Originally Posted by omnirowdy
Do I need more weight to generate more power. Right now I'm not crushing my forehand but would like to get some more power. Would it benefit me to get a heavier racket?
Yes, most people need rackets that are above 9 oz to be successful. A heavier racket will generate more power, more control, and more stability if all other things are equal if the user is able to handle the weight. As a senior in high school, you should be able to handle at least a 11 oz racket. Since you said you like topspin, you may want a racket with a open string pattern. 16x19 or 16x18 are probably your best options. Your current racket carries a 105 sq inches head so you may not want to drop down to 98-100 sq inches for more control and stability. Rackets that meet the weight, string pattern, and head size requirements are: the Dunlop Biomimetic 400 Tour (99$ at tennis warehouse), Dunlop Biomimetic F5 Tour (179$), Wilson Blade 98 (199$), Wilson Juice 100 BLX ($129), Head Youtek IG Radical Pro ($119), Head Youtek IG Speed 300 ($129). There are also other suitible options offered by both Prince and Babolat. Just keep in mind that spending more on a racket is not always better. Many rackets stay the same from year to year, so you are really just paying more for an updated paint job.