Tennis Racquets

Light-Weight
(and Head-Heavy-ish)

(for fast acceleration of the racquet
up to the tossed ball on a serve)

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INTRODUCTION:

This page is meant to provide lists of many 'light-weight' tennis racquets.

I was motivated to find such racquets when I found that I could accelerate up to the ball on a serve much easier-and-faster when I used an old 'Head Ti.S2' light-weight (and head-heavy) racquet --- after using an old 'Wilson HyperCarbon 5.0' relatively heavy-weight (and head-light) racquet for many years.

To compensate for their low weight, light-weight racquets are usually balanced such that they are head-heavy (HH) --- rather than head-light (HL) or equal-balance (EB).

This head-heaviness helps increase the 'swing weight' of the racquet, thus helping handle high-speed shots from an opponent.

Since I am not a big person (less than 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing less than 180 pounds), I will probably find that I need a lighter weight racquet than a big person (such as someone taller than 6 feet 4 inches and weighing more than 200 pounds).

However, to be able to handle high-speed serves and high-speed ground strokes, I will probably need a racquet with a 'swing weight' approaching that of pro players.

This page is meant to help find racquets like that --- relatively light-weight but with a large 'swing-weight'.

Data on this page:

The lists of racquets below are presented in sections according to the maker of the racquet, such as:

  • Babolat
  • Head
  • Prince
  • Technifibre
  • Wilson
  • Yonex
  • other (Dunlop, Fischer, Pacific, Volkl, etc.)

You can jump to each section (on this page) using the menu-of-links below.

The racquets in these sections generally fall within the following ranges of pertinent racquet properties:

  • String area: 98 to 105 square inches (632 to 677 sq cm)

  • Strung Weight: 9.1 to 11.3 ounces (258 to 320 grams)

      Strings generally weigh about 15 to 20 grams, which is 0.53 to 0.70 ounces. So if you are given an UNSTRUNG-weight of a racquet you can ADD an amount like this (say 18 grams) to get approximate STRUNG-weight.

  • Length: 27 to 27.5 inches (68.58 to 69.85 cm)

  • Balance: HH (HeadHeavy) or EB (EqualBalance)

  • Swing weight: greater than 300

  • Frame stiffness: between 60 and 70

Typical ranges of these parameters (for adults) are:

  • String area: 80 to 140 sq in (516 to 903 sq cm)
    (aka 'Head size')

  • Strung Weight: 8 to 14 oz (226 to 396 gm)

  • Length: 27 to 29 in (68.58 to 73.66 cm)

  • Balance: -20 to 20 points
    (1 point = 1/8 inch = 3.175 mm)
    (negative points herein means HL=HeadLight)
    (positive points herein means HH=HeadHeavy)
    (zero points = EB = EqualBalance)

  • Swing weight: 250 to 450 'RDC'
    (RDC = Racket Diagnostic Centre,
    a Babolat machine used to measure swing weight)

  • Frame stiffness: 45 to 80 'RA'
    (aka 'Flex rating')
    (RA = Racket Analysis)
    (the lower the number the less the stiffness
    and the more the flex)

In the lists below, the name of each racquet is a link to a WEB SEARCH on that name --- to provide historical and/or up-to-date information on that racquet.

Each racquet-name starts with the maker-name of the racquet.

In each section, the racquets are in alphanumeric order by name. (If I had the year the racquet was first made, I would put them in order by year-made, BUT that info is not easy to find.)

Many of these racquets are more than 20 years old and no longer manufactured --- but many can still be found on sites like Ebay --- in almost unused condition.

NOTE:
The pros generally use heavier racquets to handle the heavy pace of shots they have to deal with. Such racquets are often HL (head-light), but many pros change the weight, swing-weight, and balance by adding lead tape to the racquet head. They often compensate by adding weight to the handle, resulting in not much change to the balance of the racquet.

I may find in future years that I prefer a heavier racquet --- AND I may find that I want to customize the balance with lead tape.

However, at this time (2022), I am partial to light-weight, slightly-head-heavy racquets --- and I am hoping to be able to find 'retail' racquets that I can use 'optimally' without customization.

Each of the following racquet-name web-search-links is followed by parameter values for

  • HS = Head Size (sq in)
  • WS = Weight Strung (oz)
  • SW = Swing Weight (RDC)
  • L = Length (in)
  • BP = Balance Point (points HH or HL or EB)
  • FS = Frame Stiffness (RA)

Some conversion tables:

The Head-Size (HS) below is presented in square inches. The following table can be used to convert to square centimeters.

