Snauwaert racquets

The legendary brand with a glorious past is back on the court, ready for the biggest challenge,
redefining its own identity.

Snauwaert affirms its brand identity, founded on the community
and on its DNA since 1928: QUALITY, DESIGN, CRAFTMANSHIP,
TECHNNOLOGY AND PERFORMANCE.

A simple product line to fit every type of playing style and skill level.
Each racquet has a specific technical content to serve specific needs.
We worked on the four main features of the racquet to offer the best performing

FRAMES:

FRAME SHAPE
CROSS SECTION GEOMETRY
GROMMET CONSTRUCTION
STRING PATTERN DESIGN

The performance of a racquet depends first of all on the dynamic behaviour of its frame, mainly defined by frame shape and cross section design
The traditional measurement of the overall frame stiffness (RA) is not providing enough information to understand how the frame reacts when hitting a ball. Instead, the frame stiffness curve indicates the true frame behaviour.

The adoption of two specific frame shapes and the bionic x-section design allow Snauwaert to optimize specific stiffness curve to fit each specific playing style. (the higher the value, the higher the local stiffness)
Two types of frame flex curve to enhance either the control or the power.

A CONTROL ELLIPSE frame shape used in every GRINTA racquet. With a traditional round head shape re-engineered by Snauwaert with an enlarged 3/9 area and longer central cross strings
  • larger area for optimal impact on flat and spin shots,
  • better control also on off center hits.

Suggested for:
Advance players, either attackers or all-rounders, hitting the ball mostly at mid frame (3-9) and needing more space for the ball to travel horizontally on the string bed area to load additional rpm.

 

 

 

 

A POWER PENTAGON frame shape used in every VITAS racquet. The Snauwaert-specific shape with enlarged string bed area in the upper half and at 3/9 o’clock with longer central cross strings and lateral main strings
  • Larger sweetspot area
  • More power on flat and spin shots

Suggested for:
Medium to Advance players, either all-rounders or baseliners or leisure players, hitting the ball mostly at upper half of the frame and searching for additional ball velocity.

 

 

 

More details of the racquet specifications, strings, grips, bags and all their other products can be found at www.snauwaert.com

together with details of their US ambassadors. Or you can contact me directly with any questions at snauwaert@racketsportservices.co.uk.

Detailed stringing instructions for all the frames can be found by following the links below.

grinta_98_tour_16x19_stringing_instructions

grinta_100_stringing_instructions

vitas_100_stringing instructions

vitas_105_stringing_instructions

vitas 110 stringing instructions

vitas 115 stringing instructions

UPDATE

In answer to Tim’s question: –

Please note the update below has been provided by Gabrielle Medri of www.Pro-t-One.it who’s company has tested and provided the data for Snauwaert.

‘I’ll try to simply explain the way we Snauwaert test frames not only in the BABOLAT RDC way but in a more complete and accurate way.

To test we use our PRO-T-ONE RACQUETLAB testing machine.

It’s a complete and sophisticated testing lab that can test frame stiffness, stringplane stiffness and combined stiffness in various point of the frame. You can find a more accurate description in the user manual click HERE

Using this machine you can press the frame using a load cell and checking with an electronic device the movement and deformation of the tip.

We have load increase and deformation so we get stiffness in kg/mm using not only one point placed at 32.5cm from the tip (like BABOLAT RDC) but we can move the flexion pivot analyzing the way the frame deflects.

From a mathematical correlation we can get the STATIC INERTIA – STIFFNESS at all the points we need to define the racquet stiffness distribution and getting out a graphic like that.

 

CONTROL STIFFNESS CURVE

POWER STIFFNESS CURVE

This is a graphical representation of the INERTIA-STIFFNESS of the frame in the whole length and this permit us to better understand the frame response in the various sections.

Obviously this is a static stiffness test and give us a static stiffness image of the frame…… the only one we can get in a “simple” way without using high speed cameras ball gun and sophisticated electronic devices we could only have in a professional and very “rich” lab.

To know something more about DYNAMIC RESPOSNE we use CHROMATIC STRING TUNER DGT2   to check the free vibration frequency (Hz free first mode frequency) of the frame and knowing the dynamic equivalent stiffness of the tennis racquet.’

 

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Written by David Hall

Comments

  1. Thanks for the great info on Snauwaert racquets David. I’m curious to know what device was used to test the flex on those racquets and how those numbers compare to what we get from the Babolat RDC?

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  2. Hi Tim
    I have updated my post to ‘hopefully’ cover the question you asked.

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  3. Thanks David – very interesting and answers my question completely

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