The truth about racquet material innovation

BlueB

Legend
@PistolPete23 my son is almost 11. He is 150 cm.
Currently playing with Pure Aero Jr.26. Unstrung weight 250 gr.
I’m afraid that 27 inch is too long for him.

To me, it sounds like he's got a perfect racquet already. You can always load it gradually with a bit of weight on the hoop and handle, to teansition him towards a full size frame...

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Howard H

Rookie
@PistolPete23 Is there any difference in materials between youth and adults graphite racquets?
For me it is every time a problem to choose racquet for my son.
I know about HEAD Junior full graphite racquets 25 and 26 inch that they are produced in the same factory with the same carbon material as all 27 inch full graphites. Everything else would be too complicated in production.
 

Roketz

New User
Guys, last question from my side here.
Do you think that junior frame made after adult one, for example, Gravity Jr and Gravity Pro will have the same stiffness?
 

Howard H

Rookie
Guys, last question from my side here.
Do you think that junior frame made after adult one, for example, Gravity Jr and Gravity Pro will have the same stiffness?
Rather not. Why not let your son try a light 27 inch adult frame? My son turned 11 this year and started to play a HEAD Speed Lite last year in fall when he was still below 1,50 m and also started to play with regular balls. No issues. Now he is 1,52 m and is playing a Gravity Lite and loves it.
 

BlueB

Legend
Guys, last question from my side here.
Do you think that junior frame made after adult one, for example, Gravity Jr and Gravity Pro will have the same stiffness?
A shorter frame, of the same layup, out of the same mold will feel stiffer then a longer one.

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PistolPete23

Hall of Fame
A shorter frame, of the same layup, out of the same mold will feel stiffer then a longer one.

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Yup! Stiffness is an extrinsic property. I’m not familiar enough with junior frames to know whether they’re just an adult racquet that’s been shaved down. If so, then it’ll play stiffer for sure. But If the beam dimensions are thinner, that might not hold true. If you’re worried the racquet is too stiff for your son, maybe take a more flexible adult racquet and try shaving down the handle to make it 26”. Like @Howard H mentioned, I really don't see anything wrong with playing with a 27 inch racquet though. Back in the day, kids used wooden frames and those were quite heavy. If anything, using a heavier racquet will actually help your son develop better stroke mechanics. And contrary to what some ppl believe, heavier is better for injury prevention.
 
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