Tennis Racquet Weight, Balance, and Swingweight Explained: Guide + Video

Tennis Racquet Weight, Balance & Swingweight Explained

An In-depth Guide with Video & Charts

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The topics of tennis racquet weight, balance, and swingweight can be tricky to wrap your head around.

However, by understanding these specs, you can better evaluate racquets and make a more informed purchase.

In this guide, I provide a clear explanation and a thorough review of each, including how they relate and impact performance so you’ll be better equipped to find a racquet you love.

If you’re in the market for a new racquet, be sure to check our 2020 guide to the best tennis racquets.

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Tennis Racquet Weight, Balance, and Swingweight Video Explanation

To help provide an in-depth explanation of these topics, I’ve put together the following video.

Here are timestamps to the different sections if you’d like to jump directly to any section in the video.

0:30 – Racquet Weight
1:14 – Racquet Balance
2:01 – Measuring Balance
2:50 – Racquet Swingweight
3:22 – Hammer Analogy
4:08 – Examples & Comparisons
4:16 – Weight Ranges Table
4:25 – Lightweight Racquet Examples
4:33 – Midweight Racquet Examples
4:40 – Heavy Racquet Examples
4:48 – Weight, Balance, Swingweight Comparison
4:57 – Finding a Preference

Of course, this guide serves as a companion to the video, which goes into greater detail in some areas.

Getting Started with Tennis Racquet Weight

Getting Started with Tennis Racquet Weight: Scale Unstrung

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.

Lightweight Racquets

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.

Midweight 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.

Heavy Racquets

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.

Racquet Weight Charts

It’s important to find a racquet with the appropriate weight, which aligns with your level of play to help maximize your performance.

I’ve provided a rough overview of how you should think about racquet weight based on your level of play in the following chart, but keep in mind these are generalities.

WeightRangeLevelPower
Lightweight8-9.5 ouncesBeginnerHigh
Midweight9.6 – 11.5 ouncesBeg. + Inter.Medium
Heavy11.6 – 12.6 ouncesAdvancedLow

To help further illustrate the types of tennis racquets that fall into each range, let’s review a selection of racquets per category.

Lightest Tennis Racquets

Excluding kids and junior tennis racquets, here’s a list of the lightest available adult tennis racquets as of 2020.

Note their head heavy balance to help offset their lighter weight.

RacquetHeadWeightSwingweightBalance
Head Titanium Ti.S5 Comfort Zone107 in²
690 cm²
8.5oz
241g
2977 pts HH
Head Titanium Ti.S6115 in²
742 cm²
8.9oz
252g
3188 pts HH
Head Graphene 360 Instinct PWR115 in²
741.93 cm²
8.7oz
247g
31410 pts HH
Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3 Stretch OS110 in²
710 cm²
9oz
255g
30711 pts HH
Wilson K Factor KZero118 in²
761 cm²
9.1oz
258g
2984 pts HH

Midweight Tennis Racquets

Here’s a selection of popular tennis racquets that fall into the midweight range. The vast majority of available tennis racquets fall into this weight range and represent the most versatile group.

RacquetHeadWeightSwingweightBalance
Babolat Pure Drive100 in²
645.16 cm²
10.7oz
303g
3164 pts HL
Wilson Clash 100100 in²
645.16 cm²
11oz
312g
3127 pts HL
Head Graphene 360 Radical MP98 in²
632.26 cm²
11oz
312g
3246pts HL
Babolat Pure Aero 2019100 in²
645.16 cm²
11.2oz
318g
3244 pts HL
Wilson Blade 98 16×19 v798 in²
632.26 cm²
11.4oz
323g
3284 pts HL

Heaviest Tennis Racquets

Last but not least, here are the top five heaviest tennis racquets currently available for purchase.

Note their head light balance to offset their heavier weight.

RacquetHeadWeightSwingweightBalance
Wilson Pro Staff RF9797 in²
625.81 cm²
12.6oz
357g
3359 pts HL
Volkl C10 Pro98 in²
632.26 cm²
12.3oz
349g
3308 pts HL
Yonex VCORE Pro 97 33097 in²
625.81 cm²
12.3oz
349g
3327 pts HL
Volkl Power Bridge 10 Mid93 in²
600 cm²
12.1oz
343g
3228 pts HL
ProKennex Ki Q+ Tour Pro98 in²
632.26 cm²
12.0oz
343g
3277 pts HL

Note: There are heavier older models available for purchase. However, we’ve limited our selection to current models sold by top retailers for simplicity.

