Negatives of going too head light?

CosmosMpower

Hall of Fame
Curious what downsides there are of going to head light by adding weight in the handle (leather grip or tungsten in trap door etc.)? The main one I can think of is just adding too much static weight can make the over racquet heavier even if the head is more maneuverable. There shouldn't be much of a change to the swing weight if it's all in the grip.

From a physics/timing standpoint are there any other downsides of going too head light (10-12 pts HL strung)? There shouldn't be much of a change to the swing weight if it's all in the grip. Have you guys found that you have better timing/ball striking within a certain range say 5-7 pts HL vs 8-10 HL?
 
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Deleted member 776614

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It's personal and depends on what sensation your brain needs to know what position the racket is in. I personally need to feel some weight at the end of the stick. If I make my racket more than 5pts head light I lose connection with the ball, regardless of how heavy it is (well, within 320 to 335g strung.) I find the same with golf - some like a heavy shaft with weight near the grip so they feel the weight but can swing fast. I like heavy but with weight near the club head so I know exactly where it is.
 

Ryebread

Professional
It’s all preference.

Last week I changed from 32.5 CM racquets to a stick I haven’t played with since Feb. I had to put weight on these handles to get them from 33-33.5 to 32.5. I need a minimum of 5 HL.

Currently playing an under spec Clash 98. Came in at 307 grams. With 17 G poly and an OG it’s at 31 CM which is probably around 10.5 HL! My brain must be wired for this, because it feels natural - and my serve is even better than before.
 

tata

Hall of Fame
Mine needs to play in the 10pt HL ball park to play well. It's preference. It could get feel too empty or whippy and just through so some swingweight might be needed.
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
I once was at 32pts hl. I didnt think there was anything wrong with that except that it was a heavy racquet...
 

Crocodile

Legend
A 350g very headlight frame is probably a good thing. A 290g racquet with the same balance will make the frame too gutless and unstable. Manufacturers can try and raise stiffness to try and compensate.
 
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I have found that a combo of a lightish racquet (<330 strung) being very headlight is you feel like the racquet gets pushed around a bit by quicker, flatter, and heavier balls
 
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Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
Any weight you add anywhere adds inertia and slows down the acceleration of the racket.

Any weight you add to the racket must be carried around the court.

Any weight you add to the racket changes the period when the racket pivots on an axis.
 

CosmosMpower

Hall of Fame
A 350g very headlight frame is probably a good thing. A 290g racquet with the same balance will make the frame too gutless and unstable. Manufacturers can try and raise stiffness to try and compensate.
I should qualify all my sticks are in the 340-355 gram strung ready to play range. The ones that are closer to 8-10 HL are closer to the 355 range with leather grips and without leather grips they are low to mid 340's and around 5-7 HL.
 
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