Actual pro raquet weight

Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by c10, Nov 8, 2004.

  1. c10

    c10 Rookie

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    I know that years ago racquets were heavier than today but also players hited more flat, making it posible to handle heavy racquets. Today, players hit heavy topspin, and in order to brush the racquet to produce top spin racquets should have less weight.

    So the question is, which is the average weight of todays pro players racquets?

    Is this weight changed depending on the surface? If so, how is this change?
     
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  2. ty slothrop

    ty slothrop Semi-Pro

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    well, it's kinda paradoxical about tennis today, at least for the men, that they need lighter rackets because the ball is coming so damned fast, yet the lighter rackets can't physically stand up to heavy balls with so much pace.

    my guess is that the pros' rackets aren't that much lighter than 15 years ago, but that everyone's stronger and in better shape to make them move faster to create and deal with the extra pace. but i think we're at a real precipice. it will be really interesting to see in five years what all of the liquidmetal and pure drive kids coming up today, who will have never played with a 12.5 oz racket, do once they get to the pros and everybody's serving 150. I'm sorry, but most players, even five years from now, won't be able to return all of that heat with an 11.5 oz. racket. even roddick, who leads his pd up to 11.5 according to jay schweid, has one of worst returns of any top 50 player and i can't help but think that part of it's because his racket is so light
     
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  3. Lambsscroll

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    Pros range from 11.5 to 13.5. The guys with the lighter racquets shift the weight towards the center of the racquet for mass.

    As the kids grow up they simply adjust their racquets accordingly to the increased pace they face. Pete Sampras didn't change the weight of his racquet the day he turned pro. I'm sure it was weighted up by then.
     
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  4. Richie Rich

    Richie Rich Legend

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    If you look at early pics of Sampras (91 era) you'll notice that he has very little lead on his racquet. As the years went by he added more lead at 3 and 9 o'clock. Notice too that over the years he bulked up physically.

    I'm sure the stock PS 85 can handle almost anything stability wise. Guess he just wanted to hit a heavier ball.
     
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  5. Lambsscroll

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    I mentioned Pete to llustrate that pros, in general, arent shocked at the pace once they turn pro. Most have already tweaked their racquet to handly the pace.
     
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  6. Grant Morgan

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    don't for get that some pros are using longer rkts. We all know it takes more time to move that. Add more weight and it takes even more time.
     
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