Raquet specs and shot selection

fpsanti

New User
Hi,

Disclaimer: read until the end before marking this post as "another post about heavy vs. Light raquets".

Assume you play with a Head light but heavy frame raquet.
Say your FH and BH slice are excellent, your serve average, your 1HBH below average.

Now you try the same frame but 10g lighter than the original one, also head light.
All your shots are now averaged, meaning your 1HBH no longer sucks, your serve improved but FH and slice worsened (still good, but not a lethal weapon anymore).

Which scenario would you chose?
Some great shots in the arsenal and some which sucks, or all average shots but no real game changers?

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dr. godmode

Professional
I believe you can use weapons to win more points than your weaknesses will lose. It's almost the difference between 4.5 and 5.0 imo.

Plus is always fun when you get those special shots with your weapon.
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
Hi,

Disclaimer: read until the end before marking this post as "another post about heavy vs. Light raquets".

Assume you play with a Head light but heavy frame raquet.
Say your FH and BH slice are excellent, your serve average, your 1HBH below average.

Now you try the same frame but 10g lighter than the original one, also head light.
All your shots are now averaged, meaning your 1HBH no longer sucks, your serve improved but FH and slice worsened (still good, but not a lethal weapon anymore).

Which scenario would you chose?
Some great shots in the arsenal and some which sucks, or all average shots but no real game changers?

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I've been seduced by one or two racquets in the past that seemed to help me hit one shot pretty huge - let's say my serve - but not so fantastic in other departments. They didn't help my cause as a player so much as some others along the way. I've found more success with racquets that give me a better balance and also fewer shortcomings overall.

But the tricky issue here is that my game isn't the same game as with everybody else. Your "balance" may benefit from a racquet that supercharges your ground strokes if you like to perhaps use a baseline counter-punching style of play. So all I can say is that I'd expect you (like me) to benefit from a racquet that seems to come with fewer liabilities overall. It sounds as though the second frame you listed offers fewer shortcomings for your game.
 

Louis33

Rookie
I would strongly encourage you to stick with the heavier racket and improve your 1hbh and serve with technique and conditioning. The 1hbh for me is the shot that really requires great footwork to set up properly. Lazy feet and it’s a no go for me, but with better conditioning it can become a weapon. I find lots of pulling type exercises such a rows really build up that stretch you should feel during your backswing. I would bet you hit this shot better with a lighter racket because your able to compensate better for lack of footwork, but why would you want to play like that? With the serve building tricep, shoulder, and leg strength helps tremendously.

If your forehand and backhand slice are excellent with the heavier racket then build off of those weapons. Don’t settle for average.
 

tlm

G.O.A.T.
Hi,

Disclaimer: read until the end before marking this post as "another post about heavy vs. Light raquets".

Assume you play with a Head light but heavy frame raquet.
Say your FH and BH slice are excellent, your serve average, your 1HBH below average.

Now you try the same frame but 10g lighter than the original one, also head light.
All your shots are now averaged, meaning your 1HBH no longer sucks, your serve improved but FH and slice worsened (still good, but not a lethal weapon anymore).

Which scenario would you chose?
Some great shots in the arsenal and some which sucks, or all average shots but no real game changers?

Sent from my SM-G975F using Tapatalk
Your description is pretty accurate of my experience, I’ve been trying some lighter rackets than I normally use lately and I can serve better with the lighter racket, hit better backhand and more consistent on the forehand. Not as much power though on my shots and the backhand slice is not as good.

So I’ve found that it’s a give and take and you need to play some sets to find what’s best for your own game. In the past I’ve tried a different racket and just hitting around I’m thinking this racket hits great and I will play better with it. Sometimes it does work that way but sometimes when I actually use it in match play it doesn’t workout.
 
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