  • 95 sq in = 613 sq cm
  • 97 sq in = 626 sq cm
  • 98 sq in = 632 sq cm
  • 100 sq in = 645 sq cm
  • 102 sq in = 658 sq cm
  • 105 sq in = 677 sq cm
  • 107 sq in = 690 sq cm
  • 110 sq in = 710 sq cm
  • 115 sq in = 742 sq cm

I will probably settle on a racquet head-size like the pro's use in 2022 --- 98 or 100 square inches. But I am open to testing other head-sizes.


The Weight-Strung (WS) below is presented in ounces. The following table can be used to convert to grams.

  • 9.0 oz = 255 gm
  • 9.1 oz = 258 gm
  • 9.2 oz = 261 gm
  • 9.3 oz = 264 gm
  • 9.4 oz = 266 gm
  • 9.5 oz = 269 gm
  • 9.6 oz = 272 gm
  • 9.7 oz = 275 gm
  • 9.8 oz = 278 gm
  • 9.9 oz = 281 gm
  • 10.0 oz = 283 gm
  • 10.1 oz = 286 gm
  • 10.2 oz = 289 gm
  • 10.3 oz = 292 gm
  • 10.4 oz = 295 gm
  • 10.5 oz = 298 gm
  • 10.6 oz = 301 gm
  • 10.7 oz = 303 gm
  • 10.8 oz = 306 gm
  • 10.9 oz = 309 gm
  • 11.0 oz = 312 gm
  • 11.1 oz = 315 gm
  • 11.2 oz = 318 gm
  • 11.3 oz = 320 gm
  • 11.4 oz = 323 gm
  • 11.5 oz = 326 gm
  • 11.6 oz = 329 gm
  • 11.7 oz = 332 gm
  • 11.8 oz = 335 gm
  • 11.9 oz = 337 gm
  • 12.0 oz = 340 gm

I will probably settle on a racquet strung-weight in the middle of this range --- about 9.7 oz (275 gm) to 11.3 oz (320 gm).

I am about 5 feet 9 inches tall and about 175 pounds --- but to get around the court better (and be healthier), I should get down to about 162 pounds.

Big guys (more than 6 feet 5 inches tall and more than 220 pounds) --- even beginners --- should probably be looking at racquets with strung-weight more than 12 ounces (340 gm).


The racquet Length (L) below is presented in inches. The following table can be used to convert to centimeters.

  • 27.00 in = 68.58 cm
  • 27.25 in = 69.22 cm
  • 27.50 in = 69.85 cm
  • 27.75 in = 70.49 cm
  • 28.00 in = 71.12 cm
  • 28.25 in = 71.76 cm
  • 28.50 in = 72.39 cm

I will probably settle on a racquet length like the pro's use in 2022 --- 27.0 inches. But I am open to testing other lengths.

There are some pro's that use 'extended length' racquets, especially short players such as Diego Schwartzman (5 feet 7 inches tall), Kei Nishikori, Serena Williams, and Elina Svitolina.

Racquets for children are typically 26.0 inches or less in length.


For more info on racquet specs:

The following links can be used to get more info on racquet specs like static-weight, swing-weight, balance, and flex (or stiffness).

And if these articles are not enough, you can try WEB SEARCHES on keywords such as the following.


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Babolat Tennis Racquets

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Light-weight racquets
(Weight between 9.0 & 10.5 oz,
Swing-weight greater than 300,
balance HH = HeadHeavy,
HeadSize between 98 & 105 sq in,
Length between 27 & 27.5 in)

LightMedium-weight racquets
(Weight between 10.6 & 11.4 oz,
Swing-weight greater than 310,
balance HH OR EB OR 1 or 2 pts HL,
HeadSize between 98 & 105 sq in,
Length between 27 & 27.5 in)

Head Tennis Racquets

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Light-weight racquets
(Weight between 9.0 & 10.5 oz,
Swing-weight greater than 300,
balance HH = HeadHeavy,
HeadSize between 98 & 105 sq in,
Length between 27 & 27.5 in)

LightMedium-weight racquets
(Weight between 10.6 & 11.4 oz,
Swing-weight greater than 310,
balance HH OR EB OR 1 or 2 pts HL,
HeadSize between 98 & 105 sq in,
Length between 27 & 27.5 in)

