Originally Posted by MikeHitsHard93
Sorry I took so long to respond...
Racket stiffness can be felt usually if the player has tried a number of rackets and I would say you need to be at least 3.0 ntrp to tell the difference. You need to hit with power to feel the flex/stiffness of the racket. For older users, they can usually tell the difference depending on if it gives their arm trouble or if I feels like a pillow.
FYI I don't think fitness level or body weight matters on this subject. Unless you're suffering from TE.
No worries on your response time. It's been a crazy week!
Thanks for the info on fitness level & weight.
So if stiffness isn't that much of a consideration for a teenage beginner, what would you say are the top 3 specifications I should be concerned with? We know the way it looks is important but that's a personal thing. Can't select clothes or a good looking racket for her. With 30 years between us, I can't be trusted with something as important as a cool looking racket.
EVERYONE: But seriously, you all have provided me with about a dozen or so rackets. How did arrive at your suggestions - what criteria did you use? She can't demo them all. I know I may not make the right choice but I'd like to purchase something she will use for 6 - 12 months b/c I don't have the $$$ to buy another racket after she plays 3 times and decides it doesn't work for her.
I'm seriously looking at a Prince exo3 Tour Lite b/c it's Lite (so is she and she greatly prefers lite rackets) and I found it at a good price. But a good price doesn't make it a good racket even if it is a lite racket.