• Tennis - It's all about commitment!

    <p>I was playing tennis with a friend last night and he made a exclaimed at one point <strong>HIT IT! </strong>Well to be completely honest that is the polite, what I can post on our blog version of what he really said ...</p><p>It brought something to mind that I have been thinking about for a while now as I am working to improve my tennis game back to past my level. Playing tennis well is all about <u>commitment</u>.</p><p>There are several areas where this true. You need to be commited to your:</p><ul> <li><strong>Swing<br></strong></li><li><strong>Movement<br></strong></li><li><strong>Tactics</strong></li></ul><h3>Swing</h3><p>Tennis is a very difficult game to get good at. What we see on TV is players taking a huge rip at the ball and consistently hitting it in.&nbsp;</p><p>The reality is it is very hard to do that. If you take a full swing at the ball and catch it clean you need a lot of top spin to keep the ball in consistently. To generate a lot of top spin you need to hit out, and through the ball. That is where the commitment comes in ...</p><p><em>Even under pressure you can't get tentative with your swing!</em></p><p>If you are tentative with your swing you will invariably ending up pushing the ball which usually ends up with it lacking top spin and going long. You really need to commit, hit through the ball, and finish your swing to generate the spin you need. It seems counter intuitive but it is completely true.</p><h3>Movement</h3><p>Your movement on court also requires commitment. You need to commit to getting to the ball early and to getting your body behind the ball ...</p><p>I have played, and still do play a lot of squash. I like to play the ball when it is relatively low, down around my knees in squash. In tennis I like to play the ball much higher of course, at least when possible.&nbsp;</p><p>In warm up, or just hitting that comes pretty naturally. When playing that becomes harder. I need to commit to moving to the ball early so that I can take it when it is still above the net.&nbsp;</p><p>That is particularly true on shorter balls. If you move to them quickly, and with commitment they can be a real opportunity to attack. That is what they should be. If you are late you end up with a ball that is low and you often have to chip it and you have lost the opportunity.</p><p>You will remember above I wrote that "even under pressure you can't get tentative with your swing" and that you need to "hit through the ball". To do that when you have been stretched out by your opponent you have to have moved well enough to get behind the ball with the time to take a full swing.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Move early, quickly and with the commitment to get behind the ball so you execute a full swing!</em></p><h3>Tactics</h3><p>I mentioned attacking on short balls above when discussing movement. It is equally important from a tactics perspective. You really need to commit to your choice on a short ball ...&nbsp;</p><p>If you arrive to it early you should be attacking. Too many players hesitate in this situation. They know they should attack but get tentative in the moment.&nbsp;</p><p><em>They don't commit to attacking or defending and get stuck in no man's land!</em></p><p>If you are early to the ball have the commitment to hit through the ball and come in and attack.&nbsp;</p><p>The commitment to your tactics definitely comes in to play when you are under moderate pressure. Commit to your tactics to impose yourself on the court. Don't let your opponent dictate play.</p><p>Tennis is an incredible sport. There is no better feeling that hitting a tennis ball perfectly clean. To do that consistently you need commitment on your movement to get you to the ball early and on your swing to hit through the ball. To get the best results on court combine that with a commitment to your tactics and you will get the most of your game and win more matches.</p><p><em>Tennis, it's all about commitment!</em></p>