Prince Tennis Racquets

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Light-weight racquets
(Weight between 9.0 & 10.5 oz,
Swing-weight greater than 300,
balance HH = HeadHeavy,
HeadSize between 98 & 105 sq in,
Length between 27 & 27.5 in)

LightMedium-weight racquets
(Weight between 10.6 & 11.4 oz,
Swing-weight greater than 310,
balance HH OR EB OR 1 or 2 pts HL,
HeadSize between 98 & 105 sq in,
Length between 27 & 27.5 in)

Technifibre Tennis Racquets

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Light-weight racquets
(Weight between 9.0 & 10.5 oz,
Swing-weight greater than 300,
balance HH = HeadHeavy,
HeadSize between 98 & 105 sq in,
Length between 27 & 27.5 in)

LightMedium-weight racquets
(Weight between 10.6 & 11.4 oz,
Swing-weight greater than 310,
balance HH OR EB OR 1 or 2 pts HL,
HeadSize between 98 & 105 sq in,
Length between 27 & 27.5 in)

Wilson Tennis Racquets

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Light-weight racquets
(Weight between 9.0 & 10.5 oz,
Swing-weight greater than 300,
balance HH = HeadHeavy,
HeadSize between 98 & 105 sq in,
Length between 27 & 27.5 in)

LightMedium-weight racquets
(Weight between 10.6 & 11.4 oz,
Swing-weight greater than 310,
balance HH OR EB OR 1 or 2 pts HL,
HeadSize between 98 & 105 sq in,
Length between 27 & 27.5 in)

Yonex Tennis Racquets

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Light-weight racquets
(Weight between 9.0 & 10.5 oz,
Swing-weight greater than 300,
balance HH = HeadHeavy,
HeadSize between 98 & 105 sq in,
Length between 27 & 27.5 in)

LightMedium-weight racquets
(Weight between 10.6 & 11.4 oz,
Swing-weight greater than 310,
balance HH OR EB OR 1 or 2 pts HL,
HeadSize between 98 & 105 sq in,
Length between 27 & 27.5 in)

OTHER Brands of Tennis Racquets

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Light-weight racquets
(Weight between 9.0 & 10.5 oz,
Swing-weight greater than 300,
balance HH = HeadHeavy,
HeadSize between 98 & 105 sq in,
Length between 27 & 27.5 in)

LightMedium-weight racquets
(Weight between 10.6 & 11.4 oz,
Swing-weight greater than 310,
balance HH OR EB OR 1 or 2 pts HL,
HeadSize between 98 & 105 sq in,
Length between 27 & 27.5 in)

Top Selling Tennis Racquets in 2022

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The parameters of these 'top seller' racquets can be used to compare to parameters of other racquets that may seem appealing to a person trying to

  • find their 'ideal' racquet, OR
  • replace their existing racquet.

Some of these racquets are older versions of 'top sellers in 2022' or are closely related to 'top sellers in 2022' (differing in a feature such as 'string pattern' or head-size). The parameters of the 'related racquets' are shown for comparison to the 'top sellers in 2022'.

These 'top sellers in 2022' came from the 'tenniswarehouse.com' site --- and the parameter values came from the 'racquetfinder.com' site.

Note that all these racquets are HL = head-light --- up to 8pts = 1 inch, which means the balance point is moved toward the handle 1 inch from the geometric center point of the racquet.

A person looking for a racquet that has a 'cushy' feel would probably want a racquet which has FS (Frame Stiffness) of 62 or less.

Tennis RACQUET INFO
(including database finder-utilities
using properties like weight,
length, head-size-sq-inches,
stiffness-lb/inch, etc.)

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Racquet Finder Utilities:

  • Racquet Finder - at
    www.racquetfinder
    (Specify ranges of any of about 8 racquet parameters.)

  • Racquet Finder - at
    http://www.racquetfinder.com/?name= &manufacturer=Head &hsMin=98 &hsMax=105 &lMin=27 &lMax=27.5 &wMin=9.7 &wMax=11.3 &swMin=310 &swMax= &bpMin=0 &bpMax= &current=N

    This is a sample search for Head racquets with
    HeadSize between 98 and 105 square inches
    and Length between 27 and 27.5 inches
    and Weight between 9.7 and 11.3 ounces
    and Swing Weight minimum of 310
    and Balance Point minimum of 0,
    which finds racquets which are EB=EqualBalance or HH=head-heavy,
    both old and new racquets)

  • Tennis Warehouse University (TWU) 'Racquet Vibration Frequency Tool' - at
    twu.tennis-warehouse.com/ cgi-bin/ vibfrequency.cgi
    (A huge list of racquets is shown with 3 properties:
    Vibration-Frequency-Hz, Stiffness-RDC, Weight-gm.
    You can sort on any of these 3 properties.)

