Lightest and heaviestt racket used by pro

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  1. Boricua

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    I dont know much about this subject but Im curious.

    I think Sampras used a pretty heavy racket. I read Venus Williams uses a heavy racket.

    Concerning light rackets, Radwanska I think uses a Pure Drive Light or Team and Zheng Yi (or Yi Zheng) uses a RDIS 300, both very light. In men, I havent checked.

    Also, its hard to know because pros tend to customize (add lead, etc.).

    Any information about this subject?
     
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  2. LeeD

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    Some women pros use under 10oz., but not the big hitters.
    Upper, probably some big strong guys, a Philipousis or Tsonga, Isner or Croat, Sampras, or DelPo, would use heavier than Fed's 12.5 oz.
     
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  3. Boricua

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    I wonder in DelPos wrist injury is an issue now when deciding over the weight to use.
     
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  4. LeeD

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    Of course.
    On the one hand, a heavier racket "plows thru" easier on hard shots.
    On the other, a heavier racket stresses the wrist more on the loop takeback.
    Consider....when you played baseball in high school, did you use the heaviest 36 oz bat or did you use the lightest 29? I stuck with 32's, choked up an inch, to get distance out of my swings. 8th grade, 4'8" and 75 lbs.
     
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  5. bluetrain4

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    But, we can't base answers simply on what we see on TV since many players are using custom molds or stock frames with lead or paint jobs.

    Does anyone have any insider info about who uses the actual lightest and heaviest frames, not just matching the model seen on TV to TW specs.

    It's fairly common knowledge that a lot of male pros use rackets that are considerably heavier than nearly anything offered for commercial sale. I would be interested to know if any male pros actually use a light racket. And, if so, how "light."
     
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  6. Boricua

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    I agree on your theory related to the racket.

    In terms of baseball, I played basketball in high school. Gave up baseball at 8 years old when I could not figure out high fly balls with my glasses on.:)
     
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    I gave up baseball during first day tryouts when RonBlair plunked me TWICE in the same at bat. I finally struck out, and the next day, was invited to track for longjump and 50 yard dash. Those upper arm bruises lasted for 3 weeks.
     
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    Kimiko Date-Krumm uses a 385 gram racquet. Thats 13.58 ounces! I am guessing that is one of the heaviest on the WTA.
     
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    proof? doubt you have any. under 10 oz would get pushed around at pro level. under 10 oz strung is one of the lightest frames available to the public today, basically the next step up for kids
     
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    Gasquet's is 314g strung. Nalby's Yonex is somewherere around 370g I think
     
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    Look up DominicChibul's racket, then do a search under rackets of women pros....
    There's one other who uses rackets in the mid 9's, not top 50.
     
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  13. The Baseline

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    any men that use under 10 ounce frame???????
     
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  14. dirtballer

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    The weight of a racket a pro is using is probably not the same as the weight of that racket if you bought it commercially off-the-shelf. The pro's racket is probably either leaded-up or a custom mold.
     
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    Fed's racquet is pretty heavy, or so I've heard...
     
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  16. tennisdad65

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    are you serious? my 8 yr old son uses a 9.2 oz graphite frame. Hard to find anything lighter than that.
     
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  18. Torres

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    But have you seen how hideous her strokes are?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSAHU0yq56o

    There's no way that anyone but the most elite athletes with world class technique are going to have a full swing with that.
     
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    Yes, what's his name, Francesca Schiavone uses one :twisted:
     
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    haha saw this one coming
     
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  21. li0scc0

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    Really? I thought he used some form of the Liquidmetal Instinct Tour XL...which, even in stock form, is well into the 330g range.
     
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    314g, 376g swing wt.
     
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  23. li0scc0

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    Must be about, oh, 15 points head heavy? :)
     
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    No it head light, but it's 27.5 inches, so the extra half inch adds a lot to the swing weight...
     
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    What about Kimiko date krumm
     
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    10 oz is 280 grams. In these days 270 is about standard for (recreational) adult tennis rackets.

    I know fischer had a racket weighing under 200 grams years ago (then the lightest racket ever). the head tiS6 weighs about 220.

    today carbon technology is so good that manufactorers can easily produce very stiff rackets in the 260 grams range.

    the problem for pros is just that such a racket will twist a ton if you hit slightly off center. also they are so strong that they can't swing any faster with a light one. so a bigger racket gives them more power.
     
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    That's old info. Greg Raven measured it recently and the lighter weight is his current set up...
     
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    Dominika Cibulkova uses Dunlop Biomimetic 600 Lite weighs 10.01 oz.
     
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    Supposedly she uses a paint job of a 500, unless she actually switched...
     
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    You're right. Her strokes are pretty poor. She looks like a player that hasn't hit in years coming back out for the first time. Yikes!!
     
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    Isner's racket is actually pretty light....at least the one he used in an exho last November that I picked up.

    I thought it would be similar in weight to what I play (kps88 weighted to 390 grams), but not close.
     
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    Sabatini used a 14 oz frame. That's the heaviest I've heard from a woman in a long time.
     
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    Wow, strong girl! She does not seem so strong physically but she certainly is!:)
     
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  37. Boricua

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    What's that in ounces?:)
     
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    See info on Bjorn Borg's frames here:

    http://www.80s-tennis.com/pages/borg-anecdote-jose.html

     
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  39. Boricua

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    So why would a pro use a stock racket and then alter it? Why doesnt the company just make a racket for that pro and sell it commercially as given to the pro?:) Maybe there is no market for them?

    I would think that the por would use a demo stick, put and add lead, and then the company would make that racket for him, but not add lead after making the final racket.


    Maybe I could be wrong, just my uspcious theory.:)
     
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  40. Boricua

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    suspicious theory, that is:)
     
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    Such a heavy racket would be perfect for Date-Krumm's strokes, which are incredibly compact, hardly any backswing. Thus, she can effectively use that mass to redirect other player's pace. If she had enourmous loop strokes (such as a Soderling forehand or Gasquet backhand), then such a heavy frame would probably be a liability for her (though Sabatini had pretty long strokes and used an even heavier frame).
     
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    No one ever said that they were. The fact is, that amateurs are the ones who should care less about what they use...
     
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    Robredo's racket is sort of light in the ATP.

    In the WTA, the lightest belongs to Dominika Cibulkova.

    I consider Federer's stick one of the heaviest in present day!
     
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    Around 11 oz
     
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