Discussion in 'Racquets' started by DeShaun, Jul 22, 2011.
How far head-light do you go?
11 pts. HL in a PS 6.0 95.
12 pts. HL A[k] 6.1 95
My grail is 12pts HL.
13 Points, Wilson Prostaff Classic 6.1!
Interesting issue that I'll bet many players overlook in their gear. I think that a racquet often feels the most familiar for me when its balance is "right" (for me). It can help a lighter racquet feel stable and a heavier frame more maneuverable.
The balance in my racquets is actually a little dependent on the weight of the frame. My stock 6.1 Classics are probably 10 pts. HL and they also weigh in at 12.8 oz. I have an oddball mid-plus Prince frame that weighs maybe 12.4 oz., but it also balances up at 11 pts. HL and can feel too twitchy (unsteady) for me. If I noodle around with a frame that's down around 12.0 oz., it definitely feels more stable for me with a balance that's a couple points less HL than these.
Then there's my pair of LM Prestige mids. When they came to me, they only had something like 6-7 pts. HL balance, but they were also really heavy and soft. In that layout, they were nearly useless for me. Lots of lead on the handles got their balances feeling about right and even though their static weights had been upped to 13.4 oz. they felt GREAT because I'd taken their balances up to 11 pts. HL. I may even try adding a little more to one of them just to see if it handles any better with even greater HL balance, but they're night-and-day better for me as they are.
I'm with fuzz on the "balance feels right" and weight-HL relationship.
Some sticks, however, could be sort of "heavy" but yet need to be less HL to feel right. This, IMO, is probably due to the construction of the sticks, being sorta feeling "hollow" inspite of having a considerable SW.
In conclusion: No hard and faste rules.
I used to be hung on the 12+ oz sticks that were 10 or more pts HL,....
..But from tons of experimenting I'm finding I like (same weight) 12+ oz sticks,...but more 5-7 pts HL.
(ala my BB11s and PB10MP). For me personally i get my best stuff from these.
8-9 pts headlight, working with lead now and might keep going...
I believe my pog mid is around 7 points headlight and roughly 12.8oz after my tampering with lead tape.
the exo3 ignite @ 11pts is the most headlight i've went.
there's an obsession with headlight on these boards. +/-10 pts in either direction is excessive. if you want to experience plow-through and keep up your racket head speed drop your static weight and bring it back to 7-8 pts headlight.
really nice stick .......
AVERY M3 Control mid+, it is 12 points HL and was the lowest I've used.
12 pts HL, 12.3 oz weight Prince EXO3 Rebel 95. Very nice racquet but too heavy for me.
7 pts HL, 11.6 oz Dunlop Biomimetic 100 is the best so far.
My prostock prince racquets are 13 ounces and 11 points headlight
9 points head light in my LM radical
Wouldn't it be more reasonable to say that it's excessive for you?
I also think that there's a difference between getting maximum racquet head speed compared with the idea of generating enough of it, depending on the player. If someone needs to churn out more spin on the ball, the big contributing factor there is racquet speed. But if a player needs to hit with some power, a heavy racquet can do that without a super-fast swing.
Hefty racquets with 10 pts. HL balance have been common among all-court players and doubles killers for decades. Don't use them if you don't like them, but I don't think it's at all accurate to label these sorts of frames as excessive or an obsession. For some types of players, they're the standard tools of the trade.
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