Weight vs Stiffenss - Which one's the best in stability?

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  1. mikeespinmusic

    mikeespinmusic Rookie

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    I've got a bunch of frames and its got me curious if some are worth adding lead to or not. Is there a rule of thumb?

    All the major manufacturers are finding ways to add stability with less weight through added stiffness.

    I know first generation of stiff racquets weren't very arm friendly, but the newer ones seem too be improving.

    Head racquets for a while were making their frames that vary in stiffness depending on the swing (youtek).

    And do racquets lose stiffness overtime?
     
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  2. Fearsome Forehand

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    Weight.

    You won't lose any stiffness unless you go through multiple thousands cycles (flexes) assuming you don't abuse the racket (leave it in your 200+ degree trunk for months or throw it in an oven. ) Even then, any loss of stiffness would probably be rather slight.

    Light, stiff rackets suck IMHO. :)

    If you play against hard hitters, there is no substitute for mass. It is simple physics.

    I think you have to look at any manufacturer's claims with a jaundiced eye, youtek or otherwise. Not buying the racket stiffness changes due to your swing speed thing at all myself.
     
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  3. tata

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    Definitely weight. Whether it be overall static weight or adding weight in the hoop. Weight is your answer to stability.
     
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  4. Hi I'm Ray

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    Weight

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  5. slowfox

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    How about this Graphene stuff..? Lol
     
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  6. pkshooter

    pkshooter Semi-Pro

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    Stiffness doesn't help stability
     
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  7. mikeespinmusic

    mikeespinmusic Rookie

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    I don't mind that graphene. I'm tempted to get either the mp or pro.
     
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  8. spinovic

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    I agree. There's no substitute for mass.
     
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