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WTA Players & Swingweights (Racket Set-Up)
I'm really into racket customization and I feel like one thing that is interesting is comparing Pro player set-ups and their gamestyles. Swingweight is the most important spec of a racket so I thought i'd mention some players and their swingweights here.
Swingweight is the resistance to movement in a circle. Circular motion (as in most stages of a tennis swing) occurs around a center or rotation, let's say the butt end of the handle. When you apply equal forces to the handles of two racquets with different swingweights, the racquet with the higher swingweight will accelerate less and rotate less quickly around the center of the circle. The lower swingweight racquet will accelerate more quickly. In other words, higher swingweight means less maneuverability, and lower swingweight means more.
But the ball applies a force to the racquet also. And the same principle applies. The lower the swingweight, the more easily the the ball will move the racquet, and the higher the swingweight, the less easily the ball will change the motion of the racquet.
So the tradeoff becomes this: lower swingweight results in greater racquet acceleration and final swing speed, but more shock (due both to more racquet deceleration by the ball and higher impact force due to greater speed). Higher swingweight results in slower racquet acceleration and final swing speed but less shock due to less deceleration due to the ball pushing the racquet in an opposite circular rotation.
Power is influenced also. With a lower swingweight, the power must be generated more from swing speed. With a higher swingweight, more of the power comes from the racquet itself.
The beauty of customization is that you can easily experiment and find the best tradeoff for your style of play.
Shelby Rogers (333)
Low (330 or lower)
Most rackets off the shelf will be in the LOW category anywhere from 300-325 (300 for beginner frames, 320-325 for juniors/college players) and you must apply lead tape in order to get them into medium and high territory.
As you can see, most power players/baseliners will use high swingweight, and high swingweight doesn't mean heavy racket in terms of ounces/grams. You can have a 10 oz racket with a high swingweight.
My personal opinion it is better to play with as high of a swingweight as you can without tiring out as you get easier power/depth/control at the loss of maneuverability otherwise you are at a disadvantage playing someone with a higher SW. It also depends on your game too, if you are a more all court player you want to go as high as you can without sacrificing your net play/touch shots.
For example if you ever watch Serena vs Radwanska, Serena makes Radwanska look like a junior due to her lack of swingweight. Radwanska just cannot trouble Serena with such a low swingweight and her only option is to hit trick shots/junk balls.
Where as if you watch Serena vs Henin, Henin is able to match Serena's power for the most part, now of course Serena has much more mass on her body and is taller overall but because they are close in swingweight Henin is able to compete with Serena.
One way you can tell if someone has a high SW is normally by serve speed & ground stroke speed although this is not always the case as Stephens has a pretty lackluster serve in terms of MPH but she can hit some of the fastest FH's on tour. Osaka is in the medium category but can serve pretty well (110+ due to her height)
If anyone has any more info on WTA player specs please comment below and I will update the list.
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Last edited by Aaron.; Today at 04:13 AM.