Player frames

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by drop shot, Mar 25, 2006.

  1. drop shot

    drop shot Rookie

    Feb 22, 2004
    What seems odd to me is how some guys would never be caught dead using anything other than a "players" frame even though it really doesn't suit their game at all. For them it would be a fate worse than death to be seen using a sub- 12 oz frame. I have also heard that one should use the heaviest frame that they can comfortably swing. One of our local teaching pros uses a Head ti.s6 frame that weighs MAYBE 9 oz strung. He is 29 years old 6ft 4 and weighs probably 220 lbs. When he was asked about this he just replied that he was given the racuet as a demo and just liked it so much he kept using it. What are your thoughts about the player frame snobbery that seems to be so prevalent in todays club players?
  2. snoflewis

    snoflewis Guest

    players play best w/ the racket they like. everybody is different. you can have a club player using a heavy racket, but he can at the same time be naturally athletic, have good hand-eye coordination, and be strong enough to maneuver it. also, some players just aren't interested in rackets and just use w/e they can as long as the ball goes in. depends on the person, but you shouldnt worry too much about it...
  3. slice backhand

    slice backhand New User

    Oct 27, 2005

    I don't think that he was worrying about it just asking a question.
  4. BreakPoint

    BreakPoint Bionic Poster

    Feb 18, 2004
  5. Ljubicic for number1

    Ljubicic for number1 Hall of Fame

    Dec 23, 2005
    Home Of The Socceroos
    All I can say is your local teaching pro is a bit of a Pus"y!!!!!!!! to use a girls frame like that.

    Just kidding of course!!!!! Whatever you like to play with is best.
  6. vinnier6

    vinnier6 Professional

    Sep 14, 2005
    i have a friend who is a teaching pro, and he uses a power frame when giving lessons because he doesnt have to take big cuts at the ball to return them...but he uses a heavy frame whenever he plays...
  7. Marius_Hancu

    Marius_Hancu G.O.A.T.

    Oct 29, 2004
    Montreal, Canada
    playing with heavy racquets is also about the protection they offer

    check this thread (Predrag is a teaching pro; he thinks that a heavy frame will protect him during long lessons)

    Tennis Elbow

    There's lots of variety amongs the teachings pros. I see some of them in Montreal using 6.1 90, people in their 50s, teaching the whole day. Guess they don't care that much about fashion ...

    Also, see here the recommendations by the docs at the French Federation; now, those guys certainly know something about arm problems:

    Best arm friendly racquets?
  8. rocket

    rocket Hall of Fame

    May 23, 2005
    If one feeds balls all day long, then a light, oversized frame makes sense, but if one plays serious tennis & hits hard, the feather light stick won't do any good.
  9. bluegrasser

    bluegrasser Hall of Fame

    Jul 29, 2005
    dropshot: Snobbery?? Nah, it's what makes the player happy and if it's a 85" PS, then party on. I hit with an 03 red 105" stiffer frame, but missed the feel and control of a players frame, so now I'm playing with a Prestige frame. Do I have less power? a smaller sweetspot etc..yes, but I'm enjoying the game more, then again tennis is always about the social element for me, no great tour aspirations -how's that for a run/on sentence.
  10. jaykay

    jaykay Professional

    Jan 2, 2006

    I agree with Vinner6 and Rocket's post. I suspect that the teaching pro might switch to a diff frame if he/she is playing matches.

    Furthermore, while I am aware that this topic has been beaten to death before, I tend to believe that some on this forum wouldn't be caught dead playing with a beginner/tweener stick since for them, you need to wield a 'player's stick' in order to be a 'player' (whatever that means).

    I do agree with Marius' (nth) post that a heavier (higher static wt), head-light stick is better for the arm, and I say so from personal experience.

    Moral of the story: play with whatever you think suits you best. If you are unsure, read thru the blogs on this forum, esply the posts from knowledgeable contributors and/or take help from your local pro. As a postscript, I just wanted to mention that I recently traded my Flexpoint 4 with a Flexpoint Instinct, with a person who plays much better than me (he is a 5.0) and the FP4 is doing wonders to his s&v game. How about that?

    NTRP 4.0, all-court player
    Flexpoint Instinct / iRadical OS
    Prince Original Synthetic Gut 17g at 59lbs (on both sticks)
  11. bismark

    bismark Rookie

    Apr 18, 2004
    Well, just let them be. It's their choice anyway. Maybe a handful of them will swallow their pride and switch to something more practical when they get sick of losing game after game.
  12. frekcles

    frekcles Semi-Pro

    Sep 15, 2005
    Where the streets have no name
    I'm probably a 3.0 and admit to using heavier player's frames. It's not that I want to look cool or am embarassed to use a tweener. I'd use one in a heartbeat if I find one that has the weight of a player's stick. I like the heft of the player's racquet. Even though I have a hard time swinging them and most of the time miss the sweetspot. I like the weight, the plow-through factor, and my arm doesn't hurt so much after playing unlike with the lighter-weight racquets. I don't mind losing all the games I play. I'm building up to a better game and am using a heavier player's stick in the process. Is there something wrong with me?:confused:
  13. JediMindTrick

    JediMindTrick Hall of Fame

    Nov 7, 2005
    So your teaching pro uses a 9 oz racquet and the ATP pros use 12 - 13 oz racquets. Hmm, I wonder who knows better. I am totally confused.

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