View Full Version : Whats with the .25 inches?

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.