If you're 3.5 - 4.0, Strung Weight?

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  1. ejewels

    ejewels New User

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    Out of curiosity, what is everyone <= 4.0 using strung weight wise? I'm a 3.5 - 4.0 (on a good day) and I use a YT Prestige MP (about 12 oz strung).
     
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  2. fuzz nation

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    I'm an honest 4.0 unless my practice schedule and fitness are riding high enough that I can swim in the same pond with the 4.5's.

    I enjoy a couple of different racquets - the heaviest frame in my bag is 13.4 oz. with a very HL balance of at least 10 pts., maybe just a little more. Lightest racquet is 12.4 oz. and also significantly HL in balance. The heavy ones were initially "training frames" since they were tough for me to manage, but when I got more familiar with them and improved my preparation, they got to be a lot of fun.

    I'm an all-courter with an affinity for finishing points at the net whenever I can, so I love the stability in a heavier racquet. There is such a thing as too darned heavy (those "trainers" can get a little slow), but I get into bigger trouble when I feel as though the ball is pushing a light racquet around.
     
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  3. ChipNCharge

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    NTRP 4.0: 11oz strung, with dampener and overgrip.
     
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  4. 0d1n

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    Between 341-344 grams. I might be a bit higher than "3.5 - 4.0" though...but I don't live in the States so don't have a "proper" ranking. Not above 4.5 though from what information I've gathered ;).
     
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  5. pyrokid

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    I'm a low- mid 4.5, but I use 11.4-11.8.
    SW is fairly high though.
     
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  6. getsby

    getsby Semi-Pro

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    There is no interrelation between weight of a racket and your level. I met many amateurs of level 4.0-6.0 who plays rackets 310gr-was frequent it head radical mp or wilson blade mp without lead tape. I play heavy frames-very helps on giving reception, the block. Besides, against hard hitters the heavy frame reduces risk of a injury. I will better lose 06 06, than then month I will treat a brush or an elbow
     
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  7. LeeD

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    Did you know that Conan the Barbarian can heft a bigger sword than GerryLopez? Size makes a difference.
     
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  8. ejewels

    ejewels New User

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    OK, so here is another question. What are the true benefits to heavier vs. lighter frames?
     
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  9. getsby

    getsby Semi-Pro

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    benefit heavy frames-health
     
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  10. lilxjohnyy

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    im around a 4.5 and i use a 12.4 oz strung frame.
     
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  11. anirut

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    All else being equal (strings, player's swing speed, etc.) :
    - Resistance to impact -- stability
    - Comfort -- more material to absorb the vibrations.
    - More powerful

    But if you feel uncomfortable with the heavier weight, doesn't matter what's the weight in numbers, DO NOT use it for the benefits. In such case, it can do more harm than a lighter racket.
     
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  12. KOtennis

    KOtennis Semi-Pro

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    NTRP 4.5, more like 4.0 now with bad serving shoulder.

    my racquets are all around 12.3 oz, 9 points headlight.
     
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  13. 0d1n

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    Very much in agreement. With regards to "more powerful" I think there's a more direct correlation between swing weight and power than it is between actual mass and power.
     
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