  • A Review of the Babolat Pure Drive (2018) Tennis Racquet

    <p> We were very excited to receive in the new version of the Babolat Pure Drive earlier this year... </p> <p> The previous version was one of our best-selling racquets. When we received in the new version we got the demo strung up right away and we took out for a test hit. That test hit went so well a new one ended up in bag the next day! I have it strung up in a hybrid with <strong>HEAD Velocity MLT</strong> in the crosses and <strong>HEAD Hawk Rough</strong> in the mains. I like the extra spin I get out of the HEAD Hawk Rough and I find using the softer multifilament in the crosses makes the string bed livelier and more comfortable to play with. </p> <h3>SERVE</h3> <p> I love serving with this racquet. There is lots of available <strong>power</strong> and <strong>spin</strong> which makes this racquet a great serving racquet... </p> <p> On my first serve if I am trying to add a bit of pace and I am rewarded by the extra power this racquet has.&nbsp; </p> <p> Being able to spin the ball so easily with the Pure Drive allows me to hit a good kicker in and gives me the confidence on my second serve to go for just a bit more as I know the ball will drive down. That is a real <strong>confidence booster</strong> and a real <strong>performance enhancer</strong>! </p> <h3>RETURN</h3> <p> Even though the Pure Drive is only 10.6 ounces I have found it to be <strong>quite </strong><strong>stable </strong>to hit with. That certainly helps on the return of serve. When dealing with a big boomer I can block the ball back with good depth. The Pure Drive remains stable for me in these situations which is important.&nbsp; </p> <p> On weaker second serves I can really step in to the ball and take a good rip at it. It took a bit to get the trajectory dialed in but once I did, I can really use spin to get the ball to drive down and explode off the court. That allows me to <strong>attack </strong>the second serve and get my opponent back on their heels from the outset of the rally. </p> <h3>GROUND STROKES</h3> <p> I love hitting ground strokes with the Pure Drive!&nbsp; </p> <p> For me this is the best part of the racquet. I really enjoy the <strong>more muted feel</strong> this version of the <strong>Pure Drive</strong> has due to its inclusion of <strong>Cortex</strong>.&nbsp; </p> <p> The extra spin and power provided by the new <strong>diamond grommets</strong> and <strong>more open string pattern</strong> really allow you to generate that extra bit of pace and spin you need to keep your opponent stuck on the defensive.&nbsp; </p> <p> Once again, like I noted on the return section, it did take a bit to get used to the new trajectory required with this iteration of the Pure Drive but once you find it, it’s like magic. I can swing out and know that the top spin is going to be there to drive the ball down. That allows me to hit with good depth to pressure my opponent and keep them deep in the back court.&nbsp; </p> <p> If I am given an angle that same spin allows me to a hit a shorter ball, with good pace that just comes over the net and the dives down and stays very low. This is ideal when you are given a shorter ball and want to come in behind it. </p> <h3>VOLLEY</h3> <p> The manoeuvrability of the Pure Drive is excellent due it relatively easy to play with 10.6-ounce weight. I found it very easy to hit volleys with <u>a lot of stick to them</u>. That is what I like to do when at the net, so it was well suited to my game.&nbsp; </p> <p> Feel was okay but not the strongest suit of this racquet. I like a racquet with a lower RA rating for feel which really helps with playing drop volleys.&nbsp; </p> <p> So while the Pure Drive is not the best racquet for hitting drop volleys with it sure does allow you to hit good <strong>punch volleys</strong> that have a lot of stick to them. </p> <h3>OVERALL IMPRESSION</h3> <p> As mentioned I liked hitting with the demo so much a new one ended up in my bag.&nbsp; </p> <p> It has helped me with my game. I am getting extra pop and spin on my serve. That allows me to start off the point on the right foot.&nbsp; </p> <p> Even on my second serve that extra bit of spin allows me to keep my opponent back.&nbsp; </p> <p> On the return of serve the stability of the Pure Drive helps me block back hard hitter serves and keep it deep. On weaker second serves I can hit out at the ball and the extra spin helps me hit with depth and keep the ball in.&nbsp; </p> <p> The same is true on ground strokes, I can take a full rip at the ball and know that if my swing path is good I am going to be rewarded with a solid hit ball that really has a lot top spin to it.&nbsp; </p> <p> Crisp volleys with a lot of pop were easy to hit as well. </p> <p> The <strong>Babolat Pure Drive</strong> is a real winner ... </p> <div class="bc-buy-button 163003-U3" style="width:295px;height:435px"> <iframe src="" border="0" scrolling="no" horizontalscrolling="no" verticalscrolling="no" allowtransparency="true" width="100%" height="100%" style="overflow: hidden; border: none; width=100%; height=100%;"> </iframe> </div>

