Looking for Aerodynamic (rounded) Throat Shape of racquets

SJSA

Professional
I am looking for aerodynamic throat shape of racquets such as
  • Babolat Pure Aero
  • Prince Tour 100
  • Yonex Ezone lines
Anything else?
 

Dartagnan64

Legend
Always curious to the "whys" of some of these requests. I can't imagine the aerodynamicity of a throat makes any difference whatsoever in a person's tennis game. But for all I know the OP wants more real estate to apply lead tape.
 

Tennisguy777

Professional
Always curious to the "whys" of some of these requests. I can't imagine the aerodynamicity of a throat makes any difference whatsoever in a person's tennis game. But for all I know the OP wants more real estate to apply lead tape.
It should have an effect on it. More aerodynamic racquets swing faster and therefore have less drag which results in a lower swing weight in theory, how much is the question.
 

Dartagnan64

Legend
It should have an effect on it. More aerodynamic racquets swing faster and therefore have less drag which results in a lower swing weight in theory, how much is the question.
I suspect the drag on the throat of the racket is miniscule compared to the drag produced by the racket stringbed, hoop, grip, and your arm. It's likely a marketing ploy like many things about racquets.

But hey, placebo effects and testimonials are what sells 90% of technologic advances these days.
 

Zoolander

Hall of Fame
I suspect the drag on the throat of the racket is miniscule compared to the drag produced by the racket stringbed, hoop, grip, and your arm. It's likely a marketing ploy like many things about racquets.
I suspect this man is right! No one can tell me the throat of an APD swings thru the air faster than the thin throat of a pure strike, for eg.

One big difference i DO feel with the different throat shapes is the feeling of how they flex on impact. Racquets with a thin throat cross section like the strikes dont flex anywhere near as comfortably as those with a wider or rounded throat.
 

stephenclown

Professional
I feel like the aerodynamic head of the Pure Aero is a bit of a wank. If you are swinging up on the ball like modern ATP forehands it doesnt feel like its going to be beneficial as the air has to go over a much wider part of the frame. From head on with a flat shot the aerodynamic shape makes sense but its gone too far on the Pure Aero imo. The face of the racquet is closed on most forehands afterall.

Thinner beam will be aerodynamic so dont worry. Box beam old school 20mm is more than manoeuvrable enough and probably better than the pure aero. I found this racquet to be very sluggish through the air, not the right weighting for my game and too stiff. Although it does crush the ball, especially on the serve as thats where the headshape makes a difference imo.

It seems like throat shape makes little difference compared to its flex as above. Altering the feel of the racquet will impact more compared to a negligible increase in RHS :)
 

Bartelby

Bionic Poster
I think the aero shape creates power, if anything, as it adds weight to the yolk even if they tend to be rather hollow there.
 

moon shot

Hall of Fame
The tricky thing about aerodynamics is they don’t follow what you think would be slick through the air. There were a fair number of cars in the past that ended up creating drag or lift.

Maybe a throat that looks like a Prius?
 

danbrenner

Hall of Fame
It’s all about a thin beam if u want that cut through the air feel. I play with A PA and because of its thick hoop it swings through the air slower than any of my thin beam rackets
 

Tennisguy777

Professional
I feel like the aerodynamic head of the Pure Aero is a bit of a wank. If you are swinging up on the ball like modern ATP forehands it doesnt feel like its going to be beneficial as the air has to go over a much wider part of the frame. From head on with a flat shot the aerodynamic shape makes sense but its gone too far on the Pure Aero imo. The face of the racquet is closed on most forehands afterall.

Thinner beam will be aerodynamic so dont worry. Box beam old school 20mm is more than manoeuvrable enough and probably better than the pure aero. I found this racquet to be very sluggish through the air, not the right weighting for my game and too stiff. Although it does crush the ball, especially on the serve as thats where the headshape makes a difference imo.

It seems like throat shape makes little difference compared to its flex as above. Altering the feel of the racquet will impact more compared to a negligible increase in RHS :)
Bingo! How you swing the stick will have an effect especially on the Aeros because the cross section is huge so technically it might actually be detrimental like you said.
 

stephenclown

Professional
I think the aero shape creates power, if anything, as it adds weight to the yolk even if they tend to be rather hollow there.
I dont think it does, weighting can be achieved with lead afterall, polarising will add the most power as it increases swing weight substantially. It has a high twist weight as well which makes matters worse as it restricts customisation around 6 and 9. It swings through the air slow imo and does feel sluggish. It is hollow and feels it through contact. the guy who strings my racquets said I was better off without it as his mates had cracked a couple pure aeros on misshits... It is lacking structural integrity due to its design and cheap manufacturing layup (high stiffness).

I feel the power comes from the insanely open pattern and 100" headsize. It shreds strings and your wrist so it isn't necessarily a bonus. This open pattern is detrimental to control and if you are swinging really hard that is going to impact consistency like nothing else.

Original aeropro drive (which nadal still uses) has low twist weight and around 65 stiffness. More closed pattern for control and lead at 12 for power.
 

SJSA

Professional
I believe the aerodynamic throat makes swing speed faster than square one with a thin beam.
 

danbrenner

Hall of Fame
I believe the aerodynamic throat makes swing speed faster than square one with a thin beam.
No shot. The thinner and heavier the hoop the quicker and more aerodynamic the stick will move through he contact zone. Physics 101
 

Dartagnan64

Legend
I believe the aerodynamic throat makes swing speed faster than square one with a thin beam.
It's ridiculous because rackets are rarely swung horizontally with the throat perpendicular to air resistance. Only my wife's "around the world" flat eastern FH swings like that.

On serves, topspin groundies, slices and smashes, the throat is facing multiple different angles to air resistance. So in the end, thin and roundish is probably the best. But again, throat air resistance is probably a total non-factor in racquet performance.

It's only relevance is durability and flexibility.
 
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