Does lighter mean faster?

Discussion in 'Shoes and Apparel' started by archman, Mar 5, 2011.

  1. archman

    archman Rookie

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2010
    Messages:
    262
    I have been wearing the Prince T22's over the past year or so and really like them. A friend of mine mentioned that he's suprised I don't wear something lighter, considering quickness is a big part of my game. Would a lighter shoe make a difference in quickness with everything else being equal? If so, what is a shoe that is light that has good durability and cushion.
     
    #1
  2. charliefedererer

    charliefedererer Legend

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2009
    Messages:
    5,639
    Rafa plays in Nike Ballistics that are an ounce heavier than your Prince T22's.

    It does'nt seem Nadal lacks for speed.

    So the weight of the tennis shoe should take a back seat to support and cushionioning. Light shoes often mean decreased durability.

    But if you really want to try something lighter, you can try the Nike Lunar Vapor 8 (Roger's shoe) is three ounces lighter than yours. (But no 6 month outsole warranty.)

    (Still, if you have wheels, is three ounces really going to make a difference?)

    If what you are really asking is that you are looking to change shoes, consider the Asics Gel Resolution 3's. They are an ounce lighter than yours, most find at least as comforable as the T22's, and have a 6 month outsole warranty.
     
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2011
    #2
  3. LeeD

    LeeD Bionic Poster

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2008
    Messages:
    37,285
    Location:
    East side of San Francisco Bay
    Agree shoe weight has little to do with quickness or speed.
    As a tiny tyke playing high school varsity football and basketball, I first tried the "light" shoes, and switched to the linemen and high tops before the first wear marks showed. Support and solidity to prevent foot injuries most important. Quickness and speed is the important for track.
     
    #3
  4. The Notorious V.I.G.

    The Notorious V.I.G. New User

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2011
    Messages:
    65
    In my experience, shoe weight has to do most with stability. You don't want to compromise on stability, so keep above a reasonable weight.
     
    #4
  5. parasailing

    parasailing Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2009
    Messages:
    3,483
    If you were running the 100 meter dash in track and field, 3 oz might will probably make a difference but on the courts, I think there are other things to worry about :).
     
    #5
  6. The Notorious V.I.G.

    The Notorious V.I.G. New User

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2011
    Messages:
    65
    Like support, cushioning, and durability, wouldn't you say?
     
    #6
  7. netguy

    netguy Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2009
    Messages:
    721
    Location:
    On the Baseline
    After hitting for two plus hours, it does!
    Comparing a 15 oz or less vs a 17 oz shoes
     
    #7
  8. Funbun

    Funbun Professional

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2009
    Messages:
    901
    On the tennis court, you should consider MANY other factors. You have to remember that there are many quick accelerations and decelerations, and you gotta find a shoe that fits your game the most.

    If you like to serve and volley or play an aggressive, net-charging style, you'll probably need a shoe that can help you move forward, and that'll help you make quick runs front and back.

    If you're a baseliner, it all depends. If you like to go for every single ball in sight, then you really need a very stable shoe, that'll probably be on the heavier side. If you like to take the initiative at the baseline, then you can probably go lighter.

    Basically, you have to consider the trade-off between a shoe's stability and speed. Most of the best tennis shoes out there are in a reasonable range for compromising both, so in the end, it's all about how you feel. I prefer a heavier shoe just because it feels solid and helps me counterpunch and get back into position (aka push it back). Honestly, if you like your Prince T22s, stick with them. If you think you like the idea of a heavier shoe, by all means try it.
     
    #8
  9. archman

    archman Rookie

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2010
    Messages:
    262
    Thanks for all of the responses. How do you think the new Nike Lunar vapor compares to the Prince T22's?
     
    #9
  10. Boricua

    Boricua Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2011
    Messages:
    3,091
    They say the Yonex shoes are good but less durable:)
     
    #10
  11. Six.One.Tour.90FAN

    Six.One.Tour.90FAN Professional

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2009
    Messages:
    1,030
    Location:
    wiltshire, uk
    Rafa's shoes are custom and are probably as light as retail vapours..
    Same story with feds.

    90
     
    #11
  12. jayoub95

    jayoub95 Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2010
    Messages:
    600
    Location:
    Sydney, Australia
    Lighter could mean faster because you will be able to move your feet quicker on the court and lighter shoes can feel more comfortable. Depends what you like. Heavy shoes or light shoes.
     
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2011
    #12
  13. lidoazndiabloboi

    lidoazndiabloboi Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2005
    Messages:
    780
    lighter is definitely faster, but everyone has a different preference how light or heavy of a shoe they like. A reference to basketball shoes, Kobe's shoes are 10 oz while Lebron's shoes have dropped down to 15 oz. Both have lighter shoes compared to what they once used but it complements their style of game. The same can be said for Nadal and Federer. Nadal has a more grind it out style while Federer's is sleeker and smoother. Therefore, their shoe preference accompanies their style.
     
    #13
  14. Annika

    Annika Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2009
    Messages:
    566
    reply

    I like lighter shoes because when I need a really quick step, I want to know I'm going to get there. If my shoes are heavyweight, like 13 oz, I cannot move as quickly. However, having said that, I also like feeling planted on the ground when I hit balls, esp volleys. Which might mean they can't be too lightweight. I like them about 11 oz to 12 oz. :)
     
    #14
  15. WildVolley

    WildVolley Legend

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2007
    Messages:
    5,889
    Other things equal, yes, a lighter shoe is faster. Weight is NEVER an advantage to athletic shoes. This is why sprinters wear very light spikes and Kobe Bryant has transitioned to a lighter shoe. The weight doesn't make a shoe stable, but perhaps the material that provides the stability weights more.

    Tennis shoes tend to weight more because of durability and support issues. A shoe that is too soft may be slower than a heavier stiffer shoe when changing directions.
     
    #15

Share This Page