Moonballer 3.5 for the Clash
 
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