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Jmon99 10-17-2012 09:14 AM

Pros who use 'Lite' rackets
 
I'm interested to know if any pro players (apart from Agnieszka Radwanska) use 'lite' model rackets. I play with a Yonex Vcore Lite and I find that despite it weighing only 270g, it can still pack a pretty good punch. I personally would've thought that some of the smaller female players like Kimiko Date Krumm and Sara Errani would use lighter frames but obviously most don't. Anyway, does anybody know of any players who do use them?

jorel 10-17-2012 09:19 AM

i remember justine henin used a light frame but very head heavy

Seth 10-17-2012 10:27 AM

Doesn't Krumm use a really heavy frame?

treblings 10-17-2012 10:33 AM

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Originally Posted by Seth (Post 6961011)
Doesn't Krumm use a really heavy frame?

she does. there was a thread here some time ago with pics and specs of her racket. is she still playing btw?

dominikk1985 10-17-2012 10:43 AM

I think filip peliwo mentioned that he uses a 305 grams frame. not sure though.

treblings 10-17-2012 10:51 AM

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Originally Posted by dominikk1985 (Post 6961037)
I think filip peliwo mentioned that he uses a 305 grams frame. not sure though.

read that as well. unstrung weight

Rabbit 10-17-2012 11:11 AM

I think on bag check, krum lists her racquet weight at 400 grams. Davydenko was reported as using a racquet in the 315 gram weight.

Jmon99 10-18-2012 10:21 AM

400g? Thats a club! I thought with Date Krumm being so petite that's the last thing she'd want.

realplayer 10-18-2012 10:42 AM

John Isner uses a racket of 320 grams.

LeeD 10-18-2012 10:42 AM

Look at her strokes.
More to the point, Fp and Davydenko

Gasolina 10-18-2012 11:12 AM

If pros are using sub 12 ounce racquets.... are we really just kidding / convincing ourselves that we need heavy racquets?

Bash and Crash 10-18-2012 11:58 AM

Saw Dennis Kudla's sticks and they said 336g with swing weight of 298 on the custom label, took photo but didn't come out. Seemed pretty light sw.

Dave M 10-18-2012 02:18 PM

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Originally Posted by Gasolina (Post 6962742)
If pros are using sub 12 ounce racquets.... are we really just kidding / convincing ourselves that we need heavy racquets?

I think we're kidding oureslves we're even playing the same game to be honest!

0d1n 10-19-2012 12:54 AM

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Originally Posted by Bash and Crash (Post 6962793)
Saw Dennis Kudla's sticks and they said 336g with swing weight of 298 on the custom label, took photo but didn't come out. Seemed pretty light sw.

Those are unstrung. Add strings and overgrip and you've got over 330 SW and something like 355 grams mass.

On topic...in the case of pros...even if they use the "lite" model, there's no way of knowing if they haven't been heavily modified unless somebody gets measurements of the ACTUAL sticks they use, not just the "model".

Power Player 10-19-2012 07:54 AM

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Originally Posted by Gasolina (Post 6962742)
If pros are using sub 12 ounce racquets.... are we really just kidding / convincing ourselves that we need heavy racquets?

It matters how you hit though. If you punch the ball and prefer placement without a more modern swing and come to the net often, heavy can be better.

If you hit with a lot of top....

I am finding success with a 305 stick as long as the SW is healthy.

The way to test this for me is really focusing on serve. a little lighter stick helps my timing, especially in later sets.

Bash and Crash 10-19-2012 09:15 AM

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Originally Posted by 0d1n (Post 6963625)
Those are unstrung. Add strings and overgrip and you've got over 330 SW and something like 355 grams mass.

On topic...in the case of pros...even if they use the "lite" model, there's no way of knowing if they haven't been heavily modified unless somebody gets measurements of the ACTUAL sticks they use, not just the "model".

All I can is they felt pretty light when strung, and his lead placement was much different than the other players. Very interesting to see how the guys lead up their sticks.

You Can't Be Serious 10-19-2012 09:31 AM

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Originally Posted by Seth (Post 6961011)
Doesn't Krumm use a really heavy frame?

Very heavy frame which helps with her abbreviated strokes.

LeeD 10-19-2012 03:56 PM

Power Player.....
W O W !!
I thought you were a confirmed heavy racket, moderate head light balance guy.
I used to be, using 12.4 oz rackets for 3 years, and mid 11 oz LMRads before that, but I"ve found I can play better more often, especially tired, with a 10 oz Aero500, some weighted, some not. And now playing once every other week, it's just plain easier, allowing me to strategize and think while I play, instead of just trying, unsuccessfully, to contantly hit a heavy ball.

Power Player 10-19-2012 04:45 PM

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Originally Posted by LeeD (Post 6964725)
Power Player.....
W O W !!
I thought you were a confirmed heavy racket, moderate head light balance guy.
I used to be, using 12.4 oz rackets for 3 years, and mid 11 oz LMRads before that, but I"ve found I can play better more often, especially tired, with a 10 oz Aero500, some weighted, some not. And now playing once every other week, it's just plain easier, allowing me to strategize and think while I play, instead of just trying, unsuccessfully, to contantly hit a heavy ball.

Yeah i have been forever..its crazy. But i have gotten leaner and dropped weight. Notice in third sets that my serve just gets harder and harder to execute.

Played in oppressive heat last week with a 329 strung up racquet and could serve big even while i felt wiped out..huge difference..the key is a more head heavy balance and a healthy swingweight. Dont think i could play with a light stick that is too head light

LeeD 10-19-2012 04:52 PM

Cool.
I got my 3 Aero500's from here, TW. Got one weighed at our local tennis store, and it came out 330 SW with my strings attached.
I knew the SW couldn't be 308, as listed, because it's not all that different than my 200's or LMRads.
Today, in muggy 65 degree wet drizzle, using old, soft DunlopHDHardcourtChamps, I had no pop whatsoever on my serves, so will try my 200's tomorrow.
Warming up, I hit over 40 serves, and only a couple went IN and hit the backfence up above a foot. Those were with older and softer balls, of course.


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