Switching to a lighter frame?

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by ac3111, Oct 26, 2013.

  1. Rabbit

    Rabbit G.O.A.T.

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    I grew up playing with wood. I have tried lighter. I have come full circle. Don't do it. Swing as much weight as you can. It does make a difference.
     
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  2. ac3111

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    In the end I think I will stick to the Wilson 6.1 95 line. It's very hard to find the Donnays...I started taking private lessons.

    As far as control v. power debate. I think all of these frames Wilson 6.1 95 18x20, Wilson Pro Staff 95 BLX and Donnay Pro One 18x20 have already enough control for most of the recreational players (if not for all of them)...
    I like the feeling of the mass behind the ball during contact. Anyway, the most probable scenario will be in a couple years when the new Wilson price will drop I will stock a couple ones to replace my 2 K Factors...
     
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  3. Fintft

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    I agree with both you and Rabbit: if you can handle the weight, why not? Only temptation for me at this point to use a lighter frame would be for serve...
     
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  4. tmc5005

    tmc5005 Rookie

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    Why would anyone want to push themselves into getting used to a lighter racquet when a heavier racquet is better for your arm, has much more control and can even have more power once you get used to it.
     
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  5. ac3111

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    I think it is because when you start over you need time to work on your technique. So you need something that has to swing easier, you need to hit consistently.
    But the most important for me to develop your technique and gain consistency is to stick with one frame and a string combo. When your game becomes solid then you can experiment to just try find the extra bit...

    As I stated before, even at my peak in my tennis journey, I never took full advantage of the utilities of my heavy weight frames. I could not "drive" them flat out. I played mostly with them because I just like the feel of the solid racquets like the K95. Stability, plow through.

    Now that I started taking lessons again and working my feet and my elbow, I may finally be able to hit consistently and with depth...
     
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  6. BreakPoint

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    That's what makes them so sweet. :)

    Closest feel to a wood racquet still on the market.
     
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  7. BreakPoint

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    Because you don't get that sweet ProStaff thin box beam feel from the BLX95 as you do with the ProStaff 95. Don't forget that he likes the feel of his current K90 and PS 6.0 85.
     
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  8. ac3111

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    I had two big sessions with the Tecnifibre TFight 325 (7 grams lighter than the K95) and was not impressed in a way that would make me switch. Very nice racquet in many aspects but the K95 offers a unique feeling. When hitting even only a ball with it you get that solid feeling.

    I think in the end I will stay with the K95. it was my first real racquet...bad news is it is dicontinued and I have no idea how the new Wilson 6.1 line feels.

    Next to try will be a Donnay 97 18x20.
     
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