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IN. playtesters were impressed with the 12S'Sexceptional reach at the baseline but especially at the net. feature atypically long main strings-elongated by more than an inch-which Asics claims expands the sweet spot for more forgiveness and power.'C!M~M!!.JThe Pitch: Now in its seventh generation. BALANCE: EVEN SWINGWEIGHT: 303 FLEXIBILITY: VERY STIFF BEAM WIDTH: 28MM STRING PATTERN: 16X22 IDEAL SWING: SHORT NTRP: 2. the 116's extra six square inches of head size made keeping the ball out of the net that much easier.3OZ.STRING PATTERN: 14X 21(109).'..~": . HL (PD). Bottom Line: Provides ample power for players with slow. LENGTH: 2?5IN.. it's easier to handle and a breeze to swing-a great choice for junior players still honing their strokes. game-improvement racquets. to be exact.0 tester claimed the Asics 109 offered a surprisingly mobile feel and "bulldozer power.5TO 4. Bottom Line: Avery powerful and forgiving stick for early adopters and players who lack mobility on the court. 2·5TO 4. WEIGHT: 11."'IN"'. Other playtesters who were at first skeptical ofthe 109'S look fell in love with it after experiencing how easy the longer strings made putting balls back deep when jammed or out of position. the Pure Drive is constructed with Woofer technology. As one 3.. The Asics 109 and 116. The Asics 109 and 116are clearly not for players with Western grips who hit with lots of pop and topspin.the Asics 125is no wider than a conventional 118square-inch head size.5+(109). LENGTH: 27..5 playtester remarked. from club and colleges players to KimClijsters. While net rushers and spin doctors should take heed that this isn't the most subtle of sticks. generous sweet spot and rigid stabil ity gave them what they needed to fight the battle from the baseline. 287 (116) FLEXIBILITY: VERY STIFF BEAM WIDTH: 2S. As always...!. These elongated main strings enlarge the sweet spot for supreme forgiveness and power.6 OZ. (PD): 10.:. While it won't be courting any players who hit lots of topspin with near-modern strokes. which selectively filters out unwanted vibrations (high frequencies) and preserves useful sensations (low frequencies) for optimal feedback.. EVEN(116) SWINGWEIGHT: 321(109).T"'E).:. HL (109). is now in the business of producing innovative game-improvement racquets. One 4.'. IN. 26 tennis. LENGTH: 271N. 298 (LITE) FLEXIBILITY: VERY STIFF(PD).():!LI. ' Asics 109/116 MSRP:$189 HEAD SIZE: 109 SQ._. most of those looks turned from confusion to delight." What's more. agrommet system that expands the sweet spot and increases dwell time by engaging more strings upon impact.SMM (PD). 16X22 (116) IDEAL SWING: SHORTTO MEDIUM NTRP: 3. 3 PTS. At about an ounce lighter. 9. the Asics 125"had very good ball velocity with a light feel.(I:Q). well as Graphite Tungsten (GT) materials that strengthen the frame for added stability and power. though not uncontrollable power" on volleys and ground strokes... the Asics 125's behemoth. ' ..5 (116) The Pitch: May 2012 . Less experienced playtesters found that their ground strokes and returns had much more oomph-the most some ofthem had ever experienced-particularlywhen blocking balls struck right atthem. . the balance of power and control they need to playtoday's fast-paced. IN. according to Asics. HL (LITE) SWINGWEIGHT: 308 (PD). the 12Sshould be a hit with players with traditional swings who are looking to add the most power and depth possi ble to thei r games. but its main strings are much longer-15.5inches.4 OZ.25IN. WEIGHT: 9. racquetball-like shape drew quizzical looks from playtesters.116SO.(LITE) BALANCE: 4 PTS. How It Tested: Naturally. (lOg). Babolat Pure Drive has been updated with Cortex Active Technology.5TO 4·5 Wli. But after testing it out. How It Tested: Playtesters were thoroughly impressed with the security the Asics' snowshoeshaped design provided them on court. How It Tested: The Pure Drive offers players of various ages and ability levels.6 OZ.(116) BALANCE: 3 PTS. Likethe Asics 109 and Asics 116. grinders said that the Pure Drive's open string pattern. 27 . who felt that the 107 provided "too much power" for a long swinger "who hits a flat ball with little topspin. SHOES AND MORE AT TENNIS.0 The pitch: The Dunlop Biomimetic 700 features a series of synthetic systems that. Still. LENGTH: 27. including serves-but only ifthey found the sweet spot and swung with authority. a honeycomb-like. the Donnay Pro One's 21-millimeter beam represents a new direction for the storied brand.Babolat Pure Drive 107 MSRP:$189 HEAD SIZE: 107SQ. Iam a novice at net.2 IN. even on off-center hits. WEIGHT: 11. a surface application inspired by sharkskin that improves aerodynamics for more racquet-head speed. the ball just died and the racquet felt dead. the Pro One is a lightning rod: When struck right. How It Tested: Inthe right hands." a proprietary tubing that yields racquets with solid-core constructions. which allowed them to impart plenty of spin on serves and ground strokes. Strong intermediate and advanced playtesters reported that the Pro One added significant pop to every one of their shots from the backcourt. Dunlop claims. sparks fly. In keeping with the Pure Drive design.0 playtester.HL SWINGWEIGHT:318 FLEXIBILITY: STIFF BEAM WIDTH: 21MM STRING PATTERN: 16X19 IDEAL SWING: LONG NTRP:4·0+ _ Dunlop Biomimetic 700 MSRP:$210 HEAD SIZE: 11 SQ. the Pro One is injected throughout with "XeneCore. "On mishits. surely.HL SWINGWEIGHT: 298 FLEXIBILITY: STIFF BEAM WIDTH: 22-25~3." The Pro One also exhibited granite-like stability. this isn't a problem for everyone. How It Tested: The Pure Drive 107 hasthe largest head size in the Pure Drive family.2IN.~M~M~ STRING PATTERN: 16X19 IDEAL SWING: SHORTTO MEDIUM NTRP: 2.COM/GEAR May 2012 tennis." On the other hand.9'HEAD SIZE: 97 SQ. the 107 weighs in well under eleven ounces-the racquet equivalent of a featherwhich allowed easy maneuverability and bountiful swing speed to baseliners and doubles players with short. "It had almost too much head speed. WEIGHT:10. These biomimetic technologies include Aeroskin. WEIGHT: 9. BALANCE: 2 PTS. which Babolat claims dampens vibrations for comfort and restores more energy from every impact for maximum power.HH SWINGWEIGHT: 302 FLEXIBILITY: STIFF BEAM WIDTH: 24-28-26MM STRING PATTERN: 16X19 IDEAL SWING: SHORTTO MEDIUM NTRP: 2." said a 4. allowing players a considerably bigger sweet spot and greater margin of error for more power and depth. like all Donnay models of late. beginners with slower swings and older players who have lost a bit oHorm should appreciate the Pure Drive lois extra forgiveness. the 107 is constructed with Woofer technology for an expanded sweet spot and Graphite Tungsten (GT) materials in the hoop and core for added stability and power. Said one 4.0 playtester.40Z. Donnay claims that-compared to most conventional sticks. IN.5 Donnay Pro One 16x19 MSRP: 24. "The ball flew when Ididn't swing long and hard. the playtester continued. LENGTH: 2 IN. And likethe Pure Drive Lite. The Pitch: Now James Blake's weapon of choice. Bottom Line: Ideal fortheweekend warrior. How It Tested: Ifyou're in the hunt for a forgiving.5 oz. look no furtherthan the Biomimetic 700. Playtesters deemed the 700'S oversize head easy to handle all over the court. but that's not to say it's a sweet spot with the greatest power potential. never jarringortwistingin playtesters' hands. determined strokes.5 playtester. _ The Pitch: The Babolat Pure Drive 107 features an updated Cortex System." Bottom Line: Beginner to intermediate doubles players will like this maneuverable racquet for all-cou rt play. light and head-heavy frame. What's more. IN." said one 4. RACQUETS. "It's the best volleying racquet I've used. +I GO ONLINE TO CHECK OUT GRIPS.7 oz. playtesters responded positively to the zoo at net despite the stick's head-heavy balance. BALANCE: 3 PTS.5 playtester put it. improves performance by enhancing processes observed in nature. BALANCE: 5 PTS. which has made a name for itself producing ultra-thin beams as narrow as 15mm. "There were no bad vibes." Bottom Line: Avery solid racquet for strong. As one 3. but hardly missed.5TO 4. 0 LENGTH:2. hard-swinging baseliners. which are hollow-solidcore racquets return more energy to the ball and better absorb shock. the 700'S low weight made "hitting outright winners somewhat difficult-the sweet spot is generous.5TO 4." Though. and HM6 Carbon. high-modulus carbon fiber that dampens vibration for comfort.

