Racquet Forum FAQ

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by diredesire, Jun 28, 2006.

  1. diredesire

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    This is the Frequently Asked Questions thread for the Racquets sub-forum. Hopefully this will allow us to cut down on the stickies!

    Q: How do I customize my racquet?
    A: Customizing racquets is the process of making slight (typically) modifications to a racquet to suit a player. These modifications can be anything from adding lead tape/weights, to molding a custom grip shape! The varying methods of customization are too broad to discuss in a simple FAQ, but here is a good guide to get you started:
    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/LC/Customizing/customize.html
    After reading this guide, you can ask more specific questions in the forum!

    Q: I read TW's guide on customization, would adding lead weight(s) to the handle lower the swingweight?

    A: No, there is no way to lower swingweight by adding weight to a frame. You CAN, however, lower the swingweight by other means, such as removing material from the bumper guard. For more information see this thread:
    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=74681


    Q: What effect will adding weight to my racquet have on its balance and swingweight?
    A: Steve H. has made up a spreadsheet that will calculate these specs for you -- it can be found at http://www.hoboy.net/Hoboy/formulas.xls
    Validity of these results has not been verified yet.

    Q: What is the best racquet for X type of player?

    A: Simply put, there is no specific formula to match a racquet to a player. The best advice you can get when searching for a new racquet is to demo, demo, demo. If there is no demo service available in your area (or if the local service does not carry the racquet you are looking for..) TW provides users an excellent method of demoing frames. More information can be found here:
    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/demoprogram.html
    Charges range from ~$12 - 31, this covers shipping both ways, 4 racquets max at a time. The program is free, the shipping is not. More information can be found at the link

    If you have NO idea to begin with, here is a good read on different types of racquets, and players they are "suited" for.
    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/LC/SelectingRacquet/SelectingRacquet.html


    Q: I've been demoing, and I think i know what I like, how can I find all the current products on the market that are similar to my specs?

    A: TW offers a racquet finding tool, found at: http://www.racquetfinder.com/

    You can search by ranging the specs to very tight, or very loose tolerances. You are given the option to search only current models, but can also search discontinued models. This is an excellent resource when you know a ballpark idea of what you're looking for.

    Q: What are some arm friendly racquets?
    A: There are a ton of different opinions on this subject, so I won't try and list all "arm friendly" racquets. If you want to read about what makes a racquet arm friendly or not, check out this link:
    http://racquetresearch.com/
    DISCLAIMER: Racquet research (apparently) has stopped being updated because of incomplete/inaccurate formulations, leading to rankings that don't take into account human factors. Take all information read there with a grain of salt, and also do a quick search about any interesting racquets on the boards to supplement any findings you come across. Thanks J D for the input.


    It's a little outdated, but it has some excellent information.
    Edit (7/4/06): More information about racquet research can be found here:
    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showpost.php?p=988646&postcount=12


    A brief list of arm friendly racquets (feel free to suggest additions)
    Pro Kennex 5g/Ki5
    Pro Kennex 7g/Ki5x
    Volkl C10 Pro
    Obviously this list needs work, suggestions please!

    More available here:
    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=77937

    Q: What kind of specs are the pros REALLY using?
    A: Check this thread here, it is an excellent resource:
    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=68263


    Q: Is there a way I can search through all the Comparative Playtests?
    A: Yes, there is!
     
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  2. diredesire

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    Painting racquets

    NOTICE: All information contained within the sticky (namely the painting guide) is for informational purposes ONLY. I, nor TW is responsible for what you do with this information. If you happen to ruin a racquet, don't complain to me! It's just a loose guideline, do your research and exercise common sense! With that said, good luck!

    Q: How can I create my own custom paint job?
    A: This is a question that is asked quite a bit, so I thought I would cover some of the basics that you need...

