Racquet intangibles

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  1. sureshs

    sureshs Bionic Poster

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    We all know the main specs of racquets:

    Head size
    Length
    String pattern
    Beam width(s)
    Static weight
    Balance
    Swingweight
    Flex (RDA number)

    But what are the intangibles that are not known directly from the specs? They could also depend on strings in some cases. Some of them are:

    Feel
    Stability (including torsional stability)
    Comfort, specially on off center hits
    Size of sweetspot/zone
    Location of sweetspot relative to butt of racquet (small head = larger effective reach?)
    Aerodynamics and maneuverability
    Uniformity of string bed response
    Grip shape (rounded, square, ergonomic, slender for women, etc)
    Length of grip (suitability for 1 and 2 handed backhands)
    Suitability to certain strings
    Weight distribution over racquet
    Relative flex in different areas (hoop, throat)
    Added stiffness in key locations - 3, 9, 12 'o'clock
    Control
    Precision
    Generates a lot of spin
    Sweetspot unpredictable/predictable
    Cosmetics
     
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  2. Bud

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    1. Weight distribution (two racquets with the same weight and balance can have the weight distributed differently)

    2. Where is racquet flexible (some are flexible in hoop, some in throat)
     
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  3. sureshs

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    Added...............
     
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  4. sureshs

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    Here is an interesting question: what relative weight does someone assign to all the tangibles vs all the intangibles when selecting a racquet? Are they objective about this or more subjective? Do they start with the tangibles and then filter the selection based on intangibles?
     
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  5. fuzz nation

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    I know that I have a few "deal breakers" among the tangible spec's that are listed on frames; they need to be heavy enough and headlight enough to have familiar behavior for me. There seems to be almost no predicting the feel in a frame, though. I like a more flexible racquet, but that rating can be one of the most misleading things on the whole rap-sheet because, as you've mentioned, you can't tell where the flex is in the frame.

    I definately need that subjective experience of a demo and I've also learned to pay closer attention to the beam width of racquets because I personally have the most success with frames that are no more than 19-20 mm. Too wide seems to always be too darn harsh for me.
     
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  6. Pro_Tour_630

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    hey sureshs I leave work and the whole buzz thread got nuked, file me in what happened in the end?
     
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  7. sureshs

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    That is why I started this thread. Come on over here.
     
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  8. sureshs

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    Terms used to describe intangibles

    Solid
    Hollow
    Tinny
    Stable
    Unstable
    Twists in your hand
    Serving monster
    Great feel
    No feel
    Buttery feel
    Harsh
    Flexy
    Tiny sweetspot
    Chick stick
    Big sweetspot
    Cuts thru the air
    Great for slices
    Precise
    Can place the ball on a dime
    Unwieldy
    Wobbly
    Great for return of serve
    Great doubles stick
    Rocket launcher
    Granny stick
     
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  9. fuzz nation

    fuzz nation Legend

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    Looks like you've got a TT thesaurus on your hands.

    I'm usually only confident with my description of some intangibles if I can compare something in one racquet to a familiar quantity or feature in another frame that's known to someone. Otherwise, it seems like you almost need to be a poet to really nail some descriptions.
     
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  10. meowmix

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    You forgot
    Dead
    Great Touch
    Painting the Lines
    Generates a lot of spin
    Sweetspot unpredictable/predictable
    Sweetspot hot/cold
    Generates a lot of kick
    Massive Sweetspot
     
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  11. sureshs

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    ^^^^^ added couple of them
     
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