What's good for you is good for your kid, too!

BlueB

Legend
My 8 yr old has a 25" version of Head Speed. It is even balanced and actually a bit lighter then his previous 23" long frame. I noticed that he swings it around wildly, like chasing flies... Then few weeks ago he wanted to play with my big frame. He actually played more controlled in despite of struggling with the weight. I told my observations to his coach and suggested I add some weight to his frame. Coach said I should make sure I add to the head?!? I said nah, I'll add to the grip or the yoke.
Fast forward, I added an overgrip and about 12g of lead just above the grip, for total of about 18g. BINGO! We played a 20 shot rally (mini tennis, orange ball) on our first attempt! :)
 

HRB

Hall of Fame
My 8 yr old has a 25" version of Head Speed. It is even balanced and actually a bit lighter then his previous 23" long frame. I noticed that he swings it around wildly, like chasing flies... Then few weeks ago he wanted to play with my big frame. He actually played more controlled in despite of struggling with the weight. I told my observations to his coach and suggested I add some weight to his frame. Coach said I should make sure I add to the head?!? I said nah, I'll add to the grip or the yoke.
Fast forward, I added an overgrip and about 12g of lead just above the grip, for total of about 18g. BINGO! We played a 20 shot rally (mini tennis, orange ball) on our first attempt! :)
Pretty much any player born before 1980 used a racquet in the 65 sq head, 13 plus oz range when under 10...perspective!
 

ShahofTennis

Professional
I have a story involving the opposite. One of my buddies had his racquet strung by a big name store and when he got it back they had taken off all of his lead tape.
 

BlueB

Legend
Pretty much any player born before 1980 used a racquet in the 65 sq head, 13 plus oz range when under 10...perspective!
Let's not get too extreme... I'm not promoting return to woodies (I played with one as a kid). Just saying that a reasonable spec ratio is similar for an adult and a kid. Don't understand where that idea of head heavy frames for kids comes from? I'm pretty sure that none of our coaches play with HH spec...

Anyways, I'd love to hear about racquet related experiences of people with young kids.
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
Pretty much any player born before 1980 used a racquet in the 65 sq head, 13 plus oz range when under 10...perspective!
That has been debunked many times on this forum. There were heavy woodies and then there were lighter ones too.
 
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