Generating own pace, lighter racket

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  1. zaph

    zaph Semi-Pro

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    i have switched to 100 square inch pure drive. Cold damp day, ball really not moving and getting increasingly frustrated about inability to generate any pace.

    So I switched to an old cheap oversized light racket. it was like being given a rocket launcher compared to the heavier bat, I could blast winners off placeless nothing balls and I was hitting clean through our opponents.

    The difference was the racket head speed I could generate with the lighter racket, I am beginning to doubt the wisdom of using a heavy bat, the extra weight just slows my arm down too much.
     
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  2. TennisCJC

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    current pure drive is listed at 11.2 with 321sw on TW. that's light. play with what ever you want but I disagree with you and think majority of rec players can handle PD weight with ease.
     
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  3. Steady Eddy

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    Mine is uber light, and I like it. If I need to use my wrist (gasp) to adjust for whatever reason, I can.
     
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  4. Mack-2

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    What’s the weight of yours?
     
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  5. Shroud

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    Os racquets will almost always be more powerful unless you string crazy tight. Imho you could get the benefits of the extra power by just stringing lower tension.

    Its a baby with the bath water thing. Advantages to heavier racquets and I agree with tenniscjc. You can hit winners with heavy bats too.

    Also you could try adding some weight to the pd at 7” to speed it up.
     
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  6. Steady Eddy

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    6 oz.!
     
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  7. Mack-2

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    Nice! Do you feel less control? I feel like I can manipulate the racket a lot easier with a lighter racket but I also feel a loss of control especially when receiving a faster and heavier ball from my opponent.
     
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  8. Steady Eddy

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    It has a 110 sq in head. Very stiff. Easy on my arm.

    Sometimes I'll play with a heavier one, just for varieties sake. But I like these light ones the best. With little energy expenditure, I can keep the ball deep.
     
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    I think a lot of rec players play with racquets that are too heavy and end up pushing the ball because they can't accelerate it enough, especially over a whole match. Yes they feel nice because they don't slow down as much on impact and serve better but I'm not sure they are the most effective.
     
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  10. zaph

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    It is not the issue of being able to handle the weight, it is how fast you can swing the racket. The lighter frame allows me to really whip the arm across it, in a way I can't do with the heavier pure drive.
     
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  11. zaph

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    To be honest I have found it easier to serve with the lighter frame as well.

    I will qualify this by saying I play in England, so the condition are often cold, damp and generally heavy. There is a premium on generating your own pace.

    The only time I have seen any advantage off the heavier racket was playing big hitters, it made it easier to absorb and redirect their pace.
     
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  12. Jamesm182

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    I will say here that im also in England and true about the conditions :), but you are unlikely to be generating that much extra pace. The racket will be doing a lot of the work for you.

    Oversize rackets are generally lighter, the large head increases power, as does the likely thicker beam it will have. If your technique is breaking down or you cannot swing effectively , then I would encourage you to find a frame that you can swing effectively without any break in technique, or reduction in swing speed.
    However by todays standards the pure drive is a light frame , and also a very powerful stiff frame. Are the string setups the same in both?

    Also ita worth noting what the effect is on the other side of the court. I sued to swing a rackets that I considered light (295g) and I could accelerate really fast and felt effortless, but also I could not cope with the heavy balls hit to me by opponents, and whilst my shots were fast they lacked penetration through the court.

    FWIW I now play with a 320g unstrung frame and can accelerate that just as fast and get a lot more out of it
     
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  13. Keendog

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    I feel like the light oversize racquets produce power through a trampoline effect and is less precise whereas the heavier racquets feel like it has power by more plough through. As others have said a heavier racquet is mostly good for match play against heavy hitters. I wouldn't think you'd notice the benefit against players who hit slower than you or when hitting up when opponents are giving you nice juicy balls to rally with.
     
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  14. Slicerman

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    My experience has been the total opposite. I swing faster with heavier racquets also while using less effort. I find that it actually takes me more effort to swing a light racquet fast. Kinda strange I know, but I guess its a result of my specific technique.
     
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