Best racket weight for an advanced 13yo boy?

morten

Hall of Fame
In grams unstrung.. He is top 20 in his agegroup in his country., strong, tall but a bit lanky because of his age. One handed backhand, Dimitrov like strokes.. He has used 290gram Yonex frames the last year, with some light customization, swingweight 310(was 304, but likes 310 more) total weight now is 319 grams, dampener and overgrip included... most players his age use 285 grams rackets, but at what age is it ok to move up to the 300gram range? if he likes it of course, i was thinking maybe in one og two years but what do you think?
 

Booger

Hall of Fame
What is everyone else using? Seems like vast majority of top juniors are using stock APD's or Blade 18x20's with Lux Alu Power or RPM Blast.
 

blai212

Hall of Fame
the best route to take would be slowly adding weight and seeing if his racquet head speed is getting affected. No need to change the racquet if he likes it…just add weight little by little by various means (tailweighting with heavier base grip like leather or wilson shock shield, lead/blue tack on handle or in buttcap while while also adding weight in hoop). Only need a smidge of lead in hoop because it will greatly increase swingweight. Best to have multiple racquets just in case his arm gets fatigued from too heavy of a racquet and he is able to revert to lighter stick.
 

SinneGOAT

Hall of Fame
In grams unstrung.. He is top 20 in his agegroup in his country., strong, tall but a bit lanky because of his age. One handed backhand, Dimitrov like strokes.. He has used 290gram Yonex frames the last year, with some light customization, swingweight 310(was 304, but likes 310 more) total weight now is 319 grams, dampener and overgrip included... most players his age use 285 grams rackets, but at what age is it ok to move up to the 300gram range? if he likes it of course, i was thinking maybe in one og two years but what do you think?
Have him try the Yonex Ezone 100. I’d say it would be a good fit with a medium swingweight and weight.
 

eah123

Semi-Pro
My girl is 13 years old, 5'7" and plays with 2021 Babolat Pure Drive, unstrung weight 310 g. Complained it was too light so I added +4 grams with bluetac in the handle.

I think your boy can handle 300-310 no problem. Just might take a day or 2 to adjust, but it will help with racquet stability and power.
 

morten

Hall of Fame
Well today he used a Wilson Ultra Tour 97, and he loved it, it is a fairly low powered advanced racket, but when he was 8 he played my cut down pro staff 85 so it is not extremely surprising :) ha ha...
 

BlueB

Legend
In grams unstrung.. He is top 20 in his agegroup in his country., strong, tall but a bit lanky because of his age. One handed backhand, Dimitrov like strokes.. He has used 290gram Yonex frames the last year, with some light customization, swingweight 310(was 304, but likes 310 more) total weight now is 319 grams, dampener and overgrip included... most players his age use 285 grams rackets, but at what age is it ok to move up to the 300gram range? if he likes it of course, i was thinking maybe in one og two years but what do you think?
Sounds just fine to me.
As few other's said, if he's after more power, just a gram, or few, on the hoop can increase swing weight substantially. Add the same on the handle, to counterbalance and you are golden.
 
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Paul Y

Rookie
My son is also 13 and is using an Ultra Pro 16x19 with about 7 grams in the 3/9 and buttcap. Swing weight around 332g on all his rackets. Like others have suggested it all depends on the player. My son will be switching to the Boom Pro soon after getting a demo had to add 4 grams to the hoop with counter balance, swing weight around 330g. He says the Boom Pro’s string bed has been the most constant he has ever hit with.
 

morten

Hall of Fame
My girl is 13 years old, 5'7" and plays with 2021 Babolat Pure Drive, unstrung weight 310 g. Complained it was too light so I added +4 grams with bluetac in the handle.

I think your boy can handle 300-310 no problem. Just might take a day or 2 to adjust, but it will help with racquet stability and power.
What Pure Drive 2021 310g? 300 you mean..
 

morten

Hall of Fame
My son is also 13 and is using an Ultra Pro 16x19 with about 7 grams in the 3/9 and buttcap. Swing weight around 332g on all his rackets. Like others have suggested it all depends on the player. My son will be switching to the Boom Pro soon after getting a demo had to add 4 grams to the hoop with counter balance, swing weight around 330g. He says the Boom Pro’s string bed has been the most constant he has ever hit with.
What do you mean swingweight 330 g?? gram is not swingweight...
 

morten

Hall of Fame
Well for now he is happy using the Ultra Tour, it is 333g overgrip, strings and dampener included.. 325 swingweight.. i just hope i don't let him use a too heavy racket, he does not want to talk or experiment too much about rackets.. but he sure looks like babyDimitrov out there..
 

basil J

Hall of Fame
My son is 14 and just stated playing and he is using my wife's Textreme tour 100 18 x 20 with a little weight at 3:00 & 9;00 weighing out at 11.9 ounces strung, and he is absolutely loving it. I asked him if he wanted to demo some lighter frames and he said no way. I was hoping to have him try some lighter Babolats but he really likes how the Prince plays and he is starting to hit his forehand very well with only a few sessions on court.
 

Niko H.

New User
I suggest starting with 305 gram racquet unstrung. Babolat Pure Strike 98 16x 19 is my favourite. Wilson Blade 16x19 304 grams is another good choice.
Start by adding one gram on both three and nine. Dampener is 4 grams and overgrips is 6 grams. If arm is fine after a two hour hitting session with no fatigue at any point then you can start slowly adding more weight. Two grams on three and nine and counter balance with leather grip. And so forth. It is important to always counter balance in order to keep racquet play consistently as intended. Keep the same balance as original specs. If you have to go even more weight at some point, you can start adding more weight at twelve and in the handle. And then take weight off if racquet gets a bit too heavy. It’s a process that requires patience.
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
Ted Williams talked about fast hands and fast wrists when batting and the weight and length of a bat. He said the best weight bat is what feels comfortable to you. All 13 yo are not the same, let him pick a racket that feels right for him.
 

Hit 'em clean

Semi-Pro
Whatever feels comfortable for him is what is 'right'... weight and swing weight are very subjective so there is no hard fast rules for any player at any age. Eventually as they start hitting harder, heavier balls he'll probably want to add additional weight or move to a heavier frame.
 

morten

Hall of Fame
I thought it would be too heavy for him, but he does not think so, it's a pretty heavy players frame so i was surprised, but no need to go lighter then i guess...
 

CosmosMpower

Hall of Fame
The kid next to my court had a Pro Staff V13 with lead tape all over the hoop from 10 to 2 o clock. He said the swing weight was 379. Kid could not have been more than 130 pounds soaking wet.
 

morten

Hall of Fame
The kid next to my court had a Pro Staff V13 with lead tape all over the hoop from 10 to 2 o clock. He said the swing weight was 379. Kid could not have been more than 130 pounds soaking wet.
Funny, but that is seriously too heavy swingweight, it's higher than ATP players, i smell someone who want "leaded rackets like the pros" a long way. If the swingweight really was that high, it is hinderance for his tennis, my opinion.
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
I thought it would be too heavy for him, but he does not think so, it's a pretty heavy players frame so i was surprised, but no need to go lighter then i guess...
I think it's important to have "enough" racquet to command the ball when hitting a one-handed backhand. For that age range, I'd say it's likely a good thing that this young slugger is already clicking with the Ultra Tour you mentioned in post #15. He's probably right on the brink of growing into a bigger and stronger game, so that phase of his development won't also demand a racquet switch.
 
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