ProKennex Kinetic Ki Q5 (295g) Racquets Customer feedback
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Comments: I'm also a former Babolat user (both AeroPro & Roddick) who switched to ProKennex because of servere
golfers elbow. I can't believe I've gone from a 9 out 10 (10 being the worst pain) to a 2 in less than a month of using the KI Q5. To
be fair, I also put 17g wilson gut in the KI Q5 and it's awesome! So, that's how the ball should feel when you hit it. Just FYI, you
can hear the beads in the frame, but you don't even notice it when your playing. If your reading this, you probably have arm issues
too, give this stick a try or at least give it a demo. Thanks TW for the advice, I almost gave up tennis!
Comments: My son and I both used the Babolat Pure Drive for the last four years. Recently, both of us developed
severe elbow pain (secondary to epicondylitis. I read the original research papers published by the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology and by a German University and both confirmed that ProKennex racquets with the 'beads' in the frame, substantially
decreased the vibrations reaching the players' arms). We switched over to Prokennex racquets. I chose the Q5 295 g for my son,
as this racquet had almost identical dimensions and weight as the Pure Drive. Since then, his elbow pain has resolved. Whenever
he switches back to the Pure Drive, his pain comes back, but when he goes back to the ProKennex Q5, his pain is gone. I use the
315g ProKennex and my pain was also relieved and has not returned. We have decided to stick with the ProKennex. I strongly
recommend this racquet to anyone who has or who wants to prevent tennis injuries.
Comments: I echo the previous reviewers sentiments on the positive characteristics of this stick. I am a heavy hitter
with an all court game and this racquet delivers in every aspect. I have played with the top tweeners (APD,PD's etc) and the top
players sticks (Radicals, Blades etc). The tweeners can be too stiff and bulky, the players racquets can be too flexible and low
powered. The Q5 bridges the gap. It has just enough power to get the job done, the right amount of flex for control and it is really
comfortable. The Q5 plays solid and has a plush feeling. It has a good sized sweet spot and is not dead in the upper hoop like
some sticks. A must demo!
Comments: Initially, I purchased my Q5 295 as a tennis racquet, not medical equipment, based on the practically
perfect specs for my game (16x20 pattern was the tiebreaker transitioning from the same), experience with other similar racquets,
and the very solid PK reputation. My first experience was solid in stock form, strung with Black Widow 1.21 M / IsoSpeed
Energetic 1.20 X, but quickly it was evident some minor mods would make a big improvement. I added just 5G total - 3g at top of
handle and 2g at 3 and 9 o'clock on the hoop, along with a string change to Yonex Poly Tour Pro 1.25 M / Volkl Cyclone 1.20 X
(11.5 oz new static weight with Prince ResiPro replacement grip, overgrip, and 2 worm dampeners). I'm completely satisfied with
this setup! The racquet is still extremely maneuverable, and is now significantly more stable with sufficient plowthrough and
cannot be more comfortable executing each stroke, including my serve and 1HBH. Admittedly I was unaware of the moving
'beads' inside the frame prior to purchase, and I told myself that I would return immediately if it was audible, but I can say with
100% certainty, while it's audible shaking the racquet next to your ear, you do not hear it while playing at all and it should not
discourage your decision. This will be my go-to racquet for a long time and I encourage anyone shopping a new racquet in this
range to give the Q5 a shot!! I chose the 295g option to leave room to mod, knowing I would, and 315g is too heavy of a starting
point for my game.
Comments: Just purchased the PK 295g version after finally experiencing tennis elbow with my Pure Drives (hey, I
lasted 5 years without problems until recently, but at age 53, I just can't do it anymore). With 0.3 ounces added in the handle and
another 0.3 ounces divided between 10 and 2, this racquet plays very nicely. It doesn't have the raw power of a PD (then again,
are in a class of their own when it comes to explosive power), but I'm finding more than adequate penetration, depth, control,
and spin...all in an arm-friendly package. The transition for me has been almost seemless. While I will miss the joy of those
shocking shots that only a PD can deliver (the "where did that come from" variety), I have found a worthy substitute in the
ProKennex...one that will allow me to keep playing without elbow pain.
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