Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Re: how heavy is too heavy for a beginner
Your heavier racquet will be good for developing your strokes. You want long fluid ground strokes and a heavier racquet will encourage you to start your preparation earlier, get your racquet back early and complete your swing with more follow through. Using the racquet will help develop the muscles.
It would also be good if your racquet had low power - this will encourage you to develop a long, fast swing, with upper body rotation, which is what good players have.
Avoid high power, wide beam, light racquets which tend to encourage a player to hit with short, wristy shots, all done with just the arm, and no upper body rotation.
Basically, in my opinion, a pro level racquet will be the best type to develop good strokes.