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Mansewerz
05-15-2008, 05:22 PM
These last few days i've been busy and just went to the courts after school in jeans or casual wear and i've borrowed my friends' lighter racquets. What I have noticed is that though I could get better headspeed on ground strokes, my serves would be so awkward. The speed and swing felt really weird and off. Also, it felt much less stable.

My normal racquet is in the sig. Much more stable. anyone else felt this way?

baek57
05-15-2008, 05:39 PM
i feel that light racquets will give me TE. i avoid them like the plague.

Joker
05-15-2008, 06:05 PM
Well obviously lighter rackets feel less stable.

If you hit something with a lighter object, the lighter object has less momentum to give the ball and that resistance is what makes it feel unstable.

Mansewerz
05-16-2008, 05:29 PM
Yea, the serves were horrible with the light racquet. I borrowed my bro's ksix one 95 (16 by 18) today, and damn the serve felt so much better. I'm happy w/ heavier frames.

matchmaker
05-16-2008, 05:50 PM
Yes too light racquets are a pain to play with. I had a similar experience as yours with a 9.9 oz. about 300 sw frame. I netted 3 consecutive slice backhands. Now I know how to hit a slice so this time it wasn't an operator error but the tool. I leaded that racquet up to 11.5 oz and it played night and day better. There's nothing you can do: weight and swingweight are one of the most important specs of a racquet.

meowmix
05-16-2008, 06:12 PM
These last few days i've been busy and just went to the courts after school in jeans or casual wear and i've borrowed my friends' lighter racquets. What I have noticed is that though I could get better headspeed on ground strokes, my serves would be so awkward. The speed and swing felt really weird and off. Also, it felt much less stable.

My normal racquet is in the sig. Much more stable. anyone else felt this way?

Well, since those rackets generally have a lower swingweight, you'd be able to swing them faster. For me, oversizes give me trouble with serves (whether it be a LM Rad OS, a n1 OS, or a LM8 OS). They're a little cumbersome to me, and it feels a little weird. Of course, this is partially because we're used to our heavier, HL rackets and have difficulty maneuvering lighter, HH rackets.

Mansewerz
05-16-2008, 07:24 PM
Well, since those rackets generally have a lower swingweight, you'd be able to swing them faster. For me, oversizes give me trouble with serves (whether it be a LM Rad OS, a n1 OS, or a LM8 OS). They're a little cumbersome to me, and it feels a little weird. Of course, this is partially because we're used to our heavier, HL rackets and have difficulty maneuvering lighter, HH rackets.

Exactly! Heavier feels natural

meowmix
05-16-2008, 07:50 PM
Exactly! Heavier feels natural

But only to people that are used to playing with heavy rackets on a day-day basis. To those who play with light rackets, well, they're more comfortable with lighter rackets. Natural is a result of habit, if you use something for a while, it becomes natural.

vndesu
05-16-2008, 07:52 PM
it is uncomforatable.
i play with a k90 and n90

wen i tried my friends nblade so light xD

fuzz nation
05-17-2008, 04:56 AM
Last year I got talking with a decent player who I see at the courts and he had been rehab'ing an injured shoulder for a while - before playing, he had a whole warmup routine that he did with one of those resistance bands. We got chatting and he plainly pegged his injury on the lighter racquets he had taken up with earlier in the year.

After that conversation, it occurred to me that the only time I had ever experienced some real pain inside my shoulder, the semi-scary kind that's more than just a strained muscle, was when I was in my long racquet search and tried switching to a frame that was over an ounce lighter than the ones I was looking to replace. In the following months I had a couple more chats with guys who had ailments pop up on them when they switched to lighter gear - sort of like when you learn a new word, then hear it in passing five or six times, right?

Now when I talk about racquets here on the boards or face to face with people I meet, I always throw in the big caution when someone wants to get something lighter than what they've had for a while. Lighter racquets are great if you're used to them, but I'm convinced that it's risky to pick one up and play full speed with it if you haven't adjusted your muscle memory away from swinging a heftier stick - suddenly it's a whole lot easier to overswing in the same way that throwing a wiffle ball can throw your arm out if you're used to the resistance of a baseball for the same throwing motion.

Mansewerz
05-17-2008, 09:35 AM
Last year I got talking with a decent player who I see at the courts and he had been rehab'ing an injured shoulder for a while - before playing, he had a whole warmup routine that he did with one of those resistance bands. We got chatting and he plainly pegged his injury on the lighter racquets he had taken up with earlier in the year.

After that conversation, it occurred to me that the only time I had ever experienced some real pain inside my shoulder, the semi-scary kind that's more than just a strained muscle, was when I was in my long racquet search and tried switching to a frame that was over an ounce lighter than the ones I was looking to replace. In the following months I had a couple more chats with guys who had ailments pop up on them when they switched to lighter gear - sort of like when you learn a new word, then hear it in passing five or six times, right?

Now when I talk about racquets here on the boards or face to face with people I meet, I always throw in the big caution when someone wants to get something lighter than what they've had for a while. Lighter racquets are great if you're used to them, but I'm convinced that it's risky to pick one up and play full speed with it if you haven't adjusted your muscle memory away from swinging a heftier stick - suddenly it's a whole lot easier to overswing in the same way that throwing a wiffle ball can throw your arm out if you're used to the resistance of a baseball for the same throwing motion.

Yea, plus these racquets were oversizes. My ntour 95 felt way better than these, even that's light. I love my heftier rdx though.

[d]ragon
05-17-2008, 09:38 AM
ur just not used to the lower weight. if u were to use them for awhile, u;d get used to it. of couse then, u;d need time to get accustom urself back to heavier frames.

i think lighter frames might give me wrist pain but it could be the strings

Mansewerz
05-17-2008, 09:43 AM
ragon;2343366']ur just not used to the lower weight. if u were to use them for awhile, u;d get used to it. of couse then, u;d need time to get accustom urself back to heavier frames.

i think lighter frames might give me wrist pain but it could be the strings

Yea, it got better after a bit, but I only served a couple times, and it felt horrible. Not to mention the instability. Though, my ntour 95 isn't as bad. Must be the SW.