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Old 2004-07-26, 17:07   #1
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Default what racket for a 12 years old boy?

My 12 years old son has been playing hith a Babolat Pure Drive Zylon, strung with either synthetic gur or multifilaments at about 25 kg,and competes at national level.
Now he is feeling is arm soring a little bit and his teacher says it's caused by the vibration of the racket, but doesn┤t suggest any change.
My son would like a light, confortable, powerful frame, what I thing is a difficult combo.
Could you help me with any thing I could suggest to his teacher?
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Old 2004-07-26, 17:14   #2
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Default Re: what racket for a 12 years old boy?

I'm not a racquet expert but I don't think a light racquet will be good for your son. Light racquets usually give higher shock to the arm.
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Old 2004-08-01, 16:46   #3
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Default Re: what racket for a 12 years old boy?

I'm also a 12 year old junior competeing at national level and I had tons of problems in my right arm. I would reccomend switching to a triad or a ncode racket with the triad technology. I switched to a wilson T5 and my arm was better in a month.
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Old 2004-12-20, 16:52   #4
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Default Re: what racket for a 12 years old boy?

First thing you can try is adding some lead to increase the weight. More weight makes for a more stable frame, reduces shock and helps drive through the ball better.

I would start with 6 grams in the hoop at 3 and 9 o'clock AND an equivalent amount below the balance point so that you don't upset the current balance of the frame. You'll need a balance beam to do this properly.

Also make sure that the grip size is correct. This is often overlooked.

You didn't mention string and tension either. Important stuff.

If you wish to change frames and if you wish to stay with Babolat, demo the Pure Storm. It has fair flex for a Babolat (64 RDC) and is a little better than an ounce heavier (a good thing).

Good luck!

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Old 2004-12-20, 23:02   #5
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Default Re: what racket for a 12 years old boy?

your son's racquet has a stiffness of 68, and that's whats doing it. you're gonna need to find something less stiff probably. but most powerful frames are either heavy or stiff, so you'll have to find a compromise.

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