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Selecting the Right Frame, Part II

Add these latest entries to our Racquet Selection Map to complete the picture for 2006.

While we tried to be as complete as possible in our exclusive Racquet Selection Map that appeared in the March 2006 issue, there are always a few frames that just aren’t available at press time. So here is the rest of the story. The racquets listed on these pages supplement the chart that appeared last month. If you use the specs here for “Swingweight” and “Power Level” and map these racquets on the chart in the March issue (page 30), you can find out where these new frames fit in terms of power and control.

new tennis racquets from Weed

Noteworthy among this new list are frames from Gamma Sports, which launched its new IPEX line of six racquets, putting the company back into the racquet manufacture business. (For the last several years, Gamma had been the distributor of Fischer racquets in the U.S.)

Gamma’s new line features IPEX NanoTechnology, which Gamma says alters the carbon fiber composite frame material at the molecular level to improve resiliency and shock absorption. The IPEX racquets, says the company, “concentrates different high-modulus carbon fibers throughout different strategic areas of the racquet, improving power, control, and feel.”

The company says IPEX allows the frame to snap back to its original position faster than ordinary carbon fiber composite, providing “maximum energy transfer and greater racquet-head speed.” The stronger fibers also create better stiffness for greater stability and energy transfer to the ball, says Gamma.

New Tennis Racquets for Late Spring 2006

Racquet Head size
(Sq. In.)
Len.
(in.)
Wt
(gr)
Wt
(oz.)
Bal.
(cm)
Bal.
(in.)
Flex
(RDC)
Swing wt
kg·cm²
Pattern
(M×C)
Power
level
SRP
Babolat
Pure Drive Roddick 100 27.00 332 11.71 32.75 12.89 73 328 16×19 2394 $189
Pure Drive Roddick 100 27.50 333 11.75 27.50 10.83 72 332 16×19 2510 $189
Bancroft
Omni 107 27.25 272 9.59 36.75 14.47 79 308 16×19 2669 $169
Rocket 116 27.50 274 9.67 38.00 14.96 78 330 16×19 3135 $199
Gamma
IPEX 2.0 SOS 137 27.75 272 9.59 37.50 14.76 65 334 18×21 3197 $210
IPEX 3.0 OS 116 27.50 265 9.35 36.00 14.17 70 302 16×19 2575 $199
IPEX 5.0 MP 96 27.25 272 9.59 34.50 13.58 67 293 16×18 1932 $179
IPEX 5.0 OS 109 27.25 290 10.23 34.25 13.48 69 309 16×18 2382 $179
IPEX 7.0 MP 98 27.00 323 11.39 32.25 12.70 64 311 16×18 1951 $169
IPEX 7.0 OS 107 27.00 322 11.36 32.50 12.80 59 308 16×19 1944 $169
Weed
EXT 135 Blue 135 28.25 280 9.88 37.00 14.57 64 338 18×21 3285 $250
EXT 135 Green 135 28.25 275 9.70 37.00 14.57 64 334 18×21 3246 $250
EXT 135 Pink 135 28.25 277 9.77 37.00 14.57 64 340 18×21 3305 $250
EXT 135 Tour 135 28.25 263 9.28 37.00 14.57 60 322 18×21 2934 $250

 

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