This week’s installment is the true definition of save vs splurge as we dive into the world of tennis bags. For those who want to indulge, the Wilson Black Leather 6 pack will meet all of your needs and then some. The luxurious full grain leather bag features a racquet compartment that holds up to six racquets, several accessory compartments and an adjustable/removable leather shoulder strap with luggage tag. My second pick is for savvy shoppers who are wanting a similar look at an affordable price. The Head Original Series Combi 6 pack includes Climate Control Technology to protect your racquets from extreme temperatures as well accessory compartments and two padded shoulder straps. The bag comes with a $69.95 price tag.
Stay tuned for another save vs splurge blog next week on shoes!
The racquet you have right now can add more power to your game. All you have to do is make sure you are getting the most from it. Read on to find out how you can tune up your racquet and power up your game.
Let’s be honest, what’s better than a great deal? A tried and true product at an awesome price making it an exceptional deal! Check out our current top 5 deals on tennis shoes to make sure your dollar goes far — these shoes have been ranked based on overall performance, value and durability guarantees!
Novak Djokovic’s incredible flexibility helps him stay injury free and hit effective shots on the run.
So you just finished your second match of the day with more tournament action scheduled for tomorrow morning. What steps can you take towards recovery?
Arguably the most important action you can take is to sneak in all important cool-down stretch. This will help to ensure that your fatigued muscles do not remain stiff going into the next day of competition. Research has shown that static stretching performed after an activity can often be more important to athletic performance over time than when done before exercise. Yet it is important to get your stretching in very soon after the workout while the muscles are still warm. Below are five of my favorite stretches that you can do even before leaving the courts!
(NOTE: The stretches below should each last a total of 1-3 minutes)
Unless you’re a Nike faithful, you might not know that Nike launches new apparel collections at the start of each quarter. Today the summer 2014 collections roll out, and on May 1, we’ll get a few more pieces when we’ll see what Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, and the rest of the Nike athlete crew will wear for this year’s French Open.
Whether you are playing a practice match or have a tough drilling session, wearing something that represents you as a player is very important. I have put together my top 7 picks of both men’s and women’s t-shirts that will have heads turning on the court.
Tennis Buddy will help you connect with a new tennis partner in minutes!
One of the biggest problems in tennis is not having a partner to play with. In fact, 65% of all tennis players named “not having a tennis partner” as the main problem for why they don’t play as often as they’d like.
Sophia Vogt, a former Division-I collegiate player, faced this very problem during a trip to Europe. Wishing she could have found advanced players in the cities she traveled through, she realized that almost every tennis player in the world has the same problem.
This led her to the creation of Tennis Buddy, a new mobile app that shows all available tennis partners in the area filtered by age, skill level or gender. Since last fall, the app has received strong interest with 7,000 tennis players in more than 15 cities having joined worldwide. However, for Vogt this is just the start. Her goal is to revolutionize tennis as we know it by connecting millions of players in cities all over the world.
By being location-based and mobile, the app is able to match up players with a “request to play” broadcast sent out to all players within a 5-mile radius. Vogt explains: “The broadcast is what makes our app so fast. With an average response time of 8 minutes, the broadcast instantly gives our users several hundred nearby players at hand, just at the press of a button.”
Give it a try today!
Now that Winter has released its cold grip on most of the country, it’s time to start thinking about the long tennis season that lies ahead. In light of this realization we have some good news and some bad news.
First, the bad news. If you didn’t get a chance to play a lot this winter, your timing will likely be a little off. With that in mind, I want you to go grab your racquet.
Go ahead, I can wait.
Now that you have your racquet in hand, I want you to look at your stringbed. If you don’t see any strings, keep reading for the string deals below. But let’s say you do see strings, and let’s further speculate that they are the same strings that were in your racquet at the end of last tennis season. If that’s the case, allow me to be frank. Those strings are old and have likely lost too much tension. With tension loss comes changes in feel, power, friction properties, and trajectory (i.e., bad news). Couple that with the winter rust plaguing your mechanics and your timing problems just got worse. In other words, it’s time to restring.
Welcome to another edition of save vs splurge! This week I am comparing two multifilament strings. For my splurge of the week, I chose Tecnifibre NRG2 16g at $16. It offers a combination of comfort, feel and all around playability that is nearly impossible to beat. For the budget-friendly consumers out there, my save this week is Tourna Quasi Gut 16g. For almost half the price you can get the remarkably comfortable feel and high performance that comes with a polyurethane impregnated multifilament. While we cannot promise that any two strings will play and age exactly the same, we think the price to value ratio of Quasi Gut makes it a reasonable alternative to more expensive multifilaments like NRG2.
Check back soon for another edition of Save vs Splurge!
According to Head/Penn Sports:
HEAD is proud to announce that 21-year-old Australian Bernard Tomic has joined the HEAD tennis family. The current No. 74 in the ATP’s singles world ranking signed a long term contract with the brand and will endorse the brand new HEAD Graphene Radical racquet.
“I am very happy to be back with HEAD. I have always been impressed with the quality and extra care that goes into the development of HEAD racquets,” says Tomic who played with HEAD racquets from 2007 to 2011. “I know that when I step on the court, I have the best weapon in my possession to do some serious damage.”
The youngest player to represent Australia at the Davis Cup and the youngest player in the Top 100 on the ATP Tour for two straight years will endorse the HEAD Graphene Radical racquet. The new Radical series features Graphene, the latest material innovation that is an extremely lightweight material but with a breaking strength 200 times greater than steel. Graphene is integrated into the shaft of the racquet and allows the weight to be distributed where it is needed most for perfect playability and control.
With his agreement, Tomic joins fellow HEAD ambassadors like Novak Djokovic, Maria Sharapova and Andy Murray.