  • Tennis Warehouse University (TWU) 'Similar Racquets Tool' - at
    twu.tennis-warehouse.com/cgi-bin/similar.cgi
    (Select a racquet from a huge list of racquets.
    Then a list of about 12 similar racquets is shown.)

  • Tennis Warehouse University (TWU) 'Compare Racquets Tool' - at
    twu.tennis-warehouse.com/ cgi-bin/ compareracquets.cgi
    (Select Racket1 & Racket2 from a huge list of racquets and a list of
    about 10 of their properties are shown side-by-side -
    Properties like Headsize, Length, Weight, Flex, & Vibration frequency.)

  • Tennis Warehouse 'Tennis Racquets Page' - at
    www.tennis-warehouse.com/ TennisRacquets.html
    (offers to show racquets in categories such as
    by-brand, by-type, best-sellers, new-racquets, racquet-specials)

Racquet Articles:

WEB SEARCHES:
(for more racquet info)

MY RACQUET SEARCH
(including specs of
at least 6 racquets)

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In searching for a racquet, I look for a racquet with which I could generate high serve speed --- as well as have enough 'heft' (swing weight) to handle returns of high speed serves and ground strokes.

Since I am not a huge person (5 feet 9 inches, about 175 pounds), I think I should be looking for a light-to-medium weight racquet.

Racquets of low weight are usually manufactured so that they are somewhat 'head-heavy' (HH) to 'equal-balance' (EB) --- as opposed to 'head-light' (HL).

The head-heaviness is intended to boost the 'swing-weight' of the rather light racquet --- to help deal with high speed serves and ground strokes.

To start my search, I began with several racquets that I 'inherited' from my son and my wife. Then I added a few that I bought at a local 'Play It Again' sporting goods store.

Below is a list of racquets that I was trying out in mid-2022, along with main racquet specs and info on how I obtained each racquet.

I looked up the specs of most of those racquets using Tennis Warehouse utilities such as the Racquet Finder at 'racquetfinder.com', which is based on Tennis Warehouse databases of racquet properties.

Note that published specs may not be the actual specs of these racquets. In fact one manufacturer says that the static-weight for their racquets may vary by plus-or-minus 7 grams --- presumably because of variablity in the manufacturing process.

    Grips:

    I have removed the grip of these racquets because the grip was crumbling or the grip was someone else's and it was dirty and worn.

    I replaced the thick 'replacement-style' grip on these racquets with an overgrip, which is thinner. I like to feel the bevels of the handle.

    After removing the 'yucky' grip, I used a single overgrip on these racquets except for the 'Babolat Drive Z Lite' which had a small grip (4 0/8 = 4.0 inches US or #0 European). I used 3 overgrips on that Babolat racquet to build up the grip size.

    Since I replaced the grips on these racquets and may have changed the maker-designated grip-size, I measured each grip-size with a tape measure.

As I continue my search for my 'ideal' racquet, I may add more racquets to the following list.

At the same time that I am looking for an 'ideal' racquet, I am looking for an 'ideal' string and string-tension. I have included some info on the strings being tried in each racquet --- at various tensions.

  • Wilson Hyper Carbon 5.0 (Pro Staff)

    • Head size: 95 sq in / 613 sq cm
    • Weight (strung) : 12.3 oz / 341 gm
    • Swing-weight (strung) : 326
    • Length: 27.0 in / 68.58 cm
    • Balance (strung): 10 pts HL
    • String pattern: 16m x 20c
    • Flex rating: 74
    • Grip size: 4 1/2 inches, #4
      (tape-measured, with 1 overgrip after removing grip)
    • Racquet Source:
      from my son who played with the racquet in high school, circa 1999 (two of these Wilson racquets)

    For many years (about 2012-2022), I had Luxilon ALU strings in these 2 Wilson racquets, with one of the racquets strung in a hybrid configuration with a multifilament in the crosses.

