Lighter or heavier racquet?

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  1. oray777

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    Should i choose a lighter racquet or heavier racquet?
     
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  2. p0w3r

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    The general rule is to get the heaviest racquet you can use without slowing down your stroke. But it really depends on you playing skill/level and the kind of people you play against. If you play against very good players with tons of spin and heavy shots, a heavier racquet is necessary in order to hit back the shots since a light racquet will not have enough weight to push back the ball.
     
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  3. Amone

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    Lighter is generally better for customising; I know I'd like to have a 'lightweight players racquet' lying around so that I could really make it my own, but for anyone else, the heavier the better, until your arm can't handle it.
     
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  4. couch

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    Might help to know just a "little" bit about you.
     
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  5. NLBwell

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    Lighter or heavier than what, air?
     
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  6. oray777

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    I'm a 3.5-4.0 player. I play left-handed. I play more from the baseline.
     
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  7. Mick

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    i prefer using a heavy racket because I believe it would help me generate more power when I serve.
     
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  8. dewey2110

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    as heavy as you can..."can" meaning being able to swing it without slowing down your swing. Especially for baseliner, heavier racquets produce heavier balls...and we all know what light weight racquets (that happen to be stiff) do to our arms.
     
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  9. staedtler

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    I just moved from an APD to an MSpeed. Theres probably about a .7 ounce difference. At first I thought I couldn't handle a 12 oz racquet. I did notice the weight change, but my swing wasn't effected by it. I noticed more stability on offcenter hits. Also my shots seemed to have more pace and felt heavier. Also my serve improved oddly enough, I think the extra weight made me concentrate more on technique to generate the pace then just swinging wildly as fast I can. Although my 1hbh hasn't really adjusted to the extra weight just yet. I think the heavier racquet would be better, but as others have said, it leaves a little less room for customization.
     
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  10. Tennis Man

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  11. Keifers

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    You might want to factor swingweight and balance and flex into your decision making, too.

    The tutorial at racquet research dot com should provide you with a very good grounding on how the different parameters affect a racquet's performance.
     
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  12. tempura_MAKI

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    when I was at 3.5 I was looking for power, thus moving to a heavier racquet. never looked back.
     
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  13. stormholloway

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    Seems to me the lighter a frame the less head light it should be. This tends to be a guideline I've noticed in "lighter frames".
     
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  14. oray777

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    I've been sticking with heavy frames so far but i'm going to try a few light frames and see how they feel.
     
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  15. goosala

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    Go as heavy as you can but still feel comfortable swinging it. I use a frame that is 12.5 ounces and like the extra weight on groundstrokes. I used to use a monster of a frame called the Yamaha Secret 04 which was 13 ounces and stiff as hell.
     
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