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Picking a Tennis Racket: The Truth Not Marketing (Part 1 of 4)

August 31, 2019


Hey guys, I’m Clay Ballard with Top Speed
Tennis, in this next series of videos we’re going to talk about rackets, and how to set
up your racket. What’s the best racket for you, what’s
going to get you the most power, the most spin, the most control, and really picking
a racket that’s right for you? The reason I did this, is I got really frustrated
probably about three months ago, I started looking more into racket technology and how
that’s going to affect your play. I got really frustrated because every time
you read and ad, or you see a new racket comes out, the racket’s going to be the most powerful,
and it’s going to have the most control, and the most spin of any racket that that
company’s ever made. Then they release another racket and that
one’s going to have the most power, and the most spin, and you hear a racket from
another company and it’s got the most power, and spin, and all that kind of stuff. So what is the real science behind it? What creates power, what creates spin, what
creates control, and how can we pick a racket that’s right for our game, and not just
some marketing that’s trying to sell us something. What’s really going to be good for us? That’s the first reason that I decided to
make this series. The second reason was that when I started
to research this more, I got all kinds of different answers, and I contacted a lot of
the major companies. I contacted Wilson, I contacted Babolat, Prince,
Yonex, Technifibre, some scientists, I read a couple books and I contacted them on what
creates spin, what creates power, what creates these different things, and I got all kinds
of different answers. So for major manufacturers, one company told
me the tighter you string your racket, the more spin it’s going to get. Then the next company told me the looser you
string your racket the more spin you’re going to get, and a third may have told me
that it doesn’t matter what tension you string the racket, it’s not going to affect
spin at all. So from a science standpoint, only one of
those correct, and I had to get to the bottom of what makes spin, what makes power, control,
and those kind of things. That’s what we’re going to do here today. Now a couple things to keep in mind while
we doing this series. Number one, we’re talking about from a scientific
standpoint, so what we’re doing here, let’s say that we’re using weight as an example. So is weight, more weight going to give you
more or less power. Let’s pretend we have a robot that’s hitting
with this racket at 50 miles an hour, with two rackets that are exactly identical other
than the weight. Then we’re going to test and see which one
has more power. That’s kind of what the idea is behind it,
we’re not actually using a robot or anything like that, but that’s the idea. We’re testing it from a science standpoint. Then there’s always a little bit of the
player standpoint, whether you get it, are you going to swing faster or slower. That kind of brings me to the second point,
which is the number one thing that is going to create any of these is yourself — your
swing and your technique. So if you’re a powerful player, if you’re
hitting it hard, you’re going to be able to create power with any racket. What the racket can do is help to boost that. So let’s imagine that you have a little
bit of topspin, but you want some more. Well the racket can get you a little bit more,
but it can’t create top spin if you’re not getting any currently. That’s kind of where we’re at. Then the last thing here before we get started
that I want you to keep in mind, is that no matter what I say, no matter what anybody
else says, it’s all about the racket that you like. So if your pro tells you, you need a 95 square
inch racket, and you like 105 square inch racket, absolutely nothing is wrong with that. This video series is about kind of letting
you know the fact behind the racket so that you can choose on your own and pick the racket
that you like the best with no hype, and no marketing, or any of that kind of stuff. So let’s go ahead and get started, and let’s
find out a lot about these rackets. All right, so the first thing we’re going
to talk about is the weight of the racket. We’re going to go over in each one of these
different characteristics, whether it’s weight, racket head size, string type, string
pattern, all these things we’re going to go through. We’re going to talk about how it’s going
to affect power, how it’s going to affect spin, how it’s going to affect control,
and then finally how that’s going to feel to you. The feel it’s going to get, and then I’m
also going to recommend what type of player would be best-suited for one extreme or the
other. So it’s not about whether a heavy racket
or a light racket is good for everyone, it’s about whether it’s right for you. So once person may want a light racket, another
person may want a heavy racket based on what they need. So first off, let’s take an example here
with a couple of different hammers. I’ve got ahead and cut out with some cardboard
the same size and shape as a regular hammer, but this is really light. This is a cardboard hammer. What I want you to visualize here, is let’s
imagine I’m going to swing this hammer at 10 miles an hour, and I’m going to hit this
tennis ball with this cardboard hammer. It’s going to hit the ball, it’s going
to go out and travel some distance, but it’s not going to have a lot of force behind it,
it’s not going to have a lot of speed behind it, because the cardboard hammer is going
to be so light. Now if I throw that away and I take a real
metal hammer. This is probably 20 or 30 times heavier than
the cardboard hammer, maybe even more than that, I haven’t measured them. But if I swing this hammer at the exact same
speed as I did the cardboard hammer, let’s say 20 miles an hour again, it’s going to
propel this ball a lot farther. That shot’s probably 10 times the difference
with about the same amount of speed, because this has a lot more mass to it. The same thing happens in a tennis racket. The heavier a tennis racket it gets, the more
energy it has built up in that racket, and the harder it’s going to hit that tennis
ball. That’s something to keep in mind. Now one other thing to keep in mind is that
just because a heavier racket will get more power from a size standpoint, there’s no
doubt about it. If you swing two rackets, one of them light,
and one of the heavy, both of them at 50 miles an hour, the heavy one’s going to hit it
a lot harder. But one thing to keep in mind is that we have
to pick a racket that we can control. So one of the stores, the store that I go
to, to get all of my tennis stuff done, racket stuff is e-tennis online. A great store here in Orlando, really helpful. One of the things I like about that store
a lot, when you have their rackets set up, is on one side of the store they have this
giant wall of rackets, they’ve got every racket you can think of. On one side of the wall there’s really light
