Originally Posted by davo81
The title states my question: Why do racquets with a small head size have such high prestige among some people?
Out of the current ATP top 10, 6 use a 100 sq in racquet and only 1 uses a racquet with less than 95 sq in. Yet there are so many recreational players who swear by 85 and 90 sq in racquets and who won't touch anything with more than 95 sq in. So why is that the case? Is it mainly an old guys' thing? Is it an attempt to prove something ("Yes, with your Babolat you can win, but only when you can win with an ancient underpowered 85 sq in racquet are you a real tennis player")? Or can there be a genuine benefit of a small head size for recreational players that doesn't matter for tour pros?
I'd be curious to read your answers!
Let's go through the top 10 and see what the head size is REALLY and NOT advertised.
1 Roger Federer really uses 90sq.in
2 Novak Djokovic really uses 95sq.in
3 Andy Murray Really uses 95
4 Rafael Nadal does use 100
5 David Ferrer does use 100
6 Tomas Berdych really uses 95
7 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga does use 100
8 Juan Martin Potro does use 95
9 Janko Tipsarevic does uses 95
10 John Isner does use 100
So you have 4 guys using 100, 5 guys using 95, and 1 using 90. People use what is comfortable and what gives you confidence. There are guys that post on here and say "yes the midsize racquet is still viable today". They talk about their personal experiences playing with the smaller racquets.