Racquet Review: Gamma RZR 95

Sunday, February 24, 2013 /by

MSRP: $185
Head Size: 95 sq. in.
Length: 27 in.
Weight: 11.5 oz.
Balance: 9 pts. HL
Beam Width: 20-20-22mm
String Pattern: 16x18
Construction: Firm
Swingweight: 305
Ideal Swing: Long
NTRP: 4.0+

The Pitch
The Gamma RZR 95 comprises a series of aerodynamic designs. According to the company, the RZR’s unique profile—which includes a flush bumper, angled throat, tapered bridge beam and recessed grommet strip—decreases the 95’s drag through the air, allowing for more racquet-head speed and greater maneuverability.

How It Tested
The RZR 95 is a welcome entry to what has lately become, in a market full of grinders’ sticks, a dwindling category: the very head-light player’s frame. With some heft, a thin beam and a sweet spot located more toward the throat than the tip, the 95 is more adept sticking volleys and knifing slice backhands than playing power-baseline tennis. “This stick feels sharp, precise and maneuverable around the net,” said a 4.0 playtester. “It’s very precise on approach shots; it’s low powered so you can take a full cut and the ball doesn’t sail.” If there was a drawback to the RZR, playtesters said, it was the stick’s relative lack of forgiveness: Some with Western groundstrokes reported that—while spin generation was ample, due to the stick’s open string pattern and fast feel—they received little help on off-center hits at the string bed’s tip.

Bottom Line
Best in the hands of accomplished all-courters or serve-and-volleyers, especially doubles players and flatter hitters with Eastern and/or Continental grips.

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