Of course, racquets are always changing, too, so if you notice anything becomes out of date, please let me know in the comments.

Static Weight vs. Swingweight

Tennis Racquet Static Weight on a Scale

One of the questions that come up as players start to consider racquet weight is the difference between “static weight” and “swingweight.”

Static Weight

Static weight refers to the weight of a tennis racquet measured by a scale, typically referenced as strung or unstrung weight.

As the name implies, strung weight is the weight of a tennis racquet with tennis strings installed. This weight is measured by placing a strung racquet on a scale to calculate its weight.

For reference, tennis strings will generally add roughly 15 -20 grams or a little over a half-ounce to a racquet’s static weight.

Unstrung weight, on the other hand, is simply a measurement of a tennis racquet’s weight without strings installed.

As you shop for tennis racquets, keep in mind that some websites will list the strung weight, while others will list the unstrung weight.

Also, it’s worth noting that the level of quality control for different racquet manufactures varies. For example, Babolat is upfront listing the unstrung weight on their racquets as +/- 7 grams. It’s a small difference, but good to be aware.

Swingweight

Swingweight is a measurement of how heavy a tennis racquet feels when swinging to hit a ball, which is a function of static weight combined with the balance or distribution of weight. Said another way, it’s how difficult a racquet is to swing.

All things being equal, a racquet’s swingweight will increase as the racquet’s weight is shifted toward the head of a racquet. If the weight shifts toward the handle, the swingweight will decrease.

One of the best analogies for thinking about swingweight is to consider a hammer. If you hold a hammer from the handle and swing, it will feel heavier in the way a racquet with a higher swingweight would feel.

However, if you flip the hammer and hold it from the opposite end and swing, it will feel lighter because the weight is in your hand, which is the same sensation you’d get with a lower swingweight. Wilson put this analogy to use with their popular Hammer line of tennis racquets.

Over the years, manufacturers have modified racquet weight and balance to develop different racquets that cater to certain types of players while also pushing the limits of overall racquet performance.

A machine like the Babolat RDC can accurately measure swingweight.

Helpful Tip
While racquet swingweight is an exact measurement calculated by a machine, it’s most beneficial as a comparative data point. If you play with one racquet with a swingweight of 280 and another that is 325, you’ll begin to develop a sense for the different feel associated with each swingweight.

When evaluating racquets, it’s worthwhile considering this measurement based on your preference.

Tennis Racquet Balance

Tennis Racquet Balance

Closely tied to racquet weight is balance, or more specifically, how weight distributes throughout a tennis racquet.

There are three categories of racquet balance to help classify various racquets, including head heavy, head light, and equal balanced.

Head Heavy (HH)

Head heavy racquets have weight distributed toward the head.

Generally, tennis racquets that are head heavy will provide players with more power. Maneuverability comes from the fact that these racquets tend to be lightweight.

As a player swings a head heavy racquet and makes contact with a tennis ball, the extra weight helps provide a greater force on contact. It also helps maintain a reasonable level of stability to prevent the racquet head from moving or twisting dramatically.

Head Light (HL)

With head light racquets, the racquet’s weight is greater toward the handle and is a common balance among heavier tennis racquets, which helps players maneuver them. Stability comes from the weight of the racquet and lower stiffness ratings.

Head light racquets that are on the heavier end of the spectrum absorb more shock and vibration. As a result, heavier frames tend to reduce shock and vibration, assuming an individual can comfortably play with the racquet for an extended period.

Equal Balance (EB)

A balanced or equal balanced racquet is where the weight of the tennis racquet distributes equally throughout. Balanced racquets try to strike a happy medium with enough weight in the head to provide power and stability, while at the same time providing enough weight in the handle to help prevent excess shock and vibration.

Midweight tennis racquets tend to be closer to equal balance because the weight class doesn’t require distribution toward the head or handle for the racquet to perform.

Racquet Balance Chart

To illustrate how racquet weight and balance affect swingweight, let’s review three different racquets as an example.

