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Old Dec 9th, 2013, 04:07 AM   #1
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Mid Sized Racket Users

Hi guys,

For most of my tennis playing life I have played with mid sized rackets (88 to 95 head size). They suite my game and I get so much satisfaction beating people playing with bigger, more powerful rackets who play the modern game of more spin. Lately I have been curious though to see how my game would go playing with a bigger head size/more power. Like am I making things more difficult for myself playing with a smaller racket or would my game fall apart with a bigger frame? I am just wondering if any mid sized users have ever made the switch (temporarily and hated it or permanently). I will probably demo a few just to get this out of my system but I'm just curious to see how people went.

My current stick is the Yonex VCore 89.

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Old Dec 9th, 2013, 06:17 AM   #2
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Re: Mid Sized Racket Users

I made the switch from 95 to 97 years ago. I, too, want to get a bigger frame but all the bigger frames are head heavy and generally light racquets.

Any suggestions on a 100-110 frame that's head light and relatively heavy? Say 320 grams+ at unstrung?

As for you, I think you should be fine if you demo the racquet and just adjust your strings accordingly.
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Re: Mid Sized Racket Users

So... did you switch? I ask because I've been wanting to go up in headsize too and I think I'll finally do it this year.
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Re: Mid Sized Racket Users

I played with a prokennex 110. I'm now playing with a variety of rackets all of them 100 Sq in. I think I am going to try to develop my game for the 100 frames. Make sure I can hit with no larger than 100 sq in.
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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.

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