Wilson's "parallel drilling", just another gimmick?

JC11

New User
Wilson's "parallel drilling", just another gimmick? Or does it really make a difference? How were they drilling them before? Does anyone notice a difference?
 

racertempo

Semi-Pro
Other companies are showing it now as well, but I am not sure if there is anything special about it. I know the dunlop "aero boost grommets" show "parallel drill pattern". I guess I incorrectly assumes that all of those holes were parallel.

The interesting thing is they don't advertise or use parallel drilling on all of their frames, looks like mostly just the Juice line and some of the six.one frames. Not sure why it is used there and not other frames.
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
With parallel drilling you MAY effectively have a longer string uninhibited from stretching where a normal drilling patern would bend at the end of the grommet. Sort of like the o-ports Prince has or the old roller technology Wilson used. IF there is a difference it is small.
 

eelhc

Hall of Fame
Well it does make installing grommets easier for sure.

Not sure if there's a significant benefit but seems to me that parallel drilling (dunlop, Wilson) with big grommets (volkl) would provide an effectively larger stringbed without increasing the frame size (kind of what Prince is attempting with O-ports.
 

ednegroni

Rookie
I had been using a 6.1 95L for some time now and I bought a 97LS a couple of days ago. Same tension, the sweetspot on the 97LS feels smaller. Stiffness might be a factor too but it's not that much higher than the 95L.
 

pfrischmann

Professional
Isn't this the same thing Babolat has been doing for years? I hear their patent ran out on this and Wilson added it to some of their racquets. I'm told it increases spin and may help a tiny bit with string snap back.
 

MAX PLY

Hall of Fame
I do think it makes a slight difference--I've played with every incarnation of the 6.1 95 (albeit the dreadful 2012 version had me quickly return to the 2010 version) and I think the sweet spot is slightly larger and the spin potential is slightly greater. All in all, it is a slight improvement. Alas, the new grommet strip is also a bit more difficult to install in the top of the frame.
 

kingcheetah

Hall of Fame
I do think it makes a slight difference--I've played with every incarnation of the 6.1 95 (albeit the dreadful 2012 version had me quickly return to the 2010 version) and I think the sweet spot is slightly larger and the spin potential is slightly greater. All in all, it is a slight improvement. Alas, the new grommet strip is also a bit more difficult to install in the top of the frame.
I felt the same way... the 2014 six ones have bigger sweet spots than the 2010, and the 2012 was abysmal.
 

JC11

New User
Thanks for the feedback guys. It's definitely appreciated. Taking a step back and just reading what you guys have to said and have more to say cause I have not had enough time to get a decent feel for it myself cause the demos that I see have different strings and tensions so I won't be able to get a proper comparison
 
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