New tennis racquets from Dunlop

Check out the new offerings from Dunlop this month! Dunlop has paid attention to detail with this new lineup of racquets. It added identifiable design elements on the racquets with fun textures and bright colors. Adding a color update to a best seller and introducing two new updates, Dunlop has 3 new frames to close out 2013 with and will have even more to look forward to in 2014.

Dunlop S6.0 Lite Pink

Dominika Cibulkova’s racquet of choice gets a fun cosmetic update this year with a splash of bright pink! A best seller from Dunlop, the S 6.0 Lite Pink is a maneuverable racquet has just undergone a cosmetic update only, so the same characteristics (like the fact that it is packed full of comfort and power) that make this a favorite among players remains the same. And don’t worry, for those of you thwhot are happy with the original paint job, that is not going away and will still be available as well. At 105 square inches and 10.1 ounces strung, this racquet packs a solid, stable punch from all areas of the court. Players who like playing with the Pure Drive 107, Steam 105 or EXO3 Red will find this to be a similar racquet that they will enjoy. Continue reading

First Look (Sneak Peek!) — Babolat Pure Strike!

It’s no secret around here that my favorite racquet brand is Babolat (I’ve been playing with some form of the Babolat Pure Drive since 2001). So when we got the new Pure Strikes in, I couldn’t contain my eagerness (to say the least) to get one of the new Babolat Pure Strikes in my hand and on the court! The racquets sat patiently behind me for a week, unstrung…taunting me with its bright pops of flourescent red and black matte paint…until finally, they were strung up and ready to go!

babolat pure strike

Where Babolat already has the power game dialed in with their Pure Drive Series, and then the spin-monster with the AeroPro Drive family of racquets – the name of the game is crisp control with the new line of Pure Strikes.

Check out our initial specs:

Babolat Pure Strike:                                                  Babolat Pure Strike Tour:  
Pattern: 18×20                                                              Pattern: 18×20
Length: 27″                                                                   Length: 27″
Balance: 5HL                                                               Balance: 6HL
Strung Weight: 11.4 oz                                                 Strung Weight: 12
Flex: 66                                                                         Flex: 65
Swingweight: 324                                                        Swingweight: 330

New Technology!

  • Response Woofer: Babolat adds even more power with the addition of a new material called PEBAX which increases energy return
  • X-Sider: new frame shape which expands the sweetspot by 10% and creates a more forgiving response off-center
  • Stabilizer Technology: A sturdier frame construction adds more torsional stability, keeping the racquet more stable upon impact

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Sneak Peek: Prince ESP line of racquets!

This fall, Prince is introducing seven models with super open string patterns. Using its new Extreme String Pattern technology, or “ESP,” Prince is seizing on the trend toward spin-friendly string patterns. Claiming that this ESP technology will add 30% more spin to your game, Prince is helping players gain a higher net clearance for consistency and heavier shots to penetrate the court with these ESP racquets. The open pattern allows the strings to stretch farther before snapping back with great force and loading the ball with extra RPMs.

This ESP technology is coming to the Warrior, Premier and Tour family of racquets. When I asked Chris what his initial thoughts of the new ESP racquets were, he said, “I think the thing that sets them apart from other spin racquets is that EXO3 and ESP seem to amplify each other. The result is a very soft and forgiving stringbed that is also very lively. Obviously they are very spin-friendly, too, but they can also make even the stiffest poly feel pretty soft and lively.”
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