  • A review of the Prince Textreme Warrior 100 Tennis Racquet

    <p> The Prince Textreme Warrior 100 was a pretty easy racquet for me to review as it is my normal racquet that I play with.</p> <p> <!--HubSpot Call-to-Action Code --> <span class="hs-cta-wrapper" id="hs-cta-wrapper-79eaf502-460f-4881-b15c-6071fdf6a681"><span class="hs-cta-node hs-cta-79eaf502-460f-4881-b15c-6071fdf6a681" id="hs-cta-79eaf502-460f-4881-b15c-6071fdf6a681"> <!--[if lte IE 8&91;><p id="hs-cta-ie-element"></p><![endif&91;--> </span></span></p><p> <a href=""><img class="hs-cta-img" id="hs-cta-img-79eaf502-460f-4881-b15c-6071fdf6a681" style="border-width: 0px; float: left; margin: 0px 10px 10px 0px;" src="" alt="New Call-to-action"></a></p><h3><strong>Serve</strong></h3><p> I find serving with this racquet to be quite easy. With its 10.6-ounce weight and head light balance it is a very manouverable racquet that you can easily snap up at the ball with. On the first serve this allows you to generate lots of pace. I found on the second serve I could reliably kick the ball in. The open 16x18 string pattern of the Warrior 100 helps in this regard too. This really allows you to start off the point on the right foot.</p><h3><strong>Return</strong></h3><p> I found the racquet to be very effective on the return of serve. On harder hit balls where I was on the defensive I found I could block the ball and still get it back deep in the court. Even when returning harder hit balls, I found the racquet to be stable. On a serve that I could attack I found that I could take a good rip at it due to its head light balance and was able to keep the ball in due to the availability of spin. Being able to hit out at the ball confidently allowed me to push my opponent back.</p><h3>Ground Strokes</h3><p> This is where I found the Prince Warrior 100 really excelled. The Warrior is a very stable racquet and is very solid on contact even against heavy balls, which is terrific given that it is a sub 11-ounce racquet. This is in large part due to the Textreme material used in the racquet. The 16 x 18 string pattern on a 100 sq in. head gives you plenty of access to spin. I found that the racquet had a good balance between power and control. I could take a good rip at the ball and the spin I was able to generate would help drive the ball down and keep it in the court. If the ball was sitting up a bit I could flatten the shot out to try and put it away.</p><h3>Volley</h3><p> The manoeuvrability of the Warrior 100 due its head light balance make the Warrior 100 a real winner at the net. I found it was exceptional on punch volleys due to its solid yet responsive feel. For softer drop volleys I generally like a racquet with a thinner beam and a bit more flex but the Warrior did still provide enough feel to play a softer drop volley.</p><h3>Overall Impression</h3><p> I really enjoying hitting with the Prince Textreme Warrior 100. I find it to be a very versatile racquet that works well from every area of the court. On the serve its head light balance and ample spin potential work very well. On ground strokes and serve returns its solid yet responsive feel is excellent. Its manoeuvrability really helps here too as well as on the volley. For the player looking for a good all court racquet that can stand up to the big hitters but wants to stay under an 11-ounce weight this is an excellent choice.</p><p>If you want to see all of the specifications of the racquet, or purchase one please click on the View in Store button below the picture of the racquet.</p>

  • A Review of the Babolat Pure Drive Tennis Racquet

    <p><a href=""><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/babolat-pure-drive-sale.jpg" alt="Babolat Pure Drive Sale"></a></p><p> I have been play testing the Babolat Pure Drive for a couple of weeks now and have enjoyed hitting with it. Over the 2-weeks I have had a good chance to test&nbsp;it in all aspects of play.</p><p> <img src="" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; color: rgb(52, 49, 63); width: 161px; background-color: initial; float: left; margin: 0px 10px 10px 0px;" alt="Babolat Pure Drive"><strong>Serve</strong></p><p> This racquet has a huge amount of power on the serve. It is heavier than the racquet I play with regularly so that helped in producing the extra pop on the serve. Not only did it have a great deal of power it had a lot of bite on my slice serves and more spin on my kick serves. This gave me a lot of options on the serve to keep my opponent off balance. As it is heavier and stiffer than I am used to playing with I did notice my arm being a bit more tired than usual.</p><p> <strong>Return</strong></p><p> The Pure Drive felt great on the return with my slice return. It also felt great when I took the ball on the rise and came over it with top spin. It really felt like I was coming through the ball nicely. One thing I did notice was that I had to be careful when I tried to flatten out and attack a weaker return due to how much power it had. When I got it right I put a great deal of pressure on my opponent but I had to watch that I did not hit it long.</p><p> <strong>Ground Strokes</strong></p><p> I really like the stiff feel of the Pure Drive when hitting ground strokes. It worked very well for my on my slice backhand. I was putting a lot of pressure on my opponent and force a short weak return. Like on the serve return though I did have to watch that I did not overpower the ball when hitting out at it. It would take some time to adjust to that.</p><p> <strong>Volley</strong></p><p> The racquet is very stiff so while I could volley okay with it did not have that soft feel I am looking for when up at the net. On my forehand side, it felt very stiff when volleying. I would require more practice on the forehand volley to get a better feel of it. I could get the backhand volley working more naturally once I had the angle of my racquet set.</p><p> <strong>Overall Impression</strong></p><p> My overall impression of the racquet performance wise was that it was very powerful on my ground strokes and serves. If I was in a bit of trouble I could easily use my slice backhand to get myself out of it. Overall it is great racquet although as noted a little heavier and stiffer than I would normally use. This is not a pusher’s racquet. You do need to hit trough the ball. It had a great mix of power and I could mix it up on both sides which has been always a very important part of my game plan.</p>

