Swing late, hit flat

lcw

Rookie
What stick (player racquet) is best suited for some one who swings late and hits flat? Heavy racket?, low tension? etc...
Also what is more likely to get the arm more tired? Higher swing weight or lower?
Thanks
lcw
 

katastrof

Rookie
lcw said:
What stick (player racquet) is best suited for some one who swings late and hits flat? Heavy racket?, low tension? etc...
Also what is more likely to get the arm more tired? Higher swing weight or lower?
Thanks
lcw
The player in question needs to learn to swing early.

Low SW will tire the player more against heavy hitters, but it will be more tiring to swing a high SW. Your exact preference is for you to figure out for yourself.

Just wanted to get that out of the way before ppl starts recommending racquets n' tensions :)
 
mowcopian said:
swing early and take the ball on the rise, tht would help.
Thats the right method but to answer your question. A racket around 300-320g, 100sq" would be around right, try a head prestige racket.
 

AndrewD

Legend
Firstly, it depends on why you swing late. If you can do it like Steffi Graf and have the same kind of results then good luck. If you can't then it'll be better (and cheaper) to alter your technique instead of your racquet. Might also help you conserve some energy.

Assuming you swing late on purpose: a lower swingweight will be helpful as it allows you to generate the racquet head speed you need in order to swing late but not catch the ball late. Much harder to get a higher swingweight moving at the last minute and it will be more likely to tire you . However, don't make the mistake of going for a racquet with an extremely low static weight. If you're going to hit flat a bit of the weight helps you to drive the ball. I'd also opt for a tighter string pattern (18x20) so you have a bit more control. As far as tension goes, string it as loosely as you can while still controlling your shot. You'll probably find a higher tension works best but it's better to go with trial-and-error.
 

lcw

Rookie
AndrewD said:
Firstly, it depends on why you swing late. If you can do it like Steffi Graf and have the same kind of results then good luck. If you can't then it'll be better (and cheaper) to alter your technique instead of your racquet. Might also help you conserve some energy.

Assuming you swing late on purpose: a lower swingweight will be helpful as it allows you to generate the racquet head speed you need in order to swing late but not catch the ball late. Much harder to get a higher swingweight moving at the last minute and it will be more likely to tire you . However, don't make the mistake of going for a racquet with an extremely low static weight. If you're going to hit flat a bit of the weight helps you to drive the ball. I'd also opt for a tighter string pattern (18x20) so you have a bit more control. As far as tension goes, string it as loosely as you can while still controlling your shot. You'll probably find a higher tension works best but it's better to go with trial-and-error.
For all those who answered my question as intended, thank you for your help.
For those who didn't, I hope to see you on the tennis court when you are 60 year old wearing heavy glasses with a pocket full of Ibuprofin and a heavy foot. So please remember the good answers on this thread because you might need them one day.
 
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