    In the Wilson racquet with a 'full-bed' of Luxilon ALU, I broke the string in the spring of 2022. I had it restrung with a full-bed of Luxilon 4G strung at 48 pounds.

    Luxilon 4G is a very stiff string, at the extreme end of a list of strings sorted by stiffness. In spite of this, I found that I could get used to this string and it did not have a bad effect on elbow, wrist, or shoulder --- even after hitting 400-plus balls from a ball machine and practicing about 50-plus serves.

    I could probably 'live with' using Luxilon 4G strings strung at about 48 pounds.

  • Head Ti.Laser Midplus
    with Anti-torsion bar in throat

    • Head size: 102 sq in / 658 sq cm
    • Weight (strung) : 9.10 oz / 258 gm
    • Swing-weight (strung) : 290
    • Length: 27.50 in / 69.85 cm
    • Balance (strung): 5 pts HH
    • String pattern: 16m x 19c
    • Flex rating: 70
    • Grip size: 4 1/4 inches, #2
      (tape-measured, with 1 overgrip after removing grip)
    • Racquet Source:
      from my wife who played with the racquet circa 1990's

    In May 2022, I had the Head Ti.Laser strung with Solinco (Heaven Strings) Hyper-G Soft 17 (1.20 mm) --- strung at a low tension of 34 pounds (similar to the tension that Jack Sock plays with).

    Although the 'common knowledge' is that strings with tension this low will tend to trampoline (and scatter) the ball, I found that, in hitting with a ball machine, I could change the hitting-angle of the racquet and keep from scattering the ball too much.

    In mid-2022, I did not have enough experience with these strings to render an opinion, but I think these strings (strung at low tension) have an annoying loud pinging sound.

    And 35 pounds may be too low a tension for me, but I will have to experiment some more to be sure.

  • Prince Thunderbolt Oversize
    Longbody, 'Morph Beam System'

    • Head size: 115 sq in / 742 sq cm
    • Weight (strung) : 10.6 oz / 300 gm
    • Swing-weight (strung) : 356
    • Length: 28.5 in / 72.4 cm
    • Balance (strung): 4 pts HL
    • String pattern: 18m x 20c
    • Flex rating: 66
    • Grip size: 4 1/4 inches, #2
      (tape-measured, with 1 overgrip after removing grip)
    • Racquet Source:
      from my wife who played with the racquet circa 1980's or 1990's

    In May 2022, I had the Prince Thunderbolt Oversize strung with Luxilon ALU Power 17L (1.20 mm) --- strung at a medium tension of 42 pounds (between the tension that Jack Sock plays with and the tension that many of the pro's play with, about 45 to 58 lbs).

    In mid-2022, I had not determined yet whether these strings at 42 lbs tension resulted in too much 'trampolining'.

    But Luxilon ALU strings are the most popular strings with the top 50 ATP players on the tour in 2022 --- and I can see why. Luxilon ALU strings seem to have both good 'feel' and good sound (no annoying pinging).

  • Head Ti.S2 Titanium

    • Head size: 102 sq in / 658 sq cm
    • Weight (strung) : 9.40 oz / 266 gm
    • Swing-weight (strung) : 307
    • Length: 27.50 in / 69.85 cm
    • Balance (strung): 6 pts HH
    • String pattern: 18m x 19c
    • Flex rating: 74
    • Grip size: 4 1/2 inches, #4
      (tape-measured, with 1 overgrip after removing grip)
    • Racquet Source:
      bought in June 2022 from a 'Play It Again' sporting goods store

    In June 2022, I had the Head Ti.S2 strung with Babolat RPM Rough, 17 guage --- strung at a medium tension of 48 pounds (the tension favored by the tennis-shop owner-and-stringer who has the 'Tennis Spin' YouTube channel).

    Despite the 'Rough' in its name, this string does not seem to be very rough. In fact, it seems quite smooth to the touch.

    The first time I used it (with a ball machine), I had a very hard time putting spin on the ball and keeping the ball from going long.

    In a couple of subsequent sessions with a ball machine, I found that I could get a little more spin on the ball. But, at this point in mid-2022, my faith in Babolat poly strings has been shaken.