MP)__ BEAM WIDTH: 19MM (MID): 21MM (PRO.(PRO)~C!:::1. they're fine tools. produced a very nice feel at the net. the RZR 98 and 98T include a triangular beam shape as well as an angled throat and bumper. a material that changes its behavior under dynamic loading. "Off-center hits don't so much as wobble the frame .lt held up nicely on the baseline. Bottom Line: For creative. The RZR 98. WEIGHT: 12. '- . MP) LENGTH: 271N. IN. HL (~2.J_ _ The Pitch: The Gamma RZR was designed and developed with the help of the independent research group Black Racquet Labs.. 328 (98T) FLEXIBILITY: FLEXIBLE (98).0 play tester.5 playtester commented.There's not a lot of play in the string bed. FIRM (MID. fast swings..Q). The Pitch: Now in its 2Sth year of production. OS) MSRP:$210 HEAD SIZE: 98 SQ. 11.E)i3l5i~_ FLEXIBILITY: FIRM (PRO.9OZ.. WEIGHT: 11. (MID). MP). control and racquethead speed." If the 98's weight is too low and you'd like a more classic. said one 4.§).. the D30 molecules lock together. To this end.3ll. one of the world's lightest high-performancefibers. was assigned the daunting task of creating the world's most aerodynamic racquet. 98 SQ. MP) MSRP: $22Sc---::-::-:-:-:-::-::c::-:---:-::-:---:--:::-::-:-. IN.all meant to reduce wind drag and speed up your swing. WEIGHT: 11oz. FLEXIBLE (OS) BEAM WIDTH: 21.67 PTs. 107 SQ.0+ (MP). accordingto Head.0+ (~~2. try the 98T. The Prestige has been further modernized with Innegra...5OZ.lZ. The 98's head-light balance and decent heft was perfect for intermediate play testers who play an all-court game but spend most of their time swinging out on the baseline.g__QL(g8T) _ BALANCE: 4 PTs. HL (98T) _ SWINGWEIGHT: 310 (98). This is especially the case with the Prestige Mid: Its tiny head size.lIT. More evenly balanced and lighter than the Prestige series.. How It Tested: The RZR 98 and 98T offer excellent controlled power with a medium to long swing. LENGTH: 271N. noted that such maneuverability came with a price: Off-center hits nearthe top ofthe hoop felt jarring at times. its flexible construction. FIRM (98T) BEAM WIDTH: 22MM STRING PATTERN: 16X 18 IDEAL SWING: MEDIUM TO LONG (2. the Radical is still manufactured with D30 dilatant foam. HL (MP) SWINGWEIGHT: 33Q. 18X 19 (OS) IDEAL SWING: LONG (PRO. OS) BALANCE: 4 PTs. improved stability and more control. When you swing hard. flat-hitting play testers said._z PTs. OS): 2. hefty feel. The Prestige is designed for players with May 2012 .lnnegra is built into the carbon fiber of the frames. Bottom Line: For accomplished baseline players who grind-and can also volley-with precision. "Solid would be how I'd describe playing with the Prestige Midplus. IN. Pro. which increases their strength without adding significant weight. The result is reduced shock. But if you're looking to put extra wood behind the ball. MEDIUM TO LONG (~ _ NTRP: 4. Head YouTek IG Prestige (Mid. HL (PRO.MPL IDEAL SWING: LONG Head YouTek IG Radical (Pro.. (PRO. the Head YouTek IG Prestige is the racquet of choice for touring professionals Gilles Simon and Robin Soderling. (OS) LENGTH: 27 IN. more controlled feel. IN. 4. Lowvolleys felt stable. MP.L.. MP) SWINGWEIGHT: 3. try the Radical Oversize. Bottom Line: For proficient all-courters who expect absolute reliability and control. (MP..5+ (OS) The Pitch: The Head YouTek IG Radical features Innegra fibers to increase stability without weighing down the frame. absorbing the impact for a softer. (PRO): 11 OZ. (PRO). 18X 20 (MP).. And like the Prestige." Playtesters who preferred more control gravitated toward the midplus' dense string pattern.J1. HL (PRO): 8 PTs. LONG (g8T) NTRP: 4. however. the Radical Pro and Midplus are not bludgeons.CM!. HL (MID.I IIIII I I . How It Tested: Playtesters agreed: The Radical is built for a blend of power. IN.. 12OZ..5+ (PRO). which was surprising. on touch shots. 28 tennis. B. "felt softer at net.. Those looking for more stability should test-drive the Pro. . MP).". and added extra stability on volleys and overheads. J - --- Gamma RZR 98fg8T MSRP:$180 HEAD SIZE: 98 SQ. Moreover. seasoned counterpunchers who want a blend of power and control. the foam maintains its relaxed configuration. How It Tested: The iconic Prestige continues to deliver outstanding control and feel allover the court. MP) STRINGPATTERN:16X19 (£RQ):18X20 (MID.(EBQ)i310 (MP)_ FLEXIBILITY: STIFF (PRO).5MM STRING PATTERN: 16 X 19 (PRO). (MID).R. which includes extra heft to withstand the hard knocks of the modern game. Gamma claims they succeeded. (9Ji).-HEAD SIZE: 93 SQ. (PRO. increasing the racquet's stiffness for more power. 3.. (MP) BALANCE: 6 PTs. while those looking for more spin opted forthe Pro's more open pattern. MP). It's very dependable.2OZ. The Radical MP is light and versatile enough to give creative players the maneuverability they need to hit precise angles and move the ball around the court." one 4. Playtesters. thin beam and exacting sweet spot are only forthose with the most superior oftechnique. while lettingyou know when you miss the sweet spot.