Yonex EZONE 98 (305): Heavy Weight - Swingweight ComparisonBabolat Pure Drive Team: Mid-weight - Swingweight ComparisonPrince Textreme Warrior 100L: Low Weight - Swingweight Comparison
Yonex EZONE 98 (305g)
Strung Weight: 11.3 oz
Balance: 6 pts HL
Swingweight: 317
Babolat Pure Drive Team
Strung Weight: 10.7 oz
Balance: 4 pts HL
Swingweight: 316
Prince Text. Warrior 100L
Strung Weight: 9.6 oz
Balance: 5 pts HH
Swingweight: 315

As you can see above, even though the three racquets have significant static weight variations, they can have a similar swingweight by modifying the balance or distribution of weight throughout the racquet.

How to Measure a Racquet’s Balance

A racquet’s balance point is its center of gravity or the location along the length of a frame where it balances horizontally.

Balance boards are a popular tool for taking measurements. Here are the steps required to measure a racquet’s balance point using a balance board scale.

Step 1

How to Measure Tennis Racquet Balance: Step 1

First, a tennis racquet is placed on the center of the balance board so that it rests on the balance bar with the handle pointed toward the scale or ruler.

Step 2

How to Measure Tennis Racquet Balance: Step 2

Next, you slowly rotate the bar toward the left until the head of the racquet drops toward the table.

Step 3

How to Measure Tennis Racquet Balance: Step 2

After, you slowly rotate the bar in the opposite direction until the handle drops on the scale, which provides a measurement.

Step 4

How to Measure Tennis Racquet Balance: Step 4

Lastly, you measure the distance from the 27-inch reference mark to the racquet’s butt to determine its balance.

If the butt of the racquet falls to the left of the corresponding reference mark for its length, then it’s head light. If it falls to the right, it’s a head heavy racquet.

An eighth of an inch represents a point, which is the measurement most commonly used by retailers to express a racquet’s balance point, i.e., 4 points head light.

Alternatively, you may find a racquet’s balance point shown as a measurement, i.e., 320 mm or 32 cm, which is the distance from the butt, or bottom of a racquet’s handle, to the balance point. A balance board scale will also provide this measurement.

Using a measurement instead of points allows for a better comparison between different length racquets. For example, a 27-inch racquet and a 29-inch racquet can have a 4 pt head light balance, which can cause confusion, which a centimeter measurement eliminates.

How to Select an Ideal Racquet Weight & Balance

How to Select an Ideal Tennis Racquet Weight & Balance

While there is no exact formula for identifying ideal racquet weight and balance, there are some steps you can take to help narrow your options.

First off, take some time to understand the different types of tennis racquets: power, control, and tweener. Doing so will help you learn about the common characteristics that tend to make up the different types of racquets and help limit the number of options.

Next, shop around for a few different racquets that appear to match the criteria for the type of racquet you feel is appropriate for your level and style of play. As you identify a few racquets, take note of their weight, balance, and swingweight. Our list of the best tennis racquets for beginners is a great place to begin if you’re just getting started.

From there, it’s ideal that you demo each racquet to experience the differences firsthand. Your local tennis shop or racquet club will likely have a selection of racquets to try, or you can take advantage of one of the many demo programs that online retailers now provide.

As you begin to play with the racquets, you’ll likely start to develop a preference for a specific type of feel.

You should be looking to find a racquet you feel comfortable with and one that doesn’t put undue stress on your wrist and arm. If it feels too heavy in your hand or your arm or wrist hurt after playing for 30-60 minutes, it’s likely too heavy, so try something a bit lighter.

As your game progresses, your choice of racquet will likely evolve to help complement your level, style of play, and preferences, so it’s not the end of the world if you don’t get it perfect the first time.

Sometimes it can take playing with a few racquets for an extended period before you’ll be able to narrow it down to a racquet that you truly enjoy.

Helpful Tip
If possible, work with a racquet technician or tennis pro to help determine the appropriate racquet weight. They regularly work with a wide range of players, so they can help you quickly narrow the options and provide you with recommendations and feedback by evaluating your skill level and style of play.

Customizing Racquet Weight, Balance, and Swingweight

Customizing Tennis Racquet Weight, Balance, and Swingweight

To a certain extent, players can customize tennis racquets to add weight and adjust the balance.

