The Asics 116 marks the arrival of Asics to the game improvement tennis racquet category. Offers one of the largest sweetspots available on the market today. 28mm wide beam and 16x22 string pattern for a very solid feel at ball impact, almost anywhere on the racquet face. The oversized head, combined with a light 9.8 ounce strung weight, longer 27.25 inch length, and slight head heavy balance ensure stability and forgiveness.
Asics does not include a cover with this racquet.
NOTE: Due to the headsize of this racquet (and length of string required), any hybrid string upgrades will incur a charge for additional sets of string.
The first experience playing with an 116 square inch racquet and was left very fulfilled with not only the power it allowed but the comfort that came from ball impact. To give you a little background regarding my game, I am an avid doubles player that has lost a step or two over the years. I would put myself at the 3.0 level. I enjoy racquets that provide maneuverability with active power and comfort. One part of my game that saw the most improvement had to be my serve. With the 116 I managed to put a little more punch into my second serves, which surprised my opponents and pushed them further back on the court. Volleying is one of my strong suits, and the larger head combined with the slightly extended length only strengthened that part of my game. I demoed this racquet once & will now purchase.
4 StarsAsics 116
Mhawk from SC wrote (June 10, 2013):
I played with the Asics 116 demo racquet after reading about how spin friendly the racquet is and the large sweet spot. I am a 3.5 69 year old player who plays mostly doubles now, both from the baseline and the net. I found this racquet to be very easy to hit and was pleased with the spin I got from the baseline. It's power is average, but enough depending on the strings. Net play was ok, but I liked the Wilson Steam 105 better at the net. Overall, the racquet is worth the money and I would consider buying it if I had not purchased the Wilson Steam 105.