hi guys. i just bought the head senior liquid metal 4 racket. i just dont understand this chart thing with the L6, L5,....,L1, S1, S2, S3, ...., S10.
This racquet I bought is an S4. Does that mean its for someone with a moderate swing motion? Also, what string tension do you guys recommend with this racquet. I have a big swing motion, a fast serve, generally i stay at the back and hit top spin and drop shits. thanks.
Head uses L6/7 to S10 to describe how much power the racket has. L6/7 are generally recommended for players who can generate their own power. For example the Head Classic 600 (which is supposedly what Safin modifies for his own use) would be considered an L7. S10 are the most powerful rackets. The Liquidmetal 4 is not a bad racket. It's hard to know if it would be the best fit for your game. Big swing motions and fast serves and top spin all imply you have a certain grasp of the fundamentals and can play reasonably well. In which case you might be better off with something a little less powerful like the LM Instinct or even Radicals/Prestige. Then again as long as you are playing well with it.. who cares S4 or L6?
As for string tension start in the middle of the recommended range and hit with the racket. If you think it's too stiff (arm hurts then you're better off stringing a lower tension). If you want more control on your shots then go with a higher tension. Adjust in 2lb increments/decrements and test again.
Do a search for Tennis Warehouse and go look in their forums. They have a good section on gear (rackets/stringing/strings etc). Do watch yourself in there though. A lot of those guys like to think they can handle traditional old school rackets (like the Head Classic mentioned above - 12.4oz and small head of 93sq inches) when they would probably be better off with something a little more forgiving (less than 11.4oz and 98 sq inches up). Sometimes this is more an ego thing than an it helps my game thing.