Are Super OS Rackets "Fair"?

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  1. new_tennis_player

    new_tennis_player Banned

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    Take a look at the specs on these rackets:

    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpage-PEXOS.html

    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Wilson_K_Factor_KZero/descpageRCWILSON-KZERO.html

    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Wilson_BLX_Cirrus_One/descpageRCWILSON-COBLX.html

    These are 118" rackets with 27.5" length. Now, I've seen people play with these things, and their appearance is unmistakable. They don't look like rackets. They are the size of a satellite dish.

    The few people I've seen playing with them are apparently buying them to compensate for some noticeable physical deficit. And I can assure you these rackets are effective.

    They are absolutely enormous and can turn people who can barely walk into effective net and baseline players.

    I know these rackets are legal, but they make it so difficult to make a mistake mis hitting, it seems borderline unfair.

    Should racket head size be limited to say 110" or 108"? 118" just seems comical.
     
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  2. GetBetterer

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    What's the problem? If the racket head is big, they can't really give that much power back when hitting so you can easily hit winners off of these people.
     
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  3. new_tennis_player

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    Actually, the sweetspots are so huge anyone using these things can generate crazy power. Especially if they are hitting straight down, such as on a serve or overhead.
     
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  4. olliess

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    Hint: don't feed them short lobs.
     
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  5. Migelowsky

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    how many good players you see using this racquets?
    I think is fair, when they improve their game, they
    also update their equipment to fit the new level
     
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  6. masterxfob

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    it is very difficult to control the direction as well as depth of your shots with said rackets. i would absolutely destroy most players using one of these super os rackets.

    i've got a 3.5 friend that buys $200 to $700 rackets. i bagel the guy at will and doubt any kind of racket they come up with will help him against me. your skill set is the limit of your game. no equipment will ever boost you a level.
     
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  7. Fuzzball7

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    I never knew racquet could cost that much.
     
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  8. kevoT

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    Nope! they're not fair at all! OS and SOS racquets should be destroyed, imo :D
     
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  9. StreetFighter

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    Of course its not fair, they are handicapping themselves.
     
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  10. Cindysphinx

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    I started on a Wilson T-2. It was 120.

    Once I started taking lessons and the pro wanted me to finish over my shoulder, I could not keep the ball in the court. I switched to a Babolat.

    I now will drag out my old Wilson for a few laughs. I still cannot keep the ball in the court with that huge racket.
     
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  11. Falloutjr

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    Of course it's not fair. If I saw someone using a racquet larger than 115 inches, I would burst out laughing so hard I would have to forfeit :D
     
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  12. darthpwner

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    Perfectly fair, they can't control groundies with those rocket launchers
     
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  13. fruitytennis1

    fruitytennis1 Professional

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    I wish i knew
    I would love to try 1 just for kicks
     
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  14. Nuke

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    Take a look at the Gamma Big Bubba:

    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpage-GBB29.html

    Head Size:
    137 sq. in. / 884 sq. cm.
    Length: 29 inches / 74 cm
    Strung Weight: 10.1oz / 286g
    Balance: 7 pts Head Heavy
    Swingweight: 408
    Stiffness: 65
    Beam Width: 22-24 mm Tapered Beam
    Composition: High Modulus Graphite
    Power Level: High

    This dwarfs your puny 118" racquets. Now, as this is a legal racquet, if it offered an "unfair advantage," don't you think the pros would use it? There are always tradeoffs.
     
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  15. darthpwner

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    It's banned by the ITF
     
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  16. darthpwner

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    Better yet guys, use a racquetball racket
     
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  17. Douggo

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    I just love that 18x21 is an "open" pattern, when it's in a 137-in. stick.
     
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  18. tennis_balla

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    I'd love to see you try and hit straight down on a serve and get it in. Good luck on that one ;)
     
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  19. Winky

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    Knew a guy who used a 400 square inch racquet. He just set it up on one side of the net and then lounged on the bench sipping iced tea. Never lost.
     
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  20. WildVolley

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    These rackets are so unfair that all the best players in the world use them. I heard that Federer was going to change to the Weed so that he never loses again.
     
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  23. ZackO

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    Of course they're fair. This is a pic of me with my new racket:

    [​IMG]

    ~Zack
     
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  24. prattle128

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    yeah exactly what i was thinking- i've never even heard of a racket costing more than $300
     
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