  • Salming Viper 2.0 Indoor Court Shoes Clearance Sale

    <p> The Salming Viper 2.0 have a been a tremendous selling shoe for us. They have sold so well because they are an extremely comfortable, high performance pair of indoor court shoes.&nbsp;The Viper feature less cushioning in the forefoot than the Race series which aids in the player feeling really connected to the court. The RollBar technology on inner edge of the shoe helps with pushing off aiding the player to get to the ball quicker. The ExoSkeleton structure provides the strength that the shoes need to keep your foot in place while changing directions. It really works well. The LMS+ unit provides excellent lateral support and helps prevent ankle roll. Overall a great pair of shoes. Salming has also strengthened the toe drag area to provide a bit more protection to the shoe for those who drag our back foot on the lunge. </p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <strong><span style="font-size: 20px;"><br> </span><a href="/salming-viper-2-0-gecko-green-mens-squash-shoes/"><span style="font-size: 20px;">Salming Viper 2.0 Gecko Green Indoor Court Shoes<br> </span></a></strong><strong><span style="font-size: 20px;">$149.99</span></strong><strong><span style="font-size: 20px;"><a href="/salming-viper-2-0-gecko-green-mens-squash-shoes/"><br> </a></span></strong><br> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p> <a href="/salming-viper-2-0-gecko-green-mens-squash-shoes/"><img src="" style="width: 218px;" alt="Salming Viper 2.0 White Indoor Court Shoes"></a> </p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <strong><br> <br> <br> <a href="/salming-viper-2-0-white-mens-squash-shoes/"><span style="font-size: 20px;">Salming Viper 2.0 White Indoor Court Shoes<br> </span></a></strong><span style="font-size: 20px;"><strong>$149.99</strong></span> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <a href="/salming-viper-2-0-white-mens-squash-shoes/"><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/salming-viper-white-squash-shoes.png" style="background-color: initial; color: rgb(93, 91, 102); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; width: 215px;" alt="Salming Viper 2.0 Indoor White Indoor Court Shoes"></a> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>

  • Ramy Ashour Signs with Salming

    <p> This is very exciting news to say the least. Ramy Ashour, "The Artist" has signed a sponsorship agreement with Salming. Ramy will be using Salming shoes and wearing Salming's terrific line of apparel. I checked today to see if I could find an image of him wearing the shoes at the Al-Ahram Squash Open and found one on Twitter. He was wearing a pair of Salming R9's. </p> <p> <img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/ramy-ashour.jpg" style="background-color: initial; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;" alt="Salming Ramy Ashour">&nbsp; </p> <p> Ramy had this to say about the signing: </p> <p> <em style="background-color: initial; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;">"I am very excited to partner with the Salming brand and endorse their products. They are a very forward looking Company and innovators in the squash world. The fact I let go of another huge brand to use the Salmings products is proof of the quality and excellence of their products."</em> </p> <p> From Salming: </p> <p> <em>Tomas Solin, CEO Salming Sports AB <em>”At Salming we’re excited and proud to embark on this journey with Ramy, from the first time we spoke it is clear that this will be a very special relationship. Ramy's way of playing the game in combination with his vibrant personality on an off court appearance fits our brand like a hand in the glove and we cannot wait to kick this off”. ”The momentum of the Salming brand in squash has been building up the last couple of seasons and 1617 is no exception - we are still the new progressive kid on the block who likes to do things differently, with teammates like Ramy we are determined to succeed and to continue developing no nonsense products for no nonsense people”.</em></em> </p> <p> <em>Adrian Grant, Global Brand Manager Salming Sports AB and former No.8 in the world.<br> ”During my years on the tour I have been fortunate to witness Ramy’s raise through the ranks along with his long list of impressive titles. He is one of those phenomenon’s in there chosen sport that only come around once in a lifetime. With his infectious style on and off the court he is adored around the globe. This is why our partnership simply fits perfectly with such a unique player. We look forward to our partnership with Ramy and welcome him to the Salming family with open arms."</em> </p> <p> <strong><span style="font-size: 16px;">The Salming Kobra are available in 2 different colour schemes for men and 1 women's colour option.</span></strong> </p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <a href="/salming-race-r9-mid-2-0-red-black-squash-shoes/">Salming Race R9 2.0 Indoor Court Shoes</a><br> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <a href="" style="font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, Tahoma, sans-serif; color: rgb(62, 94, 214); text-decoration: none;"></a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p> <a href="/salming-race-r9-mid-2-0-red-black-squash-shoes/"><img src="" style="width: 185px;" alt="Salming Race R9 2.0 Indoor Court Shoes"></a> </p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <a href="/salming-kobra-diva-pink-turquoise-indoor-court-shoes/"></a> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>

