View Full Version : What's the difference between racket shapes?

02-29-2012, 06:41 PM
Some rackets, such as my APD, are closer to a circle shaped. I call it a "fat" racket. :) But most other rackets it seems are more oval shaped, "thinner" although I don't know if they are actually longer.

What is the purpose in these racket shapes? What are the pros/cons of the different ones? I'm starting to feel like my APD isn't working for me and I starting to think about what else I could look into.

Also, while on the topic, what is the benefit of extended rackets? Like the plus versions of rackets that are longer.

02-29-2012, 06:52 PM
Head shape dictates string length between the mains and crosses and actually has a big effect on the launch angle.

Other things come in to play too, like that the fact that a rounder head like the APD or Speed line from head make it easier to hit with topspin because of the slightly larger racquet-face available.

02-29-2012, 07:09 PM
What do you mean by launch angle?

02-29-2012, 07:37 PM
The angle the ball leaves the racquet.

02-29-2012, 08:29 PM
Ooh ok, makes sense. Thanks!