Originally Posted by Jackofalltrades
When would be the time to switch to a new, heavier, racquet for an advancing hardhitting junior?
In my case:
my daughter 14 years old, hardhitter, just starting to grow fast, plays for the last 3 years with standard lenght 270grams /9,5 oz? unstrung weight racquets. Solid strokes with easy racquethandling.
I'm convinced she can handle heavier racquets easily, but dont want to risk injuries. What's the best thing to do?
- Experiment with leadtape?
- Try a heavier racquet with similar swingweight?
- Demo different racquets and then try the racquet she most likes?
I've always heard the best advice is swing with the heaviest stick you can handle until performance drops. Anything less than 12oz for me feels like a toy that I can't control or penetrate the court with.
Please remember, kids have been playing tennis for years, but light stiff racquets are a relatively new product. Chrissy and Steffi grew up with 12oz plus sticks and they kinda turned out "ok"!