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Old 04-11-2013, 03:52 PM   #99
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Pros use heavy, headlight sticks and predominately thin beamed sticks. Average strung weight is 12.6 oz and almost 8 points HL. You can research beam size, but my guess is between 75-80% are thin beams. I just counted thru the current top 25 and it was almost 80% using thin beams. So, they use "players rackets". Swingweight is not captured in the table but ATP pros are typically in the 340-380 range with a few below and a few above. Djoko, Fed, and Nadal are all in 350-375 range. To me a 12.6 oz, 8 HL, 360 SW thin beamed racket can be called a "player's racket" but it is not a low powered racket. A 360 SW is pretty much a weapon of mass destruction if you can handle it - it will have loads of power. I cannot handle those specs as I am an old guy. I am not advocating ametuers use pro level specs - too much for mere mortals. But, I do think something between the pro 12.6/360SW and the retail 11 oz/306 SW is better for ametuers.

WTA is lighter, wider, and less HL. But, average swingweight on WTA is still higher than stock rackets.

Name Weight(g) Weight(oz) Balance(cm) Balance(inch) Lenghth Length(inch) headlight(in.) points HL
DANIEL NESTOR 374 13.19 29.1 11.46 69.5 27.36 2.22 17.8
JUAN MONACO 367 12.95 31.4 12.36 70 27.56 1.42 11.34
MARIO ANCIC 366 12.91 29.3 11.54 69 27.17 2.05 16.38
JAMES BLAKE 365 12.88 30.5 12.01 68.5 26.97 1.48 11.81
KEVIN ULLYETT 360 12.7 29.5 11.61 70 27.56 2.17 17.32
STANISLAS WAWRINKA 359 12.66 31 12.2 68.5 26.97 1.28 10.24
MAX MIRNYI 359 12.66 30.4 11.97 68.5 26.97 1.52 12.13
ANDREAS SEPPI 356 12.56 30.8 12.13 70 27.56 1.65 13.23
NICOLAS KIEFER 350 12.35 32.2 12.68 69 27.17 0.91 7.24
JONAS BJORKMAN 349 12.31 30.2 11.89 70 27.56 1.89 15.12
JUAN-IGNACIO CHELA 349 12.31 32.8 12.91 70 27.56 0.87 6.93
RICHARD GASQUET 349 12.31 31.5 12.4 68.5 26.97 1.08 8.66
JARKKO NIEMINEM 348 12.28 30.5 12.01 71 27.95 1.97 15.75
ARNAUD CLEMENT 348 12.28 30.8 12.13 70.5 27.76 1.75 14.02
SIMON ASPELIN 348 12.28 31 12.2 68.5 26.97 1.28 10.24
NICOLAS LAPENTTI 348 12.28 31.5 12.4 68.5 26.97 1.08 8.66
PAVEL VIZNER 347 12.24 31 12.2 69.5 27.36 1.48 11.81
IVO KARLOVIC 347 12.24 31.5 12.4 69 27.17 1.18 9.45
VINCENT SPADEA 347 12.24 30.5 12.01 68.5 26.97 1.48 11.81
FILIPPO VOLANDRI 347 12.24 30.8 12.13 68.5 26.97 1.36 10.87
SEBASTIEN GROSJEAN 345 12.17 31.7 12.48 71 27.95 1.5 11.97
NENAD ZIMONJIC 344 12.13 30.7 12.09 69.5 27.36 1.59 12.76
PAUL HANLEY 340 11.99 30.4 11.97 70 27.56 1.81 14.49
TOMMY ROBREDO 340 11.99 31.5 12.4 69.5 27.36 1.28 10.24
MARC GICQUEL 340 11.99 31.2 12.28 68.5 26.97 1.2 9.61
PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU 338 11.92 31.3 12.32 68.5 26.97 1.16 9.29
NICOLAS ALMAGRO 337 11.89 31.2 12.28 68.5 26.97 1.2 9.61
POTITO STARACE 336 11.85 31 12.2 68.5 26.97 1.28 10.24
G.GARCIA LOPEZ 336 11.85 31.5 12.4 68.5 26.97 1.08 8.66
J.W TSONGA 335 11.82 31 12.2 69.5 27.36 1.48 11.81
FERNANDO VERDASCO 335 11.82 30.4 11.97 68.5 26.97 1.52 12.13
MICHAEL LLODRA 333 11.75 30.8 12.13 68.5 26.97 1.36 10.87
OLIVIER ROCHUS 331 11.68 31.1 12.24 71.5 28.15 1.83 14.65
THOMAS JOHANSSON 331 11.68 31.2 12.28 68.5 26.97 1.2 9.61
JC FERRERO 330 11.64 32.5 12.8 71.5 28.15 1.28 10.24
DAVID FERRER 330 11.64 32 12.6 71 27.95 1.38 11.02
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO 330 11.64 32 12.6 70 27.56 1.18 9.45
FABRICE SANTORO 328 11.57 31 12.2 71 27.95 1.77 14.17
GILLES SIMON 327 11.53 31 12.2 68.5 26.97 1.28 10.24
MIKHAIL YOUZHNY 320 11.29 31 12.2 68.5 26.97 1.28 10.24
RAFAEL NADAL 319 11.25 32.5 12.8 68.5 26.97 0.69 5.51
ALBERT MONTANES 316 11.15 33 12.99 70 27.56 0.79 6.3
JURGEN MELZER 314 11.08 31.2 12.28 70.5 27.76 1.59 12.76
FELICIANO LOPEZ 312 11.01 32.4 12.76 70 27.56 1.02 8.19
CARLOS MOYA 306 10.79 36.2 14.25 69 27.17 -0.67 -5.35
Unstrung Averages 340.8 12.022 31.24666667 12.30133333 69.4 27.32377778 1.36 10.87822222
Strung Projections 357.8 12.622 12.00133333 0.985 7.878222222
so where are the specs for the current top 20?
These averages are thrown a bit by the presence of some very heavy racquets in the hands of players that are hardly relevant in 2013.
(Vince Spadea? Really???)

obviously this is from some years ago, although it is interesting to note how many of them were running unstrung weights in the low 11oz range even then, certainly more than I would have thought.

I would also like to see the most telling stat recorded, head size.

Most here define a 'player's racquet' as smaller than 95" at most and I don't think there are too many of those in the current top 20..

This is at the heart of what I am saying, and it is the one thing you have left out.
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