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ej
12-18-2004, 07:15 AM
Take two different racquets with the same specs, save stiffness; one is 58 and the other is 68. How would you describe the differences in feel, vibration, off-center hits, feedback...

djones
12-18-2004, 07:49 AM
I'd say the one with the 58 stiffness rating would be a much better stick.
Cuz you'll feel the ball being absorbed by the strings and this will be so much more comfortable playing volley's, topspin services and topspin strokes in general.
People say Big Banger Alu Power is a harsh string!
Now string it up in a quite Flexible frame like the Prestige Classic mid, and this string will feel awesome, not hard at all.
All these thing are just generally better with a more flexible frame.

El Diablo
12-18-2004, 08:18 AM
Please excuse my friend djones -- he had a rather high fever when he "answered" your question.

Power Game
12-18-2004, 08:23 AM
more flexible frames (lower number) will generally have "better" feel/feedback, less vibration, less shock on off centered shots. This is because the racquet will give more and the ball will stay there longer (aka dwell time). Flexible racquets do all this at the expense of power...

Gaines Hillix
12-18-2004, 01:12 PM
Here is what the TW Learning Center section has to say about this;

"A stiffer frame generates more power.

A stiffer frame has a larger sweetspot.

A stiffer frame transmits more of the shock load to the arm than a more flexible frame.

A stiffer frame provides a more uniform ball response across the entire string plane."

Some stiffer frames also sound tinny or hollow.