" Bottom Line: Raw. Head YouTek IG Prestige S/Radical S MSRP: $210 ~: $200 ( 29 .__ HEAD SIZE: 9. HL (2§) _ SWINGWEIGHT: 330 (9S). longer strokes on the baseline and competence at net.HL SWINGWEIGHT: 315_(~)220 (R. flexible player's stick we reviewed this year. I could see this being quite a weapon.)." Bottom Line: Great choices for ambitious. comfortable precision for intermediate (98) and advanced (95) players. IN. (95).. coupled with a relatively flexible frame. The EX03 inserts reduce vibration and expand the sweet spot for more power and control. remarkable touch and dwell time. How It Tested: Intermediate play testers with aggressive baseline and grinding styles of play felt more than confident with the Warrior 100 in tow. As one strong a. the racquet "wasn't above average on finesse volleys. Bottom Line: Laser-like. plus Head's new Innegra technology. However." one 3.IN (95):98 SQ.J. WEIGHT: 11. the 98 came with a caveat: its extra forgiveness.. according to the company.COM/GEAR May 2012 tennis. "and I felt my strengths there-spin and placement-were enhanced." Playtesters who found the 95 too heavy to wield relished the Rebel 98'S lighter weight However.)c_ _ FLEXIBILITY: FIRM BEAM WIDTH: 22MM (P.5. has been updated with improved EX03 string suspension inserts.1OZ. baseline punisher. some all-court players criticized the Warrior 100'S response on touch shots. SHOES AND MORE AT TENNIS. (98).L__ STRING PATTERN: 16 X 19 IDEAL SWING: MEDIUM TO LONG Prince EX03 Rebel 95198 MSRP:$189 HEAD SIZE:9SSQ.----. +I GO ONLINE TO CHECK OUT GRIPS. fluid swings raved about how the 95 delivered smooth feedback and stability. which allow the strings to respond more freely upon impact for a bigger sweet spot as well as more power and control. it plays like a 98.)_ LENGTH: 2 IN. "I play most of the time onthe baseline.0 play tester.5. which now utilize a thermoplastic resin for reduced vibration and improved feel. Said one 4. (P. the S series is designed for developing players who are working hard to improve their games but aren't quite ready for the big time. "I would recommend these racq uets to strong. like the Rebel.IN. Yet.5. IN.g playtester remarked.AOZ. RACQUETS. There was an optimum amount of power but I never lost control of the ball. 11.5 play tester with a Western forehand and two-handed backhand reported.3 oz.1OZ. while both racquets have pop and move fast through the air-the Radical S more so than the heavier Prestige S-they're not so powerful that they will stymie the development offaster. H L (2S).iA PTS.Q. (98) LENGTH: 271N.".J-. (R. (R. FIRM (98) BEAM WIDTH: 20MM (95): 21MM (g8) STRING PATTERN: 18 X 20 (95): 16 X 20 (911). Prince claims that the EXO' inserts liberate strings from restrictive grommets.5. either. you ng players with two-handed backhands who are looking to develop all-court games. How It Tested: The Prestige S and Radical S are sticks with training wheels. Play testers with long. 322 (98) FLEXIBILITY: FLEXIBLE (9S).. _ BALANCE: Z PTS. WEIGHT: 12 OZ. high-performance fiber that's integrated into the frames' carbon fiber to increase their strength without adding weight. delivering a stable response on hard-hit balls.5 play tester noted.1.As one 3. Lighter and more maneuverable than each oftheir heavier counterparts.S. and well-controlled power from all parts of the court. produced a jarring sensation at the string bed's tip on off-center hits. developing players.!l2QJ!:Uill. "The sweet spot is relatively generous for a 95. MEDIUM TO LONG (911)_ NTRP:4.s+ (95)~. a light. Playtesters also noted that the stick added smoke to their ftrst serves._ IDEAL SWING: LONG (25).5. How It Tested: The Rebel 95 was the most comfortable.)c_ _ BALANCE:4PTS. WEIGHT: 11. 23-SMM (R.S. LENGTH: 27 IN.. which are now manufactured with thermoplastic resins. The Pitch: The Prince Warrior 100. due to its relatively thick beam.-. BALANCE:4~P~T~S~.z8.H~L~ SWINGWEIGHT: 320 FLEXIBILITY: STI FF BEAM WIDTH: 24-26-22MM STRING PATTERN: 16 X 19 IDEAL SWING: MEDIUM TO LONG NTRP:3-s+ 100 _ The Pitch: The Head YouTek IG Prestige 5 and Radical S include all the innovation of the older racquet lines. Prince EX03 Warrior MSRP:$189 HEAD SIZE: 100 SQ." It was no slouch at the net._ The Pitch: The Prince EXO' Rebel 95-the racquet of choice for touring professional Gael Monftls=-and EXO'Rebel98 have been updated with new and improved EXO' string suspension inserts. 100 SQ. In the right hands.

