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Racquet Selection Map 2013

Our exclusive Racquet Selection Map enables you to help your customers choose the perfect racquet for them quickly and easily, with the features and performance they want.

The map on the following page presents the entire performance racquet universe on one grid that instantly locates each racquet compared to every other in terms of power, control, and maneuverability. Simply locate the specs of your customer’s current racquet on the map, then move outward in large or small increments in the direction of the customer’s primary preference — relatively more or less power, control or maneuverability. Once you’ve zoomed into an approximate location on the grid, you can narrow down the racquet’s feel attributes by choosing from length, size, and flex specs coded into the racquet number.

Next, look up the racquet(s) by number in the accompanying table. Note, though, that the table on these pages lists every new performance racquet that came out in the last 12 months. If the racquet you find on the grid is not in one of these charts, you’ll find it online here, where we have the complete list of every racquet that is currently on the market, both the newest and the older models.

Your customer will now have a handful of “choice-customized” demos. And you’ll have a satisfied customer.

Racquet Selection Map Key

  1. Power/Control (columns). (formula = length index × headsize × flex × swingweight) ÷ 1000. Length index calculation: 27" = 1.0, 27.5" = 1.05; 28" = 1.1, etc.
  2. Maneuverability (rows). RDC (Babolat Racquet Diagnostic Center) swingweight units.
  3. Racquet ID. The number in the grid correlates to the accompanying racquet list.
  4. Headsize. Midsize and midplus (≤104 sq. in.) have no indicator. Oversize (105-117 sq. in.) = •. Superoversize (≥ 118 sq. in.) = :.
  5. Length. x = extended length. Standard length (27") racquets have no indicator.
  6. Flex (RDC). a = < 60; b = 60-64; c = 65-69; d = 70-74; e = > 74. The higher the number, the stiffer the racquet.
  7. Company. Coded by number and color. See accompanying racquet list on the following pages.
  8. Racquet Quadrants and the Center of the Racquet Universe. The center of the racquet universe is located at the intersection of the two red lines. Approximately half the racquets lie to the right and left, and half above and below these lines. The lines divide the racquet universe into four color-coded quadrants — clockwise from top left: (1) quick power, (2) quick control, (3) stable control, (4) stable power. These characterizations provide a general vocabulary for comparing racquets.
  9. Racquet Finder List. The racquet list accompanying the map identifies all the new racquets and gives additional information. The map provides specific (very narrow ranges, anyway) swingweight, flex and power statistics, and general size and length characteristics. The racquet list specifies the length and size and further specifies weight, balance, and price.

