Pat Cash quote...

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by forthegame, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. forthegame

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    Of Stepanek, today he said:

    "... he has a very flexible racquet so he doesn't have to do much to get pace..."

    Implying that flexy racquets give easy pace/power?

    That can't be right, can it?
     
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  2. magnut

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    Probably just a gaff. He might have meant to say weight. Cash knows what he is talking about so I am sure he mispoke.

    My flexible heavy racquets have a lot more power than stiff light racquets. Stiff and heavy is a different animals all together IE Wilson Profile, Yamaha 04 etc.
     
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    Back during the wood era where Cash is from. It was thought at that time the more Flexible racquets produced more power. We know now that that is not true.
     
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    Didn't sound right at the time. Weight is probably what he wanted to say.
     
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    basic physics for strikeing an object is that weight is power. All this stiffness stuff is more about feel than anything else. Sure..stiff racquets have a little more power but its pretty much useless when a racquet weighs 9-10 ounces. Most to light to offer any real stability.....therfore they try to get around the stability issues with more mass without the weight...wider frames and bigger sizes. The result ends with a really stiff feeling, light, unstable frame that feels like swinging a fan more than swinging an actual tennis racquet. This is also a big reason why so many people are taken back with old school frames.

    Honestly though people should not be looking at racquets for more power anyways. A racquet purchase should be based on one thing only.....and that is feel. Most buyers of racquets really are not skilled enough to feel much of a difference so the main buying factor is cosmetics and professional endorcement.
     
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    I have Radek his racket and can confirm it is very powerful...
     
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