rackets. All the light rackets are on this side of
the wall, then you walk down the wall and all the heavy rackets are on the other end. That’s what I think people should really
get a good feel for, is do you want a heavy racket, or a light racket, or somewhere in
between, and to really feel that and understand that. So for example, let’s say an 85-year old
grandmother who doesn’t have a lot of strength and a lot of speed, she’s probably going
to want the lightest racket possible so she can just move the racket around and it won’t
be that difficult for her to make a stroke, or make a swing. On the opposite end of the spectrum, so you
can visualize that for the very lightest rackets around, those come in about 250 grams is the
lightest ones. Now rackets range all the way up to about
350 grams, which is much, much heavier. The player that would need a racket light
that, or use a racket like that, would be more of your professional player. So if you envision Roger Federer, he uses
a heavy racket. Other players use even heavier rackets than
that, professionals, but those are really strong, fast athletes. So that’s the kind of player that might
want the 320 to 350 gram racket. Now somewhere in between is where most other
people are going to fall. So your average age person that has not a
lot of strength that may want to a 270, 280-gram racket if there not very fast, not very powerful,
all the way up to 320, most people are going to fall in that range. Again, it’s not about saying this is the
perfect racket for you, but it’s about testing that out. So if you go to the store, if you’re in
Orlando, you go to e-tennis, what’s going to happen is what I’d recommend, is grab
the lightest racket. Walk to the other side of the store, grab
the heaviest racket, and really feel the difference. You could even do a demo program. Most places have this, a lot of tennis stores
have this, where you can try those out, rent those rackets for a small fee. I think there they do it for 90 days for like
$40, and you can try out all these different rackets to see which weight racket that you
really like. One thing to keep in mind with that also,
is you can always add weight, but you can’t really take it away. If you buy a heavy racket, it’s going to
be a heavy racket. If you buy a light racket you can put a little
extra weight on there with some lead tape, or something like that. But that’s how the racket weight is going
to affect power. Now the next thing that racket weight is going
to do is it’s going to affect spin. In general, the heavier the racket you have,
as long as you’re swinging it the same speed, everything else is the same, one’s heavy,
one’s light, the heavier racket is going to get more spin. Here’s the reason why. As you hit a tennis ball, the ball actually
flexes into the strings. They call this cupping, or they call it dwell
time, different things, but I’ve got a racket here that I’ve strung with rubber strings
to really show this example. As I make contact with this tennis ball, what’s
going to happen is the ball’s going to sink into the strings like this. You can see how it sinks into the strings,
and then it’s going to rebound back out. I like to call that the trampoline effect,
that’s probably the easiest way to visualize this. That’s also the reason the heavier the racket,
because there’s so much more mass in this racket, it’s going to plow right through
that ball, some people call that plow through, but that means the ball is going to sink into
these strings more. When you sink into these strings, let me show
you the close-up here. If you’re swinging up to get topspin, for
example, what’s going to happen is the strings are going to grab on the bottom of the ball
like this. See how the top of the ball doesn’t have
as many strings grabbing it, and the bottom of the ball has kind of bunched up strings
down here. What’s going to happen is as the ball starts
to leave the strings, these bottom strings are going to kick back up and create topspin. That’s called snap back. When you have a heavier racket, the extra
mass of that racket is going to cause the ball to sink into the strings more, the strings
are going to flex more, and then they’re going to rebound more to create more topspin. So in general, the heavier the racket, the
more topspin. Again, getting back to the player though,
if you’re swinging, if you don’t have a strike that produces topspin, no matter
how heavy the racket it is, it won’t produce topspin. It’s not just topspin, the opposite thing
happens for backspin. If I’m swinging down, now the strings go
up to the top of the ball and then they snap down and they create more backspin. When we’re talking about control, there’s
really two things that we’re talking about. How well I can control the racket, and how
consistently is the ball going to leave the face. Those are the two things that are going to
affect control. With the heavier racket, from a science standpoint,
it’s going to help to balance the face a little bit, and give you a little bit more
consistency when it’s leaving the face. So let’s imagine if we watch slow motion
video of some of the top pros, what you’ll see a lot of times, if they hit that ball
dead center, right in the middle of the strings, the face isn’t going to twist a lot, it’s
just going to move right on through the ball. If the happen to hit the ball toward the top
of the strings, what will happen is that face will twist open, and it will cause it a little
bit of an errant shot, the shot will fly too high. Or if it hits the bottom it’s going to twist
down, and it’s going to fly too low. Well the more weight I have on the perimeter
of the racket, and the farther I have the weight away from the center of the racket,
so the more weight around the edges, the farther away it is from the center, the most stable
the face is going to be. This is why oversized rackets are a little
more stable also, but we’re going to get that in the next video. But if I hit this racket off the top, if I
have a very lightweight racket, it’s going to twist open more. If I have a heavier racket it’s going to
twist open a little bit less. So it’s going to give me a little bit more
control from that aspect. It’s also going to give me a little bit
more control, because I’ll have a better feel for the head. If I want to hit a nice easy touch shot, I’m
going to have a little bit better feel for where the racket head is, or if I’m just
trying to hit shots where I’m really moving or manipulating the racket, I want to have
great feel for every piece of the racket. I feel personally, this is more of a personal
preference based, not really based on sciences much, but I feel like I have a better time
controlling a heavier racket and feeling where it is. Again, if you don’t have the strength for
a heavier racket that may not be for you, and there are great players that play with
very, very light rackets. That’s more personal preference. The only thing that a heavy racket will do
to decrease your consistency, is that it has a higher trampoline effect. So again, let’s go back to the rubber string
