I feel as if I started playing with players stick too early in my tennis learning process. I can handle weight with ease so it was not a problem. But the pressure of preparing early as you cannot have many last minute adjustment will hamper the game at 3-3.5 level (due to footwork mistakes). To some extent it forced me to prepare early for my shots. My game improved a lot with I went slightly lower than 12 oz stick to 11.5 oz stick.
In short a racquet with 12+oz weight with 6+ points HL is best for players with long strokes. It will improve a players game in long run.
Donay Gold 99 with Tourna Bighitter blue 16g.