Low static weight hefty swingweight head heavy racket

Curious

Legend
Yes, pretty much a hammer. Does anyone use it successfully?
Eg: static weight 325g strung
Swingweight 345
 

Garro

New User
I recently acquired a Head LiquidMetal 4 racquet. Haven't been able to hit with it yet but am curious as to how it compares to my usual racquets.
 

Crocodile

Legend
I don’t think slow static weight frames with high SW’s are healthy for some people especially those playing for a long time. Many manufactures are doing this right now and I think they need to get feedback because I am seeing many guys and girls having problems,
I am much more in favour of high static weight, headlight balance and moderate SW to be a better thing.
 

WYK

Hall of Fame
Henin used a hyper hammer, but supposedly it was even balanced. I am testing an Extreme Lite that is 1pt HH. Feels good. It's only 314g, but it has a ton of weight added to it, so is rather stable.


 

cortado

Professional
I don’t think slow static weight frames with high SW’s are healthy for some people especially those playing for a long time. Many manufactures are doing this right now and I think they need to get feedback because I am seeing many guys and girls having problems,
I am much more in favour of high static weight, headlight balance and moderate SW to be a better thing.
What would be the logic for that? I'm currently using a racquet that is 346g static, 32.3cm balance, swing weight I don't know but would imagine low 320s. 90 inch head.
However, I've been looking at something like 360+ Speed Pro which is 330 static strung with over-grip, 330 swing-weight. In theory that would give me more stability and power, but remove 16g static weight hopefully putting less stress on my shoulder in the serve.
 

Crocodile

Legend
What would be the logic for that? I'm currently using a racquet that is 346g static, 32.3cm balance, swing weight I don't know but would imagine low 320s. 90 inch head.
However, I've been looking at something like 360+ Speed Pro which is 330 static strung with over-grip, 330 swing-weight. In theory that would give me more stability and power, but remove 16g static weight hopefully putting less stress on my shoulder in the serve.
I’d rather go 330g unstrung static and 325 SW. With this I still get the arm saving benefits of the mass and retain a nice fast feel.
I know quite a few players who are now sitting on the sidelines getting physiotherapy brvsuse they opted for racquets like the speed pro. while I know the benefits of these types of frame set up, longevity of arm health is not one of them. Sure if by you look at tour players, many need heavy SW’s to manage the weight of shot but that is different to having arm health. Most pro players struggle to stay on tour past their 30’s whereas your local district player is still going around decades later.
 

WYK

Hall of Fame
It's more than just static or swing weight. The strings and racquet stiffness have as much of an effect or more, or using too light of a racquet for a certain level of play, etc.
I personally know a man in his 50's that has a year on a 290g 1pt HH Extreme Lite that he swears saved his arm. I just weighted one up similarly to test it. They are 62RA.
RAFA uses a near even balance, and fairly stiff stick at 360SW without issues.
Afterall, Padel players use very stiff, very, very head heavy raquets all day long without issues. They weigh enough not to send much shock to the arm.
So it's more than just the balance and SW.
 

Keizer

Hall of Fame
Isn’t this basically the Blade spec? Feel like relatively HH sticks are really popular now, especially in the 18x20 pattern.
 

Crocodile

Legend
Back in the late 90’s right uo to the early 2000’s, many companies were making head heavy frames, such as the Wilson Hammer series of frames. This set up caused many players to have arm injuries and stop playing tennis.
Back then Wilmot Mcutchen, a physics expert put together a website called racquet research that investigated and tested all the frames for shoulder and elbow safety and concluded that the worst racquets were the lighter, head heavy frames and safest were the heavy, headlight frames.
Off course even in those days the best racquets for arm safety came from Pro Kennex with their kinetic technology but also the specs they used.
 
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