(MP). basalt filters out unwanted. It was great in all facets ofthe game.". Wilson claims.Q.3. racquets that blend the playing characteristics of intermediate and advanced players' sticks. Bottom Line: Asmooth. IN. Overall. higher response and added stability over previous V. 3 PTS.. BALANCE: 2 PTs.222. 110So... TO SHORTTO MEDIUM (lOS) NTRP: 3-5+(100). How It Tested: Ifyou're an exacting playerwho loves to customize a stick to the idiosyncrasies of your own game.-'-:-OZ.. (2211. Although some playtesters thought that the Juice's thicker beam deadened some ofthe feel necessary to hit deft slices or angled volleys. then flatten out shots when I was in an offensive position.22). Volkl claims this mixture offers more dampening. Bottom Line: A perfect choice for no-nonsense power baseliners. IN. 26MM(lOS) STRING PATTERN: 16XlS 0. Oversize features a larger. the beam's rigidity paid dividends in the ground game." i. OS) _ MSRP:$240 HEAD SIZE: 102 So. proprietary material made from natural volcanic rock that is woven into the frame to resist vibration.e.3 Cl.5OZ.1. 27.(lOSI_ WEIGHT: 11.(100). while the racquet's low swingweight caused some lack of stability on mishits.HL 0. steady and cushy racquet for beginners and intermediates who place a premium on comfort. 3.6 INCHES@)'-_ WEIGHT: 10. a high-tech material that's surrounded with carbon nanotubes. 2·5TO 4.l.0 baseliner with a semi-Western forehand and two-handed backhand. As a 4.5~5. MPcould get the job done at net. likethe Pro Staff 100. while the V. EVEN(""0".(OS) LENGTH: 271N(MP).( _ FLEXIBILITY: VERY STIFF BEAM WIDTH: 25-26." Furthermore. but it's awfully hard to take it away. l". Classic was introduced in the mid-1990S as one ofthe first "tweeners.0 TO 4.2MM(!QQ). Wilson Juice 100/108 BLX MSRP:$220 HEAD SIZE: 100 So.(MP1." said one 4.0 playtesters claimed that.d5.58OZ BALANCE: 8 PTs. The long-time club favorite now encompasses Organix.=. also includes Amplifeel handle technology for additional stability and comfort. Nonetheless. 16X19_CJ.Q.!i.A OZ.. head-light balance and thin beam was a "perfect situation for after-market customization"-i. 30 tennis.5 to 4.) 3".0-level players said that the stick was highly maneuverable and comfortable.O". the V.O~S)J_ _ FLEXIBILITY: FIRM BEAM WIDTH: 25-22-28MM(M£)." Try the Juice 108 ifyou're a beginner or an older player looking to add morethan a little "juice"to your game.J.. There's also a vibrationdampening technology in the handle to further enhance the frame's feel. LENGTH: 2Z-"IN-".0 playtester with an Eastern forehand and two-handed backhand put it. How It Tested: The Juice 100 is a middleweight: light enough to generate racquet-head speed for dependable spin and pace. with awesome feel. high-performance carbon fibers that are woven together into a solid and powerful mesh.2. "the Juice enabled meto hit heavier topspin to defend. delivering cleaner feedback for better feel. individually nickel-anodized. a few 4. Midplus "hit without vibration.3Ql!l. lOSSo. Bottom Line: This year's most customizable player's stick is great for developing juniors and the technically astute. IN. Advanced 4.racquet of Nickel-Mesh.(lOS) LENGTH: 271N. HL(MP). _ BALANCE: 4 PTS. playtesters complimented the control-oriented feedback of the Tour 8-as well as its extremely quick feel at net-making the racquet also a good choice for fast-swinging juniors still building their games.Q._ SWINGWEIGHT: 31sl!QQlCL. choice for WTAtouring pro Victoria Azarenkaand Juice lOS BLXare engineered with basalt fibers. the stick "felt a little dead on volleys. adding heft to the frame in the form of lead tape. The California-based solinco claims that this material en hances the frame's strength and stabil ity. jarring frequencies before they reach the hand.HL(05) _ SWINGWEIGHT: 3Q3. heavy enough to withstand the force of your opponent's own artillery fire. HL SWINGWEIGHT: 280 FLEXIBILITY: FIRM BEAM WIDTH: 21MM STRING PATTERN: 16X19 IDEAL SWING: MEDIUM LONG TO NTRP:4. more forgiving head size and extra length.Solinco Tour 8 MSRP:$180 HEAD SIZE: 98 SO. models. the Tour 8 is for you.~ WEIGHT: 10. IN. 26-23-29MM__ STRING PATTERN: 16X19 IDEAL SWING: MEDIUM (MP). How It Tested: Playtesters reveled in howthe Volkl Vl'Sstring bed played like a springboard: Power and spin shot off of it.e.. On off-center hits. IN. the V.5 (OS) The Pitch: The Volkl V. The Juice.§) __ IDEAL SWING: MEDIUM LONG(100)..(100). SHORTTO MEDIUM (05) NTRP: 3.27.S"')'-. and with adequate power and spin.. As one playtester noted. the Tour 8's rare blend of light weight.5 playtesters agreed that. it's easy to add weight to a May 2012 . neutralizing torque on impact for greater power and control.\.5TO 4·5 (MP). "When Iwas backed up behind the baseline.Q).0 and 4.0+ The Pitch: The Solinco Tour 8 is made with Volkl Organix V1 (MP.S"." For those in search of an even springier ride.5 (lOS) The Pitch: The Wilson Juice 100 BLX.

. The Elone 100. Bottom Line: For nimble.5 OZ. the Six. WEIGHT: 10. IN.STIFF (]QQI_ BEAM WIDTH: 23-24-19MM(2ll)j~-23MM STRING PATTERN: 16X19 (9Jl).f+ ~I- Il rf . many said that. Although it has only a slightly larger head size.(gl!). with a beam thin enough for a more advanced player's stick.0+ Wilson Steam _ 100 BLX Yonex EZone Xi 98/100 MSRP:$220 HEAD SIZE: 100 SO. O.0 playtester.0 playtester said.3. exacti ng feel of the Pro Staff Six.HL (]QQ) 3 _ SWINGWEIGHT: 321(2ll2. BALANCE: 3 PTS. which allows for more string movement and an expanded sweet spot. +I GO ONLINE TO CHECK OUT GRIPS.5. "I lost a bit of depth near the top of the hoop:' one 4.-+~ ".Af. r-» j I .. medium weight frame. How It Tested: The Elone Xi98 should appeal to intermediate all-courters with traditional grips who like the sensation of a head-light.One 100 BLX MSRP:$230 HEAD SIZE: 100 SO. rounds the corners of the racquet's shaft for an ideal level of flex. 1 I I =1 :f/ j.. WEIGHT: 11.5 player-when hit in the sweet spot. SHOES AND MORE AT TENNIS.5 The Pitch: Inan effort to eliminate unwanted vibration when you miss the sweet spot.._.. "I liked it immediately.One is "an ideal candidate for customization. accordingto the company..10"'0eJ)'--.5 players felt the racquet was "a bit too light" for their tastes." Playtesters also noted that the stick felt very stable all over the court. Said one 4. and Ireally liked its stability and control on volleys..IN. The Pitch: The Wilson Pro Staff Six. How It Tested: All-court players with longer swings who like the classic. LENGTH: 27. proprietary material made from natural volcanic rock that resists vibration.. .2SIN=-. I .r ~. Noted one 4. ~: \l ~:1 '~J . accomplished all-court players (98) and intermediate baseline bruisers (100). The Steam also includes Wilson's Double Hole grommet design. LENGTH:27.COM/GEAR May 2012 31 . As one 3.3g_(. "But it was otherwise solid from the baseline. expands the sweet spot and increases maneuverability. 