Hyper Hammer 6.3 Midplus Traditional Bumper Technical & Statistical Data
Hyper Hammer 6.3 Oversize (Light Bumper)
Similar to the Hyper Hammer 6.3 midplus-light, the oversize-light is a solid player's Hammer - but in a 110 headsize. It should be noted that all playtesters detected less of a difference between the two bumper weights on the oversize than with the midplus. Our demo racquets measured only 7 swingweight units different in the oversize.
On groundstrokes, the 6.3 oversize-light doesn't require as full or fast of a swing as the midplus and the larger hitting surface is more forgiving. Dan offers, "impressive maneuverability for an oversize. It produced good topspin but slice shots tended to sit up more than I like, as oversize racquets tend to do. Control was far above average for an oversized, head-heavy racquet." Drew liked the stability offered by the 6.3 oversize, adding "many oversize racquets are either trampolines with a handle (too big and bouncy) or too flimsy and wobbly to feel like you're really hitting the ball. The 6.3 oversize (with either bumper) has a good solid feel with plenty of power even if you just take a moderate swing." Don liked the 6.3 oversize-light best, explaining, "the optimal combination of weight, balance, flex, and hitting surface. The open string pattern and bigger head allowed me to generate good topspin and slice with this racquet, without that 'floating' feeling some oversize racquets provide. My shots had good pace, depth and accuracy."
Like many oversize racquets, the 6.3 oversize-light excels at net. "The best of all four choices, when it comes to volleying," says Dan. "Volleys felt solid at or off-center and I had no problem getting down quickly for low volleys or rushing to punish sitters. I was as confident controlling volleys as I normally am with my midplus." Don concurs, "all of the benefits of an oversize with the control of a midplus. I liked the quickness, stability and punch.."
Serves and overheads can be hit with authority and spin. Dan explains, "no problem hitting the big first serves or whipping this racquet into place on overheads. The bigger head provides nice feel and forgiveness on off-center shots - minimal vibration." Don adds, "with many oversize racquets, spin serves are easy but power is reduced. Serving with the 6.3 oversize-light, I could hammer a flat first serve and swing just as hard on the second serve, generating enough spin to keep the ball in the service box."
The 6.3 oversize-light is versatile on returns, reaction shots and half-volleys. One can choose to block a return for placement or drive the ball without fear of it hitting the back fence. Of course, string type and tension greatly influence control and power, especially on an oversize frame.
All our playtesters agreed the 6.3 oversize-light has the widest appeal. Drew describes it as "one of the better all-around oversize racquets I've played with." It will benefit players with medium swings from the back court and all-court/serve & volley players who prefer an oversize head in a control-oriented frame.
Hyper Hammer 6.3 Oversize (Traditional Bumper)
As stated above, the difference between the light and traditional bumpers is less noticeable on the Hyper Hammer 6.3 Oversize. Nonetheless, there's enough to warrant a separate discussion on the performance attributes.
On groundstrokes, Mark preferred the 6.3 oversize-traditional. "I had more consistency in my swing with the heavier oversize and I was able to get more power without having to swing as hard as I did with the oversize-light." Drew says, "although I'd give a slight edge to the oversize-light in most categories, the heavier version felt a little more solid on flatter strokes, but you have to be right on target. Otherwise, the extra swingweight makes it just enough harder to hit with spin that you feel uncomfortable taking a full swing." Fast-swinging Dan also found the oversize-traditional a little too powerful, adding "full swings found the back fence so I found myself taking half-cuts and concentrating on topspin for control. However, once I found my timing and started taking shorter swings, the better attributes of this racquet started to appear. Very solid on off-center shots with good power. Spin was easy to produce with shorter, compact swings."
As expected, volleys are slightly more stable and powerful with the oversize-traditional than the oversize-light. Maneuverability is slightly reduced but the larger head seems to minimize this effect, compared to the midplus. Don comments, "good stable platform for short, compact volleys. A little more powerful than the oversize-light but control was still obtainable for deft angle or drop volleys."
Serves and overheads are where the heavier bumper influences the oversize-traditional most. Swing speed can't be generated as easily as with the oversize-light, but players with a naturally slower serve speed will get a little more power from the extra tip weight of the oversize-traditional.
As Drew pointed out, the 6.3 oversize-traditional is more solid than it's lighter counterpart on block shots, slices returns and pick-up and/or half-volleys. Less effort is required to achieve the same depth or pace.
There's a lot to like about the Hyper Hammer 6.3 oversize. While we believe most players purchasing this racquet will prefer the light bumper, the oversize-traditional will find its share of fans too. Either way, we think the 6.3 oversize is an excellent all-court racquet and one of the best new racquets for 2000.
Hyper Hammer 6.3 Oversize Light Bumper Technical & Statistical Data
Hyper Hammer 6.3 Oversize Traditional Bumper Technical & Statistical Data
Review date: January, 2000. Hyper Hammer 6.3 Midplus test racquets strung with Tecnifibre NRG2 17 at 55 pounds. Hyper Hammer 6.3 Oversize test racquets strung with Tecnifibre NRG2 17 at 58 pounds. If you found this review interesting or have further questions or comments please contact us.
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