Your opinions that the majority of people does not share? (RACQUETS)

FranzS

Rookie
Taking inspiration from @Raining hopes 's thread in the General Pro Player Discussion section, I thought it would be cool to translate that concept into the racquets realm.
Actually, this is also meant for possibly debunking the undeserved hype about certain racquets, as well as restoring the reputation of the overly-criticized ones.
We're surrounded by too many positive official reviews, pro stock myths, etc... so, have your say about it!
 
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Deleted member 756272

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I scratch my head when people criticize a racket’s specs. Let me explain.

I believe the only thing that matters when selecting a new racquet is how it feels to you when striking a ball (including the feeling of the flex throughout the racket, not the RA number).

Caveat 1: You can “dampen” the feel with mods inside the handle. Some people swear by this, others don't. I just wrap lead tape on the handle instead of injecting silicone since lead can be removed, but silicone removal is much more difficult.

Everything else can be adjusted/ modified with some lead tape.

Caveat 2: The only thing you can’t adjust is making a racket lighter or decreasing the swing weight. I believe the only valid criticism of a racket's specs is if its too heavy for you.

So, if someone asks me for advice on what racket to buy, I ask “Forget about everything else. How does it feel? Because we can tweak it for you later.”

Racket feels great, but
-Not enough power... we'll add lead to the top until you feel like its powerful enough
-Not stable enough... add lead to 3/9 until you feel its stable enough
-Not maneouverable enough, add lead to handle until it feels right
-On and on, except when its too heavy for you.

I believe the manufacturers are hoping sell more rackets by constantly changing specs, but this is actually hurting racket sales because customers are actually getting confused. Its like looking at the packaged foods aisle in grocery stores and trying to pick a peanut butter... Low-fat, low-sodium, natural, organic, gluten free, on and on. So, I just buy the one I got the last time. Except you can't do that with tennis rackets, because they've changed it.

I like the customization angle some of the larger racket manufacturers are heading, but there has to be a better business model that prioritizes racket customization over endless spec adjustments.
 
Unless your technique and your fitness level are top-notch, too much flex is actually not good for the arm.

Most people disagree, but I say that from personal experience, and from hearing from my instructor's observations from his players. More flex might be more forgiving in terms of transmitting vibration, but it's definitely less forgiving if your contact point is not perfect, if you hit outside of the sweetspot, or if you don't have a full swing. You end up using your arm way too much to compensate for the reduced power, and injuries start popping up. For most regular recreational players, that will pop up before injuries due to stiffness start popping up. Which is not to say that you should play with 72 RA sticks. But there are plenty of good ones from 65-69RA that are actually very friendly (see new Ezone 100 at 69RA).
 

Dansan

Rookie
There was a period of time where light/stiff and powerful spin machines were becoming very popular. Then there was a big push to go back towards super plush flexible heavy frames, opposite direction. I have been getting demolished by very good players using the lighter, stiffer, more powerful spin oriented frames while I have been dabbling in heavy, low powered, plush, players type stuff. It's taken me a couple years to determine that I'm just not good enough to be using a 365g 95 sq in. stick. I'm gravitating towards 98-100 sq in, middle road RA, some free power, blend of control and power. Nothing over 345g strung ...but playing with 365g bricks with low RA is not doing me favors competitively.
 
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