100 SO. ~~ 'iTT Ilj~ I _l I I 'r f-J. IN." Playtesters were also impressed with how much zip the Steam could impart on their ftrst serves.5TO 4. Ifelt like Igot good access to topspin as well as slice-atthe baseline and transitioningto the net. How It Tested: All-court playtesters with classic and Eastern strokes gave the Steam props for its head-light heft and maneuverability. light weight and low swingweight allowed them to generate more than ample racquet-head speed. Wilson has constructed the Steam with basalt fibers.HL SWINGWEIGHT: 311 FLEXIBILITY: STIFF BEAM WIDTH: 23MM STRING PATTERN: 16X20 IDEAL SWING: MEDIUM LONG TO NTRP: 3.5 player made clear. Although some with Western grips reckoned the sweet spot was a bittoo low in the string bed. "I loved theweight and feel in all parts of the court. Although some 4. playtesters found that the Steam's extra quarter-inch length gave them the leverage they needed to carve slice backhands straight and true through the court. which translated into more power and spin. The Elone Xialso incorporates Oval Pressed Shaft manufacturing..0+ (g8). (1. "I just wanted to keep serving. all agreed that the Steam could add some pop to volleys.2 IN.5 playtester with Eastern grips and a one-handed backhand. Bottom Line: For intermediate.Q.One 95 but fmd its heft too much to bear should consider its more forgiving cousin. 16X18(100) IDEAL SWING: MEDIUM LONG TO NTRP:4.. round hoops.' I I . Wilson Pro Staff Six.5TO 4-5 (100) The Pitch: The Elone Xiimproves upon Yonex's trademark construction with Extra Isometric a retooled square head shape that cuts down on the space found outside the sweet spot in conventional.HL (2ll)~ PTS.. Its thinner beam offered control. should scratch the needs of baseline bashers seeking a racquet with more weight in the hoop of the frame.. as well as widens the shaft face for increased stability. WEIGHT: 11OZ.(g8).P. RACQUETS.One 100 BLX-like the Pro Staff Six.m. Yonex claims this design reduces frame vibration. the Six." While many playtesters said the racquet lacked stability-"it twists a bit on non-center hits.One 100. playtesters said the racquet added sign incant depth and spin to their shots thanks in part to a larger sweet spot.One 90 and 95 BLXfeatures basalt fibers woven throughout the frame to eliminate unwanted vibration on off-center hits. MSRP:$250 HEAD SIZE: 98 SO. which places inserts made from basalt and graphite inside the handle for additional comfort and better feel. HL SWINGWEIGHT: 297 FLEXIBILITY: FIRM BEAM WIDTH: 19-22-21MM STRING PATTERN: 16X18 IDEAL SWING: LONG NTRP:4.Q2~--: _ BALANCE: 6 PTS. . which was surprising given its sub-n-ounce weight. the 98 delivers clean feedback and no bad vibes.~ ~ ~ ~ I.6 OZ. all-court aggressors who like to knife through the ball.(100) LENGTH: 27 IN." Bottom Line: Aversatile and quick-swinging racquet for strong intermediate all-courters." said another 4. The Pro Staff also includes the Amplifeel handle system. IN. 11OZ. on the other hand. Playtesters reported that the Six." Finally.One's larger head size._ FLEXIBILITY: FIRM(9. BALANCE: 5 PTS..~ Ill.

5 playtester. LENGTH: 21 IN.5OZ. I came away from each point thinking it had helped me out in some way.25 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27. orO. the EZone l07"had a reassuring feel on volleys.58 10·5 10·5 11·3 lOA 10. WEIGHT: 10.5 playtester. I developed a comfortable rhythm. Length is measured from the cap of the handle to the top of the head. we've filled this chart with all of the pertinent technical information.) 27. grapefruit-sized sweet spot. Meanwhile.2 11.25 27 27 27 STATIONARY WEIGHT (OZ.6 11 11·5 11 10·5 32 tennis. IN.25 27.One 100 BLX Wilson Steam 100 BLX Yonex EZone xi 98 Yonex EZone Xi 100 Yonex EZone Xi 107 NTRP:2.5.6 11. How It Tested: The EZone Xi107 is a thickbeamed stick designed for players-doubles specialists in particular-who've played the game a longtime but still don't have all the on-court power they need.) lOA 9·6 9. according to Yonex. Bottom Line: Older beginner and intermediate players should wield this racquet confidently. BALANCE" PT.) 109 116 125 100 100 107 97 110 98 98 93 98 98 98 98 107 98 100 95 98 100 98 102 110 100 108 100 100 98 100 107 LENGTH (IN. increases the ball's dwell time on the string bed for more spin and control.91 FLEXIBILITY: STIFF BEAM WIDTH: 2Z-2!. the Yonex EZone Xi 107 is constructed with an Extra Isometric design to red uce frame vibration./-2. the bigger the sweet spot.25 27. shorter racquets are more maneuverable.~. Oval Pressed Shaft manufacturing.9 12 11·3 11 11 11·5 lOA HEAD SIZE: 101 SQ. Stationary weight is how much the racquet weighs when FRAME Asics109 Asics116 Asics125 Babolat Pure Drive Babolat Pure Drive Lite HEAD SIZE (SQ. its oversized head offers extra real estate to fmd the large..1 11." The catch. "I couldn't place lobs. The bigger the head.6 27 27." said the same 3. and vice versa.P.1 10·3 lOA Yonex EZone Xi MSRP:~250 10Z Babolat Pure Drive 107 Donnay Pro One 16X19 11·5 9·7 11 11·9 12. Longer racquets give you more leverage on serves and greater reach on volleys. expand the sweet spot and increase maneuverability. Head size is the area of the racquet head in square inches. While exhibiting average maneuverability at net.HL SWINGWEIGHT: 3.!MM STRING PATTERN: 16X18 IDEAL SWING: SHORTTO MEDIUM Dunlop Biomimetic 700 Gamma RZR 98 Gamma RZR 98T Head YouTek IG Prestige Mid Head YouTek IG Prestige Midplus Head YouTek IG Prestige Pro Head YouTek IG Prestige 5 Head YouTek IG Radical Midplus Head YouTek IG Radical Oversize Head YouTek IG Radical Pro Head YouTek IG Radical S Prince EXO' Rebel 95 Prince EXO' Rebel 98 Prince EXO' Warrior 100 Solinco Tour 8 Volkl Organix V1 Midplus Volkl Organix V1 Oversize Wilson Juice 100 BLX Wilson Juice 108 BLX Wilson Pro Staff Six. of course.2 27 27. 12 11.25 27.1 10. The Pitch: Likethe 98 and 100." said one 3. "and over time along the baseline.THE SPECS / To make it easier to compare racquets. May 2012 .25 27·5 27 27 27. is that with all that oomph some precision and feel is lost.

