Wilson has been tennis’s leading racquet manufacturer for just about as long as anyone can remember. They have a sterling reputation to uphold, and each and every one of their products fulfills our expectations. One of their latest and greatest racquets, the kSurge, can suit the needs of more players than the limited range of players they claim it is made for.
The (K)Surge is a light, stiff racquet that is designed to provide all-around players with any of the tools they need to dominate on the court. It is created with revolutionary (K)arophite Black Technology, which expands upon nCode technology by incorporating nearly twice as many nanoscopic bonds between each silicon dioxide and graphite molecule throughout the racquet, giving it excellent stability and durability. It increases the sweet spot’s size, decreasing unforced errors significantly. This is pretty important when you consider that in 2006, out of all the matches on the pro tour, the player with fewer unforced errors won 74% of the time.
You will find that the forehands you can hit with this racquet are, while powerful and accurate, lacking in the spin department, which may come as a negative to many baseline-only or western-grip players. However, if you are a fan of the continental grip, this racquet is probably perfect for you. If you’ve mastered flat groundstrokes, the winners you’ll be hitting will pile up faster than you can count. Just imagine the look on your opponent’s face after you hit the shot he thought was impossible… twice in a row!
I hit a fairly flat backhand, and this was my favorite stroke to hit with this racquet. Much like the forehand, the kSurge is not made for creating spin, but does handle the job surprisingly well. What I mean by this is that it is well-suited to flat backhands such as mine, but if you decide to hit a slice - forehand or backhand, the ball stays wickedly low and has more movement on it than a Roy Oswalt curveball. Whether you hit a laser up the line or carve the ball, this racquet can help you put your opponent on the defensive.
If you can accustom yourself to the small sweet spot and move in to the net, you will be pleasantly surprised with the pinpoint accuracy you’ll be able to get on your volleys Its very slightly head-light balance gives you excellent dexterity and speed, and makes it a cinch to create delicate angles or hit a flat, crisp, penetrating volleys. Its 100 inch head size is also advantageous at the net; that extra 5 inches of string may just be enough to produce a diving volley that a tour- size racquet couldn’t manage.
The (K)Surge is not well suited to those who hit heavy spin on their serve. I found that its small sweetspot and stiffness worked against me, and I got far more mishits than I would have liked to. However, if you hit a flat serve, the (K)Surge is everything you could dream of. You’ll be blasting those corners all day with awesome power and control that would make Johnny Mac turn blue, or maybe green with envy.
This racquet’s stiffness and small sweetspot did not appeal to me, as I like a more flexible racquet, but that’s just my opinion. If you enjoy playing the net and blasting serves past your opponent, then the (K)Surge may be what you’re looking for. Because its sweetspot is not particularly large, I would recommend this racquet to players of the 3.5 level and up.
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