How much of a difference is .5"

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by Adrupert, Apr 11, 2007.

  1. Adrupert

    Adrupert New User

    Oct 4, 2006
    I've been STRONGLY considering a switch to a longer racket, but i've recently found a nice feel with my leaded-up k-six one team. So i'm starting to second guess. When I think about it, i can't see how 0.5" can really make a difference. I would like some insight from a few people who have experimented with both standard and extended length rackets.

    If it matters, the extended length racket i have in mind is a 95" vantage racket.
  2. bluetrain4

    bluetrain4 Legend

    Feb 2, 2007
    When you first hit with it, it will make a HUGE difference - at first. I thought the same thing, that the added .5 inch wouldn't make a difference. But, trust me, when you put it in you hands, you'll be off. You're swing will be off, as will your timing.

    That said, in time you'll adjust and be just fine. Many pros and recretational players use extended length racquets.
  3. fearless1

    fearless1 Rookie

    Oct 31, 2006
    Tallahassee, Florida
    Depends. For example, if the longer racquet is also lighter than the one you are currently using, then the extra length probably won't matter much.

    Recommendation...just demo the longer racquet and find out first hand if you'll benefit from it.
  4. p0w3r

    p0w3r Semi-Pro

    Apr 8, 2006
    New York City
    It takes a while to get used to, but once you get will...well, get it. The main difference is timing and after playing a lot with my XL racquets, i got the hang of it. I really dont notice any problems now switching back and fourth from standard to XL. However, serves may take a little longer to get used to.
  5. ps60

    ps60 Professional

    Feb 27, 2007
    as one of the stringer for Pro player said "0.5 inch is Huge"

    i found it depends on the design. Some poorly design one can throw U off from the first swing.
    my Diablo MP and another 27.5" Prince Air xxxxxxxx (jap model)

    Some better design will fool U. U won't notice that it is a LB. eg. Yonex MP-2i, Prince POG 28" Michael Chang !
  6. sureshs

    sureshs Bionic Poster

    Oct 1, 2005
    Makes a HUGE difference. In reach, power and serve.

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