the greater the maneuverability.strung.5 or 3. the looser and more powerful the string bed 33 . HL 5 pts. HL 2 pts.5-27-23 27-29-24 14X 21 16 x 22 16 x 22 16x19 16x19 16x19 16x 19 16x 19 16x18 16x18 18 x 20 18 x 20 16x19 16x19 18 X20 18 x 19 16x19 16x19 18 X20 16x20 16x 19 16x19 16x19 16x 19 16x 18 16x 19 16x18 16x20 16x19 16 x 18 16x18 Short to Medium Short to Medium Short Medium to Long Medium to Long Short to Medium Long Short to Medium Medium to Long Long Long Long Long Medium to Long Long Medium to Long Long Medium to Long Long Medium to Long Medium to Long Medium to Long Medium Short to Medium Medium to Long Short to Medium Long Medium to Long Medium to Long Medium to Long Short to Medium 3·5+ 2·5to 4. faster strokes. HL 3 pts. HH stands for head heavy and HL for head light. Flexibility refers to the racquet's construction.0 to 4. while others taper from one width atthe top of the head to another at the base of the head (listed as two or three numbers). We categorized frames as flexible. Pt. A flexible frame bends more and gives you additional control and feel. NTRP recommendations will help you target racquets that are appropriate for your skill level.5 22-25-22 22-25-23 21 24-28-26 22 22 19 21 21 22 21·5 21·5 21·5 23·5 20 21 24-26-22 21 25-22-28 26-23-29 25-26. HH 4 pts. which represents a 1/8th inch difference between the racquet's balance and its midpoint.5 4·0+ 3·5 to 4·5 4·0+ 3·5 to 4·5 2·5to 4. stiff and very stiff.5 4.5-26-22. HL 5 pts. HL 1 pt. the more open the string pattern. firm. RACQUETS.0. HL 3 pts. HL 2. Some frames have a constant width (one number).5 $189 $189 $189 $189 $185 $189 $249 $210 $180 $180 $225 $225 $225 $210 $210 $210 $210 $200 $189 $189 $189 $180 $240 $240 $220 $220 $230 $220 $250 $250 $250 +I GO ONLINE TO CHECK OUT GRIPS.0 4.0 3·5+ 3·5 to 4·5 2·5to 4. start by looking for racquets that have an NTRP recommendation of 2. (If you're a beginner.5-25. HL 8 pts. beginners have more compact. slower strokes and advanced players have longer. Typically. HL Even 3 pts. HL 4 pts.67 pts.0+ 3·5+ 4·5+ 3. HL 4 pts. HL 4pts.5 2·5to 4. The tighter a string pattern. HL 4 pts.5 4·5+ 4·0+ 3·5+ 4·0+ 3·5 to 4·5 3.HL 8 pts. HL 6 pts. HL Even Even 4 pts. HL 25 25 28 23. A light racquet will be more maneuverable. SWINGWEIGHT FLEXIBILITY BALANCE BEAM WIDTH (MM) STRING PATTERN IDEAL SWING NTRP PRICE 321 287 303 308 298 298 318 302 310 328 317 310 321 315 320 315 330 290 330 322 320 280 303 308 315 312 297 311 321 312 307 Very Stiff Very Stiff Very Stiff Very Stiff Stiff Stiff Stiff Stiff Flexible Firm Firm Firm Stiff Firm Firm Flexible Firm Firm Flexible Firm Stiff Firm Firm Firm Very Stiff Very Stiff Firm Stiff Firm Stiff Stiff 3 pts. HL 7 pts. If you don't know what your NTRP rating is. HL 7 pts.COM/GEAR May 2012 tennis. the stiffer and more control-oriented the string bed is. In the Balance column.5 3·5+ 2·5to 4. HL 2 pts. HL 8 pts.0 to 4.0+ 2. String pattern lists the number of main strings (up and down) first and crosses (side to side) second. Swingweight is how heavy the racquet feels when you swing it as measured by a Racquet Diagnostic Center.2 26 19-22-21 23 23-24-19 24.5 to 4. the lower the number. HL 4 pts. HL 6 pts.) Price is the manufacturer's suggested retail price. Thick racquets tend to be stiffer and more powerful. while thin frames are more flexible and provide better feedback. HL 4 pts. HL 3 pts.0+ 4·5+ 5. Beam width is a measure of the thickness of a racquet's sidewalls. HL 4 pts. while stiffer beams offer more power but less control. ask a tennis pro. stands for 1point. SHOES AND MORE AT TENNIS. a heavy frame will be more stable.0+ 4·5+ 4·5+ 3·5 to 4·5 4. Ideal swing is the type of swing for which the racquet is best suited. HL 3 pts.

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as they begin. On this North Carolina morning. for example. hit their slice backhand with a topspin grip." ("For me. so the striker has no chance to even think about lowering his or her May 2012 . For as many as three weeks per month during peak times.) Some of the instruction is more personalized: Noticing one participant hitting ground strokes from on top of the court's boundary. After teaching regularly for more than two years. For example. so I'm going to leave it all on the court for you guys. it's the forehand. Wilander advises the group to "use the warm up to practice your least comfortable shot. him and maybe. the two men lead eight players in some light calisthenics. NC. Djokovic. The legendary Swede isn't talking to a stadium full of fans. he and his business and teaching partner Cameron Lickle travel from town to town in a Winnebago. the most improbable of tennis clinics BY ANDREW FRIEDMAN On It's the end of an eight-day tour. It's a sunny Saturday. "Don't hug the baseline. overheads. and the men are there for Wilander's tennis clinic. his clinic. As they do. when he hasn't been traveling to a Grand Slam tournament as an analyst and reporter for Eurosport. or home with his family in Sun Valley. and begin a series of drills covering all aspects of the game: volleys. a lot of club players. ID." he confides. has been on the road. he hits lobs in quick succession. then divide them up into two groups. That's right." says seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander. He's the only guy who can do that." The drills are clever and effective. on adjacent courts. or-as they like to call it-WOW. For the past two-plus years. When he corrects this. Maybe you saw Andre Agassi do that. for example. they offer both instruction and correction. 47. now. but to a small group of club players assembled around him on a hard court at the Olde Providence Racquet Club in Charlotte. he says. Wilander has noticed some common pitfalls in recreational games. and they see the benefits 38 tennis.A weekend tour with Wilander Wheels. Wilander. ground strokes and serves. a mode of transportation that inspired the name of their venture: Wilander on Wheels. to train players to keep their heads up on their overheads.