    Tools/Materials:

    • Well lit area, free of dust, dirt, grime, wind.
    • Spray Cans of the colors of your choice
    • Spray Can of primer
    • Rubber gloves
    • Plastic Spoon
    • Spare rag (use one that you're willing to throw away)
    • Stencils
    • Sandpaper ranging from 300 - 1200 grit get wetsand if possible
    • Paint Stripper
    • Masking tape
    • Time, and patience
    Process:
    1. Remove the bumper guards, grommets, grips, and rubber grip band from the racquet. You should have nothing left on it. All weights, etc should be taken off.
    2. Tape off the handle with masking tape.
    3. Read the instructions on all the spray cans, especially the paint stripper. Paint strippers are typically very active chemicals, and can seriously harm, injure, or even kill you.
    4. Now that you've read the instructions of your paint stripper, apply the paint stripper to your racquet per the instructions.
    5. Wearing the rubber gloves to protect your skin, carefully scrape off the paint using either the plastic spoon (the spoon may melt, be careful!) or sandpaper.
    6. Once you've got most of the paint gone, wipe down the racquet with a water moistened rag.
    7. Let the racquet dry.
    8. Once the racquet is dry, take out the roughest sand paper you have. This piece of sandpaper is NOT used for hard sanding, it is used to break up/remove as much of the existing primer material left on the racquet without digging into the graphite. Once you've carefully sanded away (using water, if you have wetsand paper) all the remaining primer material, let the racquet dry. If needed, move up to 400/600 grit to remove any tough spots.
    9. At this point it would be wise to review the instructions on the spray cans. I like spraying light, light, light coats from 12" or more away, this ends up in a more even coat, but it wastes quite a bit of paint.
    10. Spray the entire racquet down with primer. This allows all paint to have a common surface to stick to, which results in a nice, even coat. It also gives a common background color, so colors will all show up the same. (note: If the coat of primer you have put on is too light, don't worry, you'll have to put down at least 2 coats.)
    11. After the first coat, there will be some inconsistencies in the primer. Here is where the fun (and patience) comes in. First, let the primer dry, this can take a few hours. Many primers will dry within an hour, but I like to let them harden a little before doing any work on it. After the racquet/primer is dry, take out the 400-600 grit (depending on inconsistencies) sandpaper. On any bumps, blotches, drips, etc, you'll want to use the sandpaper to grind/buff them away. You want a nice, flat finish. Use water as a lubricant, also, this is the point where you will be NEEDING wet-sand sandpaper.
    12. Once the racquet has been sanded down, and the finish is consistent. Let the racquet dry. Once the racquet is dry, you need to put ANOTHER coat of primer down. Remember, use lighter coats, it will actually save you time in the long run. Keep repeating the primer/sanding steps until you have a nice, smooth, flat finish. Preparation is the KEY to ending up with a nice paint job.
    13. Once the racquet is primed, dry, and ready to roll, You can begin the spray painting. This is the part where you get creative. If you want to do multiple colors in your racquet scheme, mask off the parts you don't want painted, and do a single color at a time. The method is the same, paint a light coat, sand inconsistencies off. Paint another coat, sand inconsistencies off. You'll want about 3 light coats for a good finish. If you are doing multiple colors, remove the masking, mask off the colored parts, and continue. The process is going to take a LONG time, but be patient, if you take your time and don't rush, your end product will look great!

    For more in depth information, read these guides on spraypainting. They are computer related, but the same ideas apply here:
    http://www.xoxideforums.com/painting-lighting-effects/18049-spray-painting.html
    http://www.3dgameman.com/forums/showthread.php?t=41252

    User Lakoste has suggested these excellent guides:
    http://case-mods.linear1.org/case-mod-101-how-to-paint-your-computer-case-part-1/
    http://www.mnpctech.com/case-mod-paint-computer-pc-case-mod-how-to.html

    User blabit's own paint job story:
    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?p=1045671&posted=1#post1045671
     
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  3. diredesire

    diredesire Super Moderator

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    Q: What are various weights of leather grips and others?
    A: Here is an excellent post from user Larry Baldridge, thanks Larry!






    NOTICE: For Sale Posts in the Racquets forum will NOT be tolerated. They will be deleted without any warning.


