racquet differences

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by didier, Jan 9, 2006.

  1. didier

    didier New User

    May 4, 2005
    I wonder.
    How much difference in weight , swingweight, stiffness can we really distinguish.
    i have a number of similair yet different racquets and i can feel the diff when
    i pick them up and play with them one after the other but after 5 minutes
    that feeling is gone and i play as always.
    to illustrate what i'm talking about.
    i have a Wilson tour 90, dunlop 200G, ncode 90, dunlop 300g.
    i have the same string and tension on all of them.
    the wilsons play exactly alike, i cannot tell any difference.
    the 200g is more flexible but that the only thing i can feel, swingweigth or weigth feels al the same to me.
    the 300 is lighter but after 10 minutes of play , i play just as good (bad) as with the others, just less control on volleys.

    but the thing is , the 300 is signifcantly different than all the others (40 grams less.)
    so i wonder how much difference does it all make, or to put it in a different question. how much difference does 5 grams of lead really make? is it in my head or real ?
  2. BLiND

    BLiND Hall of Fame

    Apr 18, 2004
    Manchester, UK
    I can distinguish between 5g swingweight easily.
  3. Midlife crisis

    Midlife crisis Hall of Fame

    Sep 24, 2005
    didier, I'm in your camp. I'm positive many people can distinguish swingweight by swinging one racket and then immediately switching to another, but as you said you use it for a while and the differences disappear. It's also why if you have a racket that gets tired and more flexible over time, you can't tell until you use a new, fresh one.

    I believe too many players get stuff into their heads that a few points in swingweight is going to ruin their game, and so it becomes a self fulfilling prophecy.
  4. SteveI

    SteveI Legend

    Feb 19, 2004

    My 2 cents on SW... I can't pick one up in my hand.. swing it and say.. hey this one is 320.. or 300. What I can do is play with the frame and depending on the level of the person across the net.. get a pretty good idea if the frame has High SW or a Low SW. "Playing up" and returning serve will require me to use a frame with a lower SW. I just can't get the frame moving in time to return a serve while playing a big server or someone with heavy groundstrokes. Just a fact for me.. it is not in my head. Playing the net in higher level doubles will also require a lower swingweight frame. What I did do it get the best of both worlds is "create" a frame with a low SW and high static weight that was quite HL. Hope this helps in some way.

  5. mctennis

    mctennis Hall of Fame

    Feb 19, 2004
    I can tell differences in weight, SW and stiffness. I had three racquets all the same make and model. One just felt lighter right away. Sure enough it was 5 grams lighter than the others. Of course that's just me. Mileage may vary.
  6. str33t

    str33t Professional

    Jan 6, 2006
    those are some pretty good questions...gets you thinking doesnt it ?

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