Heaviest player racquet of all time?

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  1. vintagefan

    vintagefan Rookie

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    What's the heaviest player racquet that is still very nice to hit with, not an antique piece that belongs to the wall? I'm currently playing with a "light" rated 13.5oz Jack Kramer Pro Staff woodie and find it very enjoyable to hit with. What should I expect when I go all the way to a "heavy" rated frame? Thanks!
     
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  2. BreakPoint

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    Typically, with wood racquets:

    Light = 13.0 to 14.0 oz.
    Medium = 14.0 to 15.0 oz.
    Heavy = 15.0 to 16.0 oz.

    I have a Wilson Jack Kramer Pro Staff woodie that's rated "Medium" so it weighs around 14.5 oz.

    You can expect even more plow through with the Medium and Heavy rated racquets.

    It's ironic that today many grown men think a 12.0 oz. racquet is too heavy to play with when women and children used to play with much, much heavier wood racquets.
     
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  3. andreh

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    I have a wood racket that was meant for ladies. 380 grams strung, if I believe. Hits like a dream.
     
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  4. vintagefan

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    Is there any dimensional difference between these frames? Will I get the same plow through effect if I add lead to the throat and turn my JK PS "light" into "heavy"?
     
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  5. BreakPoint

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    Probably. Why not give it a try?
     
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  6. Harl Goodman

    Harl Goodman New User

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    Indeed.
    I have some Wilson Lady Advantage rackets.
    Printed on their throats you will find the following -

    "This racket is designed specifically for today's serious woman tennis player; light weight overall and balanced light in the head for mobility - consistent flexibility for added power"

    These rackets are 12.5 oz, and only 2 points HL (strung).
     
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  7. BreakPoint

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    Yes, I remember that racquet. I used to have the standard Wilson Advantage, the one with the thinner beam and the beautiful mahogany wood overlays, and I think that was supposed to be a bit lighter than the Kramers but was still pretty heavy, IIRC.

    BTW, 12.5 oz. and 2 pts HL would probably give that Lady Advantage a swingweight of at least 350 or so.
     
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  8. Harl Goodman

    Harl Goodman New User

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    My Advantage Medium is 13.9 oz, 2 points HL.

    I have a Medium Kramer that's 14 oz, 5 points HL.
    A buddy has my old one - 14.2 oz, 2 points HL.

    So, what would the swing weight be like on a 14.5 oz, 4 points HL stick?
     
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  9. BreakPoint

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    I'm guessing close to 400.
     
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