Strung Racket Balance question

Hi guys.

Need some advice.

If the unstrung balance of a frame is 330mm, then the logical/ correct balance of the strung racket would nearer 335-340mm is that correct.

I assume that most players don't rebalance the racket, post stringing, to the original balance do they?

Cheers, Paul

Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
It will depend on the weight of the racket, the weight of the string you use, and the balance point of the string bed. The lighter the unstrung racket and the heavier the string is the more the balance changes.
 
Cheers, Irvin.

The racket was unstrung

325 balance (according to head)

Strung with Head Lynx 1.3 and Sensation 1.3

I suppose the point I'm trying to get is that all rackets get head heavier after they've been strung?

Therefore unless it has been 'modded' it won't play as the pre-strung balance?

Is that roughly correct?

Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
 
  • Like
Reactions: R15

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
Therefore unless it has been 'modded' it won't play as the pre-strung balance?

Is that roughly correct?
If a racket comes prestrung the balance will be very close to any other string you put in so the weight, balance, and SW won’t change much. The only noticeable difference will be the string and tension of the new strings versus the old strings.
 
Last edited:

Arzivu

Rookie
In the specs section of TWE I have noticed that the difference between unstrung and strung balance is, in general, 3/points. I agree that all rackets get head heavier with the addition of the strings.
 

tennisbike

Professional
The one and ultimate standard for proper balance for one's racket is your hand/body. The number, whatever it is, is supposed to support how you feel. The problem though, I found, is that our body or feel changes more than we like. Some day I feel strong and a more massive or stick with greater inertial feels great, on some other day, the same stick may felt unwieldy. But those number does not change with our body. Just a personal observation/opinion.
Have fun and not worries.
 

fritzhimself

Semi-Pro
Just measured a whole new racket for you.
Small example - Pure Strike Team 16/19 has an unstrung weight of 287.6 g and a RDC SW of 276, the balance is 326 mm and the RA is 73.
Strung with the Isospeed Black Fire (17.2g) the racquet had the balance of 337 mm, 304.8g and a SW of +29 = 305SW.
The RA was strung at 72.
I hope this helps you.
 

struggle

Legend
Yes, since the weight you are adding (string) is above the balance point, the balance point will move toward the
head. AS mentioned, string type, gauge etc changes that slightly. I find it best to balance and match racquets
independent of string (unstrung) since that variable changes (at least from time to time) and that small amount shouldn't
bother mere mortals.

Pre-strung balance is the only way to generate a consistent number to slap on the throat. FWIW most rackets specs will
vary a decent amount unless you buy them matched, thus the matching process done at shops, at home, ****, etc.

There would no logical way to state a strung balance/weight (on the frame at the factory) as string weights vary.

The unstrung specs are ONLY that, they are not intended to represent ANYTHING specific about the strung state of the
racquet, except of course as a general idea. A baseline so to speak from which ALL racquets are measured (seemingly)
so comparisons can be made.
 
Last edited:

Dags

Hall of Fame
There would no logical way to state a strung balance/weight (on the frame at the factory) as string weights vary.

The unstrung specs are ONLY that, they are not intended to represent ANYTHING specific about the strung state of the
racquet, except of course as a general idea. A baseline so to speak from which ALL racquets are measured (seemingly)
so comparisons can be made.
Fully agree with this, which is why I find it so odd that TW always list strung weight and balance on their site. Assumed it was an American thing, because I've not seen it in other countries.
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
Hi guys.

Need some advice.

If the unstrung balance of a frame is 330mm, then the logical/ correct balance of the strung racket would nearer 335-340mm is that correct.

I assume that most players don't rebalance the racket, post stringing, to the original balance do they?

Cheers, Paul

Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
As far as I know, the vast majority of players don't tune their frames back to that pre-strung balance. After around 15 years of stringing, I haven't done or seen it all by a long shot, but it also seems to me that racquet balance is among the more overlooked racquet specs for a lot of players. Some might know the weight, flex, and maybe even the swing weight of their racquet, but the balance is rarely on their radar.

I personally appreciate that TW lists the strung weight and balance of their racquets even though there's definitely a difference in weight from one string type to another. At least if they're adding about a half ounce to the head of a racquet and offering those specs, I'm in the ballpark of knowing that frame's weight and balance when I'm actually going to use it. Just my preference.
 

tennisbike

Professional
At the end of the day, knowing all those information, racket mass, balance point, rotational inertia..., are supposed to help us the players. For many, having more numbers gives us the satisfaction of .. knowing, a pleasure, a vanity. Sometimes we use them as excuses for bad performances on the court, a very useful one. Yeah, sure the spec. helps inform your buying decision and how to mod the stick.

(About my practice and my opinion.) I only have a ruler and a digital scale at home, so I do, from time to time, check the weight in grams, and the balance point in cm. I think we should move to metric like the rest of the world. And using balance in points is silly. Almost all my playing sticks fall into mass from 310 to 380 grams. The sweet spot is around 340~355 gram from observation. Balance point pretty much falls between 31.5 cm and 32 cm from the butt. I do not necessary make it that way. but they ended up that way. I like to feel how the stick swings by doing shadow swings. And almost all my playing sticks have at least 2 nickels under the over-grip. I just like the way the sticks swing with the nickels above the hand position.

Don't fuzz and worry about things. With the smoke and ashes all around me, now in California, the more I am reminded to appreciate things and leave the worries behind. Enjoy our days! Time to create vertical space in my trees and bushes. I get to play with my other toys, knives and saw..
 
Top