Getting Started with Tennis Racquet Weight
Typically, racquets range from 8 to about 13 ounces or 226 to 369 grams. At first glance, that might not seem like much of a difference. However, believe it or not, there’s something for everyone in that range, and small changes in weight can have a big difference.
Depending on where you’re looking, you may find the weight of a racquet listed as unstrung or strung.
Usually, the weight printed on a frame will be the unstrung weight. However, many retailers often list the strung weight, since you won’t use a racquet without strings installed.
It’s worth noting that the weight of various strings can differ, so a website that lists a strung weight will assume an average weight for the strings, which may vary slightly from the strings you’re using.
All things being equal, a lighter racquet will be easier to swing and maneuver, while a heavier racquet will increase power.
Of course, in the world of tennis racquets, it’s rare for all things to be equal, which is where balance and swingweight come into play.
Lighter racquets are typically easier to swing and maneuver and offer up effortless power but tend to provide less overall stability and control when hitting. As a result, these racquets are great options for beginners or players who have limited strength and shorter, compact swings.
Generally, lighter tennis racquets feature stiffer frames, and larger head sizes, which results from the type of players tennis brands have in mind when designing these racquets.
In the middle of the weight range, racquets try to strike a balance and provide players with solid all-around maneuverability, control, and stability.
As a result, racquets that fall in the mid-weight range tend to be the most popular category of tennis racquets on the market that appeal to all players from beginners to advanced.
As mentioned, all things equal, the heavier the racquet, the more power it will offer. As a result, heavier racquets tend to feature smaller head sizes and flexible frames that allow advanced players to find power through full swings and proper technique while maintaining excellent control.
Heavier racquets also help reduce shock and vibration when hitting as there is more mass to absorb it. However, by their nature, heavier racquets tend to be more challenging to maneuver and harder on a player’s wrist and arm, which can cause new players problems.