racket here. If I have a really heavy racket, as I hit
this tennis ball, this racket is just going to plow right on through that ball and the
strings are going to take a big brunt of the force. So you can see the strings are really going
to flex here. Let’s imagine that I’m swinging up on
this ball. If I have a really heavy racket, it’s going to flex into the strings, and
then it’s going to shoot it a little bit higher. If I have a lighter weight racket, because
they ball isn’t going to flex into the strings as much, it’s not going to have that much
deflection up, it’s going to go a little bit more consistent forward. So what happens, the heavier the racket you
get, the more the ball is going to cup or have that trampoline effect, and then the
more sporadic it can come out of the racket head, because you never know which string
is going to put pressure exactly where. But when they test this, they find that the
looser the strings get, or the heavier the racket gets, effectively creating looser strings,
it’s going to sink into the strings more, it gets a little bit more sporadic. So when you’re talking about control with
the heavy racket, you have a give and a take. In some aspects having control through the
feel is good, also having consistency on off-center hits as good, but it also causes the strings
to flex more and that can cause a little bit of sporadic, you know, ball flight leaving
the face. You could always tighten up your strings or
do other things to try to counter balance that, but we’re focusing just on the weight
here. That’s kind of it for speed, power, and
control. If you want a lot of power, you want a lot of spin, you want a good amount of control,
a heavy racket may be good for you. The last thing is the feel. A lot of times people want to know what it’s
going to feel like if I have a heavier racket. Obviously it’s going to be much more difficult
to swing. So if I don’t have tons of speed, and tons
of strength, I don’t want to use a heavy racket because that’s going to be tough
for me to swing that racket. But it’s going to make the strings feel
very soft. So the heavier the racket is, the more what’s
called plow through. So imagine again, this racket weighs 30 pounds,
and I’m going to hit this tennis ball, it’s going to plow right on through that ball. The ball isn’t going to slow down the racket
at all, it’s going to just muscle right on through it. Since it’s flexing the strings more because
of that extra weight, it’s also going to feel a little softer, almost like this trampoline
face here, very, very soft. And it’s going to create a little bit more
of a solid feel when you come into it. Now a lighter weight racket, or a racket that
doesn’t have as much momentum, is going to feel a little bit more crisp. So as you’re swinging the force of the ball
is going to be a little bit greater because the racket is lighter, and it may, you may
feel like it’s manipulating the racket a little bit more. You may be able to feel the hit a little bit
more, and the strings are also going to be a lot more crisp sounding, so let me grab
a tighter stringed racket here. So if you can, I don’t know if you can hear
this in my mic, but as this ball bounces, it’s got a very crisp, clean feel to it. The opposite of that would be a much softer
feel, which we would get with a heavier racket. So if you like that crisp, clean feel, a lighter
racket would be better. If you like a soft, solid feel, which would
be the opposite end of the spectrum, a very heavy racket, you may enjoy that. So to recap on the heavier racket. It’s going to have more power, it’s going
to have more spin. Control is to be debated, there’s a couple
things from a scientific standpoint that gives you more control, there’s a couple things
that give you less control, so it’s tough to tell on control with a heavier racket. The feel is going to be more solid, almost
like you’re hitting a tennis ball with a 30-pound sledge hammer. On the opposite end of that, if I want to
use a lighter racket, it’s not going to have quite as much power, it’s not going
to have quite as much spin. But because it’s lighter, I might be able
to swing it a little bit harder, that’s going to be dependent on the person, and make
up for that loss of power and spin. Also with control, depends on the person,
and it’s going to feel more crisp and clean rather than solid and soft with the heavier
racket. So the crisp, clean contact with the lighter-weight
racket, it’s going to feel like it has a lot more high-frequency vibrations. So I hope you guys enjoyed this video. This is the first video in a series, so in
the next video we’re going to talk about racket head size. How large headed rackets and small headed
rackets are going to affect your game, and what that’s going to do for you. Now as I mentioned in the beginning of this
video, really the number one thing, more important than any other aspect, is what you can do
with the racket. Do you have speed, do you have the right technique,
can you create topspin, the racket will help to boost those aspects but it really comes
down to what you can do as a player. In order to really help get you started creating
a lot of topspin and a lot of power with your forehand, I have a great series called the
Topspin Forehand Series. If you click the ink that’s going to pop
up on the bottom of your screen, you’re going to be able to see that entire series
free of charge. I’m even going to play a preview from one
of the videos in that series, and you want to watch that entire thing, watch the full
series, never going to cost you a dime. Just click the link below, or down below in
the description, that way you can take your new information with these rackets and apply
it to some great strokes with your forehand. So good luck, I’ll see you in that series,
and good luck with that forehand. …topspin with your forehand. And in this video we’re going to talk about
how to use the lower body correctly to get some leverage from the ground, really create
a lot of power, so that you start ripping some of those forehands, not only with topspin,
with a lot of speed. So let’s go ahead and get started. OK, so
this video is about the lower body as I mentioned, and we’re going to talk about how to leverage
the ground for some power. It’s a motion that I call the power U. Basically your hips and your body are going
to be making this U-type shape as we’re hitting the shot, and it’s going to help
you to really transfer energy from the ground through your body and out to the ball, and
result in a lot more speed. So let’s go ahead and get started on the
basic motion first. So as you’re waiting for the ball to come,
you’re going to be standing fairly tall, and then as you begin your forward momentum,
you always want to be moving forward through the ball as we come into contact if at all
possible. As we start our forward momentum, we’re
going to let our hips drop down. So you can imagine my hips are starting to
go down, and they’re making the first half of this U-type shape. Now as I begin the forward swing with my racket,
now my lower body’s going to be driving upward…

