Head is coming out with something called the Adaptive Fan Pattern on some of their new rackets.
They’ve basically drilled the grommets in such a way that you can choose between two different stringing patterns on a given racket:
- straight up and down, in the traditional manner; or
Here’s a diagram that Squash Galaxy put together, which I think shows it pretty well:
According to the blurb on Squash Galaxy:
Head’s Straight String Pattern is designed for players looking for maximum power with optimal touch and feel.
Head’s new Fan Pattern is designed for players looking for a stiffer string bed. This dense fan pattern increases the stiffness of the string bed increasing control while maintaining power with longer main strings.
The new Adaptive Fan stringing pattern will be available on the newest Head traditional-head-shape rackets:
Stefen from RacquetGuys wrote in to say:
I was given a SlimBody 120, 135 and a Xenon 135 with the AFP to try out a few months ago from Head. The drilling on the grommets is different but the pattern is the same, this accommodates the AFP option.
I was impressed enough that I’m switching to the new SB 135. The Xenon 135 is the racquet I noticed the most different with AFP. The standard pattern made it feel “hollow” (not a negative just a personal preference) but with the AFP pattern it felt more stable at impact.
I recently restrung my Head 120 Slimbody using the Adaptive Fan Pattern. You can watch the video below or click here for the same video plus a transcript.