  • Wilson BLX Cierzo.Two

    • Head size: 120 sq in / 774 sq cm
    • Weight (strung) : 9.8 oz / 278 gm
    • Swing-weight (strung) : 350
    • Length: 27.9 in / 70.9 cm
    • Balance (strung): 8 pts HH
    • String pattern: 16m x 19c
    • Flex rating: 74
    • Grip size: 4 3/8 inches, #3
      (tape-measured, with 1 overgrip after removing grip)
    • Racquet Source:
      bought in June 2022 from a 'Play It Again' sporting goods store

    This racquet came with a non-poly string --- probably some kind of multi-filament. I have not played much with this big oversized racquet. I may never have it restrung with a 'poly' string.

  • Babolat Drive Z Lite
    with Cortex Technology in sides of the head

    • Head size: 100 sq in / 645 sq cm
    • Weight (strung) : 9.70 oz / 275 gm
    • Swing-weight (strung) : 298
    • Length: 27.0 in / 68.58 cm
    • Balance (strung): 4 pts HH
    • String pattern: 16m x 19c
    • Flex rating: 67
    • Grip size: 4 1/4 inches, #2
      (tape-measured, with 3 overgrips after removing grip)
    • Racquet Source:
      bought in July 2022 from a 'Play It Again' sporting goods store

    This racquet came with a non-poly string. It looks like it says 'Sensation' on the string. It is probably strung with Wilson Sensation strings --- a popular 'default' string to be used on new racquets, purchased strung, circa 1995 to 2005.

    These strings seem to be playable, but I still prefer to use a full-bed of polyester --- because I really appreciated using Luxilon ALU poly strings that did not move around on the Wilson Hyper Carbon 5.0 that I used from about 2012 to 2022.

    It was such a pleasure not having to straighten-out strings after every point --- like I had to do back in the 1980's and 1990's.

As of mid-August 2022, I had not determined which of these racquets is best for me, but, as I mentioned in the Introduction above, I found that the 'Head Ti.S2' racquet was easier to use than the heavier 'Wilson Hyper Carbon 5.0' that I had been using (on and off) between about 2012 and 2022.

I found it easier-and-faster to swing up to the ball when serving, with the 'Head Ti.S2' and the 'Babolat Drive Z Lite' compared to the Wilson Hyper Carbon 5.0.

And I found that when hitting about 200 to 400 balls from a ball machine, I would get tired out (and start hitting late) with the Wilson. It was less tiring using the Babolat (published-strung-weight 275 gm vs 341 gm).

So I am concentrating my search for an 'ideal' racquet on racquets with strung-weight nearer to 10.6 oz (300 gm) than to 12.3 oz (340 gm).

I will probably find that 11.4 oz (323 gm) strung-weight is the maximum that is good for me.

And I will probably find that I will need a strung-SWING-weight of about 320 to handle big-hitters.

I may find that a low frame-stiffness (aka flex-rating) of about 60 RA will give a nice 'cushy' feel on ball impacts, BUT, to be able to drive the ball without extra effort, I may need a higher frame-stiffness, such as about 65 RA.

I have not determined yet whether I should consider strung-swing-weight as a more important factor than the balance-point (HH or EB or HL).

I intend to add more information here as I continue my journey to find a racquet that seems to optimize my serve, forehand, backhand, etc.

    NOTE:
    The choice of tennis racquet is made even more complex because the choices of strings and string-tension play a big part in answering the question 'which tennis-weapon is best for me?'.

    The pages on strings at 'tennisnerd.com' can be a great help in choosing strings and string-tension.

    And I have a companion strings-page to this racquets-page titled Tennis Strings for Spin.

PRO RACQUETS
(including specs of
about 6 customized racquets)

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The tennis pro's often customize their racquets with lead weight around the head of the racquet --- and some counter weighting in the handle of the racquet.

Surprisingly, some of the not-so-big pros (like Djokovic, Federer, Murray) play with racquets that are weighted as heavy as racquets used by big 6-foot-eight-plus-inch players (like Isner, Opelka, Raonic).

A tennis shop owner, who has a YouTube channel called 'Tennis Spin', has a collection of some of the pro's racquets that they used in winning a professional tournament.

He has the tools with which to measure the actual weight, swing-weight, and balance point of these racquets --- and he has recorded videos in which he performs those measurements and summarizes them at the end of the videos.

In some of the videos, he compares the specs of the 'customized racquet' to the specs of a similar 'retail racquet', usually a racquet endorsed by the pro who owned the customized racquet.

It can be instructive to see the specs of those racquets --- especially if one becomes an advanced player who is playing other advanced players. In that case, one may need a racquet with 'hefty-specs', like the specs shown below.

