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racket consistency

Published: 04 Aug 2008 - 09:37 by dakbrar

Updated: 05 Aug 2008 - 00:06

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hi all,

i have a question regarding consistency in rackets.  whenever i purchase a new racket i buy 2 or more of the same kind, in case the string or racket breaks while im in the middle of a match.  one thing i noticed during these purchases is that the racket weight, balance consistency is alway different from one racket to the next, even though they are the same kind.  is this the norm?  it's kind of annoying since i make all my purchases through the internet and cant really try them out before a purchase.  my latest purchases were 2 dunlop aerogel ultimates, and since these are very head light rackets the differences in the balances are even more pronounced.  how do you guys deal with this problem?  or am i just being too sensitive with my equipments?

thanks in advance.

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From ferris69 - 05 Aug 2008 - 00:06

Rackets do certainly vary quite a bit and i agree it is very annoying.

What i do (which is perhaps a bit extreme!) is buy 4 or 5 of the rackets, weigh them all and pick the 3 closest to each other and then sell the other 2. If you get them cheap enough, you shouldn't really lose any momey on them and then you know you've got a matching pair or 3.

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From Adz - 04 Aug 2008 - 17:34

When something is mass produced you get a tollerance of error in the process. This might be as much as /- 5% or even 10%! Now imagine if you have a racquet that weights 120g. That can be /- 12g. If two of your racquets have opposite tollerances then you might have one at 108g and one at 132g, which is a huge difference but WITHIN TOLLERANCE.


Unless you get your racquets custom made like the pros then you'll always get a large tollerance in the weights.


You can always weigh the finished products and customise using lead tape to improve the balances etc.





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