Racket Matching- Stiffness?

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by ARON, Aug 9, 2012.

  1. ARON

    ARON New User

    Jul 7, 2011
    I've seen a lot of threads on how the same model of racket vary in weight, balance, and swingweight. Do they also vary much in terms of stiffness?

    I have two prestige mids which I have matched up weight and balance wise, and feel about the same when swinging them. However, I can't get the same power or feel when I actually strike the ball.

    The first racket has a lot of power and vibrates a lot. The second racket is underpowered and has a "plush" feeling to it. This makes me think that the first racket is stiffer while the second racket is more flexible.

    This has been bothering me for a while now. Anyone else notice this with their rackets or am I losing it?
  2. Torres

    Torres Banned

    Jan 1, 2011
    Yes, its possible to have racquets with different degrees of stiffness.

    If you think about how racquets are made - multiple thin carbon fibre sheets rolled around a metal rod and then pressed into mold before being put into an oven, there's always the possibilty of slight variance in the amount or the thickness of graphite around the throat area (where they measure the flex) or indeed throughout the entire frame which of course will affect how it feels.

    It shouldn't vary hugely, but if you have one racquet with a variance on one end of the spectrum and another racquet on the opposite end of the spectrum, then you will probably notice it more.

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