Definition of head light

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  1. c_hari_c

    c_hari_c Semi-Pro

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    I see in the racket specs that it is 7 pts headlight, 10 pts headlight. What do these numbers mean? A higher number means you can swing easily or is it the other way around?
     
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  2. Bubba

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    Dude... do a "Google"... but here you go...

    It's a physical measurement of the balance point of your racquet. It is usually measured in mm, but if you are a standard measures guy - 1/8" = 1 pt.

    Therefore, the midpoint on a standard 27" racquet is... you guessed it: 13.5"
    If your balance point is at 13.5" (measured from the buttcap) then you are at 0 pt's HL.

    [FONT=verdana, geneva, helvetica] The distribution of weight along the length of a racquet, usually called head heavy, head light, or even. The degree of head-heaviness or head-lightness is often specified as the distance between the midpoint of the racquet's length and the actual point at which it balances, be that balance point toward the head (head heavy) or the butt (head light).

    [/FONT][FONT=verdana, geneva, helvetica]A racquet is head light if it has more weight in the half of the racquet's length that is closer to the butt. Such racquets are intended to be more maneuverable and are generally preferred by most advanced players, especially those who venture off the baseline. The degree of head-heaviness or head-lightness is often specified as the distance between the midpoint of the racquet's length and the actual point at which it balances, be that balance point toward the head (head heavy) or the butt (head light).[/FONT]
     
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  3. VGP

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    A point is 1/8 of an inch.

    Headlight means the balance is tipped more to the handle end. The points are how far off center the racket balance will be.
     
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  4. flash9

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    Each point is equal 1/8"

    If a racquet is 27" long a 0 (zero) point racquet will balance right in the middle at 13-1/2" from the butt cap. Each point is equal 1/8". So if the racquet that is 27" long, and if it is 7 pts head light, then the balance point will be 12-5/8" from the butt cap.

    Basically a head light racquet will have more weight in the handle, and a head heavy racquet will have all of the weight taken out of the handle.
     
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  5. Stan

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    Definition of Head Light = Jessica Simpson
     
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  6. inwoodnyc

    inwoodnyc New User

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    ^^^ROFLMFAO!!!
     
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  7. rst

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    does head heaviness have more momentum or energy in some way with equal weight rackets??

    ie, two 27.5 in rackets at 10.8g....one has a balance at 14" and the other at 13.5....is ther emor emomentum to be be generated with the hh racket with an equal swing??
     
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    Hahahaha...
     
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  9. rst

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    i recently purchased a discount wilson racket that weighs 10.6 ounces and claims it has 7hh and is 27.5 inches in length.


    is this unusually heavy and head-heavy for a tennis racket??

    i have another discount wilson racket that is 9.8 ounces strung and this new racket feels noticably heavier...i guessing the extra ounce is more toward the head of the racket.

    oddly, i thought this was a bad buy at first. i have long arms...36+ sleeve length, so my thinking was a light racket was what i needed because my arms would geneerate momentum.
    but i actualy seem to angle the ball better with the heavier racket.
     
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  10. rst

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    5 years and you just happen to reply to that crap??
     
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  11. fibbert

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    10.6 oz is not unusually heavy. In fact most people on here will actually find it quite light. However 7pt HH is pretty HH, I wouldn't say unusually HH because some Hammer-type rackets are very HH but personally I wouldn't be comfortable.

    I'm glad the 10.6oz racket feels heavier than the 9.8oz racket, it would be worrying if it didn't :) although with Wilson QC who knows :wink:
     
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  12. Power Player

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    rst the swigweight on your racquet may be high, which makes a light stick feel heavier. This racquet can be modded slightly and probably hit a massive ball.

    What I would do is add a leather grip or lead under your grip..something like 6 grams. Just bring the balance more even and the weight up at the same time. If you have the stick around 11.1 with an even balance and a high swingweight, you are going to be crushing the ball.
     
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  13. ptho1128

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    Thanks for that explaination. Now I understand where to add lead tape so that the frame can be even more headlight which is on the handle or inside the handle.
     
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