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Aerogels and C-max

Published: 15 Jan 2009 - 06:26 by rskting

Updated: 16 Jan 2009 - 19:55

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Aerogel and c-max (older) models feel very very soft and dull to me. Anyone have this also? I just cannot get any decent power even with a full swing. Anyone have any tips such as stringing it ultra loose? No lessons on technique, etc please, just pretend ceterus paribus, everything equal, how to get more power out of it.


Also officially, Karim Darwish has signed with Head, and no longer uses Dunlop. This much be a change as dunlop is ultra soft and head very stiff.

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From weiran - 16 Jan 2009 - 19:55

I always get my Aerogels restringed as soon as I get them, the stock strings are way too stiff and give you no feeling whatsoever. I've owned the Ultimate, Pro GT, and Tour, and out of all of them my favourite is probably the Ultimate (although they are all very similar rackets). The dense stringing pattern of the Ultimate lets me cut the ball more while still maintining power and accuracy; I find my drops are shorter with the Ultimate compared to the Tour. The Tour is by far the most head light, but I can still get pretty decent power out of it when I had it restrun with Powernick 18, but it has less tolorence for bad shots than the Ultimate IMO.


I'd quite like to try the Elite too, which is the Ultimate with a standard string density (more head light, more power), but I think having all four of Dunlop's rackets is a bit excessive!

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From bosartek - 16 Jan 2009 - 16:30   -   Updated: 16 Jan 2009 - 17:12

I have to agree with Adz here...

The Aerogels are fairly stiff, though the stock strings often feel dull. If you want a crisper hit with more power, try re-stringing with Tecnifibre 225 at a medium tension (~25 lbs).

The other thing to keep in mind is that, compared to previous model lines, the Aerogels are all slightly head-light. The only exception to this is the 2009 Aerogel Pro (the new Pro is the aerogel successor to the hotmelt pro and is only available through pro shops; it is NOT the same as the Pro GT) -- actually, the Aerogel Ultimate is somewhat even-balanced because of the extra strings, but the frame itself is still head-light. Which aerogel are you using?

Anyway, the point is that the lighter and/or more head-light a racquet, the more difficult it becomes to generate power. Proper technique becomes critical here, but a lighter racquet will never produce as much power. I can't comment on the old C-Max racquets, but the aerogels feel significantly better with a set of good strings. Because of its dense string pattern, the Ultimate will never feel as lively as the other aerogels, but give the tecnifibre a try and see how it goes.

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From Adz - 15 Jan 2009 - 20:01

Well just to be a pain...... I always found the Aerogels quite stiff and crisp to hit the ball with. There was a flex in the frame for very hard shots, but I wouldn't say they were "soft".


If you're after a stiffer feel with more power then  my first suggestion would be to string with a stiff, thin string. Something like Ashaway Powernick 18. Alternatively go for a softer string with great elasticity, like Tecnifibre 305 1.2mm or X-One.


The idea is to create a stringbed that has the perfect tension and properties that you need to match your requirements. For an idea, i'd be looking to get any of the above strings to be quite firm but not "board" tight. As a guide I normally string the powernick or the 305 at around 22-24lbs (you use 10-20% less as they are thinner strings), then this feels quite firm but not overtight in a standard dunlop.


Hope that helps a little bit, and there's loads of threads with recommendations of strings and tensions to read!







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From rippa rit - 15 Jan 2009 - 08:02   -   Updated: 15 Jan 2009 - 08:03

You say older models.  Not too sure how old the rackets are, but my question is more to do with the age of the strings. The composition of those rackets are quite different, eg M-fil Aerogel as compared to the four C-Max models which are Carbon, Carbon/Graphite, Titanium/Graphite, and Titanium/Carbon.

They recommend if you play once a week you get a restring once a year, twice a week two restrings a year, three times a week three restrings a year, and so on.

Maybe try restringing one of the older model rackets and then compare the difference.


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