Now in its third year. To secure bookings. that the next thing they knew. who has a Bachelor of Science in Economics. ("People are so excited. overnight. hat happened in Vegas did not stay in Vegas. going from club to club. and he and Lickle memorize everybody'S names within minutes. with a starting price of $6. "To hit a ball off his strings is an exhilarating experience. who detests flying and hotels but loves camping and being on the open road in his Winnebago. he clearly relishes meeting people around the country. literally. 'Sir' here?" he asks a group of young men in North Carolina. both physically and tonally: "Don't say. he and Lickle hit the ball harder. ing at them with fresher eyes than their regular teachers. A typical club visit includes three sessions. addressing them like old friends. he says. and the players. A watershed moment occurred when a piece about WOW ran in the Wall Street Journal in 2011. one for beginner-level men. This is a game of anger." says Wilander. Lickle says he discovered 133missed calls on his cell phone. who played the club where Wilander plays. WOW offers a number of set and customizable packages. ("Why does everybody say. he says they're ecstatic. 'Stop laughing. The notion of stepping on court with a seven-time Grand Slam champion probably seems daunting. make the volleys tougher. but this one in Charlotte added a fourth: one for juniors. includes three 90-minute clinics for up to eight students each. socially fearless u." Wilander says." he says.'" Wilander advises a junior player whom he notices scolding himself. remembers everyone's name instantly. "It was awesome. 'I should have done that. Lickle worked his way up and down the California coast. and talking to them about themselves and their local culture." summed up Lawrence Fuller. and provides a personal flourish to every lesson. With the kids. eat it up. Beyond the primal thrill of hitting with somebody of his caliber and celebrity. going after every shot-it's amazing that he does this. The seven-time Grand Slam champion travels by Winnebago. The company's origin story began when Lickle=-a charming. or just thrilling. The clinic was such a success. Wilander instantly recognized Lickle's professional caliber and asked Lickle to help him train for an upcoming seniors event. The most popular. they are look- in the first clinic on this day. This clinic continues for an hour and a quarter.200 emails. "I tell my wife. the WOW guys tone it down. The man loves tennis. he sets participants right at ease. ''We would have gotten there but it would have taken a few years." That he does.'" For the advanced players. one for women and one for advanced men. honey. and not just because he has a champion's discernment. "Do they just teach you that when you're growing up? It's great!") And well-meaning club directors who have their members wear name tags for the clinics are wasting their time and office supplies: Wilander has the students rip them off. Wilander believes that people who join in his clinics receive tips they've never heard before. at all levels. after which Wilander and Lickle pose for pictures. Since he and Lickle have never met most clinic participants before. they had registered the Wilander on Wheels name and were running a start-up venture. He flew the idea by Lickle. Lickle would spend the next 48 hours at a local coffee shop writing up a business plan before joining Wilander for his Nevada clinic.000. Wilander. As they began conducting clinics. Naturally social and curious. some Las Vegas-based attendees of an annual fantasy camp at which Wilander regularly taught in Vermont commented to him that the travel had become prohibitively expensive and time-consuming. as was a trial clinic they put on in Sun Valley.S.of adjusting. (Extra clinics can be added as they were W May 2012 tennis. At about the same time. "I answered 1. "It blows me away every time. former captain of the Academy's tennis team and Futures-level player-was visiting Sun Valley and hitting at Participants are stunned by Wilander's down-to-earth personality. "Over the next two weeks. word of mouth 39 ." Participant Todd Badgley found Wilander inspirational: "Keeping your feet moving all the time.The next day." But when addressing a group of adult women. sign autographs and talk with the participants. or students. but the idea for Wilander on Wheels came about almost by accident. Other frequent improvements include getting players to constantly move their feet (he and Lickle remind them of this ad infinitum during their clinics) and reinforcing the most fundamental thing of all: Keeping their eye on the ball. The pair tailor their clinics to the audience. "Just do it differently next time." The exponential increase in interest took the company to the next level. had the idea to bring his camp to the group. Naval Academy graduate.") But Wilander might be the most congenial Hall of Famer you'll ever meet. It's agame. May 2012 . takes the loft over the driver and passenger seats. Wilander flies home and Lickle gets the Winnebago to the next hub. they park for the night. Southern California. like the one that Wilander and Lickle perform during the French Open with two German gentlemen who travel to Paris to play doubles with the wow team. Depending on the hour. adding six hours to the journey so the ever-curious Wilander could see the Mexican border. or sometimes in the parking lot of the next club they'll visit. Eric. the greatest pleasure is using his powers to help players move past their individual foibles. which helps raise funding to find a cure for Epidermal Bullosa. "that's the reward. Out of 14 days of the US Open last year.or eight-day swings for himself and Wilander. where they played beach tennis before pulling out of the campgrounds. The price of these sessions is arranged on a case-by-case basis and is subject to the team's availability and geography. For an additional $4. (The clubs are free to sell tickets to the events. others grow naturally out of a first booking or Wilander's time at the Slams. DC. or drive to the next town. accustomed to sleeping anywhere from his Naval Academy days.lander~ greatest pleasure is using his powers to help players move jiast their individual foibles. it is also starting its own charitable enterprise. "For me. In Charlotte. Or when they chose to drive southwest instead of northwest from Arizona back to Idaho. Atlanta. club pros and maybe a local tour player." he says. he answers questions and tells stories about the men ickle tries to schedule seven. just as many great chefs order turkey clubs in every hotel on earth. He's also happy to offer his opinion about today's top players. In the afternoon. knifing volleys at his feet. After the exhibitions and the cocktail receptions. shortening the length to 75minutes each).in Charlotte. either docking in a campground. In 2011. gather their equipment and pile back into the Winnebago. often as perfectly arching lobs that loop overhead and land right on the baseline. using clubs in Forest Hills and Long Island as their temporary headquarters. It's only in these moments that it becomes clear just how much Wilander had been holding back all morning. "the MW [Mats WilanderJ Foundation to help raise awareness for the organization DEBRA. he used to play however." He finds the reversal gratifying. Lickle lived out of the L Along with business and teaching partner Cameron Lickle. but most of the balls come back. For those who can afford it. 40 tennis. where the team performed four of them. to stop along the way and enjoy the scenery. Winnebago in the parking lot of the Westside Tennis Center the entire time." Lickle says. the package also includes Wilander's participation in a doubles exhibition. he unfurls his legendary or emailingwilanderonwheels@gmail. then two more clinics. New Jersey. Wilander usually mingles during lunch or a cocktail reception once all the tennis is done.000. to exploit them to the end. He is more than happy. During the social sessions. Florida. and many use them as fundraisers for which Wilander happily autographs memorabilia to be auctioned off. As WOW keeps growing." Find out more about Wilander on Wheels by calling 787-GET-GAME. The guys try to take it to him. many of whom played college ball." he says. when the long days are done. typically involving himself. The routine: Wilander usually drives and picks the music (en route to North Carolina. itwas Dire Straits).) Additionally. Wilander gets the Winnebago's bedroom with its queen-sized mattress while Lickle. "I'm really good at figuring out weaknesses because that was my whole game. when Wilander hits with the advanced-level men. (Wilander's son. Chicago. the Carolinas. W. he was able to do that in and around Washington. I'm going to help you with it. if time allows. Mats Wilander will drive hundreds of miles to the next clinic. Wilander and Lickle roll up their banners.) Life on the road is a combination of routine and spontaneity. lunch. Idaho and Nevada. As for sleeping arrangements. the day is split: two clinics. At the end of most swings. SC. Wilander and Lickle are apt to pull into a Subway because they know what they're getting. as they did in Myrtle Beach. the duo performed clinics during more than 10 of them. Texas. and how much more he has in reserve. while Lickle sits at the small dining table handling WOW business on his laptop and cell phone. private lessons can be arranged. Philadelphia. they might have a morning hit. including John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors. "Now when I see a weakness. Spontaneity is found at the edges of the day and weeks: for example. Some weeks are built around a seniors event Wilander has scheduled. has the disease. logging on to wilanderonwheels. But for Wilander himself.






