ProKennex Ki Q+ Tour (300)

DanS

Semi-Pro
#1
Just curious if anyone has any experience with the ProKennex Ki Q+ Tour (300). I did a search in the forums, and most of what I found seemed to be about the 325 model. I'd like to hear your thoughts on the frame, and I'm really curious about the feel, power, spin potential, as well as the sound the kinetic bearings make (I haven't played with a PK since the Black Ace)? Is it really annoying, or is it something you get used to?

https://www.tennis-warehouse.com/ProKennex_Ki_Q_Tour_300_Racquet/descpageRCPK-PKQT.html
 
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#3
I've tried it before. To answer ur inquiries, the feels pretty good although with mine it felt slightly stiffer than its rating but overall a nice feeling frame without excessive vibration. The power and spin potential of this frame is above average and i say that because of the string spacing for the 16x19 string pattern. The spacing is very open like a pure aero and thus the launch angle or inherent power of the frame is high. That isnt to say a frame of this weight plows through the ball like a log, more that finding depth is easier than a traditional frame.

Ah yes the bearing technology that sound isn't really noticeable when you are hitting but just wielding it around you will notice. All i can tell you is try it for yourself and see what you think. Thats what really matters in truth.

Here's another suggestion. If you're going to try the frame out, you should have some lead tape and maybe tungsten putty or a leather grip on you for customization. The combination of the light weight, thin bream, lower stiffness, and more open string pattern are going to make the collision at impact feel less substantial than a mid weight or heavy frame. Thats just a given. Slap your favourite string in there and give it a go! Who knows you might end up liking it;)
 

topspn

Hall of Fame
#5
I tested a while back for around a week. I don’t recall what poly i used but tension around 48-52. Pretty nice feeling and playing stick. Very easy to pick and play and extremely maneuverable. I didn’t add weight to it which was a mistake but it lost me on serve which just didn’t have enough punch although power level is pretty good on groundies. Also not an authoritative stick on volleys. These are the 2 areas it lost me otherwise terrific on groundies. This might be fixable with a leather grip and weight to bring up SW and overall weight.
 
#6
I tested a while back for around a week. I don’t recall what poly i used but tension around 48-52. Pretty nice feeling and playing stick. Very easy to pick and play and extremely maneuverable. I didn’t add weight to it which was a mistake but it lost me on serve which just didn’t have enough punch although power level is pretty good on groundies. Also not an authoritative stick on volleys. These are the 2 areas it lost me otherwise terrific on groundies. This might be fixable with a leather grip and weight to bring up SW and overall weight.
Thanks @topspn - I kind of knew I would have to add a little weight after I tried it stock, but looking at the pictures, I noticed the butt caps don't have a trap doors. Is this similar to Volkl racquets where it's easier to add the weight to the grip, or is there space behind the butt cap after you take it off to add some tungsten putty? I wouldn't want to add weight to the head without keeping the balance at least 6 points headlight.
 
#7
Can’t comment on the playability as I only have the 325 version but the noise from the kinetic beads isn’t really noticeable when hitting.
 

topspn

Hall of Fame
#8
Thanks @topspn - I kind of knew I would have to add a little weight after I tried it stock, but looking at the pictures, I noticed the butt caps don't have a trap doors. Is this similar to Volkl racquets where it's easier to add the weight to the grip, or is there space behind the butt cap after you take it off to add some tungsten putty? I wouldn't want to add weight to the head without keeping the balance at least 6 points headlight.
Good question but I didn’t try. You always have the option of adding weight strips under the grip even if you change to leather and balance the frame depending on how much you add to the head
 
#10
I recently demoed it for the past 2 weeks... and am making the change. Also since they are dirt cheap now on TW Europe (previous model), and I am still looking for the holy grail for my sensitive arm. Already felt great, and my arm was very thankful for picking this racket up. I can understand some remarks about instability here and there, but during testing it was not something that set me off. May experiment some with leather and weight, but once I receive my own rackets, will first experiment with strings and tension. Power is very much present, so will need to use higher tensions than what I am used to, using syngut most of the time. Wide string spacing, plenty of spin, all the comfort you want, and for me more power on serves than what I was used to. I can probably get it through the air quicker than my current stick.

I currently play with the Volkl Oganix Super G V1 Pro. Compared to the PK Q Tour 300 it has way more weight in the head, feeling more solid. Therefore even more power, but less controllable for me, also because I cannot generate spin as easily. And a bit less comfort. I assume that a more headlight racket with good comfort makes me a happier, healthier and better player, because I dare hit balls with more confidence, without the fear of my arm hurting. Great racket for me!
 
#11
It's a good racquet, very versatile and lively and would be my pick if I was after a 300g racquet that has some added comfort in an affordable package.
 
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