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mikeespinmusic 01-31-2013 11:27 PM

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

Fearsome Forehand 01-31-2013 11:48 PM


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.

tata 02-01-2013 12:21 AM

Definitely weight. Whether it be overall static weight or adding weight in the hoop. Weight is your answer to stability.

Hi I'm Ray 02-01-2013 12:56 AM



slowfox 02-01-2013 05:54 PM

How about this Graphene stuff..? Lol

pkshooter 02-01-2013 09:36 PM

Stiffness doesn't help stability

mikeespinmusic 03-13-2013 08:35 AM


Originally Posted by slowfox (Post 7185573)
How about this Graphene stuff..? Lol

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

spinovic 03-13-2013 08:54 AM

I agree. There's no substitute for mass.

Sander001 03-13-2013 08:56 AM


Originally Posted by pkshooter (Post 7185942)
Stiffness doesn't help stability

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