For the most part, customization of a racquet will involve adding weight. Unfortunately, it is not nearly as easy to reduce a racquet’s weight, short of removing the stock grip or overgrip.

If you find a racquet that seems to match most of your criteria but think a few slight modifications could make it feel just right, then it’s worth exploring customization. If you’re handy, you may opt to customize the racquet yourself. Otherwise, you may choose to work with a professional to make changes.

A racquet technician is specially trained to handle racquet customization and can be particularly helpful when customizing more than one racquet to ensure an accurate match.

Wrapping Up

Tennis racquet weight, balance, and swingweight can serve as useful specs to consider when selecting a tennis racquet, but there’s no substitute for testing a handful of racquets first hand.

Hopefully, our guide has helped provide you with a baseline understanding and valuable insight into these variables, which can help you make a more educated buying decision.

Do you still have questions about tennis racquet weight and balance? If so, let us know in the comments below. We’d love to help!

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43 replies
    • TennisCompanion
      TennisCompanion says:

      Hey Joe,

      Great question. 4 pts HL is simply a measurement for the balance of a racquet or, more specifically, how heavy a racquet feels when you swing the racquet to hit a ball.

      Ultimately this means that the racquet contains more weight towards the handle of the racquet and less weight towards the head of the racquet.

      Hopefully that helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

      All the best,
      Jon

      Reply
    • yassine
      yassine says:

      Hey Jon,
      Follow up question, let’s suppose you have an x headlight racket, you add 7g to the handle (under the butt cap) and 4 grams to 12 o’clock. What’s the new head light balance?

      Reply
    • TennisCompanion
      TennisCompanion says:

      Hi Yassine,

      If you make those changes to your racquet, the new head light balance would have to be measured using a balance board to be absolutely sure of the change’s impact.

      All the best,
      Jon

      Reply
    • TennisCompanion
      TennisCompanion says:

      Hi Martin,

      Thanks for your question.

      Comparing the two, a racquet that is 7 pts HL will have more of the racquet’s weight distributed toward the handle, while the 4 pt HL racquet will have more distributed toward the head.

      Assuming everything else was equal between the two racquets, the 7 pt HL racquet would be easier to maneuver. However, since that’s likely not the case, I’d need to see the rest of the racquet specs being compared to provide extra context. I’d be happy to do that if you share them.

      All the best,
      Jon

      Reply
    • TennisCompanion
      TennisCompanion says:

      Hi Iten,

      Both static weight measurements are valid, but it’s important to compare using the same across racquets. If you can provide more context for what you were thinking or if there was a specific part of the guide that you could help clarify, just let me know.

      All the best,
      Jon

      Reply
  1. Takemi
    Takemi says:

    I am using 6pts HH now… The version of my racket balance is 8pts HH.
    It s will make a big difference if i change to the new one?

    Reply
    • TennisCompanion
      TennisCompanion says:

      Hi Takemi,

      It depends. If the new version of the racquet is 8 pts HH, it means that the balance point has moved 2/8 of an inch up the racquet toward the head, which can be noticeable.

      Keep in mind that balance is only one measurement that you need to take in the context of other specs. For example, if the manufacturer moved the balance point of a racquet toward the head but decreased it’s weight slightly, it could theoretically maintain the same swingweight, i.e., how it feels when swinging, so the change would be less noticeable.

      If you share the two racquets you’re comparing, I can help be more specific.

      All the best,
      Jon

      Reply
  2. jose luis velazquez
    jose luis velazquez says:

    i would like to know when you see a raquet that says strung weight, i would like to know, what weight does it show on the racquet it self, is it the strung weight or the unstrung weight….

    Reply
  3. Andrea
    Andrea says:

    My daughter who just turned 12, changed from a raquet (babolat) weight: 275 g / 9.7 oz to a raquet HEAD weight 295 g / 10.4 oz. Her wrist started to hurt, 1 month after making the change. My question is if you think the change in wight could affect her wrist? Although she is 12, she does not have too much strength when she hits, compared to other girls her age.

    Thanks!!!

    Reply
    • TennisCompanion
      TennisCompanion says:

      Hi Andrea,

      I’m sorry to hear about the trouble your daughter is having with her wrist. It doesn’t seem like a huge change, but it could certainly be the culprit. However, other factors could be causing her discomfort as well. These might include:

      • Swingweight
      • Frame stiffness
      • Strings

      If the racquet she switched to is only a few grams heavier, but more of the racquet’s weight skews toward the head, then the swingweight or how it feels swinging could have increased more than the weight of the racquet itself.

