Swing Weight…How Much Can You Handle?
Swing weight is the primary weight a player feels when the racquet is swinging toward a ball. Therefore, swing weight is the most important characteristic of a racquet.
So, how much swing weight can you use, and, how do I get it?
Swing weight can be added by applying heavy tape to areas on the racquet in front of the grip position. Anything behind that area will not enhance swing weight. Another way is to increase the length of the racquet. While I do this, it is not a recommended method for most players due to cost. There are long racquets available from manufacturers if you are interested.
My swing weight recommendations go something like this:
Club Level: 315
College Level: 330
These are the numbers you would see on a swing weight device such as the Babolat RDC, Alpha Accuswing, and Prince RTC. Calculated numbers will be different because they are calculated from the very end of the racquet instead of 10cm in front of the very end of the racquet.
Of course there are no limits on swing weight if you can handle it. More swing weight will deliver more energy to the ball, assuming you can swing it!
Just yesterday I did a complete customization of a new Prince racquet and increased the swing weight, unstrung, to 388! That would end up being about 417 after stringing! Huge! This player can handle the swing weight but it required a substantial amount of work.
Swing weight is your friend so when you find the “right one” treat it nicely!
Posted on March 12, 2014, in Customization! and tagged swing weight. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.
I took my babolat pure strike 16×19 (320grams) up to 360 grams total with the balance point at 320mm. All of the lead I placed in the hoop was at 3 and 9 o’clock to increase stability since the racket has none (trying to return heavy pro serves 135mph takes the racket out of my hand, but with the RF97A I dont have that issue). The recoil weight was weak as well. So in the end the racket frame was better but it felt like it was going to break literally shaking as if the frame couldn’t handle so much extra weight being added. Why is this? Can pro stocks just handle more weight / stronger frames?
Roshan, thank you for the message!
A heavy racquet is usually made with more and/or heavier resin system, more fiber layers, special fibers, and layup. This process can produce a racquet that has consistent weight distribution, as opposed to placing weight on the head or at the butt end where it typically placed.
I typically suggest a heavier racquet instead of “customising” a light racquet, to the specs you mention.