A professional's racquet forgiving enough for a recreational player
Dec 2, 2008
When shopping around for a new racquet, I wanted one that had no inherent limits as to how well I could hit with it -- a racquet that ideally gave me the freedom to improve. Some of the racquets used by various ATP tour players are not at all forgiving -- you have to maintain an extremely high level of precision, concentration, and preparation to hit with them. They reward that level of focus with incredible stability, but you can't let your mind slip even for a second. The KBlade 98 is a racquet for the rest of us, plus the less focused professional players like Tsonga and Tursunov. It is so manueverable and forgiving that you can lose concentration and still quickly get the racquet into position for the next shot. On my backhand side, I often forget to prepare in time, but this racquet is balanced so well and moves through the air so nicely that I can be a half second late and still get the racquet around in time to hit a good shot. If you have an intense level of focus and competitiveness, there are racquets out there that will give you more power and stability. But if you are going to make frequent errors in concentration and preparation, this racquet is one of the most forgiving out there, without sacrificing control.
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Ari Miller (ari1974)
I mostly write about my main obsession, tennis. When I'm not experimenting with new tennis racquets, I love to watch a good movie or read a great book. I'm a fan of both non-fiction (especially books … more
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Tennis racquet used by ATP players Paul-Henri Mathieu, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and Dmitry Tursunov. Uses Karophite Black technology, a structure created by bonding Carbon Black, Graphite and SiO2 together at the nano level. This, at least in theory, creates a denser and stronger racket matrix.