What's the difference between racket shapes?

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by Bergboy123, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. Bergboy123

    Bergboy123 Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2011
    Messages:
    644
    Some rackets, such as my APD, are closer to a circle shaped. I call it a "fat" racket. :) But most other rackets it seems are more oval shaped, "thinner" although I don't know if they are actually longer.

    What is the purpose in these racket shapes? What are the pros/cons of the different ones? I'm starting to feel like my APD isn't working for me and I starting to think about what else I could look into.

    Also, while on the topic, what is the benefit of extended rackets? Like the plus versions of rackets that are longer.
     
    #1
  2. pyrokid

    pyrokid Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2010
    Messages:
    1,768
    Head shape dictates string length between the mains and crosses and actually has a big effect on the launch angle.

    Other things come in to play too, like that the fact that a rounder head like the APD or Speed line from head make it easier to hit with topspin because of the slightly larger racquet-face available.
     
    #2
  3. Bergboy123

    Bergboy123 Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2011
    Messages:
    644
    What do you mean by launch angle?
     
    #3
  4. pyrokid

    pyrokid Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2010
    Messages:
    1,768
    The angle the ball leaves the racquet.
     
    #4
  5. Bergboy123

    Bergboy123 Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2011
    Messages:
    644
    Ooh ok, makes sense. Thanks!
     
    #5

Share This Page