View Full Version : Influence of stiffness on a racquet
06-13-2004, 02:04 PM
Can someone explain to me what the influence of stiffness is on the playing characteristics of a racquet. Is it feel, power or something else or a combination of effects?
Flex gives the racket a number of characteristics. The siffer a racket is, the more power it will have compared to a racket of the same length, same head size. The stiffer a racket is, the more it will feel like a board when you hit the ball. Stiffness gives more power because less power can be used to bend the racket back and so more power is retained in the ball itself.
I used to like stiffer racquet, BUT with very tight stringbed (high tension). (When I say stiff - I don't mean Wilson Profile, or Yamaha Secret, just on the upper side of usual average stiffness)
It felt like having the most control I can get. Also it had to be heavy (~13+ oz).
My subjective feeling was that stiffness provided accurate targeting, tight stringbed provided low power, weight provided some arm protection. And first two - very direct feel.
But now - I bought racquet that is on flexible side, and I will see...
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