We are going to test the feelings of a racket that incorporates a quite new market material, such as Graphene, and will discuss the main similarities and differences with her sisters in the same series. We started.
Within the range Youtek Graphene, we can find these 4 models: Speed Rev (260 gr), Speed S (285 gr), Speed (300 gr) MP and Speed Pro (315 g). Due to technologies that incorporate (Youtek and Graphene), what is striking from the outset is that theoretically we don’t need a heavy racket to have sensations that are very similar to other rackets with more weight, so 285gr Head Speed S make a racket very accessible to a very wide players level. Previously I had the opportunity to test the model of 260 gr and the feelings were very different with respect to other rackets of 260 gr that are on the market more focused to initiation or junior players. As most characteristic feature would highlight the sense of speed of this racket, feeling it very light and being really good for quick acceleration and for those balls that demand response in a short time (rest, volley, etc…). This is something that we will analyze thoroughly later.
Then we are going to see more in detail which are all features that make up this racket:
Concepts which incorporates:
YouTek™ combines different technologies to improve the needs of each blow. This incorporates material d3o™, and Teflon® polymer in the Bugle beads.
The d3o™ belongs to the so-called “dilatant foams”, drastically changing their behavior when subjected to dynamic load. This material is integrated in the handle area and its effect could result in impacts with a rapid acceleration in the molecules of this material are compacted (increasing its rigidity and its power) and in soft hits the molecules are loosened more absorbing impact and giving a softer touch. We could say that this way it amplifies what we look for in every type of shot.
As for the Teflon® that comprise the grommets or Bugle beads, is a material that reduces the friction with the rope to slide down them, whereupon this moves more freely to the beat and gives us more power. This is something that is noticeable even to stringing racket, being very easy to tie and offering little resistance in the area of the spine when drawn taut, so tensions are distributed more evenly.
The main novelty of this material, Graphene (which is still in development and is expected to be the material of the future and revolutionize a lot of sectors such as the automotive and electronics), is that it currently is the lighter and at a tough time in the world (200 times more than steel). Stability and resistance extra of this material so light in the heart of the racket (which is where it is located) allows you to redistribute the weights toward the tip and handle. Thus achieved greater inertia hitting (more power without so much weight), as well as increased maneuverability.
Some considerations to better understand the characteristics of a racket:
- Sieve: here at ANDYOUTDOOR.com, tennis rackets ranging from 581 cm2 and the 780 cm2. Bigger, more is his sweet spot, so allow greater number of errors to the beat (tolerance). A major sieve will have longer cords that are able to stretch out more and produce a smoother and more powerful hit.
- Profile: A higher-profile frame, more power. This also affects the rigidity of the racket. A racquet with a narrower frame profile tends to be more flexible and provide more control. In order to make a correct weight distribution, found snowshoes in the frame profile and the profile of the neck of the racket may be different (which tend to shake to go reaching fist called “tapered beam”).
- Weight: as a general rule, greater weight to a racket gives you more stability and inertia the acceleration to get power. However, should take into account that Constitution and technique not all persons can comfortably move the same weight and need to hit well with a heavy racket an armed of the wider arm (swing wide). It is no have much weight if you are unable to accelerate the racket well and arrive late to hit the ball. The weights indicated in the racket are Unstrung (the weight of a rope that you add to the racket is usually around 15 grams approx.).
- Rigidity: A greater rigidity provides more power. In addition to the profile, this tends to be determined by the materials.
- String pattern : A pattern of closed string (greater number of strings) gives greater control and length of cordage. A pattern of open string (fewer strings) facilitates the effects and the power outlet, but wears more strings.
Once we know the racket that we have in our hands, let’s see what such behaves on the track and what are the feelings that conveys. The test was performed for 1 hour with a rope monofilamente encordada at 4 knots with 25-23 kg of voltage:
FEELINGS ON TRACK:
Groundstrokes: by the distribution of weights more aimed at the ends that facilitates the Graphene located in the neck, this racket feelings are enough different. We will see from the very beginning the feeling of lightness, but he is noticeable at the same time very stable return powerful balls.
In general, a racket seems pretty aggressive ideal to take the lead in the point because it allows arm arm fast (this is especially noticeable in the rest). In the one-handed backhand racket inertia allows very well open arms to achieve much spin and speed on the ball. A very positive highlights in this section is that he is achieved very well reach all kinds of balls and hit at the exact moment. Gets very well give depth to the hits and although it is true that sometimes seems that we are playing with a racket more weight despite the feeling of lightness. Easy access to the effects for its speed and its not too closed string pattern makes it easier to control in this type of shot, but flat hits requires more technical and a more controlled scrimmage.
Hits in network: It is a very fast moving racket and in situations of rapid reaction is worth enough. The added stability and the weight distribution makes it an ideal Racquet for players who bet on speed, and a game based on the volley. In my opinion is one of the areas where better behaves the racket.
Remove: very good sensations in effect because of their great maneuverability and speed services. On throw-ins Topspin looking for the ball back, where many people have problems to remove fast the racket and “swept”, it behaves beautifully. Although in the flat serve Gets the ball speed, the expert player like that serve flat and with power here if you will notice that a version of more weight (such as the MP or the Pro) responds much better.
Power: not especially stands out as a powerful racket, but speed achieved with this racket allows you to put enough sparkle and depth to the ball.
Control: account with enough control as to make it a racquet quite balanced and stable, but for players accustomed to paste more flat and hard cost them a little more done to it (although as we’ve said before, is not a power Racquet). I think that with an average of 25 or 26 kg voltage (which I tried was strung with a mean of 24 kg voltage) sensations in this section would be different. Still, I believe that to control players this racket with a 32 or 32.5 balance would have been very interesting.
Manageability: as we said during the entire article, is a very manageable racket covering varied player profiles. Its weight, not too light and not heavy (although the feeling to grip it and speed it up is that it is much lighter), perhaps the most manageable of the range makes it.
Point sweet: with 645 cm2, we could say that not noted neither for good nor for evil, being the screen right and necessary for this type of balanced rackets. The rate of reaction of this racket makes it easy to anticipate the ball to hit it well the sweet spot.
Relationship quality/price: If you are interested in this racket, now at Christmas in Decathlon will find it now at the cheapest price of the entire market, € 89,95.
It is a racket that will like to a range wide in tennis players who want to especially bet on a racket not excessively heavy, comfortable and easy to use, as well as not too specific for a game control or power. (players of medium-high level, players advanced junior, people that 300 grams are made too much weight, or people looking to get a little more speed in your game…).
If you are looking for give a racket of high range for less than € 90 a person with a good level in tennis without knowing really what kind of game takes place (be woman, man or junior what racket from 26 to 27 inches), possibly with this model have a high probability of hit due to its balance and versatility.
If you still have doubts, you can try it for free in stores Decathlon with our test system. Come and share your impressions with us.