Head Cross Bow 6

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Head has a habit, a good one I think, of designing unique tennis racquets.  That design thrust is seen in the Head Cross Bow series of racquets.

The ‘Cross Bow” is a separate component that fits into the racquet shaft and is secured by an elastomer of some sort which also acts as a vibration damper.  As you can see there is a built in “damper” around the two center main strings.  In some cases these were removed as being unnecessary.

This Cross Bow model is very stiff, at a RDC flex of 72, but the stiffness is mitigated by all the design features.  Holding this racquet belies the size of the head and the width of the beam.  It actually feels pretty good.

On the shaft you can see the small metallic bars that act as a vibration interrupter.  As you look at the side you can see the various grommet systems Head used to maximize the “slippiness” of the strings on the grommets.

Racquet ModelHead Cross Bow 6
Reference TensionNot Strung
StringNot Strung
Static Data
ASPS, FlexFour0
Racquet Flex, RDC72
Racquet Flex, FlexFour66
Weight, Gram273.2
Weight, Ounce9.64
Balance, mm358
Balance, Inch14.09
Length, cm69.3
Length, Inch27.283
Head Width10.37
Head Length13.45
Head Area, sq cm706.7
Head Area, sq in109.5
Number of Main Strings16
Number of Cross Strings19
Ratio Cross/Main0.649
Main String Grid8.25
Cross String Grid10.87
Average Cross String Spacing0.572
Average Main String Spacing0.516
Dynamic Data
Dynamic Tension, KP, ERTNot Strung
Dynamic Tension, Lbs/inNot Strung
First Moment, Nm0.772
Polar Moment307
Torsional Stability15
Swing Weight, Gram292
Swing Weight, Ounce10.32
Swing Weight Calculated350.1
Power, RDCNot Strung
Control, RDCNot Strung
Maneuverability, RDC
Not Strung
Power, Calculated2339.2
Head Points-3.62
Head Weight, Percent51.7
Center of Percussion20.2
Dwell Time, MsNot Strung
Effective StiffnessNot Strung
K, lb/inNot Strung
Recoil Weight112.4
Twist Weight217.9

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