What is Wilson's PARALLEL DRILLING?

Vlad_C

Semi-Pro
Does anyone know what is Wilson's new "tech", Parallel Drilling, that they advertise for some of their new racquets?

Aside from some nonsensical marketing BS, I could not find any information on this, either on Wilson's website, or in product descriptions on TW.
For example, this is the first link in Google results for "wilson parallel drilling":
http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/catpage.html?CREF=6356

"Provides a consistent, more forgiving stringbed response while dramatically increasing the sweetspot."

???????????
 

ednegroni

Rookie
I think the new angles take stress off the strings when going out and back in the hole, probably allowing for a bit more movement.
 

scotus

G.O.A.T.
This is only a guess:

Usually the holes are drilled straight against the frame at each angle, so when a string runs from one end to the other, it often enters and exits grommet holes at an angle.

Wilson might have drilled the holes in such a way that the two grommet holes on the opposite ends would stand parallel to each other, which would indeed allow a bit more string movement.

I see that at least along the 3 & 9 o'clock sides that are painted white.
 

srvnvly

Hall of Fame
I should have added to my prior post: It really doesn't explain what it is, it's just PR from Wilson. I am also curious as to what it really is.
 

paulfisher

New User
Babolat at has been doing this in their Woofer system for many years. The strings holes are parallel with the strings crossing the string bed. Head has started this also with the Graphene Speed and others. The patent must have expired.
 

Vlad_C

Semi-Pro
This is only a guess:

Usually the holes are drilled straight against the frame at each angle, so when a string runs from one end to the other, it often enters and exits grommet holes at an angle.

Wilson might have drilled the holes in such a way that the two grommet holes on the opposite ends would stand parallel to each other, which would indeed allow a bit more string movement.

I see that at least along the 3 & 9 o'clock sides that are painted white.
That was my first guess as well, but from pics I've seen of the actual racquets, it does not seem to be the case.
The strings are still coming out at quite an angle to the gromets:

(Pic was posted by another user in this thread: http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=480388)

Not to mention that having the holes for all mains and the ones for all crosses actually parallel to each other respectively, would make it virtually impossible to insert a gromet strip.
 

scotus

G.O.A.T.
That was my first guess as well, but from pics I've seen of the actual racquets, it does not seem to be the case.
The strings are still coming out at quite an angle to the gromets:

(Pic was posted by another user in this thread: http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=480388)

Not to mention that having the holes for all mains and the ones for all crosses actually parallel to each other respectively, would make it virtually impossible to insert a gromet strip.
I think Wilson is talking about just the grommet holes inside the sweet spot. Those are fairly parallel to begin with, but with Parallel Drilling, the strings probably travels straight into the holes without being obstructed by the grommet ends.
 
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