The Tennis Company also has the
sophisticated equipment and expertise to offer racquet matching.
Racquet matching is the process of setting up two or
more frames to play as much alike as possible.
When Two of Kind Are Not the Same
Did you know that two samples of the same
racquet model can vary by as much as 15% in weight or balance?
Left uncorrected, these variances can cause two samples of the
same model to play quite differently.
Sometimes Different is Bad
Different is not good. How are you
supposed to play with consistency when your racquets don’t
even play the same? You can’t. Advanced amateurs can’t do
it. Pros can’t do it.
Serious players want every one of their
racquets to play the same. Pros insist on it.
Doing it Right is Not Easy
f this is so important, you may be
wondering why you don’t hear about it more often. The reason
is that the majority of pro shops don’t offer it. Racquet
matching requires expensive complicated equipment and a serious
amount of expertise to use it properly.
The machine that makes all this possible is
our Babolat Racquet Diagnostic Center, better known in our trade
as the RDC. The RDC is a high tech instrument capable of
taking precision measurements of several racquet and string
specifications. It can measure weight, balance, stiffness,
string bed stiffness, and a particularly critical characteristic
known as “swing weight”.
The RDC also costs more than many small
used cars. A small used car is also easier to understand and
operate for most novices!
In the hands of a knowledgeable and
experienced operator, the RDC becomes the reference point that a
racquet technician needs to make two or more racquets play
As part of the racquet matching service we
offer at The Tennis Company, we can use our RDC to generate a
full set of specifications for two or more of our customer’s
needed, we make adjustments in weight and balance until the RDC
measurements of the racquets are as similar as possible.
In many cases, the result is two or more
frames that feel and play so much alike, that most players
can’t tell them apart. At times, a perfect match isn’t
possible, but differences are always dramatically reduced.