100 Comments

  • Reply Eben Burger July 31, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    Currently I'm using a Babolat pure storm ltd gt.

    However I'm looking for a racquet with:
    +- same weight, more power, more flexible,  wider frame,  open string pattern, and head light….

    I love the feel of the old Yonex rq 180 Wide Body!! But they don't sell them anymore… 
    I'd appreciate your advice…..

    Thank you…
    Eben Burger

  • Reply Rick Berube August 10, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    I accidentally bought the incorrect size racquet for myself online. I should have ordered a 4 1/4 but ordered a 4 3/8. Not sure if it would matter much since it is only 1/8" too big but I like to use over grips to preserve the original grip which would make it even bigger. Do you think I should get my size 4 1/4" or could I get away with the small difference? FYI It's a Wilson Pro Staff 97 LS with Wilson Sensation 16mm strings.

  • Reply izwabbit September 2, 2016 at 9:34 am

    why didnt you talk about racquet tension on both heavier and lighter racquets?

  • Reply Andrew Pickett September 13, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Great series if you don't mind repetition of core ideas.

  • Reply Newton Firefly November 7, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    This video definitely uses the same ideas consistently. Some of his ideas are using the principles of physics properly. Some of his explanations are not exactly correct. For instance his use of a heavier racquet/racket gives more "plow through" and more spin. This is not exactly correct, but may correlate with peoples' descriptions about racquets/rackets with "plow through". Also weight does not exactly correlate with more stability,. .The material and flex of it relates to these two aspects, both "plow through" and stability. The weight can also affect it by giving more mass. The extra mass relates directly with the force [as in the equation F=m*a, F=Force, m=mass, a=acceleration=v*v/2 [v=velocity=speed]]. If there is more mass/weight it will impart more force. Also it will take more force to get the speed. The larger mass/weight will also require the player to use better, more correct-sound stroke techniques and not allow the more "whippy" and "wristy" type of swing, rather a proper swing using the body, hips, legs, and the arm as an extension, and a correct follow through. My beginnings were with wooden racquets/rackets. A light [L] was more than any commercial racquet/racket that exists today [~12.5 oz/~355g]. there were L-M, M, M-H, & H [M=Medium, H=Heavy]. My first Graphite composite a Yonex R-22 is labeled a S-L (perhaps a Super Light) and is listed as 340g/12oz unstrung. This still seems very light to me. My racquet/racket of choice prior was a Donnay Borg Pro. Bjorn Borg's racquets were much heavier and apparently steel reinforced, which he had gut strung at 85 libs. His strokes produced massive spin and are compared to most modern players', especially his forehand to that of Roger Federer (see split screen video comparison video on YouTube). Most modern, commercial racquets/rackets are not beneficial to proper stoke development and play. They also contribute to injuries [see information about hollow racquet/rackets and joint injuries; wrist, elbow, shoulder. The most important aspects of proper stroke production come from good, solid basic form which is bio-mechanically efficient.. If You want to understand the physics correctly, You can read some properly written and explained descriptions. Have found one on-liine by searching for the physics of tennis. some are a bit technical, but do give a more understandable explanation for the those who don't have study in physics and calculus [mathematics].