  • My 2015 Rogers Cup Experience

    <p> I got the opportunity to go watch the day session of the semifinals of the Rogers CUP in Toronto where the women are playing. I watched two matches the first being Sara Errani versus Simona Halep and the second being the doubles match featuring Bethanie Mattek-Sands/Lucie Safarova versus Kristina Mladenovic/Karolina Pliskova. Both matches were terrific to watch and while they both ended 2-0 they were good competitive matches.</p><p> <img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/rogerscup-women-logo.png" alt="Rogers Cup Logo" style="float: right; margin: 0px 0px 10px 10px;"></p><p> The first match we watched, the singles match between Simona Halep and Sara Errani was the match I was most excited to watch. Simona Halep is the #2 seed at the event and as Errani is the #15 seed she was definitely favoured to win. I was hoping for a Simona Halep win I thought should would have the best chance in the finals. She was the last player to beat Serena Williams on a hard court so a Halep vs Williams final I thought would be really exciting. Errani though had other thoughts and got off to quick 2-0 lead. Simona Halep though responded nicely and leveled the match and then moved ahead. My overall observations of the match was that both women had excellent ground games. Errani’s serve though while reliable enough was not putting any pressure on Halep and Halep was often even able to put Errani on the defensive with her return; even off the 1st serve.</p><p> <img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/simona-halep-medium.jpg" alt="Simona Halep" style="float: left; margin: 0px 10px 10px 0px;"></p><p> The other part of the match that seemed to play a big part was the crowd. There were a lot of Romanian flags in the crowd and a great deal of very vocal supporters of Simona Halep. At points it felt more like what I would expect of being at a European football game than a tennis match. Errani seemed a bit perturbed at points with the very vocal crown and the chair umpire had to ask for the Halep supporters to be quiet during play several times. There were times when the crowd was a bit interruptive of play but overall it was pretty exciting to be at an event where the crowd were so in to the match. While a bit over exuberant perhaps everything was in good spirit, a very vocal positive response to Halep and nothing negative towards Errani. In the end Simona Halep proved too strong for Sara Errani to overcome. The second set was back and forth near the end and featured a break by Errani near the end of the match to give herself a chance to level up on serve but was not able to hold her own serve. Simona Halep won the match 6-4 and 6-4. That put her in to the final where she would face the winner of the Belinda Bencic versus Serena Williams match.</p><p> Simona Halep plays with the&nbsp; <a href="">Wilson Burn 100 Tennis Racquet</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Sara Errani plays with the Babalot Pure Drive Plus Racquet.</p><p> After the singles match I decided to go for a walk as it was extremely hot and sunny and I needed to get out of the heat. I took a walk through the different booths that our vendors had set up at the event. I stopped in to talk with the&nbsp; <a href="">Wilson</a>,&nbsp;<a href="">Head</a>,&nbsp;<a href="">Yonex</a>,&nbsp;<a href="">Asics</a>, and Babalot rep's to see how they were making out at the event. They all had nice setups of course and I was left dreaming of perhaps in the future the tent being a Control the ‘T’ Sports tent.</p><p> I picked the doubles match up near the end of the first set. The doubles team of Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova took the first set 6-4. The second set was well played and enjoyable to watch. The team of Kristina Mladenovic and Karolina Pliskova had tremendous serves. Both of them are quite tall and used their height to allow them to hit a flatter harder serve and they were keeping a lot of pressure on Mattek-Sands and Safarova. I was quite amazed at the reflexes of all 4 women. There were some incredible volley exchanges. Interestingly I think overall the team of Mattek-Sands/Sararova ended up winning as they played what I would call the scrappy points a bit better and they were a bit better on ground strokes. Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova won the match 6-4 and 6-4.</p><p> That ended my day at the 2015 Rogers Cup and I had a great time there. Belinda Bencic ended up defeating Serena Williams in a hard found 2-1 encounter in the night session. It was quite and upset and gives us a Simona Halep verus Belinda Bencic final. Simona Halep making the final is not a surprise but picking at Bencic to make the final at the beginning of the week would certainly have been a long shot. She beat the #4, #5 and #1 seeds to get there. We now have the last two players to beat Serena Williams on a hard court playing each other. I expect it will be an amazing final!</p><p>Belinda Bencic plays with the&nbsp;<a href="">Yonex EZONE Ai 100</a>.</p>

