Oversize racquets crack easier???

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  1. Stuck2Life

    Stuck2Life New User

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    So i ordered a babolat aero 112 os like last week, and was serving this morning at practice (highschool), and missed the sweet spot and broke the top of the frame. Two cracks at 10 and 2 above the top cross string. I'm only 15 and shouldn't be playing with an OS anyways but someone on my team told me oversize frames are easier to crack/break because of their larger size and surface area. It sounds pretty bogus to me, but i was wondering if he might be right?
     
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  2. GetBetterer

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    Might be the string tension.
     
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  3. new_tennis_player

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    Warranty issue.

    You can't generalize from one racket to all OS rackets.
     
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  4. Stuck2Life

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    String tension is 57. And yeah that's what i said about generalizing lol.
     
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    People on this forum worry about the strangest things. Just replace it and move on.
     
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  6. prattle128

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    I cracked my very first racket which was a Prince OS racket- broke at 9 o'clock. Other rackets have maintained their condition pretty well, but that might have been just a shaky racket. The racket head size really shouldn't matter too much at all for the reliability of the frame as to whether it snaps or not.
     
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  7. donnygg

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    I remember my stringer telling she had more reported breakages of lighter and stiffer racquets, presumably from lack of mass?
     
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  8. LeeD

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    You guys should THINK for a change.
    Larger head needs more material, right?
    But larger headed rackets are generally LIGHTER in weight than smaller headed rackets, right?
    So larger headed rackets have LESS material to be lighter, right?
    Now less materials means thinner walls, right?
    Thinner walls mean what?
     
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  9. esgee48

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    LeeD, you're right as far as 'granny' racquets are concerned. IMO, it probably does not apply to all OS racquets, e.g. Radicals, Prince graphite OS.
     
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  10. LeeD

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    112 is granny.
    Take Head LM's, 95 or 108. 108 is lighter, bigger, will break easier with big swinging mishits.
    Case closed.
     
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  11. papa

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    Well, a good many of cracked racquets (certainly not all) come from making contact with the court. Some players don't even realize they are doing it and with oversized racquets, because they are a little bigger, you "might" have eliminated the margin of clearance you had before.

    However, the racquet makers/designers are getting the grommets too close together and when they are only an 1/8" apart, your just asking for trouble because by design, you have a weak spot. I know they don't necessarily agree with this assessment but just look where these racquets are cracking.

    I wouldn't think its a tension problem unless it wasn't strung properly. My bet is that, maybe without you ever noticing it, the racquet struck the court - doesn't take much.
     
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  12. LeeD

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    When I was 32 years younger and stronger, quicker, more athletic, I folded more than 4 wood rackets, 2 Head Pros, 1 YonexGreen, 1 YonexGold, on overheads.
    Now 32 years older, all I can do is wear out the overgrips in a week....:confused:
     
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