      As for stiffness, a higher stiffness rating will typically lead to more shock and vibration making its way to the player’s arm.

      Lastly, some strings offer more comfort than others. If she changes strings, this could also be a contributing factor.

      If you share the exact racquets, I can do my best to provide objective thoughts on the differences. Of course, pain can be the result of overuse, improper technique, or simply an accident, so as I’m sure you already have, I’d encourage you to check in with her doctor as well.

      Good luck, and let me know else I can help.

      All the best,
      Jon

      Reply
  4. David maskell
    David maskell says:

    Can I change a balance from 4pts headlight to 3pts headlight if so where would I put lead and how much lead.

    Reply
    • TennisCompanion
      TennisCompanion says:

      Hi David,

      Absolutely. You can accomplish this by adding weight to the grip by using a different type of grip that weighs a bit more, adding an overgrip(s), or adding tungsten putty inside the handle by removing the butt cap.

      How much you’ll need to add should be measured with a balance board to achieve the desired effect.

      All the best,
      Jon

      Reply
  5. Andy
    Andy says:

    I’m still struggling with this new technology. I’ve been playing tennis for 30 years and play to a good standard. I currently play with a Head Prestige tour Youtek (320g) which I thought was more head heavy. I am looking for a similar type of racket to change to, does anyone have any ideas which might be the best option?

    Many thanks

    Andy

    Reply
    • TennisCompanion
      TennisCompanion says:

      Hi Andy,

      I’m familiar with the racquet but haven’t been able to dig up the 320g version and the rest of its specs. Would you be able to search for your racquet online to dig up the exact specs so I can provide some recommendations for you?

      One place to start would be with Head’s current line of Prestige racquets that would serve as the modern replacement.

      However, if you’re looking to switch because you’re not a fan of the racquet, then it would be helpful to understand your motivations for changing and what you like and dislike about your current racquet.

      All the best,
      Jon

      Reply
  6. jp
    jp says:

    I don’t understand how two racquets with the same static weight and balance can have different swingweights.

    Reply
    • TennisCompanion
      TennisCompanion says:

      Hi JP,

      Two reasons come to mind for why you might be seeing this discrepancy.

      First, if the racquets you are comparing are different lengths, then this would be the culprit as points don’t compare across racquets of differing lengths. Instead, you’d want to look at balance as a measurement from the butt of the racquet to its balance point. These are sometimes listed on websites, but not always, which can make it tricky.

      The other reason is that could be cause for confusion is rounding. A point equals 1/8 an inch. If the measurements are different, but they’re both rounded in the same direction, then you can end up with a slightly different swingweight.

      Here’s an example for context:

      Wilson XP1 Racquet

      • Strung weight: 10oz / 283.5g
      • Balance: 13.97in / 35.48cm / 2 pts HH
      • Swingweight: 320

      Prince Textreme Premier 110 Racquets

      • Strung weight: 10oz / 283.5g
      • Balance: 13.95in / 35.43cm / 2 pts HH
      • Swingweight: 323

      As you can see, they are both rounded up to 2 points HH, but the actual measurements are slightly different, resulting in a minor change in the swingweight. Here’s a third racquet to show how the length changes things as well:

      Volkl V-Feel 2

      • Strung weight: 10oz / 283g
      • Balance: 14in / 35.56cm / 2 pts HH
      • Swingweight: 317

      Great question – I hope that helps.

      All the best,
      Jon

      Reply
    • TennisCompanion
      TennisCompanion says:

      Hi Steve,

      All things being equal, the 4 pt HL racquet would have more weight distributed toward the handle, while the 2pt HL racquet would have slightly less toward the handle. However, both have most of their weight distributed in the direction of the handle.

      All the best,
      Jon

      Reply
    • TennisCompanion
      TennisCompanion says:

      Hi Harshil,

      7 pts HL refers to the balance point, which in this case, is closer to the racquet’s handle. In other words, more weight is distributed in the direction of the handle.

