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Discussion in 'Tennis' started by ill, Jan 10, 2018.

  1. ill

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    Maybe because they are the most overrated shoe ever. If pros didnt wear them noone would by them.
     
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    really? I know a ton of folks who wear them on the court. I have not tried them because they are pretty expensive, but I am told they are great for support, which I crave with my flat feet.

    I am ok with my Prince T22 Lites though. Tennis Warehouse released new designs so I am not worried about them being discontinued this year.
     
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    I do like some adidas, but never cared for the Barricade. I guess if speed is not a factor for your game they are OK ala New Balance. Otherwise look elsewhere. I am using Lotto now which I noticed in the article some of the women are changing over to.
     
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    Good thread.
     
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    yeah I switched brands meself. from Wilson to Pro-Kennex, cause my shoulder pain excluded hitting with stiff racquets and Kevlar strings.
     
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    What do you like about Pro Kennex? What does it help you with?
     
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    It’s just less stiff. Feel little pain playing with it.
     
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    I have no idea how to find the right racquet for me. I feel like I need to go somewhere and get fitted based on my swing.

    I know I need an open string pattern, but I don't know if I need head heavy, what kind of flex, etc.

    Tennis racquets are the hardest thing to change.
     
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    Can you order several from Tennis Warehouse, and return the ones you don't like?
     
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    you can, and there are guides to maybe tell you what might work with your style of play...but I feel like a lot of it is through trial and error. Having someone who actually knows the racquets and what works best would be a huge help in getting a racquet meant for your style.
     
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    Is there someone that works at a tennis racquet shop that you can talk to?

    Not a general sporting goods store, but more of a dedicated tennis shop.
     
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    If there is a tennis complex near you that have teaching pros, then ask one of them to assess your game when you hit some balls (either on a ball machine or with one of them or a random player they assign you to). They will be able to give you an assessment on what type of player you are and your playing style. Then demo four or five racquets from different brands and buy one from the shop. If you hit with a short backswing then you need a large head-size with head heavy or evenly balanced frame. Also if you hit with a full backswing and tend to come to the net a lot you need a bigger swing index 6.0 or higher and a lighter head frame (you balance the throat on your finger to see which side the frame dips.)
     
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    Why do you want a lighter head frame with a full backswing? Is it so that one doesn't overpower the ball?
     
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    I think it compensates for the less head weight, because there is a matter of momentum = velocity * mass that stays in equilibrium. With a shorter backswing there is less distance traveled and less racket speed generated so to get the same momentum you would need heavier head. Then there is a matter of torque as well (how much action you get on the ball). Torque generated through spin and heft of the stroke.
     
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    there is one up in Baltimore, but I think that is about it.

    I am actually pretty happy with my current racquet, but I can imagine someone getting into the game would be clueless as to how to pick the right racquet.

    If I were to change, I would likely go to the tennis place in Baltimore (Holabird Sports) and have their pro check out my swing and give me some recommendations.

    I have a pretty full backswing and tend to hang at the baseline, but I never can remember how my racquet is weighted...
     
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    what are you facepalming me for, @Hs0022 ?
     
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    You can customize the frame by adding weight to either the head or handle. Lead tape is usually used to make the head heavier so it balances even or gets more head heavy. Three o’clock and nine o’cock Positions can stabilize the frame or adding at twelve and six. Handles can be tweaked by taking off the cap and adding weight to the hollow grip or under the overgrip and the leather grip.

    This all comes in play if you like the stick you are hitting with and just want to do finetuning. The more head heavy the more action you will have on the ball. More torque and heavier shot at relatively lower speed. Recommended for bigger and stronger guys
     
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    I remember looking into that a whole ago, bought some lead tape and everything. I think I used it on an older Dunlop I was trying to tweak.

    My thing now is that I like how my racquet feels. I am tweaking the string I am using and trying to find the perfect combination, but for the most part, the only thing making me want to get a new racquet is that mine is a couple years old and I want something newer.
     
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    Agree with the first paragraph. The second is not so straight forward. Head heavy does not really give more action. It gives more power. Headlight generates more spin do to the racket head speed. The overall weight of the racket matters too which is used to determine swingweight. Your last statement is not really accurate. Bigger and stronger is better off with a head light racket to keep control. TBH only the swing length matters for 95% of players when choosing.