Below are links with which to find some of the 'Tennis Spin' videos, which show the specs for each racquet after customization.

  • Rafa Nadal - Babolat Pure Aero
    from 2008 Wimbledon Final win

    • Weight (strung) : 339 gm
    • Swing Weight (strung) : 361
    • Balance point (strung) : 333 mm
    • Length: 27.0 in / 68.58 cm = 685.8 mm
    • Mid-point: 685.8/2 = 343 mm
      (so balance is head-light by 10 mm = 1.0 cm)
    • String pattern: TBD
    • Flex rating: not measured
    • Grip size: ?measured?
    • Data source: Tennis Spin YouTube channel

    Specs measured from a newer, retail Babolat Pure Aero (in May 2020)

    • Weight (strung) : 332 gm
    • Swing Weight (strung) : 332
    • Balance point (strung) : 323 mm
    • Length: 27.0 in / 68.58 cm = 685.8 mm
    • Mid-point: 343 mm
      (so balance is head-light by 20 mm = 2.0 cm)
    • String pattern: TBD
    • Flex rating: TBD
    • Data source: Tennis Spin YouTube channel
  • Novak Djokovic - Head Speed Pro (18x20)
    from 2016 Australian Open Final

    • Weight (strung) : 358 gm   (wow!)
    • Swing Weight (strung) : 370   (wow!)
    • Balance point (strung) : 333 mm
    • Length: 27.0 in / 68.58 cm = 685.8 mm
    • Mid-point: 343 mm
      (so balance is head-light by 10 mm = 1.0 cm)
    • String pattern: 18x20
    • Flex rating: 60 RA
    • Grip size: 4 3/8
    • Data source: Tennis Spin YouTube channel

    Specs measured from a newer, retail Head Speed Pro (in May 2020)

    • Weight (strung) : 363.5 gm
    • Swing Weight (strung) : 347
    • Balance point (strung) : ??? mm
    • Length: 27.0 in / 68.58 cm = 685.8 mm
    • Mid-point: 343 mm
      (so balance is ???)
    • String pattern: TBD
    • Flex rating: TBD
    • Data source: Tennis Spin YouTube channel

    Around 2018, after Djokovic had been out of action for many months with elbow problems, he decided to change his racquet setup.

    The changes in his racquet specs were reported at the 'tennisnerd.net' site in an article titled Novak Djokovic's New Racquet Setup.

    Here are specs from that article, still using his HEAD pro stock PT113B mold (based on an old Radical racquet from early 2000).

    • Weight (strung) : 359 gm   (wow!)
    • Swing Weight (strung) : 370   (wow!)
    • Balance point (strung) : 328 mm
    • Length: 27.1 in / 68.83 cm = 688.3 mm
    • Mid-point: 344 mm
      (so balance is head-light by 16 mm = 1.6 cm)
    • String pattern: 18x19
    • Flex rating: 60 RA
    • Grip size: 4 3/8
    • Data source: tennisnerd.net web site
  • Andy Murray - Head Radical Pro (16x19)
    from 2012 US Open (beat Novak)
    probably PT57A pro stock (close to Prestige Pro)

    • Weight (strung) : 353.5 gm   (wow!)
    • Swing Weight (strung) : 379   (wow!)
    • Balance point (strung) : 333 mm
    • Length: 27.0 in / 68.58 cm = 685.8 mm
    • Mid-point: 343 mm
      (so balance is head-light by 10 mm = 1.0 cm)
    • String pattern: TBD
    • Flex rating: not measured
    • Grip size: ?measured?
    • Data source: Tennis Spin YouTube channel

    Specs measured from a newer, retail Head Radical Pro (in May 2020)

    • Weight (strung) : 327 gm
    • Swing Weight (strung) : 313
    • Balance point (strung) : 315 mm
    • Length: 27.0 in / 68.58 cm = 685.8 mm
    • Mid-point: 343 mm
      (so balance is head-light by 28 mm = 2.8 cm)
    • String pattern: TBD
    • Flex rating: TBD
    • Data source: Tennis Spin YouTube channel

    Specs measured from a newer, retail Head Prestige Pro (in May 2020)