  • Reply Jacob Luce November 8, 2016 at 3:44 am

    ive just concluded this man is the athlean x of the tennis world

  • Reply Ashish Pandey November 27, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    You made my day… great and complete analysis … great work man… Thank you….

  • Reply Christian Olsson December 21, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Thanks for a very thorough and insightful video! And nice C10 pro there! 🙂

  • Reply danxx friedman December 22, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    what do you think about the gamma Bubba 137?

  • Reply Jason Vu February 21, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Hi Clay. I'm 14 years old. I'm a beginner. Which type of racket would you recommend to me? I would very appreciate your advice! Kind regards, Jason

  • Reply Syed Farooq Hasan March 27, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    good videos.

  • Reply Syed Farooq Hasan March 27, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    good videos.

  • Reply Vignesh Dhakshinamoorthy April 13, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    This video is a testament to your commitment for tennis instruction, you really nailed this one, superbly narrated and explained

  • Reply halil murraku April 28, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    Hi, what do you think of Babolat pure drive Wimbledon?Are they any good?Thank you

  • Reply Im Free April 29, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Spin? More about the technique, strings, and pattern, than racket.

  • Reply sleepy55 May 8, 2017 at 11:25 am

    The big light rackets are mostly very head heavy. Doen't this not compensate the lightnes?

  • Reply David Bryant May 21, 2017 at 6:31 am

    Good Insight!

  • Reply Sharon Mathew June 5, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    May I know the model of the Wilson racket that is in your hand in this video. I like it's head shape and frame.

  • Reply Unreal Player June 10, 2017 at 9:15 am

    hey what about wilson juice 100 ls

  • Reply Rockfield Langley June 18, 2017 at 5:49 am

    Great video! Thanks for the info! My wife and I are starting to play tennis and this series has been helpful!

  • Reply Adrian June 20, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    So is it better to tighten the rope or loosen it

  • Reply Andrew Ross June 27, 2017 at 6:32 am

    Start at 3:23

  • Reply AlphaAF July 11, 2017 at 11:11 am

    Great informative video, learned a lot. Thank you very much!

  • Reply José Alberto Varona Sánchez July 20, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    Wow…for once, I dint feel overwhelmed by marketing speeches and found such a explicit video… I cant wait to move on to 2nd part….Thank you!!!!

  • Reply Brett Harmon July 25, 2017 at 6:15 am

    How loose are your strings bro, you're not supposed to be able to dig the ball into them that easily o.o 😂

  • Reply Jacob Studstill July 31, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    It's crazy. I'm watching this video to help me pick out racquests for the demo program at e-tennis in Orlando. Its a small world!

  • Reply Grace August 1, 2017 at 12:12 am

    Looks suspiciously like the Nike logo but turned upside-down….and he's wearing a Nike hat…….

  • Reply Darkenedbyshadows August 12, 2017 at 5:26 am

    This is Amazing! Subbed!

  • Reply Dennis Lam August 19, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Tennis racquet scientist👍👍

  • Reply Apriliano Lentera Arinanda August 22, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    Hi I was wondering what's your opinion on the Wilson Ncode 95? and i am beginner

  • Reply Yuri Swara August 31, 2017 at 9:56 am

    I have 4 tennis light racquet. I thougt that if i use the light one, i can play well, hit ball better. I always use more power to hit ball using light racquet. But i was wrong, the ball goes out from the yard. Since i try my friend's racquet more heavier than me, then i feel better.

  • Reply aligboyakasha September 15, 2017 at 6:18 am

    If youre in a pinch: For a quick rule, try to get something you think is as heavy as you can go without losing swing speed. Obviously that's relative, and there's more to consider, but that's one quick rule that helped me.

  • Reply Sparkling September 23, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    Great video, especially for beginners like myself.

  • Reply david cortes October 18, 2017 at 2:40 am

    What a nice guy. These videos are full of tennis thinking and great instruction.

  • Reply Dustin Nguyen October 29, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    Pick up a racquet, hit with it for 10-20 balls, you should know right away if you like it or not. No racquet give you any shot. All bullshit. You find a racquet you like, and you adapt to it.

