The true difference between any 2 rackets (vs. hype/placebo)

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by TimeToPlaySets, Aug 6, 2012.

  1. TimeToPlaySets

    TimeToPlaySets Rookie

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    FYI, I got 2 rackets to demo today. (one wide body & one thin body)
    I think 90% of it is hype/BS (like everything), but here are the salient points I gleaned from the convo with sales guy:

    1. Current trend is 100 sq.in rackets. (Used to be 90= regular, 110=oversize)
    2. Oversize (110) will have less control b/c it has more trampoline effect. For old people.
    3. 90 is too small for weekend warrior. Less forgiving b/c significantly smaller sweet spot than 100 (like half) 90 is best for 4.5+ players
    4. Wide body vs. thin body
     
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    #4 above should read:
    Wide body vs. thin body. Widebody = stiffer = more power/less control. Personal preference?
     
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  3. TimeToPlaySets

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    The 2 rackets are:
    Head Speed MP 300 (thin body)
    Babolat Pure Drive

    The sales guy also said that AeroPro and Pure Drive are basically the same racket, and 99% of players can't tell the difference if they were both painted black. I tend to agree, as it's a far car for weekend warriors to be worried about the "aerofoil" of their racket. Please, talk about splitting hairs. It's like a swimmer shaving his legs before bothering to even modify his workout much.
     
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  4. Justin-JP

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    What you've said is just dribble with some random points unrelated to your topic. If you believe there is little discernible difference between any two rackets, then well, you better add a few more to your demo list.

    Some variables:

    stiffness
    head size
    head shape
    string pattern
    string spacing
    flex / stiff points. For example, a flexy throat with a stiff hoop.
    construction / feel
    weight
    balance
    swing weight
    size of sweet spot
    location of sweet spot

    and so on..

    All fundamental to the playing characteristics.
     
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