When situations don't effortlessly engage us. wild animals. scientists have confirmed these ideas. moving things. Your opponent will likely overtake you in the end. Certain elements in the environment are effortlessly engaging and draw on involuntary attention: "strange things. Philosophers.your surroundings (whether it's a bird chirping ora beautiful sunrise) modestly grabs your involuntary attention. just 10 minutes) looking through pictures of natural scenes on the computer leads to improved focus and concentration relative to when people look through pictures of Sian Beilock. 46 tennis. there's a lot riding on your abilityto perform at your best in today's competition. Whether it's a tournament final or simply an important match. and even done your homework on your opponent. urban environments tend to be a lot less restorative than natural ones. In short. You've done everything you possibly can to prepare-practiced diligently. When you're in nature. is a psychology professor at The University of Chicago and the author of the book. this is precisely why nature can be so beneficial.justtakinga walk in nature can help ensure that you have the brainpower you need to outsmart your opponent on the court.James made a distinction between two types of attention.D. Isthere anything else?As it happens. Scientists compare directed attention. bright things.COM/INSTRUCTION . which gives your directed attention time to rest and replenish. You also have to constantly flex your directed attention to steer clear of advertisements that might lureyou into buyingsomethingyou don't May 2012 +1 GET MORE PSYCHOLOGICAL INSIGHT BY LOGGING ON TO TENNIS. Even spending 10 minutes (yes. writers and laypeople alike I have long suspected that interacting with nature can have a positive effect on our abilityto operate at our best. By mildly engaging our involuntary attention and letti ng those directed. BY SIAN BEILOCK Walk in the Woods t's the big day. like the horn of the carthat's about to run you over. to a mental muscle that can wear out concentrate on what you need to do to outsmart your opponent on the court-is just as important asthe physical skills you bringtothe court. which is atthe heart of our abilityto concentrate." James said. CLASS Psychology cityscapes instead. Being in the middle of a crazy urban environment hasthe opposite effect. In the late isoos. The abilityto stay focused in an important matc. Cities are overflowing with objects and events that capture involuntary attention dramatically. conditioned. After all.MASTER . if you can't concentrate forthe duration of the match. Ph. the quality of your backhand or degree of physical fitness won't mattervery much. nature seems to rejuvenate the very brain processes that are so important for ensuring success. Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting It Right When You Have To. Recently..Taking a three-mile walkthrough a tree-lined arboretum enhances people's concentration skills as compared to walkingforthe same amount oftime in a downtown urban environment. one of the founders of modern-day psychology. About to face a daunting opponent in a crucial match? Let nature be your guide. concentration skills rest.. Why might being in nature (or simply viewing it) alter brainpower? The answer harkens back to Harvard professor William James.we need a voluntary or directed form of attention instead.

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Goerges' left knee is bent. She has a lengthy takeback.MASTER CLASS e Great Shots Julia Goerges' Backhand Down the Line The young German's pretty two-handed technique has helped propel her up the rankings. Her head and eyes are on the ball and she's starting to push off her back foot. It's an unusual starti ng position. Her right elbow is tucked in. This is a perfect image of the loading position. her left elbow is flying. It's not too high. Her weight is already transferring to her front foot. Her hips have started to uncoil. but clearly it gives Goerges the rhythm she needs on this stroke. the spacing of her feet and her athletic stance. which means she's going to hit this ball well out in front and with a lot offorce. She turns her shoulders so far that you can see a portion of her back. Club players should take a long look at Goerges' shoulder turn. and she's lowering her body sothat she can drive forward into the shot. and you'll see how classic her technique becomes in subsequent images. but it's high enough to give her shotthe loop that she needs to create racquet-head speed and power. and her racquet is nearing the bottom of its loop and will begin to accelerate forward. Goerges' shoulders remain turned as she drops her racquet and strides into the ball. long before May 2012 . 48 tennis. and her racquet head is almost poi nti ng forward. 3 Goerges' beautiful backhand starts with a quirk. BY TRACY AUSTIN Goerges lines the ball up early and is ready to plant with her left foot so she can strike. Her right shoulder is turned so much that it looks a little stretched. All of Goerges' weight is moving forward as she begins to accelerate her racquet toward the ball.

and that's especially important when hitting down the line. and her still. Germany Turned pro: 2006 Year-End Ranking History_ 21 _. is a commentator for BBC and Tennis 49 . Her left leg will soon plant and allow her to recover to the middle ofthe court with a crossover step. the year she won her first Grand Slam singles match.'-Ch"'t: Weight: J:@y~s:~ Her racquet points slightly down at an angle as she sets up for this topspin drive down the line. Goerges doesn't pull up short or flick the ball. but Goerges is still looking at the point of contact-her head hasn't moved an inch. Vitals Birth date: November2. She can easily recover to the middle of court because of her excellent technique and footwork.1. 6 I love the left-arm extension on this backhand. Her shoulders are level and her weight is centered. so you need topspin for safety on this shot.::5'-'-f"'0""0~t-112011: 154pounds 2010: 0 ~2~0~0~ z? ~R~i. she drives through it before wrapping her racquet around her body on her followthrough. +1 GET MORE INSIGHT ON PRO PLAYERS' STROKES AT TENNIS. Her balance is impeccable.ght-handed Heig. Tracy Austin. ratherthan fallingto one side.COM/INSTRUCTION/GREATSHOTS May 2012 tennis. She first cracked the Top 100 in 2008.Since entering the WTA. 4 All of Goerges' weight rests on her right foot as she attacks the ball. In 2012. This is the perfect setup for a topspin drive. 5 The ball is on its way now.1988 Birthplace: Bad Oldesloe. Julia Goerges has continued her steady improvement toward the Top 10 of the women's rankings. Herwrists are relaxed and the head of her racquet is below the level ofthe ball. Goerges' shoulders her back is straight head has remained are level. Goerges had her best Slam performance to date when she reached the fourth round of the Australian Open before she was defeated by Agnieszka Radwanska. a former world NO. The net is higher near the net posts and the court is shorter down the line than it is crosscourt. thanks to a 16-14 third set at Wimbledon against 23rd-seeded Katarina Srebotnik. forward or backward.

But mastering this shot is well worth your time. 1 Once the lob is up.. Here's how to do it .. you'll keep your opponent off balance and live to see another shot . your right leg springs up and your left leg kicks forward. Joey Rive is the co-author of Tennis Skills & Drills. If you can hit close to the outer third ofthe court and fairly deep. because you'll be leaning backward when you jump and kicking one leg forward to maintain your balance.. take a drop step (or balance step) with your right leg.COM/INSTRUCTION/STRATEGY . en '" "' o '" o Z '" o z o A former ATP professional and instructor at T Bar M Racquet Club in May 2012 +1 FIND MORE GAMEPLAY TIPS BY GOING ONLINE TO TENNIS. 3 As you swing. the scissor kick overhead can be the difference between winning and losing the point. followed by a crossover step with your left leg. all while you try to execute your swing. your opponents will become frustrated and increasingly desperate to hit a better shot. and probably an easier one. If the ball is deeper in the court. The jump should be a boost to your swing and provide energy asyou accelerate toward the ball. Ideally. 50 tennis.. BY JOEY RIVE When you're at net and a lob goes over your head. turn sideways so that your dominant leg (the right leg for right-handed players) is behind you. This will counterbalance your backward momentum and allow you to make solid contact before you land on your left leg.MASTER CLASS Make returning the Hit a Scissor Kick o erhead lob your new secret weapon. ready to move in for another volley. you want to hit a scissor-kick overhead with a lot of margin for error. As you move backward. and then another drop step as you prepare to jump. because once you can hit overheads off almost any lob.. It's a difficult shot to master.your momentum will be headed backward. take another crossover step or make adjustments with shuffle steps. raise your racquet and point your off hand at the incoming ball. 2 When you jump.

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