  • Head Graphene Cyano 115 and Cyano 135 Clearance Sale

    <p> <img src="/template/img/Head_Cyano_115_135_Clearance.png" alt="The Head Graphene Cyano 115 and 135 Clearance Sale" usemap="#cyanomap"> </p> <map name="cyanomap"> <!-- #&#36;-:Image map file created by GIMP Image Map plug-in --> <!-- #&#36;-:GIMP Image Map plug-in by Maurits Rijk --> <!-- #&#36;-:Please do not edit lines starting with "#&#36;" --> <!-- #&#36;VERSION:2.3 --> <!-- #&#36;AUTHOR:Jeff --> <area shape="rect" coords="3,64,340,343" alt="Head Graphene Cyano 115 Squash Racquet Clearance Sale" href="/head-graphene-cyano-115-squash-racquet/"> <area shape="rect" coords="345,67,690,340" alt="Head Graphene Cyano 135 Squash Racquet Clearance Sale" href="/head-graphene-cyano-135-squash-racquet/"> </map> <p> The Head Graphene Cyano series has been a tremendous seller for us but it is time to clear them out to make room for the new&nbsp; <a href="/squash/squash-racquets/head/graphene-xt">Grapehene XT Cyano</a> series.&nbsp; </p> <h3><a href="/head-graphene-cyano-115-squash-racquet/"><span style="font-size: 28px;">Head Graphene Cyano 115 Squash Racquet</span></a></h3> <p> The Head Graphene Cyano 115 is a terrific new racquet that benefits from Head's new Graphene technology. The Cyano series has been popular from quite some time but the addition of the Graphene technology is revolutionary. Graphene allows Head to move the weight of the racquet away from the shaft to the ends of the racquets where it is needed more. If you are looking for a light, powerful racquet the Graphene Cyano 115 is your choice from Head. It has a head heavy balance which complements its light weight. </p> <h3><a href="/head-graphene-cyano-135-squash-racquet/"><span style="font-size: 28px;">Head Graphene Cyano 135 Squash Racquet</span></a></h3> <p> The <strong style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; background-color: initial;">Head Graphene Cyano 135 Squash Racquet </strong>is a 135 gram racquet with a slightly head light balance. The balance being slightly head light really works well with the overall 135 gram weight of the racquet. The racquet has enough mass to assist with generating power yet the balance helps make it quicker on the volley which is a good combination. </p>

