Head size might not be correct

Christian Olsson

Professional
Yup. What the title says. Not only the Head PT57A that was more like 95” instead of stated 98”. When i got into my local tennis shop for stringing I was curious about how headsizes compared. Turns out my Volkl Super G 10-295 has a bigger head than Speed 100” and almost as big as a Pure Drive 100”

Are these numbers only randomly chosen for accommodating target groups? Ive heard people commenting “I can’t play with a 100” I’ll stick with my 98”.
Quite interesting…
this gives new meaning to the phrase “it’s a 93 but plays more like a 95”
maybe because it IS a 95” not a 93”
 

graycrait

Hall of Fame
After playing with some 110-115 rackets the last few months when played my POG OS yesterday I said to myself, this doesn't even seem like an OS:)

I think there are some threads that cover this head size "thing." For instance so many Prince "90s" were or are 93". I think some companies measured inner diameter vs outer hoop diameter. I would suspect some just rounded up or down for marketing to closer match the popular "size of the day."

I wonder how many were just plain miscommunication "coverups". Could we call a 99..." a 98 or 100 depending on consumer demand flows?
 
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McLovin

Legend
When i got into my local tennis shop for stringing I was curious about how headsizes compared. Turns out my Volkl Super G 10-295 has a bigger head than Speed 100” and almost as big as a Pure Drive 100”
Just curious...how did you do the measurement? Did you actually measure hitting surface? Or did you just put them up against each other?
 

Christian Olsson

Professional
Just curious...how did you do the measurement? Did you actually measure hitting surface? Or did you just put them up against each other?
Put the smaller of the two under and my racquet on top. And measure tape of course. This on various points. Not that scientific but enough to see what’s what. My SG10 is a supposedly 98” but i always thought it played much bigger. My Vsense 10 is however more correct if compared to other 98”s

and i measured both mains and crosses. Inner measurements.
 

MattHeup

New User
97 and 98 are so close in measurement that companies could easily call one the other for the purpose of marketing the frame. A 97 and 98 could be the exact same size but the "97" is a more control oriented racquet and maybe the target market is more likely to buy a 97 vs a 98, so one ends up called a 97 and the other a 98. Just speculation.
 

McLovin

Legend
97 and 98 are so close in measurement that companies could easily call one the other for the purpose of marketing the frame. A 97 and 98 could be the exact same size but the "97" is a more control oriented racquet and maybe the target market is more likely to buy a 97 vs a 98, so one ends up called a 97 and the other a 98. Just speculation.
There are a couple instances of this happening w/ the same frame:

The first (ok...technically second) iteration of the Pure Control (the 2001, aka 'Swirly') had '97 sq in' stamped on the throat of racquet. Subsequent versions (including the Storm, which was the exact same mold), were marketed (and labeled) as 98 sq in.

Also, the Fischer Vacuum Pro Classic was marketed as a 98, but when Pacific resurrected the mold, it was the 'X Tour 97'.
 
This happens a lot with 97/98 sq in rackets. The "98 sq in" rackets made by Babolat, Head, and Tecnifibre are all technically 630cm² or 97.6 sq in, unlike 98 sq in rackets made by Wilson, Dunlop, and Diadem which are true 98's at 632cm². Same thing happens with 95's, where Dunlop and Prince have true 95's at 613cm², but Head and Angell's 95's (and old Head "98's" where the outside surface area was measured) are 615cm² or 95 1/3 sq in.
 
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Deleted member 776614

Guest
I was upset thinking my head was a little on the small side, but she said it was a good size so now I feel better about it.

Paint makes a difference. My TF40 feels big compared to my PS/RF97, but it's mostly the difference between white and matte black. PS is supposed to be 97, TF40 is supposed to be 98.
 
I was upset thinking my head was a little on the small side, but she said it was a good size so now I feel better about it.

Paint makes a difference. My TF40 feels big compared to my PS/RF97, but it's mostly the difference between white and matte black. PS is supposed to be 97, TF40 is supposed to be 98.
Paint does make a difference. Your TF also might feel bigger because it's lighter but still really stable with a big sweetspot. In actuality the headsizes are very similar; RF is 626cm² (97"²) and the TF is 630cm²(97.6"²).

BTW I have a lightly used TF40 315 for sale; feel free to PM me if you'd be interested ;)
 

Zoolander

Hall of Fame
Mr Olsson good to see you back. Have spent most of my life playing with a 95 and i can tell the diifference between a 95 and a 97 or 98, mainly because of the maneuverability of the head when swinging. Between a 98 and 100 not so much. Perhaps its just what youre used to?
 

beltsman

Legend
This happens a lot with 97/98 sq in rackets. The "98 sq in" rackets made by Babolat, Head, and Tecnifibre are all technically 630cm² or 97.6 sq in, unlike 98 sq in rackets made by Wilson, Dunlop, and Diadem which are true 98's at 632cm². Same thing happens with 95's, where Dunlop and Prince have true 95's at 613cm², but Head and Angell's 95's (and old Head "98's" where the outside surface area was measured) are 615cm² or 95 1/3 sq in.
So much of it comes down to metric vs imperial
 

Christian Olsson

Professional
Mr Olsson good to see you back. Have spent most of my life playing with a 95 and i can tell the diifference between a 95 and a 97 or 98, mainly because of the maneuverability of the head when swinging. Between a 98 and 100 not so much. Perhaps its just what youre used to?
It is good to be back! Thanks! Missed the nerdiness and tongue in cheek comments! Yes there is a slight difference between super g and vsense 10 in headsize and feel. The vsense is a scalpel and super g very forgiving. I alternate effortlessly between them. Mostly strings and tensions now im testing out now. Kirshbaum is my new favorites. It’s like licorice! Yummy!
 
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