    • Weight (strung) : 331.5 gm
    • Swing Weight (strung) : 340
    • Balance point (strung) : 327 mm
    • Length: 27.0 in / 68.58 cm = 685.8 mm
    • Mid-point: 343 mm
      (so balance is head-light by 16 mm = 1.6 cm)
    • String pattern: TBD
    • Flex rating: TBD
    • Data source: Tennis Spin YouTube channel
  • Roger Federer - Wilson Pro Staff
    from 2015 US Open

    • Weight (strung) : 364.5 gm   (wow!)
    • Swing Weight (strung) : 345 (about 3 gm lead in head)
    • Balance point (strung) : 315 mm
    • Length: 27.0 in / 68.58 cm = 685.8 mm (assumed)
    • Mid-point: 343 mm
      (so balance is head-light by 28 mm = 2.8 cm)
    • String pattern: 16x19
    • Flex rating: not measured
    • Grip size: ?measured?
    • Data source: Tennis Spin YouTube channel

    Specs measured from a 'stock' Wilson Pro Staff RF 97 (in Apr 2020)

    • Weight (strung) : 360.0 gm
    • Swing Weight (strung) : 342
    • Balance point (strung) : 317.5 mm
    • Length: 27.0 in / 68.58 cm = 685.8 mm (assumed)
    • Mid-point: 343 mm
      (so balance is head-light by 25.5 mm = 2.55 cm)
    • String pattern: 16x19
    • Flex rating: TBD
    • Data source: Tennis Spin YouTube channel
  • Andre Agassi - Head Radical (made in Austria)
    from 1999 US Open Final (against Todd Martin)

    • Head size: 107 sq in
    • Weight (strung) : 365.5 gm (lead added on head at 12)
    • Swing Weight (strung) : 349
    • Balance point (strung) : 325 mm
    • Length: 27.0 in / 68.58 cm = 685.8 mm
    • Mid-point: 343 mm
      (so balance is head-light by 18 mm = 1.8 cm)
    • String pattern: TBD
    • Flex rating: not measured
    • Grip size: 4 5/8 (tape measured)
    • String at: 64 lb (kevlar mains, gut crosses)
    • Data source: Tennis Spin YouTube channel
      (Mar 2020 part1 & Apr 2020 part2)

    Specs measured from a 'stock' Head Radical (in Apr 2020)
    (probably made in China)

    • Head size: 107 sq in / 690 sq cm
    • Weight (strung) : 350.5 gm (unstrung: 320 gm / 11.3 oz)
    • Swing Weight (strung) : 340
    • Balance point (strung) : 320 mm
    • Length: 27.0 in / 68.58 cm = 685.8 mm (assumed)
    • Mid-point: 343 mm
      (so balance is head-light by 23 mm = 2.3 cm)
    • String pattern: 18x19
    • Flex rating: TBD
    • Data source: Tennis Spin YouTube channel
      (Apr 2020 part2)
  • Serena Williams - Wilson (similar to 'Wilson Blade 104' of 2017)
    match used racquet from 2013

    • Head size: 104 sq in / 671 sq cm
    • Weight (strung) : 330 gm / 11.7 oz
    • Swing Weight (strung) : 366   (wow!)
    • Balance point (strung) : 340 mm
    • Length: 27.7 in / 70.358 cm = 703.58 mm
    • Mid-point: 352 mm
      (so balance is head-light by 12 mm = 1.2 cm)
    • String pattern: 18x19
    • Flex rating: 61
    • Grip size: 4 5/8 / #5
    • Data source: tennisnerd.net web site (2019 Nov 9)
  • Taylor Fritz racquet specs
    from 'impactingtennis.com'
    for racquet Head IG Racial MP
    (pro stock identifier: TGT260.3)
    with some lead under the bumper guard

    Unstrung:

    • Weight : 299 gm
    • Swing Weight : 294
    • Balance point: 323 mm

    Strung (estimated):

    • Weight : 325 gm & (rather light among pro's)
    • Swing Weight : 330 & (rather low among pro's)
    • Balance point: 333 mm
    • Assumed Length: 27.0 in / 68.58 cm = 685.8 mm
    • Mid-point: 343 mm
      (so balance may be head-light by 10 mm = 1.0 cm)

For more information on specs of racquets of tennis professionals, you can try the article The Racquets of the ATP Pros (2020 Apr 17) at 'tennisnerd.net'.

Or try the article ATP Tour Racket Specifications Database (2021) at 'impactingtennis.com'.

Or try Pro racquet specs at 'hdtennis.com'.

Or try Pro Players Gear Archives at 'dadracket.com'.

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