Racquet feels hollow...

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by racquet_jedi, Jan 9, 2008.

  1. racquet_jedi

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    Title explains it all, whenever I'm bouncing the ball with my racquet (and hitting with it to), I notice that it feels a bit hollow, would tightening the strings make it feel more firm? How about adding more mass to the handle?

    Multis also with a tighter tension?
     
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  2. Alafter

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    Depending on hollow. But with lighter stiffer rackets i notice that higher tension does not improve feel.
     
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  3. Deuce

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    Of course your racquet feels hollow and cheap - that's the style today. All of today's racquets feel hollow and cheap.

    Complaining about a current racquet feeling hollow is like buying a pair of jeans and complaining that the crotch is at your knees. Hell - of course the crotch is at your knees - that's what's 'cool' today.
    It's all about today's style, man...
     
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  4. tennis_hand

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    just add lead... :lol:
     
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  5. Maestro Nalbandian

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    "Have you thought of adding some lead?" ;););)
     
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  6. MichaelChang

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    yep I really feel many rackets made today are hollow, and ball feel is terrible. you might try to find some used old school ones on the * bay.
     
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  7. Gimmick

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    Maybe you need to get the lead out.
     
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  8. Alafter

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    Hell, I'd say it's even high time you gave up on tennis!
     
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  9. racquet_jedi

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    Hmm, actually I think I'll use either a full multi string job or put my multi in the mains...

    I actually have a total of 16 g at the 3/9 positions and more weight in the handle, though I don't know how much (I used rubberbands stuffed inside the handle and I don't have a scale)...
     
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  10. Blank

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    I have personally experienced hollowness using Head Pro Tour 690 and Asian PS Tour 90. It just seems it is lacking some weight.
    I guess some lead will enhance the feel somewhat.
     
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  11. pow

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    I don't think you can change that feel too much. I've ran into racquets with that feel and I guess it's just in the bonding material used to make the racquet. I've felt extreme hollowness on the Aerogel 300.

    If you want solid feel, go with older sticks, I found them in the PK Redondo, the Tour 90, and very much in the PS 85.
     
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  12. Gmedlo

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    I definitely think adding more lead will do the trick! ;)





    jk, incase you didn't see the other thread. Your racquet feels hollow because it is. Luckily, I know what you are describing; I think the fix is actually to lower the tension.

    EDIT: saw what racquet you are using, and I think it's because of the construction of the racquet. It's a pretty thick-beamed racquet that's pretty light, so the graphite is probably thin, producing a tinny, hollow feel. No way to fix it really, although lowering the tension could help a little.
     
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  13. Gundam

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    a ha ha ha!

    This is really funny and very true, sir!

    BTW, I usually avoid hollow, tinny feeling racquets. I guess feeling hollow is different from being hollow. Once I cut opened a cracked iPrestige. Yup, even that player's stick was hollow like a tube. That's the modern construction.

    But hollow feel is a different story. To experience it, try liquidmetal instinct. I bought it out of curiosity. Somehow it plays very well but it feels very thin, fragile and plastic-y. I feel like I am playing with a stick made with 0.1mm-thickness cheap plastic tube wall. I always feel nervous as if I am going to break the racquet. On the contrary, my trusty, PS6.0 95s, POG OS feel full.

    So the best is avoiding hollow-feel racquets. If the sound is the issue, put some rubber bands as shock dampner.
     
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  14. Alafter

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    Your racquet will never feel solid.

    The solid feel is coming from the natural construct of the racquet (suspect mostly density, and some beamwidth & flex). Unless you can change the material density, i dont think you will ever get the solid feel. You'll just end up with a heavier racquet to swing.
     
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  15. FuriousYellow

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    That's also why I'm not believer in getting a light racquet and building it up with lead. You can increase the weight of light frame to 12oz, but you never get the same solid feeling as you do with a frame that was built to be 12oz IMO.
     
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  16. SempreSami

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    Go back to wood :roll:
     
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  17. max200G

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    Even My Max 200G from 1983 are Hollow. All racquets are hollow in construction some racquets companies like Prince with the Original Graphite then injecte foam in the racquet.
     
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