  • Reply Andrew Brent November 4, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    The biggest problem when discussing tennis racquets is that there are numerous elements, including weight, balance, damping, stiffness, string pattern, string type, string tension, etc. When these are combined with an individual's swing technique, body weight and strength it produces a very large number of combinations. Most of these elements are interrelated such that when one changes, it produces a change to others making many absolute statements impossible or not so useful.

  • Reply Matko Pogačić November 29, 2017 at 8:24 am

    what would be good for starters? im thinking middle

  • Reply Nelson Luis Freire December 5, 2017 at 12:34 am

    Hé doesn't cover string spacing, no of strings horizontally and vertical, width and hardness of the frame, weight balance, vibration, and lots more
    He focuses on racket weight, but that, w/o all the other info is very incomplete

  • Reply Jim Curry December 20, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    Your video is very good because the points you make are actually true. Much of the information out there is marketing and not really true. I think you could have said it all much more concisely.

  • Reply Anton Vilinskiy December 31, 2017 at 6:45 am

    I saw this video and thought hmmm he does look a lot that great golf instructor I've watched before, and yep, same guy!

    Very impressive how you manage to have so much knowledge about both tennis and golf in terms of detailed technique and gear.

  • Reply New School Tennis Association NSTA January 14, 2018 at 7:10 am

    I was really into it until you started talking grams grams grams. How about ounces ounces ounces. Better still do both. Explain it in grams if you want to and then say this is the weight in ounces.

  • Reply Seabound January 31, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    I learned a lot!

  • Reply Victor Parrish March 2, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    Really great video! Thanks a lot. I'm an intermediate level player and one of the main things I need is power, particularly with my serve. However I also require a lightweight racquet as I have quite small wrists. I recently purchased a Wilson triad xp5 racquet with a 103sqinch head, 27 inch length and 275g weight. Do you think this size racquet would be suitable for what it is I'm looking for? Thanks a lot.

  • Reply Radnally April 23, 2018 at 12:56 am

    I have admit that I like a heavy racquet because I don't have to swing too fast to get decent power. I can focus on my form and let the racquet do the rest. For me, slower swing speed equates to fewer errors. I only play doubles, and having strong serve and volley is all I want.

  • Reply Miguel Barahona May 9, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    Hi Clay. At 12:00, I think you´re wrong, the heavier the racket, the more predictable is the shot. Once I customized a racket to 400g and the precision was phenomenal.

  • Reply Alexander May 13, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    nice vid man !

  • Reply Arjuna June 1, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    Doesn't a lighter racket provide more acceleration thus more ball speed, at the cost of less spin?

  • Reply astrangewalker June 4, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    If I want more weight for my racket, where should I add it?

  • Reply miragexl007 June 15, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    Interesting video. Thanks. My girls and I Need a new racket so picked up a head radical extreme . not sure of weight and a used S6… Light. Guess I should have watched videos first.. Just a beginner here. Girls just got nice ones from Dunham's that will sue them for now. Interesting info on rackets… More to him than I thought.

  • Reply Tim Appleby June 18, 2018 at 1:23 am

    This is a great and informative analysis, however some of the "science" is a bit off.
    While a heavier racquet can definitely help provide more power, the speed and acceleration of your swing influences overall force WAY more. In case anyone is interested, here's the physics:

    Let's say you're using a 300g racquet and you swing 2 meters in 1 second.
    FORCE = 300g x (2/1^2) = 600 grams of force.

    Now lets double the weight of the racquet:
    FORCE = 600g x (2/1^2) = 1200 grams of force.

    This time, lets go back to our normal racquet weight and instead increase the speed, swinging 2 meters in half a second:
    FORCE = 300g x (2^0.5^2) – 2,400 grams of force.

    As you can see, doubling the weight gives us TWICE the power, but doubling the speed gives us EIGHT times the power. The speed of your swing affects power THREE TIMES as much as the weight of the racquet. If you want more power, get a racquet that you can swing faster.

    The reason you see pros use heavy racquets isn't for power, its for control. They want a more rigid, static racquet that absorbs the shock of a fast serve while allowing them to return with spin and keep control of the ball. A light racquet would have less inertia and would get smacked around by a fast ball, making it harder to control the return.

    As for spin, a heavier racquet will have more inertia and allow the ball to sink into the strings more, but I'd argue that has a lot more to do with the string tension than the weight of the racquet.

    Hope this little bit of actual physics is helpful to you all!

  • Reply ali zamanian June 28, 2018 at 8:33 am

    This guy is awesome. Thumbs Up!

  • Reply adrin 19 July 27, 2018 at 6:13 am

    Right no doubt the racket with the most mass is gonna hit the ball farther if both the rackets are going at the same speed but, if you are a 13 yr old child you're gonna be able to move the racket way faster if the racket is lighter.

