Pro Kennex 5G vs KI 5 320

tennis347

Semi-Pro
I am inquiring to see if anyone has used both frames and how they compare in terms of power, control, feel, comfort and swing weight? Thanks for your input.
 

CopolyX

Hall of Fame
Have

The KI 5 objectively has a bigger sweet spot, heavy swing weight weight, little stiffer, one oz more in the static weight.
http://twu.tennis-warehouse.com/cgi-bin/compareracquets.cgi
With increased swing weight come power...
Subjectivity
Comfort, both where for me.
Feel 5G
So me, I prefer a more low powered frame, were I provide the power when needed / So I can control it...
I like the 5G better, thought is was a much better all around court frame for my game.


Please note thou
I prefer the extended versions of these frames.

Still my hands are not yours.
I recommend you still try both..
You never know...
 
The KI 5 has a stiffened upper hoop. The 5g received some criticism for having a soft upper hoop, and therefore, little power when the ball was struck there. PK listened and stiffened. Still comfortable though. I've played with both. Very nice frames.
 

tennis347

Semi-Pro
Thanks for your feedback. I am currently playing with the 5G and was looking for a little more power. However, since I have a little bit of a shoulder problem the extra stiffness in the KI 5 could pose a problem for me. I had tried the new Q5 310 last year and found it to play too stiff.

I think I will just stay with the 5G as I have been injury free for a while. The newer frames in general are too stiff my shoulder.
 
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Ramon

Legend
Thanks for your feedback. I am currently playing with the 5G and was looking for a little more power. However, since I have a little bit of a shoulder problem the extra stiffness in the KI 5 could pose a problem for me. I had tried the new Q5 310 last year and found it to play too stiff.

I think I will just stay with the 5G as I have been injury free for a while. The newer frames in general are too stiff my shoulder.
I played with the Ki5x some years ago and now I'm using the Ki5 320. I was a bit concerned when I saw the stiffness rating increase from 62 to 67, and when I first played with the Ki5 320 I immediately noticed the extra stiffness. However, I came out of it just as pain free as before, and most modern racquets give me pain in the elbow. So for me, the extra stiffness just means more power without sacrificing control and without sacrificing my elbow either. Pro Kennex has done a great job of making their racquets arm friendly even when they are stiff.
 

tennis347

Semi-Pro
I played with the Ki5x some years ago and now I'm using the Ki5 320. I was a bit concerned when I saw the stiffness rating increase from 62 to 67, and when I first played with the Ki5 320 I immediately noticed the extra stiffness. However, I came out of it just as pain free as before, and most modern racquets give me pain in the elbow. So for me, the extra stiffness just means more power without sacrificing control and without sacrificing my elbow either. Pro Kennex has done a great job of making their racquets arm friendly even when they are stiff.
I find that the hoop of the modern racquets are very stiff these days. The problem for me is when the ball is hit off center, a lot of shock goes to my shoulder. The 5G is quite comfortable even on mishits. I think that I’ll stay with the 5G. I have a tried a number of racquets and seems to be endless. I am sure the KI5 is a good racquet, however I am concerned about the mishits causing discomfort to my shoulder.
 

Tommy Haas

Hall of Fame
I was a lifelong 5G user. All you need to do is add a little lead to 3 and 9 and counterweight it by taping a coin to the bottom of the buttcap since there's no trapdoor.
 

tennis347

Semi-Pro
I was a lifelong 5G user. All you need to do is add a little lead to 3 and 9 and counterweight it by taping a coin to the bottom of the buttcap since there's no trapdoor.
I have added a few grams of lead at 10 and 2 as well as a couple of grams to the butt of the handle. It does help add stability and a bit more pop to my strokes.
 
Love my 5g with Mantis comfort tour. and at 12 oz it has plently of power and plow....keeps the TE away....bought a Ki5 ionic and it plays a tad more firm so I'm gonna string it down a bit...perfect weight and headlight balance 11.5 oz,,,,These frames are MUCH more arm friendly....
 

max

Legend
I understand/appreciate the idea of the Ki5. . . but, yeah, the 5G is so iconic; the Jack Kramer Pro Staff of our time.
 

RoarTT

Semi-Pro
I understand/appreciate the idea of the Ki5. . . but, yeah, the 5G is so iconic; the Jack Kramer Pro Staff of our time.
What year was the 5G introduced? I’m a little worried about the the feel being too muted in these frames?
 

tennis347

Semi-Pro
What year was the 5G introduced? I’m a little worried about the the feel being too muted in these frames?
I think that PK 5G came out in the late 90’s. I am sure that the weight, balance and stiffness has changed over the years.
 
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