When did you switch from 26" to 27" ?

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  1. GNIHT

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    I have a 10 year old son and I'm wondering if he should make the switch to a 27" racquet. At what age did you guys move to the longer racquet?
     
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  2. little_e

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    My son started out @ 27" when he was 10.
     
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  3. brayman9

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    i had a 26 till i turned 11 but i am pretty small.
     
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  4. ibringtheHEAT

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    I switched at about 12.
     
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  5. serveitup911

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    I was using standard length by 9 years old, but I was muscular for my age.
     
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  6. TennisNinja

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    If they're around 5 feet tall, I'd go with a 27 inch.
     
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  7. TheAeropro

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    I started using a 27 inch from the beggining.
     
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  8. IT WAS IN!!!

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    i've been using a 27 since i was 8 when i began
     
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  9. TheAeropro

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    yeah, i started last year so... 27inch was to be expected
     
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  10. terrimac

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    My son is 9 and he uses a 26" but may switch up the next time he gets a new racquet.
     
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  11. fgs

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    it more depends on his height and how he is built as well as his level of play. if he's anywhere around 140cm and not very skinny, you can have him play with a 27", as long as you don't take one that's too heavy. since my son's (7.5yrs) pro staff 25" come at a strung weight of 260g, i'd say look out for something in the 280-290g range and a swingweight around 300 (like the nsix-two for instance).
    give him time to adapt to the new length though, so if you intend to have him play any tournaments, just keep him currently going with his racquets. take into account that he'll need about some two months of practice to get confidence in his strokes with the new racquet.
     
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    i dont think that any kid should use a junior racquet if at least 8 years old
     
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  13. GNIHT

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    Thank you everyone

    Thanks for all the comments. My son's a skinny 56" tall kid, so from what I'm reading here, he probably could've been using a lighter adult racquet for a while now. Thanks everyone!
     
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  14. Ripper

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    5.6? I think he's taller than Oliver Rochus... who uses a 28 (I think).
     
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  15. fgs

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    ripper,
    he might be taller than olivier rochus, but the joints of a 10 year old kid don't go with extended length unless you would really want him to stop playing tennis!:D
     
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  16. GNIHT

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    Does using an extended length hurt a younger player's joints? If so, why? thanks!
     
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  17. fgs

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    with extended length you'd increase leverage - you hit the ball farther away from the wrist, so you'll have a higher force applied to the wrist and that is not good for a developing kid! this is the main reason why you see those shorter racquets around. my son's 25" are 260g strung, and you can find quite a few 27" out there with the same weight. so, it's not the weight that is an issue (we are not talking 5yr. olds!) but the length of the racquet and the leverage issues that come with hitting further away from the body.
     
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  18. xtremerunnerars

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    I never played before age 12, so standard length.
     
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  19. dave333

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    I started tennis at 12 and only used 27
     
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  20. 300Gkid

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    lol, i used 27 since i started, age 12

    about the Rochus comment, i think he meant 56 inches AKA 4 ft 8 inches not 5 ft. 6 inches
     
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  21. swuster

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    I used a 26" until I was 10, then switched it out for a full size racket. I didn't notice much difference in my game, although I like to think that it made my serves easier:eek:
     
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