Lightest racket for pro player?

Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by blackdiamond, Sep 29, 2004.

  1. blackdiamond

    blackdiamond New User

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    What do you think is the lightest weight racket used by the top 25 pro men? My guess would be nothing lighter than 12oz.

    Even though Roddick uses the PD+, I doubt that he uses the stock 11oz model. I can't see why he would since someone with his strength would get much more power from a higher swingweight without sacrificing much control if any.
     
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  2. WhiteStripes

    WhiteStripes Rookie

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    It has already been reported on these boards and in a recent Tennis magazine article that Roddick plays with a stock PD+ modified with lead to weigh approximately 11.5 oz. Moya has been reported as using a sub-11 oz old Soft Drive under the current PD paint, modified to be extremely head-heavy. Nadal used to play with a stock PD Std., and now by all accounts looks like he's playing with a stock AeroPro Drive, which has basically the same specs as the PD. The trend is definitely shifting towards lighter frames, for better or worse. Once this current crop of PD/Surge/Shark-wielding juniors come of age, it's going to be even more pronounced.
     
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  3. Veritas

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    I also heard that even with the lead on Roddicks racquet that it is still sub 12oz, which would explain his tremendous head speed.
     
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  4. blackdiamond

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    I wonder where Roddick put's his 0.5 oz of lead tape. If he is putting it at the very tip, then he's adding about 30 swingweight, bringing it to about 360 swingweight. This would make it a fairly heavyweight stick and about even balance.
     
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  5. lendl lives

    lendl lives Semi-Pro

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    from pics i've seen he has a lot at 3 and 9.
     
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  6. second set

    second set New User

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    I saw him up close recently, looks to be taped up alot at 3 and 9 o'clock. However, this was on the racket he was using to swing like a baseball bat, so maybe its just his special purpose "baseball" racket.
     
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  7. Ash Doyle

    Ash Doyle Professional

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    Just for comparison: I was reading over the weekend how Bill Tilden (pro from the 1920's) used a racquet that was 13.5 ounces. It was described (for the time) as incredibly lightweight. Don Budge (pro from the 1940's) used a racquet that was 16 ounces.
     
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  8. perfmode

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    Wood racquets averaged about 14oz. Back then, even women and kids used the 14oz wood racquets.
     
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