I`ve recently taken up playing and got myself a carlton ignite speed racket , it feels nice and i know i`ve a lot to learn technique wise but my thinking is should i get a stiffer racket now so i`m getting used it from the begining? I`d be interested in peoples opinions who have been in a similar position , many thanks Harvey
I can understand your point but you're missing something pretty important. If you play with an extra stiff racket you won't get very much power out of it at all which causes 2 issues. 1. You probably won't be playing at the best you could be so if you want to play competitively you won't really be able to get as great results as you might like. 2. This is the big one. You might strain your muscles trying to get power out of a stiffer racket and then cause an injury in your arm. If that happens then you very well could not even get to the level you want to and that's really the worst (and realistic) outcome you could get. This is all assuming you aren't used to a stiff racket which from your post I'll assume you aren't.
I went from a even balanced med-flex to a head heavy stiff racket. There were some soreness issues and period of adjustment. Maybe 1-2 months of pain and 1-2 weeks getting the timing right. But I can use a head heavy stiff racket now (ie. VT-ZF) and actually prefer it as I feel I get better accuracy with it and better smash power (as indicated by my friends/opponents).
No lie...your game will go down a notch while you work through it. But you got to start somewhere. The question to ask when the pain goes away and adjustment period is over...did your game actually improve? If not...then maybe stiff rackets don't suit you.