Nadal and Babolat – an incredible journey over 20 years

20 YEARS OF RAFA AND BABOLAT IN ONE VERY UNIQUE RACKET

Pure Aero Rafa a celebration of more than 20 years of Rafael Nadal, Babolat, and everyone who knows Rafa’s ethos extends far beyond the tennis court.

Babolat, working with Nadal, integrated into the racket’s design warm and bold colours that were significant for him: red for the Spanish flag to go with the Aero’s basic yellow, orange to denote the clay, and purple as he feels the colour stands for honesty and integrity. It means the racket he plays with is distinctively his, but plenty of other players benefit from the same technology and innovations.

 

 

Rafael Nadal - 20 Years with Babolat

RPM Power: the new Babolat string developed to maximize spin and power

RPM Power: the new Babolat string developed to maximize spin and power

Inventor of the tennis string in 1875, Babolat is undoubtedly the most qualified to appreciate the essential role of strings in the game. For this reason, the brand has not stopped innovating in order to anticipate the needs of players. The RPM range, designed by observing the game and its evolution, is the perfect proof.

In the early 2000s, monofilament revolutionized tennis by allowing players to hit with even more spin while maintaining very good control. Today, the majority of champions on the circuit use this type of string. Rafa Nadal and his RPM Blast are the perfect example. Nevertheless, in recent years a trend has emerged that focuses on the need for better feel at impact, with even more power.

Henri Cochet, one of the famous Musketeers, regularly explained that the game of tennis was played by ear.

In a sense, this is still the case as players search for a more “clear” sound with each stroke. This inspired the Babolat teams to design the RPM Power. The parameters of the extrusion of the string–the moment the string is formed–have been calibrated differently and optimized to provide more flexibility resulting in more power. A specific coating has been added to give the string the feel and sound that players expect.

“We had a real demand for more power, while keeping the famous RPM spin. There was also this demand for a more ‘crisp’ sound and feel, which gives players more confidence,” says Alexandre Israel, Tennis Category Manager. “We worked in this direction and did a lot of tests with many players including Dominic Thiem. He was immediately attracted to it and adopted the RPM Power, which reinforced our research. This is particularly satisfying as all specialists know that the Austrian player is looking for the ultimate power with spin, where the ball is spinning fast, while having the optimal sensations required by his game.

“I think it’s sticking to the string very good and I like it. The string is biting into the ball. Way more powerful this one. I really like it. It’s nice” said Thiem during the test.

The new color of RPM Power really make an impression. With its glossy “electric brown” color, it stands out from all other strings.

Fans will have to wait to discover the RPM Power until December, the official worldwide launch date for the general public. Beforehand, more than 10,000 test packs are circulating among coaches and brand ambassadors to discover and test this string with unique properties.

Because strings represent 50% of the racket’s performance, soon you will be able to make a difference on the court with the RPM Power and its enhanced spin and power.

DUNLOP FX POWER TECHNOLOGIES

WELCOME TO POWER YOU CAN FEEL

THE TECHNOLOGY THAT GIVE YOU GREATER POWER, LARGER SWEET SPOT & MORE COMFORT

FX Force Series Technologies Video

POWER BOOST GROOVE

Balance power and comfort with a new grommet structure.  Play in comfort with a precision groove engineered into the racket frame. Enlarge the sweet spot thanks to a new grommet structure that increases string movement Hit with more power and more comfort.

POWER BOOST FRAME GEOMETRY

Feel the power with a new frame shape.  Hit harder thanks to a new aerodynamic head shape engineered to pack more power Get a more balanced feel thanks to a sharp, modern-looking shaft. Strike consistent shots thanks to a wider throat design that delivers greater stability. Play with more power and more reliability.

FLEX TOUCH RESIN

Move and strike the ball with more comfort and power.  Smooth out your game with a high-elasticity and vibration-damping racket. Play with more power and feel .

THE NEW PRINCE X – “TWIST POWER TECHNOLOGY”

Prince X  … The New Standard …. “Twist Power Technology”

 

 

Racket with different performance in the fore and back

 

TWIST POWER TECHNOLOGY

JAPAN PRODUCE

 

What is “Twist Power Technology”?

– Twist power technology –

Asymmetrical shaft shape creates different performance in the world’s first fore and back.