     
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    awesome, thanks for the great tips DD
     
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    Well done!:D
    The best thread I have read in a while!;)
    Great job diredesire!It really helped me a lot!:D
     
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    Thanks guys, It still needs a lot of work, let me know if there are any additions you'd like to make. I'm just trying to cut down on stickies :)
     
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  8. tennis_nerd22

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    and DD is on fire (in terms of making sticky's :D)
     
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  9. Jonnyf

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    Thanks alot DD, im planning on pj'ng an SRD because i cant stand the pj and you've made it alot easier for me to get the info. THANKS
     
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  10. Duzza

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    DD, Would you care to post some pictures of some Paintjob's you've done. I doubt i would ever do it because I'd be scared to ruin it, might test it out on an old i. Radical.
     
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  11. diredesire

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    The Super RD Tour? That's a pretty classic collectors frame... if it's in good condition, i'd leave it as is, just because they're ... "rather" hard to find ;)

    As far as pictures, I don't have any stored away, but I am considering painting a racquet pretty soon, maybe I can post a work log up... I haven't decided the scheme i want to go with, I'll create a thread soon, i hope!
     
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  12. Lakoste

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    Just to add something to DD's painting tutorial, BE PATIENT, the longer you spend letting it dry in between steps, the better, I mean like a couple days, not hours

    Other good links:
    http://case-mods.linear1.org/case-mod-101-how-to-paint-your-computer-case-part-1/ best tutorial in my mind on painting, although for computers, he uses supplies you can find anywhere, and the end result speaks for itself
    http://www.mnpctech.com/case-mod-paint-computer-pc-case-mod-how-to.html goes kind of overboard with the supplies, but end result is amazing
     
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  13. J D

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    DD, I like the FAQ idea. Good work.

    However, I would exercise caution in referring people to Racquet Research. Wilmot McCutchen used to be a member of the boards. Even though he is very knowledgeable about theoretical physics, his formulas did not hold up to scrutiny because they failed to adequately take into account frame behavior, human physiology, and racquet technology. He ended up leaving the boards because he was shown to be wrong on many significant points. I believe he realized the shortcomings of his data because he never updated his site again after that.

    So, I would recommend a HUGE disclaimer if you're going to refer people to his site. Some of the frames he has listed in his top third have proven to be some of the worst arm eaters out there while some of the frames in his bottom half are consistently recommended by knowledgeable people, even on these boards, as being very arm safe. This just shows how badly off the mark some of his concepts are. His ideas about shoulder safety in particular are not based on any solid understanding of how the joint functions.

    Mr. McCutchen seems proud of the fact that his data contains no human element. To quote his site, "No vague sales puffery, condescending jocularity, or subjective playtest results." Anyone familiar with the field knows that there has not been enough research done yet to be able to make anything more than generalizations about arm safety. Until much more is known about causative factors and how they relate to individual physiology, anecdotal evidence will have to be, by default, the best source for information about wrist, elbow, and shoulder safety.

    My recommendation is to not refer people to the site for anything more than a reference guide to some of the physics formulas involved in tennis. His arm safety data is very inconsistent and thus unreliable.
     
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    Updated both posts, thanks guys!

    Keep the suggestions coming, i know we've got a ton of threads that you're tired of seeing..
     
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    Hahaha never thought of that, and its in pretty awesome nick
     
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  16. Greg Raven

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    Wilmot McCutchen did NOT stop updating the Racquet Research site because of incomplete and/or inaccurate formulations. If this were the case, he would have removed the formulations! Instead, he stopped updating RR for personal reasons, which I won't go into here. Furthermore, Wilmot gave his permission for the USRSA to make use of his research.

    For an abbreviated, updated list based on Wilmot's research, check out:

    http://webpages.charter.net/gregraven/grs/racquetresearch.html
     
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  17. J D

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    Greg, I noticed you have a disclaimer for Wilmot McCutchen's findings; "Please note that although Wilmot's approach seems to have some validity, and is the only empirical method we currently have for calculating racquet comfort, different people will interact differently with different racquets. So, a racquet that some might think is comfortable might not seem that way to others. Likewise, a racquet that some might find painful to use might be fine for someone else."

    You attribute inaccurate results to player differences. This does not explain why frames like the Pure Drive would be in the top third of his Wilmot's list of arm safe frames whiles racquets like the Dunlop 200G 95 are in the bottom third. Obviously, only some seriously flawed theories could produce rankings like this, regardless of individual player differences.

