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Thread: The effect of overall weight?
10-29-2013, 07:59 AM #1
The effect of overall weight?
Why are some players using heavy rackets (like 2-3 U)? isn't what matters most for power head weight/head heavyness? wouldn't it make more sense to use a super light racket (say 5U) but with a very heavy head to get the same power or swingweight but spend less energy on moving the racket?
why are some players using heavier rackets instead of more head heavy rackets?
10-29-2013, 08:22 AM #2
it's all a question of style and preferences...;-)
10-29-2013, 11:39 AM #3
10-29-2013, 11:56 AM #4
^i agree that they might not have found the right material to make it really light and really head heavy at the same time, without the head snapping right off if someone whips the racket.
10-29-2013, 12:21 PM #5
As above, but another important factor is probably cost. You can probably make such a racquet out of very thin graphene for instance, but it would be too expensive for your average consumer. Plus you may question whether it would be durable enough in a clash or give the right feel for badminton.
10-29-2013, 01:14 PM #6
wouldn't a head heavy racket be more durable? they usually break in the head and not at the shaft, right?
so a more massive head and thinner/lighter shaft and grip should help in theory.
10-29-2013, 01:53 PM #7
I have seen for example WWK snap an Addidas racket at the shaft with nowhere near as extreme a measurements.
The theory of thinner/lighter shafts is nice but what material is strong enough to go thinner and lighter along with handling extreme high BP points to simulate a e.g Zforce swing weight?(would have to be affordable obviously, end product under£200)
I am assuming the manufacturers have not solved it yet.
Anybody know what the lightest >319mm Bp racket on the market currently weighs?
Last edited by craigandy; 10-29-2013 at 01:57 PM.
10-29-2013, 02:02 PM #8
^ 4U VTZF, I had one with bp 316mm, dry wt 82.3g, head wt 38.5g
10-29-2013, 02:47 PM #9
Try checking out a Gosen Mirapro 700/800, bp is around 31+. Not sure abt dry weight but holding it in the store feels like a THOR's hammer (very light handle, carbon). Anyone w/ a Mirapro to confirm on this?
10-29-2013, 07:14 PM #10
10-29-2013, 07:29 PM #11
Gosen mirapro 700 only 285mm-290
gosen mirapro 800 only 290-295mm
and quite heavy at 84g
10-30-2013, 03:38 AM #12
10-30-2013, 04:21 AM #13
I believe Wilson also have an lightweight racket (with the handle made from carbon fiber or something) and a head heavy balance.
10-30-2013, 04:48 AM #14
so is it purely a technical issue?
would pros play super light, super head heavy rackets if they where available? aren't most pros using 2-3U rackets?
10-30-2013, 05:35 AM #15
10-30-2013, 05:47 AM #16
You should know that a superlight and headheavy racket distribute the mass different and the mass at the head area is significant lower due the relation between head weight and overall weight. Such a combination will not give you a big punch on your smash with a really good defence. If you want to get something, you will lost something at same time.
I think most singles pro's use a 3U or maybe 2U racket. Most doubles players a 3U or 4U racket.
10-30-2013, 05:50 AM #17
i think carsten mogensen regularly switches from flash boost to voltric zf, 2 rackets that couldn't be further apart.
lesson learned: don't bother too much about the racket. better invest the time (and money) into training and coaching to foster your skills.
it won't make you a better player if your racket is 2g lighter or heavier or if the balance point is 2mm further to this or that side.