  • The New Sony Smart Tennis Sensor

    <p> <img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/sony-smart-tennis-sensor.jpg" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; float: left; margin: 0px 10px 10px 0px; background-color: initial;" alt="Sony Smart Tennis Sensor" width="250px">The new Sony Smart Tennis Sensor has arrived to help you analyze and improve your game. Compatible with most current Wilson, Head, Prince, and Yonex racquets, it is easy to connect to your smartphone through Bluetooth and start using all its amazing features. Without a doubt an amazing coaching tool, with the Sony smart sensor you can record and analyze your game, save your day’s worth of training data and review it later, check all the statistics from every single shot you hit, put up some goals to improve your game, and share all your progress with your friends! </p> <p> Use Live Mode to display all your shot data real-time on your screen. Have someone record you and for every shot they will be able to see your swing type (forehand, backhand, topspin, slice, volley, etc.), ball speed, swing speed, ball spin, where on the racquet the ball was hit, and the total number of shots hit up to that moment. Tag any shot in order to review it and all of its statistics later. Also, you can tap on the shot counter to view a line chart displaying information for your ball spin, ball speed, and swing speed. This feature is incredibly helpful for coaching as your coach will be able to analyze all the data in real-time, and show you recordings and information on your training. </p> <p> Play Report is the application’s feature designed to analyze your game in-depth. Play reports are automatically created after every session and all the data is stored in your smartphone and sorted by shot type. You will see a timeline of every day you used the app displaying the number of shots, the duration of your practice, a picture of you, and the amount of calories burned. This can also be seen for the current year so you can see the cumulative progress you have made. For each day, check how many serves, volleys, forehands, etc. you made and whether you hit topspin or slice on them. You can as well, for every shot, look at a heat map giving you information on the behavior of the ball as it hit your racquet plus statistics of your ball speed, ball spin, and swing speed. A timeline can be used to go through all the data for every single shot you hit that day. Make notes on any shot you want to tell yourself what you did well and what you did wrong and help yourself keep your game up to date. Furthermore, you can watch a video playback of every shot and watch a recording of yourself hitting any given shot on any given day. If your smartphone has a compatible camera, the Slow Motion feature can be used to play your recordings in slow motion to carefully analyze your movements as you hit your shots. </p> <p> <img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/sony-smart-sensor-live-video-mode.png" alt="Sony Smart Sensor Live Video Mode" style="float: right; margin: 0px 0px 10px 10px;"> </p> <p> As you analyze your shot statistics use the Progress Chart to set goals for the future. For example, you can look at the average ball speed you generated on a given day and set a goal for the actual amount of ball speed you want; if, for instance, your average ball speed on a day was 81 km/h you can set a goal for 100 km/h and keep progress of how you improve in order to reach your goal. </p> <p> If you forgot your phone in your locker or at home, or if you don’t want to use the last bit of battery using the sensor, that is no problem at all. You can use the smart sensor on Memory Mode, i.e. while it is not connected to your smartphone. Its internal memory can store the data of up to 12,000 shots! Once you connect the sensor to your phone again, the data will be uploaded and a play report will be generated automatically. Also, the batter lasts longer while on memory mode giving you more play time with it. Also, if you have a smart watch (Android Wear ready) you can connect it to the sensor and see the data for each shot in real-time with vibration feedback. Basically, analyze your shots and improve your game as you play! </p> <p> Finally, use Share Mode to share all your data on multiple social media websites so your friends can literally see how your game is improving. Share pictures of you with the data of your shots displayed on them. Boost your motivation and morale, and communicate your tennis in a whole new way with photos and stats. </p> <p> This little gadget will help you analyze and improve your game. Whether you do it by yourself, with a friend, or with a coach, the Sony Smart Tennis Sensor will definitely help you improve your game. Displaying detailed information and statistics you can study your game in numbers and pictures to see in-depth what you are exactly doing. Get your hands on this amazing device and the only way your tennis game will go is up! </p> <p> Also, you can download the app for free on your smartphone and look at a set of sample data from the app. You do not need to own the smart sensor in order to download the app; this is so you can try it out beforehand. Just look up “Smart Tennis Sensor” by Sony Corporation on your phone’s app store, download it, and check out some of the stuff you can do! </p> <p> For more information on compatibility and product specifications you can look at the sensor on our online store by clicking on the View in Store link below. </p> <!--HubSpot Call-to-Action Code --> <span class="hs-cta-wrapper" id="hs-cta-wrapper-da737afd-fc87-4980-be27-a3402eeefb8b"> <span class="hs-cta-node hs-cta-da737afd-fc87-4980-be27-a3402eeefb8b" id="hs-cta-da737afd-fc87-4980-be27-a3402eeefb8b"> <!--[if lte IE 8&91;><div id="hs-cta-ie-element"></div><![endif&91;--> <a href="" ><img class="hs-cta-img" id="hs-cta-img-da737afd-fc87-4980-be27-a3402eeefb8b" style="border-width:0px;" src="" alt="Sony Smart Tennis Sensor available at Control the 'T' Sports"/></a> </span> <script charset="utf-8" src=""></script> <script type="text/javascript"> hbspt.cta.load(303568, 'da737afd-fc87-4980-be27-a3402eeefb8b'); </script> </span> <!-- end HubSpot Call-to-Action Code -->

  • New Head Speed Tennis Racquets now in stock!

