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?
You don't need a ton of strength to hit the ball hard in tennis.
So far you only seem to be considering physical strength and racket weight. You've left out a lot of things, such as how fast your swing is, racket swingweight, strings, power of the actual frame, and plain & simple lead tape.
I don't want to get into the more complicated areas of technique which I'm sure someone will bring up. You can try adding some lead tape to a lighter, more powerful frame to boost the weight & swingweight.
BTW if you are really hitting it hard it should be getting past a lot of folks, unless its all going down the middle.