Innovative Tennis Training Aid – Saber Racquet ReviewAlbert Murata
First was the wooden Tennis Pointer, and now there’s the graphite Saber Racquet! Check out this innovation made by Functional Tennis
The original Tennis Pointer helps players develop three main areas in their game.
- Sweetspot – Helps the player understand the proper contact point.
- Footwork – Helps train the player to concentrate on their movement and footwork to hit consistently in the sweetspot.
- Ball Toss – Helps develop consistency in the player’s ball toss location, which is the foundation of proper technique.
Now, with the upgraded Saber racquet, you get everything listed above, plus the following.
You get the feel and sound of an actual racquet when you make perfect contact.
- Headsize – 37 sq. in.
- Weight – 300 grams
- Length – 25 inches
- Swingweight – 270
- Stiffness – 69
- String Pattern – 12×12
- Straight Beam – 22 mm
You can generate spin on the ball without adjusting your grip or swing pattern.
- With the Tennis Pointer, hitting with spin was difficult since the wood surface would tend to make the ball slide right off. Because of this, it would also cause you to focus on hitting the ball flatter and possibly altering your swing.
- With a bit of practice, the Saber allows you to hit more naturally and apply spin to the ball.
You get comfortable feedback and can play with it for hours.
- With the Tennis Pointer, hitting with a racquet constructed of all wood would cause some discomfort to players with arm issues.
- The Saber has a solid and plush feel.
Check out Stan Wawrinka’s play test of the Saber racquet.
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Is this about the same size as the Toalson Sweet Area frame?
Actually, I never heard of the Toalson Sweet Area racquet until recently when a couple of people mentioned it.
Here are the specs of the Toalson Sweet Area racquet.
Headsize – 60 sq. in.
Weight – 280 grams & 320 grams
Length – 27 inches
Swingweight – N/A
Stiffness – N/A
String Pattern – 14×16
Straight Beam – 20 mm
What stands out about the Saber is the length (25″) and headsize (37 sq. in.). You’ll be surprised how well you can actually hit with it since the sweetspot is positioned in the same area as a conventional 27″ racquet.