    <p> We are very excited to have received Head's new <strong>Graphene XT</strong> versions of their Speed line of racquets. Check out Head's video on the Graphene XT Speed Series. </p> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""> </iframe> <p> Head has designed the Speed series for today's tennis game which is faster and more aggressive than ever. Racquet head speed is imperative and that is where the name of this series came from. Graphene XT is a real advancement in the racquet manufacturing process as it allows Head to distribute the weight of the racquet to where it is needed most. Graphene XT is so strong that it allows Head to lighten up the middle, throat area of the racquet and move more of the weight up to the head so more of the mass is behind the ball. Balance is achieved by distributing weight back down to the handle. </p> <p> Here is a video from Head describing how Graphene, and Graphene XT help in the design of a racquet. </p> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""> </iframe> <p> Here are the Head Graphene XT Speed tennis racquets that we have in stock. </p> <div style="float:left;"> <h3>Head Graphene Speed XT Pro Tennis Racquet</h3> <p> <a href="/head-graphene-xt-speed-pro-tennis-racquet/"><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/head-graphene-xt-speed-pro-tennis-racquet.jpg" alt="Head Graphene XT Speed Pro Tennis Racquet" style="float: left; width: 250px; margin: 0px 10px 10px 0px;"></a> </p> <p> <a href="/head-graphene-xt-speed-pro-tennis-racquet/">Head Graphene XT Speed Pro</a> is the racquet of Novak Djokovic. It is designed for the player serious about control. Its dense 18 x 20 string pattern allows the aggressive player to take a full swing at the ball confidently. The dense string pattern promotes a flatter more penetrating shot than some of the more open string patterns do. The Graphene XT Speed Pro is quite head light making it very maneuverable. For a racquet that is under 12oz in weight it is also a very stable racquet. This racquet is ideal for the aggressive player looking for a racquet they can trust. </p> </div> <div style="float:left;"> <h3>Head Graphene Speed MP A Tennis Racquet</h3> <p> <a href="/head-graphene-xt-speed-mp-a-tennis-racquet/"></a> </p> <p> <a href="/head-graphene-xt-speed-mp-a-tennis-racquet/"><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/head-graphene-xt-speed-mp-a-tennis-racquet.jpg" alt="Head Graphene XT Speed MP A Tennis Racquet" style="float: left; width: 250px; margin: 0px 10px 10px 0px;"></a> </p> <p> <a href="/head-graphene-xt-speed-mp-a-tennis-racquet/">Head Graphene XT Speed MP A</a> is a versatile racquet. The racquet is pre drilled for two different string patterns and includes grommets for both. The first option is an open 16 x 19 stringing pattern. The second option is a really open 16 x 16 stringing pattern. The grommet and stringing pattern can only be changed when the racquet is unstrung. Even with the 16x19 stringing pattern used this racquet can produce good spin. With the 16x16 stringing pattern it produces even more spin. Having more spin allows you aim higher over the net and have the ball drive down to still stay in the court. A more open string pattern also help produce extra power. Its unstrung weight of 300g/10.6oz is not terribly heavy and coupled with its head light balance this racquet is pretty easy to play with and is very maneuverable. </p> </div> <div style="float:left;"> <h3>Head Graphene Speed Lite Tennis Racquet</h3> <p> <a href="/head-graphene-xt-speed-mp-a-tennis-racquet/"></a> </p> <p> <a href="/head-graphene-xt-speed-lite-tennis-racquet/"></a><a href="/head-graphene-xt-speed-lite-tennis-racquet/"><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/head-graphene-xt-speed-lite-tennis-racquet.jpg" alt="Head Graphene XT Speed Lite Tennis Racquet" style="float: left; width: 250px; margin: 0px 10px 10px 0px;"></a> </p> <p> The&nbsp; <a href="http://The Head Graphene XT Speed Lite Tennis Racquet is designed for the player with a less powerful swing that needs a lighter racquet to be able to generate racquet head speed. At 9.2oz unstring the Graphene XT Speed Lite, is just that light. It also features a thicker beam than the other Speed models which helps with stability which is needed in a lighter racquet. Its 100 sq. inch head with 16x19 string pattern assist with power generation and with generating spin. This is a great racquet for fans of the Speed series that need a lighter easier to play with racquet than either the Pro or MP/MPA model.">Head Graphene XT Speed Lite Tennis Racquet</a> is designed for the player with a less powerful swing that needs a lighter racquet to be able to generate racquet head speed. At 9.2oz unstring the Graphene XT Speed Lite, is just that light. It also features a thicker beam than the other Speed models which helps with stability which is needed in a lighter racquet. Its 100 sq. inch head with 16x19 string pattern assist with power generation and with generating spin. This is a great racquet for fans of the Speed series that need a lighter easier to play with racquet than either the Pro or MP/MPA model. </p> </div>