    I don't know why Wilmot stopped updating his site. I do know he left the boards here after his results were questioned on many grounds and even he admitted that his theories and work had significant limitations. Since he stopped updating his site at the same time, I assumed he had gone back to his drawing board to try and address these issues in some manner. Admittedly, this was just an assumption.

    I understand the desire for quantifiable and absolute evidence regarding arm safety. IMO, this information is eventually going to come from biomedical engineering, not physics, because you are right about differing interactions. Since results will vary from player to player, it is only in understanding this phenomenon that we will ever be able to accurately predict a frame's arm safety for any one individual.

    Any purely mathematical theoretical approach, given the current level of knowledge, is going to be seriously flawed, no matter how exhaustive it attempts to be. I have to question recommending this research to anyone since it seems so credible when it really isn't. The well being of people's arms and wallets are on the line. I think anyone would get a much better idea of which frames are more arm friendly simply by reading this board.
     
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  18. Greg Raven

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    Your points are well taken, but we must start somewhere. I have purchased and used several racquets based on Wilmot's calculations, and found each of them to be comfortable, so I'm more inclined to view them favorably.

    Also, you have misunderstood my warning against using the results as absolutes. You wrote, "You attribute inaccurate results to player differences." This is not correct. The results are the results. If they are inaccurate, in has nothing to do with players or player differences. What I am trying to say, in essence, is that your mileage may vary, so to speak.

    I don't know of any field of endeavor where the first try was the best and ultimate expression of that field's potential. There may be a load of anecdotal evidence that this racquet doesn't work for that person even though it is rated highly for comfort. However, no amount of anecdotal evidence will ever get us anywhere.

    The next step -- IMHO -- for those who feel that Wilmot's calculations are not accurate, not well thought-out, and/or don't include this factor or that, is to come up with another model that better explains the human/racquet interface. I acknowledge that the interactions are non-trivial, but this doesn't mean we shouldn't try to quantify them, and I applaud Wilmot for attempting such a daunting (and thankless) task with such rigor.

    As for the relative ratings of the Babolat Pure Drive and Dunlop 200G 95 (Muscle Weave?), I note you produce no support for your all-but-unspoken implication that the PD is an "uncomfortable" racquet while the 200G is a "comfortable" racquet. I've never used a PD -- I'm not a PD kind of guy. However, I played with the 200G for a year or so, and found it pretty comfortable, very much along the lines of the Wilson Hyper Pro Staff ROK that I subsequently used for years (which ranks as being less "comfortable" than the Dunlop). I'm currently using a racquet that calculates out to 4837 (Yonex RDX 500 HD) with no problems, but I also spent last week playing with a racquet rated 5458, and it DID give me problems, even though I played great when using it.

    Your comments about a racquet's position in a certain "third" of the ratings therefore doesn't make much sense to me, especially considering that the Pure Drive calculates out to 4654, and the 200G to 4705, putting each of them solidly in the center "third" of the ratings, which range from 2537 to 7323.

    Finally, however, I stand on my point that Wilmot did not stop updating the Racquet Research site because of incomplete and/or inaccurate formulations, for the reason already mentioned in a previous post.
     
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  19. J D

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    Greg, not to try and bust your chops, but I don't see any difference between, "player differences" and "your mileage may vary."

    But I have never seen a first attempt that not only was so flawed, but where the creator of the method knew it was flawed and simply didn't care. Wilmot has admitted that racquet technology, including materials and shock dampening systems, do affect arm safety. His response was, essentially, I don't have any way to measure those factors so I'm leaving them out.

    Also, there is no established basis in biology and physiology for many of his assumptions about what factors do and don't make a frame safe for a certain joint. He's simply guessing, and sometimes incorrectly (my daughter is a biomedical engineer so I'm not just guessing as we have discussed some of Wilmot's theories at length).

    In addition, his model of applicable formulas is incomplete because it fails to take into account certain physical properties of the frame/string/ball collision.

    So, are you saying there is no validity to scientific observations in the field? Until much more research is done, the ONLY credible evidence is going to be anecdotal.

    I'm guessing you're saying this tongue in cheek because you know the research can be done but it isn't going to happen anytime soon. The only people in the industry that have that kind of money are the racquet companies, and they have a vested interest in making sure this type of knowledge never gets to the public because of product liability. Seriously, give me a half million dollars and I'll do the research and come up with the model.

