27 inch vs. 27.5 inches

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  1. J-lob

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    whats the diff in playing terms between 27 inches and 27.5 inches?????
     
  2. McLovin

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    I've been playing w/ a 27.5" racket for the last 8 years. IMO, the only thing it helps me with is my serve. Being 5'9", I need as much help as I can get...
     
  3. Maestro Nalbandian

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    A longer racquet provides more reach on groundstrokes, added leverage on serves and slightly more power overall than standard length racquets, all other things being equal. Standard length (27 inch) racquets are considered more control oriented.
     
  4. J-lob

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    so people pass the 6 feet mark should be using 27 inches???instead of a 27.5 inches
     
  5. tschevap

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    I have the feeling, that I can play angles much better using a longbody---but maybe it is just me!
     
  6. PROTENNIS63

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    A longer racquet will give more reach and more pop. This is because a longer racquet generaly weighs a little more so the acceleration is greater. However, there is not much control at the net. Spin is the same. Longer racquets are well suited for two hander. I have a one hander so it is not good for me.
     
  7. Cnote

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    I learned with a 27.5 but switched to a 27 after several months b/c I needed better control.
     
  8. YULitle

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    All things being equal. Longer racket equals more power and spin, both due to increased racket head speed.
     
  9. Maestro Nalbandian

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    Well people over 6 feet generally don't need the extra reach on serves and groundstrokes since they should also have longer arms than people of lesser height. I remember reading an article about the optimal height of a tennis player (for serving) which was something like over 6 foot 1 (or 185cm). I couldn't recall the details but it was determined in relation to the net height and distance to the service line. In other words if you are over 6 feet (6"1 to be exact) then scientifically speaking you don't need the extra reach from a longer racquet.

    The best way to look at it, is if you can play good tennis with an 27inch racquet then stick to it. It will give you the best control and maneuverability. Lleyton Hewitt being 5 foot 11 (could be less) uses an 27inch Yonex. However there are also a handfull of players- Ferrero, Nalbandian, Coria and Ferrer all using extended length racquets, and they all happen to be under 6 feet tall.
     
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    I play with a 27.25 and to be honest I don't notice a huge difference, perhaps a slight one on the serves. I have played with 27.5 before and there I did notice a difference but I'm not sure if it was the racquet or the length.

    In theory as Yulitle says its greater head speed and there are some (minimal) reach advantages
     
  11. Alafter

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    Not much for the average person.

    The mental stigma could be hell tho. It can drive you insecure crazy about your gear.
     
  12. J-lob

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    i'm just thinking of getting an aeropro drive with cortex plus because its cheap at my tennis store..thats all i normally play with a 27inch(Prince O3 white Mp) plus i use two hand on my bakhand i always try to reack for the ball
     
  13. Nellie

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    Where's that racquet cheap?

    Anyhow, I find the length to be a mixed bag:

    good for serves (especially the kick on second serves) and overheads

    very good for two handed backhands

    bad for spraying forehands

    very bad for my volleys - lots of loss of touch.
     
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    It won't be cheap at your tennis store much longer. And, if your shop isn't careful they could lose their right to carry Babolat for carrying it at a discounted price. They are very stingy about their prices.
     
  15. J-lob

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    i'm visitng my relatives in asia so its cheaper here than australia!!
     
  16. J-lob

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    what do you mean by spraying forehands????? is it good for flat forehands???
     

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