Wilson Burn 100S & Dunlop iDapt Force 100…Quick Thoughts!

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Our buddies at Tennis.com do a great job of reviewing new racquets when they hit the scene. This past week they have appraised both the Wilson Burn 100S and the Dunlop iDapt Force 100, and you can read about their experiences with each stick, here and here, respectively. I posted a quick comment to each review to see if I could get some additional conversation rolling. Here is what I said.

Regarding the Wilson: “Yay, another stick designed to encourage kids to swing for the fences on every swing…forget developing an all-around game…let’s give ‘em something they can smack the felt off with…oh, you mean it might add to the epidemic otherwise known as arm/shoulder destruction…that’s alright, there are plenty of good therapists and surgeons around…”

And regarding the Dunlop: “I hit http://www.dunlop.com/gb/tennis_home and this racquet (moreover the entire line) was nowhere to be found. I finally struck gold at http://buildit.dunlopidapt.com/. First, this is very odd to say the least. Who’s in charge of Dunlop’s marketing? Second, I get that you can get different colors and grip lengths, but nothing is really explained about how the shock/comfort system works. The reviewer mentioned even the soft was quite firm. This seems like yet another helter skelter attempt by a racquet maker to push their latest gimmick to market.”

Perhaps a bit polemic…but that’s part of the fun :) Getting all of us to rationally evaluate and think through the implications of things…that’s the goal!

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Is Your Tennis Racquet Arm-Healthy?

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If you glance to your right you will see SHARRS, an assessment tool that addresses the arm-healthy nature of any tennis racquet appraised by it. I created SHARRS a few years ago, but now it is running in a new and improved way! Yes, I have honed its logarithm so that it can even more accurately diagnose how salubrious (or not) is your current stick of choice or any racquet whose specified specs you have handy. So, give it a whirl and see how you do! For example, my favorite stick these days is my ProKennex Ionic KI 5 PSE. Plugging in its features of 63 RA, 13 oz, 27 in, 9 pt HL and a built in shock reduction system, it gets a whopping grade of 97…an “A.” This is a good thing, no? :) Now I have played with racquets in the past that would not score nearly this well. But, I have gleaned some insight through my trial and error, including learning from that great teacher himself, Mr. Severe Arm-Pain, and I am excited to be able to share some wisdom that might help others swing their racquets in a healthier manner.

But here’s the trick. Whether you use SHARRS or not (and I hope you do!), please take the time to do some quality research before going out there and buying another stick! Dropping $200 on the same racquet your favorite pro uses (simply because she uses it) is not a good approach. Don’t prioritize color scheme, pizzazz quotient or popularity anywhere near the top. Rather, ask lots of questions and figure out the mechanics (yeah, the physics) behind how a racquet affects the arm in general …and then your unique arm in particular! Look for options engineered to take care of you in the long run. Finally, playtest these options as much as you reasonably can. I suppose I have banged on this drum here at www.theracquetshack.com a number of times in the past. But, it really cannot be stressed enough. There is simply too much at stake! Well, try out SHARRS, and any and all feedback will be great appreciated :) Until next time…keep knocking that felt off!

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