    I also applaud his efforts. Where I condemn him is in presenting his results to the public as being accurate when he knows they are, to varying degrees, incomplete and flawed.

    Like I said, all you have to do is read the boards to see the patterns. I use a Pure Drive Plus, but I couldn't use it if I played every day. It is tough on the elbow and really tough on the wrist. If you read the boards, I think you'll find about twice as many complaints about elbow and wrist problems with the Pure Drive as with all other frames COMBINED.

    Look at the RR rankings for weak players. Racquet Research has the PD listed at 51st out of 167 frames. Is that not in the top third? The Dunlop is listed at 113. Is that not the bottom third of 167? (Actually, I am a math and physics teacher so I'm being a little sarcastic here)

    BTW, I've also used the Dunlop and know it is a very arm friendly frame. Yet, he has it ranked over 20 places lower than the Wilson Hammer HH 5.2, which was another notorious arm eater, perhaps the worst of the popular frames of the time. And, yes, I have hit with the 5.2 several times and it was horrible for the elbow. If you read the boards from 2002, you would know that my experiences are not in any way unique.

    Since you have inside knowledge of his situation, I will take your word for it. Still, his circumstances do not excuse him leaving his results posted in their current form, as an accurate source of arm safety information when, in fact, even he knows they are not.
     
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    That would be great. Maybe like a step by step with pics.
     
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    RacquetResearch.com has some useful information, but Wilmot has a tendency to disregard the performance aspect of a racquet.
     
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  22. MT120

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    hey travler could you answer a question about your racket customization
     
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  23. Steve H.

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    Hey DD -- here's a contribution for the sticky FAQ

    What effect will adding weight to my racquet have on its balance and swingweight?

    Steve H. has made up a spreadsheet that will calculate these specs for you -- it can be found at http://www.hoboy.net/Hoboy/formulas.xls
     
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  24. diredesire

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    You got it! Can anyone verify the correct-ness of this spreadsheet? Thanks.

    Also, how long can we expect that spreadsheet to be hosted at that website? I can host at my EDU acct for at least 2 years. (Credit will still be given, obviously!)
     
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  25. Steve H.

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    hoboy.net is my own registered domain, so it can stay there indefinitely. Actually, there's also a copy at http://www.hoboy.net/formulas.xls to cut down on 404's if you would rather use that address. Or, if somebody (maybe TW?) wants to put it somewhere more official that would be fine with me.

    re accuracy, there had been a mistake in it when I first put it up last month, but it got fixed, and there have been about 300 downloads since then with no further complaints.
     
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  26. BiGGieStuFF

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    Where can i find racket reviews for rackets that are no longer sold by TW?
    example. prince turbo shark
     
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    Hi DireDesire -

    Just a quick thanks and FYI - Thanks for creating your Racquet Forum Facts Sticky ( top post this thread ) just wanted to point out that since the software upgrade, none of the links posted to internal TW TT threads link properly. Of course links to outside destinations are still working fine.

    Example:

    A: No, there is no way to lower swingweight by adding weight to a frame. You CAN, however, lower the swingweight by other means, such as removing material from the bumper guard. For more information see this thread:
    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=74681

    74681 takes you to a poll on who is the best looking guy on the pro tour. Andy Roddick seems to be the strong favourite. An unfortunate glitch in some very fine efforts on your part.

    Thanks again - Jack
     
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  28. D Optimist

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    Where I can find [K] Six.One Lite Wilson racquet

    On the Wilson web site I found this racquet but in TW not. I must wait or what ?
     
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  29. Pr0DiGy

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    Just a suggestion:

    There are tons of threads recently on where to put lead to get more spin, power, control, etc. Whether to put lead at the buttcap, top of the handle, 3&9 o'clock, 12 o'clock, etc. A few terms such as polarized, SW2, etc with their definitions and benefits would be great.

    Just some suggestions for the FAQ. Obviously this won't eliminate all the threads on where to put lead as some posters have very specific requirements with exact weight and balance, but it might eliminate the need for some threads asking about basic lead tape placement.
     
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  30. TENNIS 67

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    Hey Lakoste, I am just curious about what racquet you are currently using.
     
