June 12th, 2009 by Ben
I started hitting with the new Wilson RX racquets yesterday. I started with the RX 175, which comes in a Royal Purple, and features their new A-Symmetrical throat design as well as the updated Power Channels, allowing the string to go all the way down the handle which maximizes the sweet spot and power. I was having some issues with control, especially on ceiling balls, but this can probably be attributed to my lack of court time recently. My first thought is that I would like this racquet better at a higher tension. With the long strings and wide head shape, it felt a little loose and unwieldy. Hit the sweet spot and the power is definitely there.
Today I hit with the RX 170 which does not have the Power Channels, giving it a more traditional and flat string pattern. There was a world of difference between the two racquets. Their weights and balances are very close but the feel you get from each racquet is much different. The RX 170 had less feel than the 175 but I felt more controlled in my shots. With identical headshapes, these two frames differ mainly in the string pattern and it was clear to me in my time on the court.
Don’t take my word for it though! I suppose right now you don’t have a choice but in August we will have these racquets available for demo and you can try them yourself. Until then we will continue to post as we have more time on the court.
Check out the racquets here: http://bit.ly/Adzh