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dnyce18
11-01-2004, 04:08 PM
First I want to say you are all invited to join tennisclassicsontape - a new yahoo group!
Tennisclassicsontape is a new yahoo group dedicated to the trade of
classic tennis videos and just about everything tennis. Check it out
and become a member of this growing group! You can find it at:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/tennisclassicsontape/.
Now I would like to state that Don Budge used a 16 ounce racquet and he won the Grand Slam - the real one. A 1 pound racquet is not that heavy and if you can handle the extra weight it helps on returns and shots when you are off-balance. I myself use a 15.2 ounce Prince Graphite Classic that is 4 points head light and when I switched to it it improved my game immediately.

Roforot
11-09-2004, 04:27 AM
How and where did you add the weight to make it 15.2 oz?

perfmode
11-09-2004, 06:09 AM
First I want to say you are all invited to join tennisclassicsontape - a new yahoo group!
Tennisclassicsontape is a new yahoo group dedicated to the trade of
classic tennis videos and just about everything tennis. Check it out
and become a member of this growing group! You can find it at:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/tennisclassicsontape/.
Now I would like to state that Don Budge used a 16 ounce racquet and he won the Grand Slam - the real one. A 1 pound racquet is not that heavy and if you can handle the extra weight it helps on returns and shots when you are off-balance. I myself use a 15.2 ounce Prince Graphite Classic that is 4 points head light and when I switched to it it improved my game immediately.

Stop posting this. PLEASE! I'm begging you. Do it for the kids.

dnyce18
11-09-2004, 08:33 AM
Hey - whats goin on? - First, I want to welcome you as a new member of
tennisclassics..the group was launched just over a week ago and
already we are up to 13 members - better than my expectations. I
would think about posting your message and all your messages on the
board for all to see. Anyway, to respond to your inquiry - I have been
using a 14oz wooden Jack Kramer racquet for the past year and it has
gotten to the point where it feels light to me. I started using it
because the head is 65 sq.in. and you have to watch the ball if you
want to hit at all. Apart from being a surprisingly crisp and solid
racquet, I found that when I practiced with the Kramer and then played
with my 12.1oz Graphite Classic my swing was decidedly faster and I
hit everything that came near me. I did some research and found out
that the great Don Budge used a 16oz(1 pound) racquet and we all know
he was very successful. I believe one wants to use the heaviest
racquet that is comfortable for them. Personally, my 15.2oz Graphite
Classic "feels" lighter than my Kramer. I balanced the racquet on a
rod to find the balance point and found out that the reason it was not
delivering my power was because it was almost 10 points head light
compared to an even-weighted Jack Kramer (actually closer to 2 pts
headlight with extra grip). So I took dimes (yes, the coins) and
taped them into a flat, inconspicuous little pad, then neatly taped
the dimes (about 10-15 - at the time I knew what the mass of a dime
was) at the bottom of the head (the grommet?) in that little triangle
of the racquet. My goal was to get the racquet between 2 and 4 pts
head light. I placed the weights here because at the recommended 3
and 9 o'clock positions the racquet was completely sluggish, bulky and
truthfully - embarassing to use in public. This way, it is sleek,
easily removable for string jobs in a place that really does not
affect the "swingweight" of the racquet. The racquet is amazing - it
gets the ball over the net even when I am in awkward positions, and
the ball does not sail too far very often because the extra weight
allows you to contact the ball longer, applying more topspin to the
ball (so you get more spin too; same on the serve). Experiment with
how much weight you can use. It may sound a little odd but was your
game really getting that much better doing the normal things you were
doing? :)
I have put weights in the butt of the racquet before and the
results were so-so. While weight in the butt increases the overall
weight of the racquet it does not affect swingweight much. The higher up you add weight, the more swingweight you will
have. However, swingweight is good up to a point. It dictates how
much of your swing actually is delivered to the ball. Weight in the
butt is ok but usually only when it is used to counter weight higher
up in the racquet. The playability of a racquet is mostly determined
by the balance and the overall mass. In any case, I like the idea of
giving your racquet a little extra bulk. I don't have the benefit of a babolat weight machine but I can
tell when a racquet is too swingheavy. If you were to ask me 2 years
ago if 15.2oz at 4 pts headlight was too heavy I would have said yes but I have been able to grow into it.