Last updated on October 1st, 2022
There isn’t a simple answer to this. It’s a personal issue, just like everything else in tennis. If you’re curious about the racquet swing weights used by the pros, go to this website. If you’re interested in learning more about the disparities between upcoming pros and retiring pros in both men and women, I’ve made a video comparing typical swing weights between ATP and WTA racquets.
The resistance to movement in a straight line is known as weight. One example is lifting. Until you pull with a force equivalent to its weight, the racquet opposes (does not move) your lifting attempts. After then, you can raise it.
Picking up the racquet by the tip or handle while leaving the opposite end to hang straight down to the ground gives you a sense of weight. When you pick up the racquet at the balance point, you feel its weight. Weight impact balance and swing weight, but it is rarely what the player feels when interacting with the racquet.
|Lightweight||Medium||Heavy||Recommended For Men||Recommended For Women|
|Grams||285 and below||285 to 325||More than 325||295-320||275-300|
|Ounces||Below 10.5||10.5-11.5||More than 11.5||10.4-11.3||9.7-10.6|
|Recommended Balance||Head Light||All||Balanced / Head Heavy||Balanced / Head Heavy||Balanced / Head Light|
|Recommended Level Of Play||Beginners, Kids and Women||Beginners + Intermediates||Advanced||All||All|
|Benefits||Easy to start with, to manuever, and to learn the game with.||For more advancing players, with some experience||For people who have perfected the technique of each shot||Good for players with 0-2 years of experience.||Good for women beginners and intermediate players.|
|Maneuverability||High||Medium||Medium or below||High||High|
Tennis Racket Swing Weight
Before we get into the specifics, let’s go over the fundamentals of swing weight. As previously stated, a racket’s swing weight is a measurement based on a mix of balance and static weight. In this measurement, the weight impacts swing weight on the static weight. If the static weights are the same head heavy racket will have a higher swing weight than a headlight racket.
The explanation for this is due to fundamental physics. When swung racket with its weight position from your hand will have a heavier effect. Consider your pawn to be the axis. The weight will have lighter if it is closer to the access.
Measuring swing weight
Materials needed for A pair of pencils, note with a lot of weight. Tape measure or metre/yardstick, Put your watch on pause, the table’s edge, Racquet and Balance and weight.
- To the top string measure, from the end of the handle to the bottom of the string, measure the distance of whatever you hang.
- The finer the measurement (mm or 1/32″) is better.
- Tiny adjustments in swing weight might have an impact on the readings. Even a millimetre can change the outcome.
To set up, Racquets hung from the ceiling. Place a book on the pencils and hang them over the table’s edge for support. Hang the racquet on the pencils by the top string. On either side of the centre, evenly space the pencils.
Make sure the pencils aren’t rubbing against any main cord. The handle can be tapped or pushed. Set the racquet in motion by tapping the handle. A modest shove will be enough. Racquet swinging for the first time. The swing needs to be 1-2 inches on either side of the centre.
The calculation will be tainted if the swing is too large. One back-and-forth swing is equal to one swing. Racquet swing second time. Allow the racquet to swing a few times to settle in. Find or make a mark on the floor to count swings.
Count and Time Swings
To witness swings, stand over the racquet. When the swing hits your mark (when it reverses direction), start the stopwatch — count=0. Count how many times the racquet edge comes to a halt at your viewing point. To keep your view mark near the apex of the swing, adjust your viewing position slightly as the swing diminishes.
Time should stop.
On the tenth swing, stop the watch. Time has slowed down to one-hundredth of a second. Make a note of the time. It is preferable to repeat the test 2-3 times and average the results. Keep a close eye on the clock: swing weight is extremely sensitive to the passage of time. Input into the calculator: Return to the Customization calculator. Fill out the form with your measurements. There you have it, your swing weight.
- Tape a yardstick or metre stick to the table’s top.
- Place the “zero” end near the table’s edge.
- Move the racquet till the handle’s butt is slightly off the table.
- The measurement takes at the handle butt.
- That is your equilibrium point.
What effect does swing weight have on your swing?
When you swing the racquet (shadow swing), it should naturally carry through your swing and across your shoulder, according to my experience. That leaves only the tiniest amount of hand correction required. After the initial inertia of getting the racquet going, the more natural the racquet can be, the better.
You want to go for a swing that is as natural as possible. Still, what seems natural on a shadow swing may not feel so wonderful when you’re on defence. Most club players appear to prefer a low swing weight range of no more than 325 pounds. To have the opportunity to swing through.
A heavy swing weight might sometimes assist you in reaching the “pat-the-dog” position more naturally. The heaviness of the frame allows for a more natural racquet transition, but the best way to figure out what works for you is to tighten up in match play. It general advise to players in the market for a new racquet: test it in a match that matters to you and see what happens. The sport can be very different when relaxed than when scared and stressed.
Manoeuvrability vs Stability
As the swing weight grows, so does the stability. Low swing weights also contribute to less stability and increased mobility. The amount of movement the racket makes during contact refer to as stability. Because of the reasons stated above, this pertains to power. Lower swing weights provide more mobility because the weight is centred closer to your hand, making it simpler to whip the racket around as needed.
|Balanced||Head Light||Head Heavy|
Quick reflex volleys at the net will benefit from manoeuvrability, while power on groundstrokes will suffer. It’s because you will lose power when the racket moves more during contact. Stability will help with power and control, but it will be a hindrance when it comes to developing racket head speed. When it comes to creating topspin, racket head speed is crucial.