How To Use It

  1. Ask questions. What are you looking for that your current racquet does not provide? What do you like most and least about your current racquet? What are the strengths and weaknesses of your game?
  2. Locate current racquet on map. If the racquet is not in the list, take measurements.
  3. Locating potential racquets. Depending on the answers to the above questions, draw an imaginary arrow (a wide or skinny one) from your present racquet in the desired direction for power and maneuverability.
  4. Narrowing the field. Shrink the choices using the length, headsize, and flex codes to match customer preferences.
  5. Selecting racquet demos. Once the choices are narrowed, locate the racquets by number in the racquet list.
# Racquet Head
size
(in²)
Len.
(in.)
Wt.
(gm)
Wt.
(oz)
Bal.
(cm)
Bal.
(in.)
Flex
(RDC)
Swgwt
(kg × cm)
Power
formula
SRP
Asics
1 109 109 27.25 292 10.30 35.00 13.78 74 308 2546 $189
2 116 116 27.25 277 9.77 35.50 13.98 72 293 2508 $189
3 125 125 27.50 276 9.74 36.25 14.27 73 307 2941 $189
Babolat
13 Drive Max 105 105 27.00 278 9.81 34.80 13.70 69 293 2123 $200
14 Drive Max 110 110 27.50 275 9.70 36.30 14.29 67 294 2275 $199
15 Drive Z Lite (Mostly Pink) 100 27.00 272 9.59 36.50 14.37 66 295 1947 $169
Bolt
29 B 100 Light 100 27.13 286 10.09 32.80 12.91 62 293 1839 $215
30 B 98 Light 98 27.00 317 11.18 33.20 13.07 63 332 2050 $215
Donnay
35 Formula Lite 100 100 27.00 280 9.88 34.20 13.46 66 293 1934 $229
36 Formula OS EXT 110 27.25 279 9.84 36.00 14.17 71 313 2506 $249
37 Pro One 97 (16x19) 97 27.00 325 11.46 33.25 13.09 67 318 2067 $249
38 Pro One 97 (18x20) 97 27.00 328 11.57 32.60 12.83 67 323 2099 $249
39 Pro One OS EXT 105 27.50 296 10.44 34.00 13.39 64 317 2237 $249
45 X Dual Silver Lite (27.5 inch) 99 27.50 300 10.58 34.60 13.62 66 321 2202 $229
Dunlop
56 Biomimetic Black Widow 102 27.00 275 9.70 33.90 13.35 68 290 2011 $150
57 Biomimetic F 2.0 Tour 95 27.00 336 11.85 32.20 12.68 67 319 2030 $210
58 Biomimetic F 3.0 Tour 98 27.00 325 11.46 32.40 12.76 63 313 1932 $210
59 Biomimetic F 5.0 Tour 100 27.00 321 11.32 32.60 12.83 71 306 2173 $210
60 Biomimetic M 2.0 95 27.00 333 11.75 31.70 12.48 73 317 2198 $210
61 Biomimetic M 3.0 98 27.00 317 11.18 33.40 13.15 66 319 2063 $210
62 Biomimetic M 5.0 100 27.00 293 10.34 34.40 13.54 69 303 2091 $210
63 Biomimetic M 6.0 102 27.00 293 10.34 33.30 13.11 69 305 2147 $210
64 Biomimetic Max 200G 98 27.00 329 11.61 32.70 12.87 67 317 2081 $210
65 Biomimetic S 3.0 Lite 98 27.00 285 10.05 35.10 13.82 66 300 1940 $210
66 Biomimetic S 5.0 Lite 100 27.00 264 9.31 36.50 14.37 67 294 1970 $210
67 Biomimetic S 6.0 Lite 105 27.25 287 10.12 34.30 13.50 70 297 2238 $210
68 Biomimetic S 8.0 Lite 105 27.25 287 10.12 34.30 13.50 70 297 2238 $210
Fox
69 Evolution 2.2 100 27.00 327 11.53 31.00 12.20 60 302 1812 $150
70 Pro Class 1.9 110 27.00 347 12.24 32.00 12.60 60 323 2132 $140
71 SAR Plus 112 27.00 316 11.15 33.50 13.19 59 324 2141 $150
72 Target Plus 110 27.00 293 10.34 35.20 13.86 64 321 2260 $170
Gamma
75 RZR 105 105 27.25 295 10.41 35.00 13.78 66 305 2166 $205
77 RZR 95 95 27.00 321 11.32 31.70 12.48 64 290 1763 $185
80 RZR Bubba 137 29.00 297 10.48 38.90 15.31 64 405 4261 $220
81 Thunder Power XL 100 27.50 319 11.25 32.70 12.87 68 328 2342 $190
Head
82 Youtek Extreme MP (Clear Bumper & Grommets) 100 27.00 316 11.15 33.40 13.15 66 320 2112 $190
83 Youtek Extreme Pro (Clear Bumper & Grommets) 100 27.00 330 11.64 32.30 12.72 68 320 2176 $190
84 Youtek Extreme S 107 27.00 293 10.34 34.50 13.58 70 303 2269 $190
85 Youtek Graphene Instinct MP 100 27.00 309 10.90 33.30 13.11 69 306 2111 $200
86 Youtek Graphene Instinct PWR 115 27.70 241 8.50 38.80 15.28 70 301 2593 $190
87 Youtek Graphene Instinct Rev 100 27.00 256 9.03 36.20 14.25 59 291 1717 $190
88 Youtek Graphene Instinct S 102 27.00 284 10.02 35.50 13.98 71 298 2158 $190
