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Play Like a Girl!

Yes, I mean it!

Keep reading to see why I suggest you “play like a girl.”

About a year ago, a little girl, Meera, about 12 years old, came into the World Headquarters to demo a few racquets.  She was committed to getting better and wanted a racquet that would help her.

After a few demos, she selected the Head Graphene Touch Radical Pro.  During the discussion of how we were going to set up these new racquets, I mentioned the Head Pro Cap System that is compatible with this model.

If you are not familiar with the “cap” system, it is the plastic parts that fit over the head of the racquet to protect the string.  All racquets have a grommet set, but the “cap” system encloses the string as it is installed therefore is more substantial than the standard grommet set.  The racquet on the left has the “cap” system.

Head Pro Cap System

She purchased two (2) Head Graphene Touch Radical Pro, one with and one without the cap system.

So, other than doing a great job of protecting string it also provides additional inertia, or momentum, that blasts the racquet through the incoming tennis ball!

This momentum creates stability, and a stable racquet will be more powerful and controllable!

But wait, what about all that additional weight?  That is the question we hear anytime we suggest adding weight to a racquet.

Weight is your friend!  Every player is different so matching the racquet to the physical capabilities is critical!

It was so much of a friend to Meera that she quickly came in to have the second Head Graphene Touch Radical Pro fitted with the “cap” system and both racquets fitted with a Head Leather grip!  The leather grip adds about 10 grams to the rear end of the racquet.

So, what are the specifications of this racquet that is being used successfully by a 12-year-old girl?

Take a look at these then tell me you can’t use a “heavier” racquet:

Weight:                               360 grams   (12.7 ounces)

SwingWeight:                    344 Kg/cm² (12.1 ounces)

Points Head Light:            8.03…yes, still very much headlight!

Torsional Stability:            22…very good!

Power:                                2216.6

Recoil Weight:                   176.9

Twist Weight:                    246.9

*Ereca End Weight:          153.0

*Ereca Tip Weight:           207.0

*Ereca is a French company that designs and manufactures racquet diagnostic equipment.

Do yourself a favor and Play Lkie a Girl!

There is more to this story so keep checking back, and, if you have questions please click on “Ask John” above or respond to this post and I will try to answer them.

Play Like a Girl…Part Deux

If you read “Play Like a Girl,” you will have a good idea where this is headed!  This part is intended to make it possible for you to experiment without feeling “forced” so it is based on “numbers” not “feelings.”  Of course, feel is relevant to tennis players.

Two events this week make it easy to compare numbers and feeling.

  1.  A racquet came in from a tournament playing junior that had the good fortune of picking up a competitors racquet and recognize the difference immediately and wanted to try it.  His racquet is a Babolat Pure Strike 16×19 with a swing weight of 302!  The racquet he picked up has a swing weight of 341!  His revised swing weight is 325.
  2. A really good young lady is switching racquets and string setup, so there is a four (4) inch strip of 1/4″ tape on the inside of each side of the string bed in the 3 and nine o’clock position — total weight of about 5 grams, for a swing weight of 321.  During a training session, a coach said the racquet was too heavy and removed about 2 inches total of tape, maybe 1.5 grams, and everything was fine!  This player is strong enough to play with a 335 swing weight so was this a “visual” suggestion, and the process of removing tape convinced the payer that the racquet was now much lighter?

In case you don’t remember there are 28.35 grams per ounce.  So you can see that 1.5 grams is quite small!

Did you know that a dry overgrip is about 5 grams and a wet over grip can be as much as 12 grams?  The location of an overgrip (under your hand) has virtually no effect on swing weight so it generally goes unnoticed.

Unless agreed upon in advance most weight can be removed or re-located so don’t fear your friend…weight!

 

Congratulations Sophie!

A huge congratulations go out to Sophie Williams for her terrific run at the recent Easter Bowl in Indian Wells, Ca.!

Sophie played the finals against the number 3 seed Elena Yu…

Having the experience of making the Girls’ 12s final last year, Eleana Yu of Mason, Ohio, said she only had to fight a moderate case of nerves as the No. 3 seed won the Girls’ 14s USTA gold ball and her first Adidas Easter Bowl national title with a 6-1, 6-0 win over No. 7-seeded Sophia Williams of Charleston, S.C.

“Having been in the final before really did help,” said the 13-year-old Yu. “I did feel a little nervous at the start, but once I found my rhythm it was fine and I just felt really confident. I think my opponent was more nervous, but the match was definitely closer than the score indicated.”

Sophie’s great result at the Easter Bowl continues her recent extraordinary results at tournaments around the country.  Below is Sophie holding the first place trophy of a previous tournament.

Sophie, the Winner!

Sophie, the Winner, again!

 

If you have been to Racquet Quest in the past several years, you have probably seen some of Sophie’s forty-five (45) racquets either in “process” or being prepared to ship to her.  Sophie is left-handed, so all the leather grips and overgrip is wrapped left-handed, and each racquet is “sequenced”.  All of the racquets are “matched.” so the only thing that is different is the string bed stiffness (SBS).

Even racquets that are done on the same day may have slightly different string bed stiffness numbers due to the time between racquet number one and racquet number eight.  Sequencing indicates in what order the racquets can be used.

That may seem like a lot of racquets, but if you play as many tournaments as Sophie you need a few!

When Sophie is in town, she is either at the USTA Center or training with Robert Kendrick at the Winter Park Racquet Club.

Congratulations, Sophie!

 

 

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