PowerAngle Information

Crocodile

Legend
Hi guys, just after some more information about the PowerAngle Ace of Diamonds. The manufacturer claims that their diagonal string pattern has 40% less shock than standard string patterns. While there is not much information about these racquets, I am keen to find out what the testers think of this racquet. How comfortable is it compared to say a Prince Tour 100 16/18 frame, are they similar, are they as comfortable as they say they are? Also I normally hit with a Bio 200 and string it at 50lbs with Biphase 1.24 because of the 18/20 string pattern, if I was to order this frame fro TW what would be the recommended tension in the same frame would be?
 

TW Staff

Administrator
I found I had to bump up the tension at least 10% to help improve control when hitting the Pro. The diagonal pattern plays differently compared to regular mains/crosses and the diagonal stringbed plays much softer but also much more powerfully. I would consider trying the X-One Biphase in a 1.30mm thickness and stringing at 55lbs as a starting point. You should still expect a bump in power. Just like your Prince, you should find spin production to be great.

Hope that helps,
Chris, TW
 

Crocodile

Legend
Thanks Chris, am keen to buy one of these for my collection and compare its virtues to other frames in terms of elbow and shoulder safety as well as playing feel. Would love to see all the racquet testers list their top 5 comfortable frames and see any consensus amongst the testers. From what I have tested currently my top 5 have been: Prince tour 100, Kennex KI 5 315, C10, V1 Pro and then Pacific X feel Pro / Yonex V Core 97 HG. My favourite feel is the Dunlop Bio 200, it's a great racquet along with the Head Pro Tour 630.
 
Chris and Crocodile,

I'm happy to give you some feedback, and maybe from it, Chris you can help me determine if mine is defective or whether your team experienced some of the same things.

Mine came in the mail, and after stringing with Tour Bite 18 on my Star 5 at 52 lbs, it surprisingly weighed in at 349g and 4 pts HL. Not at all what I was expecting. Didn't mind the weight - I typically play with a PK Ki5 PSE -, but the balance was WAY off. I couldn't keep a ball in the court. Spin was pretty ridiculous, but vibration was pretty serious as well. Tried it again with Tour Bite 18 at 55lbs. and it broke after 15 minutes, but near the frame, so figured I nicked the string somehow. Lastly, adjusted the frame to 360g and 8 pts HL with lead and leather, strung with Volk Cyclone 16, and the vibration was bad enough to start some golf elbow.

Chris, did you guys have a quality control issue with multiple frames, or a vibration issue? The idea of the string pattern is SO intriguing, and I loved the spin and power, but it just didn't seem like I could control it at that weight, and it felt awful at the stock weight and balance. Also, was unwilling to try it much after the golf elbow came in. After $159 it is collecting dust in my closet.

Would love to know if anyone else had the same issue.
 

TW Staff

Administrator
We have actually found comfort to be very, very good with these racquets. The lack of cross strings makes the stringbed very forgiving. The downside for me being a lot of power making it somewhat harder to control the ball. As you also noted, the racquets are very spin-friendly.

With that being said, it sounds like your racquet is defective. It should not vibrate like that nor should the balance be far off our published spec average. If you would like to return the racquet to us, please print out a copy of this thread and place it in the box with the returned racquet -- that will help us process the return.

Thanks,
Chris, TW.
 

TW Staff

Administrator
We just inspected our stock and found the average balance to equal out to a strung balance of 5 points HL. We are going to update our specs to reflect such, but we wanted to post here to inform you to expect a balance of 4-6 pts HL strung (depending on string choice).

Cheers,
Chris, TW
 
Chris,

Thanks so much for your quick response. I'm going to give it one more hit tonight and make sure the same thing is happening, and if so, I'll return. Again, thanks so much for the info and great customer service!
 
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