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.
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
| Swing wt
|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|
|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|
|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|