 

Forehand surface that creates a strong ball. When shot on the fore surface, the upper shaft is covered, and the frame reacts hard at impact.  A typical forehand swing is large and can be swung fast, and the player’s power is transmitted to the ball.  As a result, a hard surface and a strong force collide with each other to generate a large amount of power.

Backhand surface that demonstrates the true value of Twist Power Technology.  When shot on the back surface, the shaft on the upper side is open, and the frame moves back and back at the time of impact.  With a backhand that has limited swing and body movement compared to the fore, it is not possible to swing as fast and as fast as the fore. The bending and returning of the frame help push the ball out of the power of the swing of this back, enabling a deeper and more stable ball.

 

TRIPLE TUBE TECHNOLOGY

New structure with 3 tubes inside the frame.

 

In addition, new material cores are injected into the tubes on both sides. It not only enables high surface stability, but also realizes a solid and solid shot feeling that senior players are concerned about.   By absorbing minute vibrations, it not only reduces performance but also enables delicate touch shots.

 

The difference that shape makes

The secret of that mysterious feature is the world’s first technology newly developed by Prince

 

Certain differences in the data

FORE BACK
SPEED 105% 104%
LENGTH 100.7% 107.8%
CONTROL 57.97% up 41.82% up

Trackman measurement

 

The principle is that the difference in “bending” comes from the shape

 

The twisted shape creates a difference of up to 11%
in bending between the fore and back sides, giving a strong rebound on the fore side and stretching due to bending on the back side.

 

 

 

Twist Power Technology symbol “X” logo inside the frame top

 

 

 

Back end cap for Smart Tennis Sensor.

 

 

The Series comes standard with a stylish bag exclusively for the “X” that is easy to carry with two or more.

 

LINE-UP

Prince X

DUNLOP ACTIVECTOR – NEW TENNIS SHOES 2020

Functions/Features

 

Dunlop “ACTIVECTOR” – The speed-based model, which has a revolutionary structure and functions, provide comfort and durability to its high performance. The “Better Spec” is designed to enhance the rider’s comfort and enhance the unity with the foot.

Durability of the Outsole

By increasing the wear resistance of the outsole rubber, the durability against wear is increased even in the hard footwork of hard courts, and the life of the sole is dramatically extended.

Comfortable Cushioning

 

The insole and sole members have been moderately softened to improve the tracking and integration of the sole behavior. In addition, the upper adopts a new last to reduce the foot contact as much as possible, the lining has been changed to increase the mild comfort and improve cushioning.

Improved fit, hold and stability

By adopting double eyelets (two-step eyelets) and improving the shape of the cushion at the mouth, it improves comfort and fit, and improves hold and stability.

 

Sole System that gives speed and power to kicking

The deep vertical running groove of the outer sole forms a vertically fragile sole that transmits the pedaling power to the surface without loss. In addition, the spring effect of the boomerang type carbon built into the toes accelerates the turning back and starting dash.

Vertical Flexion Sole

High grip performance with ideal grounding behavior

VECTOR CARBON Kick Assist

Assist the agility of turning back and kicking

Two selectable fits, innovative and stable sole construction

By simply replacing the insole, you can choose two types of fit performance with one pair, slim fit and comfort fit. Also, by placing the shank near the sole of the foot, the support of the sole is enhanced. An epoch-making sole structure with the security of a flat sole and the lightness of a separate sole.

Fit Select Insole

Optimal fitting with 2 types of insoles to choose from

INTEGRATED SHANK

A shank that is lifted just under the foot to create ideal stability

 

A futuristic cosmetic – color changes depending on the direction of viewing

Pay attention to the upper, which is characterized by “dualness = bi-face”. We have completed an upper with a futuristic image in which the color seen from the toe side and the color seen from the heel side look like different colors in a gradational manner.

3D Bi-Face Upper

Front view and rear view color change continuously

ABOUT SPORTSMATCH

Over the years SPORTSMATCH has been involved in nearly every aspect of the wholesale distributor of sporting goods to the Tennis, Badminton and Squash industry in Singapore and Indonesia through our network of Pro Racquet Specialty Dealers, Sports Chain Stores, Social Clubs, General Sports Shops and Coaches.

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