Too light racquet caused back pain?

davced1

Professional
I usually play with a racquet that is aboiut 340 g but today I tried out a lighter racquet at 300 g. I normally don't have any major back issues but today after 2 h of play my back got really sore. I didn't feel anything when I was playing, the pain came after. Is it possible that the lighter racquet caused some overrotation or something to my back that caused the problems?
 

Ronaldo

Talk Tennis Guru
I usually play with a racquet that is aboiut 340 g but today I tried out a lighter racquet at 300 g. I normally don't have any major back issues but today after 2 h of play my back got really sore. I didn't feel anything when I was playing, the pain came after. Is it possible that the lighter racquet caused some overrotation or something to my back that caused the problems?
Only happens when I need to carry my partner.
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
Possible but not really something I would expect. If the racquet was quite a bit less than 300 g (10.6 oz), I might expect arm or shoulder problems after many hours (or even after weeks or months). Is the racquet in question particularly light-headed or have a low swingweight?

I’m wondering if the lighter stick exposed some flaw in technique or anatomy that might take a lot longer to manifest with your regular racquet.
 

davced1

Professional
I switched from a Wilson 6.1 classic to a Babolat Aero Pro Drive. The Wilson is head light and the Babolat is more head heavy. Swingweights I don't know but probably the Wilson has much higher swingweight.
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
I switched from a Wilson 6.1 classic to a Babolat Aero Pro Drive. The Wilson is head light and the Babolat is more head heavy. Swingweights I don't know but probably the Wilson has much higher swingweight.
Isn’t the strung weight of the AeroPro Drive more like 320 g rather than 300 g? Since it is HH, the swingweight will probably not be exceptionally low. But it will probably be somewhat lower than the SW of the 6.1 Classic.

Not sure that the weight and SW difference is substantial enough to account for the back problems you’ve mentioned. The Babolat might deliver more frame shock to your hand. Stiff strings, like poly strings, could compound this effect. But I would still expect this to be felt in the arm or shoulder rather than the back.
 

ollinger

G.O.A.T.
The supraspinatus muscles, so called because they activate when hitting a ball with super spin, tend to become irritated when switching to a lighter racquet because of the tendency then to hit more compensatory topspin.
 
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Chadillac

Guest
The supraspinatus muscles, so called because they activate when hitting a ball with super spin, tend to become irritated when switching to a lighter racquet because of the tendency then to hit more compensatory topspin.
OP, the supraspinatus is a rotator muscle located in the shoulder.
I was looking for this. Mine is more towards the back, vertical down from my trapeze. Feels good to lift up my arm occasionally and rub it, has like a numb tingle. Nothing bad or hinders my play, just feels weird sometimes.

I swapped from a 13.5oz racket to a 12.2. I forget when it started happening but i was doing my bathroom and had to catch half a tiled wall so it didnt damage my shower pan. Hopefully i just strained it, also may take some weight off my bench press, happy to be doing them again, but maybe hurting me

Hope its not the racket, i really like it and got 5...

Thanks

I think i have "supraspinatus tendonitis", its not always there.
 
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Muppet

Legend
It could be over-rotation, or it could be one of the following things:

1) The ball will make the light racquet deflect more at impact, so you may be changing your form in any number of ways to compensate.

2) With the ball making the racquet deflect more you could be tensing up any of your muscles in reaction to each impact. This could give you a repetitive injury because you'll be working tissues that ordinarily are not stressed.
 
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