Can a tennis racquet make you a better player?! Can the wrong racquet make you worst? Pro-stock chat & form vs. function debate!

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Join us as we debate good tennis vs. pretty tennis; form vs. function and if a PRO STOCK tennis racquet can really improve your tennis...and what about the wrong racquet, can that make you a worst player?! Let us know what you think!

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Bagumbawalla

G.O.A.T.
Can a tennis racket make you a better player?

Actually I find it frustrating to play tennis without a racket, but that's another matter.
In general a player finds their first racket by trial and error. Eventually that racket feels normal to them.
Eventually, if these players become pros, and they tend to want to continue as much as possible
with the same racket they grew up and had success with. That is where we get so many special-built rackets
that replicate the old frames the pros grew up with and feel most comfortable to them, but are, unfortunately,
no longer available.
I could be wrong... or maybe not.
 

Grafil Injection

Hall of Fame
We will be recording a follow up episode here...so drop any thoughts, comments, questions and we will add them into the discussion :)

Michelle, TW

What about the benefits of smaller rackets, like mid-sizes? I'm sure if you warm-up with MAX 200G or similar each session, you are more likely to develop earlier preparation, correct positioning and more accurate ball tracking.
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
What about the benefits of smaller rackets, like mid-sizes? I'm sure if you warm-up with MAX 200G or similar each session, you are more likely to develop earlier preparation, correct positioning and more accurate ball tracking.
But pros don't seem to do this, even when they were juniors.
 

socallefty

G.O.A.T.
What about the benefits of smaller rackets, like mid-sizes? I'm sure if you warm-up with MAX 200G or similar each session, you are more likely to develop earlier preparation, correct positioning and more accurate ball tracking.
95% of rec players sucked during the days of wood/Max 200G just like they do now. I know because I lived it - there were even less good rec players as a % in the 70s/80s because it was even harder to play with small racquets with smaller sweet spots and low power. The correlation is with whether they learned proper fundamentals either from a coach or mentor, practiced a lot and/or had athletic skills from playing other sports whether you will progress to the 5% whose rec tennis skills doesn’t suck. Nothing to do with the racquet you play with.

You can’t hit properly unless you have the proper footwork, grip, body coil/uncoil, offhand use, spacing etc. - so the racquet and swing path is the tail of the dog in terms of whether you can play good tennis or not. If you lack the other fundamentals, you will have a low ceiling and your racquet head size won’t change that. You won’t magically do everything else correctly because your racquet is harder to play with.
 

Grafil Injection

Hall of Fame
95% of rec players sucked during the days of wood/Max 200G just like they do now. I know because I lived it - there were even less good rec players as a % in the 70s/80s because it was even harder to play with small racquets with smaller sweet spots and low power. The correlation is with whether they learned proper fundamentals either from a coach or mentor, practiced a lot and/or had athletic skills from playing other sports whether you will progress to the 5% whose rec tennis skills doesn’t suck. Nothing to do with the racquet you play with.

You can’t hit properly unless you have the proper footwork, grip, body coil/uncoil, offhand use, spacing etc. - so the racquet and swing path is the tail of the dog in terms of whether you can play good tennis or not. If you lack the other fundamentals, you will have a low ceiling and your racquet head size won’t change that. You won’t magically do everything else correctly because your racquet is harder to play with.

I find it useful for a warm-up tool. Not suggesting we all play mid-sizes all the time (even though I do because of the increased pleasure).
 

socallefty

G.O.A.T.
I find it useful for a warm-up tool. Not suggesting we all play mid-sizes all the time (even though I do because of the increased pleasure).
It certainly can train you to watch the ball more carefully through the forward swing - harder to hit the smaller sweet spot otherwise. So if you have good fundamentals, it can be a training tool once in a while - that’s why you have products like ‘Tennispointer’ which I used once and liked.
 
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