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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Aug 24th, 2003, 11:40 PM Thread Starter
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is it true that lighter raquets foster bad form?

I know some people that are getting away with poor technique on their strokes b.c of the new 'lighter stronger raquets' being a player still in the 'developmental stage' I would think that a heavier raquet will do me better in the long run...

Anyone else agree.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Aug 25th, 2003, 12:24 AM
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I certainly agree with you. The new crop of snowshoes allow you to return great shots with only half a swing. The moment you're required to use some technique in a shot, you can't because you haven'y learned it. The reason you haven't learned it is because with these super big, overpowered bats, you can't ecexute a stroke the proper way and keep it on the court.

Were I you, I'd look at nothing under 10.5 ounces.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old Aug 25th, 2003, 06:00 AM
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its very tough to go from a light raquet to a heavy raquet once you have played with light for so long, so its important to do so early on...

it does depend on the person tho. i find with a raquet i have thats 320g i am struggling more than with my 300g raquet cos it is harder to generate topspin and thus not only do i get more pace with the latter raquet but surprisingly more control. you should experiment with your raquet...try adding lead tape and seeing how u go, adjusting it to suit your game

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I agree with suggestion by SM to experiment with Lead tape. Its an excellent way to add more power to your strokes without losing the control advantage you have if you use a lighter racquet. Just a couple of thin strips centred on the inside of the head should do it! Avoid using lead tape around the grip, a lot of coaches instruct this as they think the weight of a racquet should be evenly distributed however by doing so you will add more power but lose some control.
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