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Moving from the Wilson K Factor to the Wilson BLX is a fluid step forward

The choice to purchase a Wilson tennis racquet is a choice to invest in the power of the elements. The older Wilson K Factor technology and the newer Wilson BLX technological upgrade enhance racquet stiffness on the molecular level.

The Wilson K Factor

Wilson K Factor tennis racquets are getting increasingly hard to find, but if you happen to find one at a great price (as is likely to happen) you can be assured that you are getting a great playing racquet.

The four technologies that are included in all K Factor tennis racquets are: the [K]onnector, the [K]ontour Yoke, and the [K]ompact Center. These centers are specific enhancements that have been created to counteract (in a way) the total stiffness created by the [K]arophite Black frame.

[K]arophite Black is a patented material that comes from the injection of Silicon Dioxide molecules into the empty spaces between graphite fibers in the material used to make tennis racquets. Those silicon molecules are then bonded to the graphite fibers with a material found in car tires, carbon black.

The result is a stiffer frame and more power.

The Wilson BLX tennis racquets

The next step, the Wilson BLX technology includes the K Factor enhancements, but goes a step further. The material used in BLX racquets includes an added molecular substance that reduces vibration shock from the ultra stiff [K]arophite Black.

A substance that is formed from the cooling of lava rock, Basalt, has been included in the marriage of graphite, silicon dioxide, and carbon black for the ultimate combination of rock hard stiffness when striking the ball and vibration reduction for a longer game.

Wilson has continued to build upon their time proven tennis racquet enhancements, moving seamlessly from the Wilson K Factor to the Wilson BLX.

But the question is: What are the little Wilson racquet scientists working on right now, and when will it be released?

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Wilson Juice and Steam Tennis Racquet Reviews

Have you heard about the new line of Wilson tennis racquets coming out for 2012? Check out these two tennis racquet reviews and see if they are right for you.

Stronger Wilson K Factor Racquets Represent Advances in Nanotechnology

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Guest Post by Christopher Mohr

One of the most significant advances in racquet design was the introduction of Karophite. You cannot appreciate this technology by looking at it, since it works on a microscopic level. But when you play with Wilson KFactor racquets, you’ll definitely know it’s there.

Ordinary graphite racquets are made up of fibers of this strong, yet lightweight material. If you had the ability to zoom in to view this material at microscopic levels, you would see spaces between the fibers. Wilson scientists found that these racquets could be further strengthened by placing silicon dioxide crystals in the spaces between the fibers.

Silicon dioxide may sound like some high tech space age material, but it’s actually quite plentiful in nature, appearing most often as sand or quartz.

The use of silicon dioxide crystals to improve the strength of graphite racquets became known as Wilson’s NCode technology. While this was a significant improvement, scientists found that they could take the technology even further.

Wilson scientists found that binding the silicon dioxide to carbon black and to the graphite fibers created an even stronger material for constructing tennis racquets. Thus Karophite technology was born. Several Wilson K Factor racquets using this nanotechnology are available online at DoItTennis.com.

If you could use one word to describe the K Blade 98 racquet it would be control. The 98 square inch head with its 18 x 20 string pattern and head-light were designed with control in mind. The racquet is best suited for intermediate to advanced players who supply their own power when swinging. It is not a good racquet for players who benefit from head-heavy models like those found in the Sledge Hammer line.

A racquet that has many of the K Blade 98’s features but is better for more intermediate level players is the K Blade Team. With an 18 x 19 string pattern, you still get great control, but the 104 square inch head gives you a bigger sweet spot. This model will have slightly more power than the K Blade 98 and is better suited for players with moderate to fast swings. That Venus and Serena Williams use the racquet in competition is a testament to its superiority.

The K Factor Four is another viable option for intermediate players who have a moderately fast swing, but still need a head-heavy design. The 105 square inch head with its 16 x 19 string pattern will provide a large sweet spot at the expense of some control.

If you need even more power from a racquet, the K Factor Zero is a great choice. It has a larger head size of 118 square inches with a more head-heavy design than the K Factor Four. It is best suited for beginner level players.