89 Youtek Graphene Prestige PWR 107 27.30 275 9.70 35.30 13.90 70 303 2338 $225
90 Youtek Graphene Speed MP 100 27.00 311 10.97 33.30 13.11 65 318 2067 $225
91 Youtek Graphene Speed Pro 100 27.00 333 11.75 33.00 12.99 66 338 2231 $225
92 Youtek Graphene Speed PWR 115 27.40 267 9.42 36.50 14.37 67 314 2516 $210
93 Youtek Graphene Speed Rev 100 27.00 269 9.49 35.60 14.02 62 304 1885 $210
94 Youtek Graphene Speed S 100 27.00 292 10.30 34.80 13.70 68 314 2135 $210
Mantis
106 285 100 27.00 304 10.72 32.80 12.91 68 295 2006 $169
107 300 100 27.00 312 11.01 32.80 12.91 68 306 2081 $169
108 Pro 295 98 27.00 306 10.79 33.10 13.03 62 297 1805 $189
109 Tour 305 95 27.00 316 11.15 32.40 12.76 65 301 1859 $169
110 Tour 315 95 27.00 326 11.50 31.60 12.44 66 301 1887 $169
Prince
140 EXO3 Warrior DB Team 100 100 27.00 286 10.09 35.00 13.78 64 310 1984 $169
Solinco
150 Tour 10 xtend 98 27.50 338 11.92 32.00 12.60 66 340 2309 $180
Tecnifibre
153 T Fight 255 (Synergy Link) 100 27.00 275 9.70 34.25 13.48 66 281 1855 $169
154 T Fight 295 (16M Tour Prepared) 95 27.00 310 10.93 33.50 13.19 68 305 1970 $189
155 T Fight 295 MP (Synergy Link) 100 27.00 307 10.83 33.50 13.19 69 298 2056 $189
156 T Fight 305 (18M Tour Prepared) 95 27.00 317 11.18 33.40 13.15 69 310 2032 $189
157 T Fight 315 Limited (16M) 98 27.00 328 11.57 32.15 12.66 60 297 1746 $199
158 T Fight 315 Limited (18M) 98 27.00 332 11.71 32.50 12.80 59 305 1764 $199
159 T Fight 320 (16M Tour Prepared) 95 27.00 336 11.85 32.25 12.70 67 317 2018 $199
160 T Fight 325 (18M Tour Prepared) 95 27.00 338 11.92 32.25 12.70 66 317 1988 $199
163 T Rebound 265 Feel 105 27.00 284 10.02 34.25 13.48 70 295 2168 $169
164 T Rebound 295 Pro (Synergy Link) 100 27.00 313 11.04 33.75 13.29 68 309 2101 $189
Volkl
168 Organix 1 115 27.80 271 9.56 36.40 14.33 72 304 2718 $300
171 Organix 10 Mid 93 27.00 334 11.78 32.50 12.80 59 318 1745 $240
172 Organix 2 115 27.60 293 10.34 36.00 14.17 70 324 2765 $260
173 Organix 3 110 27.80 286 10.09 36.00 14.17 69 322 2639 $250
175 Organix 5 100 27.13 274 9.67 34.50 13.58 68 291 2004 $190
177 Organix 7 (295g) 104 27.00 311 10.97 34.30 13.50 73 316 2399 $240
178 Organix 7 (310g) 104 27.25 316 11.15 34.00 13.39 72 318 2441 $240
181 Organix 9 98 27.00 324 11.43 32.50 12.80 66 309 1999 $230
182 Organix V1 MP 102 27.00 294 10.37 33.50 13.19 64 296 1932 $250
183 Organix V1 OS 110 27.50 302 10.65 34.00 13.39 67 317 2453 $250
Weed
195 Open 135 135 27.00 265 9.35 35.40 13.94 63 286 2432 $250
Wilson
198 Blade Ninety Eight 16×19 (98 BLX) 98 27.00 319 11.25 33.50 13.19 67 322 2114 $230
199 Blade Ninety Eight 18×20 (98 BLX) 98 27.00 317 11.18 33.50 13.19 64 314 1969 $230
200 Blade Ninety Three (93 BLX) 93 27.00 339 11.96 32.25 12.70 67 325 2025 $230
201 Blade One Hundred Four (104 BLX) 104 27.50 307 10.83 33.75 13.29 56 309 1890 $230
205 BLX Juice 100L 100 27.00 292 10.30 36.10 14.21 74 327 2420 $220
217 BLX Steam 105 S 105 27.33 300 10.58 33.70 13.27 70 310 2354 $220
218 BLX Steam 96 96 27.25 307 10.83 34.70 13.66 67 322 2123 $220
219 BLX Steam 99 99 27.00 320 11.29 33.70 13.27 68 327 2201 $220
220 BLX Steam 99 S 99 27.00 320 11.29 33.30 13.11 70 321 2225 $220
223 Four BLX 105 27.00 258 9.10 37.00 14.57 71 297 2214 $210
224 Three BLX 117 27.50 277 9.77 37.50 14.76 41 313 1577 $260
225 Two BLX 110 27.25 239 8.43 39.50 15.55 67 305 2304 $230
Yonex
231 V Core Tour 89 89 27.00 340 11.99 31.70 12.48 63 327 1833 $240
232 V Core Tour 97 97 27.00 351 12.38 32.00 12.60 66 336 2151 $240
233 V Core Xi 100 (280 Grams) 100 27.00 293 10.34 35.00 13.78 68 305 2074 $240
234 V Core Xi 100 (300 Grams) 100 27.00 312 11.01 32.90 12.95 70 297 2079 $240
235 V Core Xi 98 98 27.00 321 11.32 32.40 12.76 68 301 2006 $240
236 V Core Xi Team 98 26.88 287 10.12 34.10 13.43 65 289 1818 $190
237 V Core Xi Team + 98 27.38 295 10.41 33.90 13.35 65 305 2016 $190

 

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