First of all, we would like to make clear that there is not an ideal racket weight. Rather than that, we could say that it is the other way round, there is an ideal racket weight for each player.
On one hand, it is obvious that lighter rackets are easier to move so that they provide a faster response on the net when we want to volley. In addition, we also feel they are more comfortable to use.
On the other hand, heavier rackets provide more power even though they are more difficult to handle. Therefore, if you are looking for power, heavy rackets can help you out but it can affect to your response time.
What it determines whether we need one weight or another, it is OUR LEVEL (alongside our physical characteristics of course).
WHY OUR LEVEL? Well, the higher level we have the faster the ball will come to us because our opponents are supposed to have a good level too. Therefore, the more mass our racket has, the less effort we will have to do to return it. On the contrary, if we have a light racket, our arm will have to deal with this ball force by itself.
In conclusion, we recommend playing with the highest weight you feel comfortable with. Please, keep in mind the feeling of heaviness will change depending on the racket’s shape and its balance (see the article we talked about shapes here).
In general terms we could talk about the following weights for men and women. Please, have in mind that this is only illustrative and it also depends on the frequency you play our sport:
- Skinny constitution: from 360 gr. to 370 gr.
- Medium constitution: from 365 gr. to 375 gr.
- Strong constitution: from 375 gr.
- Skinny constitution: less than 355 gr.
- Medium constitution: from 355 gr. to 365 gr.
- Strong constitution: from 365 gr. to 375 gr.