      All the best,
      Jon

      Reply
  7. Walter
    Walter says:

    Dear Jon,

    My current raquet weights 289 g (10.2 oz) and has balance 33 – 4 pts HL. Which would be the result with other 4 pts HL raquet if the weight is more or if it is less?

    Thank you for your advisement.

    Walter Pérez

    Reply
    • TennisCompanion
      TennisCompanion says:

      Hi Walter,

      I’m not 100% sure I follow, but racquets of differing weights can have the same balance, i.e., 4 pts HL. A heavier or lighter racquet with the same balance would be a preference for the player selecting the racquet. One isn’t necessarily better or worse. Hopefully, that helps!

      Al the best,
      Jon

      Reply
  8. Pete
    Pete says:

    I use Artengo and when i play , after sometimes i get some pain in hand especially after the serve.
    Is it because of the vibration during the serve or should i prefer HL over HH? or what will be the best fit ?

    any idea.. ?

    Reply
    • TennisCompanion
      TennisCompanion says:

      Hi Pete,

      The pain you’re experiencing in your hand can be the result of a variety of different factors, and while the balance of your racquet could be a contributing factor, it may not be the root cause.

      For example, if you’re serving with improper technique or using a racquet that is too heavy, then these could also be the cause. My main recommendation would be to check in with a doctor.

      As a general rule, players that are looking to reduce shock and vibration to their arm will opt for racquets with heavier frames that feature HH balance and lower stiffness ratings. The combination of these attributes will typically lend themselves to more comfortable tennis racquets.

      All the best,
      Jon

      Reply
  9. yassine
    yassine says:

    Hey Jon,
    Follow up question, let’s suppose you have an x headlight racket, you add 7g to the handle (under the butt cap) and 4 grams to 12 o’clock. What’s the new head light balance?

    Reply
  10. Robert
    Robert says:

    Planning to buy a tennis racket online, but it is confusing for because i don’t know what is the weight written in the racket itself. For example, written in tennis racket; let say weight=10.9 oz. I don’t know if this is strung weight or unstrung weight. pls. clarify

    Reply
  11. Suzan
    Suzan says:

    Dear Jon
    My daughter is 13 years old her weight is 56 kg and her hieght is 162 cm she is carrying a Wilson burn 280gm and we need to upgrade to blade 290gm would that be harmful I need advice please
    BR
    Suzy

    Reply
    • TennisCompanion
      TennisCompanion says:

      Hi Suzan,

      Happy to help – thanks for stopping by.

      Your daughter is right on the cusp of what I’d consider an acceptable height and age range for moving to the Wilson Blade 104 v7.

      My gut reaction is that it sounds premature. Although the racquet is only 10 grams heavier, it’s also a half-inch or 1.27 cm longer.

      Many kids her age would be moving from a 26 inch (66 cm) racquet to a full-sized 27 inch (69 cm). I realize she’s already using a full-sized racquet, but based on her age, I’d imagine it hasn’t been much more than a year or so that she’s been using it. When it comes to kids, I like to err on the side of caution to protect their health and ensure they can enjoy the game injury-free for years to come.

      The other factors that I’d take into consideration when advising a young player would be their skill level and build or strength. As her parent, you’re best equipped along with a coach to consider these factors when making the change.

      Hopefully, these thoughts help you in your decision-making process.

      All the best,
      Jon

      Reply
  12. Venkat
    Venkat says:

    Hi Jon, I’m 63, a regular recreational doubles player, currently using Wilson Prostaff RF97LS, which is 3 pts HL, 306g (10.8 oz) strung, and 97 sq.in. head size. I would like to move to a lighter racquet, of slightly larger head size (not more than 105 sq.in., and head-light. Can you suggest some racquets that I can try out?

    Reply
    • TennisCompanion
      TennisCompanion says:

      Hi Venkat,

      Thanks for stopping by and asking a question – happy to help.

      For now, I’m going to assume you’re looking to stay in the Wilson family of tennis racquets, here are three worth checking.

      All of them feature a 100 square inch head size and are a bit lighter, but it’s not much, so you can easily add a bit of weight to any of these if you’d like a bit more substance.

      Wilson Blade 100L v7

      • Weight: 10.6oz
      • Balance: 1 pt HL

      Wilson Ultra 100L v3

      • Weight: 10.4oz
      • Balance: 4 pts HL

      Wilson Clash 100L

      • Weight: 10.3oz
      • Balance: 6 pts HL

      The Clash will feel the most dramatically different, but I threw it in there as an option because many players are surprised by how much they like it, so it’s worth a demo to see what you think.

