Matching Thiem's specs

zill

Legend
i am a 4.5 and looking to improve. I am a big Thiem fan and have long strokes on both sides with a lot of topspin (single handed backhand) just like the man himself.

His specs are 337g static weight. 345 swing weight. 33cm balance.

I am using the volkl vsense 10 tour which is light and may be able to get close to Thiem's specs. However my concern is that I only have experience playing with racquets with sw under 330.

Would I be able to handle a racquet with Thiem's specs??
 
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stephenclown

Professional
345 isnt that crazy, as soon as your muscles adjust it should be better if you can handle it. 98 headsize should also be pretty manoeuvrable.

I would suggest finding something that is right for you. Go up in increments or above and then come down until you find something perfect. As for crazy specs from the guy above, 345 isnt that bad at all. Fed 355 for 1hbh and 2hbh can be in the 370s in the pro scene.

Honestly, if you are lacking power the added weight and sw can really help. Just see what helps out, I just put some lead at 12 on my angell, going to counterweight it soon. Extra power was great, not sure what sw it is though atm, I guess high 330's but want it mid 340s or 350 for some extra plow. The extra power on serve and ohbh is great!
 
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red rook

Guest
I went from 325 to 330 to 335 to 340 right now, which I'm happy with now, and don't plan on going higher.. It definitely takes an adjustment period. It affected my forehand at first but now my forehand is much better. It helped the backhand (2h) and serve return straightaway. The serve was also an adjustment but like I said, it is going to take a month or more to settle in with your muscles and timing, but you may like it in the end.
 

zalive

Hall of Fame
i am a 4.5 and looking to improve. I am a big Thiem fan and have long strokes on both sides with a lot of topspin (single handed backhand) just like the man himself.

His specs are 337g static weight. 345 swing weight. 33cm balance.

If you have specs that's great, you just need to replicate all three. But all three. Replicate two and it might be a lot different and harder to play setup.

I am using the volkl vsense 10 tour which is light and may be able to get close to Thiem's specs. However my concern is that I only have experience playing with racquets with sw under 330.

Would I be able to handle a racquet with Thiem's specs??

No one can tell you this, you need to try. But if you're used to using your core as you should instead of arming the ball, you should be fine. If your RHS drops a bit, it's supposed to be this way, you'll still get more power from setup itself. And of course there's some adjustment period involved. Or you expect you can pick a pretty different racquet and immediately play adjusted to it, plus yet better? :) you should not expect that, however if you adjust quickly that's great.
 
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