  • Reply ahmad July 29, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    you're honest I do believe that it doesn't make much of a difference

  • Reply Costea Alex August 16, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    Ball does not spend enough time on the strings for them to rebound… You also failed to talk about the balance of the racket which is very important when thinking about power/control/spin…

  • Reply Karen Mata October 8, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    if you think the rf97 is the greatest…as i did…try the old agassi style prince graphite ii 107…similar, but better

  • Reply fredric tigga October 30, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    I will take the Wilson rf97

  • Reply uit kijkpost November 7, 2018 at 12:01 am

    unfortunately, balance was left out of the equation; weight x balance => swingweight. And, more complicated: a higher weight with lesser balance has more impact on the ball than light weight with a higher balance, although the swingweight of both of them is the same; the lesser is called recoilweight. So, with the same amount of muscle power, you best pick the highest recoilweight of the two. Search youtube on recoilweight, you'd be surprised …
    Although I admit, for anyone who is completely new to this stuf, this makes an excellent video to start with. But, there's more to tell

  • Reply Tony Gareth November 28, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    If you are intermediate and up don’t get a racket that weighs less than 10oz strung! I used to use approximately 12.5 strung but now I’m in the 11.5 oz range. 10 oz isn’t very heavy so don’t go below that. I would recommend 10.5 at least (strung). I would not use poly at all unless you are 4.0 or above, and if you’re 4.0 you may want a blend. I like all synthetic gut but it moves and breaks to much for me. I used 95 sq in racket and now I use 97 pro staff. I recommend 97-100 sq in head. Tension no more than 60 and no less than 50 lbs depending on skill level and type of string. 🤷🏼‍♂️ And good info on this video by the way

  • Reply John David Bradford November 30, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    Very helpful! Thanks!

  • Reply Rahul Gopal December 11, 2018 at 4:45 am

    AWESOME ANALYSIS

  • Reply Andrea Nadali December 11, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    Thank you! Very helpful.

  • Reply bus busa December 13, 2018 at 9:35 am

    Can you post a video on how to hit deep balls

  • Reply Bernie Mechaca December 17, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Clay,
    I hope you are still doing instructional videos. I have check some of them out & gotten very good results. Thanks for helping the Rec. Players like me..

    I have a questions for you. What Type of Racquet Frame & String give me more "Pocketing" feel?
    Plse send me your feed back [email protected]

  • Reply spruceguitar December 19, 2018 at 11:32 pm

    How do I know whether my Wilson Nano Pro is light or heavy?

  • Reply Reset Case January 13, 2019 at 8:19 am

    Hola como me puedo quitar el dolor del codo.
    O del brazo.
    Saludos !
    Desde Cúcuta N. S.
    Gracias por todo.

  • Reply twee Weekes February 10, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Momentum is increased linearly by a heavier racket (more mass => mv) but the energy imparted increases nonlinearly by the square of the velocity (more racket speed => 1/2mv^2). So depending on your swing speed and racket weight you can achieve either more momentum or more energy. Nadal imparts more energy while Del Porto imparts more momentum. This should be emphasized in the video ( partially covered as swing weight was mentioned)

  • Reply John Malihi February 19, 2019 at 11:30 pm

    This guy is also a Golf guru

  • Reply helmeteye February 25, 2019 at 6:02 am

    Do I see lead tape on that racket? Get a tight string bed in a heavy racket and go for ball deformation instead of the trampoline effect. Some of the control you get with a heavy racket is caused because it gets less kick back.

  • Reply Julia March 1, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    I want to start tennis thx for that video

  • Reply AcidexMax March 2, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    All good points but I don't think you can separate balance (swing weight) and frame stiffness from all of those characteristics you talked about. A lighter frame with a head heavy balance is going to feel much heavier than a heavy frame with a headlight balance. Assuming strings and tension stay the same, a heavy stiff frame is going to feel crisper than a lighter flexible frame. Same goes for ball pocketing. Those three things are interrelated.
    BTW, Love the rubber strings to demo.

  • Reply devyn gregory March 14, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    Laughed immediately when I saw this was a 4 part series. It's not easy picking the right one.

  • Reply tigerbalm April 4, 2019 at 5:16 am

    Do you recomment no-sho socks?

  • Reply Scott Johnson April 20, 2019 at 11:52 pm

    If you flick or slap at the ball, get a light racquet. If you have a full stroke and hit on the sweet spot, get a 325g racket with a thin beam and 1/2 guy 1/2 poly for a buttery feel. After playing for 40 years, I still haven't found anythig that feels as good at the original prostaff

  • Reply Tejas April 25, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    Rafa's face on the bottom right is priceless

  • Reply Tejas April 25, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    Rafa's face on the bottom right is priceless

  • Reply jay b May 3, 2019 at 8:03 am

    after watching this video im no longer concern of which racquet to pick…My only concerns now is where can I buy a reel of those cheater strings…lols

  • Reply teng lao May 5, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    Great video thanks for this technical explain and honest comments

  • Reply LIQUID SNAKE May 14, 2019 at 2:02 am

    Ive been asking this since 2012. I use federers pro rf 90 with full stretch swing style and backhand of federer style. When I use single backhand it doesnt hurt.

