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Old May 11th, 2010, 04:44 AM   #1
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Tennis Racket Question

Why would a Power player like Serena trade in her 2002-2004 Power Racket in for this Racket she has now? Even Kim is playing with Racket that has a bigger head.
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Old May 11th, 2010, 06:24 AM   #2
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Old May 11th, 2010, 06:36 AM   #3
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Re: Tennis Racket Question

Just because a racket has a bigger head doesn't mean a player will hit harder. Once you get used to a racket, it's headweight and swingweight and get to know the sweet spot, you don't want to switch. Switching can throw off your technique and timing.

I wouldn't doubt that since maybe..2001, Serena has had 3 or 4 different (but very similar) rackets in terms of weight, all painted to look like Wilson.

ETA: Some players need a bigger head. Sugiyama springs to mind. Jie too.
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I know Bartoli has a really oversize racket.
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Re: Tennis Racket Question

I doubt any top player really changes his racket. It's just paint job.
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Re: Tennis Racket Question

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Just because a racket has a bigger head doesn't mean a player will hit harder. Once you get used to a racket, it's headweight and swingweight and get to know the sweet spot, you don't want to switch. Switching can throw off your technique and timing.

I wouldn't doubt that since maybe..2001, Serena has had 3 or 4 different (but very similar) rackets in terms of weight, all painted to look like Wilson.

ETA: Some players need a bigger head. Sugiyama springs to mind. Jie too.
Aren't they real wilsons?


Back on topic: For an already power player I guess it's preferable to get a racket that gives control rather than extra power
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Old May 11th, 2010, 01:46 PM   #7
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Re: Tennis Racket Question

Serena also has her strings at insane tightness. She generates so much power that her rackets are completely built for control.
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Re: Tennis Racket Question

1. Serena used two different racquets between 2002 and 2004
2. Kim isn't using a racquet with a bigger head. Serena's current racquet is 104sq in. That's pretty big.
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I know Bartoli has a really oversize racket.
105 sq in.

1 inch bigger than Serena's.

It's definitely longer than standard though.
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Old May 11th, 2010, 01:52 PM   #10
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Aren't they real wilsons?


Back on topic: For an already power player I guess it's preferable to get a racket that gives control rather than extra power
They are Wilsons in the sense that Wilson Company produces them, but they are custom, most of the time made from custom molds made specifically for that player, if not older molds no longer used which players want to stick to.

On the men's circuit, most players never change their racquet throughout their whole career, they just change paintjobs (many players still play with the original "old" head prestige).
On the women's tour it's half and half. Justine has been playing with the same racquet for ages and ages, as has/had Lindsay, while alot of players (usually out of the top 100 and lots of younger players) can change racquets quite frequently and use "market frames" that are slightly modified with lead tape and whatnot
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Old May 11th, 2010, 07:18 PM   #11
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Aren't they real wilsons?


Back on topic: For an already power player I guess it's preferable to get a racket that gives control rather than extra power
Why control she is not hitting drops shot or even hitting volleys as good. More power = more power and speed on the ball when she needs to finsh the point off. I rember reading that her hitting coach told her she should switch. Now i could be wrong but most people want control for volleys and drops shots?
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Old May 11th, 2010, 07:43 PM   #12
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Re: Tennis Racket Question

I actually think Serena would do well to use either a 95 or 100 sq. in. racquet. This 104 is the smallest that she and Venus have used. When they were dominating in 2000-2003, their headsizes were 110, and eventually Serena played with the N3 which is 113 and Venus with the N4 which is 111. They don't need that big of a head with all that power they have. They need something small and control-oriented. But they've been playing well with these racquets - Serena has won 5 Grand Slams with this racquet she's playing with now.
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Old May 11th, 2010, 08:45 PM   #13
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imo, the whole "smaller head = more control" is only true on a theoretical basis.

Each player just plays with whatever feels more comfortable. Some players feel they have more control with a heavy racquet and small headsize, some vicercersa. Same goes for power.
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Re: Tennis Racket Question

I remember seeing Kutuzova's racquet:
This ones head is big compared to most, im trying to think of more players who use similar ones..
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I remember seeing Kutuzova's racquet:
This ones head is big compared to most, im trying to think of more players who use similar ones..
Serena used a 113sq inch in 2005-2006

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