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  31. jaZZirat

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    Google it...you'll find racquet reviews by various retailers/magazines/users/playtesters etc
     
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    If there is someone to pass along suggestions for improving the Tw website, could you forward my comments...

    When looking at the reviews of racqets, I have frequently wanted an option to search by each of the variables that the playtesters rank. for examble which racquet that has been reviewed has the highest control number, or power, or topspin or serve. In order to compare I have to actually go to the review page of various racquets and scroll to the bottom to check the numbers in the bar graph.
     
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  33. Greg Raven

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    My apologies for not seeing this response sooner.

    When the EPA tells you that the Honda Civic Hybrid gets 50 mpg while the Toyota Camry gets only 30 mpg, this does not take into account the way YOU drive. Similarly, there are plenty of players who have terrible biomechanics. A "comfortable" racquet (assuming such a thing exists) may hurt such a player's arm, while a "dangerous" racquet (again assuming ...) may be fine.

    Wilmot's work is not flawed. It may not consider every factor under the sun, but it is not flawed. By your logic, there are virtually no models of natural systems that are not flawed, including weather forecasting, elementary physics, etc.

    With all due respect, this is nonsense. Anecdotal accounts are not evidence. My dictionary defines "anecdotal" as something that is not necessarily true or reliable, because it is base on personal accounts rather than facts or research. Wilmot took known facts (measurements of racquets), and interpreted them using known and accepted concepts of physics. I think the tennis community owes him a tremendous debt.

    I'd be interested to learn what your methodology would be, given that you seem to know how much it would cost to implement your methodology. Perhaps if you can share with everyone the approach you'd take, you might be able to raise the needed funds. It's worth noting at this point that Wilmot did his work out of pocket, and supplied the results for free to all. Once again, I think tennis players everywhere should be grateful to him.

     
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  34. Deuce

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    I know that Greg's replies were not wriiten for me, but I have never seen any practical use for Wilmot's work, and so I'm going to comment...
    And there are no doubt many people who have purchased racquets based on Wilmot's calculations and conclusions who have found that those racquets are terrible for them in terms of comfort, pain, etc.

    Well, if Wilmot's conclusions cannot be taken at absolute value, then, frankly, of what use are they, and how would a given individual possibly know which portions of his conclusions apply to him/her?

    And conclusions which don't apply to everyone across the board, and for which no formula for compensation is given are of little value.
    How is a given individual to find out if Wilmot's calculations apply to him/her or not? The only way is to try for oneself - and one can certainly do that on one's own, without consulting Wilmot's conclusions. Ergo, of what practical use are Wilmot's conclusions?

    No - I believe the next logical step is not to reach further into irrelevant oblivion, but to readily admit that there is no formula on Earth which will provide a universal answer for all individuals - simply because there are far too many variables involved (different weights/balances, different strings/tensions, different players, playing styles, etc.).
    Human beings are different. We are not machines.

    Yes, of course - and this is precisely why Wilmot's conclusions are essentially useless - because there is no way for one to know if his conclusions apply to him/her or not until one actually tries the racquet. Therefore, Wilmot's calculations and conclusions have served absolutely no purpose.

    If Wilmot's work does not include every factor and element and variable, then it is obviously not complete. And if it is not complete, but is presented as a conclusion, then it is flawed.

    I disagree.
    What is the practical value of his work for the average tennis player? I don't see any. It's still a guessing game as to what racquets will cause pain in a given individual, and which ones won't.

    I think Wilmot had very good intentions - but he tackled a project in which failure was imminent. Success is simply not possible - because there is no universal law about which racquets will cause pain for which individuals.
    And if his work cannot be presented as an absolute, then of what value is it?
    If, at the end of the day, Wilmot must warn "This may or may not apply to you", then how is that different than making a wild guess as to which racquets will cause a given individual pain and which ones won't?
     
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    Re weighted racquets VS wrist weights

    I spent the week playing with a 1KG wrist weight on the racquet arm and spent two , two hour serving sessions with it on and it felt great , adding power , acting as a damper and giving the feeling of having done some weight work on the arm. No negitaves.