    When I use nadals babolat with single backhand, my arm hurts from shock.

    Planning to buy pro staff RF97

    Thanks.

  • Reply NNET Tres Cruces May 20, 2019 at 12:08 am

    very nice video congrats!

  • Reply Thomas Rebotier May 28, 2019 at 5:51 am

    Lots of factors are missing in this series. Racket balance (mass distribution head vs. handle), distance to the sweetspot, frame stiffness, grip shape and size are all super important and not addressed. The videos also have a heavy focus on cupping, which can be controlled AFTER you choose a racket. Finally, you should also address the issue of tennis elbow, some rackets can be downright bad for your health altogether…

  • Reply guillermo de Rivas May 31, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    What about the tension of the strings??..

  • Reply Vance Hockaday June 1, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    If you want a crisp clean feel and you have a heavy racket simply string tighter.

  • Reply Kevin McCarthy June 3, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    Great video thanks. 2 questions.

    1. For somebody with arm trouble (playing 4.5) would you recommend a lighter or heavier to compensate?

    2. Over time does the regidity of a racket decrease? I've had 2 strikes for 4 years but I'm getting pain that I can't source from playing with them

    Thanks

  • Reply Crack Kid June 8, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    I used 330g racket as a beginner, i don't know about light rackers but it feels more consistent and more stable also, now i see why the ball gets out of the court when i use slightly more force than usual. (Btw still using that racket but probably gonna switch soon)

  • Reply Faranak June 11, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    I have a 255gr wilson racket and it is very good for me😊🎾

  • Reply osholeeⓋ June 12, 2019 at 8:10 am

    Watch from 14:30. Thank me later

  • Reply Hardknox YT June 27, 2019 at 3:36 am

    I have a light racket and I didn't buy it. My mom bought it a long time ago, no one uses it so I used it instead, and it fits perfectly to me.

  • Reply Sammy 5150Eddie July 8, 2019 at 1:41 am

    You’re not telling the truth about contacting companies at 1:30 and they tell you tighter stringing gives more spin. No major manufacturer is that dumb. You are acting like there is not clear info about racquets. There is. But very good video.

  • Reply Sammy 5150Eddie July 8, 2019 at 1:46 am

    Go to tenniswarehouse.com and go to the racquet research or racquet academy tab. It will tell you all about racquets. They have a whole section for strings also.

  • Reply Matan Elmalem July 13, 2019 at 10:20 am

    this series is amazing! thank you!

  • Reply SewPsychological July 25, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    Thank you for sharing this great info. I've been looking for a racket and needed to know this xx

  • Reply Mike July 26, 2019 at 9:57 am

    I have the same headache in trying to choose best racquet that has everything and they all claim to be the best and have everything

  • Reply Tarkus I July 28, 2019 at 6:31 am

    There is some very useful information here, but I find the whole tennis racquet thing is complicated. From my old High School days I remember f=ma or force equals mass times acceleration, so as you eluded to at the end it's not just weight but a combination of weight and acceleration. Also, I would imagine head heavy and head light also affects the power. I just keep trying racquets until I find one that's comfortable and gives me the control and pop I'm looking for. I also make sure it feels good from the baseline, at the net, on the serve, and when volleying. Finally I make sure I can play for a while without tiring my arm out. I loved the Volkl C10 Pro, but as I got older the weight became too much for me to handle so I looked to switch. Use a Head Graphene 360 Speed Pro that I love.

  • Reply Samuel Andrews July 28, 2019 at 11:40 am

    I like how he says cupping… mmmm

  • Reply Thomas Humphrey July 29, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    Great, invaluable information, Clay. I played fairly high-level, competitive junior and college tennis for years, had countless lessons and hitting sessions with top area club pros, and I still learned a great deal from this. All the best.

  • Reply WhoAmI August 10, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    He has a very attractive accent.

  • Reply mrn4s August 11, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    14:40 summary

  • Reply SRKarting August 13, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    Great vids, so far after testing a lot of racquets I like lightweight, stiff with tight strings, I don’t think thats a good combo for my ageing joints and bones, lol. I really don’t like that soft feel. May change in time but like I said, I’m a retuning player after a long time off

  • Reply Guy Wiggins August 18, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    Very well done. I am right now trying to pick between a Pro weighted racquet and an MP weight. This video cleared up some misconceptions I had. I thought that a slightly lighter racquet would give me more racquet head speed and therefore greater spin. Now I realize that’s not accurate. Hopefully one of your videos also discusses the role of grip size. Thanks for taking the time to explain these important concepts!

  • Reply George Konstantinidis August 23, 2019 at 9:24 am

    Hi Clay, what racquet are you using around the 5:00 minute mark? Thank you in advance.

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