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Whak Sak Suites Any Funky Style

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Guest post by Celia Taghdiri

Whak-Sak tennis bags are just plain fun! One of my girlfriends, who happens to be an avid tennis player, always steps out of the box when it comes to fashion. For her birthday, I wanted to get her something different that appealed to her fashion sense. I walked into a tennis retail shop and noticed a bright orange croc tennis bag. It was so bright, it screamed at me. Although the neon color was not to my liking, I was certain it was the perfect match for my friend. For the life of me, I had no clue what Whak Sak was but as I rummaged through the tote bag, I saw how nice and spacious it was. The Tote holds up to four racquets along with all other athletic gear. With adjustable straps, the tote can be customized for a most comfortable fit. With storage pockets on the front and back, this bag is ideal for travel, laptop, or even a stylish baby/diaper bag. It even has a nice detachable and insulated cooler for players to pack their favorite beverages.

These tennis bags are suitable for any female athlete, not just tennis playing gals. It redefines “the carry-all bag.” There is enough space for a change of clothing, keys, cell phone, more than one racquet and possibly, even a pair of shoes.  I noticed other tennis bags by the same maker had various styles such as striped fabric and feminine-pleasing colors.  However, the bags are also available in the traditional colors for players who seek bags with more conservative styles.  But at the end of the day, we girls just wanna have fun!

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Head YouTek tennis racquet review

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Tennis racquet reviews have many parts: an overview of the technology, a detailed outline of the racquet’s playability and who would do well with that particular racquet.

A review of the tennis racquet’s technology is important, but that information can be found on product websites. From experience, I can say that some companies are better at sharing that information than others, but it can be found.

The meat of a tennis racquet review is the description of playability. The best reviews address particulars like ground strokes, serves/overheads, volleys and spin, in detail. Players need to know before they get out on the court if their racquet is going to hold up under their kind of game, or if it is going to miserably fail.

Tennis racquet rating systems are designed to help different levels of players select the right racquet, but confirmation from a pro, or teaching pro makes all the difference.

After scouring for quite a while, I found a Head YouTek tennis racquet review that meets all of these criteria. I plan on checking into this site regularly to see what else they review.

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Getting past the tennis racquet techno-hype

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Carbon matrices, ionic energy chambers, carbon reflex reinforcement bars, tungsten filaments, crystalline carbon structures, woofers, and cortex joints. The evolution of the modern tennis racquet would befuddle tennis pros of even three decades past.

No one in their right mind would complain about these technological advancements and the advantages they lend to the game, but which one is right for whose game?

When the great tennis racquet scientists were sitting in their lab and changing the basic carbon structure to a deltoid carbon structure, were they thinking of an aggressive baseliner? Or was that beautiful little molecular magic for a serve-and-volley type?

Every tennis player can benefit from the vibration dampening advancements—that much is easy to surmise—whether the vibrations are absorbed by an EVA shaft in the handle, a cortex joint at the neck or a kinetically manipulative tennis racquet that prevents vibrations altogether.

Science and tennis are dancing together on the court of innovation, but like all art, where is the interpretation?

Sometimes going back to the basics is the only way to understand the big picture and here is a blog by a man who holds over 31 U.S. tennis patents and has a little something to say about the simple geometry of the tennis racquet.

Did You Know? Racquet Tech Trivia from Racquet Science, by Rich Janes
Photo Illustation: Eight of the allotropes (different molecular configurations) that pure carbon can take: a) Diamond b) Graphite c) Lonsdaleite d) C60 (Buckminsterfullerene) e) C540 (see Fullerene) f) C70 (see Fullerene) g) Amorphous carbon h) single-walled carbon nanotube

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Junior tennis shoes are a techno-worthy investment

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Tennis players wear Tennis shoes for foot fatigue prevention, lateral stability during fast footwork and tennis specific technological advantages like propulsion plates and TPU shanks. Not just any shoe can perform on the court and serious players know this.
Those same advantages should be shared with junior players and several companies have their top-selling shoes, jam packed with tennis shoe technology, available in youth sizes.
The Babolat Propulse 3 Jr tennis shoe features the same Cell Shield upper outsole that makes the adult version ready to go right out of the box. The bottom Michelin OCS outsole offers superior traction and durability, something junior players need as much, if not more than their adult counterparts. The Kompressor System ensures heel comfort and support, absorbing harmful vibrations and preventing injury. A three-point Foot Belt precision strap system guarantees a custom fit, preventing shifting and sliding within the shoe, which can cause serious injury.
The Babolat Propulse 3 is just one example of the type of technological advantages that can keep your junior player on the court, away from the podiatrist and at the top of their class.

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