Every racquet has different characteristics that affect the power, feel, and playability of a racquet. Here, we focus on
technical specifications. We describe some of the main characteristics.
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Power is mainly affected by the weight, balance, and stiffness of a racquet. A heavier
racquet will add power, but a lighter racquet can be made more powerful by making
it stiffer. A head heavy racquet, a longer racquet, and those with a larger head
size will be more powerful as well.
The power rating of a racquet takes these into account.
Racquets used by touring pro's tend to have low power, below 2000, because such players
generate a lot of power by swinging hard.
We show the weight in ounces.
Heavier racquets tend to be more powerful and more stable. But they require more
effort to swing and can tire your arm and shoulder. Lighter racquets tend to be
more maneuverable but less stable.
Heavier racquets give you more control, but are less maneuverable.
Stiffer racquets create more power by redirecting the energy of the incoming ball,
allowing lighter racquets to match the power of heavier racquets. For the same reason,
they tend to be strung more tightly. But they also transmit more vibration to your
Less stiff, or flexible racquets, absorb more of the energy of the ball.
The stiffness rating of a racquet is a number; a racquet with a number of 60 or less are flexible. Racquets
with a stiffness rating of 70 or more are extremely stiff.
Balance refers to the point on the racquet frame where the weight of the racquet is equal above and blow that point.
If that point is closer to the head than the handle end, the racquet is head light. Otherwise, it is head heavy.
A head heavy racquet tends to be more powerful and stable but less maneuverable.
A head light racquet can help your serve but will probably hurt your return.
We show the balance as a positive or negative number. A racquet with a balance of 4 is 4 points head heavy;
a racquet with balance of -2 is 2 points head light.
Racquets with a large headsize tend to be more powerful and stable, and could be
less maneuverable. They tend to have a larger sweet spot, which can be a good thing
or a bad thing depending on your level of control.
We show head size in square inches.
Longer racquets tend to be more powerful and give you extra reach. But they require
more effort to swing, and tend to be less maneuverable.
We show length in inches.
Swingweight is a measure of how heavy a racquet feels when you swing it. Higher
swingweight contributes to stability and power, but makes the racquet harder to
maneuver into position.
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