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netman
04-21-2004, 01:13 PM
I've always been curious why some racquets are 27.25 inches long. 27 and 27.5 I can understand. But a measly .25 inches? I mean its not even a full centimeter and adds less than 1% to overall length.

Can anyone really tell the difference between 27 and 27.25 inches? Is the mfg. targeting a specific swingweight, are they just looking for bragging rights, i.e. my player's frame is longer than yours or is it the oft discussed manufacturing variance?

All theories/explanations welcome.

rooski
04-21-2004, 01:20 PM
As strange as it sounds, with my one-hand backhand, I can easily tell the difference with an added .25". I've tried to play longer rackets for the alleged better serving capabilities but I always come back to my good old HPS61.

Brad Smith
04-21-2004, 02:10 PM
Not all 27" rackets are actually 27", some 27 1/2" are actually 27 3/8", etc. I guess by labelling it 27.25 they're just letting you know it's somewhere in between. And I can tell the difference as well -- it's not so much the length as the difference in swingweight that usually comes with longer sticks.

@wright
04-21-2004, 02:23 PM
I've heard some Fischers that are supposed to be 27'' measure in at 26something. Now THAT would **** me off!

Deuce
04-21-2004, 08:49 PM
I'd rather have a racquet that's less than 27 inches than one that's more than 27 inches. Better control when the impact point is closer to your hand.

Thunnus
04-22-2004, 04:17 AM
.25" does make a difference. You don't notice it much when you start hitting with a racket that is .25" longer, but you definately will notice it when you go back to a racket that has the regular length.

NoBadMojo
04-22-2004, 07:20 AM
yea....many of the fischers actually did measure a little less than standard 27"....what? they dont have rulers in austria? :) i dont know if they are still that way. as far as the extra .25 inch, i think it does make a difference..it is like when you choke way down on a standard length frame on your serve to get a little more pop, or choke down when hitting a running forehand to give you a little more whip. i think the extar 1/4" is a good idea, but not the extra 1/2" or more. Ed

andfor
04-22-2004, 07:55 AM
I just can't see that an extra .25" is a big deal. Choking up on the handle should be the way to go if the length causes swing weight issues. Unless you have held your racquet a certain way for so long that it's uncomfortable choke up.

I play with the NXG MidPlus and when facing a big server or big hitter and need the extra quickness I choke up a fraction. I agree with NoBadMojo that choking down on a running forhand and having a stick with the extra .25" is great.

netman
04-22-2004, 04:54 PM
I have to admit I had no idea so many folks would agree that you can tell the difference .25 inches makes. So there must be some logic to adding those extra incremental lengths.

chip
04-22-2004, 05:27 PM
I can also tell - more on the ground strokes than the serve or volleys. Yet, with some people I know, it really makes no difference at all.

bcaz
04-22-2004, 10:36 PM
I started with a Wilson 28" stretch, moved down to a 27.5" model, then migrated to a 27.25" stick before finally going to 27" last year and sticking with it. I won't go back; you can definitely tell, if you're paying attention. Extra length? Great for serves, bad for volleys.