Originally Posted by babar
I'm not a very big person. My arms and overall muscle tone is fairly average, if not below average. I'm about 5'8" and 160lbs and 39 yrs old. I feel that smaller/less strong players can benefit from heavy frames which help them compensate for the lack of physical power they can generate in their swings. Stronger players can play with lighter frames since they can grip and swing the frame with more muscle so as to negate the lack of stabiilty of lighter frames. I like playing with heavy frames, but I can't manage against heavy hitters very well with light frames. Overall, my biggest problem is putting the ball away. I can hit it hard, but just not enough to get it past many folks. I've tried power frames to help, but the lightness always seems to get in the way.
Should I just get a heavy frame and play with it and try to get stronger or resign myself to lighter frames in the hopes of learning to like them and harness their power? Any thoughts?
I would go with the heavier frames. Ive used light rackets and they are more maneuvarable but the lack of mass makes one's game vulnerable in match play and against big hitters. I just got a Yonex VCORE Tour 97, 330 version. It will be rough and tough to get used to the weight maybe but then I will appreciate the stability, mass and plowthrough of this racket.