Re: Mid Sized Racket Users
I played for most of my teens and early 20s with a 98in racquet head, before I bought a Wilson K-Factor 6.1 (95in) with a tight string pattern. The difference in control was amazing. My current stick is a Volkl Power Bridge 10 (93in). I love it.
For me a smaller racquet head makes sense because I have no problem generating pace, and I S&V as my primary weapon. Control is king. When I use an oversize racquet, it feels like a trampoline. I feel overpowered - shots just don't go where I want them to go.
With a midsize racquet a heavy swingweight gives me plenty of power, and an open string pattern and a soft multifilament gives me plenty of spin for my game. I will stick with my mid until I get to late 30s or early 40s and my natural power starts to decline.
That said, I grew up on early 90s grass and although I slice my BH a lot, my 'topspin' FH is very flat by today's standards. I can understand the advantage of a big racquet head if you play with a pretty extreme grip, particularly on the forehand. If you are getting a ton of brush up the ball a bigger sweet spot would make a massive difference. If you generate a lot of topspin, you are also a lot more capable of controlling the extra power than someone like me who hits relatively flat.
If you play a heavy topspin game, definitely give a bigger racquet a go. Modern strokes are not really designed to be played with an 89in racquet head.
Last edited by Caesar1844; Jan 27th, 2014 at 10:34 AM.