Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Pat Markey

The difficulty in playing with Federer's Pro Staff 90 and the issue of swingweight revealed

The new Federer BLX six.one 90
In an attempt to clarify some more inconsistencies and discussion on swingweight and its impact on the playability of specific rackets I want to refer to an article that I ran across just today.  Justin Difeliciantonio who is the gear editor at Tennis.com wrote a relevent and well thought out article based on some questions he had received from readers specifically addressing Federer's Pro Staff BLX six.one tour 90.  I want to reference some key parts of his article and link to the complete article as well for your consideration.

As Justin points out distinctly, Roger's racket is a difficult on to play with and not for the majority of tennis players.  Perhaps looking at a larger head size, lighter frame will provide a more forgiving alternative that would suit more players.  I feel that this might be the goal of many of the 'hybrid' rackets on the market today.  They provide the characteristics of 'player' frames with the features of many of the 'game improvement' traits some players need. 

Although I have played with smaller head size frames in the past specifically the Head Prestige but after picking up the BLX 90 the similarities pretty much ended at the comparable head sizes.  The BLX 90 was difficult to swing and to get around and many of the playability characteristics of frames could not be discovered until you actually swing the frame and take it out on the court.  I always encourage players to try frames because holding a racket in a retail setting and liking the feel can be deceiving to say the least.  Swing weight and how the mass comes around makes all the difference.

The key elements with rackets are to look at the balance, weight distribution and swingweight to name a few.  Understanding these concepts can take some time and although an 'engineering' degree is not necessary, the physics involved sometimes leave your head spinning.  Justin has done a great job of outlining the basics of swingweight, mass distribution and made sense of this issue.  I would encourage you to check out his article at Tennis.com here.

Pat Markey

About Pat Markey -

Patrick Has been stringing rackets for over 25 years including at many professional events around the country including the US OPEN and AUSTRALIAN OPEN. He brings a depth of knowledge and love for the industry.

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