    I look forward to experimenting with the lead tape , if I can find it here in the South of France. I like the idea of raising the sweet spot .
     
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    My error; The wrist weight is 1 LB. The dampening effect is probably due to the construction which is sand in an elastic cloth which is streached around the wrist ie it is not loose and seems to really apsorbs vibration.
     
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    can you help with an illustration for your example's calculation? I would think the pure drive as a head heavier balance and lighter overall mass would rank lower than the dunlop 200G which is a higher total mass and more headlight balance. I find your points quite interesting as I always thought McCutchen's general premise was higher mass, more head light = better for arm.
    Thanks!
    thanks
     
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  39. zapvor

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    wow you got some good info up here. i didint even read it all yet
     
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    Hi,

    Can anyone tell me what's the string used on the TW Racquet Reviews?
     
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    Hello,

    I'm new to this forum, so if this is in the wrong location, forgive me. I have a question about racquet grips. Here's the situation. I have a Head Radical Tour MP that I bought used, not through this forum. The grip was 4 5/8 but has been, shall we say altered to a more rounded shape. My question, is there any feasible and reasonable (monetarily) way to have this restored to the factory shape? Thanks.
     
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  42. Mansewerz

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    Hey DD, are all of those links above accurate? some send to a Tursunov is a poster on TW thread and one to a wilson jack kramer thread.
     
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    Racquet crimes

    Guy's I am new to this forum stuff, But i had to do it. The racquet manufacturers are building total junk, I have been in tennis for thirty five years and have played with three decades of tennis racquets including wood, metal and fiberglas and graphite. and the truth is dunlop, wilson babolat, prince, from yonex, etc. are taking us to the cleaners with pure junk. ask any pro stringer and they will tell you they have never seen more tennis elbow in the history of tennis. The more i look into this, the angrier i get. I.d like to inform you that tour professional racquets go through a different and higher quality manufacturing process, The racquets you and i buy at the store are "high quality plastic" which they call polymers another nice word for plastic. this is an insult. I will never buy a new racquet and if we all stay away from this new junk, the racquet makers will respect us a little more. by now you probably know roger fed plays with 25 year old technology. an old prostaff painted to look like the real thing. and by the way the strings are total garbage with millions of strings to choose. I don't want to burst any bubbles but this the plain truth about todat junk racquets.
     
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  44. Energy Recruitment

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    hi,
    would like to purchase Wilson rackets for my children. I am seeking recommendations on which rackets I should buy. Based on your feedback, I will have the kids demo 4 rackets and then purchase the ones they like best. Here is some info on my kids: 1) My daughter is 7 (she's big for her age), she is a beginner; she has taken about 5 tennis lessons and takes a weekly group clinic, and went ...
    metal and fiberglas and graphite. and the truth is dunlop, wilson babolat, prince, from yonex, etc. are taking us to the cleaners with pure junk. ask any pro stringer and they will tell you they have never seen more tennis elbow in the history of tennis. The more i look into this, the angrier i get. I.d like to inform you that tour professional racquets go through a different and higher quality manufacturing process, The racquets you and i buy at the store are "high quality plastic" which they call polymers another nice word for plastic. this is an insult. I will never buy a new racquet and if we all stay away from this new junk, the racquet makers will respect us a little more. by now you probably know roger fed plays with 25 year old technology. an old prostaff painted to look like the real thing.
     
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  45. austin_zone

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    sweet tips thanks
     
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  46. SuperDuy

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    Very good info, thanks!
     
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    WELL SAID... THANKFUL ONE OF MY PLAYING PARTNERS IS SPONSORS IS SPONSORED BY HEAD SO I GET THE PROFESSIONALLY BUILT ONES FROM HIM... THEY ARE SIGNIFICANTLY BETTER...!!! SHOCKING
     
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    I want to buy a Fischer frame but, as you know, they stopped producing sticks. Still I think there must be some stores out there which do have some sticks (like the M-Pro 98). Can I start a thread in which I ask where to buy a brand new Fischer frame?
     
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    dire ceck you last link at bottom of post 2 its wrong to say the least and leads to some stupid lying 14 year old trying to act cool
     
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    Yeah. That happened when they switched over to a newer version of the VBulletin software a couple of years ago.

    -SF
     
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