      If you’re looking to move outside of the Wilson family, I’d be happy to provide a few extra recommendations to check out. Also, it would be helpful to understand why you’re looking to change racquets and what you like and dislike about your current racquet.

      All the best,
      Jon

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  13. Vio
    Vio says:

    Hi Jon,

    This article is an absolute gem and anyone looking for racquet advice, should stop by.

    Can I please ask where would one find a balancing board these days?

    I’ve seen some articles online where people have done their own, but I’d rather see how much one costs before I start looking at DIY

    Many thanks,
    Vio

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    • TennisCompanion
      TennisCompanion says:

      Hi Vio,

      Thanks for the feedback – I really appreciate it.

      The two most common that I’ve come across are the Alpha Viper and Dunlop Balance Board, but unfortunately, to your point, they’re not always widely available. If you search specifically for either of those, you should eventually be able to find a retailer. Currently, in the US, you can buy one directly from Dunlop for $70, but it doesn’t look like their global site has it on offer. Hopefully, at least from a price standpoint, that helps.

      All the best,
      Jon

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  14. Sathvik
    Sathvik says:

    Hi,
    I am trying to decide between the pure drive team and pure drive. My local tennis store is out of the pure drive demos. I’ve tried the team and like it. The team is 7pts hl, and the normal is 4pts hl. the team is 10.1 unstrung and the normal is 10.6 unstrung. The team has a 321 swingweight and the normal has a 323 swingweight. What would be the difference if I were to get the normal instead of the team?

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    • TennisCompanion
      TennisCompanion says:

      Hi Sathvik,

      Thanks for stopping by and asking a question.

      The main difference between the Babolat Pure Drive and Babolat Pure Drive Team, as you’ve described, is weight, or, more specifically, static weight as measured by placing both racquets on a scale.

      As a result, the benefit of the Babolat Pure Drive Team will be that it’s a little easier to maneuver while the Babolat Pure Drive will be a bit more stable when striking the ball. Keeping these in mind, you’d need to decide which is more important: maneuverability or stability.

      For most adults, I’d be inclined to recommend the Babolat Pure Drive because its weight is still very reasonable. I find the Team version of Babolat racquets are somewhat niche and tend to work well for younger players that are transitioning to full-size 27-inch racquets. In less common scenarios, they can also serve adult beginners who need a lighter frame.

      However, more often than not, the standard model, as is the case with the Babolat Pure Drive, is often the ideal choice and a racquet even beginners can grow into as their game improves.

      I hope that helps.

      All the best,
      Jon

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  15. Joe
    Joe says:

    Hi,
    I’d like to increase the swing weight of my racket. I understand that the approx formula for adding weight to the racket Tip is 1g = 3sw points…

    My Q is, how much weight will I have to add to feel a difference? I’m thinking 12g (or 36sw points).. is that too much to start with?

    Appreciate any comments..

    Joe d

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    • TennisCompanion
      TennisCompanion says:

      Hi Joe,

      Great question – thanks for stopping by.

      It’s tricky to suggest how much weight a player needs to add to begin to feel a difference because everyone reacts a bit differently to the changes. With that said, I’d say around 2-3 grams is where the addition of weight becomes apparent for most players.

      Although it doesn’t seem like much, 12g is a pretty substantial jump, and I would encourage you to add weight gradually until you reach the weight you prefer. If you’re using 1/4 inch lead tape, 1 inch will = .25 grams, so if you add 2 inches on either side of the racquet’s hoop, you’ll increase weight by 1 gram.

      A decent starting point would be to add 8 inches (2 grams) of lead tape, i.e., 4 inches to either side of the hoop. From there, you can continue adding weight if you feel it’s warranted.

      If you eventually want to hide the lead tape under the bumper guard, I’d encourage you to start with the weight to the inner part of the racquet’s hoop where it’s visible to start, so you can easily add or subtract until it feels right. Once you dial things in, you can then swap the weight to the outside edge under the bumper guard if that’s something that you’re considering.

      Hopefully, this helps! Good luck!

      All the best,
      Jon

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